The one with ALL the emotions ... #utopiacon2017

Have you ever had a pinch me moment? Since publishing Never Let You Fall I've had an abundance of them, but this weekend sort of takes the cake. 

I'm a storyteller. My Barbies and paper dolls had elaborate, angst-filled lives that would make Days of Our Lives proud. I failed second-semester seventh-grade math because I spent the time writing stories instead of learning fractions. I took my job as Student Life writer on my high school yearbook to new levels with creatively written pieces about, among other things, the cowboy boot fashion trend of the early 90s and used the names of every toothpaste possible to write a punny piece on smiling. (Side note: I need to pull that one for y'all one of these days!)

I'm a writer. I kept a journal of my relationship with my high school sweetie—now husband—and I wrote poems and songs constantly. I also practiced my signature in hopes that one day I'd autograph things for fans. 

I'm extremely grateful and blessed to do what I love. Yes, I'm a words girl but words cannot explain how much UtopiaCon (formerly UtopYACon) means to me. My tribe came from this event. I've met strong, capable, creative women and men at this event. I learned to allow myself to want something more at Utopia. It's with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to UtopiaCon, but my heart bursts with joy at knowing I only need to open social media to find this tribe and share in the joy, pain, and thrills of writing. 

This year was epic. The highlight? The Paper Planes series was nominated for FIVE UtopiaCon awards. We didn't win, but guys! FIVE awards. Against some of our favorite authors. For real, check out a few of the lists ...

We lost to Sarah J. Maas, Colleen Hoover, Tijan, Rachel Higginson, and Jennifer L. Armentrout. We were nominated for Book of the Year! Contemporary series of the year! Guys, for real —pinch me!! It REALLY is an honor just to be nominated, especially with these very deserving creatives.

Thank you for supporting us. Thank you for loving our unique brand of crazy. I am so, so grateful. I write with my best friend. I love what I do. I can't wait to do it some more!

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The one with the cover chat ...

Time for a chat.
Sometimes we don't know what we're doing. Right? In January of 2016, I approached Mindy with the idea of co-writing a book. Paper Planes and Others Things We Lost was born. It was supposed to be a standalone novel. Then I created Amber—with her larger than life personality and broken soul. The more we wrote Brett and Ruby the more we saw a bigger picture. When Cole came into the plot, our brains went crazy. Okay, you win brains. 

Subway Stops and the Places We Meet and Chasing Cars and the Lessons We Learned were born. 

This is why we're here today, having this talk. Subway Stops and Chasing Cars are Adult (or New Adult) novels. Paper Planes is a solid YA story. 
Though they are all 'clean' the characters in SS and CC are more mature and the romantic tension is heightened. So, it is for this reason that we've made a rather dramatic decision. 

We're changing the e-book covers!

Why? Why you ask! We love the SS and CC covers. They're adorable AND will remain on the paperbacks. Buy them, they look amazing together. But, it has come to our attention that SS and CC don't reach readers packaged the way they are. These are standalone adult contemporary sweet romances. With their current look, they come off as YA OR as a series you HAVE to read together. Obviously, we would love people to read all three stories, but they read nicely as standalone, too. 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.

The good news (other than amazingly cute new covers)? It makes it MUCH, MUCH easier for us to write more Paper Planes novels going forward! That's right, we have more planned. Standalone tales following other Flight 397 families—and maybe a return of those you already love. Branding each book helps 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! 

Ready for the reveal?

Aren't they gorgeous? They fit the stories and characters so nicely. We're so happy with them. 

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
US: http://bit.ly/ChasingCars_AmzUS
UK: http://bit.ly/ChasingCars_AmzUK
Kobo: http://bit.ly/ChasingCars_Kobo

The one with the #NewRelease ... #ChasingCars

You have no idea how excited Mindy and I are to finally share this book with y'all! Writing Chasing Cars was an amazing experience. I loved everything about it and in the end, the story truly reflects that love. I am extremely proud of this book and hope you will give it a try. Fall in love with Olle, Amber, and Finland ...

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



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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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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, Mindy 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.


You can find both Michele & Mindy and their collaborating work here on Facebook.




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