L.J. Hayward

Biography

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.

Where to find L.J. Hayward online

Series

Night Call
An urban fantasy series. Night Call follows the adventures of Matt Hawkins--warrior, psychic and vampire-slayer extraordinaire! His sidekick is Mercy Belique, a vampire femme fatale, trained by Matt to hunt her own kind. Together they'll take on just about anything, be it vampire, ghoul or werewolf. Into their dangerous lives comes Erin McRea--ex-cop, PI and extremely tenacious. If anyone can unravel the tangled web of deceit, lies and misdirection around Matt and Mercy, she can. And she will.
Blood Work
Price: Free!
Demon Dei
Price: $2.99 USD.
Rock Paper Sorcery
Price: $3.69 USD.

Books

Where Death Meets the Devil
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 102,240. Language: Australian English. Published: March 22, 2024 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
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.
Death and the Devil, The Novellas
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 114,500. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A collection of short stories featuring previously published Death and the Devil novellas taking place between "Where Death Meets the Devil" and "Why the Devil Stalks Death."
When Death Frees the Devil
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,410. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Ethan is finally free. He’s left the Cabal behind and embraced a civilian life with Jack, the man he loves. The only problem is that the Cabal isn’t willing to let him go. A call in the middle of the night and a threat to Jack’s family, and Ethan is back in the game. The only way out is to take on the organization that spent years warping his life.
Dealing in Death
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,440. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Ethan Blade—assassin extraordinaire, cold-blooded killer, heartless monster, and . . . retiree?
Why the Devil Stalks Death
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,490. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
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.
Devil in the Details
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,200. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
If there’s one thing assassin Ethan Blade knows, it’s how to plan a job. How to study a target, find the weak spot, and strike. He keeps his guns clean, his knives sharp, and his heart sealed away behind more locks than his precious cars. Alone but safe. Until Jack Reardon burrowed his way into Ethan’s life, his car, and his heart. This may just be the deadliest mess he can’t plan his way out of.
When the Devil Drives
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,950. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Work-life balance for a spy may be an oxymoron, but Jack Reardon likes a good challenge. And he’s almost bested this one. He’s settled into his Meta-State promotion as a field leader and into his new team with a second he can trust. Shop in order, he can take a day or two off when Ethan blows into town, their bargain finally starting to paying off.
Bargaining with the Devil
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,860. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Meta-State spy Jack Reardon believes it’s all been taken care of. He has his verbal agreement with his boss to “keep Blade happy,” and Jack is more than willing to do his best in that regard. He also has his bargain with Ethan, to keep seeing each other. Small victories, interspersed with exploding bombs, smashed cars and miffed co-workers, all while consorting with an international assassin.
Where Death Meets the Devil :Coda
Price: Free! Words: 7,370. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(5.00 from 1 review)
Jack Reardon's homecoming isn't quite as peaceful as he hoped it would be . . .
The Descent
Price: Free! Words: 8,550. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
The Epic of Gilgamesh seen through the eyes of his sworn brother and companion, Enkidu, as he faces seven trials on the descent to eternity in the House of Dust.
Rock Paper Sorcery
Series: Night Call, Book 3. Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 124,580. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Vanquishing vampire Primals and defeating Demon Lords is one thing. They’re dangerous in an obvious, tooth and claw way. But when a sorcerer comes to town chasing a murderous rogue, Matt Hawkins is faced with something he doesn’t know how to deal with—competition as the city’s resident badarse supernatural warrior.
Here Be Dragons (A Night Call Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,160. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Sunday. Day of Rest. To anyone not Matt Hawkins, vampire-slayer extraordinaire, that is. A short story set in the world of Night Call, between the novels Demon Dei and Rock Paper Sorcery.
Demon Dei
Series: Night Call, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 125,670. Language: Australian English. Published: August 16, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Six months ago, Matt took down one of the meanest supernatural beasties around. So why isn’t he in hot demand? Like the lawyer that wins the unwinable case. Or the mechanic who works out what that clunking noise is in your car. Instead, Matt finds himself struggling to maintain his career as a monster slayer extraordinaire. But things are about to get nasty in a big, big way.
Blood Work
Series: Night Call, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 114,010. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.63 from 8 reviews)
Matt Hawkins kills monsters for a living. Slay and pay. Werewolves, trolls, the occasional ghoul that gets a bit too big for its grave; but basically, whatever nasty critter crosses his path. Mostly, he kills vampires. While he’d made something of a living out of it, he doesn't even need the promise of cash to take down a vampire. Sure, it’s a nice bonus, but vampires are his personal crusade.