Friday, December 14, 2012

#AADSAV Author B.A. Tortuga Stops by to Talk Mashed Taters

Howdy, y’all.

When I was writing Fighting Addiction, I researched a number of addictions: alcohol, prescription drugs, sex, food.

Eating disorders are a big part of Sebastian’s story, and while I was researching I met a lovely woman. C.’s daughter suffers from anorexia and they were both kind enough to speak with me, help me make sure that Sebastian’s recovery – especially long-term – was handled right.

One of the things C told me was that care-givers are important from the process and that I needed to assure my characters in recovery were given the support they’d need.

Fortunately, both Markus and Sebastian’s lives where filled with people willing and able to give them the care they deserve.

Helen is Markus’ housekeeper, a granny, and the nurturer of all. This recipe comes directly from her recipe box and there’s always some in the refrigerator, to tempt a twitchy appetite.

Helen’s Temptation Potatoes

3 lbs taters, all peeled up and quartered
1 block cream cheese
Little container of sour cream
½ stick of real butter
1/4 cup milk
salt and pepper
2 cups shredded cheddar
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
nice big bunch green onions

Place potatoes in a pan with water and bring them up to a boil. Cook until tender, then drain out the water. Turn oven to 375°.

Put the potatoes back to the pan, then mash ‘em up with a potato masher. Put in the cream cheese, sour cream, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Keep on mashing until smooth. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese and half the bacon. Spoon goo into a greased casserole dish, and bake for 20 minutes. Top with remaining cheese, bacon and green onions. Bake for 5 more minutes to melt cheese. Serve immediately.

Serves 8 folks, 4 cowboys, or a dozen little kids.

Much love, y’all, and if you or anyone you know needs help with an eating disorder, please contact NEDA at They can get you in touch with help.

BA Tortuga

Fighting Addiction

Fighting Addiction 
BA Tortuga 
Genre: contemporary, m/m 
Publisher: Torquere Press 
ISBN: 978-1-61040-377-1 
Number of pages: 250 
Word Count: 64000 
Cover Artist: BSClay 

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Country hat act Markus Kane is pretty skeptical when one of his oldest industry friends calls and asks him to do a joint tour. He and Seb haven’t seen each other in years, not since Markus quit drinking. Maybe not since he and Sebastian Longchamps almost lost their careers to the fact that they couldn’t keep their hands off each other.

Sebastian is a country-fried Cajun rocker, and he’s been missing Markus ever since they broke up all those years ago. His label thinks he and Markus are a match made in ticket-sales heaven, but Seb knows better. He knows that it won’t take even the tiniest effort for Markus to break his heart all over again, and this time around he has way more to lose.

Time has changed both men, though, and while Markus and Seb try to fight their addictions, the big music industry machine has plans for them that don’t include the quiet life. Can Markus convince Sebastian that there are things more important in life than adrenaline and control? And can Sebastian make Markus understand that all he really wants is his music and his man?

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, 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 porn sites in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her partner, 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 is feeling the Colorado mountains calling. 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.

Twitter: @batortuga

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  1. Kudos to the author for highlighting a disease that impacts thousands of people every year, including males. Sometimes I think we forget illnesses/diseases are not gender specific.

  2. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

  4. FIGHTING ADDICTION looks & sounds like a great read thank you.

  5. The books sounds bittersweet. I think it's awesome the author is bringing this illness to the pages and cares enough to get it right.


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