Title: The Weekend Bucket List
Author: Mia Kerick
Release Date: April 19th 2018
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT
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?
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When the kid turns around to look at us, I’m so shocked that I gasp, and it’s not because he has a popcorn kernel stuck about an inch below his right eye. He’s the hottest boy I’ve ever seen. His eyes and skin are two different shades of tan, and I hate to say it at the risk of sappiness, but I will—the general bronzing effect defines “dreamy.” Dark hair, that on first impression I judged unruly, is actually a complicated system of loosely layered curls—ringlets on top of banana curls, each one beautifully liberated and independent—that frame an angel’s face. He looks sweet and earnest and he makes me think of a very hot, made-for-TV-movie, Easter Story Jesus of Nazareth.
“Then I’ll show you how to get in.” He flashes a skeptical glance at Cooper. The guy still appears ready to run.
We follow Hot Jesus past a loading dock and to a small gray door with no handle at the building’s far corner. He pulls a long, slim metal tool out of his back pocket, which suggests criminal activity is not completely new to him, and slides it into the crack of the door. It opens easily. “And you’re in.” When he smiles, his teeth gleam so white, and his eyes shine so brightly, I literally swoon. Cooper does too. We collapse into each other like swooning bumper cars.
“Hot Jesus…” I murmur.
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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 email@example.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.