Posted on June 2, 2015
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.
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.
Posted on May 31, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!!
Posted on May 27, 2015
HI FRIENDS and RANDOM VISITORS!!!!
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.
THIS IS AWESOME!! TOTES FAB!!!
Here’s a more distant view of THE AWESOMESAUCE LOVE SPELL SHADOW BOX from above!!
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?
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”
Are those brilliantly colored male peacock feathers I spy? Bottom left and right!! Maybe Chance will knock you over with one!
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!!
Posted on May 23, 2015
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.”
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…
Kerick, Mia CoolDudes Publishing June 1, 2015
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!!
Posted on May 19, 2015
INTRODUCING Kari Higa… my exquisitely talented new assistant and artist!!! And LOVE SPELL… can’t forget that.
Posted on May 1, 2015
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.
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.)
Posted on April 19, 2015
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!!
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.
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.
THE KITCHEN INTERVIEW- MIA’s KITCHEN
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
- 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 😉
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.