Hi guys! We have Parker Williams stopping by today with his upcoming release Runner, we have a brilliant guest post, a great short excerpt and a brilliant giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! <3 ~Pixie~
Matt Bowers’s life ended at sixteen, when a vicious betrayal by someone who he should have been able to trust left him a shell of himself, fighting OCD and PTSD, living in constant fear and always running. When he buys a remote tract of land, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world and attempt to establish some peace. For ten years he believes he’s found a measure of comfort, until the day a stranger begins to run on Matt’s road.
He returns every day, an unwelcome intrusion into Matt’s carefully structured life. Matt appeals to the local sheriff, who cannot help him since the jogger is doing nothing wrong. Gradually, after tentatively breaking the ice, Matt begins to accept the man’s presence—
But when the runner doesn’t show up one day, it throws Matt’s world into chaos and he must make the hardest decision of his life.
Release date: 28th July 2017
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Developing Matt’s character as he becomes close to Charlie
Matt was a tough nut to crack. He has OCD and PTSD—which I admit, I have no real world experience in—so it required a lot of reading up on the subjects. I also reached out to some friends who have dealt with the subject and asked their opinion.
When we start out, Matt’s only connection is to his brother, and that is only by phone. He keeps everyone at arm’s length due to the fear of being hurt again. He prefers the solitude he runs to in order to escape the dread he feels every time he’s around people.
Then Charlie shows up. It messes up Matt’s world. He’s got to touch his treasures more often, because he loses his center. The only saving grace is that Charlie shows up every day at the same time. Still, it doesn’t make things better, and Matt is fraying at the edges. He calls the sheriff, begging him to stop the man who runs by his house, and is told there is no law against running.
Things change for Matt when Charlie changes the rules and does the unthinkable. He acknowledges Matt’s presence and the calm Matt had begun to feel evaporates. He again calls the sheriff, who gives him an ultimatum.
The rest of the book, Matt has to deal with the repercussions of his choices—both those that are a result of Charlie, but also the ones that come from decisions he made years ago. These things leave Matt two options: He can continue running for the rest of his life, or he can make a stand and try to fight for what he thought he could never have.
The lynchpin in this whole mess is Charlie.
Of course, when Matt finds out a truth that threatens to destroy him, he needs to hold onto something real. The problem is? He’s not sure what that something is anymore.
I COULDN’T find it within myself to talk to him for the first four days. I kept hoping he’d stop running by and my life would go back to normal. I should have known better. Ever since the incident, nothing went the way I expected it to. I continued to watch him, and I had to admit, the apprehension that coursed through me had eased. He didn’t really frighten me anymore, but the thought of talking to him filled me with dread. What made it worse for me? He’d continued to glance toward the house, and if he saw me, he’d give a smile or a little wave.
No, I wasn’t being honest. After a few weeks of him waving, I had actually started to weave that into my daily routine. I stood in front of the window, looking out at the road every day at ten thirty. One day it rained, and he was thirteen minutes late. I went into panic mode, hyperventilating and pacing around the house, chastising myself. How had he become a part of my world? Why did I now depend on him to be where I expected him to be? I grew angry with myself for that. Despite the pleading I’d done with Clay, I no longer wanted the man to stop running by my house now that I’d grown used to seeing him.
And worse, when he waved, I had started waving back.”
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 with his husband of a quarter century, Parker continues to believe and writes stories where there is (almost) always a happy ending.