THE ART OF HERO WORSHIP by Mia Kerick ~ #GuestPost #Excerpt #Giveaway


Guest Post:
Mia Kerick talks about spending quality time with Siri

Hello. I’m thrilled to be here today to promote my new release The Art of Hero Worship. My New Adult release is a Contemporary LGBTQ Romance that addresses a terrifying contemporary issue and entwines it with an unlikely romance.

Once you have finished reading the intense and powerful novel, The Art of Hero Worship, you will be in (dire) need of some relief. I suggest that you take my advice: Spend some quality time with Siri (the voice on your iPhone, if you have one.)

To write The Art of Hero Worship, I conducted major research on the topics of mass shootings and Post Traumatic Stress. In order to provide you with emotional relief for after your reading, I likewise conducted research on what conversations might be most pleasing with Siri.

Now, keep in mind, although this will not be a totally one-sided conversation, you are going to need to be the initiator. You will need to ask Siri the questions and make the provocative statements to which she will react.

Here are my suggestions for a light-hearted repartee:

Start off with some general interest topics.
1. What does Siri mean?

Slide smoothly into the whimsical.
2. Tell me a story.
3. Read me a haiku.

Maybe, now it is time to ask for Siri’s opinion.
4. What phone is the best?

Move seamlessly into the personal.
5. Do you have a boyfriend?
6. Do you have a penis?
7. Have you ever fallen in love?

Maybe now, a little holiday-talk.
8. What should I wear for Halloween?
9. What should I get my friend for Christmas?

And finally, I suggest you conclude with the profound.
10. When is the world going to end?

For exit music, I suggest you say “Beatbox” to Siri. I’ve heard something amazing happens.


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Author Name: Mia Kerick

Book Name: The Art of Hero Worship

Release Date: February 14, 2016



Trembling on the floor, pressed beneath a row of seats in a dark theater, college freshman Jason Tripp listens to the terrifying sound of gunshots, as an unknown shooter moves methodically through the theater, randomly murdering men, women, and children attending a student performance of Hamlet. Junior Liam Norcross drapes his massive body on top of Jason, sheltering the younger man from the deathly hail of bullets, risking his life willingly, and maybe even eagerly.

As a result of the shared horror, an extraordinary bond forms between the two young men, which causes discomfort for family and friends, as well as for Jason and Liam, themselves. And added to the challenge of two previously “straight” men falling into a same-sex love, are the complications that arise from the abundance of secrets Liam holds with regard to a past family tragedy. The fledgling passion between the men seems bound to fade away into the darkness from which it emerged.

Jason, however, is inexplicably called to rescue his hero in return, by delving into Liam’s shady past and uncovering the mystery that compels the older man to act as the college town’s selfless savior.

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.

Pages or Words: 212 pages

Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction




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.


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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.


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Twitter: @MiaKerick

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Publisher: Cool Dudes Publishing

Cover Artist: Louis C. Harris




Tour Dates & Stops:

Bonkers About Books, Divine Magazine, The Hat Party, Elisa - My Reviews and Ramblings

MM Good Book Reviews, Bookaholic Confessions

Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, My Fiction Nook, Mikky’s World of Books

Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Happily Ever Chapter

KathyMac Reviews

Let’s Get Ready To Romance, BFD Book Blog

Three Books Over The Rainbow, V’s Reads, Bayou Book Junkie

Multitasking Mommas, Velvet Panic, Full Moon Dreaming

Book Lovers 4Ever, Unquietly Me

TTC Books and More, Inked Rainbow Reads, Kiki’s Kinky Picks, Kirsty Loves Books


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4 thoughts on “THE ART OF HERO WORSHIP by Mia Kerick ~ #GuestPost #Excerpt #Giveaway

  1. On behalf of Alpha Book Club,
    Thank you so much for hosting the release blitz and supporting Mia Kerick on her release of The Art of Hero Worship, it’s greatly appreciated!

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