L.J. Hayward Guest Post: Sydney, Australia

Please welcome LJ Hayward as she takes us on a virtual trip to Australia, the setting of Why the Devil Stalks Death with Jack and Ethan.

Hello and welcome to my blog tour! I’m L.J. Hayward and I write the Death and the Devil series about Jack Reardon, a spy, and Ethan Blade, an assassin, two damaged but well-equipped men trying to survive their jobs and each other. In Why the Devil Stalks Death the guys are faced with a serial killer of exceptional skill and finding the Judge before they kill again might just be the thing that breaks Jack and Ethan apart . . .

One lucky commenter from the tour will receive their choice of the Death and the Devil series to date or a $15 Amazon gift voucher!

City of Celebrations

Location in book one, Where Death Meets the Devil, was a big part of the story, reflecting Jack’s emotions at the time. This time, the setting isn’t quite as deep, but it is still important to Jack because the story is entirely set in his home town, Sydney.


Everyone knows the Bridge and Opera House, but those places don’t feature in this story. They aren’t the locations that mean the most to Jack. There are two important places for Jack, those spots in a big, hectic city that really speak to him. The first place is Middle Head, Mossman. Part of the Sydney Harbour National Park, Middle Head has a 150 year history with the Australian Defence Force. There are ruins of old fortifications that fascinated a young Jack when he visited with his dad, but the panoramic views of Sydney Harbour are what fascinated his sister. The place has a lot of good memories for Jack, though the sad ones have started to outweigh the good.

Middle Head

The second place, again military in nature, is more significant because of Jack’s army career. April 25th is the anniversary of the day Australian and New Zealand forces fought at Gallipoli in WWI and now we celebrate ANZAC Day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on this date. Previous and currently serving personnel of the armed forces are honoured in dawn ceremonies around the county and in inner Sydney, it’s held in Martin Place at the Cenotaph. Jack’s military service may not have ended on a high note, but that hasn’t tarnished his belief in what he accomplished in that time. He attends a ceremony at Martin Place every year that he is physically capable.


I hope you enjoyed seeing these favourite places of Jack’s. Remember them, for they may be important later. ?

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Many thanks to Gay Book Reviews for hosting me today!!

Cheers, L.J.

Title: Why the Devil Stalks Death (Death and the Devil #2)
Author: LJ Hayward
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: December 9, 2018
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Book Length: 4,972 Kindle locations
Reviewed by: Renée and Maya

Blurb:A Gay Book Reviews 5+ star read!

Jack Reardon uncovers secrets for a living, and the Meta-State spy is pretty good at it. Or rather he thought so until he met Ethan Blade—assassin, warrior, enigma. The unlikely pair have decided to give living together a shot, but Jack’s not entirely certain what he’s gotten himself into—or exactly who he’s in it with.

Jack’s worries are compounded when he’s assigned to a police strike force hunting a serial killer. With each new puzzle piece, Jack considers the true nature of a serial killer—and how similar it is to an assassin. To one particular assassin who’s having trouble adjusting to retirement. Jack’s unsure how to help Ethan—or if he even can.

When the killer strikes close to home, Jack must race against the clock to stop another murder, despite the price someone has put on his head. Could the matters be connected? Is a certain assassin at the centre of both? Surrounded by killers, the only one Jack wants near disappears, leaving Jack drowning in secrets. He’ll have to do what he does best—unravel the secrets, including Ethan’s—to stop the killer and save the life he and Ethan have only just begun to build.

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About LJ Hayward

Hi! I’m L.J. Hayward and I’ll be your author for this biography.

I’ve been telling tales (some of them of the tall variety) for most of my life. The first book I ever produced was about Easter, as I recall, and was written in crude pictographs. In my defence, I reckon I was about three. Stapler-binding was the format of choice (way, way before the advent of the e-book). First story with words (and pictures) was about a trip to the moon, in which I included the exhaustive research I did on the matter by saying it took three days to get there. Sadly, the trip was cut short when a puddle of blood (!! – quite gory for its day and age) was discovered on the moon, so the characters had to leave before the murderous aliens found them. Nail bitting stuff!

Beyond that, I don’t recall exactly when I began to think seriously about writing. I always enjoyed a creative writing exercise in high school, but hated scientific writing in university. Not enough room for drama or humour or unicorns. But even before I began writing stories down, I was writing them in my head. Serious writing started around the mid-twenties. Good writing started a couple of years later. Even better writing is still in progress.

As a pathology scientist, blood and medicine is a big part of my life and, naturally, have an influence on my writing. My first book, Blood Work, had its origins in how blood behaves in transfusions (vampires drinking blood is basically a transfusion, right? Right.).

Of course, recently I’ve moved into M/M romantic suspense, with the publication of Where Death Meets the Devil. I’m blaming Manna Francis’s Administration series for hooking me into the wonderfully wide and diverse realm of queer fiction. It’s a genre pool I plan on wallowing in for good long while. 😉

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