in this post: A Promise to Keep
Happy February – official (according to me) KissingBooks month! And welcome to another Love Stories giveaway post! This LOVE STORIES giveaway series is thusly named for two reasons – first, because I love stories and second, because I love Love Stories.
Throughout the entire month of February, I’ll be spotlighting swoony Christian fiction & ‘clean read’ romances. Three cheers for KissingBooks!!! So… grab a fan or two, your trusty fainting couch, and maybe a freezer just to be safe and start making your KissingBooks tbr list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s next book is A Promise to Keep by my dear friend Melony Teague – plus a post from the author on what makes a good hero! (Swooning may commence!)
A PROMISE TO KEEP
SERIES: Reunions #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Anaiah Press
RELEASE DATE: January 21, 2020
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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what doth a hero make?
by Melony Teague, author of A Promise to Keep
Readers, tell me, what makes the perfect hero in your opinion? Charisma and charm? His smile? The way he treats his heroine is very telling in my opinion.
And yes, there’s the kiss. This wouldn’t be a kissing book feature if we didn’t mention those tender moments that bring characters to express their deepest feelings in that first kiss. Perhaps if the first one is a little awkward, like Michael and Savannah’s in A Promise to Keep, then perhaps we get to have a retake later on in the book, which may or may not more than make up for the missing spark in the first kiss.
In A Promise to Keep, Michael McCann was a bit of a reckless troublemaker at school, although some of that was because of the loss of his parents. He left the town of Point to make a way for himself and it is not until circumstances brought him face to face with his mortality that he came to terms with his faith, or in his case, the lack thereof.
Under all of his bravado and seeming confidence, he is a soft hearted, loyal and fiercely protective man who looks out for the vulnerable. Aside from the fact that he’s a Henry Cavill look alike, but with longer hair, what made him the perfect hero in this story was the fact that he was perfect for Savannah. He values his friends. He cares for her and for her needs and wants the best for her, even if he has to put his own needs on hold for her.
That is the nature of the perfect hero to me. One who puts others before himself, who knows the value of grace and who extends it to others.
Aside from swoony scenes that make our hearts flutter, there is nothing more appealing than a hero with a kind heart. One of the best examples I’ve come across of a perfect hero is Joanne Bischof’s Charlie in, The Lady and the Lionheart.
(I can hear Carrie cheering!)
I think we can agree that what makes him so wonderful is the fact that he so wonderfully portrays a Christ-like love. An unconditional and sacrificial love that is unselfish and certainly not self-centered. It reminds us of how much we are loved.
Are our heroes always perfect? No, Michael McCann has to learn to let go and leave Savannah in God’s hands, but he is perfect for Savannah. He is just what she needs both emotionally and spiritually.
And that makes him perfect in my book.
Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. With foamy lattes in-hand, she writes Contemporary Romance with a dash of humor. Though she has no hobbies outside of reading, writing, and eating chocolate, she is a member of ACFW and teaches seniors in her community to write their memoirs. She confesses with no shame that she has a strong belief that pumpkin pie is an acceptable breakfast food since it’s mostly vegetables. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in the melting pot that is Toronto with her husband, their two teenagers, and two cats who think they’re humans.
Melony Teague is offering a $5 Amazon gift card + some A Promise to Keep bookmarks to one of my readers! (gift card is open internationally; bookmarks open to US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about A Promise to Keep? What do YOU think makes a good hero?