Hi all —
Great guests for you this week! Please welcome BA Tortuga who is representing her writing team and introducing us to MIDNIGHT RODEO: HOMECOMING! This fun, sexy new anthology is also authored by Julia Talbot and Kiernan Kelly! Be sure to enter on the Rafflecopter before you go! Here’s BA–
How about the freedom of writing supernatural characters? Allowing the writer to shape the world as they see fit.
This is exactly why I write paranormals.
Hey, y’all, I’m BA Tortuga, and I’m here to talk about Midnight Rodeo, an anthology I started with my wife, Julia Talbot, and one of my besties, Kiernan Kelly. I had this idea, thinking, wow, what happens when we genetically engineer a bull no human can ride. Well, then you have to get the riders jacked up, too. So, why not paranormal guys?
So I got Julia, who writes lots of werebeasts, and Kiernan, who loves magic, and we went to town.
What I loved most about this whole experience was how we all took it in different directions. Julia focused on werebears, her obsession of the moment. She says she loves bears because they’re both silly and dangerous, lazy and explosively active. Strength is key with bears, but she makes them into the rodeo clown and the bad steer wrestler. The best part of that is bringing the animal into the man.
Kiernan took on the magical aspect. Spells and wards, psychics and telekenetics. These are supernatural folks in a far less traditional sense. She really worked the idea of how someone with a psychic talent might feel about normal folks when they haven’t had the best experiences.
Me? I went with wolves because I love to put the wild beast in my shifters. I love to play with pack structure, and do research. I sponsor a wolf sanctuary, y’all. I love my life.
Basically, supernatural characters give us the freedom to explore a world we don’t know yet. And to have biting and sex without lube without making anyone mad. Cackles.
Much love, y’all.
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What happens when rodeos start to get too tough for humans to compete in? Midnight Rodeo, of course, where supernatural creatures like shifters and vampires work for the prize money, and for the awe of their audience.
In Welcome to the Pack by BA Tortuga, when head bullfighter Denton is killed by a demon bull, his twin, Denver, comes back to take his place. Denver was gone for years, working mundane rodeos and missing his twin. He’s not sure the pack can heal him since the other bullfighters challenge Denver at every turn. All except Blaine, who’s an outcast himself, and who knows Denver is like no one he’s ever met.
In Oklahoma Rain by Kiernan Kelly, psychic Blaze scouts locations for the rodeo company, Darque and Knight, where he finds another psychic talent, Zack, who’s as hot as the Fourth of July. Zack is complicated, though, thanks to his sidekick, Mikey, a damaged kid. Blaze invites the pair back to the rodeo, but not everyone is as happy as Blaze to have them there.
In Big Bear, Little Bear, by Julia Talbot, bear shifter Ben is returning to the rodeo after a long injury recovery. Big bear shifter Ozzie is the barrel man and clown, and he’s been waiting for Ben to come back to the big show. But is Ben ready to ride again, let alone be the lover Ozzie is ready to take on?
Denver was– wow.
Denton had been stunning, making Blaine stare a lot. A lot. Still, Dent had been off-limits, and he’d bet Denver was, too. No one could be that hot and be like Blaine.
He was the weird one, the one brought into the pack by a she-wolf who had already had a single pup. Blaine figured he was lucky no one had killed him when he was a kid.
Everyone else was broad and wide, shaggy headed with eyes like green glass. All of them came from the same line. Denver was the spitting image of Denton, really. A little harder around the edges, a little more wild. A shit ton more bruised.
The guys had been taking turns. Two a night, just like clockwork, they’d come and challenge Denver. One at midnight, one at three a.m. Greg and Vince went, then Carter and Caul, and finally Hank and Mike. Boom.
He supposed Denver was waiting for him, now. Blaine sighed. He had no intention of trying to take the pack. God, the very idea made his head hurt.
The real question was, were they going to just start over, or was Denver going to get a night off, a chance to sleep before they settled in town for tonight’s show?
Author Names: Kiernan Kelly, Julia Talbot, 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 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 answered the call of the high desert mountains. 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.
Kiernan Kelly lives in the wilds of the alligator-infested U.S. Southeast, slathered in SPF 45, drinking colorful tropical, hi-octane concoctions served by thong-clad cabana boys.
All right, the truth is that she spends her time locked in the dark recesses of her office, writing gay erotic romance while chained to a temperamental laptop, drinking coffee, and dreaming of thong-clad cabana boys.
To date, Kiernan has over a dozen novels in print and ebook, and a plethora of short stories in both formats.
Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Torquere Press, Ellora’s Cave, and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved.
Find Julia at @juliatalbot on Twitter
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