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TRS BCBryan Dennison’s obsession with having a red sheet wrapped around his neck has changed his life in more ways than. He now has a new outlook on life, and is determined in making the best of things as each day come. He’s doing things he never thought possible, refusing to give in to the darkness that once clouded his mind. He has a new lease on life, and will do everything possible to keep things as they are.

Bryan’s new demeanor mind-boggles everyone around him. He’s changed so much in so short a time that it’s hard not to wonder about what’s caused him to become what he is now. Though many think he’s putting on a show to hide something he’s afraid of, he knows that’s not true. He’s tired of who and what he used to be. So much so, that’s he’ll do whatever he can to show everyone that he truly is a new person.

Bryan knows that not everyone believes in him. Most especially Scott, the boy he’d bully each and every day. He laments the fact that he’s caused Scott so much heartache, and is determined in showing him just how much he cares for him. Scott has taken his heart, something he doesn’t give easily to others. Things won’t be as easy as he’d thought them to be, but he’ll accomplish his goals by any means necessary. Only then will he be able to open people’s eyes to the person he is now.

A bittersweet and thought-provoking story, The Red Sheet tackles issues that are controversial, yet must be spoken of if we’re to overcome them. Mia introduces us to Bryan, a boy whose life changes in the blink of an eye. He’s a boy who is broken, yet determined in changing his way of thinking and the life he leads. Granted, doing so is difficult, but he will not back down from achieving his goals.

Mia injects such feeling into the story that you feel Bryan’s pain and heartache as the story progresses. He might have been a bully, but his turning a new leaf really changes the world as he sees it. Most bullies aren’t willing to do what Bryan’s done. They go through life hurting others whenever possible. Sometimes, changing who are is for the better. That’s a theme Mia spins throughout the story itself, giving us a sense of what her characters accomplish by the time we get to the end of the story. Beautifully written, The Red Sheet is a story that will stick with you long after you’ve read it.



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One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person helpful, generous, and chivalrous a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn’t recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.

Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can’t hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He’s attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before the change. Where he’d been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he’s a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his superjock former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan’s newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he’s genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott’s trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan’s obsession.(



Author PhotoAbout 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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