Monday, April 15, 2013

Why Vampires? with J.E. Taylor

The most amusing comment I've ever heard relating to vampires had to do with them having sex.  The comment was "If they're dead, it's scientifically impossible for a vampire to get a hard-on." 

I remember bursting out laughing and thinking they were absolutely correct.   The historic 'un-dead' vampire should not be able to perform and yet we have movies and literature that specifies otherwise.  

Of course, my favorite vampire stories are those that have more of the evil brand of blood suckers, much like Anne Rice's Lestat.  I like the complexity he brings to the page as well as the continuing conflict of good versus evil within him.  But still, his heart doesn't beat and his flesh is cold to the touch-he's basically a walking, talking, reasoning and ruthless corpse.    

So, when I decided to tackle the subject of vampires, I needed to think outside the box and create a brand new lore that, at least, would make more sense than the frozen-in-time corpse with fangs.  Thus Damian was created.  He's one of the shadow kin, frozen in time by a viral infection that requires blood to keep the host alive.  His heart still beats, albeit at a much slower pace, and he still requires oxygen, but his body is in suspended animation because of a demon curse passed on through the blood of its hosts.

This virus has some benefits, like its healing effects and superhuman strength, which make it hard to kill a vampire, however, the virus does react catastrophically to the sun.  So while they heal fast and are strong and quick, they do have vulnerabilities.  

Damian isn't your average vampire, either. He has a very unique ability that no other vampire has and has been given a directive. He cannot spill innocent blood, or he will invoke the wrath of an archangel. But sometimes, even the righteous make a mistake. 

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Night Hawk       
Book One – Night Hawk Series
J.E. Taylor

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Novel Concept Publishing, LLC

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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.

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About the Author:

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, 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. 

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JETaylor said...

Thank you for having me today!

JETaylor said...

Thank you for having me on your blog today Roxanne!