Title: Say Something
Author Name: BA Tortuga
Publication Date & Length: September 29, 2014 – 226pgs
Jenson has loved Mike his whole life, but he has never known how to tell Mike how he feels. After high school Mike leaves for college and his Hollywood dream, while cowboy Jenson stays behind in their small East Texas hometown. Neither man knows what to say to go beyond friendship, even though they come together through all of the best and worst times of their lives. The most amazing moments keep bringing them back together, but through huge love and terrible loss, sickness and health, their timing never seems right to take their relationship to the next level. When the universe gives them one final chance, Jenson must overcome his fear and say the most important something before it’s too late.
Both men are complex, full of insecurities and each with their own challenges that have, in a way, stalled their growing up. I liked the unusual nature of their relationship. This is neither a portrait of a long-term couple nor a falling-in-love story, though it has elements of both.
I will admit the direction the story took was not at all what I was expecting, and I loved it. Without giving too much away, I’ll just say the way these two men finally found their stride was unusual and wonderful, and it had me sighing with delight by the end of the book.
There is plenty of hot sex in this one, so be prepared. It’s more intense and aggressive than steamy or sensual, with a distinctly raw quality to it. It fit the characters and the story well, and I never felt as though the sex was gratuitous because of its importance to the storyline.
The one negative was that it was often hard to follow conversations and know who was speaking. This was partly due to formatting in the e-book copy, but not entirely. I wish the author had used more dialogue tags to make things more clear. It was enough that I was frequently distracted and brought out of the story because I was trying to figure out who was talking.
Other than that, I loved it and look forward to reading Ms. Tortuga’s other books.
- What motivated you to start writing?
I can’t remember ever wanting to be anything else. Ever. I have been a creative professional, whether it be writing or design or illustration, my entire career.
- Who or what is your biggest inspiration for writing?
My wife, Julia, and my best friend, Sean, are my constant support and inspiration. I couldn’t do it without them. Also, all the cowboys I grew up with.
- What is your writing environment? (Where do you write, what do you do to prepare right before you start writing)
I have two spaces – one is my office, which I share with Julia. I have a huge roll top desk where I do my official writing work. It’s filled with nooks and crannies and crayons to sketch with. Then we have a writing space in the sun room which looks out onto the mountains with comfy couches and overstuffed ottomans
- What is the hardest part of a book for you? Any particular scene(s)?
The angst. I hate writing the sad parts, which is ironic given that Say Something has those incredible emotional highs and lows. I’m one of those writers that sobs along with the characters and my heart breaks with theirs.
- If you only could write in one genre, what would it be? And if you couldn’t write in that genre what genre would you pick next?
Oh, I’m a romance writer, to the bone, but if I had to write something else, I’d write horror novels. That was my first love and still my favorite read.
- If you could spend a day with one author, who would it be and why?
- What do you like to see in book reviews? What makes a review better than other ones to you?
I don’t read my own reviews – if they’re terrible, they wreck my confidence. My wife reads them and, she lets me know if there’s something I need to work on or if there’s something I did right. I appreciate reviews that are fair, whether good or bad.
- If you could give one tip to new writers, what would it be?
Write every day, whether or not you’re in the mood. If you’re not writing, you should be reading.
- How do you make hard decisions with your books? Like the title of the book or some of the characters actions?
I know this sounds like a cop-out, but I talk to my wife. If I’m stuck, I talk to J. If I’m worried, I talk to J. Even if she doesn’t fix it, she knows the questions to ask so that I can get back on trac
- If you could only use 4 words to describe yourself, what would they be?
Luckiest old broad ever.
“So, this guy, he’s the one?” Ricky leaned over the edge of the bed, head dangling down.
“That kills brain cells, man.” Mike looked at himself in the mirror, working the thick pancake makeup to make the scar less noticeable.
“Uh-huh. So does green, and we smoke that. The scar is hot, honey. Leave it alone.”
Mike grunted. “He’s only ever seen it with stitches.”
“He’s, like, a real cowboy?”
“Uh-huh. We’ve been together forever. I just… I can’t believe he’s coming.” Really coming, here.
Jenson. Finally. Mike touched up his eyeliner, and looked at himself again. Maybe glasses….
“You’re such a big queen.” Ricky laughed, waving at him upside down.
“You’re just jealous that I’m not your big queen.”
“Nah. You’re too toppy.” Ricky cackled, and Mike had to laugh. Everyone knew Rick would bottom up for anyone.
“Oh yeah. I’m a big bad leather daddy.” He turned and flexed, playing happily. Ricky was going to be a model. Hell, the guy was already working. Him, though, he still wanted to act.
He thought he could. His profs said he had talent. He just had his damned face to overcome.
The phone rang, and he spun around. “Oh God. Do you think it’s him?”
Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, 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 porn sites in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife (still amazing to say that), 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 gone to the high desert mountains and fallen in love. 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.
Author’s Website: http://www.batortuga.com/
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