Wednesday, August 6, 2014

INTERVIEW: BA Tortuga plus #Giveaway!

Hello BA and welcome to The Hat Party! <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get started!

If you could live inside a book, which title would you pick?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. No question. I’m a good egg.

Give a shout-out to another author who may, or may not, know how much you appreciate them.

That would have to be Sean Michael. Sean is my best friend. We haven’t gone a whole day without talking for 14 years. Sean convinced me to write my first novel and has supported me, body and soul, through the darkest and brightest parts of my life, in person and in fiction. 

Be totally honest. How awesome would you be at leading a moon colony?

I would rock in organization and support. Everyone would have clean underwear and a place. ;-)

What is your super-secret, wildest, most outlandish writing dream?

Oh, it’s not a secret. I want the big 6-figure deal. Hell, I want to be Stephen King when I grow up.

What important thing have you given up/would you give up in order to continue writing?

I’m incredibly thankful to be married to a writer because she understands how the characters take over, how sometimes you have to sob for hours and type when your hands hurt. What’s the saying, of all the things I’ve lost I miss my mind the most? ;-)

You have 200 words—Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)

From Hammer and Tongs: NSFW

“See how good it feels, boy? Just wait.” Asa pushed in deeper still, crooking his finger just so.

He cried out and jerked away, nerves lighting up all along his spine.

“Did I hurt you?”

“I don’t think so.” Hellfire, he didn’t know. He didn’t know nothin’, not with those fingers still inside him... He rocked back, then forward as the motion made him want to scream.

Asa kept murmuring to him, low, steady words, like the man was gentling a pony. Like he was Strawberry and needed to be broke all over again. It worked. Virgil gulped in one breath, then another. 

Then that finger moved over that spot, stroking it over and over, making him mad with need. His cock actually hurt, he was so hard. He wanted to touch it, but he couldn’t make his hands move.

His head fell forward, his chest moving like a bellows. Asa was relentless, pushing him to take more, then more still when another finger pushed in alongside the first.

His body stretched and a low sound tore from him. 

“That’s it. Just bear down, Virgil. Let it go.”

You’re writing along and you’re attacked by a horde of zombies…ON FIRE…how do you survive? Or do you become a zombie too?

Are you kidding? I’m a redneck. I dare them to come for me. I have a weed whacker, a cast iron skillet, and more knitting needles than you could shake a stick at. 

Your thoughts on libraries: GO!

I worked for the Texas State Library for almost a decade illustrating crafts for the summer reading program. My wife was working in a library when I met her. My brother in law is a librarian in South Carolina. I love libraries!

Biggest mistake you’ve made in your writing career and what you’ve learned from it.

Don’t read reviews. If they’re bad, I cry. If they’re fabulous, I get stressed. I love reviews as a reader, but as a writer, I don’t read them. I can’t. :D

And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?

Well, I prefer the heavier, taller, louder version. Oh, wait. Those are basset hounds. ;-)


What inspired you to write Midnight Rodeo?

I was taking classes about branding and I was trying to decide between cowboys and werewolves. Westerns and paranormals. I kept worrying and stressing it until suddenly, boom. Paranormal westerns. Cowboy rodeos.

Book Name: Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming
Author Name: Kiernan Kelly, Julia Talbot, BA Tortuga
Cover Artist: Anne Squires
Publisher: Torquere Press

What happens when rodeos start to get too tough for humans to compete in? Midnight Rodeo, of course, where supernatural creatures like shifters and vampires work for the prize money, and for the awe of their audience.

In Welcome to the Pack by BA Tortuga, when head bullfighter Denton is killed by a demon bull, his twin, Denver, comes back to take his place. Denver was gone for years, working mundane rodeos and missing his twin. He’s not sure the pack can heal him since the other bullfighters challenge Denver at every turn. All except Blaine, who’s an outcast himself, and who knows Denver is like no one he’s ever met.

In Oklahoma Rain by Kiernan Kelly, psychic Blaze scouts locations for the rodeo company, Darque and Knight, where he finds another psychic talent, Zack, who’s as hot as the Fourth of July. Zack is complicated, though, thanks to his sidekick, Mikey, a damaged kid. Blaze invites the pair back to the rodeo, but not everyone is as happy as Blaze to have them there.

In Big Bear, Little Bear, by Julia Talbot, bear shifter Ben is returning to the rodeo after a long injury recovery. Big bear shifter Ozzie is the barrel man and clown, and he’s been waiting for Ben to come back to the big show. But is Ben ready to ride again, let alone be the lover Ozzie is ready to take on?


Denver was-- wow.

Denton had been stunning, making Blaine stare a lot. A lot. Still, Dent had been off-limits, and he’d bet Denver was, too. No one could be that hot and be like Blaine.

He was the weird one, the one brought into the pack by a she-wolf who had already had a single pup. Blaine figured he was lucky no one had killed him when he was a kid.

Everyone else was broad and wide, shaggy headed with eyes like green glass. All of them came from the same line. Denver was the spitting image of Denton, really. A little harder around the edges, a little more wild. A shit ton more bruised.

The guys had been taking turns. Two a night, just like clockwork, they’d come and challenge Denver. One at midnight, one at three a.m. Greg and Vince went, then Carter and Caul, and finally Hank and Mike. Boom.

He supposed Denver was waiting for him, now. Blaine sighed. He had no intention of trying to take the pack. God, the very idea made his head hurt.

The real question was, were they going to just start over, or was Denver going to get a night off, a chance to sleep before they settled in town for tonight’s show?

Available from Torquere Books 

About the Authors:

BA Tortuga:

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has answered the call of the high desert mountains. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.

Twitter: @batortuga

Kiernan Kelly:

Kiernan Kelly lives in the wilds of the alligator-infested U.S. Southeast, slathered in SPF 45, drinking colorful tropical, hi-octane concoctions served by thong-clad cabana boys.

All right, the truth is that she spends her time locked in the dark recesses of her office, writing gay erotic romance while chained to a temperamental laptop, drinking coffee, and dreaming of thong-clad cabana boys.


To date, Kiernan has over a dozen novels in print and ebook, and a plethora of short stories in both formats.

Julia Talbot:

Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Torquere Press, Ellora's Cave, and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved.

Find Julia at @juliatalbot on Twitter, or at

Tour Dates/Stops: 7/28 – 8/22
7/28: Prism Book Alliance
7/29: Parker Williams
7/30: Up All Night, Read All Day
7/31: Amanda C. Stone
8/1: LeAnn’s Book Reviews
8/4: Love Bytes
8/5: Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, Jade Crystal
8/6: The Hat Party
8/7: Night Owl Reviews, Because Two Men Are Better Than One
8/8: The Novel Approach
8/11: Decadent Delights
8/12: Wake Up Your Wild Side
8/13: Tara Lain
8/14: MM Good Book Reviews, Emotion in Motion
8/15: Iyana Jenna, Rainbow Gold Reviews
8/18: Fallen Angel Reviews, Velvet Panic
8/19: Hearts on Fire
8/20: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, Dawn’s Reading Nook
8/21: Book Reviews and More by Kathy, Kimi-Chan
8/22: My Fiction Nook, Smoocher’s Voice
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  1. This looks great and with three terrific authors, how could it be anything other than great? I'm really looking forward to reading this. A paranormal rodeo Oh my! Please enter me in the drawing for a copy.

    Thanks so much,
    donnafisk @

  2. OMG! Who can resist three wonderful Authors! Each one of these ladies is great individually but together? I can only imagine the explosion of emotions! Thanks for the giveaway!