I’m at the Oregon Coast working on finishing the first draft of Kris Longknife: Relentless, your book for 10/15. 15,000 words in so far this week for a total of 91,000 words. I expect to finish by Sunday. Audible contacted my agent about producing the three e-novellas in some package, either stand alone or in one file. I’m not sure which. I also mentioned Vicky Peterwald: Assassin that I intend to have out in June. By the way, To Do or Die, Kris’s great-grandparents trying to make peace on a troubled world will be out in 2/14 and can be preordered now.
I hear a lot of you complaining about having to wait a year to find out what happens in Kris Longknife: Tenacious. I’d just like to point out that February You’ll have To Do or Die to enjoy and come June will see Vicky Peterwald in print. Trust me, 2014 won’t be so long a year.
While you are enjoying Defender, the Galley Proofs of To Do or Die showed up. They’re due in before OryCon next week. Then I’m off to the coast to finish the first draft of Relentless for Oct ’15. Then in December, I’ll start book 2 of the Iteeche War. More for you to look forward to.
No spoilers here.
This is the section for you folks that are chomping at the bit and can’t find a place to get your hands on Defender. I sold Ace the world wide rights for Defender, expecting them to put it up World Wide. Well, they took three extra months to put up Furious while their suits tried to sell Furious to the UK and commonwealth market. And didn’t. I’m about to negotiate the contract for the next three books and if Ace keeps making so much of the English speaking world wait, I’ll need to think about that in negotiations. Let me know if you have trouble getting Defender, please.
Here’s you space to tell me what you think of Defender. You can share anything about Kris here with folks who have already read the book. Have at it. Just keep in mind that Tenacious has been turned in for 10/14 and I’ve got 75,000 words into Tenacious for ’15.
Defender is number 3 on Amazon’s list of Military SF and 9 on the Kindle list. My web master seems to have developed problems and not gotten the list of books updated. Here’s what Ace put up on it’s website about Defender.
Kris Longknife – Defender is the kind of book that can only be written after a thirteen book saga. It takes that long to get this many problems gnawing at Kris Longknife’s ankles, knees and butt.
Kris knew she had bug-eyed monsters (that look too damn much like us) out there. She’d fought them once to save a planet full of birds on the other side of the galaxy, about as far away from human space as you can get. She’s bound to have to fight them again. But said birds gave sanctuary to a bedraggled bunch of human survivors … led by Kris’s Great Grandmother Rita, thought dead these long eighty years!
But will one family reunion lead to another? How will Ray Longknife, grampa to Kris, King Raymond I to most, react to the discovery that his long lost wife is found? How will he react to her two marriages, and some hundred kids, grandkids, great and great-great grand kids? Most Longknife family reunions are barely survivable. Will this one be better or worse?
And Kris owes debts. Ships and crews died so that the USS Wasp could get Kris back to human space to tell the tale of what they found. Kris has found the wreckage of most, but the USS Hornet is unaccounted for. Dare Kris leave the birds and her Gramma Rita undefended long enough to search out the wreckage of the Hornet . . . and maybe rescue survivors? Dare she abandon the Hornet and its brave crew to their fate? She’s a Longknife; the coin toss could go either way.
Then there’s the matter of commanding a ship, or ships way to hell and gone on the other side of the galaxy. How do you maintain good order and discipline when there’s no supporting base? No shore side facilities? How do you keep Sailors towing the mark when you can’t afford to slap them in the brig and there’s no shore establishment you can ship them off to? Talk about your leadership challenges.
But the challenge of commander others is nothing compared to the challenge of commanding her own heart. Kris and Jack Montoya have shared their deepest passions. Now what? And if that’s not enough trouble, there’s Granny Rita, hinting that she’d just love to have more great-great-grandkids.
After ten books, Kris Longknife has all her chickens coming home to roost. Literally and figuratively! You’re really going to love reading this book.
For a foretaste of both Defender, coming from Ace October 27, 2013, and To Do or Die, coming from Ace in February 2014 with the continuing adventures of Ray Longknife and Trouble, Rita and Ruth as they struggle to bring peace to human space sixty years before Kris Longknife was born, you might want to buy the e-novella Kris Longknife’s Bloodhound at Amazon.com, B&N.com or Kobo.com.
The official explanation for the photo of Kris on the cover of Bloodhound is that it’s a file photo of a younger Kris back when she was in college and on the stump for her dad’s reelection.
Now, the other explanation for it is that I published this e-novella myself. That meant I either did the cover myself or paid someone for it. Those lovely covers that Scott does for the Ace books cost, at least $5,000, possible more. I don’t really know because I don’t have to write the check, but for this one, I would have.
The e-novellas have had rather vague covers. I wanted something more eye-catching. I was at the Oregon coast the week that Kris and Dean were putting on a class on doing covers. I was busy writing and didn’t have time to take the course, but one of the fellows taking it was really showing a gift. He also has long been a fan of Kris. I asked him if he could do a cover and he agreed to . . . in a couple of months.
But that evening, in class, he started working and that is the cover he did. The art cost $7.00 I’m told from a for sale site. The cover font cost more. The work, however, was worth a whole lot more. So, if you like the general flavor of this cover over the other two e-books, I’m glad.
If, however, you feel our gal has changed too much for your taste, I’m sorry about that. So far, in less than four weeks, you’ve bought over 1,700 copies of the story. Kris Longknife, Welcome Home – Go Away sold 4,800 copies in the first nine months it was up, so it seems to be getting a nice reception.
I just e-mailed Tenacious to Ginjer Buchanan at Ace. I shouldn’t talk too much about the story. You’ll want to read Defender before we talk about what happens next. This finishes up this 3 book contract. Now to knock together a proposal for the next 3 books. Oh Joy!
I’ll be in London next year for World Con, August 14 through 18. I can fly there, stay in the hotel and fly back, or I can see a bit of England that I’ve always wanted to see, like the Mary Rose and HMS Victory, Biggon Hill and Imperial Museum. Of course, I’m a bit nervous about driving on the other side of the street. Is there anyone in England that might enjoy showing a Yank writer some of your fine sites?
By the end of this month, I hope to turn in the next Kris Longknife novel, Tenacious for 10/14. That will fulfill the three book contract. I spent this week writing at the Oregon coast on Relentless, the first book of the next 3 book contract and the Kris book for 10/15. I got 35,000 words into it, so it’s a good start. It’s a bit different, but still enough ships get blown up that I think you’ll like the blend.