Jude Knight


Have you ever wanted something so much you were afraid to even try? That was Jude ten years ago.

For as long as she can remember, she's wanted to be a novelist. She even started dozens of stories, over the years.

But life kept getting in the way. A seriously ill child who required years of therapy; a rising mortgage that led to a full-time job; six children, her own chronic illness… the writing took a back seat.

As the years passed, the fear grew. If she didn't put her stories out there in the market, she wouldn't risk making a fool of herself. She could keep the dream alive if she never put it to the test.

Then her mother died. That great lady had waited her whole life to read a novel of Jude's, and now it would never happen.

So Jude faced her fear and changed it--told everyone she knew she was writing a novel. Now she'd make a fool of herself for certain if she didn't finish.

Her first book came out to excellent reviews in December 2014, and the rest is history. Many books, lots of positive reviews, and a few awards later, she feels foolish for not starting earlier.

Jude write historical fiction with a large helping of romance, a splash of Regency, and a twist of suspense. She then tries to figure out how to slot the story into a genre category. She’s mad keen on history, enjoys what happens to people in the crucible of a passionate relationship, and loves to use a good mystery and some real danger as mechanisms to torture her characters.

Dip your toe into her world with one of her lunch-time reads collections or a novella, or dive into a novel. And let her know what you think.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I researched what other authors had said about cover design, and spent a lot of time thinking about the way I wanted to present the story. I also looked at many images, trying to find one that would work. I decided I wanted a great house and an invalid chair, but finding them was quite a trick! I've blogged about the cover journey, but the brief end point was that I eventually had the chair drawn by an artist I know. I also experimented with a number of fonts before I found one that worked at thumbnail size. I'm pleased with the result. What do you think?
What do you read for pleasure?
I read widely. I particularly like historical fiction and historical romance, sf, mystery, and fantasy. But I also read biographies, philosophy, contemporary novels. You name it, really.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Jude Knight online


The Widow's Christmas Rogue
Pre-release—available December 24, 2024. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Romantic Comedy
Trapped by a snowstorm, the widow and the man she found in her cottage must form a reluctant alliance to survive
The Darkness Within
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,570. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
The community that calls itself Heaven has a darker side, and the woman Max loves is in awful danger. To save her, he must lose her, for if he draws on his hard-won skills as a sniper and assassin, she will recoil from the darkness of his soul. Note: This book is largely set within a cult. If you have experience of cults, approach this book with caution.
One Hour in Freedom
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,710. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian
Once, they meant everything to one another, but four years ago, betrayal and lies tore them apart. They must learn to trust again as a master criminal circles for the kill. The stakes could not be higher. Their loves. Their lives. Their daughter.
The Blossoming of the Wallflower
Pre-release—available July 23, 2024. Price: $0.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian
Merrilyn doesn't mind being called a wallflower, but she does object to being ignored. Especially by the man who killed her herbacious border and butchered her magnolia tree. He deserves the revenge she has planned. Doesn't he? Justin can't think of the girl next door without inappropriate fantasies, so it is best to ignore her till she goes away. Which is what he wants. Isn't it?
Grasp the Thorn
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,350. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 11, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian
An accident brings them together. Will a scandal tear them apart?
Chaos Come Again
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,250. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 20, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian
Tormented by his past and by vile rumours, will this Regency Othello allow a trusted liar to destroy the love between himself and his wife?
The Flavour of Our Deeds
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,110. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 29, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian
When Luke finally admits to loving Kitty, she thinks their troubles are over. They are just beginning. Book 5 of The Golden Redepennings
The Husband Gamble: Book 13 in Wedding Wager
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,550. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian
The abducted bride; the upright earl. The only place they match is over the chess board.
The Golden Redepennings Books 1 to 4
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 391,070. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: January 24, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Collections & Anthologies
True love is rare and elusive, but they won’t settle for less: Regency Society calls them the Golden Redepennings, because they seem to have it all: good looks, wealth, social connections, and a strong loyalty to one another. This box set contains the first 4 books in the series: A Farewell to Kindness, A Raging Madness, The Realm of Silence, and Unkept Promises
Chasing the Tale: Volume II
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,670. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian
Escape to another time and place just long enough for a lunch or coffee break with these ten short stories from Jude Knight.
Paradise Triptych
Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 61,280. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Separated when young, James and Eleanor married other people. Paradise Triptych traces their histories. Paradise Regained: James chooses between England and his new family in Central Asia. Paradise Lost: Eleanor, shaken by James's reappearance, relives memories of her life. Paradise at Last: They are free to marry at last. Will their own pride and a revengeful villain stand in their way?
To Tame the Wild Rake: The Saint and the Sinner
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,610. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
The whole world knows Aldridge is a wicked sinner. They used to be right. The ton has labelled Charlotte a saint for her virtue and good works. They don't know the ruinous secret she hides. Then an implacable enemy reveals all. The past that haunts them wounds their nearest relatives and turns any hope of a future to ashes. Must they choose between family and each other?
To Claim the Long-Lost Lover
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,840. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
The beauty known as the Winderfield Diamond hides a ruinous secret. Society’s newest viscount holds the key.
Melting Matilda
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,890. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Sparks flew a year ago when the Granite Earl kissed the Ice Princess. In the depths of another winter, fire still smoulders under the frost between them
To Mend the Broken-Hearted: The Healer and the Hermit
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,030. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Ruth is a healer, not a social gadfly. She's glad to leave the foreign world of the ton to run an errand for her sister-in-law. She doesn't expect to be caught up in a smallpox epidemic, nor to meet the man of her dreams. War and betrayal have wounded Val beyond bearing. The woman who arrives at his retreat with patients who need shelter says she's a healer. But he is beyond healing. Isn't he?
Chasing the Tale
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,950. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Escape into another place and time just long enough for a lunch or coffee break in eleven short stories from the pen of Jude Knight.
To Wed a Proper Lady
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 67,250. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Everyone knows James needs a bride with impeccable blood lines to please his grandfather the duke. He needs Sophia’s love more.
Fire & Frost
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,240. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2020 by Bluestocking Belles. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
In a winter so cold the Thames freezes over, five couples find a love to warm their hearts. Love unexpected, rekindled, or brand new—even one that’s a whack on the side of the head—heats up the frigid winter. After weeks of fog and cold, all five stories converge on the ice at the 1814 Frost Fair in a charity auction on behalf of the suffering veterans of the Napoleonic wars.
Paradise Regained
Price: Free! Words: 21,830. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Regency
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In discovering the mysteries of the East, James has built a new life. Will unveiling the secrets in his wife’s heart destroy it?
Unkept Promises
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,130. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Regency
(5.00 from 1 review)
She wants to negotiate a comfortable marriage; he wants her in his bed “… oaths and anchors equally will drag: naught else abides on fickle earth but unkept promises of joy.” Herman Melville
Hearts in the Land of Ferns: Love Tales in New Zealand.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,140. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
This collection of New Zealand stories are all lunch-length reads, all prepublished in other box sets but collected together here for the first time. It includes two historical romance novellas and three contemporary romantic suspense novellas.
Valentines from Bath
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 128,080. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
The Master of Ceremonies announces a great ball to be held on Valentine’s Day in the Upper Assembly Rooms of Bath. Ladies and gentlemen -- and some who are neither -- ready themselves for the event. Anything can happen in the magic of music and candlelight as couples dance, flirt, and open themselves to romantic possibilities. Problems and conflict may just fade away at a Valentine’s Day Ball.
Follow Your Star Home
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 166,420. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Divided sweethearts seek love and forgiveness in this collection of eight seasonal novellas.
The Realm of Silence
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,700. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Regency
Rescue her daughter, destroy her dragons, defeat his demons, win the widow, go back to his lonely life. Book 3 of The Golden Redepennings series
If Mistletoe Could Tell Tales
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 98,230. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Historical » Regency
In this 2017 box set, you’ll find Jude’s four published Christmas novellas plus two Christmas-themed stories from her lunch-length reads collections. All together in one 97,500 word volume for your holiday pleasure.
Lord Calne's Christmas Ruby
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,620. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Regency
When an impoverished earl sets out to help a wealthy merchant's daughter solve the mystery of her aunt's disappearing inheritance, neither intend romance. He can't afford to wed, and won't live on his wife. She won't marry a fortune hunter. But pride is a cold bedfellow, and Christmas may bring a change of heart.
Never Too Late
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,490. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2017 by Bluestocking Belles. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » General
Eight authors and eight different takes on four dramatic elements selected by our readers—an older heroine, a wise man, a Bible, and a compromising situation that isn’t. Set in a variety of locations around the world over eight centuries, welcome to the romance of the Bluestocking Belles’ 2017 Holiday Anthology. It’s Never Too Late to find love.
Lost in the Tale
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,900. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Four short stories and a novella as a taste of Jude's writing. Historical romance with lost loves reunited and mysteries untangled.
A Suitable Husband
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,050. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Regency
As the Duchess of Haverford’s companion, Cedrica Grenford is not treated as a poor relation and is encouraged to mingle with Her Grace’s guests. Perhaps among the gentlemen gathered for the duchess’s house party, she will find a suitable husband?
A Raging Madness
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,070. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Their marriage is a fiction. Their enemies are all too real. Ella survived an abusive and philandering husband, in-laws who hate her, and public scorn. But she’s not sure she will survive love. Alex understands his supposed wife never wishes to remarry. And if she had chosen to wed, it would not have been to him. But malicious enemies force them to face their past in order to save their future..
Revealed in Mist
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,390. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Prue's job is to uncover secrets, but she hides a few of her own. Enquiry agent David solves problems for the ton, but knows he will never be one of them. Together, they must face the past to find their future.
Holly and Hopeful Hearts
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 192,220. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016 by Bluestocking Belles. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Family
When the Duchess of Haverford sends out invitations to a Yuletide house party and a New Year’s Eve ball at her country estate, Hollystone Hall, those who respond know that Her Grace intends to raise money for her favorite cause and promote whatever marriages she can. Eight assorted heroes and heroines set out with their pocketbooks firmly clutched and hearts in protective custody. Or are they?
Gingerbread Bride
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,560. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Travelling with her father’s fleet has left Mary Pritchard ill-prepared for London Society, and prey to the machinations of false friends. When she strikes out on her own to find a more suitable locale to take up her solitary spinsterhood, she finds adventure, trouble, and her girlhood hero, riding once more to her rescue. This novella first appeared in the Bluestocking Belles 2015 box set.
Hand-Turned Tales
Price: Free! Words: 47,710. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Regency
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Hand-Turned Tales is a sampler pack of three short stories and a novella. Dip in, and try Jude's writing for free: four very different tales with a variety of heroes, heroines, villains, and settings.
A Baron for Becky
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 68,130. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
(5.00 from 1 review)
She was a fallen woman. How could the men who loved her help her land on her feet?
Farewell to Kindness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 133,310. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Rede: a reluctant earl, focused on his quest for revenge against the murderers of his family. Anne: a mysterious widow, seeking to keep her family hidden from scandal and danger. Their instant attraction must be denied. Giving up their secrets to one another means turning their backs on all they've worked for. Then their enemies join forces, and Rede and Anne need one another to survive.
Candle's Christmas Chair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,590. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Regency
(4.89 from 9 reviews)
When Viscount Avery comes to see an invalid chair maker, he does not expect to find Min Bradshaw, the woman who rejected him 3 years earlier. Or did she? He wonders if there is more to the story. For 3 years, Min Bradshaw has remembered the handsome guardsman who courted her for her fortune. She didn't expect to see him in her workshop, and she certainly doesn't intend to let him fool her again.

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