Virtual Book Tour: ~ Haven's Creed by Parker Williams ~ (Author Guest Post, Excerpt + Giveaway)
An act of violence destroys his family and ends the life he knows. To escape his haunted past, he joins the military, where, as a sniper, he is trained to kill with precision and detachment. When a covert organization offers him a new purpose, he becomes Haven, an operative devoted to protecting the innocent when he can and avenging them when he cannot.
After ten years of battling the evil in the world, the life no longer holds the attraction or meaning it once had, and he’s ready to walk away. Then he meets Samuel, a young man forced from the age of twelve to work as a sex slave. If ever a man had a need for Haven, it is this one.
Yet nothing about this growing relationship is one-sided. Sammy gives Haven a stability he’s never known, and Haven becomes the rock upon which Sammy knows he can depend.
When Sammy reveals something about the enemy Haven has been hunting for months, Sammy fears it will destroy what they’ve built and he’ll lose his home in Haven’s heart.
Warning: This book contains violent and dark scenes
Pages or Words: 95,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Thriller, some romantic elements, some dark and violent imagery
When I was fifteen, I killed my first man. Every time Arnie, the guy my mother was shacking up with at the time, drank, he got it into his head she was cheating on him. He’d start slapping her, and that turned into full-fledged beating within a few months. When he was done, he’d start on my sister.
There were nights she’d crawl into bed with me, sobbing. For the longest of times, she wouldn’t tell me what happened, but when I found blood on her pajamas, I knew. I’d tried to stand up to him, but he beat me badly enough that I couldn’t go to school for two weeks until the bruises faded. But I got off lucky. The things he did to Chrissy gave me nightmares. I’d hear her cry out and knew there was nothing I could do but hide in my bed, my pillow covering my head. He was bigger, meaner, and stronger than me, and he reminded me of that fact constantly.
The old lady never said boo about it. She always forgave him and tried to justify what he did by telling me how much stress he was under. How he was a good man and didn’t mean it. It was just the drinking, she swore. It was more like he was a bastard and she was his meal ticket.
I came home one night and found him whaling on her, my sister’s body crumpled in a heap, her head smashed in. The son of a bitch had a gun in his hand, slick with blood, and he threatened to kill them both, screaming he wouldn’t let her leave. She slapped him. It wasn’t hard, but it shocked him enough that he dropped the gun. I picked it up. He sneered at me and called me a weak-willed fag.
I looked at the gun I held in my hand. The instrument of my revenge. The means to saving my sister.
“Give me the gun, you fuck. It’s not a dick, you wouldn’t know what to do with it.”
The bullet I put in his forehead showed him how wrong he was. He lay on the floor, blood bubbling from the wound, and his eyes locked on mine as he took his last breath. I wanted that fucker to know it was the weak-willed fag who had done this to him.
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Special Guest Post
Today I’m very grateful to be visiting Bayou Book Junkie.
Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
My name is Parker Williams (or Will Parkinson if you prefer). I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my husband, our four dogs, and three cats.
Haven’s Creed is a huge departure from anything I’ve ever done in the past. Haven is not a nice man. He’s an assassin whose job it is to protect the innocent when he can, and avenge them when he can’t.
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The people of the village called her a witch, a seer, and the eye of evil. When she hobbled into the village, people would turn away from her, spit at her feet, or refuse her service as she tried to purchase goods. Yet, to a person, when one of them fell ill, she would be the one they’d seek out. They never apologized for their treatment of her, and she never demanded one, but no one who sought her out would be turned away. She had a generous heart, and despite her outward appearance, she had the gentlest of touches that could even soothe a person’s journey into the next world.
When she died, at the ripe old age of one-hundred-thirteen, no one came to attend to her body, so I was forced to do it myself. I fell asleep that night, exhaustion claiming me despite my desires to stay awake just a little longer, and she visited me in my dreams.
“Don’t judge them harshly,” she said. “Their fear and ignorance comes from generations of their upbringing. Most of them really are kindly, and when we were behind closed doors, they would invite me for tea.”
“Then they should have stood up for you,” I spat.
“Give them time to grow. Right now, they are like children. They fear the unknown, and that is what I brought. And it is what you, too, must bring to them.”
“What if I can’t?” I demanded. “What if I’m unable to shoulder the burden?”
“You’ll do it because it has to be done, Elil. You are the seventh son and your abilities will make them fear you even more, but it will also make them need you. Don’t abandon them.”
I wanted to reject her. To tell her I wouldn’t do it. In the end, of course, I simply said, “Yes, Gran.”
When I woke in the morning, I caught sight of my reflection in the mirror. The horn that marked her as a village elder had begun to grow on my own head, and though I might wish another life for myself, this was the one I’d been born to.
And this is the one where I would die.
Meet 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: @ParkerWAuthor
Or you can visit his website: www.ParkerWilliamsAuthor.com
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28017836-haven-s-creed
Publisher: Parker Williams
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