Midnight Rodeo: Homecoming by Kiernan Kelly, B.A. Tortuga & Julia Talbot
Cover Artist: Anne Squires
Publisher: Torquere Press
What happens when rodeos start to get too tough for humans to compete in? Midnight Rodeo, of course, where supernatural creatures like shifters and vampires work for the prize money, and for the awe of their audience.
In Welcome to the Pack by BA Tortuga, when head bullfighter Denton is killed by a demon bull, his twin, Denver, comes back to take his place. Denver was gone for years, working mundane rodeos and missing his twin. He’s not sure the pack can heal him since the other bullfighters challenge Denver at every turn. All except Blaine, who’s an outcast himself, and who knows Denver is like no one he’s ever met.
In Oklahoma Rain by Kiernan Kelly, psychic Blaze scouts locations for the rodeo company, Darque and Knight, where he finds another psychic talent, Zack, who’s as hot as the Fourth of July. Zack is complicated, though, thanks to his sidekick, Mikey, a damaged kid. Blaze invites the pair back to the rodeo, but not everyone is as happy as Blaze to have them there.
In Big Bear, Little Bear, by Julia Talbot, bear shifter Ben is returning to the rodeo after a long injury recovery. Big bear shifter Ozzie is the barrel man and clown, and he’s been waiting for Ben to come back to the big show. But is Ben ready to ride again, let alone be the lover Ozzie is ready to take on?
Denver was-- wow.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Oh, lord. I’m a big old redneck. I love my wife, my dogs, knitting, the mountains, country western music, Sherlock, roughstock events, and weird horror novels. I’m a lucky duck.
What started your interest in writing?
I published my first story when I was little and my mom says I never once said I ever wanted to anything else.
What is your book(s) about?
Midnight Rodeo (the universe) is about Darque and Knight Rodeo Company. It’s a paranormal rodeo universe with nightmares and ghost riders, werewolves, vampires and dragons and werebears and kitty shifters…
My story is about Denver and Blaine, two werewolf bullfighters that are trying to trying to find their places in the pack, in the world. Julia brought us werebears in the form of the rodeo clown and a down-on-his-luck bulldogger, while Kiernan focused on the magical aspects of the universe with a psychic and a telekinetic. :D
What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m finishing a contemporary m/m novel about cowboys and their kids tentatively titled Ever the Same, a contemporary m/m piece about a country musician, a bodyguard and a stalker, a m/m/m Roughstock book about the Brazilian riders, a m/m paranormal shifter novel set in Glenwood Springs and my first YA novel, about a teenaged fast pitch softball player that is very much a coming of age piece.
How long did it take you to get your rough draft finished on your latest release?
About 4 weeks, give or take
If you could be any paranormal creature what would you be?
I think I would make an EXCEPTIONAL dragon, don’t you?
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Knit and talk about writing.
Are any of your characters like you?
I would say no. My wife would say yes. ;-) She says that MJ, the violent eco-terrorist, is right up my alley.
What genres do you write in?
I write all the things – romance, western, paranormal, contemporary, action adventure, YA, horror, m/m, m/m/f, f/f, m/f…
Is there anything you will never write about?
I never say never because that’s an immediate curse. I told Andrew Grey I’d never write YA and I’m ¾ through my first YA novel…
Do you have a favorite quote from your book(s)?
“You can’t chase alligators with a hard-on.”
Is there anything you would tell aspiring writers?
Write every day. When you don’t feel like writing, write more. Don’t ever read reviews.
If zombies attacked what kind of supplies would you want?
Chainsaw, blowtorch, shovel, yarn and a nice supply of Aquanet.
What was the hardest part of writing your book(s)?
On Midnight Rodeo, the most challenge thing was making sure none of the three of us contradicted each other too terribly much, especially Kiernan, because I can look over at Julia and say, “barrel racing dragons!” Kiernan I have to remember to text…
If you could sit down with any author dead or alive who would it be?
Stephen King – I know, I know, but I’d want to just sit and jabber and listen and tell stories. I’d bring Kiernan with me so we could talk about it afterward.
Do you keep a notebook near your for when new ideas pop into your head?
No. I keep my wife nearby at all times. She remembers all the things for me. I couldn’t survive without her.
If you write a series do you reread your previous books before you begin the new one?
God, yes. I have the attention span of a caffeinated gnat on crack. I have to reread.
Is there anything you wish to say to your readers?
Thank you and y’all rock my whole world. Much love.
For readers who haven't tried your books yet, how do you think your editor or loyal readers would describe your books?
I think they’d tell you that I write just the way I sound, that I’m in love with all the guys and girls – good and bad. That I have no issues with casual violence or casual drug use and I require a happy ending.
When writing, how do you keep track of timelines, ideas, inspiration and such? By notes on the computer, a notebook perhaps?
I’m an Evernote and Pinterest whore. I have them synced between laptop, tablet and phone. I also make a lot of notes on walks using my phone.
I’m always looking for book recommendations. What books have you been reading? Would you recommend them?
Right now I’m rereading IT by Stephen King for my book club. I read it when it came out and adored it. I’m also reading Kransen House by Sara Brooke, which I am currently withholding judgment on, Keepers of the Cave by Gerri Hill, which I love, and Bubble Gum Thief by Jeff Miller which I’m taking a break on because spoiler main character death broke my heart.
Tour Dates/Stops: 7/28 – 8/22
7/28: Prism Book Alliance
About the Authors
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, 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 answered the call of the high desert mountains. 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.
Kiernan Kelly lives in the wilds of the alligator-infested U.S. Southeast, slathered in SPF 45, drinking colorful tropical, hi-octane concoctions served by thong-clad cabana boys.
All right, the truth is that she spends her time locked in the dark recesses of her office, writing gay erotic romance while chained to a temperamental laptop, drinking coffee, and dreaming of thong-clad cabana boys.
To date, Kiernan has over a dozen novels in print and ebook, and a plethora of short stories in both formats.
Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Torquere Press, Ellora's Cave, and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved.
Find Julia at @juliatalbot on Twitter, or at www.juliatalbot.com
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