Author: Mia Kerick
Release Date: March 1st 2017
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance, LGBT
From bestselling author Mia Kerick comes a New Adult Gay Romance 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?
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Seeing this kid cry slices easily through my thick skin and I don’t like it one bit. There’s a heart somewhere under all of the armor I wear, and I like to keep it under wraps. But what’s most fucked-up about this situation is that less than two hours ago we were complete strangers not exactly enjoying a friendly interaction.
When he came to my table, he’d asked, “Yo, what you drinkin’, man?” I guess I must have looked at him cross-eyed because I didn’t recognize him as a regular worker at The Only Tiki Hut on Placida Island. And I should know; I’ve eaten dinner here several nights a week for the past decade. He got right on my case. “What’s your friggin’ problem? I asked you real nice, seein’ as it’s my job and shit!”
It was as if he’d read my mind when he sized up my expression, which made me shiver because nobody knows what I’m thinking, and I like it that way. “Just water,” I’d told him and then I stared out over the beach, craning my neck like I was watching for somebody even though there’s never been anybody for me to watch for.
He hadn’t liked being ignored, so he’d started to play the smart-ass, a part that he’s very good at. “Sorry, big dawg, the lady’s a no-show. You gonna have to fill your bed with somebody new tonight, looks like.” He actually waggled his eyebrows.
“Guess today’s not my lucky day, because I’m planning to sleep alone,” I told him and meant it.
“It can be your lucky day if you play your cards right, my man.” He let go of the tray with one hand, dropped his palm onto my shoulder, and squeezed. “You ain’t gotta be lonely tonight if you don’t—what the fuck, man!”
I’d already jumped to my feet and practically stomped on the guy. “Hands off, asshole.”
“I get it, big dawg, so chill.” The kid pulled back his hand and released a long sigh, like he knew he’d broken one of his own rules by grabbing me. “I’ll get my dumbass hand offa your badass shoulder, if you sit your ass back down on that chair.” And after another sigh, he said, “Not gonna push the issue, man. Just offerin’ you some company on a long, hot, lonely night.”
Hello! Thank you so much for welcoming me to your blog today to promote my new March 1st release, Scarred by Mia Kerick.
“This man was hurt, damaged in some fundamental way. She saw it not in those scars upon his body but in the haunted expression in his eyes.”
Today I’d like to respond to this quotation from Emily March’s NYT Bestseller, Angel’s Rest, as it reminds me of Matt North. Matt (called Mateo by Vedie) is visibly scarred. Abducted as a seven-year-old boy from his bicycle on a street near his home, Matt was physically and sexually abused and largely neglected, until he was returned to his family’s doorstep eight years later, at the age of fifteen. The scars on his back, souvenirs from uncountable beatings, can’t be missed. The scars on his soul are more difficult to perceive.
Matt is handsome… impressive, really. Tall and strong and made of muscle—at first glance an all-powerful man—he is the picture of masculine virility. Vedie Wilson can’t miss him as he buses tables at the tiki bar where he is employed, and immediately makes a play for the handsome customer who sits at the table by the bar. But even on the night they meet, Vedie doesn’t miss what he calls Matt’s “thousand-yard-stare.”
Matt manages to hide his severe physical scars from Vedie for longer than he can hide his emotional ones. On the very night they meet and leave the bar together to, as Vedie calls it, “get busy”, Matt is distant and uncomfortable, his gaze staring and hollow. Unable to communicate naturally or establish direct eye contact for more than a second or two, Matt disassociates completely by the end of the evening, leaving Vedie with a shell of a man.
Vedie is by no means unscarred. He spent his youth hiding his sexuality and trying to mask his true gender expression. As a gay man, it was an unspoken fact that his sexuality was unacceptable to his family and friends. He hid this aspect of himself well. What was harder to hide was the way in which he wanted to express his gender. A man who is in close touch with his feminine side, Vedie likes to dress as he feels—wearing a dress with sandals on some days and a t-shirt, shorts, and high tops on other days. In other words, he wants freedom to choose whether he will express himself as feminine or masculine. To stifle this urge would to be untrue to himself in a way that injures his psyche.
Vedie’s brothers’ and cousin’s efforts to keep him on the (literally) straight and narrow caused him pain, both of his mind and body. His body shows fewer physical marks than Matt’s, but his behavior has been shaped by intimidation and pressure. It required a man like Vedie—sensitive and aware as he’d experienced much of the same, with physical and emotional scars of his own—to lift Matt out of his binding cage of scars and release him into the world.
I hope you check out my adult romance, Scarred, for a high dose of suspense and romance. Mateo and Vedie have survived the worst of times and deserve their share of romance. When they come together sparks fly and danger lurks…. And I’m not going to tell you how it ends, but I think you’re gonna like it.
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About the Author
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another in dance school, a third in school at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. (Mia is a major fan of the learning process!) She writes LGBTQ 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-three 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 troubled young people and their relationships. She has a great affinity for the tortured hero. There is, at minimum, one of these in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said 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 CoolDudes Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, and Evernight Publishing for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.
A social liberal, Mia 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.