New reviews…

Thank you for the lovely new reviews my awesome readers!

For Sid and Teddy:

***** 5 stars – One wave after another
February 20, 2018

A story to make your heart race – for the young at heart. It’s not a moral tale, but a story of the beginning of life together. Well-written and the interest is sustained throughout.

***** 5 Stars – Fantastic read! I loved Sid and Teddy!
February 15, 2018

I liked the way Sid and Teddy told the story in their own words, and I found them to be very endearing and realistic characters. I fell in love with Teddy, but I also fell for Gavin for a bit there, too. Like a lot of love stories, it was a bit complicated, yet true love triumphed in the end.

The book is fun, yet deep and thought-provoking, and it runs the emotional gamut. I laughed and I cried. There were super sad events, surprise twists, and fun adventures woven throughout. I also loved Sid’s obsession with Mary, and I enjoyed the way Mary’s story was intertwined.

Just like in real life, some awful things happened, but then became wonderful opportunities for some of the characters to grow closer. The overall message was uplifting and hopeful. I was captivated by this book, & I didn’t want to put it down.

I live in Los Angeles, and reading this reminded me of a lot of the reasons I love it here. I’d recommend the book to anyone, but I think mostly young women will enjoy it.

And then there was this one (not a five star, but included an impassioned plea at the end for more reviews. I completely concur):

*** 3 Stars – Not my category romance , not my cup of tea, but may be the sugar to your tea
February 5, 2018
…Just because it is not my cup of tea, does not mean it will not be the sugar to your tea.
And if you do read it. Leave a review for the book. I see it is not many 🙁 and authors need to be appreciated for there hard work. for writing these books that occupy our minds. especially the authors who’s books are part of kindle unlimited 🙂

Thank you lovelies. Now I’m back to writing the next book!


My book Violet’s Mountain is now on Audible, whoo hoo!! And if you sign up for a free audible trial you can listen to it for free (cancel anytime.) The narrator is the fabulous Matt Meyer who totally got Edmund, deep and tortured, but with a bit of surfer vibe. Awesome.

Violet’s Mountain on Audible, whoo hoo!
Bright on Audible too, oh yeah!
I also have Bright on Audible too! Bright is read by Robin Jill, and she captures the first person angst of my heroine Estelle brilliantly. Perfectly. Exuberantly.

(I’m in editing mode on a book and plucking from its pages hundreds of adverbs so I shall pepper them thoroughly here.)

(lately, I hae also found myself prone to the overuse of shalls and thy and thous, because the highlander I’m writing right now has a way with words. Tis spilling over to my day to day.)

Recent reviews…

One of the readers I met last year at the Amelia Island Book Festival wrote to me:

“Even if I’m not getting much out of the “hunky” guys you put in the book, I read them for the worlds you have created. A guy reading YA romance novels doesn’t seem normal but I don’t see your style anywhere else.” – E.

He was talking about Bright, Beyond and Belief, and made my day with that email.

Another reader said:

“I’m sorry that I’ve forgotten, but have I told you how amazing you and your books are?” -M.

She may have made my whole year so far.

I also got a new awesome review on Sid and Teddy:

***** Such a good read! Engaging and heartfelt, but not at all cotton-candy. Loved it.

Thank you so much!

Sid and Teddy: Falling for Gavin.

For sale pretty much everywhere, only $4.99


Here’s the rest of the chapter, Sid and Teddy, Chapter 56 (Sid):

…Cameron had called me with a favor. His band wanted to open for a bigger band called Broken Blasters. (I googled them, they were a hot and upcoming band out of England) The lead singer, the guitarist, and the drummer of Broken Blasters would drop in to see Cameron’s band rehearse.

Cameron figured it would look good to have a small audience while they played. But his point was, basically, that it might sell them to have pretty girls watching them adoringly in the rehearsal studio where they practiced. I was a little flattered that he asked me. I was also a little irritated when he asked if I had any friends, and when I said I didn’t, not really, he said, “What about Zoe?”

I answered that Zoe and I didn’t hang out any more, and he huffed and said, “But you’ll come, right?”

And I said I would because I was bored.

Man, it had been a long time since I had anything interesting to do. Also, Dad had just reminded me I was supposed to be trying to be the kind of person who had fun.

When I got to the rehearsal, I perched on the arm of a ratty old couch while Cameron’s band, The Strange Monikers, tuned their instruments and pretended not to be nervous.

Then they walked in.

By they I mean—Gavin. And two guys who were impossible to notice because of Gavin.

He was hot. Wicked hot. Pale pasty white, like he might need an intro to the sun, dark wavy hair, a jaw that looked like you wanted to kiss it. Anyone would want to. Guy or girl, it only made sense.

Living in LA you get kind of used to people who are celebrities, the famous, or the On The Cusp Of Famous, walking around in your normal world. By used to, I mean, able to spot them, capable of maintaining your cool, knowing to ignore them, but also track them, in case.

Gavin had that famous person aura. He wasn’t a celebrity, but he walked into that room and every set of eyes landed on him. I caught my breath. The two young men with him, deferred to his decisions—where would he go, what should they do?

He swept the room with his eyes and then his eyes landed on me and he did this—I kid you not—he put his hand over his heart and took a step back. He literally said, “Whoa,” under his breath.

I looked down at my Mexican Coke bottle trying to figure out what might be wrong that this gorgeous stranger lost his step at the sight of me. Probably spinach in my teeth. I brushed, but still.

Gavin beelined for me. I stood up and we almost collided which caused him to laugh. He swiped his hand through his hair, and looked into my eyes, as if we had known each other for a long, long time, like he was trying to get me to remember. Positioning himself right there. Close.

Then he spoke in a sexy, sexy British accent. Jeez, could he get any better? “What’s your name then?”


“Sid? I never knew a ‘Sid’ to be quite so feminine.” Heat crawled up my cheeks. “My name is Gavin.” I stared down at my feet, one shoe on top of the other. He asked, “What brings you here?”

I said, “My friend invited me to listen to them play tonight.”

“Ah, but see, you strike me as above decorating-the-furniture-for-a-mediocre-rock-band.”

I chuckled and said, “You haven’t heard them yet.” And then I said, “You also just met me, this might be exactly what I’m suited for.”

He raised his eyebrows and smiled, head cocked back. “Are you from around here Sid?”

“I’m from the Southbay, actually.”

“Ah, Sid from the Southbay, makes perfect sense.”

I knew I should also ask questions, but I was having a hard time keeping up with his cocky assuredness. I took another sip of my Mexican Coke.

He watched me, like he couldn’t take his eyes off my face. I nervously glanced at an old ratty Green Day poster.

He put his hand over his heart and leaned in. “So Sid of the Southbay, what do you do, your day job, when you’re not decorating concert halls?”

One of his band mates thrust a drink into Gavin’s hand and he took it without looking and drank. How would that be? To have total trust that your needs will be fulfilled because you’re just that cool?

I said, “I’m a writer.”

“Oh, really? See, I was right. What do you write?”

“I’m working on a screenplay, about Mary Queen of Scots.”

His eyebrows knit together and he looked at me from the corner of his eye, “Mary? Our Mary? The Scottish Strumpet?” He laughed loudly.

Heat burned up my ears.

He said, “Will you tell about how she murdered that one Brit and then tried to overthrow the Crown?”

I glared, “No, I’m going more for the tragedy of her life, how she was carried along by a course of events she couldn’t control. That she was young, and basically good, but fate intervened.”

“Ah, a retelling. I see.” He ran his fingers through his hair. Then he smiled and his hand went back to his heart. “You see, us Brits, we’re divided into two camps, either we’re anti-royalists, like my father, or we believe Elizabeth the first was correct in all things, like my Mum. You won’t find many Brits that will embrace a retelling of the Adulteress of Edinburgh to make her look like she was treated unfairly. It will be a hard sell.” He looked deep into my eyes again, “That being said, a young American, like yourself, might be just the person to try.”

One of his band mates whispered in his ear. Gavin took a deep swig from his glass. “I have to get to work deciding the fate of this band. You best resume your seat so your beauty can distract me from their imperfections.”

He turned and stood with his band mates as Cameron’s band started to play.

What the hell was I supposed to do now? I couldn’t go sit on the couch. Not after being told to. But then again, he was just pointing out that Cameron had asked me to sit on the couch. Cameron was the problem, right? I also couldn’t stand here on the back wall of the room, by myself, while a band played. I looked ridiculous.

So I did the only thing I could think of—I walked to the couch and perched on the arm and tried to look beautiful. Like I had been told. But here’s the thing, you might think I had lost my power, but Gavin couldn’t take his eyes off me. Barely ever. He listened to the band, but he watched me, the whole time.

After Cameron’s set, Gavin came back. He sat on the couch leaned back, looking up at me still perched dutifully on the arm of the couch.

“I can see why you got this gig, you performed your part perfectly. Will you come to the show?”

Cameron was looking over at us. He was probably watching Gavin for signs of whether the Strange Monikers had been picked or not. Maybe he was a little jealous too.

I said, “I’m sure the band will invite me.”

He said, “No, I mean, will you come with me, to the show.”

“Oh, um, yes.”

He nodded and ran his hand through his hair. He shifted his weight and grabbed his phone out of his back pocket and said, “Sid of the Southbay, might I have your number, please?”

I called out the digits and he worked for two seconds until my phone vibrated in my pocket. “Sid, it has been a pleasure. I’m greatly looking forward to spending more time in your company, as you take my breath away.”

Seriously? This was real? He stood and cocked his head again. “It will also be fun to tell my parents I’m falling for a California girl named after Sid Vicious who happens to be a royalist and a believer in the goodness of the Harlot of Scots.”

He smiled and gave a small shake of his head, not in a bad way, in an I Can’t Believe The Way She Makes Me Feel kind of way. A way that made me get all hot inside. And then he said, “We have another band to see, will you be up later? If I text?”

I said, “Yes,” because who could sleep after all of that?

You can find it anywhere awesome books are sold. Catalog.

A boxed Set.

Because ya wanna read the whole e-book series, without stop, go go go. Gotta find out what happens next and…here ya go.

Only $6.99. A huge savings over buying the books one by one by one. Find the links on my catalog page.

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Most Anticipated YA Books to read in Early Summer 2017!

1. OUR DARK DUET by Victoria Schwab

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.



A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi LeeSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.



3. SID AND TEDDY by H. D. Knightley

Sid and Teddy are best friends. They surf together. They love each other. And maybe finally it’s time for them to be together — but tragedy strikes and interrupts their perfect first kiss, and they get completely stuck in Interrupted.
Because it’s hard to love each other when you’ve been best friends forever. It’s complicated. And the last thing Sid needs is complicated, right?
She needs easy. She needs to take fate by the hand and follow. She needs a hot rock star with a sexy British accent and a lickable jawline to kiss her sadness away.
Probably. But rock stars come with baggage. The kind of baggage that causes Sid to lose her way.
And lost, she desperately needs her best friend Teddy, but is it too much, too late?



4. BAD ROMANCE by Heather Demetrios

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone. Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.


5. WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.



India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be.


I hope you’re as excited to read these as I am!

H.D. Knightley

New Covers (For literally everything!)

The first cover I changed belongs to Sid and Teddy. I absolutely love how it turned out. It’s so fresh and as my newest baby looks pretty and like it smells good. It also has its very first review, five stars. So there you go. Want to read it? You can for free for like, another day.  But if you’re already convinced that it will be worth it, you can buy it at all the usual places, check my catalog here: Sid and Teddy






The second cover belongs to Violet’s Mountain. This one is perfect. Exactly how I wanted it to look. I hope you like and if you haven’t taken a chance on the story yet, now that it’s all cleaned up… (sadly I can’t offer it to you for free, while it’s in Kindle Select exclusively, but follow this link if you want to buy a copy.) Violet’s Mountain







Then I altered Fly: The Light Princess Retold ever so slightly. Simple is always better, now it’s like a cool breeze, much like the hero of our story, Amelia. The flightiest princess you’ll ever love. Available for free here, for a limited time: Fly














Lastly, I made Bright so much better, and improved Beyond a bit too. I also added a tag line and the number that each book is within the trilogy. You can get a copy of Bright for free here: But it’s always for free everywhere now. Check my catalog page for your favorite store: Catalog


New Release, Sid and Teddy + Free Books!

I have a ton of news and yet need to pace myself so firstly:

My book Bright (Book One of the Estelle Series) is free (along with some other great YA books you might like, scroll down, I’m near the bottom) here:

And this is pressing: Sid and Teddy will be released to the world on March 23, 2017. Three days, Aaaagh. I’m terrified and excited. I need rampant readers, kindly reviewers, and good positive vibes. So, to that end, here it is free for you:

Sid and Teddy

If you’ve read it already, thank you.
Yes, Sid needs a hug, and I agree, Teddy is awesome,
and I KNOW, I did not see Gavin coming.
I created a Dream Cast the other day, let me know if this seems right:

Sid Dalton played by Olivia Holt:

Teddy Ayers played by Cody Christian:

Gavin played by this hunky guy (don’t know his name ;o):

I may need to write to you again this week, book release and all, and there are more free books to come, but grab these while you can. And phew. That was a lot. But whenever I feel overwhelmed by it all I just look at that gif right up there, oh yeah.