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I just wanted to pass on the rainbow joy on yet another day where TRANSGENDER EQUALITY has suffered a setback.

Mia ❤

 

Adult Romance with a Transgender Character in Mia Kerick’s New Release, Scarred

Today is a big day for me: It is the release day of my first novel with a crossdressing and frequently feminine-presenting character who falls under the trans* umbrella.

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As I struggle to deal with our new White House administration, I have grown increasingly concerned about the emotional and physical safety of transgender individuals in our society. As an author, one of my goals is to provide readers with characters like themselves in literature–everyone deserves a chance to read about a character with whom they can identify. But in writing about transgender characters, which is what I have endeavored to do in Scarred and three of my upcoming releases, I also hope to allow cisgendered individuals to “get to know” trans* people through my characters and stories. Scarred features a passionate romance between Vedie Wilson, a gay man whose gender expression shifts from feminine-presenting to masculine-presenting, and Matt North, a pansexual, cisgender man.

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I conducted a great deal of research to create the character of Vedie Wilson. What I found particularly challenging to convey was that, where he consistently identifies as male, he often expresses his gender in ways that many would consider feminine. In fact, his feminine gender expression–and his family and friends’ lack of acceptance of it–is the main reason he decides to leave home and make a new life on a remote island off the coast of Florida. Vedie was unsafe in his life up North, having been bullied and beaten in his family’s frequent attempts to change his gender identity and sexual orientation. He hopes that Placida Island will offer him a chance to start his life over and live in anonymous safety.

At times, Vedie expresses what he calls his “soft side” by wearing skirts and dresses, makeup, and perfume. He finds himself drawn to express his soft side when he is relaxing, feeling romantic, or creative. However, when he is working or feeling in some way threatened, which happens a lot in his life, Vedie generally presents as male. His transgender characteristics lie mainly in his gender expression, not in his actual gender identity.

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I have written several other stories with transgender characters. My Crunchy Life, a YA story of a transgender girl during her transition, has been signed by Harmony Ink Press. My Middle Grade The Princess of Baker Street, the devastating story of a young boy and his neighbor, Joey–neither of whom understand how it can be true that Joey IS a girl–is being considered by several mainstream publishers. And a story which I am still working on, All Boy, is of a young trans man who hides his birth gender and is ultimately discovered and brutally exposed.

I hope you check out Scarred, as it is a deeply moving and at times painful examination of what it is to feel different and isolated, but to want more out of life than solitary confinement.

One more time, here’s the blurb:

Matthew North waited ten years to heal from the devastating wounds inflicted by the man who abducted and abused him as a child. Living reclusively on a tropical island—with no company but his four cats—he merely avoids the lingering pain.

Wearing twisted ropes of mutilated skin on his back, Matt struggles with a profound hindrance—the scars that deaden his soul. However, on the night he meets lively Vedie Wilson, a local restaurant busboy who expresses his gender by wearing lipgloss and eyeliner along with his three-day beard, things change.

Gradually, Vedie and Matt unite in friendship. Through a series of awkward encounters, the pair learns each other’s secrets. Vedie learns that an angelic face can front for a scarred soul. Matthew learns that the line between one’s masculine and feminine sides is blurred. Can they embrace the painful stories behind each other’s scars so they can find everlasting love? Or will surrendered love come to be yet another blemish on their souls?

Make a comment below regarding transgender people in your country or make a comment about Scarred, my new release–it’s cover, blurb, story–and I will enter you into a hand drawn raffle for a $10.00 Amazon gift card that will be conducted sometime today or maybe early tomorrow and provide me with an email.

LOOKING FOR LOTS OF THOUGHTS… Please let me know what you are thinking.

 

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Mia ❤

FUN with Mia’s Homemade Memes

I’m not even slightly technically inclined, BUT, necessity IS the mother of invention, right? Not that I invented canva.com’s meme-making system, but the necessity to promote my books drove me to a frenzied trial-by-error approach to figuring out (aka inventing) how to make memes to use on social media.

I credit Julia Ember with the big heads-up. THANK YOU BIG TIME, JULIA!!!! She pointed me in the direction of canvas.com, where, to be honest, I’ve allowed my creative juices to flow.

My first attempts at making memes for Facebook promotion were rather rudimentary. 

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Never fear, I’ve improved.

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I went WILD with my Valentine’s Day wishes for Facebook friends and a personal friend…

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Yes, these examples may just define “OVERKILL.” So sue me.

OK Sneak Peek- ONLY YOU GET TO SEE ONE OF NEXT WEEK’s PROMO MEMES for Scarred , my March 1st release!!!

 

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No overkill here. Hmmm…. simplicity.

I must admit, I’m getting addicted to this whole meme-making thing.

 

COVER LOVIN’  COVER LOVIN’ COVER LOVIN’

But I’m nowhere NEAR the image artist that Louis C Harris of CoolDudes Publishing is.

Isn’t this FANTASTIC?

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IN LOVE…. Yes, I am in love with this cover that shows Matt’s physically scarred back and in the background, Vedie’s emotionally scarred soul.

 

Do YOU make memes? I’d love to hear about your experiences.

***I will draw one name of a random commenter who will win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card. Please leave an email address so I can send it to you!!

Comment on Memes… Comment on GIFs… Tell me how to pronounce these words… LOL.

 

LOVE and KISSES… (I should make a meme for this.)

 

MIA

 

IT’S A BIG BOOK COVER WEEK for Momma Mia

BIG BOOK COVER NEWS #1

MONDAY, February 13 is the COVER REVEAL for SCARRED by Mia Kerick. It is an amazing cover created by the talented Louis C Harris of CoolDudes Publishing. ❤

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Matt and Vedie are scarred, inside and out. ~You won’t want to miss their story~

Matt suffered abduction and abuse as a child leaving him socially and emotionally unavailable; Vedie has long struggled with gender expression, leaving him with no choice but to hide.

Their story, called Scarred, will lift you up and tear you down, only to lift you up again!

 

BIG BOOK COVER NEWS #2

INCLINATION by Mia Kerick has a New Look!!

CHECK OUT THE NEW COVER and IMPROVED TEXT on February 15th on Amazon.com.

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I’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!!

(Is it snowing where you are?)

 

❤ Mia

 

FAIRY TALE PLAYLIST for IN A GILDED CAGE

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” G.K. Chesterton

 

Hello everybody!

Many Fairy Tales that we love bring to mind music– largely thanks to Walt Disney! Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White-too many fairy tales to name- make you think of the songs that accompany them. In A Gilded Cage is an adult fairy tale that brings to mind some great song. So I made a playlist to go with my m/m Rapunzel story.

Because In A Gilded Cage is an adult fairy tale, the musical playlist focuses on fairy tale songs and the themes that make fairy tales so addictive–songs that put you in the right mood for reading my M/M Contemporary Dark version of Rapunzel.

  1. “A Place Called You” Emma Stevens

This song directly references the Rapunzel story. And like Rapunzel, Lucci has been cooped up in tower since he was twelve-years-old.

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Long ago and far away

You took me to a place I can’t forget

If you’re my knight in shining armor

Guess you just don’t realize it yet

 

Been cooped up in a tower

For hours and hours

But the wrong guys all try to rescue me

Why kiss another frog

You’re the only one I want

It’s obvious, Why can’t you see?

Wontcha Take me to the place we used to meet

 

It’s sunny and funny

And quirky and oh oh oh

A little piece of heaven

And I so wanna go

I know my happy ending

But you don’t have a clue

Cos where I wanna be is a place

A place called you

 

  1. “Love Story” Taylor Swift

This is a fairytale tune that refers to the guardian (the father) keeping the lovers apart. Star-crossed lovers…

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We were both young when I first saw you.

I close my eyes and the flashback starts,

I’m standing there on a balcony in summer air.

See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns.

See you make your way through the crowd

And say hello

Little did I know

That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles,

And my daddy said, “Stay away from Juliet.”

And I was crying on the staircase,

Begging you, Please, don’t go.

And I said,

“Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone.

I’ll be waiting, all there’s left to do is run.

You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess

It’s a love story, baby just say yes.

So I sneak out to the garden to see you.

We keep quiet ’cause we’re dead if they knew.

So close your eyes; escape this town for a little while.

 

 

  1. “Let It Go” Demi Lovato

This fairy tale song references the isolation that Lucci feels in his life where he has to always be secluded from the world and his father’s perfect son.

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Let it go, let it go

Can’t hold it back anymore

Let it go, let it go

Turn my back and slam the door

The snow blows white on the mountain tonight

Not a footprint to be seen

A kingdom of isolation and it looks like I’m the queen

The wind is howling like the swirling storm inside

Couldn’t keep it in

Heaven knows I try

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see

Be the good girl you always had to be

Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know

Well now they know

Let it go, let it go

Can’t hold you back anymore

Let it go, let it go

Turn my back and slam the door

And here I stand

And here I’ll stay

Let it go, let it go

The cold never bothered me anyway

It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small

And the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all

Up here…

 

  1. “Somewhere” West Side Story

Somewhere is another star-crossed lovers song; Lucci and Prin can only dream of a place where they can be someday together.

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There’s a place for us,

Somewhere a place for us.

Peace and quiet and open air

Wait for us

Somewhere.

 

There’s a time for us,

Some day a time for us,

Time together with time to spare,

Time to learn, time to care,

Some day!

 

Somewhere.

We’ll find a new way of living,

We’ll find a way of forgiving

Somewhere . . .

 

There’s a place for us,

A time and place for us.

Hold my hand and we’re halfway there.

Hold my hand and I’ll take you there

Somehow,

Some day,

Somewhere!

 

 

  1. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Judy Garland

This song reminds me of Lucci, sitting in his tower room and dreaming of the freedom and happiness he could find over the rainbow.

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Somewhere over the rainbow

Way up high

And the dreams that you dreamed of

Once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow

Blue birds fly

And the dreams that you dreamed of

Dreams really do come true ooh oh

Someday I’ll wish upon a star

Wake up where the clouds are far behind me

Where trouble melts like lemon drops

High above the chimney top

That’s where you’ll find me

Oh, somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly

And the dream that you dare to,

Oh why, oh why can’t I?

 

 

IN AN ENCHANTED MOOD SONG

 

  1. “Tonight’s The Night” Rod Stewart

This song is the ultimate love song and it makes me think of every night when Lucci and Prin show their love.

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Stay away from my window

Stay away from my back door too

Disconnect the telephone line

Relax baby and draw that blind

Kick off your shoes and sit right down

Loosen off that pretty French gown

Let me pour you a good long drink

Ooh baby don’t you hesitate ’cause

Tonight’s the night

It’s gonna be alright

‘Cause I love you girl

Ain’t nobody gonna stop us now

Come on angel my heart’s on fire

Don’t deny your man’s desire

You’d be a fool to stop this tide

Spread your wings and let me come inside ’cause

Tonight’s the night

It’s gonna be alright

‘Cause I love you girl

Ain’t nobody…

 

CONFLICT SONGS- ALL fairy tales have seemingly insurmountable problems…

 

  1. “Say Something” A Great Big World

When Lucci disappears from Prin’s life, Prin nearly loses hope.

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Say something, I’m giving up on you

I’ll be the one, if you want me to

Anywhere, I would’ve followed you

Say something, I’m giving up on you

And I am feeling so small

It was over my head

I know nothing at all

And I will stumble and fall

I’m still learning to love

Just starting to crawl

Say something, I’m giving up on you

I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you

Anywhere, I would’ve followed you

Say something, I’m giving up on you

And I will swallow my pride

You’re the one that I love

 

  1. “Greensleeves” Loreena McKennitt

You’ve got to listen to the Loreena McKennitt version! It is as magical as a fairy tale and shows the pain of having loved and lost.

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Alas, my love, you do me wrong

To cast me off discourteously

And I have loved you oh so long

Delighting in your company

Greensleeves was all my joy

Greensleeves was my delight

Greensleeves was my heart of gold

And who but my lady greensleeves

If you intend to be this way

It does the more enrapture me

And even so I still remain

A lover in captivity

Greensleeves was all my joy

Greensleeves was my delight

Greensleeves was my heart of gold

And who but my lady greensleeves

Greensleeves, now…

 

 

Happily Ever After- It’s not a fairy tale without a HEA

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  1. “What a Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong

I see trees of green, red roses too

I see them bloom for me and you

And I think to myself what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white

The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night

And I think to myself what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky

Are also on the faces of people going by

I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do

They’re really saying I love you

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow

They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know

And I think to myself what a wonderful world

Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my playlist for In A Gilded Cage and I hope you are tempted to read my grown up fairy tale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEW and more of Your Alpha My Mate by Rachel Ravenheart

Rachel Ravenheart and I are both fortunate to publish some of our books with CoolDudes Publishing, where they REALLY have a heart for their authors. I enjoy the warm and professional experience I have working with Louis J, Louis C, and Kimi every time! (Thanks, guys!)

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Today Rachel is visiting me with her exciting new release, Your Alpha My Mate, which is a shifter book aimed at a Young Adult Audience. I would recommend it for upper teen readers as well as for adults.

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BLURB:

Jamie is a shifter.
But he can’t shift. That’s what he wants his pack to think.
Truth is, Jamie is a white wolf. The biggest, best, strongest kind of wolf. He refuses to shift because his pack, and his parents, treat him as a misfit. An outcast. And when he takes matters into his own hands by fleeing to join the Lonestar Pack, his fate is already determined.

There will be sacrifice.

There will be war.

There will be death.
Above all, there will be love.
And love always wins.

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AND NOW…. MY REVIEW:

I was offered an opportunity to review Rachel Ravenheart’s upcoming release Your Alpha, My Mate, which is part one of the Lonestar Chronicles.

Your Alpha, My Mate is a YA shifter novel contrasting the pain of bullying and the loneliness endured while living in an abusive family situation with the bliss of renewal that comes from young love and bonding, written in the language of its YA audience. The story starts with 17-year-old Jamie, living in his home among the Cajun Red (wolf) Pack. He is considered to be an embarrassment and is a social outcast because the pack believes he cannot shift into a wolf. Jamie hides his ability to shift and his very rare wolf form from his original pack because of his inability to trust them. Although he keeps himself as emotionally separate as possible from his peers and family, they find excuses to beat and humiliate him. Only when Jamie leaves home and joins with the Lonestar Pack, is he able to finally find love and acceptance, as well as respect.

 

As a YA novel, Your Alpha, My Mate examines teen bullying in a realistic manner. Jamie nearly reaches a level of complete hopelessness, but is able to hang on, which is a great message for young readers. Another difficult subject Ravenheart explores is the isolation and fear Jamie experiences while living in an abusive family. The physical pain Jamie endures makes no sense to him, and like many youths he feels he has no choice but to run.

 

These painful experiences are contrasted with his joy of finding the one he is fated to be with as a lifelong mate. Through Jamie and Jackson, a teen reader can live a fantasy of pure love, where two individuals find one another against the odds, and treat each other with gentleness, support, and kindness. In Jackson’s family, with whom Jamie lives and bonds, he finds the healthy relationships for which he has been longing.

 

Your Alpha, My Mate also examines friendships, which are vital to the teen reader. The story highlights both positive and negative relationships. The negative aspects of friendship included are based in feelings of jealousy, ego, and desire for power. They are contrasted with positive friendships characterized by trust, dependability, and openness. There is also an example of a teen who is able to change and become a better person, which provides a hopeful message.

 

The love story of Jamie and Jackson carries you from high points to low, and then takes you there again and again. Your Alpha, My Mate is truly a page-turner that will appeal to a reader who enjoys intimate romantic scenes—both physical and emotional—as well as action and adventure.

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The Book’s VITAL STATS:

Title: Your Alpha My Mate

 

Genre: Fiction, Gay, Shifter, Romance, Werewolf, Revenge, Teen, Young Adult, Contemporary

Ebook 195 pages – Amazon. All Romance eBooks – $3.99

Print book 200 pages – Createspace – $11.99

Author: Rachel Ravenheart

Publisher: CoolDudes Publishing PTY LTD

Publication Date: 20 Nov, 2016

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Book Description:

Your Alpha, My Mate, is Rachel Ravenheart’s first shifter novel showcasing a cast of characters that could be taken directly from real life. All too often teenagers are ignored, or bullied by their peers, family members and fellow students because of what they can or cannot do. In the end, the outcome of such peer tactics can be disastrous for the teenager. However, in

Your Alpha, My Mate, the characters understand that in order to overcome adversity, they must plunge into the unknown to find their place in the world.

The dramatic elements should have particular appeal to young adults and teens who have fallen into a similar trap as the main character. However, the main character makes dramatic decisions to change the status quo and comes out trumps.

The book has two viewpoints; the author allows the reader to seek out the mind of each character as they communicate through their own special mind link.

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HOW ABOUT AN EXCERPT??

Taken from Chapter 5

I tried to find Connor and Lisa through the mind link, but there was too much going on. Instead, I found them in the entertainment room with Jackson playing Halo, and yelling and threatening each other.

“Hey guys! Having fun? You do realize it’s only a game right?” I laughed.

“Half the fun is the arguing back and forth with your opponent. It wouldn’t be as much fun otherwise,” Jackson said.

Connor sighed dramatically. “You know you’re just as bad when you’re playing, Jamie.”

Watching them as they continued their game, I was drawn to Jackson and how happy he seemed. Something in my gut was telling me that I should always make sure that he’s happy. As I pondered what was going on, someone else entered the room and all of us stared at the girl who stood in the doorway.

Lisa acknowledge her first. “Janet. Is there something we can help you with?”

Janet ignored Lisa and walked over to Jackson. “Hey Jackson. Would you like to spend some time alone with me before the BBQ tonight? Maybe we can go on a date?”

“Go away,” he replied with a heavy sigh. “I have never wanted to spend time alone with you, let alone a date. I know you’re lonely, but nothing is going to happen between us.”

He turned away from her to focus on the game.

As Janet walked away in a huff, I asked, “Are they always throwing themselves at you?”

“They only want to be the Alpha female. Sad thing is they keep hoping I won’t find my mate in time, so they’re always coming up to me like that and, to be honest, I can’t stand people who don’t respect other people’s feelings or wishes. What’s sad is Sarah is usually the only one doing this, not Janet.” He frowned, but perked up when he heard a loud triangle sound from outside.

That sound meant it was time for the BBQ. I didn’t know why, but I was nervous about being introduced to all these people since none of them had said or done anything to me since my arrival. A couple of them already knew me but still, it was daunting. I steeled myself because this BBQ was also a way to find the one with that alluring scent of pine and chocolate. The one that would complete me.

Now, with the prospect of finding out who my mate was, I could hear Josh and Mary’s voices in the back of my head saying my mate was going to reject me because I was such a disappointment.

Those voices dissipated as I walked out to the field where the BBQ was set up and a cheer rose from the pack. A couple of hours into the BBQ I had shaken hands with almost everyone and was rather disappointed because there was no electricity.

Until a hand touched my shoulder.

Tiny little shocks frizzled throughout my body.

I turned.

I finally knew, for the first time, to whom that bouquet of pine and chocolate belonged.

The shocks had stirred my wolf and made him leap with joy.

He kept his hand on my shoulder and I stared at him with bated breath.

Could it be possible?

Of course!

It only happened when he was around.

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Author Information

Blog: http://www.rachelravenheart.net

Rachel Ravenheart made a splash as a new author in the literary world with Uncommon Valor in 2015. She has had the desire to write junior high. She moved from a small town in Iowa in time to start high school in Louisiana.

Rachel lost sight of writing as she got bogged down with sports and school. Her dream of being a writer forgotten as she looked to the future to study Political Science with the hope of going to law school when she moved to Texas.

To make her way in the world she got wrapped up in the field of nursing when she got a job as a C.N.A. and soon even her dream of law school was forgotten. Strangely, thanks to an injury, she was at home recuperating and was bored when she remembered her love for writing. Never thinking she would ever get published she began.

Writers like Rob Colton, Mann Ramblings, and Alicia Nordwell inspired her creativity. She found GayAuthors.org and after some encouragement she decided to post her first story. With the enthusiasm of readers her confidence grew and she took the step to send off her first story to be published.

The rest, as they say, is history.

 

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THANK YOU, Rachel Ravenheart, for visiting my blog today, and showcasing your November 20th 2016 release Your Alpha My Mate on my blog today!!

❤ Mia