National Coming Out Day 2017!

Today is National Coming Out Day 2017! It is observed annually to raise awareness of CIVIL RIGHTS for the LGBTQ Community. I’m celebrating with the Human Rights Campaign (see below) by supporting LGBTQ EQUALITY on Facebook and Twitter. I hope to do a small part in helping to create an environment in which people can live authentically.

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“Coming out is one of the most courageous acts any LGBTQ person makes, and on this National Coming Out Day that courage remains essential to our continued progress toward full equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin in a press release today. “As LGBTQ people across the nation and around the world continue to come out, opposition to equality will continue to crumble. Sharing our stories is a key way each of us can fight back against attempts to turn back the clock on LGBTQ equality.” (ABC News)

From WIKIPEDIA….

“National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual LGBTQ awareness day observed on October 11 and October 12 in some parts of the world.[1] Founded in the United States in 1988, the initial idea was grounded in the feminist and gay liberation spirit of the personal being political, and the emphasis on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly lesbian or gay person.[2] The foundational belief is that homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance, and that once people know that they have loved ones who are lesbian or gay, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views.[3]

In more recent years, the idea of the “lesbian and gay community” has been largely subsumed into the idea of the LGBTcommunity, and the idea of “coming out” expanded to not only include the voluntary self-disclosure of a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation, but also transgender, genderqueer, or other non-mainstream gender identity.[1]”

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In honor of National Coming Out Day 2017 I changed my Facebook cover photo to promote the fight for civil rights for transgender people.

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IF YOU ARE READY, SHOW THE WORLD YOUR TRUE COLORS!!!

Mia

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What’s Goin’ On…

I’m drawn to the struggle of LGBTQ individuals. I’m not LGBTQ, myself. And none of my children or close friends have confided to me that they are LGBTQ people. I am merely an ally, with no motivation other than my strong desire that all human beings enjoy the fullest scope of human rights.

The struggle of an LGBTQ person to live authentically without prejudice and fear is at the root of human existence. What is more integral to personhood than the freedom to express one’s gender as one experiences it? And then there is the question of love. Every individual deserves to love the person of his/her/their choice without the judgment or interference of others.

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Writing has long been my way of expressing my commitment to people who have been viewed, with respect to gender identity and sexuality, as nontraditional. My earliest books were gay romance, both New Adult and Young Adult. The stories often dealt with bullying and being bullied—my characters learned lessons and changed their ways and grew emotionally. I soon moved on to including YA lesbian fiction in my writing, consistently addressing serious societal social issues.

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In my most recent books, I have been drawn to the struggle of transgender individuals. My adult novel, Scarred, illustrates how twenty-one-year-old Vedie expresses his gender in a unique manner. Although he sees himself as a man, he frequently, and publicly, cross dresses when he is moved to express his more feminine qualities. However, he consistently conducts certain parts of his life in male attire. He is always Vedie, a sweet and gentle man, yet the public condemns him for his unconventional gender expression.

(Scarred has received two Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards…)

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I have several books signed to small publishers that deal with the YA transgender experience. All Boy, the story of an eighteen-year-old transgender man who relocates to a prep school far from home to complete a fifth year in high school as his true gender, is contracted to Lakewater Press for a 2018 release. My Crunchy Life, the story of a trans girl in the midst of her transition and the confused boy who falls for her, is signed to Harmony Ink Press for a 2018 release. Also signed to Harmony Ink Press is the story of a young trans teen, barely out of middle school, who suffers with gender dysphoria, social isolation, and family disapproval and ultimately attempts suicide, titled The Princess of Baker Street. This novel is due to be released in early 2019.

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In my November guest post on Alpha Book Club, I will outline All Boy. You will meet Jayden, the trans teen boy who has moved to Boston to attend prep school, and Callie, the teenage girl who falls in love with him. Callie, however, experienced a social media humiliation at her former high school that has left her unable to trust, and when their relationship is publicly tested, it doesn’t hold together well.

Also watch for my early 2018 YA release from Harmony Ink Press with co-author Raine O’Tierney, titled the Sound of Silence.

 

That’s what’s up!!

Mia ❤

 

 

 

 

TIMMY ASHTON’s BRILLIANT ARTWORK that accompanied me to EUROPRIDE CON 2017!

 

 

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I recently returned from my first experience as a keynote speaker, which took place in Berlin, Germany, at the Euro Pride Con 2017. It was an amazing and humbling experience, and I have a lot of people to thank.

Dani Elle Maas and Marc Fleischhauer, along with the awesome behind-the-scenes assistants, ran a warm and friendly, positive and educational, LGBTQ book convention. I met many fantastic new authors, fan-girled over authors I have long admired, and shared special moments with readers.

But there was something else extremely special about the book convention that will stay with me forever, and this happened in the preparation for the event. To preface this, I will admit that I was rather nervous at the prospect of writing and delivering my first keynote speech. I decided that I would speak about something everyone at the event had in common: that we are all on a life journey, and that, in fact, the journey is the destination.

I wrote about my personal journey from teacher to mother to author and then to author/e-activist, encouraging my listeners to view their journeys as their destinations. And I liked my speech, but it needed more—it needed incredible visuals to enhance its meaning. The first thing that popped into my mind to fill this need was the amazing artwork of my friend Timmy Ashton. I knew that his special brand of art would help my speech to come alive.

So I did what I do quite frequently—I contacted Cody Kennedy and asked him for help. I explained my idea about asking for Timmy’s help and he facilitated the process. He actually created a Facebook meeting place where Timmy and I could brainstorm the details and make concrete plans. Here is the cover page of our project:

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Timmy, Cody, and I got right to work discussing our visions of posters about the topic of a life journey that would enhance my speech. As it turns out, I selected ten quotations that I felt were meaningful with regard to journeys, and Timmy created amazing art to go with them.

Before he started the actual artwork, Timmy was careful to ask plenty questions to get a clear idea of what I wanted. He was concerned that the posters look perfect and polished, and he also wanted to know the dates by which I needed his work to be completed. Right away, I knew that I was working with a professional.

And Timmy immediately impressed me as he began to show me examples of the art he created. Each image was more amazing than the next, and Timmy explained how he went about creating the piece and asked me if I wanted more detail or less to express my ideas. He was so flexible with my needs, but all I could do was gawk at the unique art created by this incredibly talented teenage boy!

Timmy used a variety of techniques to make his art come alive and best meet my needs. I will describe them to the best of my ability: He painted and sketched with flair and skill, and then used other mediums, like breaking up pieces of a reflective material and gluing it on top of rainbow chalk swatches for a surreal look, creating a origami-style butterflies and attaching them to a work for a 3-D effect. He used black and white for a stark effect and then there was his use of color… Timmy used colors in ways I hadn’t even considered.

As he revealed each piece to me, I secretly shared them with my kids and Mr. Mia. I couldn’t hold back! My family could hardly believe the images that came from Timmy’s mind!

I remember when one of Timmy’s “Mia art projects” broke apart in the drying process. He had created a stained-glass type of image with actual glued-on pieces of clear plastic (described above to the best of my ability), reflecting colors he had applied beneath them. I felt terrible because Timmy felt terrible. He was so incredibly concerned and dependable, refusing to even consider letting me down.

When the ten images were completed, I felt like I had been handed the crown jewels! (Actually, how it happened–less dramatically but just as satisfying– was that Cody emailed me professional-quality images of professional-quality posters.) I took it from there and, through Vista Print, and a little technical help from my daughter, Sisi, applied the journey quotations, the names of the speakers, and TAM (Timmy’s initials) to each image.

What you are about to see are the final products. These are the images that were displayed in huge size on the wall behind me as I delivered my speech. The original intention was to display much smaller posters, but my luggage was delayed by two days, so my daughter Demi remade my Power Point so that each poster image that Timmy made was individually displayed behind me. And they were HUGE!!!!

This is the Power Point slide to which the audience entered the conference room. It is the one I referred to as I introduced my topic, and the hardship of losing all of my luggage—clothes, presentation materials, books, swag, everything—before delivering my first-ever keynote speech.

 

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And now, without further delay, here are all of the gorgeous works of art Timmy made to enhance my life is a journey keynote speech, with the quotations applied:

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I know, I know…. These posters are unbelievable. And there’s more—Timmy sent a beautiful message for me to share with the audience.

“When Mia asked me to create art for her Euro Pride Con appearance, I didn’t have words to describe how flattered I was. More importantly, the theme of the art she wanted me to create was that of a life journey. Up until the age of 12-1/2, my life journey had been fraught with physical and emotional pain. Since, my journey has changed, thanks in no small part to people like Mia. I hope you enjoy the art I made.”

I felt like I had Timmy standing right there beside me, offering his support. It really helped.

Finally, I shared Timmy’s bio, and I asked the audience, “Did you have a bio at the age of fourteen? Well, I didn’t either, but Timmy is the accomplished and talented sort of boy who does.”

Needless to say, the audience was incredibly impressed by the professionalism and talent displayed by Timmy–I heard several gasps as I displayed his amazing art. I received many comments after the speech about how meaningful the posters were to my message and how nobody could believe a person so young created the images.

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I have made an effort to thank Timmy for his incredible effort on my behalf in several ways, but none seem worthy of what he has done for me. So, I’d like to dedicate this blog post to him, and what I’d appreciate more than anything else is if you could leave comments about his posters here. Do you have a favorite? An overall impression of his work? Any thoughts about how his work impacted you? Please post whatever you have to say in the comments area. This will be a gift to me, and an acknowledgement of Timmy’s dedicated and amazing work.

 

THANK YOU for checking this out and I hope you enjoyed Timmy’s work as much as the Euro Pride Con keynote audience and I do!

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Re release of Inclination by Mia Kerick August 10, 2017

It had been on my mind for a long time… with Inclination, the story of a devout Catholic teen, Anthony Del Vecchio, who is facing the reality of his gayness, I knew I could do better. And so at the time where my contract expired with CoolDudes Publishing, and I had the options of pulling it, improving it, or leaving it as it was, I chose to make it better.

The story is important. It was inspired by my own challenge with following each and every specific rule of the Catholic Church. Realizing how difficult this situation must also be for LGBTQ youth, I did a lot of reading and research regarding the experience of LGBTQ teens who were trying to live a “Christian”  life by rejecting, or at a minimum, avoiding the topic of their sexuality. What I found disturbed me and I knew I needed to write a book that addressed this issue so that teens could read it and feel less alone in times of high anxiety.

Be prepared: Inclination delves into Scripture. For teens who are searching for assurance that they CAN be actively LGBTQ and devout, Biblical references are necessary. To provide this factual information, I conducted further research into Old Testament Biblical references and the lack of New Testament references to homosexual activity. The result is a book that is laden with facts, but fashioned around a sixteen-year-old boy with whom you can connect

To celebrate this new version of Inclination, my awesome publisher, CoolDudes Publishing, has created a beautiful new cover.

I hope you check out the new, improved Inclination when it releases on August 10th !!

❤ Mia

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I keep trying to write THAT book

I keep trying to write THAT book. A book that rides the wave of an original concept all the way up the beach to touch the dry white sand by the boardwalk. With characters who grip their

 

This is all I wanted to say.

Mia ❤

RELEASE DAY- IT COULD HAPPEN Playlist by Mia Kerick

I’ll be the first to admit it: most of my books are angsty.

I write about anguish. Troubles. Torment.

This is not a crime, as far as I know.

I write angst because it’s what I like to read. I want to feel a character’s pain. I want to earn every single bit of my happy ending.

And so, I want you, my readers, to earn your HEA. I want you to endure right along beside Henry, Brody, and Danny… and when (if) the HEA is finally in sight, I want you to lean back, sigh, and know that you (and they) worked for it.

And I like tortured heroes.

One is good.

Two is better.

Three tortured heroes, who can only be saved by each other’s love, break the bank.

And so as not to disappoint the angst-cravers among you, I have put together an emotionally devastating playlist to accompany your anguish, as you immerse yourselves in It Could Happen, my June 5th Coming-of-Age M/M/M release from Dreamspinner Press.

I hope this music makes you cry.

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I think we can all agree that the artist Vincent Van Gogh was a tortured soul. And I’ve chosen the song, “Vincent”, also known as “Starry, Starry Night”, for my character Danny, the artist and poet. Danny’s eyes know darkness; he paints it every day. And it seems to him that he suffers for sanity whenever he is separated from the two young men who know him best and can save him, Henry and Brody.

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“Vincent”

Don McLean

Starry Starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey

Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the
Darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils

Catch the breeze and the winter chills

In colors on the snowy linen land.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
They did not know how

Perhaps they’ll listen now.

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“Iris”, by the Goo Goo Dolls, is Henry’s song. Henry, who doesn’t want to world to see his deep need for two boys, Danny and Brody, is driven to find truth of himself in his lovers’ arms. In a broken world that seems to want to break him too, he must find strength to face his strictly religious family and the conservative part of society in which he is immersed, in order to be himself.

And I’d give up forever to touch you

Cause I know that you feel me somehow

You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be

And I don’t want to go home right now

And all I can taste is this moment

And all I can breathe is your life

Cause sooner or later it’s over

I just don’t want to miss you tonight

And I don’t want the world to see me

Cause I don’t think that they’d understand

When everything’s made to be broken

I just want you to know who I am

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I chose “Jealous” by Labrinth as Brody’s song. What’s most interesting is that Brody is not your typical jealous guy. Although scared to give his heart away, when he finally does, he gives it completely. He is open and loving toward everyone, but is extremely so toward the two teenage boys he loves. And Brody is accepting, no matter what. So when their hearts are yanked away, he accepts it. He wants only the best for them in their separate futures, and appreciates the time they shared together without bitterness. He harbors no hard feelings for them, but wishes that he could be the rain that falls upon their skin, so that he could still have connection to them.

“Jealous”

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I’m jealous of the rain
That falls upon your skin
It’s closer than my hands have been
I’m jealous of the rain
I’m jealous of the wind
That ripples through your clothes
It’s closer than your shadow
Oh, I’m jealous of the wind

‘Cause I wished you the best of
All this world could give
And I told you when you left me
There’s nothing to forgive
But I always thought you’d come back, tell me all you found was
Heartbreak and misery
It’s hard for me to say, I’m jealous of the way
You’re happy without me…
 

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All three boys have occasion to apologize in It Could Happen. They create pain for each other and they eventually all experience sincere regret for the tears they cause. At different times in the novel, fear drives Henry, Brody, and Danny all to attempt to escape the bond they have formed over years of friendship. By the end of the story they realize that nothing is worth jeopardizing their intense and precious connection.

“Sorry”

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Oh I had a lot to say was thinking on my time away

I missed you and things weren’t the same

Cause everything inside it never comes out right
And when I see you cry it makes me want to die

I’m sorry I’m bad, I’m sorry you’re blue, I’m sorry about all things I said to you
And I know I can’t take it back
I love how you kiss, I love all your sounds, and baby the way you make my world go round
And I just wanted to say I’m sorry:

This time I think I’m to blame it’s harder to get through the days
You get older and blame turns to shame

Every single day I think about how we came all this way
The sleepless nights and the tears you cried it’s never too late to make it right
Oh yeah sorry!

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“Whatever it Takes” is a song of commitment. After Henry, Danny, and Brody have tried to go off in their own directions and failed because they realize that their relationship is what completes them as individuals, they reunite and pledge to do whatever it takes to make it work. They recognize how they have hurt each other. They know that they have more logical reasons to let each other go than to stay together. Nonetheless, they commit to opening up even when it ispainful, and in that way, to do whatever it takes to make their love successful.

“Whatever It Takes”

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A strangled smile fell from your face
It kills me that I hurt you this way
The worst part is that I didn’t even know
Now there’s a million reasons for you to go
But if you can find a reason to stay

I’ll do whatever it takes
To turn this around
I know what’s at stake
I know that I’ve let you down
And if you give me a chance
Believe that I can change
I’ll keep us together whatever it takes

She said “If we’re gonna make this work
You gotta let me inside even though it hurts
Don’t hide the broken parts that I need to see”
She said “Like it or not it’s the way it’s gotta be
You gotta love yourself if you can ever love me”

I’ll do whatever it takes
To turn this around
I know what’s at stake
I know that I’ve let you down
And if you give me a chance
And give me a break
I’ll keep us together, I know you deserve much better

 

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These lyrics speak to me:

Funny you’re the broken one but I’m the only one who needed saving
‘Cause when you never see the light it’s hard to know which one of us is caving…

Each of the young men—Henry, Danny, and Brody—at times, is the broken one who needs saving. And at other times, each needs to be the one to do the saving. One by one they each step up to the plate and rescue the others.

 

They must be strong and brave to initiate the relationship, daring and risk everything to become physically intimate with each other, and then decide if it is worth the cost to present their fledgling and unconventional relationship to the public, to their family and society.

“Stay”

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All along it was a fever

A cold sweat hot-headed believer
I threw my hands in the air, said, “Show me something”
He said, “If you dare, come a little closer”

Round and around and around and around we go
Oh now, tell me now, tell me now, tell me now you know

Not really sure how to feel about it
Something in the way you move
Makes me feel like I can’t live without you…

Funny you’re the broken one but I’m the only one who needed saving
‘Cause when you never see the light it’s hard to know which one of us is caving

Not really sure how to feel about it
Something in the way you move
Makes me feel like I can’t live without you
It takes me all the way
I want you to stay…

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In most cases, I’m a HEA kind of writer, but am not a spoiler kind of writer, so in the event the three teenagers succumb to their love, here is a song to reflect the joy.

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“Lovin’ You”

Minnie Riperton

 

Loving you is easy cause you’re beautiful.
Making love with you is all I want to do.
Loving you is more than just a dream come true.
And everything I do, is out of loving you

La la la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la, la la la la la
Do do do do do, ooh

No one else can make me feel the colors that you bring,
Stay with me while we grow old,
and we will live each day in spring time.

Cause loving you has made my life so beautiful.
And every day of my life, is filled with loving you.
Loving you I see your soul come shining through.
And every time that we have (uuuuhhhhhhh)
I’m more in love with you.

 

I hope you pick up a copy of It Could Happen from Amazon.com or Dreamspinner Press and enjoy the angst!!

❤ Mia

I LOVE COMMENTS. I LIVE FOR THEM. Well, maybe live for them is an exaggeration but I seriously appreciate them a lot. 😉

 

COVER REVEAL for IT COULD HAPPEN by Mia Kerick

Today is the official COVER REVEAL DAY for my JUNE 5th release IT COULD HAPPEN from Dreamspinner Press.

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It Could Happen by Mia Kerick is the M/M/M romance of three eighteen-year-old high school seniors. It is a best friends-to-lovers story.
I enjoy writing stories of polyamory, and in particular, coming-of-age polyamory. The three young men in the book—Brody, Henry, and Danny—are faced with many conflicts as they mature from children to adults. Brody, the youngest of seven boys, feels neglected by his aging parents and has taken to seeking adrenaline rushes to make him feel alive. Henry has the opposite problem—his conservative parents are extremely controlling and he barely has a chance to move without them breathing down his neck. And Danny is basically living alone, as his mother spends all of her time with her various boyfriends, and so he seeks comfort from older lovers. The three already have high levels of conflict in their lives, and to complicate things, they are falling in love with each other.
The intimacy they share is unique and complicated and very necessary to each boy. The decision to pursue a romance saddles the three boys with the need to constantly balance what they could lose and/or gain in the process. They realize that this love they so desire will either save or destroy them. The possibility of a ménage relationship furthers their current conflicts, and provides a bond that is fascinating to explore.
It is unlikely for three boys to fall in love in high school. But, it could happen, and in my June 5th release—it does!!

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The amazing cover artist is Aaron Anderson. Thank you, Aaron!

Want to pre-order a copy from Dreamspinner Press?

BUY LINKS:

eBook: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/it-could-happen-by-mia-kerick-8530-b

Paperback: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/it-could-happen-by-mia-kerick-8531-b

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Here’s the blurb:

Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.

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If you liked Us Three and Here Without You, you are gonna LOVE IT COULD HAPPEN…

Here’s an excerpt:

That was when Henry forgot all about keeping quiet, jerked at the door handle like a madman, and yelled, “Let us in! Let us in!”

It was like a miracle when the door slowly swung open. Danny stood in front of us wearing this strange, old-fashioned, white-nightgown thing he must have found at a thrift shop, because they sure don’t sell them at the outlet mall where I shop. If he were clutching a candleholder, he would have looked like an orphan in a Dickens’ novel.
Danny’s fine black hair was rumpled and stuck to his head, and, like Henry said, his eyes were both blackened and swollen. His bottom lip was puffy too.

“What the fuck?” Henry didn’t shout it. He just asked. Then he rushed to Danny and hugged him. I couldn’t see Danny at all because he was engulfed in Henry’s embrace, so I used the time to collect myself. I’m the one who’s supposed to keep my act together. I
swallowed over and over until the lump in my throat went away, and when Henry finally let Danny go, I closed the door and told them to sit down on the bed.

Danny was oddly obedient. He took Henry’s arm and led him to the bed. While they pushed back the rumpled sheet and blankets and sat down, I stood in front of them and asked, “What happened to you, Danny?”

He said, “Nothing,” flopped back on the bed, and pulled a pillow over his head.

So I asked again, “What happened to your face?”

The pillow muffled Danny’s voice, but it sounded like he said, “It’s not just my face.” Henry reached down and pulled the nightgown up to Danny’s knees. His legs were covered in cuts and bruises, as though he’d been kicked in the shins too many times to count.

“I’m gonna fuckin’ kill him.” I think Henry was the one to say this, but it could as easily have been me.

If you are in the mood for a RAFFLE, check out my cover reveal at

OPEN SKYE BOOK REVIEWS!!! There is a gift card raffle going on – all you have to do is comment on your favorite kind of misfit.

Don’t Miss It Could Happen!!

❤ Mia

 

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COVER REVEAL for IT COULD HAPPEN on Friday, May 5th

Just letting you all know that there will be an exclusive cover reveal for It Could Happen, my New Adult M/M/M Contemporary Romance, this Friday on Open Skye Book Reviews!! And there will be a giveaway!!!

DON’T MISS IT!!! ❤ Mia

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I DON’T COOK

I don’t cook.

Well, I did cook once. It was actually one of the things I looked forward to most when I first got married: cooking my man his dinner. Unfortunately, he wasn’t particularly enthralled by the two meals I knew how to make:

  1. Chicken Rice Casserole: chicken breasts/ cream of mushroom soup/frozen broccoli/ Minute Rice

 

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The look of hungry dissatisfaction on Mr. Mia’s newlywed face remains branded on my mind almost twenty-five years later.

Sigh.

Things got a little bit better when Mr. Mia grew a garden. I figured out how to make a fresh zucchini/onion/tomato stir fry, which I served over rice or pasta (and, for the record, it wasn’t a casserole) that my husband actually liked. I made it every day for three weeks.

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And then he didn’t like it anymore.

Longer sigh.

 

This cooking dilemma compounded with the birth of my extremely finicky first daughter, Ali. She nursed for a long time—I couldn’t go wrong with that. But when the time came for her to eat solid food—well, it didn’t go well. I tried all of the typical “kid foods”: chicken nuggets, grilled cheese sandwiches, french fries, buttered noodles, and pizza. NOPE, NOT HAPPENING. So, I shifted into “chocolate milk shakes for all three meals mode”, into which I would sometimes slip some fruit or yogurt.

“No banana, Mommy! No yogie! Just milk and ice cream!” (And way too much chocolate syrup.)

About a year later, I asked the pediatrician, “Can a child survive on milk shakes, Wheat Thins, and Kudos bars?” The doctor looked at me strangely. And for the record, at this point I wasn’t too worried about what Mr. Mia ate for dinner.

 

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Child number two… less picky. Yay.

Child number three… WAY MORE PICKY. Ugh.

Child number four eats anything… and everything, for the most part. Cool.

And then dinnertime got CRAZY. Swim team, dance class, art lessons, baseball, after school enrichment program, soccer, soccer for someone else… you name it, my kids did it. Sitting down at the dinner table became a thing of the past.

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I was not overly disappointed, as dinnertime was nothing like the picture above. It had become rather stressful, thanks to the fact I had to make four separate meals each night.

We got out of the “sitting down to dinner” habit. For the next few years, I put together one meal for two kids at five, and Mr. Mia put together a semblance of dinner for another kid at seven, and I picked up fast food for more family members at ten, on the way home from dance. What Mr. Mia ate each night… I have no clue.

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Yeah, that was another sigh.

All I can say is I’m reasonably confident that nobody was starving.

I called myself “The Lone Arranger” when it came to coming up with dinner for the kids. (I actually thought everybody called me this catchy nickname, but I have recently been informed—rather rudely, I must say—that this is not the case.) In any event, I didn’t cook dinner—I simply arranged for each family member to have access to something edible each night.

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The situation has become even more challenging lately, although it’s not often that the entire family is home to eat dinner seeing as one child is in law school, two are in college, and my only child who is living at home is heavily involved in sports.

Ali is a vegetarian—and a super “foodie” vegetarian at that.

Demi is gluten and dairy free by necessity.

Sisi eats about five foods in the entire world, but this number is slowly growing. I think she is up to seven foods now.

Chris isn’t so much into vegetables.

Mr. Mia refuses to eat fast food and those easy heat-up frozen meals.

I tried to be a “hunter-gatherer” for a period of time for health reasons, but finally gave up and I just eat what I can arrange.

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We cook a Green Chef meal a few times a week and hire the lady across the street to occasionally cook us comfort food. Mr. Mia grills every now and then. Momma Mia makes that chicken/mushroom soup/broccoli casserole once in a while. Sometimes we eat big bowls of cereal.

Sometime we just drink wine (excluding my son who eats leftovers from the above list).

I don’t cook—never really have, and probably I never will.

But we’re getting by.

Sigh.

By the way, did you hear that Omaha Steaks is offering new crockpot meals?

This is Beef Bourguignon.

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Here is how they are marketing this delicious meal…

“The only difficult part about this French family favorite is saying the name. Also known as Beef Burgundy, it’s a flavorful savory dish that’s been difficult to make for centuries. Now, there’s no mess, no stress, and no shopping or chopping multiple ingredients. It’s all included – just add it to your Crock-Pot® slow cooker before you leave for the day and it’s ready when you get home.”

I’ve already tried selling the idea to Mr. Mia. He’s a tough customer. And then there’s the fact that children #1-3 won’t be able to eat it, for various reasons (see above) and child #4 will pick out the vegetables.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

I want to know HOW YOU DO IT… How do you feed yourselves and your families on those crazy busy or I-don’t-feel-like-cooking nights? Please!! I need the help!!

 

❤ YA  Mia

 

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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.

five stars

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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

 

It’s the Climb

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I’ve seen a lot of other authors hit them-low points in their careers when it seems like the harder you work and the BETTER you write, the less happens to move your message and the size of your readership–your career, itself–forward. And the more you have to WAIT for a YES or a NO, and for the sometimes dreaded, but always needed, reviews, allows for abundant time to question everything you’ve done so far in your writing journey, as well as what you plan(ned) to do tomorrow. This questioning leads to frustration, which is not helpful when you’re trying to keep those creative juices flowing. (Creative juices are kinda necessary to write awesome books.)

In my writing career, I’ve been up-and plenty of times. Sometimes I’ve even rocketed, twisting and flailing, into the sky.

But the twisting and flailing ride is kind of a two-way street. I will admit that right now isn’t the first time I’ve twisted and flailed, as I came crashing down. And at the moment, I’m at the bottom of the roller coaster ride, looking up and facing the climb.

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Wanting the climb.

GOOD NEWS: Yes, there’s always a silver lining. I’ve reached out to a few other writers and a beta reader (AND NOW to YOU) in search of the words that will inspire me. My wonderful friends who I’ve trusted with my struggle have been generous in their support and encouragement. I’ve been assured that my new books will be “winners” and I’ve been comforted in my frustration with all of the waiting that is required of an author (because sometimes all you can do is try like hell to be patient).

I’ve been told DON’T YOU DARE GIVE UP…

And I’ve been reminded that my goal is to take YOU on a journey that only I can guide.

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(me hiking in the woods)

So, yes, this journey as a writer, as are so many of our life journeys, is a trial. Or maybe it’s an election, of sorts. Or a trip to the doctor… or a visit to your kid’s teacher. Or a dance audition. Or basketball tryouts. Or an application to college or law school. You don’t know the final results until you actually take the trip. And then you have to sit and wait, before you muster the energy to work a little harder, and keep the trip progressing in the right direction.

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(one of my favorite hikes)

It’s interesting that my effort to bemoan the tribulations of my journey have resulted in focusing my mind on things like my family and good health and an upcoming election…

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I don’t plan to give up. I never have. But in the sharing of my experience with my personal roller coaster, I hope for an exchange. I would love to hear how you negotiate your roller coasters. And why you don’t get off the roller coaster, in favor of a carousel ride.

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After all, it’s all about the climb.

 

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I’d love to hear from you.

❤ Momma Mia

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(this looks just like my dog Jake from when I was a kid)

 

RELEASE DAY for IN A GILDED CAGE by Mia Kerick, my first LGBTQ FAIRY TALE RETELLING

Yes, it’s a Rapunzel story. And let me tell you, I did my research.

Here’s a taste of what I read in my effort to strip the Disney version of Tangled down to the most basic version of the tale. It comes from an article on Flavorwire called, “The Disturbing Origins of 10 Famous Fairy Tales” by Emily Temple.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair. Well, in the Grimm version, she does, a little too often, to a prince, and winds up pregnant, innocently remarking to her jailer witch that her clothes feel too tight. The witch, not to have any competition, chops off Rapunzel’s hair and magically transports her far away, where she lives as a beggar with no money, no home, and after a few months, two hungry mouths to feed. As for the prince, the witch lures him up and then pushes him from the window. Some thorn bushes break his fall, but also poke out his eyes. For all this extra bloodshed, however, there’s still a happy ending.

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I had a lot of fun creating a very dark parallel version of Rapunzel (the original fairy tales were quite disturbing) that takes place in the modern universe. And I submitted the story to 2 YA publishers, one after another. I was told that In A Gilded Cage was just too dark. As in, way too dark. “Readers like their modern fairy tale retellings light and fun.” Maybe I could lighten it up a bit, hmmm? But I liked it dark. And Evernight Publishing said something similar when I submitted it to their Teen imprint, but they added suggestion to the tune of, In A Gilded Cage is AN AWESOME STORY! Have Lucci and Prin grow up a bit… add some heat… and it would fit our Naughty Fairy Tales line PERFECTLY! And so Lucci and Prin grew up enough to be New Adult characters, got a lot more intimate, as did the original Rapunzel characters (wink, wink), and my DARK version of Rapunzel found a home.

I can’t write a story without a visual image of my characters. So here you go…

My image of Lucci… the male Rapunzel.

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And Prin… Lucci’s hero. His Prince Charming.

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And Mr. Gotham, Lucci’s creepy guardian, who is largely responsible for the darkness of In A Gilded Cage.

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In A Gilded Cage is on Amazon in Kindle Format, on All Romance Ebooks, and Evernight Publishing. See comments below for links.

ENJOY!!!

 

❤ Mia

 

 

The (messy) Story of Making a Self-Published Short Read… SOL Shit Outta Luck by Momma Mia Kerick

ONCE UPON A TIME…

I had some time on my hands. Every year, Mr. Mia goes on a LONG fishing trip to Chappaquiddick, an island off Martha’s Vineyard. It’s his favorite time of the year. Lots of men shuttle in and out of the house he rents, and they fish a lot at odd times of the day and night, dictated (I think) by the tides, they eat very well, and they take a few trips to Edgartown for dinners out.

 

At home, I have a different sort of vacation.

I become a literal recluse. Yes, I continue my motherly duties… but wifely duties? I put them on hold, with the exception of phone calls and text communication involving lots of “I miss you’s” and emojis.

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Where Mr. Mia eats well, my kids and I  (at home) eat badly. We order out A LOT!

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And… I write. And I write and I write, because there’s no one around to stop me.

This year on my “vacation from wifely duties” I wrote about 2/3 of a YA book that I suspect could be THE ONE. You know, the book that makes me the famous author I am in my mind, but no one on the outside realizes this. (I suspected that The Red Sheet was THE ONE. And Love Spell, and Clean, and Us Three… yet I continue to write in relative anonymity.) However, the drive is more to have my books READ by hoards of people than it is to be famous. Because when you’re famous you can never go out wearing no bra and without brushing your hair and/or teeth, as I sometimes like to do.

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I will let you all know if this YA book ended up being THE ONE. Or you’ll realize it when they make a movie out of it.

SOOO…. back to SOL Shit Outta Luck. I haven’t published since last February with The Art of Hero Worship. I have written books, but they as of yet have no home. I blame this partially on my Never-Trump obsession. I couldn’t concentrate on books when I was grasping the reality that Donald Trump could actually be our president one day. But I don’t want to go off on a political tangent…. In any case, on my “vacation from wifely duties”, I did a lot of walking. And while walking, I listened to a lot of acoustic pop hits. LOVE THEM!! When I listen to music, I get inspired.

 

And I wanted to publish something. I had an urge… a drive to put something out there. And I spent six days writing, editing, rewriting… and when it was finished, came the moment of truth. What am I gonna do with this thing? (THING being my 8,500 word manuscript)

Beck and Griffin’s story is cool. That is how I think of it. In SOL you will find a lot of bad attitude, a little bit of hipster, some David Beckham-ish-ness, mixed with hurt/comfort theme, blended with some tortured hero, and rounded off with some snarky humor.

And I had a what the hell? moment. Ever have one? They can cause you to act impulsively.

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I went on KDP- me, I guarantee I’m the most technically challenged non-nerd you have ever met. And I plugged everything in where the Kindle God asked for it, DESIGNED MY OWN FRIGGING BADASS COVER on Cover Creator, rewrote the story slightly to fit the picture I chose (LOL-but I did), and hit the button. PUBLISH.

I immediately started sweating. And I’m talking, sweating profusely. I had a HUGE OMG moment. Then I had three more. I wrote this Facebook Post and (THANK YOU, friends) got tons of support.

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Then I proceeded to re-publish SOL three more times in the next 12 hours because I found errors.

And SHIT OUTTA LUCK was born!!!!

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You are NOT shit outta luck, though. Because this guy was my mental image of Griffin, who Beck finds passed out on the crosswalk on his way home from work:

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And Beck… well, I had one guy in mind. A younger version of Posh Spice’s husband.

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That is the story of SHIT OUTTA LUCK, that was originally pegged to be named NOT-BLUE EYES but Cover Creator had no picture options I could make work, but, whatever.

If you are still with me here, head off to Amazon.com. pick up SOL Shit Outta Luck and meet the men behind this madness, Beck and Griffin.

 

❤ Momma Mia

 

 

COVER REVEAL of my very first FAIRY TALE RETELLING!!! “IN A GILDED CAGE” Mia Kerick’s LGBTQ Version of RAPUNZEL

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It has certainly been a while since I’ve announced a new book, but I’d like to post the COVER REVEAL of IN A GILDED CAGE by Mia Kerick, a modern retelling of the fairy tale Rapunzel. The publisher of this NEW ADULT LGBTQ CONTEMPORARY FAIRY TALE is Evernight Publishing. It will be in their Naughty Fairy Tales, as well as New Adult and Gay Romance. And what a cover! I’m thrilled!!

RELEASE DATE October 21, 2016

Here’s a little about In A Gilded Cage:

In the dark and modern fairy tale retelling, In A Gilded Cage, “Rapunzel” is indeed alluring, crowned with a mane of long, blond hair and blessed by an enchanting musical talent that draws a brave rescuer to a high tower hidden in the forest. However, this Rapunzel just so happens to be a young man named Lucci Grimley, sold as a child to the wealthy and childless Damien Gotham for the price of a fast car and a pile of cash. And Lucci’s heroic prince is actually William Prinzing (Prin), a handsome and ambitious young landscaper hired to care for the grounds at the lavish Tower Estate, who climbs an extension ladder, rather than a long golden braid, to gain access to Lucci’s second floor bedroom window. In a college town where success in soccer and superior grades make Prin “royalty” and where Lucci is schooled by elite private instructors—completely detaching him from the rest of the world—the young men address the prospect of liberating Lucci from his twisted guardian and gilded cage. Prin manages to penetrate the secrecy surrounding the young man in the tower, allowing friendship, and soon romance, to bloom. Together, they sneak off the mansion’s grounds to do the things that young men do—explore the town, attend parties, and learn the truth of friendship and intimacy. And as in the original tale of Rapunzel—the version we don’t read to our youngest children—the tower captive freely gives his love to the brave rescuer, which ultimately sends the fanatical Gotham into a frenzy of rage. He banishes Lucci and destroys Prin, dashing their hopes for the future. Will they find their way back together?

There will be more info about the book to come… but enjoy the awesome cover showing modern-day Rapunzel, Lucci Grimley, and his prince, William (Prin) Prinzing!! ❤