We’re so pleased to have author Cody Kennedy joining us today for our 5th Blogiversary Celebration to chat about his upcoming release, Elpída, and he’s also got a great giveaway too, so be sure to check out the details below.
Happy Fifth Blogversary to Lisa and all the wonderful people at The Novel Approach!
Four years ago, I was hard at work on Ómorphi, my first book in support of the youth for whom I advocate. If you had told me then what my writing career in the LGBTQIA community would be like now, I wouldn’t have believed it. The Novel Approach has been an essential part of that—a critical building block my foundation and the foundations of the youth I advocate for—from the first review of Ómorphi in September, 2013 to now. In fact, I spend every release day with Lisa and The Novel Approach. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart, Lisa, for all your hard work. You are a positive influence and powerful voice on behalf of this community and all of us authors. We’re incredibly lucky to have you, and plainly stated, would be lost without you.
To get everyone in the mood for the holidays, I’m giving away a signed print copy of Slaying Isidore’s Dragons! Happy Holidays to Lisa, everyone at The Novel Approach, and to all of our wonderful readers out there!
About Elpída: Michael and Christy attended prom, graduated high school, and Michael leads the USATF tryouts. With Oxford University on the horizon, his future looks bright, and he believes life has returned to normal after Christy’s rescue. He couldn’t be more wrong.
Christy has been free from a life of slavery for more than a year and has made remarkable progress due in no small part to the love he found with Michael. But the recent prosecution of a past abuser has shattered the life he so painstakingly built out of nothing but a mountain of horror. Now, he faces the daunting task of building a new life—yet again.
Twelve-year-old Thimi has been missing since Christy left Greece and, unbeknownst to everyone, has hidden out in a vacant mansion in Glyfada. Learning of Christy’s survival is the only thing that brings him out of hiding. People, open spaces, even the most common of sounds frighten him beyond reason. A mere ghost of a boy, Thimi arrives in the US with no knowledge of the outside world—the only constant in his life a purple marble.
Lost, shattered, and afraid, only hope gives them all the strength and courage they need to begin anew.
About Slaying Isidore’s Dragons
5 Best friends, 4 Vicious brothers, 3 STD tests, 2 Guys in love, 1 Car bombing,
Nowhere to run
Follow the burgeoning love of two teens during the worst year of their lives. Irish-born Declan David de Quirke II is the son of two ambassadors, one Irish and one American. He is ‘out’ to his parents but to no one else. French-born Jean Isidore de Sauveterre is also the son of two ambassadors, one Catalan and one Parisian. His four half brothers have been told to cure him of his homosexuality. Both teens have lost a parent in a London car bombing.
5 Weeks of hell, 4 Attempts on their lives, 3 Law enforcement agencies,
2 Dead high school seniors, 1 Jealous friend
A love that won’t be denied
Declan and Isidore meet at the beginning of their senior year at a private academy in the United States. Declan is immediately smitten with Isidore and becomes his knight in shining armor. Isidore wants to keep what is left of his sanity and needs Declan’s love to do it. One is beaten, one is drugged, one is nearly raped, one has been raped. They are harassed by professors and police, and have fights at school, but none of it compares to running for their lives. When the headmaster’s popular son attempts suicide and someone tries to assassinate Declan’s mother, they are thrown headlong into chaos, betrayal, conspiracy, allegations of sexual coercion, even murder. And one of them carries a secret that may get them killed.
5 New family members, 4 BFF’s, 3 Countries, 2 Extraordinary Psychologists,
1 Courageous Mother
A new beginning for two young men in love
Cody is a best-selling, award-winning author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Cody doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary. Among many other awards, Ómorphi was a runner up in the 2014 Rainbow Awards, and Slaying Isidore’s Dragons was a finalist in the 2015 Rainbow Awards. Cody does respond to blog comments and emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.