now and forever playlist

Now and Forever is about the girlfriend of the world’s biggest rock star.

Of course there’s a playlist. Listen on Spotify and get the overview here:

1. “Everything” – Lifehouse

This is the song Sterling sends to Ethan in the first chapter of Now and Forever. She’s had that song on repeat every since the day Ethan first asked her out. To Sterling, “Everything” is Ethan’s theme song. It sounds like him. It feels like him. She loves losing herself in the sound of him. Sterling is so deep in the love haze she can’t remember what she used to think about before Ethan.

2. “An Alright Start” – Sigur Ros

Ethan responds to “Everything” by playing “An Alright Start” for Sterling. Sigur Ros is an Icelandic group with an ambient, post-rock sound. Ethan tells Sterling that their music is beautiful, just like her. “I don’t have the words to tell you how I feel about you,” he says. “So I found a song in another language to do it for me.” “An Alright Start” is about two people falling in love. They spend the day together just walking around downtown and and enjoying being in their own world where they understand each other better than anyone ever has before.

3. “Bright Lights” – 30 Seconds To Mars

Ethan Cross has the most hardcore fangirls in the world. They worship him as the god of their musical religion. The sound of “Bright Lights” captures the thrilling rush of musician worship. It speaks to every single one of us with big dreams that will never die. Ethan Cross always knew he was destined for insane fame. His laser focus burns brighter than ever.

4. “Say Anything” – Good Charlotte

5. “Echo” – Jason Walker

6. “Happy” – Pharrell Williams

“Happy” captures the pure elation Sterling feels the first time she hears one of Ethan’s songs on the radio. That moment where you realize one of your biggest dreams just came true.

7. “Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake

You reflect me, I love that about you
And if I could, I would look at us all the time

8. “Get Low” – Dillon Francis & DJ Snake

There’s something about how the beat of “Get Low” builds to a crescendo that reminds me of waiting for concerts to start as a teen. I’d be in the audience with my friends shaking with anticipation. Adrenaline zinged through my veins so sharply I couldn’t sit still. That moment when the lights went low, when the first screams cut across the stadium as whoever you were there to see took the stage, was electric. “Get Low” has that same electric quality.

9. “Talking Backwards” – Real Estate

The only thing that really matters
is the one thing I can’t say to you

10. “In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel

The first sentence of Now and Forever says it all: “When I open my front door, Ethan is holding his phone over his head playing ‘In Your Eyes.’”

11. “Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough” – Michael Jackson

One of Ethan’s main musical influences was Michael Jackson. This is one of those MJ songs that encapsulates everything found in an Ethan Cross song: ubiquitous appeal, classic endurance, and an infectious beat that forces you to move.

12. “I Was a Fool” – Tegan and Sara

This song reflects how Sterling feels when Ethan starts changing. He always knew that insane fame was his destiny. But he promised that he would never change. He would always be Sterling’s Ethan, the Ethan she knows better than anyone, the Ethan she fell in love with. Until that promise is broken…

13. “Set Fire to the Rain” – Adele

We all know “Set Fire to the Rain” is the ultimate breakup song. When Sterling’s world is shattered, she questions everything Ethan ever told her. Every promise he made, every passionate whisper in the dark. No matter how many times Sterling hears these lyrics, they resonate so strongly she can barely breathe.

You can find playlists for all of my books on my website. Rock on, friendly neighbors!

dedication

May 20 is almost here.

I wrote the first draft of Now and Forever in the fall and winter of 2012-2013. Two revisions, polishing, and copyediting were completed by the summer of 2013. We always finish working on a book about one year before it’s actually published. Then I move on to writing the first draft of the next book and the whole process starts again.

The best part is when the book is finally published and you can read it. Because you are why I write.

 

Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti dedication

This is the dedication page of Now and Forever. The book is dedicated to you, rock star. I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you for making this life possible. You have supported me, made me smile, and shared your deepest feelings with me. You show how much you care with every comment on Facebook or Twitter, every message, every email. When I get to meet you in person, your positive energy is spectacular. You send me photos of warm fuzzies you made for your friends, or of my book displays when you see them in bookstores, or of random weird/quirky/cool stuff you know I’ll love. You have allowed me to be a full-time author for seven amazing years. And there are many even more amazing years to come.

Thank you thank you THANK YOU for everything. You are, and always will be, my inspiration.

Much love <3

screen-free week giveaway

Welcome to Screen-Free Week! How much do I love this annual celebration of the real world, encouraging us to break out of cell phone zombie mode and connect with actual people in front of us?

So much that I’m giving away one of these hardcover copies of Now and Forever, fresh off the press!

Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti

To enter:

1. Like my Facebook page.

2. Comment on the FB giveaway post with one awesome thing you will do this week instead of watching the screen.

Giveaway rules:

1. Comments must be submitted by May 11 at 11:11 pm.

2. The winner will be messaged on Facebook and announced on my page.

3. This giveaway is open to US residents only. However, if you live abroad and have a contact in the States who can receive the prize for you, it can be sent to their address.

Happy screen-free funtivities!

now and forever twitter giveaway

Dude. Now and Forever will be out in the world in three weeks.

Cannot. Freaking. Wait.

Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti

I’m so psyched to share this book with you that I’m giving away a signed advance copy on Twitter this week. Entering is super easy!

To enter the giveaway:

1. Follow me on Twitter.

2. Tweet this:

Win a signed ARC of #NowAndForever! Follow @susanecolasanti and RT to enter. Giveaway info: http://susanecolasanti.wordpress.com

Giveaway rules:

1. All entries must be tweeted by Friday, May 2 at 11:11 pm.

2. Only one tweet per entrant will be counted.

3. I will announce and contact the winner on Twitter.

4. The winning mailing address must be located in the United States. If you live abroad but know someone in the States who can accept the prize for you, go for it.

Happy spring, rock stars :)

now and forever pre-ordering

Only one month to go until Now and Forever is released!

Time to bust out the swag.

Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti guitar picks

Books of Wonder is giving away a Now and Forever guitar pick with any pre-order of the book. All pre-ordered books will be signed. What I love most about these guitar picks (other than their vintage rock star look) is that they’re drilled with holes to wear on a necklace. That’s hot. I’m wearing mine on a ball chain.

You can pre-order your signed copy and swaggy guitar pick here.

Want to find out more about Now and Forever? The synopsis is here. And you can read the first four chapters of Now and Forever here.

TGIM :)

now and forever book tour

With less than two months to go until Now and Forever is out in the world, we’re getting ready to share some fun marketing things with you. There will be swag, a hot book trailer, contests to win signed hardcover copies, and more. Exciting times, yo.

But first! A new book release means a new book tour. Could I be more excited for events where I get to meet friendly neighbors in person? No. No, I could not possibly be. Because meeting readers is my favorite part of my job. I’m stoked to see those of you who can make it to these local events. This tour will be local to the NY/NJ/CT area, but I am hoping for a national tour next year.

Here’s where you can find me on the Now and Forever book tour:

May 20, 2014 – 6:00-8:00 pm
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
212.989.3270

May 21, 2014 – 6:30-8:00 pm
Now and Forever pub party!
KADOnyc
192 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
917.793.5400

May 22, 2014 – 5:00 pm
Books and Greetings
271 Livingston Street
Northvale, NJ 07647
201.784.2665

May 29, 2014 – 6:00 pm
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Road
Southbury, CT 06488
203.262.0626

June 3, 2014 – 6:30 pm
Merrick Library
2279 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566
516.377.6112

June 10, 2014 – 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
765 Route 17 South
Paramus, NJ 07652
201.445.4589

June 26, 2014 – 5:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
2289 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
212.362.8835

Totally looking forward to seeing you! And if you can’t make it, I will be hoping to see you next year :)

 

rock star giveaway

The first day of spring is here! In case you missed the billboard I rented about it, the vernal equinox is my fave day of the year. But that’s not all going on today. My new book comes out two months from today on May 20!

Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti

Now and Forever is the story of a girl whose boyfriend is the world’s biggest rock star. Think crazy big. Think Beatles big. The official synopsis:

What if your boyfriend was the world’s biggest rock star?

Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she’s ever met, but he’s an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he’s believed he has what it takes to be a star.

When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he’s thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity—and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she’s attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan’s monumental sold-out concerts.

It’s a dream come true…but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when “forever” comes to an end?

To celebrate the two-month countdown until Now and Forever is out in the world and the first day of spring and the awesomeness of life in general, I’m giving away a signed ARC of the book on Twitter. What do I need to know from you? If you were the world’s biggest rock star, what would your band’s name be?

To enter the giveaway:

1. Follow me on Twitter.

2. Tweet what your band’s name would be if you were the world’s biggest rock star. Include the hashtag #nowandforever to be entered.

Giveaway rules:

1. All entries must be tweeted by Sunday, March 30 at 11:11 pm.

2. Only one tweet per entrant will be counted.

3. I will announce and contact the winner on Twitter.

4. The winning mailing address must be located in the United States. If you live abroad but know someone in the States who can accept the prize for you, go for it.

Happy spring, rock stars :)

harriet the spy

Happy 50th Anniversary to my most beloved middle grade book, Harriet the Spy!

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, 50th Anniversary edition

I was obsessed with this book in 4th grade. So obsessed that I had my own spy route. My spy route came complete with a spy outfit, mainly consisting of a fanny pack containing a flashlight, pen, and lipstick (my disguise). My spy notebook was a marbled black-and-white composition notebook just like Harriet’s. Occasionally when there was a snack available, I even had a snack before my spy route just like Harriet did (Entenmann’s marble cake with milk). My BFF and I developed our own spy code. We even had spy code names. Mine was H.5K-21½Q-3. Each part of that code had epic meaning at the time.

A spy route is not the easiest thing to pull off when you live in Middle of Nowhere, NJ. The houses in my area were really far apart. People tend to see you coming when you’re dashing across their huge front lawn with no cover. But I did not care. I wanted to be like Harriet. And if I got caught in the process, I would maintain my dignity just as Harriet would.

I read Harriet the Spy so many times my book fell apart. The thought of never hearing about Harriet and her world ever again was unbearable. Which is why I busted out the most spastic happy dance ever when I discovered The Long Secret. Sequel heaven up in Water Mill, yo!

The Long Secret by Louise Fitzhugh

Happy big five-oh, HMW. Catch you on the Upper West.

nyc teen author festival

Yeah, February. I see you. I see you and I raise you 45 days until spring. In your FACE.

My dislike of February as the coldest, dreariest month is not something I sugar coat. Getting through February takes serious commitment. There’s the wearing of three scarves just to go around the corner for bread. There’s the eating of way too much bread (preferably warm with whipped butter). And despite increasing daylight time, there’s still too much darkness. Which means I just have to work harder to find more shiny happy sparkly things to focus on. Challenge accepted.

First up: Congrats to the winner of my Now and Forever ARC giveaway, Danielle M.! Please stay tuned for more advance copy giveaways to come leading up to the May 20 pub date.

Those of you in the New York City area will be psyched to know that the NYC Teen Author Festival schedule is live! David Levithan has outdone himself yet again in all of his event planning magnificence. A bunch of spectacular authors are lined up during the week of March 17 for various funtivities. You can see the complete listing of authors and events here. Where can you find me? I’ll be at these two events:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – 7:30 pm
The Mutual Admiration Society Reading

WORD Jersey City
123 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ  07302
Phone: 201.763.6611

Sunday, March 23, 2014 – 1:00-1:45 pm
Ginormous Annual Signing

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY  10011
Phone: 212.989.3270

Hope to see you at the festival!

now and forever giveaway

To celebrate my shiny new website, I’m giving away a signed ARC of Now and Forever, coming out on May 20!

Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti

Entering to win is easy. Just subscribe to my newsletter on the contact page of my website. If you are already a subscriber, simply sign up for my newsletter again to enter.

Everyone who subscribes to my newsletter in January will be entered to win. The winning mailing address must be located in the United States. But if you live abroad and know someone in the States who can receive the prize for you, game on. The winner will be announced on February 3.

Rock on, rock stars.