Guest – BA Tortuga

Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, Andrew Grey’s favorite lesbian (I have the t-shirt).

I have to tell y’all, I know that I’m supposed to talk about my new release, Real World, but instead I’m going to talk about family.

Now, I have a big crazy family. No, seriously. If you count all the kids, I’m one of ten. I have steps and halves and adopteds. In my family, love isn’t divided when you add more folks, it’s multiplied.

Last year I got to introduce Andrew to the Texan side of my family. We met in Dallas, where he met Moma Sue (who has moved to New Mexico to be with me, YAY) at the Romantic Times convention. My mother is a firecracker and a huge fan of Andrew’s and she found him utterly charming (which surprises no one). Now she’s asking if Andrew needs an afghan for Christmas.

Then Julia and I took Andrew to Greenville to meet the cowboy side. Daddy. The local brothers and sisters. The nieces.

We cooked out, we went to softball games, we got chiggers in the pasture seeing the horses. There was singing (you haven’t lived until you enjoy a redneck sing-along with the Squires’).

By the time that we headed to Austin, Andrew was part of my family. Daddy folded him in like he’d been there forever. Tiffany’s girls ask about Uncle Andrew every time I talk to them. Even Jeremy the Giant Hobbit Foot brother talks about how good it was to meet Andrew.

This is how it works in my world. My family assimilates you, draws you in and loves you and adds you to the crazy (and oh my god, y’all, there is no end to the crazy).

That’s how I grew up, that’s what I know. That’s what I write. Huge families that have no problem folding folks in and keeping them.

Much love, y’all.




o-real-world[1]A Love is Blind Novel

Dan White is trying to acclimate to civilian life after a long career in the military with multiple combat deployments.

Now he’s home in the Austin area, living with his brother Dixon, Dixon’s husband, Audie, and their two nine-year-olds. During the New Year celebration, Dan meets Abraham Weldon, and the connection is instant.

There’s a kiss. There’s a dance. There’s a proposition.

Then Dan finds out Weldon is bisexual.

And a dad.

With five kids. Five kids, one of whom is a blind fifteen-year-old.

Weldon has been in love twice in his life—with his high school best friend, Blake, and with his wife, Krista, who he met in a Dairy Queen as she was crying over a positive pregnancy test. Love number three hits Weldon like a hammer when he meets Dan.

But since Dan isn’t interested in a guy with kids, they might only get one night together.


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About BA Tortuga

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds and her beloved wife, 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 Pinterest 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 heard the call of the  high desert and lives in the Sandias. 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. Find her on the web at



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