coming of age

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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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.


Ruby Kaminski

The Evolution Of The Day That Saved Us

You know how The Day Duology was once one book? The Day That Saved Us. And then as the story evolved it made more sense for me to make it two books? So, it got two shiny new covers for The Day That Changed Us and The Day That Saved Us.

WELL. Forget all of that. The Day Duology is back to one book. I KNOW. Pick a concept and stick with it, Mindy. This is getting ridiculous. I promise this decision was not taken lightly. My editor is in the process of reading both books, and it made the most sense to combine them once again. So the good news is, rather than getting two shorter books, you'll be getting one LONG one! YAY! Hopefully, this is good news for most of you.

Now moving on to the important stuff, like well... what are you going to do about the cover now? Go back to the old one? Do a combination of the second two? The answer is: neither. The very first cover didn't feel quite right to go back to, so I enlisted the lovely Starla Huchton again (she has so much patience with me it's not even funny) to work out another new TDTSU cover with me. Let me just show you how much patience she has.

I present you, The Evolution Of 'The Day That Saved Us'.

Starla loves me. She really does. You counted right. There are 12 there, and that doesn't include all of the different test fonts on every one of them. I'm such a visual person, I have to see ALL THE OPTIONS. Some of these are actually from the very first round of cover mock ups. Some are more recent. Some I mocked up(so if they look amateur, they are...haha). Most of them Starla did. You may even recognize the original TDTSU cover in there. But none of them screamed at me that it was THE ONE! I wanted something new and refreshing and nothing was sitting right. UNTIL...

FINALLY, after design after design AFTER DESIGN, we found the winner! It encompasses everything I hoped it would. I'm praying y'all agree cuz it ain't changing! This is it. This is what you get! And if I try to change it again, tell me NO.


BEFORE life wasn’t perfect. Peyton Parker was grieving the loss of her father. Brodee Fisher was battling for control over his future with his father. But every summer their families came together to rejuvenate and lose themselves in the salt air of Cape Hatteras. Nothing could put a damper on the sun, sand, and surf.

AFTER everything changed.

NOW, I know what you really want to know is, when is it coming, Mindy?? You keep saying it's coming soon, but how soon?  Clearly, I've hit a few bumps along the way with this one, which is the biggest reason why I haven't given any release dates that I'd have to backtrack on. I want it to be perfect before it hits your hands. So, keep being patient. We're getting so close. Keep an eye out for it. I promise once I publish it I'll shout it from the mountaintops!

The Day That Saved Us Cover Reveal

So, I started this book a few years back. It was actually the first book I ever started, but the story never felt quite right. It's evolved so many times over the years, it's not even the same book. But I'm SUPER excited about it! And hopefully you are too!

Thanks to my Fierce Four sister Starla Huchton who designed this AMAZINGLY PERFECT cover!


Hatteras was where my life began and ended each year.
Two months of surf, sun and Brodee.
Our last summer was going to change everything.
My family was going to heal.
Brodee was going to love me.
But secrets tend to unravel the seams in perfect plans.
And there was one secret that had the power to unravel my entire world.


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