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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Day 2 in the 20 Days of Tabor Heights Countdown

As we near the end of the countdown, I want to thank Carrie, who has been so faithful in checking every day and reporting on every place the book covers and numbers were listed. Hope I didn't make it too hard!

THE TEDDY BEAR DANCER is a story near and dear to my heart.

Like many of my books, most of them SF or fantasy, this one started as a fan story. Well, actually TEDDY BEAR started as the outline for a script for the USA Network series, "Matrix," starting Nick Mancuso. I was just starting to put it into script format when I found out from fandom friends "in the know" that the series had been cancelled. (noooooooo!)

Okay, well, these same friends ran several fanzines, one of which featured Stingray, another character
in this talented actor's repertoire, and they decided yeah, they would published Matrix stories along with Stingray. So I wrote up the short story, "The Teddy Bear Dancer," and sent it to them. But I wanted the story to be a book someday.

Then when I was taking all the individual books that make up Tabor Heights and started revising the details to create the town, I decided Tabor Heights needed a gym. Then was born Gold Tone Gym (formerly Silver Flex) run by Vic Thomas (formerly Steven Matrix) and his partner, Rene Ackley (formerly Liz) .... and introduced Vic, Rene, Baxter and Gold Tone during one of the first Tabor novels, COMMON GROUNDS, because Rene starts out as Hannah Blake's roommate. Just like WHEELS, I waited a looooooong time for TEDDY BEAR to become an official Tabor Heights story. But it was a fun wait.

If you're interested in fan fiction -- and I plan to have the fan story, "The Teddy Bear Dancer," posted there by the time this posting is online -- check out Wattpad.com and look up my name. I have another Matrix fan story there -- a crossover with MEN IN BLACK, titled, "Scum of the Universe." I think you'll laugh.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Day 9 of the 20 Days of Tabor Heights scavenger hunt!


We're more than halfway through the scavenger hunt!

Yikes -- only 17 more shopping days. I'd better get to work....

*wave* to Carrie. Thanks for being so faithful and checking in every new day of the hunt.

Today's book is the last in Year One of Tabor Heights. The 12th book.

Background info: If you compared a map of Tabor Heights to a map of Berea, many of the streets and many of the major buildings, such as the university, the library, city hall, the river, the fire station, are the same. The Mission is an old elementary school, sold by the school district because population changes and demographics made it no longer necessary or useful. The actual physical building in Berea is also an old school building, also no longer used for school. The last time I looked, it was bought by the university. Here in the fictional town of Tabor Heights, it was bought by Tabor Christian Church. The old school, Loomis Elementary, is where I went to school for a few years when my family lived in Berea.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Day 16 of the 20 Days of Tabor Heights Countdown -- you could be a winner!

Today is Day 16 in the countdown for the 20 Days of Tabor Heights scavenger hunt, celebrating the upcoming release of the 20th and FINAL book in the Tabor Heights, Ohio inspirational romance series by Michelle Levigne and Desert Breeze Publishing.

Don't know about the scavenger hunt yet?

Go to www.Mlevigne.com, click on the Tabor Heights tab, then click on the Contest folder for all the rules. There are 16 chances left to win one of the daily prizes (every other day actually ....) and to build up your total numbers to qualify for one of the grand prizes!

Today's featured book:

Go to the Tabor Heights Today blog (www.Tabor-Heights-Today.blogspot.com) to learn more about A QUIET PLACE, read about the previous featured books -- and come back every even numbered day to find out all the other books that you need to look for, up until December 24th.

Come play -- it'll be fun!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

20 Days of Tabor Heights -- the Scavenger Hunt!

Are you ready to start hunting through the Web?

We're about to launch a scavenger hunt that will stretch from November 14 through Christmas Eve, in celebration of the 20 books of the Tabor Heights series of inspirational romances.

Starting November 14, go to Michelle Levigne's web site -- www.Mlevigne.com -- and click on the Tabor tab, then the Contest page, to learn the rules.

Every other day, there will be a NEW Tabor Heights book to hunt for throughout Facebook and various blogs. (Even number days, a new book -- odd number days, report your results!) One winner will be chosen from the people who report where they found that day's book. A tally will also be kept of everyone who reports their findings each day, and the top three contestants will win an additional prize.

Check this video for more information -- and get ready to join the fun!!!


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Friday, October 30, 2015

Get Ready to Celebrate the 20th Tabor Heights Novel

Get ready to celebrate! 

This December, Desert Breeze Publishing will be releasing the TWENTIETH Tabor Heights
Novel, "Truck Stop Angel." This will also be the last novel (at least for now) in the Tabor Heights series of Inspirational, small-town romance.

To celebrate, I'll be having some fun with 20 DAYS OF TABOR HEIGHTS. There will be excerpts and a scavenger hunt and chances for you to ask questions ... and prizes. Of course!

The FUN starts NOVEMBER 16, and runs to Christmas Eve. And it'll spread all over the Internet -- several pages on Facebook, a handful of blogs, and my website.
STAY TUNED for more details.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

New Commonwealth Universe novel by Michelle Levigne: NOVA VENDETTA #2: The Truce

The newest release in the Commonwealth Universe, from Writers Exchange:

NOVA VENDETTA #2: The Truce

Niall and his crew were just centimeters away from freedom, escaping in the stolen starship they had christened the Nova Vendetta. Then disaster struck, paralyzing their ship. Retaken as prisoners, they found themselves transported on the very ship that had been their ticket to freedom.

Then the unthinkable happened: experimental technology and a risky gamble put the ship under their control. The escaped prisoners headed for the furthest reaches of known space, determined to stay free at any cost. 

Labeled rebels and pirates and criminals, they held to the principles that had let them survive and stay Human during their time in prison. To the outlying colonies slowly being abandoned by the disintegration of the Central Allied Worlds, the crew of the Nova Vendetta and its slowly growing fleet of allies were heroes in the truest sense of the word.

Then the revolution reached out to threaten Niall's homeworld. It was time to go home. He had to protect Sorendaal, even if it meant giving himself into the hands of the very people who wanted him dead. 


Or visit Michelle's website: www.Mlevigne.com

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The NEW book in the QUARRY HALL series: ANNE'S OGRE

Coming in mid-October from Desert Breeze Publishing, the 7th book in the Quarry Hall series of women's fiction/suspense by Michelle Levigne:

ANNE'S OGRE

Anne has been healing from the trauma of her childhood, including facing the lawyer who defended the Ogre -- her name for the man who raped her and murdered her parents. Now, the dark, mysterious pasts of other residents of Quarry Hall are converging with her past, and she faces the greatest test of her faith and healing and strength.

George is a battered, broken man with no memory of the cold, vicious assassin he once was. Vincent, head of security for Quarry Hall and the Arc Foundation, would prefer George never remember. To everyone else, George is a fumbling, adorable, obsessive-compulsive mechanical genius, and they love him.

But when George gets his picture in a national magazine, the skeletons in the closet start rattling. Anne joins in the fight to effort to defend George. When the Black Prince who rescued her as a child returns to her life, so does the Ogre.

In the end, no one will emerge unchanged and unscathed.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Read an excerpt of WHITE TIGER - Chronicles of Kassouk Book 1 by Vijaya Schartz

The entire series is completed and available everywhere in eBook and paperback.
Amazon - Barnes & Noble - All Romance eBooks - Smashwords - iBooks - Kobo

"...an exceptional tale that belongs in a place of honor on keeper shelves everywhere." Johnna Flores - Coffee Time Romance - 5-cups rating
"...this is one futuristic that you do not want to miss!" Naomi - Fallen Angels Reviews - 5 angels - Recommended Read
"...kept me enthralled from the first page...a thrilling science fiction romance" Marlene Breakfield, Paranormal Romance Reviews

BLURB:
On the frozen plains of Kassouk, where a few aliens rule a medieval Human world, Tora, Human warrior trained by tigers, seeks her father’s murderer. But what she finds at the point of her sword confuses her. How dare Dragomir, the handsome Mutant, question her bloodline and her loyalties? And could a new enemy control the savage hordes of the fringe?

Dragomir offers to help, but Humans and Mutants are forbidden to fraternize under penalty of death... Should Tora trust her mind, her instincts, or her heart?

In the vortex of war, treason and intrigue, among blizzards, avalanches and ambushes, will Tora solve the mystery of her father’s death and unveil the secret of her birth? Can she and Dragomir escape persecutions long enough to save their planet from the invaders and fulfill their destiny?


EXCERPT OF WHITE TIGER:

Tora knocked on the door. It opened on an impossibly tall, muscular man with shiny dark hair falling straight to the shoulders. His fine features included a high forehead, copper-tan skin, and a pair of compelling hazel eyes.

"I was hoping it would be you." A dazzling smile revealed pure white teeth. "Please come into the warmth of my humble home." He let her in and closed the door, eyes sparkling with intelligence, and something else Tora could not define.

"Do we know each other?" Tora had to ask, although she would never forget such a striking man.

"Not yet." He grinned. "Let me help you with your coat. It's warm in here."

Tora handed him coat and hat, noticing the pleasant temperature of the room. The small fire burning in the hearth could not provide such even heat, but she saw no other fire. "This must be the most comfortable cottage in the village. I feel no draft at all." 

The young man smiled as he spread Tora's fur by the fire. She removed her mittens, sat on the fur and accepted a bowl of hot kawa.

"Who are you?" Intrigued, Tora tried to sound neutral.

The striking man sat facing her. "My name is Dragomir. What might be yours?"

Unnerved by the stranger's nearness, Tora tried to collect her thoughts. Dragomir looked about twenty-five. His melodious voice, smooth skin, foreign look, the unique quality of the white clothes and the refinement of his manners screamed high nobility. This was no farmer.

"I'm Tora, White Tiger." She felt a strange vulnerability in his presence, as if he could read her most intimate thoughts. She had to steady her voice. "What are you doing here? This is a dangerous place to be alone. Bands of Zerkers have been spotted just south of here. When the lake freezes solid, their invading army will launch itself onto the plain."

"I know." Dragomir held her gaze. "I can see why they call you White Tiger."

"Really?" Amused at his pretense of knowing her, Tora settled on the fur. When she changed position, the jewel on her sword handle caught the light of the flames.

Dragomir reached for the hilt. 

Hand on the sword, ready to draw, Tora froze. In the grip of his hand immobilizing hers, she sensed great physical strength. For an instant, their eyes locked, then Dragomir relaxed but didn't move. Tora now stared at the offensive hand covering hers. It had six fingers like hers! 

She'd never met anyone else with six fingers before. Who or what was this man? What was she, for that matter? Questions filled Tora's mind but her throat constricted, and she couldn't talk.

Seemingly undisturbed, Dragomir removed his hand then casually opened his silky shirt on a well muscled, hairless chest. Tora skipped a breath. On the smooth copper skin hung a faceted gem, a twin to that on her sword hilt. Unhooking the scabbard, she brought the hilt to the light. Same size, same cut, same azure brilliance, same silver heart in the center...

Dragomir's eyes flashed. "Where did you get it?"

Challenged, Tora finally found her voice. "It was my mother's. Where did you get yours?" she asked, a little too eager. "I've never seen another one before. I was told it was the work of the Godds." Barely containing her excitement, Tora hoped she would learn something about her mother.

"I received mine from the proper source." Dragomir looked grave, older despite a youthful face. "But I can't tell you about it." 

Tora had no patience for games. "You can, but you won't. What are you hiding, Dragomir? You are obviously no peasant, so who are you?"

"A man on a mission." He looked away.

Tora sighed. "I wouldn't doubt it. Whose side are you on?" 

"There are more than two sides to this war, Tiger." Dragomir raised one eyebrow and took a sip of kawa. "Do you know which side you fight for?"




Vijaya Schartz
Blasters, Swords, Romance with a Kick
http://www.vijayaschartz.com
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Friday, May 15, 2015

99cts galore on the CURSE OF THE LOST ISLE medieval series by Vijaya Schartz

Hurry, the Amazon countdown discount for BELOVED CRUSADER, Book 6 in the Curse of the Lost Isle medieval fantasy series, is starting today. The kindle version goes for 99cts for a few days, then the price goes up over the next week, back to the regular price.

This book stands alone in the series, so you do not need to have read the other books to appreciate it.

Find it HERE:  
http://amzn.com/B00W3T24PK

Also 99cts for a few days, CHATELAINE OF FOREZ, Book 5 in the Curse of the Lost Isle medieval historical fantasy romance 5-star series http://amzn.com/B00I3T9VYG 
 "magic religious battles and epic love... fast paced, with many scenic changes and villains to despise. The battle between good and evil is front and center in this pit stop on a fantastic journey that spans centuries!" - InD'Tale Magazine - "I have enjoyed reading all the books in this Curse of the Lost Isle series... I would rather have all the books in a boxed set... That doesn't take away from the excellent writing and plot..." Manic Readers

Don't miss this bargain. The publisher tells me this title will not likely be discounted again.

If you want to catch up with the series, the best deal is the boxed set of Novels 1-2-3-4, four novels in one download for $5.00. (available everywhere)


Vijaya Schartz

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BELOVED CRUSADER, Book 6 in the Curse of the Lost Isle medieval fantasy romance series, by Vijaya Schartz



BELOVED CRUSADER, Book 6 in the Curse of the Lost Isle medieval fantasy romance series, is out in kindle and in paperback any day now.

1096 AD - To redeem a Pagan curse, Palatina the Fae braves the Christian world to embark on an expedition to free the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem from the Turks. Pierre de Belfort, Christian Knight of Lorraine, swore never to let a woman rule his life, and doesn't believe in love. Thrown together into the turmoil of the First Crusade, on a sacred journey to a land of fables, they must learn to trust each other. For in this war, the true enemy is not human... and discovery could mean burning at the stake.


This novel is a standalone, the only book about Palatina the Fae, although she appears as a child in Book 2.

OTHER BOOKS IN THE CURSE OF THE LOST ISLE SERIES

Book 1 - Princess of Bretagne
Book 2 - Pagan Queen
Book 3 - Seducing Sigefroi
Book 4 - Lady of Luxembourg
Book 5 - Chatelaine of Forez
Book 6 - Beloved Crusader

Boxed set - Curse of the Lost Isle, includes the first four novels in the series.

Find all these books on Amazon HERE

Previous titles are also available in other eBook formats and in print.

Visit my revamped website:
http://www.vijayaschartz.com 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

New Box Set for the CURSE OF THE LOST ISLE series by Vijaya Schartz

Buy this kindle box set here

New Release: Curse of the Lost Isle box set. Wow! This one includes the first 4 novels in the Curse of the Lost Isle series for $5.00. Yep, my publisher decided they didn't want to play the $4.99 game anymore. 

This box includes: 
PRINCESS OF BRETAGNE - Book 1
PAGAN QUEEN - Book 2
SEDUCING SIGEFROI - Book 3
LADY OF LUXEMBOURG - Book 4

This is a chance to catch up with this 5-star edgy medieval fantasy romantic series. 

Book 5, Chatelaine of Forez - is also available in kindle
Book 6, Beloved Crusader is coming out this month!
Happy Reading!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Brand New Covers for the ARCHANGEL twin books by Vijaya Schartz

CRUSADER
Archangel Book One
http://amzn.com/B004HO69RS 

Michael Tanner, proud, brash, irreverent, half Native American, and single father, doesn't believe in aliens. When a Blue Angel claims to have fathered him, Michael knows his drinking has gone haywire... But a seductive Prince of Darkness born of a nightmare now targets Michael’s family. When his girlfriend disappears and characters from his dreams suddenly materialize to threaten his daughter, Michael must come out of denial and overcome his weaknesses, to face the unbelievable mystery of his birth and fulfill his unique destiny.
"...relationships, angels, aliens and seduction... even Satanism... kept this reviewer riveted... compelling fantasy... you won't want to put it down... superior... enthralls, and, at the same time, awakens!" - Metaphysical Reviews

"A mighty fine tale primed to read through in one sitting." - Curled Up With a Good Book.

"...engaging and fast-paced... a harmonious mix of enticing story... where real people do extraordinary things... humorous and hopeful... fluid and entertaining... quick and often droll dialogue... a marvelous tale of good and evil..." - The Charlotte Austin Review

"...Lavishly described, expertly written with stirring descriptions that take one's breath away. Author Schartz has written a solidly absorbing, old-fashioned science fiction novel of good and evil, yes and no, the one and the many." - The Book Reader


CHECKMATE
Archangel Book Two
http://amzn.com/B004KKY6CY

To quench his vengeful lust for the Archangel who scattered his remains at the edge of the universe, the Reptilian ruler orders the sacrificial death of Michael's teenage daughter. Half human and a full fledged Archangel on his father's home world, Michael must return to Earth to save his daughter from fiendish claws, and his native planet from enslavement or worse... But the way home is fraught with dangers, some more insidious than others. Nothing prepared Michael for the kind of trial he must face, when his rambunctious past catches up with him at the worst possible time...

"Sword-and-shield adventure... aliens and angels and dreams truer than life and depraved shapeshifters and evil sorcerers and parallel universes... Funny and sad and very intelligent." --The Book Reader Magazine

"Wickedly insightful. Grab this today along with the prequel, Archangel Crusader." --Curled up With a Good Book - 5 stars

"...charm that keeps you reading... A fun piece of escapism... hours of sheer entertainment." --Rapport Magazine

"You will be hooked... a good read from start to finish." --Alan Caruba - BookViews

"Rollicks right along at a good clip... a fun concoction and a fast, zippy read... Really, this one is among the most pleasurable." --Writer's Digest

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Fresh new covers for the ANCIENT ENEMY series by Vijaya Schartz

Just in time for 2015, are the new fresh covers Books We Love Ltd made for the ANCIENT ENEMY sci-fi romance series. I love them, and you can really tell this is in the same series. No mistake about that. Here they are:

ANAZ-VOOHRI, Book 1
http://amzn.com/B004A90FZM 

In Vijaya Schartz' "Anaz-Voohri" published by Books We Love, the Anaz-voohri have returned from the stars after eight hundred years, to claim the planet of their ancestors... a blue orb named Earth. Since he witnessed the abduction of his baby sister by an alien creature, Zack will stop at nothing to rescue her, even if it means joining the Special Forces. But Tia Vargas, the reckless Amazon training the secret unit for a highly classified mission, has no use for this handsome, rebellious recruit, at least not on the battlefield, until Zack’s farfetched stories prove to be true, and tragedy strikes...



The year is 2023, and an alien invader has infiltrated the human race. In a dangerous future threatened by aliens and infiltrated by hybrids, archeologist Celene Dupres witnesses her father's murder. Vowing to avenge him and retrieve his precious alien relics, she finds the perfect ally and protector. But the man she trusts, the man with whom she is falling in love, is the secret agent sent to kill her. Kin, however is more than a killing machine. Despite his love for Celene, can he accomplish his gruesome mission, and save humanity from the threat embedded in her DNA?

"RELICS is an intense thrill ride of a futuristic romance; I highly recommend it." Marlene Breakfield - Paranormal Romance
"...an intriguing romance... all the staples of a good science fiction story." - Romantic Times
" ...will keep you captivated from beginning to end." - Gina - Love Romances - 5-hearts rating
"I consider this to be among the best reads of the year!" - Johnna - Fallen Angel Reviews - Rating: 5 angels


 KICKING BOTS - Book 3
http://amzn.com/B004NEW1HO
In Vijaya Schartz' "Kicking Bots" published by Books We Love, Dr. Melissa Campbell, researcher at the San Francisco Center for Disease Control, requests help to protect her precious vaccine, one that could end the deadly alien plague. She didn't expect a crazy renegade like Bennett for a bodyguard. She hates military types, and this genetically enhanced super-soldier is pure testosterone, hot-headed, quick-tempered, impulsive, and downright impossible. But these are dangerous times with riots in the streets, and rumors of alien invasion. In a breathless race against time, experience the decisive battle for humankind, one that will decide whether Earth belongs to humanity, or to a powerful alien race.

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HAPPY READING!