Chasing Cars

This is a big one

Okay y'all. Are you ready for it? We've got to have a little cover chat.

This is something Michele and I have agonized over for months.

When we designed the Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost cover we had no plans for a series. We had the story for Brett and Ruby, and that's all we thought was going to happen. Then characters we grew to love were born (enter Cole and Amber) and their lives became ones we were invested in and thus Subway Stops and the Places We Meet and Chasing Cars and the Lessons We Learned started to weasel their way into our minds.

When we first got the cover ideas for The Paper Planes Series they made sense as a whole. We created them before we wrote the other stories. Paper Planes laid down the foundation. We LOVE that cover and always will. But as we finished Subway Stops and Chasing Cars the covers stopped lining up with the stories. Paper Planes is a solid YA cover with a solid YA story. The others, not so much.

So, now comes why we're here today.

We're changing the e-book covers

Why? Why would you do that? I know. I get it. Trust me. This is not a decision we made lightly. We love the Subway Stops and Chasing Cars covers too. I'm telling you. We AGONIZED over this, you guys. I drew them for goodness sake. They're as original as they come. So don't you worry your pretty little faces. They WILL remain in paperback! They'll go perfectly together on your shelf. You should buy them.

The thing is, we've learned over the last several months that Subway Stops and Chasing Cars don't reach readers packaged the way they are. When I told a good friend of mine (who is an avid contemporary romance reader) we were changing them, she looked at me with all the disappointment in the world and said, "But they're so cute!" So I said, "But if you didn't know who I was would you pick one of them up?" Her face immediately changed and she said, "You're right. I wouldn't give them a second thought."

These are standalone adult contemporary romances, people. With their current look, they appear to be YA or like a series you HAVE to read in order. Obviously, we would love for people to read all three stories. While it's great to get the entire story arc (and lovers of the series will tell you to start from the beginning), there's no reason you can't read Amber and Olle's story or Sam and Cole's without reading the other books first. We feel it's a disservice to Cole, Sam, Amber, and Olle if we don't do everything we can to get them into the hands of readers. We want everyone to know and love them as much as we do!

Here they are!

But, wait. I have more news! Other than the beautiful new covers? Yup. Steering away from matchy matchy covers, makes it A LOT easier for us to write more Paper Planes novels! You heard me. We have MORE planned! More standalone novels following other Flight 397 families—and maybe if you're lucky some characters you've grown to love with make a return. By branding each book differently it helps to give them their own identity. You can look for 'a paper planes novel' on the covers and know what you're getting—a Mindy Michele sweet romance sure to make you laugh, cry, and swoon!

Currently, Subway Stops is only available on Amazon.
You can read it for FREE with #KindleUnlimited or grab it here:

http://bit.ly/SubwayStops_AmazonUS
http://bit.ly/SubwayStops_AmazonUK

Chasing Cars is available here:

iBooks: http://bit.ly/ChasingCars_iBooks
B&N: http://bit.ly/ChasingCars_BarnesNoble
AMAZON US: http://bit.ly/ChasingCars_AmzUS
AMAZON UK: http://bit.ly/ChasingCars_AmzUK
Kobo: http://bit.ly/ChasingCars_Kobo

Chasing Cars is LIVE

This book y'all. THIS. BOOK.

When Michele suggested we base Chasing Cars and the Lessons We Learned in Finland of course I was all over it. I've always wanted to base one of my books there, but I've been hesitant. Finnish isn't a love language. It's one of the hardest to learn. And most people know nothing about Finland. How in the world was I going to write about Finland and give the people, the culture, the country justice? Well, I had a little help. My mom who was born and raised in Finland was at my beck and call. Thanks Mama.

This book is my blood. There's so much of me in it. Parts of my parent's love story. Parts of my grandparent's love story. A character that's a mixture of my mom and grandma. I LOVE THIS BOOKS SO MUCH.

But it's so much more than the Finnish aspect. It's a book about a woman who doesn't see her worth and a dedicated man willing to go any length to show her she is more than she sees.

This book tore me apart and put me back together while writing with Michele. There were no days of writer's block or lulls that we couldn't work through. We had a story that needed to be told and it flowed seamlessly. Those are the stories I know I was meant to write. It was so hard to say goodbye to these characters at the end. The time flew by WAY too quickly. I love Olle and Amber so much, and I hope you love them too.

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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.

A Sweet Adult Contemporary Romance, this is the third book in the Paper Planes series. It can be read as a standalone, but books 1-3 follow the members of one family and is best read together to get the complete tale.
#1 Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost (YA)
#2 Subway Stops and the Places We Meet (Adult)
#3 Chasing Cars and the Lessons We Learned (Adult)

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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cover reveals

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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Be sure to pre-order Chasing Cars TODAY for 99¢ from Nook or iBooks! Amazon pre-order will be coming soon! And if you haven't already read Paper Planes and Subway Stops, they are both on sale for 99¢ for a LIMITED TIME! Links are below!

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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| 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 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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