Thursday, November 3, 2016


Hey peeps!

It's Sarah, Ellie's awesome big sis. Today, A Bounce in your Step is hosting YA author, Tessa Emily Hall's blog tour for her newest book, Unwritten Melody. I am so excited to Tessa out. She's been a great inspiration to me and my writing since I found her a few years ago. I've been tracking her book-writing process through her Instagram and am thrilled this book is ready for print. Tessa's debut novel, Purple Moon, was a touching, wonderful novel.

Here's what I had to say about Purple Moon, back in the day:  "Selena’s story is a wonderful reminder of God’s love for us and how he can truly change a life. If you’re not a Christian, do not hesitate to read it. It’s not preachy and very relatable to everyone."

With that said, here we go!

à 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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Character Sketches for “Unwritten Melody”


17-years-old; blond hair; silver-blue eyes; fair complexion. To her peers, Cassie is known as the shy and intelligent principal’s granddaughter. And, thanks to being raised by her grandparents, she’s never considered herself to be the “average” teen—but she longs to break free from her small town and pursue her dreams. She could spend hours writing lyrics on her typewriter, reading poetry and biographies of Emily Dickinson, or roaming the aisles of books at the Willow Creek Library.

JAMES RUSSO: 18-years-old; spikey black hair; ocean-blue eyes; olive skin. James is the risk-taking musician that teen girls fell in love with during his “five minutes of fame” on American Spotlight. But to be honest? He doesn’t think he deserves the attention he’s received. He could stay up all night composing melodies on his keyboard, with nothing but black coffee and a passion for the power of music to keep him awake.

DAKOTA GILBERT: 18-years-old; dirty blond, ruffled hair; never to be seen without his fishing cap (except at school). Dakota is Cassie’s protective older cousin. It doesn’t take much to make him satisfied. A drive in his rundown baby blue truck through the back roads and listening to country music is a good time for him. Or better yet, give him an evening out by the pond with nothing but the tugging of his fishing pole to fill in the silence, and he’s good to go.

Be sure to enter this awesome giveaway by clicking on the link below. The packet includes coffee. Coffee, people, coffee.

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 

And here's more about the author, who got published when she was 19. #dreams

à About Tessa

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, 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.

à Connect With Tessa

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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 - 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

Be sure to enter the giveaway and tell all your friends. And if you're a fellow writer (or just like reading), I'll think you'll like Tessa's blog, Christ is Write. Make sure you pick up the Kindle Edition of Unwritten Melody.


  1. I'm thrilled that I could stop by your blog today, Ellie! Thanks again for having me! =)


    1. Thanks Tessa! I was glad to tell others about you and your book!!! :)

  2. I would've loved to do this, but I'm only 12,and use my mom's phone, so I can't really. :( I'm a big journaler (i know that's not a word) and would luv a handmade journal! I hope ya'll have fun!