Behind The Books – Follow Up Interview With Colleen Hoover Plus TWO Sets of Signed Books to Give Away!

by Maryse on September 18, 2012 · 237 comments

in Behind The Books, Colleen Hoover

Author Colleen Hoover (with her shiny new books!)

QUICK EXCITING NEWS UPDATE!!! Colleen Hoover just left us this comment:

“Oh my gosh. Came to check out the comments, and just….wow. I don’t even know how to begin to say thank you. To you, Maryse…and to everyone who has helped get these books to where they are. I know the time has come to an end to enter, but I just can’t not give away more. Go ahead and pick ten winners, Maryse! They deserve it!”

You got it, Colleen!!! I’ve just randomly selected 10 winners and am emailing the bunch of you! Check your emails, as I will need your mailing addresses to forward to Colleen :)


Today is another big day with yet another HUGE release! Many of us are already quite familiar with these two unputtdownable books and the amazing author that wrote them. Colleen Hoover rocked my world back in March of 2012, and her books Slammed and Point of Retreat will EASILY make the upper end of my Best of 2012 list!

These had EVERYTHING I want in a read. EVERYTHING! A lot of heart. Real-life heart wrenching reality. Heartwarming, and at times, heartbreaking. Plus, one of my favorite things in a book. Romantic tension that will make your heart race, skip beats, sink and soar. Book one made me gasp in shock, groan OH NOOOOOO!!!! NO! WAY! and then delight in the revelation that I didn’t even see coming. And it made me sob. Book two, well… it just completed me. It is the perfect set!

And guess what! We have TWO sets of signed books to giveaway. Colleen Hoover said so herself:

“In fact, I’m going to give you two copies each of both the new versions to give away for the blog!”

So we will get to pick TWO winners in this giveaway!!!

Are you ready to find out more about the author? She has some new tidbits for us about what’s next!


Maryse: *big squeeeezy hug* Hi Colleen! What a GREAT day this is. I’m absolutely beaming. Congratulations on your huge success!!

Wow, not even a year after the release, and your books have skyrocketed to the best sellers list and you’ve been signed by a big publisher! Did you envision this in your future?

Colleen: Absolutely, positively NOT. This whole thing was never even a dream of mine, because it felt too far out of reach. I still pinch myself on a daily basis.

Maryse: You absolutely deserve it! Your books took my breath away (many times), and I couldn’t put them down. I know many of my fellow readers had the same “butterflying” amazing experience reading them. How much has your life and (your dreams and future writing projects) changed since the release of your books?

Colleen: When I published SLAMMED, I had just received a promotion at work that I’d been busting my butt to get for two years. I envisioned that life as my future, but apparently my life had different plans. I went with it, and I’m so glad I did. I love being able to do something I love on a daily basis and be able to make a living doing it.

As far as future projects go, I’m going to be completely honest. I actually (this is the first time I’m announcing this) just finished my first draft of the third book in the SLAMMED series. However, I’m shelving it for a good while before I go in to edit it. It was a different feeling finishing this one than when I finished the first two. I was in love with my first two books, but I’m not in love with this one yet. I dont’ feel comfortable putting something out there that I’m not completely happy with, just for the sake of making money. So…I’m going to wait to go back and edit once I get more inspiration for it. I just know something is going to “click” soon and it’ll be exactly what I feel like it’s missing. I know there are a lot of readers that are waiting on this one, and believe me, I want to get it out there just as bad as they want to read it.

But for some good news…I’m completely in love with the book I’m writing right now. It’s a stand-alone that was originally titled FALL TOGETHER, but the title has since changed…several times. Based on the amount of times I change my mind, I’m not releasing the name of this book until it’s finished and ready to go. So for now, I’m just calling it book four. :D It’s a new adult contemporary romance that I’m hoping will deliver just as much angst and emotional drama as SLAMMED.

Maryse: I completely understand. I could tell you were 100% connected to your first books. They were just… perfect. The detail and attention you gave to the first two stories, the pacing. It felt so real. The flow of it, the course of events that took place, their personal reactions to these life changing moments… I could perfectly envision it all. In fact, more than that, I could feel each exciting and distressing emotion, as if I were them. Definitely go with your flow.

Speaking of which, knowing that you are in love with what you are writing right now… I can’t wait to read it. Plus it’s adult contemporary? YAY US!!!

So… what is it like seeing your shiny new books in major retail stores? Any fun “fan tidbits” you’d like to share? Funny moments in public?

Colleen: The books have been showing up early in a few stores and readers have been sending me their pictures. I’m loving it! I went to two local bookstores, but it was still going to be a few days before they shelved the books, so my husband and I took my mother and our boys on a two hour road trip to Barnes & Noble Saturday. Before we went into the store, I made my mother promise she wouldn’t make a scene. I just wanted to go in, find the books, buy some and leave. When I found them, we took a few pics and then I went to look around. I heard my mother on another aisle saying, “My daughter is the author and she’s on the next aisle!”

She’s a proud mom, that’s for sure.

Maryse: Awwww!!! I wish I could have been a fly on the wall for that. I read your blog post about your new found love of “book signings”. I’d love to hear about your first signing experience!

Colleen: Oh, yes! I went to the Decatur Book Festival in Georgia at the beginning of this month. I was so incredibly nervous that no one would show up. I had no idea what to expect, because I’d never done a signing before. It was nothing like I had imagined. I had such a blast meeting the readers and hearing what they had to say about the books. The people that showed up were incredible, and so were all of the authors. I’ve never had so much fun in 100+ degree weather in my life. I shared a booth with Abbi Glines, Rebecca Donovan, Nichole Chase, Elizabeth Reinhardt and Sarah Ross. We were supposed to have two booths, but there was a mixup when we got there and they had us all in one small tent. If you can imagine six women stuck in a ten foot space for hours on end in 100+ degree weather, you wouldn’t think we’d all come out of it with such a great experience, but we did. I can’t wait for my next signing in Chicago. Especially because it’ll be air conditioned.

Colleen Hoover at the Decatur Book Festival in Georgia. She says “I shared a booth with Abbi Glines, Rebecca Donovan, Nichole Chase, Elizabeth Reinhardt and Sarah Ross”

Maryse: Thank you for sharing those pictures with us! Book signings are so full of exciting energy. I love going to them, and I’ve always been curious what it’s like for the author. What’s next for you? Any exciting news coming?

Colleen: I’ll be at the TFEiC event in Chicago on the 29th, then I’m doing a signing at the library in Fairfield Connecticut the first week of October. Beyond that, I’m just working hard on getting this next book finished. I’m excited and beyond ready to have something new out there. I’ve also been entertaining the idea of writing short stories and have been jotting down some ideas.

Maryse: As an indie author who has found huge success with her first books, is there any advice that you’d offer other indie writers?

Colleen: I’m still seeking advice myself! lol. I think if I had one piece of advice to give, it would be to NEVER compare yourself to other writers. Don’t compare your sales, don’t compare your reviews, don’t compare your writing styles. Write for yourself, write from the heart and the rest will fall into place.
I feel incredibly lucky to have had the success I’ve had in such a short amount of time, and have found it sometimes difficult to accept that I deserve any of it. I’ve noticed a lot of other writer’s I’ve gotten close to also suffer from their own case of self-doubt. A friend of mine posted this note on facebook recently, and I absolutely loved it and immediately printed it out and hung it up over my desk.

“If you find yourself asking, ‘Am I REALLY a writer? Am I REALLY an artist?’ Chances are, YOU ARE. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self confident. The real one is SCARED. TO. DEATH.”

Maryse: WOW!! I absolutely love that, and I really love what you said, too:

“Write for yourself, write from the heart and the rest will fall into place.”

YES!!! Thank you so much Colleen for sharing your stories with us, and for loving it enough to continue writing. We have so much to look forward to from you, and I feel like a very lucky reader to have shared (and personally experienced) those very precious moments with your characters!

Off I go to find my own shiny new copies! :)

I found some shiny copies!!

Want to know more about Colleen Hoover?

Now! Let’s talk about this butterflying amazing giveaway (what’s up with all the “butterflying”? Read book #2 and you’ll see….)

Who wants a signed set of these two books (just released today by Simon & Schuster)? We have TWO sets to give away.

How to enter to win a set? Just leave a comment below, and by tomorrow, Wednesday, September 19th 2012 at 10pm EST, I will randomly select TWO winners. The winners will be contacted by email, and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address. I need to have the winner’s information sent to the author/publisher, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance.

And guess what!!?? Colleen Hoover just told me—> Contest open to everyone! International!! She says:

“I want everyone to have a chance, especially since they aren’t available overseas yet.”

I told y’all she totally rocks!!!

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{ 237 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenn September 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I love all the giveaways. I am looking forward to reading the books.

Thanks again,

Cindy Alexander September 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I love these books sooooo much!!!!

Angi September 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Love the books, hope to win!

Vanessa Proehl September 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Ohh pick me…9-19…I was born on this day…what a fabulous bday gift it would be!!!

Maria September 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I would love to read these. You have given me another Author to add to my list of must reads. Thank you :)

Connie I September 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Loved the books!

Codi September 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Love her and her awesome books!! Can’t wait for the next one!

Jamie September 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I absolutely loved these books! I would love to add them to my collection. In fact, I just told my hubby the other day that he has to read them. At least the slam poetry part :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!!

Janine September 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I absolute adored these books. They made me laugh, they made me cry, and they left total awesomeness behind. <3

Tammi G September 18, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Great interview! I loved these books so much! Can’t wait to see what Colleen has instore for us next.

Jennifer W September 18, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I would loved to be picked for this contest. Have not had the chance to read either of these so it would be great to get both and be able to do a marathon. :)

BethL September 18, 2012 at 11:09 AM

That is AWESOME! I love when Authors do things like this!

Patricia Szendrey September 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Ohhhh I want to win this soo badly!!!:)

Estee September 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Yay! *crossing fingers*

Brittany neumann September 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Congrats Colleen!!!! Your success is well deserved :) and thanks Maryse for your book blog! :)

Kelly September 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I absolutely loved these books! I fell in love with Will & Lake and I felt every emotion!

Lisa September 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Contests. I just love contests. I especially love them when my birthday is in 12 days. That sure would be an awesome bday present to me. (**hint, hint**)

Kacey September 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Ooo pick me pick me!! I want to read these they sound awesome! :-)

Kellee Fabre September 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

AHHHHH!! I want these sooooooo bad!! Thank you so much for the giveaway!! <3 Love, Kellee

DeeAnna Berry September 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Love these books. i can’t wait to get my books.

Gillian September 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I love the SLAMMED series and cannot wait for the third book.

Sarah E Robinson September 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Colleen is da bomb! Lol

rhea sherrill September 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Great books! Wish i could win these signed copies!

Rhonda Beyer September 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Thanks for the giveaway. Both books are in my top 10 of my all time favorites. Is love to have a signed copy. I’m hoping to make the Chicago signing to I can’t wait.

Shannon September 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I butterflying love these books. You have inspired me and I am now doing suck and sweet with my family and they love it! Thanks for being so butterflying awesome.

Beth September 18, 2012 at 11:19 AM

These books are absolutely beautiful. Inside and out. You will not just fall in love with the plot and the characters but with the poetry inside. *sigh* I loved reading them and re-reading them that I did not feel the sting in my eyes as I read them for ours in my laptop! hahaha! =) Colleen is such a talented author. Not only that. She’s also really, really, really nice! =)

Really great giveaway! :D

Ana Hernandez September 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Congratulations Colleen! Thank you for writting this amazing love story. My best wishes for your writting journey.

Melanie September 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I loved these books…can not wait to add them to my collection of paperbacks…but signed ones would be so much better!

renate September 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Great interview!! I just love Colleen Hoover..!!
I really need to win this..I would die to have these 2 books!!! And Im overseas so I have no chance of buying them from the store.

Tara September 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Love your talent on paper!

Irayda Quezada September 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I have heard excellent things about this book.. Keeping my fingers crossed.

laura September 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM

So Happy for all the success these authors are finding! And I am so thankful to you for bringing them to us!!

Alexandra September 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

ahhh exciting!!! the books released on my birthday (today)!!! these books are amazing and helped me get through chemo treatments this summer. I Hope I Win!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

Brooke September 18, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Totally awsome giveaway! So exciting!

Nancy Parken September 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Enjoyed Slammed & Point of Retreat.

Alli September 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM

A 3rd Slammed book??!!! I can NOT wait!! ;) I love Will and Lake!

Andrea September 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Love these books!

Megan Miesel September 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Absolutely loved this series, cannot wait for Will’s Story!

Kristie September 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Love the interview. I found your blog a few weeks ago & your recommendations are right on! Thanks!!

cynthia garcia September 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

No BUTTERFLYING way!!! I love these books!! Thank you so so so much for this giveaway!

Cynthia Garcia

AWallace September 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Looks great cannot wait to read!

Amy W September 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

These are two of my favorite books this year. I am so happy they are now in print. I have read the first one twice.

Casey September 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

A signed copy would be Awesome 8-)

Trinity September 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I would love to win the signed copies. Her books were one of my favorites of the year.

Gail Nichols September 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I love this series.

Jennifer Mullins September 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I was up until 4am for two nights in a row reading these books! LOVE THEM!!!

Tracie September 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Two of my favorite books ever !!!! I can’t wait to read more books by this amazing author. :)

Sabrina Blanco September 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Love this books will be rereading them!!!!!!

Ashley Cunningham September 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Thank you so much for this opportunity! Slammed and Point of Retreat are at the top of my list for favorite all time. Can’t wait to read Wills point of view and even her new book!!

Kim Brown September 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM

She so rocks. I have both Kindlegraphs from her, but a real paper book would be so much better……….sigh.

Amanda G. September 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Love these books!

Maggie September 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I was blown away by both books.The depth of each character, the poems. Wow!

Michelle Moran September 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I love when I find a new author to read it’s like finding a hidden treasure!

Melanie Fling September 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I loved these and I totally stole her suck and sweet activity around the dinner table. Such a great way to talk about our day without me sounded like the annoying mom.

Christina Johnson September 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The best books I have read in years. Love them so much!

Debbie Whalen September 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Slammed and Point of Retreat are 2 of my most favorite reads!! I still miss Will & Lake and I am thrilled that there will be a 3rd book in this series!!

Tammy Mckissick September 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

LOVE these giveaways……thanks. And love both books-pick me!

mei September 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I butterflying love the books and definitely in love with Will!

Jennifer W September 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Ooooh, I would love to win these books. They are on my TBR list but I haven’t read them yet! What a wonderful opportunity this is :)

Tracey September 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I’ve heard so much about these books! cant wait to read them!

Maria September 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

LOVE Slammed and POR, LOVE Colleen, LOVE you too, Maryse!!


Stephanie September 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I cannot wait to read these!

Nicole September 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Love these books!!

Kirsten September 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Loved these books and Colleen ROCKS. I picked up my Atria version last Thursday (shhh..) and was so excited. Congrats Colleen!

Tiffany September 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Awesome books!! ohhhh please pick me:)

Ashley F September 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Sounds amazing!

Stephanie D September 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM

YAY!!! I LOVE giveaways…..these books are on my wish list!

Teresa H. September 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I loved, loved, loved these books!!!

Cree621 September 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I remember, while reading her books, being so blown away that I was messaging my best friend like mad…telling her amazing these books were, how she needed to buy them, stop reading whatever book she was into at that time, and start reading Slammed and POR immediately! I’m not one to recommend a book before I’m finished with it, so this was HUGE for me and hasn’t happened since – they’re that special. So congrats to Colleen and I’m excited about everything she has in store for her readers!

Penny September 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Loved these books! Can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!!

Jennifer Singh September 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I love Colleen Hoover! She’s an amazing author. What a great giveaway. If love to have paperback copies of these. I hope I win!

Trish M. September 18, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I am loving this website Maryse. It has become my go to on what to read next! And I haven’t read in years! I never knew what a reading zombie meant until now. Sleep deprivation from all these great reads that allows you to escape into someone else’s world. I am already LOVING THIS AUTHOR from the interview to the SLAMMED series book reviews. It would be great to get started on this series!! Hope to be the WINNER!

Kylee M. September 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM

What an awesome post, love the interview! I read Slammed and POR over the summer and they’re two of my top favorite books from 2012. I love Colleen and I’m so excited to read more of her work. Thanks for the giveaway!

Roxanne September 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Easily two of my favorite books!! I am constantly recommending them to every reader I know! Thank you to Colleen for bringing them to life, and to Maryse for introducing me to them!! :)

COCO September 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I would LOVE to win these books. Ever since I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago my husband has been been comlaining about how much time i have spent reading (and maybe how money money also!!)

Nicole September 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Love love love Colleen! I have the other versions of the books from before she was published through Atria. I am hoping to win these new ones!!

Rebecca September 18, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I totally want to read these books. They have been recommended by several of my reading buddies! :) Would love to win a free copy!

Rayanna Smith September 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Absolutely love these books! Colleen Hoover is an amazing writer! I can’t wait to meet her in Chicago.

Bia September 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Ok…Maryse??? IVE NEVER WON ANYTHING!! (whiny much?? Hehehe)
I hope (really, this time I DO), that I win!
I loved Slammed and haven’t read Point of Retreat yet!! I know right?
Thanks Maryse and Colleen for the wonderful interview and amazing books!

Taryn September 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Thanks for the giveaway! I haven’t read these books yet but I hear they are fab.

LucyLou September 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Loved this series. Great Giveaway, Thanks! Hope to win the books.

Heather B September 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I loved loved loved these books! I couldn’t put them down until I knew what happened. I love all the phrases that were in them =) Thanks for doing a giveaway!!!

Veronika September 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I LOVE the books! I’m dying to hold my own copies in my hand! I’m an international reader, so I was so happy when I saw TBD will release the book 9/18, but today I almost passed out when I saw they changed it to “currently unavailable”. :( Thank you for the chance to win a copy!!! *crosses fingers*

Nicole M A September 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Colleen is such an amazing writer. Slammed & POR are two of my all time favorite books. (I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to own them in paperback) ;) Thank you so much for this wonderful interview and for your amazing blog, Maryse! :)

Maureen September 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I wholeheartedly agree… SHE ROCKS! Absolutely one of my favorite authors. I’l read every book she writes. <3

shellie September 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM

these books were awesome!!! Loved them.

Mel September 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Great books!

Lynn September 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I hope she signs books down south because Colleen Hoover seems like a blast! Thanks for the giveaway too.

Karese Blackwell September 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I Butterflying love ‘Slammed’ & ‘Point of Retreat’ and cannot wait for the 3rd books!

Alexandra September 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Colleen is truly incredible. Her writing is beautiful and the stories are so wonderfully crafted. I especially love how, in Slammed, the story was complimented by The Avett Brothers songs and slam poetry. These are some of the best books ever written. <3

Courtney September 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

These are without a doubt my butterflying favorites!! Congrats Colleen!

Armida Perez September 18, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I am so “butterflying” excited the “Slammed” series will have a third book!! I absolutely can not wait to read it! I will definitely pick up your next book :) ))

Emily Lewis September 18, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Congrats! I love to see authors dreams come true! So much hard work and dedication….so proud!

Amanda September 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Colleen is butterflying amazing! I absolutely love her books!

Erin G September 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Amazing books ~ congrats Colleen! I can’t wait for her book #4 and Slammed #3

cyndie summers September 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

I’d love to win these two books – perfect for a rainy weekend curled up on the couch with my dogs!

Kathryn Hughett September 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

These are YA. I’ve heard they are very good but I’m trying to keep YA in my library to a minimum. There is SO much really good stuff out there with lots of naughty words that I want to read first. :) Someone told me that these are pretty much worth it though so even if I don’t win I will likely purchase them at some point.

Jessica N. September 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Would love to add these to my collection!

stephanie September 18, 2012 at 1:27 PM

haven’t read them yet. they are on my TBR list though! pick me, i’m dying to read them!!!!!!

Kerrie September 18, 2012 at 1:30 PM

These books are awesome!

Carole Martin September 18, 2012 at 1:30 PM

A couple of the best books I have read. Put the emphasis on life!Wonderful giveaway, so generous!

Trisha September 18, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Two of the best butterflying books of the year!

Teri Beth September 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Love Slammed and Point of Retreat! Can’t wait for more from Will and Lake or pretty much anything Colleen writes :)
Great interview and giveaway!

Maria Esquivel September 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Awesome giveaway! Excited to meet you and your fellow colleagues in Chicago.
Congrats and keep them coming!

Karen September 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Thanks for the great interview and also the chance to win both books! I can’t keep up with all the books you recommend Maryse! But I love butterflies so will have to have this at the top!

Maryse September 18, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Hi Kathryn! I didn’t get the YA vibe from these. They may not be “naughty” but they are deep, and deal with adult life, and situations… And the first one has a nice jolt of shock-value to really up the ante, and make your heart race.

Cindy September 18, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Loved these books! So happy for Colleen!

Robyn B September 18, 2012 at 1:43 PM

I would love to win this giveaway! Great interview!

Chinyere Ezinwanyi September 18, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Love this story and the books. Please put my name in the hat.
I hope there is a book for her bestie Eddie. Loved her too.

Jennifer September 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM

What a great giveaway! Can’t me in!!! Amazing books

Fierystar September 18, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Great interview, great prizes!

LaurenR September 18, 2012 at 2:01 PM

LOVED these books! You rec’d them, I read them and the rest is history. I think they might be due for a re-read :)

Deb September 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Just got back from Barnes and Noble and took a pic and posted it on Colleen’s FB to show her books here in Wisconsin… congrats Colleen!!!

Jessica September 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

These books are amazing and I really love the Slam Poetry in them :)

Trisha R. September 18, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Fabulous giveaway! I absolutely am in love with these books. Fall in so deeply that I can’t go on with my day without remembering this series. Please pick. ME!! Haha!!!

Congratulations Colleen!! <3

tootsieandem September 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Seeing Colleen in Ct in October. Would love to have these books to have her sign.

Lexi E. September 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I can’t wait to read these! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

Lisa September 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I have to move Slammed and Point of Retreat way up on my TBR pile!

Cordelia Fitzgerald September 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM

This is butterflying amazing! These books are the best contemporary fiction I’ve read in a long time!!!

Ana September 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM

omgggg I loved those books!! I can honestly say they are my favorite books of 2012. I’m from Spain and it’s really expensive for me to get those books, so i think this is a wonderful giveaway! This author already had my respect with her writing, but now she is also amazing for thinking about international readers too!!! :)

Stacy September 18, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I would love to win these in print version! Thank you so much for the chance!

Stacy September 18, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I so loved these books! I think out of all of it my favorite and there are many but when he was on stage reading the poem about her – I would take the Lake – I know that is probably not worded just right but I don’t have it in front of me. I read on her web site about the third book and am so looking forward to it.

Nicole September 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM

A third book?!! SQUEEEEEEEE!!!!

Nicole September 18, 2012 at 2:36 PM

GAHHH!! I love these books AND Colleen!! She is amazing!!

Georgette September 18, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I absolutely loved these books!! I wish I could win the signed copies, but likelihood is that I won’t. I don’t win anything but hey, I never pass the opportunity to try…always try….

Jessica September 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I’m new to your blog Maryse. I happened to come upon it by chance while trying to find information on a new author I fell in love with (Jamie McGuire), and I must say, I’m addicted. I absolutely love your blog. And each day I come across another book you are gushing over that I just must buy and read! Which is not really ideal for the life of a college student. But books are my guilty pleasure :) Some girls go buy shoes…I buy new books. So thank you! And I look forward to reading Colleen Hoover’s work next!

Shan September 18, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Ahhhh!!!! – I’ve been punishing myself, holding out on reading these books, they were so HIGHLY recommended that I wanted to save them for my plane ride to New York in a month (gonna need something good for a 10 hr. plane ride :eek: ) A signed copy would be an amazing gift (to myself :D ) but nonetheless, I’m hitting up B&N this week for my copy ;) Much love to you Colleen, I know it will be an amazing read ;)

Katie September 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Great interview! I absolutely love these books and can’t wait to see more from Colleen in the future.

Dawn September 18, 2012 at 3:12 PM

oooh, these have been on my tbr list for far too long!

Missy R. September 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Aaahhhh! So many good books! So many giveaways! So much fun!!!! :D

Neelam Lindquist September 18, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I was so surprised to hear there will be a 3rd in the series! LOVED the first two!

cicely September 18, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I love these series!!!

danielle james September 18, 2012 at 3:18 PM

I am seriously in love with Colleen Hoover!

Shanna Graves September 18, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I loved both books and can’t wait for the next.

Kait L. September 18, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I butterflying love Colleen Hoover. She’s beyond inspiring, talented, and generous!

Great interview.

Patricia Sullivan September 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Hi, new to the blog, but gosh I am in book loving heaven, LOLOLOL. I am so excited about the entire blog period. My kinda reading, my kinda way. Heck, I have read most but enjoy reading what others have to say about the books as well….

I havent read these yet but am starting tonight, they have been on my reader a couple of days. Hope to win anyway, nothing like the real thing.

Teresa September 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

These books were butterflying awesome! Colleen, you rock.

Lindsay September 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I’ve been trying to pace myself seeing as how I spend waaaay to much on books but with all the positive comments I’m thinking this set has to go to the top of my tbr pile!

Andrea K September 18, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Ooh, these are both on my TBR list. Based on the interview, I can’t wait to read them!

Sandra E. September 18, 2012 at 4:01 PM

OMG! Maryse you are the reason I have read books that I normally wouldn’t read. All them bad boys,, moewrrr. Like many others I don’t win anything either. I mean COME ON Lottery God!!! momma needs an Ipad. hehehe. So I’m here jumping up and down with my hand in the air yelling ,” Pick me Pick me.” If not, at least I got my exercise for the day. ;-)

Yoyo September 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Loved both books. They are on my read again list.

Dena September 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

These books are awesome. Would love to show them off and to show other people about the books. I’m glad this author is getting recognition she deserves it.

Michaela September 18, 2012 at 4:08 PM

LOVED these books and would love to have hard copies!! Thank you Colleen and Maryse!!

Suzi September 18, 2012 at 4:32 PM

These books are butterflying amazing!!!! I would love to have signed copies! I can’t wait for the third book!!!! Colleen Hoover rocks!!!!

Susan September 18, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Absolutely love these books!

Stacey Kennard September 18, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Awesome little review/interview, Colleen is without a doubt the lady who started me on my current reading escapade, before Slammed and POR I hated books and reading in general and at a young 33 I had only read Twilight and Harry Potter and those few that I was forced to read at school, and now im neck deep in a ‘to read’ list at Goodreads up to book number 27 since june! What a lovely lady! bring on the next book I say!

Jennifer Lewter September 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I love these books! They encouraged my love of reading, I even recommended them to my husbands 76 year old grandmother, who by the way loved them too.

Marisa V September 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM

After reading this I totally want to read the books now!

jessica September 18, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Yay giveaways!

Cindy September 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I couldn’t put these books down! Loved them!

Hai K. September 18, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Great interview! I butterflying love Colleen!

Heather P September 18, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Great interview! I would absolutely love to win these books!

Nathalie T September 18, 2012 at 5:26 PM

These sound intresting. I’m in.

Jen C September 18, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Love these books!!

Dana September 18, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Great interview! Awesome giveaway! :D

Christine September 18, 2012 at 5:35 PM

These books look awesome. I can’t wait to read them. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

Kristina September 18, 2012 at 5:43 PM

They are on my TBR list…just haven’t gotten there yet! Maybe this giveaway will get me movin!

Veronica Solorzano September 18, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Love these two books so emotional funny and such plain heartfelt romance! :::sigh:::

Hazel D September 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Crossing my fingers and toes! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway! :-D

Crystal Blais September 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Definitely on my top 5 reads of the summer!! Having read both of Colleen’s books in less than 3 days, I took the emotional roller coaster ride with the characters. Being able to relate to the story with my own personal loss and history, I felt truly connected and living “in the moment” several times. I have found so much inspiration from these two books, one even being to apply the suck /sweet share as part of my routine in the classroom with my 5th grade students! I love Colleen’s writing style and can’t wait for the 3rd book!!

Lorie September 18, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Butterflying love, love, love the Slammed Series!!! I’ve. read both books more than a few times. Anyone who hasn’t read them yet doesn’t know what they’re missing.

Anne Marie September 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Loved Slammed and POR!! I couldn’t put them down. Can’t wait to read more of her books. And great interview! :)

melissa breit (@LissaB99) September 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Hands down! My favorite books of the year. Colleen is the reason I found this blog!

Betsy September 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I’m so thankful I came across Maryse’s website months ago. Since, I have had the pleasure of reading many wonderful books….Slammed and Point of Retreat being two of my absolute favorites….EVER!!

Aimee Dennis September 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I have fallen in love with your website!! I have been able to step outside my comfort zone and have been pleasantly surprised by many of your recommendations. I find that I am now visiting your site more and more to see the latest and greatest recommendations. Thank you for being so passionate about books and sharing your insight with the masses!!

Jenny L September 18, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I’m planning to attend the TFEiC event in Chicago and am sooo excited. I’m trying to decide how to limit myself from purchasing books in paper that I already own e-copies of. It may be impossible. There is just something special about an author signing the paper books. Colleen Hoover seems great, and I can’t wait to meet her in person! :)

Crystal R. September 18, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Count me in. lol

Meghan Andersen September 18, 2012 at 6:43 PM

These books sound really good. I cant wait to read them

Ashley Nicole September 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

My favorite books of 2012 by far. Butterflying perfect!!

JoAnn September 18, 2012 at 6:56 PM

great stories. I would love to have

Mary Anne Castro September 18, 2012 at 6:56 PM

I really love these two books. I was so excited to know that they’ll be out for paperback today. I even put this date to my calendar to buy them. Unfortunately, they’re not available in any Chapters store here in Canada. I was so butterflyingly disappointed. I hope to have them soon… Thanks for these awsome books!!!!

Nikki A. September 18, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Colleen is awesome! Slammed and PoR are totally in my top 5 reads this year! I’m excited about her next books. Great interview Maryse! You and your blog rocks! :)

ElisaCP September 18, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I loved those two books. I can’t wait to meet Colleen in Chicago at the book signing.

Beth R September 18, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I loved Colleen’s books so much I bought them for my nieces on their EReaders. I work at a high school and recommended them over and over again to students who read a lot. Now that they are out in dead tree format, I will be twisting the arm of my school Iberian finds to add them to the school collections. I want to win the books to pass them around to the kids at my school who will totally love them. The “reader kids” always ask me for recommendations since they know I read all the time. Thanks for giving me great recommendations I can pass on to them.

Grace Lo September 18, 2012 at 7:36 PM

UGH!!! I wanted to read Slammed and Point of Retreat for the longest time, but it’s not available at my local bookstore. *sad puppy face

Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity so I can read the books!!! *grins

Gloria Ellana Gonzalez September 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I love these books! They totally wowed me

Alexis September 18, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I cannot wait for book three! Yay!!!

Jacki September 18, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I just finished reading Slammed and can not wait to start Point of Retreat!

Minha September 18, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Maybe cool Colleen will bring me good luck and I will win something for a change!!! :)

Mindi Stacey September 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I really, really, REALLY want to read theses books so i would LOVE to win this!

Maria Malaveci September 18, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! I didn’t know that there was a book three coming out! I have heard great things about the books!


Christina September 18, 2012 at 8:42 PM

YAY!!! Love, love, love these books!! Great interview!! Looks forward to her next books :)

Sara September 18, 2012 at 9:12 PM

I loved these books sooooo much and would love a signed copy even more;)

Lauryn September 18, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Winning this contest would be a great birthday present for me!

Jacie September 18, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Definately two of my favorite books of 2012! Congrats, Colleen, on your success!

Robin September 18, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Ooooh I’d love to win!!! These two books were fabulous!!!

Lindsay R September 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I LOVED these books and would LOVE to win signed copies! Pick me!!

Melissa Chavez September 18, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I haven’t read this author yet but I am always happy to try and find a new favorite. Love the titles.

JenM September 18, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I’ve heard so much about these, I’d love to read them. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sydney L. September 18, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I have heard many great things about these books, and would love to read them! Congrats Colleen on your amazing success! I would love to have these books but even if I don’t get them I will DEFINITELY pick them up next time in the bookstore!

Kim E. September 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM

I have wanted to read these for a while now…hope I win!!

Alicia September 18, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Love love love these books!! And I am THRILLED Colleen has found such success with them. Hopefully Maryse’s Crew (all of us!!!) and all of our *squeeee’s!!* have helped her reach for the stars. Yes, I want the signed copies (I’ll put them in a shadow box!), but I’m so happy that she’s at a place where we are so excited for her to be where she is in her writing career. KEEP ON WRITING!! (faster please).

Kristie September 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM

I have not been lucky enough to get Slammed……but I sure would love to! Pleeaase make my dreams come true. 3}

Bridget September 18, 2012 at 10:41 PM

I would love to win!!

Bianca September 18, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Haven’t read this series, but looking forward to it!

Kristine Chang September 18, 2012 at 11:36 PM

I stumbled onto your blog looking for books to read after Beautiful Disaster and I’m super excited for a chance to win this set of books. Thank you!

Megan Keith September 18, 2012 at 11:45 PM

My favourite e-books ever!!! Butterflying brilliant! I want them on my bookshelf. PLEASE!!!

Lezanda September 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM

I am positively salivating!!!!!!!

Annie September 19, 2012 at 1:26 AM

I loved these books and will be keeping an eye for any and all future books written by Colleen!

Cammie September 19, 2012 at 2:36 AM

These two books were definitely on my list of fave reads for 2012!

Vanessa C. September 19, 2012 at 2:38 AM

I can’t wait to read these books. Maryse you ROCK!

Beth September 19, 2012 at 5:30 AM

If I do win these lovely books, I’d like to share them to my mom. :) I’m pretty sure she’d also fall in love with them just like I did. These books deserve to be shared to everyone! :)

Elizabeth G. September 19, 2012 at 5:57 AM

I love these books, and I do admit that I am a little bummed that there is a hold on the 3rd book. I understand the reason, but I want more Will and Lake! These books are absolutely amazing and the teaser that she put on her blog for the 3rd is just too good!

Carina H September 19, 2012 at 6:11 AM

Please pick me! Finally an international contest :)

liaS September 19, 2012 at 6:43 AM

pick me please! Love this series!

Lisa September 19, 2012 at 7:37 AM

All I can say is love them. Great books!!!

Raquel September 19, 2012 at 7:40 AM

So looking forward to reading these books!

Brandi September 19, 2012 at 7:56 AM

LOVED these books! Can’t wait for more! :)

angie September 19, 2012 at 8:15 AM

loved this series… can’t wait for the next installment. but i am glad she is taking her time making sure she loves it first so often i start a series and get a few in and they lose their wow factor.

Jenn September 19, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Love these books!!!

Scamp September 19, 2012 at 8:20 AM

throwing my hat into this ring!! Looooved these books!!

Karen September 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I love these books! They are butterflying fantastic! I own the kindle version, but would love me some hard copies!

Carrie Denton September 19, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I loved, loved, loved these books! They’ve definitely made my Top 10 books of all time list!!!!

Valerie Einsele September 19, 2012 at 9:28 AM

LOVE these books!!!! :)

Angie K September 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM

AAAHHHH!! Pick me Pick me, Maryse!!! I love love love love love these books…AND Colleen!!! I can’t wait to read anything else she deems worthy!

Kassandra Fuentes September 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Thanks for the awesome interview and giveaway. I can’t wait to read these great books :)

Evelyn September 19, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Am I on time for this one??? would love to have the copies as I dont have it from where I am at :)

thanks for the reviews, it really is great what you are currently doing..

Yasmine September 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I LOVE both of these books so much!!! So excited for the third one! This blog is reason I read them in the first place (and so many others) after discovering your ‘What to Read After Beautiful Disaster’ post earlier this year…so thank you Maryse :) So happy the giveaway is open to anyone as I am overseas…also it is my birthday tomorrow so these would make an amazing present!

Doris L September 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Loved these books!!

Julie A. September 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Can’t wait to discover these books ! :)

Hannah Salter September 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I absolutely love Colleen. She’s so generous! Xx

Michelle Lovell September 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM

did I make it in time?? I really have wanted to read these books.

Sandy J. Long September 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Read this on my ipad and NOW I NEED the hard copy… what is with me… I so am needing a Lake and Will Fix….
COLLEEN can you hear me… YOU MAKE MY HEART SING!!!! and heck i actually even learned something ( who knew slamming was a form of poetry…) AWESOME!!!

Maryse September 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Happy Birthday Yasmine!!

Sarah Jane September 19, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Oooh pick me…these are on my ever changing TBR ;)

Sarah September 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Love these books!!

Jennifer September 19, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I loved this story. I could not put the books down and would love to read more that you publish.

Sonia September 19, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Added these books to my must read list. Would love a copy!

hasti vossoughi September 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I absolutely love your books! Im currently reading point of retreat and and Im so inspired by your words<3

Amy September 19, 2012 at 8:03 PM

loooooove these books and love Colleen!!

Dyann September 19, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I have the kindle versions but would love to have the paperbacks on Mg shelf!

Colleen September 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Oh my gosh. Came to check out the comments, and just….wow. I don’t even know how to begin to say thank you. To you, Maryse…and to everyone who has helped get these books to where they are. I know the time has come to an end to enter, but I just can’t not give away more. Go ahead and pick ten winners, Maryse! They deserve it!

Maryse September 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM

OMG YAY!!!! I’m doin’ it RIGHT NOW!!!! *squeeeeee*

Alexandra September 19, 2012 at 10:29 PM

oooo i hope i win!!!! these books helped me through so much including chemo!

Faith September 20, 2012 at 8:06 AM

ASDFGHJKLOHMYGOSH. I’ve never won a single contest before but I would really really really love to win this giveaway. I mean, signed copies of my two favorite books?! That’s priceless. :D *fingers crossed*

Patricia Sullivan September 21, 2012 at 9:03 PM

OMGosh! It didn’t take long at all to read both, back to back. I finished the first last night. I CRIED SO MUCH! Wow, it was emotionally charge for anyone that has expierence a loss so substantial that it literally takes your breath away or total sidelines ya to the point of cleaning and arranging like a mad women. I have had both, so tears flowed free on both books. I thought I was going to short out my ereader, lol. These are now on my absolute fav. list. Highly Recommend, get these books and read with tissue handy.

Natalie Preston September 29, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I just finished Point of Retreat today, OMG, I have been sobbing through both books, they are soooooooo great, I loved them soo much! Man, I just love these books that can rip your heart out and make you so happy all at the same time!

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