Michelle Hand


Michelle Hand is an independent author from Tempe, Arizona. She wrote her debut novel Cult in 2013, publishing Nov. 1. The e-book has gone on to be downloaded over a thousand times across multiple platforms and has garnered consistently high reviews. Cult was inspired by an interest in how cults form and the psychology that drives them, as well as by a deep passion for social issues like gender oppression, religious and political corruption, and the abuse of power. It is a story driven by very complex and authentic characters and centers around themes of love and loss, protection of the innocent, and justice.

With each new book published, the ultimate goal is to start conversations about complex issues that are often presented in an overly simplistic light. Every character is designed to introduce the reader to characters they could meet in everyday life but never truly get the chance to know. Readers will walk away feeling more aware of the world around them, more connected to the stories of others, and more heard as threads of their own stories seem to be woven into the tapestry of these books.

Reader interaction is readily encouaraged, so if you have questions or comments about any of this author's works, please feel free to contact her!

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Price: Free! Words: 106,270. Language: American English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
The world had never heard of Thompson Village, Arizona. Its walls were high, its secrets were well-kept, and its elite worked tirelessly to keep the tiny community hidden from prying eyes. Its 159 families knew nothing of electricity, medicine, or democracy. They knew only what they had been told: that their ruthless Elders had been ordained by God to keep them safe. And they believed it.

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  • The Eyes Have It on April 08, 2014

    Not my typical genre, but any time I thought of putting it down, the author convinced me all over again. It started a little slow-paced, but you do get drawn into the character and it works. I found the struggle that Allison had with her parents very believable. As I was reading, I thought maybe this could be better as two separate stories - the love story in the first half, and the continuation of the characters' life events in the second half - but I realize after reading it all that the love story wasn't the point. The relationship between Allison and Elsee was. This was a great read!