Review: Grif's Toy (Tease and Denial #1) by Joseph Lance Tonlet

Grif believes he’ll live his life as a virgin. After all, who would want him? How could anyone find him, a guy who came with less than man-sized equipment, worthy of their love?

What he hadn’t counted on were the two amazing men who would change his life. After entering college, he meets Tate, his fun-loving roommate. While years later, with Tate now just a memory, Wes, a handsome, rugged ex-marine who runs his own security firm enters his life.

Both men lead Grif through a twisted mesh of pleasure, pain, and denial, as they force him to see his value, despite his size and insecurities.


Let me tell you my story. Humiliation is kind of hit or miss for me, but it usually accompanies PAIN! *meow* To say I pounced would be kind of an understatement. More like kitteh jazz hands. 

Hand to God, I thought the whole SPH would mean one of them was average as opposed to the ubiquitous monster cock. NOT SO, my friends. Not so. Grif is in junior high when he realizes that he's not like the other dudes in the communal shower. He starts researching and the word 'micropenis' came up. Well, I was ill-prepared for that. That highway to hell only leads one way-GG Allin. Yeah, I freaked the fuck out. (Not due to GG's micropenis but due to his… let's just call them antics.) Grif doesn't have a micropenis. He's somewhere south of average and north of micropenis, but GG had snuck in and spooked me causing me read this thing like a soldier in enemy territory-creeping around corners, checking my six, eyes akimbo. HIGH FUCKING ALERT, PEOPLE! 

Stressed Cupcake was stressed. A word to the wise if you aren't familiar with GG. DO NOT GOOGLE HIM!!! YOU CAN NEVER UNSEE THAT SHIT! Fuck me. I can't believe I just said 'shit'. Great. Now… I'm having a flashback. 

Then this thing to a loopdy-loop into Candyland. Cut to present day and Grif's in a D/s relationship with Wes that's… downright fluffy. Super fluffy. It took me quite a while to downshift into the Skittles rainbows and gumdrop steps what with GG's specter lurking, but eventually, the fluff prevailed. Note to self:  a near continuous shower of honeyed confectionary nectar sends GG to the hills. Who knew?

I like romance. I do, but I don't like being told repeatedly how hot the two MCs are for each other and how IN LUB they are every time they're within a five mile radius of one another. To be fair, Mr. Tonlet does a good job of showing how hot these two are for each other, which made the addition of the 27 "I love you"s feel like overkill, and brings me to my next issue.

Grif's Toy is begging for an edit. A good editor could've excised much of the trivial and mundane and tightened this story up. There's too much interior decorating, snarky banter that verges on stilted and tangentiality that doesn't advance the story in any meaningful way. I think much of this was done in an effort to make Grif's character more three-dimensional, which brings me to my next issue.

In some ways I feel like I understand Grif, but mostly he puzzles the bejesus out of me. I get that he's self-conscious about being smaller than average, but the level of self-loathing seems like a disproportionate response given how he's never been treated unkindly because of it. He acts like a trauma victim with no history of trauma and, frankly, I couldn't make heads or tails of it. He apparently looks like an underwear model (as does everyone else in this world), can swallow 9" and LOVES DA COCK and to top all that off he's got an ass that brings all the boys to the yard. Even the straight boys! Plus, PLUS he's kinky and likes to be humiliated! 

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude! Have you never seen gay porn? Kinky gay porn? What do you do on the interwebs? And, more importantly, who are your friends? Because you need to quit them. They have failed you. You're a gay dom's wet dream AND A BUTT SEX VIRGIN!!! Are you kidding me?

As for the kink, if you're going into this thinking (as I did) that it would be loaded with kinky goodness, let me save you. The kink is sparse. It's much more a coming of age story about Grif told in a non-linearly. Wes and Grif only have a handful of chapters together and even fewer of those involve kink. There was a nice CBT scene, oodles of begging, some biting, dirty talk and heaping dose of humiliation. It was the begging that pushed this to 3.5 hearts. I like begging. Sue me.

Grif's Toy is entertaining and there are promising glimpses in the dialogue. When it was good, it felt organic, insightful and erudite. I would read the next book in this series. There are still unanswered questions about Wes and his tattoo and those two years. A solid achievement from a first time author. Congrats to him. Welcome to the neighborhood, Mr. Tonlet. I'd like to respectfully request more butt sex and maybe some MANTIES in the next book. Grif's already got an underwear fetish going. I am just saying. Help a girl out.

I would like to thank the author for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Anniversary Celebrations: Author Visit and Give-Away: Kaje Harper

Today one of the most loved M/M authors is in the clubhouse. Kaje Harper is as skilled at writing short, poignant stories as she is writing full length crime, fantasy, sci-fi and, of course, romance novels. Personally, Mac - from her Life Lesson's series - is one of my all time favourite characters (in book two...well I think it is the most romantic scene I've read, ever. I love love and it shows in that book, in that scene, boy does it show...but I digress)... So basically, it is a huge honour to have Kaje join us for out anniversary celebrations. To get to know this amazing author better, we chucked a few questions at her...

Welcome, Kaje. Straight in with the questions... What are your favourite M/M themes? 
I'm a big fan of hurt/comfort in stories - I love seeing two men deal with tough times and pain, and turn together to hope and love. I like established couples and sequels, watching the guys grow and become more than they thought they could be as they overcome external obstacles. And I enjoy a book that has a second genre - mystery, fantasy, SciFi, historical - to give the plot added density.

What books do you consider Desert Island Keepers?
I have almost 300 books on my Goodreads "favourites" shelf, but if I had to choose a dozen M/M books... "Sidecar" and "Chase in Shadow" by Amy Lane, "Scrap Metal" by Harper Fox, "Forget Me Not" by Jordan Castillo Price, "Turbulence" by Lyn Gala, "Muscling Through" by J.L. Merrow, "The Magpie Lord" by K.J. Charles, "Faster Than the Speed of Light" by Lucius Parhelion, "The Butterfly King" by Edmond Manning, "The General and the Horse Lord" by Sarah Black, "The Student Prince" by FayJay, "Whistling in the Dark" by Tamara Allen... damn, that's already twelve, isn't it. So many other great books. Could I just bring my Nook and a solar charger to that desert island?

What's your go-to tasty beverage?
I drink pots of black tea (usually Strong Assam) with milk. My husband refers to me as a device for turning tea into words.

Do you have any secret talents? Inquiring minds want to know!
Not really. I'm pretty good at making weird Halloween costumes (from the years when my kids wanted to be things like an active volcano or a jellyfish or a refrigerator. I miss those years.)

If you had to choose to be one magical beast, what would it be and why? (You don't have to say unicorn...but we won't say neigh either). 
A cat. What, you think they're not magical? They get fed twice a day, soft places to sleep, never have to work, make toys out of anything, are allowed to have attitude and sneer at their humans, and seem to understand everything you say. (Insult a cat and see what happens. A dog will go by your tone of voice and not care. A cat will get back at you someday.) They are totally hiding their true nature and the fact that no one suspects and everyone treats them as harmless and cuddly? Totally magic.
Cats are totally magical creatures!!! 

Who's your favourite porn star? 
I'm afraid I don't watch porn so I don't know. There are some pretty guys who go by on my Facebook feed pictures, though. I'm a sucker for high cheekbones, dark hair with fair skin and blue eyes.

Do you have author envy? Whose words do you read and think, "GAH, I wish I wrote that!"? In general, Lois McMaster Bujold creates characters who have such humanity combined with bone-deep integrity, that I wish I'd written them so they'd live in my own head. In M/M, Amy Lane for the heart-grabbing emotion and characters I love, Harper Fox for the lyrical narrative voice, K.J. Charles for the way her characters interact on multiple levels, with snark and heat, and for the great lines.

Any new projects you're currently working on? 
I'm wrapping up the sequel to "The Rebuilding Year" - off to beta readers soon (and I'm still trying to find a title for it.) Then I've started a new mystery with a hint of paranormal, maybe first of a new series. The sequel to "The Family We Make" is percolating, but hasn't come together enough to write it yet.
Oooh - yay, LOVED The Rebuilding Year! Thank you so much for joining us today Kaje, it really has been a pprivilege.
BMBR would like to offer an e-copy of any of Kaje's already published books to one lucky winner.To enter to win please leave a comment on this blog post and let us know (1) your name and a means of contacting you (e.g., email, Twitter handle, link to Goodreads account, etc.) and let us know (2) Who your must read author is and why. The giveaway is open until 10:00PM (Pacific time) on November 15th. Shortly thereafter, we will contact a winner whom we will select using a highly scientific "names in a hat" method (or, you know, an internet randomiser). 

Good Luck!

Anniversary Shenanigans: Author Visit & Giveaway: Morticia Knight

There are many books I've read for the blog this year. One book in particular I'm pretty sure I'd have never read, if not for the blog, is Hollywood Bound (Gin & Jazz #1) by the lovely Morticia Knight!

Oh, how I would have missed out! When I read it and first reviewed it, I'm not sure I knew what I was getting myself into. Warning: Heartache ahead! But so worth it. Otherwise, I would have never met sweet Jacky-boy! He's one of my faves. I loved the era, the friends to lovers theme, the realness of the characters and the delicious angst. Nothing was easy and simple, but it was real. Not only is the first book fantastic but I adored the entire series. The characters have such depth and they definitely stuck with me. Not to mention the hotness of it all. *bites lip* Not only does the series cover Jack and Nick's HEA but the story of some beloved (and not to beloved) side characters.

This whole blog thing is pretty freakin' awesome, especially when I meet some of my favorite characters that I would have never known otherwise.

Thank goodness this one caught my eye and I said "I WANT. GIMME."

When we decided to invite authors from our personal awesome blog books lists, Morticia Knight is the first author I thought of. She's here with us today *squee* to answer some of our Q's!

BMBR: What are your favorite M/M themes? 
Morticia: Hmmm…so many to choose from. My obvious first choice (to me anyway!) would be BDSM, kink and fetish – but I like it mixed in with other themes too. I also tend to gravitate toward hurt/comfort, older man/younger man, virgins, and on the rare occasion when the author can really make me drink the Kool Aid – gay for you.

BMBR: What books do you consider Desert Island Keepers? 
Morticia: Anything that Sean Michael has ever written - even the ones that weren’t my favorite. Don’t care. He’s a rock star. Collars & Cuffs Series by KC Wells Edge Series by LM Somerton Guards of Folsom series by SJD Peterson Caged and Sacrificed (Baal’s Heart Series) by Bey Deckard Grif’s Toy by Joseph Lance Tonlet. I think question 2 just answered question 1 *ahem*
BMBR: I've not yet read Sean Michael *hides*

BMBR: What's your go-to tasty beverage?
Morticia: Non-adult: Diet/Decaf Arizona Green Tea. Shazam! Adult: This could take days, so I’ll narrow it down to just one: Adios Motherfucker!

BMBR: Do you have any secret talents? Inquiring minds want to know. 
Morticia: Does trance channeling my lizard’s thoughts count? I’m not really sure I can do that, so I should pick something else just in case. I can kick ass singing hard rock. This I know I can do because there’s audio and video evidence. The lizard thing might’ve been a hallucination.
BMBR: Channeling your lizard's thoughts totally counts. That sounds awesome.

BMBR: If you had to choose to be one magical beast, what would it be and why? (you don't have to say unicorn...but we won't say neigh either) 
Morticia: I want to be Shadowfax from The Lord of the Rings. Primarily because I’m a LOTR geek and because Ian McKellan could ride me. *double snort*
BMBR: That's the best reason I've ever heard.

BMBR: Who's your favorite porn star? 
Morticia: I have to go with Jordan Levine because we hung out every night at GRL. Seriously, he’s the nicest dude with a great sense of humor. Oh, and he’s really hot. But I also hold a special place in my filthy little heart for Jesse Jackman and Dirk Caber.
BMBR: "...because we hung out every night at GRL." *jealous*

BMBR: Do you have author envy? Whose words do you read and think, "GAH, I wish I wrote that!"?
Morticia: Um, everything Sean Michael has ever written (sense a pattern here?) But I have to say that I was really affected by Leta Blake’s Training Season and Amelia Gormley’s Strain. They were both intense and emotional and I would love to be able to evoke feelings like that.

BMBR: Any new projects you're currently working on? 
Morticia: Speaking of BDSM. I have a new series spun-off from the Gin & Jazz world called The Hampton Road Club series. Book 1, Hesitant Heart is out today. Yay! I’m also working on Book 2 of Sin City Uniforms, I have a Biker novella (Biking Bad) coming out soon, and I’ll be working on expanding my Love’s Landscape story, Soaring Past Death, into a novel length book for 2015.  
BMBR: I'm super excited about Hesitant Heart, more Sin City, bikers and SOARING PAST DEATH WILL BE FULL LENGTH?!? OMG. *dies*

Thank you so much for stopping by and chatting with us, Morticia! 

About the Author:
Erotic Romance author Morticia Knight enjoys a good saucy M/M or M/M/F tale, whether it is contemporary, paranormal, historical, Sci-fi or BDSM - she loves it all! One of her passions is bringing people's fantasies to life on the page, because life is too short for even one boring moment. Her stories are volcanic in heat, deep in emotion, and sprinkled with doses of humor. When not indulging in her passion for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio.

Author Links: 

To enter to win an ebook copy of Hollywood Bound (Gin & Jazz #1), please leave a comment on this blog post and let us know (1) your name and a means of contacting you (e.g., email, Twitter handle, link to Goodreads account, etc.) and let us know (2) What are your favorite M/M themes?

The giveaway is open until 10:00PM (Pacific time) on November 14th. Shortly thereafter, we will contact a winner whom we will select using a highly scientific "names in a hat" method (or, you know, an internet randomizer). Please respond to the winning notification within 48 hours or we will choose another winner.

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♥ Breann

Review: Blue Mountain (Pack, #1) by Cardeno C.

Exiled by his pack as a teen, Omega wolf Simon Moorehead learns to bury his gentle nature in the interest of survival. When a hulking, rough-faced Alpha catches Simon on pack territory, he tries to escape what he’s sure will be imminent death. But instead of killing him, the Alpha takes Simon home.

A man of action, Mitch Grant uproots his life to support his brother in leading the Blue Mountain pack. Mitch lives on the periphery, quietly protecting everyone, but always alone. A mate is a dream come true for Mitch, and he won’t let little things like Simon’s rejections, attacks, and insults get in their way. With patience, seduction, and genuine care, Mitch will ride out the storm while Simon slays his own ghosts and Mitch’s loneliness.

Let's get a few things out of the way, shall we?

This was my very first Cardeno C.

What rock have I lived under? I know, I know.

I heard lots of things about this author, her work tends to lean toward the fluffy category, there will be a possessive MC usually and crazy antics might ensues, etc.

I like cray-cray from time to time. The fluff...not as much. But I can see why this author has a following. I don't know how to judge this on a Cardeno C. scale - I guess you'd find more use from an expert or fan if this is standard fare or not in that aspect.

For me, it was decent for shifter story. I enjoyed the key elements. There was a possessive Alpha (but on a scale on possessive heroes (I've read all types), he's kind of tame), it is sweet, fluffed out serious topic (past rape - instead of describing the event it was vaguely mentioned) - it didn't have to be detailed graphically for me but at least have the victim actually admit something happened. There's a ginger, omega which are two types of characters I love separately, together it was a nice bonus. And he was stubborn. I enjoy that too. And a big loner, gentle giant main character...*claps hands together* Oh yeah!
"Being mine doesn't mean you're a slave. It means you're mine to touch. Mine to care for. Mine to protect. Mine to know."
See, good elements.

Mitch is a twin Alpha of the Blue Mountain pack. His more charismatic brother runs the pack. However, the twins are super close and helped defeated the evil baddie alpha for good. But Mitch is gay and lonely, he's 6'7" and wants a mate. Lo and behold and little, omega outcast, Simon, is in Blue Mountain territory, the little ginger shifter has been treated horribly for most of his twenty-five years. He's been a victim of homophobia, brutalized by a gang and starved based on the omega nature and the way he smells.

The author explains it...a lot. The werewolf society, how a pack is set up, their abilities, etc. Basically, omegas are nurturers and strengthen packs, Alphas are protectors. Sometimes, I felt the explanations were too wordy. Also, Simon was a werewolf by birth. Yes, he and his mother were kicked out once he hit puberty and he lived on the pack outskirts before that but it was like he needed Mitch to explain to him about being werewolf. That part I could have done without.

Also the hokey, fluff that kind of padded the story. I'd have loved a sharper story, less sugar. However the story worked for them. Mitch was patient and kind of Simon's wishes, the two can't deny their mate bond, and there's hot sex in the last 25% into a HEA. Sweet fluff paranormal.

It's a shifter sugar cookie!

"Mitch?" Simon rasped.
"Will you kiss me again?"
"I'll be kissing you for the rest of our lives."
Then, it hit me. This story is a literary sugar cookie, a frigging sugar cookie.
And who gets upset with a sugar cookie?

Plain, comfortable and sweet.
Just like this story...not my favorite but it'll do. I might checkout more from this series. Possibly.

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Anniversary Shenanigans: Author Visit and Give Away: Wulf Francu Godgluck

Today we have Wulf Francu Godgluck celebrating with us! Have you checked out his Love Landscapes story, Of Gods and Monsters: Menoetius? You need to. Like, right now. Well, after you check out what he has to say and enter the awesome giveaway!

Wulf: First off all congratulations on the first unicorn year, you know a unicorns horn grows longer the older they get. And thank you guys so much for having me part of your celebration!!!
BMBR: Aw! Well, thank you, kind sir. *tips unicorn horn*

BMBR: What are your favorite M/M themes? 
Wulf: Dark and raw, the underdogs and non-con with a bit of daddy love thrown into the mix— complex characters, men that are flawed and damaged, because there's something beautiful in all of us that derives to be loved. I tend to have a crush on the villains. 
BMBR: Oh yes, I'd have to agree on all the things.

BMBR: What books do you consider Desert Island Keepers? 
Wulf: The ones where the author makes me think of the characters years after I've read the book.

BMBR: What's your go-to tasty beverage? 
Wulf: Sparkling water. Well, I'll drink glitter just 'cause it sparkles.
BMBR: LOL! That's really as good a reason as any.

BMBR: Do you have any secret talents? Inquiring minds want to know. 
Wulf: I'm very artistic, drawing and graphic design. I also have a Masters Degree in being a Little Shit. And I'm secretly a witch, but you didn’t hear that from me.
BMBR: We'll definitely keep is under wraps.

BMBR: If you had to choose to be one magical beast, what would it be and why? (you don't have to say unicorn...but we won't say neigh either) 
Wulf: Lycan! Always be a lycan, there is just something um… beasty about them… teeth, claws and growls… perfect bad boy. However, if I had to go on my personality I'd say the opposite of a Unicorn —The Nightmare.
BMBR: OooOOo, Lycan. *growls*

BMBR: Who's your favorite porn star? 
Wulf: For old school it has to be Zak Spears… (Wipes drool from face) New school Rocco Steele.  
BMBR: *adds Zak Spears to to-watch list*

BMBR: Do you have author envy? Whose words do you read and think, "GAH, I wish I wrote that!"? 
Wulf: Yes I'm completely gonna throw readers off the ball here but there's two, Belle Aurora and Madeline Sheehan.

BMBR: Any new projects you're currently working on? 
Wulf: Yes, next year is a big year for me. I have three full length novels coming out. First would be Of Gods and Monsters: Hades. And I should warn readers a head of time, it's going to be darker than Colt and Beo's story.
BMBR: More Gods and Monsters? Yes! You have no idea how excited this makes me.  *squee*

Thank you so much for stopping by and chatting with us, Wulf! 

About the Author: 

They come to me in the night, creeping into my head. Their voices are all different, their stories all dissimilar, but they keep saying the same thing… 

"Show us, tell us, bring us into your world, and make us known." 

Then I sit and they take over. They tell their tales of love, loss and sinister misfortune. Not all of them get a happy ending, but they are pleased when their part is written. 

I sometimes find myself lost in my own mind; a world very similar to our own yet so different. Things don’t go bump in the night— they squeal and crawl under your skin, making you grind your teeth, and making your stomach turn over and putting your nerves on edge. Then there’s the drama. Oh, the drama!

I write because I must! There is so much inside of me that needs to get out. So many stories to tell, characters that want to be heard, and hearts lost and won. Words and art are my way of bringing my world to others. I enjoy telling tales of the human condition but working in elements of the supernatural. Werewolves, Vampires, Zombies, Witches and the unexplainable all set against the human world or worlds of their own.

I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. I grew up in a working class family and enjoy writing, cooking and spending my husband’s money! Yeah I’m a cocky little brat too (and proud of it, spankings included)!

Author Links: 

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The giveaway is open until 10:00PM (Pacific time) on November 13th. Shortly thereafter, we will contact a winner whom we will select using a highly scientific "names in a hat" method (or, you know, an internet randomizer). Please respond to the winning notification within 48 hours or we will choose another winner.

Thanks for celebrating with us and GOOD LUCK!

Review: Random Acts by Mia Kerick

Bradley 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?

Bradley was in and out of relationships and always bailed before things got too serious. Until some random stranger decided to help a fella out.

I loved the awesomely awkward beginning of Bradley and Caleb's relationship during the first date. Bradley was so awkward I was embarrassed for him.  I also laughed at him, but I was mostly embarrassed.  Luckily, Bradley decided to try just being himself in front of Caleb, instead of trying to be something he's not.

The beginning was cute with the budding of their new relationship and I kind of wanted more of that rather than what happened towards the last 30% or so. But I'll get back to that. While, I liked Caleb and I thought he was good for Bradley, he came off as very stiff and almost stilted. I can't think of anyone I know who really talks like that. I'm sure they exist, but not in my everyday world. It definitely threw me out of the story a few times. It showed the difference in the characters, but a more relaxed Caleb would have been nice.

Random Acts. They happen everyday and the 'random' theme was used throughout the book. I especially liked how it showed in Bradley's workplace. Bradley wasn't exactly proud to be a school janitor, but through his act of kindness he found joy in his work. It was also used in a negative way against Caleb in an act of violence. 

This is when the tables turned and it was time for Bradley to really show what he's made of. Lemme tell you, the man did not disappoint. If I hadn't like him already, this sealed the deal. He got into more than he bargained for with Caleb and he took it all in stride. He was completely there for Caleb and proved himself wholeheartedly. 

Caleb had some problems from his past that came back up after the attack. I thought it was interesting and I liked the tie in to the major theme of the story. But, I would have liked more closure. The guy was really messed up and it felt rushed and too easily fixed in the end. I also could have done without the whole 'mystery' part of the story.

I do love Mia Kerick and I have a couple of her books under my belt. Two five stars and now a three and a half star, while this isn't my favorite of hers, she holds a firm spot on my auto-buy list. I enjoyed Bradley and Caleb and would want more of them, especially if it delved more into Caleb and his past.

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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Blog Tour: Random Acts by Mia Kerick

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.

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Random Questions from Random Readers:

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.

Random Question from Kevin:

Which of your books would you like made into a movie and who would you see playing those characters (in the perfect world where you had casting authority) 

Awesome question, Kevin!!

If a movie was to be made of Random Acts, the book I’m currently on tour with, there is no doubt who would play my leading man, Bradley Zelder. This is a no-brainer.

Yeah, Bradley Cooper. An image of beauty. He was in my mind when I wrote the book from the perspective of Bradley Zelder. The whole time. Every page.

For my Caleb character, the choice is a bit more difficult. But I’m thinking I will go with a classic.

Brad Pitt before the long hair. I’m not saying I don’t like his long hair, because I do. But the Caleb Jorde look is preppy, and as I said, classic. Like this:

See what I’m saying? What a movie Bradley and Brad would make, huh?

For a Young Adult book, I would definitely like to see The Red Sheet made into a movie! I have already imagined this—my kids said it could be the first LGBT Disney movie! (But I’d probably have to remove Chapter 19)

First to find a Scott Beckett. I am going to search the worldwide web to ID the perfect actor. BRB.

Okay—for Scott in The Red Sheet, I’d go with a young Alex Pettyfer.  He would have to wear blue contact lenses, but he has the look I like. Here are a few pictures.

This is fun.

Next I need a Bryan Dennison.

I’ll be back in a few. Don’t go anywhere.

So I found him—my Bryan—in an article from Buzzfeed Celeb called “Actors Who Should Play Disney Princes in Real Life”.
Prince from Snow White: Matt Lanter
Slap some lipstick on Matt Lanter’s face and you have yourself the prince from Snow White.

Yeah, I can see it. Not that Scott needs saving from a handsome prince, because he doesn’t. Unlike Snow White, he’s fine all on his own.

This was fun. I should be a casting director, hmm?

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