Today I am so pleased to welcome Mia Kerick to Joyfully Jay. Mia has come to talk to us about her latest release, The Weekend Bucket List (which Sammy reviewed here). She has also brought along a tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving Mia a big welcome!
Cady shoves a towel into each of our arms and runs to the water. She has barely dipped one toe when she announces, “The water’s frigid.”
Eli and I join her. I suddenly feel virile, and brave the freezing water to my knees before I stop short. After twenty seconds, I no longer have sensation in my feet.
Eli shouts, “Only one way to get this done!” And he plunges head first into the water, clearly demonstrating who has the nerve at this small party.
When his head pops through the water’s surface, he shakes the wet curls off of his face and exclaims, “Refreshing!”
I can’t hold back a scowl.
Naturally, Cady is next to demonstrate her willingness to brave the icy Atlantic. She takes a few steps, sinks to her neck in the water, and allows an adorable shriek followed by a spurt of frenzied laughter. I am the lonely wimp who is still bone-dry from my knobby knees on up. At this point, I really have no choice, so I grit my teeth and dive—straight into a rock. My chin takes the brunt of the impact.
When I stand, Cady says, “Your chin’s bleeding, Murphy.”
Eli’s at my side in a split second; his perfect brown hand is placed lightly on my chest, and he studies me with deep concern. “Cooper, are you okay? I think you dove into a rock.”
I simultaneously fight the urge to call him a freaking genius and get hard from his closeness, which is quite a trick considering the frigid water and abundant humiliation. “I’m fine.” I dive back in. Thankfully I don’t come face to face with another boulder. Or a bloom of jellyfish. Or, with my luck, a great white shark.
We splash around in the water for two minutes, not a second more, because it’s actually painful. Cady beats us to our campsite. She pulls a towel around her shoulders and sighs at the warmth. Eli and I saunter slowly up the beach, as if we wouldn’t kill to be wrapped like babies in our towels too. I glance at Eli’s Speedo with new confidence, expecting evidence of the serious shrinkage I’m currently experiencing, but I see nothing of the sort. Shrinkage or not, Eli is hung like an Argentine Lake Duck… Mom and I watch a lot of nature documentaries.
There’s a lot riding on this one weekend, especially since Cady and Cooper have yet to admit, much less resolve, their confounding feelings for one another—feelings that prove even more difficult to discern when genial high school dropout Eli Stanley joins their epic adventure. But as the trio ticks through their bucket list, the questions they face shift toward something new: Must friendship play second fiddle to romance? Or can it be the ultimate prize?
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—a daughter in law school, another in dance school, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. 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-four 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 emotional growth in turbulent relationships. As she has a great affinity for the tortured hero, there is, at minimum, one 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 Dreamspinner Press and Harmony Ink Press for providing alternate places to stash her stories.
Her books have won a Best YA Lesbian Rainbow Award, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, among other awards.
Mia is a Progressive, a little bit too obsessed by politics, and cheers for each and every victory 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her website for updates on what is going on in Mia’s world, rants, music, parties, and pictures, and maybe even a little bit of inspiration.
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