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When my wife was living in Colorado, this old cowboy she knew was spinning yarns about his days on a ranch down near the New Mexico border. She bought him a few beers, and by the end of the evening, she had so many good stories she wrote the tab off as a business expense.
The best one was the story about monsoon season and the cow who got stuck in the mud.
See, in New Mexico, we have what we call monsoon season. Usually starts in late July, where a storm will move in every day and send a shit ton of rain down on us, real gullywhompers that can create some serious mud in the desert, especially in the Four Corners area down around the Navajo reservation. The old cowboy said he was heading into town from the ranch, driving along the barely there road, thanks to the mud, and he saw a cow struggling about ten, fifteen feet from the road. He stopped the truck and opened the door so he could stand on the running board and see over the slight rise.
The cow was sunk deep in a mudslide, caught and unable to get free, and he said she would probably die there if she couldn’t get out.
Now, his first thought was to grab a rope and go help her. Then he remembered he was on his way to church, wearing his Sunday best.
There was only one thing for it. Yep. He had to take it all off…
The story inspired me to write “Mud on the Tires”, which is the lead-off story in my four-story anthology, Mud, Movies, Bullets and Bulls, and I’ll let y’all read it to find out how I decided to write the end. You can’t save a muddy cow without getting a little dirty, now can you?
Much love, y’all. Seriously. Much love.
Four men in need of a helping hand….
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An ex-rodeo cowboy who hates working with Hollywood actors meets a movie star who is looking for something real. Will they get a happy ending, just like in the movies?
A redneck ends up injured and stranded, and his old friend comes to the rescue. It’s the old story of the one that got away. What will they do to keep each other in their lives—and will it be too late?
A professional bull rider is starting to feel his age. When he’s injured far from home and his career is threatened, it’s up to his best friend to step in and point out the other options. Both men have plans—but will they include each other?
About the Author: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.