Can you tell your readers a little about yourself?
Sure, I live on the east coast of Australia in a beautiful part of the world. I work full-time and I have a university degree. My hobbies include reading, traveling, cooking, tackling craft projects, and writing of course.
What inspired you to write in this genre?
I read all types of fiction but romance is my favorite genre, so I wanted to write a contemporary short story featuring a team of Navy SEALs. Once I started, though, my first book turned into a full-blown novel. Desire Unleashed was the first book in the Desire Series, and my new book, Desire Denied is the second book.
Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?
It depends on the story. Some books call for traditional names, others more modern names, and some call for the unusual. My first book, Desire Unleashed, the hero is Shane Jackson, while Whip McGregor is the protagonist in Obsession Down Under, Desire Denied, the second book in the Desire series, the hero is Zach Buchanan, all contemporary books so choosing their names was easy.
Danikyle is the hero in my sci-fi Star Crossed Lovers so a bit more unusual. For him I just combined Daniel with Kyle. Caleb Grayson is the hero in Wolf On Wheels. Caleb is an old name most likely from Hebrew meaning “dog”. I thought that was appropriate as Caleb, being a wolf shifter, is very old and wolves and dogs are considered to be part of the same family.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
I don’t often get writer’s block but when I do, I either write a later chapter in the book, or if I have two books on the go I put one aside and work on the other.
I’m working on two books at the moment. I’m a couple of chapters in to Book 2 in the Heritage Series, as yet untitled, and Book 3, Desire Rekindled, in the Desire Series. If I come to a roadblock with one I work on the other. Seems to work for me, although sometimes it can get confusing!
Do you write in different genres?
Yes, I sure do. I write suspense, sci-fi, paranormal, and contemporary. Wolf on Wheels is the first book in my wolf shifter Heritage Series. Book 2 has some unexpected surprises.
When did you consider yourself a writer?
I suppose I considered myself a writer when I finally typed “The End” but then the rejections came and along with them seeds of doubt. Self-publishing Desire Unleashed wasn’t an option after all the blood, sweat, and tears that went into creating it. So I guess I never really considered myself an author until that contract with my publisher that validated my work was signed.
Tell us about your latest release?
In Desire Denied the guys are Ex-SEALs. Zach “Wolf” Buchanan, the playboy of the team, has the hots for Beth Carmichael but he considers her a trouble magnet.
Ever since his sister, Loretta befriended her they’ve been in and out of trouble, and Beth a constant thorn in his side. For five years and a multitude of reasons he’s fought his feelings by avoiding her, but when she telephones out of the blue with news she’s in Columbia and Loretta has been abducted, he is forced to confront her again along with his demons. To rescue Loretta, they must put aside their history and start afresh because the ransom terms are specific. Beth must make the delivery. Simple enough until things turn sour and they are forced on a journey through thick jungle and mountainous terrain. Thrown together, Zach’s eyes are opened and he learns some truths about himself—could he also have misjudged Beth all these years?
With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones?
Yes, the books can be read as stand alone stories, but as with anything it’s best to start at the beginning. As the song goes, it’s a very good place to start… Book 1 introduces the characters and you get to know all their little idiosyncrasies. They’re like real people to me and some of my readers have expressed they feel the same, which I take as a huge compliment.
Would you like to leave your readers with a little excerpt from the book?
Sure, I’ll just pick a random section.
“Columbia, wow, that’s awesome.” Loretta examined her nails and tried to inject as
much enthusiasm into her voice as befitted her friend’s news, but fornication, the penchant Lizzie had for work was as alien to her as Mars.
“You better believe it. It’ll be sensational, a dream come true. There’s one drawback though.”
The uncertainty in Lizzie’s voice prodded the question. “And that would be?” “Daniel Chalmers will be going too.”
That made her sit up and take notice. “Just you and the sleaze, tell me you’re
joking?” Lizzie had her undivided attention now.
“I wish. He came to tell me in person, and do you know what the jerk said when I
asked him what he wanted?” “Surprise me.”
“He said, ‘he was up for a bit’ and then told me to ‘pack something sexy.’ Can you believe he actually had the nerve to say that? Ee-yewh, he’s so full of himself.”
“From what you’ve told me, the guy’s a dirtbag. You can’t go there alone with him. The creep will eat you alive.”
“I don’t have a choice. It’s either go with Daniel, or not at all. I need the experience, and it’s far too important an opportunity to pass up, and please, Loretta, try and remember to call me Beth. Lizzie makes me feel like a ditzy teenager.”
“Okay, I’ll try to remember. And just so you know, you’re not going alone. I’m coming too.
No argument.” Sure it was impetuous, but Beth was her best friend. They were as close as sisters, closer than some, and she had no intention of leaving her alone with a guy like Chalmers. She’d met his type before. Lizzie, ah Beth, was so naive and inexperienced she wouldn’t stand a chance with a guy like him; he’d chew her up and spit her out before breakfast. No, it would be best if she went as a buffer to block any unwanted attention and to support her friend in any way she could. Besides, she had nothing else to do and needed a diversion.
“Seriously, you don’t have to do that. I’ll be fine.”
Beth tried to sound convincing, but Loretta knew her well and detected the slight edge to her voice. “No arguments—it’ll be fun! Besides I’ve always wanted to go to Colombia. Hey, you can take some leave afterward and we’ll make a holiday of it.”
“Do you even know where Colombia is?”
Beth was clever putting her on the spot, knowing full-well geography was not one of her stronger subjects. “Sure I do, it’s in Asia. Zach went there last year on a mission.”
“That was Cambodia, you ditz. Colombia is in South America.”
“Cambodia, Colombia, what’s the diff?” She lifted her shoulders and then let them drop; they were all foreign to her.
“The difference is, to quote Daniel, ‘Colombia’s dangerous.’”
“Oh, he’s just trying to scare you, and if it was true then I’m surprised your family agreed to it.”
She wasn’t sure if it was the profound silence following that clued her in or some kind of intuition that prompted her next question. “The family have agreed to it, haven’t they?”
“I’ve only just found out myself. You were my first call, so that would be no. I’ll tell them tonight.”
“And when they say no?”
“Then I’ll just say I’m going, end of story. I’m twenty-four, it’s time they stopped running my life.”
“Good luck with that.” Beth’s parents were seriously old-fashioned and way over- protective, as were her brothers. No way would they allow her to go overseas with a man. “Tell them I’ll be tagging along, that should ease their minds.”
“Um, well, if you’re really serious, I’ll e-mail my flight details and ask for some leave.”
“Sweet, I’d best start packing and calling the airline.”
Genre: Erotic Contemporary
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Date of Publication: April 6 2015
Number of pages: 380
Word Count: approximately: 101,000
Cover Artist: Liquid Silver Books
Ex-SEAL Zach Buchanan can sum Beth Carmichael up in two words, trouble-magnet. Ever since his kid sister, Loretta, befriended the girl she had been in and out of trouble, and Beth a constant thorn in his side.
For six years and a multitude of reasons he’s fought his feelings by avoiding Beth, but when she telephones out of the blue from Columbia with the news Loretta has been abducted, he is forced to confront Beth again along with his demons.
To rescue Loretta, they must put aside their history and start afresh, because the ransom terms are specific: Beth must make the delivery. Simple enough until things turn sour and they are forced on a journey through thick jungle and mountainous terrain.
Thrown together, Zach’s eyes are opened and he learns some home truths about himself: could he have misjudged Beth all theses years?
Available at Liquid Silver Books
About the Author:
Layne lives with her husband, two dogs, and a cat on the mid-eastern coast of New South Wales, Australia. In addition to being an author she has a degree in history and holds down a full-time job.
She has always been an avid reader and voraciously consumes all types of fiction, but she particularly loves a happy ending, so writing romance seemed a natural progression for her. But as she sat at the computer one day — staring at a blank screen — it all seemed rather daunting. Yet once she finally started tapping on the keys, the words kept flowing, and what was meant to be a short story turned into a full-blown novel, Desire Unleashed, the first book in the “Desire” series.
Layne writes contemporary romance, paranormal, and sci-fi. With her passion for travel and a love of history an historical romance is not outside the realms of possibility.
When she’s not writing, you might find her tackling a craft project, walking by the lake, or in the kitchen creating some culinary delights.
Website : http://www.laynemacadam.com
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