Elpída is out! The Importance of Music and a Giveaway!
A very special thank you to my angels, Jo and Isa, for hosting me today! It’s great to be here!
As most of you know, I score my books. That’s right. I create a music soundtrack to go along with each book put to pen. Music is infinitely important. Early music education not only helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning, it gives us a way to express ourselves—particularly today when many youth struggle to fit in. It also helps us communicate how we feel when we can’t find the words to describe feelings. With music, we find the words and messages we want to share. Music brings us together and closer to one another. It is everywhere in our world, in our histories, even in science and mathematics, and no novel would feel complete to me without a soundtrack.
Elpída is the final book in the Elpída Series and chronicles Christy’s resolute climb out of the abyss of his past, and his determination to live yet again. He does this by sheer willpower, with Michael’s help, and with renewed motivation: Thimi is alive and Christy will stop at nothing to bring him to the U.S. Along the way, real-life events hinder and Christy and Michael’s relationship is placed on the brink. Christy must choose to be a victim no longer. The chronicle is told through Michael’s eyes. Michael’s perspective continues through Thárros to a degree, but we begin to see things through Christy’s eyes for the first time. In Elpída, we have a chance to see much more through Christy’s eyes. It is raw, heartrending, and represents but a fraction of how victims of long-term abuse feel about themselves. Elpída is the Greek word for hope and this final book in the series show us, no matter what life throws at us, there is always hope. Check out the music playlists for each book in the series:
In honor of the release of Elpída, Thárros is FREE with the purchase of Elpída from now through June 6th. Thank you for reading this series and supporting youth victims of trafficking and abuse.
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About Elpída, Book #3 in the Elpída Series
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 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. He now 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 the strength and courage they need to begin anew.
Elpída is available now at Harmony Ink Press!
About Ómorphi, Book #1 in the Elpída Series
High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. He’s a star athlete, has great friends, and parents who love him just the way he is. What’s missing from his life is a boyfriend. That’s a problem because he’s out only to his parents and best friend. When Michael accidentally bumps into Christy Castle at school, his life changes in ways he never imagined. Christy is Michael’s dream guy: smart, pretty, and sexy. But nothing could have prepared Michael for what being Christy’s boyfriend would entail.
Christy needs to heal after years of abuse and knows he needs help to do it. After the death of his notorious father, he leaves his native Greece and settles in upstate New York. Alone, afraid, and left without a voice, Christy hides the myriad scars of his abuse. He desperately wants to be loved and when he meets Michael, he dares to hope that day has arrived. When one of Michael’s team-mates becomes an enemy and an abuser from Christy’s past seeks to return him to a life of slavery, only Michael and Christy’s combined strength and unwavering determination can save them from the violence that threatens to destroy their future together.
Available from: Harmony Ink Press
About Thárros, Book #2 in the Elpída Series
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.
Available from: Harmony Ink Press
About Cody Kennedy
Cody is an author who lives, most of the time, on the east coast of the United States. Cody also writes adult mystery thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, and romance as Aisling Mancy.
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.