The stories in this book were written as “Made-to-Order” competition prizes. The winner chose three characters or objects and a story trope. What I did after that was up to me; the raw material of these ideas turned on the lathe of my imagination.
The book contains three short stories and a novella. I offer them as a sample of my writing style, the stories I love to tell, and the types of hero and heroine I love creating. I hope you enjoy following my characters through the turns in their tales.
The Raven's Lady
Felix returns home in disguise after thirteen years away from home. He plans to catch a smuggler, then take up his viscountcy. He does not expect the smuggler to be Joselyn, his childhood sweetheart. (Short story)
All That Glisters
The setting is New Zealand in the 1860s, when gold miners poured into the fledgling settlement of Dunedin. Rose is unhappy in the household of her fanatical uncle, but Thomas, a young merchant from Canada, offers a glimpse of another possible life, if she is brave enough to reach for it. (Short story)
Kidnapped to Freedom
Stolen from the Georgian plantation just ahead of being sold down the river, Phoebe faces the high seas to be reunited with her brother and sister, and the master’s son she once loved. Why then, are her dreams filled with the handsome, masked pirate who captains her rescue ship? (Short story)
The Prisoners of Wyvern Castle
Rupert has been imprisoned by his wicked sister, and compelled to wed. His new wife, Madeline, has likewise been threatened into saying her vows. Forced into marriage, they find love, but can they find freedom before it is too late?
I enjoyed the stories in this book. Each is well written and really showed the authors writing style which I enjoyed. I’m looking forward to reading more by Jude Knight and recommend reading.
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A wonderful collection of 3 short stories & 1 novella by the talented Jude Knight. The short stories are written from ideas provided by winners of her contests. They provide things they would like to read about & Jude writes the story.
Everything from a “dead” viscount who secretly works for the crown investigating smugglers only to find that his childhood friend is among those labeled as a smuggler – a female smuggler. When the one he is looking for comes looking for her can he protect her? When he reveals his true identity can she forgive him? Will a raven prove to be their saviour?
To a tale of a slave & her break to freedom & the mysterious pirate who helps her escape. To New Zealand & tales of gold. Can the owner of a mining supply company rescue the damsel who is below the status of servant in her religious uncle’s home?
The novella is a prequel to the upcoming Embracing Prudence. An earl held captive by his vengeful half sister & the woman he is forced to wed. A woman forced to wed by her power hungry half brother. Can these two make a go of their marriage while being held as prisoners? A beautiful, hopeful story.
These stories are an excellent sampling of Ms. Knight’s writing style. A writing style that holds a little something for everyone. I, for one, am looking forward to exploring more of her books and know that I will enjoy every one.
A sample of her writing...
In this collection of short stories.
I wasn’t sure what band turned meant but apparently it’s short stories that can be read at lunch.