Vicky Peterwald’s do or die go at killing Kris Longknife is now out.
Vicky Peterwald’s do or die go at killing Kris Longknife is now out.
With any luck, you won’t notice when www.mikeshepherd.org is rehosted, but we are likely to loose all the back material on this blog. I’m sorry about that but there are human issues that make this change necessary and more complicated than even the computer requires. As Nelly would say, You humans are strange.
I’m about halfway through the galley proofs of Tenacious. It’s looking clean. I found four nits to change. They’ve found a dozen so far. I think Tenacious will be both a great read and a clean read. Wednesday they’re meeting to settle on the cover for Vicky Peterwald – Survivor. I’ve suggested putting Vicky in that dinner dress uniform she designed in Target. We’ll see.
The first of three books in Vicky Peterwald’s spin off story, Vicky Peterwald – Target goes on sale tomorrow, June 24. Can a Grand Duchess find happiness without taking her clothes off? Can she find salvation anywhere? With a few swift kicks from Navy types, is anything possible? Come and see.
By the way, Kris Longknife’s Assassin which gives Vicky’s back story is selling very well as well and likely to hit one thousand before it’s been up for a months. Not bad.
Amazon and B&N.com have approved. Kobo is still pending.
I’m delighted to report the fourth novella. It’s from Vicky Peterwald’s perspective and shares her experiences as she tries to kill Kris, then comes to befriend her and finally stand at her side as Kris saves her dad. It follows Vicky through the “joy” of her early days as a boot ensign and under Captain Kratz’s command. It is a fun way to get ready for Vicky Peterwald – Target later this month and has teaser chapters from it.
My good friend Jack Campbell, (aka John Hemry) is GOH at InConJunction (http://www.inconjunction.org/) in Indiana over the 4th of July weekend. I’m making arrangements to be there. Any of you Kris Longknife fans who’d like to meed the Lost Fleet fans might want to also make arrangements to be there. No doubt there will be fun and a high casualty list.
Vicky Peterwald – Survivor was delivered last night to my new editor at Ace, Diana Gill. It will likely follow Vicky Peterwald – Target into a June 2015 slot with Ace. Survivor continues Vicky’s struggle to find herself — and stay alive. Target is now available for preorder. It hits the stores and e-readers June 24, although I suspect the UK and dominions will find it delayed — again. Sorry.
An e-novella, Kris Longknife’s Assassin, a whopping 39,950 words of back story for Vicky will be out in early June, giving Vicky’s side of how she tried to kill Kris.
I’m working on a story that will give people Vicky Peterwald’s back story with Kris Longknife before we launch Vicky Peterwald – Target in June. I’ve been showing several scenes where Kris and Vicky cross swords only from Vicky’s view point. I’m really enjoying it. I hit 28,000 words today after only 4 days of writing. I have to keep it under 40,000 or it becomes a novel and Ace has all the novels. Okay, I’ll stop at 39,999 words.
As some of you know from following me on facebook, My wife as been sick since before Christmas. We now know it’s not gout, thank God, and she will be getting shots in her knee for arthritic over the next three weeks. Me, I came down with one lousy stomach flu two weeks ago and I’m trying to crawl back to normal.
Meanwhile, the copy edits for Kris Longknife – Tenacious arrived while I was sick. Ace was kind enough to find two weeks in the schedule for me to work on them starting next week when I hope to have two brain cells to rub together.
And I got the contract for Kris Longknife – Relentless, Fearless and one more. As soon as I can read them, I’ll sign them and send them back.
Lots of fun work, and me barely able to crawl. It happens that way some times.
Ace asked me to knocked together 500 words or so on what it’s like to finish a book 12 years or so after I started it. In case you can’t find it on the Ace website, here they are.
One of the greatest joys a writer can have is to get to finish a novel put on hold ten years ago.
Oh, ah, and one of the toughest things a writer can do is finish a book that was put away one quarter done ten years back. “Right. Of course I knew what I was doing with it. Yes, I have it around here . . . somewhere.”
I had 25,000 words, written the way I wrote thirteen years ago, but not how I write today. Oh, and I had not one but TWO outlines for the book. Two DIFFERENT outlines. Oh dear.
Being the organic writer I am, I took off writing and quickly added 15,000 words before I noticed that not only was I writing the story different, but there might be a few things I needed to add from at least one of the outlines.
Okay, maybe both of them had some good ideas.
I went back and started revising the whole thing from page one. And spotted that I really did need that scene at the abandoned space station where Ray and Mary get in a whole lot of trouble.
And then Gramma Trouble arrives at the space port and there are these two adorable street urchins and the story heads off after them.
For those of you who spotted it, yes, Major Barbara is a shout out to George Bernard Shaw.
I have no idea where the tanks came from. They weren’t in either outline but they just kind of drove into the story and, hey, nobody gets in the way of a 75 ton monster. No one.
Unless you’re light infantry and hunting tanks is what you do for fun.
The day Trouble tells the Special State Police they’re out of a job was always going to be in the book. I read about a certain morning just like that when U.S. Marines told some Haitian police/street thugs that they should stay home and it went down just like that.
Then, of course, there was the waltz up Black Mountain. It had been covered as a family tale, almost worn so well as to be poetry, in Kris Longknife – Mutineer. Only now, I had to return it to prose and put back in all the blood and mud, artillery and hail.
And to add complications, Gramma Trouble mentioned in Kris Longknife – Audacious that she still felt her shoulder wound when the weather changed. Did she get that wound on Savannah or later? Well, there’s no time like the present.
So, while Grampa Trouble heads into one meat grinder, I had to find something for Gramma Trouble to get into.
By now the story was rolling along like a freight train and I was having as much fun writing it I know you’ll have reading it.
All in all, it was fascinating to go back to a book I shelved over ten years ago and let the characters come out and play. It was also a challenge to write about Kris Longknife’s great grandparents’ world and fill in the holes that were left from Kris’s stories while making sure all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
Enjoy the read!