Behind The Books – An Interview With Rebecca Donovan + A Signed Trilogy giveaway!

by Maryse on July 11, 2013 · 257 comments

in Behind The Books

Author Rebecca Donovan

WINNER UPDATE: Congratulations to Jules for winning the signed trilogy and wristband! :)

I’ll never forget how often book #1 (Reason To Breathe) in the Breathing Series was recommended to me (back when I first went crazy over these awesome, intense indie reads). But the recommendations always came with a warning… beware of the crazy ending. Sobbing tears were a BIG thing for many, but readers also knew that book #2 was in the works, and were clamoring for it.

I was DYING to read #1 and purchased it as soon as I found out about it, but was forced to scroll past it as I waited patiently for book #2. And when #2 (Barely Breathing) finally came out I *squeeeeeed* with delight. I was finally getting on the “Breathing” bandwagon, and let me tell you…. WHOA!! Book #1′s ending rocked my world, but I was lucky since I didn’t have to suffer like you guys did to find out… “the rest”. ;) Dark and intense, and emotionally addicting and I moved right onto the sequel, smug with my incredible luck, until I hit the end of book #2 and realized, while a gentler cliffhanger, it was a cliffhanger nonetheless. His last thought gave me shivers.

(oh and you can check out my book reviews right here):

And now, we finally get relief, because book #3 (Out Of Breath) is out as we speak, and my “Breathing” world is now complete. And not only that! We get to hear from the author herself, as she let’s us into her indie writing world & experience, and gives us a look at her “Breathing” inspiration. Let’s welcome author Rebecca Donovan!!


Maryse: Hi Rebecca!! Wow, such fantastic books. They were some of my first “darker” reads and I was blown away by the harrowing depths you reached, when it came to your characters. When did you first realize you first wanted to be a writer?

Rebecca: I’ve always been a writer. I had an overactive imagination as a child, and the moment I could record the stories I’d act out, I did. Those stories transitioned into journal entries as I got older. I was always writing. For the longest time I planned to become a journalist, and even won the Edward R. Murrow scholarship in journalism upon graduating high school.

Maryse: A born writer! Tell me about your decision to write this deep and harrowing tale. (How did this story come to you?)

Rebecca: I allowed this story to play like a movie in my head, and I did everything I could to capture it with my words, to transport readers into the pages of the book where they could see, feel, and hurt along with Emma. 

The story itself was inspired by my work with troubled teens. After abandoning my Journalism major, I graduated with a degree in Psychology, and witnessed firsthand the trauma of children growing up in abusive homes. And then Emma and Evan appeared to me during a sleepless night while I was doing anything I could to fall asleep, even forcing a dream. Let’s just say, I never fell asleep that night.

Maryse: Wow and what a dream that must have been. I’m thrilled that you let us all into their story. When did you decide you wanted to officially publish Barely Breathing?

Rebecca: There were always three parts to Emma’s story from the very beginning—I knew the end of OUT OF BREATH before I began writing REASON TO BREATHE. The characters and story needed to be fully flushed out in BARELY BREATHING and OUT OF BREATH, so I chose to write those two books again from scratch. The moment I self-published REASON TO BREATHE, I began to rewrite BARELY BREATHING. I was still working full time, so I had to work like crazy to meet the release date I gave the readers. I’d never worked under a deadline before!

Maryse: There was some clamoring. ;) LOL!!! I mean how you left it… *eeeeeeep*! I’m usually not too worried about cliffhanger endings (if everyone loved the book, I’ll jump right in, anyway), but the way the readers were reacting to the end of your book?! Yep, I held off, and decided to “treat” myself to both books at the same time when #2 released.

Did you think you had to be a traditionally published writer to achieve the level of success your books have already achieved as indie releases?

Rebecca: I had always envisioned my books on the shelves of bookstores and libraries, so I wanted to be traditionally published initially. When I took the leap of faith to self-publish, I did so believing if REASON TO BREATHE was successful enough as an eBook it would be noticed by a publisher and I could fulfill the dream of having my books line the shelves in stores. Guess what? It’s happened!

Maryse: It sure did!! What prompted you to independently publish books #1 & #2?

Rebecca: About two years after writing the series, I read an article revealing eBooks were outselling paperback books four-to-one. I looked into what it took to be independently published, and when I realized the only risk was trusting the world with my words, I took the steps necessary to make it happen.

Maryse: And we’re so happy you took that risk. Describe your experience as an indie author? Any surprises along the way?

Rebecca: I will always be an Indie Author at heart—pressing “publish” was exhilarating, terrifying and beyond gratifying! I not only became an “author,” I also became a brand… a business. I was in full control of my fate through every aspect, starting with my product. Would people love me or hate me? Was I talented enough for people to want to talk about it? Would readers want to read about such a heavy topic?

I was surprised by my own perseverance. I had a hard time with the first few not-so-nice reviews, but I realized I wasn’t ever going to be anything else other than a writer. So I had to suck it up and accept all that came along with it. And I am so very happy I did!

Maryse: What other channels in the “self published book-world” did you use to promote your books?

Rebecca: I started slowly with promotions and social media. I was not an author who created a platform before my book was completed. I didn’t actually know I was going to self-publish until I did. Then I created a Facebook page, a Website, eventually a Twitter account. I didn’t even create my own Goodreads pages for the books. Readers did. My editor, Elizabeth, stumbled across them. I didn’t even know what Goodreads was! I fumbled through the social media outlets and soon discovered readers wanted a way to reach me, and I loved interacting with them. I feel like I went through this entire process backwards… ha!

Maryse: But it worked! It grew “organically” and we (readers) were only too happy to be a part of it.

I’d love to hear about what prompted your decision to eventually traditionally publish your series via Amazon’s publishing company.

Rebecca: I’m not going to lie, it took me a while to make the final decision to go with Amazon Children’s Publishing. They were the first publisher to reach out to me. I was enticed by all they could offer through their site, but going to New York City and sitting down at their conference table to speak with the ENTIRE team on my project sealed the deal. (They even had a Mt. Dew waiting for me!) Their commitment and enthusiasm to seeing this series published was contagious. Although I knew it would be more challenging to get my books in stores due to Amazon being a direct competitor of many retailers (I’d read plenty of articles on the subject) I always believed it would happen, regardless of who my publisher was. And now I’m in every Wal-Mart in North America! And those are not the only shelves I’m occupying!

Maryse: How awesome (and exciting) it must be to see your books right there on those great big shelves for anyone to peruse.

What are some of your favorite indie books? Any recommendations?

Rebecca: I have been fortunate to befriend so many talented and wonderful authors. Most of them started out independently published and have since been picked up by publishers. We talk. We share experiences. We even discuss whether or not to go back to being Indie. It’s an ever-evolving topic, and it’s a completely personal decision. With that being said, I admire every one of them and support their decisions.

Some of my favorite Indie (or Indie-to-published) books are:

The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher. No one can write characters I love to hate more than this talented, angsty writer.

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. There is so much raw beauty and heartache in every word.

Slammed by Colleen Hoover. I’m continuing to learn life lessons from Colleen and I’ve been waiting for my jar of stars for some time now. I go to her blog to be showered with wisdom… or her hilarious bad luck stories!

There are so many more who have trapped me in their worlds, and I am a willing prisoner to their craft.

I love EVERY one of those books, too! Thank you SO much Rebecca! What fantastic insight, and I appreciate you taking the time to chat with me today! :)

Now for the giveaway:

Rebecca has the entire Trilogy signed for one lucky commenter! And she’s throwing in this cute bracelet/strap (see it below).

How to enter for a chance to win this awesome prize package: Just leave a comment below, and tomorrow night (Friday July 12th 2013) by 10pm EST, I will randomly select one winner.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. The book will be sent directly from the author.

P.S. This giveaway is open to everyone (International!! YAY!!). :D

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{ 257 comments… read them below or add one }

Danielle July 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Loved this series.

Robin Davis July 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Awesome interview and giveaway!!! I also have to agree with her favorite Indie Books! They are some of my faves too!

Tracie July 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Oh wow! I just love these books. So many times I had to put them down for awhile because they became too intense. I even found myself yelling “NOOOOO!” Out loud. I always returned within an hour because I couldn’t stand not knowing what was happening next. Great books!

Bobbye July 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Thanks for the giveaway :)

Annie July 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM

This is one of my favorite series. I love the content and style of writing. Thanks for the giveaway!

Bobbie July 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Rebecca Donovan is one of the sweetest authors I’ve ever met! Would love to win this :)
Thank you Maryse Awesome Interview

Lisa July 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Just finished all 3 books last weekend! Wow! I was addicted! Such a great emotional story from start to finish! Cannot wait to read whatever Rebecca writes next :)

Jennifer D July 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

I love these books!! I am 90% with Out of Breathe and really sad its coming to an end! Thank you Rebecca for writing such a wonderful series!

Beverly July 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

What a treat!!! Thanks Maryse!!

Andie W July 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Awesome giveaway for a great series

AMANDA July 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM


Michelle July 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Awesome! Thanks Maryse

bonnie July 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Oooooooohhhhh!!!! I sooooo wanna read this series!!

Loretta July 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Love, love The Breathing Series!! Emma and Evan are the best!
Also love the strong friendship between Emma & Sara, they have been through so much together!!
Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win such fabulous prizes!!!

Cyndi S July 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I loved this series! My aunt turned me on to reading again after not having very much interest in it! I read this series in 4 days…. All three books! And now I will recommend them to anyone!

Jen F. July 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I really enjoyed meeting Rebecca Donovan at Book Bash. Such a sweet person. My birthday is tomorrow and it would be a special birthday to get these books. A fantastic series!

Julie N July 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Great interview as always! Evan is definitely one of my top book boyfriends! Thanks to this author for writing him!

Angie H. July 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Just finished Out of Breath, would love signed copies!!!!

Mary July 11, 2013 at 5:24 PM

awesome books and interview, looking forward to checking out some mention Indie/Indie soon to be published recommendations, with a Mtn Dew of course!

Deanna Pyles July 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

I have been following her from day 1. She has a forever fan!

Molly Kennedy July 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

I loved this series, I should have waited like you did Maryse! I was left hanging for over a year! But it was totally worth it! I love Rebecca’s books! Thanks!

Autumn July 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM

I <3 Rebecca Donovan and this series!! She's the reason I started my blog.. no seriously she is :) . Great interview I loved it and finding out more about the books I adored!!

Valerie Cooper July 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

I <3 Rebecca Donovan so much! I had the privilege of meeting her a little over a week ago and my girl crush grew. She is amazing!!!!! This amazing-ness transfers to her writing. I would love to receive this fantastic gift!

Diana Skvorak July 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM

I would love to win these books!

Michelle July 11, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Anyone can say they loved the story – but I truly related to Emma…the abuse, the pain, the hurt, the self-loathing, the continuous guilt and self doubt …trying to protect everyone else around you so they either they didn’t know the reality of your world or they wouldn’t understand the reality even if you shared it. This book had me in tears- in a way that was therapeutic. For the first time the emotions I kept inside, tucked deep down, were able to be let out because I could *relate* to the character. Having been in therapy for more years than I can count – it turned into great conversation with my therapist about the paragraphs I highlighted and shared as it related to my own story. We all have a story… this particular one helped me let out a lot of pent up pain and anger… and for that I am grateful to not carry that burden (as much). I absolutely love Rebecca’s books and have read all of those she me mentioned in her interview- all were amazing. I find it hard to keep finding more of these stories- I go through them so quickly. Keep them coming!
- a big fan!!

Karen D. July 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM

LOVED this series! Would love to have it on paperback!

Mimi Lovell July 11, 2013 at 5:51 PM

I LOVED this series. Well, I haven’t read the 3rd one yet, but the first 2 are absolutely amazing!!! Thank you so much for this giveaway!!

Samantha July 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

The series was fantastic. Thank you for creating such a wonderful story.

Lori Mitchell July 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

This series comes highly recommended by one of my reader friends! I would love to win these :)

Lauren July 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Loved the whole series! As a Highschool teacher I am always amazed how little credit many of these teenagers are given with some of the current situations they are living with. I loved how mature Evan was with Emma in every phase of the series and how trauma can eat away at people and we never understand and I am so glad it was not too late for Emma!

Aracely Moreno July 11, 2013 at 5:56 PM

I absolutley loved this series.

Sheri July 11, 2013 at 5:56 PM

I loved thus series! Myself and my friends had a countdown for out of breathe! It was amazing!

Sharon Tyson July 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

I just finished reading Out of Breath and I LOVED it. Great series that I have recommended over and over again to everyone I know that likes to read. :)

Melanie July 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

At the top of my TBR list

Sarah July 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I’ve heard so many great things about these books, I can’t wait to read them. awesome giveaway!

SJ July 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

The breathing series will always be my favourite & I can’t wait for Johnathans books just so I can get my Emma & Evan fix <3

Alyssa Ingram July 11, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I absolutely loved this series. It made me smile, cry, laugh, and tore my heart out. So, so, so good!!:)

Kathy July 11, 2013 at 6:05 PM

OMG I would love to have signed copies of this series. Great interview as always.

Bethany Farwell July 11, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Oh god! Rebecca is so freaking amazing. I got the chance to “meet” (really see and talk to for 5sec, lol) in Boston. Best. Event. EVER. I would say Book Bash was best event ever, but I haven’t been *sniffle*. By the way – Kudos on that, Maryse. Seriously, you did an amazing job by the photos I saw! I love your blog, and have for a while. I’m hoping to yell a big HOLLAAAA if I win, but I’ll gladly send a loud HOLLAAA to the winner :)

Jill July 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I would love to read this series.

Susana Uribe July 11, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I LOVED this series. The books were so emotional that I found myself crying like all the thime. I recommend them to everyone who loves a love story with some tears!

Out of breath was my favorite book in this series!

Diane July 11, 2013 at 6:08 PM

can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Ruth July 11, 2013 at 6:08 PM

These are on my TBR list, would love to read the books in paper instead of my iPad. Would be something to show my fellow readers in New Zealand!

Sarah Crossmon July 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Have not read these yet, but I have read all of Rebecca’s indie favorites. These will be added to my list.

Jules July 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I cannot wait to read these books. I’m so glad I waited since all three books are out!

Yesenia July 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM

LOVE this series!! I wanted to stop by to say hi and purchase the books while at book bash, but I had to leave cuz I was not feeling well. I want to add this series to my book collection. I cannot wait for Jonathan’s book!!!

Tammi July 11, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I loved Evan & Emma’s story. This is such a great series. I met Rebecca at Book Bash. She was so sweet to everyone that waited to see her. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Lorie July 11, 2013 at 6:12 PM

I am dying to read this series. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway.

Pam July 11, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lyndsie Nightingale July 11, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I LOVED this series! I read all 3 books in 2 days couldn’t put them down! I would love to have signed paperbacks to add to my “do not touch” shelves! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Gloria July 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Just loved this series! Such a powerful read!
She is one talented women.
Awesome interview!
Thank you!

kirstin July 11, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Hope I win!!!!!

Donna July 11, 2013 at 6:27 PM

You ripped my heart out with the first two books and I loved every second of it! Book 3 was absolutely perfect! The Breathing Series along with The Sea of Tranquility and any of Colleen Hoover’s books are my go to recommendations :) Great interview Maryse!

Katy July 11, 2013 at 6:29 PM

I just told the people in my book club about this series. My friend also just read it in a couple of days as well. I absolutely love Rebecca Donovan’s writing!

Stephanie Moles Krayeski July 11, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Great interview and giveaway! I’ve been wanting to read this entire series all at once. :-)

Tricia Santos July 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Gahhhh! Omg omg omg I want it! I loveeee Evan! Emma’s journey took my breath away. And then their journey together made me le sigh more times than I can count. Pleaseeee I want it

Jessica W July 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

I have been wanting to read this series!

Kim July 11, 2013 at 6:48 PM

I’ve waited to start this series until Out of Breath was available! Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!!!

Daron July 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM

A must have! Fingers crossed:)

Aimee July 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Wonderful series!

destiny July 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

This was a fantastic series worth re-reading again and again.

Nicole Reid July 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Rebecca, I loved your series!!! Every book held me captive. I loss sleep because I was unable to put the kindle then my phone ( which has a kindle) down long enough before my kids woke up and i had to get ready for work. But what I wanted to say to you most was …. Thank you for your realistic storytelling. This series will always be one of my favorite. I will continue to reread it time and time again. Thank you again and I cant wait to see what you come up with next. ;)

SarahD. July 11, 2013 at 6:56 PM

I have had the first book on my Kindle for a while…I am reading it next!!! Loved your review and interview!!!

Beth D July 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM

After reading how much you all have enjoyed these books, I am dying to read them!!!!

Alexandra Cruz July 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

I finished all 3 books a few days ago and I loved them.
I loved the way the characters evolved, I was almost afraid when I began reading #3, the time spam was soooo wide, but it all worked out wonderfully!

Great giveaway :)

Stacy Eastwood July 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

I haven’t read this series yet, but after reading this I really, really want to win :-)

Natalie R July 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Weekend in a quiet corner with reason breath it looks like know lm not going to be able to stop once I start :) xx

Betty Hamilton July 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I would love to win these books!! TY for the opportunity.

Kim July 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

One of my favorite series!!! I love Evan!!!!!!!

Megan July 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM

I keep hearing amazing things about this series! Cant wait to read them.

Marisela July 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

I truly loved this series I was so emotionally involved that it still left me wanting more. I can’t wait for what else you have in stored for us!

Kelly July 11, 2013 at 7:17 PM

I waited and read the whole series together, and wow it was so intense and beautiful. I have never read so fast in my life, I was so moved by Emma’s story. I would say that this series is one of my top favorite, would definitely love to have them on my shelf. Thank you so much :)

Renee O'Connor July 11, 2013 at 7:21 PM

I stayed up way past my bedtime last night to finish the Breathing series. The story was well crafted, the characters were real and believable, and I was devastated when it was over. I couldn’t go to sleep for an hour afterward. I’m adding Rebecca to my 6-star author list which is occupied by only the best IMHO – Colleen, Katja, Molly, Gayle, Tina, Tammara & Cora. Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing your beautiful and moving work with us!

Wendy Kaaz July 11, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Absolutely loved each and every book!!

Jean July 11, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Loved this series! Best ever and recommend it to everyone! Ms Donovan, your writing is amazing! Love the interview!

Maria Malaveci July 11, 2013 at 7:26 PM

I want these so very bad. Oh sweet… amazingly
RC please pick me for this amazeball giveaway!

Selina Yuen July 11, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Loved them all!

Myra Espino July 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I really loved book 1!! Can’t wait to read the others! =)
Thank you for this giveaway and congrats! More power and success!!

Tiffany July 11, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I love reading books that make you feel as if you are apart of the story! every laugh, every tear that the character feels , you feel as well! To make a story come truly alive is a rare and special talent!

Andrea July 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM

So Exciting!!!!

Noelle July 11, 2013 at 7:36 PM

I would love to win this! I haven’t read the books yet because I’ve been waiting for them all to come out so I can read them together and not forget. Is Out Of Breathe the last book? Thanks for the opportunity!!

Shavonne Briggs July 11, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Awesome interview by an awesome blogger of an awesome author of a very awesome series!! ;)

carol July 11, 2013 at 7:42 PM


kassidee July 11, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Love this series. My daughter would go ape nuts.

Fe July 11, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Cannot wait to read these books, Great interview!

Stacey July 11, 2013 at 7:49 PM

I loved loved loved this series.

Shana July 11, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Can’t wait o read this series finally!

Kristen July 11, 2013 at 7:52 PM

I would love to win it. I haven’t read the series yet. Ty for the giveaway!!!!!

Brenda July 11, 2013 at 7:54 PM

What a fantastic giveaway!! I would love, LOVE to win!! :)

Samantha July 11, 2013 at 8:05 PM

I loved the first two Breathing books and have been anxiously awaiting the third and final book in the series. I have it sitting in my Kindle and am just waiting for the weekend when I can read it uninterrupted. Thanks Rebecca for the amazing books :D

Marisa July 11, 2013 at 8:08 PM

I really want to read these. I’m buying all of them if I don’t win lol. Love your blog. Thanks!!!

Runell July 11, 2013 at 8:14 PM

I’m really looking forward to starting this trilogy!

Tina July 11, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Sign Me Up!!

shelly July 11, 2013 at 8:19 PM

I was waiting for the third one! It’s here, it’s here! Can’t wait to dive in! LOVE the interview!!

Annie July 11, 2013 at 8:19 PM

She iis such a gifted writer and I loved meeting her at Book Bash. This trilogy was beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time. Thanks to Rebecca Donovan for sharing this wonderful story with us!

Lauren July 11, 2013 at 8:27 PM

This trilogy has been on my TBR list for a while now. I’ll have to bump it up in the queue!

Dominique July 11, 2013 at 8:28 PM

This series truly had me at the edge of my seat! This is an awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

Bonnie Wood July 11, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Loved the breathing series. Rebecca is such an amazing and talented author. It was Reason to Breath that drew me into the world of indie books. And since then I have found so many wonderful books and amazing authors.

Melani July 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM

One of my favorite series. I was sad to see it end! I pimp these books out to all of my “book friends.”

Ann M. July 11, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Great interview! Congrats on all your success, Rebecca!

Vivian July 11, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Please…please…please…with a cherry on top!!!.. ;) ..I want it!!
I definitely want to start this series…I keep hearing such great things about it….!!! Liked the interview as well….

Shannon July 11, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Absolutely loved this series!

Meredith July 11, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Love love love this author!!

Melissa July 11, 2013 at 9:03 PM

One of my favorite series! Loved it!

Katherine July 11, 2013 at 9:05 PM

AWESOME!!! One of my favorite series!! Rebecca Donovan is such a gifted and talented author!! =)

Melissa July 11, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Thanks for the chance to win and the great interview-love love love all your suggestions!!

Nancy July 11, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Love this series! And her must reads are some of my favorites too !

Denice B July 11, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Love a give-a-way! I’ve not read this series, but would love to. Thank You!

Nikki A. July 11, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Just finished this series last night. Such a great, heart wrenching story. Would love to have a signed copy. Thanks for the chance to win. As always Maryse, great interview.

Jackie July 11, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Love the series! So heartbreakingly beautiful!

Marsha July 11, 2013 at 9:22 PM

I have this on my list to read soon!!! Looks really good!

Nicole July 11, 2013 at 9:22 PM

What a great giveaway!

Lindsey July 11, 2013 at 9:24 PM

LOVE this series!!

Martha July 11, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Can’t wait to read this series!

Patty July 11, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Never win anything but worth a try

Lauren July 11, 2013 at 9:26 PM

now that the third book is out i can finally start this series!!!!

Kelley July 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

I’ve been wanting to read this series. Thanks for the giveaway!

Linda July 11, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Purposely waited until I had third book downloaded before I start this series. The reviews have all been sooooo positive I knew I would want to devour one after the other!!! Would love signed copies. Xoxo

Amanda July 11, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Loved these books! It was such a great series! Sad to be done!

Amy Peston July 11, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Great giveaway! You the wo-MAN Maryse!

carol July 11, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I have shared the series with all my friends, tgank you it was wonderful i have never cried so much my.

Jean P July 11, 2013 at 9:57 PM

This is an awesome trilogy and loved every book! Thanks for the opportunity!

Penny July 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Huge fan here!!!! Kept watching for months waiting for #3. Thanks for introducing me to this author. Love her writing!

Cherine July 11, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Life is too short to re read books or so I thought BUT the breathing series being my all time favourite to date just had to be re read (1 and 2) so I could truely do Out of Breath justice. I am almost done with Reason to Breath now so I can saviour every word of OOB. Almost too sad to start it as I know this will be the last. My hat off to R Donovan for a touching and impressive story, not to mention each book was an impressive lengh with not a boring word through out. Thank you for sharing your tale. A huge huge fan!

Lisa K. July 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM

This series is appropriately named because all it did was take my breath away. Such an amazing story!!

Roxanne July 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Would love a copy of this series. Thanks for the giveaway!

michelle July 11, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I would love to win!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

Hannah K July 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Love this!!!!

Beth Knipple July 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM

What a great success story. I hope things continue to be exciting for you!

tina harris July 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Havent read these series yet. Would love too!! Good luck everyone!!! Happy Reading..

Kristine July 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Sounds like an awesome series…..would love a copy ;)

Teresa H. July 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Great giveaway! Loved the interview!

Rose July 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

I loved this series! I just read the first 2 books last week… or rather, I LISTENED to them. I was searching for books read by the narrator Kate Rudd because I absolutely love how she reads and came across this series. Freaking amazing! And when now I am currently listening to the third book. I LOVE IT! I usually like the avoid cliffhangers, but Ms. Donovan has completely earned my trust by always remembering the details and eventually she gets around to tying up all loose ends. Liking the third book so far! Would love to win signed copies!

May July 11, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Hey ^^
Well, I’m never lucky at contests or those giveaways, but I’m going to try my luck another time at great risk to be deceived again, but it’s okay, at least I’ll say that i tried and I won’t regret it.. Soo I never read any book of the trilogy, but it’s not that I didn’t want to, the problem is that I’m living in Morocco, so no library has these books, and if I want them, I should buy it from Amazon except that it cost me great money so yeah.. I try to buy a lot of books at the same time for less shipping fees.. anyways, I just loove dark books like The dark duet series and it’s funny because my all-time favorite would be The opportunist (I just loooved the book) and The Sea of Tranquility too ^^
Well, by all means, I’m gonna get this series and write my review as soon as possible ^^
Have a good day.

Sheila Hudnall July 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Great Giveaway!!!!

Gina McNicholas July 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM

This is my favorite series. I cried so much reading these books. I would love a set of signed copies. thank you so much Rebecca for writing these awesome books…

Hai K July 11, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Seems like I’ve been waiting forever for this last installment! Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Darlene H. July 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I have been looking forward to reading them for a while now! Thx for giving us this opportunity to win signed copies

Nicole Huffman July 11, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Loved he series. Just finished Out of Breathe a couple days ago. Can’t wait to see what she comes out with next!

Brunique July 11, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Great interview! Absolutley loved this trilogy<3

Pamela July 11, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Would love to read this series!

Lacey T July 11, 2013 at 11:40 PM

So excited to read this series!! Thanks for the amazing giveaway :)

Kelly July 11, 2013 at 11:40 PM

I loved this series! I just finished Out of Breath last night and am excited to see what comes next from the awesome Rebecca Donovan! :) It would be crazy awesome to win! Thank you for the giveaway and interview :)

Kubra Sahiner July 11, 2013 at 11:55 PM

So…I don’t want to brag but i have never had a signed copy from an author before….and oh god I want this series so bad….I could probably do ‘unspeakable things’ just so I can have it!! Teeheee weeeell…. I just want it bad and the covers look great, and the author is great, and the series sound great ( I haven’t read them before haha) and just – holy crow – everything just sounds great and amazing and Maryse take pity on me girl. I want that signed copy real bad….reeeaaaal bad haha
And its international!! *squeeeeeeeeeeeeeelll* finnally :P
Well have a greag day xx

KJ July 12, 2013 at 12:23 AM

I PROMISE to read 2 & 3 if I win. Book 1 was so intense and made me so upset. I was worried I’d feel the same way with the other two. I did however tell everyone who would listen about the story.

Tania July 12, 2013 at 12:30 AM

I would LOVE to win these and then give them to someone else to enjoy! Been waiting a super long time so I could read them all at once!!

Simone July 12, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Omg!!!!!! This series is killing me!! I’ve been caught crying laugh and gasping on trains, buses, in cafe’s and on my lunch break. Everyone thinks I’m crazy but I don’t care! This is so good! And I can’t believe it’s international!!!! SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!! Otherwise I’d never have the chance to get signed books :( THANK YOU !!!

sabrina July 12, 2013 at 12:52 AM

L9ve the new covers i’ve been waiting for this trilogy to be complete so i can start reading it

Sarah Tuchscherer July 12, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Thanks so very much for all your hard work and dedication.

Meagan Livsey July 12, 2013 at 1:25 AM

I have not read this series, but Colleen Hoover raved about it so I cannot wait to read them! This interview only fuels my fire! :)

Susan E July 12, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Awesome interview, thanks for the giveaway!

Abbie Young July 12, 2013 at 1:39 AM

So excited! I’m about to start book 3 :)

Kirsty July 12, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Love this interview. The Breathing Series was one of the first indie series I read last year and I just fell in love. I’m yet to read Out of Breath yet because I really need to read through the first two again first and I haven’t found the time. I need to set aside a whole week and just do it.


Margaret Jones July 12, 2013 at 1:58 AM

Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway!

Leah Smith July 12, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Loved the interview!! And the insight it provided!!! Thank you Maryse and Rebecca! =)

Alyssa July 12, 2013 at 3:19 AM

I love the series and interview!! Thanks girls!

Sarah July 12, 2013 at 3:27 AM

I can’t stand cliffhangers… So I’ve put this series on hold. But now that it’s complete, I’m jumping on the bandwagon ASAP! Woo hoo can’t wait

Jellie ann Castro July 12, 2013 at 3:47 AM

I love this series… I cant wait to read out of breath… :)

Jellie ann Castro July 12, 2013 at 3:49 AM

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway…. More power to you… :)

Maria July 12, 2013 at 4:54 AM

This is my first comment, after following your blog from Spain for over a year!! So glad you have an international giveaway…thank you so much for all your recommendations! You should see my TBR list! I have the first two books on this series and I was waiting for the 3rd to come out to read them..sometimes the wait for the final book in a series is too much for me!!!
thank you Maryse for your blog, it makes me smile every morning!

julie July 12, 2013 at 5:31 AM

I loved the first two books. Still need to read the third. Pick me!

Lisa @silverlight00 July 12, 2013 at 5:42 AM

Can’t wait to start this series!! Thanks for the interview + giveaway!!

Corinne July 12, 2013 at 5:46 AM

On my TBR list!!! Now that they are all out, I am game!! Love the blog!!
Pick me!!!

Kelly Watson July 12, 2013 at 5:53 AM

I love author interviews. They give insight that just make the books, stories and characters more real. Can’t wait to read this series. Thanks for the chance to win!

corey July 12, 2013 at 6:05 AM

Great interview. I love reading something new about the authors we

Kat P July 12, 2013 at 6:09 AM

What a great giveaway! My mom just recently finished this series and she is begging me to hurry up on book 2 & 3. She also mentions that this is def one of her top fav series.

Ashleigh July 12, 2013 at 6:09 AM

OOB was one of my most anticipated of the year and REbecca certainly didn’t disappoint!! It was incredible! Perfect! An amazing ending to Emma(and Evans) story and I can’t wait to read more from her!!!

Betul July 12, 2013 at 6:44 AM

Can’t wait to start reading these books, I waited till all of them were released ( because cliffhangers make me crazy)

Dena July 12, 2013 at 6:59 AM

This is like Christmas just the opportunity alone. Thank you!!!

kim July 12, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Just recently added these books to my TBR. Thinking they are moving up on the list!

DA July 12, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Great interview – thanks so much for sharing.

EMACP July 12, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Loved this series, my friend & I chatted for hours as soon as we were finished reading. So many things to discuss. Rebecca you had us right up to the end – naughty, naughty

Rhonda Beyer July 12, 2013 at 7:11 AM

Thanks for the giveaway and interview. I love this series and think the ending was great. Hope to see many new books from Rebecca in the future.

Rachael Key July 12, 2013 at 7:15 AM

I love this series !! First book broke my heart, very well written. Can’t wait to read Out of Breath!!!

Carol July 12, 2013 at 7:15 AM

This is a wonderful giveaway!!! I’ve always wanted to read these.

Serena July 12, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Great interview and thanks for the giveaway! I totally agree with her favorite Indie Authort list. All are at the top of my favorite books list.

Lariza July 12, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Awesome giveaway and interview! Can’t wait to read these!

Bridgette July 12, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Can’t wait to read this one!

Jules B July 12, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Thanks for this opportunity Maryse and Rebecca! I would love to read these books, they sound freakin’ awesome! Always looking for a new series addiction :-) xo

Donia July 12, 2013 at 7:53 AM

ThAnKs for another awesome giveaway. On my To Read List! Would love to add this collection to my books in print. WooHoo, signed by the author puts it on the top shelves of that collection.

Jill July 12, 2013 at 7:54 AM

I have had these books in my TBR list for a while now! Awesome..

Oy July 12, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Absolutely loved the series!

Tammy July 12, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Wow!! Thanks for the great giveaway!! Awesome books! :)

Kylie-Ann July 12, 2013 at 8:17 AM

What an amazing story. Loved every part of the story, well except for the part where I turned the last page and realised there were no more to turn. This story will stay with me forever!

Sweeta D July 12, 2013 at 8:19 AM

I can’t wait to read this series! This is an awesome giveaway! Thanks for a great interview as well!

Malinda July 12, 2013 at 8:32 AM

These are amazing booka and I would love to win them!

Helen July 12, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Wow, this is a huge giveaway!! Thanks!

Thalia July 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

This sounds like my next series to read. Hope I win :-)

Jenny July 12, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Wow what a great giveaway! This series left such an impact on my life. I counted down the days for Out of Breath and it definitely did not disappoint!

P.J. July 12, 2013 at 8:46 AM

I love the new covers, can’t wait to see these on my bookshelf =)

Jessica N. July 12, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Loved this series as well and would love to win a signed copy!

Doris July 12, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Fantastic givaway! Would love to read this series and signed to boot. Many thanks for all the time you give to your blog. Many great authors I have found due to you. Thanks Maryse.

Becca July 12, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Sounds like a good series. I look forward to reading it, giveaway or no :-)

Amy Strayline July 12, 2013 at 9:03 AM

I can’t begin to tell you how great this series is.. I find myself thinking about these stories all the time! You were able to make the characters and their feelings so real. Thank you :) and I love that your having this great giveaway! Can’t wait for future books!
Maryse I read your blog everyday it’s Amazing!
Thanks :)

Lei July 12, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I have been wanting to read these books for a while. Thanks for the giveaway!

Claudia July 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Can’t wait to read all three!

Tara July 12, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Amazing!! This is one of my favorite series of ALL time!

Hollie Roseberry July 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM

LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!!!!!

Christina July 12, 2013 at 9:40 AM

One of the best series I’ve read,

Nadine July 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

I was one of those readers who read book 1 without book 2 on stand by, and I wa truly floored. The Breathing Series is on of my all time favorites! I have recommended it to severely friends and students.

Feifei Le July 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

OMG I absolutely love this series! I put them off for so long and then BAM I couldn’t stop gushing to my mom about it at 2 in the morning. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

Jessica Ott July 12, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Loved the series! I read each book in less than a day, they were so good!

Terry Galloway Trahan July 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM

OMG!!! I want to read this series so bad! I am keeping my fingers, toes and eyes crossed I win! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

Kim July 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

This series has been on my TBR list for ages because I like to have access to the entire series before reading Book 1. Thanks for another fun giveaway!

Bobbie K July 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I am very excited to read this series!!

Bobbie K July 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I love giveaways!

Stephanie July 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while, but like others after reading the reviews and the cliffhanger I wanted to wait until they were all out so I din’t suffer from a major book hangover!! Can’t wait! :)

Chanpreet July 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I haven’t read any of these books yet, but certainly think I would if I won all three! :)

Jen July 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Best Series Ever!!!!

Cristina Riquelme July 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Wow thanks so much for this giveaway!!!! can´t wait to reading I heard so good reviews about the series, they are on my tbr list !!!!!!

Alison K July 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Can’t wait to read these!

Am July 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Awesome giveaway -this series is on the top of my to be read list:-)

Tina D. July 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

These books are awesome. I was counting the days down to book 3 and amd so happy that I was finally able to read it. I just loooove Ethan and Emma!!!

Rebecca July 12, 2013 at 11:07 AM

I just discovered your blog last week while looking for some new books to read and I have to say, I love it! I have never read this series before but you have definitely peaked my interest. I will be adding it to my TBR list.

Sara July 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Great giveaway!

kim fasnacht July 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Great giveaway

Jen July 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Lately my reading experience has left me feeling *bleh* instead of making me *squeeeeee*, *whoa* or *grrrrrr*. I need a good book series fix that gets me out of this rut I’ve fallen into. *sigh*

Angie July 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Great interview! Would love to win those books too! :) not read this series but I’ve heard so many good things. Thank you x

Debbie July 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Great giveaway and interview. Would love to read the series. That TBR list gets longer and longer – if only summer would too!

Vicki Figueroa July 12, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Have these books on my Wish List!,

Charlene July 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I absolutely loved these books. I have also worked with children who have come from abusive homes and I feel that so many of Emma’s actions and behaviors correlate with the youth that I have worked with.

Tabatha July 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I loved the series!

Susie July 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Awesome giveaway!!

marina July 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Great giveaway! Have not read the series yet it lookks great though! I really need to go out and buy a Kindle.

Julie Cole July 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Awesome giveaway, I have this series on my TBR list I am working my way down the list. To bad I am not a speed reader, but I’m not because I enjoy reading too much to read a book slow and enjoying it as long as I can (two evenings sometimes three). I read at night when my family is watching their tv shows.

bn100 July 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Sounds like an interesting series

Zee Divino July 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Ooh. this is great! I haven’t read the series yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m kind of trapped with schoolworks this weekend. two of my friends recommended the series to me. I hope to read this really soon. :D
great giveaway. :)

Stacy (StacyHgg) July 12, 2013 at 1:05 PM

This series is very high on my TBR list!! I cannot wait to read it!!!

Cindy M. July 12, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Great interview as always Maryse! This series was absolutely AMAZING!!! Just finished Out of Breath and it was just perfection. Rebecca Donovan’s writing was just brilliant throughout the series. She had me hooked after that book 1 ending! I’m definitely sad it’s over :( I’m going to miss Emma & Evan’s story, but definitely looking forward to Rebecca’s future book release. I know whatever it will be, it will be a hit! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Andrea James July 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I LOVE these books! Thanks for the great interview, and the giveaway!

Flora F July 12, 2013 at 2:22 PM

OMG thank you so much!

Clara S July 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Too awesome :) Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Cassandra E July 12, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Love the series! Awesome interview!

Andrea July 12, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I am reading the last book as we speak! I love this series. Good luck to everyone.

Crystal R.G July 12, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I’ve been waiting for the third book for so long!!!!! I can’t wait to read it!!!

Jacie July 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM

My most favorite series! I can’t even tell you how many times I thought about Emma after reading Reason to Breath and Barely Breathing. Such amazing writing!

Wendy V July 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM

The Breathing Series is one of my favorite series of all time!!! I wanted to inflict serious bodily harm on Emma and my Kindle after Barely Breathing. I was almost dreading Out of Breath… until I read it… then I was wonderfully content and calm at the end. I took a breathe and loved it!!!

Melissa Werner July 12, 2013 at 3:15 PM

so exciting!

Betty July 12, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Great interview!!!

Maria Fontes July 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM

I loved reading the 1st book and I wish I could read the rest right this second but my thesis won’t allow! I’m keeping my finger crossed to win…well, me and everyone else who commented but, hey!, got to have hope, right?
By the way, loved the interview, especially the question about how the story came to her- I’m always quite curious about how writers come up with these other worlds…

Jenn July 12, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Great giveaway! The Breathing Series is one of the first books to make me ugly cry! I started the first book one afternoon and read non-stop until after 1am to finish it. These characters are the kind that stay with you long after you finish reading! ♥

Ashley DW July 12, 2013 at 5:03 PM

I loved these books. I almost started crying at the end of Out of Breath just because the story was over. I honestly miss Emma and Evan like I would my real friends.

Sofia T. July 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

I’ve heard (aka read) so many good things about this series!!!Can’t wait to read them… :)
Thanks for the giveaway and especially for making it INT!!!

Brazilian Girl July 12, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Awesome! I have them on my wish list Thanks Maryse

Maria Cassera July 12, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Would love to read them!!!! Great giveaway!!!!

Flo July 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Great interview Rebecca!

Shannon O'Neill July 12, 2013 at 6:34 PM

OHHHH my goodness I loved these books and I also waited until I could read 1 and 2 at the same time. I was so thankful I did. I couldn’t put them down. I am glad she decided to share these heartbreaking and amazing stories with all of us! :) Happy Friday!!

Penelope Chan July 12, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jenny July 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM

This series was fantastic!!

Isadora July 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I haven’t read them, would love to win!

Tricia July 12, 2013 at 9:02 PM

One of my favorite series!

Lissette July 12, 2013 at 9:15 PM

I was so upset that I had to miss Book Bash…. I really wanted to go, but I had surgery and was stuck in a bed…. but will not miss it next year. I hope I get to win “The Breathing Series” that has to be one of my favorite series… I felt all the emotions the characters did and more… the tears and more tears.

Sara July 12, 2013 at 10:31 PM

THANKYOU Maryse for making this giveaway international! *squeeeee* :) I mean as an Aussie girl who never gets to see an author MUCH less get a book signed by an author in Australia > wow girl > you have my hopes up so high (no pressure though) Teehee
But wow < I am speechless < but I mean who am I kidding? I never win these sort of things… It's like a bad case of bad luck. I mean chance games HATE me. Unfortunately. But hey a girl's gotta try… So I am going to damn try hahaha
P.S Rebecca Donovan IS gorgeous !! I mean wow.
P.S.S THanks Maryse for the interview. I love getting to know authors. Makes life a bit more fun you know!

Cindy July 13, 2013 at 1:37 AM

omg this series looks so good, i have this book in my list for to read because i’m too much curious about them, btw thanks for the giveaways, it’s an amazing chance for win!

Zee Divino July 13, 2013 at 8:38 AM

is the winner picked already?
aw, why don’t I have the luck when it comes to giveaways? :/
but congratulations to the winner. whoever you are, whoo-hoo! :) )
I guess I’ll just have to borrow a copy of this. :D

dena July 13, 2013 at 8:30 PM

I just read all of them last week. I waited until all 3 were out. I have to tell you that I lobed each and every one of them. The story flowed well from one book to the next! Amazing how easy it was to get into each of the characters due to such great writing.

Annie July 14, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Fingers Crossed!

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