Monday, September 29, 2014

INTERVIEW: BA Tortuga plus #Giveaway!

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

BA: Hey darlin’! Thanks ever so for inviting me back. I appreciate it so.


Describe yourself using lyrics.

I've been caught sideways out here on the crossroads
Tryin' to buy back the pieces I lost of my soul
It's hard when the Devil won't get off your back
It's like carryin' around the past in a hundred pound sack
Today, I'm gonna keep on walkin'
I'm gonna hold my head up high, gonna leave it all behind
Today, I'm gonna stand out in the rain
Let it wash it all away, yeah, wash it all away
From “Let It Go” by Tim McGraw

If you could go back and speak to your 13-year-old self, what would you say?

Run? ;-) No, honestly I’d say thank you, because that person was the one that survived so I could be happy now.

Tell us about a time someone did you a great kindness.

Okay, so. I have to tell y’all this story.

Back when I was in college, my best friend LK and I were out and about in the car and we blew a tire on the top of a Mixmaster in Dallas (now, if y’all don’t know what a Mixmaster is, go look here, we’ll wait:

Me, being the totally butch broad that I am, got down out of the car, jacked her up and got the tire off. Now, it’s August, 110 degrees and I swear by all I hold holy, those semis were passing me at a million miles an hour. I thought for sure I was gonna die.

This guy stopped, and I swear to God, y’all. We damn near freaked right out. He’s all creeptastic – gnarly hair and bad ink and no teeth. He helped us get the spare on and then says, “I’ll pull out, follow me, girls.”

So we creep down the Mixmaster and, against ever single bit of sense, we followed him. We had 100 miles left to go, we didn’t know what to do, so we followed.

The guy, Jamie, takes us to a garage, gets the tire replaced, and pays.

We offered him money, and he looked at us and says, “Three years ago my sister lost a tire. Two men stopped, shoved her in her car, raped her, and stabbed her. Before she passed, I promised her I would never ever leave a woman to the wolves.”

And he left.

True story.

It broke my heart.

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

He parked his old Chevy out on the maintenance road and watched the last rays of the sun go down. He pulled out the pack of smokes and tapped the end against his palm a few times before pulling off the plastic. He’d have one while he waited.
The humidity made everything lazy, even the mosquitos, and he couldn’t help but think that tomorrow he was going to be out here, just another redneck driving down gravel roads acting like that was something special, and Mike would be in his perfectly clean little Toyota with his boxes and his books, heading to the East Coast.
It wasn’t fucking fair.
Oh, not that Jenson wanted to go back East anywhere. What he wanted was Mike. The trip to the beach had given them some stolen kisses and a few quick gropes, but Jenson wanted more.
He wanted full-on naked. He wanted to fuck. He wanted to hear Mike beg for it. He knew Mike would.
The very thought made his dick hard in his jeans and made him curse when his cigarette burned his fingers.
He heard a husky chuckle. “You ever going to learn how to smoke, man?”

If someone challenged you to a water-gun fight *to the death* how would you fare?

Oh, lovely. I’m a Texan and the daughter of the most competitive man on earth. I would wipe the floor with challenger.

What advice do you have for an author who may have stumbled on their path.

Write. Write every day whether or not you want to. When you’re not writing, read. 

A genre-specific virus has attacked you, rendering you INCAPABLE of writing your chosen genre. What do you do now?!

I’d write horror novels. Deeply scary, utterly messed up, creepy as hell horror novels. Either that or kids’ books…

What is the hardest part of writing?

Not having enough time to write ALL OF THE THINGS. Also, there’s that point in every story that you think, I can’t do this. This is crap. :P

Do you dance in the rain?

I live in the high desert. We rejoice in every single drop.

And finally, you’ve just inherited a dachshund farm. What do you do now?

Introduce them to the bassets. :D
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Book Name: Say Something 
Author Name: BA Tortuga
Cover Artist: Angsty G
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Jenson has loved Mike his whole life, but he has never known how to tell Mike how he feels. After high school Mike leaves for college and his Hollywood dream, while cowboy Jenson stays behind in their small East Texas hometown. Neither man knows what to say to go beyond friendship, even though they come together through all of the best and worst times of their lives. The most amazing moments keep bringing them back together, but through huge love and terrible loss, sickness and health, their timing never seems right to take their relationship to the next level. When the universe gives them one final chance, Jenson must overcome his fear and say the most important something before it's too late.

“So, this guy, he’s the one?” Ricky leaned over the edge of the bed, head dangling down.
“That kills brain cells, man.” Mike looked at himself in the mirror, working the thick pancake makeup to make the scar less noticeable.
“Uh-huh. So does green, and we smoke that. The scar is hot, honey. Leave it alone.”
Mike grunted. “He’s only ever seen it with stitches.”
“He’s, like, a real cowboy?”
“Uh-huh. We’ve been together forever. I just… I can’t believe he’s coming.” Really coming, here. Jenson. Finally. Mike touched up his eyeliner, and looked at himself again. Maybe glasses….
“You’re such a big queen.” Ricky laughed, waving at him upside down.
“You’re just jealous that I’m not your big queen.”
“Nah. You’re too toppy.” Ricky cackled, and Mike had to laugh. Everyone knew Rick would bottom up for anyone.
“Oh yeah. I’m a big bad leather daddy.” He turned and flexed, playing happily. Ricky was going to be a model. Hell, the guy was already working. Him, though, he still wanted to act.
He thought he could. His profs said he had talent. He just had his damned face to overcome.

The phone rang, and he spun around. “Oh God. Do you think it’s him?”

Available from Dreamspinner Press


*What inspired you to write Say Something?

Music. I heard “Better as a Memory” by Kenny Chesney, then I heard “As You Turn Away” by Sugarland. “Cover Your Eyes” by Jason Cassidy, “This is How a Heart Breaks” by Rob Thomas. Then, I heard “Say Something” on So You Think You Can Dance and that was it.
*Is there anything special you’d like us to know about it?

I’ve written so many books and I’ve never been stripped to the bone like this. Right now, I’m crying thinking about this book. Bring Kleenex.

*What are your hopes for this title?

I want people to hear Mike and Jenson and cheer them on. They deserve that.

About the Author: 
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 (still amazing to say that), 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 gone to the high desert mountains and fallen in love. 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.

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  1. Hello, BA! Congrats on the new release! Sounds good, thanks for the chance ti win!

  2. This book sounds amazing! I'm sure you'll have me curled up in a ball bawling my eyes out. :D *hugs*

  3. Hola BA!! Congratulations for this new release!! It's going to rock! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  4. HI BA! Thank you soooo much for this amazing giveaway;) I'm soooooo going to love Say Something!! <3

  5. Hi BA! Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy!

  6. *kisses all around* Thank y’all ever so. So tickled to be able to visit and chat. :D

  7. Ahh- this looks so good - can't wait to read it!