Tuesday, September 9, 2014

All the happy emojis and more from our final stop on the Fall in LoveTour

Can we just say... to you guys? Does that show up on the internet? It's all the emoji love in the world. 

Our last stop on the Fall in Love tour at the St. Charles County Library with Left Bank Books was simply fantastic. Our biggest crowd. So many tees. New tattoos. Thank you, thank you. 

The ladies being introduced...

What a crowd! 

We'll let all the tweeting speak for itself and just share some of our photo highlights from last night. And if you have more memories to share from our whole tour, please tag us on twitter @atriaindies or on Instagram @atriabooks. And of course there are the #hashtags. #fallinlovetour #atriaindies #besttourever (wait, I added that last one in today, but it's true!). 

This way to book signing fun!
Standard. But then...

Things got a little inappropriate....

Awesome "I <3 the Trifecta" shirts

One of our most creative WeBLiCH shirts!

Here's Colleen assisting Abbi.
This boy is a huge fan of SLAMMED by Colleen Hoover. So cool!

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for taking the time to come out and visit with us on this tour. We do it for the love of the books, and that's what makes this so special for everyone involved. We couldn't do it without you, the fans, and we hope you'll follow along on the rest of our adventures in the weeks, months and years to come. 


Monday, September 8, 2014

Guts of the bus. Guest blog by Colleen Hoover.

Colleen Hoover here, guest blogging from the Fall In Love tour bus at sixty miles per hour.  We've had a lot of requests for videos from inside the bus, so I took it upon myself to film a very high-quality, professional video, detailing everything from the bus crew to the miniscule amount of Diet Pepsi remaining in the refrigerator.  Enjoy! - CH

Post by Colleen Hoover.

Oh, also. Come to our last stop on the Fall in Love Tour tonight at 7PM at the St. Charles County Library (in conjunction with Left Bank Books). See ya there!!

Literally Falling In Love on the Fall in Love Tour

Or maybe they were in love already, but the Fall in Love Tour made it officially official. We are so, so pleased to report that last night at our signing in Chicagoland at the Skokie School (and sponsored by The Book Stall), a beautiful couple got engaged!! Here's how it went down....

Reader (we've just learned her name is Melissa!!): This is the best night of my life! I'm so excited.

Publicist Ariele (noticing a man standing next to her -- not typical at a romance signing!): Not THE most exciting! You're married!

Melissa (holding up ring finger): Uhhh, no I'm not.

Ariele (hangs head in shame, but to dude): Come on, buddy!

Melissa: YAAAAAA.

Melissa proceeds up to the podium to say hi to Jamie, Abbi, Colleen. Ariele gently suggests that Jamie, Abbi, Colleen should harass said dude and tell him to propose.

Colleen: Dude, ya'll should get engaged. You should propose...like right now.

Dude: Yeah?

Jamie, Abbi, Colleen: Yeah.

Dude: Ok.


Melissa, we hope you're reading this right now. Because we got a lotttt of pics. And sorry that they're all on the internet now, but the moment was too amazing not to share.


So Chicago, we had a blast with you! Thank you for coming out, waiting for our bus, taking awesome selfies with our bus, and asking some great questions. 

We'll always remember you as our first book signing proposal! Oh! And the night we met Fred. :)


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Indianapolis Books A Million: Crazy Faces and Super Fun Fans

Our first event of the day was amazeballs! Indy fans, you were amazing sports, taking crazy face photos with us and generally being totally cool. Lots of amazing hair passed through our line today, too. Is there something in the water in Indiana that makes you have killer tresses?

At any rate, the crowd was big. Like 185 people big.
Jamie, Abbi and Colleen made weird faces for their photos.

And you guys made MORE awesome shirts.

Plus some whole families got in on the action. #KeepingThingsInteresting

Twas a blast. Can't wait for more fun tonight in Chicago. See ya'll there, 7PM sharp!

P.S. Have you seen our official sponsor's blog post today? Amber at Me, My Shelf and I asked our authors a pretty crazy question, and the answers will make you belly laugh. It's a doozy!

Dayton, Ohio and the case of the protruding tree

Sunday, September 7th. 1:00PM. We arrive at Books & Co in Dayton, Ohio, ready and raring to get our video interview on. But a tree adjacent to our designated bus parking spot has other ideas...

It wants to scratch the wrap off our bus. We persevere nonetheless, and look good doing it.

Ted, the videographer, comes on board and Jamie, Abbi and Colleen look cute answering his questions. Video TK!

And finally, the pièce de résistance, the actual event! Great questions from some of our most dedicated fans, more fun fan-made tees, and lots and lots of books to sign.

Three hours later, we finally got on the road to Indianapolis, Indiana. We made it safe and sound, and even got to sample the "local cuisine" at P.F. Chang's, apparently Colleen Hoover's fave.

So that was our day! Hope you Dayton fans had a blast, Indy and Chicago, see you later!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Uber fans in B-More and the sweatiest signing ever

Baltimore was the hottest place ever. Sweltering. Muggy. But the fans in Baltimore more than make up for that sweltering heat and swampy boob sweat. And you know what else makes up for the heat? The fact that we got to meet Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia. We almost took her with us on the bus to Pittsburgh! 

But then, Abbi, Jamie and Colleen were like, "we love you girl, but nah." #JK #WeStillLoveYouKami

So imagine the setup: tents and grass and tables and beautiful, beautiful fans.. It was pretty cool. The Enoch Pratt Free Public Library partnered with the Downtown Partnership to host us, and they killed it. KILLED IT!!
Check out our Bal'more digs: 

The fans were pretty cool. Look at this amazing scrapbook page! The detail! I mean, that guitar was 3D.

We had an amazing time. So heat be damned, we still love you Baltimore.

Chester County Book Co -- holla!!!

We had SO much fun at Chester County Book Co last night! And wouldn't you know it? Abbi Glines had a really huge announcement. A brand new novella about Kiro and his true love called Kiro's Emily. Head on over to www.abbiglines.com for more deets!

So anyhow -- look at this crowd!

And we were super impressed by this fan-made t-shirt that was Fall in Love tour themed, book boyfriend leaves and all. Kudos, my friend.

Next stop - Pittsburgh! See you soon, team.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mohegan Sun Rulezzz

Mohegan Sun, we heart thee. What a crowd! All those books! Just wanted to write you this little love letter and let you know that you were a great crowd, your questions were really on point, and you looked pretty slammin' last night, too. 

Then again, Colleen, Abbi and Jamie also brought their A-game. Look at those evil queen faces in those schnazzy wingback chairs!

And look, ma! We even made local news. 

In summary, Mohegan was fab. We hope you had a blast too! 

Chester County Book Company, here we come!!

Yours truly,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Episode 1.5 -- halfway through our second day on the bus!

First of all -- have you seen this really fun interview with our official sponsor today over at Romancing the Book? Find out more about the inspiration behind Abbi, Jamie and Colleen's newest books, what they find attractive in the opposite sex, and some other fun and zany questions...http://romancing-the-book.com/2014/09/anniversary-interview-contest-jamie-mcguire-colleen-hoover-abbi-glines.html

Secondly, how fun were you, Rochester? We had a really amazing visit at the Barnes and Noble in Pittsford Plaza. Awesome fans, lots of t-shirts, really wonderful questions and a whole ton of laughter. Check out some of the highlights.

Abbi Glines, Jamie McGuire and Colleen Hoover looking gorgeous, as usual.

This awesome fan painted book specific pieces for each of these ladies! How cool is that?! (And how sweet is her hair?!)
Fall In Love Tour Tattoos are ready for you!! (Temporary, of course. Couldn't handle the heart attack this year...)

Last but not least, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is tonight! MS is always super duper fun, and this year should be just as exciting. See you there at 7:30PM for a revealing Q&A followed by a signing with our lovely ladies.

P.S. Have you seen our bus tour staff yet?!

Meet Bobby and Eric, our bus tour boys. They're super cute, right? But sadly, they're taken, ladies. Le sigh.

#arewecreepy? #fallinlovetourboys #allsmiles

Day 1 on Tour - Canada AM and Getting Started With a Bang!

OH, Canada! 

We started out the day prettttyyy early, congregating in our hotel lobby at 6:45AM after an eventful night. Dressed to the nines, Jamie, Abbi and Colleen made their way to Canada AM to be on National TV! 

Adorbs, right?  After a quick pop over to the studio, everyone got a chance to rest for a few hours before our bus finally pulled up outside the hotel, shocking regular pedestrians and rendering them absolutely speechless. Because btw, our bus is SO BEAUTIFUL, even in the rain! 

After ogling the bus for a bit, we hopped on with special guest and almost queen of Canada, K.A. Tucker, and headed over to the Indigo store where our event took place. We all rushed inside out of the rain (gotta protect the hair!!!), and immediately went to the green room to get cracking on Official Day 1 Sponsor Vilma's Book Blog's Facebook takeover. Despite some technical difficulties on our end, it went smashingly. Check it out over at Facebook.com/vilmasbookblog.  She has a killer giveaway going on, too, so really...check it out.

After our takeover, we marched on out to our patiently waiting crowd and got down to business. Look at these fans! There were a whole lot of you, and none of you left empty-handed because THERE WAS SWAG. You like that tote? You'll probably want to come to one of our tour stops, then. Or follow along with our official sponsors for your chance at a giveaway. 

But anyhow, the crowd...

It was big. So thanks for that, Toronto!! Ya'll were so wonderful and warm and you bought and brought a ton of books. We dig that, big time. See? Here we are being thankful. [Emoji thumbs up.]

Jamie McGuire, Abbi Glines, Colleen Hoover and K.A. Tucker at Indigo Manulife.

At any rate, it's time for bed. You guys wore us out, and it was only day one! Can't wait to see you tomorrow at B&N in Rochester and Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs! #WeOut

Monday, September 1, 2014

And so it begins...#FallinLoveTour 2014 is live!

Today is the first day of September -- often the beginning of school, the end of Summer, sometimes the weather even begins turning cold. But tonight, in Toronto, Canada, things were....actually pretty cold. Jamie, Colleen, Abbi and their publicist all gathered together in a frigid hotel room to chat with you guys on www.facebook.com/AtriaIndieAuthors. Because they love you. And that kind of love goes deeper than hotel air conditioning breakdowns.

If you missed our Facebook Q&A, we highly recommend you go here right away. READ ALL THE QUESTIONS! READ ALL THE ANSWERS. You will laugh, you will cry, it'll be better than....

Anyway, it was all pretty great. Just the first high note in hopefully a week filled with high notes, not least of which will be meeting all of you.

So don't forget -- RSVP on our Facebook page. Tweet us at @AtriaIndies. Say hi on Instagram at @AtriaBooks. And hashtag the H.E. double hockey sticks (we're in Canada, come on!!) out of this tour using #FallinLoveTour or #AtriaIndies. We'll love you for it, and so will our awesome authors.

Night 1 - we out.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A little #FridayFunday

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming to Bring You This Very Important Public Service Announcement... 

Here's a really fun tour of our office using the new instagram app, Hyperlapse! Maybe we can give you a little tourski through our tour bus in the not-so-distant future, too. What do you say?

Happy Friday!!!

P.S. The Fall in Love Tour kicks off in 3 days (well, four if you count today)!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Psttt, you wanted tees, you got them!

Well, kinda. We're crowdsourcing Fall in Love tour tees! If 100 people buy them, teespring.com will make them. It's like groupon, but for t-shirts. Pretty cool, right?

We'll just go ahead and leave you the link. Just in case.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Your schmancy (official) pre-tour checklist.

As we run around the Simon & Schuster/Atria offices packing boxes like mad men, crossing all our t's and dotting our i's for the Fall in Love tour to hit the road, we thought it would be wise to get you a handy dandy checklist of things you can do to prep, too. You always need “that friend” who makes a checklist, and we are here to be that friend for you. :P Here it goes:

 Official  Fall in Love Tour 2014 Checklist:

1. RSVP on the event pages for fun day-of content from the authors!
Want to know the authors are talking about as we roll into your town? Want to weigh in on where we should eat/see the sights/whathaveyou?  Do the authors need to know what store they should pick up their Diet Pepsi from?!  If you RSVP to the event page for each city, you’ll be in the know!  The authors and Atria Indies team will be posting comments throughout the day on each city's RSVP page, so make sure you’re tuned in for all the fun!

2.  Tell everyone you’re coming and invite your friends! 
You should also tell your friends because, you know, they’ll thank you later.  Invite them to the events on Facebook and put up this nifty badge as your profile picture to spread the word!

3.  Kick-off the tour with us Monday on Facebook! 
Whether you’re coming to one of the 10-cities or can’t make it out this year, we’ve got an event that everyone can come to… in your pajamas!  Join us Monday night at 8:30 pm ET on Facebook.com/AtriaIndieAuthors for the first official stop on the 2014 Atria Indies Fall in Love Tour!  Bring your questions for Abbi, Colleen, and Jamie and tune in for prizes, the live Q&A, and mutual book-loving fun!  Make sure to “like” our page here and RSVP here for the Facebook event!

4.  Check our super cool blog sponsors for daily content from the road!
We have 7 totally wonderful blog sponsors for the Fall in Love tour, and they're rolling out (do you like that bus pun!?) some AWESOME posts with our authors every day!  Check the schedule below and make sure you give them a great big thumbs up and follow them every which way you can because we <3 them big time, and you will too.

9/2 – Vilma’s Book Blog: Facebook Takeover
9/3 – Romancing the Book: Author Q&A
9/4 – The Scarlet Siren: Author to Author Q&A
9/5 – Smut Book Club: 5 Awkward Questions
9/6 – Aestas Book Blog: Author Spotlight
9/7 – Me, My Shelf & I: The Stop The Presses Swap-A-Roo
9/8 – Rock Stars of Romance: Author Q&A

5. Follow along on our NEW ATRIA INDIES TWITTER ACCOUNT!!!
SURPRISE! Yep, we have a big announcement.  Follow our brand spanking new Twitter account @AtriaIndies for all the indie author love you can handle. You'll be privy to live tweets from our events, little snippets of conversations on the bus, insider looks at all the Toms shoes Colleen is bringing on tour, and lots of other fun down the line like cover reveals, takeovers, and special giveaways. You can even let us know what you want to see on this account by sending us a tweet. Seriously! Follow, then tweet. Retweet. Favorite. Do it now!

6. Get your swag on… and wear it to the events :)
We've seen some pretty creative signing outfits before, and we OBVIOUSLY want to see your best work this year, too. Turn on those lightbulbs, #CoHorts, #MaddoxBrothaLovahs, and #GiveMeMoreGrant-ers! Show your love by decking out in all your Rush Crush, Property of Travis/Trent Maddox, and Butterfly You t-shirts, and get those signs and face paint ready. Show up and show out!  

7.  Take a bunch of pics and share, share, share!!!
WE WANT TO SEE ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACES!!  Take pics at each event or with the bus, your books, even your swag—we want it all!  Use #AtriaIndies and #FallinLoveTour to join the fun!  Tweet us @AtriaIndies, tag us @AtriaBooks on Instagram, and post photos to our timeline on Facebook.  We’ll be featuring some of our favs on our social media so get to snappin’, peeps!

Sigh...that’s the official checklist for the Fall in Love Tour 2014 presented by #AtriaIndies! Seven items for seven days.  Can you handle them all? :P