About Slaying Isidore’s Dragons
5 Best friends
4 Vicious brothers
3 STD tests
2 Guys in love
1 Car bombing
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
A love that won’t be denied
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
2 Extraordinary Psychologists
1 Courageous Mother
A new beginning for two young men in love
Why France and Ireland for Slaying Isidore’s Dragons?
I traveled from a young age and spent part of my youth living outside of the United States. The US is a young country, comparatively speaking, and the value of traveling, of experiencing other cultures and seeing millennia-old history is immeasurable. By experiencing other cultures, we experience our past and progress; our fancies and accumulated wisdom; even our proclaimed fears and ideas. Most importantly, we see our ideals, dreams, and hopes for the future. It carries our hearts and souls forward.
A BusinessWire survey published in 2012 by Children First Foundation USA shows us that: out of 600 youth who traveled between the ages of 12 and 18 yielded the following information.
- Be more educated
Attain a college degree or post graduate work (67% vs. 34%)
Maintain a higher college GPA (3.39 vs. 3.30)
Study abroad in college (29% vs. 13%)
- Be more successful, even in tough economic times
Employed full-time (61% vs. 40%)
Report a higher household income ($72,300 vs. $52,200)
- Be more marketable to colleges and employers
61% agreed that the tour enhanced their resume when applying for college
54% agreed that the tour enhanced their resume when applying for jobs
Because few youth have an opportunity to travel abroad, I try to bring a slice of another culture to my readers. In Safe, I bring Italy; in Omorphi, I bring Greece; and in Slaying Isidore’s Dragons, I bring Ireland and France to readers. I chose Ireland as a setting because I wanted Declan’s mother to have a terrific sense of humor and I love Irish humor. Isidore works hard to conceal the abuse he suffers and does so in an elegant manner. I chose France for him as French culture carries a grace that I don’t often see in other cultures.
Enjoy reading Slaying Isidore’s Dragons!
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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