Jay Taylor


Jay Taylor grew up in rural Southern Illinois. He was encouraged to be creative by his mother, Sherry, who had her own art studio and taught various art classes. His father, Donald, taught him the value of hard work and independence by being an example as a business owner and a coal miner.
Throughout his childhood and into his adult life he has created stories, worlds and characters that others enjoyed. Whether it was leading a role playing game or scratching down a short story, he always found a way to let others share the worlds he imagined.
He is the proud father of three children and the fortunate husband of Kimberly. He currently lives in Northern California.

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The Rise Of Majick
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,720. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Tarver longs for the world from Before, our world. To restore all he has lost, he agrees to retrieve the first dragon egg of the new Age and return it to Sylth, the Tar Dragon. Unfortunately, the elves living in Central Park plan to use the egg to conquer this new land of a destroyed cities and dead technologies. Their old spells are failing and the dragon within the egg is their last hope.

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Smashwords book reviews by Jay Taylor

  • Shadows of the Realm on June 11, 2012

    I rate Shadows of The Realm 3.5 stars. It is a fun read. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I found myself wanting to read the next phase of the adventure. If you are looking for an easy, casual read that can entertain you, then I suggest grabbing a copy. The positives are the characters, the dragons who have an enemy more powerful than themselves and the overall story. Dionne has done a great job of building a world that makes me want to visit more often. The negatives are more about consistency and style. There are some logical disconnects (small things such as a building being described as airtight and then the sun shining through the spaces between the boards the next morning). The dialog was excellent in some cases and a little clunky in others. There are also short sections that provide a view of the world's history and mythos. I both liked and disliked this. I loved the insight but would have rather had it woven more tightly into the narrative. Overall, it was fun and I plan to read the next book in the series. Since this is Dionne's first novel, I expect some of the stylistic wobbles will be smoothed out and the dialog more refined in the following books. Good job!