Publication date: March 1st 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance, Suspense
From bestselling author Mia Kerick comes a New Adult novel of Gay Romantic Suspense that will keep you up reading all night!
Matthew North waited ten years to heal from the devastating wounds inflicted by the man who abducted and abused him as a child. Living reclusively on a tropical island—with no company but his four cats—he merely avoids the lingering pain.
Wearing twisted ropes of mutilated skin on his back, Matt struggles with a profound hindrance—the scars that deaden his soul. However, on the night he meets lively Vedie Wilson, a local restaurant busboy who expresses his gender by wearing lipgloss and eyeliner along with his three-day beard, things change.
Gradually, Vedie and Mateo unite in friendship. Through a series of awkward encounters, the pair learns each other’s secrets. Vedie learns that an angelic face can front for a scarred soul. Matthew learns that the line between one’s masculine and feminine sides is blurred. Can they embrace the painful stories behind each other’s scars if they’re to find everlasting love? Or will surrendered love come to be yet another blemish on their souls?
GUEST POST: Thank you for welcoming me to your blog to promote my new release, Scarred by Mia Kerick!! You asked about my summer plans… and you may live to regret it.
In my life with three young adult daughters, all of whom are in college or law school, a son who is heavily involved in AAU Basketball and is in the process of visiting college campuses, a husband who is addicted to fishing trips, and me, a mother who is also a writer and developing human rights activist… well, my summer plans are what you could call over-the-top. This is not a new thing for our family. For as far back as I can remember summers have been crazier than school years, which are pretty much out-of-control.
And so, I present to you, Mia Kerick’s Summer of 2017:
Summer starts early here in Gilford, New Hampshire, and I don’t mean literally. We’re located in the state’s Lakes Region, and true summer weather reluctantly arrives in very late June. But with college classes ending in May, my summer starts in the spring.
Daughter #1, Ali, attends Harvard Law School and has accepted a summer internship at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC—in the office of Civil Rights!! This is exciting, and will only require a bit of shuffling her from an apartment in Boston to one in Georgetown, and back at the end of the summer. This is very handle-able, which I’m not sure is a word, but you get my meaning.
I’m skipping daughter #2, Demi, for now. Her life is that complicated.
Daughter #3, Sisi, is waiting to see if she’s been accepted to the Summer Management Catalyst Program in the Carroll School of Business at Boston College, where she currently studies Arts and Sciences. Some dormitory room shuffling will be required, or possibly moving her home and getting her settled at her summer job at the Gunstock Mountain Resort, which is literally in our backyard, and then returned to Boston College before summer ends. This is also quite do-able.
Our only son, Chris, is a high school senior. He plays AAU Basketball, and because of this we spend entire weekends from May to July in gyms all over New England. Chris’s coach has high hopes for Gilford Hoops this year—he wants to participate in a tournament in New Jersey, breaking us out of the New England area. (I’m not sure how I feel about this.) But being the good parents we are, Mr. Mia and I will travel to as many games as we can get our weary backsides to. Combine AAU with Summer Basketball League for his high school, his job at a local golf club, and college visits, ranging from University of Central Florida to St. Michael’s in Vermont, and Chris’s summer schedule poses us with a challenge.
I’m starting to get dizzy.
Should I backtrack to Demi, daughter #2? No, not yet. I will save that chaos for later.
Now let’s take a look at author Mia Kerick’s summer plans…
I have recently come out of my author-“in person”-exile shell by accepting an invitation to be the keynote speaker at the European Pride Con in Berlin in June. I’m already busy writing my speech and buying swag and developing amazing visuals to stun my audience—thanks to the efforts of daughter number #2 who is creating a dance video for me, and a young friend named Timmy who is painting awesome signs—but the actual traveling will take about a week in June. I’m looking forward to this experience as much as I’m scared to death of it, and these emotions also take time to work through.
And I’m pretty much always publishing and editing and promoting and blog-posting to get my books “out there”. Early this summer, I have a release from Dreamspinner Press called It Could Happen, a M/M/M New Adult. (Watch for it!) I have a YA book releasing with Raine O’Tierney in December from Harmony Ink Press, and I have several other signed contracts that will require the use of my editing-writer’s brain.
Plus, I show my support as often as possible at LGBTQ events at the NH State House.
Time for a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Mr. Mia and Mia will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary on July 11th. This calls for a weekend away. We are looking at the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Okay, now I’m sweating.
It’s time to face the music…. Daughter #2, Demi, is a dancer at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Maintaining her skills requires her to attend several summer dance intensives—weeks in Chicago and New York City and in quaint and whimsical New England towns. What kind of a Dance-Mom would I be if I let her travel to these places alone? Demi will also train to become certified in Pilates, and will teach dance all around New England.
Um… did I mention that Mr. Mia takes fishing trips in the few holes he can find in the above mess of a schedule?
He is an avid fan of country music, as well. We attend at least six concerts over the course of a summer at the Bank of NH Pavillion—so far, we have tickets to see Zac Brown, Chris Stapleton, and I’m feeling certain Eric Church will be returning to town. Good news on this front, as I’m not a country music fan: One Republic is coming! And Bryan Adams, too. So it looks like I will be frequently dancing and sipping wine to the beats of country and pop music on 2017 summer nights.
I think I need to be cloned. We will end the summer as a family united (well, at least in theory) at a beautiful camp on Lake Winnipesaukee. After the mega-grocery shopping trip and an extensive move-in to the property, we will have one week to enjoy the water and the sand and the sun (hopefully) and each other before it all over starts again.
I’m going to print this blog post for my records. It’s more readable than my calendar.
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 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 men and their relationships, and she believes that sex 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 for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of 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.
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