Thursday, July 12, 2012

Celebrating A New Release In Michelle Levigne's Popular YA Sci Fi Series, The Hunt

Today on our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating the release of book four in Michelle Levigne's YA Sci Fi adventure series, The Hunt!

FINDERS, KEEPERS by Michelle Levigne

The Hunt Book 4  - The Hunt: Refugees from a despot who has overrun their world, a group of children are sent to Earth through a rip in time and space ... and are separated by time. They must first find each other before they can go home and save their world.

Iris Davenport hated the memories that came with world-shaking thunderstorms -- because she didn't want to remember she was a member of the Hunt. She was perfectly happy with her adopted parents, helping run the lodge on Smokeytop Mountain, exploring the mountainside, and doing search-and-rescue. The last thing she wanted was to face one of the Hunt and be reminded of the vows her parents had made when they gave her to the guardianship of the Hounds of Hamin.

But when a plane taking a sick boy to a a life-saving operation crash-landed on Smokeytop in a thunderstorm, Iris had to help. Even when one of the searchers turned out to be a member of the Hunt, who reminded her of everything she hoped to forget. She had her own life now -- a home, friends, parents, and a boyfriend. None of which she was willing to give up for a world she barely remembered.

Until the past caught up with them in the form of a traitor to the Hunt, and pieces of an old puzzle that could get her and her boyfriend killed if they didn't find all the clues in time.


A story addict since an early exposure to Dr. Seuss, award-winning author of over 30 novels and novellas, Michelle Levigne has been creating her own stories, heroes and adventures since junior high. She ventures into many sub-genres of science fiction, paranormal, romance and fantasy, including Greek mythology, Narnia spin-offs and her futuristic universe, the Commonwealth.

Michelle writes something for everyone! After all, since she likes to read all over the board, why not WRITE all over the board?


WIN - Leave Michelle a question today and your name goes in the hat for a pdf copy of her new book!!  Please leave your email address so Michelle can contact you if you are one of her two winners today!


  1. Morning Michelle and super congrats on your new release, FINDERS KEEPERS.

    For those not familiar with The Hunt series, can you tell us all about it and how the books fit together? Tell us about the first three books. How many books do you plan for this series?

    I hope the new book is a big seller for you and enjoy your celebration today!

  2. The Hunt actually started with a short story I wrote to enter in the Writers of the Future Contest a loooooong time ago. More proof that writers never throw away anything!

    I adapted it and expanded it, and had a vague, general idea of who the Hunt were and their legacy and goal. It wasn't until I started turning it into a book and series that I "realized" the members of the Hunt weren't just scattered across the U.S., but were separated by time. For instance, in the first book, DAWN MEMORIES, Dawn is reunited with her betrothed -- but they have a big problem. Back home, he was only four years older than her, but when he finds her on Earth, after she's considered herself alone for 7 years, she's nearly 17 and he's 29. Not good for their relationship.

    In book 2, QUARTET, Cinden is brought together with 3 other members of the hunt. One is her cousin, who was older than her when they stepped through from their world to Earth -- but now he's 2 years younger than her. Sereena, the youngest in their group at 13, was the oldest when they left their world. And even worse -- the rich, powerful, evil old man who has taken them into custody, falsely claiming they are his kidnapped grandchildren ... was a member of the Hunt, and he was only a year older than Cinden when they left their world.

    The third book, BUTTERFLY, deals with Bethayna Jaym, called Beth on Earth. When she is reminded of her heritage and destiny as a member of the Hunt, she isn't sure who to trust. Especially when evidence indicates that someone who knows what and who she is has been watching her ... And she gets into a lot of trouble when the bullies in her high school step up their harrassment, and the Hounds of Hamin -- interdimensional guardians in the shape of really big, vicious black dogs -- go into overdrive to protect her.

    The fifth book, tentatively titled GATHERING, will take the members of the Hunt home to face their enemy. They can't stay on Earth indefinitely, because as Cinden and her allies found out in QUARTET, living on Earth for too long is ... hazardous to their health.

  3. You really do write all kinds of things. Way to go, Michelle.

    1. Thanks!

      I figure, write what you want to read. Why stick to only one genre or voice or author?

      I'm preparing to dive into steam punk now -- a little scarey, but fun!!!!

  4. Congratulations on the book! It sounds good. How did you celebrate the release?


    1. Actually, I don't think I did. Way too busy lately!,

      I should get to work on the 5th and last book, but I have other projects that need to get one first.

      Nice to be busy ....... But not THIS much !!!!!

  5. Hello Michelle just heard about your party on facebook, congrats on the newest book inyour Hunt series. I hear you about being too busy. I don't know how you writers do it, but we're glad you do!

    What is the youngest grade/age level for this series? Is it boy and girl appropriate?

    1. Some of the characters are pre-teens, so maybe Middle School age could read it. It's basically family-friendly -- all ages can read it. There is some danger, some evil, but nothing is graphic or "on screen" long enough to bother anyone.

      Most of the stories are told from the viewpoint of a girl -- Dawn, Cinden, Beth, and Iris are the heroine's of each story -- but there's enough for the guys to do that I think guys would enjoy reading it. That being said, it seems like girls will read anything, whereas boys seem to only want to read stories where boys are the POV characters.

      Why is that?
      Because girls are more flexible, or because for so long, all the really good adventure stories were written "for" boys, with boys as the main characters? So if a girl wanted to read something besides "How to be a Good Wife" or a "prairie romance," she had to read stuff written for boys?

      Preaching to the choir here?

      Anyway, I write for a wide audience, all ages, middlers to adults, boys and girls.

      But if your boy is at the "ewww, yuck!' stage if there's even a hint of romance ... if there's one or two kisses on-stage ... better warn him away or offer him some penicillin!

  6. Okay, thanks everybody for coming!
    I hope more people read than commented....

    Only one person left an email to help in choosing the winner -- you know who you are -- and I'll be sending out your PDF copy of "Finders Keepers" shortly.

    Congrats -- and I hope you enjoy it!