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Author Bio:

WILL PARKINSON believes that no matter what obstacles are thrown in the path of young love, it will always find a way to win in the end. He wants his characters to have their happily ever after, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to come easily.

None of this would have happened if he had followed the advice he was given many years ago. “What are you wasting your time on that for? It’s never going to amount to anything.” He believed it for the longest time, abandoning characters he’d created in his childhood.

He picked up his very first m/m story by a writer named Eden Winters, who was an absolute joy when they corresponded. She asked him if he wrote and he told her the story. Eden explained to Will that the voices in his head would never go away and how he needed to let them out. With that thought in mind, Will put e-pen to e-paper once more. It was truly a liberating experience and one he has no intention of giving up again.

 

Author Contact:

 

Website: http://www.willparkinson.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WillParkinsonau

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/will.parkinson.520

E-mail: will@willparkinson.com

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

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Blurb:

Although Addy’s heart and body bear the scars from his life before he was adopted by the Deans, he’s ached for something he thought he would never find. Until he met Benny. He isn’t sure how anyone can care for someone as broken as he is, even though he wants it desperately.

 

High school senior Benny Peters has his whole life planned out for him, until a chaste kiss at summer camp opens a new world of possibilities. Determined to erase Addy’s insecurities, Benny works to take away his boyfriend’s pain and replace it with love.

 

When Addy’s past intrudes on their future, it’s going to take everything Benny can muster to show that no matter what – or who – they face, they belong together.

 

Excerpt:

Benny cast a glance at Addy, noticing how his eyes kept darting to him and then to the floor. He seemed troubled, unsure.

“Addy? Is there something wrong?”

Addy heaved a deep sigh, then was quiet for a moment. “Do I embarrass you?” he finally asked.

“What? No, of course not. Why would you even think that?” Benny was genuinely perplexed.

“Jackson and Taylor don’t seem to have any problem touching each other, but you act like I’ve got germs or something and won’t come anywhere near me when there’s other people around. I have to wonder if you’re ashamed to be seen with someone like… me.”

“Oh God, no,” Benny replied sharply. “Please don’t ever think that. You know what? C’mere.”

He grabbed Addy’s arm and dragged him into the lounge.

“Listen to me, little man. I am not now, nor have I ever been, nor will I ever be ashamed of you. If anything, you should be ashamed of me.”

Addy looked puzzled. “Why?”

Benny slid his fingers through his stubbly hair, then rubbed the back of his neck before he spoke. “I’m not really comfortable with being… like this. I really do care for you, but I’ve never felt this way about a guy— well, about anyone—before, and I don’t know how to handle it. So no, I’m not ashamed or embarrassed of you at all. I’m just not sure how to deal with everything.”

Addy took Benny by the hand and peered into his eyes. “That’s all I needed to know. I don’t want to rush you. If you need time, you’ve got to know I’ll give it to you. I just wanted to be sure that you wanted me.”

Benny regarded his boyfriend. Yeah, hisboyfriend. Benny had never been afraid to stand up for anyone in his life. Why should he be ashamed to stand up for himself now?

“C’mere, little man,” he growled, putting his hand on Addy’s neck, pulling him in close.

Addy’s eyes went wide, excitement dancing in them. Benny licked his lips and then pressed them to Addy’s in a deep, thrilling kiss. Someone whimpered. Benny wasn’t really sure which one of them it had been. He felt his synapses fry. It was the most incredible thing he’d ever experienced. A voice called out, startling them both.

“Benny? Is there something you’d like to tell me?”

Benny looked up and stared for a moment at Taylor, who had a wide smile across his face. Benny could feel his cheeks heat up. This wasn’t the way he wanted this to go, but damn, right now he needed Addy in the worst way.

“No, Taylor, not right now,” he replied quietly.
Then he went back in for another one of those amazing kisses.


Tour Dates: 8/18/14

Tour Stops: Parker Williams, Angel Martinez, Hearts on Fire, Rainbow Gold Reviews, Cate Ashwood, Amanda C. Stone, SA McAuley, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings, Love Bytes, LeAnn’s Book Reviews, Prism Book Alliance, Havan Fellows, Emotion in Motion, My Fiction Nook, Because Two Men Are Better Than One, Charli Green, Jade Crystal, Lee Brazil, Trisha Harrington’s Blog, Will Parkinson, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Wake Up Your Wild Side, EE Montgomery, Inked Rainbow Reads, Full Moon Dreaming, Top2Bottom, Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, Fallen Angel Reviews, Sinfully Sexy, Iyana Jenna, Andrew Q. Gordon

 

 

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Wet Paint is coming! Ask me (almost) anything

 

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It started last year. A dream about a story where one guy had been lusting over another all throughout high school. I woke up in the middle of the night (as I am often wont to do) and wrote it down. I thought that was the end of it. But no. The boys had other ideas, though. I shared the story with a friend. She said it would make a good full length story and that I had a ‘young adult’ voice. That got me thinking about doing more with the story. Taylor and Jackson were definitely on board with that.

So I sat down. They were no longer going to be in college, they were going to be in high school. Their circle of friends expanded, and their lives took on a life of its own. In the original there was no Becca. There was no Kevin. Yet they came to play, too.

Pitch was my first story that I even considered sharing with the world. I had some help from an amazing person who helped me to show and not tell, who encouraged the story along. Who told me it didn’t suck. I look at it now and think, “oh geez, I could have done this differently”, but I’m still happy with what I wrote. Mostly. (The urge to tweak is still there.)

The one thing that most people had in common was a love for one particular character. He was supposed to be a background person, someone who was there to provide moral direction. Instead he became the ‘oh damn, I wish I had a friend like him’. The end of Pitch was supposed to be that. The end. But a few friends who were reading it wanted more. They wanted me to tell a story for Benny. And it seemed impossible, until the end of the book when everything came together and suddenly the story for Benny made sense. So I went back and jiggered a few bits, making it seem like Benny had something to say. Now he does.

Harmony Ink, the young adult division of Dreamspinner Press, has agreed to publish Wet Paint, Benny and Addy’s story (I’m sorry, Benny did NOT end up with Taylor, that was never even a thought in my head).

Now I’m going to admit something to you. Some people had a hard time with Pitch because of some issues of stupidity on the part of the main character. Taylor is sixteen in the story, almost seventeen. He made some choices that were not too bright, but, according to my friends who work with young adults, they were perfectly consistent with reality. We all have secrets, and Taylor’s almost cost him everything.

Another thing that some found off-putting  was something Jackson does. Again, he’s sixteen going on seventeen. I’m sorry. Kids make spur of the moment choices that they later regret.

And, finally, there is the subject of abuse. It plays a small role in Pitch when Taylor and Benny meet Addy. It’s not in-depth discussion, but it’s there.

Why am I telling you this? Because in Wet Paint some of these issues are revisited. The big one being the abuse. If it’s a red-flag issue for you, then you probably will not want to read Wet Paint. Addy’s story cannot be told without it, and I can’t sugarcoat what happened to him and how it affects him to this day, and may for the rest of his life. I can’t shy away from it in his story. I’m certainly not going into graphic detail, but the imagery is there.

I disagree with one reviewer who said this was too adult for a YA novel. I think kids need to know these things. Unless you’re hiding them away in their rooms, there is no way they won’t already hear it or, in some cases, even have to deal with it. In the end, Taylor realizes what he did was wrong, and he paid a price for it. Like real life.

So, for those who enjoyed Pitch, I sure hope you’ll like Wet Paint. It was tough to write, but I’m very happy with the outcome.

Now, instead of ending on a heavy note, I want to introduce you to my inspirations for the characters.

 

 

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  Benny Peters. This guy is a bit older and has more facial hair than I see Benny having, but his body type is perfect.

Benny is my ideal. He’s smart (wickedly so), he’s built (but not hardbodied), and he’s sweet (like candy, baby)

If there were ever perfect book boyfriend, Benny would be mine. He says the things that shows he wants to protect you, to keep you safe. He’s possessive and, maaaaybe a tad domineering, but if you’re important to him, he refuses to let you go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Addy Dean. Met Benny at Camp Care where Benny was his counselor. Did something that would change his life forever.

Addy has not had the best life. He was abused by his biological father, physically and sexually. He was angry and hurt. He never let anyone inside of his shell. Yet Benny found a way in, and Addy didn’t want to let that slip away.

Adopted by the Dean family when he was a child, Addy is finally coming to grips with what happened. He’s opening up to his family, much to their relief. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liam

 Liam Hartwell. This year he’s going to cause problems between Benny and Addy, but not everything is as it seems when this young man is involved.

 

 

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