Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Something Like Fate Blog Tour: Guest blog, contest, and more!

Today I have the honor of hosting day three on Susane Colasnti's blog tour for her fourth book, Something Like Fate!

If you haven't heard about Something Like Fate, you're seriously are missing out. Since while this isn't my favorite book by her, it's still one addicting and fast paced fun of a novel that I can't help but suggest as one of your May must buys!

Something Like Fate will be released May 4th. To see more about my thoughts about it look at the post below, which is my review.

And before I move on to Susane's guest post, the Q&A, and CONTEST, I wanted to mention that if you would like to follow the rest of the tour click here or on the tour button above!

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Susane's Guest post on Buddhism:

New Year’s Eve can be painful if you’re alone. I’ve had my share of loud parties in bars where you can’t even hear what the person in front of you is saying. I am not a fan of those. There have been a few times when New Year’s Eve rolled around and I didn’t feel like going to another loud party or my friends who I like to play board games with were doing something else or I just felt kind of blah. At times like those, my yoga center saved me. Every year on New Year’s Eve, they host a silent mauna. You exist in absolute silence from 9:00 until midnight. You can’t make eye contact with anyone else or communicate in any way. And of course no devices like cell phones or laptops are allowed. It’s a time to listen inward and rejuvenate for the new year. You can write in your journal or do yoga or meditate. At midnight, the silence is broken with a chant for world peace. I always left that event feeling so charged. I was filled with this sense of endless possibility, like everything I wanted to achieve would be possible. That’s a feeling I try to hold on to every day.

I agree with much of the Buddhist way. A major example is my belief in karma. The basic premise of karma is that if you put positive energy out into the world, the Universe will return that positive energy to you. So when you generate positive energy while working towards your goals, those goals will become more accessible. Karma is a fundamental theory in Buddhism. Yoga is also an important part of this lifestyle because it creates a physical/mental balance. Buddhists believe that if we are quiet with ourselves, we can hear our heart’s desires more clearly. It’s only by listening inward that we may eventually achieve inner peace. Buddhists are also vegetarians. Their philosophy is that every living thing on this Earth is connected and that violence is never the answer. I totally agree – I’ve been a vegetarian since college. And I don’t know what happens after we die, but I like to think that our souls go somewhere. In Buddhism, this means reincarnation. The idea is that if we help to make the world a better place in this life, we will enjoy more happiness in the next. Sign me up.

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Q & A with Susane:

1. I love the title for Something Like Fate, so I'm curious of how it came to be. Was it always the title or did it come later on?

Something Like Fate
has been the only title that’s come to me quickly. I just knew it was the best title for this book right from the start. Usually, it’s easier for me to write an entire book than to think of a good title. When It Happens and Take Me There originally had different titles. And it took a while to decide on Waiting for You.

2. Since Something Like Fate’s release date is fast approaching, do you have any big plans for how you’re going to celebrate that day?

Yes! I’ll actually be on my book tour when Something Like Fate comes out on May 4. On my previous pub dates, I’ve celebrated by going out to dinner and then documenting the floor display at Barnes & Noble. For the When It Happens release, I had a joint party with a friend. Her birthday was the same as my pub date (which was also May 4 – I love it when things come full circle!) and my birthday is May Day (May 1), so much celebration was in order. This time I’ll be in Los Angeles reading at Borders, which is an awesome way to celebrate with my readers.

3. Everyone has guilty pleasures (T.V. shows, movies, books, etc.), so what are some of yours?


Let me confess: I’m having an affair with Netflix. Since I’ve never owned a TV, I’ve missed out on a lot of shows that Netflix lets me catch up on. This is how I was able to confirm that My So-Called Life and Freaks and Geeks are two of the best shows ever. I’m a serious fan of The Office. Waiting for it to come out on DVD is never easy, especially when the whole world was talking about Jim and Pam’s wedding. Then again, I get to anticipate fresh eps that everyone else has already seen, which, in a strange way, can be even more exciting than watching the actual eps. I own movies that I love and watch them over and over. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen Garden State or Office Space. Of course I love reading, but I don’t consider reading to be a guilty pleasure. Reading is a necessity, much like breathing.

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Contest:

Thanks to Penguin and Susane I have ONE SIGNED copy of Something Like Fate to giveaway to one of my US based readers ages 13 or older (As always if you international but have someone who can send it to you from the US, feel free to enter!). To enter please fill out the form. The winner will be chosen on May 7, 2010!

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Still not sure about reading it? Check out the 3 chapter sampler below!

Susane Colasanti Sampler

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Further Links:

Website: http://www.susanecolasanti.com/
Blog: http://windowlight.livejournal.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/susanecolasanti
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/susanecolasanti
Twitter: http://twitter.com/susanecolasanti
Dates of Susane's "offline" tour: http://windowlight.livejournal.com/2010/04/02/

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Thanks for reading the post! I hope you enjoyed it! :)

6 comments:

  1. Wow, I never knew Susane Colasanti likes Buddhism. I'm Buddhist too! That's really cool :) This post was really interesting to read, Lauren! Thank you.

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  2. I found out that Susane likes Buddhism. I don't know alot about it but have read some great things as to finding your inner peace.

    Great review. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot

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  3. Great review. THanks for the contest:)

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  4. Thanks for the great interview and contest! And, haha, I love Netflix too. ;)

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