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Why I want to have tea with Susan -by Cody Kennedy

Morning everyone.  Happy Friday to you all.
This is a bonus post for Cody Kennedy and his book Thárros. He wrote a charming and informational post about the reasons he wanted to have tea with me. I read it, blushed greatly, because -really, he’s too sweet saying what he does – and thought I’d pop it on my blog for you all to read. I for one can’t wait for the opportunity to meet Cody face to face and have that cup of tea with him while we ponder the mysteries of the universe, the wisdom of unicorns, the 101 uses of glitter and curbing unruly parrot behaviour….
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Why I want to have tea with Susan 

A very special thank you to Susan for showcasing me again today. It’s great to be here!

My newest book, Thárros, Book Two in the Elpida Series, and is a continuation of Christy and Michael’s story. It picks up where Ómorphi left off. The boys work to heal after Christy’s abduction and Michael’s daring rescue of him, and this story centers on the trial to prosecute Christy’s abuser and kidnapper, Yosef Sanna. It is understood that by writing books such as Ómorphi, Thárros, and Slaying Isidore’s Dragons, that I am revealed to be outspoken with respect male victims of sexual abuse and the lack of resources for them. I also write them in such a manner as to be readily transferrable to other mediums such as film.

Susan Mac Nicol is one of my favorite authors, and she and I constantly talk about single-handedly changing the world with a pen stroke. Though we love the craft of authorship, and wouldn’t trade it, we’re always looking toward the next advancement of humanity, the next form of media, the next frontier, so to speak. We’re active, we’re progressive, and we’re constantly moving forward with an eye toward the future.

By way of example, Susan joined and helped to develop the famously wonderful Divine Magazine, a place where you can find a bit of everything. Within a year of its creation, Divine Magazine roared to the forefront of media because of its relatable and timely content. This wouldn’t have happened without people behind it who knew what they were doing and Susan played a huge role as one of those people. She is dynamic!

Susan knows I’ve worked in film, and over the past couple of months, she and I have discussed ad nauseam the lack of progress with respect to LGBTQI characters in film. Recent media coverage about this issue is due in no small part to the article that appeared in the Hollywood Reporter: Disney, Paramount, and Warners Flunk GLAAD’s LGBT Film Report Card; and the article appearing in the Independent: Frozen 2: People are campaigning to make Elsa the first LGBT Disney princess. It goes without saying that we’d all like to see not only more LGBTQI characters in film, but more LGBTQI lead roles, and roles with more than 10 minutes of screen time. In order to effect such a change, we must not only assess risk and the present demand for such entertainment product, but we must mitigate risk by creating future demand. It takes a visionary to conceive of, foster, and implement the steps to create such demand, and Susan is one of those people. She is a visionary!
I can tell you from personal experience that, in order to be successful at ventures such as Divine Magazine and the production of film works, you must be driven. Regardless of your motivation, you must be focused, you must be solitary in that you do not allow yourself to be deterred, and you must aim your every action toward your goal—even if it is only to choose your battles wisely. Finally, you must not stop. Contrary to popular belief, timing is not everything, but it is critical. If you determine that it isn’t the right time for your venture, keep at it for the future!

What does this have to do with tea? Who wouldn’t want to have tea with Susan?!? Susan is dynamic! She is a visionary! She is a force of nature and I’m dying to have tea with her! In the meantime, go read our books!

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About Cody

Cody is an 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, Omorphi 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.
Find Cody on Facebook, Twitter @CodyKAuthor, Pinterest,
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Tharros - Hope is an anchor to the soul

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Release Day! Thárros by C. Kennedy is Out!

As well as being someone with a true passion for making the word a better place, and a person whom I admire and respect, Cody is also an epic story teller. His wonderfully evocative and emotional tale of Michael and Christy has brought me to tears before in the first book,  Omorphi, and I have no doubt that in Thárros, Cody will continue to do so again. And I most certainly can’t wait to re-read the first book again in preparation for the rich experience of finding out more about Michael and Christy’s journey in Thárros. (Even though I know it will lead to ugly crying.)
It’ll be worth it though.
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Release Day! Thárros by C. Kennedy is Out!
Θάρρος
Thárros. Greek. Meaning courage
Courage. n. /ˈkərij/
1. The ability to do something that frightens one.
2. Strength in the face of fear, pain, or grief.
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Courage is resistance to fear,
mastery of fear,
not the absence of fear. ~Mark Twain
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High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. Almost. He has great friends, parents who love him just the way he is, and he was a champion hurdler until someone took out his knee when they kidnapped his boyfriend. Yet, Michael is determined to make the USATF tryouts in spite of his injuries.
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Christy Castle is Michael’s entire world. Healing from years of abuse, his abduction by a predator has left him hiding a new secret as he tries to start his life again. Together, Michael and Christy work to recover from their wounds in time to make prom and graduate high school. To complicate matters, Christy is astonished to learn a fellow victim from his native Greece has survived. Christy will stop at nothing to bring him to the US to keep him safe. But the prosecution of Christy’s kidnapper looms large in their futures and the struggle to return to normal only worsens. Christy’s past continues to haunt them and, when the prosecution turns ugly and Christy’s new life is torn apart, only their unrelenting courage and determination can save them from the nightmare that threatens to destroy their future together.
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Add Thárros to your Goodreads and BookLikes Lists!

Read Chapter One or Read en français

Tharros - Quote - I have your heartbeat in my ear again2

About Cody

Cody is an 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, Omorphi 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.
Find Cody on Facebook, Twitter @CodyKAuthor, Pinterest,
Booklikes, and read a free serial story, Fairy

Tharros - Hope is an anchor to the soul

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He has the most beautiful eyes…sigh

Well, the time has come. My new release, Sight and Sinners, is the second book in the Men of London series, and will be released on February 23rd. I hope you love the cover as much as I do.

This series is such a pleasure to write. It is challenging in that I am a pantser and don’t tend to plot ANYTHING. Yep, you heard right. I just sit down and hope that the words flow. With a series, however, it becomes a little more difficult to keep track of things and characters so I need to do a little bit more. Taylor (he of the gorgeous eyes and dark hair below) was introduced in my first book, Love You Senseless. He’s a bit of an enigma, a psychic, a loner, a man who finds that other people think he’s freaky and he tries to keep to himself. Of course, everyone knows that is fatal, because when grouchy, sexy Draven comes along, Taylor gets hooked.

 

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Here’s the blurb in case you want to know more about it.

THE MEN OF LONDON
From Charing Cross to Waterloo, there’s no escaping love.

SEEING THROUGH…

28-year-old Draven Samuels has a tragic past, but as an investigator with a high-profile London company he now gets what he wants. Tough, sarcastic, and sceptical, he has no patience for lies and even less for people who waste his time. Even if they’re as beautiful as the wild and dark-haired Taylor Abelard. Especially when they’re talking over the body of a murder victim.

 THE DARKNESS

Psychic Taylor Abelard is used to people calling him a freak. He can see past events and feel the ghostly vibrations of people close to him who’ve passed on. It’s why he doesn’t get too close to the living. But this time, against his better judgment, despite Draven’s mocking rejoinders, Taylor will get closer than ever before. The mystery surrounding a dead friend will lead the two men down a dark and seedy trail of blackmail and lies. Add in the heartbreak of a family tragedy, and events lead them straight into each other’s arms. By the end of this night, all their demons will have risen—and been banished with the dawn.

You can see the whole cover reveal, the book trailer, and get a chance to enter the giveaway for the book below, the first in the Men Of London series, down on the GGR Promo Grp blog

 

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If you want to read from the very beginning, then may I suggest reading Love You Senseless, which introduces Taylor but is the story of charismatic chef, Eddie (he of the red hair) and moody Gideon, owner of the restaurant where Eddie works.

I do hope you enjoy the series and reading about what the Men Of London get up to behind the scenes and between the sheets…