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Jo Michaels is...
Hi, I'm Jo. Let's forget all the "Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah" stuff and just go with it. I'm a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations.
I have a degree in graphic design, and my journey to the end was one few students who begin that program ever complete. However, this was one case where my memory and OCD tendencies helped me. Graduation was one of the most amazing days of my life. But, my most amazing day was when my now husband proposed. Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella someday, and he pulled off the proposal of fantasies.
At the risk of sounding cliche, I'm going to let it out there and say how much I absolutely adore the man I'm married to. Along with my children, he's my whole world.
I've lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia, but I've had my feet in almost every state. Traveling is something I adore, and have plans to someday see the Mongolia I've written about in Yassa.
One of my favorite things is hearing from fans! You can find me on social media most any day of the week. Connect! I'd love to hear from you.
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)