about the author
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 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.
What is your favorite activity or hobby not related to books?
M: Does eating chocolate count? I’m really good at that. In winter, I sometimes knit while listening to audiobooks. I enjoy reading. We like to have a family movie night, and that includes snacks, but my family laughs at me because if you ask me a week later what happened in the movie we watched, I have no idea. I don’t retain those kinds of things. The good part is that I can watch the same movie twice and each time it’s like a brand new experience for me!
B: I would count eating chocolate! We had a similar experience. As our kids are finally old enough for the Marvel Movie Universe, we initiated a family movie marathon over the course of a month and realized that we’d forgotten several major events from the earlier movies!
Describe A Promise to Keep in five words.
M: A Promise that changes everything.
B: Oooooo! I’m so looking forward to it!
What are some of the challenges you faced while writing your current release?
M: Time zones. When I wrote the story I didn’t realize that having two characters in different states, in different time zones would cause a problem. But it did. It took some reshuffling and reworking to get the timelines straight and getting everything to line up. In my next book, there will be no time zone differences. Too much math.
B: Ah yes, those time zones are tricky things and latitude greatly affects daytime hours as well. That’s something that readers from the central midwest usually overlook but it can be a big deal for extreme northern or southern readers.
What is your reading style?
M: My first option will always be print book, but let’s face it, that’s not always possible or affordable. So if that is not an option I’ll read the e-book on my tablet. When the battery dies, I then move to reading it on my phone. Once I get into a book I can pretty much just curl up and read and forget everything else exists, but sometimes it takes me a while to get to that point. I have to have my tea and a blanket, and a cat at my feet. Then I am all set.
B: I’m with you (although I do try to coordinate charging times so I don’t have to read on my phone, that’s not my favorite) but with cookies and a pup at my feet instead!
What’s your writing style?
M: When I first started writing, I did NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) where you just write like mad for 30 days. That was totally pantsing. Then as I worked on more and more manuscripts I realized I really needed to be able to “pants” within a structure. Now, I’m a hybrid of sorts. A Plantser? I plotted the synopsis for A Promise to Keep and pantsed my way through it. That seems to work best for me.
B: Sounds like a great balance!
Do you have any writing quirks?
M: You mean aside from being super easily distracted? I have to have something hot in the winter or cold in the summer to drink. I don’t know what it is about writing, but it’s thirsty work. And the many trips to the bathroom, as a result, keep me up and down so that I am not just sitting down at the desk all day. I edit at my desk, in my office space, tucked away in the corner of my living room, but I write my stories in an entirely different location. To me, my desk means “work” but when I am on my laptop either at a coffee shop, the library or out on the deck in summer, it somehow signals my brain that it’s playtime, creativity time. It works for me.
B: Makes sense to me and distractions are the worst! I’m a momentum worker, I have to buckle down and get to it! Thank you so much for sharing with us, Melony!
about the book
A Promise to Keep by Melony Teague
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
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?
(1) winner will receive a prize package including Mocktails book, 4 pins: 2 x Embrace Life, 2x Be Original, 1 large pretty napkin (tropical flowers), 1 small cocktail napkins (with maple leaves on them), A Promise to Keep bookmarks and an Amazon gift card $10 value!
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