Midnight Rodeo Anthology
When I first heard about the premise of this anthology, I froze in place because the idea was so good that I was amazed no one had done it before. Then I got excited because I HAD to read it. Especially with a team like BA Tortuga, Julia Talbot and Kiernan Kelly, I knew it would be good. I had the pleasure of interviewing BA Tortuga and boy was it fun! After the interview you can read all about the book, and enter the giveaway for an e-book copy of the anthology!
Amanda C. Stone: Welcome BA! I am so glad you could join me today!
BA Tortuga: Howdy! So glad to play!
ACS: So a rodeo for paranormals. It’s like the two biggest things in romance thrown together. It’s so obvious but no one has ever done it before. Who came up with the idea and where do I bow down at their awesomeness?
BAT: *Cackles* I admit it! It was me! I was actually worrying, believe it or not, about whether it was bad for my career to split my time between paranormal romance and Western romance. I couldn’t possibly choose between them, you know? I love my cowboys and my beasts! Then I went… Oh. OH!
Paranormal cowboys! Wererodeo! OMG!
So I woke Julia up and said, “You have to play with me,” and, after she hit me with a pillow, we called Kiernan and said, “You have to play with us.”
The Midnight Rodeo was born.
ACS: I’m glad that you didn’t just pick one because we definitely need both cowboys and paranormal to read. Or maybe that’s just me? Was your story idea immediate after coming up with the theme? Or did it have to simmer for a while?
BAT: Well, I knew I wanted to write the bullfighters, because I’m obsessed, but we all had to sit together and figure out who was what and which paranormal creature suited the rodeo best.
ACS: I bet that was a fun conversation!
BAT: The first thing we decided was that the bulls were demon-possessed and the safety men were ghost riders on nightmares. It’s grown organically from there. The best part is that we can all brainstorm together and how, all of the sudden, the characters went from stereotypes and ideas to real characters with souls.
ACS: Those characters come out loud and clear in their stories. It’s great that y’all can take those ideas and make them grow like that. Are there plans for a second anthology with the same theme? If not, I’m putting my request for it in now. Because it’s just a ball of awesome and there needs to be more.
BAT: First of all, aren’t you an angel. Thank you ever so.
A second? heeeeee! There are at least three more planned and I don’t see them stopping.
ACS:HOORAY! *happy dance* Ok, I’m good now, keep going.
BAT: I’m personally writing weretiger and werecheetah smoochies in the next installment. Julia says she’s taking the weredingo.
ACS: A weredingo? Oh man I can’t wait to see how that turns out! Alright, fun questions. You’re at the midnight rodeo. What event are you participating in, and what kind of paranormal are you?
BAT: Oh, I totally suck at roping, so I’d have to compete in the roughstock events. Oh, hell, who am I kidding? I’d be on a bull in a heartbeat, although I’m more suited to cowboy protection. And I’m a pit bull in human clothes, you know? So werepibble away!
ACS: The choice between roping and roughstock is indeed a tough one. But there’s not event where I’m the one that gets tied up so I’d probably go with roughstock like you. Would you be able to hold on for the full 8 seconds?
BAT: I would give it my dead level best and I can guarantee you I’d hit the ground hard when I fell.
ACS: Nah, you’d hit the ground with a flourish and a flair for sure. I’d be the one where they’re picking me up off the ground and throwing me over the fence to get out of the bull’s sight. Thank you so much for coming it was great having you here!
BAT: Thank you so much, darlin’, for having me. You’re made of awesome.
Now read all about the book.
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.
Denton had been stunning, making Blaine stare a lot. A lot. Still, Dent had been off-limits, and he’d bet Denver was, too. No one could be that hot and be like Blaine.
He was the weird one, the one brought into the pack by a she-wolf who had already had a single pup. Blaine figured he was lucky no one had killed him when he was a kid.
Everyone else was broad and wide, shaggy headed with eyes like green glass. All of them came from the same line. Denver was the spitting image of Denton, really. A little harder around the edges, a little more wild. A shit ton more bruised.
The guys had been taking turns. Two a night, just like clockwork, they’d come and challenge Denver. One at midnight, one at three a.m. Greg and Vince went, then Carter and Caul, and finally Hank and Mike. Boom.
He supposed Denver was waiting for him, now. Blaine sighed. He had no intention of trying to take the pack. God, the very idea made his head hurt.
The real question was, were they going to just start over, or was Denver going to get a night off, a chance to sleep before they settled in town for tonight’s show?
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 and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/juilatalbotauthor
Torquere Press: http://www.
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