one month from today

Ready for book one of the City Love trilogy? It comes out one month from today!

City Love by Susane Colasanti, April 21, 2015

In case you didn’t get my newsletter on the first day of spring, you can see it here and subscribe to my newsletter here. All of the City Love book tour events that have been confirmed so far are listed. We are just waiting for the Epic Reads Summer Tour to be announced. I will let you know as soon as it is and my tour schedule is complete!

Spring is finally here. The vernal equinox was yesterday, which is my favorite day of the year. Did it snow yesterday on the first day of spring? Oh yes. But the snow was just a test. Spring brings renewal, fresh air, and colorful flowers. Spring is rejuvenating and reinvigorating. After a harsh winter of hunkering down inside, I am excited to bust out with a shiny new season and a shiny new book. I hope you are excited for all of the possibility spring brings, too.

Happy Spring, friendly neighbors :)

the girls of summer

These are exciting times, friendly neighbors. We are on the brink of much magnificence. Only one month to go until City Love is out in the world on April 21! Only two days until the first day of spring on March 20! Only four days until the annual ginormous signing at Books of Wonder in Manhattan on March 22! I’ll be signing from 1:30 to 2:00. Please swing by and say hi this Sunday if you’re in the New York area.

You’ll be seeing a video very soon that will introduce you to the girls of City Love. This trilogy is told from the alternating perspectives of three girls: Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna. They are three very different girls who are placed in the same student housing apartment the summer before college begins. This is the summer after high school, that effervescent summer when you feel invigorated and free and alive in a way you never have before. Add that to a summer of living in the West Village, New York City wide open to you with its amazing energy and endless possibilities.

Oh yeah. This is the summer that will change their lives forever.

Until the intro video is released, I wanted to share some insight about each of my girls to get you ready for meeting them. I’m hoping you will adore them as much as I do.

Sadie, City Love by Susane Colasanti

Sadie Hall is the romantic dreamer. She believes in true love and knows that soul mates are real. Sadie is in love with New York City. She grew up here and can’t imagine living anywhere else. Sadie is always spreading the love with her warm fuzzies and random acts of kindness. She loves rooftop gardens, rainbow sprinkles, and surprises. Sadie is an eternal optimist, appreciates non-coincidences, and believes that everything is connected. And yes, this is the same Sadie from So Much Closer. I loved her so much I just had to bring her back!

Darcy, City Love by Susane Colasanti

Darcy Stewart is the exuberant adventurer. She’s from Santa Monica. This summer is all about having boy adventures with New York City as her playground. New York is her drug of choice. She is super generous and loves treating her friends. Darcy isn’t into planning. Life is a wild thing and she likes to go with the flow. Darcy is a street style enthusiast and believes that a killer wardrobe is essential. She loves the smell of old books, peanut butter cookies, and kitsch. Darcy is not fully human in the morning until she’s had her coffee. Don’t mess with her and you’ll be fine.

Rosanna, City Love by Susane Colasanti

Rosanna Tranelli is the introspective idealist. She’s from Chicago, but has known for a long time that New York City is where she belongs. She has strong opinions and holds people to high moral standards. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world.” She is cynical but hopeful. She is a morning person. Rosanna loves birds, lime popsicles, and bike riding. Rosanna misses her super soft lavender blanket she’s had since she was little. She couldn’t afford to ship it to her new place. New York is astonishingly expensive, but Rosanna is determined to make it here.

I am so freaking excited for City Love to come out to share these girls’ lives with you! They each have part of me in them. Hopefully you will recognize part of yourself in them, too <3

lucky day

Yay for Friday the 13th! Friday the 13th is my lucky day. Why? Because back in junior high, I made an executive decision to reject the widely accepted notion that Friday the 13th brings bad luck. I wanted to own the day and redefine it in more positive terms. So I declared Friday the 13th to be my lucky day. And it’s been that way ever since.

Friday the 13th is also Sadie’s lucky day. Yes, that Sadie from So Much Closer, who is coming back to spread the love with even more warm fuzzies as a main character in City Love. Yes, that City Love, which was named a Big Spring Read for Young Adults by Amazon! My book tour schedule should be posted very soon (we’re just wrapping up a few details) for events in April and May. Here are some events that have been confirmed so far in Houston, Dallas, Chicago, New York, New Jersey, and Charleston.

In the New York area? I’ll be a part of the NYC Teen Author Festival next week. You can find me on Thursday, March 19 at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn at 7:00 pm. Then I’ll be at Books of Wonder in Manhattan on Sunday, March 22 for the annual ginormous signing at 1:30 pm. Check out this dope author lineup for the signing.

The first book of my City Love trilogy comes out on April 21, but you can win an ARC right now! How? Friday the 13th wasn’t the only executive decision I’ve ever made. I also decided that the March City Love giveaways will still take place on blogs, just not my own. Some of my fave book bloggers have graciously agreed to host giveaways on their blogs all month! How sweet are they? Here’s a Top Ten City Love ARC Giveaway List of bloggers hosting the giveaways for you, with links to their features:

1. Night Owl Reviews (March 2-15)
2. Good Choice Reading (March 3-31)
3. Once Upon a Twilight (March 4-29)
4. Me, My Shelf and I (March 5-26)
5. YA Books Central (March 6-28)
6. Bookish (March 9-23)
7. Alice Marvels (March 9-24)
8. The Young Folks (March 10-25)
9. Ticket to Anywhere (March 10-22)
10. Mundie Moms (March 13-31)

All of the giveaways are via Rafflecopters. These are US only. A few more book blogger giveaways will be busting out as March marches on. You can stay updated about new giveaways on my Twitter and Facebook. Good luck to everyone!

big city. small world.

One thing I always say about New York City that I had to include in City Love is this.

City Love by Susane Colasanti

Big city. Small world.

Why? Because in this city where millions of people live, where you pass hundreds of strangers on the sidewalk every day, where you get into routines of walking the same way and going to the same coffeeshop and frequenting one drug store over another just because yours is one block closer to your apartment, you will run into your old camp counselor from 20 years ago. Who doesn’t even live here. On a subway you never take at a time of day you never take the subway. Your old camp counselor will get on your subway car out of all the other cars she could have chosen. And you will look up from your book at that exact moment she gets on and recognize her. If you hadn’t looked up right then, you guys would have missed each other entirely.

These kinds of encounters happen all the time if you look up. That’s just part of the magic here in New York.

Get ready for more non-coincidences in City Love <3

top five – zen edition

I cannot be more excited that March begins on Sunday. February is always brutal. February is my least favorite month, filled with sharp winds and astonishing below-zero temperatures and a profound absence of leaves. But this year has been particularly harsh. The good news is that we survived! We’re leaving February in the dust. Spring starts in 21 days. Life is good. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, February.

So yeah. Feeling pretty Zen about things today. Which is why I’ve whipped up a top five (not enough for a top ten, but going with the flow is part of being Zen) to fit the mood.

1. We are getting so much closer (see what I did there?) to the release of City Love! The first book of the trilogy comes out on April 21. Advance copies are on the move. Some book bloggers and giveaway winners have emailed me pretty pics of their ARCs…including the shiny star confetti that came with!

City Love by Susane Colasanti

That confetti makes me so happy. I mean, confetti in general makes me happy. But pulling a shiny new book out of an envelope with shiny star confetti? Takes the experience up a notch. And being gifted with confetti is way better than Ship Your Enemies Glitter. I hope everyone who’s reading City Love early is enjoying the book!

2. More ARC giveaways are coming up, but I wanted to share something special from the giveaway I did for Random Acts of Kindness Week. Super friendly neighbor and dedicated reader Catherine S. decided to spread the city love on campus by giving out bright, colorful flowers with warm fuzzies attached. The photos she posted on Twitter made me so happy I wanted to share this one with you:

Show your #citylove

One of the City Love giveaways my publisher is doing in March is all about showing your city love with some artistic flair. I’m really looking forward to seeing your entries! In the meantime, please show your #citylove and spread the #citylove on social. Beautiful scenes from your city, inspiring images, reasons why you love where you live or can’t wait to live in your dream city, new things you notice when you look up…all are welcome. Use the #citylove hashtag so I can retweet you on my Twitter and repost you on my Instagram.

3. Want to see the best Zumba choreo out there? And me busting a move all over it? Here’s a clip from my Zumba class with master instructor Kara Doyle. Kara is pretty in pink up front. I’m in the Keep Calm tank all up in the camera’s face. If you want to see me looking even more dorktastic, here I am shaking it in this hilarious Vine. Because, really, what’s the point of the Internet if not to embarrass myself in front of the entire world?

4. There is a fragrance that smells like vintage paperbacks.

5. I will leave you with this gorgeous graphic by reader Kare Hui.

Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti

The Now from Waiting for You returns in City Love. Actually, you’ll see several familiar things from my previous books in City Love…including characters. Oh yeah. We’re taking this literary party up a notch.

Wishing you a peaceful, reflective weekend filled with moments of Zen <3

booty time

What did I do yesterday? Oh, just swing by the astonishingly gorgeous new HarperCollins offices to film an author video for City Love. I cannot even tell you how super cute this video is going to be. Of course I had the opportunity to let my dorktastic freak flag fly, which you will get to witness in all its glorious colors sometime in March (which begins this Sunday thank god).

Before we started filming, I got to meet the beloved Margot and Aubry of Tea Time with Team Epic Reads. You guys. They did a cameo for the video. And they let me dance with them!

Aubry Parks-Fried, Susane Colasanti, and Margot Wood. Booty time.

I KNOW. They are so adorable I can’t even. I was telling them how much I loved their whole dancing with authors thing and they totally let me werk it with them. They even let me select the music. There was no way I was passing up booty time with Tea Time stars, so I requested Booty (the version featuring Pitbull, just FYI, which I believe to be the supreme version).

So yeah. Shiny new author video. Dancing with Margot and Aubry. And this is my job.

Grateful every single day <3

two months to go

City Love will be out two months from today!

City Love by Susane Colasanti

 

We’re getting ready for the April 21 pub date with a super fun author video, a sidewalk chalk initiative, more giveaways, and spreading the #citylove on social. I’ll be starting national book tour events in April. Here are the events confirmed so far. Please stay tuned for my complete book tour schedule to be posted soon.

Want to pre-order your copy of City Love? You can find pre-ordering links, the synopsis, reviews, and a cover shoot video here.

Show your city love, friendly neighbors <3