L.B. Gregg on With This Bling (Romano and Albright #3) ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

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Title: With This Bling (Romano and Albright #3)
Author: L.B. Gregg
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction

Blurb:

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.

Hi. I’m L.B. Gregg and I’m here today to celebrate the release of my latest Romano and Albright book— With This Bling. It’s exciting for my series to find a new home with Riptide Publishing, and even more thrilling to have a new book! Welcome to the tour. Thanks for hanging out.

Some of you may know that I travel frequently. As a matter of fact, I’ve blogged about travel already on this tour. It’s just so much a part of my life these days. With a few notable exceptions, travel for me isn’t by choice. It’s a necessity.

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View from my office abroad

My husband, the incomparable Mr. Darcy, works half around the world in Asia. He’s there, and I’m here in Connecticut with my mother and my beagle, busy micromanaging my mostly grown children. Living apart isn’t easy after twenty-six years of marriage, but it’s also not something we’ll do forever. Therefore, at least three times a year, I fly halfway around the world to meet Mr. Darcy.

My travel to Asia is rarely a vacation. I explore, yes, and we do fun things (because we do fun things anyway—hike, bike, wine taste) but generally when I’m there, I’m on a deadline. I’ve judged the Rita’s the last couple of years and did heavy-duty reading during my 22 hours of flying—both ways. I’ve approved audiobooks, and prepared blog tours. And I try to write every day, either on the plane, in the airport, from our apartment, or in the Starbucks close by.

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Triple Coffee Jelly Frappuccino

Which brings me to the heart of this post. People ask me why I go to an American coffee chain when there are homegrown places all over the world that serve the same brew and would support local business. Why do I go to a soulless, corporate fat cat with overpriced beverages and no cultural flare? These questions usually include a ton of side-eye, judgmental frowns, and a derisive tone. Like I’m a sell out, or xenophobic, or afraid to step out of my cushy, American comfort zone by ordering a skinny latte in Starbucks.

I find this amusing because the point of going to a place so familiar is that I’m in already in a new place, trying new things, eating new food, and adapting. People like me go to someplace like Starbucks because sometimes a person longs for a taste of home. I order my skinny cappuccino, or a latte (extra skim, no sugar) or an iced-coffee (extra skim, two equal). And if you’ve been to Starbucks in other parts of the world, you know they offer atypical snacks. They serve a fusion of the local flavors mixed with the expected US-centric menu. In Singapore, they have chicken floss muffins and curry chicken puffs among other things like Caramel Coffee Jelly Latte Frappuccino (which is so damn good and weird I can’t even describe it—and I don’t even like sweet drinks). I try things. I like things.

Usually? I stick with a banana.

In Singapore, I have a favorite table on the outdoor patio. There’s a roof, and ceiling fans, and trees line the block. When it rains, I watch people scurry through the intersections. It’s beautifully diverse, and the cross section of people I see are like no place else. I sit outdoors away from the air conditioning, where teens meet to do homework and ex-pats arrive with children in tow and their nannies. Shoppers. Tourists. Business men and women. And people like me—folks looking for a place to work—fill the tables.

I wrote There’s Something About Ari between continents. I wrote nearly all of Waiting for Winter in the covered, outdoor patio at the Starbucks close to our apartment. And I worked on a portions of With This Bling on three separate trips to Asia this year, on the plane, in that same Starbucks, and in our quiet apartment those two interminably long two weeks we didn’t have internet.

And that’s the final reason I chose to sit at my favorite table, with my laptop and my reading glasses, wearing headphones, and sipping something overpriced. It’s why so many writers work in coffee shops, book stores, libraries, and restaurants all over the word. We’re alone. In houses and apartments and hotel rooms and everywhere else. We’re isolated. It’s nice to to go to a place where you know what to expect as soon as you walk through the door. A good latte, a ripe banana, free internet, interesting company, and a tiny taste of home.

Links

With This Bling (Romano and Albright #3) on Goodreads
Riptide
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

Giveaway

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!

About the Author

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, visit her website www.lbgregg.com, be her GoodReads pal or follow her sporadic appearances on twitter.

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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20 thoughts on “L.B. Gregg on With This Bling (Romano and Albright #3) ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

  1. LOL! I understand that homesick feeling and needing something familiar to get over it… I’ve felt it a lot of times, (although never in Singapore, unfortunately…)
    Thank you for the interesting post, L.B.
    susanaperez7140(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Thanks for another great post! I feel for you with your husband so far away. My husband and I lived apart for a little while, but it was only a few states away from each other and that was tough enough. I can’t imagine continents away.

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

  3. I can’t imagine being away from my husband from more than a weekend. That has to be hard on you. It is wonderful that you both have found ways to make it work. I can relate to wanting a piece of home when you are away for a while. Whenever we travel I always take Tony’s, it is a Cajun Spice that makes anything taste better imo. When I try a new food and it doesn’t agree with my taste buds, I add Tony’s and make it a piece of home.

  4. Congratulations on the new book. Thank you for mentioning how and where you write, even when traveling so much.
    thalia_moirai[at]livejournal[dot]com

  5. It’s hard to be away from a loved one so long. I can understand wanting to find the comfort of home when your in a place quite different from home.

  6. That must be hard to be so far away. I used to travel a lot for work and now my partner does – but always within country. I actually do agree with your coffee practices but that is due to a visit many years ago to England. Every coffee place we visited hit buttons to produce coffee and it tasted like chemicals. The Starbucks near Charing Cross station made their coffee the way it should be, no buttons or fake milk. I am happy to give other places a go, but if I need my caffeine fix I go with what I know will satisfy me.
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