Hi all!! Welcome to my inaugural blog tour. I’m incredibly excited to be here, introducing you to my new book, Where Death Meets the Devil!! It’s full of action and suspense and two damaged men who shouldn’t be friends—or more—coming together to uncover a common enemy—and more. I’d love to have you join me on the tour where I’ll be dorking… ah hem, talking about the importance of titles, the dangers of research, theme songs and other stuff. And if watching while I potentially embarrass myself isn’t enticement enough, there’s a chance to win a $10 Riptide gift card!
Speaking of theme songs …. I listen to music as I write. Just the iPod on shuffle to give me some noise in the background that is so familiar I can mostly ignore it. When a favourite song comes up, I do tend to forget everything else and just boogie (something no one ever needs to see, let alone know about, so forget I said that). Sometimes, however, a song will come up that reflects what I’m writing. Or sometimes, the song comes up while I’m cleaning the house. It still resonates, though.
A song that leaped out at me while working on Where Death Meets the Devil was “Stranger in a Strange Land” by 30 Seconds to Mars.
Specifically, it’s the first verse that caught my attention…
Enemy of mine
I’ll fuck you like the devil
Beautiful and evil
I’m a ghost
You’re an angel
We’re one and the same
Just remains of an age
It so perfectly fit the feel of how the main character, Jack, reacts to his enemy-turned-ally that this immediately became the theme song to my internal movie. The only way this could have been more appropriate was if I’d written the story with this song in mind. I didn’t, it was total serendipity.
About Where Death Meets the Devil
Jack Reardon, former SAS soldier and current Australian Meta-State asset, has seen some messy battles. But “messy” takes on a whole new meaning when he finds himself tied to a chair in a torture shack, his cover blown wide open, all thanks to notorious killer-for-hire Ethan Blade.
Blade is everything Jack doesn’t believe in: remorseless, detached, lawless. Yet, Jack’s only chance to survive is to strike a bargain with the devil and join forces with Blade. As they trek across a hostile desert, Jack learns that Blade is much more than a dead-eyed killer—and harder to resist than he should be.
A year later, Jack is home and finally getting his life on track. Then Ethan Blade reappears and throws it all into chaos once more. It’s impossible to trust the assassin, especially when his presence casts doubts on Jack’s loyalty to his country, but Jack cannot ignore what Blade’s return means: the mess that brought them together is far from over, and Ethan might just bring back the piece of Jack’s soul he thought he’d lost forever.
About L.J. Hayward
L.J. Hayward has been telling stories for most of her life. Granted, a good deal of them have been of the tall variety, but who’s counting? Parents and teachers notwithstanding, of course. These days, the vast majority of her story telling has been in an honest attempt to create fun and exciting ways of entertaining others (and making money).
As such, she is still a mad (always provoked!) scientist in a dungeon laboratory (it has no windows—seriously, the zombie apocalypse could be going on outside and she’d have nary a clue) who, on the rare occasions she emerges into the light, does so under extreme protest and with the potential hazard of bursting into flames under the Southeast Queensland sun.
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To celebrate the release of Where Death Meets the Devil, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on March 3, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!