|About the Book|
Born a slave, freedman Sean Michael Kelly is struggling to build a life for himself and his wife in post-bellum New Orleans—when a chance encounter on the banks of the Mississippi River puts an abrupt end to his dreams of freedom. In a desperate act of suicide, a seemingly rabid man attacks him, ending his life at the hands of the powerfully built Sean Michael—but passing on his horrible illness. When Sean Michael awakens in a Catholic hospice days later, all his senses are tuned to an eerily high pitch, hes allergic to light, he can detect the thoughts of the nuns who care for him...and hes so very thirsty.Refusing to accept his fate as an immortal leech, Sean Michael educates himself in the following decades and, while researching his cure, uses his curse to weed the garden of humanity of the worst offenders he can find. To his astonishment and relief, he finally stumbles on the right trail in a sordid alley in Nairobi, and it isnt long before he finds what he thinks might be a cure...if he dares try it.The problem is, it will either cure him, or kill him once and for all.But in recent months hes made a fatal error: hes allowed himself to fall in love for the first time in 80 years. Once again, the age-hallowed streets of New Orleans have led him to his perfect woman, the last woman he would ever have expected: the doppelganger of his dead wife Annie, lost forever in those dark days after he was plunged into his living nightmare.Now he doesnt want to die. But if he doesnt test his cure, he might end up killing the woman he loves...again.Blood, Sweat, and Years includes the novella Consanguinity (Sean Michaels story) and three shorter tales, Prodigals, Cargo, and The Folsom Culture on Mars, along with commentary about the writing life and the origins of each story. At 22,000 words, its a quick read, and priced accordingly.