BA Tortuga – You Can Take the Girl Out of Texas…

Hey, y’all! How goes it? First, I want to thank Charlie for hosting me on her blog. I appreciate it more than I can say.

So, what happens when you move a dyed-in-the-wool Texan and take her out into the high-desert mountains?

She writes a book about going home to East Texas.

True story.

I grew up on a little ranch outside of Greenville, Texas. I had cattle and horses, chickens and goats, rabbits and pigs. We burned our trash, grew 90% of the food we ate, and spent a lot of time playing in the dirt and, weirdly enough, on railroad tracks.

Y’all, it was a… hell, I don’t even know. It was what it was. We didn’t know we were poor, we were like everyone else. When the house burned, the neighbors brought clothes. When a tornado hit, the same thing happened.

Then one day I moved to Austin and discovered that life moved beyond east Texas.

Twenty years later my girl asked me to move to New Mexico because that’s where her dad wanted to spend his last days. He got three months here and we’re both grateful every day that he got his wish.

Now, oddly enough, I’m in love with my new home and we’re staying, putting down roots in a place that is totally different, full of a new, fascinating culture and a brand new life for us.

I’ll still be writing Texans, though. I have to. That’s still home.

The Terms of Release is releasing March 24, 2014 from Dreamspinner Press and I’m proud enough to bust.


Official Blurb:

They say a man can always come home. So after doing hard time, Sage Redding heads to his family’s northeast Texas ranch to help his ailing daddy with the cutting horses.

Adam (Win) Winchester is a county deputy and the cousin of one of the men killed in the incident that sent Sage to prison for almost a decade. While Win’s uncles, Jim and Teddy, are determined to make Sage and the entire Redding family pay for their loss, Win just figures Sage has paid his dues and maybe needs a friend. Maybe he needs more than a friend. In fact, Win’s counting on it.

No one’s denying Sage is an ex-con who went to prison for manslaughter. Regardless of the love he has for his father, he’s returned knowing things will likely go badly for him. Maybe a man can always come home, but he may not be able to stay.

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BA Tortuga will be offering a $20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner.  To enter simply leave a comment on this post. Winner will be notified via email.

Contest ends March 28th.
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  1. Thank you so much for stopping by BA! Wishing you and your gal the best in your new home. Hugs! And congrats on the new release!

  2. The book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Shirley Ann Speakman

    It sounds like a great book. I’m glad you found a place to call home.

  4. Sounds like a great book and I can’t wait to read it!

  5. Oh now I must read this, it sound so good. And thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Sounds fantastic. Putting it on my wishlist. Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. Sounds god – like a redeemed sinner type story!

  8. I’m glad that you’re loving your new home in New Mexico. Good thing Sage has an advocate in Win, since it sounds like he’s going to need it.

  9. Thank you!

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