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(Rockliffe #6.1)

Genre: Historical Romance

Blurb (Goodreads);

Celebrate among old friends … and perhaps a gate-crasher or two. There will be wassailers and kissing-boughs; music, dancing and romance; laughter and some tears. Above all, expect the unexpected because at Christmas anything can happen.

So accept your invitation for what promises to be the most talked-of house-party of 1778 … and is also a last Huzzah to the Rockliffe series.


I loved Stella Riley’s superb Rockliffe series and was saddened when it came to an end. To say I was overjoyed when she announced the release of this novella is an understatement, and what a festive treat it was.

It was an absolute joy to have so many of my beloved characters all gathered together to celebrate Christmas. Rockliffe is his usual unflappable self, and I was also delighted to see that Sebastian is still the ‘master of mischief’.

If I were to choose one character that really stands out, it’s Julian. He is such a wonderful father to Tom, Rob and Ellie – so kind, loving and patient. The children obviously adore him and I challenge anyone not to have tears in their eyes when Tom tells his story.

There are some unwelcome guests in the form of Adrian’s mother, the Dowager Countess of Sarre, and Caroline’s mother, Mrs Hayward. These two could definitely give the Macbeth witches a run for their money and so I love how Rockliffe subjects the Dowager Countess to one of his snubs.

There is romance in the air for four of the guests and some special Christmas magic that is sure to warm your heart.

This is an enchanting story full of warmth, charm, fun, laughter and romance. It’s the perfect close to this wonderful series. Highly recommended.

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I’m delighted to welcome Regency Romance Author and member of the Bluestocking Belles CAROLINE WARFIELD to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

This is a great opportunity, but, goodness, I am nervous. You ask wonderful questions. I’m going to have to dig deep for answers. When someone makes me think about life in new ways, it is always a gift, though. Thank you.

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

I was born in Detroit, Michigan, but by the time I was two years old we moved to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, the first of many transfers. My father reenlisted in the army after WWII; he served in the Korean War as well. My folks were both born and raised in Detroit, and my grandparents lived there, but by the time I was six I had lived in the Midwest, New England, and the Deep South in the United States. What remains of Detroit in me is a love of the Great Lakes, a love of extended family, and a fairly urban, blue-collar, view of the world.

When I was just shy of six, my mother and I joined my father in Germany.  It was 1953 and we sailed on a big grey troop ship with furnishings of metal all bolted to the floor. Crossing the North Atlantic in a stormy February was an adventure. I learned about bulkhead doors when we reached the English Channel, and they closed them due to lingering fears of mines left from the war. To me as a child it just meant that to get to the playroom I had to go all the way up to the top deck and then back down again.

Crossing the North Atlantic

World traveller

How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

I can be quite intense, so I wouldn’t say easy-going. Driven might be a better word. Once I set a goal I can be tenacious in pursuing it. I tend to charge forward once I know what I want, which can be hard on people around me.

When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Both! Faced with a choice of a cheese plate or a hot fudge sundae, I will gravitate to the hot fudge. That is, I would gravitate to ice-cream unless there was red wine on offer. In that case, I would choose the cheese plate and hope for a little dark chocolate.


What is your most treasured possession?

Aside from photos of my children, I have two. The first is a painting of myself that my parents had done when we lived in Germany.  It always had pride of place in my mother’s house, and it survived a nasty house fire. When the firemen came and asked Mom what she particularly wanted saved, she asked them to rescue the painting.  Now it is in my dining room.

The Painting

The other is my mother’s locket. My father gave it to her the first Christmas he knew her when there were only eighteen. It has the unromantic inscription, “To Bern From Jim.” Those words are amusing because my mother, whose name was Bernadette, had been called Barney by her brothers. One suspects she was trying to escape that when she met my father, but it caught up with her eventually, and Barney she remained. It features a cameo and mother of pearl. I wore it at my wedding and my daughter wore it at hers.

If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

My current fantasy revolves around a house in Cape May, one of the Victorian Painted Ladies in walking distance of the shore, yet close enough to the Philadelphia area for my grandson to visit.  However, I’ve never given up on the idea of an apartment in Paris.  Tuscany has some appeal as well.

Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Oh, so many choices! I think I have to say it involved getting stopped for speeding.  I crossed from West Virginia into Maryland and failed to take notice of the change in speed limit until after the trooper pulled me over. He leaned in, sized up my passengers and said, “Lady, why would you pass a state trooper speeding?” At that point the two teenage boys I was transporting to a soccer tournament were convulsed in laughter. He smirked at me and said, “I think I’ll let you off with a warning. You’ll suffer enough.”


Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Caroline.

Goodness! You ask some tough questions. Thank you for letting me take part and for giving me a chance to sort through all those embarrassing moments.


 If you would like to find out more about Caroline and her books, here are the links:





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Catherine has Historical Romance author CAROLINE WARFIELD on her A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide To Life Blog. Caroline is sharing the tale of Byron, Rebellion, and the Greeks! Not only that, but she will give a Kindle copy of the winner’s choice of Dangerous Works or Dangerous Secrets to one randomly selected person who comments. The winner will be chosen on 14th October!

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

A little Greek is one thing; the art of love is another. Only one man has ever tried to teach Lady Georgiana Hayden both. She learned very young to keep her heart safe. She learned to keep loneliness at bay through work. If it takes a scandalous affair to teach her what she needs to complete her work, she will risk it. If the man in question chooses not to teach her, she will use any means at her disposal to change his mind. She is determined to give voice to the ancient women whose poetry has long been neglected.

Some scars cut deeper than others. Major Andrew Holden returns to Cambridge a battle-scarred hero. He dared to love Georgiana once and suffered swift retribution from her powerful family. The encounter cost him eleven years of his life. Determined to avoid her, he seeks work to heal his soul and make his scholarly father proud. The work she offers risks his career, his peace of mind, and (worst of all) his heart. Can he protect himself from a woman who almost destroyed him? Does he want to?

Even poetry is dangerous when you partner with the love of your life. In Regency, Cambridge, it can lead a lady quickly past improper to positively scandalous.

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

When a little brown wren of an Englishwoman bursts into Jamie Heyworth’s private Hell and asks for help he mistakes her for the black crow of death. Why not? He fled to Rome and sits in despair with nothing left to sell and no reason to get up in the morning. Behind him lie disgrace, shame, and secrets he is desperate to keep.

Nora Haley comes to Rome at the bidding of her dying brother who has an unexpected legacy. Never in her sunniest dreams did Nora expect Robert to leave her a treasure, a tiny black-eyed niece with curly hair and warm hugs. Nora will do anything to keep her, even hire a shabby, drunken major as an interpreter.

Jamie can’t let Nora know the secrets he has hidden from everyone, even his closest friends. Nora can’t trust any man who drinks. She had enough of that in her marriage. Either one, however, will dare anything for the little imp that keeps them together, even enter a sham marriage to protect her.




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