I’m Mia Sheridan! I’m an avid reader, and now writer! of romance and erotic novels. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband who is a police officer and my biggest fan (not necessarily in that order). We have four children here on earth and one in heaven. When I’m not sitting on my couch with my head buried in my Kindle, I can be found writing or doing anything creative from building a patio, to sewing pillows. The wild hairs I get know no bounds. Leo is my debut novel, but my head is swimming with more…
Elizabeth - 4+ Crowns
“There are a lot of paths in life. Some we choose and some are chosen for us. I was dealt some, just like a lot of us are, and I made a lot of poor choices too. I have to take responsibility for those. But the only thing we'll get from trying to figure out where another path would have taken us are questions there are no answers to and heartbreak that can't be healed. Regardless of how we got there, all any of us can do is move forward from where we are.”
This book takes you through a lifelong journey of two foster children who beat the odds and fell in love....!
Joanne - 4 Crowns
Really easy...good read...
"Why are you looking at me?"......"Because I like your face"
Despite all of the odds....they found forever!
Kelly - 5 Crowns
Mia Sheridan has just gained a new fan…. Me!
Leo is a captivating, emotionally charged, stunning debut. The two separate timeframes gave this book real depth even though the length is modest. It’s a clever story with an interesting twist that is beautifully written, even though it covers some distressing subject matters.
I kind of just fell into this book. As my to-read shelf continues to grow at an astronomical rate, I promised myself I would start hitting up some of my backlog. Yeah… right! Leo kept popping up on my recommendation list, coupled with some amazing reviews on the Goodreads forums and Amazon so I knew I had to down tools and jump on this one instead.
I just had one problem
… the cover!
I didn’t like it. I know I know… never judge a book by the naked chick whose breasts are covered by masculine hands, right? But it just wasn’t screaming out to me. Even in it’s black and white format it lacked any visual originality. I just expected it to be another erotica novel with some successful rich guy in a BMW swooning an innocent virgin. HA! Well sure, there is that aspect to it I guess, but believe me when I say, WOW! This book is SO MUCH MORE!
Thankfully, the new redesigned cover captures the true beauty of this story.
Chapter one rendered me speechless, I can honestly say, hand on heart that Leo and Evie’s first kiss on that rooftop under a starlit sky blew me away! I’m a sucker for first love romances, but as far as first kisses go they don’t get much better than this.
”I’m going to kiss you now, Evie, and when I do, it’s going to mean that you’re mine. I don’t care how far away we are from each other. You. Are. Mine. I’ll wait for you. And I want you to wait for me. Promise me…”
At only 14 and 15, Evie and Leo knew what it felt like to fall in love, to finally have the confidence to say, ‘I belong to someone, and they love me.’ After both having endured an abusive childhood, they met at the tender age of 10 and 11 as they entered the Foster Care system. Residing under the same roof with other neglected kids, Leo and Evie shared a bond that would stand the test of time. Or so they thought…
When Leo is adopted, and relocated to the other side of the country with his new parents, he promises to write regularly and return for her in 4 years time, when she celebrates her 18th Birthday. Evie waited for that letter, for that call, it never came…
We jump 8 years into the future and Evie is working two jobs, has her own apartment and a handful of close acquaintances. Attending the funeral of her friend, Willow, whom she also met in Foster care is a bittersweet revelation as she realises just how far she has come as she settles into a life of normality.
Feeling the eyes of a male stalker follow her every move should have scared Evie and yet she was intrigued by the mystery guy in an expensive suit, with the nice car. It’s not until she spots him again in the street, she makes a quick diversion and manages to sneak up on Mr. Mystery Guy wanting answers.
Jake Madsen has been watching Evie for a couple of weeks. When she sneaks up on him, he knows that the time has come to deliver his news. You see… Jake is a friend of Leo’s, and has been asked to check up on her.
With this new revelation, Evie goes into meltdown mode, as the story then takes us on a trip down memory lane, as it flashes from past to present tense.
As Jake and Evie spend more and more time together, she realises that the time has come to finally move on, but in order to, she must say goodbye to the boy who once captured her heart so completely, as she opens her heart to accommodate another.
Jake is everything she could ever want in a boyfriend. He’s kind, successful and beautiful, there is just one problem – he’s holding back. Hiding beneath a world of torment. Stripping those layers becomes crucial if she is to believe they are to have a future together, the question is, is Jake willing to let it all go?
Leo is a double whammy, it’s like a buy one get one free. Two beautiful love stories, running consecutively side-by-side as it paints Evie’s life in full 3D. As you follow young Evie and Leo you get washed head to toe with their endearing innocence, for it then to lead you back into the present, as Evie and Jake’s connection hits dizzying heights, leaving you breathless, yet wanting more. Leo significantly left his mark on her past, that in order to move on in her future, she has to let go of him but letting go was never going to be easy.
Jake Madsen is a literary walking wet dream. He’s the all-consuming mysterious alpha male that had me falling fast and yet questioning his integrity on a few occasions. I felt like I was getting to know him, then something would happen and I felt that jolt. That inexplicable feeling of betrayal, only then for him to magically soothe me back to my happy place that’s all sunshine and rainbows.
The twist is magic, and yeah… I saw it coming; I’m not going to lie. I did. But even so, it was still a euphoric moment that had me squeeing and hugging my kindle. I’m a nerd, what can I say?!
This book starts on a high note and ends with a colossal bang. The epilogue gives closure and had my heart melting all the way down into my shoes.
A great standalone read that is truly worthy of a place on the best bookseller list of 2013.
Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love, and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.
When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and he moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again.
Now eight years later, in spite of the odds, Evie has made a life for herself. She has a job. She has friends. She's content. Then a man shows up out of the blue, claiming that her long lost love, Leo, sent him to check up on her. The attraction between them is undeniable. But, should she trust this sexy stranger? Or is he keeping a secret about what his connection to Leo is really all about and why Leo disappeared all those years ago?
New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18
The follow-up to Leo, the USA Today bestselling novel by Mia Sheridan.
Does everyone deserve a second chance? Even someone who lies and deceives to get it?
Do we all have a second chance coming? Even if we play a part in our own destruction?
How hard would you fight to have a second chance at love? A second chance at life? Another chance to tell your own story?
Every love story has two sides. Evie told hers. This time it's Leo's chance.
Elizabeth - 4+ Crowns
4.5 crowns! Review to follow...
Just need to absorb the beauty in my soul a little while...
Ok... I was a bit worried when I started reading Leo's POV... I have read a few great "his" POV and a few that just seemed like I was re reading the original book... This one started out just a bit slow and I feared it was the latter....
But then, it just became amazing! You are given insights that just makes your heart break for Leo, and you 100% get why he wasn't honest at the get go.
Leo's journey is amazing... Everything he suffered and overcame to return to his true love just makes this a beautiful story.
If you loved the first book Leo, you will love this one even more!
And let me tell you... the Epilogue... OMG!! It is one of the most amazing epilogues i have ever read... I mean... full circle, full of smiles, full of love!!!!
Kelly - 5 Crowns
I am so pleased that I didn't rush this book. I took my time, I savoured every word, every sentence, every emotion it evoked was like a sonnet as this beautifully constructed literary masterpiece and all its depths weaved itself deep inside my soul. My book loving beating heart feels light and happy - an incredible feat considering this is a Leo re-read from the male perspective.
I wasn't sure at first if Mia Sheridan was going to maintain the credibility and beauty of Leo by re-releasing it, but I should never have doubted her or her raw talent because she not only surpassed my expectations, but she excelled where others have failed!
Jake's voice gave an all new perspective and filled in many of the blanks and answered the myriad of questions as to why he said and did the things he did. Let's be honest, nobody likes a liar but the reasoning’s behind his actions were given justifiable cause and I couldn't help but feel my love of his character deepen because of it. Leo was a boy so lost and Jake, a young man so manipulated it was hard not to feel protective of him, even through the many faults of his actions.
I am also greatly surprised my kindle didn't come face to face with a wall at one point too as I wanted to scream at a couple of the female characters in this book, especially his ‘adoptive’ Mother, as some of the darkest of subject matters arise in this heart-wrenching story.
Of course it's a love story, but this book also gives a deeper, more profound message and that is,
‘No matter where you come from, and no matter what wrongdoings you have been subjected to in the past, life is what you choose to make it in the future.’
Mia Sheridan related this message loud and clear, in all her wise and raw talented debut glory.
…and because of this
I choose you! ;)
Evie and Leo 4Eva.
The epilogue is something of beauty. It was a fitting end to, what has been at times, an arduous journey that had me reaching for those tissues. My heart feels lighter and my soul will carry the residue of these characters for a very long time to come.
Oh and finally... a huge shout out to Dr. Fox! That man filled my heart with warmth and I got real Daddy vibes from him. Loved him and everything he stood for. I loved the way he nurtured our boy, guiding him, supporting him and making him feel a person of worth. He was the true hero in this story.
Elizabeth, Joanne, and Kelly's Review of
Leo and Leo's Chance
Greetings, Princess Mia!
Welcome to our castle. Grab a pew and please make yourself at home.
We would just like to extend our utmost gratitude, and say a big thank you for agreeing to this very special interview and for allowing us to feature you in our 'Author of the Castle' for the month of July.
Thank you so much for having me! I’ve always dreamed of being a princess and so this is very exciting! ;)
So, without further ado, why don't you tell us a little about yourself...
1. What were you like at school?
I would say I was a good student and somewhat shy. I always had very close friends and they made my school experience very happy and fun.
2. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I hope that with each story, I get better and better at tapping into an emotional place in my readers. I want not only to tell a good story that keeps moving, but I want my readers to be able to relate and feel for the characters they’re reading about. That’s what makes a really satisfying read for me and that’s what I want to achieve in my own stories.
3. Which writers inspire you?
I really love Sylvia Day. To me, she is the queen of romance! She is equally good at writing a steamy scene and a really emotional scene – she’s great! I also love Colleen Hoover for her amazing storytelling ability.
4. So, what have you written?
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Where can we buy or see them? (* include American, European and any other relevant links. Free, free promotions or prices can be included)
Leo and Leo’s Chance are my only two projects so far.
5. Give us an insight into your main character/s. What does he/she do that is so special?
When I first started writing about Leo and Evie, my goal was to write a love story about two characters who came from equally tragic backgrounds, but found very different ways to survive – and ultimately to thrive. Evie’s strength comes from her gentleness, and her ability to retain the belief that there’s good in the world, despite her devastating background. And Leo’s strength comes from his ability to fight for others and finally to fight for himself. They’re both fighters, but in very, very different ways.
6. What are you working on at the minute and what is it about?
I’m working on the next “Sign of Love” novel. This one is inspired by scorpio and it’s titled, “Stinger.”
7. What genre are your books?
8. What draws you to this genre?
I’ve always read romance novels, and I enjoy a little steam – passion is a part of any couple’s relationship and a great way to escape into their whole story. I want to tell my couple’s story in its entirety. ;)
9. Which actor/actress would you like to see playing your two main characters?
I have a major crush on Henry Cavill right now so let’s go with him for Leo and Nina Dobrev for Evie.
10. When did you decide to become a writer?
I started writing a blog for family and friends last year after I lost my baby girl at 37 weeks pregnant. The blog was a way for me to work through some of my grief and for those who cared about our family to learn a little more about what we were going through. A lot of people who had read it kept telling me I should write a book. I wasn’t ready to write a book about losing my daughter – and I don’t know when I’ll be at that point. But I decided to start writing a romance (as I read a lot of them and they’ve always been my escape) and it was a really great project for me – a distraction, but also a way to channel some of my emotions into my characters.
11. Do you write full-time or part-time?
Definitely part-time – I have four kids so I have to work it around their schedule.
12. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
A little of both… I write out a very simplistic outline, and I stick to it for the most part. But I don’t let it cage me in, either. If my story seems to be leading me in a direction I didn’t anticipate and it makes sense to go there, that’s where I go.
13. What is the hardest thing about writing?
Dialogue can be challenging because once one character speaks a line, the conversation can go in any one of a thousand directions. Keeping a conversation purposeful and interesting is challenging.
14. What is the easiest thing about writing?
When you get in a “zone” and the ideas are flowing and you’re inspired. But you have to wait for those moments to come around – and hope that when they do, you have a computer nearby and the time!
15. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Just the writing part: 2 months.
16. Do you ever get writer’s Block? If so, how did you overcome it?
I do. I either step away for a little bit and come back to it when I’m feeling inspired again, or I leave blanks in the parts that have me stuck and move on to other parts. In Leo, for example, I knew my story called for Evie to tell some sweet, little “fairytale-like” stories but I was just stuck there. And so in those spots, I wrote in “Insert child-like fairytale here that speaks to emotional situation of character,” and it stayed like that for weeks. Then one night, one came to me and I went to downstairs to write it and I ended up writing all of them in one sitting!
17. For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I didn’t think I’d love my Kindle as much as I do, but I do! I prefer it now to traditional books – although I do miss looking at a beautiful cover sitting in my hand!
18. What’s your views on social media for marketing?
I’m really just learning about all this – only a few short months ago, I didn’t even know what a Facebook fan page was! Or a rafflecopter… Now that I’m learning, I think it can be a really great tool, especially in just getting exposure.
19. Which social network worked best for you? Probably Facebook and Goodreads.
20. Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
(* please provide a link to trailer if you have one)
A reader made this for me a couple months back. It’s really sweet!
21. In what formats is your book available?
Both ebook and paperback.
22. How do you relax?
Reading, of course. But also by spending time with my girlfriends.
There’s no better therapy than laughing with your besties.
23. Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
Hopefully I have 4 or 5 more books under my belt! We’ll see how quickly the stories come to me!
24. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I always say, write what you like. You are never going to please everyone. There will always be some who like your books and some who don’t. That is true of every story out there. So you can’t go into it thinking about what others will or won’t like. Just write what speaks to you – go with the themes that you connect with and other like-minded people will connect with them too.
25. And last but not least, and probably the most important question of all... 'Who is your favourite Princess'? (Can be a Disney character, a real member of royalty or a book character, please quote name of book if this is the case). ;) Cinderella. She’s always been my favorite. I love how she’s able to retain her beauty and sweetness despite the fact that she’s so mistreated. Hmmm…. That sounds familiar!
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to us Princesses by taking part in this interview. We wish you all the very best, and remember to keep us frequently updated with all new projects in the future.
Absolutely! Thank YOU so very much!
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Grace Hamilton was the girl with a plan. She knew exactly where her life was going and prided herself on always achieving her goals. It was who she was, and how she lived her life. She never stepped outside the lines, and never considered what she might desire and whom she was actually trying so hard to please. Until him…
Carson Stinger was a man who didn't play by any rules except his own. Working in the adult entertainment industry, he didn't care what others thought, and took each day as it came, no direction, no plan. He knew what women wanted from him and believed it was all he had to offer. Until her…
When circumstances forced them to spend several hours together, they walked away changed. But for two people who never should have meshed, overcoming the reality of their vastly different lives wasn't possible. At least not yet…
by Mia Sheridan
Disclaimer: This teaser is unedited and may change very slightly before publication.
Part 1: The Scorpion
Las Vegas, Nevada
As I walked into the luxurious Bellagio hotel and casino, tired and rumpled from my flight, I saw two signs directing guests to the conferences going on that weekend. There was the one I was there to attend, The International Law Students Association Conference, and then there was another one, The Adult Entertainment Expo. My eyes moved back and forth between the signs and my brow furrowed. Well, that was… interesting. I guess that's Vegas for you, I thought. Law students, porn stars, aliens from distant planets, it hadn't taken me long to realize–just walking through the airport actually–that when it came to the City of Sin, shock value was practically non-existent.
If I didn't figure that out from the pantless man the cops were chasing through the airport upon my arrival, then I definitely got it from the g-stringed Elvis impersonator who flew by me on roller skates as I got out of my Shuttle in front of the hotel. "You're not in Kansas anymore, honey," the driver had laughed as my head swiveled to watch the rolling, half-dressed Elvis glide away.
As I walked further into the lobby, my mouth fell open and my eyes immediately moved upwards. The ceiling was filled with the most stunning glass blossoms–hundreds of them in every color imaginable. I moved in a circle, my head bent back, unable to look away from the gorgeous, overhead art. How in the world had that been installed? Finally, after a minute of drinking it in, I looked down and moved toward the front desk.
I was so completely awestruck by the stone pillars and gallery of fresh flowers and floating hot air balloons behind the check-in that I almost didn't hear the woman desk-clerk call out to me. I wheeled my small suitcase up to the counter and smiled brightly at her. "Grace Hamilton. I have a reservation," I said.
The desk clerk smiled back. "Okay, let me just look you up… okay, here we go. You're here for the law student conference starting tomorrow?"
"Yes." I smiled.
"What school do you go to?" she asked as she took my credit card and swiped it quickly.
"Georgetown," I said, as I took my credit card back.
"Great school! Well have a good time. You're on the twenty-sixth floor, checked in until Monday. Check out time is noon. Here's a folder for those checking in for the law student conference. There's a schedule in there, a name tag, and any information you might need for this weekend." She handed everything to me and smiled again as she gestured to the next person in line.
"Thanks," I said, grabbing my suitcase handle and turning to walk toward the elevators. As I rounded the corner, I ran smack dab into a hard, male chest. "Oh, gosh! I'm so sorry!" I exclaimed, looking up.
"No, I'm sorry–" he started to say at the same time. Our eyes met and we both fell silent, me blinking at him as he steadied me with both hands on my arms.
He was about my age with sandy colored hair that was just a little too long and curling up at the ends, and one of those handsome faces that manages to be both manly and boyish at the same time. Simultaneously rugged and pretty. His hazel eyes were fringed with thick, dark lashes, his nose straight and his full lips curved into a half-smile.
I glanced down quickly to take in his frame, lean but muscled, clad in dark jeans and a conservative button-down white shirt, sleeves rolled up.
He stared at me for a couple beats and something in his expression seemed to soften as my eyes moved back to his and his smile grew bigger. He looked down at me and then bent to pick up the key card I had dropped when we collided.
As I watched him scoop up my card, the strangest feeling washed over me, almost like déjà vu–like we had met before. I furrowed my brow at the odd sensation, wondering if he was a law student that I had seen in passing at school. Here for the same conference?
As he stood straight and turned his shoulders toward me so that we were both facing each other completely, he held the key card out to me, and I saw that he had a conference nametag on. "Oh, you are here for the conference," I exclaimed, "I thought I might–" And that's when I read it, "Carson Stinger, Straight Male Performer, Adult Entertainment Expo."
I stared at the words for a couple beats, digesting them, and then my eyes moved back up to his. He was smirking now and his eyes no longer held that softness I had seen just a minute before.
I cleared my throat and stood taller. "Well, then, I'm sorry again for the… uh, not watching where I was…" I cleared my throat, beginning again, "Well, have a good time… er, a nice time, um, enjoy," I gestured toward his name tag, "the show. Or rather, not the show, but the… well, enjoy the weekend."
What the hell was wrong with me? I was never flustered like this! I was going into law because I was good at finding the right words under pressure. And here a good-looking porn star had me so rattled, I could barely form a coherent sentence?
And that's when he burst out laughing. "I will, Buttercup. And you enjoy your weekend too. Let me guess. Law student conference?"
I started to walk around him, but stopped when I heard the clearly condescending nickname and the amusement in his voice. "Yes, actually. Is there something wrong with that?"
"No, not at all. Looks like we're both here to learn how to be the best at getting people off."
My brows snapped down. "Well that's… that's a disgusting way to put it."
He moved closer to me until I was forced to step back. "Why? Getting people off is such a rush, Buttercup. Don't be ashamed of doing it well."
I coughed and narrowed my eyes. Eww. This man was not going to turn me into a flustered idiot for one second longer. I glanced back to his nametag and tapped it with my index finger. "I do a lot of things well, Carson, none of which I'm ashamed of," I said, leaning into him so that he knew I wasn't going to be intimidated by his blatant sexual innuendos.
He stared at me for a beat, that amused glint still in his eyes and then grinned, slow and sexy as his eyes dipped to my cleavage. "I bet." He took that full bottom lip between his teeth and looked back up at me.
I gawked at him for a second because I felt my nipples get hard under my white blouse and I did not appreciate that. Not one bit. I was going to have a talk with my body later and lay down the law. There was absolutely no getting turned on by porn stars purposefully trying to shock and intimidate for no apparent reason. The fact that any small part of him had turned me on pissed me the hell off. I saw his eyes travel downward again, this time to my puckered nipples, showing easily through the thin material of my blouse and his smirk got bigger. I flushed in humiliation.
I made a frustrated, angry sound in my throat and marched away from Carson Stinger, Straight Male Performer. Uggghhhhh.
When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.
Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.
THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, BASED ON SAGITTARIUS.
New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not
intended for readers under the age of 18