I Could Be A Monkey

Y'all this one has been a long time coming and I'm so excited to finally share the cover of I Could Be A Monkey with you!

I first got the idea for this book a few years ago when I was speaking with a friend who has a son with severe autism. Because of his disability it’s difficult for him to relate to others, but the one thing he loves most is to pretend he is a monkey. My good friend decided to paint the inside of his closet like a jungle and reinforce the clothing rod so he could have a place to be himself, swinging around and doing tricks.

It touched my heart and reminded me of all the things parents do that children might not realize, so they feel loved and accepted and encouraged to be whatever they want to be.

I'm so blessed to have such talented friends to create this book with! Veranda (illustrator) and Starla (interior formatter) are rock stars!

There's no official release date yet. Because this is my first children's book, the process has been a little different. So as soon as it's available for purchase I'll be shouting it from the mountaintops!

Sauna 101

Alright y'all. Chasing Cars is coming in less than a month! And with it being set in Finland, there's a few things you need to know! For today I'm going to tell you a little about saunas. You're probably thinking I know what a sauna is. It's hot. And you sit in it. In misery.

WELL, first of all, sauna is a Finnish word and it's all about the pronunciation. It's not Saw-na. It's Sao-oo-na. At least, that's the closest I can get to how to phonetically sound it out. I'm no linguist.

Second, did you know nearly every family in Finland has one? Finns love their saunas. It's a HUGE part of their culture. They use their saunas several times during the week.

Third, they can get up to 70˚-90˚ Celsius. Yeah, you read that right. CELSIUS. So, like 158˚-194˚ Fahrenheit. Now it's not so bad when you have a nice cold lake to jump into when the heat becomes too uncomfortable.

Also, Finns go buck naked. Yup. Even in mixed company. Though, they sometimes keep genders separated unless you're family or married. But, don't be surprised if you go to a public sauna in Finland and get an eyeful. It's not uncommon. It's not a sexual thing. It's just a sauna. If you want, wrap a towel around yourself.

Next, saunas are kind of a holy place for Finns. Even someone who might swear like a sailor, will hold back because it's considered rude to curse in a saunas. It's a place for relaxation, almost meditative. Don't be rude.

Lastly, the reason for this post. The vihta. Vee-ta. It's a bunch of dried birch leaves tied together. What do you do with it? You gently slap your skin with it in the sauna. What? I know. Crazy Finns. But, it's actually really good for you. The oils help with bugs bites and sore muscles. So, when Amber sees a vihta hanging outside the sauna door, a little confused, she has to ask Olle...

Now, we didn't set Chasing Cars in Finland for the heck of it. Fun fact. I'm half Finnish. My mom was born and raised there until she moved to the States when she was 18 to marry my dad. So, I'm a little familiar with the country and have traveled there a few times. We based Olle's mökki off of my grandparent's. What's a mökki? The short answer? It's a cottage. So, if you want more of a visual into Olle's world here's a few shots of my grandparent's land.

The sauna. And some random people. JK. That's my family.

The sauna. And some random people. JK. That's my family.

Chillin' in the sauna with my sisters. Don't mind the mane I'm rockin'. There's no electricity or plumbing there. But that's a post for another day.

Chillin' in the sauna with my sisters. Don't mind the mane I'm rockin'. There's no electricity or plumbing there. But that's a post for another day.

The lake we jump into when we need to cool down. Also used for various other things which you'll hear about in Chasing Cars!

The lake we jump into when we need to cool down. Also used for various other things which you'll hear about in Chasing Cars!

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Chasing Cars Cover Reveal

IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE! Ain't it cute? We can't wait for you to read Amber and Olle's story! This cover was not an easy one to get right. Though a year ago when the Paper Planes Series idea came to fruition and we mocked up all the covers, by the time we finished Chasing Cars the cover just wasn't doing it for us anymore. So after a MILLION different mock-ups. Yup. A million. We got this baby. Apparently I can draw. Who knew? Again, a big thanks to Designs by Starla who executed our design!

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Chasing Cars and the Lessons We Learned
Series: Paper Planes #3
Genre: Sweet, New Adult, Contemporary Romance
(StandAlone)
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: May16th


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On June 18, 1992, Flight 397 crashed off the coast of Long Island. 

After Amber Pratt lost her parents, her life turned into a downward spiral. So, she did what any twenty-one-year-old would do; she quit her life to backpack across Europe.

Olle Holström was supposed to be a fling in the wilds of Finland. A detour. That is all it should have been. 

It was so much more.



Olle pulls my chair out. Always a gentleman. “Thank you.”  
“Ole hyvä,” he says close to my ear, his hand brushing my bare shoulder as he takes the seat next to mine. Not across, the way he did during our meal at the fortress Monday.
Everything about this night feels different. Important. Shaking the meaning of our date away, I look at the menu the hostess left. English. Well, that’s a relief. I scoot forward in my seat and peruse the offerings. My leg bouncing on the toe of my fancy shoes with nerves.
“I imagine this might not be politically correct here, but I have to tell you I’ll be mildly irritated if you order the reindeer.”
He chuckles. “You do not eat deer in the States?”
“Deer, yes. Rudolph, no.”
His shoulders shake with suppressed laughter. “It is not much different, but for you, okei.”


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Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost

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Michele writes novels with fairytale love for everyday life. Romance is always central to her plots where the genres range from Coming of Age Fantasy and Drama to New Adult Romantic Suspense.

Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of an enigma. She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow. However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children's laughter! 

Her family, an amazing husband and three awesome kids, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele's two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina. 




Mindy is the youngest of six children and grew up in San Diego, California. After graduating from Brigham Young University-Idaho, Mindy discovered her passion for reading and writing. Mindy and her husband have been married for nine years and live in Summerville, South Carolina. 

She is the author of the YA fantasy series, The Faylinn Novels; the adult contemporary romance series, The Willowhaven Series; as well as the coming of age standalone, The Day That Saved Us.






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It's Book Release Day!

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It's my FAVORITE day! Book release Day! Michele and I are so excited to share Subway Stops and the Places We Meet with you. As with every book we have written together, the story flew from our fingertips. It was finished within only a couple months. We just couldn't stay away from them. We hope you love Cole and Same as much as we do. Be sure to snag a copy from any platform today!

Subway Stops and the Places We Meet

 by Mindy Hayes and Michele G Miller

Series: Paper Planes Series

**Subway Stops is the second book in the Paper Planes series co-written by Mindy Hayes and Michele G. Miller. It can be read on its own, but we recommend you read them in order for your full reading enjoyment. This is a PG-13 adult contemporary romance.

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Subway Stops Cover Just For YOU

When the Paper Planes series was born Chele and I instantly knew what we wanted for our covers. Chele even when so far as to mock up all three back in April 2016! The torture us authors go through to keep covers secret. I tell you, man.

Well, since Subways Stops is set in NYC in the 90's (same as Paper Planes) our original stock image of NYC didn't include two very important buildings. So, I took it upon myself to draw our own! And let me tell you, I am not an artist (I am a doodler, at best), but I wanted to at least get a better visual with the right colors. Turns out Chele loved it, so we used it!

Our designer and friend, Starla Huchton (Designed by Starla) had to take the drawing of NYC and clean up the lines (no small feat, I might add!) because my drawing wasn't the right DPI. Dang tablet program. Starla worked her magic again and helped us pull together all the different elements into one absolutely darling cover! For real though, she went through ten or so background colors for us until we (okay, so I'm very indecisive, refer to TDTSU cover reveal post) agreed on the final.

The final result:

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The blurb:

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The details:
Subway Stops is the second book in the Paper Planes series and tells the continuing story of characters introduced in book one. It can be read on its own since the main characters are different, but there will be spoilers from Paper Planes included. If you want the entire story, we recommend you read them in order.
 

Genre: Clean Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: PG-13
Availability: iBooks, Amazon, Kobo, B&N

Coming: February 16, 2017

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Stain Cover and Blurb Reveal

I've been holding on to this cover since April. Do you know how hard that is??? I originally planned on writing Stain a long time ago, but then TDTSU, Paper Planes, Glimmer, and Subway Stops happened.  This one is not one I've been able to pantster my way through. I've been plotting it ever since 2014. I even have a five page outline. I don't even know who I am anymore. Pantster, what? I've had the full jacket as my desktop for months, so I could stare at it every day. Okay Creations. really hit the mark. Sarah nails my vision every time. While it's still going to be awhile until this book comes, I couldn't hold the cover hostage any longer!

Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: Fall 2017

BLURB:
A rock sensation.
A Hollywood starlet.
A reclusive journalist.
Murder.

Accused of murdering his fiancé, Blake Collins drops from the radar. His chosen sanctuary? The girl he left behind.

Katarina Soloway is the one person Blake trusts to uncover the facts, but the further they dig, the more twisted the truth becomes.

When paths cross, no one is safe. Horrors always leave a mark. The stain of truth may never come clean.

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GLIMMER IS HERE!

It's time to return to Faylinn! Sarai and Cameron and Lia are waiting! It only took a year and a half, but they're ready for you. I'm ready for you. SO, what are you waiting for?? GO GO GO!

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Sarai is attempting to pick up the pieces of Rymidon after the Battle of Faylinn.

Like it or not, Cameron is doing his best to keep his promise to Calliope by taking care of Lia.

Lia is guilt-stricken and lost in the human world in which she no longer feels she belongs.

Everyone is trying to find their place. Life is moving forward. The war is over, but the fight has only just begun.

Glimmer And Other Faylinn Novellas

I saw this image on Mae I Design's photography page about a year ago and knew it had to be mine. Kim is a perfect Sarai. I'd been toying around with some Faylinn spinoff stories in my head, but I wasn't sure which stories to write or if I actually would get around to it. (Right now I have about 10 different stories clamoring around in my brain for attention.) When I saw this image I knew the Faylinn story I needed to tell.

Regina never disappoints! She finished the cover yesterday and I couldn't wait to share it. I haven't been able to stop staring at it since.

Title: Glimmer (Faylinn #4)

Sarai is attempting to pick up the pieces of Rymidon after the Battle of Faylinn.

Like it or not, Cameron is doing his best to keep his promise to Calliope by taking care of Lia.

Lia is guilt-stricken and lost in the human world in which she no longer feels she belongs.

Everyone is trying to find their place. Life is moving forward. The war is over, but the fight has only just begun.

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Release Date: December 9, 2016


How long will Glimmer be?

Glimmer is a novella. Meaning, it'll be around 45,000 words (about half the size of the others).

Will it be available on all platforms?

Yes! Right now it's only available for pre-order through iBooks, but as soon as it's available on the other platforms I will post links!

Will there be more Faylinn novels?

I have plans to write three Faylinn companion NOVELLAS (Glimmer included). The reason for Glimmer being #4 in the series is that the companion novellas will not be able to be read without reading Faylinn 1 - 3 first, unless the reader wants to be lost or spoiled. All of the novellas will either take place after Luminary (#3) or they will be re-tellings (in the loosest sense of the word) from other characters POV's.

Who will be in the novellas?

You'll get to see all of your favorite characters! Calliope, Kai and Declan will make appearances, but Calliope's story is finished. Sadly, she has nothing more to tell me. I haven't decided who Faylinn 5 and 6 will be about yet, but I've been mulling around several different ideas for years, so it'll just depend on what story really screams at me to be told.

When will the others be released?

I don't have any set dates for the other novellas. There are so many other stories I have to write and co-write (because Michele and I have so many stories we want to tell together). My goal is torelease one a year, but plans often change in the self-publishing world, so I won't make any promises. Just know they are coming!

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Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost
Genre: Clean Teen/YA Romance

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ABOUT THE BOOK

On June 18, 1993, Flight 397 crashed off the coast of Long Island.
But this story isn’t about the crash. Not completely.
This is a story about two high school seniors living very different lives, who share one connection: they both lost parents on that fateful flight.

Slowly, letters bridge the gap between California and Pennsylvania as Ruby Kaminski and Brett Pratt find a way to remember the past while looking toward the future.

This is a story about hope, paper planes, and the other things they lost.



SNEAK A PEAK

Prologue


Dear Amber,
Did you know you’re more likely to be attacked by a shark than die in a plane crash? I find that interesting since I never go in the ocean, but I’ve been on a plane ten times. So, I guess I’m more likely to die in a plane crash than be attacked by a shark, but maybe it’s different for you.
I thought beginning this letter as if you already know me would make the concept of a total stranger writing to you a little less weird, but now that I’ve thought about it, I realize my fascination with plane crash facts might be weirder. But I like weird. So, hi. If you didn’t catch it from my return address, I’m Ruby Kaminski from Fremonton, California. My mom died on Flight 397 with your parents. Though, can we really say they died when we have no idea what actually happened to them? Let’s refer to them as MIA. No, I’m not in denial. I’m painfully aware that they aren’t coming back, but I like facts. And the truth of the matter is most of the people on Flight 397 are MIA.
You’re probably wondering how I managed to get your address. I have my ways. Besides, I thought it might be good to connect with someone who understands what I’m going through. Though I believe our circumstances are entirely different, and there’s no way for me to understand what you’re going through, I’m hoping we can relate to one another on some level.
Do you ever wonder if, after the plane exploded, the passengers were washed up onto a remote island, and now they are kicking back, drinking coconut milk, and sun tanning under a palm tree? Maybe they are eating fresh seafood cooked over a fire and sleeping under the stars?
It’s a nice thought, don’t you think?
If you’re okay with weird, feel free to write me back. I’m full of it.
Sincerely,
Ruby Kaminski



ABOUT THE AUTHORS



Michele writes novels with fairytale love for everyday life. Romance is always central to her plots where the genres range from Coming of Age Fantasy and Drama to New Adult Romantic Suspense.

Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of an enigma. She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow. However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children's laughter! 

Her family, an amazing husband and three awesome kids, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele's two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina. 




Mindy is the youngest of six children and grew up in San Diego, California. After attending Brigham Young University-Idaho, she discovered her passion for reading and writing. Mindy and her husband have been married for eight years and live in Summerville, South Carolina.

She is the author of the YA fantasy series, The Faylinn Novels; the adult contemporary romance series, The Willowhaven Series; as well as the coming of age standalone, The Day That Saved Us.

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Paper Planes Prologue

Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost is less than a week away! I can hardly believe it! There are no words to describe how much I love this story! I love Ruby and her quirky personality. I love Brett and his swoon-worthy determination and loyalty. I love their letters. I just... YOU GUYS. I can't wait for you to read it! Instead of a tease today, I'm giving y'all the prologue. If you haven't already, be sure to PRE-ORDER Paper Planes while it's 99¢! The price will go up after it releases on June 6th!

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Prologue

 

Dear Amber,

Did you know you’re more likely to be attacked by a shark than die in a plane crash? I find that interesting since I never go in the ocean, but I’ve been on a plane ten times. So, I guess I’m more likely to die in a plane crash than be attacked by a shark, but maybe it’s different for you.

I thought beginning this letter as if you already know me would make the concept of a total stranger writing to you a little less weird, but now that I’ve thought about it, I realize my fascination with plane crash facts might be weirder. But I like weird. So, hi. If you didn’t catch it from my return address, I’m Ruby Kaminski from Fremonton, California. My mom died on Flight 397 with your parents. Though, can we really say they died when we have no idea what actually happened to them? Let’s refer to them as MIA. No, I’m not in denial. I’m painfully aware that they aren’t coming back, but I like facts. And the truth of the matter is most of the people on Flight 397 are MIA.

You’re probably wondering how I managed to get your address. I have my ways. Besides, I thought it might be good to connect with someone who understands what I’m going through. Though I believe our circumstances are entirely different, and there’s no way for me to understand what you’re going through, I’m hoping we can relate to one another on some level.

Do you ever wonder if, after the plane exploded, the passengers were washed up onto a remote island, and now they are kicking back, drinking coconut milk, and sun tanning under a palm tree? Maybe they are eating fresh seafood cooked over a fire and sleeping under the stars?

It’s a nice thought, don’t you think?

If you’re okay with weird, feel free to write me back. I’m full of it.

Sincerely,

Ruby Kaminski