Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/L. A. Witt/Cari Z blog tour for Suspicious Behavior, the second Bad Behavior book!
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of an eBooks off each of our backlists (excluding Suspicious Behavior) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 26th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.
A Word About Constructive Pain By Cari Z
I’m not one of those people who really adores angst. I hear everyone who read an arc of this book yelling ha at me in derision, but no, it’s true. I love action/adventure, thrillers, James Bond and Atomic Blonde-style mayhem, but I’m really not into hurting people just to deepen their emotional pain. Maybe it’s because I’m sensitive, but honestly, it tends to make me cringe. The number of TV shows I won’t watch due to my emotional restrictions is kind of sad. My husband still doesn’t quite get why I’ll sit down for Burn Notice with him, but not Breaking Bad.
The point is, I don’t like inserting heavy angst without having a really good reason. Just because I don’t usually do it doesn’t mean I never will, though, and when the opportunity came up with this series, I decided to take it. It’s not about making Darren and Andreas suffer—swear to god. It’s about giving them an emotional obstacle that’s equal to the physical and mental ones they’re facing, and having the satisfaction of seeing them work through it together. It’s a way to build a stronger character, stronger couple, and stronger plot. Did it make me cry to come up with this particular device? Yes, it did. I’ve worked with a lot of clients dealing with similar situations in my day job, and it’s one of the hardest things a family can experience, in part because it’s so drawn out. There’s no quick fix, no cure, and no fast ending. It is slow, can feel onerous, and certainly involves a lot of sadness. But it happens, and how a person or a family deals with it can be very telling. I hope it is for our guys.
If you’re asking yourself, “What the hell is she talking about?” then hey! Read Risky Behavior, then come read Suspicious Behavior and you’ll be all caught up. And please, keep in mind—even if it hurts, I love a good HEA. Eventually.
About Suspicious Behavior
Detective Darren Corliss is hanging by a thread. In between recovering from a near-fatal wound and returning to work at a hostile precinct, he’s struggling to help care for his ailing brother. His partner and boyfriend, Detective Andreas Ruffner, wants to help, but doesn’t know how. And with his own family crises brewing, Andreas is spread almost as thin as Darren.
For cops, though, life takes a backseat to the job. When a stack of unsolved homicides drops into their laps, Andreas and Darren think they’re unrelated cold cases. But when a connection surfaces, they find themselves on the tail of a prolific serial killer who’s about to strike again.
Except they’ve got nothing. No leads. No suspects. Just a pile of circumstantial evidence and a whole lot of hunches. Time is running out to stop the next murder—and to pull themselves back from their breaking points.
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About the Bad Behavior Series
It’s “hell no” at first sight for newly partnered detectives Andreas Ruffner and Darren Corliss. Darren is too chipper, Andreas is too gruff, and that whole “IA wants me to prove you’re a dirty cop” thing really doesn’t get them off on the right foot.
It doesn’t matter if they like each other. They’re partners and that’s final. Though Andreas is easy on the eyes. And Darren is kind of cute. And . . . okay, maybe they can make this work.
They’d better, because as their cases get more horrifying—and more personal—they’ll have to trust each other with their lives, and with their hearts.
About Cari Z.
Cari Z was a bookworm as a child and remains one to this day. In an effort to combat her antisocial reading behavior, she did all sorts of crazy things, from competitive gymnastics to alligator wresting (who even knew that was legal!) to finally joining the Peace Corps, which promptly sent her and her husband to the wilds of West Africa, stuck them in a hut, and said, “See ya!” She also started writing, because some things she just thought she could do better. She’s still climbing that ladder, but can’t stop herself from writing, or from sharing what she creates.
Cari enjoys a wide range of literary genres, from the classics (get ‘im, Ahab) to science fiction and fantasy of all types, to historical fiction and reference materials (no, seriously, there are so many great encyclopedias out there). She writes in a wide range of genres as well, but somehow 90% of what she produces ends up falling into the broad and exciting category of m/m erotica. There’s a sprinkling of f/m and f/f and even m/f/m in her repertoire, but her true love is man love. And there’s a lot of love to go around.
Cari has published short stories, novellas, and novels with numerous print and e-presses, and she also offers up a tremendous amount of free content on Literotica.com, under the name Carizabeth.
About L.A. Witt
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .
To celebrate the release of Suspicious Behavior, one lucky winner will receive a $10 Riptide credit and their choice in an ebook from each of Cari and L.A.’s backlist! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 26, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!