Thursday 28 January 2016

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Clean by Mia Kerick

Mia Kerick
Release Date: December 1st, 2015
Publisher: Young Dudes Publishing

Book Description:
High school senior Lanny Keating has it all. A three-sport athlete at Lauserville High School looking at a college football scholarship, with a supportive family, stellar grades, boy band good looks… until the fateful day when it all falls apart.

Seventeen-year-old Trevor Ladd has always been a publicly declared zero and the high school badboy. Abandoned by his mother and sexually abused by his legal guardian, Trevor sets his sights on mere survival.

Lanny seeks out Trevor’s companionship to avoid his shattered home life. Unwilling to share their personal experiences of pain, the boys explore ways to escape, leading them into sexual experimentation, and the abuse of illegal drugs and alcohol. Their mutual suffering creates a lasting bond of friendship and love.

When the time finally comes to get clean and sober, or flunk out of high school, only one of the boys will graduate, while the other spirals downward into addiction.

Will Lanny and Trevor find the strength to battle their demons of mind-altering substances as well as emotional vulnerability?

Clean takes the reader on a gritty trip into the real and raw world of teenage substance abuse.

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Hello, and thank you so much for inviting me to visit with my new book, Clean!

Clean is about the story of two boys who have a great deal of trouble saying no to their cravings. It’s a serious book, in no way lighthearted, because the substances they crave are illegal drugs and alcohol and they just don’t know when or how to stop indulging. This post about guilty pleasures, however, is certainly on the lighter side of the concept of cravings because these are things I choose to indulge in to enhance my life.

Cravings can be incredibly irresistible. I’m not literally addicted to the things I have listed below, but I want them with great passion.

1. Chocolate- I like it in many forms. Dark, milk, but not white. In baked goods I like it in brownies cookies or cake. Hold the chocolate ice cream, though, because I am not an ice cream eater. I like it in drinks, in fact, I am the only one I know who likes Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda. It takes like a tootsie roll. In my humble opinion, desserts and candy without chocolate have no meaning or purpose in my life.

2. Espresso- I only drink lattes. I no longer get myself a cup of coffee, anywhere at all, because espresso drinks fill the bill so much better. Very often, when I ask the barista to add a couple shots to an already strong espresso drink, he or she says, “That’s five shots of espresso, you know.” I look the barista in the eye and reply, “I know, and I’m not scared.” Bring it on.

3. Whales- (a small whale-shaped cheese cracker I can only find at the Big Lots store.) These are the perfect cracker to compliment any sandwich or to eat with Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda as a bedtime snack. I have no ability to resist these crackers when we are in the same room. I now buy them in individual servings bags so I do not consume an entire box, which is easy to do. I speak from experience.

4. My computer- I will admit to being semi-attached to my MacBook Air laptop. It is difficult for me to be separated from it for two hours. I feel a literal pull, drawing me back to it to check emails and Facebook. And starting yesterday, Twitter.

5. My Iphone- Remember the days that when we left the house and we left our telephones behind? We had answering machines that took care of the business of whose calls we missed when we were out living our lives. Now, we can’t be without our phones in our back pockets. When our phones are missing or broken, many of us feel lost and deprived and a bit uneasy. So yes, I’m guilty about it, but my phone is a guilty pleasure in my life that assures me I will not miss anything important or unimportant.

The feelings I posses for the “innocent” items above is so passionate that I think I could be very vulnerable to a craving that could lead to addiction. I have never been drawn to alcohol or drugs, but I am so thankful I never picked up something like smoking cigarettes, or I fear I would never rid myself of it.

How fine is the line between the cravings we have for guilty pleasures and those that turn into powerful addictions?  I think cravings can be nearly impossible to resist, and if the substance is habit forming, maybe impossible.

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 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.

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  1. Question to the author: Is there a book you love that nobody else seems to?

  2. Thank you for the chance to win :)

  3. Great cover! I'd love to read this!

  4. This looks like an interesting read - beautiful cover.

  5. The cover in itself is inticing!! Wow looks like a super good read! Rita Spratlen

  6. Looks like a great read about a very important issue. Thanks for the chance!

  7. Can't wait to reads, thanks for the preview!

  8. Great preview. Can't wait to find out more about Lanny and Trevor!

  9. Cool giveaway & good luck to everyone that has entered :)

  10. Strength comes in many shapes and sizes. Lanny and Trevor both need to find the strength to pull themselves out of the abyss. Will that mean the end of their friendship or is that where they find their strength?

  11. Awesome cover & this sounds like a terrific read!

  12. sounds like a great read, thanks

  13. Looks like a great book substance abuse is bad Teen or not would love to read it Thanks for the giveaway

  14. Thank you for this opportunity to win

  15. Great excerpt! Sounds like a great read with real life struggles. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I think this book sounds great and I would love to read it. ty.