Blood Work

      L.J. Hayward

Blood Work

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.Matt Hawkins isn’t a wizard. He’s not a werewolf, either. He doesn’t talk to ghosts, though he thinks he might like to see one some day. Matt’s just an ordinary, everyday kind of guy. So why is the oldest and meanest vampire in town suddenly gunning—or should that be ‘fanging’?—for him?Maybe it’s his social skills, or lack thereof—but it wasn’t his fault he lost his pants in the middle of the mall. Perhaps it’s because he’s on nickname basis with the ghoul in a local cemetery. Then there’s the outside chance it’s the fact Matt’s one half of the vampire slaying team that is Night Call.His partner is Mercy, a pint sized fighting machine with a killer wardrobe—and she’s the only tame vampire in existence.Still, none of that explains why tenacious PI Erin McRea is digging through all the nastiest moments of his history in an effort to find him.And somehow Matt has to find the time to see his therapist about that little temper problem he has…
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    The Descent

      L.J. Hayward

The Descent

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.A retelling of the ancient Assyrian myth, the Epic of Gilgamesh, through the eyes of his sworn brother and companion, Enkidu.Betrayed by the gods he served and worshiped, Enkidu lies on the brink of death while Gilgamesh despairs over his ailing body. But before he can enter the House of Dust, the place where all men go when they die, Enkidu must endure seven trials on the endless road. Each trial forces him to confront his deeds at the side of Gilgamesh, taking from him all the things he believed made him human, until all that is left is the truth.
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