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“The Weekend Bucket List” by Mia Kerick || Blog Tour, #Giveaway & Guest Post!

 

Happy Friday! Here’s a little bit about The Weekend Bucket List, a new queer YA book by author Mia Kerick. For readers who want to see more stories about friendships and other kinds of love that aren’t romantic or sexual, here’s one to check out. Thank you, Mia, for kindly providing this wonderful guest post to usher us into the weekend.

And the giveaway is still on! It ends in a couple days, so enter now for a chance to win that gift card. (More info below.)

 

 

Title: The Weekend Bucket List
Author: Mia Kerick
Release date: April 19th, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT
Published by: Interlude Press

 

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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?

 

Purchase links: Interlude Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CAN | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

You can also add The Weekend Bucket List on Goodreads

 

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“You’re My Best Friend”

Guest Post by Mia Kerick

 

 

As a teen, I spent more nights than I can count listening to Queen albums in my family’s formal living room. Seated on the cream-colored velvet couch, set against majestic floor to ceiling sea foam draperies, my feet stayed firmly planted on the shaggy green rug, rather than on the edge of the glossy marble top coffee table, for fear of being caught in the act and banished from the only room in the house equipped with a stereo system. But where my feet were grounded, my imagination floated into the realms of friendship and love.

 

 

For many teenage girls, the romance realm is the preferred place in which to spend one’s daydreams. And Queen ballads such as “Love of My Life” and “You Take My Breath Away” reinforced this. But there was another love song, “You’re My Best Friend,” that looked at love with different eyes.

Although I now know that John Deacon had written “You’re My Best Friend” for his wife, I didn’t know this when I came to love the song at the age of fourteen. And I don’t think it is necessary to know for whom he wrote it, to understand and appreciate the song, as is about a different kind of love: the love experienced in profound friendship.

Let’s look at Deacon’s lyrics to better understand the benefits of friendship…

 

I’ve been with you such a long time

 You’re my sunshine and I want you to know my feelings are true

 I really love you”

Friendship lasts; some even last forever. Deep friendship can provide bright spots in life’s darkest times. And so, to have a best friend is to have an opportunity to love and be loved, in a steady and dependable way.

 

“Ooh I’ve been wandering round
But I still come back to you
In rain or shine
You’ve stood by me, girl
I’m happy at home”

No matter where one wanders, she can always return to the consistent warmth of friendship. Best friends stand by a person in the hard times, as well as in moments of pleasure. Friendship is a happy home.

 

“Whenever this world is cruel to me
I got you to help me forgive”

Good friends can console and help people to forgive those who have wronged them. Pain cannot destroy a person, if he has a friend on whom he can unburden his soul.

 

“You’re the first one
When things turn out bad
You know I’ll never be lonely
You’re my only one
And I love the things
I really love the things that you do”

A friend is the first one a person turns to when things go wrong, as she trusts that he will say and do the right thing to make it better. When one has a true friend, she will never be lonely.

 

“Ooh you make me live
You’re my best friend”

Repeated throughout the song is the phrase “you make me live.” By this, Deacon suggests that friendship gives life necessary meaning for a person’s emotional survival. By offering lasting dependability, unique and steady love, a sense of coming home, compassion in a harsh world, and the knowledge that one is never alone, deep friendship is all a person needs to be resilient enough to live.

Cady, Cooper, and Eli discover the depth of friendship in The Weekend Bucket List. At the story’s beginning, the three teens do not fully understand the value of friendship that John Deacon’s song suggests, and hold onto the notion that romance is more precious. However, as they tick items of their bucket list, they come to understand that friendship is an ultimate prize in itself.

 

 

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EXCERPT

She acts as if this was my big idea, but The Weekend Bucket List has got Cady LaBrie’s name written all over it. She’s persuasive, though—the girl has almost got me believing I came up with the idea to do everything we never did that “normal” kids do in high school, all in the forty-eight hours before graduation. We have a lot of lost time to make up for.

“These fries are so good.” Cady’s eyes are closed like she’s in goddamned ecstasy. I’m not sure why, but I look away.

“How can you eat so freaking much and stay so freaking skinny?” I ask, as Cady starts in on her second large order of french fries. And these are just appetizers.

“I’m petite, Cooper. Not skinny… and you’re skinny, too.”

I shrug and suck futilely on the straw that stands straight in my vanilla shake.

“Whatever.” It doesn’t matter how thick the shake is; I’m in no rush to suck it down. Cady’s the talker in this relationship, so all I’ve got to do is sit here and listen.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Links: Facebook | Twitter

 

 

 

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2 comments on ““The Weekend Bucket List” by Mia Kerick || Blog Tour, #Giveaway & Guest Post!

  1. Thank you so much for welcoming to your blog today with my new release, The Weekend Bucket List!

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