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We have a book birthday to report! Kai Kyriama released her crime drama, Blaze Tuesday and The Case of the The Knight Surgeon, on August 5. If you’re into steampunk and dark humor, check this book out. Kai will tell you the rest:
Hi, I’m Kai Kiriyama, known on twitter as RaggedyAuthor, and I’m here today to talk to you about my upcoming release BLAZE TUESDAY AND THE CASE OF THE KNIGHT SURGEON.
I’m really excited about this book, it’s been something that I have been very proud of for a long time. I took it the semi-traditional way once, with a small press, but decided that it wasn’t for me, so I had it pulled. I did a bunch of editing added 10,000 new words to the story and polished it up until it shone like a dying star, only to explode into a black hole of noir crime and dark humour, and I’m now self-publishing the book in several different formats and editions. The official release date for the book is August 5, 2014 and oh my God, that’s a month away.
The cover I’ve revealed here is the special edition cover, and will be available in ebook and paperback format. I don’t have links for preorders available yet, but there will be direct links on my website as soon as I have those things available. It’s ‘special edition’ because it includes an exclusive short story that ties into the backdrop of Blaze’s world, and gives you a really good in-depth look at what’s going on behind the scenes when Blaze isn’t working a case. The short story features Kali Mason, the coroner at the Seventeenth Precinct, and Blaze’s would-be girlfriend (if he ever got around to asking her out!) and introduces a few characters and settings that will be introduced in later novels.
I’m really amazingly excited to be bringing this novel back to share with everyone because I think that Blaze is kind of an everyman, y’know? He’s a smart-Alec do-gooder former cop who gets really mad when bad things happen to good people and while he’s got the superhero vibe because he’s a private investigator, he’s still just a guy who loves hamburgers and a stiff drink to wind down, and has trouble talking to women. His mouth tends to get him in more trouble than it’s worth and he somehow manages to come out on top without too much effort.
In Knight Surgeon, we meet Blaze, and he’s hired to solve a murder of a charity worker, a doctor who specialized in helping kinds who were addicted to modification surgery and had nowhere else to go. As his investigation goes, Blaze discovers that there’s more at stake than just the health of a group of kids who have little hope, but a revolution in the clockwork implants that modify people’s bodies, and a conspiracy that snakes its way through the corporations that produce and market the robotics.
Think Repo! The Genetic Opera meets Agatha Christie set in a futuristic, semi-SteamPunk New York, but with less singing, and you get a good idea of what Blaze Tuesday is about.
Thank you SO MUCH, to the Undead Duo, for hosting me here and letting me ramble a bit about this book. And thank you, dear reader, for taking the time to have a look and give me a chance. I sincerely invite you to come over and say hello to me on Twitter, (I’m @RaggedyAuthor) or on my website – theraggedyauthor.com – where you’ll also find all the news about Blaze, the book release, the online and in-person events and everything else that’s going on in my crazy little corner of the world.
I hope to see you there!
BLAZE TUESDAY AND THE CASE OF THE KNIGHT SURGEON is a pulpy noir set in a futuristic New York. The oil and technology market crashed in the mid-2000′s and the world has developed into a technologically advanced form of SteamPunk. Body modification has become commonplace with rebellious teenagers, but this time, it’s literal. Clockwork body parts are touted as a medical miracle by the companies who make them, and high fashion by the stars who sport them, and a lot of kids go through illegal surgeries. The sub-culture of Gearheads is full of kids with robotic body parts from poorly done surgery in less-than-sanitary conditions, and these are surgeries that don’t always take.
Blaze Tuesday is New York’s most accomplished private investigator. A former police officer with a bone to pick with the corruption in the city, he’s earned a name for himself as a guy who gets results, and who is willing to uphold the moral values so many others have forgotten, even if he has to break a few faces to do it.
Blaze is hired by Wayside Firms, one of the medical firms that produces the Clockwork, when a charity doctor who worked specifically with less-fortunate kids who have had botched illegal, is found murdered. As Blaze investigates the unfortunate death, he discovers a conspiracy that stretches from the lowest gutters in Hell’s Kitchen, to the highest corporate fat cats at the medical firms who create the Clockwork body parts.
Can Blaze get justice for the dead doctor, and bring some hope back to the kids in Hell’s Kitchen who were counting on the Doctor’s help? Or will he get caught up in the underworld of body modification and the big money it brings in?
A writer of many things and many genres, Kai is currently working on a novel (you can pretty much always assume that she’s writing something!) that involves murder, mayhem and probably a ghost or some other form of otherworldly creature. She is also working on some non-fiction but she’s not entirely sure why.
Kai has been writing for far too long and she’s convinced that both her “to be read” and “to be written” lists will never be completed before she dies. She has a diploma in palmistry and can read hands with an accuracy that scares even her sometimes. She is also accomplished at tea leaf reading and crystal divination, both of which she has also achieved a diploma for and scares herself with the accuracy of the things she has predicted.
A time-travelling, demon hunting, Asgardian geek, with an affinity for Pokemon and Shakespeare, you can be sure that there will be general insanity and dubious wisdom dispensed no matter where you chat with her. As always, she requests that you “be excellent to each other” while she’s away.
Kai currently lives in Canada, but if she told you where, you’d have about fifteen seconds to assume the party position before the special ops team arrives.
She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org