Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Excerpt tour Scarred by Mia Kerick

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?


Exclusive Excerpt:

Excerpt One:


We lie in bed on top of the sheets. Mateo’s on his belly; I’m on my side right next to him. We’re bare-assed and aren’t being shy about it. I trace the raised, puckered-up skin of his back scars with my finger. And he lets me.

We don’t say a thing, though. I figure these scars say it all. This man has suffered, and that’s all I need to know. But he suffered at the hands of somebody who didn’t have a reason. At least Marcus and Tyrone and Juan had a good reason for what they did to me—they think what I am is warped and twisted, and they wanted to fix me to be straight and narrow.

After about half an hour, Mateo flips over onto his back and stares up into my eyes. I want so bad for him to tell me what went down—how he got scars from his neck to his ass—but he doesn’t offer an explanation for it and keeps running a finger over the bruises on my throat. He says, “Joey hasn’t gotten what’s coming to him for what he did to you.”

“Did the asshole who did that shit to your back get what was coming to him?” I decide I might as well put myself out there, or I’m never going to learn one damn thing about the man beside me.

Immediately, Mateo starts sweating. His perfect cut body glazes over with a light sheen of moisture, even though he’s not pumping iron on his front porch. His breathing speeds up, too. But his eyes—the color of coffee when it’s swimming in cream—stay fixed on the ceiling instead of rolling back in his head. “Daniel’s dead, if that’s what you mean.”


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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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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  1. Great post and I appreciate getting to find out about another great book. Thanks for all you do and for the hard work you put into this. Greatly appreciated!

  2. Is this the longest book that you have ever had published? I hope the book is a success. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. My earliest books--New Adult not YA-- were the longest; Beggars and Choosers may have been the longest. My YA books tend to be around 60,000 words.

  3. Thank you so much for hosting me for the rerelease of Scarred!

  4. I am a big fan of Mia's. I read all her books. She never disappoints. (