Unwritten Melody Blog Tour, Book Review, and Giveaway.

Today, I am happy to a part of Tessa Emily Hall’s Blog tour, for the release of her new book, Unwritten Melody.

Find Unwritten Melody at:

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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.

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Book Review

Characters: 5/5 Tessa has a talent for writing characters that feel real, and that I can relate to. I related to James and Cassie on so many levels. Like Cassie, I write, and like James, I love music. Music and words are real to me, they pulse through me, always, like a melody.

Writing: 5/5 I love books that go between characters in the first person. Absolutely love it. And it can be hard to write (I know because I have done it!) but Tessa does it flawlessly. It was so hard to put this book down.

Plot: 5/5 No complaints here! The plot was strong and flowed smoothly. Even with the shift between characters, there were no glitches.

Want to read/ability: 5/5 As I mentioned above, this book was so hard to put down, I absolutely loved it, and will definitely buy a copy for my bookshelf.

Bad Language:  None

Inappropriate Content:  There is mention of suicide, which might be uncomfortable for some people to read.

Over-all-rating: 5/5 Tessa’s writing is gentle and strong. Her writing draws you in, and feels so real, real like music and words are to me.  Seriously, check out Unwritten Melody and while you’re at it, Purple Moon. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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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. Tessa 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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Giveaway

 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.

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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

 *This giveaway is open to the US only 

Click on the link below to enter the giveaway.

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Want to see more about Unwritten Melody and it’s author? 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

Old River Road Blog Tour Interview and Giveaway

Today, I am happy to be a stop on Ivy Rose’s blog tour for her novel, The Old River Road. The Old River Road Blog Tour will be going on from July 8 to July 15, so you have a whole week to learn more about Ivy Rose’s novel.  Check out the other blogs that are participating in this tour. The full list is at the end of this post.

And now, on with the tour!

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Meet Ivy Rose and her debut novel, The Old River Road. This book is the first in a series of a yet-to-be-determined number of books based on the lives of the author’s ancestors. Written in a style similar to that of Janette Oke and Laura Ingalls Wilder, this is a story you won’t want to miss

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When seventeen-year-old Clara Boutwell married her dashing coworker, William McDonald, she was convinced her life was near perfect. The journey before them as newlyweds in the great city of Chicago was promising and exciting. But a frightening disease soon takes William in its grip, forcing them to the clean air of the western frontier in a desperate attempt to save his life. But pioneering doesn’t prove to be easy, with miles between neighbors instead of fences. On the eastern Washington prairies, the McDonalds face hardships and trials in a new world where everything is tested, from physical endurance to emotional strength—down to their relationship and faith in the Lord.

This novel tells the incredible true story of Clara and William, the great-great grandparents of the author, in a sweet narrative full of laughter, tears, and the struggles of an early pioneering family. Prepare yourself to share in their experience as you read this account of a pioneer family in Washington state, and see their lasting legacy that has endured into the fifth generation.

 

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Ivy Rose is an 18 year old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, chocolate, travelling, reading, and ATVing (preferably if there is mud involved). She resides with her family of 9 on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington.

You can connect with Ivy via her blog, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

 

Interview of Ivy Rose

How long and how has your journey been from when you first had the idea?

It’s been eight years since I first read Clara’s memoirs, and nine months since I put the first words to paper.

How long did it take for you to write The Old River Road?

The actual writing took about four months.

Do you have a favorite character? What is it that you like most about him/her?

My favorite character is probably Esther. Even though she has a fairly short role in this book, she is so much like a very dear friend of mine. 

Where did you first come up with the idea of The Old River Road and what motivated and inspired you?

The idea came from Clara’s memoirs. After reading them, eight years ago, I remember thinking that it would make a great story and someone should write a book about them. 🙂

The main motivator for this project was my mom. She was always there, telling me I could do it. And she bought me lots of chocolate, too. 🙂

Anything else you would like to say?

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! It’s an absolute honor!

 

 Click on the links below to enter the giveaway!

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The Old River Road Prize Pack

International Prize

Friday, July 8th (release day!)

Emily (apurposeandapromise.blogspot.com)—Review, Spotlight

 Jesseca Wheaton (jessaswhimsicalwritings.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview

Anika Joy (anikaavenue.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview

Saturday, July 9th

Olivia  K. Fisher (Oliviakfisher.blogspot.com)–Interview, Spotlight

Faith Blum (faithblum.wordpress.com)—Review, Interview, Spotlight

Hannah E. (completelyforhim.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview

Monday, July 11th

Faith Potts (fireflysstoryspace.blogspot.com) – Review

Rebecca Morgan (wordchangersforhisglory.wordpress.com)—Review, Interview

Tuesday, July 12th

Abigayle Ellison (theleft-handedtypist.blogspot.com)—Review, Spotlight

Kenzi Knapp (honeyrockhills.com) –Review, Interview

 Hosanna Emily (havingaheartlikehis.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview

 Wednesday, July 13th

Blessing Counter (countingyourblessingsonebyone.blogspot.com)—Interview

Victoria Minks (Victoriaminks.com)—Review, Spotlight

Thursday, July 14th

Deborah C. (readinginjune.blogspot.com)—Review, Spotlight

Anna S. Brie (annasbrie.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview

Leona G. (greatbooksforGodsgirls.wordpress.com)—Review, Interview

Friday, July 15th

Amanda Tero (withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview

Hope Ann (authorhopeann.com)—Review, Interview

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