Today we welcome Lisa Oliver to 3 Chicks After Dark! She has graciously answered a few questions about the Cloverleah Pack series and writing. Thank you, Lisa, for being here!
What do you enjoy most as a writer of m/m shifters?
Hello and thank you for hosting me on your blog today. There are so many things I love about my “job”. The research for example – how many other jobs can you have where you get to hunt out hunky men, and different towns, cars and other things all day. I also love the way an idea comes together. I usually only have a hint of it when I sit down to write and sometimes even I am amazed at the way my story changes, twists and turns. And who wouldn’t love shifters – I research the animals my characters change into and they are fascinating, not to mention beautiful and deadly. Create combination in my book
As a full time writer, how do you manage to stay motivated to write/work? I know I’m always distracted while working from home and I wonder how you beat back the urge to neglect work, have fun or take a lazy day!
I am really lucky that I don’t have children at home anymore. When I was writing non-fiction I could cope with interruptions, but now I write fiction I can’t stand to have people around me as I am working. I spend most of the day on my own, through the week at least, and so have a regular routine that includes a lot of reading, a lot of cups of tea, and at least four solid hours in front of my computer. I do take days off sometimes, because otherwise I would go mental, but I don’t have a problem with working weekends either, so if I want to take a day off through the week, I do. Did I mention that I love my work?
Can you tell us about the Cloverleah Pack series? Getting Close to the Omega is book 5, can we expect more books in this series? Should the books be read in order or are they essentially standalone books within the same world?
OMG, the Cloverleah Pack series – I do love these guys. The Cloverleah Pack started as a really tiny idea I had for the NaNoWriMo challenge back in 2013 (Book 5 was written during the 2014 challenge). I wanted to try my hand at fiction and I loved MM shifter books, so I hunted out a couple of pictures of men that I thought would be perfect for each other and went from there. Originally the book was only going to be a one-off, but by the time I had finished book two, I realized that 1) the other men in the pack should meet their mates too and 2) that everything happens for a reason. The men in Cloverleah all have really powerful or unique mates, so as the series has progressed I am working up to a central storyline where all the men’s unique talents will be needed to cope with…an event. That’s all I can say about that at the moment.
The books can be read as standalone because they are all complete love stories in themselves, but if you want the Cloverleah experience then I would recommend reading them in order. I am currently working on Book 6 and that should be out soon and at the moment I have at least ten books planned in total for this series, but there could be more.
Would you be willing to share any teasers for upcoming works for the Cloverleah series or other series?
This is from the prologue of Book 6 in the Cloverleah Pack, Fae For All:
Snorting to himself, Jax wandered down the hallway of the huge pack house, clutching a piece of paper in his hand. Since that one moment in the bedroom before, Jax had resisted looking at it, not sure if he could hide the emotions that flooded his body when he caught sight of the two men in the picture Dean had drawn. One tall with long dark hair, one the same height with long blond hair. Two faces so alike and so devastatingly beautiful, and the depiction of a mating mark that burned inside Jax’s brain.
Dean’s face and words teased Jax’s memory. “They’ve been looking for three hundred years. Until they met me, no wolf shifter would ever go near them. I just thought, if I sent to the picture to the packs we know, that maybe someone would recognize the mark and come forward…” And without thinking of the consequences Jax had offered to send the picture out to all of the packs in the US, just to keep the little omega happy.
“You’re getting soft old man,” Jax muttered to himself as he headed off to find a computer. He had a bit of time before the next pack meeting and he could start getting the picture out to all of the other packs, just like he promised. He was a man of his word after all. And he was damned good at keeping his emotions to himself.
Wow!! We can already see that Jax’s book is going to be a good one!! Thanks Lisa for taking time to visit with us today.
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 here, or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to find the author:
Lisa’s Blog – http://www.supernaturalsmut.com
Released December 2014
Published by Oliver Group Publications
Cover Art by Lisa Oliver
Dean Weir has finally found happiness in his position as Omega wolf of the Cloverleah pack. He has his friends, his work and his art and he has never looked for anything else. Badly abused by his ex-home pack and Alpha, Dean keeps his head down and stays out of trouble. That is, until his mate joins the pack.
Matthew Charmichael is over a hundred years old and has been a lone wolf for longer than he can remember. Joining the Cloverleah pack after he heard they were having trouble with another wolf shifter, Matthew is overjoyed to find his mate is the cute little Omega of the small pack. But Dean’s past, and the constant attacks on the pack from the mysterious Kylan, could mean that Matthew and Dean won’t get their HEA after all. Can Dean overcome his past, and embrace the powers that a claimed Omega is purported to have, or will his ex-pack kill him before he and Matthew have a chance.
Warning: This is a love story between two male wolf shifters. It includes graphic depictions of sex between men as well as some violence and coarse language. Historical abuse themes are referred to, but not described.
“You matter to me,” Matthew said. “One day you will share your personal horrors with me, purely and simply because eventually we won’t have any secrets from each other. You will trust that I am strong enough to handle it, and that I will comfort you when you need me to. Those things come with time.” Matthew lifted his arms, encouraging Dean’s hands to come back up to his shoulders. As though he couldn’t get enough, Dean went back to tracing Matthew’s collar bone.
Matthew swallowed a moan and forced himself to keep speaking. “But right now, in this moment, I need you to know, that to me, any scars you have are a testament to your strength and ability to survive. And you have no idea how thankful I am that you did survive and that you feel comfortable enough with me to sit here and touch me like this.”
“You make me calm, like I have found my center,” Dean explained. “I don’t know why, but when I’m around you I don’t have any fear, of anything.” He looked up and Matthew was blasted by the pure need in Dean’s eyes. “Could you, would you mind maybe kissing me again, please?”
“As often as you like,” Matthew promised as he leaned over and carefully brushed his lips over Dean’s mouth.
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Hands down, this shifter series is entertaining, action-packed, full-on alpha posturing goodness!
I always enjoy a strong alpha going all protective and growly over their true mate. It’s even better when the mate is smaller or less dominant than the alpha. Two strong alphas can be entertaining, but the alpha and omega in this story are just the right alpha/submissive combination to heat up the book yet add the perfect amount of sweetness.
The moment Matthew and Dean cast a glance in each other’s direction, they know they are true mates. Dean, a reclusive Omega with past issues, retreats. That’s his way of dealing with the stress of new people in the Cloverleah Alpha’s house and the fact he just met his true mate. Matthew manages to restrain himself when all he wants is to knock down Dean’s door and claim his true mate.
They don’t waste any time accepting and declaring their intentions. Some would say it was just too fast, but I like this fast and furious move from ‘I don’t know you’ to ‘I could love no other, you’re my true mate’ in shifter books. For shifters, it just works! Matthew and Dean work out being mates and how they will handle the claiming. With all the abuse in Dean’s past, Matthew must be careful, slow and compassionate in the handling of the process… in the handling of Dean in general. He’s so caring and sensitive to his mate’s needs yet keeping his alpha in the forefront.
Having been around for as long as he has, Matthew once traveled to various packs trying to save abused and mistreated Omegas. It’s ironic that his mate would be the last Omega. Someone who has witnessed and rallied for Omegas would make the perfect mate for an Omega as important as Dean. I thought Matthew and Dean were perfectly matched.
Lisa Oliver adds in just enough of the other pack members from prior books in the series to give us nice cameos. We also get a healthy dose of some additional paranormal elements with Shawn’s Guardian Shifter powers, a Fae encounter, an evil witch and demonic elements. Action and suspense ensue when Dean is taken multiple times and the pack must figure out a way to protect him. The extent of his Omega power after finding a true mate and being claimed come to light and the Cloverleah Pack quickly realizes how precious Dean is to the whole shifter world.
I love the paranormal elements, the problem that must be worked out, the big alpha men and their protectiveness but nothing tops the intense bond between two true mates in and out of the bedroom. Matthew and Dean are sure to please in both settings. I like the guys in the Cloverleah Pack and can’t wait to see how they handle a vampire/shifter problem in the next installment, Jax’s book.
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!
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