Long and Short reviews welcomes B.A. Tortuga whose newest book Old Town New is being re-released on April 20.
Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and hopeless romantic.
You know, there’s something weird about recent historicals because, well, in my case, where I’m re-releasing books, I wrote them while they were contemporaries. For me, they are still, strangely, contemporary because the place my soul was when I wrote a book, well, that’s an eternal moment.
Old Town New was written after visiting my then very good friend, now wife in Colorado. All the places I visited on that trip appear in the book and, when I was writing Danny and Quinn, whenever I had a question, I emailed my Julia.
In the editing process I discovered that most all the places – the restaurants, the shops – that had been in the novel had closed over the last twelve years.
Which surprised me.
Both the closings and the idea that these boys were twelve years old.
I mean, when did time pass?
And how much changed in twelve years? Just think about the whole cell phone phenomenon. Smart phones weren’t a thing. In the area I was writing about, neither was high speed Internet; everything was dial up.
Twitter hadn’t been born yet. Livejournal was the height of social media.
Does Livejournal even exist anymore?
I didn’t change the references because this book is set in the late 1990s and that time period is a real thing for me, y’all. I was a non-traditional student in college, a mom, a person in flux and so are Danny and Quinn. They’re products of their times, sort of like I am.
I like to imagine them as happy middle aged men bitching about shoveling late season snow in Denver, still in love, still rescuing dogs and graduate students.
Much love, y’all.
Danny Avers is a teacher in small town Colorado. Back in the day, before high-speed Internet, social media, smartphones, or streaming anything, Danny’s just trying to live down his wild teenage years and carry on the only way he knows how: one day at a time. The last person he expects to see back in town is Harlan Quinn, his old best friend and former consummate bad boy. And when he finds out Quinn is the new sheriff and his new neighbor, it’s even more of a shock.
Quinn knows there’s more to his old hometown than meets the eye. There’s more to Danny than old memories and quiet living too. But as in the past, stirring things up is Quinn’s specialty, and he sets out to do that, in more ways than one, pushing Danny to admit there’s more to life and that their old town just might manage to be new again. That’s if old town thinking doesn’t get them both killed.
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. Find her on the web at www.batortuga.com