Milo’s Gardens

Milo’s Gardens


One of the unique aspects of Milo’s personality is his love of gardening.  When Milo and Liam were first together in their Rumson house they would spend early mornings with Milo working in the garden and Liam playing the acoustic guitar.  

The first thing that Liam notices about Milo’s new home in New Mexico was the beautiful gardens.  Each level of his multi-terraced home had a garden.  It was in one of the gardens that Liam found his bench and knew for certain Milo still loved him.

Another thing that Liam noticed was the new sophistication combined with planning and intense beauty of Milo’s property.  This time Milo had tried to please the eye of the observer of his masterpiece rather than Milo’s own.

When I arrived in New Mexico from New Jersey two years ago, I was impressed by the beauty of high desert garden, especially the rose gardens which seem to grow especially well in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas.  The gardens of these two cities inspired me to make gardens such an intricate aspect of Milo’s personality.  It was another way for him to express his creativity and also to show his love.




Shattered Glass is available from Captiva Press at www.captivapress.com.  You can find out more about my books and opinions at my website www.ackatt.com – blogger post, www.ackatt.livejournal.com and www.ackattsjournal.blogspot.com.  Look for Shattered Glass in paperback coming soon.  As always I welcome your comments at ackatt@ackatt.com.  Also look for my blog on facebook.  I can also be followed on Twitter, Buzz and My Space.




The First Song…Lover’s Suite

The first song…Lover’s Suite

Turn around. look at me
Know that I’m in love with you
Waiting for the time you see
That you can be in love with me

It’s way too early to feel this way
But I need you to let me stay
Until the day you see me
The lover who will set you free

My lover and my friend
I am yours til the end
Of time, or eternity
What a night bright with heat
When our bodies finally meet

I will sing this song to you
And finally you will know
That I love you so
And I’ll never let you go
Too far away from me



The first song that Liam arranged for Milo was a cover of the Johnny Bochoi’s Lover’s Suite. He gave it as a gift for Milo’s eighteenth birthday. Liam was only twelve, yet he knew, even then that Milo was his life long love. When they parted neither of them could listen to that music without tears. When they met after six years apart, occupying suites separated only by connecting door. Milo stood on the other side of the door.

With the music came the memories, whispered words of love and the electric sensuality thatflowed between them, building to Milo’s possession of his body.
He pulled down his sweat pants and took out his cock. He stroked it in time to the music, remembering Milo’s hands and mouth as they moved over his eager body. The absolute joy of thosemoments seemed almost worth all the pain that followed. It didn’t take long for his body to absorb themusic and the knowledge that the object of all of his desire laid just a door away. That thought made Liam cum in his own hand. He lay quietly, remembering what they had both thrown away. The feel, the touch and taste of the love he lost was always with him. Tears streakeddown his face to his mouth.

Shattered Glass is available from Captiva Press atwww.captivapress.com. If you wish to know more about AC Katt, Shattered Glass or her other work, visit her website atwww.ackatt.comorwww.shattered-glass.com.


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Location Location Location


Shattered Glass – Location, Location, Location

When a realtor is trying to sell you a house he says that the three most important things to consider are: location, location and location. Location is just as important in a novel. The setting of a novel should be as fully described as the characters. In Shattered Glass, there are two primary locations for the novel. The first is the Jersey Shore. Liam is a child of water. He loves the ocean, the waves, sand and beach.

When Milo and Liam part ways, Milo wants to go as far away from anything that reminds him of Liam as he can get. Driving aimlessly through the United States, Milo comes upon the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico. Their beauty leave him breathless. Although it is as different from the Jersey Shore as it can be, Milo finds some peace in the home and garden he makes for himself in New Mexico. When Liam is forced to join him there to write a song for Rick, Liam also falls in love with the Sandias.

Milo’s home is built into the side of the foothills with numerous terraced gardens where he can tend his beloved flowers, but even his garden can not replace Liam. Here is an excerpt from the novel where Liam finds something he didn’t expect wandering through Liam’s New Mexican garden.

Outside of the bedroom suites, he saw strolling paths, which branched off into private arbors. He stepped off the balcony onto one of the slate pathways. A security guard startled him, but not before he noticed the tulips, daffodils, and snow crocus in full bloom, along with lilies of the valley and some native plants he could not name. Liam figured Sam must have arrived because the security was out in full force. He felt safe for the first time in what seemed like forever. He nodded to the guard and continued fifty feet down the path when he saw something that stopped him cold. There sat their bench from the Red Bank Antiques Center, displayed prominently

Liam walked up to it and noticed something different about it. A small gold plaque on the back read Liam’s bench. Liam sat and started to cry. Every time he thought he had no tears left, Milo managed to pull out some more. Happy tears though, this time.

If you would like to find out more about Liam and Milo, Shattered Glass is available from Captiva Press at www.captivapress.com and on the buy link from www.shattered-glass.com.

Release Party for Shattered Glass


Discrimination in the Workplace


Gay Discrimination in the Workplace

Stressed Worker

In my book, A Matter of Trust, Brian Murphy is employed by Drummond Realty, which is touted as a gay-friendly environment. He finds out quickly that although the owner of the firm, Donald Drummond, is gay, the company policy against discrimination doesn’t trickle down to the trenches. Hired to work in the Information Technology Division, Brian finds himself relegated to the Mailroom after a run-in with an administrative assistant with a boss distracted by a messy divorce.

Brian’s situation is not uncommon. According to an article by Bruce Mirken for Consumer Health Interactive, one-quarter to two thirds of lesbian, gay and bisexual people have lost jobs or been denied promotions because of their sexual orientation. Gay workers earn less money than their equally educated counterparts.

Discrimination can take place subtly or overtly. In A Matter of Trust, Brian faces both overt and covert hostility. Mirken article states, “promotions…mysteriously go to less-qualified employees or a constant barrage of insults and antigay jokes that create a hostile, threatening atmosphere” are just some of the forms that homosexual bias can take.

Unfortunately that bias can extend to men or women whose “supervisors or co-workers believe he or she is gay,” even when their assumption is wrong. This kind of behavioral bias in the workplace is not illegal under present federal law. Gender discrimination is currently illegal in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, and Pennsylvania protect against discrimination in public workplaces only. In the rest of the United States, if you are gay or lesbian, you are at risk unless your local municipality has and enforces anti-discrimination laws.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), S.1284/H.R. 2692 is pending federal legislation that would make it illegal to discriminate against an employee because of sexual orientation including hiring, firing, promotion, compensation, and most terms and conditions of employment. It would also protect workers from retaliation for reporting such discrimination to the authorities. ENDA is structured in the same manner as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is the law that prevents discrimination against race, gender, or national origin and would be enforced in the same manner.

To live a decent life in the United States of America, you must be able to work. Discrimination in the workplace prevents a citizen from living a normal, decent life. As a country, we owe it to ourselves and the gay citizens among us to encourage our Congressmen and Senators to vote for ENDA to give true meaning to the phrase “liberty and justice for all.”

A Matter of Trust is available from XOXO publishing at www.xoxopublishing.com

What’s New!

I have two new releases that will be published in 2010. The first, A Matter of Trust, is available now from XOXOpublishing.com. It is a light BDS&M story about a man who has everything but realizes he has nothing without love.
My second release is from Captiva Press and will be available sometime in July or August. It is Shattered Glass, the chronicle of a mega rock and roll band and the love between Milo and Liam, the composer and the lyricist. More about Shattered Glass in the next weeks.
In the meantime here is a snippet from A Matter of Trust.

Drawer 67


Antonio thought he was clever, but was in truth foolish, gullible and vain. He left Trenton and Bear for the bright lights of the Big Apple. Six months later, Bear received a call from the Sixth Precinct of the NYPD to come to the city and identify the body. The police found Bear’s address clutched in the hand of a boy dumped in an alleyway off Seventh Avenue behind Weng-Feng Wok, a local Chinese restaurant. The owners, Misters Weng and Feng, discovered the body when they took the kitchen garbage out to the dumpster after a 3:00 a.m. closing. Bear vividly remembered the scene.


Bear shivered. The bodies of the victims were stacked in drawers that were piled four high and consumed the entire back wall of the room.

O’Malley spoke, “Drawer sixty-seven.”
The assistant opened the drawer and slowly drew the sheet from the body.
Bear gasped, and then gagged. O’Malley grabbed his arm.

“Do you recognize the victim?”
“Yes, it is Antonio Rialto.” It was Antonio, but an Antonio Bear would not have been able to identify save for a birthmark on his lower left abdomen.

O’Malley spoke again, “You’re sure.”
“Yes I am sure, I remember the crescent shaped birthmark, it was unique.” Bear gazed at his former sub. The dark Botticelli angel’s face was riddled with deep cuts made by a serrated knife. Both eyes were black and even after time in the cold drawer, swollen shut.”

The assistant coroner spoke, “The autopsy showed every rib was broken and the lung perforated. They shot out his kneecaps and his whole body is covered in welts. He was whipped.”

Bear was lost in thought, tears coursed down his face; more poignant for his silence. He did not notice his wet cheeks. The beautiful boy in drawer sixty-seven was provocative, mischievous and so very alive in his memory. He was just twenty-six. The toy had failed to please.
O’Malley grabbed Bear’s arm and ushered him out of the room handing Bear his handkerchief. Bear was thirty-two years old and had not cried since he was sixteen. He made a silent vow, I will never cry again.

Bear turned to O’Malley, “You’ll get this bastard?”

“With your cooperation…” O’Malley countered.

“Anything you need,” Bear replied between clenched teeth.

On the ride back to Trenton, the tears coursed down his cheeks as he repeated his mantra, I will never cry again, I will never cry again, I will never…


New Release

New Release Today


A Matter of Trust

Exactly one year after the release of my first novel, The Sarran Plague, my second novel, A Matter of Trust is being published by XOXO Publishing and is available at xoxopublishing.com.

This novel is a bit of a departure for me. It is in the contemporary gene with a BDS&M Light theme. The characters came to me from the phrase Bear in a Suit. I believe that Brian and Bear’s love story is compelling. Despite bad guys, murder, job discrimination and revenge, the thing that really keeps them apart is trust.

Both men have had their hearts broken in a particularly brutal fashion before and both have to learn that love is A Matter of Trust.

Photo dump


Photo dump


More than Erotica

Talk of Many Things

“The time has come to talk of many things;
of shoes of ships and sealing wax
of cabbages and kings
and why the sea is boiling hot
and whether pigs have wings.”
–Lewis Black

There are a number of people who often dismiss erotic romance and erotic romance writers as one trick ponies. We write smut, on every page. We have no plot, no characterizations, no conflict, just sex. Recently, I came upon that kind of attitude in a psychologist, of all things. I didn’t expect that a person engaged in a profession that dealt in opening minds would have such a closed mind herself. I offered her a copy of my novel, The Sarran Plague, and she refused it because it was obviously, “smut.”

I discontinued my association with the lady and complained to her supervisor. If I wanted to go on trial for my beliefs, I would have visited Oral Roberts or Jerry Farwell. The more I thought about the experience, the more annoyed I became. I decided that too many people automatically dismiss erotic romance writers as “purveyors of smut” and our novels, short stories, etc. as “dirty books” without ever opening the cover and reading one. I admit, I have seen and read with enjoyment some books who did have sex and lots of it on every other page. However, as a voracious reader, I own over 2,000 erotic romance novels. My collection includes “straight” erotica, “GLBT” erotica, “ménage and more” erotica with sub genres from contemporary, paranormal, shifters, to science fiction.

In that collection, I can honestly say to the Neanderthal female doctor, that at least 98% of those novels have intricate plots, moral and ethical conflicts, finely drawn characterization and an astute recognition of what is going on in today’s world that other “mainstream” writers refuse to discuss. These issues include child abuse, prejudice, street kids and what happens to them, the perils of coming out of the closet for GLBT youth and the inability of the “vanilla” world to accept even the patently harmless “kink.”

Fortunately, we are also able to point out the hypocrisy inherent in these prejudices. A father or mother throws their child out on the street because he or she has done something morally reprehensible. What act could be so morally reprehensible that the consequence of that act is leaving a child on the street to starve, become prey for the unscrupulous predator, or be put in the position of having to sell their soul to eat? A pregnancy? Homosexuality? Teenage rebellion? If it were a larger issue, murder, rape, robbery, assault, the parent would not have to throw their child out of their home, the state would be providing that child with a cot in the lockup, no parental interference required. Yet, in these cases a paent claims the moral “high ground.”

What about the teen who leaves home because of mental, physical or sexual abuse, is this child unworthy because they were not believed when they tried to tell an adult about a predator?

These issues are openly discussed in erotic literature. When we talk about “rent boys” and “prostitutes” we make sure we mention how that happened. If one of our characters has a serious character “flaw” that impedes a relationship, we have back story on how the flaw was acquired. We are not afraid to discuss the seamier side of life. Why, because the seamier side of life exists. And because we openly discuss it, there is the possibility that one of our readers will have a moment in which they realize that all is not well in Muddville tonight, a real honest, “oh shit,” moment. That moment will remove the blinders from their eyes and let them see an abusive spouse, a cheating spouse, a disturbed child or a predatory adult.

I am not saying that every erotic romance is a morality tale, but I am saying that in erotica, art imitates life rather than the reverse.

I, in my own fashion have decided to do something about the ignorance of others who mock our genre. Beginning on Thursday, May 27, 2009, at 9:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time, 8:00 pm, Central, 7:00 pm Mountain, and 6:00 pm Pacific will be hosting a live chat on my website, ackatt.com. Each week, I hope to have a guest author of erotica and each week we will discuss one of the author’s novels, along with anything I might be working on that could add value to the discussion. The point of the discussion will not be to promote the novel, although, I must admit, it will be a side benefit; the point will be how the novel relates to our current world and some possible solutions to the problems presented.

My first guest will be my good friend, author Mychael Black; who is an articulate advocate for gay rights, autism, and a host of other worthy causes. We will be discussing Myc’s work and how it relates to the world around us. I would like to invite all of you to participate.

If you would be interested in signing up for a chat, you may contact Dee Owens of Personal Marketing at pr_marketing@deeowens.com or at deeprmarketing@gmail.com, and she will be happy to discuss scheduling. The Guest Author will also have the choice of the topic for the evening’s discussion. The only rules I plan to enforce are the usual rules of courtesy, no spamming, name-calling or disrespect shown to anyone’s point of view. Also, the topics we discuss are not being discussed for the purposes of titillation. This is to be an intellectual discussion of how erotic romance and its sub genres relate to life.

More than Erotica

Talk of Many Things

“The time has come to talk of many things;
of shoes of ships and sealing wax
of cabbages and kings
and why the sea is boiling hot
and whether pigs have wings.”
–Lewis Black

There are a number of people who often dismiss erotic romance and erotic romance writers as one trick ponies. We write smut, on every page. We have no plot, no characterizations, no conflict, just sex. Recently, I came upon that kind of attitude in a psychologist, of all things. I didn’t expect that a person engaged in a profession that dealt in opening minds would have such a closed mind herself. I offered her a copy of my novel, The Sarran Plague, and she refused it because it was obviously, “smut.”

I discontinued my association with the lady and complained to her supervisor. If I wanted to go on trial for my beliefs, I would have visited Oral Roberts or Jerry Farwell. The more I thought about the experience, the more annoyed I became. I decided that too many people automatically dismiss erotic romance writers as “purveyors of smut” and our novels, short stories, etc. as “dirty books” without ever opening the cover and reading one. I admit, I have seen and read with enjoyment some books who did have sex and lots of it on every other page. However, as a voracious reader, I own over 2,000 erotic romance novels. My collection includes “straight” erotica, “GLBT” erotica, “ménage and more” erotica with sub genres from contemporary, paranormal, shifters, to science fiction.

In that collection, I can honestly say to the Neanderthal female doctor, that at least 98% of those novels have intricate plots, moral and ethical conflicts, finely drawn characterization and an astute recognition of what is going on in today’s world that other “mainstream” writers refuse to discuss. These issues include child abuse, prejudice, street kids and what happens to them, the perils of coming out of the closet for GLBT youth and the inability of the “vanilla” world to accept even the patently harmless “kink.”

Fortunately, we are also able to point out the hypocrisy inherent in these prejudices. A father or mother throws their child out on the street because he or she has done something morally reprehensible. What act could be so morally reprehensible that the consequence of that act is leaving a child on the street to starve, become prey for the unscrupulous predator, or be put in the position of having to sell their soul to eat? A pregnancy? Homosexuality? Teenage rebellion? If it were a larger issue, murder, rape, robbery, assault, the parent would not have to throw their child out of their home, the state would be providing that child with a cot in the lockup, no parental interference required. Yet, in these cases a paent claims the moral “high ground.”

What about the teen who leaves home because of mental, physical or sexual abuse, is this child unworthy because they were not believed when they tried to tell an adult about a predator?

These issues are openly discussed in erotic literature. When we talk about “rent boys” and “prostitutes” we make sure we mention how that happened. If one of our characters has a serious character “flaw” that impedes a relationship, we have back story on how the flaw was acquired. We are not afraid to discuss the seamier side of life. Why, because the seamier side of life exists. And because we openly discuss it, there is the possibility that one of our readers will have a moment in which they realize that all is not well in Muddville tonight, a real honest, “oh shit,” moment. That moment will remove the blinders from their eyes and let them see an abusive spouse, a cheating spouse, a disturbed child or a predatory adult.

I am not saying that every erotic romance is a morality tale, but I am saying that in erotica, art imitates life rather than the reverse.

I, in my own fashion have decided to do something about the ignorance of others who mock our genre. Beginning on Thursday, May 27, 2009, at 9:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time, 8:00 pm, Central, 7:00 pm Mountain, and 6:00 pm Pacific will be hosting a live chat on my website, ackatt.com. Each week, I hope to have a guest author of erotica and each week we will discuss one of the author’s novels, along with anything I might be working on that could add value to the discussion. The point of the discussion will not be to promote the novel, although, I must admit, it will be a side benefit; the point will be how the novel relates to our current world and some possible solutions to the problems presented.

My first guest will be my good friend, author Mychael Black; who is an articulate advocate for gay rights, autism, and a host of other worthy causes. We will be discussing Myc’s work and how it relates to the world around us. I would like to invite all of you to participate.

If you would be interested in signing up for a chat, you may contact Dee Owens of Personal Marketing at pr_marketing@deeowens.com or at deeprmarketing@gmail.com, and she will be happy to discuss scheduling. The Guest Author will also have the choice of the topic for the evening’s discussion. The only rules I plan to enforce are the usual rules of courtesy, no spamming, name-calling or disrespect shown to anyone’s point of view. Also, the topics we discuss are not being discussed for the purposes of titillation. This is to be an intellectual discussion of how erotic romance and its sub genres relate to life.


I spent two hours on Sunday at a meeting for OFA (Organizing for America). It is a new organization dedicated to helping President Obama to fulfuill his campaign promises designed to counter lobbyist pressure in Congress and the Senate.

We spent most of our time on Sunday discussing health.