Monday, 25 March 2013

Featured Author: Kennedy Streath

Welcome to debut YA author, Kennedy Streath, who brings his intriguing novel, Roman (Saints and Sinners) to Flights of Imagination. This is a darker novel that will also appeal to adults. Love the atmospheric cover!

Roman (Saints and Sinners)

Benedict Nowak bailed on his marriage, taking his son with him but leaving behind his five year old daughter. He had his reasons. He had no idea they’d come back to haunt him.

TJ had come to terms with the mother she despised, making those small concessions that made life bearable. But her mother’s death changed everything.

Her brother, Anton, was the parent missing in TJ’s life, until he found a calling in violence, and left his sister at the mercy of shrinks and a mother with ice in her veins.

Roman Rincon was the juvie rescued by Father Marcus and placed in the care of Benedict Nowak. With his records sealed, no one knew what happened that fateful night when Roman was only fourteen. All Father Marcus knew was the boy had confessed to a crime not even the cops would talk about.

In the small coal mining town of Montville, two teens whose lives have been shattered beyond repair must find a way to cope … with school, with each other, with growing up marked as broken in a town dying under the weight of secrets and lies.

Warned off having anything to do with Roman, TJ is all too willing to agree, except for one little thing. The young man lives in the apartment above her father’s car repair business so avoiding him might be a problem.

As for Roman, he will take his secret to the grave, no matter what the cost.

Roman (Saints and Sinners) is available from Amazon UK and US (ebook) and print, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and OmniLit

Inspiration behind the Book

Roman (Saints and Sinners) started as a personal challenge, writing on the fly, 2-3 chapters per week and posting them blog style, never completely sure where the characters and the story would take me. As the project gathered fans (some rabid and very supportive) and a life of its own, I found that sweet spot where creativity and energy found synergy. The characters, the location, the conflict were all honed over a lifetime of listening to the rhythms, the pulse, and the backbeat of my roots. For older young adults and adults, Roman (Saints and Sinners) will take you through a dark and perilous journey of the mind and heart. It will take you to the place where more than faith will be tested when it comes time to choose. 

Roman (Saints and Sinners) is Kennedy Streath's debut novel. The author is a technophile, sailor, voracious reader, former teacher and keen observer of the human condition.


  1. Dear Kennedy Streath,

    I am glad that you are taking a direction feared and shunned by most. I think that we tend to treat our younger readers as though they wear blinders and cannot see . . . as though they are insensate and cannot feel . . . Perhaps if kids these days don't read much, it's because the lit is aimed too far below their awareness level. I wish you great success with this debut novel.

  2. My sincere thanks for the feature and the kind comments. This story has found a home with both older teens and adults, readers who like peeling back the conflicted layers in their characters and discovering what makes them tick, who aren't afraid to explore matters of faith in all its forms and the consequences of the decisions we make.
    Again, thank you Rosemary!

  3. Thanks for dropping by, Erin - I totally agree with you!

    It sounds fascinating and I'm intending reading it, Kennedy.

  4. Sounds the dark cover!

    1. Thanks for dropping in, Vikki - it's a great cover, isn't it!

  5. Very intense read! Sounds like a gripping novel. :)

    1. Many thanks for your comment, Charmaine!

  6. Thanks for being on my blog, Kennedy - good luck with sales!