Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blog Tour 'Random Acts' by Mia Kerick


Today I'm super excited to participate in the Blog Tour of 'Random Acts' by Mia Kerick. 'Random Acts' is a new book by Mia Kerick and is a New Contemporary Romance Novel. There is a lot to see in today's Blog Tour so go check it out! ;)

http://inthepagesofagoodbook.com/coming-blog-tours-scheduled/blog-tour-sign-random-acts/

About the Book:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23167258-random-acts?from_search=trueBradley 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?

‘Random Acts’ is available at:

My Interview with Mia Kerick:

 

Random Questions from Random Readers for Random Acts Blog Tour..
I’ve never been particularly comfortable with the random parts of life. Like my character Caleb Jorde, in Random Acts, I would prefer to know what’s coming in life and to be afforded with plenty of opportunity to structure my world into clear emotional categories in order to prepare. That way I’d be ready for any tragedy and any joy. For anything and everything life could toss my way—this girl would be prepared.

But maybe that’s not such a good idea after all… Maybe it’s best to savor the awesome moments as they occur, and to deal with the hardships on a need to be dealt with basis. Maybe life can be random and maybe that’s a good thing.
Maybe that good part of random can start with these random questions from my readers.

On with the random questions…

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
When I was in fifth grade I remember telling my class that I wanted to be a writer or a magician. I ended up becoming a middle school social studies teacher. I will admit, I loved the kids, but I was obsessed by creating unique and compelling lesson plans that engaged my students minds—as well as many of their skills in art, cooking, music, drama, etc. So, again I considered whiting a book for geography teachers filled with lesson plans designed to bring our beautiful world to life.

I had a ten year career as a middle school social studies/English teacher and then spent the next twenty years at home, raising my four children. And during that time, in my mid-forties, I started writing YA and adult gay romance. I couldn’t stop now if I tried.

Who inspired you to become a writer?
My older sister inspired me to become a writer. She is my role model. I emulated her all my life. And she wrote a book that I beta read about five years ago, so I picked up my own pen and wrote my own. Beggars and Choosers.

What are your favorite books?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss
The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyers
The Children of the Knight Series by Michael Bowler
Bareback by Chris Owen
The Locker Room by Amy Lane
The Cut and Run Series by Abi Rioux
The Strongest Shape by Tessa Cardenas

Yes, I know. A wide range of books.

What book are you reading right now?
Right now I am beta reading Michael Bowler’s contemporary thriller, Spinner, as well as Amy Lane’s serial Beneath the Stain.

What did you like the most about writing your own book?
I like making my characters bestow upon each other selfless love. I can make their love almost worshipful. I can separate them and bring them back together so beautifully. That’s what I like the most.

How did you come to the idea of writing 'Random Acts'.?
'Random Acts' was inspired by a concept I wanted to explore—making a strong, confident man become vulnerable to his less strong and confident partner. I wanted the tables to turn on a couple. And I wanted the tables to keep turning so that all they had to hold onto was each other. I was inspired by Bradley Cooper, and the character he plays in The Hangover. And I was inspired by someone else who I really can’t name.

What would your advice be for beginning writers?
Don’t hold back your personality from your writing. Be free. Say what you want to say. Let yourself go. Your book will turn out better.

You're involved with the Human Rights Campaign and you cheer every victory in marital equality. What are your hopes in this area?
Equality. Not just marital equality, although that is critical, but equality of all people in all areas. If you are entitled to a right, I am entitled to that right and we all are entitled to that right.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!
Mia

About the Author:


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.  

For more in information about ‘Random Acts’ and Mia Kerick please visit her website, her blog, Goodreads, Amazon, Dreamspinner, Facebook or Twitter. Or sign up for Mia’s Newsletter.

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