sixth annual ginormous contest

Welcome to my Sixth Annual Ginormous Contest! You can win signed copies of All I Need plus any of my other books. And it’s international! Yay and yay.

All I Need by Susane Colasanti

All I Need is told from the perspectives of Skye and Seth. Seth is into collage art. The boy just loves making collages. He mostly uses found objects, like wood scraps from construction sites or glass bottles rescued from the recycling bin, but he also digs keeping it mellow with paper and a glue stick. That’s the kind of collage I want you to make. Since All I Need was my attempt at writing a fun summer romance, your collage should focus on representing summer.

Here’s an example of a summer collage I found. Of course your collage must be an original creation, but this gives you an idea of what I’m talking about:

summer collage

Show me your visual representation of summer in collage form to enter this contest. Need motivation? What does summer mean to you? What summer memories make you the most nostalgic? What you are looking forward to this summer? Whatever you picture when you think about summer is what I want to see.

Prizes:

1. First prize – a signed hardcover of All I Need, a signed paperback of Keep Holding On, and your choice of a signed paperback of any other book (So Much Closer, Something Like Fate, Waiting for You, Take Me There, or When It Happens)
2. Second prize – a signed hardcover of All I Need and a signed paperback of Keep Holding On
3. Third prize – a signed hardcover of All I Need

How to enter:

1. Create a collage that shows what summer means to you. You may create an actual collage and send me a photo of it, or you may create a collage in digital form.

2. Email your entry to me at susanecolasanti at gmail. Include your full name and mailing address with your entry.

Deadline:

Entries must be received by Friday, May 31 at 11:11 pm.

Let’s get those noodles on triple fab creative power. Now…show me some summer!

all i need events

There are only 11 more days until the release of All I Need. You know what that means. Book events! Readings and signings and assorted funtivities. Plus there will be cake at my pub day event. Yes, you are officially being told there will be cake.

Here’s where you can find me:

May 18, 2013 – 9:00-5:00pm
Rochester Teen Book Festival
Nazareth College, Shults Center
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

May 21, 2013 – 7:00-8:30pm
Beach Bag Book Club
North Bellmore Public Library
1551 Newbridge Road
North Bellmore, NY 11710

May 22, 2013 – 4:00pm
Books & Greetings
271 Livingston Street
Northvale, NJ 07647
Event with Sarah Mlynowski

May 29, 2013 – 6:30-9:00pm
Teen Author Carnival
NYPL Jefferson Market Branch
425 6th Avenue (at 10th Street)
New York, NY 10011

May 30, 2013 – 3:00pm
BookExpo America
Javits Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Formal signing

June 28, 2013 – 6:00pm
RJ Julia
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
Reading, Q&A, and signing

More events may be added this summer. I’ll also be doing a Goodreads chat on May 20 and a Twitter chat on May 28.

Please check back here next week for the Sixth Annual Ginormous Contest, the All I Need playlist, and an excerpt. Enjoy the sunshine!

all i need trailer

Greetings, friendly neighbors! I’m back online after a blissful South Beach vacay. It was perfect timing to celebrate Screen-Free Week. I had four days of Zen screen-free time. No computer, movies, or iPod. Just bikini, book, and BF. All I need.

Speaking of All I Need, I’m stoked to share this cute trailer that ABC Family will be running online during pub week:


Love the ocean waves. Love the signature stripes. Love that All I Need comes out on May 21. That’s less than two weeks away!

I’ll be posting lots of fun All I Need things here this month, like the official playlist, an excerpt, behind the scenes features, and of course the Sixth Annual Ginormous Contest. Please stay tuned!

screen-free week

Yesterday was the best 40th birthday ever. My boyfriend and his kids gave me a red Keurig! Which was totally what I wanted. I only drink decaf coffee and have been raving about how good decaf is on the Keurig. This is my first coffeemaker. Even more than turning 40, I suspect owning a coffeemaker means that I might be a grownup.

Another highlight was definitely the funfetti cupcakes my boyfriend made. Actually, he stayed up late baking them the night before mixing like five different colors of batter to create rainbow swirl cupcakes. He even dyed the vanilla frosting pink because he knows pink frosting is my fave. How cute is he?

Funfetti cupcake

Not only do I share my May Day birthday with the Empire State Building, this week is Screen-Free Week. That’s where you focus on doing activities that don’t involve staring at a screen like a zombie. In the spirit of Screen-Free Week and my Gram, who would always give gifts of cookies on her birthday, I’m doing another Keep Holding On paperback giveaway on Facebook. And dude, this one is international! All you have to do is comment on the giveaway post with one thing you will do this week that doesn’t involve zombie screen time.

To enter:

1. Like my Facebook page.

2. Comment on the giveaway post with one thing you will do this week that doesn’t involve staring at a screen like a zombie.

Giveaway rules:

1. All entries must be received by Tuesday, May 7 at 11:11 pm.

2. The winner will be announced on Facebook on Wednesday, May 8.

3. This is an international giveaway. Anyone can enter.

To keep the Fabulous at 40 momentum going, we’re taking a short vacay. This will be my first vacay in, oh, three years. My BF and I love going someplace warm when it’s cold out. Even though it’s warming up here in New York, it’s far from laying-out weather. Which is why we’ll be kicking back in South Beach for four days. I can’t wait for bikini time by the pool with a good book. And admiring the art deco district. Neon lights are my jam. Such perfect timing for Screen-Free Week!

Catch you next week, friendly neighbors 🙂