The day I met Colleen Hoover: It Ends with Us

Early last year I started a book reading challenge (2015 Reading Challenge) and Renee recommended I read a book by Colleen Hoover. It happened to be the first book in a set and so I read the next one. Then I read another, and another & soon enough I was obsessed with Colleen Hoover & read everything she’s ever published. She quickly rose to my favorite author title & I eagerly counted down the days until her newest book ‘It Ends with Us’ came out. I read it right away and as soon as Colleen announced on instagram she was going on a book tour, I bought a ticket in about 4 minutes. Of course, to get ready for the day I created a matching t-shirt (with my favorite HTV from Expressions Vinyl) & one of my favorite quotes from her book Maybe Someday & anxiously headed to the Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix. 
ch1Since I went alone, I was able to score an open seat right up front even though I was in one of the last groups to be seated! I couldn’t wait & loved being around all the other CoHo lovers talking about the latest book & which one was our favorite.ch2

ch3Seriously the most amazing down to earth author. I recorded the entire 20 minute group meeting because I wanted to be able to share it with my best friend Renee (a fellow CoHo obsessed reader) so I finally got around to uploading it to Youtube & thought i’d share it hear. She answers tons of questions about her other books & you can really get to know more about her & some of her thought processes and how she writes. It was amazing to listen to her!

After the ‘Question and Answer’ everyone waited in a line & was able to have a few minutes personally chatting with Colleen who would sign her book/s, give you a big squeeze & then pose for a picture if you wanted one. Of course, I teared up a bit, got to FaceTime Renee so she could see Colleen & well, it was one of the best 3 minute moments of my life.
IMG_9929Do I look totally geeked out. I was.

I couldn’t wait get home to frame my signed quote. This was one of my favorites from one of her previous books so I trimmed down my paper and put it on some gold worded paper from Michaels & then in a plain black frame. It ties together my office perfectly!us3

ch1Shirt – Purchased at Goodwill and created with Expressions Vinyl Heat Transfer Vinyl
Necklace – Cacti from Brin & Bell
Hair tie braceletMetal Marvels
Custom PrintOh Lovely Day Design on Etsy
Globe – Created with DecoArt black Chalk paint & Expressions Vinyl
Frame – Found at the D.I. and created with a piece of paper from Michaels.

Have you ever met any of your favorite authors? I’d love love love to meet Nicholas Sparks, Erik Larson, Liane Moriarty….I mean, the list could just go on and on.

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