New Releases: February 27th, 2015

February 27, 2015

Ever the Same by BA Tortuga

 

Single dads Audie and Dixon must commit to change and each other to bring their two families together into one.

Audie Barrack is in it up to his elbows with a sick calf when his son’s school calls. Seems Grainger has gotten into yet another fight. When he walks into the principal’s office, he’s shocked to find his son has been fighting with a little girl named Randi.

 

A little girl with one blind dad and one dad who recently passed away.

 

Goddammit.

 

Dixon has lost his sight, his career, and his husband. Thank God for his brothers, Momma and Daddy, and his little girl, or he would simply give up. The last thing he needs is for Randi to start trouble at school, especially trouble that puts him in contact with another dad who might expect him to be a functional human being.

 

Dixon is struggling to live as a blind man, Audie is terrified someone might see he has a closet to come out of, and everyone from the school to both men’s families is worried for the men and their children. Unless they get themselves together and commit to change, neither of them stands a chance.

 

Length: Novel (256p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: February 27, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-831-3) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-830-6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here For You by Skylar M. Cates

 

Life is a thread connecting us. One pull and it all unravels. In an instant, everything between Ian and Cole changes forever.

Life is a thread connecting us. One pull and it all unravels.

 

Cole Gannon arrives in the seaside town of Ocean Vista to work as a bartender and finally find a place to belong. Determined to make a home for himself, Cole lives happily with his four colorful roommates, whom he considers brothers. The only problem is Cole’s attraction to Ian Stark—a guy all wrong for him. He wishes he didn’t keep running into the sexy lawyer.

 

Ian knows Cole is attracted to him, but the younger man keeps him at arm’s length. It only makes Ian more determined to be with Cole and learn all his secrets. But while Ian has built a successful law practice, he hasn’t done too well with relationships.

 

When a sudden and devastating tragedy occurs, it shatters Cole’s world and throws Cole and Ian together in unexpected ways. In an instant, everything between them changes forever.

 

Length: Novel (234p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: February 27, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-813-9) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-812-2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palace Dog by R.E. Nelson

 

In Saigon, 1971, Michael Andrews finds love and hope with Thao, a young Vietnamese man, but war means an uncertain future.

In April 1975, as the government in Saigon is falling, Michael Andrews prepares to make his way back to Vietnam to find the love he was forced to leave.

 

But Michael’s journey begins four years earlier.  He joins the Air Force to keep out of the Army and out of Vietnam, but his first assignment is teaching English in Saigon to members of the Vietnamese military in an Army program called Palace Dog.

 

As an artist, and a man, before his time in Vietnam, Michael found life lonely and unsatisfying. In the midst of war, Michael searches for direction and meaning.   He ultimately finds love and hope with Thao, a young Vietnamese art student, only to have their already uncertain future wrenched from them when he is pulled out of the country.

 

For Michael, his return in 1975 is inevitable and without question, though the outcome he hopes for is anything but assured.

 

Length: Novel (206p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: February 27, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-538-1) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-537-4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter’s Wolf by Tara Lain

 

Winter and FBI Matt Partridge learn Winter’s father’s motive are questionable, the pack alphas are pussies, and nothing is pure but love.

Tales of the Harker Pack: Book Three

 

Winter Thane was raised on the two cardinal rules of werewolf existence: don’t reveal yourself to humans under penalty of death, and there’s no such thing as a gay werewolf. It’s no surprise when his father drags him from his wild life in remote Canada back to Connecticut to meet his old pack in hopes it will persuade Winter to abandon his love of sex with human males. Of course Dad’s hopes are dashed when they come face-to-face with the gay werewolves in the Harker pack.

 

Winter takes one look at FBI agent Matt Partridge and decides bird is his favorite food. Partridge is embroiled in an investigation into drug dealing and the death of a fellow agent. He can’t let himself get distracted by the young, platinum-haired beast, but then Winter proves invaluable in the search for clues, a move that winds them both up in chains and facing imminent death. Winter quickly learns his father’s motives are questionable, the pack alphas are a bunch of pussies, humans aren’t quite what they seem, and nothing in the forests of Connecticut is pure except love.

 

Length: Novel (220p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shapeshifters

Release Date: February 27, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-544-2) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-543-5)

February 27, 2015

Y’all rock my world. I’ve had more coffee and I’m still on the sofa with the puppies, watching the snow.  I’m so tickled that  y’all came to enjoy Dix and Audie and I so appreciate it.

Please come visit with me on Facebook or twitter — I’m the only BA Tortuga around. I do love to visit and play. :D

Y’all stay warm, have a glorious time and love each other well.

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Much love, y’all.

BA

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The Top Five Most Amazing Exploits of the kiddos from Ever the Same

February 27, 2015

Randi and Grainger are the heart and soul of Dixon and Audie (and by association, Ever the Same). They start out, as so many of my fictional relationships do, with a fist fistfight (note: when I met my wife in person the first time, at one point she did threaten to beat the hell out of me while I was driving in a pouring down rainstorm on the highway in San Antiono traffic. True story.).

However, a birthday party, a giant mouse, some horses and a guitar later, they became partners in crime.

Instead of having fights with each other, they turned on the world.

1. During a riding lesson, Grainger dares Randi to impersonate the trick rider they’d seen at the rodeo and when Audie turned around, she was standing on Sarge’s back.

2. Randi dared Grainger to trap the possum so they could keep the babies and raise them. Possum bites hurt. So do the rabies shots.

3. Together, the kids decided to find out which spice burn. Cinnamon for the flamtastic win! FYI, powdered creamer burns pretty damned well too.

4. Grainger told Randi that she couldn’t be a cowgirl unless she rode a calf backwards holding his tail.

5. At Christmas, they dressed the dachshunds up as reindeer, tied them to a miniature sleigh that belong to Randi’s gran and proceeded to take down the tree. Dachshunds are not beasts of burden.

Much love, y’all

BA

Ever the Same is available now! 

Ten Things about Dixon from Ever the Same

February 27, 2015

Dixon, world. World, Dixon.

1. Dixon’s best friend is his younger brother, Daniel, who is currently serving overseas in the military.

2. His favorite date night used to be watching the sunset at the Oasis on Lake Travis.

3. Dix has a huge crush on Gordon Ramsey and on Sidney Poitier.

4. The first song he learned to play on the guitar was Where Have All the Flowers Gone

5. He was drum major in high school.

6. He’s a huge Blues fanatic and his first out of state trip was to New Orleans with his dad to see live music.

7. His favorite food is cheesesteaks with mustard sauce from Texadelphia.

8. His first dog was a bloodhound named Bill.

9. He lived in Texas his whole life, but Audie taught him how to ride a horse.

10. Dixon’s prized possession is a 1974 Fender Stratocaster played by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

 

Much love, y’all

BA

Ever the Same is available now! 

Ten Things About Audie from Ever the Same

February 27, 2015

Y’all, Audie Barrack. Audie, all the folks.

1. He wanted to be a professional baseball player when he grew up.

2. He’s named after a famous Greenvillite, Audie Murphy.

3. His favorite food on earth is tacos from Molinas.

4. He’s a huge George Strait fan and he has been to 3 concerts. His favorite song is “Write This Down”.

5. He never misses the weather on 10pm TV. Ever.

6. He built his own house on his folks’ ranch.

7. His dad is a long-haul trucker and one of his favorite things (and one of his son’s favorite things) was riding along in the summer and listening to the CB.

8. Audie got poison ivy on his penis once and he didn’t tell his parents because he was afraid they’d have to cut it off.

9. Audie has had full custody of his son since he was three days old.

10. His favorite toy as a little boy was a stuffed cow he named Silly Chicken.

;-)

Much love, y’all

BA

Ever the Same is available now! 

Excerpt and Contest

February 27, 2015

EvertheSameFS

Hey, y’all! I have a giveaway for a signed print copy of Ever the Same. Comment today on any of the posts and I’ll pick someone tomorrow morning (that gives all the folks a chance).

Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of the novel. Audie’s been called up to the school because his kindergarten has been in a fight…

***

Feeling like he was back in kindergarten, Audie went to the principal’s office.

“Mr. Barrack? Go on in. They’re waiting.” Miz Laws winked at him as he walked by, which relaxed him, because, Christ, this sucked. He went into the office, which was a mixture of colors and pictures of kids and that weird sternness that meant business. Dr. Shields stood and offered him a hand. Lord, he remembered when she was the drum major back when his Aunt Shirley was in the band.

There was a tiny little girl—and he meant teeny—sitting next to a dude who had hair like a girl, a dour-faced older lady, and his Grainger, who jumped up, one eye bruised. “Daddy! Daddy, I swear, I didn’t start it!”

“Hush, now. Let me talk to Dr. Shields.” He wanted to snatch Grainger up, but he knew better.

“Let’s all sit,” Dr. Shields said, and Audie fought the urge to point out he was the only grown-up standing.

Feeling chastised, he perched on the other side of Grainger.

They all sat there, staring, before Dr. Shields spoke up. “Now, we all seem to have a problem. Randi and Grainger have been in a half-dozen incidents in the last few weeks.”

“Really? Why didn’t I hear about this, buddy?” Half a dozen? Shit.

“You said not to be a tattletale, Daddy.”

Oh God. He damned near swallowed his tongue. They’d have to talk about information versus snitching.

“I didn’t start it. Not onced. I don’t hit girls, but Daddy! She hit me in the face! Hard!” There were tears there, threatening, and Grainger had that hell of a shiner.

“Now, Grainger, are you saying you didn’t push Randi?” the principal asked.

“She called me a doo-doo stupid-head!”

Did the wee girl not talk? She sat there, her chin set, her bright green eyes flashing fire. Her thin arms were crossed over her chest, and her feet swung in an angry rhythm.

“Name-calling can’t hurt you, buddy.” Was he the only adult with a brain here?

“No, but name-calling is completely inappropriate, Miranda.” That was the dad, just looking straight ahead. “You know better.”

“He’s mean! He told the girls I was smelly and not to play with me!”

Audie looked at the principal. “Am I the only one not up to speed?”

The older lady glanced over at him. “Beverly White. Pleased. My granddaughter has had some… transition issues. We’re sorry.”

“Mrs. White.” He nodded, then snuck another peek at the man sitting next to her.

The guy stared straight ahead, not looking at him at all. Crazy.

“Grainger is usually a good kid,” Audie offered. “I’m sorry about those uh, transition things.” Way to sound like a hick.

“Children, can you please wait on the green chairs while we talk?”

Grainger nodded, squeezing Audie’s fingers one more time. Audie nodded and smiled at his son, pretty convinced his boy hadn’t done anything really heinous.

The little gal stomped out, pure fire in her eyes. Oh, she was a hellion, he could tell.

“Are you going to tell me you’re going to move her again?” That was the dad, and the dude seemed about as pissed as his daughter. “She’s not the Antichrist. She’s a tiny little girl. She still sits in a car seat, for chrissake.”

“No, I think we can safely leave her where she is. I really felt that we all needed to chat, though. It’s clear that Audie here had no idea what was going on.”

“Yeah, no shit.” Audie glanced at the gran. “Pardon my French.”

“No worries.” She winked at him. “She’s not a bad girl. She’s had some terrible things in the last year.”

“And for some reason, she’s targeting Grainger. Has he spoken about Randi at all?” Dr. Shields was trying, he could tell.

“No, ma’am. He’s not said a word.” He snuck another look at the dad. This guy was a piece of work. “It’s not like him to pick on someone who’s having a hard time.”

“Of course it’s not. Randi’s the one that’s the vicious little bitch, right?”

Damn, Mr. Snooty could snap.

“Dixon!”

“What? She’s had a shit life for the last year. She lost one of her dads, she had to leave Austin and her friends and her school, and suddenly she’s the fucking bad guy?”

“Hey, I never said my boy was perfect,” Audie said, snarling a little himself. “He’s managed to get to six without trying to kill anyone, though, so this is new. Back off.”

“Enough. No one is saying either of these children are bad. Randi has a huge number of hurdles to overcome, and Grainger is a shy little boy with a tendency to follow the crowd. Neither of these children have mothers at home, and I was hoping we could brainstorm some ways to help Randi feel included with the others.”

This was ridiculous. It wasn’t his fucking job to make sure this asshole’s little brat felt like she didn’t need to punch his son anymore.

“That’s her teacher’s job, Shannon.” Audie was through with this shit. “I’ll tell my boy to stay away from her. Can we go now?”

“Yes. Yes, of course. Mr. White….”

“I’ll talk to her. If it happens again, I’ll… shit, I don’t know what I’ll do. I’ll make it up as I go along.” The guy stood, and his mom handed him a cane. A white cane.

Oh Jesus fucking Christ. Seriously? Seriously, Grainger picked the kid with a blind dad and a dead….

Wait.

Her other dad was dead. Jesus. This guy was blind, had lost his man, and his kid was a shit? That sucked hugely. “I can try to get Grainger to help. I promise.” He had no idea why that popped out, except this guy’s life had to suck, and because it had been a long time since Audie had met anyone who would openly admit to being queer like he was.

***

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Official blurb: Audie Barrack is in it up to his elbows with a sick calf when his son’s school calls. Seems Grainger has gotten into yet another fight. When he walks into the principal’s office, he’s shocked to find his son has been fighting with a little girl named Randi.

A little girl with one blind dad and one dad who recently passed away.

Goddammit.

Dixon has lost his sight, his career, and his husband. Thank God for his brothers, Momma and Daddy, and his little girl, or he would simply give up. The last thing he needs is for Randi to start trouble at school, especially trouble that puts him in contact with another dad who might expect him to be a functional human being.

Dixon is struggling to live as a blind man, Audie is terrified someone might see he has a closet to come out of, and everyone from the school to both men’s families is worried for the men and their children. Unless they get themselves together and commit to change, neither of them stands a chance.

About the Ever the Same boys — Audie and Dixon

February 27, 2015

So, let me tell y’all a bit about my boys from Ever the Same, Dix and Audie.

Audie is a cowboy from Greenville, Texas. Like a real, working cowboy. He pulls calves, trains cutting horses, and loves his little boy, Grainger, with everything he has. Solid as a rock, Audie’s a good guy, practical as the day is long and totally, completely trapped in the closet of his environment.

Now, Dix? He’s not a cowboy at all. Texan? Sure, but he’s from Austin, he’s a musician, he’s out and proud, he’s…Lost. He just lost his partner and his sight in the same car accident, he’s trying to figure out how the hell he’s supposed to raise his angry little Randi at his parents’ hobby farm in small town Texas without the man he intended to live the rest of his life with.

Ever the Same is the story about how these two trapped men find a way out, together.

I love Audie for his straight-shooting sensibility. I love Dixon because he’s not ashamed to be terrified. More than than, I love how these boys love their kids, are committed to keeping their wee families intact. These men are daddies first, always.

;-)

I made a Pinterest board about the boys (and the kiddos). I’d love to know what y’all think. This is the first time I’ve done this and I think I’ll keep on. I love the whole idea of it. You can find the board here - https://www.pinterest.com/batortuga/ever-the-same/

Much love, y’all!

BA

 

BA Tortuga

http://www.batortuga.com

Because Sometimes Fistfights are Foreplay

Good morning, y’all!

February 27, 2015

EvertheSameFS

*waves happily* It’s the resident redneck and I’m here to visit and let all y’all know about my new book, Ever the Same, that’s releasing today!

So, I’m sitting here in a totally unexpected winter wonderland (O.O). I have a snuggly puppy, a huge cup of Kona, and blankets.

Lots of blankets.

*grins*

I know, I know, y’all up in the northeast are all flipping me off right now, I get it, but I’m still Texan enough to be all… OMG SNOW SNOW IN PILES ON THE GROUND. Indulge me a little. ;-)

Today I’m going to be celebrating the snow, my new book Ever the Same, coffee, a contest or two, and possibly torture y’all with pictures of the puppies…

Much love, y’all.

BA Tortuga

http://www.batortuga.com

Because Sometimes Fistfights are Foreplay

New Releases: February 25th, 2015

February 25, 2015

Shadowing Mace by Cheyenne Meadows

 

Wolf shifter Shadow doesn’t want Mace’s help investigaing a series of accidents. Their growing desire for each other makes it even worse.

With his brother away at a conference, alpha wolf shifter Shadow finds himself paired with IT analyst Mace, the one man he can’t stand. Stuck with the partnership due to his pack leader’s order, Shadow can only count down the days until his life returns to normal. He’s a loner. Period. No matter how much his inner beast protests.

 

Mace isn’t thrilled either, but can’t resist the temptation to push all the surly alpha’s buttons, even as he fantasizes about what could be. Flirting with danger, he’s determined to make the best of the situation, if he can only get Shadow to give in to both their desires.

 

Unfortunately, a twisted revenge-seeker has other plans.  A series of events rocks the entire pack, leaving innocent people hurt and fear running rampant.  Both men are thrust into the chaos, working tirelessly to track down the culprit before someone winds up dead.  The pressure of trying to stay a jump ahead, with absolutely no clues, pushes them to the brink. Add in a burning hunger for each other, and their world begins to crumble around them. With no other choice, they have to trust and depend on one another in order to have a chance at solving the mystery and saving lives.

 

Length: Novella (117p.) | Genre: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shifters, BDSM, Mystery/Suspense

Release Date: February 25, 2015

Buy as eBook ($4.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-601-2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaken Up by Nicole Forcine

 

Tim Myers is wary of exposing his body or his heart, but he might have found a match made for collaring in Dom Jae Seong.

Tim Myers is the flamboyant and overly fastidious owner of the adult shop Little Earthquakes. In his spare time, he moonlights as a sub for his friend’s BDSM classes, and while he’d love to find a Dom to cater to his domestic servitude kink, he’s wary of exposing his body and his heart. When Jae Seong comes into Tim’s shop and asks him for help with a wax play demo, Tim is turned off by the idea. Jae is nothing if not persistent, though. He’s a skilled Dom and soon finds out why Tim is so protective of his body, his neck, and his heart. Over a series of play dates, the two grow close, and it dawns on Tim that he might be looking at a match made for collaring.

 

Length: Novella (74p.) | Genre: BDSM, Contemporary | Release Date: February 25, 2015

Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-499-5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vendetta by A.J. Llewellyn

 

Garrick’s heart breaks when his rare Dean From Hell Vendetta guitar is stolen. He finds more than support in Officer Mak Inoue.

3rd Edition

 

Devastated after his home is ransacked, Garrick Cross’s heart breaks further when he finds his rare, beloved Dean From Hell Vendetta guitar on an online auction. When he’s outbid, Garrick feels he’s lost everything. The police try to help him locate his stolen property, but the auction’s a done deal. His precious Vendetta is gone. After tracking down the man who beat him to it, Garrick asks if he’ll consider selling the guitar at a higher price. Reclusive collector Micah Drake declines, but finding Garrick attractive, offers a different price: a weekend in his bed. When Garrick turns to the officer in charge of his case, Mak Inoue, he finds more than just moral support.

 

1st Edition published  by Extasy Books, 2010.

2nd Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2014.

 

Length: Novella (58p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: February 25, 2015

Buy as eBook ($3.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-546-6)

New Releases: February 23rd, 2015

February 23, 2015

Chyna Doll by Mickie B. Ashling

 

Is Luca’s moral compass strong enough to guide him through his period of sexual discovery and attraction to intersex male Chyna?

Horizons Series: Book Four

 

Lil Lampert’s forty-fifth birthday turns the effervescent architect into a brooding mess, and his partner, Grier Dilorio, takes him to Italy to help him regain his zest for life. The timing is bad—almost-fifteen-year-old Luca has just started high school, and his mother and stepfather are also traveling. Luca is left in the care of Chicago Bear, Clark Stevens, and his partner, Dr. Jody Williams.

 

Growing up with two dads and two gay uncles has given Luca a unique perspective on gender roles, but not all the answers. He’s had a secret crush on his straight best friend, Chip, for years. Suddenly, Luca finds himself attracted to Chyna, Chip’s twin sister. Now he’s wondering if this means he’s bisexual.

 

Born with a sexual development disorder, Chyna should have been raised as a male, but due to an epic parenting fail, is being raised as female. Hiding the truth becomes more difficult when Chyna hits puberty, and crushing over Luca adds another element to Chyna’s struggle to fit in.

 

Is Luca’s moral compass strong enough to guide him successfully through this period of discovery or will he succumb to peer pressure and shatter Chyna’s dreams for happiness?

 

Length: Novel (320p.) | Genre: Contemporary, New Adult | Release Date: February 23, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-732-3) | Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-731-6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soufflés at Sunrise by M.J. O’Shea and Anna Martin

 

Contestants on the cooking show Burned, Kai and Chase are enemies on camera and lovers behind the scenes.

“Welcome to a new season of Burned, where we find fresh new cooking talent… and a few culinary disasters! Every season we do something a little different, and this time it’s all about the sweet things in life. Get ready in week one as twenty pastry chef hopefuls and dessert connoisseurs compete for the thirteen coveted workspaces in our Burned kitchen. With stakes this big, we ask the one question on everyone’s mind: Do these chefs have what it takes to rise to the top? Or will they get Burned?”

 

Burned contestants Chase and Kai are attracted from the start and can’t wait to spend more time getting to know each other… until they see the first episode treatment and realize the producers intend to portray them as bitter enemies. At first it’s fun to pretend to bicker—enemies on film, lovers when the cameras stop rolling—but soon it’s hard not to take the faux rivalry seriously. It’s only when their choice is to band together and bake their way to the final or get burned that they find where their real loyalties lie.

 

Length: Novel (206p.) | Genre: Contemporary | Release Date: February 23, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-784-2) | Buy as Paperback ($14.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-783-5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Be Loved by Pearl Love

 

Desperate to protect David both from the general—and himself—Tim struggles to complete his mission and save their love.

Sequel to To Be Human

 

Tim—designation TM 05637—thought he’d escaped his fate as a genetically engineered supersoldier when David Conley offered him a precious chance at a normal life. But General Woodard, Tim’s handler, captures them, crushing Tim’s short-lived dream. Thrilled at the return of his pet killing machine, Woodard plans to break Tim’s resistance by forcing him to virtually kill David.

 

Fortunately, Dr. Paul Anderson, the scientist who created Tim, offers them a chance at freedom. But a deadly weakness implanted in Tim’s DNA threatens his life. Without regular doses of a special medication, Tim faces debilitation and even death.  In search of a more permanent solution, Dr. Anderson enlists David’s help to infiltrate a base where a cure is kept. But David is unable to fully trust Tim, haunted by seeing Tim killing him in Woodard’s brutal training simulations.

 

Desperate to protect David, both from the general—and himself—Tim struggles to find the strength to leave the man he loves while completing the mission. With Dr. Anderson’s help, Tim and David try to stay a step ahead of the general, knowing they must reach the cure before mistrust tears them apart, Woodard catches up with them, or the clock runs out on Tim’s life.

 

Length: Novel (280p.) | Genre: Science Fiction | Release Date: February 23, 2015

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-305-9) | Buy as Paperback ($16.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-304-2)