Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Blog Tour: With this Bling by L.B. Gregg with Guest Post and Giveaway

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Hi. My name is L.B. Gregg and I’m here to celebrate the release of my latest Romano and Albright book— With This Bling. I’m excited for the series to find a new home with Riptide Publishing, and even more thrilled (and relieved!) to have finished book three. Phew. Took me long enough, right?

Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour.

I have a few series under my belt, two of which I won’t tout because this is Caesar and Dan’s moment to shine, but I’m often asked by readers if my books have to be read in sequence.

Generally speaking, my answer is no.

My other series are really great stand alones—although the upcoming The Buck Stops Here is a sequel within a stand alone series, which makes this conversation complicated. So, putting Ari and Buck and life in Bluewater Bay aside, you can definitely pick up any Men of Smithfield book or either Cornwall Novella and read them independently. Those stories are of place rather than character. There is overlap in the Smithfield books, and there’s even a vague chronological order, but it doesn’t really matter which comes first, because the individual stories are complete and offer a satisfying HEA.

When I began writing Romano and Albright, I hoped to write a series similar to one written by Janet Evanovich. The Stephanie Plum books—all gabillionity of them—can be read in any order. Or at least, I think so. They’re funny and dark and snappy, with great situational comedy, and lots of hilarious one-liners and memorable characters. There’s love and some sex and lots of laughs played around mini- crimes and a bail bonds office in Trenton New Jersey.

I haven’t actually read past number fourteen, but Evanovich created what feels like a sitcom, and each book a new episode. Crazy adventures, filled with potheads and old people and mob bosses and funeral home directors and delis and big hair. There’s always a car that blows up, a big dog shitting on a lawn, and some sexy times with one or the other of Stephanie’s love interests.

However. The series is flawed. Many readers complained that Stephanie’s relationship(s) fail to develop. She hasn’t grown (or aged), and she hasn’t made a choice to be with either of the men she’s in love with—Ranger or Joe.

Actually, that’s a bit misleading. I personally perceived change. There’s an admission that Steph loves both men, and she states a lack of desire to commit to either of them, and eventually the guys are aware of Stephanie’s who should I pick dilemma. However, without some sort of maturation on Stephanie’s part, the reader’s complaint that they’re left emotionally unsatisfied is a valid one. Evanovich is funny. The books are sexy and addictive, but Stephanie remains in limbo.

Again I haven’t read the latest books, so perhaps that’s changed? I hope so. I truly hope Stephanie made a choice (and her choice was Ranger) and that they’re making sexy, slutty progress together in some black SUV parked under a parking garage in Trenton. I believe the potential for a real HEA or even a HFN or, hell a ménage**, is there.

So. Onward.

In my own work, I wanted Romano and Albright to be a different sort of thing. I hoped to find the series sweet spot. Create a story that lay somewhere between a stand alone and a sequential book. I wanted Ce and Dan’s love story to progress and for both characters to grow, but I also wanted readers to enjoy the books in any order.

That’s just crazy talk! But I believe I’ve done the impossible.

If you haven’t picked up Catch Me If You Can or Trust Me If You Dare, and you want to know if you can read this latest book first—I offer you a confident yes. With This Bling is complete and Ce and Dan’s history understandable, without any dreaded info dumping or heavy exposition (and believe me, that’s a skill). There are highs and lows and the story fits neatly into Ce and Dan’s world, sort of episodically. You can read this one and love it, I hope. Or you can enjoy this story, and then go back and read books one and two and make this With This Bling really sing.

Romano and Albright are my funniest, most fun books. I love these guys. They challenge my creativity, and make me giggle and laugh when I’m writing. I hope to deliver more emotionally satisfying glimpses into the wild and crazy life of Caesar Romano—a guy who just so happens to be falling well and truly in love with the smoking hot, dirty-talking, sexually adventurous Dan Albright.

Thanks for stopping by!

**The ultimate happy ending for Stephanie, Ranger and Joe would be f/m/m.

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With This Bling

L.B. Gregg

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Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing 

Published ~ 7th December 2015

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Caesar Romano’s catering career is doing better than he’d ever dreamed. And so is his love life—even if his boyfriend’s house in Staten Island is way too far from civilization for his liking. But then in short order, Caesar is duped into helping his cousin propose, is tricked by his best friend and business partner into appearing on live television, and is harassed by a thug-like personal trainer and his far too beautiful wife. In fact, Caesar is almost too busy to notice that something is troubling his PI boyfriend, Dan Albright.
Almost.
Laid-back, open, charming—that’s the impression hunky former NYPD Detective Dan Albright gives everyone. Caesar can add sexually adventurous and a bit of an exhibitionist. But he also knows that Dan is hiding something—something dark and a little dangerous—and when Dan’s silence over his mysterious past threatens to harm them both, it’s Caesar’s turn to save the day.
But then again, a break-in, a gallery party, an heirloom ring, a new suit, and a stalker with bad BO are all just a typical week for Caesar Romano.

Purchase Links

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Meet L.B. Gregg

When not working from her home in the rolling hills of Northwestern Connecticut, author L.B. Gregg can be spotted in coffee shops from Berlin to Singapore to Panama--sipping lattes and writing sweet, hot, often funny, stories about men who love men.

For more info on L.B., because surely one can never get too much of a good thing, you can follow her on her preferred social media, Facebook. You can also e-mail L.B. at lbgregg at lbgregg dot com

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS

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Giveaway

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To celebrate the release of With This Bling, L.B. Gregg is giving away a Romano and Albright mug with swag, and a $40 gift card to Amazon! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 12, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!

62 comments:

  1. It's been a while so looking forward to meeting Romano & Albright again

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    1. They've been eagerly waiting to see everyone! Thanks so much. ;)

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  2. This book is a great addition to Romano/Albright series. Always love reading how possesive Dan is for Ceasar and how amusing Ceasar is.

    And Happy Release day to LB! :-)

    menik16 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Thanks Dee. Dan is not as laid back as he thinks. I <3 him.

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  3. I have this terrible thing.... I never read series in order, I do not why I always happen to grab the wrong book and read the third or fourth instalment in a series first and then I have to go back to the previous books. Fortunately, though, this did not happy to me with Ce and Dan. I read the books in order and I honestly recommend it. It was so easy to fall for them....
    susanaperez7140(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I completely understand. There are some series (Game of Thrones!) you simply have to read in order. I read the third Adrien English book first and had to get the first two and start all over again. :) Thanks so much Susan.

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  4. I look forward to reading this series, sounds good.
    serena91291@gmail.com

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  5. sounds like a great series and cant wait to read them..hopefully in order..lol
    jmarinich33@aol.com

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  6. I can't wait to read this. I have been waiting for so long :D.

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    1. Thanks for waiting--really. It's been great to have so many readers on board for this very late third book.

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  7. I'm looking forward to more Caesar and Dan :D

    christina (dot) mcaul (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. They'll entertain you, no question. :)

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  8. I'm bad. I stopped after the first Stephanie Plum book cause I hate love triangles...just pick one already!!!!Love this series. Thanks for sharing!
    evjochum(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. And the one she should pick is RANGER. (Or Ranger should pick Joe--that's a book I'd buy)

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  9. Congrats on the latest release. Sounds like Caesar is getting everything but the kitchen sink thrown at him.

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    1. Just another day for Caesar Romano. Thanks Anne!

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  10. That is definitely a skill to write a series of books about the same characters but each one works as a stand-alone. I, personally, almost always read series in order. Occasionally, I don't, but that is usually when the books are loosely tied together and the other books in the series do not interest me.

    Thanks for the post. I am enjoying the tour.

    jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com

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    1. Thanks Jen! I read JR Ward's BDB books out of sequence originally (well the first four...back in the day when there were only four). I think I read Butch and V's book first and had to go and gobble up the others. I love that feeling of discovery.

      Glad you're enjoying the tour!

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  11. I didn't know the series but it sounds great. Now it's in my TBR.

    agalegogen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. can't wait to read this book ,,,it is on my list

    jeaninebeaulieu@hotmail.ca

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  13. I've been so excited since I heard a book three was coming. I really can't wait to read it!

    calila1988 @ yahoo . com

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    2. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks Calila!

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  14. Love these guys - can't wait to read this and hoping it ends the way I want!

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    1. LOL! It's a happy ending--but possibly not the happy ending the title implies. **wink**

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  15. Oh this book sounds fantastic - definitely adding this to my TBR! Can't wait. :)

    jenndonald00(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I dont like get myself into reading series because i end up suffering expecting the next book but if they work as a stand alone it may work for me.
    I've been folowing this blog tour and i didn't know LB Gregg before but now i'm totally hook by the humor i've been seen on the tour. Surely i will be soon reading this book.


    ticuv@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm all about a good laugh and a better time. =)

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  17. Can't wait to read this!!

    smithtasmith@aol.com

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  18. I've been really looking forward to reading this one!

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  19. I am new to this series and can't wait to read it!
    kathleenpower@comcast.net

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  20. Sounds interesting! Would love to read another L.B. Gregg book!

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  21. Happy release day! Ce and Dan are wonderful and can't wait to read their latest adventure.
    j dot stonewright at gmail dot com

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  22. Looks great. Congratulations to LB on the new release.

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  23. If a series appeals to me, I'll take it in any permutation!

    Trix, vitajex(At)aol(Dot)com

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    1. LOL. It depends on the series, but I've been known to skip around a bit.

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  24. I am so excited about this book, but I have to start at the beginning.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  25. Looking forward to reading this!
    Toni violet817(at)aol(dot)com

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  26. I haven't read the series yet but so far I like getting to know the characters.
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  27. interesting books
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  28. This book sounds better with each stop on the blog.

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    1. =) Our evil plan is working! Thanks Laurie!

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  29. this sounds like a great read!
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  30. I think I would still prefer to read the books in order.

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  31. I appreciated the first 2 books in the Stephanie Plum series, but I didn't read the others yet! Now I'm intrigued to give a try to your Romano and Albright series.
    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

    foebz (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Stephanie's books were so dark in the beginning, especially the first three. I preferred those early books! When Evanovich went back to that darker theme (in...maybe 9 and 14?), those books were stand outs.
      Thanks for commenting, Elle. :)

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  32. Congratulations on the new book. I try to read series in order, usually. thalia_moirai[at]livejournal[dot]com

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  33. This is a new series for me but I have put all the book on my WANT TO READ List! Thank you!

    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  34. No matter how often I'm told that a series is standalone, or that I don't need to read the previous books to "get it", I just can't do it. I'm a series fan anyway, so it's not like I mind. :D

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  35. I like a series of stand alones because I usually get introduced to the series at book 3 or 7. But then I like getting the series and start from the beginning. I do not like cliffhangers or an ongoing unresolved matter carrying through books and for some reason the author doesn't get around to writing the resolution. Ah! That kills me! I need closure!!

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    1. As long as central characters (and their pets) don't perish, I can just about anything. But yes! Closure!

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  36. I've read the Romano and Albright books more than any other books, ever. Over the past few years I've re-read them and even though they take place over a fairly short time span you can definitely see their relationship growing. The end of With This Bling was PERFECT. :-)
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    1. Barbara--Thank you for your support. It means so much. And the end was...well it was INSPIRED. Meaning I had no idea where I was going, but there's a line a from a song 'make sure you kiss your knuckles before you punch me in the face" and I decided to put a sweeter spin on the words. ;)

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  37. Congratulations on the new book!
    annmarief115 at gmail dot com

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  38. Thank you for the chance, mevalem258 AT gmail DOT com

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