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Title: Bombs and Guacamole
Author: B.A. Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
ER doctor Dusty Lowry grew up in a conservative rural Texas family that has never quite forgiven him for staying in New Mexico after his stint in the Army. Paramedic Nate Miller, Dusty’s best friend since their early Army days, has a hippie momma, a tiny apartment, and is in lust with his buddy. When their other Army friend, Kyle, gets married, they start thinking about settling down. In fact, they both know what they want: each other. Too bad they’ve never shared that goofy little fact.
A trip to visit Dusty’s family in Texas changes everything, and Dusty and Nate aren’t sure where to go from there. Good thing they’re smart guys, and between a series of bombings that target first responders, their friend Kyle’s wife getting pregnant, and more than one bowl of guacamole, they begin to figure out how to have a relationship.
But as the bombings get closer to home, Nate and Dusty must navigate love and commitment before they lose their chance.
New Mexico vs. Texas, the food version.
Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and lover of all things Tex-Mex.
Most of you know by now that I’m from Texas. I grew up there, which means I ate a lot of Mexican food. Like a lot. Tacos and enchiladas with chili gravy and nachos. Now, nachos in Tex-Mex are an art. Deep-fried corn tortillas cut in half and topped with beans, meat and jalapenos. Pile on the cheese, salsa and sour cream, maybe some guacamole, and I’m a happy girl.
So, a few years ago I moved to New Mexico, where my wife is from originally. I love the high desert and the mountains and the people are so dear. The fresh green chile and homegrown pistachios and pine nuts and pecans rock. But y’all. The Mexican food is Not Right.
They call it New Mexican food here, and well, it’s not the border burning food I’m used to. The salsa is mostly ground up chiles and water, the tacos are fried in their shells, and the nachos… Oh, the sadness. Piles of corn chips with pinto beans and shredded beef, stacked to the ceiling with all the accoutrements welled in the center.
Tasty, but not nachos.
Now, I love me some posole, and I have discovered biscochitos, the state cookie around here, full of anise and cinnamon sugar. The Plaza Cafe in Santa Fe has the most amazing mole I’ve ever tried. But I miss Tex-Mex.
The great thing about Las Cruces, where Dusty and Nate live in Bombs and Guacamole, is that they have both kinds of Mexican food down there. Close to the border, they have all the great chile New Mexico is known for, but you can find nachos on the half shell, just like I grew up with. Since Dusty is from Texas like me, he’s pretty happy with that.
Too bad I have to get my nacho fix on a layover when we fly through Texas!
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 at www.batortuga.com
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