Blog Tour: Cowboy in the Crosshairs by BA Tortuga

BA Tortuga is here today with an excerpt from her latest, Cowboy in the Crosshairs! Enjoy!

Cowboy in the Crosshairs Excerpt

Hey y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and newly minted New Mexican. I’m tickled as all get out to bring you the first in the Turquoise, New Mexico series: Cowboy in the Crosshairs.

So, the thing is, Turquoise, New Mexico is a town with three faces: the rodeo school, the horse people, and the art commune. TJ is chief of police. Wacey is the eldest son of the famous Bene rodeo family who’s home after a bad accident.

This scene follows the first time they’ve seen each other in years. *grins*

God help me.

Much love, y’all.



TJ watched the kids wash the truck. Well, trucks. Josh had come over to borrow his leaf blower, and he’d stuck around to get James and Thomas to wash his truck too.
They sat in lawn chairs, Josh with a beer, TJ with a Coke. He tried not to drink when the kids were around, just because they kept him on his toes and he needed to be sharp.
Josh burped, then gave him a sideways look. “I hear you and Wacey Bene had words. Couldn’t even wait until he’d been home a week?”
“Shut up.”
“Seriously. In the cafĂ©? In front of the boys and Monica?” Josh was just needling him now.
“Are you deaf? I said hush.” He grinned wryly. “My mouth ran away with my brain. It just popped out.”
“It’s always been that way with y’all, I swear. I thought you two were going to combust back in the day.”
His cheeks heated. “I did too.” TJ sighed. “He looks like hell. That shocked me, you know? I still—well. You missed a spot, James!”
“Sorry, Daddy!” The hose sprayed again.
“Does he? I heard those horses damn near killed him. He was in the hospital for a couple weeks.”
“I wonder what happened. Wacey is never careless with horses. Ever. It’s like he has a sixth sense with what they’ll do.”
“I got nothing. I mean, maybe he just screwed up. It happens.”
“I guess.” None of them were getting any younger, right? “I’m sorry the kids were there. Maybe I ought to stop by his folks’ place and apologize.”
“Ooh. The law crossing the borders of the lawless West….”
Yeah. The Benes were sort of a royal family around here, and no one dared to trespass on the rodeo company’s land, lest they get their asses handed to them. Between the family, the dogs, and the cowboys either bunking, training, or teaching there? It was intense.
Still, if he went in his squad car….
“Just stay away,” Josh told him. “Healthier for all of you.”
“Yeah, you’re probably right.” Still, Wacey Bene was the finest man he’d ever known, even torn straight to hell. Just thinking about all those days and nights they’d spent together made him sweat.
God knew, he loved Monica, and they’d had a good relationship, but Wacey had always been TJ’s one true thing. The one true thing that he’d screwed up royally.
“Stop. Live in the moment, buddy. Your oldest son is peeing on your agave.”

Cowboy in the Crosshairs
A Turquoise, New Mexico Story

Once upon a time, a prince lived in a magical kingdom called Turquoise, New Mexico.

Well, really, TJ is a small-town police chief. Every Friday he holds court in the diner with the local holy roller, the art colonists, and the horsey people. But the Benes, who own the rodeo company, keep to themselves. TJ knows, because he was once hot and heavy with the oldest Bene son.

When Wacey Bene gets trampled by a remuda and comes home to heal, he’s none too happy to run into TJ, or his two little boys and their momma. The story might end there—if it wasn’t for some pesky bastard trying to kill Wacey.

The law steps in, and the townsfolk are cross about somebody messing with one of their own.

But once the bad guy is put away, can TJ and Wacey make their place in this wild and eccentric town a permanent one?

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.

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