Title: Scent of the Heart (Shifting Hearts #2)
Author Name: Parker Williams
Publication Date & Length: June 15, 2015 – 69,000 Words
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.
“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.”
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.
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I’ve got a six foot table that has my iMac on it. To the left of that is my laptop which has my other files opened, and to the right is my iPad which has the chat area I am in with the Pulp Friction group. On the back of the table are some stereo speakers that are connected to the computer for when I want to listen to some music. There is also a mister that I use for essential oils.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
I relate most to Benny from Pitch. He is a good friend, he’s solid and dependable. I like to think my friends see me in that way, but they probably see me more like Casey in Scent of the Heart: A smart ass.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
For twenty-eight years I worked at a hotel in Milwaukee. I would probably still be doing that. And some of the things I saw there top most of the stories in books. 😉
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
Yes! Building a scene with details. Showing instead of telling. I’m still guilty of that to some extent, but not nearly as much as I was when I first started out.
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
No, I’m actually very happy with Scent of the Heart. It makes me smile and cry, so I think it’s a nice mix.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
From life. Things I see, things I hear, goofy things my husband says (and there are a LOT of those). Mostly it’s from observing.
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m almost done with a new book called ‘Haven’. He’s a very bad good guy, if that makes sense. I’m also going to be working on the new Collars and Cuffs book with K.C. Wells. And then I have the rest of the Pulp Friction series to write with Lee Brazil, Havan Fellows, and Laura Harner. And somewhere in there, I hope to get a few hours of sleep.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And yes, to a point. My first book, Pitch, and the sequel, Wet Paint, took place in Milwaukee. It incorporated some of the places we like to go (Classic Slice pizza, Babe’s Ice Cream, as well as the Pfister hotel where I used to work.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
I don’t know that I have a favorite genre. I like to read most anything, though lately I’ve been focusing on shifter stories and lighter reads.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
I’m sure porn doesn’t count, so we’ll skip over that one. I play a game on Facebook that takes up an hour of my day, but I’m not sure if that’s a vice. I could stop playing tomorrow and it probably wouldn’t affect me much.
Of course there are books. I spend money on those. Lots of money.