In a Gilded Cage
Publication date: October 21st 2016
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance
Lucci Grimley is indeed alluring—crowned with a mane of long blond hair, and blessed with an enchanting musical talent that draws a brave rescuer to a high tower hidden in the forest.
However, this modern-day Rapunzel is a young man, sold as a child to the wealthy and childless Damien Gotham for the price of a fast car and a pile of cash. And Lucci’s heroic prince is William “Prin” Prinzing, a handsome college student and star soccer player, hired to care for the grounds of the lavish Tower Estate. Prin climbs an extension ladder rather than a long golden braid to gain access to Lucci’s second floor bedroom window, ultimately penetrating the secrecy surrounding the cloistered young man.
Friendship, and soon romance, blooms. The tower captive eagerly gives his loving innocence to his brave rescuer, which sends the strict and reclusive Gotham into a frenzy of jealous rage. With Prin, Lucci gets a taste of real life, and he wants more. Together, the young men must face Gotham’s ruthlessness and pay the price of liberating Lucci.
Hello, and thank you so much for welcoming me to your blog today. I am so thrilled to be here to celebrate my new release, a New Adult M/M fairy modern tale retelling, called In A Gilded Cage by Mia Kerick.
Have you ever played your life through your mind like a movie, but quicker? I did, in an effort to determine the events in my life that have shaped who I am. What I realized as I did this, was that it wasn’t single events that shaped my life, as much it was “event themes” that molded me into the person I am, and in turn, have affected my writing.
What aspects of life have shaped you as a person?
- Romance Theme-Over the summer when I was about ten, I remember being at the beach and watching couples stroll along the shore hand-in-hand. When they waded into the water and wrapped their arms around each other, I just knew I wanted what they had. And since I wasn’t old enough to actually have that for myself, I started creating “families” with pictures of young men and children cut out from my mother’s magazines.And I started to write my earliest romance stories. So the concept behind the romance theme in my life was introduced as a child through what I saw around me and shaped my life.
- Teaching/Job Theme– Realizing that I could actually do what I was trained to do, and the sense of accomplishment I felt as a result, was an empowerment that gave me confidence and shaped me. It was difficult—one of the most difficult things I’d ever done—to face 100 squirming seventh graders in the classroom five days a week. I had to challenge them and interest them and earn their respect and show them compassion. And to top it off, there was all of the paperwork that went with it. But getting the job in the first place, being creative with lesson plans and successfully implementing them, was something I could do. That is a feeling that shapes you.
- Intimate Relationships Theme-I think this theme of my life has shaped me more than any of the others. From a young age I wanted to have a boyfriend, and as I grew older I longed to have a partner with whom I could share my life. I’m just programmed this way, I guess. But the places my search for romance took me were what shaped me the most—the negative relationships in which I sought security and couldn’t find it, the boyfriends who wanted only one thing from me and did whatever it took to earn enough trust to get it, some relationships in which there was emotional abuse that I tolerated so I didn’t have to be alone. And then the relief and release I experienced upon meeting the man I married and how my comfort and security with him shaped me in a different way. I still dream of being alone and looking for the desired partner to complete my life. I hope that by now I have been shaped enough to never have to go through some of what I endured again.
- Pregnancy and Children Theme– Strangely, where I was rather obsessed by the notion of having a person with whom to share my life, I was not obsessed with the idea of having children—until I was married for one year and then this urge started to mold me. I suddenly HAD to have a child with my husband. It was a desire so strong that like the other desires in my life it became a life-shaper. And after a miscarriage that further convinced me I needed to be a mother, I become pregnant, had a baby, and was faced with motherhood. At first I was honestly afraid to be alone with baby number one. Terrified, even. But just like I’d done with teaching job, I dove right in and did what needed to be done. And the realization that this job was a 24/7 job that no one else could do but me, made me grow up. Motherhood also drew out characteristics I didn’t recognize, like protectiveness and empathy as well as the inability to be happy myself without seeing the smiles on my four kids’ faces. Motherhood shaped me to be a braver, more confident and selfless person.
- Adoption Theme– My son’s adoption was an event that changed me greatly. I think it was the “taking a leap” aspect of adopting that made me grow the most. You never know what is instore for you in life, and when you give birth to a child you take whatever God gives you. Adoption is a very deliberate choice. You are choosing to love as your own a virtual stranger, and to do so from the moment he is placed into your arms. This decision took soul searching, as we were parents of three biological children already, and the decision was not just about us. I learned of the huge capacity our human hearts have for love. I loved my son from the day I saw his picture. I loved him before that day, when I didn’t know who he was going to be, and I wrote a journal dedicated to “little one” my someday baby from South Korea. Meeting other adoptive families and being exposed to the openness of hearts, further opened mine.
- Writing Career Theme-The development of my professional writing career has factored largely into making me the woman I am. At first I had to allow the creativity to flow, and then I had to let it be judged. Was what was in my heart “good enough” to be put into print so others could take it into their hearts? A terrifying concept. I then had to place it before the public and let it be judged by anyone and everyone. I had to accept the criticisms along with the praise. I had to bare myself to the world, in many sense. And it was scary and thrilling and empowering and I have done it sixteen times. So I think it has shaped me in a positive manner and into a more creative, open minded, tuned-in person. Realizing success had actually molded me into a more optimistic person, as well.
- Death of People I Love Them -There is no doubt that losing people who you love to death causes you to change profoundly. About fifteen years ago I lost my father, and with him, there was an enormous battle in my soul about what I was going to believe in terms of heaven… is there anything beyond this life? His death forced me to face a reality: life ends. And it forced me to deal with this. When my mother passed away this summer, I had new issues to deal with. I was very close to her, so there was a loss of a person I spoke to every day. I felt I had to step up and be strong for my her as well as my children. I had to again face my issues involving my faith and question whether there is an afterlife, which I truly do believe in. And prior to this, I had to stand beside her as she dealt with eight years of intermittent suffering due to her illness before her death. All of these responsibilities and questions and deep emotions are what has shaped me into more of who I am today.
- My calling to increase and protect the human rights of everyone everywhere– The election of Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States has shocked and dismayed me. In doing so, it is molding me by solidifying my calling to fight for the rights of all people—by preserving marital rights, creating immigration reform to allow those who have been living in the USA as productive citizens to stay and not separating families, not instituting religious discrimination, preserving women’s and minority rights, helping to house the world’s refugees—among other important human rights issues.
How do these life themes relate to your new release, In A Gilded Cage?
Prin and Luccihave also experienced life-shaping events. In my new releaseIn A Gilded Cage, we as readers experience the aftermath of a painful event in Lucci’s childhood that results in him living a twisted life with his selfish and cruel guardian. For years, Lucci suffers, without ever realizing that he is suffering. Prin discovers him and shows him beauty of the world from which he is secluded. In coping with the extremes of his life, Lucci’s personality is shaped. The eventual loss of Lucci from Prin’s life causes him to struggle, to grieve, and to grow. The experience shapes his values. Enduring happy times and love, as well as suffering loss, shape the two young men into becoming the characters we can love.
Life-changing events can carry with them happiness or sorrow, gains or losses, joy or devastation. Without experiencing them, though, we would not be who we are today.
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 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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