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Thursday, October 10, 2013

"Purple Moon" Blog Tour and Great Giveaways

by Tessa Emily Hall

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?

Behind the Scenes: Christian Human Videos

I’ve incorporated a certain human video into “Purple Moon”, which is one that actually went viral on YouTube several years ago. This skit is performed to the song “Everything” by Lifehouse—and, in a way, it actually inspired the story for “Purple Moon”.
I’ve always loved Christian human videos/skits, even before I found out that my parents used to direct them when they were youth leaders. I think human videos are a powerful form of ministry—sort of like the way that Jesus used to illustrate certain truths by telling parables.

For those of you who are not familiar with human videos, here are some of my favorites:

·         “Everything” by Lifehouse. There are several versions of this skit—however,this one is probably my favorite.

·         There’s one other song and skit that inspired “Purple Moon”, and that is “By Your Side” by Tenth Avenue North. This skit isn’t as popular as the other one, but I think it’s just as effective.

·         I also love this one, “Breathe Into Me”, which is done by the Basement Drama group.

·         Another group that performs human videos is Unashamed, and my absolute favorite of theirs is the one to the song “Worth It All” by Rita Springer. Some of my other favorites of theirs include:How To Save A Life&Bleeding Love

Have you ever performed in a human video/Christian drama? Of the ones that I listed, which one is your favorite?

 For a complete blog tour list and more chances to win prizes, such as an autographed print/ebook version of my book, $20 gift card, Starbucks instant mocha (because who doesn't love coffee?!), coffee mug, bookmarks, sleep mask, sketchbook, "The Anxious Christian" by Rhett Smith, "Courageous Teens" by Michael Catt & Amy Parker, OR "God,Girls, and Guys" by Robin Marsh & Lauren Nelson, AND a "Purple Moon" Prize Pack, visit here .

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"That's what gives me hope, knowing that the moon that glowed in the sky on that magical night is the same one above us now."
 –PURPLE MOON, Tessa Emily Hall



Tessa Emily Hall ~ Christ is Write said...

Thanks for having me! =)

Susan Kane said...

Years ago I wrote and performed Christian dramas at our church. My friend Debe was the director, had so much talent.

Thanks for reminding me of fond memories.