Colleen Hoover Just Slammed Me, and I Am Honored!! *squeeeeeeee*

by Maryse on April 7, 2012 · 54 comments

in Colleen Hoover, contemporary romance

Oh WOW!!! My husband has been sneaky again!! The good kind of sneaky. He just presented me with the most awesome piece of slam-poetry, as sent to him by none other, then THE fabulous, wonderful, adorable and super-duper talented author… Colleen Hoover.

Something she, and well… “Will” wrote for me.


I AM FLOORED. I have never been so happy to be Slammed!!!

I…. there are no words, Colleen. I swear it, I can’t even believe this. I’m so touched and… WOW. Do you even know how HUGE this is?

I just had to share it with you guys. Here it is:

“Next up, Will Cooper,” the emcee says.

I lean over to Lake and give her a quick kiss before heading to the stage.  She grazes the side of my face with her fingers and smiles at me. “Do her justice, Husband,” she says.

I take the stage and walk into the spotlight, staring out over the vast crowd in front of me.  My stomach tenses when it sinks in just how much bigger this venue is than Club N9NE.  I’ve never performed in front of such a large crowd before.  The audience is well deserved, though.  They’re all here for her-for Maryse.

I grip the microphone with both hands and position it to where it feels more comfortable.  It’s been a while since I’ve slammed.  I feel a little bit more nervous than usual.  I haven’t done one since the night I performed, “Because of you,” for Lake.  That was the night I almost lost her just as fast as I had won her back.   I have her now, though…and I’m never letting go again.  That’s for damn sure.

I roll my shoulders to ease my tension, then I find Maryse in the crowd.   I focus my gaze on her and give her a quick wink before I begin.  “I borrowed this title from one of my older poems.  It was an emergency.  My piece is called, ‘Because of you.’”

My greatest passion is Slamming

It’s butterflying Damning

Intense,  heart wrenching,  immense

It’s bemazing…it’s soul-grabbing

 It’s something so many would have never known

If through your blog, you would have never shown

A newfound love if even for a few

Slamming was introduced to so many…

  because of you.


Because of your passion, your commitment, your work

Unselfishly spreading love for the written word

Bringing readers everything from ‘Christian’ to ‘Tohr’

From Sempre to Slammed and Lover Reborn


You shared our stories that you held so dear

Reached so many people with your laughter and tears

Spread our stories through your heartfelt reviews

People know us…

because of you.


The authors…they create us, make us their own

Breathe life into us until we’ve developed a soul

But without you to share us with all those you know

Our stories would likely have never been told


So this passion you have for sharing your thoughts?

Never give up.  Never stop.

You’re butterflying bemazing and you butterflying rock!

It’s because of you, Maryse,

That we’ll never be stopped

In the famous words of Colleen Hoover… “Oh. My. Freaking. Word.”

Colleen. I will cherish this forever.

P.S. –>  QUICK E-BOOK Giveaway!! I feel like sharing the love, guys!!! For any of you guys that haven’t already read it, or don’t have your own e-book version of her books, I will gift one copy of her e-books (one copy of Slammed & one copy of Point of Retreat) to a lucky winner, that I will randomly choose from the comments below. I will end the “contest” at 9pm tomorrow night (Sunday April 8th 2012), and I will contact you by email to confirm for the “e-book gift”. I know how to do this via Kindle Amazon, but not sure if Nook has the same service. If so, you can let me know if you want Nook or Kindle. YAY!!!!

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{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

angie April 7, 2012 at 5:26 PM

THAT IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Penny April 7, 2012 at 5:31 PM cool, Colleen and Kev rock!

Maryse April 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I know. You guys. I have a lump in my freakin’ throat!!! My hands are shaking, my fingertips are cold. I am … wow. I can’t even put it into proper words.

Surprised. Elated. Touched. Amazed. Thrilled. I could go on, and still, the words would not convey properly, how I feel right now.

Tori April 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Sooo stinkin’ awesome! She(he) is totally right, though. You give these characters life by shining the light on them do that we can know them too. Never stop. :)

Rebecca Espinoza April 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Wow! That made ME cry, and I never cry! You totally deserve those words Maryse! So happy for you!

Jamie April 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

HOLY.FREAKIN’.CRAP!!!!!! That was AMAZING!!! I TOTALLY felt like I was sitting in the audience watching and listening!!!!! I got teary eyed and goose bumps. That is the coolest butterflying thing I have ever seen! What an amazing honor Maryse! You deserve it girl! Squeeeee! That was awesome! Ok, it’s been 30 seconds….Im going to go read it again!!!
BTW….this just officially boosted Colleen to my #1 spot for most kick ass author EVER!!!!!

patricia April 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Awwwww so butterflying true……….

Chrissy April 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM

That’s soooo BUTTERFLYING awesome! Way to go Maryse ! You got one BUTTERFLYING husband ( is he named Will too?) !!! :) …and you rock , Colleen Hoover !!!

Scamp April 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Beyond Awesome! … so what would that be? beyonsome? yes- BEYONSOME!!
Will is right smack on the money tho Maryse, a lot of the books you have suggested I would never have even heard of, much less tried. Beautiful Disaster, Slammed, Bronze Horseman… these have quickly become some of my fav books. Thank you for your blog and sharing your beyonsomeness!!

Jessika April 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

So Awesome!! What a great gift! Your one lucky girl (:

tania April 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

i totally want to read slammed!!!!!

Tracy April 7, 2012 at 6:28 PM

OMG!!! That is AWESOME!!

Mak April 7, 2012 at 6:50 PM

That was soo sweet of her. And it is also very true! Many of the books I’ve come to love and adore were found only because of this blog. Slammed being one of them.

Tina April 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

That was butterflying awesome!

Nicole April 7, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Wow, knew she was a great author, but that is amazing! So true, all of it!

Rebecca April 7, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I may or may not (okay, I totally AM) be freaking out right now! These are definitely on my MUST read list!

Maryse April 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Tori: I love doing it, and so happy you guys enjoy it too!!

Rebecca: I know. So hard not to cry after that!

Jamie: I know, I was right back there again, in that club, full of anticipation and nervousness. She IS AWESOME!!!

Patricia. *hug*

Chrissy: I have my very own Will!! But nope, his name is Kevin. ;)

Scamp: Beyonsome is a bemazing word!! Excellent!! Let’s use it ;) I’m so happy to have you with us, and LOVE that you love the same books we do!

Jessika: I feel lucky!

Tania. YAH you do!!! Just you wait!

Tracy: *nods* I know, right!?

Mak: Have you read Point of Retreat yet?

Tina: She rocks!!

Nicole: *hug* thank you!!

Rebecca: OH YES YOU MUST read these!!!! I know you’ll love ‘em!

Alisha April 7, 2012 at 7:51 PM

OMG that’s amazing!! Laughing/smiling/ and slightly tearing for you… That’s AWESOME!!! (and totally true, don’t know what I’d do without your blog to point me in the right direction!) <3

Colleen April 7, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I think every stinkin’ one of you is just as beyonsome as Maryse! We just all reek of beyonsomeness! And thank you guys so much for having the biggest hand in the best two weeks of my life. Honestly, Maryse…you recommending my books and to everyone who has read them, this has been life changing and I could never thank y’all enough.
(Does this count as an entry in your giveaway? I’ve never won anything before.)

Yani April 7, 2012 at 7:57 PM

OMG!!! That’s so sweet!!!!!! Love it!!!!

Maryse April 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM

LOL!! Hey Colleen. If you win, I could send you “Thoughtless” & “Effortless”. We loved those, too. So angsty! How ’bout it?

Becky K. April 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Wow…that was amazing. These are definitely at the top of my tbr list.

Patrice April 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM

That is so cool!!!

Nicole P April 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Hi there, I would love to read Slammed!

jamie f. April 7, 2012 at 8:42 PM

OMG .. soooooo awsome for you .. what an true present.. i looked for the books at the local library but they don’t have them in ebook form .actually i just checked and they don’t even have the book at all so i made a note to them so they may add it to the read list .. maybe :)

Erin April 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

What a poem! Kindle please.

Talena Ann April 7, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Oh my…I sooo wanna read these now!!!

Mandy lomax April 7, 2012 at 9:40 PM

So awesome! You have suggested so many of my very favorites and I never would have found them without you. I have already made 4 of my friends read Slammed and Point of Retreat and they LOVED them! Your blog is wonderful and has a far reaching sphere of influence. Thank you.

Krystal April 7, 2012 at 9:43 PM

this was sooooo freaking amazing !!!!!!! Colleen ROCKS !!!!!! I Loved Slammed n Point of Retreat.. so awesome… have tissues at the ready, for those who will start soon!!! trust, you’ll need them :D

Madeleine Buzzi April 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

As soon as I finished reading both books, Slammed” and Point of retreat” I bought them as an ebooks gift for my friend here in the Bahamas. She had just received an iPad, and was soo excited to have her first books to read, and I knew that those two books were perfect for her! I can’t wait for her opinion. I just know she’ll be calling me soon wanting to talk these characters to pieces!
I also hope there will be a book about Eddie! What a special special girl! What a great way she has to let her friend know that she’s there for her without snooping, and then was able to get answers to questions that we were thinking about. Dont we all like to kinda snoop into peoples windows? Eddie was nice enough to open the curtains for us! LOL.. LOVE Eddie!!

Kiersten April 7, 2012 at 10:21 PM

That was butterflying amazing!! What an honor! So glad to have been able to read those two books and enjoy your personal piece of Slammed Poetry!!

Amy April 7, 2012 at 10:31 PM

That poem was awesome! I really need to read these books now.

Charity April 8, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Butterflying Sweet! Totes jealous!

Mom April 8, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Wow! Colleen you truly rock…I am one proud mother and I am so happy that you chose that way to show your appreciation to my daughter, it is so wonderful to realize that others appreciate her as much as I do!

Mak April 8, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Yes, Maryse I did read Point of Retreat! Almost immediately after, too. I normally don’t like YA books, but Colleen’s are those rare gems that are so good I forget that I’m reading a YA book. I’d gladly forego steaminess for things like Slammed and POR.

Mak April 8, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Oops…yeah no need to put me in a drawing for those books. Already bought and read, and LOVED!! I was just dropping in to tell you that I agreed with her.

Shreya April 8, 2012 at 4:19 AM

You deserve such an awesome gesture Maryse………. :)

Belle April 8, 2012 at 5:01 AM

Since it didn’t say anything about only US, I’ll leave a comment as well. And they sound really good, too!

lisa April 8, 2012 at 8:08 AM

I`m butterflying lost for words,you are one of my reason`s I read so much.You deserve to be SLAMMED.

Tasnim S April 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I’d love to win this!! I have a Kindle btw :)

tasnim-sheikh AT hotmail DOT com

Jeannie Smith April 8, 2012 at 9:46 AM

How cool is it to have a poem especially written for you???

Kandyce Harris April 8, 2012 at 9:47 AM

All I can say is WOW! I’m tearing up…..

You go girl, you deserve it and more

Maureen April 8, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Maryse that is amazing! What an honor to be slammed. I have both books and LOVE them (but don’t need to be in the drawing). I have found so many wonderful books because of you. My daughter is home for Easter and I have her reading them now.

Megan April 8, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I would love to read these books!!
I would like a Nook Book please.

Nicole April 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I just finished both books by Colleen and absolutely LOVED them! Thank you so much for recommending these books you totally deserved that slam by Will! :)
Also, has anyone read “Chasing Nikki” by Lacey Weatherford? like “Slammed” and “Point of Retreat” I feel like it had a great story to be told that everyone should read especially someone that has lost someone close to them in their life.

Sara April 8, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Love. It.
And I loved book number one (completed it in a day) and would love the second!

Jodi April 8, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Wow. What a honor. That was awesome. Congratulations Maryse, you deserve it. I have been a fan of your blog. As with the slammed series that I just read this weekend, I immediately read any book you recommend especially the 5 star rated ones.

Michelle April 8, 2012 at 5:14 PM

This is awsome! I can’t wait, i wanna read it soo badly!! (kindle :D )

Stacy April 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

That was a really cool slam! What an amazing author! I wonder how long it took to write that! I would love to read these books so thank you for the chance to win them!! You are the best Maryse!!!!!!!!!

To Nicole, yes I have read Chasing Nikki and it was amazing!!!! It was a beautiful romance with real, flawed characters that you could relate to. This book is not all “flowers and sunshine” and I think thats what makes it so good!!

**Chris** April 8, 2012 at 8:14 PM

WOWWWWW!!!! I have never ever ever ever ever ever been so jealous of someone in my whole life!!! I would love a SLAM. I would also like to win another book (still waiting for the first one , Mrs. Hoover!!). Wink Wink ;) . You deserve it Maryse. YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Traciedawn April 8, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Wow. That was butterflying fantastic! I have been off of my computer all weekend and look at all I missed…..LOL I know I missed the deadline, but I already have them both books on my kindle and they were AMAZING and I think Colleen is amazing too.

Jennifer April 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

That was awesome! What a wonderful gift!

Aestas April 9, 2012 at 5:43 PM


I just finished Slammed and LOVED it!!!! starting book 2 now :)

jasmine May 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

This is so awesome! Just read both of these books last night it was so amazing and while I didn’t sob I did have tears streaming down my face the whole time. Great recommendation as usual! Thanks Maryse! ;)

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