Sunday, August 1, 2010

Celebrating A Brand New Tabor Heights, Ohio Novel From Michelle Levigne

Today we're celebrating the release of DETOURS, a new novel in Michelle Levigne's Tabor Heights, Ohio Series.

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?


DETOURS: A Tabor Heights, Ohio Novel from Michelle Levigne

A year in the life: Bekka, Kat and Amy share an apartment and each other's ups and downs, tragedies and dramas and dreams. Bekka doesn't envy her roommates' various romances, considering herself too busy with work, school, and writing for a relationship, but she can't help wishing when Shane shows up - to date Kat. Shane is busy with work and school and some relationship problems of his own. He can't seem to catch a break, or catch up with Bekka long enough to get to know her better. One way or another, he's going to ask her out, if she'll sit still long enough for him to ask her.


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  1. Happy Release Day Michelle!

    Just read the excerpt on your site and the one on the buy page - wonderful! Loved the characters already.

    Tell us a bit about this series and how this novel fits in with your other Tabor Heights novels.

    Any idea what book number this is for you? You have so many under your belt now!

    Enjoy your special day and hope DETOURS is your biggest seller yet!

  2. Hi! I loved the excerpt. This looks like a great read and can't wait to get a copy. Best Wishes for a BIG seller!

  3. Good morning, everybody!

    DETOURS is my 6th Tabor Heights novel.

    In fact, I'm taking a short, 10-minute break from the final polish of book #7, BEHIND THE SCENES, which is due today -- and will be released in November.

    If you read THE SECOND TIME AROUND, this book happens pretty much at the same time as the long getting-back-together story of Morgan and Lynette, and intersects with their story. Kat, Bekka's roommate, is Morgan and Lynette's daughter.

    DETOURS was probably the first Tabor Heights book I wrote, before I even decided to make Tabor Heights a place. I think this was one of those instances where it was a stage play and screenplay -- I was pursuing a screenwriting career at that time, along with my novels -- and eventually turned it into a book.

    PLEASE, come visit my page for Tabor Heights on my web site and vote on your favorite among the cover art so far. I'll have goodies for everyone who votes -- and maybe makes suggestions for whose story they want to see next ....

    Email the answers to me at

  4. Hi Michelle. You are a new author to me. Your books sound really good. Do you have any say on your book covers? I see you wrote at an early age but; how or when did you decide to become an author?
    Sue B

  5. Hi, Sue B

    Sometimes I feel like being an author chose ME.
    Or as my friend Barb says, we went from being word/reading addicts to being pushers.

    I started writing seriously, aiming for publication, in high school. I took creative writing classes, correspondence courses, subscribed to writing magazines, bought every writing book I could find. And started submitting to the magazines and publishers that produced what I liked to read.

    So the starting date for my "serious" writing would be 10th grade. I got published in a lot of fan fiction, entered contests, and finally got paid in conjunction with the Writers of the Future Contest and the anthology of winning stories. After that, it was another 10 years before my first book got published.... *sigh*

    Yes, I do have some say in my covers with most of my publishers. They ask for input, descriptions of the characters, our ideas of themes and imagery. Sometimes we get exactly what we asked for -- as in A Quiet Place -- and sometimes the artist has a much better idea -- as in Detours. And sometimes, as in other publishers who shall remain nameless, they decide that the author doesn't know anything about the story she wrote, and create covers that give the entirely wrong idea about the story.... *double sigh*

  6. Congrats on your new release! This series sounds fantastic, I will have to start looking for it!

  7. Congrats! Hope Detours sells well for you.
    Am sad to see this series end.

  8. Forgpt my email.

    kissinoak at verizon dot net

  9. Happy Release Day. I agree that Michelle DOES write something for everyone. Which is most appreciated.

  10. Huh?
    Who said the series was ending?
    I just turned in BEHIND THE SCENES, my November release.
    FIRESONG and FORGIVEN and WHITE ROSES are coming out in 2011, and then there's THE MISSION and ACCIDENTAL HEARTS.

    And then we can start in on Year 2 of the Tabor Heights stories!!!

    Hey, there's still time for you to email me at, and give me a vote on your favorite cover art for my Tabor Heights books. You could win a T-shirt.....

    You have to email me!

  11. Congratulations on your new release. I enjoyed the excerpt very much and look forward to reading the book.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  12. WINNER!!!

    Sue B -- Katsrus -- is the T-shirt winner.

    Thanks for coming to the party yesterday, everybody!

    Stay tuned for more Tabor Heights stories!

  13. Thank you so much Michelle!
    Sue B