Monday, May 2, 2011

So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti Guest Post + Giveaway (Blog Tour)

Hi all,

I'm so stoked that Susane's stopping by today to talk about So Much Closer and some of the places that are mentioned in the book! We kick off today with yours truly and one of the best locations (in my opinion!). Many thanks to Susane for thinking of me for this tour! I truly enjoyed So Much Closer. Look out for a review next week. As you all know, Susane's always played a huge role in motivating me to start this blog and from there just a fantastic person who I look up to. I'm glad I had this opportunity to host her! So Much Closer is out this week, so stop by your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy or get it for your e-reader! (Links below)

Without further ado, here's Susane.


Greetings, friendly neighbors! I’m stoked to share some of the inspiration for my fifth book, So Much Closer.

Realistic fiction is my thing. I like incorporating details inspired by my own experiences to make my books feel as realistic as possible. So Much Closer takes place in my neighborhood, the West Village. I had lots of fun including my fave New York City places and things in this book. For my blog tour, we thought it would be fun to share some of them with you. So here we go!

1. The High Line
When I moved to New York 15 years ago, I heard about these old elevated train tracks. No one used them anymore. They were just sitting there getting rusty. But word on the street was that they were going to be renovated into a green space.
I was psyched. That sounded like the coolest idea ever.
And then…nothing happened for a long time. Years passed. I kept hearing rumors about the renovations. No one really knew what was going on. Finally, the High Line opened in June 2009. I was beyond ecstatic. It was everything I imagined and more. You can still see the old train tracks (which I adore – I have a thing for train tracks) with flowers and tall grasses and trees growing all around. It’s such a unique place. The whole park feels like this Zen retreat where you can chill with friends and have an excellent view of the sunset.
When I visited the High Line for the first time, I just stood there gawking at this upscale apartment building that’s like right there. I looked up at the high windows overlooking everything and imagined how awesome the view must be. That’s when I knew I had to include the High Line in my next book. The photo shoot for the cover even took place there. You can check out some behind-the-scenes cover design stuff here:

Thanks so much for that Susane! Y'all should check out the post. There's images from the actual photo shoot and the cover artist talks about how the cover eveolved from multiple images and ideas that they had come up with! It's super interesting - so go check that out! 

GIVEAWAY:SIGNED copy of So Much Closer is up for grabs! You simply have to leave a comment and tell me that ONE place in NYC that you'd like to visit and why. The giveaway ends on May 15th at 11:59pm P.S.T.
Also check out:
Susane's website and Twitter
Q& A and excerpt from So Much Closer

Until next time,


  1. I love Colasanti's books ( and the header on your blog). Anyway, the one place I'd like to visit in NYC is Sprinkles ,because they don't have one in my town and I love cupcakes!

  2. I'd love to visit Serendipity. I fell in love with the movie and just thought it was the coolest place ever!

  3. I want to go to Clinton St. Baking Co because I hear they're pancakes are to die for. Especially during February when it is pancake month (coincidentally, it's also my birthday month). Pancake heaven!!

  4. I would like to visit anywhere in NYC. I have never been before and I am dying to go. I was supposed to go in August but not sure if that is going to pan out.

  5. I WANT TO the Statue of Liberty. I went to NYC, but I didn't get to really SEE the Statue. Which sucked, because I love it! :)

  6. Yay! I would love to win :) One place in NYC I would like to visit is Coney Island.

    GFC - Loreal L


  7. The one place in NYC I'd have to visit is Crumbs Bake Shop. Susane makes their cupcakes sound to die for! There's no Crumbs where I live so I want to taste them for myself and see if I agree :)

  8. The one place that i would like to visit is where ever Susane will be meeting any of her stops. I am a huge fan!

    GFC follower.


  9. The one place in New York I would love to visit is the Empire State building. People are all like "It's just a building. Nothing special about it" but I think that building deserves appreciation for all it has been through! I would also like to climb to the top & look at the (most-likely) gorgeous view :)
    and MAYBE i would drop a penny off the roof (but only when no one is around because i don't want to be charged with murder for killing someone with a penny!). Heehee
    i love all Susane's books and the "Something Like Fate" was one of my favorite book & I'm sure "So Much Closer" will be just as fantastic :D

  10. I would definitely want to see the Statue of Liberty. It's a pretty important artifact to our country and I would like to see it in person!

  11. I would love to revisit the highline and walk the tracks again. It was so much fun. Best of luck with your latest book!

  12. I would love to see a Broadway show in Manhattan or a ballet performance by the New York City Ballet. My brother is a theater addict and visits New York at least once a year for a theater binge.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. I would love to go to The Met museum in New York because I love arts!!!

    thanks for the giveaway!

    alice13188 at yahoo dot com

  14. The Sheep Meadow, Central Park. I've been obsessing with it since I first watched "Little Manhattan". It just seems the perfect place to enjoy the real NYC experience, without the craziness. Although, I've been told that there is no such thing as a real NYC experience without the craziness. Still, seems a nice place to hang out. And I like sheeps, although I'm aware that there are no sheeps there anymore.

    great giveaway, can't wait to read this book :)

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