Bombs and Guacamole – When Characters Revolt with BA Tortuga

May 4, 2016

when characters revolt

Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and the queen of tropes (Damon Suede said so).

So, what happens when you start a story about an ex-military guy coming out and it takes a left turn on you?

I can tell you! Y’all. Dusty the ER doctor and Nate the EMT. Dusty and Nate, y’all.

Yeppers, when I set out to write Bombs and Guacamole, it was called I Don’t Dance, and it was all about how Dusty was afraid to come out and how Nate wanted him to be honest – with both of them. Ha. Dusty said no. Kind of emphatically. He wasn’t not out. He was just too busy for love and he wasn’t into being a sexual guy, and he needed something to kind of push him into noticing how much he cares about his best friend Nate…

Yeah. I stared. I cajoled. I wheedled. I begged Dusty to just let things be simple this time. Come out of the closet. Fall in love.

He started telling me about the bombs…


So, I listened. That’s what you do when the characters revolt. I wrote about the bombs and the buddies and the Mexican food. Someday I might get a story called I Don’t Dance, but it won’t be about two ex-military guys who fall in love and deal with someone trying to hurt them and the people they love…

That’s Bombs and Guacamole instead.

Much love, y’all.




ER doctor Dusty Lowry grew up in a conservative rural Texas family that has never quite forgiven him for staying in New Mexico after his stint in the Army. Paramedic Nate Miller, Dusty’s best friend since their early Army days, has a hippie momma, a tiny apartment, and is in lust with his buddy. When their other Army friend, Kyle, gets married, they start thinking about settling down. In fact, they both know what they want: each other. Too bad they’ve never shared that goofy little fact.

A trip to visit Dusty’s family in Texas changes everything, and Dusty and Nate aren’t sure where to go from there. Good thing they’re smart guys, and between a series of bombings that target first responders, their friend Kyle’s wife getting pregnant, and more than one bowl of guacamole, they begin to figure out how to have a relationship.

But as the bombings get closer to home, Nate and Dusty must navigate love and commitment before they lose their chance.

Available May 6 from Dreamspinner Press

About BA Tortuga

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

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