donut throwdown

This amazing thing happened at YALLWEST. I mean, tons of amazing things happened at YALLWEST. That’s how the YALLs roll. But this amazing thing involves donuts.

When I got to my hotel in Santa Monica, I immediately bonded with the guy who checked me in. You know how sometimes you meet someone and you just click? That was me and Josh. A bunch of authors were staying at this hotel, so we were talking about the festival and Josh asked me what kinds of books I write. His eyes lit up when I told him that I write contemporary, realistic love stories. He said he loves those kinds of books. When he said he loves romance trilogies in particular, of course I gave him an extra ARC of Lost in Love I’d brought with me. He was stoked.

“I feel like I’m always lost in love,” Josh said.

Then I asked him about vegetarian restaurants nearby. We were talking about good places in Venice for green juice when I mentioned that my birthday was coming up that Sunday. I had already researched potential cake places and found a nearby donut place that looked good called DK’s Donuts.

“Shut the front door,” Josh said.

Josh called out two guys from the back who work with him. He explained that every Monday is Doughnut Monday, where they order late night donuts and kick back to get their sugar rush on. The three of them and one other girl even have an official Doughnut Club. For reals. And this guy Josh works with, Rigo, is all about the DK’s. He was mad gassed that some girl from New York City shows up in Santa Monica and even she knows DK’s.

“It was obviously the superior choice,” I said.

Or was it? Because Josh is a Donut King lova and thinks those are the best. You could tell this was a hot debate in their Doughnut Club. Rigo was taunting Josh how DK’s was getting bicoastal attention. But Josh stood by his Donut King loyalty. So Josh and Rigo made an executive decision to order donuts from both places and have me do a taste test in the lobby on my birthday after the festival events were over.

The DK’s Donuts vs. Donut King Throwdown was on.

When I showed up for the donut throwdown, I was super impressed.

Donut King and DK's Donuts, Santa Monica

Rigo had arranged donuts from both places so I couldn’t tell which came from where. I was psyched to see that some of my classic faves – rainbow sprinkle, twist, coconut – were represented. So it was Josh, Rigo, two other Doughnut Club members and their manager, all gathered with me to celebrate donut excellence.

We cut pieces for everyone. Rigo and Josh watched my face carefully as the donuts were sampled one by one. I didn’t want to know which donuts were winning, so I tried not to look at their reactions because these guys were not even trying for poker faces. This was a hardcore throwdown of epic proportions and every bite was crucial.

I gave my feedback after each sampling. The rainbow sprinkles one was adorable, but a bit on the dry side. The twist was fluffy and delicious. The bomb maple log was a fan favorite. And so on…until only two remained.

Glazed vs. Glazed

Oh yeah. It was down to Glazed vs. Glazed for the win.

The winner? Donut King! Josh was ecstatic. Ringo was all “In your FACE” when I showed up raving about DK’s and now he had to deal with his beloved bakery being bested.

As if I already wasn’t hoping to be at YALLWEST again next year, the prospect of Donut Throwdown 2 makes everything even sweeter. We have agreed to take it up a notch with more complex flavors next time. I can’t wait.

Donut Throwdown party people

Oh, and PS? I just want to say how much I freaking love people. These friendly neighbors got together to include me in a special birthday treat over our mutual love of donuts. How incredible are they? Just one more amazing thing to add to the list…

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choose must

Today’s TGIM warm fuzzy is all about your must. Must is your passion. Must is what you were meant to do.

Must is who you truly are without fear.

The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

Live your must.

This beautiful inspiration comes to us from The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna. Thank you for your glorious book, Elle!

lost in love playlist

Good news, book lovers! Official playlists are out for the City Love trilogy books.

City Love and Lost in Love by Susane Colasanti

The Lost in Love playlist is now on Spotify.

Lost in Love official playlist

1. “Hello” – Adele

2. “This Is Not a Love Song” – Daddy Yankee

3. “Story of My Life” – One Direction

4. “I’m a Ruin” – Marina and the Diamonds

5. “New York City” – The Chainsmokers

6. “Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons

7. “Yellow” – Coldplay

8. “Try” – Sidsel Endresen

9. “Good for You” – Selena Gomez

10. “The Night Before” – The Beatles

11. “Wildest Dreams” – Taylor Swift

12. “Want” – The Cure

The City Love playlist is also on Spotify! Listen here.

City Love official playlist

1. “Rewind” – Stereophonics

2. “Suit and Tie” – Justin Timberlake

3. “Believe” – The Bravery

4. “Sing” – Ed Sheeran

5. “Find Me” – Boyce Avenue

6. “Sweet Dreams” – Beyonce

7. “Legends Never Die” – Ferras (feat. Katy Perry)

8. “Welcome to New York” – Taylor Swift

9. “Titanium” – Sia

10. “Let Go” – Hank Dogs

11. “Night Changes” – One Direction

You can find playlists for all of my other books on my website. Just go to each book’s page to see its playlist. And yes, those playlists are all on Spotify too!

Enjoy the musical sound, friendly neighbors.  ❤

top five, book release week edition

Lost in Love release week rolls on! Even after ten books, my excitement is ablaze and shines even brighter when I start seeing your feedback. Thanks for all of your kind words and support of Lost in Love this week, friendly neighbors!

1. When I took its jacket off to admire the printed case of Lost in Love, I had no idea it would be this striking. How gorgeous is this cover?!

Lost in Love by Susane Colasanti

Irresistible, right? So…have you ordered your shiny new copy yet? If you are interested in the City Love trilogy, please take a moment to order Lost in Love today from your bookseller of choice. Here are some handy links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound for you.

And! This is also release week for City Love in paperback. Which makes this a perfect time to get into the trilogy! Find yours at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or at your bookseller of choice. Page by Paige posted a roundup of all things City Love trilogy for your literary information.

2. Shout-out to Anna Piro, who woke up at 2:30 in the morning of the Lost in Love release day to read it! She wins the Dedicated Reader Prize.

Lost in Love by Susane Colasanti release day!

And thanks to Marjolein Reads for her five-star review: “Lost in Love is just an amazing and thrilling sequel to City Love. The first book was already fabulous, but this second book just tops it!” Much love, ladies.

3. I’m honored to be the newest member of the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau! Meeting readers is the best part of my job because you are why I write. I’m really looking forward to doing more presentations of Your Dream Life at schools, conferences, and other events. If you are a teacher, librarian, or coordinator who is interested in having me visit, please see my profile page for detailed information. I am currently booking school visits for the 2016-17 year and am beyond stoked.

4. YALLWest was part of my book tour and I cannot even tell you how spectacular it was. We had over 20 thousand people attend! And it was in Santa Monica! With the palm trees!

YALLWest palm trees

I have a thing for palm trees.

Like many of you, I also have a thing for good books. So I was pretty stoked to finally meet Jennifer Niven! You guys. She is just the sweetest person ever. She is kind and thoughtful and all the colors in one, at full brightness. Here we are with John Corey Whaley (who was running into the pic at the last minute), A.R. Kahler, and David Levithan. If I were to rate the quality of these four authors together on a scale of 1 to 10, it would have to be a 32. There’s just no quantifying that degree of greatness on a regular scale.

YALLWest 2016 with John Corey Whaley, Susane Colasanti, A.R. Kahler, Jennifer Niven, and David Levithan

Needless to say, I am experiencing serious YALL withdrawal. Is it time for 2017 yet? Snaps for top organizers Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz for working their magic and dazzling us all with a magnificent festival no one who was there will ever forget.

5. Yesterday I went to HarperCollins to film a fun facts video that I think will turn out super cute! I am pretty sure I had mascara smeared on my face, but these things happen. To everyone. Even to people who brought a mirror with them to check their face before filming and then recklessly didn’t check. While I was there, I saw my rock star editor and publisher, Katherine Tegen. Of course we had to celebrate Lost in Love release week for a minute.

Katherine Tegen and Susane Colasanti

Hope your week was shining at full brightness too! If not, a shiny new week will be starting soon. Keep holding on. ❤

city love book three title reveal

Thank you for making Lost in Love a #1 Hot New Release on Amazon yesterday! You guys freaking rock. Oh, and something else new on Amazon: I’m hosting a giveaway of Lost in Love. If I see a good response, I will do more of these!

If you are interested in the City Love series or know someone who might be, kindly take a moment to order a shiny new copy of Lost in Love today. Lost in Love is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or your bookseller of choice.

So Lost in Love just came out yesterday…but of course we are already talking about book three of the City Love trilogy! Justine Magazine caught up with me at YALLWest for an interview about what you can expect from Lost in Love. And an exclusive title reveal of City Love book three! Check it:


Want a signed copy of Lost in Love but didn’t see me on tour? I got you. Books of Wonder has tons of signed copies of Lost in Love, City Love (which was released in paperback yesterday), and all of my other books. Yay 🙂

Shine on, everyone. xoxo

lost in love is out today!

TODAY IS FINALLY HERE. Lost in Love is out now!!!

Lost in Love by Susane Colasanti

This is a major full-circle moment for me. With Lost in Love out today, I am celebrating 10 books in 10 years…to the day my first book came out. I cannot believe it’s been 10 years since When It Happens.

Please help me celebrate this epic full-circle moment by ordering a shiny new copy of Lost in Love for yourself (you deserve it!) or the love story fangirl in your life. Lost in Love is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or your bookseller of choice.

Need to catch up on the first book of the City Love trilogy? Today is your day! City Love is also out today in paperback. The cover stayed the same, but with a small tweak to the tagline.

City Love by Susane Colasanti paperback

You can always stay updated on my latest book news on my website, where you can sign up for my newsletter right on the homepage. Here’s the Lost in Love launch newsletter, in case you missed it. Which, um, pretty much has all the news I just posted here 🙂

Thanks for all of your support over the past 10 years, friendly neighbors. You are why I write.

Susane Colasanti at YALLWest 2016

Much love xoxo