Book: A Promise to Keep
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Release Date: Jan 21, 2020 (E-book and Print)
ABOUT THE BOOK
A Promise. A High School Reunion. And a pact that proves harder to keep.
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?
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Thank you so much for having me Batya!
What do you hope your readers get from your book?
It’s easy to take the people we love for granted. A Promise to Keep is about love, loss, healing and grace, and most of all, it’s about living without regrets. I hope that readers would appreciate the every moment in life and see life as a gift.
Inspiration for writing the book?
Other than the fact that I wanted to explore the emotions one might feel at a 20-year high school reunion, particularly if you felt you didn’t fit in, I wanted to write about a technical rescuer. After seeing news reports of some amazing rescues, I was curious as to the lifestyle and motivation of people who put themselves at risk to help others on a regular basis. Michael McCann is the character that came out of that particular vein of curiosity.
Favourite scene from the book?
I have a few favorite scenes, but since you are making me pick just one, I’d say the scene where Michael McCann gets cajoled into going out to dinner with his crew. He’s grumpy and broody and I just love how they care about him while giving him a hard time at the same time.
Why we should love and read A Promise to Keep?
Life is hard, sometimes messy and there is so much bad news in the media. I wanted to write a story where readers can escape, go on an adventure with Michael and Savannah and be entertained. That’s not to say that A Promise to Keep is all fluff and nonsense, it isn’t. There are some intense scenes that might bring a lump to your throat (in a good way) but mostly I hope readers will enjoy the humor in it too.
Do you have an excerpt you want to share?
Since you asked me about my favorite scene, here’s a short excerpt from it in Chapter 16 of A Promise to Keep
Michael glanced at his watch. Their shift was over. “I am fine, and do you guys mind not talking about me like I’m not standing right in front of you?” To disprove their grumpy-pants theory, Michael forced a laugh while he pulled off his gloves.
“He probably won’t come.” Benjamin smirked and shook his head. “He’d have to lower himself to hang out with us ordinary folk.”
Michael waved his grimy hand in front of Benjamin’s face. “I’m right here.”
Benjamin elbowed his brother and nodded like it was a done deal. “I bet you twenty dollars he wouldn’t last an hour.”
“Hello.” Michael stepped between Benjamin and Owen. “What are you talking about?”
“He’s in a bad mood. Has been ever since he got back to Detroit last week.” Owen turned to Johnnie. “He’ll find an excuse to leave within twenty minutes.”
“I’m not in a bad mood. I won’t leave. I guarantee it.” They were ganging up on him. He wasn’t about to be outsmarted by the three men he trusted with his life. True, he’d been sulking over Savannah, but a man was allowed to lick his wounds once in a while. “So, where are we going?”
“We’re going to Sheena’s.”
“Okay.” Michael shrugged out of his harness. He had never heard of it, but they didn’t have to know that he was clueless. Plus, he’d been feeling out of sorts. A night out with the guys might help shake it off. “I’m in.”
“Unless you have something more important to do?” Owen looked all innocent, like he wasn’t making a jab.
“Look. I said I’d be there.” He busied himself coiling his rope.
“Be there?” Owen chuckled. “You’re driving.”
He stowed his rope and unclipped his helmet. “First, I need to hit the shower.”
Owen didn’t even try to hide his smirk. “Oh, yes, you do, Mike.”
They loaded up their equipment and scattered back to their vehicles to head back to base.
Once the men had showered and dressed in their regular clothes, they all piled into Michael’s four-by-four. Apparently, he was the designated driver. Since he’d pretended to know exactly where it was, he was glad when Owen slipped him the address on a small sticky note, further cementing his suspicions that the guys were up to something.