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Jo Michaels is a writer who's really had a taste of life. She's lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia; but visited states from coast to coast. Michaels, a high-school dropout, put herself through college while her husband was deployed to Iraq and still managed to come out on the other side with all five of her children still breathing. On top of that wondrous feat, she managed to graduate Summa Cum Laude. After her fourteen year marriage ended cataclysmically, she took to the keys to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. Using the degree she obtained in school, Jo set out with tools in her belt not many writers possess: a strong design eye, the skills necessary to format her books, and the ability to use her artistic talents to create stunning covers.
Now, Michaels writes full-time in her garage while imbibing copious amounts of coffee to keep her motor running from son up to son down (and daughter, too). Her inspiration for her books comes from relationships, life, friends, passion, and her own incredible imagination. A fight for achieving her dream (along with her super duper boyfriend) is what drags her out of bed every morning to do what she does best: spin tales laced with high-octane emotion for readers worldwide.
Jo has written six books, all of which are self-published.
on Dec. 14, 2012 :
This is the first book of a series, Books 2 and 3 are also available. Book One is a short story. This book introduces our main character Abigale and her sworn enemy Emmett, at the end of the story we get to know more about the old woman. Although Abigale's character is developed reasonably well, I would like to know more about her parents who are also introduced and why Abigale and Emmett are enemies. We learn that they were friends and Emmett spent a lot of time playing with Abigale in her home when they were small. Kristy is Abigale's friend but apart from a brief introduction in the beginning, we don't get to see her again in this book. I did feel a little short changed as I thought the storyline could have been developed a bit more into a longer book. However, it did work out and I liked the ending, which leaves the reader ready for the next instalment.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 03, 2012 :
I got this for my 15 year old son, an avid reader and aspiring writer, and he wrote the following review:
The first book of the Abigale chronicles is fabulous, filled with twists that make you want to find out what happens next. Throughout the entire book, there was only thing that I did not like. Abigale is twelve years old and five feet, five inches tall. I am fifteen and only five feet, four inches. Other than hurting my pride, Jo Michaels did a wonderful job, and I can’t wait to read the sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 03, 2012 :
I have been downloading new books to read to my son each week. He was drawn to the book cover and asked if we could get this one. I was very hesitant as it appeared to be a book geared for a girl. This book turned out to be very easy to read and I was very surprised that I actually enjoyed this book as it reminded me of events in my childhood. I normally do not like fantasy but it helped to keep my interest and my son thought that was cool. It made him use his noggin because he kept asking me if Abigale was in a dream. If you are looking for an interesting book that will make your child have to use their imagination than I recommend you download this book. My son is already bugging me on when I can download book 2.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 28, 2012 :
My mom told me about this book so I went and downloaded the sample. It was so good that I went and purchased the full version. this book help my attention to the very end !! I am looking forward to Book 2!
This is a very good read! Well written and excited to find this arthor!
Please let me know when Book 2 comes out!
(reviewed the day of purchase)