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!
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.
Wherefore art thou, Jack?
As you can guess from the title, where is an important factor in Where Death Meets the Devil. The story intertwines two timelines, a year apart, in two different locations. Just as the two timelines tell different parts of a single story, the two different locations highlight different aspects of the main character, Jack Reardon.
When we first meet Jack, he’s tied to a chair in a torture shack, waiting to find out just how screwed he is. That shack is in the middle of one of the most lonely stretches of land in the world, the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia. Though he’s never quite sure how or why it’s happening, Jack ends up trekking across the barren desert with an assassin, Ethan Blade. He’s lost, figuratively and literarily, relying on an enemy for survival. His thoughts are bleak and so is the landscape. He wants to lose himself and this would be the perfect place to do it, but he’s dedicated enough to know he can’t give up, no matter the dangers of the environment, or his own inclinations toward his unlikely companion.
A year later, Jack is in beautiful but crowded Sydney, trying to recover his career and life. He works in what appears to be a normal office building in Darling Harbour, but when Ethan Blade shows up in the foyer, it quickly turns into a prison for both of them. His loyalty in doubt, Jack is confined to the building for much of this time line. Jack starts to feel constricted by not just the walls, but the lies and secrets he starts to discover.
In both locations and situations, Jack yearns to be in the other place. In the desert, all he wants is to go home to the tall buildings and beaches he loves, but once he’s there and things start going crazy again, he wants to be back in the desert, alone and free under an open night sky. Finding a true place to be is his only hope at peace.
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!