Virtual Tour: M/M ~ Uncaged by Lisa Oliver and T.J. Oliver ~ (Authors Guest Post, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver and T.J. Oliver
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
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.
Authors Guest Post:
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Thomas and Lisa Oliver, authors of Uncaged – Shifter’s Uprising book 1.
Hi to both of you, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hi, I’m Lisa Oliver and I make my living writing M/M shifter books. This is the first time I have co-written anything with anyone, and I was really fortunate that my co-author is my (adult) son…makes for interesting dinner conversations sometimes.
Hi there, I’m Thomas. The Shifter’s Uprising books are based on an idea I had for a series where an underground revolutionary movement tries to overcome the powers in office. In this first book, Uncaged, Lucas and Carlin are both in the Souterrain, which is a shifter prison, where the inmates have to fight to the death in front of human audiences. Lucas and Carlin find out they are mates, and then have to work together to gain their freedom. There’s bad guys, a lot of passion and a couple of twists in this story to keep readers on their toes.
Give us ten tips for becoming a better writer.
[Thomas] As you know, I have never written a book before, but my five tips (you can do the other five Mom) would be:-
- Draw inspiration from everything around you – life is inspiring all in itself
- Focus on your vision and then follow it
- Finish the book – I found this the hardest bit, and yet if it’s not finished no one will read it
- Write something you would want to read – that makes the journey fun
- Make time to write a little bit everyday –every 100 words you do is one step closer to a finished story.
Now it’s your turn Lisa.
[Lisa] Good points, they are all things I agree with. I would add
- Don’t worry about the perfect sentence, paragraph or page – you can always edit later but start by getting your story down on paper.
- Never give up – I have deleted heaps of pages in various books and rewritten them when I thought the story wasn’t going right. That’s the joys of using an office program.
- Never compare – I have written seventeen books (I think) and I still read books every week and think, “gosh, I will never write as well as…”. Don’t do that – write the books you want to read and trust that others will do the same.
- I start every writing day by editing the previous day’s word count. It helps get me in the mood, reminds me what my characters are doing and it makes the end of the book editing process a lot easier.
- Write what you enjoy dreaming about – your book will take up a lot of time in your brain and if you don’t like what you are thinking about, then you won’t like writing about it either.
Meet 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.
Where to find the author:Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lisaoliverauthor
My Blog: http://www.supernaturalsmut.com
Tour Dates & Stops:
30-Sep - Inked Rainbow Reads
Rafflecopter Prize: three ebook copies of the book to giveaway (pdf, mobi or epub)