Guest Author: C. Kennedy!

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Cotillion Anyone?

Hey, thanks for having me on your blog today, Charli!

In my new book, Slaying Isidore’s Dragons, Declan and Isidore’s parents are diplomats. Declan’s mother is the Irish ambassador to the U.S. and Isidore’s father is the French ambassador to the U.S.

I grew up knowing two ambassadors. They were a married couple who were ambassadors to neighboring countries and saw each other on weekends. Most people don’t realize that ambassadors are extremely powerful people. They carry nearly one hundred percent of the authority of their own president, king, queen, or prime minister in the foreign country of their station. The land that embassies sit on is sovereign land, which means that a little piece of the ambassador’s home country exists right under their feet no matter what country they’re stationed in. Here in the United States, we take the protection of the sovereign land of others very seriously and all embassies located here are guarded by our military, usually by Marines. Diplomatic persons and pouches transporting documents are not subject to search. Any person or package bearing a diplomatic coronet cannot be touched or invaded by anyone. #truestory

Foreign relations are essential to all countries and diplomatic functions are vital to maintaining those relationships. I went to a few in my youth and, plainly stated, they are boring unless you’re into watching insanely dressed up people eat and dance formal dances. In order that I present accordingly at these affairs, my grandfather sent me to Cotillion—which is nothing more than a fancy name for etiquette, deportment, and dance school. You learn everything from how to create a proper place-setting and the purpose of each piece of silverware, to dancing a waltz, and posture—how to sit, how to stand, how to walk, how to carry yourself, and how to greet people. I detested this in my youth yet, as an adult, have found the knowledge invaluable at formal functions. Now, cotillion offers much more than etiquette, deportment, and dance. It provides a leg up to those graduating from middle and high school in the areas of socializing, character development, and presentation for interviews. If you’re interested in learning what Cotillion offers today, check out The National League of Junior Cotillions.

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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

4 BFF’s
3 Countries
2 Extraordinary Psychologists
1 Courageous Mother

&
A new beginning for two young men in love

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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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18 responses

  1. Deeze Browne

    I love learning more about you Cody, and now when I read SID I will feel even more in the know lol. I admit I am very skeptical with the whole diplomatic immunity thing. No one should be above the law.

    March 28, 2015 at 1:15 am

    • It’s interesting that you mention diplomatic immunity, Deeze. One of the goals in this story was to reveal to readers what it feels like when your abusers are not prosecuted. Fewer than 10% are prosecuted in the US, though caught red-handed, as it were. I do hope you enjoy Slaying Isidore’s Dragons. As with all my books, it is a story of hope and new beginnings. Thanks for stopping by, Deeze! It’s great to see you here!

      March 28, 2015 at 2:17 am

  2. Very interesting Cody. An uncle of mine worked for a large Dutch corporation and in a few smaller countries (El Salvador, Dominican Republic) that made him the highest ranking Dutch official and Honorary Consul. Let’s just say he lived in and through interesting times.

    March 28, 2015 at 3:28 am

    • I bet, Helena. I don’t think that there is anything to surpass travel for learning and life experiences. To live in another country, another culture, is fascinating to me. Thanks for dropping by! It’s great to see you here!

      March 29, 2015 at 1:20 pm

  3. My nephew and his step brothers and sisters took part in cotillion when they were in 9th or 10th grade. Like you mentioned, they attended weekly classes and a ball at the end. And yes, my nephew complained about going, but like you said, I’m sure those skills he learned will be invaluable in the future. Which part of the cotillion process did you enjoy the most?

    March 28, 2015 at 8:51 am

    • The part that I enjoyed most, Kari, was deportment. I admire formal presentation and politeness a great deal. Thanks for dropping by and commenting! It’s great to see you here!

      March 29, 2015 at 1:22 pm

  4. Denise Dechene

    Very interesting. As I was reading it I was thinking of my daughter who just went into basic training . I know in the first week they are taught how to dress and present themselves. Some of the things taught in cotillion are taught there.
    The Diplomatic Immunity bothers me, esp when they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar, so to speak.
    Really looking forward to SID, have already preordered

    March 28, 2015 at 11:26 am

    • Diplomatic immunity is a conundrum, Denise, and the advantages taken can be terrible. That said, foreign relations are essential and I understand the principle behind it. Thank you for reading my books!

      March 29, 2015 at 1:24 pm

  5. I found this very interesting. I had no idea that Cotillion existed. I think I could have used it!

    March 28, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    • Truly, Mia? Today, Cotillion offers so much more than deportment and dance. I truly believe it gives a leg up to youth preparing to attend college and interviews! Thanks for dropping by! It’s great to see you here!

      March 29, 2015 at 1:26 pm

  6. Lisa G

    HI Cody – I’m really looking forward to reading this – I’ve already pre-ordered it 🙂 All 3 of my daughters did Cotillion in 6 grade and honestly they hated it especially having to dance with boys. So awkwardly shy at that age lol, Great start to a fun book tour!

    March 28, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    • Thank you, Lisa! lol Yes, Cotillion when you’re young can be…. ughhhh! 😀 Thank you for reading my books!

      March 29, 2015 at 1:27 pm

  7. Awesome post Cody! I love learning new things! I’m so excited about this blog tour!
    ❤ Timmy

    March 29, 2015 at 10:32 am

    • Thank you, Timmy!!! I’m glad you found the post interesting and I am excited too! Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

      March 29, 2015 at 1:27 pm

  8. Thank you for helping me bring Slaying Isidore’s Dragons to life, Charli! It’s great to be here!

    April 4, 2015 at 3:22 am

    • Thank you for visiting, Cody! Loved the post and am looking forward to reading the book. 🙂

      April 4, 2015 at 4:43 pm

  9. REE DEE

    I grew up in California and my experience with Cotillion was through reading historical romance books while growing up! Thank you for the insight!

    April 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    • Here’s to us Californians, Ree Dee! Cotillion wasn’t my favorite thing to do, so I envy you. Thank you for dropping by and commenting! It’s great to see you here!

      April 5, 2015 at 10:21 pm

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