Jenson has loved Mike his whole life, but he has never known how to tell Mike how he feels. After high school Mike leaves for college and his Hollywood dream, while cowboy Jenson stays behind in their small East Texas hometown. Neither man knows what to say to go beyond friendship, even though they come together through all of the best and worst times of their lives. The most amazing moments keep bringing them back together, but through huge love and terrible loss, sickness and health, their timing never seems right to take their relationship to the next level. When the universe gives them one final chance, Jenson must overcome his fear and say the most important something before it's too late.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Angsty G
1. What's your writing process?
Process? Cackles Surely you jest. ;-)
No, honestly I’m quite disciplined when it comes to writing. I have 3 8-hour days wherein that’s all I do and then 2 4-hour days where I mix it up with freelancing and marketing.
As far as deciding what’s next, etc., I tend to write 4-5 stories at a time. For instance, right now I’m writing a m/m paranormal set in Glenwood, a f/f YA horror novel, the sequel to The Terms of Release, a m/m short about a blind vampire and a co-write m/m with my wife, Julia, featuring the goofiest damn demons you’ve ever seen.
2. Do you have any writing-related superstitions or any little routines you need to do when writing?
I can’t listen to the wrong music. I have playlists and god forbid I have the vampire list on when I’m writing angsty cowboys…
3. Which of the characters in your books did you have the most fun writing?
Oh, lord… if we’re taking simply pure fun? Remy from Long Black Cadillac. He was supposed to be a secondary character and he refused to be quiet. Hell, he refused to not have his own vampire, the little Cajun weirdo.
However, MJ and Sonny from the Road Trip series cracked me up for four books and my favorite single ‘fun’ line was from the Stormy Weathers series (Galen/Shane): “You can’t chase alligators with a hard-on.”
4. Do you have an image in your mind of your characters before you start or do they develop as you write?
I always have an image, but it’s weirdly non-visual. I see their hearts first, their souls. For instance, I can tell you that Mike’s favorite color is blue, but it took me forever to know that his eyes were. ;-)
5. Where do you find your inspiration?
Oh, lord. Everywhere. Music, a lot of the time. I’ll hear a lyric and a character will show up and start jabbering. “Did you know this was my favorite song? Did you hear what happened to me? Here, I’ll tell you.
I also spend hours people watching and eavesdropping. Hours. Julia and I play the ‘what if’ game all the time. “What if that guy was on the phone with an assassin?” “What if that cowboy was screwing his best friend?”
I love to hear people’s stories, too. Those rarely make it into a novel, but they fill my soul and give me a place to right from.
Thanks so much and, if you’ve got a story to share, please do!
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 (still amazing to say that), 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 gone to the high desert mountains and fallen in love. 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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“So, this guy, he’s the one?” Ricky leaned over the edge of the bed, head dangling down.
“That kills brain cells, man.” Mike looked at himself in the mirror, working the thick pancake makeup to make the scar less noticeable.
“Uh-huh. So does green, and we smoke that. The scar is hot, honey. Leave it alone.”
Mike grunted. “He’s only ever seen it with stitches.”
“He’s, like, a real cowboy?”
“Uh-huh. We’ve been together forever. I just… I can’t believe he’s coming.” Really coming, here. Jenson. Finally. Mike touched up his eyeliner, and looked at himself again. Maybe glasses….
“You’re such a big queen.” Ricky laughed, waving at him upside down.
“You’re just jealous that I’m not your big queen.”
“Nah. You’re too toppy.” Ricky cackled, and Mike had to laugh. Everyone knew Rick would bottom up for anyone.
“Oh yeah. I’m a big bad leather daddy.” He turned and flexed, playing happily. Ricky was going to be a model. Hell, the guy was already working. Him, though, he still wanted to act.
He thought he could. His profs said he had talent. He just had his damned face to overcome.
The phone rang, and he spun around. “Oh God. Do you think it’s him?”
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