Wolf On Wheels
Wolf Shifter Caleb Grayson’s opinion of humans is lower than a rattlesnake’s belly, that is, until Lara Walker comes into his life. But can the pretty veterinarian, with her marmalade curls and flashing green eyes, be trusted with his secret?
As alpha of his pack he is duty bound to keep them safe and, with genocidal hunters closing in on them, that means maintaining anonymity. So will sharing his secret strengthen their relationship? Or will it send her running in horror and announcing his heritage to the world?
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 one of them could have imagined.
Read An 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.
Before he could speak the woman took a small tentative step toward Nora’s midnight snack. She reacted on natural impulse. Her fur stood on end, a menacing growl emanated from lips drawn back in a savage snarl baring sharp teeth. Crouched low and ready to spring, it was enough to have him recover his voice.
“Stay. The human is my mate. Threaten her and you threaten me.” As he sent the telepathic message, Nora dropped to her haunches, and with a whimper assumed a submissive position—she would not dare challenge him.
The command was issued with his sight still glued to his female. The stiffening breeze had whipped the ginger ringlets around her face giving a halo effect, but when her eyes widened and she trembled, it pierced his heart like a blade. He hated seeing her frightened, smelling her fear, but at this point there was little he could do.
please tell us a little bit about your current projects.
Sure, my main work in progress, as yet untitled, follows on from Wolf On Wheels Book 1 in my Wolf Shifter Heritage Series. A bit of background first. In Book 1 we are introduced to Caleb Grayson, a handsome long-haired tattooed biker and his father Cameron. Caleb discovers his life mate Lara Walker, and after a few ups and downs and a couple of shocks they get together. But then another secret is revealed and Caleb embarks on a mission at his father’s request.
In Book 2 he succeeds in his quest and we are introduced to the rest of the Grayson clan, but things don’t always go according to plan and family can be unpredictable. There’s a bit of subterfuge, drama, and dare I say, a little animosity between the hero and heroine. The story begins in the Rockies but is largely played out in Kentucky in some very beautiful country. I’m a good way through Book 2, and let me tell you there are a few surprises in store not only for fans but for the Grayson clan as well.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
I can’t really pinpoint one moment. English was not my favorite subject at school, although, I always loved to read. Perhaps it was after I’d read several dismal stories and thought to myself I could write that.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
My first rejection e-mail came with some excellent feedback, the main point being ‘show don’t tell.’ Now, sometimes that’s easier said than done, but it becomes easier with practice, and there are a lot of useful writing sites and helpful information on the web.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
I think the perfect hero should have all the remarkable qualities one would expect in a hero. That is, he should be strong, honorable, brave, loyal, and have a sense of humor, and of course in romance novels he has to be amazingly good looking and rich s Croesus!
For me, my “perfect” hero is my husband. He is honest, loyal, smart, fills my wineglass when I’m writing, and he cooks! What more could I ask for?
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
Favorite pastimes would be catching up with friends, watching movies, lazy lunches, that kind of thing. My hobbies include tackling craft projects, cooking, travelling, and shopping.
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Mmm that’s a tough one. But motherhood aside, perhaps my biggest adventure was backpacking through Europe and the UK for a year when I was eighteen. It was an amazing time and there was so much to see and do I was starry-eyed for most of the time. The scenery, architecture, the different cultures, and the history, it was so different from Australia it was mind-blowing.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
If I could be really bold I’d say 18th century Scotland. I love history and would love to explore Scotland more, especially the Highlands and the Isles. And yes, the Scotsmen! Who doesn’t love a man in a kilt with a sexy accent?
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
Well I’ve eaten some unusual foods including camel, water buffalo, kangaroo, crocodile, and venison, but I drew the line at deep fried tarantula, so although I’m adventurous there are some things I won’t try not for anything! As far as recipes go, I generally stick to the basic tried and true.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
Hot running water on tap hands down! I can’t conceive of not lingering under a hot shower every day. Hmm, I guess 18th century Scotland wouldn’t suit me after all!!
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
That question conjures up the time when I was in Vanuatu, a beautiful Pacific Island. My husband and I were holidaying there for a week and on the second to last evening he organised a special dinner at the end of the pier. It was amazing. Dinner was a white linen service with our own private waiter, a la carte cuisine, champagne, and dolphins frolicking in the azure harbor, followed by delicious dessert and a breathtaking sunset, simply stunning.
What is your favorite comfort food?
Chocolate. I don’t care if it’s milk or dark, plain or soft centered, I love it all.
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
Autumn. Summers here can be very hot and steamy, and while I like the heat by the end of summer I’m glad to have some cooler weather. I also like the change in wardrobe.
What project are you working on next?
When I’m finished writing Heritage Book 2, I will move onto Book 3 in my Desire Series, Desire Rekindled and Book 3 in Heritage. I tend to move between projects. If I have writer’s block on one, I move onto the other.
Layne Macadam lives with her husband, two dogs and a cantankerous cat named Bob, on the beautiful east coast of Australia. She holds down a full-time job and has a degree in history.
Always an avid reader with a vivid imagination, writing romance seemed a natural progression for her. After her first novel, a romantic suspense, was published in 2013 she decided to branch out and write different genres.
Her love of history has fueled her other passion, which is travel. Layne has been fortunate enough to have explored lots of this wonderful world we live in, and of course her travels have been a tremendous help when creating a backdrop for her stories. Her works include Desire Unleashed, Desire Denied, Obsession Down Under, Star Crossed Lovers, and Wolf on Wheels, Book 1 in her Heritage Shifter Series.