Budget Book Rec: Loadin’ Up by BA Tortuga!

My budget book recs have mainly been freebies, and the majority of the time they’ll continue to be. This week, however, I was in the mood for a Cowboy Romance and nothing else would do. I’ve read some before but it’s been a long time. I checked the lists of the authors I’ve turned to in the past, but couldn’t find any free shorts. I’m sure they’re out there, so if you find one let me know. I knew $0.99 would turn out to be a bargain, but didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did! I loved “Loadin’ Up” so much I might go on a cowboy kick!


One of the safety men – a new kid, all braids and hawk nose and beaded chaps – looked down from where he’d been cooling down his buckskin and the rope flashed out, easy as you please.


My favorite thing about this story is the voice. Kaycee reads like a no-nonsense man who has his life all sorted out and I loved watching him get an unexpectedly amazing surprise! At 24 pages you’d think it would be too short for a whole Romance—with layers and enough feels to make you smile all day—but every word had a reason for being there and they all did their job as far as I’m concerned.


He imagined he could smell Julian – wood smoke and leather and horse. It was the scent of old Westerns and good honkytonks, without the tinge of booze.


I must not have read the blurb as well as I thought, because it was a happy surprise that the love interest is Native American. I loved Julian too, the way he flirts and isn’t the least bit hesitant or tentative but not over the top either, just very real. These two men seem perfect for each other—similar on the inside despite their outward differences. For me, that makes a perfect MM Romance. What do you think?

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Stock contractor Kaycee works the rodeo circuit, and while he loves his job, it’s a lonely life. He could use someone to hit the trail with, and when he finds safety man Julian looking back, he thinks maybe he’s found that someone. Native American Julian isn’t worldly, but he knows what he wants. Can these two find a way to travel the same road?

This is a previously published title. The publisher has changed.


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Josh sat there in the office that had been his for seven years, two months, and three days, looking at the cowboy who he’d thought, once upon a time, was going to be his one and only, feeling a little like he was drunk.

He rolled the five-year-sober token between his fingers, letting it settle him. Not drunk. Not even a bit.

“What? What did you say to me?” He left off the you sorry son of a bitch part.

“We got a buyer for the gallery.” Kris stared at him, calm as could be, one hip settled on the edge of his desk.

“The gallery isn’t for sale.” He owned half, dammit. Still.

Kris nodded easily. “Frankly they just want the building. Quite an offer. I don’t see how we can pass it up.”

“The gallery isn’t for sale.” He was fairly sure the words were succinct enough for Mr. Business.

“The neighborhood has changed, Josh. It’s not a boho, arty area anymore. It’s all high-priced condos and tapas bars.” Kris’s expression softened just slightly. “I think it’s time to let it go.”

This wasn’t about the gallery. This was about them. Him and Kris.


“Josh, please at least look at the offer.” Kris stood, straightening his fancy cattleman’s. God, he looked like a stuffed suit. Kris looked better in beat-up Wranglers.

“I’m not interested.” Josh felt like sitting down and pounding the floor with his fist. This wasn’t right. None of it. He knew he was a fuckup. Had been a fuckup. But he was working his shit out.

The gallery was back to breaking even, if not making a profit. Josh thought he deserved a chance to get some good new artists in for a show.

“Then are you going to buy me out?” Kris asked.

Fuck. Kris knew he couldn’t do that. The business finances were an open book. Josh wasn’t even taking a salary for another three years to pay back Kris’s initial investment.

“I don’t have to. We’re equal partners. All I have to do is say no.”

Kris frowned, dark brows drawing together over his bright green eyes. “Dammit, Josh, how long are you going to pretend this is going to work?”

He touched the coin again. Five years. Five years sober. Five years proving he could be trusted. Five years and it wasn’t enough.

“This gallery is my life.” Simple as that. He had no friends anymore, no one. He came to work and went to meetings. He hadn’t gone out to dinner with Kris since…. Christ. Christmas? Maybe? Had they even done Christmas?

“Then what do you want me to do? The building is really the only asset.”

“I’m going on a buying trip. Santa Fe area. Why are we even talking about this?” Why are you even here? Go find another project.

Kris was, like, the king of finance now or something. He had investments all over, could probably walk away from the gallery without even taking a money hit.

“Buying? With what? Your good looks?”



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Meet the author:

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 wife (still amazing to say that), 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 gone to the high desert mountains and fallen in love. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery ménages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.


Where to find the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/batortuga

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Twitter: @batortuga

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/batortuga/

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

Book Name: Refired

Series: The Recovery Series

Book: One

Release Date: January 18, 2016

Pages or Words: 65,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Western/Cowboy


Cover Reveal and #Giveaway: Discovery by Thianna Durston

RCAuthor Name: Thianna Durston

Book Name: Discovery

Part of a series? If yes, can this book be read as a standalone? Yes. But it is the first one.

If a series, what is the series title? Drakyl Ranch

If series, what number is this book? First

Release Date: September 1st, 2015


“You’re not going to die, Aaron.”

“You don’t know that. This sickness, ailment, curse…whatever the fuck it is. It’s gettin’ worse. And it’s changin’. Morphin’ into somethin’ scary. My nightmares lately have been horrible.”

“What kind of nightmares?” Of course, Jaret knew. They were the same kind all of them had during the change. Fire and ice as the body went through horrendous chills and soaring high fevers. They would only stop once the change was complete. For after that, there was no real sleep anymore.

“Bein’ caught on high mountains, pelted with snow. Of the forests here bright with orange fire. Of you—” His voice broke. “Callin’ out my name only I’m no longer here to respond.”

“Babe,” Jaret said in a soft voice, not understanding why but knowing he was closer to this drakyl than he had ever been to anyone. “We’re going to get you cured. Then you can come out with me at night. We’ll keep the place predator free while your cousins slave in the sun. How does that sound?”

A sad attempt at a laugh left the other man’s throat. “Promise me you won’t leave until I’m gone?”

Fury swept along Jaret’s veins. Anger at the sun, the fact the man next to him was terrified, and at Davis for not explaining to the poor man earlier what he was. But mostly, he was furious at himself for not telling Aaron the truth. Leaning in, he placed his nose against Aaron’s. “I promise you,” he said in a deep growl, “that you are not going to die, Aaron Drakyl. I won’t let it happen.”


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Tour Dates Stops:
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About the author:

Thianna loves to write strong stories with even stronger heroes. While all of her books have an erotic overtone, it is the story that is the most important to her. “The story should be able to stand on its own. The erotic elements are an add-on.”

She enjoys writing about couples with kink, paranormal couples, and straight out strangeness. But more on that later… You can find her at mm.thiannad.com.

She also writes m/f under the name Thianna D.


Where to find the author:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thiannaDismyname?fref=ts

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/ThiannaDurstonAuthor?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/the_weremouse

Website: http://www.mm.thiannad.com

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25953367-discovery

Publisher: Thianna Durston

Cover Artist: Jay Aheer – Simply Defined Art