I'm so excited to be on the blog tour for yet another phenomenal book from Entangled Teen. This time Everlast, the first book in the Chronicles of Nerissette series by Andria Buchanan.
Here's a little bit about the book:
Published By: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Formats Available: E-Book and Paperback
Allie Munroe has only ever wanted to belong, maybe even be well liked. But even though she’s nice and smart and has a couple of friends, she’s still pretty much the invisible girl at school. So when the chance to work with her friends and some of the popular kids on an English project comes up, Allie jumps at the chance to be noticed. And her plan would have worked out just fine…if they hadn’t been sucked into a magical realm through a dusty old book of fairy tales in the middle of the library. Now, Allie and her classmates are stuck in Nerissette, a world where karma rules and your social status is determined by what you deserve. Which makes a misfit like Allie the Crown Princess, and her archrival the scullery maid. And the only way out is for Allie to rally and lead the people of Nerissette against the evil forces that threaten their very existence
Doesn't it just sound awesome? I cannot wait to read this book and it is definitely on my very immediate 'To-Read-Next' list. Cannot wait.
Now please give a massive welcome to Andria, who is here with an exclusive guest post.
Why I Love Being a Misfit
by Andria Buchanan
And between the ages of thirteen and seventeen I hated it. I hated being taller than the other girls. I hated being a size 0 (yeah I know—I used to be seriously stupid). I hated being dark and sarcastic and liking Buffy and preferring long runs by myself to basketball and team sports in a town where beautiful was blonde and smiley and wore a cheerleading skirt. I hated being good at math and science in a place where it was “cute” to complain about how hard our homework was and how pointless math was when you had to go get your nails done.
Then I left the tiny town where I grew up. I went to college. I met people who were just as dark and sarcastic. I met people who loved metal music and thought the idea of running a marathon was cool. I met men—and women—who liked me for who I was and liked that I could go out without high heels on. I got a degree and a job and I got married and I left that small town behind me except for the occasional visit home.
Then I started to write The Chronicles of Nerissette and that required me to think about high school. To remember what being that outsider was like because let’s be honest—I can’t write about what being popular is like. And I remembered that crushing pain of not fitting in. Of being on the outside.
Then I started to casually Facebook stalk the people I’d gone to high school with. And after a brief scan of the popular people’s Facebook pages I realized how lucky I was to have been a misfit. Because most of them are still right there. Still in that small town.
I went home for a visit and I ran into people that I haven’t talked to in over a decade and now—as an adult—I realized how scared they’d all been. How terrified they’d been of not fitting in.
How terrified they’d been of being me. Which was actually pretty stupid. Because you know what being a misfit taught me?
There are scary, horrible things in the world. But for every ugly thing there are 10 beautiful ones. Being a misfit taught me to be brave enough to go out and face the ugly to find the beautiful.
Being a misfit taught me that even though something’s not done—doesn’t mean it can’t be done. So watch me do it. Girl’s don’t major in math and science because it’s too hard—guess what? I’ve got the degrees on my wall that say otherwise.
Being a misfit taught me to be okay on my own. It let me take a job in Germany and spend time bumming around Europe by myself. I’ve seen the sun rise over the Coliseum and fireworks from the top of the Eiffel Tower; I’ve been serenaded by an opera singer in Dublin to convince me to let him buy me a drink. I was kissed by a stranger in Spain and then had a broken conversation in which we both had to apologize because I wasn’t Luisa even though Luisa and I were wearing the same shirt and looked alike from behind.
Being a misfit taught me to be brave enough to go to graduate school, to move all the way across the country to be with the man of my dreams (we’ve been married 10 years now), to quit my job and write stories all day long and hope that people love them as much as I do. Being a misfit taught me to be strong enough to keep writing even when other people don’t love my characters as much as I do.
Being the misfit made me brave. It gave me a world to explore instead of being stuck in a town with two stoplights handicapped by a bucket load of angst about what people might think if I went out on a limb and failed. It made me comfortable to be me—no matter what anyone else said.
Patricia's a small town girl who was blessed with a large tree in the backyard that was a perfect spot for reading on summer days. Mixed with too much imagination it made her a bratty child but fated her to become a storyteller. After a stint of “thinking practically” in her twenties she earned degrees in Business and Economics and worked for a software firm in southwestern Germany but, her passion has always been a good book. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her two wonderful kids and a husband that learned the gourmet art of frozen pizzas to give her more time to write. When she's not writing she can be found fencing and arguing with her dogs about plot points. Most days the Beagle wins but the Dalmatian is in close second. She's in a distant third. Patricia writes adult Paranormal under the name Patricia Eimer and writes Young Adult books under the name Andria Buchanan.
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You could win:
1 - $50 Giftcard
5 - ECopies of Everlast
Don't Forget to Follow the Rest of the Tour:
8/19/2013- BookHounds YA- Interview
8/20/2013- The Happy Booker- Review
8/21/2013- Nick's Book Blog - Guest Post
8/22/2013- Heather Hearts Books- Review
8/23/2013- A Backwards Story- Guest Post
8/26/2013- Musings of a Blogder- Interview
8/27/2013- Curling Up With A Good Book- Review
8/28/2013- TiffanyLovesBooks- Review
8/29/2013- K-Books- Guest Post - YOU ARE HERE
8/30/2013- Mom With A Kindle- Interview