Hitting A Good Addiction today is the Something Like Fate blog tour to promote Susane Colasanti's upcoming book which is set to hit stores May 4! This is a great book about a love triangle involving two best friends and pulling in numerous instances of fate, numerology, and everything related. You check out my full review here for more details and read a 3 chapter sampler in this ebook. Finally, stay tuned for details on how you can win your own signed copy of Something Like Fate!
To keep in theme with the book itself, each stop on this tour will feature a different topic mentioned in the book with Numerology being focused here. If you want to follow the full tour and catch up on past posts, details are here but tomorrow's stop is at Book-Lover Carol.
Topic 7: Numerology
Remember cootie catchers? I’m sure they’re not as popular as they used to be. They were all the rage in elementary school, along with Cat’s Cradle and friendship bracelets. Or that thing where you’d take the letters or your name and the name of the boy you liked and each letter represented a certain number and you’d add them all up and…yeah, I don’t really remember how that one worked. What I do know is this: Numbers possess meaning on many different levels. Take feng shui. Feng shui is all about designing your home in a way that promotes a positive energy flow, called Chi. One premise is that the southern side of a room should contain objects in pairs. This encourages good relationship energy – the number two symbolizing the two people in the relationship and the southern wall representing light energy (since the sun moves through the southern sky all year). Or like how my Gramp asked me to pick a horse number before he went to the track and I got this really strong feeling that either three or five would win, and they totally did! Or how so many events are connected to the number 23. I don’t know why. They just are.
Also part of this tour, each stop gets to ask Susane 3 questions which, of course, is always fantastic!
1. If you could pair Lani and Jason up with any characters from any other book, what would your picks be?
The thought of splitting up Lani and Jason is highly disturbing! But since we’re only being hypothetical here, I’d say Lani might like Ed from I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Ed gets these secret messages and follows clues to help out strangers. The book has a cool Pay It Forward theme. Lani would love Ed for trusting the Unknown, something that scares her very much. He’d make her feel safe. As for Jason, I think he’d be into Auden from Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. I get the feeling that Jason is ready to be with a girl of substance, which is why he falls for Lani. Auden is a loner, but she’s opening up to people and learning how to enjoy life. Jason could totally bring out her fun side (not to dis Eli!).
2. Of the various aspects of fate the girls study in the book, which appeals the most to you?
Creative visualization completely changed my life. I’m a strong believer in the power within us all to improve our situations, no matter how bad things are. Practicing creative visualization means visualizing your ideal life, then taking steps every day to make that dream a reality. It means feeling so overwhelmingly certain about the kind of life you want that you refuse to settle for less. In this way, we can shape our own fate.
3. How difficult was it to tie in all the little instances of fate throughout the book to help keep the theme running strong and guiding Lani on much of her decisions?
My editors are excellent about letting me know when I’ve neglected a theme for too long in my manuscript. Incorporating lots of different fate-related concepts was important to make the story a strong one. At the same time, I wanted to strike a balance so it didn’t feel like I was forcing ideas into the book where they didn’t belong. When I was working on my second draft, I stuck Post-its up to help me keep track of how often certain ideas entered into the story. For the most part, though, it was a fun process. Especially when I found ways to bring Lani’s Magic 8 Ball into the story. Love those!
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Has your interest been peaked yet for this book? Each stop will have a chance for one reader to win a signed copy of Something Like Fate. Fill out this form to enter. Contest is US only and will end Tuesday, May 25 at 6 CST!