July 25, 2013

Character Interview: Shane from Desire Unleashed @Layne_Macadam #RLFblog

Desire Unleashed 
Layne Macadam, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Shane Jackson aka Ice, from the book, Desire Unleashed.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Cover artist: Lyn A Taylor
Length: 105K words
Heat rating: Spicy Hot
Tagline: Find out what happens when a career-driven, cocky Navy SEAL meets an old-fashioned good girl looking for love in all the wrong places. Intrigue, kidnapping, and danger await you in this explosive tale of desire unleashed.
When schoolteacher Kathy Bellamy moved from Louisiana to Coronado, she didn't expect her secret dream, or her worst nightmare, to become a reality.
Confirmed bachelor and relationship cynic, Shane Jackson has no room in his life for a permanent woman. Temporary liaisons are all he is up for. Cocky and self-assured, he believes he can pick a like-minded player at a glance. So when he discovers Kathy is the complete antithesis of what he believed her to be, he is thrown into a tailspin. Before long, and way out of his comfort zone, he finds himself knee deep in a relationship he can't quite seem to end.
Kathy longs for a fairytale romance, an old-fashioned girl saving herself for the right guy. But, after one date with Navy SEAL Shane Jackson, she trashes her values and willingly tumbles into the sack without a thought for the consequences. Now, Kathy's love life will soon become the catalyst of a nightmare. When she throws caution to the wind and acts out of character, her actions are seen as a betrayal by her stalker, a betrayal that demands retribution in blood. Abducted at knifepoint and taken to a secret location, it's up to Shane, the ultimate predator, to find and rescue her before it's too late!
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
The main characters are Shane *Ice* Jackson, he's a Navy SEAL and is 34 years old. Kathy Bellamy is 24, and she is a first grade teacher. Kathy has moved from Louisiana to Coronado and that is where Shane and Kathy meet.


When she heard Liz call, Kathy's shoulders stiffened. Mentally preparing to face the brute with the foul mouth, she pasted on a happy face and marched into the sitting room.
The first view of her illustrious neighbor was of his back. He was facing away from her, but at the sound of her footsteps, he turned and Liz made the introductions.
Kathy's head was at chest level. He was tall, very tall. She raised her eyes to meet his, and when she did the prepared greeting died in her throat. Oh. My. God. It's Adonis. Her heart did a back flip. Her brain short-circuited. She felt like she'd been sucker punched.
A quirky little smile lit his face as he extended his hand. "So nice to meet you at last Kathy."
The soft baritone voice cut across her turbulent thoughts and was a seduction of the senses. The nanosecond she left his hand suspended in midair won her a discreet elbow in the ribs from Liz.
"Nice to meet y'all too, Shane," she said, her nervousness making her drawl more pronounced. As she put her hand in his, electrical pulses shot up her arm. The unfamiliar jolt caused her to pull away in surprise, but she held his gaze.
"I hope you ladies like Chardonnay."
With her heart fluttering, but with no sign of recognition in his deep blue eyes, she breathed a silent sigh of relief and took the bottle of wine he handed her.
"Perfect, I'll just get the opener and wine glasses from the kitchen," Liz offered.
"No, no," Kathy interrupted. "I'll get them. I need to check on dinner anyway. Would you prefer wine or beer?" She directed the question to him.
"A beer would be great."
Kathy skedaddled. She'd absorbed every itty-bitty detail and wanted to process it with breathing space. He was even more phenomenal up close. His size alone commanded respect. His ocean blue eyes edged with ebony lashes held such depth she was in danger of drowning in them. His chiseled jaw, strong and defined with a slight cleft in the center, softened his features and gave him an almost boyish charm. A small white scar, half an inch long, ran perpendicular to his bottom lip and a dimple formed in his left cheek when he smiled. The glaring black and purple bruise on his forehead just above his right eye was incongruous with the rest of his appearance but didn't dull his good looks; if anything, it made him more bad boy sexy appealing. As she got the drinks and picked up the fruit and cheese platter, she asked herself whether this was what love at first sight felt like.
To say he was gob-smacked when she'd entered the room was an understatement.
Heck, he felt like he'd been slammed by a Mack truck. Miss Bellamy was no gray-haired spinster but his fantasy girl, Doe Eyes. The gods at last were smiling on him.
She was even more bodacious up close. Words like ravishing and delectable sprang to mind. She had lips that begged to be kissed and come-to-bed eyes, liquid brown with thick black lashes, but she'd stared at him like he was the devil incarnate.
Ice realized that the sight of him had her rattled. Hell, he was a bit rattled too. He wanted things to get off to a smooth beginning, didn't want to spook her, so decided to play it cool and feign ignorance. His plans of a quick retreat flew from his mind, and his attitude did an about face. This was turning out to be one hell of a night.
"This is Cindy, the cause of last night's kerfuffle." Liz butted into his thoughts.
"How could such a little dog make such a commotion?" he muttered reaching down to scratch his new best friend behind the ears.
"Beats me, as I said before, I didn't hear a thing. Have a seat Shane." Liz indicated the single armchair as she slid onto the sofa.
Ice folded himself into the chair as Kathy re-entered the room.
"Help yourself," she said, placing a platter on the table and handing out drinks before taking a seat next to Liz.
He didn't miss the underlying meaning and gave her a wicked grin. As she picked up her wine and sipped it coquettishly, he cut a wedge of cheese from the platter, washed it down with his beer, and wondered just how long it would be before he got into her pants.
Interview with Shane Jackson
Tell us about yourself.
Up until recently I was a Navy SEAL, that's where I got the name Ice, but after getting wounded in Cambodia, I was medically retired from fieldwork. Now I co-own a private security business with my old SEAL team. The guys and me will take on any job *grins* as long as it's legal.
Tell us about Kathy Bellamy.
What can I say? The moment I laid eyes on her I was smitten. My wife is one of those rare creatures who is as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside. She's feisty when the situation calls for it, and she's as sexy as hell! She opened my eyes and made me see there was more to life than work, and she taught me to trust again. I adore her.
What do you think is your strongest point?
Loyalty. I will hang in there till the end, no matter what, and I will fight for what I believe in.
What would Kathy say is your strongest point?
Well, I think she would probably say my stamina. LOL! Nah, seriously, she calls me her rock. It's funny hearing her say that because I have always thought of her as my rock, my anchor.
What was it like where you grew up?
I had a rough childhood. I don't talk about it much, but my mother's parents disowned her when they learned I was on the way. Long story short, she ended up on the street and died young. I was in and out of foster care until I was about fourteen when a Marine and his wife took me in and turned my life around. They were amazing and kind, and I will always be grateful for their love and support.
What do you wish was different about your life?
My life is perfect now, but if I could change one thing it would be that I discovered the identity of Kathy's stalker before he got to her. I give thanks every day that Frosty, and I arrived when we did, thirty minutes later and we would have been too late. Only for Frosty, I would have finished that sucker when I had the chance.

About the Author

I live with my husband, two dogs and a cat on the beautiful east coast of Australia. I have a full-time job with a degree in history. I've always been an avid reader, and I love a happy ending, so writing romance seemed a natural progression for me. But as I sat at my computer staring at a blank screen it all seemed rather daunting. Once I started tapping on the keys though, the words kept flowing and before I knew it I had written my first book.
Layne Macadam 
I write contemporary romance and sci-fi. I am currently working on Desire Denied book 2 in the Desire Series. I have ideas for an historical romance in the future, and with thoughts of a wolf shifter germinating in my head a paranormal romance is not outside the realms of possibility either.
When I'm not writing you might find me in the kitchen creating culinary delights, but of course some dishes work out better than others!
I guess my love of history has fueled my other passion which is travel. I have been fortunate enough to have seen lots of this wonderful world we live in and on my web page you can share some of my experiences and pictures.

Books Coming Soon

Desire Denied, Book 2 in the Desire Series


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  1. Just dropping by to say Hi and that I enjoyed the character interview.

    1. Thanks for being here, Tif! (Love your name)

  2. Thanks Tif for dropping by, so glad you enjoyed it.

    1. Good morning Layne? Are we ready to rock this thing? :)

    2. We sure are Kayelle. Thanks so much for this opportunity!

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    1. Yo, Kimber. :) Nice to see you today.

    2. Thanks Kimber glad you enjoyed it.

  4. I like Chardonnay too :-) I want ICE! Okay, so Kate might have to share him...

  5. LOL Maggie. ICE is hot but alas taken! However there are three other SEALs just ripe for the picking!!

  6. Loyalty is definitely an attractive strong point, never mind a man who adores his woman.

  7. Couldn't agree more Allie, thanks for dropping by!


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