B.A. Tortuga Talks the Origin of Stories and her release ‘Just Like Cats and Dogs (Sanctuary Book 1)’ by Ba Tortuga


Just Like Cats and Dogs (Sanctuary Book 1) by Ba Tortuga
reamspinner Press

Published January 25th 2017
Cover art by Alexandria Corza

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host one of our favorite authors here today.  B.A. Tortuga is here to talk about her latest release, Just Like Cats and Dogs. Welcome, B.A. Tortuga!


Origin Stories by B.A. Tortuga

Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and lover of stories.

One of the questions I get a lot is where stories come from. How did I get this idea or that idea?

For instance, Just Like Cats and Dogs. I’d like to be all meta and deep and shit and give you some overblown nonsense about how I was exploring bullying and feeling like an outcast.

It would be a lie. Seriously.

How did I get the idea for Sam and Gus?

My wife and I were walking my 14 year old pitbull, Miss Lily, one day. Now this dog weighed 100 pounds, was in the throes of congestive heart failure and she was GRUMPY.

Did I mention she hated cats with an unreasoning passion?


So, I’m walking her, we’re chatting and suddenly she takes off like a freight train and hauls her ass into a bush.

With a cat.

A demon cat who proceeded to hand Lily’s ASS to her.

So, after we made sure the cat was okay, we took Lily home to doctor her. I took at my wife and said, “What if there was this kitty shifter guy…”

At that point, it was all over but the crying. 😉

See? Deep?

Much love, y’all.




A Sanctuary Novel

Can cats and dogs ever get along, let alone fall in love?

Sam knows you can never go home again. As an orphaned feline shifter raised by wolves, being an outcast is nothing new to him. But the pack is still his family, and when one of them passes away, Sam returns to the New Mexico desert to say good-bye.

Gus is a loner who rarely returns to his pack, but as fate would have it, Sam is there when he chooses to visit. The history between Gus and Sam is tumultuous, to say the least, but when Gus gets an eyeful of the grown-up and gorgeous version of his childhood bully, he can’t control his reaction. And he isn’t alone.

The attraction is powerful, but so are their differences. And with trouble brewing in the pack and danger surrounding them, Sam and Gus might not have the opportunity to seek common ground.

This action-packed shifter novel is the ultimate opposites attract and enemies-to-lovers romance, and it includes a bonus novella, In the Dog House.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2011.


About BA Tortuga

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. Find her on the web at www.batortuga.com

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.


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