A warm welcome to author BA Tortuga joining us to talk about her new Dreamspinner release “Rain and Whiskey”.
Florida and BA
When I wrote Rain and Whiskey, I had never been to Florida.
It probably showed in the book. Seriously. I’ve still never been to the Keys, which is on my bucket list, but these days I travel to Florida twice or more a year for cons and here is what I’ve learned.
Orlando is where Disney exploded and everyone plays It’s a Small World.
There’s all this water. What do y’all do with all that water anyway? As a desert girl it makes me deeply suspicious.
There are gators. For real. So in book two when a gator named Vic shows up, I feel vindicated.
Florida winter rainstorms, at like, 50 degrees F, are colder than snowstorms in New Mexico. Not kidding.
All food is fried. Fish? Fry it. Potatoes? Fry them. Salad bar? Fry things! I only mention this because beach food is tough for a celiac… And I miss fried stuff.
It’s humid. Did I mention the humid?
Half of my friends either live there or want to. I want to get a tiny condo in Orlando so I can see everyone without leaving the dogs behind and so I have my car and and and…
There’s water. Water at the beach. Water in the air. Swimming pools. Really, y’all, what can they do with all that? Did I say that? It bears repeating.
I love Disney. Yes, it exploded, but I adore the mouse. Even my girl basset has a hidden Mickey. It’s fate. I want to see Universal, too. King Kong! Harry Potter!
Also, I want to see something more than Orlando and Daytona. Branch out. Maybe see where I set Rain and Whiskey.
Bottom line is I still have a lot to discover about the state, but thanks to Rain and Whiskey, it has a special place in my heart.
Much love, y’all.
Stormy Weather: Book One
Galen Frost buys a house and a bait shop in a small Florida town to get away from his life as a semipro football player. When he meets good-time bartender Shane Barton, the heat between them is instant and intense—like the burn of good whiskey.
Galen and Shane don’t have much in common beyond their healthy libidos and their love of a good time, but the intoxicating heat brings them together like rain on the ocean, whipping up a frenzy of weather… good and bad. When trouble blows ashore, they will have to ride out the storm that breaks between them as Galen’s past rears its ugly head.
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 www.batortuga.com