Book Name: Here Without You
Book two of the One Voice series. Can be read as a standalone, but not suggested.
Release Date: February
Author Name: Mia Kerick
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty-two years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their relationships, and she believes that physical intimacy has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of 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, Harmony Ink Press, and CreateSpace for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.
Mia is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights, especially marital equality. 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.
Where to find Mia:
Dreamspinner Author Arcade: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/mia-kerick/bio/
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond (Photograph by Dan Skinner)
With all of his scratched and dented heart, Nate DeMarco wants to be two places at once, but he’s been forced to make an unbearable choice. Having barely survived high school, Nate and his boyfriends, Casey Minton and Zander Zane, are ready to move forward in life. Casey and Zander have left home to attend Boston City College. Nate remains in New Hampshire to protect his volatile younger sister from their increasingly violent, alcoholic uncle. Nate suffers with anger, resentment, and loneliness as he battles what he wants against what he feels he must do.
Now separated, the young men fight to stay in contact. However, they’re each faced with their own separate issues. Casey must cope with residual fear from having been bullied in high school. Zander obsesses over the establishment of One Voice, the new gay-straight alliance at Boston City College. Nate fights for his sister’s very survival. Meanwhile, the intensity of the boys’ relationship increases, both sexually and emotionally, as happens in long distance relationships.
Nate’s futile effort to live two lives leads to tragedy, which blasts Nate, Casey, and Zander apart. Can the three young men find their way back to a united path before it’s too late?
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, New Adult, Romance
2 NATE’S DIARY
August 23 (they only been gone about half a week now)
SO MAYBE this is a bit fucked up, but I’m gonna put it down on paper in black and white, and maybe when I read it back to myself, it’ll seem more normal.
Here’s the thing. Like Casey says, us three is a throuple. Three dudes in love. Whatever. Cuz I sure as shit love them guys, and nothin’s gonna change that. So, yeah. There’s two dudes in place A and one dude, alone, in place B. I just figured them two would be gettin’ busy in bed in their fancy dorm room whenever they had a chance—cuz that’s what guys do, right?
Well, apparently not so much. Last night they Skyped me. There them two were, sittin’ all cozy on Casey’s rainbow-colored bedspread. The floppy stuffed unicorn that me and Zander gave him for Christmas junior year was propped up behind ’em, starin’ at the computer, like it was lookin’ right at yours truly. I felt real alone and a little like a loser (fucked-up fact is they only been gone a couple days), but I leaned back on my bed and acted like I didn’t give a shit.
Casey said, in this adorable proper voice, “Nate, there’s a topic Zander and I feel it’s imperative we discuss. It’s a matter of great importance.” He already sounds like a doctor, and he’s only a freshman in college.
Zander was just starin’ into the computer at me, sorta studyin’ my I-don’t-give-a-shit-about-nothin’ expression.
“What’s such a big friggin’ deal, babe? Lay it on me.” That was pretty cool soundin’, I thought.
“Well, Zander and I want to have a discussion about…. Nate, we want to discuss physical intimacy. In that….”
Even on Skype I could see that two spots on Casey’s cheeks had turned bright pink. Looked like he was having trouble spittin’ this out. And he was the talker in our throuple.
“Zander and I are here together, without you, and we’ve talked about this—”
“I expect you two’ve been goin’ to town on each other every night since you got to college and are prob’ly itchin’ to strip each other down right now.” Both of my guys’ eyes popped open wide when I said that.
“Actually, Nate.” Zander spoke up cuz it seemed that Casey was suddenly at a loss for words. “We haven’t, and we’re not gonna.”
“Huh?” That just kinda flew outta my mouth. “Come again, guy?”
Casey found his voice. “We aren’t going to sleep together unless you’re with us. We discussed it, and neither of us think it would feel right.” He glanced at Zander, and them two nodded at each other. “We aren’t going to do anything in bed together until you’re here for a visit.”
Pages or Words: 216 pages
INTERVIEW WITH MIA KERICK
Thank you for welcoming me on your site to promote my Here Without You Blog tour. I am so happy to be here!
VP: You’re given the choice to bring one of your characters to life. Who and why?
I think I would most like to meet Bryan from The Red Sheet. I created him to be the epitome of everything Mia Kerick thinks and feels without restraint. So, although I do not think I would have done some of the things Bryan did before or after “the change”, his thought process is like Mia squared. He thinks like me and acts upon his thoughts in a way I do not feel free to do. Bryan’s actions, as he discovers the man he really wants to be, are actions that I admire and am in awe of. His humanity is evident, and shows in his capacity to forgive and to seek forgiveness, to embarrass himself, to offer his heart on a silver platter to those who do not want it. I would like to meet Bryan and by doing that I would be meeting a side of myself I keep hidden,
VP: Have you ever created a character that needed to be redeemed? Who and how did you do it?
Many of my characters need to be redeemed. Brett, Bradley, Robby, Kai… well, the list goes on and on. In Us Three, the first book in the One Voice Series, Zander starts out as one of the in-crowd. He is part of the bullying problem at Benjamin Franklin High School because he doesn’t stand up against the cruelty. Zander just stands by silently and watches the bullying happen. He needs redemption, and in order to get it he must prove his worth to Casey and Zander and he does this by being there for them. By being dependable, by learning the error of his ways, and by not caring what the other kids at school think. In addition, Zander steps up to the plate enough to start a high school gay/straight alliance called One Voice. All of his actions and his courage, once he realizes he had been acting without sensitivity, redeem Zander.
VP: In your mind what makes a character the hero?
In my opinion, when a guy takes a good look at himself, how he’s been living, sees and accepts the truth, and then makes a change for the better, he is a hero. Seeing and accepting the truth is nearly impossible, and for many people, making changes in their behavior is impossible. A person brave enough to make changes to better himself and help others is a hero in my mind.
VP: To you what makes a character the villain?
A villain is a person who refuses to see the truth. He refuses to take responsibility for his actions, and blames others for his actions, as well as for things that he does not perceive as “right” in his life. Beyond this, a villain gives in to all of his urges, no matter to the consequences to anyone. He is completely selfish.
VP: How long does it take for you to write a novel?
I would estimate that my average novel takes about four months to write. Sequels, like Here Without You can take less time. Then I start with the rewriting, the second-guessing, the compulsive editing… and once it is accepted by a publisher, I start all of the formal editing and rewriting. So from the time the novel is a concept in my mind to a book in my hand, takes about a year.
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