by Parker Williams
Hey, Blogger Girls and friends! Thank you for having me (giggle). I’ve been asked to talk about Redemption, so without further ado…
Book two of the Links in the Chain series is called Galen’s Redemption. It follows Galen, the brother to Lincoln from book one, Lincoln’s Park, as the realization he’s no longer interested in being the man he thought he had to in order to win the approval of his father.
Galen’s brother also needed redemption for his past sins. Both men have histories that they would just as soon never happened, but they did, and they have to come to terms with it. Who among us doesn’t have something in their past they wish they could erase?
For Galen it’s the fact he’s never once stood up for anyone. He’s gone in and shut businesses down, thrown hundreds of people out of work, and all in an attempt to make someone proud of him, even though he knows deep down it’ll never happen.
What starts him on the road is a comment from his assistant, who tells him he’s too good for the place. He can’t understand what she means, because he has always believed he was cut from the same cloth as his father. But Olivia’s comment, comes on the heels of Galen’s disconcerting meeting with Robert Kotke, the owner of the shelter. Two disparate people who will each have a profound impact on Galen’s life as he searches for some kind of truth to help him find his way back from the abyss.
But what happens when you lose an ally? The first person who saw something good in you? Let’s find out by seeing an exclusive scene from the book that you’ll only find here at The Blogger Girls!
About Galen’s Redemption
A rich man is about to set foot into an unknown world, while a Good Samaritan fears he’ll have to close the charity he’s spent his life building. Poised to lose it all, they might find what they need most in each other.
Son of a wealthy importer, Galen Merriweather lives to broker deals, and he’s damn good at it. But it’s getting harder to ignore the kind of man his father is—a man who would pay Galen’s brother’s lover to leave… a man who’d demand Galen retrieve a quarter-million-dollar check from a struggling homeless shelter.
Robert Kotke knows the money is too good to be true, but it’s a godsend that could help so many people. Still, he hands it over when Galen shows up. But he isn’t done with Galen yet, and he’s going to challenge everything Galen ever believed.
Galen will face an impossible decision: the redemption he’s come to realize he wants, or the life he’d always dreamed of.
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An Excerpt from Galen’s Redemption
Galen couldn’t tell which was worse, that Noel had played Jonathan Merriweather for a fool or that Galen looked stupid. The thing that pissed him off the most? When Noel called the waitress over and put an arm around her, then wrapped his other around Lincoln and told Galen that that was what family was. How dare he try to judge Galen’s family.
Even if he had been right.
The alarm on Galen’s phone went off at six on the dot. He groaned. He’d been letting these thoughts consume him for three hours, and he hadn’t even had his first cup of coffee yet. He rushed into the kitchen and put the mug in the microwave. When it beeped, he poured the coffee into his thermal mug, snagged his laptop, then hustled down to get his car. He drove down Wisconsin, heading toward the lake. When he hit Tenth, he glanced down the street, then turned. He had no idea why he was doing this, but there he was.
He pulled up in front of the shelter and was surprised when he saw Robert out front, talking with a police officer. He wondered what had happened. He was getting ready to go see when he realized what he was doing. He put the car in gear and sped off, ignoring the cop’s stare. Why the hell had he gone there? He needed to get his head on straight; otherwise he’d be useless in the meeting. A quick stop at the florist to pick up the flowers, and he was ready to face the lion in his den.
When he arrived, he pulled into the underground parking lot, drove to his designated spot, and backed his Alfa Romeo 4C into his stall. He grabbed his notes and computer as well as the flowers for Olivia, got out and locked the car, then made a beeline for the elevator that would take him to his office.
When the doors opened, a cute young woman with a tiny button nose, red hair, and green eyes, who Galen had seen before but never really met, smiled at him.
“Good morning, Mr. Merriweather.” She glanced at his hand. “Those are lovely flowers.”
“Um. Hi. Thanks. How are you today?”
“Good, thank you. Is there anything particular I need to know for today?”
Galen cocked his head. “I’m sorry, what?”
“Well, I don’t know how you like things done, so I thought I should ask what you want me to do. I came in early so I could try to figure out some of your system.”
“You’ll have to forgive me. I haven’t had my coffee yet. Who are you?”
She jutted her lip out slightly, looking aggrieved. “I’m Melissa, your new assistant.”
He chuckled. “I already have an assistant.”
Melissa leaned against the elevator wall. “No, Olivia got fired last night. Your father hired me.”
Galen closed his eyes. He had to have misheard what she said. Why would his father fire Olivia? It made no…. Wait. He glared at Melissa. “Okay, so has he slept with you yet, or is that what he’s dangling in front of you to get in your pants?”
Her expression turned murderous. “Excuse me?”
He scoffed. “Please. There’s no way he’d hire you as my assistant if he wasn’t looking to get laid. So either you’ve already put out or he’s working up to it.”
She stood there, red-faced, with her chest puffed out, but she didn’t reply.
“Thanks. You told me everything I need to know. I appreciate your candor, Melissa, but your services aren’t required.”
About Parker Williams
Parker Williams began to write as a teen, but never showed his work to anyone. As he grew older, he drifted away from writing, but his love of the written word moved him to reading. A chance encounter with an author changed the course of his life as she encouraged him to never give up on a dream. With the help of some amazing friends, he rediscovered the joy of writing, thanks to a community of writers who have become his family.
Parker firmly believes in love, but is also of the opinion that anything worth having requires work and sacrifice (plus a little hurt and angst, too). The course of love is never a smooth one, and happily-ever-after always has a price tag.
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