GENRE: LGBTQ Contemporary Romance
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About the Book
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?
Read an Exclusive Excerpt
“Look, Vedie, I know you think I took advantage of you that day, but it wasn’t…it isn’t like that.” Before he can say anything, I add, “I’ve been alone for a long time now, and I just don’t think this old dog can learn new tricks.”
“You mean you’ve been playing the field forever, and you don’t know if you can be true to one person?” He doesn’t hold back on the sarcasm.
“That’s not it at all.” Although he’s challenging me, he’s still relaxed and is somehow melting into the arm of the sofa. I’m feeling something with him I can honestly say I’ve never experienced with any man before: I’m not afraid. He doesn’t make me want to run and hide. So I give him a little truth. “I’ve never had an actual romantic relationship.”
“Never? But you’re so hot!” His eyes widen, and in an instant, his cynicism is gone.
I smile when I’d normally scowl. “Maybe I’m hot, but I’m also…different. I’m sure you’ve noticed I have some quirks.”
“I’ve got a couple quirks too, and I’m damn sure you haven’t missed them.” He points to his pink headband and winks.
I grin, and he returns it. With no makeup, Vedie looks fresh and young—with a wholesome sort of beauty that appeals to me in a different way than the spirited boyish Vedie or the sexy-lady Vedie. He shifts his weight and molds his body to mine.
And I stay.
Pressed against my chest, he makes me feel strong and brave. And within a few minutes, he’s sleeping on my shoulder, his breathing effortless and steady, which seems to prove his trust in a manner more convincing than words. I shake my head a couple times before leaning back, kick my feet up onto the coffee table, and drop my arm around his shoulder.
All of this sweet, heartfelt pleasure is completely new to me. Here I sit, enjoying it so thoroughly—not to mention feeling like something of an imposter. I’m basking in the warm glow of trust I don’t deserve.
This is when I come to a shocking realization: I’m looking forward to waking up tomorrow morning. There’s nothing I want right now that I don’t have. I’m attracted to the person beside me, but not afraid, and my mind hasn’t separated from my body. I haven’t floated to the ceiling where I can observe our interaction from a safe distance. I’m not lonely. I feel like a man, not a boy.
At this very moment, I might even be…happy.
About the Author
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.
Mia Kerick will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.
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