Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Blog Tour: Risky Behaviour (Bad Behavior #1) by L.A. Witt & Cari Z. Includes Guest Post & Giveaway


Welcome to the Riptide Publishing/Cari Z/L. A. Witt blog tour for Risky Behavior, book 1 of the Bad Behavior series!

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a choice of one eBook off each author’s backlist (excluding Risky Behavior) and a $10 Riptide Publishing store credit. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 6th. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.


When Bad Things Happen To Good People—And You Cheer!

By Cari Z

In my normal, everyday life, I resist drama. I get it whether I want it or not, that’s the reality when you work with a clientele where the average person is over 90 and declining, so in almost all other things, I push back. No, I’m not going to watch Game of Thrones, I don’t need to viscerally experience how incredibly fucked up people can be to each other. Not judging if that’s your thing, just saying—not in my off hours. I watch television that’s light and fluffy (except for Black Sails, but c’mon—gay pirates, am I right?). I read Terry Pratchett and select works of Shakespeare (yes, nerd here, I know). I like my entertainment funny, not angsty.

Except…sometimes, something seeps through. And in this case, I entirely blame Lori.

Books need conflict. Conflict is the skeleton on which you hand the quivering flesh of your plot and the rolling, terrified eyes that are your characters. Conflict makes for satisfying reading, and I’ve read Lori’s books before, so I knew we’d be figuring out some painfully good stuff. Maybe some mysterious deaths or looming confrontations or, hey, family woes!

To which Lori replied, “All of the above.”

Me: “Yeah?”

Her: “Yeah!”

Me: “…Okay!” At which point, we set our guys’ lives up to catch some serious hell. It isn’t relentless, we’re not trying to overwhelm you, but it is consistent. Life isn’t easy for these guys. However perfect or polished things look on the surface, scratch down one layer and it’s going to get ugly. Risky Behavior was a huge journey for Andreas and Darren, and by the time they surface on the other side you’re ready to cheer and let them relax for a while.

And then you get into the sequel and realize, “Oh shit, it gets worse.”

And then you read the third book and go, “Oh my god, why would you do this?!?

But it all works out! Just take a breath and keep going! There’s a light at the end of the tunnel!

…it’s a flashlight. Held by an evil grinning clown with huge claws and—okay, no, I’m done. Promise!


Risky Behaviour

(Bad Behavior #1)

L.A. Witt & Cari Z

RiskyBehavior_500x750Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing

Published ~ 1st may 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance



It’s day one of Darren Corliss’s career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not.

Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t play well with others. With bodies piling up and a list of suspects who are way above his pay grade, the last thing he needs is a wet-behind-the-ears kid for a partner. Or babysitter. Not even if that partner is easy on the eyes.

As Darren gains Andreas’s hard-won trust, they both realize there’s more than just mutual suspicion simmering beneath the surface. But their investigation is heating up as quickly as their relationship, and Darren has no choice but to go along with Andreas’s unorthodox—and borderline unethical—methods. As IA puts the squeeze on Darren to give up the man he’s falling for, he has to wonder—is Andreas the only cop left in this town who isn’t dirty?

Risky Behavior is available from Riptide Publishing.

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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, under the name Carizabeth.

Connect with Cari at or via her blog,

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 Risky Behavior, one lucky winner will receive an ebook from each Cari and Lori’s backlist and a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 6, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. LOL! I'm not much for drama either, I get enough in my day to day. That does not mean that I do not appreciate a bit of drama in my books... And Risky Behaviour sounds exactly like my sort of thing. Congratulations on the release!

  2. Congrats on the release! This book seems really interesting. Can't wait to read it~ :D

  3. I don't like drama in my everyday life either. I try my best to avoid it, but when it comes to shows I watch or books I read, that's a whole different story. Lot's of drama in them. Crazy, I know. :) I'm so excited about this series. I love these types of stories. Can't wait to get started.

  4. I've never read a book by Cari Z before, so I am looking forward to reading this one.

  5. Congrats and thanks for the post. I hear you, that with the stresses in my life, why search for it in my entertainment? I think that's where a lot of m/m romance comes in. But I'm with Lori, I need conflict in my stories, and not the tropy OTT kind, but real. I'll be interested in seeing how that was realized in this collaboration. - Purple Reader,
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  6. Really looking forward to giving this a read. As a reader I'm a little wary about seeing the characters in a book maimed or something but I can understand some need to put your characters through an ordeal.
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  7. Sounds so good!

  8. Haha! I always debunk to a different room if hubby watching GOT or other such like - he just binge watched The Borgias, erk. I'm also, for down time I want nice not ick.

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  9. Sometimes you need some torture to appreciate the good things in life, right? Right?? XD


  10. I try to avoid books that are uber angsty but do look some conflict to keep things interesting. Thanks for the chance to win- and for the tip on Black Sails. I've been meaning to watch it but didn't know it had gay pirates too!!!

  11. I tend to be a little tender, but I'm always impressed by angst done well!


  12. Drama in RL sucks. But I'm sometimes down for drama on the tube (yes to GoT although I wonder sometimes why I'm watching THAT show!) & yes to drama in books. Evil authors are evil!

  13. I hate drama..i think one you hit a certain age you should grow up from all that.
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  14. I don't like drama in my real life, but in books and movies it's great. Good luck with the release and I am adding it to my TBR list.
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  15. i M not happy with drama but it often seems to come my way. I have three daughters.
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  16. As I get older, I find that I don't tolerate the drama, so I distance myself. I love the drama though in the books I read. This sounds like a must read to me.

  17. looking forward to reading this!


  18. So now when I read bad things happened to the good people I'm gonna think of the disaster-makers duo... LOL! Thanks for this post, and congrats to your newest series release, Cari & Lori!
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  19. I love the mid-title - in some books, you just have to cheer when bad stuff happens to good people because that's what make those types of books good!

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  20. Again, congrats on the release of your joint work. Thanks for the tidbit from your life, Cari.

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  21. If it's an L.A. Witt book, I'm always looking for it, with "Do not disturb", favorite tea, snacks ... and of course coffee for the night to read through :)

  22. Congrats on the new release. Sounds great.

  23. Oooh, sounds like a dark cop read. It's been a while since I've read one.

  24. I like drama in my books. Real life, not so much, please.

  25. Thanks for sharing! I hope to read this one soon. Thanks for the fun giveaway too. :)

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