Today I am so pleased to welcome Cari Z to Joyfully Jay. Cari has come to talk to us about her latest release, Where There’s a Will. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Cari a big welcome!

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Have you ever played the “what superpower would you have if you could do anything” game? I hope you have, and I hope you played it with friends, because it’s so illuminating. Also fun, definitely fun, but it’s hard not to throw a little psychoanalysis in there while you listen and frantically scan your brain for something cool that you can say that hasn’t already been said yet, and is kind of edgy but not too weird, and also you won’t have to explain too much but you’d totally like anyway even if it isn’t your number one choice. *takes deep breath*

For me, most of the time, I wanted invisibility. There were so many times I wished I could either melt into the floor (but survive-let’s not recreate the end of The Wizard of Oz) or stand in a corner and watch the world do its thing without actually having to be part of it. I also wished for the ability to talk to animals (it was a phase) and have controllable laser eyes, respectively, at different times in my life. The thing about superpowers is, at least in the Panopolis world, that they’re always a double-edged sword. You might get to be a badass, but you’re going to pay for that ability. My worst Villains and most successful Heroes are all deeply flawed, inevitably wounded people. Some of them got their powers accidentally, some of them were designed to be that way, but almost no one in this particular universe has nothing but good come with their power.

Freight Train’s power is a force field that renders him almost invulnerable. You can shoot him, blow him up, hose him down with fire, cover him with acid, and the worst thing that happens is he ends up naked (if only clothes could pass through the force field, poor thing). He is, for all intents and purposes, untouchable and unkillable. He’s the ultimate Hero in Panopolis.

Of course, there are a few caveats. Eating is a real trick, not to mention “taking care of business.” Medical care is convoluted, and as for dating? Picture a minefield, then picture Freight Train walking across it and setting everything off. How does a guy who can’t touch or be touched experience the kind of intimacy that many of us naturally want out of relationships? How does he share a hug, or even just a handshake, when the touch of his force field is uncomfortable at best? How does he not just shrivel up and die of wanting to touch anything, anyone else?

Well…where there’s a will, there’s a way, and lucky for Freight Train, someone in this book finds a way to reach him. Now, if only it could be made permanent…


Where There's a WillBeing 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 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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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!

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