Friday, April 26, 2013

Night Hawk by J.E. Taylor : Character Interview and Excerpt: Bewitching Tour Stop



Tell us about your family.

Well, my mother was Greek and my father was half Mohigan.  My mother died when I was little and my father more recently.  He was a cop, so between he and my grandfather, a tribal elder, I got quite an education in self-defense and survival techniques.  However, nothing prepared me for finding out my true lineage.  

What was the scariest moment of your life?

Losing my balance on the eightieth floor balcony.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Early on I wanted to be in law enforcement like my father, but after I lost him, I kind of floundered.  My grandfather gave me a job at the casino as a black jack dealer during my college summer breaks, but I decided I wanted to try my hand at something a little less intense than being a cop, so I moved to New York and looked into modeling.  But even in my wildest nightmares, I never dreamt I'd end up as a vampire.

What is your favorite meal?
It used to be a nice steak, now it's a bag of AB positive.

What are you passionate about these days?
Damian.   But don't tell him I said that.  It'll just go to his head. 

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

Well, with the vampire thing, I've adapted to the night, but I do miss the beach at high noon more than I can express here.

What would we find under your bed?

Probably a pair of platinum daggers and a pair of lost underwear. 

If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?

Um, if you came to visit early in the morning, you might end up being my breakfast.  In light of that, you might categorize me as a grumpy bear.

What one word best describes you?

Damian says I'm fearless.  

Do you have any special routines or rituals?

I don't go outside while the sun is up.  I understand ultraviolet rays react very badly to the virus that turned me into a bloodsucking fiend.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I'm still technically alive.  That's something that surprised the daylights out of me (no pun intended).  I didn't know a vampire still had a beating heart.  Go figure.

If you're interested in finding out more about me, check out the book Night Hawk...

Thank you for having me here on Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews.

Night Hawk
Book One – Night Hawk Series

J.E. Taylor

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Novel Concept Publishing, LLC

Cover Artist:

Book Description:

Selling your soul has never been so charming and Mark throws in a little something to sweeten the pot, his girlfriend Naomi.

Sentenced to death at the hands of a demon, Naomi Hawk has a firsthand lesson in despair and betrayal in Mark’s deal for fame with all the trimmings. Deep in the clutches of the underground brotherhood, Naomi's light is coveted for the Master's gain.

When she slips and falls eighty stories from a precarious ledge, Naomi resigns herself to the inevitable impact and death by shattered bones. Before she can escape her demons in eternal slumber, something sinister plucks her from the plummet, stealing her out of the night to sacrifice her forever to the shadows.

Imprisoned in bottomless darkness, Naomi thirsts for justice…and revenge.


“You’re more than welcome to join me,” I said when she showed no signs of moving.
Her mouth opened and she glanced back toward the living room. “When?”
“Right now,” I said, knowing she wasn’t referring to my offer.
She rolled her eyes. “When did you paint that mural?”
“A long time ago,” I said. “Now, are you going to join me or not?” This time I turned toward her, giving her the full view and I smiled at the way her gaze bounced, her eyes widening a fraction before inching their way back up my chest to my face. Her cheeks bloomed and I cocked an eyebrow at her.
She pressed her lips together and slammed the door, marching out of the room in a huff.
I chuckled and ran the soap over my chest, running my fingers over what was left of the welt on my skin. The vampiric healing powers still amazed me enough that I missed the shift in the air around me.
Nails scraped my back and I jumped, swinging my head in the direction of the disturbance. Her wide eyes met mine and I turned, drinking her in from head to toe. Exquisite was the only word that popped into mind and when her fingers touched my chest I reached, covering her hand and holding it against my skin.
“What are you doing?” I whispered because having her undressed and this close put me at a major disadvantage.
“I’m saying thank you,” she said and her hands moved lower.
Catching her wrists, I warned, “Naomi, don’t start something you can’t finish.” My body responded anyway and she closed the distance. Her lips grazed my chest and I closed my eyes, releasing her and surrendering to her exploration.
When her tongue trailed lower, I recalled the memories of her ex and my eyes snapped open. As much as the thought of her taking me in her mouth thrilled me, I didn’t want to be that memory and I grabbed her by the shoulders, pulling her up to face me. She wasn’t one of the common harlots from my past that I let drop to their knees before me.
No, Naomi was different and I wanted more.
“You do not have to do this just because you aren’t ready for anything else.”
Her dark eyes met mine and I traced the frame of her face with my fingertips, studying every curve. Leaning down, I took her lower lip in my mouth, sucking gently before shifting and delivering a kiss that started as tender and rich as her blood, but it soon escalated into an all-consuming heat and I could envision living in this bliss for the rest of eternity.
I had lied to her today.
Fear wasn’t the only deep emotion I had encountered since I plucked her out of the sky, this need to connect, to love again overwhelmed me. The irony of her name and the form she turned into added to the feel that fate had prepared this feast just for me.


J.E. Taylor is a writer, a publisher, an editor, a manuscript formatter, a mother, a wife and a business analyst, not necessarily in that order.  She first sat down to seriously write in February of 2007 after her daughter asked:

“Mom, if you could do anything, what would you do?”

From that moment on, she hasn’t looked back and now her writing resume includes a more than a dozen published novels along with several short stories on the virtual shelves including a few within eXcessica anthologies. 
In addition to being co-owner of Novel Concept Publishing
Ms. Taylor also moonlights as a Senior Editor of Allegory , an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. She has been known to edit a book or two and also offers her services judging writing contests for various RWA chapters.

She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children and during the summer months enjoys her weekends on the shore in southern Maine. 

Visit her at

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1 comment:

JETaylor said...

Thank you for having Naomi on your blog today!