Virtual Tour: Scent of the Heart by Parker Williams ~ (Author Interview, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Author Name: Parker Williams
Book Name: Scent of the Heart
Series: Shifting Needs
Series should be read in order
Release Date: June 15, 2015
Publisher: Parker Williams
Cover Artist: Laura Harner
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Casey Scott grew up being told he’d never amount to anything, and despite the unwavering love and support from his best friend, Jake, the idea sticks in the back of Casey’s mind. When he discovers he has a unique destiny in an enclave where shifters and humans live together, he seizes the chance, wanting for once in his life to be someone special.
Tsvetok Yerokhin lost his parents to the evil ruler of the enclave when he was a boy. The responsibilities of raising his two younger brothers nearly overwhelmed him and self-doubt took over. When the new Alpha and his Protector arrive in time to save his life, Sev is grateful, but he’s even more shocked when he scents his mate with them.
Casey isn’t prepared for the feelings that sweep over him when he meets Sev, but he refuses to act on them because he’s straight. Still, there is something so alluring about Sev that Casey can’t help being drawn to him.
As the two explore the edges of their new discovery, an evil returns, determined to control the enclave or destroy it. The Alpha and Protector are powerless to stop it, but Casey holds the key to victory. If he can discover what it is, he has a chance to save them all. To be the hero.
Unfortunately, the hero has to be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, and for Casey that means losing his heart.
Pages or Words: Approximately 69,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Romance, Paranormal, Bisexual, Fiction, Gay Fiction, New Adult
“This night is shot,” Casey mumbled. “Hakii, if you’re there, I’m sorry. I need to find him. I’ll try to be back as soon as I can. Oh, and if you’re not there, I hope you’re getting a damn good laugh at me talking to myself.”
The night air had chilled considerably. Casey threw on a sweater and hurried to the Alpha’s house. Before he could pound on the door, it swung open. Jake stood there wearing nothing at all.
“Oh god, my eyes.”
Jake sighed. “You’ve seen me before. A lot, if I recall correctly.”
“And every time I do, I remember that I need to create eye bleach.”
Jake faked a laugh. “Yeah, you’re hilarious. What do you want?”
“A guy came to my house tonight. His name is Sev, and I think he’s in trouble.”
All humor fled from Jake’s face. “What happened?”
Casey told him about the visit. “He…called me his mate. What the hell is that about?”
“Later. We’ve got to find him.”
In an instant, Jake transformed into a beautiful black jaguar. Zak came rushing to the door. “What is wrong?”
Before Casey could answer, Zak grabbed a heavy coat and squirmed into it. “Jake will track him. You will come with us.”
“Zak, he called me his mate. Why would he do that?”
“You worry about this now? I do not see where this matters. If you prefer, you may stay behind.”
Casey sobered immediately. “No, you’re right. I’m sorry.”
They tracked Jake as he hurried to the woods. When they heard him roar, Zak and Casey ran to the edge of the forest. Jake had transformed back to his human form and, man, was he pissed.
“Come out here, now,” he demanded.
There was no movement, but Casey heard a clicking noise, followed by the familiar stamping of feet.
“You spray me and I swear to the gods I will neuter you. Put your damn tail down and face us as a man, Sev.”
We have the amazingly talented Parker Williams with us today, most of you know him as, Will our esteemed tour guide here at Pride Promotions. He is a sweet and funny guy, and we are so happy to have him here at Bayou Book Junkie today!
Parker..err Will, (Sorry, I can't call you Parker, it's weird! lol)
I am a HUGE fan of shifter stories, and always wanted to write one of my own. But I wanted to be a little different when I did Protector of the Alpha, and as I got near the end, I knew I had to do a story for Casey. It’s my first Gay For You, though in the book it’s described a different way.
What are your favorite qualities about each of these two main characters?
Casey is the class clown. He’s a good-hearted man, and is willing to give you the shirt off his back if you need it. Sev has been his brothers’ keeper for several years, after their parents were murdered. He’s fiercely loyal, and knows that he needs to put his trust in the sports to guide him and his mate.
Do any of your friends or family members ever end up between the pages of your books?
‘Friends’? No. ‘Enemies’? Oh yes. I’m working on a book now called ‘Haven’. The person who is the big bad of the book is loosely based on someone I knew when I worked outside the house.
Nothing frustrates me more than being confused at the opening scene of a book. It can make you want to just close the book right there, and give up. How hard is it to write that opening scene?
It’s a great question. I admit I’ve agonized over the opening scene many times, written and deleted hundreds of words, until I found something that worked for me, but I never settle on that. I share it with some people in my crit group and get their input, to make sure what *I* think is good, will pass the muster with others.
Sometimes the answer is yes, it’s great. Sometimes it’s uh…. and then off to be rewritten. There’s nothing worse than a story that you can’t connect with in the first few paragraphs or maybe a chapter. If you haven’t found a way to do that, chances are good you’ll not want to continue with the book.
Once the initial scene is set up the way you want, the rest of the book probably will come quickly, but you definitely need the hook of the first scene to grab an audience and not let go until you’ve reached the end.
Besides writing what else do you enjoy doing?
There’s more to life? I wish someone would tell me these things!
Actually I enjoy reading, too. It’s a great stress relief for me to sit on the couch surrounded by the dogs, and just get lost in a good book.
A night out on the town or a night cuddling in front of the T.V.?
Cuddling, please. I’m way too old to spend a night on the town. My nights end around 9 pm.
About the author:
Parker Williams believes that true love exists, but it always comes with a price. No happily ever after can ever be had without work, sweat, and tears that come with melding lives together.
Living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Parker held his job for nearly 28 years before he decided to retire and try new things. He enjoys his new life as a stay-at-home author and also working on Pride-Promotions, an LGBT author promotion service.
Where to find the author:
Connect with Parker on: Twitter: @ParkerWAuthora Rafflecopter giveaway
Tour Dates & Stops: June 15 – 19, 2015
19-JunRafflecopter Prize: $25 gift card and a skunk Beanie Baby