I am so happy to be introducing you to A Promise to Keep by Melony Teague. You guys, this book is fantastic. I’ll be sharing my review next week, but trust me when I say you want to read it. Today I’m chatting with Savannah and Michael, main characters from the book. And as a special treat, I’m offering a giveaway for an ecopy of the book!!
Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion, drinking ghastly punch, and taking desperate measures just to keep her vow, even if she has to hide behind the décor to do it.
Once a reckless troublemaker, Michael McCann fled town after graduation. Now a professional technical rescuer, he’s back for the reunion, but on his trip down memory lane, he soon comes face to face with unresolved issues, namely Savannah.
Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero?
Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. A Promise to Keep (Jan 21, 2020) is her fiction debut. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband, their two teenagers, and does the bidding of her two adorable cats.
Before we get to the interview, let’s look at a swoony pic that inspired Melony’s character Michael (except in the book Michael’s hair is a little longer).
Yeah, I’ll just let you sit here a moment 😉
Okay….on to the interview with Savannah and Michael!!!
I’m honored to be here with Savannah Sanderson and Michael McCann whose story has been told in A Promise to Keep. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today. But here’s an important question – does Melony know you are here?
Savannah: No, we snuck off on our own. We like to do our own thing and surprise her. Right Michael?
Michael: Right. Not always intentional, but life is full of surprises.
I saw that wink, Michael. What are you and Savannah not telling me?
Michael: If I tell you, Savannah will elbow me in the ribs, so I’ll keep quiet for now. Let’s just say you’ll find out in our story.
Right, let’s get going with some questions, shall we? Savannah, please tell me a little bit about yourself.
Savannah: My parents were born in South Africa, as was I, but they immigrated to the United States when I was midway through the seventh grade. That was a difficult time for me. I don’t have any siblings, but Michael and Nick were my best friends at school. They helped make the transition a little easier. I’m thirty-seven years old now, so I’m much more settled and used to life in the USA. Now I work as a research librarian in Ithaca and Michael is a technical rescuer.
You’re not too far away from me in New York! Yay New Yorkers, and not city folk! Okay Michael, your turn.
Michael: My story is a little different, I was born and grew up in the little town of Point, New York with my Granny McCann after my parents passed away. I was a young boy when it happened so my memories of them are few, but I do know I miss them terribly. Gran did her best, but it couldn’t have been easy raising me on her own. I never knew my grandfather, he died before I was born. I also have no siblings, but now the rescue team, Owen, Benjamin and Johnnie are like my family. We have each other’s backs.
Family doesn’t necessarily mean blood relation! I’m glad you have those guys in your life. Now for some fun! Tell me each other’s pet peeves?
Savannah: Oh goodness, let me think. If I were to guess, I’d say he’s a protective sort, so he doesn’t like to see anyone hurt, or ignored or bullied.
Michael: Good answer! Savannah doesn’t like to talk to anyone before she’s had her first cup of coffee. Not even to me. Not kidding.
By the grins on your faces, I can see that it’s all in good fun. And I’m with Savannah – give me my cup of java! Now, Savannah, I know you had a high school reunion to attend. Were you looking forward to attending your 20th high school reunion?
Savannah: Not at all, in fact, if it wasn’t for the fact that I made a promise to my late husband, Nick, I would never have gone. Too many awkward memories. But a promise is a promise, and so I went, and I never imagined how it would change everything.
Michael: It certainly was a trip down memory lane, I’ll say that much.
My class just had their 20th class reunion too, and I was not able to attend. I had mixed feelings about it actually, so I guess I really didn’t miss out on anything. What would you say is each other’s best character trait?
Michael: Savannah is a survivor, she’s been through so much. I admire her resilience.
Savannah: Michael that is so sweet. I’m not as brave as you are, but I’m learning. I’d say Michael’s best character trait would be his empathy and how fiercely protective he is of the vulnerable. He’s also a loyal friend.
Sounds like your years of friendship have stood the test of time. Thank you for spending time with me today, but before we go, tell me one thing you’d like the readers to take away after reading your story.
Savannah: I’d want them to be inspired to love more, and fear less.
Michael: Life is a gift and I hope readers will live life to the fullest, without missing opportunities to express their love to others. Living without regrets is a challenge worth pursuing.
I love this message! Thank you so much Savannah and Michael for chatting with me today! Read their story, A Promise to Keep, to find out more about them!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Have you attended any of your high school reunions? How were they?