It’s November, as you saw from the title. Actually, it’s the 7th of the month. Halloween had passed (I missed out on the candy-giving) and Thanksgiving is three weeks away, followed by Hanukkah and Christmas. While I can’t exactly pinpoint which day Hanukkah falls on, I’m sure everyone is excited for the latter December holiday.
The upcoming season is also a good time to catch up on some reading.
Right now, the second edition of my book, “Child of Samael”, is available for purchase on amazon.com. If you’re wondering what happened to the first edition, it’s most likely buried under my files somewhere.
The story is set in the near future, in the Year of the Boar 2043, and follows a girl named Akiko Tanaka, a skilled hitokiri (an assassin) out for vengeance against the man who attacked her family when she was little. Accompanying her is the Killer Doll Posse, her own personal army. Together, they will traverse the skies on wings of black, seeking anyone foolish enough to incur her wrath.
Here’s a snippet from the book itself:
Many people think of Akiko Tanaka as a ruthless demon who enjoys taking and destroying the lives of others for her amusement. But let me assure you that there was a time when she was human, in terms of personality and behavior.
Born on the twenty-fourth day in the tenth month in the Year of the Snake, Akiko had a rather peaceful life…until the age of five, when she was taken to her sensei and foster paternal figure, Heihachi Mishima, the head of Mishima Zaibatsu, after losing her entire family to a vicious attack perpetrated by a group of mercenaries targeting her mother, who was a hitokiri herself. The attack has left her orphaned, broken and angry.
A year after the attack, Akiko began training herself day and night under the tutelage of her foster father, preparing for the day she begins her epic quest for vengeance against not only the people responsible for decimating her family, but also against those who violated the world in which she was born, ridding herself of unnecessary emotions in the process. The next seven years were spent learning the arts of kenjutsu, karate, and pyrokinesis, the building blocks of her deadly arsenal.
One day, at the age of twelve, she and Heihachi investigated the attack that robbed her of a trustworthy family environment and found out the truth behind it. One of the people who conspired in the attack was a man named Jin Kariya, who, at the beginning of the story, is head of the Bounts, a terrorist group whose origins are unknown; he had an accomplice, but it appeared he’s vanished off the face of the earth afterwards. From that day, she dedicated herself to finding the people who’ve wronged her and eradicating them from existence, with the Bounts being the first on her list.
Three years later, upon moving from the city of Sakai to Osaka, Akiko joined W.A.R.E.Z., a secret hitokiri’s organization disguised as a prominent pharmaceutical company. There she formed the Killer Doll Posse, her own personal army of ruthless assassins. She has killed countless people, working her way to Kariya and anyone else who laid waste to her innocence. The lethal femme fatale known as Akiko soars through the skies of the world on wings blacker than the night with her legion of killer cherubs following her loyally- -ergo her codename, ‘Angel of Death’.
–Child of Samael, Prologue, pg. 3-4
If you’re excited from having read that, then that means your’re itching to find out what’ll happen in this book. I came up with the idea years ago, shortly before the end of the election (it was 2008). I was miffed at a particular show and wanted revenge for a fallen character, which sadly, didn’t take the way I wanted it to take. Plus, I felt the so-called heroes or the story were taking too long to wrap it up so I can get on with the show (new episodes were on Saturday nights only). Don’t you hate it when that happens??
So, instead of stewing in my hatred, I ‘fixed’ that show’s story arc, so to speak. Over the years, I wrote more books. By the end of 2014, twelve books were written. Twelve! If you calculate that roughly, that is about two books per year. That’s how much I had in my head. So when the time came to publish, I had to tweak it somewhat. For example, it was originally suppose to begin in 2031 (also a Boar Year), but had to update it due to that year approaching quickly.
I hope you enjoyed my blog today. I’ll be back next time with another excerpt, most likely before Turkey Day. And check out my book; you’ll love it.