Today I am so pleased to welcome B.A. Tortuga to Joyfully Jay. B.A. has come to talk to us about her latest release, The Soldier and the Angel. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!


Hey y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and lover of all things cowboy.


And of course, I’m here to chat about that rare thing in my world, a book without a working cowboy. Now, Jim Bowie O’Reilly is a Texan, down to the bone, but he’s been in service since he graduated high school. He’s a Ranger, an explosives expert, and he just lost to a bomb.

Good thing he has a brother to go home to, and a friend that might be interested in deepening their connection. *grin*

The Soldier and the Angel is the stand-alone story of Angel and Bowie in The Cowboy and the Dom universe with Jodi Payne. It’s a stand-alone, so you don’t have to have delved into Sam and Thomas’ life (although you should! Three books of murder, kink, and drama AND they’re on sale) to enjoy them.

One of the best things about writing with Jodi is that she understands the need for the playlist of joy. I require a playlist to connect with the characters and focus, and man, when a playlist comes together fast? It’s magic.

Here is Bowie and Angel’s – I offer it without explanation, but with total joy. I’m listening to it now.

  • I Shall Believe by Sheryl Crow
  • Take It Easy by the Eagles
  • Heartache Tonight by the Eagles
  • Closer by Nine Inch Nails
  • Sin by Nine Inch Nails
  • 3 AM by Matchbox Twenty
  • You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
  • Get Along by Kenny Chesney
  • Free Bird (Extended Music Version) by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Gimme Back My Bullets by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Eric Clapton
  • Do You Wish it was Me by Justin Aldean
  • Sunshine by John Denver
  • If I Go I’m Going by Bart Crow and Macy Maloy
  • Drink a Beer by Luke Bryan
  • Come On Get Higher by Sugarland
  • Better Stories by Craig Morgan


In this stand-alone companion story to The Cowboy and the Dom Series, In this stand-alone companion story to The Cowboy and the Dom Series, Sam’s only remaining brother, Army Ranger and EOD Specialist, Jim Bowie O’Reilly, suffers an injury in the line of duty, and is sent home to the family ranch in Texas to recuperate.

But sometimes you can’t go home again.

Thomas and Sam welcome Bowie for a visit in New York, but their D/s lifestyle doesn’t easily lend itself to long-term house guests. Enter Thomas’s trusted friend, EMT and former combat medic Gabriel “Angel” Rogers. The two men met once before when Bowie visited Sam for his birthday, and it doesn’t take the men long to admit they had an instant attraction. They soon discover their desires overlap as well and they set each other on fire.

But two big men need space and, as neither is in love with the city, Bowie invites Angel back to Texas to vacation in one of the run-down beach houses he’s flipped. On the eve of their departure though, Angel’s coworker and friend is gravely injured in an accident leaving his ambulance crew shorthanded, and Angel stays behind to help his team get back on their feet.

The distance might be more than either man can handle. With a whole country between them, they manage to derail something that had been going so well and it takes a risky intervention to stop them from ruining the best thing they’ve ever had.Sam’s only remaining brother, Army Ranger and EOD Specialist, Jim Bowie O’Reilly, suffers an injury in the line of duty, and is sent home to the family ranch in Texas to recuperate.


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.

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B.A. has brought a copy of First Rodeo (the first in the Cowboy and Dom series) to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Tuesday, June 30th at 11:59 pm ET.

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  • Winners will be selected by random number. No purchase necessary to win. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
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