BA Tortuga on Writing and her release, Catch and Release (The Release #3) (author guest blog)



Catch and Release (The Release #3) by B.A. Tortuga
reamspinner Press
Cover art by Bree Archer

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to  have BA Tortuga here talking writing and her latest release, Catch and Release, one of our highly recommended novels. Welcome, BA!

Hey y’all!

BA Tortuga here, the resident redneck and Andrew Grey’s favorite lesbian, and I’m blogging about my new release, Catch and Release, which is the third book in the Release series.

Lord, my editor would be all over me about repetition there! Sometimes it really is deliberate.

Just like picking the next book in a series.

When I was trying to come up with the third book in the Release series, I decided I wanted to use Adam Winchester’s security firm. Win is in book one with his ex-con lover Sage, and I was like, I need to explore Win’s friends some.

Yeah. So I plotted it out on cards. I do that. Each scene gets a card. There’s an author with agoraphobia. A security guard. A big adventure. I tried to write it.

It didn’t fit, y’all. Not at all. See, the Release series is all about re-entering society. In book one, The Terms of Release, Sage gets out of jail and re-joins the world. In book 2, The Articles of Release, Eric comes back from the military injured, and has a tough time getting into the swing of civilian life.

So I was all, sure, the writer will get back out there. Except he didn’t want to, and the security guard didn’t want to work for Win, and it was just a mess. I despaired. I ranted and my wife. I railed against fate.

Then I took some time off to go to the Coastal Magic convention in Daytona Beach. I was standing outside the coffee shop with Andrew Grey, bemoaning the lack of words on Catch and Release. He looked at me and rolled his eyes. “That’s because you’re writing the wrong book,” he said. “You need to write something more like Sage and Win. I loved them.”

I blinked. I nodded. I asked a bunch of questions.

By the time the wife came over with coffee I had the book all planned out in my head. Dakota was there, talking in his quiet, unassuming way.

Andrew was totally right. With a series, you have to pick the right book.

I sure hope y’all love Catch and Release as much as I do.

Much love, y’all,


Catch and Release


The Release Series: Book Three

Dakota Landry just got out of prison after twelve years. If anyone can understand how that feels, it’s his new friend, Sage, who is determined to help him get used to life on the outside—and believes Dakota didn’t commit the crime he was in for.

Jayden Wilson is a former prosecutor who agrees to look into the case at the request of Sage’s lover, Adam. He sets out to prove Dakota is just another “innocent” ex-con, but once they meet, Jayden is more and more convinced Dakota just didn’t do what everyone thinks he did.

Trouble follows Dakota, and nothing is easy as he struggles to figure out how to live, now that he has choices. And Jayden isn’t sure how Dakota, or any lover for that matter, fits into his life. Their path from friendship to romance is a slow one, but Dakota begins to believe he deserves a chance at life, and Jayden falls a little more for Dakota every day. Now they just need to tell each other how they feel.

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BA Tortuga bio:

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.

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