Thursday, January 10, 2019

SCARRED & Giveaway

by Mia Kerick


GENRE: LGBTQ Contemporary Romance



ONE tropical island.
Placida Island’s gentle ocean breezes and rolling surf beckon to those who wish to reside in remote tropical serenity.

TWO men living in self-imposed exile.
Wearing twisted ropes of mutilated skin on his back and carrying devastating damage in his soul from severe childhood abuse, Matthew North lives alone in a rustic cabin on the shore, avoiding human contact.

Gender fluidity his perceived “crime” against family and friends, Vedie Wilson flees his childhood home so he can freely express his identity.

THREE persecutors seeking their warped view of justice.
Vedie’s past refuses to stay in the faraway city he left behind when family members, intent on forcing him to change, steal him from his island home.

TOO MANY scars to count.
Their beautiful faces masking deeply scarred souls, Matt and Vedie live in hiding from the world and each other.

Can they unite and embrace each other’s painful pasts, leaving the scars behind to find love?




I haven’t disassociated in weeks.

And it’s not as if I haven’t faced anything tough that would normally send my spirit rocketing out of my body to the safety of a distorted perspective from ten feet above. I’ve dealt with making friendships—a completely new experience. I’ve accepted that another human being needs me, and I’ve learned to like it. I’ve directly addressed Vedie’s conflicts and felt rage on his behalf, and not faded away. But the most daunting undertaking—one I never thought I’d allow—is I’ve let myself care about another person.

I’m stretched out in bed, and Vedie is sprawled, without inhibition, over the entire left side of my body. It’s after nine in the morning—well past the time I should be pumping iron and acting as if I wouldn’t rather be right here. I wait without a trace of apprehension to see which side of Vedie will open his eyes. I would never have guessed when I finally opened my heart enough to let a person in, it would be a physical male who fluctuates easily in the way he expresses his gender. And never, ever would I have imagined this really wouldn’t matter to me.

His left eye pops open. “Are you staring at me? It isn’t polite to stare.”

“I can’t help it—you’re easy on the eyes.”

“Want a taste of this eye candy, Teo?”

“More than you know.” I lean over to kiss him and find myself wondering how this happened to my life.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another a professional dancer, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and the baby finally off to college. (Yes, the nest is empty.) She publishes LGBTQ fiction and romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-five years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of young people who are challenged by the circumstances of their lives and relationships. She has a great affinity for the tortured hero in literature, and as a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of tortured heroes and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She has NineStar Press to thank for providing an alternate place to stash her stories.

Her books have been featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine and have won Rainbow Awards for Best Transgender Contemporary Romance and Best YA Lesbian Fiction, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, a First Place Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, a First Place Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly Award for YA Fiction, among others.

Mia Kerick is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights. 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. Contact Mia at or visit at to see what is going on in Mia’s world. You can also check in with Mia at and 

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