Slaying Isidore’s Dragons- deleted scene!!

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In the original version of the book, Isidore had a sister. Cody Kennedy talks about her removal from the book in his post today. This omitted scene is when Isidore learns about Marie (he didn’t know he had a sister).

“Thank you for your willingness to hear us out, Madam Ambassador de Quirke,” Detective Bowman said formally.

“Listening costs nothing. Agreeing is another matter,” she said with a strained smile.

Declan saw dark circles under her usually bright eyes and her skin was paler than usual. You know what they’re going to ask you, don’t you, Mum? Of course you do.

“Let’s hear it,” Sorcha said as lightly as her exhaustion would allow.

Detective Bowman cleared his throat and began. “As you know, Bobby has isolated a person of interest in our cases. I say cases because this person appears in multiple photographs involving Declan, Isidore, Mason, Ethan and Caleb and Caleb has been able to identify this person as the man in the tree house. Isidore also asked us to look into Comtesse François’s other children. We did and we found her to have five other children, four boys and one girl. We located three of the sons at a chateau in northern France. According to U.S. immigration records, the fourth son entered the U.S. approximately six months ago. We have no location on him. The daughter, who is mentally challenged, has lived in a very upscale home for girls in London for the past twenty years. Interestingly, she left that home approximately six months ago and no one knows where she is.” Detective Bowman gestured to Jack. “Mr. Sutton, why don’t you continue?”

“Isidore, you asked us to check into the financial affairs of your father under the auspice that it would lead us to certain elements of his behavior. We are in the process of doing so but our investigation is far from complete. Your father has a number of personal and business dealings throughout the world and it is understood that his affairs are complex. During investigations such as these, we often learn things by what is missing from the records. One of the things we found missing was evidence of support for the daughter’s care.”

“My father is her father? I have a sister?”

“Yes.”

Everyone sat in silence as Isidore sat dumbfounded. Declan watched Isidore intently, uncertain how he would react. “Are you okay, mo chroí?”

Isidore nodded slowly. “Please continue, Attaché Sutton.”

Jack leaned forward. “We then turned to Comtesse François’s records and found that she did not fund the daughter’s care either. We then went to the home itself and were surprised to learn that the young lady, whose name is Marie, was cared for and supported by your mother.”

“My mother?” Isidore asked, aghast.

“According to the headmistress of the home, Comtesse François wanted nothing to do with the girl from the time she was diagnosed as mentally deficient. Your mother took Marie as her own and raised her for the first five years of her life until such time as your father insisted she be removed from your home because your mother was expecting your birth.”

Isidore’s eyes went wide and he covered his gaping mouth with a hand.

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It is my privilege and great delight to be one of the stops on the tour for Cody Kennedy’s wonderful book, Slaying Isidore’s Dragons. My print copy is on its way! Looking forward to when I can sit down and savor every beautiful phrase and vivid imagery this author does so well. Cody Kennedy not only tells a wonderful story, he pulls us right in, engages all our senses until our heart is bursting with pain and joy, eyes brimming with tears of anguish and happiness. And then the quivering breath at the end, the story finished, leaving our soul filled with hope. Cody’s books are always haunting, with characters who take us on a journey of pain and love, hope and healing. Can’t wait to start on this one!

About Slaying Isidore’s Dragons

 

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4 Vicious brothers
3 STD tests
2 Guys in love
1 Car bombing
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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
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A love that won’t be denied

 

SlayingIsidoresDragons-Book-Tour-ReleaseDate-ImageDeclan 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

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A new beginning for two young men in love

Read Chapter One of Slaying Isidore’s Dragons

 

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About Cody Kennedy

 

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.

 

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Time for Lightning Quick Reads!

marcel21Hey! It’s my turn again with the Lightning Quick Reads.  LQR is a multi-author, themed, short story blog. What it means is, as a reader, you can expect each participating author to post one short story per month, which is somehow related to the theme of the month. The theme for April is New Growth. Here’s mine!

NEW BEGINNING

“Stop fussing.”

“It itches.”

With an exasperated breath, Maxim stepped closer and straightened Camron’s collar. Camron gripped his chin, forcing the man to meet his gaze. The beautiful half of Maxim’s face flushed at his stare.

“It’s you the prince should be honoring,” Camron said with heat.

Maxim’s laugh was painful. “I’d frighten the children.”

Continue HERE!

Artwork by One Good Eye Photography

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It’s #snippetsunday!

snippetsunday2Welcome to Snippet Sunday! It’s the weekly event when authors post 8 to 10 lines of things they are writing, editing, querying, or for which they’re obsessively checking sales figures! You can find the other snippets HERE.

This week I’m continuing with my fantasy WIP. Kavi is beginning to feel better after his imprisonment.

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“Good morning.” Kavi sounded tired.

Nathan searched his face. Exhaustion and pain were evident yet his eyes were clear. “You look better today. How are you feeling?” he asked gently.

“I’m well. The Magus took the horror from me…” Kavi’s voice trailed off as the water boiled over its pot. They watched it a moment, then Kavi laughed, easing the tension between them. “Making tea, Nattie?” he asked, arching a brow. “Remember the time you let the water boil over until it put the fire out?”

“That happened one time, and it was your fault for distracting me.”

Nathan bit his lip but Kavi only laughed merrily. “You’re the one who kissed me, remember.”

“Well, you are a nice diversion,” Nathan pointed out and used a stick to remove the hot pot from the stones.

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It’s #snippetsunday!

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Welcome to Snippet Sunday! It’s the weekly event when authors post 8 to 10 lines of things they are writing, editing, querying, or for which they’re obsessively checking sales figures! You can find the other snippets HERE.

This week I’m continuing with my fantasy WIP. Nathan recalls the first time he meets Kavi.

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“I’m Kavi. Thank you for opening your home to a stranger,” he said, holding out his hand. Nathan blinked, losing his voice in a tide of yearning. He’d never seen a Karthagan before. Kavi was breathtaking, slim, strong. Black hair fell like silk to his shoulders. Dark gems for eyes, intelligent, kind. Nathan’s lonely heart reached for him, wanting the man for his own.

The Magus’s soft laugh recalled him and he stammered through his greetings, blood rushing at the strength in Kavi’s slim fingers. His heart pounded. Nathan felt awkward, callow, embarrassed by his poverty. He wished they hadn’t come. His solitary life had left him ill equipped for the longing that swept him. Kavi’s full lips lifted in a knowing smile and Nathan dropped his gaze, mortified by emotions he didn’t know how to control.

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BIRTHDAY PRESENTS -A New Book!

DSC01768So excited to be starting my new psychological thriller, working title, BIRTHDAY PRESENTS. This story has been sitting on the back burner for awhile now and it’s time to bring it to life. Here’s a peek at the first, very rough couple of pages.

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Tegan swayed to the music as he combed his hair, an old Rob Zombie album. The static added to the nostalgia. He put the comb down and ran slim hands over his lean, muscled chest and flat stomach. Pert nipples ached to be touched. A secret smile slid over his black-painted lips as he cupped the bulge in his tight jeans. What boy could resist this?

He pulled a black T-shirt over his head and searched the dark eyes in the mirror, pursed his lips. Gloss? Definitely. He knew a certain bouncer at the club was susceptible to cherry kiss. Well, that and Tegan’s mouth on his dick.

At a thump on the wall a frown marred his perfect features. Kyle knew better than to disturb him when he was dressing. His face softened. Kyle. His little gem. How long had they been together? Six months?

His eyes widened in the mirror. That would make Kyle twenty. He’d forgotten they shared a birthday.

 
With a last glance in the mirror, he left the room and crossed the hall, tapped on Kyle’s door before entering. The young man lay in the middle of the bed, naked skin decadent against the red silk sheets. Cyrus smiled, indulgent. His darling looked lonely.

 

“Did you need me, sweetheart?” he asked as he lay down and gathered Kyle’s body in his arms. The boy’s skin felt dry, soft; tight over a sparse skeleton. Cyrus could break his bones if he held too tightly.

 

Kyle’s enormous blue eyes swam with tears, bright with desperation. So lovely. “You’re leaving again?” he whispered, timid.

 

“We’ve discussed this. I always go out on my Birthday.”

“But if something happens to you…”

“I suppose you’ll die of starvation. No, thirst.” Tegan laughed at the shudder that swept the emaciated body. “Nothing will happen to me. Promise.”

Tegan picked up Kyle’s shackled hand with its long chain bolted to the floor and kissed the palm. He stroked Kyle’s limp cock and watched with satisfaction as it thickened under his touch. “Would you like me to fuck you tonight?”

Kyle nodded, despair in his eyes. Tegan kissed his sweet lips, his heart moved. Kyle had been a wild thing their first months together. He regretted the scars he’d had to put on the pale flesh before Kyle had broken.

Artwork by Autumn Stevens

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It’s #snippetsunday!

Hello! Welcomsnippetsunday2e to Snippet Sunday! It’s the weekly event when authors post 8 to 10 lines of things they are writing, editing, querying, or for which they’re obsessively checking sales figures! You can find the other snippets HERE.

This week I’m continuing with my fantasy WIP. In this scene, Kavi is rescued, but is it too late…

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Taking a knee, he reached in the semi-darkness for Kavi and touched an exposed bone. Gods! He jerked his hand away with a cry of disbelief. How many more victims were down there? With great effort he shut his mind to the horror of it, pulling Kavi’s limp body into his arms. Grief swept him and he pressed kisses to his cold face. “I’m here now,” he said brokenly. “I’m so sorry.”

 
He secured the rope around Kavi’s slim waist and tugged, and the men above lifted him with care. Nathan scrambled to follow when the rope was lowered back to him. Kavi looked ashen in the sunlight and Nathan knelt beside him, touching his face. “Wake up, darling,” he whispered. He could hear the struggle Kavi had with each shallow breath he drew. His spirit seemed to be far away on some journey of its own.

 
He looked up at the Magus hovering over them. “Can you help him?”

 

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It’s #snippetsunday!

snippetsunday2Hello! Welcome to Snippet Sunday! It’s the weekly event when authors post 8 to 10 lines of things they are writing, editing, querying, or for which they’re obsessively checking sales figures! You can find the other snippets HERE.

This week I’m continuing with my fantasy WIP. Kavi finds himself still a prisoner, and things go from bad to worse…

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Jumping at the harsh sound of metal over rock, he watched with blurry eyes as Landlan dragged a large grate from an opening in the ground behind the prison.

“Come, my dear.” Landlan helped him to his feet and hauled him towards the hole. Kavi felt sick and confused, not sure what was happening. Not until he stood at the edge of the pit did he understand, and he drew back in horror.

“No you don’t.” Landlan grabbed his shoulders. “Goodbye my sweet,” he whispered in Kavi’s ear and gave a quick shove. Kavi screamed as he went over the edge and dropped quickly, only to have the breath driven from his body as he struck the hard dirt at the bottom. He rolled onto his back with a groan and stared at the circle of sky that slowly disappeared as the iron lid slid into place. Once again blackness surrounded him, and something else, smooth and hard, with bits of cloth attached. And the stench…

 

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Time for Lightning Quick Reads!

marcel 10Hey! It’s my turn again with the Lightning Quick Reads.  LQR is a multi-author, themed, short story blog. What it means is, as a reader, you can expect each participating author to post one short story per month, which is somehow related to the theme of the month. The theme for March is Luck. Here’s mine!

Me Lucky Day

“That will cost ye.”

Teri’s gaze shot up from the gurgling spring and he gaped at the figure sitting not two paces from him. A man, but something more, a beautiful, terrible presence.

“Who are you?” he managed to whisper, fear clutching his throat. His heart slammed against his ribs. The guy was breathtaking, but he hadn’t been sitting there seconds ago.

“Answer me question first. Ye are…”

Teri wanted to answer, but the wicked mischief dancing in the brilliant green eyes distracted him…            Continue HERE!

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It’s #snippetsunday!

snippetsunday2Hello! Welcome to Snippet Sunday! It’s the weekly event when authors post 8 to 10 lines of things they are writing, editing, querying, or for which they’re obsessively checking sales figures! You can find the other snippets HERE.

This week I’m continuing with my fantasy WIP. Nathan is on his way to rescue Kavi from the Nagal prison, but will he arrive on time?

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Kavi came awake with the memory of Nathan’s desperate cries ringing in his ears. Blinking, he opened his eyes to blackness and cold stones. His head throbbed when he sat up and he put a hand instinctively to his forehead, wincing when his fingers came away sticky with blood.

He couldn’t help grinning when he remembered the well placed kick that had earned him the blow from Landlan. Unfortunately, he’d lost consciousness or he might have been able to find a way to escape while the man dealt with his pain.

Almost blind in the darkness, Kavi crawled along the floor until he reached a wall, then sat with his back to its damp surface, wrinkling his nose at the smell of decay. His wrists and ankles burned where the skin had been scraped raw from the rusting shackles. Damn, he didn’t want to be there anymore.

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It’s My Turn at the TRR Anniversary Party!

anniv2015The Romance Reviews is turning 4!

Join the month-long party and stand to win awesome prizes, like GC, ebooks, print books and exciting swag. Over 400 authors and publishers joined the event and contributed weekly and monthly prizes up for grabs. Grand prize is $100 GC!

My Turn!

Come and answer my question HERE for a chance to win an e-copy of STUCK ON REWIND or one of the fabulous prizes listed above. Good luck!

StuckonRewindSTUCK ON REWIND

Can Ashton let go of his jealousy and be the friend and lover that Lance needs?
Ashton has been in love with his best friend for years, watching him grow from a pretty high school boy to the gorgeous erotic dancer at the club where they both work. The problem is that Lance enjoys the attention of a variety of men while Ashton wants him for his very own.
After a day spent denying his attraction for Lance, standing by while their friend Trey openly flirts with him, Ashton decides it’s time to make his move or risk losing his man forever. Once Lance knows how he feels, he’ll realize they should be together. Or is it already too late?

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