Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Purple Moon" Blog Tour: Author Tessa Hall on Teenage Dating

Hi friends!


I posted a review of author Tessa Emily Hall's debut novel, "Purple Moon" which released on September the 24th and mentioned what an enjoyable read it was!

Well, today, I am honored to participate in Purple Moon's blog tour and welcome Tessa as a guest on Tell the World!




So, let's get right to it and tell the world about Purple Moon:


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?




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And now, Tessa Emily Hall's guest post: Teenage Dating


Since she was a little girl, Selena (my protagonist) had dreamt of a fairy tale. She wanted to grow up, marry her prince, and live happily ever after.
But as a teenager, Selena realizes knows that fairy tales do not exist. This was proven when she and her boyfriend broke up about a year ago. Although she is scarred from the relationship—deep down, Selena is still hoping to find her prince charming one day. She wants a guy who will sweep her off her feet and treat her feel like a princess. A guy who will accept and love her for who she is.
I’m sure that many teenagers can relate to this desire of Selena’s—the desire to feel love, cherished, and special.
But what happens when that person you thought that you loved—the very person who comforted you and made you feel less alone in life—walks out on you, leaving you with nothing but a scarred and broken heart?
It’s not that I don’t believe in teenage dating; I just simply don’t think it is right for a teenager to enter a relationship just because he/she feels alone and wants to be loved.

In “Purple Moon”, Selena’s best friend is also just coming out of a bad relationship. Selena regrets telling her friend, Hilarie, what she wanted to tell her after Selena and her boyfriend had broken up. She wanted to tell Hilarie that her relationship with her boyfriend wouldn’t be worth it, based on her own experience. Because although it was fun for the time being, it wasn’t worth the heartache of dating someone that just wasn’t meant for her.
Instead, why not use your teen years to draw closer to the Lord, to develop a relationship with Him? An earthly romance is only a raindrop; God’s love, however, is an ocean. If you are looking for someone who understands you, someone who thinks you’re beautiful and will accept you no matter what, and someone who will treat you like a princess, look no further. Jesus’ love is unconditional, incomprehensible. And unlike an earthly romance, He will never, ever leave you or forsake you (Deut. 31:8). 

What more could we possibly want from a boyfriend that God’s love doesn’t already offer?


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And since a lot f you are probably wondering who those nice words of wisdom are from, here's a little about our guest poster, author of "Purple Moon":

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.



If you were over at the previous blog tour stop, you should know that the previous fact or fiction was FALSE.


Be sure to enter the "Purple Moon" Prize Pack!

  


Also, don't forget to visit the rest of the blog tour stops to increase your chances of winning the PURPLE MOON Prize Pack! Click HERE for the full list of stops.



“Purple Moon” Blog Tour Stops:

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 


So great to have Tessa share with us! What's your take on teenage dating? Leave a comment and let us know!


Blessings and much love guys,
Titi Funto

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