Cari Z on Where There’s a Will ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

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Title: Where There’s a Will
Author: Cari Z
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Apocalyptic/dystopian, Science Fiction, Thriller


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.

Cari Z on Where There’s a Will

Mad Science!

Raise your hand if you find science sexy! waits for it Yes, so many of you! I come by my preoccupation with scientific methodology, glorious technobabble and wonderfully repeatable results honestly: I’m married to a professional scientist. When he comes home after a long day of programming stuff, repairing shit, writing papers, and praying that his equipment doesn’t stop working in the middle of an experiment (oh yeah—show me your big ol’ budget, you sexy federal research institution) I love to talk his projects over with him. There’s a lot of fascinating stuff being developed in the scientific community right now, and some of it has directly influenced the sort of science that my Hero’s love interest, Dr. Ari Mansourian, chooses to do.

For example: the development of sonic black holes is an actual thing. They were theorized in 1981, and then finally created using a Bose-Einsein condensate to capture phonons (sound perturbations) using a technique called density inversion in 2009. whew Is all of that important? No, not to the story, but the idea of something that can capture sound in a way similar to a black hole capturing light was fascinating to me, and so I used it. When it comes to writing science fiction (you could say the Panopolis books fall into that category, among others) it’s always best to start with actual science. And what’s better than using actual science in a story? Using actual science to make two fictional scientists enact a duel to the death!

Yes, there is a genuine, honest-to-goodness mad science battle in Where There’s A Will. I just couldn’t help myself. When else do I get the chance to play around with such crazy shit? Isn’t truth stranger than fiction? It is, especially when you warp it, stick it in a weapon, and give it to a crazy inventor to point at someone.

I love that science provides some of my best inspiration. I think it adds an element of realism that can’t be beat. And there’s more where that came from, so if you’re into practical applications of crazy weird experiments as depicted in a fictional environment (and who isn’t?) then read me, baby, because I’ve got the story for you.



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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!

About 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, under the name Carizabeth.

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12 thoughts on “Cari Z on Where There’s a Will ~ Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

  1. *Throws hands up in the air and waves crazily* Thank you for the interesting post =D Such interesting facts.
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  2. I really love how this book sounds. Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us!

  3. I’m looking forward to reading the series; just picked up my copy of Where There’s a Will yesterday.

  4. Science was my least favorite subject, but how can you not love wacky scientific inventions, real and imagined! Thanks for sharing your love of it with us in the post and in Where There’s a Will!

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

  5. Congrats on your new book. I love gay superheroes and anti-heroes, so this is right up my alley.

  6. I’ve been wanting to read this series, so it’s great to know there’s another book coming out! I’ve been on such a superhero kick lately (of course, Marvel is not helping matters), so this is perfect!

    I think it’s so awesome that you add in real science into your stories. I love when authors throw real science in with sci-fi, it really adds to the story. Plus, you said it perfectly, truth really is stranger than fiction, especially in the science world.


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