Thursday, January 04, 2018

Featured Guest Author: Reckless Behavior (Bad Behavior #3) by LA Witt and Cari Z with Guest Post & Giveaway

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We are delighted to have Cari Z here with us today. Find out more about the third book, Reckless Behavior, the latest addition to the Bad Behavior series and why you should never play poker with L..A. Witt. Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway to win $10.00 worth of Riptide Publishing credit and a choice of an ebook from each of Cari and L.A.’s backlist!


You Want To Do What Now?
by Cari Z

In the course of writing this book, I ended up promising myself that I’d never, ever play poker with L.A. Witt. Not because I’ve tried playing poker with her before, and not because I suck at it myself, but because when it comes to going all in—like, so far in I had a hard time getting my head around it at first—Lori is unmatched. There’s no such thing as a bluff here. When she decides to push it, she goes hard. It’s exhilarating, and also scary as hell.

What am I referring to? Well, if you’ve read the first two novels, then you’ve got a feel at this point for our themes. Love, acceptance, and family all play a big role in these stories. Yep, family. Faaaaamily. And who has a big family? Andreas, our hard-boiled detective with a heart of gold does! And what would screw with him worse than anything else we could come up with to throw at him? Messing with that family!

All good so far, no spoilers? Great. This probably seems obvious to you. Hellooo, plot has to happen somewhere and family entanglements are a good vehicle for moving plot forward. Nobody is surprised that Andreas’s family is brought into the fray.

Not even when it’s one of his kids.

Not even when it’s all of his kids.

Still not being spoilery, this is all in the blurb! But you see where I’m headed with this, yeah? If you’re looking for a recap of Risky Behavior, where most of the conflict is between Darren and Andreas, look again. They’re solid here. If you’re looking for a tricky, twisty, vicious case like the one that drove Suspicious Behavior, nope, that’s not happening in this one. If you’re looking forward to a book that drives a stake through your heart and then drags it along behind you as we speed toward a finale that will stop your breath—then this is the one for you!

But we’ll fix it, darlins. I promise.


Reckless Behavior (Bad Behavior #3)

by L.A. Witt and Cari Z

RecklessBehavior_400x600Title: Reckless Behavior

Authors: L.A. Witt and Cari Z

Publisher: Riptide

Release: 1st January 2018

Genre: M/M (crime/mystery)



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After too many years of putting his job first, Detective Andreas Ruffner is getting his priorities straight. He’s ready to spend some quality time with his adult kids, not to mention come clean about some things he should’ve told them a long time ago. And introduce them to his partner and boyfriend, Darren Corliss.

But in a heartbeat, a family dinner turns into Andreas’s worst nightmare. When the dust settles, one of his kids is hurt, and the other three have been abducted.

Andreas is going to find his kids, and nothing, not even a broken ankle, is going to stop him. Thank God for his sharp, level-headed partner . . . who has a crisis of his own pulling him away when Andreas needs him the most. As both men try to support—and lean on—each other, they get no closer to finding the kids. And the longer the children are missing, the less likely it is they’ll ever be found.

::: Freya’s Review :::

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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.

risky behaviorRisky Behavior (Book #1)

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?

Review :: Amazon Global Link

SuspiciousBehaviour_500x750Suspicious Behavior (Book #2)

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.

Review :: Amazon Global Link


Meet the Authors

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 . . .



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.





To celebrate the release of Reckless 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 January 6, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!



  1. Thanks for the review!
    jlshannon74 at

  2. loved the post today
    jmarinich33 at aol dot com

  3. Can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

    - Michelle

  4. I'm looking forward to starting this series. It sounds so good

  5. I have enjoyed all three books.

  6. This book sounds so good. I haven't read any of the others but I am going to now.
    heath0043 at gmail dot com

  7. I know I'm in for the emotional ride and will love every page of it.

  8. Looking forward to giving this a read.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  9. Sounds great...and I've read some wonderful reviews. :-)

  10. Uh-huh. I'M the bad guy, says the person who thought "oh hey Darren's brother should totally have early onset Alzheimers..." lol

    And I find this hilarious given that our current work-in-progress involves poker and has a title related to poker. LOL (And I suck at poker, for the record)


  11. Finished this earlier today - what a roller coaster ride this one was! I have enjoyed all these, reading close together the story certainly built up. Looking forward to Romantic next!!

    Littlesuze at

  12. Looks like a great series, thank you.

    sschairer (at) yahoo (dot) ca

  13. Sounds like a series I should add to my TBR pile.

    acm05 at

  14. this series sounds great!


  15. I love LA Witt's books, but I haven't yet started this series. Think its a must do for 2018.

  16. I'm just now reading Risky Behavior so I need to hurry things up. :)

  17. Thank you so much for the chance mevalem258 AT gmail DOT com

  18. The series has been on my TBR pile since book one. Maybe it's time to start.

  19. I've been on an M/M cops/agents/partners book kick lately- this looks like a great addition.


  20. The series sounds amazing and I'm very excited about reading it!

  21. Congrats on the new release!

  22. Congrats on the release!
    legacylandlisa at gmail dot com

  23. Congrats, LA & Cari, and thanks for the post. Boy, I'd say you were all in with that set up. Way to sell it! It certainly sounds like another great addition to the series. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  24. Great series, love the angst between them in the first book.
    Hoping to get #2 soon.
    Happy New Year.

  25. Thanks for participating in the tour! The series sounds fantastic. shandra.torbett(@)