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Today I am so pleased to welcome BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot to Joyfully Jay. BA and Julia are here as part of the Coastal Magic Blog Tour to chat share the story about how they knew they were made for each other! Please join me in giving them a big welcome!


BA: So, we’re supposed to write a blog post, J. And we’re late. Again. Because we suck.

Julia: Shhh. No one will know but Jay.

BA: Uh-huh. Still. Blog post, woman. We need to ramble about something. I told the story about how we missed our first Coastal Magic last year.

Julia: Hmmm. Well, how about how we knew we were made for each other? Have we done that one?

BA *grins*: Probably, but it’s one of my favorite stories EVER. I’ll start.

BA: Once upon a time there were these two writers that met via their friend, Sean Michael, online. One of us lived in Texas, one of us lived in Colorado, and if you can’t figure out which is which, you haven’t been paying attention, y’all.

Julia: *rolls eyes* This was back in the dark ages when you used IRC to chat.

BA: Shit, you used IRC for everything from writing to online sex (which was weird as hell, just sayin’ — who has sex in 2nd person???). You remember Slashnet.net? 😉

coastal magic badgeJulia: Grins. I still remember Minotaur’s guide to gay sex…

BA: That’s because we’re old. Focus. We were writing wild threesome sex with Sean and… (that sounds way dirtier than it actually was, btw)

Julia: Right. BA and I were writing a couple, and Sean was writing the drop in repairman.

BA: And it’s going along, as these little hot smutty shorts do, when things start to go…pear-shaped.

Julia: Right. The guys we were writing started taking on a very… menacing air.

BA *cackles*: So, I open up a private message window, poke J and say, “I think there’s a problem.” And at the EXACT same time we both type:


Julia: I rolled laughing, but I have to admit, I was relieved I wasn’t the only one who thought so.

BA: There wasn’t any doubt. And I’m not talking about the fun, spanky fellatioesque eating. I’m talking fangs and slobber and monsters and blood-soaked sheets badness. O.O

Julia: I think we decided werewolves pretty quickly…

BA: Yeah, it seemed the least horrifying option, didn’t it? But the point isn’t that they devoured the AC repairman and wore his intestines as leis.

Julia: That’s not the point?

BA: NO. The point is that is how I knew that we were meant to be. If you can write accidental flesh-hungry, post-coital werewolves together and still look at each other in the morning, it’s a match made in Heaven.

Julia: Oh! Right. And we never did tell Sean.

BA: Well, baby, not everyone’s as sick as we are. Sean’s a little…Canadian for that shit.

Julia: True. When she later edited the werewolves we wrote based on this story she said, “They can’t just EAT people.”

BA *grins* But we knew better, didn’t we? It was meant to be.

Julia: Yup. And we’ve been an official thing fourteen years in September.

BA: Damn, we’re old. *kisses* I wouldn’t trade you for a slavering beast or Miranda Lambert.

Julia: That’s high praise. I wouldn’t kick you out in favor of Charlize Theron.

BA: Oh, y’all. That’s true love right there.

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perf4.250x7.000.inddEverything’s bigger in Texas, including weddings. And misunderstandings.

Colorado wedding planner Mason O’Reilly lands a major contract: a two-hundred-guest wedding at the Leanin’ N Ranch, where his friends Ford and Stoney are working to provide a safe space for GLBT events. The Wright/Preston ceremony is a destination wedding, and as the grooms are from Texas, everything is done over the phone and email. There’s no way that could lead to trouble, right?


Oil tycoon Noah Wright isn’t happy about the impending disaster, but he admires Mason’s quick thinking and grace under pressure. And that’s not all he likes about the out-and-proud wedding planner. Even though Mason’s interested in Noah, his Mr. Right can’t possibly be a rancher from Dallas.

Can he?


Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga are both authors of LGBTQ romance, and have been doing all this crazy deadline hitting since 2003. They live in New Mexico with their two basset hounds, a yard full of cactus, and more computers in the house than people and dogs combined. Find all of BA’s books at www.batortuga.com and Julia at www.juliatalbot.com.