Please welcome Lisa Oliver as we kick off her blogtour for
The Artist And His Alpha
Alpha and Omega #3
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.
“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?”
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Hi Lisa, thank you for being with us today. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hello, and thank you for hosting me on your blog today. I started writing fiction back in 2013 as part of the NaNoWriMo challenge that year, and basically haven’t stopped. This book is part of my Alpha and Omega series, which differs from my other series in that every book is completely standalone, with little or no overlap of characters. In this book we meet Caden, a delightful Omega who has learned to live alone, and make a life for himself with his human friend Felix.
His life turns on a dime when he meets a confident and rather overbearing Alpha, Sean, who epitomizes everything Caden fears about Alpha wolves. Of course they do get their HEA, but it takes work, a spot of mystery and an ex-pack to really get these two men to gel together, but the growth for both of the characters makes their HEA that much more appreciated.
As mentioned earlier, I do have a number of different series running at the moment, all with shifters who find their true mates. Below is an excerpt from my latest book, Tangling With Bears, released just a few weeks ago. Tangling with Bears is book 8 in the Cloverleah Pack.
Ooooh, how about an excerpt from Tangling With Bears?
“Tobias? Are you okay? You’ve been in here…” Two loud bangs on the door and then Josh’s head popped around the bathroom door. Tobias quickly covered his mark, but either his actions weren’t quick enough, or they looked suspicious. Josh pushed open the door further and came to stand next to him.
“Whatcha doing?” Josh had a huge smirk on his face and Tobias knew what he was thinking. Boy, is he wrong.
“Nothing, just getting ready for bed. We’ve got a big wedding to go to tomorrow.”
Josh’s grin got wider and he caught Tobias’ eyes in their reflections. “Now, now, no deflection. Did someone get a bit close to Max’s fangs this evening?”
“If they did, it wasn’t me.” There was no way the marks on his neck would have come from a vampire. Which must mean that tattooed man he tangled with at the truck stop…
“A human left hickeys on your neck?”
“No.” Tobias turned and faced his friend, his hand still covering the mark protectively. “Look, something happened earlier, before we left Cloverleah. I don’t want you making a fuss, or telling anyone. Promise me.”
The smile fell off of Josh’s face in an instant. “You have my word.
What’s happened, are you okay?”
“I’m fine, but a hookup this morning left me with a few side effects.” Tobias lifted the hand cradling his mating mark and he knew the instant his friend saw the mark; a split second later Josh realized its implication.
“Oh my God!” What was wrong with Josh, was he channeling a teenage girl or something? “I’m so freaking happy for you. You found your mate.”
Tobias didn’t want to poke holes in Josh’s enthusiasm, but the man squeezed him so hard he couldn’t breathe, and the jumping up and down was making him dizzy. “I wasn’t aware he was my mate at the time and my mate has someone else,” he said as soon as he was able to take a full breath. “As soon as he’d come all over my back, he disappeared to phone some guy called Kurt.” The more he thought about it, the more his heart ached like a son-of-a-bitch. No wonder he was feeling like someone kicked him in the gonads.
Well, that sounds fantastic. Thank you for sharing with us!
More about 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, catch up on what’s happening at her blog, or email her directly.
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