where the light is

Congrats to the winners of my So Much Closer paperback contest, Alicia Marie E. and Christina F.! And congrats to last week’s warm fuzzy Twitter giveaway winner, Kendall F. I have one more big contest coming up where you can win signed Keep Holding On hardcovers. So please check back for my Fifth Annual Ginormous Contest next week. And good news – it’s international!

You guys. Keep Holding On comes out on May 31. Which is in three weeks. Which is so freaking exciting after waiting forever for it to come out. But it’s also making me a bit stressed. I’m always stressed before a book release, worrying about how it’s going to do and if my readers will like it. My publicist has been working really hard to help Keep Holding On hit the New York Times list. So that’s adding to many late nights of noisy brain. I just want this book to reach as many teens as possible, and hitting the list is an excellent way to increase exposure. Regular readers of this blog know I’m all about dreaming big. And that creative visualization is an important part of my life. I’ve been visualizing Keep Holding On at #9 on the list. We shall see!

More reviews of Keep Holding On are up. Mundie Moms said, “This story totally broke my heart, bothered me to no end because of some of the things that happen in this book, moved me to tears, and left me feeling hopeful for Noelle. This story is an eye opener. It’s one that will move readers as much as it will inspire them.” In her beautifully written reflection, The Reviews News said, “I was addicted and terrified of Susane’s words. They crippled and crushed and dared me to hope. They were so real I could barely stand it.” Thanks for your sweet words, ladies. I’m touched.

You might be wondering what’s going on with the apartment I bought last month. The short answer is: lots of planning. My new floors and tiles have arrived. I’m ordering fixtures for the bathroom and kitchen tomorrow. The walk-in closets and built-ins have been designed. This will be an almost complete gut renovation. I’m more than ready for my contractor (the one who looks exactly like Zach Braff) to start ripping everything out! But there’s all this paperwork that has to be submitted. And waiting. And more waiting. When the waiting ends and the work begins (next week? please?) I will be sharing the progress with you. And of course before and after pics when the apartment is done. For the record, I am moving on June 28 whether the work is done or not. Hoping that I’ll have some floors to walk on by then.

Between apartment stuff and new book release stuff and deadline stuff, there’s been a decent amount of anxiety flying around. But what I realize is that all of this stuff is exciting stuff. I’m thankful every day for this life, for the chance to live in my favorite city and the opportunity to write books for you. Being thankful keeps me where the light is.

A lot of amazing things are happening. I can’t wait to see what the next few weeks bring.

dedication

After waiting forever, I’m so happy that Keep Holding On is coming out this month! We don’t have to keep holding on much longer until May 31 is here.

Pub month will bring lots of exciting things to share with you, like a behind the scenes feature about the cover photo shoot. The guy model contacted me a while ago. I’m hoping that he’ll share some memories of that day with us. A video, playlist, and my Fifth Annual Ginormous Contest are all coming up. I’ll also be posting my book tour schedule soon, so please check back next week for that.

For now, here’s a new review of Keep Holding On, in which Natalie says, “Meeting characters like Noelle make me believe again that I should keep holding on and never give up. That I’m not alone.” And here’s an interview with me at Meet the Author.

Since Keep Holding On is my most personal book yet, I wanted to share the dedication page with you. My goal for this book is to have it reach out to as many teens in need as possible. I want this book to help my readers feel less alone. And to know that they have the power to make their lives better. Starting now.

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti dedication

Keep breathing…

paperback birthday

Thanks for all of your sweet birthday wishes! It’s been a super fun, chill, refreshing day so far. The day started out dark and rainy, but the rain only made this day better. I rocked my big yellow How I Met Your Mother umbrella. I had my post-op appointment where my doctor gave me the green light to go back to the gym tonight. Cannot wait to return to Zumba! And lifting. And abs. I’ve been feeling like a marshmallow. A puffy, lazy marshmallow. It will be good to dance with my girls again.

While I was on the Upper West earlier, I walked along Central Park West. That’s always a Zen walk for me. I stopped by Strawberry Fields and connected with the Imagine mosaic. Just something I like to do on reflective days for perspective. Then I went to Barnes & Noble to sign copies of So Much Closer. It’s out in paperback today! You can read a synopsis and reviews of the book, plus find ordering links here. And there’s still time to enter my contest to win a signed copy here.

The paperback edition has bonus material like Q&A, a playlist, and my inspiration for writing the book. For those of you wondering where I get my ideas, I shared my inspiration for So Much Closer in this video:

And here’s the adorable book trailer:

Wishing you a May filled with light, love, and happy times.