It’s Official!!! (Psst! There might be free stuff in here.)

Today is the big day! ATRIA BOOKS versions of SLAMMED and POINT OF RETREAT are now available as ebooks. Paperbacks will follow in September. Let me tell you, it’s been a crazy busy week for me, but I can’t imagine how crazy it’s been at the Simon & Schuster offices.  I’ve discovered the reason behind the New York saying, “The City that Never Sleeps.”

It’s because it’s true.  They never sleep!  They work, work, work all hours of the day and night, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the beautiful things they have done to my books in such a short amount of time.  Not only have they updated the covers to form a more cohesive look, but now I’m lucky enough to have quotes on the front from two of my favorite authors, Tammara Webber and Jamie McGuire!  OMG!  How butterflying cool is that?

AND the editing.  Wow!  Just…wow.  I think I expected an edited manuscript returned to me that pointed out my formatting and punctuation errors and that would be that.  But no.  They went above and beyond.  They pointed out things that I never even thought about.  Here’s a little “behind the scenes” example:

In the poem “The Lake” where Will says something about “In-N-Out” burgers, they pointed out that there aren’t any In-N-Out burgers in or around where Will lives, so would he really use that restaurant as a reference in the poem?  Of course, I couldn’t change it because for one, we have this performance by Marty Schoenleber where he recites the original, so I didn’t want to make it different.  And two, because In-N-Out burgers are just really, really good.

I’m getting off subject here.  My point is that it was obvious they really took their time (albeit, in a hurry) and I appreciate them for that.  A HUGE THANK YOU to Judith Curr and Johanna Castillo for making me feel so welcomed into the Simon & Schuster family.  And to my amazing agent, Jane Dystel, for her tireless dedication to not only me, but all the authors she represents.

It’s people like this that make me even more stoked that I made this decision.  ATRIA BOOKS has been an absolute thrill to work with. And the best part?  You know these giveaways I like to do?  Yeah, well…they’re gonna let me keep doing them.  And the bester best part (yes, I said bester) is that I’m doing one right now!  And the winners of THESE signed books get the beautifully edited and signed publisher’s editions!

When a publisher takes over a self-published book, a lot goes into the process of uploading the new books to their platforms.  The issue that arises is that there is no way to transfer the ranking from the self-published version to the published version, so the published version essentially has to start over.  This is where your chance to win comes in.  I’m going to post links here for the new versions on all platforms, so share them wherever you want.  Twitter, Facebook, on your blog.  Let me know where you shared in the comments and I’ll enter your name into the drawing.

I think another random kindle fire giveaway on top of the S&S versions of the books is the perfect way to celebrate! :) THIS GIVEAWAY ENDED 08/14

Wrapping up, if you want to be entered into the giveaway for the official published editions of SLAMMED and POR, or you want a chance for a kindle fire, then repost this new link and come back and comment that you did so.  If you are a blogger and have the old link, simply replace your link on your review with one of these, then come back and let me know in the comments.

I just (gulp) unpublished the self-pubbed versions of these books and they soon will no longer be active.  Once again, thank you all so stinkin’ much for everything.  From the amazing reviews to the word-of-mouth.  I will never, ever forget the readers that are the driving force behind the success of these books.  As always, y’all butterflying rock!

Here are the links to all platforms:

273 thoughts on “It’s Official!!! (Psst! There might be free stuff in here.)

  1. You are so awesome. It’s so nice that you do these giveaways. I won a signed copy of Slammed about a month ago and it is literally the best thing I have ever won. Thank you so much! xx

  2. Shared, Posted and THRILLED for YOU! Yippee!!! I do have one quick question though….will my ebooks of the self pub version still be readable on my kindle??

  3. I downloaded both to my Kindle about 3 weeks ago and finished both in a weekend. I would be honored to have a signed copy. I have since shared your books with a few friends. thank you for the loving story of Will and Lake. I shared your links on Facebook, Twitter and in my office. :). You’re an amazing author and I can’t wait for Will”s Story.

  4. I just posted both links on my Facebook account and gave you a shout out! :) LOVED both of the books. They are two books that I have read this summer that I think about often. They really are gems. :)

  5. I shared on facebook!!!!! My friends think im nuts because I cant stop talking about these books, but I love them so much. I just hooked another fan yesterday… she stayed up all night reading :)

    Congrats Colleen!!!

    1. that’s exactly how I’ve been with her books. my friend is having her 15 yr old daughter read them too. the morals of Will are amazing

  6. Colleen you are so awesome! I cant get enough of Slammed and Point of Retreat, i feel like the characters totally came part of my life, and i cherish them so!! I shared on my facebook… and tagged you in it! :) Have a beautiful day! xox

  7. I posted the links on my Facebook account. My friend insisted that I read the book,because she loved it so much and then when I read it, I couldn’t put it down. After I finished it, I immediately got Point of retreat :)

  8. I’m so so happy for you Colleen. I’ve got chills every now and then whenever I’ll be checking your spot in the New York Times list. And now having seen the covers of both books bearing the title that you are officially (is that an appropriate term for here? LOL) a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, I can’t help but feel truly happy for you. really. I am so overwhelmed that I’ve read both of your books and even got a signed copies of it. You are so blessed and this is just the beginning :)

  9. I shared your link!!! :) and I am so excited for you! I absolutely loved Slammed and Point of Retreat! Hope there’s more to follow, good luck and congrats!!!!!

  10. Congrats!! This is awesome!

    I tweeted the new Amazon links for both books AND about the giveaway

    Posted on Facebook with the new Amazon links AND the giveaway

    Thanks so much! I’d LOVE to win:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  11. Oh I a over the moon excited for you! I just shared your link on facebook! Cannot wait to see your success grow! I must ask what does this mean for the next book? Will we have to wait longer? I am crossing my fingers that we won’t. ;)

  12. Reposted to Facebook! I randomly stumbled upon your books while browsing books on my nook last weekend and finished both books in two days! They’re excellent! Thank you!

  13. You are on fire girl!! WooHoo!! I just shared on Twitter & as soon as my FB desides to cooperate I will share there too :) I have been wanting a Kindle Fire so bad but just can’t spend the money for one, you will have one happy fan when they win one! Get it girl!!

  14. I shared the links on Facebook – congratulations on seeing results for all of your hard work! Looking forward to the next book! :)

  15. Congratulations again on your well deserved success. I will continue to recommend these books to everyone. Happy to share on twitter.

  16. Not sure if I posted it correctly, but I posted those links on my facebook page. Congrats Colleen, I’m happy for you!

  17. Congrats Colleen! I selected slammed for my book club this month. I bought your books on my kindle before I realized you can buy signed copies. (would have liked signed copies) Anyway, I posted both links on my Facebook!! :)

  18. Congrates & I posted on facebook & in a group of readers on facebook ( Romance Novel…. my daughter was looking for something to read so i said here read this one which was of cause :)

  19. I posted the link to my FB page. I am such a fan of your work and love the fact that you are so involved with your fans…..butterflying awesome!

  20. Congrats Colleen!! I posted both links on my facebook. Since I read the series, I have been telling all my friends and family that they must do the same! :-)

  21. I’ve put it out on my FB and @MLE2001 on Twitter – I think it’s absolutely incredible and SO well deserved that all of this has happened for you!!!!! Now if we can just see that movie…. :-D

  22. I posted both links on Twitter (@MsMooWat) and Facebook (Monique Harrell-Watford). I’m so excited for you!!! I hope everyone else that has not read this book enjoy it as much as I did!! I believe it was your book that had the best “first” scene EVER!!! Really felt REAL! :-) I loved every minute of it. Congratulations!! You have gained a fan for life!!

    P.S. Thank you again for introducing me to TAB!!!


  23. Congrats! I’ve been telling everyone I can about your work. I know someone will want to make the movie versions soon. Shared your entire post on Facebook.

  24. I really don’t know what I’m doing…I think I posted it on my Facebook page, but I’m not seeing it! Enter me in the drawing stuff please:)

  25. Done, shared both links on my Facebook. I would luv to win signed copies, especially since ur books are not yet available in the UK. I read them on my kindle. If I had the hard copies I could lend them to my friends….can’t wait for will’s book!

  26. I also posted the links to facebook. I think it’s great that you followed your dream and they’re all coming true! To continued success!!

  27. Posted to Facebook and Twitter! and Anyone that will listen! I butterflying love these books. I would love signed copies even though I have read them! ;) So happy for you and all your success. These are great!

  28. Colleen- that is fantabulous news..Congratulations! I have shared your links on my facebook page. So happy for you! Enjoy every minute of it!!!

  29. That’s too funny about In N Out I knew that but they are so darn good they should be everywhere. Congrats on this amazing thing

  30. Congratulations, Colleen! The new covers looks great. I’m so happy you have a publisher. I’ve shared both links on Facebook. Can’t wait for Will’s Story!

  31. I shared on my Facebook! :) congrats on everything! I butterflying love these books and talk about them constantly! cant wait for the next book!

  32. Congratulations to all your success thus far! You butterflying rock!
    Posted ur link on FB and shared with some friends via email! =)

  33. I posted the link for Slammed on my
    Facebook! I never enter contests like this because I never win anything but I love these books so much that I figured I would try!

  34. Things like this butterflying confuse me at times….I shared your link on my facebook and will do the same for twitter when I sign on…haven’t butterflying tweeted since I signed up, but will do to share this wonderful news!!! Thank you for your writing and look forward to many more!!

  35. Congratulations! :) I LOVED Slammed and currently in the middle of POR which is amazing as well! I’m just sad that I have to put in down to work today. I can’t wait to read more of your work and can only hope there are more books to come in the Slammed series!

    I shared the link to Slammed with all of my friends on my Twitter page!

  36. Congrats Colleen! Well deserved!! =) Your stories are butterlfying AMAZING! I’ve read many stories after reading Slammed and POR, but nothing compares. Nothing even comes close. Your stories hit all the right spots at exactly the right moments. Un-Fbomb-believable! =) (didn’t know if I can say the f-bomb here)

    Anyway, I posted both links to Twitter and Facebook and let all my friends know how amazing these are! I also spread them in my office. hahaha =)

  37. I am so butterflying happy for you. I love your books so much I have told my daughter, cousins, and aunts all to read them. We are avid readers and when we get together books are what we talk about.

    I posted a special to post on Facebook and Twitter today with your links. It is gonna be a great day.

    So pat yourself on the back and relax you deserve it!!!!

  38. I posted to Facebook and twitter!! Love your new covers and so excited for your success, it’s a pleasure to read!!

  39. Colleen,
    Congratulations! Your books are absolutely wonderful! I work in a salon and every person I talk to I just rave about both of your books! I read both of them in one day :-)
    I posted this to my facebook! Congrats again!!

  40. Congratulations once again Ms. Colleen! I think that it is butterflying amazing! You deserve all of it. Thank you for always thinking about your readers, and for staying as nice as you are to us. Thank you for the awesome-sauce giveaway! I so want those signed copies! I’ll be thinking about it everyday. You rock!!!

    April David @Books4Juliet

    oops. P.S.
    I shared it on Twitter and Facebook :)

    More power! God bless you more in many ways.

    xoxo. April :)

  41. Posted the links on my Facebook page! I have a lot of friends who love to read, so I’m hoping they consider your books for their next read :) congrats on all the success! When I was reading your books I couldn’t put them down. They actually became part of my childrens bedtime stories just so I could continue to read lol luckily the kids didn’t seem to mind since they are little ;)

  42. Shared on Facebook !!! Yeah !! So excited !! I have been giving copies of slammed out as gifts to my girlfriends this summer!!
    You ROCK!

  43. I shared on fb an twitter. So happy for you! Love these books and my new favorite band I found because of you. Congrats!!!

  44. I reposted the link on my FB page!! I absolutely love your books. I am going to hold a book club at my house for both books!!

  45. Congrats! Now I’m anxiously awaiting Will’s story (and hopefully new signed copies of Slammed and POR! :)) I shared on my twitter (@lizn117).

  46. I posted the link and I have to tell you that you are amazing! I love these two books so much and again want to ask when are you coming anywhere near MN? :)

  47. Whoo hoo! Fantashtish! I’m so glad all these good things are happening for you. The books are wonderful and I’m so glad that more people will know about them now. Congrats, really! I feel like I was part of some inner circle bc I read them a while ago before they got all huge and stuff. I’m privileged to have that honor. I shared on FB.

  48. I just posted both links on FB! I LOVE these books & have recruited a many very happy reader to them. Thank you for these great stories. I laughed, cried & felt so connected to these books.

  49. Thanks for your story of Layken and Will. I LOVED them! I posted your link on my FACEBOOK Page. I want their story to be read. You’ve made me appriciate the card I was dealt in life. Thank you for the reminder.

  50. Congratulations! I will gladly promote these 2 books all day long. Everyone needs to experience Slammed and Point of Retreat. I posted links for both books to Pinterest, Google Plus, and Twitter:

  51. This is seriously awesome news. I had no idea these books were being published. I live under a rock I guess. lol Autumn insisted I buy them months ago. I love seeing great books get published. Congrats. :o) I shared on FB and I’m about to tweet this post when I’m not commenting.

  52. Congrats again!! I posted both books on my Facebook status. Looking forward to following you on your future endeavors.

  53. Congratulations! What a HUGE accomplishment :)

    I finished Slammed in ONE day after my friend recommended it to me. Absolutely loved it. I am in the middle of Point of Retreat right now and and enjoying it just as much. Thank you so much for the beautiful story of Lake and Will.

    I posted both links on my Facebook and pinned the books on Pintrest in my I Love to Read board.

    Now, back to reading…

  54. Colleen, I could never stop pimping your book, I think it comes up in conversation at least once a day and you are butterflying awesome!!!! I shared it again today, so proud of you!!! :)

  55. Shared on Facebook Congrats!!!! Would love to be ‘in to win’ anything!! Haha have an awesome weekend! Be number 1 in no time

  56. love reading your are so fun! loved both of your books and CANNOT wait to read will’s pov. posted both links to twitter. t_barnett18 :)

  57. Hi Colleen–Congats on the release. I love your books and the Avett Brothers. Did you know they have a new CD coming out in Sept? The have a song on it called Pretty Girl from Michigan. HMMM I wonder if her name is Lake,

  58. Posted to my twitter: serenityblue
    Will try to remember to post to my blog over the weekend. Thet’re beautiful books and I’d love to win one! And I wouldn’t turn down the kindle either! CONGRATS!

  59. I shared both on my Twitter as well as my Facebook! Both are such great books! I read the sample on my Kindle and had to have more! Read both books in 4 days and have already been telling family, friends and clients at work to read them!

  60. Congratulations again, Colleen! I posted on Twitter. My handle is @AnnaLiisaLand. Not only do I love the books but I am so fascinated by the story of YOU and how you crafted and self-published these books while being a working mom and having a busy, full personal life. So many of us wish we could craft our own careers and get our writing out there–you are living the dream and that is inspirational!

  61. Read your books this week and can’t say enough good things! Would LOVE copies of the books! Posted it on my Facebook page.

  62. I shared both links on my facebook page. I don’t twitter, pinterest, or blot. But I have sent over 50 text messages to friends & family! I hope those count for something! You soooo butterflying rock! CONGRATS

  63. I am so happy for you Colleen. Your an amazing author and I can’t wait to buy your next book. I shared the links again for you!!! I have had a lot of friends tell me that they read your books and they really liked them and actually thanked for me recommending them. lol

  64. Hey there Colleen,
    Congratulations on all your success! I have posted the links on my facebook and twitter accounts. Thank you so much for including the link to the unlisted Marty Schoenleber YouTube entry I had been looking for that!

  65. I just posted your link to Facebook and I was thrilled to do it! I have been recommending these books to everyone who asks me for suggestions. Thank you for your generosity with this giveaway and congratulations!

  66. Congrats Colleen!!! So happy for you! Shared on my fcbk pages and twitter! Commented in the morning but it still says my comment is awaiting moderation. Hope this one comes thru! You rock & thanks for the giveaway :)

  67. I love these two books. It was such a beautiful love story. I can’t wait for the next book. I don’t like to read, but I could not put these books down. When I was at work, I couldn’t wait to.get home so I could read more about Will & Layken. I love her name.

  68. I posted the links on tumblr with a short review. In the next coming days I’ll be making a proper review and posting it on my group’s blog.

    As for In-N-Out in Will’s poem? Okay maybe there aren’t any in his area, but he could have had them on vacation! I’m glad that they caught that, but let’s step back for a minute and imagine Will and his family taking vacations. Is it possible he would have had it in 4 of the states they are located in? Yes very much so.

  69. Congrats!! This is awesome!

    I tweeted the new Amazon links for both books on Twitter @christinafiorio and I also tweeted about the giveaway

    Posted on Facebook with the new Amazon links (Christina Rita Condomaros) and I also posted about the giveaway

    I commented yesterday with all the links, but my comment is still awaiting moderation so I think I did something wrong – sorry about that! So I figured I’d comment again.

    Thanks so much! I’d LOVE to win:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  70. I have posted the two links on my Facebook page. I have already read both books and loved them. I have already got 3 work colleagues to read them and they also loved the books. I have shared the links not to win anything but because they are such good books and more people should read them. Can’t wait for your next books!

  71. just shared on my fb account. and of course you can count on me to spread the news to anyone i encounter. best of luck with the republished versions, i’m sure they will do really well!

  72. Colleen, I posted the links for both Slammed and POR in my Facebook page. Thank you for writing such an amazing story. I am so looking forward to reading more of your books!!! Congrats!

  73. Hi!! I have been a fan for FOREVER NOW! Haha I am really happy for all your progress! I posted the links on my Facebook- Tamara Beard. And I set the post as public so everyone can see =)

  74. On FB and pinterest. Amazing books! I think I’m going to have to reread them! Missing Will and Lake! Congrats on all the success!

  75. Bought SLAMMED Thursday, neglected my household responsibilities to finish it this morning. Loved it. Downloaded POINT OF RETREAT only moments ago and will neglect everything tomorrow too. Posted a review on FB: Thanks for sharing your talent!

  76. WoooWhooo! This is just soo exciting! I’ve been super busy getting my classroom ready for a new school year, but just had to check in! I don’t blog or facebook, but have emailed my friends and have been recommending them to everyone! Do I still get to play? Congrats, again!

    And to all my teacher peeps out there…here’s to the start of another wonderful school year! Let’s go teach our butterflying hearts out!

  77. Just read the first one – Slammed! I loved it! it actually made me cry! trying to buy the second one online and for some reason is unavaiable! sooo depressed! hopefully it will be avail soon!

  78. I butterflying love these two books!!! Can’t wait for Will’s version. I laughed and cried through both books. My mom died of lung cancer 6 years ago. I felt Lakes pain! My new favorite word is butterflying! We are starting to do suck and sweet time at our house! Please write faster…… LOL I posted the links on my Facebook. Congratulations on 2 awesome books!!

  79. I just posted the links on my Facebook wall! I loved these books! I can’t wait for the next one! I want all my friends to know how great these books are. How beautiful Will and Lake’s story is! Thank you for these books!!

  80. Posted a few days ago…dont know why I didnt post on her to say you are my idol and you rock my face off!!!! Cant wait for Chicago!

  81. LOVED LOVED the series, it was soooo good and I have shared my review of Slammed still need to for Point of retreat ! Ok I shared on FB,FB book page and twitter and will re post on WP as well:)) Congrats one everything love;))) ~bella

    FB book page link:




    YAY thanks for this as well:)

  82. Posted to FB & Twitter! Soo excited! I hope I win! I try every time you have these contests but I never win :( I want to read and review these books so bad but all my money goes to my kids so I haven’t been able to buy them yet. Thanks for another opportunity!

  83. Colleen, posted on my facebook: “For all of you looking for a new book to read: Slammed and it’s sequel, Point of Retreat. Soooooo butterflying good!! If you have a teen girl in your life, get her to read it too.”
    I hope I win the signed books. I plan to give them to my niece Madison, whom I wish one day gets her very own Will, as I am already lucky enough to have a Will of my very own.
    Thank you for this beautiful cast of characters. <3

  84. CONGRATS! Colleen!!! I don’t blog, facebook or twitter :( but I’ve tried my best to get my friends to post on their accounts about your amazing stories! Would LOVE to win the books or the fire!
    THANKS for the chance to win! And wishing you continued success nyour new venture!

  85. Colleen, I finished reading Slammed and Point of Retreat this weekend. I really enjoyed both of them, and I shared your new Amazon link on my Facebook page. I’m not a blogger; so, I don’t know if FB is atisfactory for your contest, but regardless, I wanted to share how much I liked Will and Lake!

  86. I don’t facebook or twitter but my book club read slammed and I went on to read point of retreat. By far the best books I’ve read in a while. Keep on writing looking forward to more stories with characters like Lake and Will. It made my butterflying week!!

  87. I posted the link for Slammed on facebook. I can’t wait to read Point of Retreat. If the story is told as well as Slammed, I know it will be a great read!

  88. Hey, Colleen! I bought ‘Slammed’ in amazon kindle store on 10/8/12. It was by then #2 in kindle paid!!! I read it last night and COULD NOT STOP till the end. Talk about blocking your characters’ bliss and making readers feel pain and passion!

    This morning (in Australia) I was back in the kindle store and could not see Slammed anywhere – odd – even when I searched. Hence I came to your blog to answer the mystery. And so now I have posted your new links in the writers’ forum I’m in, and also on fb and in fiction writing group there. 1) cos I’d love to win a kindle fire!! (or your books, of course) 2) cos I want everyone to have that great reading experience 3) cos I’m excited for you and your success/journey!

    Congratulations and so very well done.


  89. Hi Colleen!

    I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed Slammed and Point of Retreat! I’ve already recommended the books to all of my friends that read. My cousin is currently reading Slammed and constantly telling me how much she is enjoying reading it! I also felt so moved by the books that I posted about them on my blog! ( Although I’m not poetry writer I have become more interested in SLAM poetry and maybe, one day, I’ll be brave enough to do one!

    Again, GREAT BOOK! Keep it up! (=

  90. Posted on my Facebook. I have not had the chance to read the books yet, but I am so…looking forward to starting them soon. I have heard wonderful things about the books.


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