Monday, February 16, 2015

Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Here Without You (Sequel to Us Three) by 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 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.

Book Name: Here Without You
Book two of the Once Voice series. Can be read as a standalone, but not suggested.
Release Date: February
Author Name: Mia Kerick
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist:  Paul Richmond (Photograph by Dan Skinner)
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Menage/Poly, New Adult, Romance
 Pages or Words: 216 pages

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?

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Here Without You opens at the point in the lives of Nate, Casey and Zander where the three should be together but are not. Nate decides to stay home and protect his little sister from their evil and drunken uncle who is supposedly in charge of her. Knowing their uncle would most likely kill his little sister after she keeps egging him on, Nate has really no choice. So Casey and Zander go to college while Nate stays and is a Gas Transfer Agent: gas boy in lay man terminology.

Zander and casey try to work it out but they miss their Nate and at first they reach out using Skype and all other multimedia possible and really, it starts to work out but  not. Things are not stable and the three are not feeling the togetherness as a throuple they are meant to be. Then the waste hits the proverbial fan and all goes to h.e.l.l. The three are no longer the three as they are meant to be. Will they survive the separation and angst that goes with it? Will there still be an Us Three?

This was so beautiful to read, there is no other way to describe it. Written in diary form from the different points of views of the three young men, we readers get a full disclosure from their different view points. This makes it unusual for instead of confusing the reader, I found myself getting the full information and blast of emotions as experienced by the three. Add into the mix the blog that Zander runs for One Voice, it serves as a diary but its really more in a way because it reports the deeds they go through together and separately. Unusual but totally made for a gratifying need.

The secondary cast of characters were all so well written they did not come out as two dimensional. A fairly common occurence when dealing with such characters. Here, they were are as clear and as whole as could be so that made the reading even more fun and intriguing.

Over all, this read much faster than the first installment which made the read enjoyable and light. This is no mean feat, in my opinion, for the subject matter here hurt more in ways different from the first book.

Another great book from an awesome author.



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.”

Guest Blog Spot

Hello to the Multitasking Mommas!! Thanks for having me over to your blog!!
And on to the interview…

1 - Which of your characters is nearest and dearest to your heart?
I will say Brett Taylor from Beggars and Choosers, is the dearest to my heart, while, his boyfriend (hubby) Cory is nearest. I created this story originally when I was a teenager, long story, but it has been with me for many years. Brett was my idea of the perfect guy, so totally devoted and selfless in the way he loves. And Cory was sort of …me, which certainly makes him near to my heart. These two young men have been with me forever, they are my first published pair, and for those reasons they are near and dear to my heart.

2 - If you knew then what you know now, what would you change about your writing?
I will give you a brief list.
*stop overusing these words: right, more, so, really, dude, pretty, and just
*think twice before using a dialect
*do not take every negative review to heart
*space out my books better so you don’t have three coming out within a month (ugh)
*organize the files on my computer
*do not print copies in order to edit (save the trees)
*do not include song lyrics
*be true to yourself as an author- do not write for the reader but for myself

3 - Do you plot a story out or do you prefer to let it build as it’s written?
I have developed a pattern in regard to how I move a book from the level of a concept to a full story.
*First, I get an idea. It usually comes from a song, or a something I saw in the media and reacted to strongly. I scribble notes on napkins and such, so I do not forget my brilliant idea. Then I wait a while.
* Next, I sit down and start writing, and get a feel for the main character’s language and attitude. Usually I write a few chapters at this point. Then I wait a while.
* I next create a very rough outline of the story, which more resembles a list of things that will happen. Then I wait a while.
* I dive into writing the story. However, I only use the outline as a general guideline because my characters are very powerful in my stories and they may have different ideas about what is going to happen to them than I had planned.

4 - Where did the inspiration for this series come from?
Having been shaped (personality-wise) by my experiences with feelings of social isolation in high school, and still not being socially comfortable with women in all situations, I had a passion to write a story about female bullying, and in particular, its emotional aspects. Couple that passion with an interest in polyamorous threesomes, and the realization that I had never heard of a YA mmm threesome romance novel, and I had what I needed to write a dynamic book.

5 - Tell us about your favorite fan mail.

This one. (I chose it because I can see that I changed someone’s life for the better.)

It starts like this…

Hello there,
I have never felt the urge to offer my feelings to an author before, so forgive me for being a little bit random. . Here we go:
I purchased the red sheet through amazon two days ago and have been unable to put it down, it struck a cord in me that I did not anticipate! I don't really remember how I got there.. I read the trial and could not even think about continuing without reaching out and purchasing the book (about 5 or 6 dollars If I remember correctly, massively underpriced IMO looking back now)

And it ends like this…

Thank you
Thank you for writing something that has touched me deeply and will never leave me, thank you for your time put into this book, thank you for my tears haha. Thank you for the smiles, the awkward feelings coming back as I felt the same things come flooding back from my memory. Thank you for changing my Outlook on many things, but most importantly,  thank you for letting me understand myself in a way I never really thought about. I've grown a little bit more on the inside because of this.
Thank you so very much for bringing something as awesome as this story into existence!!
A very grateful fan!

To be made aware that a reader was incredibly moved and that his outlook on life was changed for the better by reading one of my books is the ultimate gift an author can receive. It is the most awesome thank you.


  1. Congratulations on the newest release! Loved the guys in book 1 and can't wait for more of their journey!


  2. cant wait for this book..great series so far

  3. Thank you to Multitasking Mommas for welcoming me on your blog!! And what an awesome review!! So happy!! Jodi and Julie- I appreciate you stopping by!!

  4. Congratulations to a well deserved author! I'm reading the book now and all I can say is WOW!!!
    Mia should change her name to Midas because everything she writes is gold!

  5. Congrats!! Looking forward to reading this book!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  6. I love these boys - can't wait to read this!