These days, people are busy, stressed, time poor. After (or before) a hectic, demanding day, they just want to relax and have their mind transported somewhere interesting and fun. I write the kind of books I like to read: books that are a sexy thrill-ride, but also stimulating for the mind without being taxing.

My plots are entertaining and often surprising, but make logical sense. They don’t require the reader to suspend their disbelief to a ridiculous extent.

My characters are engaging, highly competent, but not perfect. Instead, they are authentic – and no authentic person is ever perfect. Quirks are what makes people - including the fictional kind – interesting and lovable. I am an ardent student of human nature, and my books invite the reader to ponder people's actions and motives, the many different personalities that exist out there, and the mechanics of human relationships.

You can find out more about what inspired the Kendra Veiss series HERE.

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Strategic Entanglements is the first novel in a series featuring a kick-butt New Adult heroine, 

Kendra Veiss.

The series is set in the gritty, dangerous world of espionage on an alternative Earth of the future called Terra.

For fans of spy intrigue, action-packed suspense, complex characters, forbidden attraction and inconvenient, deadly love triangles.

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On Terra, the empire of Basur calls the shots and everybody else gets into line. Almost everybody…

The Askar get into line for no-one. They don’t seem to know when they’re beaten. Ruthless, indomitable, they are capable of anything. Like kidnapping a DSS officer for interrogation from the streets of Basur’s own capital.

Kendra Veiss, the officer in question, should be dead. Instead, she walks out of an Askari black site without a scratch on her. That’s enough excitement for a while, even for a girl who works for the Basuri DSS — the most powerful intelligence organisation on Terra. But it proves only the beginning of a cat and mouse game between her and Aran Reiner.

Reiner, an Askari secret service agent, engineered her release. Now he’s hanging around her like a hungry stray. She’s indebted to him, but he’s bad, bad news. Untrustworthy, manipulative. Dangerous to herself and a crucial DSS asset she must protect at all costs. But his arresting looks pull her like a magnet, stopping her breath, making her ache to yield to temptation.

What does Reiner really want? And how far would he go to get it?

What Readers' Favorite  reviewers say about

Strategic Entanglements


This was a fast-paced and action-packed science fiction novel that shows great potential.

I enjoyed how the story seemed to flow effortlessly, the narrative was exceptionally crafted and I loved how the characters had minds of their own. It felt as if they were guiding the story, bringing it to life and making it exceptional. 

I was invested in Kendra and Aran, I wanted to see more of them and where their story went. Their chemistry was very exciting, it was almost alive.

I also enjoyed the flow of the story, the thrill, the mystery and how the author brought everything to life. The descriptions were perfect, the imagery was vivid and the dialogues were crisp.

I cannot wait for the next novel in the series. Simply amazing. It really has the potential to become a long and popular series.

Rabia Tanveer


This steamy science fiction romance is equals parts sizzle and speculative, setting a dangerous liaison in the midst of a clever espionage tale from the near future.

Author D. E. Knightley crafts the central pair of characters well, allowing readers a close narration to get to Kendra’s inner thoughts, and those temptations which are building the more time she spends with Aran.

This tension is matched by the political and social tensions of the DSS and their enemies, and the new wars that seem to be verging in the wider world.  Here, the narration takes sharp turns with excellent action description, juxtaposed but complementary to the love scenes that are interspersed with them.

Overall, Strategic Entanglements is a 'badly behaved' romp for those who want sharp action sequences and powerful romance in one well-formed package.

K.C. Finn


D. E. Knightly has written an interesting and entertaining book with Strategic Entanglements.


I have not seen many romantic science fiction books about, but it is a good combination. This alternative world is well developed and the author made good use of the descriptions so that I could picture it clearly.

The characters are well written and the dialogue is natural. The action kicks off fairly quickly and it kept me reading as I wanted to know what would happen next. It does have a kind of spy/ espionage feel to it and the characters were very believable. I would recommend it to sci-fi and romance fans. I also think it will appeal to thriller fans too.

Samantha Gregory


Strategic Entanglements blends the components of usual spy fiction with other elements that are a lot more original.

I like the idea of setting the story on another planet. It allows Knightley freedom to create a background history that includes an account of a previous war and occasional remarks about local customs. They find their place next to the spy story, which is well developed with many turns of events.

I like that Strategic Entanglements focuses both on Kendra’s personal life and her work. The reader understands her, and her involvement with Reiner spices up the story. 

Even though other books hint at the attraction between enemies, the present novel explores it thoroughly and makes it one of the main themes. I consider this one of its strongest points.

Astrid Iustulin 

About me

I was the kid who made up stories, entertaining my school friends during lunch with new twists on the traditional fairy tales. I was in every school play, and wrote my first poem when I was nine. (It was about a bird. It rhymed and everything.) My teachers  all thought I would be a writer.

So, of course, I went on to do a Commerce-Law degree. Because everyone in my family is sensible...

For a long time, I loved solving people’s problems, carrying their burdens through some of the most trying times they were ever going to have in their lives. It was a fascinating insight into how people behave under stressful conditions, at their worst. It did not make me cynical, but it taught me some valuable lessons about human nature. Then it started to drain me, and eventually became unbearable. I left, and never looked back.

During my misspent youth in the legal sector, I continued to make up stories in my head, sometimes even writing snippets down for my friends to enjoy. Everyone wanted more, but I didn’t have time. (What I remember most about my legal career is the chronic and pervading sense that I never had time for anything.) Eventually, when things became really bad, I turned to writing actively as a means of relaxing and escaping reality. It was such an incredible pleasure that it finally hit me - this is what I should be doing!... Better late than never, right?

And this is how the Kendra Veiss series was born. I created a world in which I could explore and play with the things that I am passionately interested in, that absolutely fascinate me: people, relationships, politics, history. More about the series, and what inspired it, can be found on the Series page.

Now, I divide my time between writing and helping people resolve their differences before they start hating each other officially and in writing. And I love doing both – but not nearly as much as I love spending time with my family!

What I also love is hearing from my readers. Check out my Facebook page or go to contacts.

Also, check out my soundtrack for Strategic Entanglements here.

Till we meet again,


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