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!!”

SID

“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.

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“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
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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

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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.”

thank you for visiting

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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

THE RED SHEET is an INDIEFAB AWARD FINALIST for FOREWORD REVIEWS!!

“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!

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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!!

Mia

I HAVE A VISITOR!!! MY GOOD FRIEND RAINE O’TIERNEY IS VISITING MY BLOG TODAY!!! UH HUH!!!!!!

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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

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ISBN-13: 9781632165244

Pages: 256 pages

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

Categories: Young Adult | Bisexual | Coming of Age |

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BLURB:

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.

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EXCERPT:

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.”

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 INTERVIEW WITH RAINE 

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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BUY LINKS:

 http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6128

http://www.amazon.com/Ill-Always-Miss-Raine-OTierney-ebook/dp/B00TWR8A7C/

 https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-i039llalwaysmissyou-1740472-149.html

 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ill-always-miss-you-raine-otierney/1121262925?ean=9781632165220

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 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!

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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.

Regards,

The Book Pipeline Team

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 HERE’S MORE- BEST OF 2014 CHOSEN BY:

**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

Donna-

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

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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.)

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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.

Mia

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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. ❤

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Tour Dates/Tour Stops:

26-Jan
The Fuzzy, Fluffy World of Chris T. Kat
Elin Gregory
Kimi-Chan

27-Jan
Molly Lolly
Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
Inked Rainbow Reads

28-Jan
Full Moon Dreaming
Bayou Book Junkie

29-Jan
Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Prism Book Alliance

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

31-Jan
Love Bytes

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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

Blurb(s):

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?

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Excerpt:

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?

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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

COVER REVEAL for INCLINATION by Mia Kerick

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