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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 six+ published novels along with several short stories on the virtual shelves including a few within eXcessica anthologies.
Her first book, DARK RECKONING - released on July 5, 2010 - introduced Special Agent Steve Williams to the masses.
Pamela Jenewein – Romance At Heart Review:
“J E Taylor writes a thrilling and engaging paranormal horror, “Dark Reckoning”. The absorbing, fluid plot builds slowly towards its divergent terror-driven climax. As sturdy, forthright characters convey the story’s age-old message; stay out of the woods…and while you’re at it, the water too.”
Ty Drago, Editor of Allegory and author of PHOBOS:
“J.E. Taylor has penned a tale of terror worthy of Lovecraft. The strong characters, edgy atmosphere and unflinching narrative hooked me from the first word and kept me riveted all the way through to DARK RECKONING's horrifying conclusion - a solid piece of storytelling!"
VENGEANCE – released on November 1, 2010 is the second in the Agent Williams series.
Author Poppet says of Vengeance:
“VENGEANCE is a great crime thriller – it was an excellent read, it moves at a frenetic pace with multiple character threads being woven through it to culminate in an explosive ending. I recommend it as a gripping read you won’t be able to put down.”
And Hunting Season is the latest Steve Williams Novel.
"Unstoppable, breath stealing, and terrifying all at once." - Cat Connor, author of killerbyte, terrorbyte, and exacerbyte.
"Hunting Season goes where few venture, mixing a compelling crime thriller with supernatural forces. The action and drama is thick and fast and I guarantee you will not be able to put this book down." - Poppet, author of Seithe and Darkroom.
She also released her first erotic thriller in July 2010 - SURVIVAL GAMES.
Pamela Jenewein, Romance At Heart, Rated Grade-A Select Recommended Read:
“Ms.Taylor creates an overwhelming thrilling reading experience. Although ruthlessly dark and sinister, Survival Games is an impacting, powerful read, lingering long after it’s finished. There is no forgetting this author, or this work of fiction.”
John Everson, Bram Stoker Award Winning Author:
"Sexy dark and intense, Survival Games will bind you to the page, kiss you slowly and then kick you where it hurts the most; I couldn't stop reading until I knew who won the game... Jessica Connor is one amazing character, and Survival Games is one hot read!"
MIND GAMES – the second book in the Games Trilogy was released on November 29, 2010. The last book, END GAME was released on February 14, 2011
In addition to being co-owner of Novel Concept Publishing, Ms. Taylor also moonlights as an Assistant 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.
on April 26, 2011 :
Vengeance, by J.E. Taylor, is her fifth published book and one heck of a fast read. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t short by any means, it was just fast. Truth be told I opened it up thinking, “Oh great, over 400 pages, this is going to take forever!” Next thing I knew I was 102 pages in and my wife was asking me if I was ready to head up to bed yet.
But does fast read equate to a quality book? Maybe I was just skimming one of every three lines to get through it? Nope. I read it all and even found myself wanting it to be longer at a couple of points so it could give me more details on a few areas. There’s nothing missing, I just wanted some extra information that the characters would have also wanted – it would have made their work easier if they’d had it at the time!
So good flow and good story. No grammatical or typographical errors I could find although I will confess a couple of awkward phrases or word choices near the beginning. Certainly nothing to point a stick at and also quite possibly a cultural thing with me as a reader. In any event, I don’t hold it against her or mark her down for it.
The characters showed development and advancement, both emotionally and intellectually. I didn’t always agree with them and even found myself at odds with the main character, Steve, a few times. I’m not sure if my problem was because I had difficulty identifying with him or perhaps some alpha male head butting between him and I.
If she had to do it all over again I think I’d recommend making the book longer and splitting it into two books, with more focus on putting in more content and details into the second half of it. She throws some twists that seemed obvious, and then that even caught me off guard. I think now that the obvious twists were put in intentionally, to lull the reader into a false sense of smugness that they had figured it out before they were supposed to. She’s a crafty one, that J.E. Taylor.
Vengeance is a book I will remember, it made an impact on me. It won’t be placed in my very short list of best books ever, but it’s worthy of a five out of five rating and I’d be willing to argue that point with anyone who feels otherwise.
(reviewed the day of purchase)