Monday, December 5, 2016

Coffee Chats with @TessaEmilyHall

Here at Coffee Cups and Camisoles, we sometimes have the opportunity to meet some new authors even to us! Tessa Emily Hall has been a Twitter follower and social media friend for awhile now and we're as curious to learn about her new release as you may be. All in all, it's the holiday season and we're all cramming to meet some book deadlines, so Tessa has kindly offered to help us out this week! Pull up a chair and a cup of coffee and tea.

Meet Tessa :)

Tessa Emily Hall writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show others 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. 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


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Unwritten Melody: 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.

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In Unwritten Melody, my protagonist, Cassie, has a special relationship with her granddaddy—so much that she refers to him as “Dad”. (She’s never met her birth dad.) Since this book was written in memory of my own granddaddy, I decided to give Cassie’s “dad” many of his characteristics.

 For example, Cassie’s granddad used to play bass in a symphony orchestra. So did mine. He loves fishing, memorizing scriptures on index cards, and making homemade fudge. All of these qualities were stemmed from the significant memories I have of my granddaddy, who passed away when I was 13-years-old.

 In the book, there’s a scene where Cassie’s dad makes his famous homemade peanut butter fudge for Valentine’s Day. Of course, I couldn’t write a character based off of my granddaddy and not incorporate his passion for making (and eating) fudge!

 Although I don’t have the original recipe he used (sadly), I’ve decided to create a new recipe that uses healthier ingredients – just like the peanut butter fudge that Cassie’s dad made in the Valentine’s Day scene.
 

Believe me: 
This fudge tastes even better than it looks! Don’t let its healthy ingredients intimidate you. If I tried one of these blocks without first reading the recipe, it’d take a lot to convince me that it was made out of healthy ingredients. The combination of honey, peanut butter, and dark chocolate will melt in your mouth. (And on your fingers!) This is the perfect treat to indulge in while reading Unwritten Melody.


* The following recipe will make the same amount of fudge that’s pictured.

You’ll need…



       ½ cup natural, creamy peanut butter
     1/3 cup raw honey
     ½ cup melted coconut oil
    1 cup cacao powder
    ½ tsp vanilla extract
     Pinch of sea salt

How to make it

1.      Melt the coconut oil until it’s liquid
2.     In a food processor, blender, or bowl, mix all of the ingredients together until smooth
3.     Line pan with parchment paper and pour mixture, then spread it throughout the pan.
4.     Place pan in fridge for about a half hour or freezer for about 15 minutes (time may vary)
5.     When fudge is firm, cut fudge into small squares
6.     Open your copy of Unwritten Melody and enjoy!

“I take a bite of the fudge, eyes rolling in the back of my head, savoring the rich
chocolate-peanut butter taste. It’s the perfect balance of bitter cocoa, with a hint of honey.” - Cassie from Unwritten Melody


 à 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.

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  


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à Connect With Tessa

·        Website: www.tessaemilyhall.com


à 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 – Coffee Cups & Camisoles
Tues., December 6 – The Destiny of One
Wed., December 7 - Catherine Castle
Thurs., December 8 - Rachelle Rea Cobb

Fri., December 9 – Leslie L. Mckee

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