Happy Anniversary Blog and Book!

This month, maybe even this very day, marks exactly one year since the day I wrote the first sentence to SLAMMED.

What a damn year it’s been!

When I wrote that first sentence, I never in a million years expected what has come of it.  I certainly never expected the book to ever get finished, much less make the New York Time’s and then sell the film options for it!  I would say that my dreams came true, but the things that have happened to me this year have been too outlandish for me to even dream up!

This month also marks a year since I started this blog.  Going through my old posts, I wanted to pick my favorites from each month.  However, I noticed the last few months have all been shitty, boring posts about my books.  I’m making a promise to stop being so BORING and get back to the fun stuff.  I picked my faves of each month from the past year and linked them here.  You should check them out. No, really.  Check them out.  Click on them.  Read them.

The first one was my very first post exactly one year ago.  I started this blog before I even got the idea to write a book.  It’s interesting.  November 2011 (Moose)

This one was what happened AFTER my first post in November.  :/December 2011 (Christmas Tree)

This one was from January, my very first month to actually have a book on Amazon for sale.  As you can see, I sort of gave up on my blog during the month of December because I was too busy writing, but January I came back full force.  Here’s my fave, because it was so embarrassing. January 2012

This post was when I was writing Point of Retreat and was still trying to title the book. February 2012

This one isn’t a fun memory. March 2012 (Death)

Love this one.  I miss my job. April 2012 (Boss)

This is me leaving the job I miss. Wait, let me rephrase that.  I don’t miss my job…I miss the people I worked with.  Talk about some of the greatest friends I will ever have.  May 2012


June 2012 (sucked) This one doesn’t have a link because my posts for June…sucked.

This one is me showing my true colors as to the style of parenting I have. July 2012 (Bastard)

Things got busy and went downhill from there.  I can’t even find a blog since summer that I like.  So, I’m using this as a good kick in the ass to start blogging more fun stuff and less boring stuff.

Okay, so here’s the deal with the BIG GIVEAWAY I promised for the blog today.  I really had big plans to give away lots of stuff. But then something happened today that really put things into perspective for me, and I ended up giving all the money away to someone who needed it more than this blog did.  I don’t feel bad.  Christmas is coming around the corner and I know for a fact they needed it more than anyone needs a new kindle or nook.  With that said, I apologize for giving away your giveaway prizes.

But if you are one of the people who have been, whatever you want to call it…blessed, fortunate, given good karma, good luck, good year…whatever.  It’s Christmas!  Give!  Go buy an Angel or donate some food.  It will make your heart feel really, really good.

What I do have to giveaway isn’t as fun, but I have some signed copies of the Slammed and POR, and even some audiobook giveaways for both books.  So just comment and I’ll pick winners in a few days.  I think to celebrate the past year, I’ll give away 9 signed sets of books and 3 people will win audiobooks.  :D

And from the bottom of my heart…I can’t thank every single one of you for everything. This past year has changed not only my life, but so many other people’s lives in my family.  We all thank you immensely.  I thank you for spreading the word, for your nominations in the Goodreads awards, for your kind words, emails, fb posts, etc.  Just thank you!

Oh, and in case you missed it…the full jacket reveal, blurb and release date for my next book were announced today.  Check it out HERE!



222 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary Blog and Book!

  1. You are a butterflying amazing woman and I am happy you made the decision to give to those in need. It really shows that you are a kind and strong person. I appreciate you holding another giveaway, and I thank you for this opportunity! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! =D you ROCK!

  2. :: To myself :: “I will make it, too. I will make it, too. I will make it, too.” : )

    Okay, now I’m uber confident again! J/K. But seriously though, I am so happy for you and I look forward to meeting you at the top (Note the confidence!), though I’m certain it will take more than a year; maybe like ten or twenty, but I’ll never take it for granted, as I’m certain you’ll never either.

    (And I’ve really enjoyed your blog posts — like a total dork I had looked through the archives and read some of the earlier ones before you hit it big.)

    Again, congrats. Enjoy the ride!!!

  3. Holy crap. You have another book coming out soon. HOPELESS is an awesome title, and the cover is kind of haunting! I love your picture with the three boys and the moose! I could never do that lol.

    OH MY GOSH I love your chapter titles (from the January 2012 post). It’s okay it worked out right!!! And know you’re signed with Atria. And have a movie deal. And you are all kinds of famous in the indie publishing success world. So congratulations, Ms. Hoover. You deserve it and more :)

    And thank you for giving what you gave to that person who needed it more than anyone here. You are more than fantastic, and I know that the person (or persons) will appreciate it :)

  4. I just love the hell out of you! I know we have never met but I swear I’m in a secret love affair with you and your books! Myfriends tell me I need a Colleen Hoover obsession support group! LOL I say BUTTERFLY them because since I read your book nearly a year ago it has inspired me to do so many things in mylife. Most I have already shared witrh you privately. Then hot damn holy cow bells I find out you are a Texas girl too then holy santa clause shit… I find out we grew up less than 20 minutes away from each other! Crazy! So in short I would like to say congratualtions to you and allof your success it is ALL very deserved not only because you wrote great books but because you are just a cool as shit person (i know this even though I dont know you know you) I know this because I have read every blog post, every FB post every Goodreads post and on and on! I have your Cafe Press stuff and I wear my shirt butterflying proudly! Best of luck to you in the new year and I truly hope you and your family have many, many more Texas sized blessings coming your way!!! Okay I’ll stop now because I’m just looking more and more like a creepy obsessed stalker fan girl! HUGS

  5. I agree i am not one that need to have a kindle or stuff if that were me i would have givenit to somone who really needed it more. I already have your books but if i am luck enoughto get another set i wuld love to give them to my sister. My moto is pay it forward. Thats why i choose to work in the medical field i knew i could help people that way. God Bless and Happy Holidays

  6. I think it’s wonderful that you gave away the giveaway money to someone truly in need! You are amazing and I wish you all the best!

  7. Congratulations on the one year anniversary of your the blog, Colleen!!!! I’m so happy for all your success and you always spread your luck and good fortune with us, always giving something away:-) I wish you all the very best in everything you do!!!

    I have all my fingers crossed hoping to win one set of your signed books. I entered countless giveaways over the last few months hoping to win your precious, signed books. Let’s hope this is my chance!

    Congrats again for everything and enjoy!!!!

    Nicoleta D.

  8. Wow! What an adventure! Congratulations on an awesome year. You are such a wonderful, thoughtful and inspiring woman. Can’t wait to read Hopeless. All the best Colleen :)

  9. Reading your blog made me smile. I was happy to read that the give a ways and moneys went to a worthy place :-) So looking forward to the next book in the Slammed series! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

  10. Happy you decided to give the money to someone who truly needs it. A signed book would be worth more to your readers than anything else you were going to give away!

  11. Love this post! What an amazing year you did have! Congrats on all your success and I can’t wait for the release of your new book! Happy Holidays to you and your family :)
    P.S. Would sure love to win one of those signed sets of books….talk about making a girls day, it would sure make mine <3

  12. Congratulations on all your success. I cannot wait to read your book, I’ve heard amazing things and having a set signed would be amazing, fingers crossed this time! :)

  13. Congratulations on all of your success; it is well deserved! Loved your books and can’t wait for the next one. But I gave to admit, the fact that you actually responded to an email with “hey dumbass” in the subject line really cinched it for me- how could anyone not love you!!! :) Best of luck in the future!!!!!!

  14. I love your books so much and can’t wait for Hopeless. I know that it will be just as extraordinary as Slammed and POR. It is clear that you are such a giving person and therefore deserve all the good fortunes that have come your way this year. Just think of all that could happen in 2013!!! Congratulations on everything that has happened and will continue to happen due to your phenomenal books!!!!

  15. Congrats on your success! I think helping someone who needs the help is so much better then spoiling us with great prizes when your words on paper mean so much more to me as a reader.

  16. You are fabulous! I’m so excited for you and the journey you’re continuing on, and that we’re a part of it! Thank you so much for doing this giveaway. We all understand and appreciate your generous heart. Have a fabulous holiday season.

  17. Congrats Colleen for an absolutely AMAZING 1st year, and to many many more, making truckloads of $$ awesome friends, having the best followers and fans and making some awesome movies,.. keep making us cry and keep putting your butterflying amazing imagination to paper to share with us XXX from New Zealand

  18. Congrats on this awesome year you are having. May this coming year may you be bless with much joy and love from all around you. You have an awesome gift to express yourself and for that I thank you!

  19. Audiobooks???? I Love audiobooks. And I love Slammed. So very much. I am so happy for you and I am so glad you decided to give to someone more in need than a person who wants a kindle. I 100% support that idea. You ROCK!!!!

  20. First off, I want to say .. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! and CONGRATULATIONS on this past year because you really deserve it. You’re such an amazing author and such a sweet person. =) I think it was amazing and so extremely generous that you gave the money away to someone that was in need. That was such a selfless and kind thing that you did. I try to do the same thing, especially around the holidays. I always try and take part in the holiday food drives, donate money to the veterans, and donate socks and other things to the troops. With that said, Slammed and Point of Retreat were two of the best books I have ever read. I was so connected and drawn to both books and I know that they will stay with me for a long time and they are two of my favorite books. I’ve already re-read them a few times. I would love to win signed copies of Slammed and Point of Retreat or audiobooks of them as well. Thank you for sharing so many awesome giveaways with us. You’re truly amazing! Again, congratulations on this past year and happy anniversary! xox <3 Jen

  21. Giving to those who need it is the best thing you could have done. You did exactly what your readers and fans would have wanted. Would love to have paper copies of your books since my Nook died today :( but in reality it’s not as bad as those who are in true need. Best wishes and Merry Christmas!

  22. Congrats!!!! Absolutely loved both books. So glad my girlfriend recommended them. Characters are still on my mind and I still laugh at all their butterflying moments.

  23. Haha. I read your old posts. “Slammed Harder” made me crack up!!! And I can’t believe yous sons forgot about the poor turtle! SO sad :( As for your job pictures: ROFL. I’m glad your boss liked the pictures instead of firing you all! And your youngest son telling his brothers that they could say “bastard” because it wasn’t a bad word was hilarious and adorable!!!

  24. Colleen, you deserve every single eon of happiness that comes your way! Congratulations on an AWESOME year and wishing you many many even better ones to come! I read your books when they first came out, not even sure how I came across them, and I FELL IN LOVE… Hard. I had no idea books like that even existed. I am one of those people that can’t stop talking about books (the blog is really my therapy so that my friends don’t dump me…) and I have been a raving lunatic when it comes to telling everyone I know about Slammed. I might have even bought a set of your self-published editions to share with friends and family as they were not available on bookshelves in Australia. You are one amazing woman (Jenny says so too and we both know Jenny is always right!) and I will read everything and anything you ever write. Shopping lists included.
    ♥ Natasha

  25. Congratulations Colleen !!! Slammed and Point of Retreat are my favorite books so far! They got me thru some tough times in my life at the time I was reading them and I am grateful to you for that. Here is to another great year for you! Looking forward to reading all your future books!!

  26. A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL YOUR SUCCESS THIS PAST YEAR! I am so in love with your books and is SUPER excited for HOPELESS to be released!! :))))

  27. That’s an amazing year!

    On a side note – as I was reading this post I opened all the links in other tabs so I could check out those posts and my husband came up and asked me if I was “stalking my author?” Gave me a laugh but I informed him you put those there so we could check them out!

  28. WOW I am so happy for you and for your awesome year. I love your books because of you I have read them at least 5 times each and each time I pick up something that I missed. I love the Avett Brothers because of you, I think I finally got all of their albums, even my four year old is singing their songs because of you, It seems like I can relate everything I do to your books. You are bemazing and a great inspiration. Please keep on writing. I will be reading and re-reading Promise

  29. I loved, loved, loved Slammed and POR. Sooo looking forward to Hopeless. Love your blog, it always makes me smile or laugh. :) It’s amazing what can happen in a year. Congratulations on all of your success! You are an amazing writer! :D

  30. It has been such an amazing thing to watch someone so talented finally get the recognition they deserve! Looking forward to seeing more blessings coming your way!

  31. Congratulations for a successful year! The highs and the lows are part of life. What’s important is that you came through and learned from it. You’re blessed because you don’t think twice in sharing your blessings to those who need it. You have a good heart.
    I loved your books and I can’t wait for Hopeless! I saw it yesterday without the blurb and I immediately added it to my TBR list because I know it’ll be great coming from you. And then the blurb came out this day and I became more excited!
    Goodluck! :)

    Karina @ Couchpotatoreader

  32. AWESOME! I think giving the give-a-ways away would be exactly what Julia would have done too. Tonight would have been a basagna night for me but this post of yours put a huge smile on my face. Thank you. You truly are butterflying amazing!

  33. Congrats on your success Colleen. Your books are absolutely amazing. I devoured them. I loved the story and the way you write, can’t wait for the new book.

  34. Can’t wait to read your next book. Slammed and Point of Retreat are 2 of the best books I’ve read in a while and I have been recommending them to anyone I know that reads. Happy 1 year anniversary, I hope the next year is even better :)

  35. I have to say that I think it is amazing that you decided to help someone who really needed it instead of doing a giveaway!!! That’s great :) the world needs more people like you!

  36. Colleen, Slammed and POR are in my all time top favorite books! I cannot wait to read the 3rd book in the Slammed Series and Hopeless! Congrats on all of your well deserved success and I wish you continued success in the future!

  37. Happy First Anniversary Colleen!!

    I am so very happy for you and all your success. I absolutely love Slammed ano Point of Retreat. I recommended your books to my Sister In Law and she loves them too! Thank you so much for sharing Will and Lake’s story with us. I can’t wait to read Hopeless.

    I think what you did is amazing – sharing with those who need it the most. Butterflying awesome!

    Happy Holidays!

  38. I love that you helped someone that truly needed it. I’m trying to instill that in my kids too. What an amazing year 2012 has been for you. Congratulations on all your success! I loved Slammed & Point of Retreat so much. Can’t wait to read Hopeless! Happy Holidays to you & your family!

  39. Thank you for being such a kind, giving person. It makes me love you that much more!! That being said, I would really love signed copies of my favorite books!!! I’ve asked my husband for them for Christmas because I just have them on kindle and I NEED hard copies:)
    Thanks again for sharing your amazing talent with us!! I can’t wait to read Hopeless!

  40. Congratulations! It may have only been a year, but I’m sure these books will be favourites for many years to come. I know they are among my all time favourites, so thank you for bringing us all such an amazing story x

  41. Congratulations on an amazing year! Two great books published…two more announced…and hopefully many more to follow! Thanks for sharing your favorite blogs of the past year! I can’t wait to read through them all! And thanks for your generosity…both for the one who truly needed it & also for the offer of the books to us! I have both of your books in e-book format…but always love to have the paperbacks of the books I like the most Seeing them on my shelf makes me happy…and having signed copies of your books there would just make me giddy!

    Thanks for the laughter & the tears & for introducing me to an amazing band! Here’s to many more amazing years!

  42. You are an amazing woman! Thanks for bringing us these wonderful books and characters. I fell in love with them so hard! Thanks also for a magnificent giveaway again ;)

  43. What a year! I’m sure it’s hard to capture lightning in a bottle like that and it won’t always be so fun and easy, but you’re supremely talented and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!!

  44. It’s been quite the year for you Colleen. Think it’s great that you helped out someone who really needs it around the holidays. Can’t wait for Hopeless.

  45. Congratulations on your success! I love love love Slammed! Then, Point of Retreat? OMG! Looking forward to your next book! And, of course I would love love love autographed copies :) But, I am grateful for just reading them! Thanks for sharing your ideas in written form! Keep it coming!

  46. I am incredibly, extremely and utterly happy to have found your books and your blog. You are a more than generous person and give tons to others. I’m glad I was able to pay for your wonderful books and support a wonderful author and person.
    Keep dreaming big and don’t give in to what society wants. Write what you feel and what you want. You go on with your bad self.

  47. There isn’t much to say except I’m so glad I got to cyber meet you! No one makes me smile the way you do and you have to be one of the funniest people I know. Congrats with everything. You’re one of a kind and I’m a better person for knowing you….plus you like Speedway 44 oz diet Pepsi and that my friends is the icing on the double chocolate cake. Love ya!!!

  48. Happy Anniversary to your blog and book!! Congrats on all your success this year, it’s well deserved!! I’m so happy I took a chance on your books in May, it opened up a whole new book world for me! Can’t wait for Hopeless now :D

  49. Contests on a great year! I love the books. The characters are awesome that people can relate to. Can’t wait for your next book!!

  50. I can’t decide which post had me laughing the hardest: Moose tree, Chapter Chuck Norris, or porn uglies!
    Thanks for the hearty chuckles :)

  51. So excited for you… I feel like I can say I knew you before you were famous! I’ve told friends about your books… They’ve read them… They’ve given them 5 stars!! And a couple of book clubs have even read your books.. So ya! I knew you before!!! And I’m loving every bit of your success!!! Can’t wait to see what’s next … Best wishes…

  52. I am so VERY excited for HOPELESS! I CAN’T wait for it!

    Okay enough about me. I am so HAPPY that after all the good work you have done, the wonderful books you have written to have all that success you’re way. You totally deserve it!!! Congrats on all the success and I am sure there is many more coming on your way!

    Happy First Anniversary of your blog!

    Dec 31st I am impatiently waiting for you to come along! Hurry so I can get my hands on HOPELESS! :P (hehe)


    You’re butterflying bemazing Colleen!
    You’re such an amazing, caring and giving person. Like I said before you totally deserve all the happiness coming you’re way.

  53. Congrats on all your success this year. Because of books like yours I’ve started to consider writing. It’s just magical what a great book can do. It took me days to be able to read another book following Slammed and POR. They were amazing and kudos to you for giving to someone who is in need. I’m sure that money was better spent then providing someone with another e-reader that already has one including food on their plate and a warm home to spend the holidays in. Congrats on all your success and can’t wait to read Hopeless!!

  54. Your books are butterflying awesome! Can’t wait for the next one. So glad that I found Slammed through GoodReads. I’d really love to win a signed copy of Slammed.

  55. I am so looking forward to your new book, Hopeless! Congrats to you for such an amazing year.
    You are butterflying awesome!

  56. Hi, Colleen! I’m a fan of yours from the Philippines. I really, really love your books. They give me this new perspective about life and “to put emphasis on it”. They are my bestfriends. Also thank you for adding me as a friend in Goodreads. And about you liking my review there (even if it wasn’t really a formal review at all, i’ve got nothing because words are not enough!) about your book, well, I didn’t expect that! I had to double check if my eyes weren’t really fooling me! What more if I luckily get a signed copy? I think I’m going to faint.. *sigh* :)

    Thank you again and more power! :)

  57. Congratulations, Colleen! I’m a fan of yours from the Philippines. I really, really love your books. They give me this new perspective about life and “to put emphasis on it”. They are my bestfriends. Also thank you for adding me as a friend in Goodreads. And about you liking my review there (even if it wasn’t really a formal review at all, i’ve got nothing because words are not enough!) about your book, well, I didn’t expect that! I had to double check if my eyes weren’t really fooling me! What more if I luckily get a signed copy? I think I’m going to faint.. *sigh* :)

    Thank you again and more power! :)

  58. Can’t wait for your next book to come out & for Will’s story. Thank you for the amazing story you have shared with us through the Slammed series. Looking forward for the next ones. Wish you all the best! & success on your new projets.

  59. loved the books! Of all the books I ever read this was my favorite series! Cant wait to read the next book :) Have a great year!

  60. Anything signed by you would be an awesome gift and a treasure for decades to come. God bless you for blessing the life of someone who truly needs it
    and thank you for making all of your readers lives better with your books. You have a gift and I’m so happy you are sharing it with all of us!

  61. Congrats on the AMAZING year! And, thank you for making the decision to provide holiday joy to those in need!! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  62. Well done!!

    You’re such a butterflying amazing author both your books have such a great love story but also a wonderful inspiring life story aswel.

    I’m excited for the movie & i’ll be keeping my eye out for all future books from you. I just know they’ll all be AAAMAZING!!

    Congratulations on a wonderful year you deserve everything that has come your way :-)

  63. Colleen you have deserved everything that you have received in the past year! You have written not one but two amazing books. I am so happy for you and for your success. I am so excited to read your next book and any book that will come afterward!

  64. Congratulations to your blog and the success of your books! I love them with all my heart. I also celebrated my first blog birthday and included Slammed in my giveaway since it’s one of my favorite book this year. Though I hope I get to have a signed one too. ;)
    Happy birthday to your blog.. :)

  65. Congrats Colleen! Slammed and POR were one of the first books I bought on my nook and still one of my favorites! I definately look forward to reading your next book!

    Btw- Thank you for introducing me to the awesomeness of The Avett Brothers! Can’t get enough of them either!

  66. Totally agree with giving things to someone who needs it! Good for you. We need more people with big hearts in this world. God bless you and yours and have a very Merry Christmas.

  67. You’re butterflying awesome! And what a crazy year , but I have to tell you I’m going bananas… BUH-NA-NAS… Waiting for Hopeless to come out!

  68. Congrats, You are an amazing person and sure you deserve every single good thing that has happened to you this past year. Best wishes for the next year and that you get many many more ideas so you can give more books for us to read
    Greetings from Mexico.
    Ivet :D

  69. Coolen Hoover, you ROCK!!!!. You are a wonderwoman in soooo many ways. I simply love you and your amazing talent. You remind me why I love poetry!!!
    I feel truly blessed to be a part this Will and Lake addiction over the world. You SLAMMED from my feet and then you gave me a POINT OF RETREAT and now I’m feeling HOPELESS. Thank you!!! <3

  70. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments this year! I wish you many more :) I’m looking forward to your new book.

  71. Im happy you gave the money to someone who really really need it. Ofcourse everyone wants to win something..and maybe some people are in some way in need of the stuff they could win. But bless you for giving your money to someone who was really really deeply in need.

    And why would winning a signed book be less fun. I for instance would freaking LOVEEEE to win the signed copy..even more than a kindle or whatever :P So Im in for this contest :P

  72. I just discovered your books – which have also led me to 2 new discoveries. Slam poetry and the awesome music of The Avett Brothers. So thank you for the wonderful story of Will and Layken, and thank you for new interests. I can’t wait to read more of your books.

  73. you are amazing, and what you have done, and how generous you have been is admirable. i would love to win a personalized copy of your books, because you are my fave author and it, and it would look amazing in my new sewing room, of our new to us farmhouse we just bought, let’s say a housewarming present, rofl.

    I hope you had a good Thanksgiving, and an even better Christmas, and plans to have another moose tree??

  74. Congratations again Colleen! You deserve all the happiness and success. Good for you for giving the prize money to someone who needed it more!!! :D Again, that just proves that you are an AMAZING person with a great heart. I think the future holds incredible things for you and I can’t wait to see what they are!
    I have 12-30 marked in my calendar so I can order the new book on my Kindle! :)
    I would sure love one of the signed copies of your books for my future Daughter-In-law for a Christmas present…she is on her 8th read through of Slammed and POR! I’m excited for your new book so she will read something else!!! That should tell you how much we butterflying Love you girl! Now go write another book! ;)

  75. Congratulations on one year! It just goes to show you (even in your books) that stuff can totally change inside of that one year (or an few minutes, for that matter). I’m again, so completely blessed that you had a beautiful story to tell and that I was fortunate enough to read it! Congrats again! I wanted to let you know that I bought Slammed and POR for my sister for Christmas! I hope she loves it as much as I did!

    Good luck this upcoming year with your new book and the #3 Slammed book (hopefully?!?!?!?!). I can’t wait to read them.

    Thanks again for doing what you do!

    Happy Holidays!
    God Bless you for donating much needed items/money to those in need. That truly is the reason for the season!

    God bless!

  76. Congratulations on your success so far, I am sure more great things are coming your way! I loved Slammed and Point of Retreat, and I am looking forward to Hopeless!

  77. congrats on a year i loved every min i was reading these books… there are so many emotions that went threw me i was laughing on a page then turn just 3 pages and im crying then im mad… but once again i loved it so very much would love for a 3rd book (hint hint) lol your in my top 5 authors your burtterfly awasome which i have everyone saying at work thanks to you :)

  78. It’s really amazing how much has happened for you in the past year! To think that you only started writing Slammed a year ago is really crazy. Your success is well-deserved and is inspiring. Congratulations! I cannot wait to read Hopeless. :)

  79. Congrats on the past year! You deserve it!! Loved Slammed and POR and I cannot wait to read Hopeless. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!!

  80. Congrats on a fabulous year Colleen, you certainly deserve it! As for the blog, I read each and every post from you and was never bored, sad to say sometimes it was the sanity I was needing at the time. I love that you used the giveaway money to help someone in need, what a great thing you did and what a feeling it brings to your heart. This is one of my little happy heart things to do: every year on the first Friday of Dec. I have the girls over for a night of girls talk & wine – they each have to bring a pair of kids pajamas and a book to go with them – (I call the local women’s shelter to get a list of kids sizes and if boys or girls. It’s become a real contest to see who is finding the best pj’s and books. What a great feeling it is to be able to do something for someone who truly is in need. This year my book club will be participating along with my other friends – and we’ve expanded it to include socks & mittens. Thank you Colleen for what you do, you are butterflying amazing!

  81. Firstly, huge BUTTERFLYING CONGRATULATIONS on your 1 year blog anniversary! You’ve put in a lot of love, effort and sweat into your books and the blog, and this amazing achievement/milestone is extremely well-deserved!

    Secondly, bless your heart for giving all the money away to someone who needed it more. That is so kind of you and please don’t apologize for giving away our giveaway prizes! As your fans, we support your decisions and this is a lovely decision you’ve made. We’re proud of you and very happy that you’re happy :) It is still so very generous of you to giveaway 9 signed sets of books and 3 audiobooks!

    Last but not least, here’s wishing you continued success and a growing legion of readers! We love your books and are very grateful to have such beautiful reads <3

    May you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ahead!

    Best wishes,


  82. It’s nice to see you are paying it forward even when you are so busy! ‘Tis the season and I can’t wait to give your books to friends and family! Now if I had a signed copy…… ;)

    Oh hey- nice moose!

  83. Amazing year, Colleen!! and I’m so excited to have found you and your books…I feel like I got to be a little part of it all! Wishing you another fantastic year, keep those books coming!

  84. Congratulations! I loved both books and I can’t wait for the next. I almost purchased the Slammed audiobook yesterday. I will hold off on the chance I might get lucky and win it here. Thanks for the chance to win!

  85. Colleen, congratulations and Happy Anniversary! I wish you continued success in all that you do and I’m counting down the days until your new release on Dec 31. Keep on writing.

  86. Colleen, what a year. Congratulations! I’ve been reading your Blog for awhile now, and it was funny to go back and read them. Can’t wait to read Hopeless, I am sure it will be awesome. You are an amazing person. Go enjoy life, and tell us all about it!

  87. Hey Colleen. I just have to say that I am amazed by you. I love that you are so giving to you’r readers. There is not many authors who are that humble :D

    With that said. I have not yet read you’r books. I will purchase it soon, and I am so exited. I have read allot of reviews and was sold from the first time I’ve heard of you’r books.
    Since I am a 16 year old teen, who lives in Norway, it gets a little hard to purchase any kind of book through amazon etc. Because of the expensive shipping, tax and blablabla. :)
    But I will read it soon and I am not up for a disappointment.

    Happy Reading everyone :D

  88. I am impressed, amazed, envious…to be able to put your thoughts and imagination into such a moving work is a gift. Congratulations on an amazing year and I hope there is more to come for you! I can’t wait to read the new book!

  89. Congratulations on your success this year! I absolutely loved Slammed and Point of Retreat and am anxiously awaiting the 3rd book. Thank you for sharing with someone less fortunate. At this time of year especially, we all need to remember those that are in need.

  90. A signed copy of your books is a million times better than a kindle! Your books were my top reads of this year along with Flat Out Love! I distinctly remember harassing the poor woman in Waterstones because even though I’d read your books on Kindle, I wanted to hold it in my hands! Ebooks are amazing and have helped so many stories see the light of day but when it comes to your favourite books, nothing beats the feeling of a real, actual book in your hands! Thank you for being such an amazing author! I cannot wait to read your next book :)

  91. I love, love, love, love your books! I can’t wait to read the next one! I also have the books on my kindle and would loooove something singed! :) Keep writing and do what you do best!

  92. Haaha!!! The moose.. made me literally LOL! It reminds me of the year I put tinsel around some shot glasses that I had stuck candles in for my makeshift Christmas tree. Yep. I went there. Lol I love that we met, and that we will get to hang out again! You are truly one of the greatest people. Ever. :-) I can’t wait to read more witty, LOL blogs from you. And always remember…we are wind walkers! ;-)

  93. Congrats Colleen! I’m so happy that things worked out great for you.
    (I already have signed copies of your books, thanks!)

  94. I think its amazing that you would give the money to those in need, especially with the holidays so close! Honestly I would prefer signed books from you anyway! Congrats on a wonderful year! I can’t wait to read whatever you put out next! :)

  95. Congratulations, Colleen! I did not realize that your book had been published only a year ago! Wow what a journey this must have been for you…so exciting! Thanks for linking to some of your favorite posts – they were hilarious! I love that moose, it’s something my son would pick, too.

    Looking forward to reading your next book! Dec 31st can’t come quick enough! :) Have a wonderful holiday season.

  96. Congrats on your awesome year!! I’m so glad you decided to write that first sentence and all the other sentences that followed!! I LOVED reading them!! Today is my birthday, so please pick me!!!!

    Hopeless will be the first book I read in 2013!!

  97. Congratulations on your success. As a high school English teacher, I can tell you that students NEED more books like yours. I’ll keep teaching them if you keep the books coming!

  98. Scenes from your books randomly pop into my head at least once a day, and always make me smile. So amazing that a person you’ve never met can give you these incredible memories. I don’t think I’ve ever felt such a void having finished a book though, I mean in the sense that I miss your characters so much. Not at all surprised at your success, congratulations!

  99. Bless you Ms. Hoover! That’s exactly what Christmas is about;helping others. Slammed is my favorite book ever- I saw it at Barnes and Noble yesterday and almost died!! Have a great Christmas and I hope your next year is as awesome as this one was. Xoxo

  100. I keep saying congrats or telling you how much I love your books. So, instead of saying that again… I’ll just say- All I can think about is SLEEP as I was up all night with a baby who is teething… Joy!

  101. Wow! The books are only the beginning of what will no doubt be another great year for you. I am looking forward to your next book–once I start reading, I can’t put it down! Thanks for giving—both to those who were deserving of the gifts and to your readers. Keep writing!!!!!!

  102. Really excited about the next book! If it’s half as good as Slammed or POR, I’m sure it’ll be a huge success! Congrats on the amazing year!

  103. Happy anniversary to your blog and to your first sentence in Slammed! It’s my nephew’s birthday today too! So I probably won’t forget this anniversary. Anyway, I’m so so so happy that I’ve read your books! My friends also loved it. Like totally! Just happy for you for all the success. You deserve it all, Colleen! Can’t wait for Hopeless. Sounds like an intense read! I butterflying love you. Keep safe.

    P.S. You are not just an amazing author. You are such a generous person. No wonder why you’re being so blessed!

  104. I was able to finish Slammed and Point of Retreat in two days. I loved them! I stayed up all night because I couldn’t get my mind off of Will and Lake and Julia and Kel and Caulder… I am so hooked and I cannot wait for the third book. You are an amazing woman, Ms. Collen Hoover! Thank you so much for writing such a butterflying amazing book. I reaaaaally loooove them! Thank you for introducing me to such great characters. I’m in love with Will, by the way. I love it when he takes Lake for a date over at his house. I think it’s butterflying cute. I’d also like to thank you for introducing me to the Avett Brothers. Love their music. I can’t thank you enough for the lessons I learned from the book, like when to stop carving pumpkins and just face the reality. Okay, I just realized I’m rambling on about stuff. Thank you for the amazing books, Ms. Hoover! I will continue supporting you and I can’t wait for your new books! I wish you the very best in your career. More power!

  105. Congrats on an amazing year and success! I really enjoyed Slammed and Point of Retreat and I can’t wait to read Hopeless :)

  106. That was super sweet of you to have donted! Lord knows ppl in need appreciate it. Especially around the holidays. :)

    On another note, I hope to win a set of your books! Eeeeeee!

  107. Colleen – thank you so much for your books and sharing your talent with us! I’ve loved your books and can’t wait to read more by you! Thanks for the discussions you’ve sparked with my friends as we talk about your books!

  108. what a buterflying beautiful thing you did giving the money to someone who truely needed it. Looking forward to the new book… looks great!

  109. Your books made a grown 17 year old boy cry. First books i bought on my nook a few months ago. . The signed copies would just make my year. Can’t wait for the next one in the series!

  110. Thank you Thank you Thank you for sharing your love & passion through the depths of endless pages! Your God given natural talent has helped create a blissful escape for so many, including me … Not to mention, sparked my own desire to write as well. You are inspiring.

  111. Congrats Colleen on all your success! It is very much deserved! You are one of my favorite authors. Thank you for sharing your fabulous stories with us all and for being so generous. I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year filled with even more success and happiness!

  112. I absolutely fell in love with Slammed. I gave my daughter a copy and she read it in a day. She couldn’t wait until the next morning to call me about borrowing POV. A month later and we’re still talking about it. LOVE IT and spreading the word!

  113. Telling everyone I know to read your books. They were refreshing and fantastic reads. I can’t express to you how excited I am to share with anyone who will listen. I look forward to being a loyal follower. Thank you so much for sharing your talent!

  114. I didn’t know if you had picked any winners yet but I thought maybe I’d get lucky and you didn’t. But I would absolutely love to win a signed copy of your book Slammed. I really want to read it, it sounds like an awesome book and I think I would love it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  115. Aww…how sweet of you. I think we all agree that you did the right thing giving it to people who need it more than we need a kindle. I’m definitely down for signed books though!!! Very generous…thank you for the chance! Good luck everyone:)

  116. Congratulations on an amazing year! I’m so glad I found your books; they are amazing and i recommend them to everyone! :) It is a good feeling to know that, albeit in a tiny way, by buying you books I have contributed to the success of someone who truly seems to deserve it. Happy holidays and here’s hoping next year is even better!!!!

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