Saturday, 18 April 2015

Slaying Isidore's Dragons by Cody Kennedy

Today, Rainbow Warriors has the great privilege to host one of my absolute favourite authors who, I must admit, I am somewhat in awe of, not only because of his writing but his wonderful work raising awareness of and helping abused and marginalised children. Cody is a hero and I'm very happy to be able to help him in a small way to achieve the recognition he deserves.

I also have pleasure in the amazing artwork on the cover and supporting images which were created by the amazing Reesse Dante

About Slaying Isidore’s Dragons

5 Best friends
4 Vicious brothers
3 STD tests
2 Guys in love
1 Car bombing
Nowhere to run

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

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.

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

Now available in print and ebook at Dreamspinner/Harmony Ink Press
Amazon   Barnes & Noble   OmniLit/ARe

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. 

Stop by Cody’s Blog with questions or comments, or simply share what’s on your mind.
Find Cody on Facebook, Twitter @CodyKAuthor, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+,

Ello, Goodreads, & read Cody’s free serial story, Fairy

Please visit the other stops on the tour for other nuggets of gold

Last but certainly not least comes a fascinating interview of Sorcha, an amazing character from the book

Cheryl: Thank you for being my guest today, Sorcha! It is great to have you here with us on Rainbow Warriors!

Sorcha: Thank you for the invitation, Cheryl. I have not been interviewed before, well, other than for diplomatic reasons, of course, and it is all a little intimidating, but it is wonderful to be here.

Cheryl: Let us get started. Before we speak about the boys, may we speak a little about you?

Sorcha: I am about as dull at ditch water, but if you’re game, so am I.


Cheryl: Fantastic. Readers cheered you on through the story as much as they did the boys. In fact, you have become a terrific role model for parents. You are fierce and have a terrific sense of humour and that sense of humour seems to have gotten you and the boys through thick and thin.

Sorcha: Of course, it has. Frankly, when the bastards start to get you down, you simply have to give it to them right back. It would not do to let them get the better of us, would it? Give them their guts for garters, I always say! Moreover, why not do it laughing?

Cheryl: Absolutely! Throughout the story, you stepped up to the plate over and again to protect your boys. Have you always been so fierce?

Sorcha: Is there any other way to be? Listen, I may not be as wise as the women of Mungret may be, but I learned long ago that beauty won’t make the pot boil. If you want something in life, you must work for it and I am not about to let anything happen to my sons.


Cheryl: We certainly learned that by reading the book. Do you think now that the conspiracy against your family is put to rest, that you can live in peace?

Sorcha: I do. However, it would only be fair to mention that, until the matters of the inquiries are resolved, there may be a bump in the road here and there, and sometimes these things are as slow as a late dinner to resolve. God bless barristers and their wiles. Sometimes I think we would be better off without them. Except for Jack, of course. *shields eyes from lights and looks out at audience and waves* Hi, darling!

:::audience laughter:::

Cheryl: With the comtesse... how should I say this—

Sorcha: Oh, call it what it is. The wicked witch is all but dead.


Cheryl: Right. With her out of picture, do you expect the inquiries to go well?

Sorcha: Absolutely. Look, there is only Isidore’s father to consider and an empty bag won’t stand. I do not care what he believes, I will ensure that he is prosecuted for what has happened to Isidore.

:::thunderous applause:::

Cheryl: How does it feel to go from being the parent of one boy to three?

Sorcha: I couldn’t be happier. Though, I need the Queen’s treasury to feed them. I have asked Declan to consider farming and he simply won’t hear of it. Do you have any suggestions?

Cheryl: *soft laughter* Unfortunately, no. How is Declan doing after all that has happened?

Sorcha: Declan still feels the loss of his father deeply. He’ll never recover, but he is every bit the man his father was. He is unintimidated by challenges, welcomes new opportunities, cares about Isidore and his friends intensely, is as loyal as the day is long, and has a heart of gold.


Cheryl: How are Isidore and Caleb adjusting to their new home?

Sorcha: Wonderfully. Life dealt miserable lots to them and Isidore is mim as a dog without his tail, but make no mistake. They are as tough as wheel string and we intend to give them a good home and a good thing is improved by increasing it. There is nothing more to it than that.

:::thunderous applause:::

Cheryl: You’ve been through quite a lot since the passing of Declan Sr. yet you persevered and, along with young Declan and Isidore, found love again. Tell us, did you expect that to happen?

Sorcha: When your entire existence is based in the imagination of an author, you don’t quite know what to expect, now, do you? But it was a wonderful surprise and I think I rather like Jack.

Cheryl: That’s wonderful to hear. Tell us, which living person do you most admire?

Sorcha: I’d be a fool not to say Cody Kennedy. I mean, I intend to marry and the boys have the whole of their lives ahead of them. How in hell are we to continue without a sequel?

:::audience laughter:::

Cheryl: I understand that Mr. Kennedy says there is no sequel to the book planned.

Sorcha:  Good for him. We’ll simply have to see about that, now, won’t we?

:::audience laughter:::

Cheryl: Thank you for being here with us on Rainbow Warriors today, Sorcha. We hope to see you again soon.

Sorcha: It was dumb ill being here with you today, Cheryl. Thank you for having me.

:::thunderous applause:::


  1. Thank you for hosting me today and for the high compliments, Cheryl! It's great to be here!

    1. You're more than welcome. The compliments are well deserved

  2. GO SORCHA!! I love her!! What a great interview! Thanks for showcasing the character who without a doubt is the backbone of this book. Where would we be without the Sorchas of the world? I still want to grab a seat on a time machine and bring back a young Maureen O'Hara to play Sorcha in the movie. :D

    1. Thank you for your comment. It really is a great interview. Love that woman.

    2. You make me smile, Mel! Maureen O'Hara would have been perfect for Sorcha!

  3. Loved this interview, and love Sorcha. She definitely wins my vote for Mum of the Year <3

    1. Thank you, Deeze! She is the mother I wish I had!

  4. Sorcha is awesome! I need an author to write a "Jack" into my life. How cool would that be!
    Keep writing Mr. Kennedy. Thank you Cheryl Headford for showcasing this wonderful book and author!

    1. Ha ha! Thanks, Kerry! If I had the power, I would in a heartbeat!

  5. Yay for Sorcha! Sequel! Sequel! Sequel! :)

  6. I love the interview with Sorcha! Many compliments to Cody for his wonderful writing! I cannot wait to read the book. I have had it for awhile but I don't know why I've been waiting. I think I will just have to bump it up to the top of my list! Thank you!