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.
Molly: Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lisa Oliver, author of The Artist and His Alpha, Book 3 in the Alpha and Omega series. Hi Lisa, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Lisa: Hi there, and thank you for having me on your blog today. Some of your readers may know me as the author of the Cloverleah Pack series, but the Alpha and Omega series started about a year ago, when I wanted to write something light hearted, fun and of course, be part of the true mate trope. This series is different to my others in that there is no overlap in characters from book to book, meaning The Artist and His Alpha is completely standalone.
All of my books have themes, beyond the mating side of things, and finding love and this book is no exception. In this story we meet Caden. Caden is gorgeous, an Omega who hides from the world as much as possible, and finds solace in his art. Due to his history, he has no wish to meet his mate and his one friend in the world is human, so he doesn’t imagine he ever will. I won’t give away the story line, but suffice to say, Caden learns there is a world outside of his loft apartment, and that while it is not always rainbows and unicorns, he does have the strength to break free of self-imposed cage.
Molly: What’s the easiest thing about writing?
Lisa: (Laughs) Most people will tell you there is nothing easy about it, but for me it is the process itself. I sit down and I write whatever comes into my head. None of my stories are planned and I never have any idea how they are going to turn out, beyond a guaranteed HEA. But for me the easiest part of writing, is the writing itself.
Molly: Name one author (living or dead) you’d like to write with?
Lisa: I have so many authors who’s work I love and I would dearly love to write with any one of them. But if I had to pick one, it would be Sandrine Gasq Dion. Her assassin series is amazing, and one of my favorite re-reads. But then there is also A.E. Vie, or Jordan L. Hawke, or…the list is endless. That is one of the great things about this genre – so much talent.
Molly: Tell us about your cover and how it came about.
Lisa: I do all of my own covers so they probably don’t look as professional as they should. I like the uncluttered nature of it though and don’t let any of my covers get too complicated. In all of my covers I try and convey something about the story, and the number of MCs the books have (I write M/M and M/M/M). IN this particular cover I wanted to show Caden’s obsession with his art, and how that translated to his equal obsession with Sean, after the two men meet.
Molly: Is this book part of a series? If it is a series, tell us a little about it.
Lisa: Yep, this is book 3 in the Alpha and Omega series. As I mentioned above, the only thing the books in this series have in common is the Alpha and Omega pairing. I really wanted to explore the concepts of strength, and how it can be found in anyone regardless of size, and given my love of shifters, this series just flowed from there.
Molly: Word association. Tell us the first thing that comes to mind when you read these words.
Ketchup – chips
Flakes – breakfast
Elastic – bands
Timer – horror
Google – my research friend
“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?”
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.
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