Monday, January 7, 2019

Scarred Excerpt Tour

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’m pretty sure he’s got a clue where I’m planning to go with my next question because he looks as nervous as a cat in a shower stall. “Let’s see…you’re from Marblehead, but you didn’t grow up there…and you won’t tell me why. You got a tattoo of a chameleon that hides in plain sight twisted all over your arm, and scars all over your back. You black out when shit gets too heavy. You’re not close to anybody, but you always gotta defend me when I’m attacked, like you’re super pissed off when folks mess with me.”

A full picture of the heart and soul of the man sitting beside me on the couch comes together in my brain. Maybe I’m no book scholar, but I’m no dumbass, either.

He turns to face me. His eyes look lighter and wider and more open than I’ve ever seen them. I wonder if he wants me to know his secret.

“You got abused.”

His jaw drops and his eyes get glassy.

“Ans somebody took you.”

His eyes roll back…and he’s gone.

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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 Twitter and Facebook


  1. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

    1. And thank you for checking out my excerpt today!

  2. Are any of the events in the book based off of true life events? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Joseph, that is an excellent question, and yes. The character Matt is based on books I have read and documentaries I have seen about people who were abducted as children and returned to freedom as young adults/adults and the difficulties they had to make to adjust. I did a great deal of research and reading about people in this situation to craft the character Matt.

  3. Hello! Thanks so much for welcoming me to your blog today with my rerelease of Scarred!