novel Tabor Heights
A year in the life … Roommates Bekka, Kat and Amy had a lot in common: Theater students, pursuing writing careers, supporting each other in crises and heartaches. Amy kept breaking up with her boyfriend. Kat never dated a boy more than twice. Bekka was too busy with part-time jobs and writing to even want a relationship. Especially seeing how miserable her roommates were.
So she thought, until Shane showed up, but Kat saw him first, and once she dumped a boyfriend, he never came back. Bekka could help hoping, though.
Shane kept trying to catch up with Bekka and get to know her, but people and crises, school and work continuously got in the way.
Through it all, Bekka and Shane kept hoping, dreaming, and working their way around all the detours life kept throwing at them.
"Shane, what brings you here on a gorgeous afternoon like this?" Joel greeted him as Shane stepped into the Green Room at Homespun Theater.
Joel looked a hundred percent better, just from two days ago when Shane had seen Max and Tony bring him home. He sat in a wheelchair with his cast propped up horizontally in front of him like a battering ram.
"How'd it go last night?"
"That's what I like. My lighting crew, positive we can't go on without them." Joel grinned and gestured at one of the couches. He sighed and rubbed at his forehead, which was still mottled with bruises from the accident just about a week ago. "You don't realize how great your friends are, and how many friends you've got, until something like this happens and everybody just jumps in and pulls off miracles." He shook his head, his grin going crooked, and Shane was dismayed to realize that gleam in his eyes was from tears.
"How's Miss Emily doing?"
"Coming along. Can't wait to get home. She didn't get banged up like me, but it hurt her more than me." Joel looked around in all directions, focusing on the door into the theater, where Shane could hear sounds of activity behind the stage. "Help me with something? But don't tell anybody, okay? Max is on my case, but it's driving me crazy." He pulled a wooden ruler from under the blanket covering his lap and his good leg. "Scratch my foot, would you?" He gestured at his toes sticking out of the cast.
Shane almost choked, trying not to laugh, as he stood up and slid the ruler in and out of the cast. Especially when Joel groaned and rolled his eyes up in his head and slouched like he had gone boneless.
"For that, you get an A for the semester. You have just saved me hours of agony." Joel winked at him as Shane handed the ruler back to him and he put it back into hiding. "Okay, now, what really brings you here?"
"How well do you know Bekka Sanderson?" slipped out far easier than Shane had hoped. When Joel just looked interested, he spilled everything, as fast as he could, detailing some of the close calls, the times he had tried to find Bekka to talk and missed, and then different people telling him she was engaged.
"Bekka? Not a chance. She's close enough to Max, we'd be the first to know. As far as I know, she hasn't even dated since senior high. The girl's too busy." Joel nodded for emphasis. "She deserves somebody who'll treat her right, and take care of her." His grin widened. "I hope you're planning on applying for that position."
Shane grinned back at him. "I'd like to, but there's this problem -- I dated her roommate." When Joel groaned and shook his head, grinning, Shane went on to explain how he had mis-stepped and fell into dating Kat the first time, and then made a similar mistake setting up the second date. Joel laughed with him when he related what had happened at the girls' apartment that morning.
"It's a mess, but I think I know Bekka well enough that she'll see the funny side of it and not hold it against you. Honestly, Shane, if you don't take the chance and ask her out, I'll be very disappointed."
"I was kind of hoping you'd help me corner her tonight, maybe get her alone somewhere so nobody can walk in on us, because it's like I've got a jinx getting in the way whenever I do try to talk to her."
"Tonight?" Joel shook his head. "Bekka's not working tonight. She did a great job, but with all that work she has to do on her book and final exams to study for, I set her free and took over her job as soon as I could."
"So she's free tonight?" Shane said slowly, testing the words as they came out of his mouth.
"You won't know until you ask her." Joel held out his hand. "Good luck," he said, as they shook hands.
On the road to publication, Michelle fell into fandom in college (she is a recovering Trekker, and adores “Warehouse 13” and “Stargate SG-1”), and has 40+ stories in various SF and fantasy universes. She has a BA in theater/English from
and a MA focused on film and writing from .
She has published 50+ books and novellas with multiple small presses, in
science fiction and fantasy, YA, and sub-genres of romance. She has been a
finalist in the EPIC Awards competition often since 2004, winning with Lorien
in 2006 and The Meruk Episodes, I-V, in 2010. Her training
includes the Institute for Children’s Literature; proofreading at an
advertising agency; and working at a community newspaper. She freelance edits
for a living, but only enough to give her time to write. Regent University
Purchase Michelle's book at:
Michelle Levigne is giving away a copy of Detours. The giveaway is only available to
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)
Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart