Behind the Chutes: Bull Riding Behind the Scenes


Hey y’all! I’m BA and I’m a bull riding addict!




Hi, BA!


If you’re not sure what that is, bull riding is a rodeo event that has become big business over the last 20 years. Also, you’re missing out, big time. Trust me. This is the most fun since sliced bread, I swear. Instead of being seen only at the rodeo (like back in the olden days when all the cowboys rode T-Rexs and we took our Flintstone cars to the fairgrounds), bull riding events are now slick entertainment on major network TV. It takes a lot of people and work to make such an event run smoothly, and that’s partly what my new break away series Top of the Leaderboard is about. While it’s still part of the Roughstock world. Top of the Leaderboard features Ace, who’s the king of the cowboys, and his friends Steele, Cash and Lucky who are all making the transition from being riders to being part of the behind the scenes machine. They all take on new roles once they get “too old” for being in the chute on the back of a 2000 pound bull. Bull riding is a young man’s game, after all, and retirement age is usually around 30.


Cash has the job of being a stock contractor, or of providing bulls for the riders to ride during the events. Unlike some stock contractors, Cash is also a breeder, so he take his bulls from conception to championship, which includes choosing the breeding animals, raising them up to be healthy, testing the young bulls to see if they buck, and putting the buckers through the futurity to see if they can make the big leagues.


Steele coordinates rider relations. That means he makes sure riders get paid if they ride and that they don’t get paid if they don’t show up. He tracks stats and gets the guys medical care. He helps the foreign riders with visas and gets riders stuck at airports where they need to be.


Lucky, well, he retired from bull riding when his wife died. His main job in Ace and Kitty’s book is to provide a safe place for people to stay in Mexico, but you just watch. He can’t remain a hermit forever…


Ace, the hero of this first book, is the biggest name in the league. He has to juggle being a famous rider with his corporate responsibility. Add in a new love interest, heroine Kitty, and he starts to get just a smidgen overwhelmed. I tell you what, y’all, I can’t wait to see which direction Ace leans in the next few books: suits or cowboys. Y’all will be the first to know once he tells me…


I do love to delve way below the tip of any iceberg.


Much love y’all!




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


Blurb for Ace and Kitty:

King of the cowboys, Ace gets whatever what he wants. Kitty is strong, independent, and madly in love, but will they go all the way?

Ace is a record-breaking all-around champion bull rider. He’s used to being the boss, and he knows what he wants. When he meets reporter Kitty at a black tie event, he knows he wants her, and he’s hoping she feels the same about him.

Kitty loves Ace’s strength, and his old-fashioned gentlemanly ways, which are rare in her world. She’s used to war zones and petty tyrants. Ace wants to protect her, and she’s willing to let him. To a point. She still has a job to do, though, and when danger strikes too close to home, Ace comes to the rescue. Will Ace be able to keep Kitty safe, and by his side?





Not one of the cowboys who saw him as the face of a major bull riding league would believe it, but Ace Porter hated celebrity-filled network parties with the fiery burning heat of a thousand suns. He hated the glitter and the fake smiles and the fact that he was the only one not wearing a suit.

Of course, he hated the suits more. They didn’t go with his cowboy hat or scars.

He stuck one hand into the back pocket of his jeans, the other holding the beer he’d wheedled out of the bartender. It wasn’t Bud Light, but it would do. The entire fucking room was filled with fake shit.

Fake smiles. Fake boobies. Fake hair.

Hell, there were probably fake backsides, built just for kissing.

That idea made him smile, which was a decent thing, because that meant he wasn’t scowling when she came into view. Hoo yeah.

Blonde and lean, without a bit of fake anything showing, the lady moved as if those heels were the most natural things ever. Her hair was piled high, caught with a sparkly deal that caught the light, just like the jewels at her throat and ears. Damn, she was like a firefly or something—all shine and twinkle. Her dress was simple, dark and classy, showing leg, not too much chest, and he took a step closer.

Their gazes met, hooked on each other across the room, and she smiled back at him, eyes actually crinkling at the corners a little.



He hadn’t seen a woman in this town whose face could still move. Ace straightened up, figuring he’d make his way over, see if she wanted to have a drink. Maybe compare wrinkles.

Or even better, compare scars.



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