by Layne Macadam
Heritage Book 1
by Layne Macadam
by Layne Macadam
Heritage Book One
When Lara Walker meets two attractive men on the same day, the question of who to choose should not be difficult. But family expectations are hard to ignore. So should she choose the well-established graphic designer, or should she step out of her comfort zone and take a chance with the long haired tattooed biker?
Pack Alpha Caleb Grayson never met a human he liked until veterinarian Lara Walker enters his life. But can he put his prejudices aside and trust a human, or will revealing his secret send her running and endanger his pack?
When the decision to reveal all is snatched out of his hands the revelation not only turns her world inside out but it has far-reaching repercussions neither could have imagined.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: March 16, 2015
Publisher: Syn Publishing
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Wolf on Wheels Excerpt:
Caleb Grayson’s fur spiked and his tail swished with anger as without a thought or a care, Nora bounded off down the street, leapt over the suburban fence and was lost from sight. His orders to the pack had been clear. Bare minimum—travel in pairs. Stay together at all times. Watch each other’s back. The lure of fresh rabbit must have overridden duty and common sense.
The growl he released was feral as he took off after her. The rules were put in place to keep his pack safe. Hunters were on the warpath and they were after wolf shifters with deadly intent. He’d already lost one member to their violence and would not lose another. Humans, he made a derisive sound. They were uncaring and self-centered. He’d yet to meet one he liked. He pulled his muzzle into a sneer and bared his teeth at the thought of that race.
One giant leap had him over the fence and landing smoothly on all fours on the other side. Nora was farther up the yard edging closer to her goal, but she was not alone.
Frozen to the spot he couldn’t move had his life depended on it. It was as if he’d stepped into a trough of rapid dry cement and was stuck fast. His heartbeat had ramped up and his tail twitched at the sight of the divine human before him.
Awestruck, he snarled at the smaller gray wolf beside him. They’d talk about her transgression later. Nora was an adolescent and still in the playful stage of wanting to hunt live prey. Fresh meat was tempting but no excuse for defying his orders. She pawed the ground waiting for him to speak telepathically, but he was speechless. The female human had him dumbstruck and transfixed.
She was a good head shorter than he, athletically built with dips and curves in all the right places, and her spiral curls were the color of marmalade and looked every bit as rich and glossy in the lunar light.
It came to him in a flash then, this human with her emerald eyes sparkling like gemstones was his mate. He’d waited centuries to find her, had given up hope, and now, like a bolt from the blue there she was. Not even Lycan, but human. It was cruel, preposterous, but true. He had little tolerance for the species, but he ached to carry her home, cherish her, breed with her, howl with elation, but he quashed the instinct as his homosapien side surged to the fore—tread carefully, do not rush this—she may not understand.
“Caleb, what is it?” Nora’s telepathic voice quivered with unease.
He didn’t answer, couldn’t answer, so consumed was he with the human before him. Her shape was visible through the silk of her gown. The night breeze had molded the thin white material to her womanly form. She was a vision. He was grateful it was a she-wolf beside him and not a male from his pack.
As he continued to stare, mouth agape and tongue lolling, the breeze picked up and she shivered. Her nipples punched out against the flimsy fabric. He whimpered. His heart pounded faster now as if he’d run for miles at top speed over the rugged terrain around his Black Mountain home.
“Caleb what’s wrong, can’t you hear me?” Nora’s voice was high-pitched now and sharper than normal.
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by Layne Macadam
Jessica Butler-Reid’s life is predictable—boring. It seems destined to stay that way until her innocent Internet friendship with Australian cattle rancher Whip McGregor, develops into a no-holds-barred Internet affair.
Aspiring author Jessica Butler-Reid has never done anything exciting in her entire life. The daughter of a Minister and his aging wife, she sees her life heading down the same tedious predictable path has her mom’s, organizing church fetes, bazaars, and bake-offs. But when she innocently posts a help request on an Internet forum for some technical advice with her book, her life is changed forever when Australian cattle rancher Whip McGregor, answers the call.
Against rational advice from her friend, she embarks on an adventure of a lifetime, but little does she know her decision to accept his offer of a two-week paid vacation to the land Down Under will jeopardize more than one life and have far-reaching consequences neither she nor Whip could have foreseen.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Content/Theme(s): Cowboys, Australia
Release Date: March 4, 2015
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Obsession Down Under Excerpt:
Damn. Whip eased the Ute to a standstill before stepping out onto the dirt to wait for Travis.
Ever since his twin had married last Christmas, Travis had been giving him grief and been damn near impossible to live with. He kept ear-bashing him that as the eldest McGregor, although only by sixteen minutes, it was high time he tied the knot, too. The nagging had become worse over the last few days since he’d announced to the family Jessica was flying in from New York.
The way Travis had been acting you’d think she was coming to get hitched instead of only for a two-week visit from America. Whip thanked his lucky stars Brenda, the baby of the family, was still away at boarding school. It was bad enough Drew and Mark, his two younger brothers, were on semester break from University. From the minute they’d discovered he was having an Internet relationship, they’d been tenacious with their tormenting, like a dog gnawing a bone, razzing him up and paying him out at every opportunity.
Sure it was harmless, and the ‘butt ugly’ comments were only said to get a rise out of him, but they were starting to wear thin. It was for that reason he’d told his brothers he was leaving at seven o’clock this morning when in fact it was only six, hoping to be long gone before they’d realized what he’d done.
“Gee, mate, five more minutes and I would have missed you.” Travis’ grin leaped across his face as he slammed the car door and walked toward him.
“Yeah, I always was lucky.” The reply was delivered, tongue in cheek. He should’ve known better than to try and pull a fast one on his twin.
The sound of motorbike engines cutting across the property had Whip whirling on his heel to face south. “You didn’t tell the other two, did you?”
“Bet your balls I did. I figured you’d try and get away early, and no way we’d let you go to the big smoke without a proper send-off.”
A cheesy grin split Travis’ face, a mirror image of his own, his gray eyes crinkling with devilment while Whip narrowed his with annoyance.
Drew and Mark skidded the bikes to a halt, sending clouds of dust from the dirt road wafting over Travis and him as they stood by the Ute.
“You two clowns are just fucking hilarious,” Whip roared and slapped at the red dust beginning to settle on his jeans and shirt. “Have a look at what you’ve done.” He swept his hand down the front of his now pink-tinged denims.
“Settle down. You’ve got a change of clothes packed, haven’t you?” Mark, the youngest male McGregor, sniggered without an ounce of sympathy. It was their way of teaching him a lesson for lying and trying to sneak off. Whip knew there’d be retribution; he’d just expected it to be when he got back.
“You two are bloody impossible. Why aren’t you out with the herd anyway?” he asked, his voice gruff with exasperation.
“Couldn’t let you leave without some brotherly advice,” Drew explained. He was the next brother down from him and Travis, and at twenty-two, younger than them by nine years.
“This’ll be good.” Knowing he had little choice, Whip rested his hip against the vehicle and with arms folded, waited for the inevitable.
“If it does turn out she’s been hit with the ugly stick, remember to still play nice. Ugly girls have feelings, too.” Drew’s grin was smug as he flipped Whip’s chest with the back of his hand.
“Yeah, and it’s for two weeks. Fourteen long days and fourteen even longer nights, twenty-four/seven bro with no escape.” Mark’s cheeks dimpled with glee as he supplied the timeline.
“Ah-ha.” This was the very advice he’d hoped to avoid.
“Ugly ones need lovin’, too, you know, and she’ll be expecting it, so do us proud big brother and keep up your end of the bargain, if you get my drift.” Drew was in his element, his eyes twinkling in the sunlight, and his lips curving upward at the banter.
“And if she’s not ugly, then she’s probably got half a dozen ankle biters, hairy pits, and smokes like a chimney.” Mark chuckled, tossing him a packet of condoms that Whip caught singlehanded.
“Ease up, guys. Jessica could very well be your new sister-in-law, and don’t forget it works both ways,” Travis cut across their laughter, and with a light thump, clipped Whip on the chin with his fist. “She’s flying all this way to spend the next two weeks looking at this ugly mug.”
“I think you guys are getting a bit ahead of yourselves.” Whip lifted his hand to his chin. His jaw didn’t hurt but he worked it for effect anyway. “And, Travis, I realize I’m no oil painting but neither are you, and yet, you still managed to talk the prettiest girl in town into marrying you.”
“Yeah, but unlike you, mate, I was blessed with a winning personality and a shitload of charm.”
Their two youngest brothers groaned and Drew voiced his disagreement, “Get real, Annie was exhausted. Ten years of you chasing her just wore the poor girl out. She didn’t have a choice but to marry you.”
“All jokes aside, guys, you will behave and make Jess’ stay here as pleasant as possible, right?”
Travis’ words held a hint of menace and for that, Whip was thankful.
He watched on amused as his twin eyeballed their younger siblings, daring them to contradict. The boys were notorious far and wide for some of the pranks they’d pulled over the years. Both he and Travis had read them the riot act more times than he cared to remember.
“Re-lax, we’re just taking the piss out of him.” Mark flicked his shaggy head in his direction.
Whip cocked a brow but held his tongue. The sooner this was over the sooner he’d be on his way.
“We’re just hoping she’ll give the big lug here something else to do besides busting our balls,” Drew elaborated, giving him his cue to make a move.
“As much as I’d like to stay and listen to more of your dribble, I’ve got more pressing places to be.” Whip folded himself back into the driver’s seat and kicked over the engine. “Get the gate for me, Drew, and Travis, be sure and keep these two in line until I get back.”
“Don’t sweat it. They’ll be so busy fixing fences and doing your chores they won’t have time to itch, let alone scratch. You just enjoy the break and make sure you call me as soon as you collect her.”
“Don’t hold your breath, little brother. Calling you will be the last thing on my mind.” He grinned, knowing that the little brother comment would piss Travis off. “But I’ll give you a call when I’m heading home, probably won’t be before Friday, though.”
“Travel safe, bro.” Travis tapped the roof of the vehicle twice before stepping aside.
His other brothers added their good-byes, and Drew swung the gate wide.
Whip gave them a salute, buckled his belt, and then drove through the opening. A toot of the horn was his final farewell as he turned off the property and accelerated onto the asphalt road.
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