Michelle Isenhoff

Biography

When Michelle Isenhoff's not writing imaginary adventures, she’s probably off on one. She loves roller coasters and swimming in big waves. She’s an avid runner. She likes big dogs, high school football games, old graveyards, and wearing flip-flops all winter. Her dream vacation would include lots of castle ruins, but so far she’s had to settle for pictures on Pinterest. Once an elementary teacher, Michelle now homeschools two of her three kids and looks forward to summer break as much as they do.

In a genre dominated by traditional publishers, Michelle has received the following accolades:

Nominated for a 2013 Cybils Award (Song of the Mountain)
Semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review 2013 Book Awards (Song of the Mountain)
Considered for the 2012 Great Michigan Read (Divided Decade Trilogy)
Nominated for the 2012 Maine Student Book Award (The Color of Freedom)
Candle Star logo whiteMichelle’s books have been lauded by teachers and homeschoolers alike. Educators are invited to request free digital copies. Michelle is also pleased to provide complimentary copies to book reviewers.

Candle Star Press is her personal imprint.

Where to find Michelle Isenhoff online


Where to buy in print


Books

Taylor Davis: Flame of Findul Episode One (Serial Adventures, 1.1)
Price: Free! Words: 10,790. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015 by Candle Star Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Boys & Men, Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
The Flame of Findul—the sword that guards the Tree of Life—has been allowed to burn out. The tree’s destruction means the end of life on Earth. Taylor must relight the sword, but a formidable enemy who has eaten of the Tree stands in his way.
Ella Wood (Ella Wood, 1)
Price: Free! Words: 94,810. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2015 by Candle Star Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Historical » USA
As North and South sweep toward war, Emily must battle her father's traditional expectations in a personal bid for freedom. Her assumptions about slavery have been shattered, and her dream of attending university has blossomed into fierce ambition. Meanwhile, the real fight may lie within her heart, which stubbornly refuses to accept that a choice for indendence must be a choice against love.
Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul (Taylor Davis, 1)
Price: Free! Words: 64,640. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013 by Candle Star Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Taylor didn't want to be sucked into a supernatural world of angels and their adversaries. He wants the mission assigned him even less. The Flame of Findul–the sword that guards the Tree of Life–has been allowed to burn out. The only way to avoid worldwide disaster is to relight it in the forge of Findul the Firesmith. Taylor has been chosen for this task. But there is one who stands in his way.
Beneath the Slashings (Divided Decade Collection)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,020. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2012 by Candle Star Press. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / United States / 19th Century, Fiction » Historical » USA
After four uncertain years of war, Grace Nickerson is desperate to patch together what is left of her community and return to some sense of normalcy. But soon after his return, her father sells the farm and drags the family off to a lumber camp in Michigan’s northern wilderness. Will Grace ever find the peace and security she knew before the war?
Song of the Mountain (Mountain Trilogy, 1)
Price: Free! Words: 36,530. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2011 by Candle Star Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(5.00)
Orphaned at a young age, thirteen-year-old Song Wei has grown up listening to his grandfather recite legends of the distant past. But his own past is a closely guarded secret. Then Song discovers an heirloom that links him to an ancient prophecy. His destiny lies within the old tales. Song must follow the path that killed his father.
Blood of Pioneers (Divided Decade Collection)
Price: Free! Words: 45,390. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2011 by Candle Star Press. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
(5.00)
Hannah craves excitement, but all local adventures dried up long ago, when her parents unpacked their wagon on the Michigan frontier. When war breaks out, her father and brother leave to fight the Confederacy. Then the farm is threatened, and the one place she longs to leave suddenly becomes the one place she'll risk everything to save.
The Candle Star (Divided Decade Collection)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,830. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011 by Candle Star Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
(5.00)
After a tantrum, Emily Preston is shipped from her plantation home to her inn-keeping uncle in Detroit. There she meets Malachi, son of freed slaves, who challenges many ideas she grew up believing. But when Emily stumbles upon two runaways hidden in her uncle's barn, she finds that old ways die hard. And Mr. Burrows, the charming Southern slave catcher, is only yards away, lodged in the hotel.

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