Michelle Levigne, Author

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Tabor Year 2

Inspy Contemporary

BWU STORIES
 Two novellas about BWU students, from the start of Christmas break at the end of Year One, through summer term.
 
PROJECT ANGEL
 Kristen, a Tabor Heights native, transfers to BWU when her semester abroad is canceled. Settling into a new school is rough enough without doing it in the middle of the school year. To avoid her interfering sister and brother-in-law trying to monopolize her "free time" (as if students ever have any?), she gets involved with a church service project on campus. Well-intentioned, it quickly disintegrates when someone uses Project Angel's anonymity as a cloak to play nasty tricks. When Kristen tries to make things right, she discovers her own personal angel has been in front of her all along.
 
MOUSE  KAT TRAP
 Kat is still adjusting to her parents’ reunion and marriage, along with the shock and joy of learning her favorite teacher is her father. School policies and politics dictate that she can’t be Morgan’s assistant any longer. Along with the demands of summer term and training her replacement, her boyfriend is being a jerk. As she navigates an experimental summer theater program, a nasty blog seems determined to destroy the theater program with gossip. Discovering the identity of the enemy is the first step in stopping him, but finding the truth could put Kat in danger, and forces her to face some truths about herself in the process.

 COOKING UP TROUBLE
Audrey lives for cooking and Homespun Theater. The ensemble is her family, her safe place, after essentially being rejected by her only relatives. It's a dream come true when she is asked to help develop a dinner theater at Homespun.
 
Steve likes Tabor, so different from Hollywood. He originally came to town to investigate Max, his newly discovered half-sister. He stays for Homespun and the change in atmosphere. He enjoys partnering with Audrey, first on stage as Romeo and Juliet, then developing the dinner theater, then frustrating the paparazzi who gather like sharks around Max's wedding.
 
People from Audrey's past, friend and foe, return to complicate her life. In the process, they threaten her growing friendship with Steve. When things don't add up and stories conflict, Steve fears Audrey is a user and schemer, just like all the problems and people he thought he left behind in Hollywood. He doesn't want to believe it.
 
The problem lies in trusting someone who won't trust him enough to share her secret pain.
 
THE WRATH OF BUBBLES
Rose enjoys her new life in Tabor with her brother's family, and her slowly warming relationship with Andrew, publisher of the Tabor Picayune. The only blight is the next door neighbor of Homespun Theater, Mrs. Pluch.
 
Andrew has his own troubles with the increasingly annoying Myrna, part-time receptionist, gossip, and town know-it-all. When newspaper customers who irritate Myrna suffer vandalism, Andrew is unwilling to suspect her -- but who else can it be?
 
Rose and Andrew joins forces to investigate, and are delighted with how well they work together. Love is in the air as the wedding of Andrew's daughter approaches -- and frustration, as conflicting clues and red herrings lead them to a preposterous conclusion.e
 
INVITATION TO A WEDDING
Stacy grew up with Dinah and Drake, like a member of the family -- even though, according to the town snobs, her grandmother was "only" the housekeeper. The three grew up and grew apart, but the bonds of their shared childhood remained strong.
 
Or so they thought. When Dinah returns home for a delayed wedding reception, after marrying her military sweetheart between deployments, Tabor Heights' high society seems to finally be winning the battle to put Stacy "in her place." Stacy buys a wedding present for Dinah, despite the lack of invitation to her wedding reception. Despite the childhood promises to be each other's maid of honor, now seemingly broken.
 
Drake comes home for Dinah's reception in time to find Stacy's present on the doorstep, triggering a cascade of memories. As he investigates why she isn't in the wedding party, he unravels a web of lies and nasty tricks, and decides to intervene.
 
A night that should be full of heartbreak turns into a Cinderella tale, with Drake whisking Stacy off to the party. Their childhood friendship changes that night, and the teasing, caring, long-distance relationship that follows gives them both reason to hope for something more.
 
TRUCK STOP ANGEL
Hope and Seth's high school argument sent her into Ricky's arms and the worst decisions of her life. Nine years later, she is free of her forced marriage, but not the stigma. When Ricky finally gets in enough trouble he has to flee town to escape punishment, Hope and her children are left destitute and the subject of gossip. Seth, now a police officer, returns to her life, constantly kicking himself for staying away so long.
 
Hope finds shelter with her foster-family and their new diner. With their help, she puts her life back together, and her children begin to heal. Seth wants to be there for Hope, but their past mistakes make them both hesitant to love again. What can he do when Hope doesn't seem to realize how he feels, after all he has done to be her knight in shining armor?
 
A BOX OF PROMISES
Meg, Andrea, Ray, Bergen and Casey -- dorm sisters with summer plans.
Meg: help Mexican orphans.
Andrea: publish newspaper articles.
Ray: get Michael's attention.
Bergen: work with wolves at the zoo.
Casey: survive as head camp lifeguard.
 
Those who don't reach their goals pay for a pizza party at the end of the summer.
 
Sunburn, bubblegum in hair, adorable mischief-makers, "mean girls," lunatic newspaper customers, temporary blindness, political games and other assorted problems detour the girls from their goals. Life sneaks up and surprises them with opportunities they never expected -- along with five men who find them more than interesting. Will they survive their summer and reach their goals? By the time they return to their dorm, the girls realize that life is what happens when you make other plans.
 
WHEELS
Natalie was the little girl across the street who adored Tommy and planned to marry him when they grew up. In the wake of Tommy's broken back, the disintegration of his family, and his father's total change in character, Natalie's disillusioned father took their family and left town.
 
Now grown, Natalie is a traveling reporter for the magazine, America's Voice, with a special focus on Americans with Disability access challenges. Her past ambushes her when Tommy's father contacts her father, to make amends. Can he be trusted? Is his repentance real?
 
Then Natalie is assigned to cover the Mission's handicap awareness campaign -- led by Tommy. She is stunned and eager to see how the "boy next door" turned out, despite his challenges and life in a wheelchair. Tommy doesn't seem to recognize her, and she doesn't want to embarrass him by bringing up the past. How can she warn him that his father is looking for him to make amends, without embarrassing them both?
 
Just when is the right time, in the middle of the handicap awareness campaign, writing her story for the magazine, and dealing with threats from some petty criminals blackmailing one of Tommy's friends?
 
THE TEDDY BEAR DANCER
Vic escaped a life in the Mob thanks to Agent McCoy, who also contributed to his spiritual rebirth. So when ten-year-old Joey McCoy arrives in Tabor, needing protection, he doesn't hesitate to shelter the little girl. Problem: children aren't his forte. He turns to Rene, his business partner, for help.
 
Two weeks of instant family life has them chafing at the dark secrets in their individual pasts, which they both believe are blocking them from taking their friendship deeper and warmer. Minor irritations, like someone sabotaging their gym and husband-hunting twits trying to trap Vic just add to the discontent that threatens their safe, comfortable lives.
 
Then Joey's talent for calculating the odds gains the attention of the wrong people. Protecting her exposes Vic's secrets to the wrong people -- and to Rene. If they can learn to face the past together, they might just be able to build a future together.

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