Thursday, March 17, 2016

Featured Guest Author: B.A. Tortuga on Cowboys and her New Novel Trial by Fire.


We are delighted to welcome B.A. Tortuga to Sinfully today as she celebrates the release of her new book Trial by Fire.


Hey y’all!

It might come as something of a surprise, but I love cowboys. No? Okay, y’all have my number. I know, I know, I do go on and on. I can’t help it. I grew up with cowboys. I love the breed. I love ranch cowboys and rodeo cowboys and all the ones who fall in between.

What does that mean? People ask me that all the time. See, any professional rodeo cowboy or bullrider probably only works on a ranch as a hobby. Maybe stops by a friend’s place and brands calves, or helps out at round up time. Mind you, I’m talking the top ten club, the guys making good money at a rodeo.

Then there’s the working cowboy. Whether he’s a short pay line rider or a ranch owner, he’s out there every day, feeding, tending, mending, birthing and doctoring cows. He’s a land manager, a horse lover, and a hard worker.

Then there’s in between, which is what Holden is in Trial by Fire, my Dreamspun Desire from Dreamspinner. Holden’s family owns a rodeo company, which means they supply the arena dirt, the chutes and fences, the pick-up men, the announcer and often times the livestock. Stock contractors make deals with rodeo companies to bring in more animals. So Holden works his family ranch, and deals with rodeos big and small. In the beginning of the book we find out Holden prefers to stay on the ranch and let his brother deal with the rodeo, but that option is no longer viable. So he has to make do.

I love the idea of the two styles of cowboys coming together, and in Trial by Fire it’s even more interesting, because Texan Holden comes together with the owner of an Aussie cattle station, which is a whole different world.

I do love my cowboys, and I think the best part of writing them is the research. I get paid to go to rodeos and talk to cowboys… I can’t think of a better job.

Much love, y’all.



Trial by Fire

BA Tortuga


Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 15th March 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





One Aussie. One Texan. One baby. One hell of a fight.
When his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, Aussie cattle station owner Lachlan McCoughney rushes to Texas to rescue their infant daughter, Chloe. He expects to find his niece living in squalor with the Sheffields, a rodeo family.
Instead, Lachlan finds Holden Sheffield, a salt-of-the-earth cowboy running a huge business operation. They want to explore their mutual attraction despite the many problems thrown their way, and together, they must find a way to give Chloe a new family and find a love that spans thousands of acres and two continents

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Meet 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