Lisa and Thomas J. Oliver’s Uncaged
If you haven’t read any of Lisa Oliver’s books, you should. They’re such a joy to read. Her newest, Uncaged, is co-written with her son! If that blows your mind like it did mine, keep reading because they join me today to talk about all of the interesting bits about that. Trust me, you don’t want to miss reading it. Afterwards, read all about the book and an excerpt that leaves you wanting you know what happens next. At the very bottom, enter for a chance to win one of three copies of the book.
“Hi, it’s Amanda and today I have Lisa and Thomas Oliver here to talk a bit about what it is like writing and publishing a book as a mother and son team. Was it an easy experience, or…”
Lisa looks at Thomas with a smile on her face. Thomas doesn’t look like he smiles that much, but he is a good looking young man.
“Three words?” Lisa asks Thomas.
“Positive, annoying and enlightening,” Thomas said shortly. Yeah, I bet he was a handful as a teenager.
“Why do you say that?” I had to ask because it looked like Thomas wasn’t going to share anything more than he had too and sure enough, the young man sighed.
“I loved writing Uncaged, don’t get me wrong, and I am loving the work we are doing on the second book. But…” Was he worried he would upset his mother who didn’t seem worried about anything her son might have to say. She was clearly used to him being the way he was.
“It was positive because I learned the whole writing thing is really hard unless you have someone to keep you on track, and mom is good at that. Annoying because I am really impatient and the time it takes to actually write a book is so much longer than I thought it was.” Thomas explains.
“I do it all the time,” Lisa reminded him. “You are working a full time job as well, of course the whole process is going to take longer.”
“That’s what I mean about enlightening,” Thomas said, and heavens was that a smile on his face? “I didn’t know, until we wrote Uncaged, what was involved in actually writing a book. I have ideas and I struggle to put them onto paper. You helped with that,” he added nodding to Lisa. “But I am impatient as I said before, but I have a lot more respect for what mom does now, than I did before we worked together. She puts out a lot of books and that takes a lot of work.”
Lisa seemed pleased so I asked her, “So Lisa, your thoughts?”
“It was different. I am usually a pantser not a planner, and yet Thomas had a plot all planned out. My focus in my other books is on the relationship between two men, whereas Thomas likes action scenes. So Uncaged is a mixture of both. But it was good having someone to bounce ideas off of, and being related to Thomas adds something special to the mix as well.”
I had to ask, I knew readers would want to know. “How do you deal with the hot scenes in your books? I mean, you are mother and son.”
“Yeah, and we just don’t talk about it,” Thomas said firmly. “Mom writes those bits, and well, I don’t want to even think about where she gets her ideas from. Sex is not something I am going to discuss with my mom, fictional or otherwise.”
“We get round it,” Lisa said with a grin. “I write those scenes and all the lovey-dovey stuff, Thomas concentrates on the action, fights and the plot. It’s a winning combination and a lot of fun.”
Thomas clearly wasn’t going to say anymore, so I thanked them both for coming. Such a private young man. I wondered what he was like growing up.
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.
About The Authors:
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.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers and other writers. You can friend her on Facebook here, or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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