Posted on January 19, 2015
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!!
Don’t miss Justine and Kemina’s love story.
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.
It IS HERE!!! Watch for a blog tour starting later this week from Pride Promotions!!
Posted on January 16, 2015
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!!)
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?
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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Posted on December 24, 2014
Posted on December 24, 2014
Just in case you missed it… Mia Kerick’s upcoming ❤ YA LESBIAN ROMANCE ❤ January 2015 release is called
COME TO MY WINDOW.
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!!!
Posted on December 24, 2014
I am thrilled to announce that I have broken new ground in my writing. I have written my first YA lesbian romance novel, which is a switch of topics, and I have am also self-publishing this book! I want to see what the experience of self-publishng is really like, and I don’t want to wait months until its release, which often happens with publishers. I will continue to submit to publishers, however, I thought this was worth a shot!!
So here is my gradual unveiling of Come To My Window.
and here is the book as it will look on Amazon and other buying sites.
My awesome self-pub team includes Mel Leach, Reese Dante, and Beckey White!!
So watch for Come To My Window in early January!!
“Always the Bridesmaid,” said with a HUGE GRIN!! Mia Kerick places 2nd, 3rd, and 5th in Rainbow Awards Best YA Gay & Lesbian Book
Posted on December 8, 2014
And I’m happy to be a bridesmaid. What’s not to love about it? Three of my books–seven of my winsome boys–have had a chance to shine as RUNNERS-UP in Elisa Rolle’s wonderful Rainbow Awards!!
TAKE A BOW BOYS!!!
❤ Timmy and Ben from Not Broken, Just Bent
❤ Bryan and Scott from The Red Sheet
❤ Casey, Zander, and Nate from Us Three
Yes, all of these guys had bumpy roads to ride, but they made it to their Happily Ever Afters. Or, in Casey, Nate, and Zander’s case, their Happily For Now, because the first sequel to their story, Here Without You, comes out in the winter of 2015.
SO CELEBRATE WITH MY AWESOME BOYS AND ME!!!
AND HUGE CONGRATS TO ALL YA WINNERS!!!!
1. Silent by Sara Alva YAY!!
a. This Is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleet
b. Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick
a. The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick
b. Vivaldi in the Dark by Matthew J. Metzger
4. Freak Camp by Jessica V. Barnett
a.Us Three by Mia Kerick
b.Omorphi by Cody Kennedy
c.Red Devil by Kyell Gold
Posted on December 4, 2014
Love Bites and Silk – Color of Love Blog Hop
The Blurb for the hop
It’s that time of the year where we celebrate our love for characters of color in romantic fiction in the Color of Love Blog Hop.
The hop is from the 4th through the 8th of December.
1st prize $50 Amazon GC + 7 ebooks
2nd prize $25 Amazon GC + 7 ebooks
3rd prize $15 Amazon GC + 7 ebooks
4th prize $10 Amazon GC + 6 ebooks
5th prize $5 Amazon GC + 6 ebooks
Rafflecopter Grand Prize
Dario Pereira from the novel Out of Hiding
Most of the drama in Out of Hiding revolves around the struggles of Philippe Bergeron. He is a broken man, a lost soul. A sensitive spirit damaged profoundly by the premature death of his mother that occurred when he was just a boy. He longs to lose himself in the background scenery of life. Whether he is on the vast Atlantic as a fisherman, or under the bright lights of New York City—his goal is to fade into whatever overpowering background that will best shadow him.
It takes a certain man to force Philippe from his life in the shadows, and this man has not had an easy life, himself. Dario Pereira spent his youth in the foster care system, where he was placed in Somerville, Massachusetts, so that he could grow up in a Brazilian American community. The intention was that he would be raised among others like himself. But Dario never fully bonded with the family with whom he was placed simply because he was physically similar. He, like Philippe, somehow, never felt he belonged. But where Philippe’s pain drove him to hide, Dario’s pain encouraged him to excel, to stand out, in particular in the realm of dance.
Out of Hiding is the multicultural love story of two men, who happen to be fighting so many inner battles, they do not seem to even take notice of each other’s race or gender. What would be so obvious to a person who’d view them on the street and think, “there’s a gay, mixed race couple” is not even a consideration to Dario and Philippe, as they fall into a deep, soul-searching love, that forces them to face the issues that are truly meaningful in life, such as depression and fear of isolation and the lack of ability to trust.
“Love is What I See” is my tagline, and I think it is very true of Dario and Philippe’s experience in Out of Hiding. Philippe had a family of his own blood, and he could not find himself there. Dario was placed with people of the same ethnicity, and he could not find himself there. Each discovers the fullness of his own humanity in a man who is of remarkably different ethnic and social background from himself, because what they can see in the other is not differences, but their own completion.
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