Thursday, November 7, 2013

Yassa - Book Blurb and Reviews

Happy Thursday, blogospherians! Today I bring you a little information and a few reviews for my book Yassa. If you've never heard of it, I invite you to pick up a sample at the links provided below. Have some fun and discover this great Historical Fiction novel.

Paperback $9.99
Paperback (large 14 pt type) $17.99
NOOK $2.99
Smashwords $2.99
Kindle $2.99

When Temujin is ten, he murders one of his half-brothers in self-defense. That one act of brutality shows him the animal that lives inside his heart, sets into motion a string of events that bring a boy named Jamuka into his life, and gives Temujin the idea to write the law he calls Yassa. Yassa law states that, above all else, you are to be loyal to those you pledge yourself to. There is only one punishment for breaking Yassa law: death.

Deep conflict arises between Temujin and Jamuka when they go to rescue Temujin's wife, Börte, from kidnappers. Jamuka sees her, falls in love, and decides to take her for his own. Jamuka attacks Börte and tries to force himself on her. Temujin casts the man out.

Jamuka is bent on revenge for being cast out and is driven to win Börte at any cost. As a result, the two men are plunged into battle over power and a woman. Love drives the conquering of the greatest continuous empire in history in the hopes that the victor will win the affections of Börte.

When the final battle takes place, does Temujin uphold Yassa law and kill Jamuka, or does he make an exception for the love of a friend that has already betrayed him once?

What reviewers are saying on Amazon:
5 Stars - "What would you do for love? What would you do to survive? Yassa, by Jo Michaels offers the warrior's answer to these questions and then some. Written in first person, Yassa manages to give two points of view to its peak turning-point event without breaking a sweat. Some prologues can be ignored and one misses nothing, but readers of this novel should be very careful not to fall into this thinking in the case of this work. The prologue adds a completely new dimension to the work, and enhances the tale greatly.

In a world of marriages arranged for power, and ruthless warlords and warriors, real love is a rare commodity. Yet, even the most brutal..." ~ C.M. Truxler

4 Stars - "I received a complimentary copy of Yassa from author Jo Michaels. Honestly, what attracted me to the book was not the subject matter, but the cover! I might be in love. As far as self-published books go, it's difficult to find an amazing cover design, but I really like this one.

The description of this book gives a very clear indication of what readers can expect: a love story, told from the man's perspective, that goes to all extremes. Yes, there is love and romance in here, but there is also violence, death, and anger.

If you're looking for a fairytale romance, this book is not..." ~ Jones

To read all the reviews on Amazon, including the rest of the ones above, click here

This one is from Smashwords:
4 Stars - "Ordinarily, I don't care for books written in first person, but I read this one from start to finish. This fictional story of the early life of Genghis Khan and his imposition of Yassa, the system of law, on the scattered Mongol tribes, as he unified them into one people, blends known history with the story of his love for his wife. An interesting and definitely recommended read." ~ Sharon L. Reddy 

If you don't have a copy of this book yet, go check it out. I promise you won't be disappointed.

If you've read it, kindly leave a review. Thanks!

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!



  1. I still have to read this one. But Melody is first up and then I'll probably just jump right into Coralie.

    1. This one is so... I'm not sure I have the words. It's moving and shocking and violent with a love story so sweet, you get lost in it. Surely it'll tangle up your senses :)


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