BA Tortuga

Country hat act Markus Kane is pretty skeptical when one of his oldest industry friends calls and asks him to do a joint tour. He and Seb haven’t seen each other in years, not since Markus quit drinking. Maybe not since he and Sebastian Longchamps almost lost their careers to the fact that they couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

Sebastian is a country-fried Cajun rocker, and he’s been missing Markus ever since they broke up all those years ago. His label thinks he and Markus are a match made in ticket-sales heaven, but Seb knows better. He knows that it won’t take even the tiniest effort for Markus to break his heart all over again, and this time around he has way more to lose.

Time has changed both men, though, and while Markus and Seb try to fight their addictions, the big music industry machine has plans for them that don’t include the quiet life. Can Markus convince Sebastian that there are things more important in life than adrenaline and control? And can Sebastian make Markus understand that all he really wants is his music and his man?

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Reviews for Fighting Addiction

From Amazon -- 5 Stars -- m/m romance. "This is one of the most achingly sweet romances I've ever read. These two guys about broke my heart. I will read this one again and again. This story takes place in the homophobic realm of country music. Markus and Sebastian made wonderful music together until they were discovered in a compromising position that forced them apart or risk their careers. Markus took to drink and Sebastian lost himself in his work. Markus has been on the wagon for a couple of years now and Sebastian has become obsessive about pretty much everything. Markus is surprised when Sebastian calls and wants to do a joint tour but jumps at the chance to reunite with the only man he has ever loved. Can they fight their addictions and the big business machine to be together again and make beautiful music? "

From Goodreads -- 5 stars -- "My god... It was so beautiful... I swear to god, this was a true love story... I'm fuckin' bawling my eyes out as I write this... I will write a better review, once I can stop crying, because a love story this beautiful deserves a fuckin' glowing review.... Y'all have to read this, I swear to you, nothing else will come close.... I'm so fuckin' raw emotionally..."


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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, 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 partner, 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 is feeling the Colorado mountains calling. 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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An Interview with BA Tortuga
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: BA, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Fighting Addiction. Where did you get the idea for this sizzling romance?

BA: I'm a huge music fan and I live in the live music capitol, Austin, Texas. I was at a concert with Julia in June when the idea hit me like a runaway freight train. What if there was this pair of singers that had been lovers once upon a time and they had to go on tour together?

HH: What do you like about Markus and what's his greatest strength?

BA: I love how Markus knows himself. He's worked through his hangups, he knows his weaknesses, and he's not scared to admit them. It's hard to mess with someone that is willing to risk everything.

HH: What do you like best about Seb and what makes him different than most heroes?

BA: I like how Seb has no filters. He says what he thinks. He's brilliant -- music made flesh -- and it makes him unique in all the world.

HH: How did you go about creating the world where their story takes place?

BA: Research. I've written musicians for years, but no one this 'famous'. Tours are huge, complex things. Also, I researched alcohol addiction, drug addiction, food disorders, OCD, sexual addictions. It was fascinating to learn about.

HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story?

BA: The music. Seb and Markus are songwriters and I got to play with that -- I actually wrote a song for the book! I'm a huge music fan and just to write in that world makes me incredibly happy. Also, former lovers reconnecting is my biggest kink. Of all the books I've written, I'm proudest of Fighting Addiction.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

BA: I have just released my first m/m/f paranormal with Ellora's Cave last week, and they've also accepted the series in Mating Call's sequel. I have What She Wants, a m/m/f western, and a m/m western titled Adding to the Collection in the Roughstock series coming from Torquere in December. January will see a m/f western from Resplendence. (Busy busy!)

Currently I'm working on the sequel to Moonshine with Julia Talbot, along with Tag Team: Fais Do Do in the Roughstock series, the second book in the Cowbell, Book and Candle series, a kinky little historical western and an angst m/m contemporary novel. 

Me? ADHD? Never. ;-)

HH: What are you most excited about in your career right now?

BA: I have stepped down from my post as president of Torquere Press and I am writing full-time. It's an incredibly exciting and busy time, being able to focus solely on my writing and sharing my stories.

HH: What are you looking forward to most in the rest of 2012?

BA: My partner's father is very ill, so we're planning a quiet holiday together, enjoying the time we have and telling stories. I was fortunate to have my daddy, Julia's dad, and my best friend, Sean Michael, here for Thanksgiving, so that was our big celebration.

HH: What are you reading at the moment?

BA: Okay, this is a little embarrassing, but do you remember the Lone Star series by Wesley Ellis? It was this wild romance-for-boys martial arts and historical western pulp serial back thirty plus years ago and I used to steal them from my daddy. I just found them on ebook and I'm devouring them like a starving woman. ;-)

I mean throwing stars, wagon races, rustlers, gunfights, wild sex? They're AMAZING fun.

HH: Do you have a writing hero and if so, who would it be?

BA: Oh, Stephen King, absolutely. I love how he tells a story, how he believes in storytelling, and how he loves to scare himself. I also think that he is a short story master.

Thank you so much for your time and the fun questions. I had a ball.

HH: Thank you!


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