Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tour Stop on Will Parkinson's PITCH Blog Tour/Tour Giveaway


Talking with author Will Parkinson. Thanks for coming Will...let's get right into it shall we?

To get us started, can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Pitch comes out soon. I’m working on a sequel called Wet Paint, which will be Addy’s story (Addy is one of the characters in the story). Addy struck a chord with all of the people who read the story (there were many ‘poor, poor Addy’ comments). Several demanded that he have a HEA, especially after what happens at the end of the book.

 If we asked your muse to describe you using five words, what do you think they would say?
I went to one of my muses (KC Wells) and asked her. These are her answers.
Imaginative, supportive (like a jock strap?), funny, loyal (like a doggy?), stubborn (she knows me so well)

Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
I wrote a story in junior high where I killed my very first character. Even back then, I enjoyed hurting people.

 If you could collaborate with one author who would it be?
I’m already collaborating with KC Wells and loving the heck out of it. If I had to choose another? Mr. Tom Webb and Laura Harner. Their writing is absolutely brilliant and I’m enthralled by the worlds they’ve built.

If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?
This isn’t an easy question as I only have a few stories out right now. If they want to know what my writing is like, I suggest Nuttin’ For Christmas (a short on my website). It was my very first publicly released story.

If they want to know the ‘non YA’ side of me, 500 Miles by Parker Williams would be the best place to begin. It’s a story where pain and comfort walk hand in hand.

PITCH by Will Parkinson
Dreamspinner Press
Contemporary Young Adult
Available in e-bookprint

The day Jackson Kern walks into Taylor Andrews’s classroom is a momentous day in Taylor's life. He's had crushes before, sure, but as time goes on, this is starting to look a whole lot more serious. Still, Jackson doesn’t return Taylor’s feelings.

Taylor has his own admirers, though. Kevin Richards is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants right now is Taylor, so when Taylor rejects him, Kevin retaliates. At first Taylor’s entourage rallies around him, but then Kevin takes his deception one step further and Taylor sees his support dwindle, teaching him the valuable lesson about who he can truly consider a friend.

Teaser Excerpt:
Jackson parked his tall, lanky body in the seat next to Becca and started talking. Taylor watched as Becca’s eyes roamed over Jackson’s frame, and she licked her lips. He could tell she was already on the prowl. She was a pretty enough girl, if you liked them. Long reddish-brown hair, big green eyes, and a big… ego.
She was hot and she knew it. She was also the kind of girl who was only out for one thing. Herself. She was junior varsity head cheerleader, something his best friend, Benny Peters, always had a lot of fun commenting on. She’d dated the captains of most of the sports teams, always switching to a new guy at the beginning of the season.
“Damn lucky girl,” Taylor muttered. If he hadn’t been enjoying the sight of the new boy, he’d have volunteered for guide duty. Oh, the things he wanted to show him… not that he had any experience; he’d never even kissed another boy. He worked hard at trying not to look at other guys. The thought of being outed in high school scared him, so much so that he’d sometimes have panic attacks when he thought about it—clammy skin, problems breathing, feeling faint. He hated those, really hated not being in control. It always made him feel weak and needy.
The bell rang, startling Taylor out of his reverie, and the students moved like cattle, heading off to their next class. Taylor scowled when he saw Becca take the new guy by the arm and lead him from the classroom. As they passed he heard Jackson ask, “Do you know who I talk to about the baseball team?”
“What position do you play, Jackson?” Becca asked excitedly, ignoring Jackson’s question.
“I’m a pitcher.”
Taylor could hear the excitement in Becca’s voice, and he knew the reason. Baseball tryouts would be in the next week or two, and she needed a new ball-playing boyfriend since her ex, Cody Daniels, graduated. It was as if she’d won the freaking lottery.
Jackson was hot and he played sports. For Becca that was definitely the best of both worlds.
About the Author:

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.


Giveaway Information: Fill out the raffelcopter below to be entered to win the following grand prize: Signed copy of Pitch and a $25 gift card to the winner's choice of online book reseller. 


Valeri Davila said...

Great premise. Love books that include sports.

gigi said...

Please count me in. Thanks!

Suze said...

Have got 500 Miles to read - really looking forward to that! Good luck with Pitch!

Littlesuze At Hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm loving the tour!


Anonymous said...

please count me in.

sally h


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