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Monday, April 22, 2013

Night Hawk Blog Tour - Interview + Review + Giveaway: Night Hawk by J. E. Taylor




OBVB: Welcome to Offbeat Vagabond, J.E.! To get the ball rolling, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

JET: Thank you for having me here today. I wear many hats these days: wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, publisher, author, editor, project manager and business analyst. Stepping into the author world is like transporting through a portal for me, I leave the worries and stress of everyday life at the door, although my fiction world is intense, it serves as a wonderful therapy tool. I have fun with it and that is an important component of anything I do.


OBVB: When did you catch the writer bug?
JET: I would have to target eighth grade. I had written a small story earlier than that, but eighth grade was when I found a real satisfaction in writing. At the time it was short stories and poetry, which in high school, helped me cope with some very dicey situations.
OBVB: What first attracted you to Thriller and Horror?
JET: The adrenaline rush of being scared or on the edge of your seat. I loved the sensations of reading a book that grabbed my attention. And being able to craft a story that elicits emotions, whether it is fear, sympathy, laughter or any strong emotion for that matter, is what I strive for.
OBVB: What authors influenced you when growing? Do you have any current favorites?
JET: Stephen King and Lawrence Sanders comes to mind. Current favorites include Jonathan Maberry, Heather Brewer, Cat Connor and a few others. The nice thing about being an indie author is finding books that I probably wouldn’t have if I hadn’t taken this road.
OBVB: Night Hawk is your latest release, can you tell you use what it is about?
JET: Night Hawk takes a new direction with the vampire lore and has one fearless heroine in Naomi Hawk. Naomi knows just enough about vampires to know when she’s cornered by one, her chances are minimal of surviving, but she never expected to end up as a blood thirsty fiend.
OBVB: What was the most challenging thing you had to face when getting your book published?
JET: The most challenging thing with publishing is getting the word out. I’ve been able to build a decent following over the last few years, but the marketing effort is bigger than most writers anticipate.
OBVB: How did you celebrate when your book was published?
JET: I started the next book.
OBVB: Who was your favorite character in the book and why?
JET: Naomi Hawk because she kicks ass.
OBVB: Can you tell us about your Steve Williams series?
JET: This is my FBI Thriller series that takes S.A. Steve Williams through some of the most trying criminal cases of his career. He doesn’t always walk on the right side of the law either. When he crosses paths with Ty Aris, his life changes drastically. This series mixes the suspense of a crime thriller with supernatural elements. It’s like Criminal Minds melding with Supernatural.
OBVB: Is there anything you must have or do when you are writing?

JET: No rituals. I just need time.

OBVB: When you are not writing, what do you do in your free time?

JET: Read, lounge on the beach in the summer, run around to kids activities. Hoping to kayak more this summer.

OBVB: Last but not least, are there any other projects you are working on? Will there be a sequel to Night Hawk?

JET: I’m working on two projects right now – Tigress, which is the sequel to Night Hawk and Highway to Hell which is the sequel to Don’t Fear the Reaper. Both are due out before the end of the summer. I’m also working on Fallen, which is the story of how Ty fell from grace and the last project on my plate is the one my daughter has been hounding me for years to write. I’m hoping to finish this by the end of the year, but it is tough going because it is personal.

OBVB: Thank you so much for visiting Offbeat Vagabond, J.E.! Can't wait to have you here again.
JET: Thank you for having me on Offbeat Vagabond today. 
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Author: J. E. Taylor
Series: Night Hawk
Number in Series: 1
Format: ePub
Release Date: March 11, 2013
Pages: 183
Publisher: Novel Concept Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy





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Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
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      Night Hawk is a story that starts off with a bang. A woman named Naomi is being chased by a demon. She just found out that her own boyfriend has sold her out to Satan. Satan wants her for her special blood and having her is priority number one. When it seems that her life is about to come to an end before Lucifer gets to her, she is saved by someone who clearly isn't human. He also clearly wants her dead. But Naomi isn't going to go down easy. Her fight for her life changes her forever. But even though she is on the run, her “savior” and would-be killer turns out to be something much more than she bargained for.



      This was one fun little read. I liked our main characters a lot. I really liked Naomi. She had a lot of spunk that I didn't see coming. Turns out the girl is quite a badass, a little impulsive, but a badass nonetheless. She acts first and thinks of the consequences later. But lucky for her, that seems to work in her favor. I loved how her abilities seemed to evolve as the book went on. Being able to turn into a white Siberian tiger? That has always been my dream. I really loved Damian. He was so freaking awesome and hot. I couldn't help but imagine him an Damon Salvatore. One moment he is sweet and super sexy the next he makes you want to run for the hills. But that comes in handy in the book a lot. Naomi and Damian were explosive together. They are both very stubborn and are very attracted to each other. The back and forth teasing they had going on for the first half of this book nearly killed me. But I do love what we got.



     I love the mix of vampires and demons in this book. Lucifer wants Naomi because she is a child of light. She is a descendent of the Archangel Michael. Her blood, along with others of Michael's bloodline, are considered a delicacy to Lucifer. So he is sending all his minions to catch Naomi. Damian knows what it Is like to be on the receiving end of Lucifer's wrath, but he was saved by Michael to protect those of his bloodline. They do not get along and haven't for a very long time. But Michael knows he will do what he can to save those of his bloodline.



      As much as I did enjoy this, I did have a few issues. Well, I love that the book immediately starts off in the middle of the action. The problem is that it is not clearly explained how it all came about. We know her boyfriend sold her out to Lucifer for his own gain, but how. Did she know about her lineage beforehand? How did she find out angels, demons, and vampires existed in the first place? The book never tells us. And then when Naomi does become a vampire (by accident), she is goes into immediate badass mode. I loved her attitude and her spunk, but where did she learn all of that? How did she know she could turn? It just happens with no build up or explanation. There just needed to be a little more substance here for me. 

     Another issue I had was Lucifer himself. This has got to be the laziest devil ever. He didn't do anything. He sent his minions to do everything. And then when was actually in the thick of it all, he uses guns. He seemed more like a greedy crime boss than the devil. I mean, he was still evil as hell, but Naomi and Damian seemed to have more powers than him. And one more complaint, I wanted longer sex scenes! The scenes were hot, but I wanted them to last longer. They were too hot not to. I can't help it, I want more Damian.



      Overall, this was a great read. The first half really focused more on Naomi and Damian and their growing relationship which I really liked. Their dialogue was fun and entertaining. Even though they have only known each other for less than a week, it seemed like they knew each other for much, much longer. The story was a fast read and a lot of fun. The characters were great and I can't wait to have more of them together. They are an amazing couple. Something about them kind of reminded me of Bones and Cat. Their chemistry, to me, just jumps off the page. Definitely recommended for PNR and UF fans. 


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*This book belongs to the following challenge*

Under The Covers Book Blog 2013 Immortal Reading Challenge

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J. E. Taylor Bio
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  www.novelconceptpublishingMs. Taylor also moonlights as a Senior Editor of Allegory www.allegoryezine.com, 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.

 
Follows J. E. Taylor here
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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
One lucky person will win an ecopy of Night Hawk by J. E. Taylor. All you have to do is leave a comment or question with your email address. That is it. Good luck!
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Check out the other blogs on this tour here or below:  

April 12 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair.  

April 12 Spotlight
DEB SANDERS
Amazon Best Selling Author

April 13 Guest blog and review
The Eternal Scribe
April 14 Interview
Fang-tastic Books

April 15 Guest blog
Roxanne’s Realm

April 16 Interview
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

April 17 Spotlight
Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

April 17 Guest blog
All Things Paranormal

April 18 Interview
Simply Infatuated

April 19 Spotlight
Paranormal Romance and Beyond
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April 19 Live Radio Interview
Bewitching Book Tours Radio 
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April 20 Spotlight and review

April 21 Spotlight and review
Coffee & A Book Anytime: 
April 22 Interview
Cloey's Book Reviews and Other Stuff

April 22 Interview and review
Offbeat Vagabond

April 23 Spotlight

April 24 Guest blog
Share My Destiny

April 24 Review
Unraveling Words
April 25 Interview and review
Happy tails and tales

April 26 Interview
Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews 
                                            
April 29 Guest blog
Booked & Loaded 

May 1 Spotlight
Paranormal Goddess and Friends 

May 2 Review
Demons do it Better

May 4 review
Musings of Mistress of the Dark Path- 
May 5 Spotlight
Bex 'n' Books

May 7 Guest blog and review
Zombiegirl Shambling

May 8 Interview
Books and Tales
May 9 Spotlight and review
Faerie Tale Books
May 10 Spotlight
Cover Reveals 

May 10 review
 

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I had such fun with your questions and hope to be back in the future. :)

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    1. You are so welcome hon. I am so glad you like my questions. They were fun to put together. Hope you have here again in the future as well. Thank you so much again :)

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