A warm welcome to author BA Tortuga joining us here today to talk about her new Dreamspinner Press release “Mud, Movies, Bullets and Bulls”.
Welcome BA 🙂
Hey y’all. I’m BA Tortuga and I love cowboys.
I love Western movies. I do. Cowboys on horseback, hat brims pulled down low, working cattle on the long trail or riding posse after the bad guys…
I love deep eyelines and men of few words. John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. I love Sam Elliott. Oh my God I love Sam Elliot. That voice. I could listen to him read the phone book.
I love watching John Wayne mount up. The man could flat out ride. (Have I ever told y’all my abuelito made John Wayne’s saddles for the movie “The Cowboys”? I love watching shoot outs and stampedes and chuck wagons and all of the movies shot in Monument Valley that were supposed to be in any other state in the west.
I love Tombstone the most. Something about Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday makes me a happy girl.
The unsung heroes of Westerns, though, are the stunt men and the animal wranglers. None of the chases, shootouts or hilarious horse moments would be possible without them. It takes a heck of a lot of skill to get a horse to take a tumble or scramble down a steep slope without balking. Hell, y’all, I could never get my horse Big Boy to not dump my ass off when he encountered a snake.
Then there’s the stunt double who has to wear period clothes, keep his hat on, and keep his butt in the saddle while firing a rifle.
Those are the cowboys I want to write about if I’m gonna write about Western movies.
Not that I haven’t been inspired by the movies themselves. And Sam Elliott. Did I mention him?
What are some of y’all’s favorite western movies? Come on, now, everyone has seen at least one. I know, I know, I’ve seen dozens. Some folks like kung fu. I like serial killers and cowboys…
Hmm. Now there’s a combination I haven’t tried.
Much love, y’all. Seriously. Much love.
Mud, Movies, Bullets, and Bulls blurb:
Four men in need of a helping hand….
When a cowboy finds he has grit in all the wrong places, what is he to do? Meet the man of his dreams, of course. But what will save two cowboys from getting bogged down in the mire?
An ex-rodeo cowboy who hates working with Hollywood actors meets a movie star who is looking for something real. Will they get a happy ending, just like in the movies?
A redneck ends up injured and stranded, and his old friend comes to the rescue. It’s the old story of the one that got away. What will they do to keep each other in their lives—and will it be too late?
A professional bull rider is starting to feel his age. When he’s injured far from home and his career is threatened, it’s up to his best friend to step in and point out the other options. Both men have plans—but will they include each other?
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.
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