Blog Tour: Q&A And Giveaway

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 I'm excited to say that Saved by Grace is part of this blog tour. The blog tour is because of Tessa Emily Hall's newly published book, "Purple Moon." I was able to read it and have to say I loved it! It was an honor to read the story and now be a part of this blog tour! Tessa really did an amazing and incredible job on Purple Moon, and I highly recommend that you check it out!

About The Book:
Selena's life isn't turning out to be the fairy tale she imagined as a kid. That hope seemed to vanish long ago when her dad kicked her 
and her mom out of the house. This summer might finally hold the chance of a new beginning for Selena ... but having to live with her 
snobby cousin in Lake Lure, NC while waiting for her mom to get out of rehab wasn't how Selena was planning on spending her summer. She soon begins to wonder why she committed to give up her "bad habits" for this.

Things don't seem too bad, though. Especially when Selena gains the attention of the cute neighbor next door. But when her best friend back home in Brooklyn desperately needs her, a secret that's been hidden from Selena for years is revealed, and when she becomes a target for one of her cousin's nasty pranks, she finds herself having to face the scars from her past and the memories that come along with them. Will she follow her mom's example in running away, or trust that God still has a fairy tale life written just for her?

Q & A with Author Tessa Emily Hall
(The previous fact or fiction was TRUE.)
When did you start becoming interested in writing?
I’ve been interested in writing for as long as I can remember. When I was a toddler, I started begging my mom to teach me how to read (I remember thinking it was so cool that people were able to actually interpret the little symbols on books and receive a story from them!) I actually did end up learning how to read when I was three, thanks to my older sister. However, I wrote my first book even before I learned how to read. I told my mom what to write, and she would write them above pictures that I drew. I haven’t stopped writing since then.

What genre of stories do you write?
I currently write Christian/inspirational fiction. However, I hope to write a few books for the secular market eventually as well. I think that mainstream genres (YA especially) are very much lacking decent, clean stories. I’d love to have the chance to change that if I can, and I also think it would be a great way to reach out to people who may not be Christians, and have them hopefully check out some of my previous books in the Christian fiction market.

Your book sounds amazing! What was your inspiration for the main character, and the whole story line?
Thank you so much! I wanted to write a story about a good girl who started falling away from God after her dad kicked her and her mom out of the house. She struggles with many of the same things that most teenagers face on a daily basis. The storyline was greatly inspired by the skit that went viral on YouTube a few years ago to the song “Everything” by Lifehouse.
Click here for the full story on why I was inspired to write “Purple Moon”.

What is something that the average reader wouldn't know about you?
Good question! One thing is that I have two older sisters (Tara, who is four years older than me; and Shannon, who is eight years older). I am also the youngest of thirteen cousins on my mom’s side, most of which are girls. I’m pretty much the only one my family, cousins included, who is quiet and introverted…haha =) Which is strange, considering the fact that I’ve grown up around such a talkative and loud family (cousins included).

What advice would you give a new teenage author out there who wants to get a story published? 
Don’t let anyone or anything get in the way of reaching your dream. Seriously. When I was fourteen, I emailed one author and told her that her book sounded really interesting. It was on my to-read list back then. I also asked if she had any advice to give me since I was an aspiring author. She told me that she wouldn’t recommend that I pursue writing, only because it was hard work and very unlikely to find success. Although she was right, I do not think either of those facts should hold anyone back from pursuing publication. Of course, I respected the author’s advice, but I obviously did not follow it. Yes, writing is definitely hard work. But since when has any career ever been easy? And yes, it is unlikely for a writer to be published. But I did. And so did all of the authors who wrote all of your favorite books. I certainly wouldn’t have found my publisher had I followed the author’s advice.

No, writing isn’t going to be all fun and games. But if your passion is big enough, then none of that will matter. People may try to discourage you and tell you that it’s unlikely or your work isn’t good enough or the pay isn’t good, or even that writing isn’t a real job. Ignore all of those voices, especially if it’s your own. Don’t let anyone—including yourself—keep you from reaching your dreams.
Fact or Fiction?:
Guess this fact or fiction, and be sure to stop by the next blog tour stop to see if you guessed correctly! (You’ll also receive one extra entry for the “Purple Moon” Prize Pack if you send me your guess.)

“Purple Moon” Blog Tour Stops:
Don’t forget to stop by the blog tour’s next stop to increase your chances of winning the PURPLE MOON Prize Pack!
Wednesday, September 18th: Purple Moon Blog Tour Launch: The Story Behind the Story: Christ is Write
Thursday, September 19th: 5 Facts about Purple Moon: Kim Vandel
Friday, September 20th: Character Sketches + Character Cast Contest: Who YA Reading?
Monday, September 23rd: Behind the Scenes: Why I Chose Lake Lure: Words to Dreams
Tuesday, September 24th: Release Day! Selena’s Diary Entry + Creative Photo Contest: Writing for Young Adults
Wednesday, September 25th: Austin’s Diary Entry: Amy’s Book Blog
Thursday, September 26th: Q & A: Notebook Sisters
Friday, September 27th: Purple Moon Playlist: Ashley Carr  
Monday, September 30th: Purple Moon Excerpt: Wooden Swings: Heather Brice   
Tuesday, October 1st: Dealing With Anxiety—The Spiritual IV: The Destiny of One  
Wednesday, October 2nd: Q & A: Saved by Grace
Thursday, October 3rd: Behind the Scenes: Name Meanings: Labor Not In Vain
Friday, October 4th: Is It Okay To Be An Introvert?: Alex Inks It  
Monday, October 7th: Story Behind the Cover Art: Candy Apple Books
Tuesday, October 8th: Purple Moon Excerpt: Cherishing the Sunrise: Author Casey Bond
Wednesday, October 9th: Q & A: Writing While the Rice Boils
Thursday, October 10th: Behind the Scenes: Christian Human Videos: Writing in Wonderland  
Friday, October 11th: Teenage Substance Abuse: Emily Rachelle  
Monday, October 14th: Behind the Scenes: Lake Lure Academy of the Arts: Worthy 2 Read
Tuesday, October 15th: My Middle & High School Experience: Hello Highlights  
Wednesday, October 16th: Purple Moon Excerpt: Meatless Turkey Sandwich: Diane Estrella  
Thursday, October 17th: Body Image Laurel’s Leaves
Friday, October 18th: Behind the Scenes: Brewer’s Coffee: A Splash of Ink
Monday, October 21st: Purple Moon Excerpt: Farkle at the Park: A Slightly Nerdy Bookworm
Tuesday, October 22nd: Teenage Dating: Tell The World
Wednesday, October 23rd: Q & A: The YA Book Stack
Thursday, October 24th: How Much of My Personal Life Did I Put Into “Purple Moon”?: Read For Your Future
Friday, October 25th: Fairy tales & Happy Endings + Contest Winners!: Inspiring Daring

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                                                                        About Tessa Emily Hall: 

Tessa Emily Hall is a 19-year-old author of Purple Moon, her YA Christian fiction novel to be published September 2013 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She is also the editor over the faith department for Temperance Magazine, a column writer for Whole Magazine, a contributing writer for More To Be, as well as the PR for God of Moses Entertainment. Other than writing, Tessa enjoys acting, music, Starbucks, and her Teacup Shih Tzu—who is named Brewer after a character in her book, as well as her love for coffee.

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4 of your thoughts

  1. Purple moons sounds like an awsum book! I'm soo getting it!!!!

  2. I can't wait to check it out! Seems like the writing is really well done.


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