You know you need one more!
Treat yourself!!!
Sister Mother Warrior was on sale for $1.99.
This lowest price didn’t last long. But some vendors are discounting other versions.

Grab Sister Mother Warrior today!!!
Add to your TBR pile
🎯War & Revolution 🇭🇹🌍
🦸🏽‍♀️🦸🏾‍♀️Women Heroes
🦸🏾‍♂️🦸🏽‍♂️Men Heroes
👩🏽‍🔧Righting Wrongs
❤️Love in the Middle of War

@nytimes “Black Panther” may have introduced West Africa’s female fighters to a wide movie audience, but Vanessa Riley enhances its literary tradition in her latest novel, SISTER MOTHER WARRIOR”

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Can you just look at this?

Beautiful, peaceful, sea.

Taking a quick tour of Port Royal, doing a bit of research, and just had to stop and stare at this beauty.

Take the time to smell the roses and to see the sea!

#amwriting #writing #caribbean #islandqueen #ocean #beach #procrastination #jamaica #portroyal #sistermotherwarrior #murderinwestminster #authorsofinstagram #writinglife #vanessarileyhere
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Stopping by to announce a huge discount on A Duke, The Lady, and A Baby!!! $1.99 Today!!!

🧑🏽‍🦽War hero
🎭Heroine in Disguise
🥖Coconut Bread
🌹Think 3 Men and A Baby meets First Wives Club

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Cooking for 20+ people is no joke. It’s not for amateurs. You need to be ready with your game face and cooking/baking talent (or have booked good caters)!

I’m old fashion. I love to cook. I love tablescape to honor the holiday or occasion.

I went with a blue and autumn gold theme and brought kitchen magic.

For Thanksgiving, I prepared the following:
Macaroni & Cheese
Roast Beef with Roasted Potatoes
Turkey
Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts
Turkey Sausage Lasagne
Lemon Pound Cake
Orange Peach Squares
Sweet Potato Cheesecake
Cornbread Stuffing
Garlic Butter Rolls
Charcuterie Boards- Sweet and Savory
Smoky Kale Greens

Lots of fun. Yes, it took three days to cook/create. Special thanks to my sou chefs and the dedicated friends who stayed to clean up and put away the leftovers.
Thank you ladies!!!

Do you see why food is so important in my books?

Now back to deadline book.

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Madness at the Riley house.
I’m cooking for 20+, getting ready for a research trip, and on deadline.

Hey, these books won’t get written by wishin’,
and food doesn’t get made ‘less you’re in the kitchen.

Currently, I’m also counting the bodies in Murder in Drury Lane, the next in the Lady Worthing series. Narrowing down the ideas/research for 2024’s historical fiction and waiting on copy edits for QUEEN OF EXILES, 2023s HF release.

Sounds like a lot, but I love it.

Here’s a video of my Buttermilk Lemon Pound cake in process. Cooking is work, but I do what I love and 🙏🏾 about the rest.

Then I consult the ancestors for cake leveling, spice measurements and how to get baked items to brown.

Well, off to the next chapter and dish. What’s cooking or doing in your world!!!

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I accept the challenge. Are you ready for the food?

Hoping for good Foodie Karma!!

Testing and sampling season has begun in my kitchen. This is Baked Apricot Brie.
Easy, tasty, good browning--a version of this will hit the Thanksgiving table.

This is my first Thanksgiving with people in my house in a while. I feel the need to cook. (Say that with swagger.)

The ancients have passed down the traditions. You can’t be rusty. You have to show the people a good time. I accept the challenge.

My menu has to be yummy, diverse(food allergies and lifestyle accommodations) , easy, and a winner.

Did I mention you are also on book deadline? (Murder in Drury Lane, the follow up to Murder in Westminster) I wonder if 1806 version will end up in this book?

So, between edits, I‘ll be in my kitchen, making magic. I’m Southern. Every dish and appliance will be used.

And for my sisters and brothers, gathering at Vanessa’s table, I will honor your presence by bringing it.

So followers prepare. This week will be food, books, decorations, and the author’s life. You get a combo!!!!

#foodiesofinstagram #foodie #tbr #tbrpile #historicalfiction #womenhistory #blackgirlmagic #foodie #vanessariley #vanessarileybooks #vanessarileyauthor #reelsofinstagram #igreels #igtoday #karma #thanksgiving #thanksgivingdinner #mealprepideas #book #writerslife #holidayfood
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Don’t you love it when a friend, rockstar friend, comes to town?

When my friend, Kennedy Ryan, DM’ed me asking for the perfect venue to greet Atlanta Readers, I told her about the beautiful indie Bookstore, 44th and 3rd. Then Forever and my peeps at Kaye Publicity made it happen.

I am grateful to spend time with the brilliant Kennedy, to commiserate with her on our publishing journeys, and have a very real talk about depression, Black love, readership, and the writing life.

Above all, we celebrated Before I Let Go, an emotional masterpiece, a richly layered second chance love.

Thank you to everyone who came. It was a sold-out crowd, a packed house….Beautiful.

Hey, we even talked about research.

Signed books—Before I Let Go, Long Shot, Sister Mother Warrior and Murder in Westminster and more Kennedy Ryan and Vanessa Riley titles.

And Road Dog, AKA daughter Ellen came!!!

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No, it’s not easy.

But it’s fun. And so rewarding. This is a reenactment of finishing my latest novel. Typically I’m done writing, wearing no makeup, having coffee cups galore, and donning a comfy writing shirt that may need ironing.

Twenty-three+ books in, and typing the end always feels good.

Tip 1: Push Through
Tip 2: What you write is important.
Tip 3, #Bipoc / #Woman edition: Do it even if you think no one cares. They will.

Put Queen of Exiles on your list, July 2023. Live the life of a lost queen—her choices, her survival, her reinvention, her fabulous gowns!!!
Oh, and the two men who loved her.

Prepare for opulence, excesses, and intrigue—all based on a true story, Madame Christophe’s story.

Like, share, follow for more, and add to your @goodreads !

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Part Two of Mystery Theater— who took the statue of Benin?

Join Lady Worthing and the CBLR crew in this first episode of Mystery Theater.

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Part One of Mystery Theater— who took the statue of Benin?

Join Lady Worthing and the CBLR crew in this first episode of Mystery Theater.

#mystery #mysterythriller #mysterybooks #africantiktok #blackgirlmagic #ladyworthing #booktok #blackbooktok #cblr #funny #murdermystery #mysterytheater
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Travel Tips from an Almost Pro!

Vanessa here and traveling for book conferences again. This time it’s Chicago for the @murdermayhemchi @MayhemChicago Gathering of mystery authors. I will give a keynote on writing the LadyvWorthing Mysteries.

In the first, Murder in Westminster, you see strong but vulnerable #Blackwomen in a time before abolition. And in true Lady Worthing style, I am dressing well to travel.

I want to look chic but in easy-to-wear clothes.
These leather high-top sneakers are stylish and comfortable. The vegan leather leggings make me look sleek. The frilly top is fun and topped with a vintage suede blazer. My go-to pieces are leather belts.

The big-wheeled carry-on is a must. A light, easy-to-move bag is a must.

Oh, arrive early at the airport. TSA lines are crazy!

What are your best tips for traveling?

#travel #travelfashion #book #authorlife #mysterybooks #ladyworthing #murderinwestminster #vanessarileyhere #bookclubmeeting #tbr #igreads #igreels #airportoutfit #airportstyle #luggage
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Hello, I’m a writer on a deadline. I need food. Help!

I’m working on my next murder mystery, Murder in Drury Lane, (the 2nd in the Lady Worthing series) hence my fun with knives. You’ve all seen how I recently changed my life and my relationship with food. No going back!!!

That means I have to stop writing and cook. Checking on what we have, I found—eggs, avocado, croissants, tomatoes, lemons, and seasonings. It’s on.

Made breakfast faster than an uber Delivery!!! 😂

Back to writing, but before I go, what is your fast go-to meal?

Like and share ideas. We can live this better life together.
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