I am so pleased to welcome Layne Macadam who's come to show off her latest new release, Obsession Down Under, and Whip McGregor, her gorgeous hero.
Layne, if you don't mind, you just sit in the corner there and shuffle Mr McGregor over, yeah, yeah just a little closer...
Diane: Welcome, Whip, and thank you for dropping by today.
Whip: It’s my pleasure, and thank you for asking me. (Grins)
Diane: Do you mind if I ask you a few questions?
Whip: Fire away, that’s what I’m here for.
Diane: Okay. What do you do for a living?
Whip: The family has a number of businesses, being the eldest McGregor, I’m technically the head, but my passion is our cattle station, or ranch as they say in the States. Our property, Highland Glen, is in rural New South Wales. Its breeding program is the largest in Australasia and we export cattle all over the world.
Diane: Wow, something that big must take most of your time, so how did you meet Jessica, and what was your first impression of her?
Whip: Yeah, it keeps me pretty busy but I’ve got a lot of help too. As for Jessie Rose, you might not know it, but we met online on a military forum. When she came to visit, and I clapped eyes on her at the airport, I couldn’t have been happier.
Diane: Do you feel the need to protect her — or ravish her?
Whip: Now, Diane, I’m not one to kiss and tell, but with that little lady, I’d have to save a bit of both!!
Diane: What’s your favorite drink — alcoholic or not?
Whip: Mm, what I drink most of is water. Station work is labor intensive and you need to stay hydrated, but I’m very partial to cold beer on a hot day.
Diane: How are you spending your day tomorrow?
Whip: Jessie Rose and I are leaving for Sydney. It’s about an eight-hour drive so we’ll take it nice and easy, see some sites on the way, and then I have a surprise planned. (Frowns and rubs his forehead) She leaves for New York the day after that.
Diane: Thank you so much for talking with me today. Have a great evening with your lady and after the surprise, perhaps she may change her plans about leaving?
Whip: Anything’s possible, and it’s been a pleasure meeting you.
Back Cover Blurb
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.
Jessica 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.
Whip McGregor’s steps were purposeful as he strode down the hall and out the front door and headed across the patchy yard to the garage. It was early, not even six, yet the sun was already high. A golden orb in a cloudless sky, it promised to be another blistering day with no drought relief in sight.
He paused by the stables and narrowing his gaze, cast it over the property. McGregor land stretched before him as far as the eye could see. Sun-scorched and unforgiving, a land of beauty and promise, of dreams both shattered and fulfilled. A harsh land, a lucky land, a land of contradiction. His heart held a passion for it that a stranger could not hope to fathom.
He stopped for a brief word with Cyril, a hired hand, who was seated on a bale of hay outside the barn puffing on a hand-rolled.
“When are you going to give that up? Those things will kill you as sure as the sun sets in the west.”
“The day you walk down the aisle, young Whip.”
The spry little man had christened him Whip the day he’d taught him to crack a bullwhip at the age of five, and the nickname had just stuck.
“I seem to remember you making that same promise to Travis, old man.” Whip smiled at the mention of his twin’s marriage.
Cyril blew out a thin plume of blue smoke and squinted in the sunlight. He’d been working McGregor land since Methuselah was a boy and was more like a family member than the hired help.
“She’s fuelled and ready to go,” he said, dangling the set of car keys in the air.
Whip took the keys and gave the old man’s shoulder a squeeze. “Thanks, mate, I’ll see you when I get back.”
Eager to be on the road, Whip lengthened his stride and hurried into the barn-sized garage. He folded his length into the big black Ute and switched on the ignition. The V8 engine roared to life like a mighty beast, and as he shifted into gear, the thought skimmed across his mind that the car was as anxious to be on the road to Sydney as he was.
With hands placed at ten and two on the wheel, he steered the vehicle past the stables and the big house, then followed the road until he came to the stock hands’ quarters. The men were just coming in for breakfast after getting an early start. Whip slowed the vehicle and raised a hand in response to their greetings before driving by and heading for the boundary.
Ten minutes later, coasting down the dusty track and about to leave the property through the last gate, another vehicle appeared, flicked its lights, then pulled to a stop by the exit.
Damn. He 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.
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.