Deals, steals, and news from author Michelle Isenhoff.

I am finally making progress on my books again!

2020 was a year I am glad to have over with, and not just because of Covid. My son was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis near the end of 2019, so 2020 held many trials, experiments, failures, and a few sucesses. We found a diet that helps alleviate symptoms, but recent tests show it hasn't brought healing. So now we must decide, do we go with the big-gun meds that scare me to death and actually damage his immune system in order to control it? Or do we keep teetering on the fragile health brought by the diet and give him more time to heal naturally? If he heals naturally. It's a hard choice! Either way, we will continue the diet. It still takes a significant amount of time to prepare, but I'm getting it down to a science...which frees me up to do a little more writing!

I still haven't felt able to tackle my serious and very long historical fiction WIP, Where Angels Weep, but I have made decent strides on the final book of my snarky middle-grade Taylor Davis trilogy, finishing 20,000 words this fall! In the past, there have been single weeks when I've written that much, but after accomplishing virtually nothing for the twelve months prior, I'm thrilled to be diving in again, even in a limited capacity. It requires energy to be creative, but when I do have a bit to invest, the process of writing actually revitalizes me. It helps my frame of mind, my focus, my worrying, channeling that all into a creative escape.

So, over the last couple months, Taylor Davis and his quirky, supernatural, crime-fighting team have led me to Kyrgyzstan. (I learned to spell it!) During my research into this out-of-the-way country, I discovered the ancient and unusual cemeteries that rise up like specters from its wild and rugged landscape. Some of them date back a thousand years and contain Muslim architecture, yurt-like structures of the traditional Kyrgyz culture, and even graves of the animistic tribes that predate Arab infiltration (800-1200 AD). They fascinated me so much that I had to place a scene in one....with a swordfight...and thousands-year-old Watcher...

I can say with a high degree of confidence that TD3 will finally make its arrival this year, and hopefully before summer. Then I'll turn my sights fully on Angels. If the kid in you enjoys outlandish and humorous adventure quests, grab up TD1, Flame of Findul. It placed as a finalist in the 2015 kid-judged Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award and is always free on all major vendors.

Before you go, be sure to check out the books and promos featured below. They're always free or bargain priced. I generally bounce between speculative and historical fiction (the main genres I write in), and sometimes some fantasy, middle grade, or a bit of romance, just to keep things interesting. 

Happy reading!


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Michelle Isenhoff

A former teacher and longtime homeschooler, MICHELLE ISENHOFF writes for children and adults. Her work has been reader-nominated for a Cybils Award, the Great Michigan Read, and the Maine Student Book Award. Michelle writes from Michigan where she bikes all summer and wears flip-flops all winter.