Friday, January 4, 2019

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


I wake up in the morning alone on Mateo’s bed. I’m not going to lie; I halfway expected this. So I search the floor for my pink nighty, and when I find it, pull it over my head. I’m not about to face the music naked, that’s for sure. Not so sure I want to face it in a pink nighty.

Mateo’s not in the living room or the kitchen. I find him pumping iron out on the porch. He doesn’t seem to notice me standing in the doorway until I clear my throat real loud, and he glances over.

“Morning, Vedie.” He smiles, but it’s not warm. “I hope you slept well.”

“Slept good but woke up alone.”

He bends and drops the weight he’s holding so it bounces on the padded wooden floor. “Sorry. I’m not much for sleeping in.”

“It’s barely eight. That’s not exactly what I’d call sleeping in.”

The man doesn’t bend to pick up another dumbbell. Instead, he tilts his head and asks, “Are you okay this morning?”

No, Mateo, I’m not okay at all. I’m scared of getting the big heave-ho because you can’t handle being involved with somebody like me. I’m scared of Joey’s revenge. I’m scared shitless that Tyrone and Marcus and Juan are going to find out where I’m hiding and come down here to “knock the bitch outta me.”

“Of course I’m okay. Except I’m starving.” Sometimes I lie.

“Then let’s eat.”

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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