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Read an Exclusive Excerpt of SCARRED by Mia Kerick | Goddess Fish Promtions Presents LGBTQ Contemporary Romance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Excerpt Tour for SCARRED by Mia Kerick, a LGBTQ Contemporary Romance available now from...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Excerpt Tour for SCARRED by Mia Kerick, a LGBTQ Contemporary Romance available now from NineStar Press. 

Mia Kerick will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner.

by Mia Kerick


GENRE: LGBTQ Contemporary Romance



ONE tropical island.
Placida Island’s gentle ocean breezes and rolling surf beckon to those who wish to reside in remote tropical serenity.

TWO men living in self-imposed exile.
Wearing twisted ropes of mutilated skin on his back and carrying devastating damage in his soul from severe childhood abuse, Matthew North lives alone in a rustic cabin on the shore, avoiding human contact.

Gender fluidity his perceived “crime” against family and friends, Vedie Wilson flees his childhood home so he can freely express his identity.

THREE persecutors seeking their warped view of justice.
Vedie’s past refuses to stay in the faraway city he left behind when family members, intent on forcing him to change, steal him from his island home.

TOO MANY scars to count.
Their beautiful faces masking deeply scarred souls, Matt and Vedie live in hiding from the world and each other.

Can they unite and embrace each other’s painful pasts, leaving the scars behind to find love?




“Does Sheila know about this?”

He smiles, but it’s colder than I’m used to.

“She invited me.” He lifts his backpack from the seat. It’s filled with more stuff than usual, which makes me wonder if he’s planning to stay away longer than one night. My stomach and my chest and my throat tighten up, but I do my best to ignore it. “My shift tomorrow night is over at ten, if you want to pick me up then.”

“Okay, Vedie.” I breathe a sigh of relief and do my best to offer him a smile in return, but I fail. All I can think about is that tonight I’m going to be alone, and while I should be relieved, it’s as if I’m losing something.

Or as if I’m losing someone.

Vedie leans into the passenger window of the truck. “Have a good night.” He doesn’t stand and walk away; he continues to look at me steadily. “I meant what I said, you know, Teo.”

I so badly want to hear him say he loves me again. “What do you mean?” Maybe I’m fishing…maybe I am.

“I love you. I really can’t help it.” His eyes slide off to the side as if he’s sorry and possibly even ashamed to have voiced his strong feelings for me again without a hint of reciprocation. Before I have a chance to say anything in response, he straightens up, slings his leopard-print backpack across his back, and turns toward the restaurant. I tell myself it’s a good thing he’s walking away. I don’t have the right words to say at this moment.

But I’m starting to understand what it means to be your own worst enemy.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another a professional dancer, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and the baby finally off to college. (Yes, the nest is empty.) She publishes LGBTQ fiction and romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-five years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of young people who are challenged by the circumstances of their lives and relationships. She has a great affinity for the tortured hero in literature, and as a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of tortured heroes and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She has NineStar Press to thank for providing an alternate place to stash her stories.

Her books have been featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine and have won Rainbow Awards for Best Transgender Contemporary Romance and Best YA Lesbian Fiction, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, a First Place Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, a First Place Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly Award for YA Fiction, among others.

Mia Kerick is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights. 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 or visit at to see what is going on in Mia’s world. You can also check in with Mia at and



Mia Kerick will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Best of luck with the book! I included the tour in the Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:


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