Romancing YA - Katie Cotugno

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Welcome to Romancing YA!

Big massive humongous shoutout to Hannah Reads Books for helping me organise such an amazing event! Unfortunately she is having blog problems and couldn't be a part!

Our next stop for the Romancing YA event, on this blog, is Katie Cotugno!

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Katie has drawn up a romantic playlist for us, and this is what she said about it:

This started in my head as a fluffy Sawyer-and-Reena themed V-day playlist, but somehow devolved into a giant angst-fest? JUST LIKE HOW TO LOVE. Happy (weepy) listening!

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Mika, Happy Ending

Megan Hilty, Dancing on my Own

Bastille, Poet

Donovan Woods, Put On Cologne

Ellie Goulding, Anything Could Happen

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How to Love - Katie Cotugno

Released: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Baltzer + Bray
SynopsisBefore: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated-and pregnant-Reena behind. 

After: Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena's gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she's finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn't want anything to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said Sawyer's being back wasn't stirring something in her. After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

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The Author...

Katie Cotugno went to Catholic school for thirteen years which makes her, as an adult, both extremely superstitious and prone to crushes on boys wearing blazers. She routinely finds herself talking about the romantic endeavors of characters on TV shows as if they actually exist in the world.
Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in The Broadkill Review, The Apalachee Review, and Argestes, as well as on Her first novel, HOW TO LOVE, is due out from Balzer + Bray on October 1st, 2013.
The great loves of Katie's life include child's pose, her little sister, and mozzarella and honey sandwiches. She lives in Boston (and in sin) with her boyfriend, Tom.

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  1. Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum! It's so sweet and real and I love the sentiment :)

    Have heard awesome things about Katie Cotugno's book!!

    Thank you:)

  2. Thanks for holding this giveaway! I don't really have an ultimate love song. The only love song I could think of right now is I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz.

  3. I don't think I have an ultimate love song. The majority of the songs I love that to talk about love, are usually about heartbreak...which is depressing.

  4. (This is Darith L)

    I'd say: Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood.

  5. My ultimate love song is Love is Easy by McFly!

  6. Mine would be Making Love Out of Nothing At All by Air Supply. It's an 80s power ballad that I wasn't even old enough to understand when it came out, but I've grown to love it.


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