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Links In The Chain #1
|Cover by Reese Dante|
Lincoln Merriweather was born an entitled brat with a silver spoon lodged so deep, it might never have come out. At the BDSM club or in business, Lincoln was a storm, blowing in and disrupting the lives of everyone he touched, until the day he met a man who peeled away the tarnished layers to expose a decent person.
Lincoln found—then lost—love.
Since then, he’s tried to atone for his past, including walking away from his family’s wealth. He opened a diner, hiring people to work for him that he would have spit on before his epiphany. He’s found peace, which he’s about to lose to a hazel-eyed man.
Noel Simmons wound up on the street when his parents discovered he was gay. His path leads him to Lincoln’s diner, where he asks for a job. He’s thrilled when Lincoln agrees to hire him, but finds his new boss perplexing. Can anyone be this kind and decent?
What starts out as business becomes something more. Noel discovers he needs Lincoln in order to feel safe. Lincoln needs Noel to complete him. But when Lincoln’s past gets in the way of his present, will the two have a future?
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Character Interview with Noel Simmons
Now that you’ve gotten together, what comes next?
You know, I wondered that myself, but Katy—she’s my best friend at the diner—reminded me that not knowing is what makes things exciting. The world, as they say, is our oyster. The thing of it is, I don’t have the grand dreams I used to. I always thought I wanted to travel, see the world, but now? The diner and the people in it have become my world, and I can’t imagine anything else I want to do.
It’s funny how childhood dreams change when we become an adult and illusions—like the love of your parents—can be stripped away, leaving you raw and vulnerable. The dreams are gone, and replaced by a new, more frightening reality. Now, instead of those dreams, you spend your days wondering if you’ll have a future. When a glimmer of light appears, you grab onto it with both hands and hold tight, and make that your dream. To make it through each day,
What was the hardest thing for you to overcome that you didn’t expect to be an issue?
When I first met Lincoln, he made me nervous. Well, to be honest, pretty much everyone made me nervous until I got comfortable with them. Lincoln though? He was like no one I’d ever met before. Who hires you on the spot with no references? Who gives you money to buy clothes for work? Who offers you an apartment as part of your job?
Then when someone asked me what Lincoln expected in return, I nearly quit, because although I didn’t want to think of Lincoln like that, I had a hard time believing anyone could be so good and decent.
Then I learned his story…
Who or what makes you laugh out loud?
Katy! Okay, I won’t deny she can be as irritating as a big sister, but she’s got a sharp wit and an even more deadly tongue. I’ve seen her get one over on Lincoln more than once, and I never thought anyone could do something like that.
I thought she was all fun and games. Then I learned her story. Let’s just say, as bad as being kicked out was, there are things in the world that are far worse betrayals.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
I’ve yet to meet a flavor I haven’t liked. Although, I heard they’ve got a new bleu cheese ice cream and though I’ve never tried it, I think I’m going to pass on that one.
What movie will you watch over and over again?
Oh, this one is easy! Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg. The first one, not the sequel which I’m going to pretend never happened.
It was fun, a joy to watch, and it made me laugh out loud. When Lincoln and I sat down to watch it… Well, that would be telling, wouldn’t it? ☺
About the author:
Parker loves the written word. A chance encounter with an amazing author changed the course of his life as he began to write the stories his men were whispering to him. With the help of some amazing friends and a community of writers he’s proud to be part of, Parker continues telling stories of love, hurt, comfort, and sometimes tosses in a little angst for fun. He believes in love, but also knows that anything worth having requires work and sacrifice (and maybe a little hurt and comfort too). The course of true love never runs smooth, and he enjoys writing about it.
Parker lives in Milwaukee, WI, with his husband, Paul, and their menagerie of dogs and cats. Most days you’ll find him on Facebook, sharing stories and pictures of the zoo, or even about Paul, who is always good for a laugh.
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