New New Mexican by BA Tortuga

March 9, 2018

New New Mexico



Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and new New Mexican.

Okay, so I moved to New Mexico…Lord, five years ago in May. O.o

Whoa, I have to process that a second. I swear to God, y’all. It feels like I JUST left Austin. Like yesterday just.


At any rate, I’m here and I love it. I chose our house because the kitchen, sun room, studio, and office face the mountains. I love the desert. I love the people. I love the sunshine. I love the seasons and the lack of humidity and the artwork.

I’ve noticed with my books that I’ve slowly started to slide over to the west. I still write my love letters to Texas, I still consider myself a Texan, but more and more, I find myself wanting to tell stories about my new home and share all the beauty I’ve found here.

The green chile, the way the sun climbs over the Sandias, the O-o-O accent, the adobe walls, the Zia sun.

The new colloquialisms (yes, my editor hates me).

This is my place now,

Much love, y’all!



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Once upon a time, a prince lived in a magical kingdom called Turquoise, New Mexico.

Well, really, TJ is a small-town police chief. Every Friday he holds court in the diner with the local holy roller, the art colonists, and the horsey people. But the Benes, who own the rodeo company, keep to themselves. TJ knows, because he was once hot and heavy with the oldest Bene son.

When Wacey Bene gets trampled by a remuda and comes home to heal, he’s none too happy to run into TJ, or his two little boys and their momma. The story might end there—if it wasn’t for some pesky bastard trying to kill Wacey.

The law steps in, and the townsfolk are cross about somebody messing with one of their own.

But once the bad guy is put away, can TJ and Wacey make their place in this wild and eccentric town a permanent one?



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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