Hi, everybody at Divine Magazine! It’s Mia Kerick and I’m thrilled to be here today! I have a new release. It’s a work of YA General Fiction , that’s what I said—not romance—with LGBTQ characters. Romantic love isn’t the only answer. Platonic passion can be very sweet too.
Here are a few of my favorite moments in The Weekend Bucket List I want to share! I’d love to hear yours!
What is your favorite quote of your book?
I have a few faves…
“We been joined at the hip since freshman year, Cady, so how is it we’ve never caught a glimpse of each other wearing nothing but a smile?”
I’m caught in one of the “is this genuine attraction or is it merely the random hormone surge of a classic late bloomer?” quandaries I’ve been suffering more and more.
“Your mom put SpaghettiOs in a bread bowl?” That’s just plain wrong—a crime against bread bowls.
Favorite aww… moment of the book?
I like this one because it takes place early in the book when Cady is feeling insecure but she still steps forward and comforts Eli.
“Cooper’s the class valedictorian, Eli. He has to make a speech at graduation on Monday night.”
Eli’s quiet for a minute. “I’m a dummy. But Mr. Hearn says I got a good work ethic. Well, he said it up until I quit my job. Then he told me I was a no-good, lazy loser.”
A heavy pile of guilt drops on my shoulders. Soon I’m drowning in it. All I can do is cough to stop tears from rolling down my cheeks and I end up doing a pretty decent impression of Daisy when she’s hacking up a fur ball.
“A work ethic is as important as talent and brilliance.” Cady’s about to go all preachy on our asses. I recognize her righteous tone. “My twin brother is every bit as smart as me, but he got nowhere fast because he couldn’t find the discipline to work hard and stay on the right track. What I’m telling you is, you don’t have to be the next Albert Einstein to make something of yourself.” Cady steps over to Eli and offers him her hand. He takes it and stands in front of her. “And besides, you don’t seem like a dummy to me.”
What is your favorite dramatic moment of the book?
This is a critical moment in The Weekend Bucket List.
I sigh. Looks like I’m going to have to spell it out again. “Let me put it this way, Eli. Cooper and I share our calculus notes and rides to school and our beer tonight and… we want to share, well, you know…” I stop and hope Cooper will step up and finish my very obvious thought.
He doesn’t. But Eli does. “Me? You guys wanna share me?”
“Bingo!” Cooper shouts. “We sure as shit do!” He snickers rather lasciviously.
Again, I sigh, but go with a subtle nod instead of more explanation. The damage has been done; all I can do is act like I don’t care.
“Let me get this straight—”
Before Eli’s mind goes to places it shouldn’t, I decide it’s time to explain. I sincerely wish Cooper would stop licking his lips, though, because it makes me look like his horny co-conspirator. “I can only speak for myself—” I begin.
“Speak for me, too, Cady, the way you always do. I mean, why stop now?”
I should be insulted, but I focus on the challenge at hand. “All we want from you is… something small.”
What is your favorite silly moment in the book?
This one makes me chuckle.
It doesn’t take long for us to push the cart up and down the aisles and pick out stuff for a cookout my mom would be proud to call her own, which isn’t saying much, along with snacks and drinks. When we’re back in the parking lot, nobody looks at us funny as we load our groceries into the trunk, but I worry that everyone who can see me thinks I’m pregnant. They probably figure I’m a too-young-to-be-married, pregnant high school girl, and this explains why I’m grocery shopping for food with a boy who is equally young. I feel guilty for “getting pregnant” and I’ve never even had sex.
Why are each of the characters your favorite character?
I love all three main characters for different reasons:
Cady? She’s motivated.She knows how to focus and get things done. She’s a leader.
Cooper? He’s sensitive. He cares more about how everybody else feel than himself.
Eli? He is about the sweetest character you’ll meet in YA literature. I’m kidding but he’s a combination of street-smart and pure innocence. I want to hug him.
I hope you check out my The Weekend Bucket List!!
Title: The Weekend Bucket List
Author: Mia Kerick
Release Date: April 19th 2018
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT
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High school seniors Cady LaBrie and Cooper Murphy have yet to set one toe out of line—they’ve never stayed out all night or snuck into a movie, never gotten drunk or gone skinny-dipping. But they have each other, forty-eight hours before graduation, and a Weekend Bucket List.
There’s a lot riding on this one weekend, especially since Cady and Cooper have yet to admit, much less resolve, their confounding feelings for one another—feelings that prove even more difficult to discern when genial high school dropout Eli Stanley joins their epic adventure. But as the trio ticks through their bucket list, the questions they face shift toward something new: Must friendship play second fiddle to romance? Or can it be the ultimate prize?
Ever since we skipped the junior prom together last spring— neither of us is the type to participate in overrated school events, especially ones that involve dancing—and came to this very spot at the end of the Wellington Town Beach, I’ve felt a flicker of “something more” for my longtime BFF. It wasn’t exactly a romantic evening—we listened to eighties music and downed a full bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken while gazing at Tamarack Lake—but for me, our relationship changed. When Cooper touched my face that night I was overwhelmed by an urge for something completely new and different and dangerous: I wanted to kiss him. The urge has been lurking since that night, but right now, it’s stronger than ever. I want so badly to drop down on top of him and plant my lips on his, just to find out how it tastes… just to find out how it feels. But I don’t because it isn’t next on the list.
And because I just don’t.
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About the Author
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—a daughter in law school, another in dance school, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She writes LGBTQ 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-four 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 emotional growth in turbulent relationships. As she has a great affinity for the tortured hero, there is, at minimum, one in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said 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 and Harmony Ink Press for providing alternate places to stash her stories.
Her books have won a Best YA Lesbian Rainbow Award, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, among other awards.
Mia is a Progressive, a little bit too obsessed by politics, and cheers for each and every victory 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.