Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Blog Tour ~ My Crunchy Life by Mia Kerick (Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway)

Blog Tour ~ My Crunchy Life by Mia Kerick (Excerpt + Giveaway) 


Title: My Crunchy Life 
Author: Mia Kerick
Release Date: 26th June 2018 
Genre: LGBT, Young Adult

BLURB John Lennon fought for world peace, but sixteen-year-old hippie hopeful Kale Oswald’s only made it as far as tie-dying his T-shirts with organic grape juice. Now he’s ready to cement his new hippie identity by joining a local human rights organization, but he doesn’t fit in as well as he’d hoped. After landing himself in the hospital by washing down a Ziploc bag of pills with a bottle of Gatorade, Julian Mendez came clean to his mother: he is a girl stuck in a boy’s body. Puberty blockers have stopped the maturing of the body he feels has betrayed him. They’re also supposed to give him time to be sure he wants to make a more permanent decision, but he’s already Julia in his heart. What he’s not sure he’s ready to face is the post-transition name-calling and bathroom wars awaiting him at school. When Kale and Julian come face-to-face at the human rights organization, attraction, teenage awkwardness, and reluctant empathy collide. They are forced to examine who they are and who they want to become. But until Kale can come to terms with his confusion about his own sexuality and Julian can be honest with Kale, they cannot move forward in friendship, or anything more. 

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Julian, 4:00 p.m

On my first day back to school after the incident, Sydney Harper, a junior from the right side of the tracks, cut me off in the hallway by the gym and got up in my face. “You didn’t really wanna die. My mother said it was just some kind of pathetic cry for help.” Having made her point, she spun around on her Ugg-booted nonheel and headed for the girls’ locker room. Then in precalc, some guy I barely knew poked me hard in the back with a Sharpie marker, and I was the lucky recipient of another dose of compassion. “You just crave attention, don’t you, girly-boy?” Maybe, on some level, they were both right. But on that night in October when I decided my best move in life would be to wash down the last of the Extra Strength Tylenol in our medicine cabinet with a bottle of Citrus Cooler Gatorade, I knew I couldn’t lose, however it turned out. The alternative to my clever plan to get some attention, and maybe even a measure of help, was that I’d fall asleep and never wake up— which, in my opinion, served just fine as Plan B. If nobody heard my “cry for help” and I checked out, we’d probably all be better off. No real harm done… except to Mama. But the freaking UPS man heard my “pathetic cry,” or more accurately saw my apparently lifeless torso hanging from the tree house in the side yard, and saved me. 

Exclusive Excerpt:

Julian, 7: 00 p.m.

As soon as I get into my bedroom, I pull off every stitch of socially acceptable boy’s clothes and throw on the pink silky nighty that I stuck under my pillow when I forced myself to stop being Julia this morning. It doesn’t happen automatically— putting the boy back on in the morning after being myself all night. Maybe it sounds kind of strange, but every day when I wake up and take off my nightgown, I stand naked beside my bed for maybe five minutes, because that’s how long it takes me to numb my body and spirit. When I’ve managed to make my mind go blank, I pull together all the scrappy remnants of my boy-self, so I can stick on my androgynous uniform and face life as a guy.

Then at night I have to work just as hard at letting the stress of being someone I’m not drain out of my body. I lie down on my bed and stare up at the stained powder blue ceiling, and then I cross and uncross my legs, over and over, relishing the smoothness because it reminds me of who I really am. Next, I collect all the stress in my belly and push it down to my feet so it can drip out of my toes. This is usually hard to do, but tonight it pours out of me without too much effort.

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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. 

Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com

Visit her website for updates on what is going on in Mia’s world, rants, music, parties, and pictures, and maybe even a little bit of inspiration. 

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  1. Thank you so very much for welcoming me to your blog! I hope your readers check out MY CRUNCHY LIFE!!

  2. French toast is my favorite breakfast food, although I rarely get to eat it. I have Cheerios almost every day.

  3. Thanks for the post! My favorite breakfast food is an egg sandwich.

  4. Congrats on your new book! Favorite breakfast? It's sausage egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.

  5. Scambled eggs and bacon...yummm