We are lucky to have Lisa Oliver here today to answer some questions!
Lisa, thanks for joining us! Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hello, and thank you for having me here. I don’t usually say a lot about myself because it’s my characters that tell my stories for me. In this one we meet Caden, a bit of a recluse, in fact he is darn near a hermit. He’s also an Omega wolf, and artist and has had a really hard life. He is not keen on Alpha wolves at all, so when he has a chance meeting with Sean, who also turns out to be his mate, he does what anyone else would do in that situation – heads home and bolts the doors.
Sean got a lot of flak from my beta readers because he is self-absorbed and living the good life. Consequently, he doesn’t have the emotional maturity to deal with someone like Caden. But, as I insist that all of my characters have an HEA, he had to do some growing up. When he stalled a bit, life slapped him in the face. That’s what I love about the true mate trope – you know they are going to have a happy ending, but you are never sure how it’s going to happen.
- Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than any others? Love? Action? Romance? Tragedy?
I don’t write horror at all, because that’s not something I am comfortable with. I used to have an issue writing action scenes, but I think I have gotten better at those. When it comes to love and romance and those hot scenes readers love, I remember that first and foremost, my characters are men, and I make sure they act like it at all times.
- What do you think makes a good story?
For me, and please note this is a personal opinion – I like a romance with another story line in it as well; I can’t abide cheating of any kind by MCs, and I don’t like cliff-hangers. I write my books in series, so I know that you have to leave something for subsequent books, but I don’t like books that are written as though they were a chapter, rather than a whole book. I want some resolution at the end.
- Do you hear from readers much? What do they say?
I have the most amazing readers. So many of them friend me on Facebook, which I love. They comment, they are supportive, they ask questions about my characters and suggest ideas. They are awesome and they have gotten me through some bad times recently, so I am truly appreciative.
- How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
The Artist and His Alpha is my 19th book, but by the time this interview is aired, Tangling with Bears, which is book 8 in the Cloverleah pack, will be out as well, so I will have hit the magic 20. And now you want me to pick a favorite? Lol. I adored Griff and Diablo in The Runaway Cat (Cloverleah Pack #2), and I liked the story ideas in Get Off My Case (Stockton Wolves #1) and yet I liked Don’t Touch (Bound and Bonded #1) as well, although that was my first attempt at writing something shorter. All of my characters resonate with me, and it would be impossible for me to pick out just one as a favorite. If I had to choose, I would say “The next one.” Lol.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read, I am an avid photographer and recently I dusted off my charcoal and sketch pads as I want to go back to drawing again. With 8 grandchildren who all live in the area, I am kept really busy.
Thanks again for joining us!
Caden Wolfe lives his life hiding from the world. As an Omega with a brute of an Alpha looking for him, he can’t afford to take any chances. He is happy enough with his art, his one good friend Felix and his agent who adores his paintings. It’s a far cry from life on the streets and Caden is determined to keep working hard, and stay out of the spotlight. Staying away from all things wolf is easy enough in the city, until he meets the one man with the potential to blow his cover and his way of life, out of the water.
Sean Black has it all – a brother for pack, a home pack that is still supportive but far enough away not to interfere with his daily life, a good business, and men who clamor for his attention every night of the week. The last thing he wants or needs is a mate, but after a brief meeting with a gorgeous artist, he realizes his life will change, and not necessarily in a good way.
A misunderstanding leads to danger for Caden and Sean has to make a choice. Can he give his Omega what he needs, or should he make sure he’s protected and then walk away? A rogue Alpha with an agenda of his own, a trap, and trouble from the council are just a few of the things this couple will have to contend with if they are ever to have their HEA.
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“Holy shit, he has a gun. Caden, for fuck’s sake don’t shoot!”
Sean heard Felix yell and he damn near pushed Liam off the fire escape, leaping up the last of the stairs. He could understand how Felix would want to talk quickly, especially if a gun was involved, but he had to see Caden for himself. As he stood on a rickety ledge he was momentarily stunned by the vision in front of him. A huge lit space littered with canvases spoke of hard work, dedication, passion for art and an apparent disregard for mess. And in front of it all stood Caden – locked, loaded and ready for bear.
The young man looked even better than Sean remembered. His slim, pale torso gleamed under the light, his unruly mop of straight blond hair falling just over the top of one eye. All Caden appeared to be wearing was a pair of jeans that hung low on his hips – a truly sexy picture. But it was the confident way Caden held the gun in his hands, and the unflinching glare in his eyes, that touched Sean’s heart. Felix had been right about one thing. Caden was determined to defend his home, and he looked more than capable of doing it. Damn, if that idea didn’t slam Sean in the groin and hang on.
“What are you doing here, Felix?” Caden’s voice held traces of nervousness that wouldn’t be noticed by human ears, but Sean noticed that the hands holding the gun didn’t waver.
“I was worried about you,” Felix called out, stepping closer to the glass, his hands spread to show he was unarmed. “We all were. You wouldn’t answer your door; you weren’t taking my calls. I had to know you were all right. We’re friends, Caden, I thought you trusted me. Now please, let us in. This damn ledge is fucking unsafe and you know I’m scared of heights.”
Caden held his glare for a long minute, and Sean wasn’t sure the young man would ever move. But then he carefully raised his weapon, removed the magazine, which he tucked in his back pocket, and then walked over to rest the gun against the wall. Only then did he come towards the large panes of glass, releasing a latch, which Sean realized was actually a door latch. What he had mistaken for windows doubled as large sliding doors.
Once all three men were inside of what was a huge space, Caden seemed unsure of himself. “I know we’re friends,” he said to Felix hesitantly – scared, but apparently determined to defend his actions. “I’m not doing anything wrong.” His eyes seemed to catch Sean’s automatically and Sean was shocked to see they were full of fear again. “I’m an adult. This is my place, my territory. I’m not intruding on anyone’s space. I have a right to be here.”
Sean realized in that instant that Caden’s immediate fear had a name – the Black Brothers – and damn, if that didn’t make him feel sick. He and Liam were full-blown Alpha wolves, and his little Omega must have thought that they had a pack, or at least a right to the territory he lived in. No wonder the poor guy had locked himself in and refused to talk to anyone. He was terrified of losing his home and possibly his life.
Felix looked confused. “No one said you didn’t have any right to be here. This is your home, bought and paid for. No one can take it away from you so long as you pay your taxes, and your trust does that for you.”
“Then why did you bring them?” Caden hadn’t stopped looking at Sean, but clearly Liam was included in the ‘them’ comment as well. “They know what I’m talking about. Why are they here, if not to beat me, torture me, rape me and then kick me out of my home? That’s what men like them do. What are they doing here?”
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Meet the author:
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 (http://www.facebook.com/lisaoliverauthor), catch up on what’s happening at her blog (http://www.supernaturalsmut.com) or email her directly at email@example.com.
Where to find the author:
Other: Blog – http://www.supernaturalsmut.com
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28807988-the-artist-and-his-alpha
Publisher: Oliver Group Publications
Cover Artist: Lisa Oliver
Tour Dates & Stops:
4-Apr: My Fiction Nook
5-Apr: Molly Lolly
6-Apr: Full Moon Dreaming
7-Apr: Mikky’s World of Books, Outrageous Heroes, Unquietly Me
8-Apr: Open Skye Book Reviews
11-Apr: Jessie G. Books, Gay Media Reviews
12-Apr: Parker Williams
13-Apr: Bonkers About Books, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
14-Apr: MM Good Book Reviews
15-Apr: Hearts on Fire, Book Lovers 4Ever
18-Apr: A.M. Leibowitz
19-Apr: Inked Rainbow Reads
20-Apr: Velvet Panic, BFD Book Blog
21-Apr: Nephy Hart, The Dark Arts
22-Apr: Alpha Book Club
25-Apr: Happily Ever Chapter, Making It Happen
26-Apr: Oh My Shelves, Bayou Book Junkie
27-Apr: Dawn’s Reading Nook, Love Bytes
28-Apr: Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews
29-Apr: 3 Chicks After Dark, MM Book Escape
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