Monday, August 14, 2017

Introducing Rio from Jackie Keswick's "The Power of Zero"! Check it out!

Join me in welcoming Jackie Keswick to my blog with her newest novella, The Power of Zero, a Prequel to the Power of Zero Series! Check out this awesome interview of Rio!

Available at Amazon!

Like Gettin' to Know a Feral Cat

Hi, I'm Rio. I don' do interviews. People like me don', y'know?

Bu' jus' to be neighbourly an' all, I'll talk to you about Jack. 'Cos he's somethin' else.

Bu' tha' first question on your list right here? Why did you offer a kid squatting in your basement a home? Tha's the kind of question tha' tells you who your friends are. Nobody who knows me - an' is in their right mind - would even think of askin' me tha'. They all know how I'm built.

And Jack wasn' jus' any kid.

Breakin' into my house took serious guts. An' he didn' break in to steal stuff, either. He needed a safe place an' who am I to deny him tha', eh? Everyone needs a safe place, however fortunate we are. Don' you like to hide in bed sometime, whether it's with heartache, a cold, or a favourite book? Imagine you didn' have tha'. Wha' would you do?

Tha's another thing about Jack tha' chokes me up. He chose life on the street over life with the pimp his mother sold him to. No' many people have tha' kind of courage. An' he still had enough heart left to try an' help others.

No' tha' I knew tha' at the beginnin'. Gettin' to know Jack was like gettin' to know a feral cat. You have to do tha' slowly an' carefully or you'll get scratched an' bitten. I did. Figuratively speakin', of course. I got too close too quickly one day, only
tryin' to help, mind. Bu' it scared Jack an' he ran. Worst few weeks of my life. I knew he was out there, all alone an' hurtin', an' I busted a gut to find him again. An' yeah, I was almost too late an' tha' scared the socks off me, I can tell you.

Bu' we got over it. An' Jack... well, he never bothered with school. Never trusted anyone enough for tha'. Bu' he's smart. He studied at home, an' then he started to help me. Gettin' him involved with my kinda crap wasn' perhaps wha' anyone else woulda thought good for him. Bu' I knew. Jack was good at sneakin' around, an' he wanted to help, so I let him.

An' look where he's now. He an' tha' chap he's with, Gareth, they rescued two kids a few months back. So the boy who started out with a mother who didn' deserve tha' name an' nobody to look out for him, now has a family an' two kids of his own. All because he had the courage to accept a bit of help.

Right. Wha' else did you wan' to know?

Jack's favourite colour?

Green, I think. The greener the better. Actually, scratch tha'. He does like really dark greens, bu' I think he has a thing for tha' silver green leather Hotshot makes shoes and jackets from. I'd swear I've seen him in one just the other day. It's the same colour as his eyes, and it looks badass.

Next. Jack's favourite food?

Once upon a time, tha' would have been green apples and pizza and hot chocolate. No' all at the same time, of course. Then he discovered coffee - round abou' the time all the coffee shops started up - an' tha' was tha'.

An' you know wha'? I'm no' gonna get into a music discussion with you all. I'm no' tha' patient. Wha' I will say is tha' when I met Jack he'd been told over an' over tha' he was nothin'. Nobody of consequence. A zero. An' when I told him tha' it's good to be a zero, he looked at me as if I was mad. I meant wha' I told him, though. Zeroes have power. They can change things. An' now tha' Jack's learned tha'... well, you don' wanna mess with him or anyone he cares abou'. Just sayin'. ;-)


When a homeless boy meets an ace hacker…

Twelve-year-old Jack Horwood has run from the pimp his mother sold him to, preferring to take his chances on the streets. A house with a cheerful red door – and a classic convertible out front – prompts him into a spot of breaking and entering, and soon he has a warm, dry basement to squat in.

Until the owner of the house, Jamaican hacker Rio Palmer, discovers his hideout. Rio offers him a safe place to stay, but Jack doesn’t believe a word the man says and runs.

Rio can’t forget the youngster who is scared and vulnerable, and stronger than many men Rio has met. Finding Jack is a tiny challenge. Teaching him to trust is like climbing a mountain. But when faced with a true zero and its power, Rio can do nothing else.


Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurring dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She's worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a laptop.

Jackie writes thrillers, suspense, sci-fi and fantasy - often with love stories built in. She loves unexpected reunions and second chances, and characters who don't follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She blogs about English history and food, has a thing for green eyes, and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.

And she still hasn't found the place where the bus stops.

For questions and comments, not restricted to green eyes, bus stops or recipes for traditional English food, you can find Jackie Keswick in all the usual places:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mia Kerick Talks About Her Keynote Speech at #EuroPrideCon and Timmy's Artwork!

Mia Kerick recently returned from her first experience as a keynote speaker, which took place in Berlin, Germany, at the Euro Pride Con 2017. It was an amazing and humbling experience, and she thanked Timmy for his amazing artwork. Check out this heartfelt, wonderful post and Timmy's amazing artwork! Please leave a comment for Mia and Timmy, two people who richly deserve all the good things life has to offer.

A note from me:

Mia, your post is utterly amazing and infinitely beautiful. Thank you for helping to give a little boy back his life. 

Timmy, I couldn't be prouder of you. You are an amazing and talented young man, and will go far in life. Your artwork is priceless.

To the both of you, and a friendship raised from the ashes of tragedy and shared pain, I commend you both for never giving up, and living life to the fullest. Bravo!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cody Recieves a Humanitarian Award from Bike Book Reviews!

I have been bestowed with a Humanitarian Award from Bike Book Reviews!
I am honored and humbled. Thank you, Bec!
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”― Winston S. Churchill
I talk about what it means to receive this Award, and about kindness, on Love Bytes Reviews!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

#Exclusive #Interview and #Giveaway Robin Reardon talks about "Waiting for Walker" out June 23rd!

An Interview with Robin Reardon: What's a straight, cisgender (slightly queer on the inside) female author like you doing writing in the world of GLBTQIA teen fiction?

Author Robin Reardon answers this and other questions about her work and her latest release, Waiting for Walker, which features a gay teen and an intersex teen.

It's my great pleasure to have Robin on my blog today, and she was kind enough to allow me to interview her. Her newest novel, Waiting for Walker, is a wonderful story and I can't recommend it highly enough. So much so, I wrote a foreword for the book. Check out my awesome interview with Robin and don't forget to scroll down and enter the give-away! FIVE lucky people will win an ecopy of Waiting for Walker!

Waiting for Walker is now available for pre-order
(Print edition available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & IngramSpark.)

Cody: Let's take it from the top. How did you get into writing in this area of fiction?

Robin: Isn't late teens the most intense time of a person's life? I mean, either something is critically important or it's "whatever." Teens know more than their parents and teachers one minute, and the next they feel like total idiots who'll never be able to figure out this thing called Life. And anything can change with no more than a second's warning.

So I wanted to write for teens, and GLBTQIA teens are under-represented. And misunderstood. I want to support them by writing. If my writing makes even one young person feel better about him, her, or theirself, then I have done a good thing. And I write about boys because—well, because I know what it feels like to want a man. See? Even adults can be a little queer on their gender identity.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The stunning conclusion of the Elpída Series is out! Buy Elpida & get Tharros for #FREE through June 6th! Don't miss them!

The stunning conclusion of the Elpída Series, Elpída, is now available from Harmony Ink Press! If you purchase Elpída from Harmony Ink Press, you receive Thárros for FREE through June 6th!

And don't forget to join the BUDDY READ in the GOODREADS YA LGBT BOOKS GROUP!

Also available at AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks, GooglePlay, & Kobo

Hope sees the invisible,
feels the intangible,
and achieves the impossible.
                                    ~C. Kennedy, Paraphrased from Winston Churchill


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 has 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.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thárros is On Sale for $1 Until Midnight EST Thursday May 25th! Elpída releases May 30th!

The stunning conclusion of the Elpída Series, Elpída, releases May 30th! 

Why not read Thárros, Book 2 in the series, now?

On sale for $1 until midnight EST Thursday, May 25th from Harmony Ink Press!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Timmy interviews Christy, Thimi, and Zero from Elpida!

Timmy interviews Christy, Thimi, and Zero from Elpída! This is the first part of a two-part post. The second part will appear on June 17th on Love Bytes! Check it out!

Don’t forget to check back to see what Michael, Jake, Sophia, and the entire cast have to say next month, Saturday, June 17th!