The Art of Hero Worship
Release Date: February 14, 2016
Pages or Words: 212 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction
Publisher: Cool Dudes Publishing
Cover Artist: Louis C. Harris
Cover Artist: Louis C. Harris
The Art of Hero Worship takes the reader on a voyage from the dark and chilling chaos that accompanies a mass shooting to the thrill of an unexpected and sensual romance.
No, I’m not even remotely safe. But thankfully I play dead far better than my dog did when I taught him that trick at the age of seven.
The shots are earsplitting and getting louder because the shooter’s heading our way. I’m so fucking scared I’m trembling violently, but I promised the guy lying on top of me that I’d stay still. I concentrate on taking short shallow breaths, one after another, in my effort to stop trembling. To stay frozen—like I’ve been since I pulled Ginny to the floor and promptly let go of her hand so I could curl up into a tight fetal ball.
Somebody near me sits up, scrambles to his knees, and impulsively crawls toward the far aisle.
“Bang, bang… you’re dead.” The voice comes from directly above me; it’s blank and monotone and controlled. The weird snicker that follows is chilling. I want nothing more than to throw the big guy off my back and run like hell toward the double doors, but I just keep on going with the short breaths and stay as still as I’ve ever been in my life. Even in my terrified state, I know that the guy on top of me is totally exposed and I can’t move because I’ll cheat him out of his life, for sure. Which is so not cool when he’s trying to save mine.
I smell blood. Never noticed the smell of blood before. It reminds me of Grandma’s penny collection… if it got spilled onto the sticky floor of the theater. The scent of old copper is everywhere… like wet pennies strewn all around me on the floor.
Shooter’s right above us now. Don’t move… don’t move… don’t move….
“Dear God, help us!” This request seems to catch the shooter’s attention and he turns around and steps away from us. I curse myself for feeling as relieved, and maybe even glad, as I do.
We wait and it seems like forever. We wait as voices beg and plead and pray and he shuts them up with bullets. We wait as the sound of shots moves to the front left near the exit, where I figure he’s shooting at anyone who tries to get out through the double doors.
And then, for a second, it’s quiet.
“Now….” The big guy’s voice is whispering but it seems to blast into my left ear. “We have to make our move now.” Before I agree, the heaviness of his body lifts and I feel cold and exposed. “This is our chance to get outta here….”
His hand is attached to the back of my wrist, clutching me so hard that I know I’ll have fingerprint bruises for a week… if I live so long.
Meet 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 CoolDudes Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink 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.
Q and A with Mia Kerick
1. Let’s start out by getting to know you. Tell us 4 things about yourself that are not in your bio.
*heaven is defined as a my backyard, large café mocha, book in hand, soaking up the sun
*I adopted my fourth child from South Korea when he was four months old
*I am a huge fan of white button-down collared shirts and ripped bootleg jeans
2. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
If you are anything like my husband, you aren’t going to like it, but I think I would go to Disney and Epcot and all of the great parks in Orlando, Florida, with my husband and four children. We’d stay at The Grand Floridian, eat all our meals out, and lounge by the pool for the first half of the day, then explore the parks together at night.
3. List three books you have recently read and would recommend
The first two were read in the process of research.
Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed by Michelle Knight
My Story by Elizabeth Smart
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
4. What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?
Whenever I come to visit my second daughter in NYC, she’s a dancer, I get myself to a diner where I have a tuna melt and fries.
5. What do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months?
I would really like to improve my health by eating better, exercising more, drinking more water. I am a huge fan of cookies and coffee and sitting in my living room writing books, so this will be a challenge.
6. What do you like to read?
I like to read m/m romance with a MAJORLY tortured hero. I like self-acceptance books, Huffington Post articles, true-crime types of stories, and I enjoy reading my own work with the intention of perfecting it.
7. What do you look when choosing a book to read?
Of course, I’m tempted by a great cover. I’m not someone picks a book because the guy on the cover has a great chest. I’m more a face person—haunted eyes get me every time. I read the blurb and look for that necessary tortured soul, and I often check out the reviews on Amazon or Goodreads to see how the book is rated.
8. What do you need someone to invent right away?
Plus size women’s pastel-striped button-down collar shirts. A better variety of ripped sexy plus size boot cut jeans. A computer that I can fully understand that backs everything up upon a simple verbal command.
9. What does the word "romantic" mean to you?
I think that romantic means selfless with regard to the person you love, and loyal to the extreme.
10. Can you share something about your works in progress?
I am finishing up a LGBTQ Adult contemporary romance called Thousand-yard Stare that deals with the challenge of being gender fluid, or more specifically, bigender. Vedie Wilson experiences two distinctly different genders, depending upon his life circumstances. I believe it is a fascinating story of self-acceptance and open-mindedness.
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