Top Ten Favorite Books by BA Tortuga – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes BA Tortuga to celebrate tomorrow’s release of Road Trip, Vol. 2.


Hey y’all, it’s BA Tortuga, resident redneck and lover of the characters that are cracked.


So, I’m here talking about my top ten books of all time.

Before I start, let me remind you that I’m old. My favorites might surprise you a wee bit.

My top ten, in no particular order:

The Last Herald Mage series by Mercedes Lackey – I read the first book in this series when my child was a baby and fell madly in love with the universe, with Vanyel, with the fact that this was a fantasy Western. 😉

The Women’s Room by Marilyn French – Talk about defining my feminist agenda early, right? I stole this book from my mother and devoured it. All the intertwined stories, all the fury, all the politics. *sparkles*

The Dark Half by Dean Koontz – Voodoo, police procedural, demons in the school lockers: What’s not to love?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – This has been my favorite book since I was tiny. Jo remains my hero.

Comes the Blind Fury by John Saul – I named my kid after the vengeful blind ghost in this one. Enough said.

Beloved by Toni Morrison – I came to Toni Morrison in college and was utterly blown away. I live to read her books. From the very first line of this book, I was hooked.

The Collected Works of TS Eliot – I was a poet long before I was a novelist. (Poetry and a dollar won’t get you a coffee at the diner.) TS Eliot soothes my soul.

The Stand by Stephen King – I maintain that this is still the best book Mr. King ever wrote. I have read everything he’s ever written and I’m a bit of an uberfan. There is something about Randall Flagg and Stu and Fran and Mother Abigail and… OMG. Read the long version.

The Shining by Stephen King – I have read this one over and over and my opinions on the characters have changed in so many ways as I’ve aged, as I’ve gone through the different stages of my life. The last time I read it, I had just escaped an abusive marriage and I was so angry, so hurt. Grins. I’ll have to read it again, now that I’m married to my soulmate.

IT by Stephen King – This is my all-time favorite. Full stop. No, I haven’t seen the movie. No, I don’t think I will. This is a perfect telling of a certain set of times and I don’t need it updated. I just need the Losers Club to defeat Pennywise over and over and I need the good guys to win a little of their own back.

Much love, y’all.


The course of love is a rough ride, but for ecoterrorist MJ, ridge runner Sonny, physicist Paddy, psychic Neil, genetically enhanced English professor Duncan, and the assassin known as Cowboy, the road to romance is a heart-stopping trip—one full of kidnappings, explosions, secret programs, and supersoldiers. They’re an awful ragged bunch to be considered heroes.

Under Pressure

Sonny and MJ’s retirement may be in jeopardy, but at least they’re together on a new boat—with no annoying hostages. Then Cowboy, MJ’s old friend, gets in touch, bringing with him a host of complications, including Professor Duncan, who has ties to the Program. A call for help from Paddy sets them all on a collision course with a deadly specter from the past. As MJ makes his plans, Sonny is shaken by the possibility of losing everything.

Walking on the Sun

Sonny is determined to raise hell to hunt for MJ—problem is, will MJ know anyone, or himself, once they catch up to him? Neil and Paddy are healing but reluctantly join the effort, as Cowboy and Duncan help Sonny prepare for a showdown. Sonny might be ragged, but he’s MJ’s hero, and he is not about to give up on the most important thing in his life, even if it kills him. Will everyone survive the last epic battle, or will they go out in a blaze of glory?

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.


First Edition of Under Pressure published by Torquere Press Publishers, March 2009.
First Edition of Walking on the Sun published by Torquere Press Publishers, September 2010.

Available Feb 16 by Dreamspinner Press.


  1. Beloved is my favorite Toni Morrison book. It’s such an unforgettable story.

    Congratulations on your new book!

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