Many thanks to Candy at Single Titles for a great review of my Borealis novella, "That Syncing Feeling."
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
Rover Pilot Nureen Keala’s joy ride comes to an end when she receives an SOS from an alien running away from a Talroqi queen ship. Nureen rescues the telepathic shapeshifting creature named Tessur. The anomaly that captured Tessur suddenly grabs Nureen’s ship and tosses her into an unknown dimension ruled by a dictatorship called the Trans Planetary Protectorate (TTP). The TTP is a corrupt government out to rule their entire universe. Nureen’s appearance lets them know that there are new and unexplored areas of space left to conquer. To keep the TTP from her homeland, Nureen depends on Tessur and a dead hero from her own dimension. Can a simple pilot stop an invasion?
Five years earlier, Tedrin Creed fell into the same anomaly that captured Nureen. Creed hopes Nureen can help him get home. First he must convince her that he is really Tedrin Creed. According to Nureen, Tedrin Creed died fifty years ago during a space battle. Creed must convince Nureen that the anomaly captured him and that he did not die. Creed is a hero to Nureen. He was her grandfather’s best friend. Will Creed convince Nureen of the truth before the TTP can invade their universe?
Michelle Levigne takes a young pilot and tosses her into a situation that will change her life forever. Nureen had a crush on Tedrin Creed and dreamed of fighting aliens at his side. The anomaly presents Nureen with her fondest wish, but she does not trust Creed. He is too young to be the hero of the Talroqi war. The Trans Planetary Protectorate rules most of the known universe and is a brutal dictatorship. Ms. Levigne presents a story with lots of action and a forbidden love that should not be possible. Will Nureen help Creed return home and prevent the TTP from learning how to navigate the anomaly?
The Borealis stories are published by Desert Breeze Publishing.
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Borealis: THAT SYNCING FEELING
New from Desert Breeze Publishing
The newest Borealis novella, "That Syncing Feeling" is at Long and Short Reviews. Read the full Review.
Here are some snippets from the review:
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Foxglove
That Syncing Feeling is a sweet and delightful love story, filled with adventure and humor, and unusual creatures.
Michelle Levigne has added to the Borealis family with a romantic story of finding love where you least expect it, and with the most unlikely couple. I found this to be a fun filled and action packed adventure, with tongue in cheek humor, sweet first love and lots of danger along the way.
Nureen Keala is smart, courageous and a bit of a dreamer. She is following in her grandfather’s footsteps, and trying not to disappoint those in command of the Fleet. ... I loved Nureen, with her daring attitude and her sassy remarks. I liked that she didn’t instantly believe Creed was the real deal, but made him prove his identity. ... I like Creed’s determination and his tenacity, and the way he finally was able to come to terms with his feelings for his best friend’s granddaughter.
The secondary characters in this are few but interesting. Tessur is a morphing shape changer, able to become anything that is even remotely organic, and this talent saves the day more than once in this adventure. My favorite comic relief was the addition of three TPP scientists assigned to keep watch over Tedrin Creed, Drs. Moek, Kerli and Lairy. They were clueless as to Creed’s intentions, and his ability to trick them was priceless.
There is a bit of adventure and danger as the trio of Nureen, Tedrin and Tessur make their escape from Borealis, and I was on the edge of my seat through most of the story. Do they make it back to their dimension and find a life together? You’ll just have to read That Syncing Feeling to find out.
THE PIRATE AND THE PROFESSOR
A Commonwealth Universe novella
Reviewed by Long and Short of it
Reviewed by Aloe
Ms. Levigne does an excellent job of creating a fantasy world that has harsh and unrelenting weather and is full of dangerous animals and plants. She adds enough description to make it seem real. That makes the story much more realistic, even if it is a fantasy.
Kiryn blockades her planet to keep it safe. No one passes the blockade without her approval, which is very hard to get. When a ship arrives with another ambassador on it, she has her doubts about his authenticity and his purpose. However, he has a sharp mind and can bring her a new prospective; she wants someone to talk over strategies with.
The author makes her female character tough and her personality strong. I like that a lot. Darrak is brainy and good looking, but has no real physical strength. He gets his nickname “The Professor” from all the books he reads (I can relate to that!).
It’s fun to watch the two characters dance around each other. She’s not sure she should trust him. He’s attracted to her and hopes for more than a working relationship. And while they are still deciding how to act, their shuttle gets shot down and they end up in a river. She can’t swim; he can. And it’s his book knowledge that keeps them warm and fed while they try to get back to the station.
The story has a nice flow, the author adds plenty of action and danger to it, and the two main characters complement each other well. I really enjoyed reading this one. Why don’t you go take a romp in space and have fun meeting Kiryn and Darrak? If you enjoy fantasy novellas, this is a good one.
Sunsinger Chronicles #1
Reviewed by Night Owl Reviews/Laurie-J
Score: 4.50 / 5 - Reviewer Top Pick
Told from the viewpoint of a young teen, this story easily captured my imagination. Mankind has spread to the stars. With the discovery of Knaught Points, ships are able to enter ports in space and emerge into whole new galaxies. These areas in space are beautiful, mysterious, and deadly. Now, though, humans everywhere are under attack by an aggressive and formidable alien species. Bain Kern is an orphan on a colony world that has been targeted by the aliens. He is among a group of orphans being evacuated from the colony. The captain of the ship, Sunsinger, takes a liking and interest in Bain, offering him an opportunity he had dreamed of for years, if he can prove his mettle and show her he can learn quickly.
I loved the description of the Sunsinger, an old trader vessel. I felt as if I were aboard the ship experiencing the many wonders of an infinite space for the first time, too. The aliens remain a decidedly malignant and frightening force throughout this book. Mankind is being systematically exterminated. We are given the idea that in other places the fight for the very survival of our species is taking place; we are desperately fighting against a stronger, merciless invading force. But this book does not take us to those struggles, rather it focuses on the evacuation and the attempt to get the orphans safely away to a place called Refuge. It is a well-told coming of age adventure that should not be missed.
Thanks to Coffee Time Romance for a great review of FIRESONG, an inspirational romance in my Tabor Heights, Ohio series from Desert Breeze Publishing.
"Firesong is one jam-packed emotional ride. Dani is a strong, devoted character who hides from the world and herself, leaving her music and faith as her only outlet. The extremes she goes through to protect herself are extraordinary, realistic and extremely irritating to read. To see someone so closed off that they are letting life pass them by, made me want to shout at her as if she were a real person. But, this made Kurt’s character all the more lovable. He sees everything there is to see about Dani, forces her to see herself, to become a better person and find a true path to God. This story has such an emotional ending I was forced to put it down more than once to stop my tears. Michelle Levigne’s characters are realistic, love-able and really drag you into the story. Wonderful."
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
DAY AND KNIGHT
All's Fae in Love and Chocolate #1
Published by Uncial Press
Reviewed by: Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Lily
A glittering, sparkling fae who adores children, and a pest exterminator who turns into a mouse at full moon. Not the usual combination for protagonists. Did I mention that the fae (Glori) munches chocolate bars like there’s no tomorrow and the exterminator (Lance Knight) trails a legion of family ghosts wherever he goes?
Both have obstacles to overcome which seem insurmountable: Glori’s spells aren’t working any more which means the children in her crèche are no longer protected from disease and bullying; and Lance is trapped with those ghosts until he can find a beautiful Faerie Princess to kiss him and break the spell. Glori? Nope – she’s not a princess. In any case, the ghosts don’t like Glori because, “she’s a bleeding twinkle-butt faerie!”
Humor isn’t lacking in this fast-paced story, not only overall -– for example, Glori’s spells aren’t working because she’s in Need (rather like a dog in heat) -- but also in the details: the ghosts yelled with such force that they stunned a dozen roaches. The conflict to be resolved keeps the reader enthralled to the end: Glori’s biological clock is ticking, and will Lance find his Faerie Princess in time despite being knee-tremblingly attracted to Glori?
Apart from the colony of ancestral ghosts, who are laugh out loud funny, there are few characters populating the story. However, those who are there each have his or her own foibles that endear them to the reader so that I found myself only wanting the best for them.
Once again, Ms. Levigne proves to be the most versatile of authors with a wide variety of fabulous books to her name. It seems her imagination knows no boundaries.
If I have one criticism to make about this one, it lies in being a tad predictable. There aren’t any jaw-dropping revelations, nor any heart-stopping romance. But, then, it doesn’t need those things because it is an easy read, just perfect for a reader in need of a feel-good, quiet, cozy afternoon story.
A Tabor Heights novel
published by Desert Breeze Publishing
Reviewed by Long and Short of it Romance Reviews
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Periwinkle
What do tragedy, loss, faith, and love create? A Firesong.
Dani Paul and her brother, Andy, faced the loss of their parents when they were only very young and turn to their musical talents to create the group, Firesong, to get them through.
Along with their cousins, Andy and Dani take Firesong on a musical ministry, finding their futures along the way. Andy marries Katie, Dani’s best friend, and the others figure out who and what is best for each of them. At the same time, Dani continues to deny herself any connection to anyone except for the family that she has always been close to. Kurt Green, a schoolmate from the past, has returned to town to help the group with their musical aspirations and has increasing feelings towards Dani. Will his love be enough to get through the walls that she has built around her for protection? Will she finally place her faith in God’s hands to live as she has always wanted?
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this story. You could feel the warmth and the feelings among them, especially as a family. Following them through their ups and downs created a very good story, moving very smoothly and keeping the pages turning. This was my first book by Michelle Levigne that I have read and I would definitely like to read more.
I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a sweet and contemporary read.
reviewed by Brenda Talley of The Romance Studio
What an incredible look into the lives of another family's life in Tabor Heights, Ohio! Ms. Levigne has certainly excelled in her telling of the stories of the Paul family's interaction with others. These relationships are sometimes new, often old, friends of those of us who follow the novels in this small town. These books show astonishing faith and service to God—this time involving Firesong.
Michelle Levigne is not a new author to me. She is, however, one I look for often. She has this time written, in my opinion, one of her very best. The series captured my attention early and gripped my heart. This one further connected me to the small town. This singing group was dynamically-portrayed. The main characters were so full of life that they were mesmerizing. I couldn't put the book down. The inspirational parts of this book were so intriguing, I was amazed.
There were a myriad of characters whose personalities just made the storyline even more fascinating. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Without a doubt, you will absolutely love the book!
Reviewed by Brenda Talley
The Romance Studio
This latest of Michelle Levigne’s books set in Tabor Heights, Ohio is even better than the last. Of course, I’ve said that every one I’ve read. In this one, we are again brought up to date with some people we already met that live in that small college town. It amazes me how Levigne can catch her readers up on what is going on with previous stars from this town. She not only mentions them, she updates readers on what is taking place during each timeframe. Also, it’s like going back home for a reunion when I read the latest in her series.
Bekka Sanderson was a student raised by her grandparents. They were negative throughout the time she lived with them. They were opposed to her desire to write. Now, with them moved to Florida, she took in roommates (2) and worked 3-4 jobs trying to pay for her college education. Amy and Kat both had boyfriends and all the troubles that went with it. Bekka tried telling herself that she didn’t have time for a relationship. She was okay with that until she met Shane.
Shane Hopkins was also a student at the local university. He worked several jobs to pay for his education. He had noticed Bekka but had trouble making connections with her. He knew he was in trouble when he ended up taking out her roommate instead of his intended date, Bekka. He needed his strong faith to be able to cope with the disasters facing him.
Ms. Levigne has delved into the lives of three roommates—Bekka, Kat, and Amy—whom she alluded to previously. We knew they sometimes had problems, but in this segment, we lived the obstacles with them. These characters were superbly written. They had strong convictions but not necessarily spiritual ones. All did not take place in the church. This is not a cookie-cutter story which preaches at readers. These people were caring and loving to even those who caused trouble for them.
I highly recommend you read this. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Reviewed by Brenda Talley of The Romance Studio
This latest offering in the Tabor Heights series has, once again, risen to heights few authors are able to ascend. Most of her characters in this book were ones we've met before; there were aspects new to them, as well as the few recent additions to the book. This book was almost a thriller. There was something mysterious about the happenings.
The book was poignant as Max faced her past, her future, and the present suspicious activities. She had to make some hard decisions about her life and take charge of her being. It was all so realistic—for which Levigne is well known. She grabbed my attention at the first page and never lost it. I didn't want to put the book down.
I highly recommend this book as one of her best. I'm prejudged because this series is one of my favourites. Anyone can read and enjoy this book. Ms. Levigne will become a must-read author, I promise.