Update on Kris Longknife Books

I wanted to put an update here for all my readers and fans who don’t follow me on Facebook.

As many of you know, there was not a new Kris Longknife book for purchase on November 1. This is the first time this has happened in years.

My dear wife of fifty years and I were having some health issues from June through early October. Consequently, I’ve not written anything for months and am slowly getting back into writing.

The next Kris Longknife book, Indomitable, is planned for a first quarter 2019 release. Please follow Mike Shepherd on Facebook for the latest news and updates.

Thank you for all your kind words, inquiries and words of encouragement.

I am doing my best to make sure you have quality stories.

Mike Shepherd

Vicky Peterwald: Dominator is available for purchase!

This summer, I wrote the fourth book in the Vicky Peterwald series – Dominator.  It is now available for purchase and will be available from Audible late this summer.

Here is the cover copy:

Grand Duchess Vicky Peterwald has everything. A loving fiance who’s soon to be her husband, adoring crowds, and she gets to share her golden wedding carriage with Kris Longknife. What more could a girl want?

Well, the Emperor, her father, could have showed up to walk her down the aisle, but she’s not really bothered about that. Then suddenly, she is. It turns out that he didn’t make the wedding because he’s broke and living nearly homeless in an abandoned half-built palace. How’d that happen?

News isn’t coming out of Dad’s side of the Empire, so it looks like Vicky may need a battle fleet to go pay Daddy dear a visit. Oh, and four or six brigades of infantry and tanks. Somebody should have known better than piss Vicky Peterwald off. Now they have, and she won’t let anything get in her way of being Vicky Peterwald: Dominator.

~ ~ ~

Vicky and all of Kris Longknife’s stories are available from your favorite book distributor!

Look for Kris Longknife: Indomitable this November!

Kris Longknife: Commanding Available for Pre-sale!

Kris Longknife: Commanding, the latest new novel in the Kris Longknife series,  is up for pre-sale with Amazon and Kobo! It is the same length as Admiral, so the price will be the same at $7.99 for ebook and $14.99 for print.

Commanding will go live on May 1, 2018. Here is a short teaser for the book:

“Grand Admiral, Her Royal Highness Kris Longknife is up to her ears in problems . . . again.

While summoned to the Imperial Iteeche Court to be humanity’s Emissary, it turns out that what the Iteeche really want is a fighting admiral!

You see, they’ve got this huge civil war going, and the Imperial side isn’t doing so well.  Kris now has command of the entire Imperial Combined Fleet.  Sort of.

The Iteeche Empire has a ten-thousand-year long history.  There is nothing that won’t say, “We’ve always done it that way,” pointing to a track record lasting for thousands of years.

Even when Kris reminds them they’re losing, many have a hard time changing.

Many Iteeche also wonder if letting a human win this war for them isn’t to lose everything already.

Kris managed to win a defensive battle with a scratch force.  Now she’s thrown together a larger force and is ready to take the fight to the rebels.

It’s full speed ahead with Kris Longknife: Commanding.”

Kris Longknife Commanding cover

Successor – Book Revision

This post concerns a revision to the book, Kris Longknife’s Successor, the latest Kris Longknife book. We have uploaded a revised copy, which has a few minor content revisions to the text. After speaking with the eBook distributors, the consensus advice was that you, the reader, should archive and then delete the old file, then you will be able to download the new, updated one, for free.

For those of you who got a different book, I apologize. We held the space open with the description of Successor and the text from the 2nd book in the series which was a similar length to allow for pre-orders. When we uploaded the final copy before release, this was corrected, so I’m not sure why an incorrect copy was given. Please be sure to archive, delete, then update a new copy.

Thank you for your readership. The process of self-publishing is a constant learning curve.

Kris Longknife’s Successor: Grand Admiral Santiago on Alwa Station COMING SOON!

Coming out on February 1 is the third book with Grand Admiral Sandy Santiago serving as Kris Longknife’s Relief, then Replacement, and now Successor on Alwa. She has all the challenges a gal could ask for. Granny Rita is on the rampage, and the cats have gone on strike. Leaving the Colonials to deal with Granny Rita, Sandy heads off to work with the cats, only to discover she is not the only one who has a bone to pick with them – alien monsters have a vendetta as well! Sandy has to work to find a way of peace among the Alwans, feisty cats, and a new alien race.

You can pre-order on Amazon!

Kris Longknife – Emissary is out

Kris Longknife: Emissary coverSome 2500 copies of Emissary have already been bought on just the first day it’s for sale! Here begins a new life for Kris as she discovers there’s more to life than blowing stuff up. Or is there? Here is a place to share your thoughts on this new turn in Kris’s life. Spoilers allowed.

Books up for preorder at Amazon and the iStore

I’ve put up the next three months of books and stories for preorder if you read the kindle or iBook. The first book of the Iteeche War, Rita Longknife – Enemy Unknown will go live March 1.

Kris Longknife's Bad Day coverEnemy Unknown cover Kris Longknife: Emissary cover

 

 

Kris Longknife’s Bad Day is a short story about Kris’s desk job and why she comes to hate it. Budgets! It will go live April 2, Kris Longknife – Emissary is set to come out May 1. All are in place and will not have any of the problems Replacement had. I can learn when hit in the head with a hammer.

Now to finish Sandy Santiago’s next story for July.

How to get all 40 chapters of Replacement

It turns out that, if you have the old 4 chapter version, you can’t get the new 40 chapter, 60,000 word version, even if you return and buy it again, like I did 3 times. You have to remover the old version before the new one will load.

To remover the old 4 chapter version, first make sure your device is set to sync and accept updates in settings. Then go to home or library and find the book. PRESS and HOLD the cover you want to remover. It took me 4 times before I got a 5 option menu, including Remover from Device. Press it. The new version loaded immediately for me then.

Good luck, and I hope you can finally enjoy the book.

Amazon says it needs 7 MORE days. That’s it.

The latest word one of you just got from Amazon is that they can’t solve the problem for at least 7 more days. I can solve it in two, maybe less. I can withdraw Replacement from sale. I can then reload a file, call it Replacement II and you should be able to get it in one, maybe two days from Amazon.

This would require you to return the defective file. Get your money back. and buy a new file. I’m willing to lower the price by a buck to thank you for your loyalty.

What do you think?

I’ve Got a Disaster on My Hands

First, I’d like to thank the 1100 of you who downloaded Replacement from Amazon in the last 24 hours. Now I’d like to apologize to you. This is my first go at using Amazon’s pre-order system and I will do it differently next book. I loaded what I thought were the teaser chapters and Amazon didn’t use them. Then, 5 days ago, I loaded the full book. Yep, full 210 page 60,000 word book! After I got word today of this disaster, I reloaded the full book. When I preview it, all 210 pages are there. When I bought a copy, just like you. Nope 40 pages or so. I’ve got a call in to Amazon. I’m waiting for a call back. I’ll let you know as soon as I know that the entire book is up there and how to reload it. For now, fell free to return it.

Cover art for Kris Longknife’s Replacement

That’s Grand Admiral Sandy Santiago. She’s a gal with a problem. Can a mere mortal fill the shoes of not just a Longknife, but Kris Longknife. She’s got birds and cats and murderous aliens to deal with. Oh, and Granny Rita. Thank God she has several of Kris’s team to help

Coming as an e-book in January 2017. I hope it’s in audio book, but it’s not under contract yet. A paperback will follow later in the year.