Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Virtual Tour: Suspicious Behavior by Cari Z. & L.A. Witt ~ (Guest Post + Giveaway)

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.

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.

Check out Bad Behavior! Riptide

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.

OMG, I Have To Be Here Again?
By Cari Z

I’ve never written many series. Part of it was because of the time and planning it took, part of it was the uncertainty of the first book’s success, making the second one a gamble, and part of it was just plain flittishness. Authors will go on and on and on about rabid plot bunnies fighting it out in their head, and you know what? It’s totally correct, at least in my case. I’d get done with a book, and by then my brain would be chanting at me move on! Let’s work on this now! And that would be that.

There are a few cures for the series blues. One is having an idea that’s so much fun, you just can’t help revisiting it. I did a supervillains series on that premise—oh my gosh, nothing has to repeat, I can do ANYTHING I WANT! And I did and it was lovely. Another trick I tried was basically taking one novel and serializing it—turning it into six installments. Readers crucified me. Not going there again. Yet I can put one chapter a week of a novel up on my blog and everything is fine. *throws up hands*

In this case, though, the secret to writing a series was writing it with an experienced coauthor who knows what the hell she’s doing. Also, it turns out, writing a book with another person can go so fast, character fatigue doesn’t have a chance to set in, and before you know it you’ve got four books done in under a year, and BAM! Series completed. It’s amazing. Suspicious Behavior begins very close to the end of Risky Behavior, and if you’ve read the first book, then you’ll be able to jump right in with no problem. If it feels like a smooth transition, that’s because it was for us—we began Book Two almost as soon as Book One was turned in, and that made it sooo much easier to flow with.

That’s what we’re going for, anyway. Continuity, in plot, character development, and emotional impact. I hope Suspicious Behavior hits the spot.

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.

Connect with Cari at http://cari-z.net/  or via her blog, http://carizerotica.blogspot.com/

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 . . .
L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).


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!


  1. I've heard great things about this series, can't wait to check it out.

  2. It looks great. Congrats on your new co-authored book!
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  3. Definitely going to check it out!
    jlshannon74 at gmail.com

  4. Me too. Iw ill be checking these out.

    Debby236 at gmail dot com

  5. Congrats on the new book! colby69@verizon.net

  6. Congrats on your new book release!
    kathleenpower at comcast dot net

  7. Do you already know how many books are going to be in this series?

  8. Thanks for the post & congrats on the new release!
    legacylandlisa at gmail dot com

  9. congrats on the new release and added to tbr
    jmarinich33 at aol dot com

  10. Four book completed?? Woot!! Can't wait to read book #3 and #4. And perhaps you guys should co-write another book/seeries again. ;-)
    Congrats on the new book release, Cari & Lori.
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

  11. congrats on the new release


  12. I love this series. Cannot wait for the final book!


  13. Congrats, and thanks for your "issues" with series. Since I love gay mysteries\suspense, I've got to get started on this series. It sounds great and the collaboration seems to be working well. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com