We are delighted to have Cari Z with us today as she celebrates the release of Where There’s a Will the third book in the Panopolis series.
The Price of Fame
I am not a famous person. Paparazzi don’t follow me around waiting to snap a picture of me slipping in my heels while I climb into my Corvette (because of course I’d drive a Corvette if I was famous, or—possible—a Tesla). I don’t have hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. I don’t Instagram, I reluctantly Tumblr, and someone else actually made my Twitter account for me, as a “get your ass moving” gesture.
I do follow famous people on all these platforms (and Facebook, gotta remember to throw that one in there). I am guilty of being hopelessly intrigued by Chris Evans’ face, thinking Tom Hiddleston is the cutest person I’ve ever seen, and paying way too much attention to everything Hamilton. I try not to obsess (carefully avoids looking at my laptop’s background, because damn it, Henry Cavill) but I’ve always wondered, what must it feel like to be one of those people? To be the picture background, the Tumblr thread, trending on Twitter, liked a million times on Facebook? To have to be so subtle about how you maintain your privacy that many people don’t even realize you have it? To be available to the masses because it’s part of your job, subjected to intense scrutiny because you happen to be someone that people really like? Or even worse, really hate?
That was one of the things I wanted to explore with Where There’s A Will. Writing about villains was easier, in a sense, because I could maintain a shroud of secrecy around them. Heroing is big business in Panopolis, and while the Villains they fight might be interesting, it’s the Heroes who have to bear the brunt of the public’s attention. The Heroes are known, are watched, and are held to a higher standard, because they don’t have the option of fading away into the darkness. They have to be accessible 24/7, because evil never sleeps, and neither do reporters. I wanted to examine how that would wear on someone: how having everything you did filmed, commented on, and categorized might drive people to do things they normally wouldn’t.
So, naturally, the newest thing affecting Heroes in Where There’s A Will is management’s desire to turn them into reality television. And let me tell you, Season One ends with an awful bang.
Where There's a Will (Panopolis, #3) by Cari Z
Series ~ Panopolis, #3
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Published ~ 2nd May 2016
Genre ~ Science Fiction/Fantasy M/M Romance
Being a Hero in Panopolis means living the high life: parties, money, influence, even reality television. And I’m one of the most powerful Heroes in the city. I have plenty of fans, a manager who looks out for me (after himself), and a job that pays the bills. I should be enjoying myself.
Unfortunately, the downside of my superpower means I can’t touch anyone, which tends to put a damper on things. I probably don’t deserve all those perks anyway, since I’m working in secret with two of Panopolis’s biggest Villains to undermine GenCorp—my main sponsor and the company that controls what gets through my force field.
I obviously don’t trust my corporate overseers, but they’ve hired a new scientist who actually seems interested in helping me. Dr. Mansourian might have the answers to all my questions—not to mention a starring role in most of my dreams—but he’s hiding something big. If I let him have what he wants, I might not live to regret it.
Then again, the way things are going in Panopolis these days, I might not live either way.
Connect with the Author
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.
To celebrate the release of Where There’s a Will, Cari is giving away ebooks of both Where There’s Smoke and Where There’s Fire, a $10 Riptide credit, and a Panopolis t-shirt. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 7, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!