Thursday, June 8, 2017

Promo & Tour: It Could Happen by Mia Kerick


Title: It Could Happen
Author: Mia Kerick
Genre/Age: LGBT Romance/NA
Series: None
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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SynopsisThree misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.
 


Hello. I am so happy to be here today with my new release, It Could Happen, a coming-of-age story of teenage M/M/M polyamory published by Dreamspinner Press.

Today I’m going to talk about my five favorite movie scenes, and explain why they lodged in my brain, and stayed for years and years.

I love action and adventure, crime, political/legal suspense movies above all others, which is interesting since I rarely read or write this type of book. They push me right to the edge of my seat, and when I’m watching a movie, this keeps is necessary to keep me actively invested. What’s even more interesting, though, is that the most memorable movies scenes are not contained in action/adventure or my other favorite types of movies, but are all found in romance and drama.

Here are some examples of movie scenes I love:

One of my all-time favorite movie scenes is in Brokeback Mountain: the first kiss in the tent scene. Maybe it has something to do with being an author, but the intensity of the scene draws forth words in my mind—descriptive words like conflicted and passionate and perilous and, even breathtaking. Words that accompany vivid emotion. Once you see this scene, you can never un-see it. It sticks with you, and you want to view it again and again. And maybe it’s a desire to also feel a passion so dangerous and addictive that draws me to this scene.



Another scene that impresses quite a lot is in Flashdance, where Alex Owens used her raw talent to audition at the elitist ballet school, and despite her lack of formal training knocks the socks off the uptight dance judges. Part of the reason this scene is so memorable is because when Flashdance released, I was just out of high school, and I WISHED I WAS ALEX OWENS! I wanted her legs and her ankle-warmers and her out-of-control hair and her bad-ass attitude, not to mention her “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” experience. I re-watched it in order to vividly describe why it thrills me. And once again, the scene took me back to being 18-years-old, with all of the hopes and dreams and insecurities that a young woman has at that time of her life. It is a very relatable scene.



Back to romance… the first kiss scene in Twilight, well, it totally did it for me. Edward wanted nothing more than to devour Bella (in the way a ravenous man would scarf down a double-cheeseburger), but he somehow managed to just give her a kiss that thrilled girls (and women) and certainly lots plenty of our male counterparts the world over. Despite Bella’s apparent breathing difficulties, characterized by constant sniffing and gasping and the blowing out of noisy breathes, Edward delivered a memorable kiss, complete with the instructions that she not move or he could possibly take a literal nibble, and I imagined it was me, although I was a 45-year-old housewife.



The last movie I will mention is also a romance; in fact, it’s a Cinderella story. Several scenes stay with me from the movie Pretty Woman. My favorite scenes aren’t of lip locking, but are rather the classic and rather humorous Julia Roberts’ acting scenes. Certain lines stick in my mind from these scenes, like from the too-fancy dinner where her character, the prostitute, Vivian Ward, sends the escargot flying across the room and she declares them to be, “Slippery little suckers.” She’s just so adorable. I also appreciate the scene in which Vivian re-visits the upscale stores that refused to serve her when she appeared to be of a lower social class. Again, several lines popped into my brain and stayed there. After confirming that the salesperson who denied her the day before worked on a commission basis, Vivian announced, “Big mistake! Big! Huge!” And like me, most viewers love it because she showed the uptight people that you shouldn’t judge a person merely by how she looks. Hearts of gold can be disguised in “trashy” outfits—although I think Vivian looked fantastic in the denim mini skirt and white blouse tied at the waist that she wore into the exclusive shops. And maybe, once again, these scenes impress me because I secretly possess a dream of being Cinderella, whisked a way into a better life by a handsome Prince Charming.




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 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.

Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com.

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