Best New Artist by B.A. Tortuga
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is very happy to host BA Tortuga, talking about her latest release Best New Artist. Welcome, BA.
Now, I know. I hear that my books make people all the time. I admit it. I’m a ‘food is love’ person.
I feed people because it’s one of the ways I express myself. I’m a better than average cook and so is my wife.
I tell you this because we are a weird, psycho convergence of enchiladas.
You see, I grew up with what we called “Terrie’s enchiladas”. These were rolled flour tortillas stuffed with a mixture of beef and cheese and covered with chile con carne.
Then I moved to Austin and rolled corn tortillas with beef and ranchero sauce were like heaven on earth.
Amaya’s in Austin has the absolute best. Go. Try some.
I learned to make ranchero sauce from scratch, and I branched out to chicken enchiladas with sour cream sauce.
Bring on ye olde wife. Grins
She makes her enchiladas flat, with green chile and a fried egg on top.
Can y’all see my problem? Seriously.
So now we have this hybridization of sorts. Sometimes we have flat ground beef with green chili. Sometimes we have chicken. Sometimes we have rolled cheese with red sauce.
I tell you this because in my books I remember the places that were wonderful, the foods that were wonderful, and the joy that I had sharing it with people who came to visit.
So when I’m writing about Austin, like in Best New Artist, I’m talking about places like Amaya’s, where I used to go and pick up enchiladas about once a month for the girls at the office. They came in these round foil containers topped with paper, and I would get them out to the car and have to drive all the way back downtown to the library and get them down out of the parking garage and up into the fourth floor office without spilling anything or burning myself or letting them get too cold (which most the time in Austin is an issue). Once we would finish lunch, the entire office would smell like enchiladas the rest of the afternoon.
Or there is dose sauces. I would be lying if I didn’t say I missed their Mexican martinis so much.
Of course, y’all do know the old saying, right? A Texan’s favorite Mexican food place is the one that’s the closest to his house.
Much love, y’all.
About Best New Artist
Kasey “Tuff” Tuffman just told Nashville to kiss his you know what. After winning Best New Artist at an award show, he knows it’s time to head back home to Texas. So after a very public meltdown, Tuff makes his way to Austin, where the Red Dirt music lives large.
Jonah Littlejohn once loved KT more than anything in the world. When KT loses it on national TV, Jonah knows he has to reach out and offer his home studio as a place to heal and make music. A bad relationship has left Jonah broken and wary of romance, but he wants to help his old lover out.
Seeing Jonah again proves to Tuff that he’s made the right decision. Now all he has to do is convince Jonah that they’re the most perfect duet there’s ever been.
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