Author Q&A: Parker Williams + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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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.

When did you write your first story/book? How old were you?

I was 14 years old. I wrote the story of Grant and Rusty, two gay high school students who were coming out in the 80s. In my story, they didn’t even hesitate. They did it because they were in love. It’s the only story I have that survived the purge after my father told me I shouldn’t waste my time with writing, because it was never going to amount to anything.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

I’m a pantser. I tried plotting, but the characters always seem to know better, and I figure I might just as well go with the flow.

BUT! When I work with K.C. Wells, we tend to work out a timeline at the very least. We think it helps us to stick to a plan….until the characters tell us we’re not doing it right, then they want something different.

Men. Can’t live with them, can’t sell them for parts.

What do you think makes your book stand out from the crowd?

In Haven’s Creed there are a few things that are different from a lot of books. Haven isn’t a nice man. He does things that would turn most people’s stomachs, but he does it for a good reason. The thing is, after so many years of doing it, cracks are beginning to show in his armor, and he’s afraid the only way out for him is by swallowing his gun.

Then into his life comes Samuel, who is going to show Haven the good he’s done, and why he needs to keep fighting the good fight.

How do you find or make time to write?

That’s tough lately. I own Pride Promotions, and we’re busy at this time of the year, so I squeeze in writing when I can. K.C. Wells and I are working on ‘Endings and Beginnings’, the final book of the Collars & Cuffs series, and in order to do anything, I write scenes that we try to slot into the book. I love watching K.C. work. She takes what I’ve given her, and turns it into this lush, amazing story that flows so beautifully.

What do you like to read in your free time?

What is this ‘free time’ you speak of?

I love shifter stories. Silvia Violet does some of the most amazing ones, and she’s also got one of my favorite characters in Wes from the Wild R Farms series. He’s a pure human, but he’s so damned alpha that you can’t help but shiver when he’s on page. He’s paired perfectly with Tristan, a horse shifter, who longs for Wes to break him, but isn’t going to make it easy for him.

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About Haven’s Creed

HavensCreed-400x600An 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.

Available at: Amazon

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An Excerpt from Haven’s Creed

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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About Parker Williams

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.

Find out more about Parker on Twitter, Facebook or his Website.

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As part of this blog tour, Parker is giving away a $30 Amazon Gift Card!! To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway unless otherwise stated but are still welcome anyway.

Don’t forget to check out JustJen’s review of Haven’s Creed to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

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Categories: Author Q&A, Book Promo, Excerpts, Giveaways, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

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