Today I am so pleased to welcome Mia Kerick to Joyfully Jay. Mia has come to talk to us about her latest release, Hide Your Love Away. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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“This whole boyfriend thing is so fucking stupid. So fake. I basically told you that you were gonna be my guy and you complied.”

I pull off my jeans and kick them into the corner. “I remember it differently. You wanted to have sex with me, and I told you I wasn’t up for a one-night stand.”

“Yeah, that happened.”

“And I said let’s take our time and see how it unfolds—with you and me and nobody else.” I’m not sure I specified the nobody else part, so I’m making it clear now. I refuse to share Timmy with other men. I slide into bed beside him. “It’ll mean more when we know each other better.”

“Fucking, you mean?”

“Yeah. You’ll see.” I wink at him, and his cheeks get pink. Damn, I want him. But now’s not the time to go there. I lean toward the night table and snap off the light. “Come here, Timmy.”

He’s quiet as he slides into my arms. Within a few seconds, his fingertips are playing in the fur on my chest, and I’m stuck between the heaven of his touch and the hell of frustration—where I squarely placed myself. I sigh and run my fingers through his hair as we listen to my new Beatles playlist.

Timmy is still for so long, I’m certain he’s fallen asleep. But he surprises me. “Is kissing against your Puritanical rules?”

I chuckle. “Kissing is permissible.”

“I feel I’ve gotta warn you: I’ve been told I’m an exceptional kisser. You may lose yourself to the wonder of my lips. I can’t take responsibility for what you find yourself begging me to do to you.”

“I promise not to hold you responsible.”


hide your love away coverIF I FELL Series, Book 1

Too young.

Too damaged.

Too close to Cole’s enormous secret for comfort.

Rough and tumble Edgewater University maintenance man Colton Ledger should keep his distance from the sleek and snarky college junior who has caught his attention. After all, Timmy is half his age, not to mention that Cole has a secret life he can’t afford to reveal. So why is he compelled to undermine the young man’s cocky game and lure him into his private life?

As the product of an unwanted late-life pregnancy, Timmy Hale has been emotionally shattered by a loveless upbringing. After years of desperate attempts to garner attention from his apathetic parents fail, young adult Timmy changes course. He hides his feelings of vulnerability behind meaningless sex, endless partying, and a big, bad attitude. Until Cole comes along…

When trouble finds Timmy in the form of a dangerous and relentless stalker, Cole must decide if Timmy is worth the risk of coming clean about the confidence he’s obliged to keep, as Timmy weighs the potential havoc falling in love could wreak on his heart.

Hide Your Love Away is Book One in the IF I FELL Series.

Age Gap, Hurt/Comfort, Keeping Secrets, Opposites Attract Adult Contemporary MM Romance.


mia kerick bioAward-winning gay romance author and mother of four, Mia Kerick, knows that a satisfying romance novel is riddled with challenges. For true love to prevail, the leading men are going to have to put in some effort. But the HEA is oh-so rewarding.

From Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester to Brokeback Mountain’s Ennis and Jack, Mia has a great affinity for the tortured hero in literature. Her contemporary gay romance focuses on such steamy tropes as hurt/comfort, forbidden love, and enemies/friends to lovers. She firmly believes that sometimes you have to break his heart to save him. In Kerick’s books, the course of true love truly never does run smooth.

Mia’s books have been featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine. They have won a 2019 IPPY GOLD award for Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction, a 2018 YA GOLD MOONBEAM Children’s Book Award, a YA Readers’ Favorite Award, several Gold Rainbow Awards in YA and adult categories, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, a YA Indie Fab Award, a First Place Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, a First Place Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly Award, and more. 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.

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