Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Thomas Oliver, co-author of Uncaged, which is his first book in the Shifter’s Uprising series, a collaborative effort with Lisa Oliver, author of the Cloverleah Pack series.
Hi Thomas, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Hello, it’s nice to be here. Interviews aren’t really my strong point, but I will do my best. I honestly don’t mind talking about the book because I am excited about that. Uncaged is about Carlin, who is an Alpha wolf shifter, and Lucas, who is a hybrid shifter (you learn about what that means in the book). They meet, do the mating thing, and then Carlin tries to make a deal with the head man of the Elite force, a kind of shifter police force, for the two men’s freedom. Did I mention they were in the Souterrain which is a shifter prison where the prisoners have to perform in cage fights once a week? Anyway, Martin, who runs the Elite force has a lot of reasons for not wanting to let Lucas go, so he decides that killing Carlin, and claiming Lucas for himself is the way to go.
Talk to us about your characters in this book. What makes them unique?
Lucas is a hybrid shifter, and he has a hidden past which is partially revealed in this book. Carlin is different in that he has pretty much settled in his life by the time Lucas came along, and now his whole line of thinking has to change. So you see changes in both men through the story as they fight to stay together, and fight for their freedom.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in getting your book from start to publish?
I honestly didn’t realize how much physical time it takes to write a book – I don’t know how mom (Lisa Oliver) does it all the time. Ideas come easily to me, but the physical work – getting words on the paper was a lot harder, and a lot more time consuming than I thought it would be.
Have you ever gone to a convention? If so, how was it? If not, do you think it’s something you’d like to do in the future?
No, it’s not something I have ever done, and I don’t think I would ever go to one. My mom is hoping to go next year when she visits the US, so she can tell me all about it.
Would you like to be a full-time writer?
I would love to be a full time writer, although I enjoy my day job. But I think I would prefer to work with someone else, like I have this time with my mom. I am used to having people around me to bounce ideas from, and I think that would be a hard thing to do, if you were working on something alone. I don’t know how mom does it.
Design the ultimate pizza.
I think any pizza I designed would have already been done somewhere, but my favorite toppings are chicken, fetta, cranberry and spinach.
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Book Name: Uncaged
Series: Shifter Uprising
Release Date: July, 2015
Publisher: Oliver Group Publications
Cover Artist: Lisa Oliver
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.
Pages or Words: 44,000
Categories: Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal
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.
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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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I would like to give a big Thank You to Lisa & Thomas Oliver and Will at Pride Promotions for letting us take place in this Blog Tour.