Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tabby/ Tonya Callihan Interview

Please Welcome Tonya Callihan to NN. It is a pleaseure to have you. We look forwards to finding out all your deep and dark secrets. Okay maybe not all your secrets but you can't blame a girl for trying.

When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing when I was 13 years old. It was in December actually, after Christmas. I was on break from school. I was really bored. At that point in my life I had never read a book outside of school other than a children’s book. I picked up a Nora Roberts book, ‘Montana Sky’ and fell in love. At the end of the book I knew what I had to do.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’ve always considered myself a writer. But a professional writer would be when I got my first contract on October 3, 2010. That’s when it really felt like I was coming home.

What relaxes you?

Writing! If I get angry or upset or hurt I can pour that emotion into my writing. It takes away the stress and drama from life. It’s where I go to escape. Into another world with my characters.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Disney movies. I have loved them since I was a little girl, still do. Also, this time of year, it’s the Christmas movies, songs, decorations, the whole season. I love it and I always go way out for it.

What is your favorite fairy tale? Why?

Beauty and the Beast. I’ve loved that movie for years. I can still watch it over and over again. I just love how Belle can accept him as he is for he is. That’s true love. Everyone is beautiful to someone.

If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would it be?

Sensitive, caring, hyper.

Are you a cat or dog person? Do you have any pets and if so, please tell us about them.

Definitely a dog person. I have a pug named Pugsley, she’s five years old. And a big spoiled baby. We have two Border Collies, Macy and Be Be. They both just turned a year old. A new addition to our family is Ava, a 6-week old German Sheppard. She’s already spoiled rotten. Other than that we have two cats, Oscar, me and my sister have had him for about seven years. And Princess, she’s been with us for about three. We live on a farm so there is plenty of room for them all to run lose and we also have cattle and horses. 

Please tell us about your most recent release and where we can purchase it.

My release is ‘Night Promises’ it’s the first book in my ‘Night Pleasures’ Series. It’s also the first book of mine to be published.


Kelly O’Keefe first met a vampire when she was twelve. Now the pair are best friends and have opened Night Pleasures, an underground club that caters to vampires and their needs.  When Kelly’s sister is murdered, she finds herself working with Connor, a vampire she's been in love with for months. Unable to trust men, let alone a , can she let him help her solve her sister’s murder?

Connor has been watching after Kelly for seven months with the help of his sire and best friend Micah. Connor has kept himself at a distance even though he knows they are life mates. He's afraid of losing control and turning Kelly against her will. When he learns Kelly plans on investigating her sister’s death, he steps in and allows himself to get close to her.
But how close is too close?


Connor knew she was coming, he could smell her before she opened the door. He was sitting on the couch, legs stretched out, arms spread across the back of the couch.

Kelly caught her breath as she stepped into the room. His eyes were back to light brown; she had never seen them darker than they had been just a moment ago. Did that mean he was hungry for her blood? Did he want sex? One would think that working in this environment she would know. But truth be told, she had never been alone with or this close to a male vampire before.

“Sit down Kelly.” He looked amused. “I’m not going to do anything you don’t want me to do.” That was the safest line he could use.

“Okay.” Kelly sat beside him on the couch and slipped her sandals off. Being on her feet all night, she appreciated the break. “You said we had to talk about my sister.”

I know what you’re up to.” He wanted to touch her but restrained himself for now.
Kelly looked at him, “You can read minds then?”

“No, thankfully.”

“Then how do you know what I am up to?”

“Micah can read minds. He was here earlier tonight, heard what you were planning to do, and informed me.”

“Why would he inform you?”

He was amazed she wasn’t upset about Micah interrupting her thoughts but wanted to know why Connor needed this info.

“It came up,” he shrugged. “You are stepping into some very dangerous territory. You could get yourself killed.”

“I know that!” she exclaimed, crossing her arms. “But I owe Tammy. She never would have known that vamps existed if it weren’t for me.” Kelly stood and began to pace the small room. “I got my sister killed. Don’t you understand?” She turned to him. “She would still be alive and working if it weren’t for me, Connor.”

He stood. “You cannot blame yourself.” He again resisted the urge to touch her. “It could have happened if she knew about us and it could have happened if she didn’t know,” he tried to assure her.

“I have a strong feeling that a vampire I know, one who comes to my club, is responsible for this. Besides, I don’t need you to babysit me.” She turned for the door, but he beat her to it. “Get out of my way,” she said between gritted teeth.

“No!” This time he did touch her cheek, slightly. “You smell like sunshine.” He leaned closer to her.

“Give me a break. I have guys trying those lines on me every night.” She tried to push him away, but he only grinned.

“I’m stronger than you, Kelly. You can fight me all you want, but I’m not moving.” This time, he placed his thumb on her pulse. “It’s racing,” he whispered. “I can hear it racing every time I’m near you.”

“What’s it like?” Kelly asked, “Being a vampire?”

“Not much difference really, but I can hear sounds miles away, see past the stars, fly above the clouds, and taste every flavor in ones blood, kiss, and body.” He gave her body a glance, down then up again.

“I’ve never been with a vampire,” she blurted.

“Never?” he asked, half-shocked and half-relieved.

“No, never even kissed one.” she laughed at herself.

“Can I ask why?” Connor rubbed his hand down her neck and across the swell of her breasts. He asked the question, but he felt he already knew the answer. He needed to hear her say it.

“Because I only want you,” she confessed taking a step back. “I’m sorry, that was really forward.” She crossed her arms again.

“That’s okay.” He stepped closer to her. “Being forward is a good thing, especially when I don’t have Micah here telling me what you are thinking.”

“Oh,” she laughed a little shakily. “I should probably get back out there.”
“Don’t.” He placed a hand on her stomach to stop her. Connor knew better; he knew he should just let her go. She was better off if he didn’t take from her. Being his mate and being a full moon he could lose control and turn her against her will. He couldn’t do that, not to her.

“Does it hurt?”

“No, it’s very pleasurable for both.” He reached over and dimmed the lights. “Let me pleasure you, Kelly,” he whispered before placing his lips over hers and sucking her bottom lip into his mouth. Then his tongue was dancing with hers. Connor cupped her right breast and felt her nipple come to life under his thumb.

“Oh, wow.” Kelly murmured against his mouth. “This is just the start,” he promised, pushing her back against the wall. “Just relax,” he soothed, giving her neck an open-mouthed kiss. “I would never do anything to harm you,” he promised.

“I trust you.” She gripped his hips and forced her body to relax when she spotted his fangs.
Connor felt her tense, “I’m going to take you places you’ve never been, Kelly.” He pushed the top of her dress down to find her completely naked and greedily sucked her nipple into his mouth.

Kelly brought her hands up to grip his head and held him closer to her body, letting a moan escape.

After giving the same attention to her other nipple, Connor began kissing his way up her chest to her neck, where her pulse wildly raced, and he quickly pierced her skin. Kelly called out, shouting his name as her body began to shake, the beginning of a wonderful orgasm. She felt the blood flowing out of her body and into his mouth. The thought of him tasting her, every flavor, caused her toes to curl. She moaned and grasped him tighter as her powerful orgasm overwhelmed her body.

“Connor,” she mumbled, “weak,” moaning in pleasure and a bit o

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My Publisher, Secret Cravings Publishing


Residing in Morehead, Kentucky Tonya Renee Callihan is currently a 24-year-old college student seeking a degree in Nursing. She loves helping others and putting a smile on your face. Tonya has been writing all of her life. At the age of 13, on Christmas break she snuck one of her mom’s romances from a box brought over by her grandma. The novel she read was ‘Montana Sky’ by Nora Roberts. Once she finished reading that book she knew someday she would to be a published romance author. She has been writing every since.

Even though busy with college life Tonya still makes time for her writing. She is very active in yahoo groups as well as reviewing for The Long and Short of it, Whipped Cream Reviews, You Gotta Read, Siren Reviews, Rites of Romance and Fresh Fiction. She also writes a bi-monthly column for Fresh Fiction, which focuses on books and authors of Harlequin.

When she’s not in school, reading, or writing you can find her cheering on UK college basketball or the Pittsburgh Steelers.  She loves spending time with her family and is very active in there lives. She also loves to people watch where she draws inspiration from the people and things that surround her. She is also a fan of Stephanie Bond, NYT Bestselling Romance Author who is from around the same area as Tonya.

 It was a joy to have you Tanoya. Would love to have you back some time.

Tabitha Blake


Abigail-Madison Chase said...

I am a fan of Beauty and The Beast also. Love excerpt

Yvonne Nicolas said...

Enjoyed the interview ladies!
I love Disney movies also! I can watch every single one of them over and over again. Night Promises looks like a winner. Fabulous excerpt. Vampire stories are my favorite.

Tonya Renee Callihan said...

Thanks so much Tabby for having me as a guest. And thanks Abigail and Yvonne for stopping by:)