Many readers have been inquiring about the order of the Kris Longknife books. I understand that it’s not easy to start a series in the beginning, so here is the list. Over 20 years ago, I started with ACE Science Fiction through Penguin Press. In 2017, I created my own publishing house, KL & MM Books. For those books listed with an astrics (*) those are newer and published by me. They are available through all major retailers – online and in print.
Here is the order of the Kris Longknife books:
*Stalwart (coming out Dec 2019)
Vicky Peterwald Books (Kris’s archenemy, then friend)
Sandy Santiago – Kris’s Replacement on Greenfeld when she went off to the Iteeche alien world
*Kris Longknife’s Relief
*Kris Longknife’s Replacement
*Kris Longknife’s Successor
Jump Universe (History on where Kris got her grit and desire to be in the Navy – basically the history of her grandparents)
Price of Peace
They Also Serve
To Do or Die
* Enemy Unknown (Rita Longknife)
* Enemy in Sight (Rita Longknife)
Lost Millennium (This was my first trilogy beyond the short stories, that I wrote in the 90s. The prequel was found and published a couple of years ago. I now own the rights, so they are also published under KL & MM.)
*Lost Dawns – prequel
* First Dawn
* Second Fire
* Lost Days
Short Story Collections: (These were the first few short stories that got me published and nominated for a Nebula. The first three have personal narrations about the short stories.)
A Day’s Work on the Moon
The Job Interview
Strange Redemption of Sister MaryAnn
* Kris Longknife’s Maid Goes on Strike and Other Short Stories
Kris Longknife Short Stories
Welcome Home/ Go Away
Assassin (Part of Vicky’s Story)
* Ruth Longknife’s First Christmas
* Among the Kicking Birds
* Kris Longknife’s Bad Day
* Kris Longknife’s Maid Goes on Strike
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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.
I’m trying to get this web page back up and working. Consider this a place to talk about my books or to tell me what’s wrong with the site. Have fun.
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!
Some 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.
Audible e-mailed me to say that all three of this year’s books are being worked on and they hope to have Emissary up when the e-book comes out. Those of you listeners won’t have to wait much longer.
The short story for April is up for sale at Amazon, B&N, Kobo and the iStore. It will bring you up to date on what’s happening in Kris’s life and how this desk job is going. Have fun.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
Kris Longknife’s Replacement
Grand Admiral Sandy Santiago is a woman with a very big problem. How does a mere mortal fill the shoes of one of those damn Longknifes? Worse, the shoes she has to fill are Kris Longknife’s. She’s got birds, and cats, oh, and the occasion murderous alien. How does a girl get this lucky?
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.
Kris’s next adventure should be reaching stores today. Those of you who preordered an e-book or audio book will have it showing up, too. Here’s the story of just why King Ray ordered Kris to rush home. He’s got a new job for her that she’d have to be crazy, dumb, or the boldest gal in human space to accept. And poor little Ruthie, who can Kris leave her with while she heads back out to be an action adventure hero? Looks like Ruth will have to learn early how one of those Longknifes stays alive.
Feel free to talk about it here. Unrelenting got a one star review from a guy who thought Kris getting pregnant would ruin the series. What are your thoughts?
Sorry to have been gone for the last month. Early this month, I got that call you dread. My 89 year old mom was in the hospital. By the time I got a ticket, we were talking about hospice. Before I got on the plane, my brother called to tell me she had passed on. I spent the next week with my brothers and sister trying to come to grips with her life.
No sooner than I got home but I had to head for the Oregon Coast to attend a symposium on the business of self publishing your books. There will be more to talk about later on this, but it suffices to say that Kris Longknife’s Replacement: Admiral Santiago on Alwa Station trying to fill Kris’s shoes will be published in January and Ray Longknife – Enemy Unknown, the first book of the Iteeche War will follow it in March with Kris Longknife Emissary in May. I plan to have three more books out in the second half of 2017.
I also intend to get some short stories out, either stuff that got cut out of Kris books or new material, say a story from Abby’s viewpoint, on the months you don’t have a new book.
Lots of fun stuff coming your way next year. Enjoy!