2017 SerendipiTeaTour: Amanda Hanson

Hello lovelies!

So, as you may or may not know, I was recently asked to join the ranks of the authors being featured in the 2017 #SerendipiTea Tour, a book blog tour featuring sixteen debuting authors from 2017! Since that’s exactly Alice’s cup of tea (Mad Tea Party, anyone?), I was super stoked!

Even MORE recently, I was given the opportunity to HOST one of stops on the tour, and when I heard who the author was, I literally jumped at the chance. Not only is she an incredible writer, she also happens to be one of the COOLEST people I know!

Who is this femme fatale? None other than my very own Pen Name bestie, Miss Amanda Gernentz Hanson!



Do you get to choose who you love, or does fate decide for you?
Cordelia and Declan grew up across the street from each other and have been best friends since they were three years old. As their friendship is continually tested, they realize the feelings they have for each other are stronger than that of just friends. As Cordelia struggles against depression, Declan comes to terms with his sexuality, and their relationship is thrown into a tailspin.
Their whole lives, they’ve been looking for something beautiful. But what if the beautiful thing has been right in front of them all along?

OK, so first, let me start by saying, I was given the chance to read an Advanced Release Copy of this book, and OH MY GOSH. What a WONDERFUL story!!! I am not usually a he contemporary fiction reader (I usually like to live in my worlds of fantasy), but THIS BOOK. From the very first page I knew Amanda’s book was well, Something Beautiful. As I was reading I was completely drawn into Declan and Cordelia’s love story. Though it may not be ‘traditional,’ it has to be one of the most powerful loves I have ever read about, and OH THE FEELS. I don’t want to give anything away, but GUYS, this is a book you won’t want to miss, trust me. Ready to pick up your copy? Follow the links below!


amandaAmanda Gernentz Hanson has been writing stories since the third grade, when she turned in a five-page story about talking dogs to a local youth arts contest. She is an instructional designer by day and an everything else by night. Amanda is a proud Latina who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Hope College and her Master’s degree in Technical Communication from Minnesota State University. You can find her on the internet at browneyedtwentysomething.com and diverseladybookproject.tumblr.com, and on Twitter and Instagram @amandamariegh. (Send her some love!) If you see her in the wild, she probably has a book in her purse.


IMG_20170412_100806Not only did I have the pleasure of early access to Amanda’s wonderful book, I also get the privilege of calling her my friend! So we got to talk in depth about her book, and of course, her tea tour contributions. Want a peek into the inner workings of her mind? I thought you might! Keep reading to learn more!

How did you choose your tea?

I chose the two different types of tea for the prize pack to represent my two main characters, Cordelia and Declan. Cordelia is dark and spicy throughout the book, so the black tea represents her. Declan is lighter, more fun, and Cordelia often talks about his bright green eyes – so the green tea is for him.

Be honest, did you just pick your favorite tea?

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of most teas! I have immature taste when it comes to drinks. My husband likes tea, though, and he taste-tested all of my potential combinations for me until we settled on these two flavors for my characters. His family has tea drinkers in them, so maybe they’ll convert me yet. 😉


Looks great, right?! So what are you waiting for? if you want a chance to win these awesome goodies, scroll down to enter our giveaway! Not only will you snag these great prizes, you’ll also be entered to win a pack with swag from our other 2017 authors! How sweet is that?


tea bag

Click Here To Enter!


April 1st–The Regal Critiques: JM Sullivan with THE WANDERLAND CHRONICLES

April 2nd–Ohana Reads: Leah Henderson with ONE SHADOW ON THE WALL

April 3rd–YA and Wine: KM Robinson with GOLDEN

April 4th–The YA Book Traveler: F.M. Boughan with CINDERELLA NECROMANCER

April 5th–YA Wednesdays: Linsey Miller with A MASK OF SHADOWS

April 6th–Bibliobibuli YA: Leslie Hauser with CHASING EVELINE

April 7th–Rattle the Pages: Gwen C. Katz with AMONG THE RED STARS

April 8th–no post

April 9th–Pirates and Pixie Dust: Amber Duell with FRAGILE CHAOS

April 10th–lollipopsbooks: Abby J. Reed with WHEN PLANETS FALL

April 11th–SimplyAllyTea: Carrie Ann DiRisio with BROODING YA’S HERO GUIDE


April 13th–KM Robinson, Author Blog: Rosalyn Eves with BLOOD ROSE REBELLION

April 14th–Redd’s Reads: Meg Eden with POST HIGH-SCHOOL REALITY QUEST

April 15th–Tales of the Ravenous Reader: Kristin L. Gray with VILONIA BEEBE TAKES CHARGE

April 16th–Little red bookshelf: Chelsea Sedoti with THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT

April 17th–Emily Reads Everything: Shaila Patel with SOULMATED



Want More Tea Tour! Check Out Our YouTube Video!

(Added bonus?? AMANDA IS IN IT!! 😀 Enjoy!)


So tell me- are you excited for Amanda’s book? What about the other debuts?! Which prize in the list are you most excited for? Don’t forget to sign up!

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor! 

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