forever in love in three weeks

Only three weeks to go until Forever in Love is out in the world!

Until then, you can watch me geek out playing my City Love trilogy girls.

Susane Colasanti as Sadie from the City Love trilogy

There is definitely a part of me in each of these girls. I can relate the most to Sadie now. In college, I was totally Rosanna. And Darcy…she is the kind of confident I aspire to be.

Or maybe it’s just that we wolf down pancakes the same way…

top five, feeling the city love edition

There has just been so much city love in the air here in New York. Whether it’s chilling up on my roof on sunny mornings in the 70s listening to Dear Sugar podcasts (back for a new summer season!) (and can I just say how on-point Cheryl Strayed is with the advice every. single. time?!), or walking down my street doing errands when I pass by Books of Wonder and see that two of my fave authors are doing an event right that second so I serendipitously get to attend, or having refreshing blended mint lemonade granitas at Westville with good friends visiting from LA, or just listening to the mourning dove in the tree outside my window hoo while I’m writing…it’s been a beautiful end to springtime.

Here are some more city love examples.

1. The tagline of City Love is Look up. Anything is possible. When you look up, you notice beauty you’ve never seen before. You view history. You welcome connections, which invites possibility. One thing I love about looking up is spotting old-school signage on buildings here in downtown Manhattan. Like this one for manicure sets:

Old-school signage in Chelsea, New York City

Not only do I love the physical signage, the faded lettering in vintage fonts of the 20s and 30s, but it’s fun to imagine the New York of that time, back in the day when the now apartment building was a factory or warehouse. The mix of old and new on every block here is dope.

2. I was on the High Line, my fave place in New York, the other evening filming part of a City Love trilogy walking tour I’ll be posting in July when Forever in Love comes out. It was one of those perfect springtime New York nights…gorgeous weather, good vibes, dazzling sunset. Another thing I love about New York along with the mix of old and new, which you can totally see around you every step of the High Line you take, is the mix of country and urban. The High Line has tons of spectacular vegetation, which I love against the backdrop of city life:

The High Line, New York City, June 2017

3. This.

The High Line, Pride Month 2017

Yet another reason why I love the High Line. Happy Pride Month!

4. We filmed another City Love trilogy walking tour video at Bubby’s across the street from where the High Line begins. If you’ve read City Love or Lost in Love, you might remember that Sadie loves Bubby’s. And that Rosanna is obsessed with fresh watermelon juice, which she cannot get enough of at Bubby’s and nearly falls off the stool in a total state of euphoric bliss. I loved sitting at the bar, enjoying watermelon juice and geeking out over the Pac-Man decorations:

Bubby's High Line, New York City

Bubby’s was really loud, but I think I yelled loudly enough to be heard in the video. We’ll see…

5. Guess what arrived?

Forever in Love by Susane Colasanti

The first copy of Forever in Love! And yes, it has a printed case underneath the jacket like the other two books in the trilogy. Forever in Love comes out on July 11, but you can pre-order a shiny new copy now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or from your local bookshop.

Wishing you glittery city love vibes all summer long ❤

forever in love in one month

Only one month to go until Forever in Love is out in the world on July 11!

Of course I am stoked to have the final book of the City Love trilogy, a series that takes place over one summer that forever changes the lives of three girls sharing an apartment in New York City, come out in the middle of the summer. Taking summer reading up a notch, yo. The summer after high school was the first time I began feeling empowered, like I could take control of my life and live on my own terms, and that’s the exact quality I wanted to capture in this trilogy. The total freedom was a rush, everything from staying out all night if I felt like it to having a boy sleep over for the first time. Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are three very different girls with very different backgrounds, but they all have this in common: the desire to live their dream lives.

For those of you who are interested in catching up on the City Love trilogy before Forever in Love comes out, good news! Lost in Love is now out in paperback.

Lost in Love by Susane Colasanti paperbacks!

When you write a book called Lost in Love and then you find this top that says Get Lost in Love, you kind of have to make a dorktastic video to celebrate the paperback release. Not that I set out to make a dorktastic video per se. It’s just that all of my YouTube videos are dorktastic because that’s how I roll. In this one, I share how Lost in Love takes the City Love trilogy to deeper levels.


The first book of the trilogy, City Love, takes place over the last 10 days of June. This is when Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna first meet each other. They are each running from dark secrets of their past, hoping to create a brighter future. So when the girls first meet in City Love, they are presenting polished versions of themselves to each other and hiding their secret pain. They each want to appear strong, like they have it all together. But when their lives are ripped apart at the end of City Love (cue major cliffhanger action), they begin to open up to each other and share the truth about who they are and where they came from. That’s why Lost in Love takes the trilogy to deeper levels, as these girls develop a bond of friendship that will last a lifetime.

In Forever in Love, my girls come to realize that, despite the pain they’ve endured and the challenges in their way, they can create their dream lives. Who you were does not have to define who you will become. You are the architect of your own destiny. The title refers to the girls being forever in love with the infinite possibilities their future holds, a positive, inspiring note I was happy to end the series on. I hope the City Love trilogy ends in a good way for those of you who read it!

Forever in Love can be pre-ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or directly from your local bookshop. If you do read any of the City Love trilogy books and enjoy them, kindly consider sharing your review online. Your stars can encourage new readers to get into the trilogy, and your book love is much appreciated.

Wishing you amazing summer reading adventures, friendly neighbors ❤

lost in love in paperback

Lost in Love, the second book of my City Love trilogy, is out in paperback today!

Lost in Love by Susane Colasanti is now out in paperback!

In this second book of the City Love trilogy, three girls share a Manhattan apartment the summer before college begins. Lost in Love captures the essence of summer love, self-discovery, and sisterhood during the summer that will change everything.

Sadie was positive she met her soul mate after having the Knowing about Austin. But after she discovers his major secret, Sadie is crushed and left wondering if she even knows Austin at all. Will she ever be able to trust him again?

Darcy was all about fun boy adventures this summer. Her ex broke up with her right before she left Santa Monica, and the last thing she wanted was another serious relationship. But after Darcy’s feelings for Jude grow stronger and her ex moves to New York City to win her back, could she be ready for something real?

Rosanna has gone from seventy-three cents to living the high life. Donovan loves to treat her to the finer things, and would love for Rosanna to open up to him. But telling him everything includes painful memories she wants to forget. Will she let him in…or will Rosanna’s past catch up with her first?

Told from alternating perspectives, Lost in Love weaves a story of first love, first heartbreak, and everything in between.

You can order a shiny new copy for yourself or a special book enthusiast in your life from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or your local bookshop.

Forever in Love, the final City Love trilogy book, will be out on July 11. Pre-ordering links are here.

Happy summer reading, friendly neighbors ❤

forever in love insta giveaway

The final book of my City Love trilogy, Forever in Love, comes out two months from today on July 11.

So of course I am celebrating with a giveaway. This one is on Instagram! (Or Facebook, if you’re not on Insta). Just post a screenshot of Forever in Love on your Goodreads Want to Read shelf, like this:

Forever in Love - Goodreads Want to Read

and tag me in your pic. Here’s the giveaway post on my Insta with all the info.

Two winners will be randomly selected (US only) to win signed hardcovers of Forever in Love, plus another City Love trilogy book of their choosing. This giveaway ends on May 26, 2017 at 11:11pm EST.

Bring on the summer reading! ❤

top five, lucky stars edition

1. The NYC Teen Author Festival was, as usual, amazing. This year 1,500 readers came to see over 120 authors. Many literary funtivities ensued. Oh, and if you heard that this year was the 10th Annual NYC TAF, that was just a rumor. Next year will be the 10th, which I’m sure will bring the level of amazing up several notches.

You may recall a certain NYC TAF event last year in which someone you know did a handstand. Although I was hoping David Levithan and I would participate in more acrobatics this time around, I wanted to have a backup plan ready to deliver the dazzle. So when I heard I was going to be on a panel at McNally Jackson with Adam Silvera, of course I had to bust out the silver accents. Because fabulousness.

Susane Colasanti and Adam Silvera at McNally Jackson Books, NYC TAF 2017

2. You might be wondering what happened to Adam’s arm. Let me take you back a couple hours before this photo was taken (by OG booklover Mitali, who knows all the things, including the best angle to take a hot pic). We all went to dinner before our panel. Every time I see Nicola Yoon, I bring whatever new Little Prince collector’s item I’ve recently acquired to show her. Our mutual love for The Little Prince is fierce and unwavering. You can see most of my Little Prince collection in this video, in which I fangirl hardcore over Everything, Everything.

So back to dinner. You guys, it was wild. One second we were eating. I was really into this delicious mint cucumber lemonade that was just so perfectly refreshing. And I was enjoying this big salad (because I always enjoy a big salad) with tofu and sundried tomatoes and the good kale. The next thing I knew, Adam and Nicola threw down some serious arm wrestling action. Naturally I documented for you.

Adam Silvera and Nicola Yoon, NYC TAF 2017

As you can see, Nicola had already done some damage to Adam’s other arm by the time she moved in on this one. Which of course I also documented. But I didn’t want to shame Adam by posting Nicola’s win. In case you happen to see Adam in the near future, please note that he is pretending his injury happened some other random way. Let’s go along with him to be supportive, okay?

3. You know that book events are my fave part of being an author because that’s where I get to meet you in person! Sometimes I even get gifts, which blows my mind. And not just any gifts. My readers give me the sweetest, most thoughtful gifts ever. Like these lucky stars from Ciel. Each one is a warm fuzzy to brighten my day. Just like Sadie would make in the City Love trilogy (and So Much Closer)!

Lucky star warm fuzzies

4. Speaking of warm fuzzies, I am seeking out the warm fuzzy feels by being on the lookout for spring flowers. New York City isn’t quite bursting with them yet, but I will be ready when they bloom, which always seems to happen overnight like a sweet surprise. Spring flowers are the BEST flowers. Tulips, lilies, daffodils, and my fave, hyacinths. Hyacinths smell SO good. I will be sniffing them up every chance I get.

Hyacinths

5. Don’t you love when your mug matches the book you’re reading? This super cute photo from Dana just had to be shared.

City Love by Susane Colasanti

This spring will be all about enjoying the Now, sniffing the flowers, and practicing daily gratitude. Being thankful for the things you do have feels a lot better than being disappointed by the things you don’t. So cherish everything good in your life, and thank your lucky stars for all that makes you grateful.

See you in April, friendly neighbors! xoxo

forever in love – wave four

Here is the last wave of quote graphics from Forever in Love, the final City Love trilogy book, coming out on July 11. You can totally pre-order your shiny new copy now (because you deserve it!) on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound.

Did you miss the quotes I’ve already posted? Here are links to wave one, wave two, and wave three. You can also find them on my Instagram.

I’m leaving you on a super positive note with the last quote about possibility. It is one of my main mottos, words I live by every day. May infinite possibility inspire you to make your big dreams reality.

Much love ❤

City Love trilogy - Forever in Love by Susane Colasanti

 

City Love trilogy - Forever in Love by Susane Colasanti

 

City Love trilogy - Forever in Love by Susane Colasanti