Author Name: Lisa Oliver and T.J. Oliver
Book Name: Uncaged, Uprising, Book #1
Release Date: July, 2015
Pages or Words: 44,000
Categories: Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Publisher: Oliver Group Publications
Cover Artist: Lisa Oliver
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Thomas and Lisa Oliver authors of Uncaged, which is the first in a new series for Lisa called Shifter’s Uprising, and a first for both of them as it is a collaborative effort.
[Lisa] Hello, and thank you for hosting us here today. I am really excited about this book, Uncaged. It’s a little bit different to other books I have written, but for me it still has the core elements – hot shifters, a true mate trope and an HEA.
[Thomas] Hi there. I’m Thomas and this is my first time writing and publishing a book. Some people might think it is a little weird me writing a book with my mother, but it’s not that freaky – she does the sex bits and we just don’t talk about that side of things. But this book has a storyline too – shifters being kept imprisoned for small time crimes, by a force called the Elite, who are totally corrupt. There’s a bit of intrigue, more than a few twists, and yeah [he adds after Lisa elbows him in the ribs] it’s a love story too.
Tell us your writing goals for this year.
[Thomas] There are four more books in this series and we are hoping to have the next one out before Christmas. It would have been sooner but Mom has all these other books she is working on as well, but she has promised me this second book will be done within the next three months. The ideas are all there, it is just finding the time for both of us to sit down and nut it all out.
[Lisa] Well, it’s not as though I don’t have other series that also need new books. I am currently writing Josh’s story from the Cloverleah Pack series (Watching Out For Fangs), which should be out shortly. Copping A Lot of Sin (Book 2 Stockton Wolves) is also due out late October and I really want to get Phillip’s story from Bound and Bonded written and another book for the Alpha and Omega series. I am doing the NaNoWriMo challenge again this year and like last year, will aim to get two books done during November. You could do it too, Thomas.
[Gets an eye roll in response] Or maybe not. But plenty more coming up for readers before Christmas so keep an eye on my blog for more details.
Thank you for having us here today, and for the chance to talk about Uncaged – book 1 in the Shifter’s Uprising series.
Carlin is an Alpha Wolf Fighter, one of only three in the top spots at the Souterrain – an underground fighting club, run by the Elite to punish shifters who have gone outside of the laws. He’s happy enough, only has to fight exhibition matches, has his own apartment space, food and sex on tap – yep, life it good. So when Martin offers him the chance to fight for his freedom, Carlin turns it down. It’s no fun being a lone wolf and Carlin is quite happy where he is.
Then Lucas catches his eye. A handsome man, a stunning fighter, moving up through the ranks fast. Lucas might not have the killer attitude that most men at the Souterrain have, but he’s got the moves. Carlin has no problems insisting the man is bought to his apartment – sex is never a bad idea. But when he catches Lucas’s scent and realizes the man is his fated mate, suddenly getting him to bed is the least of his problems. Lucas wants to be free, and for the first time in a long time, so does Carlin.
Unfortunately there is more to Lucas than meets the eye. Martin certainly has no intention of letting them go, and if he has to have Carlin killed to keep Lucas at the Souterrain, then the man has no problems with that either. Suddenly the deal Carlin makes with Martin goes horribly wrong, and Carlin and Lucas realize that the price for freedom might be Carlin’s life, and even then Lucas will not be free.
Warnings: M/M sex, HEA, some violence (they are in a fight club after all). A growly Alpha who lets his emotions get the best of him, and a hybrid shifter with a wicked imagination.
Carlin knew he was behaving like an idiot pacing up and down the floor of his small apartment, but he couldn’t stop. How long did it take for one man to have a shower for fucks sake? He’d ordered food for the both of them. Having been a fighter for more than five years, Carlin knew that Lucas would be hungry – hopefully for food and sex. But if the bloody man didn’t get his skates on then Carlin would eat alone and get straight to dessert when Lucas arrived.
About to call Brian and find out where his errant fuck had gone, Carlin caught the sound of people outside of his door. He threw himself on the couch and picked up a book. He didn’t want Lucas thinking he was waiting for him or anything.
Brian came in, Lucas a few steps behind him.
“Alpha Fighter Carlin. This is Lucas, ranked fifth after today.”
Carlin was surprised. He’d heard the man had moved swiftly up the ranks, but he didn’t realize that Lucas was so close to a shot for an Alpha ranking. In theory, one more fight and he might have to fight Lucas in the ring. For a moment Carlin was tempted to send the man away. He did have some conscience, even after so many years of being a fighting machine. He didn’t want to have to kill someone who had been in his bed.
But then Lucas stepped past Brian, and Carlin was caught in angry eyes. Silver eyes. Something tugged at Carlin’s brain – the eye color had some significance, didn’t it? But then Lucas’s scent hit Carlin’s nose and any rational thought fell straight out of his brain.
“Leave, Brian,” Carlin said, standing up and not breaking his stare with Lucas. He knew his body radiated the power he was famous for, and guessed he might look intimidating, as he heard Brian whisper to Lucas as he scurried out of the door, “I told you not to stare at an Alpha. You’re dead meat pup.”
“Better dead than a fuck toy,” Lucas snarled – his comment for Brian, but those silver eyes stayed fixed on Carlin.
“I agree,” Carlin said, his voice dropping as he got closer. Before Lucas could react, he reached his hand around, grabbing Lucas by the nape and pushing the man’s face into his throat. Whatever Lucas was going to say was muffled by Carlin’s skin, although the man was kicking, punching and doing everything he could to get free.
“Sniff, damn you,” Carlin said urgently. “Fucking sniff, and then I’ll let you go.”
Carlin felt Lucas quieten, although his body still stayed rigid in Carlin’s grasp. Lucas’s deep inhale was the only sound in the room. Carlin knew the moment Lucas had worked out what Carlin was trying to say.
Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.
When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.
Thomas Oliver doesn’t have a lot of time for writing itself although he can talk about his ideas for hours. A construction worker by day, he has a wicked imagination and it was from sharing some of his ideas with Lisa, that the idea for this series was born.
When not working, Thomas is like any other young man. He loves to spend time with friends, his girlfriend and working on his car. His dream is to do up a project car – something mean, with attitude and plenty of power under the hood.
Anyone wanting to contact Thomas can do so through Facebook.
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