now and forever cover reveal

As an author, there are certain days every year I look forward to the most. Pub day. Book tours. Any opportunity to meet readers. And the day when I get to share the cover of my new book.

Today is that day.

A team of fabulous designers has been working on the cover of my new book, Now and Forever, for a while now. I’m beyond ecstatic to finally be able to share it with you!

Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti

Here’s the synopsis:

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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?

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Now and Forever will be released on May 20, 2014.

One of my biggest teen fantasies was that my boyfriend was the world’s biggest rock star. So I decided to bring that fantasy to life with Now and Forever. I hope you’ll enjoy the excitement, intense chemistry, and crazy drama this book brings. Rock on, friendly neighbors!

help wanted 2

TGIM, friendly neighbors! To celebrate this shiny new week, I’ve posted the second video of my relationship advice series, Help Wanted. This one focuses on soul mates, what to do when your BFF dumps you for her BF, and when to go for it.


Why am I doing these advice videos? Because I want you to never settle for anything less than what your heart desires. You deserve ultimate happiness. You have the power to turn your dreams into reality. I want every single one of you to create your ideal life. Dream big and never give up.

Much love. xoxo

something like brazil

Yay, it’s pub day for Something Like Fate in Brazil!

Perhaps you’ll recognize the cover.

Tipo Destino by Susane Colasanti

Although I can’t understand all of it, the official trailer is super cute.

I have much love for my Brazilian readers. They have been so enthusiastic and supportive. That’s why I’m extra stoked about this foreign release. Thanks to Seja Cult for this fun interview and to my Brazilian publisher, Novo Conceito, for this one.

For those of you who speak Portuguese, Novo Conceito is hosting a Google Hangout with me today at 3:00pm EST. Hope to chill with you then!

summer breeze

TGIM! The first thing I decided on this gorgeous summer morning was to have weekly book giveaways for the rest of August. All I Need is a sparkly summer romance. What better time to give away copies to you guys?

Entering this week’s giveaway is easy. The first 100 people to sign up for my newsletter starting today will be automatically entered to win a signed copy of All I Need. US mailing addresses only. You can sign up for my newsletter/enter the giveaway here.

Hostess cupcakes are back. Sort of. I was beyond psyched to hear that Hostess snack cakes would be back in stores this summer. Those cupcakes with the icing squiggles make me happy. Even the tag line for their ad campaign was awesome: Sweetest Comeback in the History of Ever. So when I saw them at 7-Eleven the other day, I got a little thrill. Until I looked at them more closely. Upon further inspection, I was devastated to discover that the icing squiggles were much thinner. These impostors are not the classic Hostess cupcakes we knew and loved. Less icing = less excited Susane. Will I still try them? Probably. But don’t expect a rave review. RIP, Hostess CupCakes. You were the bomb.

I love when readers are inspired to create art. Whether it’s making wish boxes and treasure maps like Sara in When It Happens, warm fuzzies like Sadie in So Much Closer, or collages like Seth in All I Need, seeing photos of your work makes me happier than an old-school Hostess cupcake. I find this nail art inspired by my book spine stripes to be awesome:

So Much Closer nail art

In other book news, Miss Print interviewed me about All I Need. Some fresh reviews are up on It’s a Book Thing and Winter Haven BooksThe Reading Girl posted a beautiful review of Keep Holding On with visual aids you’ll want to snag. And Pretty Little Memoirs posted a cute review of Something Like Fate. Thanks to these friendly neighbor bloggers for spreading the love!

Speaking of friendly neighbors, I’m off to Crumbs for a friendly neighbor reunion with some old students (aka vintage noodles). Although I absolutely love my job, I miss chilling with my people. Teens are and will always be my people. That’s why I write for teens. That’s why my purpose in life is to reach out to teens and help them feel less alone. I remember that sinking feeling at the end of summer when there were only a few days of summer vacay left. Like I couldn’t hold on to them, no matter how hard I tried to freeze time. Later in life, I discovered that being in the Now helps to create inner peace. Taking even one minute to be still and connect with your environment can improve your attitude so much.

It doesn’t matter where you are. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing. Take one minute to tune out any negative thoughts or feelings. Really see your world. Connect with the things around you. Appreciate everything you have. Just one minute can turn your day around. Anytime you want it to.

Enjoy the summer breeze, friendly neighbors!

i’m writing a trilogy!

Announcement!

I’m writing a trilogy!

After thinking about possibly writing sequels or a series, I started developing an idea that had been growing for a while. You know how much I love New York City. Some of you know that when I was in high school, I couldn’t wait to leave for college so my real life could start. My love for New York and the euphoria I felt that summer before college came together to spark the inspiration for my upcoming trilogy, City Love.

Here’s the announcement that ran in the Hot Deals section of Publishers Weekly:

Katherine Tegen Falls in ‘Love’ with Colasanti

For her namesake children’s imprint at HarperCollins, Katherine Tegen signed Susane Colasanti, for mid-six figures, to a three-book, North American rights deal for a new series called City Love. Emily van Beek at Folio Jr. (the children’s division of Folio Literary Management) said the series is a “romance and sisterhood” one, with “crossover potential.” The books are about three girls who, van Beek added, are “teetering somewhere between childhood and adulthood, and will clash and weave as they struggle to find the balance between their ambitions, their pasts, and their own complicated hearts.” The first book in the series is scheduled for summer 2015.

And the online announcement from Publishers Weekly Children’s Bookshelf:

City Love by Susane Colasanti deal announcement in Publishers Weekly

I can’t wait to share more about this exciting adventure with you as details unfold. For now, I’m working on revisions of my eighth novel, which will be out next year. The first book of the City Love trilogy will be out Summer 2015.

Thanks to all of you for reading my books, connecting with me on Twitter and Facebook, and spreading the love. Your support means more than you will ever know. Much love. xoxo

keep us where the light is

TGIM! For those of you planning a Summer of Reinvention, there’s nothing like a fresh week for a fresh start. Every summer was going to be my Summer of Reinvention back in high school. You know, the summer where you totally transform yourself into the person you’ve always wanted to be. Where you would meet the boy of your dreams down the shore and live happily ever after. You’d go back to school all shiny new confident and everyone would be blown away by how different you were. School would be a whole new world where you could finally stop caring what other people think.

Not that Summer of Reinvention ever worked out for me. Which I admitted in this guest post for Parents Magazine. But the hope was still there at the beginning of every summer. I’m hoping you achieve your goals this summer, whether that involves reading 100 books or lounging by the pool for 100 days. Although if your goal is the latter, please wear sunblock every single one of those days. At least SPF 50, okay?

Friendly neighbors of Connecticut! I’m doing an event this Friday, June 28 at RJ Julia in Madison at 6:00pm. Three awesome authors will be joining the funtivities as well. You can find event details here. This will probably be my last event until the Less Than Three Conference in St. Louis, so I hope to see those of you who are nearby.

With the whole book release/deadlines/lack of sleep whirlwind winding down, I want to mention a few things that may have been overlooked. Some sweet reviews of All I Need were posted on Hollywood the Write Way, Miss Print, and Miss Literati. A fresh interview is up at Persephone Magazine. And the ad trailer for All I Need ran on the Pretty Little Liars page of the ABC website:

All I Need by Susane Colasanti ad on Pretty Little Liars page

I freaking love that show.

Another thing I love? Non-coincidences. You know that I’m all about the Universe and karma and positive energy. So when my BF/soul mate and I were on his balcony talking about the 4th of July fireworks and two minutes later they started testing some of the 4th of July fireworks on the river right in front of us, I wasn’t even that surprised. I heart the Universe.

But I was surprised when my day planner revealed that next week is July. Really, day planner? What happened to May? We’re already past the summer solstice. I hope you enjoyed the most daylight time we’ll see all year. Glass half full: Summer is officially on. Glass half empty: Daylight time is now decreasing by about two minutes per day. Let’s go with the glass half full. Keep us where the light is. An optimistic attitude brings much goodness. And opportunity for reinvention. And fun non-coincidences. Here’s to a spectacular summer!

help wanted, video 1

Remember when I told you about my new love advice video series, Help Wanted? And when I asked for your questions to answer in my first video? Well, the first Help Wanted video is up! I selected three of your questions this time. Hopefully, you’ll find these videos to be of some help.


Got Qs for next time? You can ask me anything you want about relationships and suchlike. Submit your questions here in the blog comments, in the YouTube comments, or you can email me at susanecolasanti at gmail. I will try to share some decent advice without sounding like a complete tool.

Thanks for reaching out, friendly neighbors. Much love. xoxo

summer love and soul mates

Yesterday was an amazing pub day! There’s always too much to do on pub day and not enough time. Keeping up with everything online. Being on deadline with a revision at the same time (which seems to happen every year). Oh, and here’s one for the Of Course File: Of course yesterday was the one day a year that my building’s boiler was cleaned and we had no water. But that was no problem. My BF/soul mate took very good care of me at his place. He served me strawberries and warm Entenmann’s pecan danish while I struggled to keep up with everything that was due all at once. He even drove me to last night’s event because he really wanted to be there. How cute is he?

He is so cute that I just had to talk about him in this video interview with RT Book Reviews. All I Need is a sweet summer romance about soul mates. Those of you who’ve read my books know that I’m obsessed with soul mates. That immediate, undeniable connection. The feeling that you’ve know this person your whole life even though you met three seconds ago. Finally feeling the way you’ve always wanted to feel with someone. I’ve been writing about those feelings for years, book after book for seven novels, dreaming about the soul mate I would meet one day. And now he’s here. Dreams do become reality if you never stop believing.


Speaking of summer love and soul mates, Parents.com asked me to share a bit about my inspiration for All I Need. I hope that by the time readers finish the last sentence, they will believe in the possibility of true love. You can read the guest post here.

In other fun feature news, Penguin Teen interviewed me for their Author Spotlight. I’m feeling the love.

The All I Need blog tour continues with your chance to win a signed copy of the book. Check out today’s stop at Anna Reads.

Are you in the northern New Jersey area? I’m doing an event with the adorable Sarah Mlynowski at Books & Greetings in Northvale today at 4:00pm. Hope to see you there!

all i need is tomorrow

How excited am I for tomorrow? After months of waiting for pub day, All I Need will be out in the world tomorrow.

So. Freaking. Excited.

I’m doing a pub day event (with cake!) tomorrow, May 21 on Long Island. And I’ll be doing an event in upstate New Jersey with the adorable Sarah Mlynowski on Wednesday, May 22. Here’s my complete event schedule.

The All I Need blog tour kicked off today over at Forever YA. Don’t you just love Forever YA? They’re sharing the official All I Need playlist (i.e. my ultimate summer mix tape). Plus you can win a signed copy of All I Need. Dude, you can win a signed copy of All I Need at every single blog tour stop over the next two weeks! How awesome is that? Here’s the blog tour schedule.

Are you on Goodreads? I’m answering your questions today – and only today – at my Featured Author Group. Join the group and ask away.

Growing up in New Jersey, my newspaper was The Star-Ledger. I used to spend weekends and summers at my grandparents’ house. I remember how much I loved the Sunday comics, how we’d pass them around and decide which was the funniest. So it’s especially nostalgic that All I Need was reviewed in the Sunday Star-Ledger yesterday. You can read the review here. I’m not sure how long the link will be up, so I’ve included the review below. A sweet full-circle moment :)

See you tomorrow, friendly neighbors!

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It always comes down to timing — with love, jobs, even what books we feel like reading.

Like so many, I wish I could be down the Shore now, but on a week when work commitments make that impossible, reading about Sea Bright as the backdrop for a young adult novel was good timing.

There’s a sweet earnestness to All I Need, which is neither for the cynical nor those who can’t remember the exquisite pull of first love. In the case of Skye and Seth, it may also be a last love.

They could be that rare couple who meet as teenagers and stay together. The book’s device is to tell the romance from Skye’s perspective and, in the next chapter, from Seth’s. All chapters are song titles, from “Bring on the Night” (The Police) to “I’ll Be Loving You Forever” (New Kids on the Block).

Susane Colasanti, who grew up in Peapack-Gladstone, does a good job of getting inside the head of a girl about to start her senior year of high school and a boy about to go to college.

Lately, young adult novels may have eclipsed memoirs as the must-write book — but like books of any genre, they must be written well to hold readers.

The lightness of this story springs from the fact that Skye is looking for the sort of loving relationship her parents enjoy. If that’s sappy, so be it. There’s nothing preachy about the book, and there are worse things than having a teenager aspire to a healthy relationship.

Here, Skye watches her parents just before the annual end-of-summer party:

“My parents are sitting together on a blanket. They’re staring out at the ocean. Mom leaning against Dad, still happy to be married after twenty-one years. That’s all I need. To find a soul mate to share my life with. To have a love so epic it will never die.”

She grew up cosseted in Newfoundland during the school year and in one of the fancier houses in Sea Bright in the summer. Through most of the book, Seth’s parents are separated. He’s from West Orange and his dad’s place in Sea Bright is more of a shack.

Skye and Seth meet on the beach at twilight; young and gorgeous, they fall in love immediately. But they have to part and don’t get to say goodbye.

They pine for each other possibly the way only teenagers can, though they do get on with their lives. Skye has two best friends; one forever on a diet and an aspiring fashion designer, the other a more caustic, budding filmmaker.

Seth and Skye both become briefly involved with others. He is at Penn, where he has to work to help pay for school. It wasn’t as if the mansions at the beach compared to his ramshackle place hadn’t already taught him the stark realities of money. But being at an Ivy League school, where roommates and friends don’t have to work, accentuates his lack of funds.

Seth and Skye get back together, and though she never flaunts her money, she naturally has it easier. When Skye visits him at school, she takes a taxi from the train station; he always walks and one day thinks:

“Whenever I walk to campus from the train station, an intense feeling floods over me. It’s like this strong sense of coming home. Crossing the Walnut Street Bridge to Center City is powerful, too. If freedom, excitement and possibility all got together and decided to become an emotion, that would be the feeling I get. By the time I hit Rittenhouse Square, I’m buzzing over the potential awesomeness of it all. Growing up in suburbia will do that to you. One whiff of city life and you’re like an uncaged animal running wild.”

Skye, meanwhile, has to navigate that heinously stressful college application process. Her parents, liberal and trusting as they are, are not thrilled that she spends hours each night talking with Seth and traveling whenever she can to see him. There’s some friction, but nowhere near the drama that can explode between parents and teenage daughters.

Though they endure bumps along the way, you know Seth and Skye will make it for all the right reasons. It helps that their timing was excellent — as was Colasanti’s, for setting a novel at the Shore, just when so many of us long to be there again.

-The Star-Ledger

npr interview

We all know what a huge NPR nerd I am. Garrison Keillor. Car Talk. Fresh Air. Morning Edition. I’ve been a faithful listener for years. So how stoked was I when NPR’s The Roundtable interviewed me about Keep Holding On? Stoked out of my mind, that’s how. You can listen to the interview here.

Some points:

In 7th grade, I already knew that the upcoming years would be the worst of my life. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a teacher. My purpose in life is to reach out to teens and help them feel less alone. I did that for ten years as a high school science teacher. And I continue to reach out to even more teens now as an author.

When I was being bullied in junior high and high school, I didn’t have the courage to speak up. Noelle in Keep Holding On has the courage I never did to take a stand and be DONE. My wish is that more teens will take charge of their life. There are so many things we don’t have control over, but there are a lot of things we can control. My main goal in writing Keep Holding On was to motivate teen readers to start creating a better life right now.

As adults, we have a responsibility to protect our kids. School should be a place where all kids feel safe. Yet it’s really hard for kids to reach out to others who are being bullied. The fear is that if they try to help someone being bullied, the bullying will then be turned on them. That is unacceptable. Why is reaching out to kids who need help something we’re afraid of? It should be cool for kids to help other kids. It should be cool to let your freak flag fly. School should be a place where we can all be who we are.

My hope is that Keep Holding On will inspire teens to speak up, take a stand, and make their world a better place.