…but totally stalking b.j. novak

Okay, I refrained from stalking Jason Segel at BEA. As a major fan of Freaks and Geeks and How I Met Your Mother, of course I can’t wait for our paths to cross. But I will have patience. No doubt we will meet one day.

Those of you who know anything about me know that The Office is my show. I’ve binged watched those eps so many times I can’t even tell you. My collection of Office paraphernalia is huge. And The Office is the only show that has its own tag here on my blog.

So was I stoked to meet B.J. Novak at BEA when he was signing his new children’s book, The Book With No Pictures?

Susane Colasanti and B.J. Novak, BEA 2014

Dude. There are no words.

When it comes to my fave people in the world, I am not above using perks. Fortunately B.J. and I have the same publisher. I was allowed to go behind the table to document with him. Which, by the way, did you notice how he’s all snuggled up against me? How cute is that?

BEA has now been elevated to a whole new level of awesome.

Going to BookCon at BEA tomorrow? I’ll be signing at the Penguin Truck at 11:30am 🙂

not stalking jason segel

As a hardcore How I Met Your Mother fan, I was thrilled to discover that both Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris will be at BEA this year. I will try not to stalk Jason Segel. But I won’t try too hard. Because like, what, I’m not supposed to stalk Jason Segel? How does that make sense?

Jason Segel

Good thing I’m signing this Saturday. That will sort of keep me in professional mode. Those of you at BEA can find me here:

May 31, 2014 – 11:30 am
BEA book signing at the Penguin Truck
Javits Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Now and Forever came out last week. Like all book release weeks, it was a whirlwind of excitement and adventure and a crazy schedule. One of the highlights was definitely my launch party. The party was at this cute gift shop in the West Village called KADOnyc. The owner, Rick, was so sweet about everything. He even set up this cute yellow bench where everyone sat next to me while I signed their book. How cute was that? And how cute was my friend Careen for being just as excited about the cute yellow bench as I was?

Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti launch party

Along with more good friends, some literary rock stars were in the house. You know you’re grown and sexy when David Levithan asks you to sign a book.

David Levithan and Susane Colasanti

And of course there was cake. A major incentive for writing eight books? Was so I could have this cake:

Teen novels by Susane Colasanti

Thanks to everyone who supported Now and Forever. Whether you’ve already read it (and found that One Tree Hill reference some of you have tweeted about) or watched the official trailer that’s so hot your screen might burst into flames, I really appreciate your positive energy. You freaking you.

Next up? More events in the NJ/NY area! The Now and Forever tour continues with:

June 3, 2014 – 6:30 pm
Beach Bag Book Club
Merrick Library
2279 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566

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

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

As June is making its much anticipated entrance this Sunday, summer reading has officially begun. I’m starting my teen novel binge with these jems by Jenny Han, Rainbow Rowell, and Andrew Smith:

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han, and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Happy summer reading, everyone! Hope to see you soon 🙂

now and forever pub day!

Yay yay YAY for pub day! Now and Forever is on sale today!

Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti

Thanks for all of your sweet feedback on the Now and Forever trailer! I love it so much that I’m giving away signed copies of Now and Forever to everyone who spreads the trailer love on Twitter. Here’s how to enter the giveaway. And in case you missed the billboard I rented about the trailer, here you go:

The Now and Forever synopsis, reviews, playlist with Spotify link, and excerpts can be found here.

My book tour kicks off this week in New York City and New Jersey, with Connecticut and Long Island coming up. Here’s where you can find me.

Did you miss my Twitter chat last night? No worries. Good Books and Good Wine has you covered with this awesome recap.

You might also want to check out this Cover Stories interview about the cover of Now and Forever, with a book giveaway bonus. I fangirled all over these books I wish I’d written at Adventures in YA Publishing. And YA Interrobang interviewed me about why I write, the importance of loving yourself, and being forever 16.

Want a signed copy of Now and Forever, but won’t be able to see me on tour? Books of Wonder is giving away swaggy guitar pick charms with every book order. That’s hot.

As always, I cannot thank you enough for all of your support and excitement. You are why I write. Shine on, rock stars.

now and forever book trailer

HERE IT IS! The trailer for Now and Forever, in bookstores tomorrow!

I love how this trailer captures both the dreamy romance and thrilling rush of the story. A behind the scenes blog post is coming up with info about the actors and locations. But for now, I really want to spread some book trailer love. Which is why I’m giving away two signed copies of Now and Forever plus guitar pick charms on Twitter this week!

Everyone who tweets the following will be automatically entered to win:

Check out the trailer for @susanecolasanti’s #NowAndForever! http://bit.ly/NowAndForeverTrailer RT to enter to win a signed copy.

Giveaway rules:

1. All entries must be tweeted by Sunday, May 25 at 11:11 pm.

2. Only one tweet per day per entrant will be counted. You may tweet once a day every day this week.

3. Two winners will be randomly selected. I will announce and contact the winners on Twitter.

4. This giveaway is international! Anyone may enter.

Tweet on, rock stars 🙂

pub week events

Here we go! My eighth teen novel, Now and Forever, will be released on May 20. Which means my book tour starts next week 🙂

Even if you’re not in the NY/NJ area, you can chat with me on Monday, May 19 on Twitter. My Twitter chat will be from 7:00 to 8:00pm EST. Everyone who tweets questions with #NowAndForever will be entered to win one of three signed copies of the book. And dude! This giveaway is international! So for everyone who’s been asking for an international giveaway, here you go:

Susane Colasanti Twitter chat

On Tuesday, May 20, you can find me at Books of Wonder in Manhattan at 6:00pm. I’ll be doing a super fun Show and Tell event with E. Lockhart, Jennifer E. Smith, Sarah Mlynowski, Kieran Scott, and Emery Lord.

Books of Wonder event, May 20, 2014

The Now and Forever launch party will be on Wednesday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8:00pm at KADOnyc in the West Village. Everyone is welcome! You are officially being told there will be cake.

Susane Colasanti's launch party for Now and Forever

I’ll be in Northvale, New Jersey on Thursday, May 22 at Books and Greetings. Please join me for dinner and discussion at 5:00pm with Jennifer E. Smith and Sarah Mlynowski.

Books and Greetings event, May 22, 2014

On Friday, May 23 I will probably be doing laundry.

Hope to see you next week!

all i need in paperback

“Captures the rush of teen love and lust.” Boston Herald on All I Need, out in paperback today!

All I Need by Susane Colasanti

There’s nothing like starting the summer off with a sparkly, romantic beach read. That was my goal in writing this story of Skye and Seth:


Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever.


You can find the All I Need playlist, videos, and an excerpt here.

All I Need can be ordered in paperback at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound.

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!


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 ❤

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!