Today I am so pleased to welcome Cody Kennedy to Joyfully Jay. Cody has come to talk to us about his latest release, Tharros. He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Cody a big welcome!
A very special thank you to Jay for hosting me today for the Tharros Blog Tour! 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.
In order for a victim to endure a trial, he just have an extraordinary constitution, indescribable courage, and no matter the amount of justice served, a prosecution can ever restore what has been thieved from a victim. Yet victims can be forced to endure trials. During this blog tour, I’ll talk about what a youth endure. For now, I’ll leave you with this brief exclusive excerpt. Thank you for reading this book.
“Check it,” Jake said softly.
Michael blew his nose and tried to pull it together. He couldn’t stop the flow of tears no matter what he did, and it pissed the hell out of him. But what he imagined was in store for Christy scared him to death. “They’re gonna kill him, Jake.”
Jake put an arm around him. “We’ll get him through it.”
Sophia leaned forward around Jake, furious, her whisper harsh. “Christy needs one thing, Michael. You! No more tears!”
Michael sucked it up, dried his eyes, and took a deep shuddering breath. He blew out evenly and righted his posture. He would be there for Christy 110 percent.
The courtroom door opened and Christy entered, absolutely stoic. He didn’t look at anyone as he followed the bailiff to the same seat Michael had occupied in front of the railing.
Bobbie approached Mac quickly and whispered into his ear. Mac immediately stood and went to Mr. Gordon, motioning Nero to follow him. Mr. Gordon only nodded repeatedly, and Nero and Mac returned to the banquettes.
“All rise,” the bailiff intoned.
Thárros. Greek. Meaning courage
- The ability to do something that frightens one.
- Strength in the face of fear, pain, or grief.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not the absence of fear. ~Mark Twain
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.
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.
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.
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