“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 was kind enough to share some of his thoughts on world building and shifter writing. The excerpt above made me giggle like crazy, can't wait to read the entire book!
Building a world by Parker Williams
First you start off with a topic you really love. For me it’s shifters. I adore them. I can’t get enough of them. At least half of the books on my iPad are shifter related. I always wanted to try to write a book that dealt with shifters, but I wanted mine to be at least a little unique. So I started with the basics.
There had to be a ‘Mine’. I love shifters and their possessive natures. It’s how I want to be loved, wholly and completely. But I didn’t want it to be a traditional story where the shifter was the leader of the clan and had all these responsibilities. So I created my world in the Tongass Forest of Alaska. Millions of acres where my shifters take up a tiny little spot near the ocean and live in peace with nature and each other. But in this village there are also humans. In fact, a human was their first Alpha. And the tradition passed down since then. Why? A human has no bias toward one species or another. The rabbit shifter is every bit as important as the bear shifter. It doesn’t matter that one is more powerful, all that matters is they’re treated equally. Enter Zakiya Incekara. He was my human, and Jake was taken with him the moment he caught his scent on the air. The problem? Jake doesn’t know he’s a shifter, and Zak is messing with his head.
A few people didn’t care for Zak, and that’s okay. He was prickly, and he didn’t treat Jake the best at first, but he had reasons. He was kept isolated by his guardians, the ones who smuggled him and Jake out of the enclave when Elizar, the psycho human who proclaimed himself the forever king. Jake and Zak grew up separately, because Jake had imprinted on Zak early on, and they were fated to be mates. It was decided to keep them separated until Jake was old enough to understand his powers. When Zak waltzed onto the school campus, Jake scented him and his body began to change slowly, but surely.
Throw in a best friend named Casey Scott, who is the voice of reason in some instances, and the aggravating voice most of the rest of the time, and mix in a little Hakiim, the man who escaped the enclave to come for Jake and Zak, and stir well.
I like to think my world is a little different. Jake is a jaguar, and because he’s mated to the Alpha (which has never happened before), he is incredibly powerful. In book two, though… Jake is going to meet his match.
There are so many things shifters are capable of, and they can surprise you with their power, their wit, and their ability to love.
Should you not be a reader who has tried a shifter book, pick one up. There are some great authors who can make a shifter lover out of you.
Meet 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.
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