Hello, friends and readers!
Today is release day of Dead Sea, my YA Coming of Age Gay Romance.
FOUR YEARS of writing and rewriting, editing and reediting, beta readers (thank you) and sensitivity readers and proofreaders. This book had a LONG ROAD to publication. As sensitivity readers and content editors DID THEIR THING the story morphed into what it is today. AND IT’S HERE! Kyle and Lenny’s rocky love story is born!
I’ve had some great responses to DEAD SEA’s ARC on Goodreads:
These early reviews are critical and appreciated. Thank you to my ARC readers!
I’ve combined MANY romance tropes to create this compelling story. Think of it as enemies-to-lovers meets opposites attract, bumps into rescue romance, and then faces off with a bully romance, and it’s all packaged up in Coming of Age gift basket. This is Dead Sea!
Dead Sea is a Mia Kerick Story Ballad: a YA standalone story inspired by a song.
The song “Dead Sea” by the Lumineers inspired this latest release.
Like the Dead Sea
You told me I was like the Dead Sea
You’ll never sink when you are with me
Oh Lord, like the Dead Sea
Whoa, I’m like the Dead Sea
The finest words you ever said to me
Honey can’t you see
I was born to be, be your Dead Sea
You told me you were good at running away
Domestic life, it never suited you like a suitcase
You left with just the clothes on your back
You took the rest when you took the map
Awesome Dead Sea Art by fuzzdiego.
DEAD SEA is a story about making commitments and running away from them.
It’s a story about earning trust and losing it.
It’s a story of first love and first heartbreak.
It’s a story of loss.
It’s a story of finding more than you ever thought you could have.
“YOU CAN’T SINK IN THE DEAD SEA.”
As Kyle saves Lenny, he promises him he won’t let him sink.
And he keeps his promise by keeping Lenny afloat. When they finally get to shore, though, he finds he can’t let go of the boy he thought was nobody and is somebody.
Here is Dead Sea’s blurb:
Kyle is a swaggering bully; Lenny strives to be invisible.
Kyle has been left alone in the world; Lenny is the world’s biggest loner.
When Kyle saves Lenny from drowning, their lives will never be the same.
After a brutal encounter with school bullies, Lenny swims out into the ocean, determined to let the current whisk him away. Next thing he knows the meanest kid in town is pulling him from the waves, promising to be his Dead Sea, and to never let him sink.
All Kyle wants is to get out of beach cleanup, is that too much to ask? So he goes for a swim, only to come upon the most epic “nobody” in the senior class drowning in a riptide. Lenny’s haunted gaze grips him, and Kyle makes the impulsive decision to save his life or die trying. Through this ordeal, Kyle and Lenny are transformed.
Kyle’s heroic act sets him on the straight and narrow, and he opens his heart to the young man he dragged from the ocean. Lenny changes too but is still unable to reveal the truth of his pain. While drowning in a sea of secrets, the reformed bully and wary victim fall in love. But staying afloat in the Dead Sea is not as simple as it seems.
Trigger Warning: An MC unsuccessfully attempts suicide. Suicide, child neglect are topics.
Dead Sea is on KU or is only $2.99.
Dead Sea is YA Coming of Age Gay Romance that grownups like too. Wink, wink .
Kyle, the biggest bully in town, refuses to let Lenny, the biggest nobody in town, drown in a riptide. But it’s far more complicated than that…
I hope you check out Dead Sea today!