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 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 men and their relationships, and she believes that sex 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 for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of 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.
Mia has published four works of adult contemporary gay romantic fiction with Dreamspinner Press and four novels of contemporary LGBT fiction with Harmony Ink Press. Mia Kerick's books are recommended reads in the LGBT blogging/reading community, have spent many weeks on Amazon Hot New Releases and LGBT Best Sellers lists, as well as other notable bestseller lists, and have won awards for excellence in YA literature.
Random Acts by Mia Kerick
Bradley Zelder can’t find his way in life. After struggling for nearly a decade, he has yet to complete his college degree. Working as a school custodian, living in blue-collar Landsbury, MA, his love life is as empty as the rest of his existence. But on his way home after another disastrous date, his truck breaks down in upscale Oceanside. When he thinks life can’t get any worse, a man who is the epitome of Boston elite and everything Bradley finds attractive and intimidating helps him move his truck to the side of the road. Ashamed of his lot in life, Bradley almost lets the opportunity slip away, but he comes to his senses in time and tracks Caleb down.
From a random act of kindness, romance begins to grow, filling all the dark corners of Bradley’s empty life—until a random act of violence threatens to take it all away. Bradley must step up and be the man Caleb believes him to be. Caleb rescued him from a life without hope. Can Bradley rescue him in return?
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
This is a different read for me when it comes to Mia Kerick. Instead of a Young Adult book with coming out issues having to be dealt with, we have to men who are out to society. They face their own dramas in life. The romance that developed between them was difficult, but through maturity and perseverance from both meant a lifetime of happiness - not rosy - but real.
Bradley had dreams but these were shot down because of one random comment from someone he looked up to. That comment may seem mundane now or truly should have been dismissed, but that act of dismissal ruined the spark that Bradley had and nothing really kindled it again. Now, a janitor in a school, he goes through the motions of life and relationships are never right for any reason. His was a lonely life. Until a man helped him out like a Good Samaritan. That one random helped act as the kindle into Brad's heart and dreams.
Caleb spotted a man who needed help by the road. His one random act of kindness showed him a glimpse of a happier future, a future he once thought he would share with his now deceased husband. Self-assured, he knew what he wanted and he thrived on knowing he could have a happy life. When one random act of violence nearly cost him his life, the uncertainty ate and threatened to devour.
Now Bradley and Caleb have to act on what their hearts wanted, not what their fears drove them to do. Should they hide or should they face the demons in their minds?
Depression is a truly debilitating disease for it could send all sense of logic through the window. Try as they might, anyone suffering from this would have the will to keep on but not the strength. Medicines help. Therapy helps. However, it is truly the support group in the form of family and friends that drive the person to live.
This is a story of how two men fought their way out of their darkness and refused to let the shadows overtake their lives. They had a lot of help and they had each other. This was not so much a story of erotica or romance as it was really a story of survival. A great read from author Mia Kerick, this is one read that makes us think and hope even under the shadows of depression.