Published July 10th 2017 by Riptide Publishing
Original TitleThe Other Five Percent
ISBN 162649598X (ISBN13: 9781626495982)
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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.
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.
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
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Christopher Vincent is desperate enough for a job that he accepts an offer to entertain as a psychic in a friend’s nightclub. Jackson Whitman, one of the club’s co-owners, is less than thrilled by the new act. To him, psychics are ridiculous and a liability. But when they come face-to-face, attraction flares to life between them.
Someone is watching Jack and Chris from the shadows. What starts as a series of creepy encounters leads to deadly attacks.
Jack and Chris must set aside their differences and work together to survive a homicidal stalker. But can they survive their explosive connection?
What a great story! Suspenseful, sexy, romantic with tones of the paranormal to spice things up! Extrasensual Perception by Rayna Vause has it all and then some. A first book for me by this author, I fell immediately under this writer’s spell when she opened up her story with a chapter that is scary, haunting and ends on a note of uncertainty. Boom, I’m hers. I had to double check…is this really a Dreamspun Desires story? Yes indeed it is but with a tilt more towards the Gothic novels I loved as well.
Christopher Vincent’s mother is famous as a medium but she’s had a stroke. With mounting medical bills (and his mouth without a filter that’s cost him his job), they’ve had to close up her Fortune Telling store. She’s in a slow recovery and rehab and Chris needs a job. On top of that? There are these terrible nightmares he’s been living with.
Vause slowly builds up her characters, and their relationships that are closely intertwined with one another, her settings, until she has a beautiful tapestry of lives and complicated personal dynamics waiting to be sorted out as a murderer stalks them all. Its a crazy wonderful mixture of old lovers reuniting, a brother and sister trying to live their lives with the legacy of a toxic father, a mother and son truly gifted with sight, and a crazed killer on the loose. Vause pulls it all together and makes magic.
Every character here is a layered human being. I love watching Jack go from disbelief over Chris’ gift to full on acknowledgement of his ability to “see” events that will happen, feel things (made all the more real by Vause’s vivid descriptions). And Chris? I fell for him immediately. Someone who doesn’t want to use his gifts, unlike his mother, but who is pulled by forces and the need to protect his friends into using every gift he’s tried so hard to reject.
We also get flashes of pov from the stalker’s/killer. Yes, that definitely ramps up the action and suspense while not taking you out of the narrative.
Yet there is still a terrific lovers reunited storyline here. Not buried like you may think, but woven in as part of the whole. I loved that too.
This ends as it should, a HFN. I would love to see everyone here reunited in a sequel. This is just too superb a couple (and secondary characters) to see them languish with just one book. I hope this author is listening. I highly recommend this book. Grab it up and get started!
Cover art by Paul Richmond is just as terrific as the novel.
ebook, 208 pages
Expected publication: January 15th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634776828 (ISBN13: 9781634776820)