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Fighting Addiction by BA Tortuga

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Howdy, y’all. I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and country music addict. I spent three months the summer I wrote Fighting Addiction living, breathing, and writing songwriters, so it only made sense that I write a few songs of my own.

I have to admit, the science behind songwriting is fascinating – I haven’t counted so many syllables since my last senior poetry class in college. 😉 It took a number of tries, but eventually I kind of got the hang of it. Hell, you might say I learned to enjoy it, although I’m not sure that songwriting is going to be my next career. 😉

One of the important original songs in Fighting Addiction is Markus Kane’s biggest hit, Silent Love. I am incredibly grateful that, of all the songs I messed up, the boys gave me this one so that I could share it with you. I’m incredibly proud of it and will be taking guitar lessons so that I can write the music for the lyrics.

Much love, y’all.



Silent Love

Like a fire we were burning

Red dirt roads and

Sun soaked days

All the while things were turning

Moving like a

Record plays.

In the night, stars were blazing

Shot through the sky

Rocket fast

Knew life would make me crazy

Took a stumble

Couldn’t last.


Lost my voice. Gave you my song.

All I got is whispers.

You’re on the stage, singing strong

My mouth’s covered, leather glove

My lips moving without

Giving breath to silent love.

Now you’re soaring like a bird

Flying higher

Out of sight.

All that’s left is love I heard

From your guitar

Taking flight



I knew I was your white knight

I knew I was your man

But we couldn’t bear the spotlight

I had to let go of your hand.


Country hat act Markus Kane is skeptical when he’s asked to do a joint tour. He hasn’t seen Sebastian Longchamps since he gave up drinking—and since their compulsion for each other nearly cost them both their livelihoods. But Markus’s career is on the downhill slope, while the country-fried Cajun rocker’s star is still rising. His label thinks it’ll be a match made in ticket-sales heaven.

Sebastian knows better. One wrong move and Markus will break his heart all over again. This time he has much more to lose.

Time has changed both men, though, and while Markus and Sebastian try to fight their addictions, the big music industry machine has plans for them that don’t include a quiet retirement. Can Markus convince Sebastian that there are things in life more important than adrenaline and control? And can Sebastian make Markus understand that all he really wants is his music and his man?

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About BA Tortuga

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

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