Wednesday, September 19, 2018

COFFEE SHOP DEVOS is Out Now! { + Win a prayer journal and coffee!}

If you've been following my writing journey then you're probably aware that my teen devotional, COFFEE SHOP DEVOS, released yesterday! This is the first book of mine to be published by a large publisher (Bethany House). In other words, I can officially say that you can find this book at your local bookstore! =D

About the Book:

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There's something special about spending time at a coffee shop with a friend--engaging in a meaningful conversation, then leaving refueled and ready to tackle the rest of the day. What if your quiet times with God energized you the same way?
Coffee Shop Devos offers a warm atmosphere that will inspire you to discover your God-given purpose and live to your greatest potential. Choose your devo flavor in the Menu of Contents based on your current need. Then lean into deeper intimacy with Christ through reflection and prayer. Along the way, you'll pick up tips and recipes for making your own coffee-shop beverage--regular or decaf--to enjoy while you read. And don't forget to share your journey with your friends! #CoffeeShopDevos
Each of the 180 challenging and motivational devotions will leave you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated--almost as though you've shared a steaming pot of brew at a coffee shop with your Creator.

Want to win prizes and help me celebrate the release?

Enter into the Creative Photo Contest on Instagram!

How to participate ...
  1. Post a creative photo of the book (or book cover) on Instagram
  2. Use the hashtag #CoffeeShopDevosContest
  3. Tag me in the caption! @TessaEmilyHall

That's it! Entries must be posted no later than 10/1. Winners will be announced on 10/2 (via Instagram).

Everyone who enters will be featured on my Instagram story. On 10/1, I will announce the top three winners. The first place prize will receive a handmade prayer journal and special coffee blend of Coffee Shop Devos. (Yes, it is a thing!) 

A coffee blend paired with one of my books is a dream come true! Thanks to Cool Chicks Coffee for making this possible. 

I look forward to seeing your creative pics!

What's your favorite drink to order at a coffee shop? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

How to Write Young Adult Fiction - Firsts in Fiction Podcast!

What is YA fiction, and how can we write it in a way that connects with today's youth culture? I discuss the answer to this question and more in this episode of Firsts in Fiction (one of my absolute favorite writing podcasts)! Check it out above. Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions in the comments! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Does Your Creative Work Matter?

As aspiring authors, our passion drives us to create. This passion is what compels us to invest hours upon hours into building our education in this field, experimenting with new techniques, finishing projects, and perfecting our craft.

Why do we keep pouring our hearts, souls, and minds into projects that may never see the light of day? Because there’s something inside of us that urges us to create. Otherwise, we might be considered crazy to invest so much time and work into a field that may never give us a return for our investment. (I take that back–we probably are already considered a little crazy to some!)