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2014 Rainbow Awards Submission: Mia Kerick

Gay Young Adult
Intervention by Mia Kerick
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (January 10, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627983368
ISBN-13: 978-1627983365
Amazon: Intervention
Amazon Kindle: Intervention

As a musician at the popular college café Coed Joe’s, high school senior Kai Manter is never lacking for male attention. Out, proud, free-spirited, and sexually aware, Kai sets his sights on his darkly Gothic and undeniably bad-tempered coworker, Jamie Arlotta, a freshman at the local arts university. Sporting long hair and alluring hippie style, Kai expects his interest will be reciprocated, with satisfying sex as the end goal. That’s what usually happens. But Jamie’s lessons in life have been harsher. Having been sexually abused by his older stepbrother for several years, Jamie has grown an impenetrable outer shell meant to keep the world at a safe distance.

Kai is angry at first when he takes the brunt of Jamie’s bad temper, but after Kai accidentally discovers the abuse Jamie has suffered, he wants to fix things. Kai’s plan is based on what he knows best—music—and he stages a “musical intervention” to let Jamie know he’s not alone and things can get better. When Jamie’s perspective changes and he emerges from his shell, Kai changes, too, gaining a whole new understanding of what sex can be when love is there too.

Gay Young Adult
Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick

Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (February 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627985298
ISBN-13: 978-1627985291
Amazon: Not Broken, Just Bent
Amazon Kindle: Not Broken, Just Bent

Braving the start of high school, longtime childhood friends Benjamin Wells and Timmy Norton quickly realize they are entering a whole new world colored by their family responsibilities. Ben is trying to please his strict father; Timmy is taking care of his younger sisters. While their easy camaraderie is still comfortable, Ben notices Timmy growing distant and evasive, but Ben has his own problems. It’s easier to let concerns about Timmy’s home life slide, especially when Timmy changes directions and starts to get a little too close. Ben doesn’t know how to handle the new feelings Timmy’s desire for love inspires, and his continuing denial wounds Timmy deeply.

But what Timmy perceives as Ben’s greatest betrayal is yet to come, and the fallout threatens to break them apart forever. Over the next four years, the push and pull between them and the outside world twists and tears at Ben and Timmy, and they are haunted by fear and regret. However, sometimes what seems broken is just a little bent, and if they can find forgiveness within themselves, Ben and Timmy may be able to move forward together.

Gay Young Adult
The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (February 20, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627987150
ISBN-13: 978-1627987158
Amazon: The Red Sheet
Amazon Kindle: The Red Sheet

One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person-helpful, generous, and chivalrous-a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn't recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.

Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can't hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He's attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before "the change." Where he'd been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he's a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his "superjock" former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan's newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he's genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott's trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan's obsession.

With a foreword by C. Kennedy

Gay Young Adult
Us Three by Mia Kerick
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press (April 3, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627989080
ISBN-13: 978-1627989084
Amazon: Us Three
Amazon Kindle: Us Three

In his junior year at a public high school, sweet, bright Casey Minton’s biggest worry isn’t being gay. Keeping from being too badly bullied by his so-called friends, a group of girls called the Queen Bees, is more pressing. Nate De Marco has no friends, his tough home life having taken its toll on his reputation, but he’s determined to get through high school. Zander Zane’s story is different: he’s popular, a jock. Zander knows he’s gay, but fellow students don’t, and he’d like to keep it that way.

No one expects much when these three are grouped together for a class project, yet in the process the boys discover each other’s talents and traits, and a new bond forms. But what if Nate, Zander, and Casey fall in love—each with the other and all three together? Not only gay but also a threesome, for them high school becomes infinitely more complicated and maybe even dangerous. To survive and keep their love alive, they must find their individual strengths and courage and stand together, honest and united. If they can do that, they might prevail against the Queen Bees and a student body frightened into silence—and even against their own crippling fears.

Gay Contemporary Romance
A Package Deal by Mia Kerick
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627982159
ISBN-13: 978-1627982153
Amazon: A Package Deal
Amazon Kindle: A Package Deal

Robby Dalton is the perfect all-American boy. He played the sports his father chose for him in high school, attended the college his father selected, and has worked hard to conform to his father's macho views. But emotionally he doesn’t fit anywhere, and he can’t connect with a woman beyond a few uninspired dates. Robby’s not in the closet, because he’s never guessed he’s gay. Now he owns a small commercial construction company, and one night after work he runs into Savannah Meyers. He finds her fascinating and agrees to a date, thinking maybe this woman would be different.

But Savannah has her own agenda. She is looking for a love match for her roommate, Tristan Chartrand, whom she rescued from the streets years ago. He’s like a brother, and her only family, so she wants him safe and happy. Her plan seems to begin well, because when Robby meets Tristan, he’s surprised to find it’s Tristan he wants, not Savannah. But some people in Robby’s life don’t approve of Tristan’s lowly station in life, and some don’t approve of Robby being gay. Some people are full of hate and violence, and Robby and Tristan will need courage and strength if a loving future is to be part of the deal.

Gay Contemporary Romance
Out of Hiding by Mia Kerick
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627986499
ISBN-13: 978-1627986496
Amazon: Out of Hiding
Amazon Kindle: Out of Hiding

After graduating from high school early, twenty-year-old Philippe Bergeron spent the past several years lost among the stars while fishing off the New England coast. A shoulder injury ends his dream of living reclusively on the water, and he finds himself lost among the bright lights of New York City. His older brother, Henri, has asked Philippe to chaperone his seventeen-year-old niece, Sophie, on her tours of the city's legendary dance programs.

Sophie meets with professional dancer and choreographer, Dario Pereira, to prepare a routine for her college auditions. Dario’s cool perfection and immaculate style contrast with Philippe’s awkward scruffiness, but it wakes desires Philippe thought he’d left behind. When the attraction is surprisingly returned, Dario’s confidence won’t let Philippe remain invisible. Unsure but curious, Philippe relaxes his rule of isolation, and as the summer progresses, his relationship with Dario leads him to a surprising discovery of his submissive sexual tendencies and a greater sense of self-awareness.

Tragedy threatens to destroy the connections Philippe has made and forces him to retreat into the shadows of his past, far from the radiance of Dario’s love. Ultimately, he must decide if it is time to stop hiding and set himself free.

Charities Donation program progress:
25$ PFLAG: community.pflag.org/
25$ Unicef: www.unicef.org/
25$ YouthCare: www.youthcare.org/
25$ Inland Northwest LGBT Center: www.thelgbtcenter.org/
25$ Lancaster LGBT Center: http://www.centralpalgbtcenter.org/
25$ No Kid Hungry: www.nokidhungry.org/
25$ Odyssey Youth Center: www.odysseyyouth.org/
30$ Covenant: www.covenanthouseno.org/
50$ Wes for Youth: wesforyouth.privacemail.com/
50$ Ruth Ellis Center: http://www.ruthelliscenter.org/
50$ The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org/
50$ Lambert House: www.lamberthouse.org/
75$ Point Foundation: www.pointfoundation.org/
75$ CARE: careprogram.org/
110$ Lambda Legal: www.lambdalegal.org/
160$ UCAN: www.ucanchicago.org/
175$ Cancer Research Institute: www.cancerresearch.org/
275$ Galop: www.galop.org.uk/
287$ Lost-n-Found Youth: www.lost-n-found.org/
338$ COLORS: www.colorsyouth.org/
360$ Other Funds
400$ SAGE: giveto.sageusa.org/
510$ Ali Forney Center: www.aliforneycenter.org/
TOTAL: 3170$*

* more than 150$ is a direct donation from a supporter of the Rainbow Awards who isn't submitting; while some authors were more than generous, arriving to donate 5 times the suggested amount, being the submission fee a non mandatory and voluntary direct donation, we were struggling to raise the same amount as last year and there is who decided to cover part of it. I thank you for all you are doing, and if you wish to donate to the above links, please drop me a note with your donation and I will update the total.

2014 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4162490.html


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