Today I’m doing something a little different! Tessa Emily Hall just had a new book come out Unwritten Melody and she has agreed to do a guest post for me. 🙂
About the book: Does breaking free require breaking the rules?
Cassie Gilbert lives every day in the shadows of her deceased mom’s rebellion. But now that she’s seventeen, she finds herself longing to break away from her grandmother’s suffocating rules, experience what it’s like to be a regular teenager, and fulfill her songwriting dreams.
James Russo, former American Spotlight contestant, escapes to small town Willow Creek, SC hoping to flee from his tarnished past. When a school project pairs him with the shy principal’s granddaughter, he’s determined to get to know this Emily-Dickinson-obsessed and typewriter-using girl. His plan? Convince Cassie to co-write songs for his demo album.
As Cassie gets to know James over “project meetings” (more like opportunities to match her lyrics with his melodies), she becomes intrigued by his sense of adventure and contagious passion for music. But soon, his past becomes exposed. Cassie’s left to wonder—did she make the same mistake Mom did by falling for the bad boy?
Then, Grandma’s control pushes her over the edge. Cassie must choose between remaining in the chains of yesterday, or delving into her own freedom by completing the melody her mom left behind.
Behind the Setting: Willow Creek, SC
There’s nothing quite like a small town. Perhaps I’m biased; I have, in fact, lived in a small, southern town for my entire life. But what I love about these towns is the closeness of a community. The way people come together to support one another. Southern hospitality. The familiarity of faces when you go to your local coffee shop or grocery store. I love the unique history that small towns seem to have written onto the old buildings that make up their downtowns.
This love for small, southern towns is what initially birthed the inspiration for the fictional town of Willow Creek, SC.
Willow Creek is far smaller and more country than the little town I grew up in. It does, however, contain traces of my hometown, as well as the towns that surround it. Willow Creek’s “city life” can be found in the ghost town of downtown, and its rolling countryside stretches for miles. The town’s creek, which is what Willow Creek is known for, is surrounded by towering willow trees. Most of its residents live on a farm, drive a truck, and listen to country music.
Throughout Unwritten Melody, Cassie is resentful toward this small town of hers. Not necessarily because she doesn’t appreciate it; rather, she feels as though it’s kept her confined within a cage. She’s desperate for the freedom that could come with seeing the rest of the world.
I guess that’s the only flaw in a small town: If you stay there long enough, it’s almost as though you become brainwashed into believing it’s as far as the world reaches.
Still, though, Cassie does have a deep appreciation toward this little town of hers—even if she doesn’t like to admit it. It’s where she grew up. It’s why she is who she has become. Her family’s history whispers their secrets at the creek, the library, Gary’s Diner, and even Dream Bean Café.
Although Cassie is desperate for an escape from Willow Creek, she may very well find that the escape she’s longing for can only be attained by staying exactly where she is.
Questions for you…
If you could live in any fictional town, which town would you choose and from which book? Why?
Enter for your chance to win the Unwritten Melody Prize Pack! Two winners will be selected and announced on Tessa’s blog the final day of tour (Friday, December 9th) and will be notified via email.
This prize pack includes…
- E-copy of Unwritten Melody
- Signed paperback copy of Purple Moon
- Unwritten Melody mug, filled with goodies
- Unwritten Melody swag, including a bookmark, pen, and poster
- Starbucks mocha flavored instant coffee
- Free Unwritten Melody: Page-By-Page Secrets PDF
- Handmade journal
- Typewritten thank you note
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Tessa Emily Hall writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show others they’re not alone—and because she remembers the teen life like it was yesterday (or a few years ago). The debut novel she wrote at 16-years-old, PURPLE MOON (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) was a Selah 2014 Finalist. Her second novel, UNWRITTEN MELODY, releases with Clean Reads November 2016. She’s the Founder of PursueMagazine.net, a magazine that inspires teens to embrace their calling. She also enjoys helping writers achieve their dreams through her internship at Hartline Literary Agency.
When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, Tessa can be found making healthy homemade lattes, speaking to teens, decorating her insulin pump, and acting in Christian films. She writes in a small town nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Southeastern coast. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website.
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Blog Tour Schedule
Don’t miss the next blog tour stop! Be sure to visit the following blogs on its designated tour date. You can also email tessaemilyhall (at) gmail (dot) com and request to receive the Blog Tour Packet. At the end of the tour, Tessa will send you the downloadable PDF that will contain all of the content from each blog tour stop.
Tues., November 1 – Christ is Write
Wed., November 2 – Adriana Gabrielle Writes
Thurs., November 3 – The Depth of My Faith
Fri., November 4 – Sarah Ruut
Mon., November 7 – God is Love
Tues., November 8 – The Bibliophile Angel
Wed., November 9 – Emily Rachelle Writes
Thurs, November 10 – Word Changers For His Glory
Fri., November 11 – Christian Teen Book Reviews
Mon., November 14 – Phyllis Still
Tues., November 15 – In The Bookcase
Wed., November 16 – Girl Meets Publishing World
Thurs., November 17 – Anna Schaeffer
Fri., November 18 – Ramblings of a Writer
Mon., November 21 – Naomi and Books
Tues., November 22 – Reading is My Superpower
Wed., November 23 – Zerina Blossom’s Books
Thurs., November 24 – Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud
Fri., November 25 – Labor Not in Vain
Mon., November 28 – Barbara Bruitt
Tues., November 29 – Katy Kauffman
Wed., November 30 – Jen Pheobus
Thurs., December 1 – Northern Belle Meg
Fri., December 2 – 2Me From Him
Mon., December 5 – Nicole Quigley
Tues., December 6 – The Destiny of One
Wed., December 7 – Catherine Castle
Thurs., December 8 – Rachelle Rea Cobb
Fri., December 9 – Leslie L. Mckee