New Relase – Kris Longknife: Stalwart

I’m so happy to be able to post Kris Longknife: Stalwart for pre-sale! Look for it over the next few days from Amazon and your other favorite eBook retailers.

Here is the temporary cover and the ad copy:

The foolish Iteeche clans that hauled Grand Admiral Kris Longknife back to the Iteeche Capital and interrupted her campaign against the rebels, are dead. Very dead. Their clans are disgraced and their palaces in ruin.

However, while Kris was handling that noise, the rebels took back one of the planets she had recently captured, Arteccia, and are planning to take more. Now it’s time once more again for Kris to kick butts and take names.

However, life is never easy for a Human in the Iteeche Empire.

The Clan Chiefs expect Kris to retake what the rebels took from the loyalists because that is the Iteeche Way. That is a tune she will not dance to. So, the Clan Chiefs play their ace: Do what we want, or we won’t give you command of our ships.

To their consternation, Kris does not give in. She gives them a literal middle digit salute and invites every minor clan to join the fun and games of capturing planets and gaining plunder.

Not surprisingly, the rebels have used their time well and they have their own plans for Kris, plans that should leave her fleet in ruins and the young Iteeche on the throne dead.

Unfortunately for them, their plans can’t really hold back Grand Admiral, the Stalwart Kris Longknife.

Note to Readers: Stalwart is the longest Kris Longknife book yet, with approximately 155,000 words. This is half-again longer than the books I wrote for ACE 20 years ago. Consequently, the price has increased by $1 for the ebook – $7.99 up from $6.99.

Those of you lovely readers that love to blow through my books in one night might want to allow for two, or a weekend. Also, we also have acquired the services of an outstanding artist, Lee Moyer, for our covers. All your pre-orders will have the final cover in early December for purchase!

Boot Recruit!

This month, in the Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers Anthology, I’m sharing some character history – the very beginning of how Kris gets started in the Navy. I chose the form of a short story and called it Boot Recruit, because that is what all beginning Navy are called, regardless of where they come from.

In this short story, we see a different side of Kris – the young college graduate who experiences a pivotal moment and decides what she wants to do with her life. We see her parents and the privilege she comes from; the very beginning of the woman we now know to be Commander Kris Longknife.

Enjoy the story! I’d love to hear your comments. I will get the rights back in 2020, so I will be posting it for individual sale then. Until then, here is the Amazon link:

https://www.amazon.com/INFINITE-STARS-Bryan-Thomas-Schmidt-ebook/dp/B07PWT1XSZ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=dark+frontiers&qid=1572712066&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&fbclid=IwAR1deTvqMRae3_oWCsi9pH3Fkr_FMAewE7TrYQCBK_I6cGS7fUZ6vjv-7g8

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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.

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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