Monday, October 10, 2016

Blogtour: Rain And Whiskey by B.A. Tortuga

Please welcome B.A. Tortuga with 

Rain And Whiskey 


Stormy Weather: Book One

Galen Frost buys a house and a bait shop in a small Florida town to get away from his life as a semipro football player. When he meets good-time bartender Shane Barton, the heat between them is instant and intense—like the burn of good whiskey.

Galen and Shane don’t have much in common beyond their healthy libidos and their love of a good time, but the intoxicating heat brings them together like rain on the ocean, whipping up a frenzy of weather… good and bad. When trouble blows ashore, they will have to ride out the storm that breaks between them as Galen’s past rears its ugly head.

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Bloody Marys for All!

Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and gluten free beer aficionado.

Rain and Whiskey was a fun write for me because I kinda grew up in restaurants and bars. My moma was a restaurant waitress and a bartender, and my daddy owned a honky tonk for a bit. With Shane being a bartender in the book, I got to put some of that experience into the story, and it brought back some memories, let me tell you.

Y’all, I have to tell you, I just recently tried a Bloody Mary. I know, right? I’m not a big drinker at all, and surely not before noon, so I thought they were off the table, being a brunch drink. My moma convinced me to try one, finally, and damn. Just damn. There’s nothing in there not to like. Vodka, tomato juice, olives… Yes, please.

Now, we tried it at home with a mix, a local brand people swore by.

Ick. Like we threw the vodka away ick. Seriously. It tasted like ass.

So, we went to look for some recipes.

Here’s a classic one from All Recipes that I really like.

Classic Bloody Mary


"If you want to spice up that tomato juice, just use this classic Bloody Mary recipe served in a salt-rimmed glass."


1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup ice cubes
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger vodka
3/4 cup spicy tomato-vegetable juice cocktail (e.g., V-8)
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 dash hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco(TM))
salt and pepper to taste
1 stalk celery
2 stuffed green olives *BA adds a little olive juice to the mix, too


Salt the rim of a tall glass. To do so, pour salt onto a small plate, moisten the rim of the glass on a damp towel and press into the salt. Fill the glass with ice cubes.

In a cocktail mixer full of ice, combine the vodka, vegetable juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper.

Shake vigorously and strain into the glass. Garnish with a stalk of celery and olives stuck onto a toothpick.


So, go out and try a bloody mary, even if you just go to Chili’s, who has an exceptional mix! I was so damned tickled at how yummy they were, and my inner Shane laughed at me for waiting so long.

Much love, y’all.

About the author:

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.

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