Uncaged, by Lisa Oliver and T.J. Oliver
Series: Shifter Uprising, Book One
Publisher: Oliver Group Publications (June 2015)
Word Count: 44,000 words
Genre: Gay (M/M) Paranormal, Romance/Erotica
I’m really excited to be hosting the blog tour for Uncaged today, by Lisa Oliver and T.J. Oliver! This is an action-packed shifter romance with a “growly Alpha who lets his emotions get the best of him, and a hybrid shifter with a wicked imagination”… sounds pretty good to me!
I’m also thrilled to have Lisa Oliver join me today for an interview!
So keep reading for an excerpt from the novel, an interview with Lisa, and your chance to win an e-copy of the book for yourself!
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.
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 quiet, 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.
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Lisa Oliver, co-author of Uncaged, book one in the new Shifter’s Uprising series.
Hi Lisa, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hi and thank you for hosting me here today. I write M/M paranormal books, usually shifters and have four other series running at the moment – the Cloverleah Pack, Bound and Bonded, Stockton Wolves and the Alpha and Omega series. A while ago Thomas, my 22 year old son, asked me to work with him on an idea he had for shifters and the Shifter’s Uprising series was born.
In this first book Carlin meets Lucas when they are both fighters in the Souterrain. Carlin is an Alpha wolf shifter, but Lucas is a hybrid, although not many people know about it. The two men are true mates, and can’t resist being together, but Lucas wants to be free of the Souterrain, and so Carlin decides to fight for their freedom. But, as with many books, there is a bad guy and in this case it’s Martin. He wants Lucas for himself, for reasons you will find out when you read the book, and he figures the best way for that to happen is to break the bond between Carlin and Lucas by killing Carlin. It was a hard one HEA in this book.
How do you develop your plots and characters?
Usually I find pictures of gorgeous men, who’s eyes or manner speak to me in some ways. If I can hear them in my head then I can write their story. I never plot anything so writing this with Thomas was a novel experience for me, as he had a plot line he wanted followed. Usually I just wing it, listening to the voices in my head.
Who doesn’t love a good hero? Tell us about your protagonist. Was there a real life inspiration behind them?
Not really no – I don’t use real life people for my books. I find the characters take on a life of their own (in my head) if I let them, and the results usually work out quite well.
What real-life inspirations do you use when world building?
Google Maps and researching is my friend. All of my books are set in the USA (although Uncaged has fictional towns and places) and so I do a lot of research.
Did you learn anything from this book and what was it?
This was the first time I had written a book with someone else. It was strange working with my son, as when I am writing I usually keep things private, but in this case I had to share. It was really good having someone to talk about action scenes with, as that is a weak point of mine, but he left the romance and the hot stuff to me.
It’s your last meal on earth. What do you choose?
My all-time favorite meal – scotch fillet steak, medium well, with mushrooms and a creamy sauce, accompanied by a light salad. Given that I am going to die I will follow it with Chocolate Gateau because, hey, why bother dieting if I am dying.
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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