We Have Winners…

Hi, y’all it’s Beckey…

I am dropping by to say Thank you to you all that have supported and visited Mia during the Us Three Blog Tour and those who stopped during the Is It Summer, yet? Blog Hop…

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I know some are chomping at the perverbal bit to see who are the winners …

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The Us Three Blanket goes to Laurie

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The two Us Three Tee-Shirt winners are Brin and Shadow

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The Mia Kerick Teddy Bear goes to Tracey

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The Mia Kerick Coffee Mug goes to Jennifer

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And the winner of the

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The winner of the ebook and the Mia Kerick Towel is Lisa

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 Congrats to the all winners who have been emailed this morning.

 

Be on the look out in the coming month on here (and maybe in a Facebook for an upcoming event) that is will have another chance at win some great prizes from Mia. The details are works at the moment.

Us Three has been released….

Morning everyone. It’s Beckey, again, visiting y’all… This time to announce that around midnight, Mia’s eighth book,  Us Three was released.

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A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
In his junior year at a public high school, sweet, bright Casey Minton’s biggest worry isn’t being gay. Keeping from being too badly bullied by his so-called friends, a group of girls called the Queen Bees, is more pressing. Nate De Marco has no friends, his tough home life having taken its toll on his reputation, but he’s determined to get through high school. Zander Zane’s story is different: he’s popular, a jock. Zander knows he’s gay, but fellow students don’t, and he’d like to keep it that way.
No one expects much when these three are grouped together for a class project, yet in the process the boys discover each other’s talents and traits, and a new bond forms. But what if Nate, Zander, and Casey fall in love—each with the other and all three together? Not only gay but also a threesome, for them high school becomes infinitely more complicated and maybe even dangerous. To survive and keep their love alive, they must find their individual strengths and courage and stand together, honest and united. If they can do that, they might prevail against the Queen Bees and a student body frightened into silence—and even against their own crippling fears.

A Few Excerpt Images:

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Here are a few early release reviews:

Sandra says:

I’ll need to collect my thoughts about this book and the message it contains, but while I do that, y’all go buy this, m’kay? And then make sure every high schooler reads this too.

T.M. Smith from TTC Books says:

I just fell in love with this story and with these three guys. It took me a couple chapters to get with the flow of writing as being told from three distinctly different POV with emails, diaries and in real time. But once I figured out how the book was going to read, I was completely engrossed in the story. The storyline was engaging and thought provoking and the three ML were so endearing. While there were a couple rough patches with some deep seeding hate, there was a lot of love in between. This is a must read guys, especially if you’re looking for a story about finding true love in the oddest of places and not only standing up for yourself, but what is right and the the people you love.

Tina says:

Mia Kerick isn’t a new author to me, I’ve read her novel ‘Out of Hiding’ not too long ago but after reading the premise of ‘Us Three’I had my doubts. A Young Adult ménage? How should that work? Frankly I wasn’t too keen on starting this one but my curiosity finally got the best of me and after reading only a few pages I couldn’t put the book down anymore. Point taken! Better trust your instincts, Tina!

Mia Kerick describes the relationship development between these guys just wonderful. All three of them are so cute… and the way they come together and figure themselves out is so beautiful written. Their way through hell together is a real tearjerker, so brace yourself for a bumpy ride to high school hell and back. No graphic sex btw… but lots of touching, intimate scenes. Wonderful done. 🙂

I totally lost myself in this book. It’s sad since one of the loveliest characters is the target of the most vicious bullying I’ve ever read about but I liked how Mia shows us Casey’s struggle with his head and his emotions, how he grows, how he opens up to friendship and love. I loved how amazing Nate and Zander are for Casey even though they have their own personal issues. Casey, Nate and Zander are incredibly sweet and I just loved them so much. I was so hopeful for them in the end and trusted they would be alright.

Overall, Us Three is powerful, moving, thought provoking and flawlessly told, and these boys will now and for always have a special place in my heart. Parents, love your children, cherish them, listen to them! Teachers, give bullying no chance… and add this book to your reading list!

 

I, Beckey, also had to a chance to read it and it was one I was shocked by what happens in the book and at how well it was written. There was times I wanted to go into the book and dish my own kinda karma to the Queens and the one psychopathic chick in particular (really like how Zander stepped up as well as Nate…) and I wanted hug Casey…

Bullying is real, we can either stand by idly or we can take a stand and make changes… (I always tell my girls, daughters, that bullying happens only because someone is unhappy with themselves, they are jealous and lastly they want attention. It is all just negatives.)

(Click on their names and it will take you their Goodreads reviews.)

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Starting tomorrow Mia will be on tour…

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There is a tour wide giveaway:

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(Click the Giveaway Link)

These are the AWESOME Prize that someone could win:

(50 by 60 inch) Us Three Book Cover Blanket

(XL) Us Three Tee Shirt

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Coffee Mug with Mia’s Logo and books images on it

A Mia Kerick Teddy Bear

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find yourself reading this great book too…

GreenBeckey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Overview of the Fireside Chat…(Beckey is Back…)

This is Beckey (Mia’s Assistant)
First, I want to say


For everyone who came.
Michael came dressed and ready for the chat.

He shared his dream cast for the book.

Below is comments that were made when this was shown:

Raine O’Tierney Love this–who cast the roles?

Michael Bowler I did!

Raine O’Tierney When you are writing your stories, do you use photos/actors to “cast” the characters in your head or do you write them based on your imagination?

Tame Anna Love the cast you chose Michael Bowler 🙂

Johanna Parkhurst Oooh, great Lance.

Michael Bowler Most were based on kids I know or knew, I cast it just recently for a blog tour I’m doing. They wanted a cast

Kari Higa I can really see these actors as the characters. It will be great to read the next book picturing them in my mind

J.g. Murphy Interesting. But it gives me faces to associate with the characters…and with a “cast of thousands”, it makes it easier to keep track!

Johanna Parkhurst That’s definitely how I picture Lance. (Plus long hair, of course.) No offense to the amazing designer of the cover (it’s a great cover), but I never really connected that boy on the cover to Lance. He felt too young or something? I’m not sure.

Johanna Parkhurst And I just loved Lance so much. Speaking of which, Michael, you owe me some tear ducts for that ending. 😦 (Spoilers are allowed in here, right?)

 

We had an enthusiastic group of people discussing the different elements in the book, Children of the Knight.

Family:

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Here’s a question about family in Children- how necessary is blood to a family- as in being blood relations?

Michael Bowler I have so large a family of kids who’ve become part of my life over the years who call me “Dad” and we have no blood connection.

Kari Higa I think both. I would never abandon a blood relative, even if they aren’t the best people. But you can create a family of your choice.

Mia Kerick I have an adopted son and he is EVERY BIT MY SON!!!

Betsy Ryan Dalpino Blood is important but you can have family members not related by blood

Kari Higa I think every child needs someone to look up to.. doesn’t matter male or female for me. but boys seem to need a strong male figure they respect

J.g. Murphy Oh yeah, Michael Bowler, it’s the same with me. I saw a 32yo MAJ in the army the other day whom I’ve known since he was about 13…he still reminds me that I was more of a dad to him than his own…reminds me all the time of how being a good friend to someone can make them family to you!

J.g. Murphy I think Kari Higa’s comment is dead on. And study after study show that so many issues can be solved by boys having that role model in place from an early age.

(There were more but you can see it was very active chat…)

Educational System:

Michael Bowler It would allow the kids to excel in areas they are good at from the get go. It would expose them to all facets of life that engage their mind, body and spirit so they can become complete people. Having rigid dogma in education is not better than rigid dogma anywhere

Kari Higa it would require teachers to be more of a facilitator than what we consider to be teachers

Johanna Parkhurst This is why, despite all the politics around it, I’ve become a big believer in school choice. If every part of the country had many different types of schools that focused on different types of learners and learning, then every kid could really find an educational path that worked for them. The problem is that running a school choice system has millions of flaws of it’s own…the bureaucracy is a total nightmare sometimes.

(This is just a few comments…There is more …)

Everyone have shared their ideas and opinions about what they thought and felt about them as they saw them in the book and in general. Everyone was pretty vocal (if you call fast typing being vocal).

There were giveaways…

The door prize of The Red Sheet blanket was won by JG Murphy.

With the help of names in a hat and my husband being a good sport waving a fairy wand over the hat J.G. Murphy name was magically pulled.

J.G. Murphy OMG! That’s like the only thing I’ve ever won!

 

Tee shirts/tank tops were won by Tame, Johanna but she gave it to Giovanni, Kari, and me, Beckey with a random lucky guess for the trivia question.

The first question was: After the standoff at Round Table Pizza, how did the Internet tag the video of that standoff? What was it called on YouTube, etc?

Answered by Kari Higa… battle of the round table. And Tame Anna Battle for the Round Table?

The next question was: Lance’s “street” name was Pretty Boy. What was Jack’s “street” name?

Answered by Johanna Parkhurst with Great Guns.

Which we discover was a nickname for Michael Bowler…

But Johanna Parkhurst said SWEET! (I really love Jack. And winning, to be honest.) But Giovanni Ezquivel can have the shirt, because he really wanted one. I just wanted to get a trivia question about the book right.

(Great bunch of people 🙂 )

The last question was: Which Arthurian character is mentioned a lot in Book I, but doesn’t seem make an appearance, but is, in fact, in the story twice?

I jumped in and randomly guessed Merlin…

Chat members were included in secret author sharing which helped Michael choose the direction he is going with him and his…Topsecretfile

(Ha I sparked your interest but it’s no longer there… The info in this section just disappeared…Tampered by the cyber gremlin…See below I have my proof that he tampered with that thread…)

 

Everyone left stuffed with Soule cakes, Ale, and wild boar jerky.

 

I am going to end this post by simply saying thank you once again… For those who attended and those that are reading this.

Hugs to you all…

GreenBeckey