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:

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Series Order of Kris Longknife Books

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:
Mutineer
Deserter
Defiant
Resolute
Audacious
Intrepid
Undaunted
Redoubtable
Daring
Furious
Defender
Tenacious
Unrelenting
Bold
* Emissary
*Admiral
*Commanding
*Indomitable
*Stalwart (coming out Dec 2019)

Vicky Peterwald Books (Kris’s archenemy, then friend)
Target
Survivor
Rebel
*Dominator
*Implacable

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)
First Casualty
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
Training Daze
Welcome Home/ Go Away
Bloodhound
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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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