Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga Get Collaborative in a Interview and their new novel ‘Syncopation (Collaborations #2)’


Syncopation (Collaborations #2) by Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga

Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga here today on tour for their latest novel, Synopation.  Welcome, Jodi and BA!

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with Jodi Payne and BA Tortuga



With so much going on in the world today, do you write to explain?  To get away?  To move past?  To wide our knowledge?  Why do you write?

I write because it’s what I do. The political climate right now is more than I can bear, and the best way I can make things better is to give my boys and girls their happy endings and to live my happy ending now.

What’s next for you as a writer?



Y’all, the next in the Leaning N series is coming in March from Dreamspinner’s Dreamspun line, AND Soft Place to Fall is releasing in April! Both are about former lovers coming together — Whiskey to Wine is a fun romp in the snow with a snowboarder and a sculptor at the Leaning N Ranch, and Soft Place is…Oh, y’all. These boys are two balls of hurt in Stetsons needing a home.


If you write contemporary romance, is there such a thing as making a main character too “real”? Do you think you can bring too many faults into a character that eventually it becomes too flawed to become a love interest?

I walk this line with a lot of my MCs. They’re not always a hundred percent loveable when a story starts. Sometimes they’re selfish or arrogant, sometimes they’re greedy or entitled, occasionally they take advantage of the man that eventually becomes the love of their lives. But growth is what it’s about. Redemption. Learning lessons. Changing for the better to win and keep the man they love. I think “real” is important, and not every man is a sweep you off your feet perfect hero. Even heroes can (and should IMHO) have flaws. Real love makes you want to be a better person.

What’s next for you as a writer?

I have a m/m/m menage coming out this May with Dreamspinner Press called Stable Hill. It’s my first m/m/m and I’m really excited about it. It’s about Oscar, a widower and father of three who loses his elderly dad and inherits a farm called Stable Hill. He hires Jeffrey as his realtor to sell the house, and Russ, the barn manager, doesn’t know how he feels about the old family farm being sold. All three men have a stake in the farm, and soon have one in each other as well.


A Collaborations Novel

Colt Boudreaux was raised in the Louisiana bayou and is gifted with a talent steeped in the rich and soulful New Orleans blues tradition. He makes a living as a session musician, playing guitar for anyone who needs him. When his manager sends him to New York, the Cajun is as beguiled as he is baffled by the energy of the city—and just as charmed by Kyle Alexander.

Kyle is a successful classically trained ballet dancer, choreographer, and native New Yorker whose unbridled talent defies convention, and whose rebel spirit favors ink, shuns the orchestra, and is every bit as unique as Kyle himself.

They find a connection right away that inspires rhythm and movement, mood and music, both in and out of the bedroom. It’s not long before they’re as obsessed with each other as they are with their art, and they decide to work together on an improvisational piece for Kyle’s upcoming solo exhibition.

But Kyle is focused, and Colt is free-spirited. Colt’s work ebbs and flows with inspiration, and Kyle’s is rehearsed. Kyle is social and sophisticated, and Colt… isn’t. When their talents weave together, it’s magical, but will their differences destroy it all?


About the Authors

Jodi Payne takes herself way too seriously and has been known to randomly break out in song. Her men are imperfect but genuine, stubborn but likable, often kinky, and frequently their own worst enemies. They are characters you can’t help but fall in love with while they stumble along the path to their happily ever after. For those looking to get on her good side, Jodi’s addictions include nonfat lattes, Malbec and tequila any way you pour it. 

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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








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