Parker Williams is celebrating the release of Scent of the Heart, the second book in the Shifting Needs series.
Scent of the Heart
by Parker Williams
Shifting Needs book #2
Cover: Laura Harner
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.
Thanks for joining us today, Parker. Congratulations on our new release. We are also happy to have the opportunity to ask you some questions. Hope you don’t mind us prying a little into your writing and your life.
Obviously this is book #2 in a series so the world for your paranormal story had already been established, but can you tell us a little about how you come up with the concept for and build your world?
Parker: I love shifter stories. They’re my favorite of every genre I read, and I’ve always wanted to try one, but I hoped to make mine a little different. In this world, the Alpha isn’t a shifter, but human. It’s believed that a human is the only one who can be impartial when it comes to making laws for the various shifter types that live in the enclave.
Is it easier to write a paranormal or write a contemporary story? Do you have a favourite between the two genres?
Parker: I don’t think either is all that difficult, but they’re both challenging in their own way. Contemporary stories still need a hook that will grab people, but I think with paranormal it’s easier to catch their attention, but they’ve got to be open to new types of stories.
When you’re not writing, promoting your work, or promoting the work of others, what do you like to do? To be honest, I’m not sure where you’d even find time to fit much else in but thought I’d ask anyway. 🙂
Parker: I love to read. I use the stories of others as my downtime. Escaping into the world of Ryan and Cliff (Cliff’s Edge by Laura Harner), or Coming Clean (by Silvia Violet), allows me to step out of my head for a while, and gives me time to center myself again.
What’s on the menu for dinner tonight? What would you rather be eating?
Parker: I’d kill for Paul to make a potpie. We’re vegan, and he makes this one with a gravy recipe we found, and a lot of vegetables. It’s so damn good.
Yum! I love a good potpie too!
What book is currently on the bedside table?
Parker: I have a whole iPad full of books. Right now I’m stepping into the world of Eden Winters ‘Diversion’. She’s releasing the series with new covers and getting ready for the next book (which I got to beta read!)
Share with us one secret or snippet from Scent of the Heart, that isn’t from the blurb or excerpt.
Parker: Okay. 🙂
Mikhail seemed to be weighing his words. “My parents told me that I would always live in the enclave. Sometimes I wish I could talk to them now, so I could see if they still think that’s the path for me.”
“I can help with that,” Casey told him. “Sit down here.”
He pointed to the stump of a fallen tree. Mikhail sat, eyes wide. He looked up as Casey splayed his fingers and put them on Mikhail’s cheek. Warm skin grew hot as Casey slipped into a trance, calling to the boy’s parents. A darkness descended, the likes of which Casey had never seen. It had form and substance. It swept over him as he thrashed, trying to clear it. He could hear the mocking laughter as it swirled around his body, entering his pores. It choked him, bitter and harsh, as his world went cold.
Then he screamed.
Thanks for that little treat. 🙂
“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.”
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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: @ParkerWAuthor
Or you can visit his website: http://www.ParkerWilliamsAuthor.com
Tour Dates & Stops: June 15 – 19, 2015