A Little Hypnosis Experiment with Mia Kerick… hehehe

I thought that today we would try a little experiment. 😉

Are you game? Wonderful!! Now, I am going to have to insist that you ask no questions, and just read the script below. Okay? Great. (And Chance César from Love Spell would love this game as he is not above having this type of fun.)

Make yourself nice and comfortable.That’s good.

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Let’s start by taking a deep breath in…

Yes, very nice. Now hold this breath for a second or two.

And now release it nice and slowly, and release, as well, the stress of your day. Excellent…


Let go every last bit of your tension. A warm tingly sensation flows from your head to your neck to your back and belly, to your private areas, to your thighs and calves and feet. Oh, and your arms. And hands. Um… did I mention your shoulders?

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You are getting very sleepy.


You may begin to feel as if your eyelids are becoming very heavy, and you may want to go to sleep, but you must keep your eyes open.


As you read each sentence on this script, you drop down deeper into relaxation.

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Just focus on the words. Yes, just like that…


Focus on the pictures. You cannot look away….

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Clear your mind of all thoughts except what the words and pictures bring forth.

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From the hairs on the top of your head to the tip of your baby toe you feel warm, relaxed, and wonderful as you read the words and study the pictures.


The items in the pictures bring on feelings of happiness and pleasure, like rays of sunlight washing over your entire body.

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You will surrender to the desires you are experiencing based on the images you are seeing. You will not fight your urges…


You will allow feelings of unmitigated joy to surface when you hear or see the words, “Love Spell.”

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You will experience an unquenchable desire to possess the story of Chance César’s struggle to make Jazz Donahue fall in love with him.

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You NEED to purchase LOVE SPELL!! by Mia Kerick…. It’s on Amazon…. Just saying….

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It feels so good to relax and know that Love Spell by Mia Kerick will soon be yours.

You feel so happy and peaceful as you envision the light pink, heart-covered book (yes, Love Spell by Mia Kerick) in your extremely relaxed hands.

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Thanks to Love Spell by Mia Kerick all stress is gone from your body and your life. And the entire world, for that matter.


Thanks to Love Spell by Mia Kerick you are completely at peace.

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Young woman sleeping on a green grass.

Love Spell by Mia Kerick fulfills your every reading desire.

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Yes, that’s good. Breathe in… hold it… now release your breath.

In a moment I will count down from five to one. With each number I count you will become more committed to your need to purchase Love Spell by Mia Kerick. When I get to one you will wake up feeling refreshed and in the mood to shop online.


5 – Let yourself go completely, give yourself up to your urge to shop and then read a “whimsical love story that will make you laugh and cry”

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4- Every number is an opportunity to further accept your need for Love Spell by Mia Kerick.

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3- You feel better (and more sure of what you want to do with your $4.99) than you have ever felt in your life.


2- You will respond “I obey” when you hear me say number one


You will go to www.Amazon.com and conduct a search in the Kindle Store for Love Spell by Mia Kerick….

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1- “I obey”

(You know what to do now.)

I’m in the mood for a contest… an old-fashioned throw the names in a hat and pick a winner contest!!

Prize will be Mia Kerick-related, depending upon your location- in the US I can mail you stuff, out of the US it will have to be something I can email you.

SO COMMENT and leave email address and I will enter your name!!

I’ll give it a few days before I draw a name… no set date so DO IT NOW!! (say “I obey, Momma Mia”)

It was lovely spending time with you today. Hehehehe…..

Mia ❤

Spend Six Minutes with Author Mia Kerick on Lit Pick!! :)

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Here is my Lit Pick Interview “Six Minutes With an Author.”

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—most named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty-two years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her YA stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people, their relationships, and relevant issues in the lives of teens. When Mia was a teen, she filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, CoolDudes and YoungDudes Publishing, and CreateSpace for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.


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Mia is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights, especially marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Today Mia Kerick joins LitPick for Six Minutes with an Author! Mia is the author of both Young Adult and Adult fiction books. Some of her YA books are Intervention, Not Broken, Just Bent, Us Three, Come to My Window, and the just released Love Spell. Mia’s four children are named after saints, her five cats are named after Boston Red Sox players, and she has been married over twenty-two years. Mia’s major regret in life is that she never took typing or computer class in school, and is therefore a two-fingered typist. The American Library Association (ALA) has designated June 2015 as GLBT Book Month™, which makes this the perfect time for Mia’s interview.

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How did you get started writing?

I have always been a dreamer, easily absorbed by all things make pretend. As a grade school kid, I could express my creativity and whimsy through play-acting. For example, my sister, her best friend, and I were members of an indigenous society when we played outside by the stream in our woodsy backyard. We made tiny pots out of the claylike sand we found on the banks of the stream, and we created complex shelters out of sticks that would put contestants on Naked and Afraid to shame. I also frequently played with dolls—large (baby dolls) and small (Barbie Dolls). Sometimes I was a young mother on the run (can’t remember what exactly I was running from) living in a dingy motel room (my bedroom) with a cranky newborn baby (Mattel’s Baby Tender Love) to care for. Other times my Barbie and Skipper were Olympic gymnasts who specialized in floor exercises (my summer Olympics obsession). If worse came to worse and no dolls were available, I could create a soap opera saga for a leaf family—the Maples adopt an Oak baby when a harsh and hazardous autumn breeze blows away Oak baby’s parents. I even played with rocks—and I’m not talking about those cute painted ones with little faces that look like frogs. I’m referring to your basic sidewalk stone, dirt-covered and lacking all traces of glamour. Inducing some of my less imaginative neighbors to play rock family was, at times, tricky.

The amount of time I spent making pretend with the neighborhood kids diminished as we entered the teen years, and although I will confess to breaking out my Barbie dolls sporadically until the age of seventeen, I shifted my expressive outlet mainly to writing. An interesting fact: at about age fifteen I wrote the basis of the story that at age forty-five became my first published novel, Beggars and Choosers. All of my characters resembled 1980’s rock and roll singers (think REALLY BIG hair), and I was one of the romantic leads.

So, in short, which this answer was not, I have a powerful imagination, which maturing did nothing to lessen. And so my play-acting shifted from acting things out with my body, to acting them out with toys and dolls and yes, sometimes leaves, to acting them out in my head through my writing.

Who influenced you?

My primary influence has long been my older sister, the one I’d been trying to keep up with ever since we belonged to the same indigenous family in my backyard as children. After experiencing a mutual admiration—no, not obsession, we just liked him a lot—for the Edward Cullen character from Twilight, my sister was moved to write. And yes, her little sister was hot on her heels. Part of our relationship is now “book talk”, where we discuss what we are working on, ask questions of each other, and offer honest opinions.

Do you have a favorite book/subject/character/setting?

I will again own up to my strong appreciation of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. And in particular, I adore the character of Edward Cullen. I will also admit that I when I first read Twilight, I wasn’t quite certain why Edward affected me so much. I asked myself, “Why on earth do you spend so much time wondering ‘what would Edward do’ in this situation?” Could it be that I was merely influenced by the multitudes of beautiful images in the media of the actor, Robert Pattinson, who played Edward? Was I so shallow that a near-perfect physical representative of a character in a book could influence me to such a degree?

With relief, though, I realized that I had some real reasons for buying into this character. First, you must know that I am a romance reader and writer.

I believe in love…

I believe that love is love…

I believe that love can save…

To sum it up, love is, in my opinion, a many splendid thing.


And what I love about Edward is the way he loves Bella. Not only is his love for her all-consuming, and completely self-sacrificial, in nature, but it is also dangerous. He is dangerous. He is the very bad good guy, or maybe the very good bad guy, that so many of us can’t get enough of in our romance reading.

Prior to reading Twilight, I almost strictly read historical romance. So, for setting and time period, it had never been contemporary backdrops for me. In fact, another character I favor (all-consuming and self-sacrificial and dangerous love: check, check, and check) is Mr. Rochester of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. I enjoy reading about the propriety of life in historical fiction.

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What advice do you have for someone who wants to be an author?

My most successful YA novels have been the ones in which I totally cut loose and broke the rules, writing what was in my heart, such as The Red Sheet. There are a lot of rules, you know, for a piece of fiction to be acceptable to publishers. Don’t be too wordy, never use a passive voice, avoid clichés like the plague, don’t refer to popular culture too specifically or it will date your book, by all means don’t be cute as readers might feel left out of an inside joke, and always avoid alliteration (hehehe). And there are plenty more rules where these came from. But my advice cannot be found in a list. My words of wisdom for new authors: Be true to yourself. Readers can spot a fake a mile away.

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Where is your favorite place to write?

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I have four (wonderful, in case they read this) children who, over the past years, I have carted around to all kinds of extracurricular activities. So, I have often written in my black Volvo wagon, parked outside a dance studio, or a gymnasium, or an SAT class. I can get the job done, pretty much anywhere. But my favorite place to write is in THE RED SOX ROOM, on my big comfy couch, surrounded by my baseball heroes.

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What else would you like to tell us?

*I am a connoisseur of fine cats. Right now we have five.

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*I adore a mocha latte with extra espresso. But I’ve lately been getting into a nice hot cup of tea. (Not literally getting into the cup of tea… I just like to drink it.)


*Sometimes chocolate is an absolute necessity to maintaining my sanity. My preference is for Lindt hollow chocolate Easter bunnies, which unfortunately become scarce in online shops by late summer.

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*I have a standard go-to outfit, which I know I will feel confident in: white oxford shirt (worn untucked), button-down collar mandatory, ripped button fly light blue jeans, brown Frye harness boots, and pearl earrings. This is my go-to outfit—I reach for it when I have to run out to my daughter’s tennis match, the grocery store, an AAU basketball game, college tours… well, you name it. You will find me dressed like a slightly preppy ranch hand.

I guess I told you enough about me.

I’d like to introduce my assistant Kari Higa’s who created the promo images. As a mother of three wonderful children, Kari splits her time between taxiing her kids around town and doing what she loves. Music and art are her passion and reading is her escape. She loves to listen to Chopin but wants to play Bach. From art journals to visual note taking, Kari loves to try different art media that express her thoughts and emotions. As a former educator, she loves spending time with kids, whether she is volunteering for a youth program or at her kids’ schools.

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Mia, thank you so much for spending six minutes with LitPick! This has been a very fun interview!

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AM I WRONG… to want top three? Gold, Silver, or Bronze

At the end of release day, Love Spell is at #4 on Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Gay & Lesbian Fiction. I’m excited… but is it wrong that I want to move higher on this list? It isn’t about sales and money… it is about something else entirely. Maybe it is about proving to myself that I can do this, and do it well. So, I set a goal for #1, #2, or #3!! Fingers crossed.

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I set another goal for a different list. In Kindle, Teen and Young Adult Romance is in a category that is not isolated by orientation, and I am glad. All of the teen romance should be together. At bedtime, Love Spell is at #33.

My goal is to hit the top 20 in this category. This might be hard to do. Very. But goals keep me on my toes… they keep me promoting and writing and thinking of what is going on NOW as well as what is coming NEXT.

So, I will have my goals and my hopes… maybe they are really nothing more than dreams. But they move me forward.

Thanks for reading Love Spell!! Thanks for helping to make my dreams come true.



Online magazines and blogs offer us LOTS of advice.

In Love Spell, which releases June 1st– YES, TOMORROW–the main character, Chance César, learns that we shouldn’t accept all of the advice so freely handed out online as if it was the Biblical truth.


So, I was surfing the net, shopping for online relationship advice—not for myself personally, it was all in the name of research, I promise—and I came across an article that I was compelled to bookmark. You know how you do this every now and then—find something life-changingly amazing online and tuck it safely aside in favorites to study at a later date? Which you may or may not return to… well, ever. And I found a good one. (I mean, this how-to-make-him-love-you article is a sparkling little gem.) And I thought, since Chance César plans his strategy of how to win the heart of the boy he is crushing on around the wisdom he learns from a ficticious online article, I would share parts of this REAL online article with you today.

Brace yourselves.

The article is called “Twelve romantic things to do for your sweetie online” (http://makesweet.com/advice/online/) and I will share with you the highpoints.


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I’m okay with tip number one “make an online comic strip” starring you and your partner, but “customize a LOL-cat” with the suggestion below seemed a tad creepy.

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Can you say stalker?

Tip number three “show some signs of love” suggests that you shout your feelings about the one you love so loudly that the entire world can hear. Or, in this case, see. As in, read. Because the article suggests you somehow program electronic highway signs with a message of your devotion. That can’t be safe. Or legal.

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The next little tip isn’t innocent in any way, shape, or form. In fact, it made all of those little hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It says, “send a ransom note” and, conveniently, there is an online ransom note generator that makes this possibility quite achievable. Wisely, the writer of the online blog suggests you do not actually kidnap the one you desire or any of his most treasured possessions.

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Yes, this is rather disturbing.

Skip down a few items and you will come to a little tip that I think might scream, “I’m desperate!” (but that’s just one lady’s opinion.) It suggests that you make a power-point dedicated to the awesomeness of the one you love.

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I just don’t feel good about the message this sends. I mean, are there really enough hours in the day to set aside time to develop a project like this for a frivolous reason like making somebody near and dear to your heart say, “Awwwwwe”? Are there? Maybe… maybe not. I will respect your opinion, but puh-lease…..

This next one I like. In fact, I like it a lot. “Do some photo manipulation.”


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This next little tip is over the top and could get you arrested. “Send unusual email, and lots of it” to the one who owns your heart. I just don’t know about this.

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Doesn’t compulsively emailing someone, especially anonymously, constitute some type of harassment? If it doesn’t, it should.

And the last one I will mention is just plain confusing. Combined with seriously annoying. Emily, Chance’s BFF in Love Spell, would call it conoying. And she’d be right. “Rename your mate.” Huh? My simple paraphrasing can’t do this explanation justice so here it is:

“Every day for a week, change the nickname you use for your beloved. The lists online seem rather boring, so here is our own effort: Chuckle-cheeks. Goose-bumps. Pookie-snooks. Poptart. Jiggles McJiggypants. Twinkle-toes. Nuzzle-nose. Snugglepuss. Dumble-dear. Fishbreath…”

You can get some excellent suggestions from online articles with regard to how to conduct yourself in the romance department. But Chance and I would strongly suggest that you consider very carefully the source and the advice, itself, before acting on it.

You can take that to the bank, Fishbreath.

Do you have any examples of BAD ONLINE or IN-A-MAGAZINE LOVE ADVICE?? I’d love to hear them!!


DEMI MADE ME A SHADOW BOX to celebrate the release of LOVE SPELL on June 1st!!


My nineteen-year-old daughter Demi is a dancer who cannot dance as she just had surgery on her ankle. So she has jumped into the art world to express her creativity. Demi made me this AWESOME SHADOW BOX celebrating the book that she read and loved, LOVE SPELL, that will release June 1st from CoolDudes/YoungDudes Publishing.


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Here’s a more distant view of THE AWESOMESAUCE LOVE SPELL SHADOW BOX from above!!

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Let’s look at the tiny details!!! Notice the label from the Cheez-It box… cracker tranquilizers, yeah.

And the candle… a must-have for any respectable love spell.

Didn’t Chance get called an ugly orange-haired troll in Love Spell? (I think the troll-as well as Chance-is totes adorbs!)

I see black eyeliner– can you say Captain Jack Sparrow? Hehehe. Where’s the Cherry Chapstick, huh?

Is that a joker card? Are you calling Chance a joker, Demi?

And is that the key to Jazz’s heart?

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Let’s look a little bit closer, shall we?

There are some pumpkins… quite significant.

And the setting… I see corn from the Beans and Greens cornfield….a vast one (by New England Standards)

And is that a bottle of “signature scent”?

And do you see a little bit of sparkly love potion in a tiny bottle?

Of course there is a high-heeled shoe!! (Reminiscent of scene one- think smexy strutting.)

And the dice (die in singular, right?) is representative of “Take a Chance”

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Are those brilliantly colored male peacock feathers I spy? Bottom left and right!! Maybe Chance will knock you over with one!

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I bet if you look even more closely you will see more details that are pertinent to the story Love Spell.

Thank you to my daughter for creating a LOVE SPELL SHADOW BOX that is to die for!!! Woot!!

Love Spell by Mia Kerick


CoolDudes Publishing– releasing June 1

Available for pre-order on Amazon!!

Mia ❤

Very happy with my Kirkus Review for Love Spell!!

A Kirkus Review is….

In Slate Magazine (online) Kirkus is labeled as one of four book reviews that matter.

“Kirkuk is all reviews, no gossip.”

On the Kirkus review site itself, it says…

“Since 1933, Kirkus has been one of the most trusted and authoritative voices in book discovery. When Kirkus was started by Virginia Kirkus (1893-1980), it was an innovation in the publishing field. Virginia arranged to receive advance galley proofs of books from publishers — only 20 or so at first, but eventually nearly every firm of any size in the industry. She read the galleys and wrote brief, critical evaluations of their literary merit and probable popular appeal. Initially, the reviews were sent only to subscribing bookshops in the form of a bimonthly bulletin. Bookstore managers were thus given an informed and unbiased opinion on which to base their orders and promotions. Two years later, the service was also made available to libraries. Now, 80 years later, Kirkus Reviews is distributed to more than 5,000 industry influencers, including bookstore buyers, librarians, publishers, agents, film executives and foreign publishers.” from the Kirkus Review website

On Blurb Stories, it says…

“Many authors turn to professional reviewing services like Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus is a big player in the book world—they’ve been in business since 1933. In exchange for a fee, Kirkus has a professional reviewer read the book and supply an unbiased review of 250–350 words. Reviews can be kept private or published to the Kirkus website and distributed to licensees including Google, Barnes & Noble, and Ingram. Over the years, Kirkus has established a reputation for independence and frankness. Earning a Kirkus star is a coup for any author, but the service isn’t cheap, and there’s no guarantee a review will be positive. Seeking a professional review, such as a Kirkus Indie book review, is a significant investment and your book needs to be ready to face the challenge.”

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I was nervous to get a Kirkus Review of Love Spell as I had only seen them on Amazon.com in association with rather famous books. How could one of my books get a decent review, like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars did? Plus they are far from free. But I felt very confident that Love Spell was a book with a creative and quirky presentation and a solid message. So I went for it.

And so, here is my very first Kirkus Review…



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A teenage boy has a crush on a fellow student in Kerick’s (The Red Sheet, 2014, etc.) first-person YA charmer.

High schooler Chance César is no shrinking violet—not with his “hair dyed the flamboyant shade of a Cheez Doodle” and most certainly not while wearing “a scandalously snug-in-all-the-wrong (right)-places orange tuxedo and four-inch black pumps” while strutting down a fall-festival catwalk for the title of Miss Harvest Moon. He’s come to terms with being gay, but he’s still confused by some gender-related issues. Instead of owning up to having a feminine side, for example, he acknowledges to his best friend, Emily, that he has a “soft side.” He’s also told her about his romantic interest in Jasper Donahue, another student, whom he nicknames “Jazz.” The two boys eventually become friends, but Chance can’t figure out if Jazz is gay as well. As he tries to get Jazz interested in him, he first relies on an online list (“Ten Scientifically Proven Ways to Make a Man Fall in Love With You”) and later follows a website’s instructions on how to cast a love spell on “The Target.” Kerick devotes most of the book to sassy fun and first-love desire, but her depiction of the loneliness caused by apathetic parents, the insecurity of extra pounds, the stress of college applications, the meanness of bullies, the importance of forgiveness, and especially the uneasiness of being “stuck in the gray area between girl and boy” make this novel thoroughly enjoyable. The book not only hits upon all manner of teenage angst, but also on the significance of true family values and on the joys of such simple pleasures as high–thread-count sheets, sharing homemade pizza, and playing card games instead of “head games” on a Friday night. The characters are memorable and the dialogue is consistently bright and believable, featuring authentic-sounding teenspeak. The author even defines Chance’s invented vocabulary words (such as “Randatorbs” and “Dooza-palooza”) in a back-of-the-book glossary for readers who can’t keep up.

A comical, thought-provoking YA novel for those who believe in the magic of love without all the hocus-pocus.


I am happy I decided to get this review. I will post it on Amazon and Goodreads and here! I’m not sure if I will do it again with another book, but it was validating for me with Love Spell.

Thanks for checking it out!!



Tomorrow you will see the gorgeous cover design by Louis C Harris of YoungDudes Publishing!!

I am very excited!!! Thank you to Kari Higa for all of these amazing images of Chance César! They truly bring him to life!!

Please let me know what you think of the cover!!


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INTRODUCING Kari Higa… my exquisitely talented new assistant and artist!!! And LOVE SPELL… can’t forget that.

Today is May 1st.

*KARI HIGA’s Birthday!!!

*Introduction of said BIRTHDAY GIRL as my new assistant!!

*Announcement of my new YA LGBTQ Contemporary Romantic Comedy LOVE SPELL that will release on June 1st!!

Here memes are so artistic I plan to post them here, as a chronicle to the evolution of the release of LOVE SPELL.

Here is the first image in the series… enjoy.

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I HAVE SUKI FLEET IN MY KITCHEN!!!! Join us for a cup of TOMATO-MINT TEA!!! (I’d offer you cookies, but Suki seems to have gobbled them all down.)


Please, friends, come join us–my guest today is the one and only SUKI FLEET–and she is introducing her newest release, The Glass House. You certainly are a bit of a writing machine, my dear, aren’t you?

Pours tea for Suki and guests.

I know. OMG. What a freaking amazing cover… and, no no…. I’m not green with envy. It’s just that when I swallowed my last sip of Tomato Mint Tea and it went down the wrong pipe!! That’s all, really….. (cough, cough)

Please join us at my cozy kitchen table for tea and cookies, while we discuss Suki’s latest achievement.


My guest room is a complete disaster after Cody Kennedy swung around on the Christmas light I’d hung, so Suki agreed to spend the afternoon with Momma Mia in the kitchen…. Thank you for understanding, Suki.

Use your napkin, young lady. Although you do wear those cookie crumbs quite well…. like rainbow-shortbread lipgloss!!

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In any case, let’s start with the blurb for The Glass House, shall we, hun? I’ll read, since you are still chewing.

Paws through papers on table.

Here it is!

The Glass House Blurb

At seventeen, Sasha is a little lost and a lot lonely. He craves friendship and love, but although he’s outwardly confident, his self-destructive tendencies cause problems, and he pushes people away. Making sculptures out of the broken glass he collects is the only thing that brings him any peace, but it’s not enough, and every day he feels himself dying a little more inside. Until he meets Thomas. 

Thomas is shy but sure of himself in a way Sasha can’t understand. He makes it his mission to prove to Sasha that he is worthy of love and doesn’t give up even when Sasha hurts him. Little by little Sasha begins to trust Thomas. And when Sasha is forced to confront his past, he realizes accepting the love Thomas gives him is the only way to push back the darkness.

My, this sounds like it might bring tears to our eyes…. you are quite good at that, aren’t you?

Now, put your cookie down, and tell us a little bit about you, Suki… yes, I’m talking about NOW. I know the cookies are good, but the tea is getting cold–we don’t have all day.

Removes tray of cookies from where they are placed in front of Suki.

Now, please, tell us about you.

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Author bio

Suki Fleet grew up on a boat and as a small child spent a lot of time travelling at sea with her family. She has always wanted to be a writer. As a kid she told ghost stories to scare people, but stories about romance were the ones that inspired her to sit down and write. She doesn’t think she’ll ever stop writing them.

Her novel This is Not a Love Story won Best Gay Debut in the 2014 Rainbow Awards.



I think the time is right for our interview, don’t you?. Ladies and gentlemen, sip quietly on your tea–no slurping please– and listen up as I ask Suki Fleet… well, whatever I want!!! Clears throat and angles chair toward her guest

  1. Mia: I will start with the ordinary. (But I also really want to know the answers.) Tell us about your new release –what’s the title, the main characters, adult or YA?

Suki: Thank you so much for having me today, Mia.  My new release is called The Glass House. It’s a YA published with Harmony Ink. My main character, Sasha, is left feeling very lost after a few traumatic experiences and needs someone to show him he’s worthy of love. Thomas wants to be the one to do that. Obviously it’s not that simple though 😉

  1. Mia: Obviously, not…. I am also very interested in your inspiration—why this book?

Suki: I have absolutely no idea where this one came from. But it was very cathartic to write. Helping Sasha finding hope and love was fulfilling for me.

I had the title for ages and I wanted to write something for it. I don’t remember when I wrote the first chapter but I left it alone for months and months, and when I found it again the story just flowed.

  1. Mia: Interesting… Now, on to the strange questions. Do you have any odd writing habits? Tell us! (giggles with anticipation)

Suki: It’s not really odd, but sometimes I have to walk to think. It’s as though movement is the only way to straighten out the tangled thoughts in my brain.

  1. Mia: That reminds me, I need to walk more–I read on the treadmill to keep my mind busy. Moving on, how important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way they sound or the meanings?

Suzi: Sometimes I have a name in mind immediately, other times it takes ages for me to find one that suits. It’s pretty random.

  1. Mia: What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?

Suzi: This is Not a Love Story being a Lambda Finalist. Being a finalist in the Lambda Awards is all I’ve ever wanted.

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  1. Mia: That is an enormous accomplishment and I am so very happy for you!! Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Suzi: Sometimes I read them. Most of the time I wish I hadn’t 😛

The best way to deal with bad reviews is to forget them, brush them off, don’t dwell.

The only time I respond is when someone tells me they’ve written a review and then I’ll thank them for taking the time to do that.

  1. Mia: It is important to fight the urge to defend your characters. But I also try to stifle myself in this department. What are you working on now? What is your next project?

Suki: I have three in my mind.

One is called Foxes about a boy who lives in an abandoned swimming pool and is hunting for his best friend’s killer.

The second is called All Cats Are Grey is about autism, synesthesia and falling in love.

The third hit me a week or so ago. It’s got a working title of The Witness of the Sun. And it’s about two boys, one German one Jewish, at the beginning of World War Two. It might break my heart.

Mia: It sounds like we have a lot more to look forward to from Suki Fleet… Thank you, dear. Anything else you would like to share about your new book would be great!! Oh, yes, by all means, share your links!







The Glass House Buy Links








Dreamspinner Press


 Thank you Suki, for sharing your book and yourself with us today. What was that? Yes, of course, you can have the tray of cookies back. And of course we can go for a walk after tea time!! And thank you, friends, for joining us for tea.


If you all don’t mind, please put your dirty teacups in the sink on your way out. Much obliged.


Cody Kennedy visits Mia’s guest room; if he behaves I will feed him bacon and Diet Coke

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Standing in hall outside the guest bedroom door holding heavy tray.

“I hope Cody likes what I did with my guest room. Can you say rainbow-glitter-cute animals?”

Shrugs and then pushes tray against door.

“I’m going to wake him up. Ask me if I care that he “needs his beauty sleep, so PLEASE, sweet Mia, for the love of glitter, let me sleep in.” Cody Kennedy is my guest and will do as I please!”

Knocks on door delicately. Shrugs, and then bangs on door enthusiastically.

“Morning has broken, sweetheart! And Momma Mia don’t wait for nobody!!”

Pushes through door, tray of food and drinks in hand.

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“Rise and shine, lovely Cody! Wake up and smell the Diet Coke!!! I certainly hope the glittery-reindeer in the corner didn’t scare you last night! He looks rather intimidating when the lights are off, I will admit. But you must admit, the Christmas lights added a certain decadent mood last night.”


(A photo from last night before Cody went to sleep.)

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Glances at rainbow reindeer and shakes head.

“Now, before you try to protest, which I warn you will be futile, I will point out that I stuck by our little agreement. You requested Diet Coke for breakfast, and I have honored that request.”



Places tray on bedside table.

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“Feast your eyes on my super-special Diet Coke Cupcake and wash it down with a Dirty Diet Coke. Hope you like coconut…”

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Lump on bed moves a bit exposing Cody’s puffy sleep-deprived eyes and a HUMONGOUS wild tangle of blond hair.

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“Um…you’ll sit up and eat the cupcake if you know what’s good for you. And if you behave, sweet Cody, I’ll let you indulge in my created-especially-for-you recipe, a Bacon A La Diet Coke Do-nut.”

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“Don’t look at me that way, Mr. Kennedy!”

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Cody tries to escape by climbing the Christmas lights. 

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“Come back here! No bacon for you!!! Now calm down and eat your cupcakes!!!”

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Clears throat.

“So Cody, who is bird-sitting for your precious Kiz, Cleo, and Schnapps?”

Cody scribbles on notepad with glossy black glitter pen.

“Aunty Mel!! Of course!! I call her Saint Mel behind her back. Don’t tell her, okay?”

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“And yes, I’d simply LOVE to see their pictures.”

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“Yes, yes… they are darling! Schnapps has lovely eyes.”

Cody puts the pictures on the bedside table.

“You like the Diet Coke cupcakes—I can tell by your expression. You go ahead and eat and I will introduce your book. Now don’t be shy—dive right into those chocolate delights!!”


“What a gorgeous cover to this Wednesday’s release Slaying Isidore’s Dragons. Reese Dante is incredibly talented.”

 Cody scribbles on the pad.

“NO! I’m not jealous. Well…. maybe I’m just a tad envious.”

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“Now I’ll read the blurb to our wonderful audience. And, Cody, please try not to burp again. I know Diet Coke makes you gassy, but it is rude and will disturb the flow of my reading.”

Cody blushes a flamingo pink.

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“And FYI Cody’s phenomenal book that is already on Amazon hot new releases lists.”

Cody takes a long sip of the Dirty Diet Coke and makes a peculiar face.

“Your hair, dear…. I’m sorry but it is distracting me! It is certainly distracting the audience, as well. Does it always look this…. um, disobedient… in the morning?”

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“Talk about MAJOR BEDHEAD!! The poor reindeer was probably scared of YOU! Well, let Momma Mia slide beside you on the bed….”

 Uses hip to push Cody to other side of the bed.

“Now face that glittery wall and don’t move a muscle until I tell you to.”

 Grabs brush and goes to work.

“You all saw the BEFORE pictures. Here is the AFTER. I do have a way with hair.”

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“Well, you must admit this is quite an improvement.”

Cody scribbles on note pad.

“You feel pretty? Well, you look amazing, too! You can thank moi later… signed copy of SID-hint hint.”

Passes Cody a hot pink napkin.

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“Here, take this napkin. You got a little bit of chocolate on your face. Wipe it off, please!!”

(Sighs mumbling something about Diet Coke cupcake crumbs.)

“They’re in your teeth too. Just saying. Since you are going to be occupied with cleaning your face, how about I get started on reading your guest post aloud?”

Cody nods, scrubbing face with pink napkin. 

Takes seat on reindeer’s back.

“HERE’s CODY’S GUEST POST!!!!!! And we need to settle down, as it is of a serious and important nature.”

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Romance and PTS—The Chaos in Isidore’s Mind v. The Warm Dark

I write young adult romance! I do! My new book, Slaying Isidore’s Dragons, is about hope, triumph, and the healing power of love.

Isidore has suffered incredibly at the hands of his abusive family and one of the many things victims suffer is post-traumatic stress. I leave the word “disorder” off the end of the stress because it isn’t a disorder. It’s a condition engendered by an inciting event or events.See the The Mayo Clinic’s definition of post-traumatic stress and see general information below in fine print.

Anyone can suffer post-traumatic stress anytime and, contrary to popular belief, it is not related to the “level” or “depth” of seriousness or horror of the inciting incident. Something that would traumatize me terribly may not affect you at all, and vice versa, and it’s important not to try to compare inciting events or behavior when traumatized. Matty and Brad over at 2BoysinLove write wonderful posts about post-traumatic stress and I encourage you to read them. In the upcoming months, I’ll write more about post-traumatic stress and will link to specific articles written by Matty and Brad.

PTSD not all wounds are visibleSo what does romance have to do with post-traumatic stress? A lot. In fact, above all things, love is the single most important element in working through post-traumatic stress and the healing power of love is immeasurable. In Slaying Isidore’s Dragons, we meet Isidore during a time of trauma. As part of his symptoms of traumatic stress, he has built a defense mechanism in his mind to escape to when things become too difficult for him. This place is warm, dark, and quiet. It’s a place that he can escape not only the events he endures, but also the resultant chaos in his own mind when he faces triggering issues and events. From the beginning of the book, Isidore escapes to his “warm dark” and it’s only by the healing power of Declan’s love, that he begins to make the conscious choice to go to Declan when he’s beginning to fall apart rather than the “warm dark.”

In the excerpt below, Declan and Isidore are at an art fair and Isidore gets lost in the crowd.

“I would like a baguette with cheese.”

“Did you see a place where we could get that?” Declan asked.

“Back there.”

“Okay, come on.” Declan did an about-face in the crowd and shouldered his way down the boardwalk. When he turned to make sure Isidore was behind him, he was nowhere to be seen. He pushed back through the crowd and couldn’t find him. This was exactly the kind of crowd that frightened Isidore. Damn it! His anxiety rising, Declan tried to remember what Isidore was wearing. It was the green T-shirt that matched his eyes. Looking for the green as he went, he began calling Isidore’s name as he made his way through the crowd. Isidore was so small he was afraid he’d never find him. Outright alarm filled him, and he began to shout Isidore’s name.

ISIDORE STOOD stock-still in the crowd. Declan had moved too fast, and he hadn’t kept up. He never should have let go of Declan’s hand. Now he was lost and had no idea how to find Declan. People bumped and pushed him, stepped on his toes, and smells assaulted him, causing nausea to rise in his gut. Sauerkraut, sweet cotton candy, sickly aftershave, bitter ketchup, syrupy cinnamon buns, tangy mustard, cloying perfume, and body odor—body odor as he had smelled in hospital. Images spun in his mind’s eye and colors blurred as the noise of the crowd thundered in his ears.

Find Declan!

Colliding with bodies as if he were riding in a bumper car, he fought to make his way out of the crowd before he vomited. He made it to a nearby trash can and gripped the rim with both hands as he fought to steady his mind. He was lost, and he had no idea how to find Declan.

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Would Declan find him? Declan wouldn’t leave him here, would he? Doubt filled him, and his mind started to slide. He was lost and alone, and Declan might never find him again. Tears began to fall as he squatted and tried to make himself small as he sought the warm dark of his mind.

RETURNING TO where they had been separated, Declan saw Isidore crouched by a trashcan, his head in his hands. Declan ran, pushing others out of the way, rude remarks painting the air in his wake.

“Isidore, oh God, come here, come here.” He lifted Isidore to his feet and hugged him.

“Declan,” Isidore sobbed against his chest.

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry.” Declan cupped Isidore’s face with both hands and covered him in kisses as Isidore clung to him. “I’m sorry. I should never have let go of your hand. Oh God, I’m sorry. Are you all right?”

Isidore nodded in Declan’s hands. “I am okay. I was afraid you would not find me.”

“Oh no, mo chroí. I will always find you.”

That’s what romance has to do with post-traumatic stress. Love is one of the few genuine healing aids for anyone who has suffered trauma. I hope you enjoy Isidore’s healing journey in Slaying Isidore’s Dragons.


“What an amazing post. I never thought much of the merging of romance and post traumatic stress, and I can see it is important that we all are aware of this. And the excerpt is touching. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!”

Stands up and moves to center of the room.

“Now friends, it is time to take care of a bit of important business. Please do not space out. I need your undivided attention.”

About Slaying Isidore’s Dragons

5 Best friends
4 Vicious brothers
3 STD tests
2 Guys in love
1 Car bombing
Nowhere to run

Follow the burgeoning love of two teens during the worst year of their lives. Irish-born Declan David de Quirke II is the son of two ambassadors, one Irish and one American. He is ‘out’ to his parents but to no one else. French-born Jean Isidore de Sauveterre is also the son of two ambassadors, one Catalan and one Parisian. His four half brothers have been told to cure him of his homosexuality. Both teens have lost a parent in a London car bombing.

5 Weeks of hell
4 Attempts on their lives
3 Law enforcement agencies
2 Dead high school seniors
1 Jealous friend
A love that won’t be denied

Declan and Isidore meet at the beginning of their senior year at a private academy in the United States. Declan is immediately smitten with Isidore and becomes his knight in shining armor. Isidore wants to keep what is left of his sanity and needs Declan’s love to do it. One is beaten, one is drugged, one is nearly raped, one has been raped. They are harassed by professors and police, and have fights at school, but none of it compares to running for their lives. When the headmaster’s popular son attempts suicide and someone tries to assassinate Declan’s mother, they are thrown headlong into chaos, betrayal, conspiracy, allegations of sexual coercion, even murder. And one of them carries a secret that may get them killed.

5 New family members
4 BFF’s
3 Countries
2 Extraordinary Psychologists
1 Courageous Mother

A new beginning for two young men in love

Now available in print and ebook at Dreamspinner/Harmony Ink Press
Amazon   Barnes & Noble   OmniLit/ARe
Ingram Books for Libraries and Schools

About Cody Kennedy

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Cody doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.

Stop by Cody’s Blog with questions or comments, or simply share what’s on your mind.  Find Cody on Facebook, Twitter @CodyKAuthor, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, Ello, Goodreads, & read Cody’s free serial story, Fairy

“I would like to thank all of my readers for sharing this wonderful morning with Cody and me. And, of course, I’d like to thank Cody for visiting.”

Cody again writes a message and holds it up for all to see.

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“Now Cody, might I suggest you go brush some of that chocolate out of your teeth….”

Cody gets out of bed and heads for the bathroom.

“Psst….Psst… Dear audience, please leave comments for my guest here. He lives for your kind words and I am sure that he will respond. Maybe you shouldn’t mention the chocolate on his face… Cody can be very sensitive about things like that.”

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Post-traumatic Stress Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

Intrusive symptoms: (which were not present before the trauma):  (1) Persistent re-experiencing of the event(s) in images, thoughts, recollections, daydreams, nightmares, and/or night terrors; (2) Extreme psychological distress (which may be accompanied by physiological reactivity) in the presence of the perpetrator or symbolic reminders of the perpetrator (e.g., uncontrollable shaking).

Arousal symptoms: (which were not present before the trauma): (1) Hyper vigilance (which may be the result of not feeling safe in the world) (2) Sleep disturbances (insomnia) (3) Persistent feelings of rage at the perpetrator (4) Restlessness (5) Difficulty concentrating (6) Weight loss

Relational symptoms: (1) Not feeling safe in the world (2) Mistrust and fear of intimate relationships (or a particular type of intimate relationship) (3) Disruption in the victim’s social support network, isolation

Source: The Neurotypical Site


“Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mention winners, as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction, will be announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, Friday, June 26, 2015, at 6 pm on the Pop Top Stage in the exhibit hall.” Did you hear that? at American Library Association Annual Conference!!!! WOOOOT!


Hurry up, June 26th!!

While this event is widely attended by librarians, media, and exhibiting publishers, we’d like to extend complimentary exhibit hall passes for the evening to any finalists and their guests who wish to see the awards program. Simply reply to this e-mail with the number of passes you need. However, publishers do not need to be present to win: the announcements will be made simultaneously via email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and the Foreword Reviews website.

I should tell Harmony Ink Press!!!

Very excited!!



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Raine O’Tierney is one of my favorite people ever. She has been there for me in good times and bad, in fact, she is one of my first friends at Dreamspinner Press. TODAY I want to welcome Raine to my blog with her new Young Adult novel, I’ll Always Miss You. Let’s find out some more about this awesome book.

I’LL ALWAYS MISS YOU by Raine O’Tierney


ISBN-13: 9781632165244

Pages: 256 pages

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

Categories: Young Adult | Bisexual | Coming of Age |



Isa Zaman might forgive his parents for taking in a friend’s son if only he wasn’t the most boring teenager in the universe. Macklin “Mackie” Cormack’s only interests are reading and the outdoors. Yeah, right. Isa’s convinced Mackie is either a pyro or a klepto. Plus, as a white kid, Mackie looks ridiculous in the Zamans’ Arab American household. Forced to share a bedroom, the boys keep butting heads until an absurd fight finally breaks the tension between them.
Isa’s just starting to figure life out: this new houseguest, his cultural identity, school, and even girls, when the entire family is uprooted from their home for reasons Isa can’t understand. They move from their tiny city apartment to a giant, old house in a small town, hours away from everything he’s ever known. Oh, and the new house? It’s probably haunted, or so says the blank-faced ten-year-old next door. As if things weren’t weird enough, Isa’s friendship with Mackie suddenly takes a strange turn down a path Isa’s not sure he’s ready to follow. It turns out Mackie Cormack isn’t nearly as boring as Isa once imagined.



And that’s when I realized that my friends had become jerks.

I don’t know what it was, staring at their backs, that made me realize it, but they had.

And I was a jerk too.

Because I hadn’t stood up to them, and I’d put Mackie in this position again, when I knew he didn’t want to be there.

I turned immediately to go.

I knew we couldn’t abandon them, but that didn’t mean I had to stay inside to wait for them. I bumped into a couple dancing and somehow avoided the long-nailed grasp of a very drunk woman who wanted me to dance with her, and then I was near the door. I waited only until the people coming in had moved, and then I charged out of the club. I even told the bored guy with the stamp to kiss my ass.

A couple of girls near the front of the line giggled when they saw me, but I ignored them. I ignored them, and I went to find Mackie and the car.

He sat with his hands on the steering wheel, staring straight ahead. No, glaring straight ahead.

I opened the passenger side door, and I climbed in.

“That was qui—”

I didn’t let him finish his sarcastic remark. I just grabbed his shirt and I pulled him across the seat to me, and I kissed him. Long and hard and good. I was fifteen years old, and I really, really, really didn’t want to be at a bar in Kansas City.

“Let’s go see the library,” I told him.

“Okay,” he replied dumbly.

“Right now, let’s leave those idiots and go see the library.”

“Okay,” he said, putting the car in gear. “Yeah, we’ll come back for them.”

“We’ll come back for them,” I agreed. “But right now, just you and me. Let’s go. Take the car and drive.”



I was lucky enough to have a chance to sit down with Raine and ask her some of the questions I have been itching to ask her.

Welcome to my blog, Raine. Tell us about your new book, I’ll Always Miss You.

Thank you SO MUCH for hosting me, Mia-Mia! ❤ I really appreciate it!

 Well, I’ll Always Miss You, is a coming-of-age story about Isa Zaman. He’s your typical snarky teenager, trying not to drown in the sea of estrogen that is his household (so many sisters!), trying to figure out how to ask someone to the dance, trying to figure out his culture and himself…and then all of a sudden his parents take in the son of a family friend and Isa’s whole world is even more shaken up. Especially when he starts to notice this weird new guy, Mackie!

Why did you choose to write about an Arab American family? How did you research so that you knew you were getting the nuances of their cultural identity just right?

I felt like this was a very underrepresented group in YA lit and I wanted to explore the dynamics of a white “foster” kid in a minority household. Research was really interesting for this story. Since Isa doesn’t feel Arab enough he seeks out his culture in the same basic ways I researched his culture. Plus I got to sample a lot of Moroccan cuisine as Isa grows to love Mediterranean cooking.

Which character is the most “Raine”? Who do you identify with most? And why.

I would like to say Isa’s sister Aaliyah because she’s so creative and full of grace. She is very kind and understanding and Isa really admires her. But…I’m probably more like the overly enthusiastic little sister Layla! J

Are any of the characters based on people you know or know of in real life? Is the setting a place you’ve actually been?

 Haha, I’m laughing because AJ Fisher is totally based on my boss who a) knows she’s in the book and b) approves the characterization of herself! Rainy Hill, Missouri is a composite of my town of Parkville, MO and my grandmother’s neighborhood in Bryan, TX.

You usually write adult novels, so what inspired you to write a YA novel? Is it more of a romance or would you call it fiction?

I chose to write this story as a YA because I wanted to capture the feelings I had reading YA ghost stories as a teenager. I could have done this as a nostalgic adult, but I think telling the story as Isa worked even better! I’d say this story is romantic fiction, I think? It’s definitely more coming-of-age than romance, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a delightful romance in there as the boys find each other and navigate their first awkward feelings for each other.

Did you enjoy your experience as a young adult writer? What did you find limiting, and what did you find liberating? Do you think you will write another YA novel?

I definitely enjoyed my experience as a YA writer. I got to re-explore some of the feelings I had when I was fourteen, through the eyes of an adult. It was hard, though, sharing the story with my librarian friends who specialize in J-Fic and YA literature because they were brutal.

CLOSEST TO YOUR HEART: Rank your main characters in order of how close they are to the heart of Raine O’Tierney. Please state which book the character is in, and why he/she received his ranking. (You can choose one main character from your books.)

Fun! Top five favorite YA/JF characters:

Solveig from Icefall

Tris from Divergent

Jinx from Moon Over Manifest

Lucie Babbidge from Lucie Babbidge’s House

Maggie from Behind the Attic Wall

BONUS: (And the obligatory “favorite Raine chara”) Isa Zaman from I’ll Always Miss You

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 Raine O’Tierney loves writing about first loves and friendship. She believes the best thing we can do in this life is be kind to one another, and hopes her stories always reflect that. Raine loves encouraging people to write and has been known to repeat the phrase “I believe everyone has a story to tell” endlessly, until she breaks down even the most stubborn non-writer!

Raine lives outside of Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, fellow M/M author Siôn O’Tierney. When she’s not writing, she’s either playing video games or fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job.

Contact her if you’re interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or about which dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!


Homepage: Raineotierney.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RaineOTierneyAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaineOTierney

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7770350.Raine_O_Tierney


Thank you, Rainey, for visiting me here… it gets lonely sometimes.


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The Red Sheet is a Semi-Finalist in 2015 Book Pipeline Script Search!! :)

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***Thrilled to receive this email in regard to a writing contest I entered upon the suggestion of my dear friend Michael Bowler. It is so gratifying to find success in what I love so much to do.

Dear Book Pipeline Entrants,

Semifinalists for the 2014 Book Pipeline Competition have now been selected and posted to the site. The full list is as follows:

A Bitter Veil (period drama/thriller) by Libby Fisher Hellmann

Auto-Erotica (drama) by Stacia Saint Owens

Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus (sci-fi/thriller) by Milo Behr

CarnEvil (horror) by Frank D’Angeli

Cerulean (futuristic drama/sci-fi) by Jason M. Vaughn

Hand Me Down (drama) by Melanie Thorne

Jane at the Fair (period drama) by David H. Stuart

Making Manna (drama) by Eric Lotke

Syncing Forward (sci-fi/thriller) by W. Lawrence

The Red Sheet (YA drama) by Mia Kerick

The Ringer (crime/drama) by Jenny Shank

Tunnel Visions (drama/mystery) by Kurt Kamm

Congratulations to those selected. We’re narrowing down this semifinalist list and choosing one winner and 3-5 finalists by March 1st. The 2015 season opens in March as well and will run until December of this year.

We mentioned before, but it’s worth repeating: we received 576 entries across most every genre imaginable, and were surprised (inspired, really) by the quality of submissions. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say every entry had a valid shot at advancing.

A large handful showcased competent writing and engaging characters or plots, but the determining factor between Great Book X and Great Book Y was “which has more potential as a film or TV series?” Unfortunately, many didn’t make the cut. Not due to subpar writing ability, and not due to an unmarketable or unappealing story, but due to the fact other books, in our eyes, had a better shot at garnering interest in the current media landscape.

Thankfully, trends change. And honestly, there’s no real science to it. What doesn’t work for a series or movie today certainly might in the future, and you can point to numerous examples over the past several decades. It’s all a process, and one that takes time. But like in any creative industry, originality and talent win–always–in the end. All the more reason to continue telling exceptional stories true to your own voice, your own style, and your own objective.

To everyone who entered, many thanks for allowing us to review your manuscript. We look forward to reading more of your work in the future and considering it for film and TV adaptation.


The Book Pipeline Team



**The Novel Approach- Tina

The Red Sheet-“ The Red Sheet is something I’ve not found very often. It is a story that I haven’t read. I couldn’t predict what was going to happen. I couldn’t figure out what had happened. But I couldn’t wait to find out. Mia Kerick unfolded Bryan and Scott’s story the same way one unfolds a new sheet fresh from the package. You open one fold at a time and use your hand to smooth out the line made from the sizing applied at the factory before it was packaged. In doing this, Mia re-emphasized the good and bad in all of us. She smoothed her hand over the belief that we have the power to overcome high hurdles, even if we are mere mortals. That smoothing reinforced the truth she was imparting.”

**My Fiction Nook’s Best of 2014

Sandra’ s Top Five- The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick

**Hearts on Fire

“Our Favorites!! The books we loved in 2014”

Diane Allan -Random Acts and The Red Sheet

 **Love Bytes Reviewers Favorite Books of 2014


The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick

This book convinced me, the queen of holding grudges against fictional characters, that forgiveness is always possible. Plus there’s a flash mob – who doesn’t love a flash mob?

** Rainbow Awards 2014

3rd place- YA LGBT The Red Sheet


Other achievements of the red sheet are included on the image above.

When a book finds success, it makes an author wonder if he/she will ever find the same or more success with another book in the future. My goal is to try.

Mia 🙂

Inclination: A labor of LOVE <3 Young Adult LGBT Christian Fiction with Romance <3

I started writing Inclination, under the working title of His Way, a full year ago in January. It is finally scheduled for release with CoolDudes Publishing’s YA imprint, YoungDudes Publishing, on February 25th of this year. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this book’s release. And if you want to read about my motivation for writing Inclination, you can find it in my interview with CoolDudes Publishing.

**Look at the bottom of this blog post for full interview- Mia with CoolDudes


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I think I worked harder on Inclination than on any other book so far. I started last winter by doing a great deal of research. I read several books about gay Christianity from cover to cover, and many others I used for reference. I studied online gay Christian websites. I learned the Biblical arguments for and against the acceptance of homosexual behavior in Christian life. I learned a lot about Christianity in my effort to confirm my conviction that God dearly loves gay Christians.

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It was important for me to read the specific arguments, the precise Biblical passages, and to search for the intention behind the words. I wanted to be fully convinced that my decision was not based only on my emotional belief that God’s main concern is that people love Him and each other, or my gut feeling that the Jesus I know would not judge a person based on who he/she loves. I wanted my conviction to also be grounded in rational fact; that scripture does not prove God opposes homosexual behavior. But more importantly, I realized that if any of Inclination‘s readers worried over specifics in the same way Anthony did, they also would want to be fully convinced that a same-sex relationship can be blessed by God.

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After completing my scriptural research and reconfirming my conviction, I watched videos of real teens who were currently struggling with the dilemma of whether or not a gay Christian could be devout. And I read accounts of adults who struggled their entire lives to find where they fit with their religion, as LGBTQ people. I witnessed their pain and frustration and loneliness, and it was intolerable to me. That’s when I started to write.

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At this point I was so incredibly moved by the plight of these people that I often cried while creating my main character’s painful journey. It is ironic that, as a romance author who uses angst as a tool to elicit emotion from my readers, the most angst I experienced while writing was when 16-year-old Anthony Del Vecchio left his church because he no longer felt worthy of God’s love. The scene was intense; Anthony (and I) were devastated.

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Just after I submitted “the perfect YA manuscript” to a small publisher last summer, I went to a Writers Digest conference in New York City where I attended workshops on how to write “the perfect YA novel.” I promptly withdrew my manuscript from submission and rewrote Inclination, which was still called His Way, at that point. And I rewrote it again and again and again. For lots of different reasons. (In between two of those agains I renamed it Inclination.)


In fact, I continued to rework and reshape and (hopefully) improve Inclination throughout the entire editing process with a very PATIENT CoolDudes Publishing.

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I am happy with my final result. I am thrilled that my beta readers and pre-reviewers love it. I am satisfied that I have accomplished what I set out to, and put a human face on this struggle.

Inclination is an important book. I hope many of you read it, review it, and get the word out about it so people who need a story of hope like this can find it.




Come to My Window Tour Starts…Today! #YA #Lesbian #Giveaway

Today kicks off my Come to My Window blog tour! There’s a giveaway and chances to win at every stop, so I hope you’ll come to my…tour. ❤


Tour Dates/Tour Stops:

The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat
Elin Gregory

Molly Lolly
Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
Inked Rainbow Reads

Full Moon Dreaming
Bayou Book Junkie

Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Prism Book Alliance

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Cate Ashwood
Amanda C. Stone

Love Bytes


KINDLE MOBI WINDOW COPYBook Name: Come to My Window
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24407247-come-to-my-window
Publisher: Mia Kerick
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Lesbian Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Pages or Words: 182 pages


Justine Laraby and Kemina Lopez are intimate acquaintances yet they have never exchanged so much as a single word. For months, high school senior Justine, and famed model, “Kemina, the Baby Vixen” of Nightingale Lingerie, have been peering at each other across a narrow alley between brownstones in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This mutual observation soon turns into the exchange of handwritten messages on signs they hold up whenever they come to their bedroom windows. Via this “sign language,” a friendship grows, and Justine learns that Kemina is, like her, a high school senior, but with a controlling mother and a modeling career that requires her to maintain an unnaturally thin physique. And through the window, she also witnesses her new friend exercising fanatically, hoarding food, and being physically and emotionally abused by her ambitious mother.

Window messages evolve into clandestine meetings and soon a tentative romance blooms. But Justine must come to terms with her own “mommy issues,” as well as accept her gender identity and sexual orientation, before she can provide Kemina with the support she needs to survive a family life that resembles a ruthless business transaction.

Will Justine be strong enough to throw open the window so Kemina can escape society’s suffocating expectations?



Justine Laraby and Kemina Lopez are intimate acquaintances yet they have never exchanged so much as a single word. For months, high school senior Justine, and famed model, “Kemina, the Baby Vixen” of Nightingale Lingerie, have been peering at each other across a narrow alley between brownstones in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This mutual observation soon turns into the exchange of handwritten messages on signs they hold up whenever they come to their bedroom windows. Via this “sign language,” a friendship grows, and Justine learns that Kemina is, like her, a high school senior, but with a controlling mother and a modeling career that requires her to maintain an unnaturally thin physique. And through the window, she also witnesses her new friend exercising fanatically, hoarding food, and being physically and emotionally abused by her ambitious mother.

Window messages evolve into clandestine meetings and soon a tentative romance blooms. But Justine must come to terms with her own “mommy issues,” as well as accept her gender identity and sexual orientation, before she can provide Kemina with the support she needs to survive a family life that resembles a ruthless business transaction.

Will Justine be strong enough to throw open the window so Kemina can escape society’s suffocating expectations?


About Me!

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty-two years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their relationships, and she believes that physical intimacy has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, and CreateSpace for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.

Mia is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights, especially marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Where to find me:

Blog: www.miakerick.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mia.kerick
Dreamspinner Author Arcade: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/mia-kerick/bio/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6474518.Mia_Kerick
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MiaKerick


I’d like to announce the COVER REVEAL of my YA GAY CHRISTIAN FICTION- INCLINATION by Mia Kerick.

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Inclination will be released on FEBRUARY 25th by YoungDudes Publishing, an imprint of CoolDudes Publishing.

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I have been blessed with so many gorgeous images, as well as a stunning cover, for enhancing my story.

Here are some of them:

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The two images above are courtesy of CoolDudes/YoungDudes publishing, special thanks to Louis C. Harris.

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These two gorgeous cover reveal images were created by the talented Mel Leach.

I wrote the story of Anthony Duck-Young Del Vecchio about a year ago and have rewritten it five times to make it just the way I want it! I researched quite a bit and had to figure out how to fit all of my important points into a work of YA fiction. I wanted Inclination to have substance, as well as heart.

Here is the official blurb for the story:

Sixteen-year-old Anthony Duck-Young Del Vecchio is a nice Catholic boy with a very big problem. It’s not the challenge of fitting in as the lone adopted South Korean in a close-knit family of Italian-Americans. Nor is it being the one introverted son in a family jam-packed with gregarious daughters. Anthony’s problem is far more serious—he is the only gay kid in Our Way, his church’s youth group. As a high school junior, Anthony has finally come to accept his sexual orientation, but he struggles to determine if a gay man can live as a faithful Christian. And as he faces his dilemma, there are complications. After confiding his gayness to his intolerant adult youth group leader, he’s asked to find a new organization with which to worship. He’s beaten up in the church parking lot by a fanatical teen. His former best pal bullies him in the locker room. His Catholic friends even stage an intervention to lead him back to the “right path.” Meanwhile, Anthony develops romantic feelings for David Gandy, an emo, out and proud junior at his high school, who seems to have all the answers about how someone can be gay and Christian, too.

Will Anthony be able to balance his family, friends and new feelings for David with his changing beliefs about his faith so he can live a satisfying life and not risk his soul in the process?

I hope you mark in your calendar– FEBRUARY 25th 2015 INCLINATION BY MIA KERICK

❤ Mia

SURPRISE!!! Come To My Window, my first lesbian YA romance is REALLY OUT this time!!! :)

Come To My Window is officially released.  I know this might come as a surprise because I pulled this book so suddenly, and maybe a bit dramatically, last week. In this attempt at self-publishing I enlisted the help of a VERY GOOD FRIEND (who is not ready to be named, but THANK YOU!!) and IT WORKED!!

Right now COME TO MY WINDOW is available on Amazon in kindle and paperback, although they may not yet be united, and it is on All Romance ebooks, and there will be more places soon, like Nook.


Don’t miss Justine and Kemina’s love story.

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A story of society’s concept of PERFECTION and relating to our MOTHERS and being able to CHANGE…

And knowing when you can HIDE and when you can’t.

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It IS HERE!!! Watch for a blog tour starting later this week from Pride Promotions!!

❤ Mia

Here Without You COVER REVEAL, Excerpt, and Giveaway!

Hello, my awesome readers and followers and friends, and welcome to my blog.

Today is a big day for Casey, Zander, Nate, and me. Today I am revealing the POWERFUL cover to the second portion of their story, which now has an OFFICAL NAME—The One Voice Series. (Yes, there will be a book 3!!)

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In the YA romance where the story began, Us Three, the boys forged a cautious bond as they together overcame vicious high school bullying of Casey.

In the New Adult book 2, Here Without You, the three young men take tentative steps onto their future paths. Casey and Zander together head in the direction of college, and Nate remains behind in New Hampshire to protect his younger sister from their volatile uncle.  And on his own, Nate suffers with beatings resultant of his uncle’s violent outbursts and his ensuing depression.

The name of a 3 Doors Down song inspired this title.  This is an intense and powerful song of loneliness that refuses to release the listener from the dark pain of the vocalist’s struggle to endure his life alone.

I’m here without you, baby
But you’re still on my lonely mind
I think about you, baby
And I dream about you all the time
I’m here without you, baby
But you’re still with me in my dreams
And tonight it’s only you and me, yeah.

In the very same way, the Dan Skinner photograph that is the focus of Paul Richmond’s cover design, illustrates the passion and urgency of the rare moments the three can be together.

I hope you all participate in today’s rafflecopter challenge! Leave me a comment, and anything goes—your impressions of my new cover or your thoughts on Us Three or your hopes for Here Without You, or surprise me with something else entirely—and you will be entered to win!!


BLURB: With all of his scratched and dented heart, Nate DeMarco wants to be two places at once, but he’s been forced to make an unbearable choice. Having barely survived high school, Nate and his boyfriends, Casey Minton and Zander Zane, are ready to move forward in life. Casey and Zander have left home to attend Boston City College. Nate remains in New Hampshire to protect his volatile younger sister from their increasingly violent, alcoholic uncle. Nate suffers with anger, resentment, and loneliness as he battles what he wants against what he feels he must do.

Now separated, the young men fight to stay in contact. However, they’re each faced with their own separate issues. Casey must cope with residual fear from having been bullied in high school. Zander obsesses over the establishment of One Voice, the new gay-straight alliance at Boston City College. Nate fights for his sister’s very survival. Meanwhile, the intensity of the boys’ relationship increases, both sexually and emotionally, as happens in long distance relationships.

Nate’s futile effort to live two lives leads to tragedy, which blasts Nate, Casey, and Zander apart. Can the three young men find their way back to a united path before it’s too late?

Available from Harmony Ink (eBook) | Harmony Ink (Paperback)


EXCERPT: WHEN WE got to my house, my mother came and took the twins inside, and Zander and I waited in the driveway for Nate. I felt like a groom waiting for his bride. Except there were two grooms waiting for Nate, who was another groom. When Nate’s truck finally pulled in, we managed to keep our cool until Cindy went inside. The second Nate came around the truck, though, we kind of attacked each other.

Zander and I pressed our bodies to either side of his chest, and I was only satisfied when I felt his arm come down around my shoulder.

“You guys. What the fuck’re ya doin’ here, huh?” Nate sounded dazed.

Zander replied quickly. “Our family comes first. The three of us being together is the most important thing.”

I was glad that Zander had responded with such conviction. It proved to me that he understood what was truly important—that he had his priorities set correctly. I added, “We didn’t want to be away from you for a weekend, and we figured, as long as we study while we’re here, we can spend the weekend with our favorite people.”

“I might have to take over nail-paintin’ duties with your little sisters for ya, Casey. Y’know. So you can do your studyin’.”

“You aren’t going to have to be a manicurist this weekend.” I couldn’t help teasing him. “Your sister is staying with us too. She told me she loves painting nails. She even brought her own kit, with stickers and jewels. Lola and Sarah are going to be in manicure heaven.”

“But wait, Zander.” Nate pushed us both back. “You can’t miss your One Voice meetin’ on Sunday night.”

Zander looked up at Nate’s stricken face. I was pretty sure he realized, at that moment, just how important his goals were to Nate. Zander looked at me, his eyes wide and maybe a touch guilty. Then he spoke to Nate. “No worries, man, I’m not gonna miss the meeting. We’ll leave Sunday afternoon in time to get to One Voice. Unless you want us to stay later, which won’t be a problem. I can e-mail everybody and cancel, and I’ll be glad to do it.”

“No. No, Zander. I want you to get back for the meetin’. It’s important.”

Zander pulled his gaze from my face. “Not as important as we are.”

Nate bent down and kissed Zander so sweetly I thought I might burst into happy tears. Even when Nate had ended the kiss, Zander kept his face lifted toward Nate, as if he were hoping for more. And when Nate bent down and kissed my lips, softly and reverently, I allowed a couple of isolated tears to fall from my eyes. Tears of joy were nothing to be ashamed of.


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And one more thing, my holiday greeting for my closest buddies….

Happy Holidays to my friends, my readers, my reviewers, all the lurkers- just to everyone!! Enjoy every moment!!

Love from, Mia


Come to My Window. The blurb.

Just in case you missed it… Mia Kerick’s upcoming ❤ YA LESBIAN ROMANCE ❤ January 2015 release is called

Here’s the blurb:

Justine Laraby and Kemina Lopez are intimate acquaintances yet they have never exchanged so much as a single word. For months, high school senior Justine, and famed model, “Kemina, the Baby Vixen” of Nightingale Lingerie, have been peering at each other across a narrow alley between brownstones in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This mutual observation soon turns into the exchange of handwritten messages on signs they hold up whenever they come to their bedroom windows. Via this “sign language,” a friendship grows, and Justine learns that Kemina is, like her, a high school senior, but with a controlling mother and a modeling career that requires her to maintain an unnaturally thin physique. And through the window, she also witnesses her new friend exercising fanatically, hoarding food, and being physically and emotionally abused by her ambitious mother.
Window messages evolve into clandestine meetings and soon a tentative romance blooms. But Justine must come to terms with her own “mommy issues,” as well as accept her gender identity and sexual orientation, before she can provide Kemina with the support she needs to survive a family life that resembles a ruthless business transaction.
Will Justine be strong enough to throw open the window so Kemina can escape society’s suffocating expectations?

I’d LOVE to know your thoughts!!!

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