Heidi Wessman Kneale

Heidi Wessman Kneale

Western Australia

Heidi Wessman Kneale is an Australian author of moderate repute who writes escapist fiction. She is fond of Romance and Fantasy, often blending the two, for what is love without a little bit of magic? Occasionally she dabbles in Science Fiction.

Whether she writes about Regency debutantes or feisty American Suffragettes, Kneale applies her own brand of magic and wonder with a dash of wry humour. Her books are sure to please fans of Mary Robinette Kowal, Gail Carriger, Patricia Wrede and Stephanie Burgis.

In her other life, she has a Masters degree in Astronomy.

Fantasy

The Enchanted Faerie

In 1678, six maidens seek happiness, love, and passion in the Highlands of Scotland. A land where myth and truth have no borders, where good shares a bed with evil, where spells can be made, and even broken. Gypsy, Alishandra Orona, has the power and the magic to unleash their wildest dreams. But the price is high, if not nigh impossible. Fall in love with the mystique, magic, and the forbidden in the world of The Enchanted Faerie. The Securement Of Greggie Donald by Zara Penney Playing to Win by E.J. McKenna As Good As Gold by Heidi Kneale The Strongest Magic by Judy Bagshaw Night Of The Gray Sky by Lea Schizas Beltane Faerie Of Fate by Holly Greenfield

As Good as Gold

Daywen Athalia wants love--true and lasting. Fearing a future of bitter loneliness, she seeks help from a gypsy woman. The price: a hundred pieces of gold. Daywen's never had two shillings to rub together in her life. Where's she going to find a hundred gold pieces? Bel MacEuros made a career of theft from fey creatures. When the cursed gold he rightfully stole from a gnome is taken from him by Daywen, the consequences could bless or break his life. It is not the gnome's curse or a gypsy's blessing but another magic, far deeper and more powerful, that will change their lives forever.

For Richer, For Poorer

The Deveraux line is famous...for a family curse. The rich must marry the poor or lose their prosperity. Peter Baring is the last of the Deveraux and sinking slowly into poverty. But will marriage to his icy business partner save him? Beatrice Nottham dreams of leaving Earth for a fresh start. But only married couples are allowed to move off-world. Marrying a man she’s unsure she loves will solve that problem...but at what cost? When Beatrice visits England to research her branch of the Deveraux family tree, she meets Peter and sparks fly. Both question everything they ever believed would fulfill their dreams. If they dare to be together, will the Curse follow them beyond the stars? The answer to breaking its power could lie in the heart of a crumbling tapestry...if they have the courage to try.

Aphrodite Terra: Stories about Venus

Venus, the Evening Star, Venera, Al-Zuhara, ch'aska... the second planet of the Solar System. The Venus of myth, fable and fact has been a common setting in science fiction, and here are six more stories showing the many faces of the planet. From Heidi Kneale’s tale of homelessness and science to Lorraine Schein’s fable about female anarchists, from Deborah Walker’s poetic colonisation of the Evening Star to Erin Hartshorn’s story of a flight from war (Venus at least, it seems, accepts refugees), and from Rosie Oliver’s hard sf to EM Edward’s densely-written heartland science fiction. Half a dozen of the best contemporary science fiction has to offer about Venus.

Marry Me (A Candy Hearts Romance)

In 1905 New York City, affluent Millie Moore wants to be outspoken like the suffragettes she admires. She also wants to rid herself of an annoying and controlling suitor. For a well-brought up young lady whose mother fears her impending spinsterhood, speaking her mind is an uphill battle. When Raymond Wilson sees Millie at a rally, it’s love at first sight. Not wanting his stutter to ruin his chances, he enchants a little candy heart to do his talking for him. For Millie, Raymond is a breath of fresh air. And maybe, just maybe, someone she could love. But for her social-climbing suitor Guy Elliot, he’s a threat to his plans. And Raymond isn’t the only one who knows something about magic. Now the ante has been upped and Millie is the prize…

The White Feather

Crippled by a fear of firearms, James Cowper is rejected by the draft during the Great War. For this, the villagers mark him as a cowardly pariah. Cruelly shamed by them, James attempts a desperate deed by the tombstone of the village's most famous lady, Georgia Palmerton, also known as the Stoweham Ghost. A hundred years ago, a romantic rival cursed Georgia Palmerton. Since then, she's wandered in phantom form, naked and alone, watching generations grow up, marry, live, and die. Georgia could be restored back to life, if someone had the courage to help her. Freeing Georgia from physical death is a simple matter. Freeing James from social death is altogether more challenging, especially when he is asked to give up everything he's ever known. Now that the ghost and the pariah have found each other, will love and courage be enough to save them both?

Bride of the Dark

To save everyone she knows and loves, Adrastea agreed to marry Mor-Lath, God of the Dark. But what does Mor-Lath get? The mystery behind his reason for the marrage deepens as he introduces her to his priestesses, his library, and even the God of the Light. The only place he didn't introduce to her was his bed. This baffles her. Without consummation, the marriage isn't complete in Adrastea's eyes, making her the bride, but not a wife. Why did he marry her? An ancient prophecy provides both the reason and the reluctance of Mor-Lath when it comes to his bride, and that which he desires most could also be the one thing that destroys them both.

House of the Dark

How far would you go to achieve your greatest desire? Disappointed in her marriage, Adrastea chooses to leave Mor-Lath. She returns to Sacred Spring with a baby nobody else wants and the secret Mor-Lath desires. In spite of being trailed by a contrite husband, Adrastea insists on returning to a normal life. But not everyone believes the Bride of the Dark has retired. Forces from the Cithran Empire seek her, not to destroy her, but to use her to end the Dark God. One individual, in particular, is happy to sacrifice an entire nation to gain control of the Bride. The one thing he did not count on was that Adrastea has plans of her own...

Currently Unchaperoned (Currently Charmed Book 1)

Felicity Abbot is frustrated at yet another London Season denied her. So dreadfully unfair. When an opportunity arises to defy her parents and Society, she sneaks off—unchaperoned—to the neighbors' party. Surely no one will notice her in the crowd. Now she can finally see what all the fuss is about. Coerced by his desperate mother, Victor Wyndell is a reluctant guest at the Chesters' gathering. He must find two things: a bride and something called The Agreement. If he fails, it could mean ruin for both his family and his chances for a decent marriage. Instead, he finds the enchanting Miss Abbot. She is more than happy to help such an attractive gentleman, provided he assists her in navigating where she doesn't belong. Together, they discover secrets, scandals, and maybe even love. But can they unearth the mysterious Agreement?

God of the Dark

Adrastea, a simple country healer, is surprised to receive a marriage proposal from the Dark God Mor-Lath. As a devotee of a rival god, of course she turns him down. She was raised on chilling tales of this Chthonic being who drags the souls of the unrepentant to Dom-al-gol. Adrastea loves her simple country life of brewing medicines and saving lives. Marriage to Mor-Lath would greatly complicate things. Besides, why would the Dark God propose to her? Undaunted by her refusal, Mor-Lath insists on courting her. Sometimes he is charming, winning over the other villagers, but other times, she sees him for the dark god he truly is. He refuses to let anyone stand in his way. While he makes it clear he'll only have her willingly, he's making it very difficult for her to say no. She wonders, what is he really after? Adrastea faces a quandary: if she accepts the Dark God's marriage proposal, she'll lose her very soul. But if she rejects it, the world itself and everything in it might be at stake. Either way, the price is too high.

A Lady of Many Charms and Other Stories: A Collection of Romance

Three tales--one past, one present, one future--explore what it is to love and just how far someone would go for the love of another. The Past: Lady Daphne Collister is unimpressed with her fellow magic-wielding debutantes. She finds their methods overbearing. Surely there was a better way of finding a noble husband in Regency England? The Present: Ellie loves Josh. Josh barely knows Ellie exists. For her, it is not enough to sit behind him at school every day. What must Ellie do to get Josh to notice her? How about a love spell? After all, what could go wrong? The Future: Leo and his co-worker Katerina have fallen in love. Secretly, of course, for office romance is illegal and all marriages are strictly regulated. There’s only one exception: the Valentine Raffle. But to win at love, Leo and Katerina may need to cheat the system...

Her Endearing Young Charms: A Regency Romance with Magic (A Lady of Many Charms Book 1)

A Regency Romance with Magic. Miss Merribelle Hales spent years imbuing a silver locket with man-attracting charms. On the way to her first London Season, her locket is stolen--along with a kiss--by a highwayman. Her only clue to his identity: a pair of intense eyes. This vexes her. Without her best charm, how will she ever be able to compete on the Marriage Mart? It would be so much easier if she didn't have to compete at all. Lord Alexander Rochester, has worries aplenty. His ailing father's estates are woefully in debt, so he must seek a wealthy wife. His courtship of Miss Hales goes terribly awry with a simple kiss that leads to his slapped face and an accusation of theft. It's a case of mistaken identity. Alexander knows and fears the real culprit. He faces the loss of his father, his estate and Miss Hales--whom he's loved since childhood--at the hands of the Handkiss Highwayman. For fans of Mary Robinette Kowal, Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) and Georgette Heyer.

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