In the early hours, around the time of the summer solstice of 2016 the torturous drip, drip, drip of a blocked guttering woke me up from a zonked-out nightmare. I found myself contemplating the fact that for reasons unclear I was bored beyond measure. I’d previously written a couple of books of what I had named ‘Almost Poetry’ but ‘what next?’ It was then I took the puzzling decision to take a stellar leap and attempt to write a book of rum fiction. ‘Notoriously Naked Flames’, for my sins, is the result of my uneasy endeavours.
In order to explain what the book is all about herewith the ‘blurb’ in the form of a short video produced by my musician son, Zoolon (aka George);
Should it interest, both Paperback and Kindle versions are available from Amazon UK, US and also many of those wonderful lands far beyond.
Part espionage thriller, part romance, part fantasy, part adventure, ‘Notoriously Naked Flames’ is Mike Steeden’s first novel. Spanning the lead up to WW2, the war itself and into the early 1950’s the unnamed heroine of the piece, a bewitching albino of Bohemian bent, masquerades in all manner of risqué guises dishing out her own version of clandestine justice to those evils souls spawned of conflict’s disregard for compassion, law and order. Additionally, she also finds herself nursing her lover, a giant of an Englishman once in the employ of MI5, back to a semblance of his former self following his torture at the hands of Cold War Soviets that had left him deaf, mute and blind. Her task is made a little easier with the help an Eastern European girl she befriended in bizarre circumstance.
Together the trio of ‘notoriously naked flames’ take on life in all its demonstrative disguises while the racy heroine keeps under wraps the tale of her otherworldly evolution for were it to become known to the public at large it might just invalidate religion as we know it and bring forth a new Dark Age. Can she keep safe her secret?
Additionally, my thanks to Ted Giffin, Bachelor of Fine Arts from Indiana University, the Herron School of Art for his sublime front and back cover art. Ted can be found at www.tedgiffin.com
Also to the lovely Rachel Carrera for all she has done including adding her own take upon the book art adaptions and without whom I would get nothing done http://rachelcarrera.wordpress.com
And to Zoolon (aka George) for the promotional video, as well as the musical extract from his new composition ‘Prohibition’ he kindly took time out to produce at https://zoolon.bandcamp.com/ & https://wordpress.com/view/zoolonhub.com