Continuation of the Prequel to A Matter of Trust part three.

Once Bear and Reed decided to open a club they needed to acquire a staff.  Reed spent an evening checking out the Jersey Shore Clubs for ideas on what he wanted to do at Indiscrete and ideas of what he wouldn’t consider.

Reed sat at the bar watching the patrons.  On stage were a couple engaged in a public demonstration of the use of a suede flogger. What struck Reed was the complete inability of the Dom in question to control his tool of choice.

The stool next to Reed’s was empty.  A slender dark haired man sat next to him and ordered a drink from the bar.  Reed’s face expressed his displeasure at the proceedings.

“They should never let such an amateur give a demonstration.  He’s hurting a house sub with his clumsiness and giving a poor example of what this way of life means,” the man commented looking into Reed’s face with huge brown eyes.

“Look, he’s leaving the sub with no aftercare, that’s untenable.”

Reed looked over at the attractive man beside him.  He was dressed as a sub, behaved like a twink, but seemed to have a sense of the way the back of the house should be run.

“My name is Reed Davis, and yours…”

“Jim, Jim Menetti.”

“You’re a sub, I presume.”

“Not in the strictest sense.” the man replied. “I came around to look for work; but I would never work in a place that took such poor care of their employees.”

Reed gave him an appraising look. The bartender brought the sub a burger. The man looked at it with disdain. “On top of that, their food is terrible.”

“I agree, said Reed,” still staring at the man as  he picked at the burger.  “You were here asking for employment?”

“Yes, I’m a sub, but I also have a degree in hospitality management. I wanted to find a place to use both sets of skills.  I suppose I’m going to have to look in a larger city.” he sighed. “I’m afraid to eat the burger.”  he fluttered a bit and moved closer to Reed. “This doesn’t seem to be the type of place to attract a Dom like you. You’re too well dressed and picked up on that poser right away.  What brings you to a place like this.”

Reed considered his answer. “My friend and I are opening an exclusive club in Western Monmouth County.  We want to be everything this place isn’t. Do you have a resume with you?”

“Not really, I try to check the place out before I apply. Obviously, they haven’t made the short list.” Jim said with some sarcasm.

“Wouldn’t make mine either.  Would you be interested in something that isn’t on the Shore?” Reed turned to directly face the man beside him, sizing him up. “Are you also looking for a Dom?”

“Yes and Yes,” the pretty twink answered. “I think I just got a twofer.”

The Shore Club Scene

Bear played in the clubs at the Jersey Shore.  He wasn’t satisfied with the look and feel of any of them.  What he felt was necessary for the Gay BDSM scene was a classy club where you would be as at home having dinner as engaging in a scene.

A few months prior to Reed’s homecoming from the University of Delaware; Bear found a property in a very rural area of Western Monmouth County on the Mercer County Border. The property was large enough to insure complete privacy and the large Victorian, three story home had good bones and was amiable to addition.  Bear snapped it up.

Reed came home degree in hand and Donald already started work on the project. When Reed first came  to Bear’s new office building in downtown Trenton after receiving his degree; Bear had a proposition. Would Reed help him build a classy gay BDSM club on the property he started to renovate?
Reed jumped at the chance. Thus, Indiscrete was born.

to be continued…

Donald went to work at Trenton Holdings when he was eighteen  years old.  It was at Trenton Holdings that he met Sally who would walk out with Donald four years later when he started his own company.

At that time, fifteen years ago, Real Estate was booming. Donald made enough in commissions to begin to think about starting his own company. He spoke to Reed at least once a week.  Reed was involved with his roommate, Jack Leary, a medical student.

Donald, on the other hand, had no time for romance.  He was building his empire. Three years after beginning Drummond Reality in a small office located in a decaying shopping mall, Donald now owned the mall and several others.  He made a reputation out of taking on old decaying commercial properties and re-purposing them into successful rentals.  By the time Donald sold the property, he made ten times his original investment.

Sally stood by his side.  Initially he told her when they left Trenton Holdings, he couldn’t pay her a salary. Sally answered, “Boss, in a few years you’ll be paying me three times what I could get anywhere else.” Sally was right.

From reading on the web, Donald realized he was a Dominant.  He pursued this as he did everything else in his life, at full throttle. He worked so he became a Master of each tool but he specialized in the bull whip. Bear could hit a hair pin on an object seven foot away. He also mastered the flogger, the can and the cat of nine tails, however Bear’s idea of Domination and Submission was more about the power exchange and trust than about inflicting pain…

to be continued…

A Prequel to A Matter of Trust

When Donald K. (Bear) Drmmond was twelve years old he knew he was different. Unlike the other boys his age he, and his best friend, Reed Davis, weren’t into girls.  Donald and Reed never said aloud what their difference was, but they knew in their hearts, there was something that set them apart from the other boys in their Chambersburg neighborhood.

They got repeatedly beat up on the playground and Donald and his mother were often abused at home by Bear’s drunken father. One August night Donald ended up in the ER of St. Ann’s Hospital in Trenton with a broken arm. The attending resident was Francisco De Loria, an ER third year resident on the staff.

De Loria was almost through his second shift of the day when the boy with haunting eyes came in with a broken arm.  In that boy he saw himself. Donald was different, in the same way De Loria was; Donald was gay.  Even though De Loria was technically off duty, he took fifteen minutes to sit down and talk to the desolate kid.

“Kid, you can only take care of bullies by making yourself strong enough so they wouldn’t dare bother you.”

Donald answered with determination, “I’ll do that.” and he did.

He began to take classes in all of the Eastern Methods of self defense and hung out at a run down gym where washed out boxers sparred. The Eastern disciplines taught control and defense, Western disciplines taught offensive tactics.

Due to DeLoria’s advice got Donald out of Chambersburg. He enjoyed a new sense of  self esteem and his dominant nature blossumed.  Everything he learned he taught to his only friend…

to be continued…

I have an interview on Marketing for Romance Writers at http://mfrw-authors.blogspot.co.at/2012/08/an-interview-with-ac-katt.html?zx=f45268cf1e9782eb

in which I speak about writing and my new release from MLR Press.

A Matter of Trust is available from MLR Press at mlrpress.com.

BREAKING NEWS: JMS Books has accepted The Sarran Plague for re-release in March of 2013. The book is the first in a series called, The Sarrans.

SNEAK PEEK: The Sarrior Warriors came home from victory to genocide. The enemy unleashed a virus fatal to all fertile fems on their home planet. The Sarrans mated in Triad, with their fems civilization ended.

For two cycles they searched the Galaxy for a genetically compatible vessel, they found Earth.  The Warrior Pairs left Sarran with heavy hearts. They were told the Earthen fems were an inferior species, unable to establish the psychic bond that was essential to the Sarran Mating Triad.

Yet, from as far out as the asteroid belt, fem voices called to their mates. They were in pain, they were dying, they had met the enemy.

Admirals Jonal and Tonas of the Sarran Flagship Brighstar were determined to obtain their fem at almost any cost, because they already mated in her mind.

    There are two main characters in A Matter of Trust- Donald K. (Bear) Drummond, a dominant in search of a perfect submissive and Brian Murphy, a submissive in emotional and financial trouble who is being abused at the workplace which happens to be Drummond Reality.

     Bear is emotionally repressed because a previous sub left him for another, richer, sugar daddy.  That sub turned up dead.

     Brian has PTSD developed from an abusive and traumatic childhood. Brian is a submissive and worked his way through college at the Jersey Shore Clubs by being a submissive for pay.

    The plot revolves around how an untrusting Bear and a traumatized Brian can have a relationship. Can Brian be Bear’s perfect boy? It’s all A Matter of Trust.

A Matter of Trust is available from MLRPress.com, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Fictionwise.


Bear

Bear Drummond has an attitude about subs, as a Master Dominant, he shouldn’t make mistakes in picking a partner.  But he was stuck with Antonio and just too damn lazy to cut him loose.

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while but some health issues have gotten in the way.  But, hooray, I have a new book out with MLR Press that can be found at mlrpress.com. The story is entitled A Matter of Trust. I think you’ll like it.  The following is a blurb and an excerpt.

Blub

Donald K. Drummond is the Master of all he surveys; a legend in commercial real estate in New Jersey by day and by night a Master Dom at the gay BDSM club, Indiscrete. What he couldn’t find was a boy to call his own. That all changed when a nerd with taped glasses and worn Dockers barged into his office spilling his bottle of 1985 Bourdeau over his priceless Persian carpet. Brian Murphy came with a host of troubles, the least of which was his grasping Aunt, his invalid mother and his rather tenious position in Donald’s mail room.  Can a Dom with issues of his own come to train and trust a needy boy from his own mailroom. It’s all A Matter of Trust.

Excerpt

A Matter of Trust by AC Katt
Donald watched in his mind’s eye as his massive hands massaged the boy’s body with sweet scented almond oil, making love to his nipples and bare chest. His boy did not necessarily have a virgin ass, but it would be tight around his throbbing shaft. As Donald’s mind sunk into the whirlpool of his fantasy, his alternate persona, Master Bear of Indiscreet took hold.
Bear’s mouth would torment the balls bound with a cock ring and suck vigorously on his sub’s cock building pressure, so it leaked copious amounts of pre-cum, despite the tight fit of the leather harness surrounding the balls and base. Maybe, if the boy begged, he would add a weight or two to hang from the bindings. His boy had two nipples pierced. They had gone together to get it done.
Donald pictured a platinum chain connecting the piercings and smiled for the first time this morning. His cock rose rapidly as the familiar fantasy played. Throwing his head back, he pulled a long, hard stroke, dropping further into his daydream. He closed his eyes and pictured the scene. He grabbed at the bulbous head of his cock and stroked it to the script.
Bear honed his own skills in preparation for his boy by teaching Doms again. A picture-perfect Dominant in tight black silk and leathers highlighting what Antonio had called his kong-sized cock, Master Bear, the toughest Top in the state, hid a tender heart. He ratcheted up the heat as he pulled harder, while squeezing and rolling his balls in his other hand.
His fantasy played on in his mind standing in front of the sink. He and the boy attended a function at Indiscreet. He stood, speaking to Reed. Jim Boy, Reed’s sub, stood behind Reed in a Standing Attention mode.
His boy knelt, legs parted revealing his long, thin, perfectly formed cock, encased in a cock ring that Donald had secured a few hours before. His head remained bowed, but his eyes were alert beneath his long lashes to watch so he could anticipate Donald’s smallest desire. The boy kept his hands locked behind his neck, with his ass poised on the back of his heels, his spine straight and showing no strain after holding his position for over two hours.
Donald tapped his trousers with the index finger of his left hand, once. The boy rose with effortless grace from Kneeling Attention to his knees and, keeping his eyes lowered to the floor, crawled to a position which placed his face at the center of Donald’s belt. He opened his Master’s belt and undid the closure to his tailored pants.
The fantasy in his head was echoed by his now erect member. Abundant streaks of clear pre-cum leaked from Donald’s thick cock head. He took his manicured thumb and pressed it into the slit, rubbing the liquid around the head. His shaft felt as hard and heavy as polished concrete over steel, Donald let the fantasy to play out to its inevitable conclusion.
Donald closed his eyes and imagined the boy as he reached into Donald’s dark silk boxers with hesitancy, waiting for his Papa’s permission. Although his boy loved to suck his Master, he knew sucking his Master’s cock came as a privilege given or withheld at Master’s discretion. He caressed the sub’s wavy, platinum hair, pressing down on his head in encouragement. Those long slender fingers cupped and kneaded Donald’s balls as the boy’s hot tongue engulfed his cock and worked its way down to his sacs with cat-like licks.
His boy learned in detail what his Master craved. He followed the licks by flicking his tongue up, down, and across the prominent veins on the underside of his shaft. He would then adjust his mouth around and under the head of his Master’s huge cock, until Donald shivered with need. Donald pulled his boy’s head closer. This amazing boy gave him total control over every aspect of their lives. All he asked for in return was his Papa Bear’s attention and care for his health and happiness.
Bear thought he received immeasurably more. He tapped his boy’s neck and the perfect oval of a mouth with wet pink lips swallowed the whole nine inches of Bears fat cock until it hit the back of his throat. He relaxed his throat muscles and suppressed his gag reflex, and then he began to massage his Master’s cock with the muscles in his throat. To do this, he had to trust in his Master to pull back and let him breathe. The fantasy felt so real to him he could feel the boy sucking his cock.
Bear took pride in the fact the boy placed his hands in a locked position behind his back. He knew the Master he loved would never harm him. Therefore, the boy would neither gag nor attempt to pull back, giving Donald the power and trust to do as he would. Donald would go deep, fucking his boy’s mouth with hard, swift strokes. He would come in streams and his boy would swallow it all and keep Donald in his mouth, licking around the head and shaft until Donald became soft, drained dry and depleted.
When Donald ran a rifling touch through his hair, his boy straightened Donald’s clothes and resumed position, navy eyes shining up at his Master in adoration, love, and absolute trust.
Donald worked at his cock, and several strong pulls later, released. He came in long streaks all over the sink and countertop, leaving him shaken and holding onto the rim.
He knew his faults. Neither his face nor physique would win any competitions. He tried to even the playing field by the understated elegance of his surroundings and conservative panache of his wardrobe. Even if Bear would be more comfortable in jeans and leathers, he dressed like the Prince of Wales to convince himself of his own worth and prove to those who knew him back then, that now Donald Drummond was a man with whom to be reckoned. He finished cleaning the sink and vanity with a disposable wipe and whispered his request aloud.
“Give me a boy of my own. I need to be special to someone: A Papa Bear…” He had wasted enough time today on this foolishness, he really had to get…
A loud thump interrupted his thoughts, followed by the sound of a slight click. Seconds passed, then a muffled voice hissed, “Oh Shit…Fuck.” 

Ambition

Ambition…

Sam Stein was the drummer for the band, Shattered Glass. Although the band was successful, Sam had only one ambition, to be a lawyer. He wanted to specialize in representing artists in the music industry and as soon as he passed the bar, Shattered Glass would become his first clients.

Although Milo was the band leader, Sam managed the group from the very beginning.  When Sam left to study for the bar, the guys were left with hiring a new drummer.  Even after Sam passed the bar, and he opened his offices, he let Milo continue doing for the band the things that Sam, in his capacity as manager and representative should have handled.  Because of Sam’s inattention, the group, who were once as close as brothers, began to drift apart primarily due to the deliberate machinations of the new drummer, Bart Hedge, Sam’s replacement.

Shattered Glass tells the story of the men who formed and played in the band.  Throughout the book, each member of the band bears some semblance of responsibility for the breakup of both the band and the love affair of the band’s leader and lyricist, Milo Stamis and his lover, the band’s composer and lead singer, Liam O’Shea. Milo and Liam are the focus of the book, yet every member of the group played their hand to the detriment of their brotherhood.  Sam became so wrapped up in himself and his new vocation  that he failed to notice Bart’s poison and his own brother, Rick’s descent into alcohol and drug addiction.

Even when Liam desperately needed help the first time, Sam convinced himself that it wasn’t his place to interfere between the lovers.  It wasn’t until Sam finally faced Rick’s addiction that he woke up and discovered what was going on right underneath his nose.

All of us get lost in our own concerns to the detriment of those we love.  Sometimes we wake up soon enough, sometimes it’s too late.  Sam’s ambitions cost him a price he couldn’t afford. All the money and power in the world can’t bring back that which you’ve thrown away.


Shattered Glass is available from MLR Press at www.mlrpress.com and from Amazon.com in Kindle format at www.amazon.com.  To find out more about Shattered Glass and my other books, visit my website at www.ackatt.com or my blog at www.ackattsjournal.blogspot.com.  Additional information on my world view can be seen at www.ackattspolitics.blogspot.com.  I can also be found at ackatt.livejournal.com, twitter, MySpace, Google Buzz and Facebook.

I always like to hear from readers.  I can be reached at ackatt@ackatt.com for your comments.

Shattered Glass Moves to MLR Press

Shattered Glass moves to MLR Press

Shattered Glass, my contemporary rock and roll gay romance has found a home with my new publisher, MLR Press.  You can find it at http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=AK_SHGLS.
Here is the blurb:

     Liam knew he loved Milo, even as a kid.  But their fame and fortune can’t buy him the happiness of taking Milo out of the closet and be able to freely express their love. Unfortunately, there is someone out there who will do anything to tear them apart.  He conspires to break up the loves in the most vicious way possible. 


     Six years later, Liam is older, wiser and has rebuilt his life after the devastating loss of his lover. Forced by his loyalty to a friend, Liam agrees to a working reunion with Milo.  When they realize what was done to them, they band together to uncover the web of lies that pulled them apart.

This version is newly edited and has a spectular cover from my friend and fellow Flirty Author Bitch, Lex Valentine.  I will be blogging at Flirty Author Bitch on Friday, April 13th where I will talk about my book and Friday the 13th!

The original version had five star reviews which you can find by scrolling down the journal.  I hope you will take this new opportunity to buy and enjoy my book.

New Publisher for Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass picked up by MLR Press

What I Believe

What I believe…

  • I believe in equal rights and privileges for all Americans. Gay Americans should have the right to marry as citizens of this country.  Discrimination is unconstitutional.
  • I believe that the focus of the nation should be on JOBS. Jobs are not generated by tax cuts. They are generated by repairing bridges, schools, highways, dams.
  • I believe that both corporations and people with incomes over $250,000 should pay their fair share of taxes.
  • I believe that a corporation should only get a tax break if they keep the jobs in America.
  • I believe we should put money in NASA. So many of our technical advances came from prior space programs, any investment will be returned tenfold.
  • I believe that education is a priority and the government should make it possible for all qualified children to go for a higher education whether they use grants, loans or a sliding payment scale for those with insufficient incomes. Education is essential to keeping the USA on top.
  • I believe that Social Security, Medicare and the Medicare Prescription Drug program are promises made to any American who has paid into the program and that the government is bound to keep those promises.
  • I believe that religion should be kept out of politics.  Any priest, pastor, rabbi, iman etc. who take a public political stand should immediately lose their tax-free status.
  • I believe that the Citizens United ruling needs to be re-visited or made invalid by a constitutional amendment.  Corporations are not individual citizens.  If they are, their donations should be limited to the same amount as specified for citizens – $2,500.
  • I believe that Political Action Committees are a plague on the American Political System.  There is no transparency as to where the funding originates.  It is tantamount to buying elections.
  • I believe that there should be a ceiling on what a candidate can spend to campaign for office. This would allow average American to seek higher office and diversify the Congress and the Senate.
  • I believe that we should increase the gasoline tax to pay for research into alternative fuels.
If you agree, I’d like to hear from you on facebook.

Mary Lynn Hansel writing as AC Katt.

Congrats to AC Katt for WINNING 1st Place in the Erotica Catagory of the NEC RWA Bean Pot Award

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The American Working Class is Getting the Shaft…

The American Working Class is Getting the shaft…again.


It was supposed to be all about “jobs.” That promise made to voters before the November 2010 election has been largely ignored by the new Republican Congress, state legislators and governors.

Instead the agenda pursued by the Republican Party has concentrated on the so-called culture wars. There have been bills introduced in Congress to reduce the availability of abortion, despite Roe v Wade being the law of the land. The new budget introduced by the Republicans actually kills jobs by cutting discretionary spending.  Instead of closing loopholes for oil depletion allowances and Big Agriculture, they restricted money to Planned Parenthood.  Then, they go off on vacation.

In the state capitols, the record of the newly elected Republican again has not served the American Worker. In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker, thinking he was speaking to David Koch, one of the infamous Koch brothers of oil, gas and chemical fame, told him that he was thinking about seeding the crowd protesting his attempt at Union Busting with outside agitators to make the so-far peaceful protesters look like hooligans.  Governor Walker intimated that with a little extra support (read dollars), governors of other states would follow the same agenda.

That, my friends, is trading worker’s collective bargaining rights for campaign cash, a straight forward transaction.  And who is he selling down the river, YOU. By denying collective bargaining rights to workers in these hard times, he denies those rights for future workers in good times.

If your congressperson, senator, state representative or governor is acting in a similar unscrupulous manner and following an agenda that does nothing to produce the promised jobs, maybe it is time for a recall petition.

The Ubiquitous Bureaucrat

The Ubiquitous Bureaucrat…


Today I heard the Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker take cheap shots at state and local bureaucrats.  This is nothing strange.  Most of us have an “attitude” regarding government workers. Most of us forget who exactly government workers are and what they do.

State and municipal employees include the teachers who man our schools, the policemen who guard public safety. Who jumps into a burning building to rescue your family – a fireman, a municipal employee.

Who clears your roads, collects your garbage, works in the public hospitals, visits a home a crisis – sanitation workers, nurses, aides, health technicians, social workers, all state and municipal employees.
We, the general public, are very quick to notice when a public servant doesn’t do what we pay them to do. However, where are we when are public servants are fighting for a reasonable school budget to educate our kids, decent wages and benefits for school teachers.  We blame the teachers in the United States for the malaise that has hit our schools, yet, we refuse to spend the money to recruit the best and brightest for those positions and dismiss their requests for a living wage.  In truth, most anyone who goes into government service, just like our armed forces on a national level, get paid less than their contemporaries in private industry.  Yet we expect to draw from that same pool of college graduates competing with private industry for their service.

The same applies for nurses, nurse’s aides, and hospital techs. Public hospitals pay less and demand more.

We never remark when our municipal employees do a fabulous job, we always comment when they screw up.  This winter the huge accumulation of snow up and down the east coast caused overburdened sanitation departments to fail to clean up the streets in what the public considered to be an appropriate time frame.  The public did not consider that this was a centennial snow event, they only considered that  their cars were block and the streets weren’t clear.  They also never thought about the cutbacks in municipal service that helped to balance the budget.

Half the parents in this nation don’t attend teacher conferences for their children, Back to School Night, nor a single PTA meeting.  They place the whole of the educational burden on the school system, ie the teacher.  They will shake their fist at municipal meetings whining that their children are undereducated, yet they will not pay the price to hire and keep decent teachers and give those teachers a budget that enables a spectacular education.  I’m often amused when they compare the number of dollars that the US spends per student in comparison to other countries.  Other countries do not have our cost of living. When we demand to have our children educated to be the best in the world we should remember that we must agree to pay for it.

We make demands of all of our municipal employees.  On average they are overworked and severely unpaid.  Now the Republican Right in Wisconsin are busy union busting.  This is on behalf of the infamous Koch brothers again.  No one noticed that they went all out to support Governor Walker who proposed this claptrap in Wisconsin, now they got their payback.  Business received millions of dollars in tax breaks as soon as Governor Walker entered office (payback for the Koch brothers support) now, the Governor wants to take that money out of the pockets of the largely middle class government workers.

Shame on Governor Walker, shame on all of us.  We want top notch service, but refuse to pay for it.  We let people who do not have our interests at heart lead us down a road of less, less, less for the average taxpayer and more, more, more for big business.  When are we going to stop leading with our chin.

The Race for Clean Energy

America has five percent of the world’s population, yet uses thirty percent of the world’s energy resources.  Oil has been the engine that drove the United States economy since the nineteenth century. With the invention of a cheap assembly line automobile by Henry Ford, America began its love affair with the auto.

The automobile gave birth to the suburbs, and the death of the “downtown.”  It encouraged the birth of strip malls, chain stores and developments.  However, we now find ourself dependent on sometimes unfriendly foreign sources for the very substance that fuels our current economy.  If we are to maintain our current standard of living, we must do the research to find alternative fuels. The long term answers to our energy deficit does not lie in “Drill, baby, drill.” Oil, even with the newest technology of extracting it from shale, is not the answer.  Oil is a finite resource and a pollutant that contributes to greenhouse gases and therefore to global warming.  If we look for a long term solution to our energy problems, we must look elsewhere.

Currently, forty percent of the country’s oil consumption goes directly into the automobile.  One answer to our the problem is the electric car. However to make an electric car viable for long commutes and family trips, currently, it needs a backup fuel.  For the electric car to be able to take longer trips, America’s research and development community needs to focus on smaller, more efficient batteries.

To be truly green, the electricity for the car has to come from a green source.  Currently scientists have been working on producing electricity from wind turbines and experimenting with solar farms. Although these methods are green, we do not, as of yet, have the capacity to produce enough electricity with these technologies to replace the oil used for generation of power.

Nuclear power is also a possibility but first we must deal with the problem of safe disposal of spent fuel rods and a safer plant design.

All of this new technology takes money for research and development.  In the past government has provided grants to scientists at universities to help develop promising new technologies.  But in the era of a Congress determined to cut budgets for everything, research dollars are harder to obtain unless the return is immediate.  Americans have traded long term planning for immediate profit.

Long term planning is what pushed us into space.  It is what is necessary to push us back into the forefront of the newer technologies that will not only release us from our dependence on foreign, unfriendly entities who use their windfall oil profits to train terrorists and undermine our country’s stability. An infusion of stimulus funds invested in clean energy resources will, in time, bolster our economic growth, provide blue collar jobs and reduce the unemployment rate.

These jobs will need trained personnel.  Therefore cuts to educational programs in our high schools, universities and technical colleges is another bad idea from the Republican Congressional majority.

Investment in green technology can mean the difference between America as a fading superpower or the brighter alternative of an America at the forefront of technology, where we belong.  Investment in the future is necessary now.  We must take back the American Dream away from those who would let American jobs shift to foreign soil and line their pockets with the dollars earned off the backs of the middle class.

Write to your Congressman and Senators and let them know how important it is to invest in America by funding research.  Your standard of living depends on it.

If you wish to know more about my views, check out my website at www.ackatt.com.

A Matter of Trust Nominated for LRC BDSM Award

My second novel, A Matter of Trust, published by XOXO Publishing, has been nominated as one of the best in Love Romance Cafe Best of 2010 in the BDSM category.  This book is a story about a prominent Dom, Bear Drummond and his search for his “perfect boy.”  


Voting for the contest will take place from January 22nd through January 30th.  You may vote for your favorites at  http://lovesbooksandmore.blogspot.com.


I am asking all of my fans to cast a vote for A Matter of Trust at the website stated above.  You can purchase A Matter of Trust from XOXO Publishing at www.xoxopublishing.com. 


Bear and Brian is one of my favorite stories.  I hope that you purchase the book, enjoy the story and place your vote at LRC.

















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New Five Star Review for Shattered Glass


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2010


5 Star REVIEW~~”SHATTERED GLASS” Author AC KATT

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“COMPELLING, SUSPENSEFUL, and GRIPPING!”

Milo and Liam knew what they wanted from childhood. Along the road to fame and fortune, the love they shared together grew stronger-and-stronger as their Rock band became more popular. However, little did they know, that the empire they built was soon to be destroyed through vengeance and vicious lies. A psychopath continues to play his deadly game of manipulation on a mission to tear apart a loving relationship, and everything that Liam worked for. The evil, blackmailing stalker wins the dangerous game, but not the war. How long was Milo worried about his image and his secret love affair? How long was Liam unhappy that his secret was locked up in a closet? How long will Liam be tormented physically and mentally, before he can live life once again? How far will Bart go with his unstable mind and twisted personality? Who will survive the abuse, and will life ever be the same for Milo and Liam? This novel is recommended for music loving adults, who enjoy love stories that are provocative and filled with powerful images, with a blend of mystery. AC Katt wrote a dark, compelling story that will leave the reader on the edge of his seat from beginning to end. The spellbinding journey of the lives of the Rock stars and their fatal mistakes takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster ride through the power of love, horror, and forgiveness. After six years, what will it take to rebuild what Milo and Liam once had? Will revenge, anger, and greed win the battle, or will love blossom in the healing process? “SHATTERED GLASS” is as haunting as THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, as emotional as the movie AS GOOD AS IT GETS and as powerful as SLEEPERS, with Robert Deniro, and Dustin Hoffman. 
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Suggested New Years Resolutions for Congress

It’s that time of the year, the time we set aside to sit down and write our New Year’s Resolutions.  I decided to do something different this year.  Instead of deciding on a set of resolutions for myself, I decided to write a list of resolutions that would be good for the country, presumptuous, I know, but necessary.  If everyone wrote a list and sent it to their representatives in both the House and the Senate, and the executive branch maybe we could provide the country with direction and make sure that our representatives spend less time posturing and more time writing and passing legislation that puts the country back to work.  Here is my list of ten, I’m sure you have your own.

1.       Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – We need a stimulus package large enough to accomplish two tasks.  The first is obvious, put people back to work.  The second part of the stimulus package should provide earmarked funds for infrastructure, especially green infrastructure.  We need to move Americans out of their cars and into light rail.  We need smart roads and bridges that control traffic and prevent congestion.  And lastly we need alternative means to move people by building neighborhoods that provide work, schools, shopping near enough to housing so that the car doesn’t have to come out of the garage for a quart of milk.

2.       The government needs to use grants and tax breaks to encourage green energy.  Too much of this nations treasure is going to countries whose foreign policy is geared to work actively against the goals and ideals of the United States.

3.       The innovations and prosperity of the second half of the twentieth century did not come by accident.  By using the GI Bill the government t provided and educated workforce that put a man on the moon, computers on every desk and the internet into every home.  Programs like the Dream Act have to be pushed through congress.  Funding education and teaching the fundamentals of math, science, English, music and art should be encouraged. Grants, scholarships and government guaranteed loans need to be easier to obtain but we must put into place stringent requirements for repayment.

4.       Paying for the programs above would be easier if we walked away from two wars that are costing this nation the respect of the world and too many dollars.

5.       Most of the rest of the world has accepted that Health Care is a right of the citizenry.  The United States cannot be a country where only the rich can afford the best healthcare.  Charitable institutions cannot handle the numbers of citizens who are currently without health care.  The last congress passed a health care bill that was incomplete and only the first step on the road to providing our citizens with the rights enjoyed by other democracies.  Despite the fact that top notch health care is available in the United States, it is not available for everyone. According to the World Health Organization the United States ranks thirty-seventh in health care among countries in the world.  We should be ashamed.  How can we hold up our head in the community of nations where we rank number one in weaponry, and thirty seventh in the health of our children?

6.       Social Security needs to be protected.  Social Security is a promise to our citizens in the form of insurance for which they pay premiums out of every paycheck in exchange for and old age pension. Yet it is expensive and because of the population shifts in favor of the old over the young, could soon begin to run in the red.  Add that to unfunded programs like Medicare Part D (prescription drugs) and we have a huge fiscal liability driving us into debt.  Right now the Social Security tax is paid on only a portion of our income.  Once you cross that threshold, no more social security tax.  My suggestion would be to pay social security tax on your entire income thereby eliminating the threshold and bringing more money into the program to balance the funds outgo.  My second suggestion would be to have the government buy all drugs wholesale at the type of prices negotiated by other Western Democracies.  With drugs at a lower overall cost, the amount of money the government would have to shell out for prescription drugs would be reduced and the amount of co-pay coming out of the citizens pockets would go down.

7.       The programs helping homeowners with underwater mortgages need to be more effectively administered.  The money isn’t going to where it should go, namely the homeowners.

8.     Tax breaks should be given to all companies who bring jobs back to the United States.  On the other hand, companies who outsource jobs overseas should pay larger tax bills.  Loop holes that permit large US corporations to get away with paying little or no taxes should be immediately closed, no exceptions. 
9.  After this two year extension is over, tax breaks for millionaires should be eliminated.  No wailing, no gnashing of teeth, just gone.
10.   Until the unemployment rate goes back down to 8.5%, unemployment stipends should be extended.  Trade apprenticeships and green technology jobs should be funded through legitimate trade schools and junior colleges.  Retraining of the unemployed who were put out of work because technology took their jobs should be paramount.
Now you have heard my top ten list.  What is yours?
AC Katt’s novels can be found at www.ackatt.com and www.captivapress.com.  Shattered Glass is available in both Kindle format and paperback from Amazon.com and for Nook and paperback at Barnes & Noble.  Both formats and others are available from Captiva Press.
I enjoy hearing from others about my blogs and books, write me through my website or through mlhansel@msn.com.

Reader’s Questions

Since we are close to the end of the year I decided to make an attempt to answer my reader’s most frequent questions.
I am often asked who writes the blogs on this site.  I do.  I am the admin and the owner of the site, AC Katt.  I also wrote the novels, Shattered Glass, A Matter of Trust and the soon to be re-released, The Sarran Plague.

I do appreciate linkbacks to the website and I ask if you quote anything from one of my blogs, please attribute the quotation to AC Katt and provide a linkback to the column you quote.
The site is based on the theme Wood from WordPress with additional customization provided by my friend, publicist and web designer, Dee Owens of Personalized Marketing, PR_Marketing@live.com. Dee also occasionally posts newsletters on the blog along with contests we are running. My web host is BlueHost.com and they do an excellent job of no hassle hosting.
My political blogs are strictly opinion, although I do some research before penning the blog.  I am a die hard progressive, an advocate for equal rights for all citizens regardless of race, religion, ethic origin or gender identification or preference.  When an issue is close to my heart, I will write about it.
About me – I am a soon-to-be sixty year old grandmother of nine, six boys and three girls.  The oldest is eighteen and the youngest, three months.  My husband and I live the New Mexico and our four children live on the East coast in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We moved out to New Mexico to escape the damp winters and humid summers of New Jersey and for the lower cost of living the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area provides.  This was also an ideal site for the arts and culture, the home of many universities and brimming with artists and writers.  The dry climate makes it so we don’t feel the heat in the summer and the winter isn’t as cold and damp even though we are located at six thousand feet. I found, shortly after we made the move that New Mexico is truly, The Land of Enchantment.
As you might guess, I am heterosexual in orientation and I am often asked why I write gay and bisexual romances.  The reason is political.  If I can show the average female reader that this is normal and natural for a portion of the population, it will make her think and eventually realize that I am right and be able to argue with those who tell her otherwise.  The books are designed to convince one person at a time.  I also love the romance genre and personally, the only thing hotter than one great looking guy is two.
My publisher for A Matter of Trust is XOXO Publishing at xoxopublishing.com.  All of my other work including Shattered Glass and the soon to be re-released The Sarran Plague are published by Captiva Press, a division of Placida Publishing at www.captivapress.com.  Shattered Glass is available in paperback from Barnes & Noble on-line and Amazon.com as well as from Captiva.  Shattered Glass is also available for Amazon’s Kindle Reader.
Besides reaching me at ackatt@ackatt.com, I have an additional e-mail address for important questions at ml_hansel@msn.com. I welcome hearing from my readers and am more likely to receive your questions at the msn.com address. Now I would like to wish all of my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Amazing Tigger

Location, Location, and Location…


A civilization that survived on their home planet for untold numbers of cycles has three things that many other failed inhabited worlds lacked. The first is sheer luck. The Sarran home world is located well away from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy on one of the less populated spiral arms. The placement of Sarran’s star system put the planet out of the main traffic lanes for planet eating asteroids, climate altering meteors and visits from further developed war like civilizations that may have existed before the Sarrans but did not survive their own aggression. Absurdly, the Sarran’s long lived civilization depended on the same mantra that every Earthen Real Estate Salesperson is given with their license, “Location, location, location.” The second part of the survival triad is a planetwide civilization that began to cooperate early on issues that affected their home environment. The third is simply to learn from their mistakes rather than to persist in repeating them.In the earliest times there were major environmental disasters with fossil fuel and the unsafe use of nuclear fission. Once the Sarran Clans became aware of the environmental damage created by using fossil fuel, the ruling council incorporated the research results brought to them by the brilliant scientist Tezacron, Prince of AirClan, and incorporated his findings into Sarran Common Law long before the Codex. Fossil Fuel consumption was slashed by a quarter, planet wide each cycle thus encouraging the discovery of an alternative. Manufacturing Facilities that released nuculear waste into the ecosystem were closed immediately and soon replaced by othersthat ran on cold fusion. The Sarrans knew from the start that their planet was the only thing that stood between their civilization and the great void. Watching others slip into the morass of greed at the expense of a healthy environment that produced healthy inhabitants; the Sarrans did the unusual. They learned from the history of others rather than go their own way and repeat a long line of environmental catastrophe that would result in the downfall of the entire humanoid population of the sphere. The one time the Sarrans forgot this cardinal rule sowed the seeds of their future dilemna and brought the planetwide civilization to its knees in the ClanWars. The result of that scientific catastrophe — even though a solution was sought and found, made the Sarrans vunerable in a way that they did not anticipate during the Zyptz Wars.

A Shattered Glass Christmas

Christmas…
The first Christmas after the events described in the novel, Shattered Glass, the guys decided to spend Christmas in New Mexico instead of New Jersey mainly because of Conchita’s ability in the kitchen.
Sam attended with his brother Rick although the Stein brothers are Jewish.  Joe Menendez came and brought his beloved abuela and DJ.  The Hobbs Family were invited and accepted the invitation.  Young Jimmy was looking forward to his first sight of the Western United States and the family planned on renting an RV in New Mexico and taking a drive through the Southwest during the holidays.  Everyone gathered on Christmas eve. Conchita’s family all came arms brimming with food and Father Stephan was there to give the blessing.
According to a tradition begun by Lily back in Hazlet many years before, one present was opened for everyone on Christmas Eve.
Milo gave Liam a handcrafted Platinum Key with diamond accents telling him it was the key to his heart.  Liam gifted Milo with a small Greek dog, a Meliteo Kinidio, that he had imported from Greece for the occasion.  Although the household had adopted Rick’s pets who lived with him in one of the guest houses, this was their first pet since the black and white Persian kittens Major and Minor. Milo named him Hey Jude.
Christmas Eve Dinner was delicious with a traditional turkey, a standing rib roast, candied yams, fine wines and homemade desserts and cookies of every description, some of which were made by Liam and Milo (with a little help from Conchita).  

As Conchita explained the baking session was more heated than the oven.  Never-the-less, the boys got the job done.

Then everyone stomped off in the middle of the season’s first light snow to participate in Midnight Mass with Father Stephan.
If you wish to learn more about the original story of Shattered Glass read the novel, now in paperback and available from Captiva Press, www.captivapress.com; Barnes & Noble, where it can be ordered from the store or through the web at Barnes&Noble.com; or through Amazon.com.  The e-book is available from Amazon.com and from CaptivaPress.com for most e-book formats.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!


Hanging Up the Gloves before the Fight

It looks like our president hung up the gloves before the fight…


Just prior to the November election, President Obama told the nation that he would fight the Republican attempt to renew the Bush tax cuts.  The President wanted to negotiate with the Republicans so that the whatever tax breaks would accrue to the middle class would remain and the tax reductions for people who made over a quarter of a million dollars a year would expire.

With a lame duck Congress who can only remain in session with a majority of Democrats until December 31st, it was imperative that negotiations for the middle class tax break, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the extension of unemployment benefits go through the legislative process quickly.

The Democratic Agenda was simple:

  • Renew the Bush Tax cuts with the exception of the tax cuts on the upper two percent of tax payers.
  • Extend unemployment benefits for those looking for work suffering through the worst recession on record.
  • Repeal the unconstitutional Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy which trampled the first amendment rights of gays in the military.
This seemed like a simple agenda.  Tax cuts for the rich would be eliminated, thereby giving the government extra revenue in a time of budget and debt crisis, an issue that most of the country vocally supported.  The majority of American also supported extension of the unemployment benefits and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Obviously, the Republicans weren’t listening to their constituents. They were stubbornly holding to the position that nothing would get passed unless the rich got their tax cuts, in effect, holding 98% of the country hostage for the top 2% of taxpayers.  
Enter the hero, the Yes We Can man.  President Obama went into “tough” negotiations with the Republican Leadership.  (Please remember, dear reader, the Republicans are the MINORITY party until December 31st. We came out of these negotiations with the rich getting their tax cut, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell voted down despite the fact that there were more votes in favor than against and the unemployment money in limbo.  Why, you ask?
Without consulting the leaders of his own party, or the mood of the citizenry, President Obama decided to do away with the messy fight that was sure to ensue if he stood firm, and hung up his blue gloves.  The President caved.  He avoided the fight and now finds himself in the unenviable position of being in a fight for his political life with his own party who feel betrayed and the citizens who feel duped — yet again.
Personally, I’d rather there be no tax cuts for anyone than see another victory in the series of victories we keep handing the Republican Party and their rich cronies.  And if the Republicans try to pass a rich man’s tax cut in January, President Obama should veto it.  But that is not what’s happening.  I remember a cartoon from when I was a kid, the character asked “What are you, a man or a mouse…” The answer, I’m afraid is mouse.

Pass the Cheese

Does this picture remind you of anyone in the news?


The Republican Party, fat from their recent donations from unknown corporate sources, is busy preparing an agenda for January that doesn’t look good for anyone but those in the country club set.


Once again, the Bush tax breaks for the wealthy are staked out as the most important part of their overall economic policy.  It makes no sense.  With the middle class tax base shrinking because of a 9.8% unemployment rate, and a continued reduction in taxes for those who have the money to pay takes, our government is going to have to continue holding out a tin cup to the Chinese to get our bills paid.  And, since he who has the money makes the rules this could be disastrous for any economic and foreign policy objectives.


The highest tax bracket has taken a whopping fall from 70% in the Regan era to 30% in the Bush era.  Yet our expenses have risen.  Yes, entitlements have taken a toll, however two wars fought off the books until 2008 also has something to do with our fiscal position. You can’t fight wars with money not included in the budget.  That’s like making a household fiscal plan and not including the mortgage and the car payment.


It is time for the American voter to get his head out of the sand and realize that no one benefits from the Republican Agenda but the wealthy.  Raising the retirement age, cutting social security benefits, cutting health care for children and the elderly hits the lower 98% of the wage earners in this country who need things like VA Services, food stamps, Early Childhood Intervention Programs and a social net that they can depend on.  Teens need government grants to continue in school.  These are the type of things that made us a great nation after World War II, an educated work force, the ability to make and sell the things we use and a government willing to use progressive taxation to make sure that the dollar stayed strong and stable. 


But these are the things Americans are unlikely to get for the next two years with a Republican/Tea Party Congress.  Pass the Cheese…


More information on my books and views can be found at www.ackatt.com.


Shattered Glass Released in Paperback & other Big Stuff

Shattered Glass is now available in paperback…


Shattered Glass is now available in paperback from Captiva Press at www.captivapress.com; Barnes and Noble at www.barnesandnoble.com and at amazon.com.

I’m so happy to be able to share Milo and Liam’s love story with all readers.

I’m very late blogging. (Blush and apology). The reason is twofold.  The third week of November I went back to visit my nine grandchild scattered over New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  They sent Grams home with hugs, kisses, gifts and bronchitis. Up until today I was coughing, wheezing, had chills, shakes, fevers.  Today I’m finally promoted to the chair with cough and wheeze.  Thank you doctors and nurses at the Presbyterian Health Center in Rio Rancho, ER.  Until they took care of me my husband feared I would cough hard enough to bring up a toe!

Today is a special day for the Southern United States.  It is the day that South Carolina seceded from the Federal Union.  Today there are parades celebrating States Rights as the issue that caused the war, despite the fact the the secession document mentioned Slavery nineteen times.  Hmmm – history re-write?

Another interesting piece of news, the survey from the members of the US Military came back overwhelmingly positive in favor of gay soldiers and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.  Despite the fact that the courts have spoken, the joint chief of staff has spoken, the congress and the president has spoken and the service members themselves have spoken, John McCain is calling for a do-over.

Since the Senate is still braying for us to wait to,  despite the majority of the voting public really want the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the senate is merely braying their own bigotry out loud. Didn’t their mothers’ teach them how to play nice with other children. Or did Mr. McCain and company spring straight from the head of Medusa like snakes in the grass.

Thirsty – The Sarran Plague, Anya meets Jonal

This is a scene from The Sarran Plague where Dr. Anya Forrester first meets one of her alien destined mates.

“Thirsty,” she whispered. A strong, gentle hand lifted Anya’s head. She nuzzled closer, breathing deeply of fresh linen, vanilla and man—definitely man.

“Drink, Pa Mici, drink,” a deep basso voice rumbled.

Anya’s eye caught a snapshot of dark blue eyes, tousled midnight black hair. A thin white scar traced along the outline of a square jaw. Her vision turned fuzzy around the edges. She picked up a slight hesitation between his words and her understanding. His lips moved and she received, a nanosecond later, a weird built-in satellite delay. The hair on his muscled arm tickled across her back. His palm cupped the nape of her neck supporting her head. The thumb stroked downward. She trembled, leaning into the light caress.

The thick fingers of his other hand curved around a filigreed silver tumbler with maroon and gold swirls.

“Please, thirsty,” Anya mumbled, as her lips pursed round the proffered straw.

“Careful, Pa Mici. Lips that shape beg a kiss,” the deep voice murmured.

Sweetness exploded on Anya’s tongue—a mélange of fruit? She didn’t recognize any of the flavors. Her eyes closed. The juice flowed through her mouth and down her throat easing the dryness. Voices in her mind, one here—the basso, the other, a baritone, close by. Their vibrations sang sweet music to her sex. Anya’s skin flushed rose. She reached up and traced a finger along the thin scar. Anya knew she dreamt. Her hero’s face graced  the cover of every romance novel she ever read. He played an American privateer, scarred from a run-in with a British man-of-war, or maybe a Regency Duke, scarred in a duel over his sister. It couldn’t be about a woman other than his sister. After all, this was her dream.

“Your skin is exquisite, Pa Mici. Do you feel us yet? ” His soft mobile lips swept light kisses across her cheek and nibbled at the corner of her mouth.

“Name…my pirate… name,” she insisted, sticking out her lower lip—her mouth in moue.

“Jonal. Rest now,” the voice soothed.

“’Tis such a good dream,” Anya whispered, as she grabbed his arm. “Please, don’t make me wake up.”

The Sarran Plague will be available from Captiva Press late winter, early spring.  In the mean time please enjoy my novel, Shattered Glass, from Captiva Press at www.captivapress.com.  Also visit my website at www.ackatt.com.  

A Scene from the Re-release of The Sarran Plague

The deadly rash snaked up her left breast. She felt the destruction of each cell as it fell to the intruder.  She had no reserves left to fight the virus. Pain slowly took control of her mind and heart. Despite her upbringing and her supposed strong moral fiber, she longed for the end. Tears ran down her blotchy cheeks, the saltiness stinging her abraded skin.
Her body would jerk in constant spasm, not allowing even the slight respite of sleep. Her throat hurt, parched and sore from the respirator Her mouth contained an abundance of sores. No one came for Anya; the tubes in her mouth muffled her sobs and screams. She would die alone, unloved by anyone, save an orange cat. She dare not close her eyes again; she did not want to go unto the dark alone.
Wait . . . what was that? A sharp spike hit the forefront of her skull, the pain struck like lightening. Then voices began to murmur in her head. The conversation, though muted, sounded intense and masculine. It was like a constant buzz, almost as if there was a fly in her brain. Her path was inescapable, she walked toward a blue light, yet the outline of the moon — no, three moons — at her back called her name causing her to stop despite the light’s gentle promise. But the buzz, she couldn’t shake the buzz, it kept getting louder. She turned toward the moons. She heard the voices, they were closer now. Anya almost understood the words. Then, the buzzing ceased.
Curiosity, one of her besetting sins, kept her following the path towards the light. The blue light called her forward; it pulled at her and promised peace. Bits of conversation began to surround her. The strange moons and the pain stood to her back.
She lifted her face toward the sky; the voices rained down from the heavens. Tenderness bathed her body. Her imagination began to overpower her; fantasies paraded through her innocent mind. Lust ran through her body like a fresh breeze caressing her skin. She felt a masculine presence. Two, she thought. Gentle fingers brushed against her nipples, and wet, soft kisses flowed across her collarbone to the back of her neck, and then, a bite. Both nipples pushed erect against the soft, thin cotton of the hospital sheet. She needed more. She felt the blood moving to her labia as the lips engorged, becoming heavy. They opened outward, throbbing.
Rational thought intruded on her arousal. Anya, you’re dying here, in pain, breathing your last. You’re a physician. You know the score. What the heck is happening?
The thought fled, and her concentration shifted to the sensation of tender touches and butterfly kisses between her legs. Her body tensed, climbing, climbing the precipice. Then there was a burst of white light, blinding in her brain. Her lower body pulsated in rhythm, leaving the hospital linens damp.
She heard a whisper, a tendril of hope, and then formed thought drifted into her consciousness. “We’re here with you,” the voices said. “We are one, BondStirred; you will never be alone again.” The thought gave comfort even as she turned from the light and headed back into the pain.
The above scene is Anya Forrester’s first encounter with the Sarran WarriorPair, Jonal and Tonas.  Read more about the Sarrans in future blogs and in The Sarran Plague which will be re-released from Captiva Press late fall, early winter.
In the mean time don’t forget to read my m/m rock n roll romance – Shattered Glass, from Captiva Press at www.captivapress.com.  If you like this blog please follow and visit my website at www.ackatt.com. 

Captiva Press at AC Katt’s Blog Talk Radio Show

Captiva Press on AC Katt’s Books and Politics…

Captiva Press Authors and Staff will join AC Katt on her Blog Talk Radio Show AC Katt’s Books and Politics on Thursday, November 4th at 12:00 noon Eastern Time, 11:00 Central, 10:00 Mountain and 9:00 Pacific.

Continuing their Grand Opening Celebration, both Captiva Press and AC Katt will be giving away prizes for this special hour long show. Come celebrate with us. Go to www.blogtalkradio.com/ackatt and listen live or drop by later and listen to the taped show.  To find out more about Captiva Press, go to their website at www.captivapress.com.

Captiva Press at AC Katt’s Blog Talk Radio Show

If you like my blog, read my books…

Today I noticed that I have 1,647 comments on my blogs, the great majority of them compliments on my writing.  My blogging activity is dependent upon the sale of my books which cover the same subjects in fiction that the blogs cover in fact. So here it comes, the sales pitch. 


I currently have two books in print.  The first is Shattered Glass. The following is a blurb for the book:

Can love survive and be rekindled when a heart is broken like Shattered Glass?

Milo grew up in fear, hiding the fact that he was gay. Becoming a rock star with his band Shattered Glass was a dream come true. Finally lovers with Liam, the friend he’d desired since childhood, Milo worries about his image and keeping their relationship a secret.
Liam knew he loved Milo, even as a kid. But their fame and fortune can’t buy him the happiness of talking Milo out of the closet, able to freely express their love. Unfortunately, a fellow band-mate with vengeance on his mind conspires to break the lovers up in the most vicious way possible, destroying the couple’s relationship and shredding Liam’s peace of mind.
Six years later, Liam is older, wiser, and has rebuilt his life after the devastating loss of Milo and the band. Forced into a tenuous working reunion, Liam knows his heart still belongs to Milo. Working together to uncover the web of lies that pulled them apart, now all they have to do is survive the psychopath intent on silencing Liam and his music forever.
The plot includes the social and political positions that I discuss in my blogs.  The blogs are the effect of my book and if you want to understand them more throughly, read the book.  Shattered Glass is available from Captiva Press and can be bought at www.captivapress.com and from Amazon’s Kindle Store at www.amazon.com.  There is also a buy link on my website www.ackatt.com, with the cover of the book and the words Click to Buy. C licking on this will bring you directly to the buy link on the publisher’s website.
My second book is A Matter of Trust from XOXO Publishing. The theme of this book is trust and acceptance of who and what you are.  The following is a blurb for the book:
Donald Bear Drummond has everything, a commercial real estate empire, part ownership of Indiscreet, BDS&M club and status as a Master Dominant. Now he is looking for a special boy to share it with, but Donald is short on trust. Burned before, he is reluctant to take on just any boy. Donald wants the perfect boy, his boy. Can he find happiness with the troubled, Brian, the clumsy boy with horned rimmed glasses and a pocket protector who walks into his office and spills a bottle of Bordeaux on his Persian rug? Can he protect Brian from his enemies and well as Brian’s own demons?

It’s all A Matter of Trust.

The plot in A Matter of Trust tells of a different lifestyle than most of are accustomed to living.  But the world of Dominance and Submission is not all about pain.  It is about subverting your will to another because you want to please them.  It is about accepting another’s complete trust and being worthy of what is given to you. A Matter of Trust can be purchased through its publisher XOXO Publishing at www.xoxopublishing.com.  There is also a direct buy link on my website, www.ackatt.com. where you can click the book cover and go to the publisher’s page to buy the book.
Shattered Glass will be out in paperback in late November and again, be available from the publisher and other outlets.  I will keep you posted as to when this will occur.  Both books are relatively inexpensive and they support my blogging activities.  For those of you who enjoy my blogs, you will enjoy my books.
NEWS:  My original novel, The Sarran Plague, a menage a trois is being re-released by Captiva Press, I will keep you apprised of the progress on the new chapters, edits and release dates.
Don’t forget my new show on Blog Talk Radio.  My page is www.blogtalkradio.com/ackatt. From my page you can listen to previous shows or catch the upcoming show on Thursday, November 4 at 12:00 noon Eastern, 11:00 am Central, 10:00 am Mountain and 9:00 am Pacific.  
Have a great week everyone and don’t forget to VOTE!

If you like my blog…Read my Books

Today We Are Talking Politics

It’s Time to Vote…

Today we are talking politics and it is time for you, the electorate, to make a decision.  Now, I know quite a few of you will be sitting back in your lounge chair telling yourself that you are not going to vote because all of your choices are nasty.  Too bad.  Vote anyway. If you didn’t vote in the primary elections, it is your fault that your choices are limited.  Now it time to “man up” and vote for any of the candidates who you feel can, at least, partially represent your viewpoints.

The privilege and right to vote is one of America’s most cherished freedoms and like most of our freedoms it is a use it or lose it proposition.  Due to the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United Case, major corporations have been  able to pour millions of dollars in this election cycle.  They have distracted the voter from the issues and in some cases printed outright lies.  Now it is up to you, the voter to decide whether or not corporate money rules the outcome of this election, or your vote does.  The only way you can defeat the corporate money is to vote.  Vote you conscience, vote your pocketbook.  I don’t care why you vote, just do it!

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Boy Scouts are no "Boy Scouts"

The Boy Scouts are no “Boy Scouts…”


When Jon Langbert enrolled his son in the local Dallas Cub Scout Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America he told them he was gay.  “No problem” was the response he received.  Now, a few years later, he has been stripped of his uniform, yet asked to continue to perform the same service for the local Cub Scout Pack that he performed when he was awarded the shirt.

Jon performed the duty of Popcorn Colonel for the local Cub Scout pack.  As a leader, he encouraged the cubs to sell popcorn to earn gifts and gift cards in the competition to raise money for the pack and its parent organization.  Although Jon and his son, Carter, belonged to the pack for a number of years, it was only a week ago that officials from the State and National organization ordered the local pack to “defrock” Mr. Langbert.  The local pack, however, wants Mr. Langbert to retain his now, untitled, position.

All reports indicate that Mr. Langbert is a good father and performed well in his position with the Cub Scouts.  In a world where the military currently sits under judicial injunction for its DADT policy because this position actually damages the function of the armed forces by preventing the retention of experienced personnel, and laws that discriminate against the LGBT population are being challenged daily in the courts; the position of the Boy Scouts is antiquated and a blatant disregard of first amendment rights.

I am aware that the Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the Boy Scouts were allowed as a private organization to continue their discriminatory practices, however, my points remains.  Country Clubs, restaurants and stores are not allowed to practice overt discrimination, why make an exception for the Boy Scouts?  For a country that advocates liberty and justice for all, we are very lax in putting our principles into practice.

Adult Language Excerpt from Shattered Glass

Press Conference, Plaza Hotel, New York City
November 2002, 3:45 p.m.
Sam Stein, attorney and owner of Stein Talent Ltd., looked around his suite at the Plaza. Half of his personnel came over from his office on East 73rd to handle the crisis. A press conference scheduled for four p.m. put the media in a feeding frenzy. Rumor and speculation had run thick and heavy for ten days. Sam took the statements of the three remaining members of the group Shattered Glass now sequestered in adjoining suites. The fourth went AWOL. None of the band saw or heard from Liam O’Shea in the past ten days. Rumors circulated, but even Sam’s best investigator, J.B. Saunders, hadn’t
a clue.

He yelled over to his assistant. “Margot, has J.B. filed a report on Liam?”

“Not yet, I’m working on it. You have ten minutes to get downstairs.”

Sam picked up his statement and headed out of the suite to the press room. None of the principals would say much more than the basic facts. Bart made a pass at Milo, and Liam walked. Sam begged Milo Stamis, group leader and Sam’s best friend, to tell him what happened.

Milo exploded in an angry tirade against Liam. “If I could find the little bastard, I’d choke him. He’s been carrying on with that fucking roadie, Danny, behind my back for years. Bart kept trying to warn me and I wouldn’t listen. Leave it alone, Sam. I’ve called everywhere to try to locate him. He’s probably sunning himself with his new lover somewhere in the Caribbean. Fuck if I care.”

Sam shook his head. “I wouldn’t believe Bart Hedge if he told me the sky was blue.”

“Damn it, you hired the bastard. If you’d stayed with the band, on the drums where you belonged, this wouldn’t have happened. Now get the hell out of my room.”

Sam left thinking that the dark circles under Milo’s red eyes told more of the story than his temper.

Sam’s brother, Rick, the bass guitarist, didn’t help. He told Sam, “Bart sidled up to Milo during
rehearsal the day after Milo threw Liam out of the house. Liam hauled off and punched Bart and gave
him a black eye. I went to the back to check the drums, so I didn’t see it happen. Anyway, what the
fuck do I know? I get little respect and less information.” Rick shrugged with assumed indifference.

When Sam phoned to ask Bart what happened the day after the original “incident” occurred, Bart refused to comment.” After some coaxing on Sam’s part, he would only say Milo kicked him out of the band and that he refused to finish the tour even if asked back. As far as the “incident” went, in Sam’s opinion, somehow, Bart was at the root of this whole fiasco.

The guys were better off without that sleazy bastard anyway. I’ll have to talk Milo into
replacing Bart for the remainder of the tour. He’s replaceable. Liam is not. How could I have missed all
of the tension of the last few years?

That’s easy, his conscience replied. You let the band slide because you let your business consume you. But Milo refused to go near Bart, so Sam would be forced to assume his former role and play in the band to finish the tour.

As for Liam, none of the band or the crew laid eyes on either him or Danny Hobbs, the roadie in
question, for ten days.

When Sam arrived downstairs, networks, cable news, the legitimate music magazines, newspapers, and stringers from every supermarket rag that ran covers of alien invasions and three-headed cows packed the Plaza’s press room, all of them ready to take a bite out of Sam’s hide. Margot preceded him through the door and announced his entrance. The room burst into a cacophony of voices, all shouting questions he could not or would not be able to answer. Sam began to sweat in his Armani suit, but soldiered on to the podium. He faced the crowd as they settled into an expectant silence.

“Good afternoon. I have a prepared statement and will take no questions afterward. Liam O’Shea, Shattered Glass’ composer, lead guitarist and singer, has left the band due to creative differences. Milo Stamis informed me today that Liam will be replaced for rest of the tour by solo artist, Johnny Borchoi, who graciously agreed to interrupt his sabbatical to fill in for Liam.”

The media exploded in protest as Sam prepared to leave the podium. Margot whispered, “Sam, you need to answer a few questions or they’ll bombard the office. We won’t be able to work.”

Looking over the rabble, Sam agreed with Margot’s assessment. He returned to the podium and braced himself for what he knew would come.

“I will go ahead and take a couple of questions after all.”

Hands flew into the air. Sam pointed at random. The reporter jumped up. “Rolling Stone. Mr. Stein, didn’t you once play the drums for Shattered Glass, and isn’t bass guitarist Rick Stein your brother?”

“Yes. Next question, over there in the corner.”
“Billboard. There are rumors of an altercation at a rehearsal. It’s said that Liam attacked Bart
Hedge.”
“No comment. Second row, third from the left.”

“Dex Arthur, Entertainment Tonight. Doesn’t Liam owe his fans an explanation?”

“Liam’s music speaks for itself,” Sam growled. “I’ll take one last question.”

A stringer for one of the grocery rags stood up and shouted a question that silenced the room. ”Sam, were Milo and Liam lovers?”

“No comment.” Sam abruptly left the podium and disappeared behind the curtain, heading to the private exit.

Their public relations representative pulled Sam aside as he attempted to exit the room. “Come on, Sam. At least tell me the truth off the record. Are Milo and Liam lovers? Rumors abound of a blowup at the rehearsal, and a physical altercation.”

“No comment.”

The PR rep left. Sam stood, shoulders slumped. He shook his head. The truth was more complicated than anyone could imagine.

Shattered Glass is available from Captiva Press at www.captivapress.com.  Additional information about my books is available from my website at www.ackatt.com. The following is a list of my blogs for your convenience:  www.ackattsjournal.blogspot.com, www.ackattspolitics.blogspot.com, www.ackatt.livejournal.com, www.ackatt.weebly.com, and a new Ning fan network at www.ackattonning, which you are welcome to check out and join. 


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How can love survive when a heart is broken like Shattered Glass…

















How can love survive
the unforgivable…. 
Liam O’Shea can never remember a time in his life when he didn’t love Milo Stamis.  From the first time he lifted his eyes from the moving boxes to see twelve year old Milo on his bicycle offering to help he and his mother move.

Liam didn’t understand those feelings until he was twelve when he finally realized that what he felt for Milo was love.  That love took six long years to finally consummate. When it happened Liam felt that nothing could ever go wrong in his life again. That is,   until Milo began accusing Liam of infidelity with a man who had never been more than a good friend. With another member of the band pouring poison in Milo’s ear, Milo’s trust in Liam evaporated as did their relationship and the band.

Liam was left with nothing.  How does a man rebuild his who world when half of it is missing? Find out in Shattered Glass available from Captiva Press at www.captivapress.com.  Read more about Shattered Glass and my other works on my website, www.ackatt.com.

Sensual Reads Gives Shattered Glass 5 Stars, A Matter of Trust 4.5 Stars

Reviews of

Shattered Glass & A Matter of Trust

Shattered Glass gets a 5 Star Review

“Shattered Glass by A.C. Katt is a powerful story of not believing in yourself and others and a story of how one’s man quest for vengeance can affect so many lives.”
Milo Stamis knew he was gay from a young age and he also knew he had to hide that fact from his abusive father. He also knew that allowing that fact to become known could jeopardize his career with his band, Shattered Glass. Liam O’Shea, the singer in the band, knew Milo Stamis was to be his one and only love since he was young enough to realize what that meant. Milo did want him but had to wait until Liam was old enough for Milo, but even after the two became lovers, Milo still kept their relationship under wraps. Behind closed doors, the two engaged in a joyous relationship, but to the world they were band mates only. Then a member of the band starts to lay the seeds of distrust, which bloom and grow causing the vicious break up of the two lovers. Six years pass before the two are reunited when Liam is asked to come back for a reunion tour. Liam is still in love with Milo and when they see each other, they begin to unravel the series of lies and half truths that tore them apart. On the road to reconciliation, the two may not have a chance if they cannot stop the dangerous psychotic stalker intent on harming and silencing Liam forever.
Shattered Glass is an incredible tale that clearly shows us the value of communication and trust. Liam had much to say but no one to listen. Milo heard but did not really listen. This allowed the perfect feeding ground for a band member to sew discord. Incredible how many lives this person ruined and came close to ruining! Both Liam and Milo were talented and in love with each other but both lost their way. And when they did, they ended up living a half life. Liam was so broken and devastated that it took years to put him back together. As it turns out, neither man was complete with out the other. Giving them the time to mature and to think allowed them to look at things with their brains instead of with their emotions. Intense, disturbing and compelling, A.C. Katt will take you on a ride that you will not want to get off until the end with Shattered Glass, a book that will stay with you even after you have read the last word.
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Author’s Website: http://www.ackatt.com/
 About the Book: 
Genre: suspense
Page Count: 258 pages
Price: $ 6.99
Reviewer: Elise Lyn

A Matter of Trust gets a 4.5 Star Review

Review: A Matter of Trust by A.C. Katt

“A Matter of Trust is all it will take for two men to find love forever in this intense tale by A.C. Katt.”
Donald “Bear” Drummond is happy with the life he has built except for one thing. He has money, a successful real estate business and part ownership of a BDSM club where he is a Master Dom. He just needs to find his perfect boy. After a bad relationship, Bear knows he must be careful and he knows just what he wants, if only he could find him. Then fate deals him a chance meeting with Brian Murphy. Brian works in his business and they meet when he spills a bottle of Bordeaux on his expensive Persian rug while delivering a package. Brian is just what Bear’s mind envisioned as he takes in the clumsy boy with glasses and a pocket protector. Bear has his work cut out for him when his own enemies and Brian’s past contrive to keep them apart before they can even build a loving relationship.
A.C. Katt gives an a look at the mind of someone who is close minded and the steps he will take to ruin those who do not meet his standards. Brian was so incredibly honorable and responsible but he had so many demons in his past. Bear was perfect for him as was he for Brian. They almost did not get a chance to find that out. A.C. Katt infuses her stories with such emotion, heat and tension that you cannot just put it down. You have to finish it as quickly as you can because you want to see what is going to happen next. Memorable characters, great BDSM action, and suspense combine to make A Matter of Trust a fantastic tale for those of us who just love that.  A.C. Katt is an author to add to our must read list.

Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars
Author’s Website: http://www.ackatt.com/
 About the Book: 
Genre: contemporary
Page Count: 286 pages
Price: $ 4.88
Reviewer: Elise Lyn

Shattered Glass – Five Cups from Coffee Time Romance

Shattered Glass gets a 5 Cup Review

from Coffee Time Romance

SHATTERED GLASS
AC KATT
ISBN#: 9781936356027
June 2010
Placida Publishing, LLC
www.captivapress.com
eBook
$6.99
258 Pages
M/M, GLBT, Erotic Romance, Erotica, Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery
Rating: 5 Cups
Liam has loved Milo since he was six years old. He knew from their first meeting that there would never be another man for him.
Milo has felt responsible for Liam since he was six; doing everything he can to ensure Liam’s happiness. Milo is blind-sided by Liam’s feelings for him. Bound by a promise to a dying woman, Milo must resist Liam and give him time to experience life.
Unaware of Liam’s feelings, Milo does his best to uphold the promise he made to keep Liam safe even if it means safe from Milo himself. Unaware of an interested stalker waiting in the wings to destroy Liam no matter what it takes, Milo pushes Liam away due to a misunderstanding perpetrated by a jealous man. It is only the revelation of the man standing in the shadows that will bring together the Shattered Glass, but it just may be too late.
Shattered Glass is a thrilling read. It takes the reader on a roller coaster ride that spans the childhood through the amazing transition from boy to man. AC Katt draws emotion from the most hardened heart by bringing the reader to the stage of enlightenment only to toss the revelations back into a pool of confusion. Just a warning to readers: just when they think they have a grasp on the storyline, the author will take them off on another wild path. Shattered Glass is a romance built from the flames of young love that will be tested by outside forces and leave the reader spellbound for the ending as well as the journey.
Delane
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
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Ambition…

Ambition…

Sam Stein was the drummer for the band, Shattered Glass. Although the band was successful, Sam had only one ambition, to be a lawyer. He wanted to specialize in representing artists in the music industry and as soon as he passed the bar, Shattered Glass would become his first clients.

Although Milo was the band leader, Sam managed the group from the very beginning.  When Sam left to study for the bar, the guys were left with hiring a new drummer.  Even after Sam passed the bar, and he opened his offices, he let Milo continue doing for the band the things that Sam, in his capacity as manager and representative should have handled.  Because of Sam’s inattention, the group, who were once as close as brothers, began to drift apart primarily due to the deliberate machinations of the new drummer, Bart Hedge, Sam’s replacement.

Shattered Glass tells the story of the men who formed and played in the band.  Throughout the book, each member of the band bears some semblance of responsibility for the breakup of both the band and the love affair of the band’s leader and lyricist, Milo Stamis and his lover, the band’s composer and lead singer, Liam O’Shea. Milo and Liam are the focus of the book, yet every member of the group played their hand to the detriment of their brotherhood.  Sam became so wrapped up in himself and his new vocation  that he failed to notice Bart’s poison and his own brother, Rick’s descent into alcohol and drug addiction.

Even when Liam desperately needed help the first time, Sam convinced himself that it wasn’t his place to interfere between the lovers.  It wasn’t until Sam finally faced Rick’s addiction that he woke up and discovered what was going on right underneath his nose.

All of us get lost in our own concerns to the detriment of those we love.  Sometimes we wake up soon enough, sometimes it’s too late.  Sam’s ambitions cost him a price he couldn’t afford. All the money and power in the world can’t bring back that which you’ve thrown away.

Shattered Glass is available from Captiva Press at www.captivapress.com and from Amazon.com in Kindle format at www.amazon.com.  To find out more about Shattered Glass and my other books, visit my website at www.ackatt.com or my blog at www.ackattsjournal.blogspot.com.  Additional information on my world view can be seen at www.ackattspolitics.blogspot.com.  I can also be found at ackatt.livejournal.com, twitter, MySpace, Google Buzz and Facebook.

Look for the re-release of my first novel, The Sarran Plague, sometime this fall from Captiva Press.

I always like to hear from readers.  I can be reached at ackatt@ackatt.com for your comments.

A Villain who Isn’t

A Villain Who Isn’t…

In Shattered Glass, Rick Stein helps to almost destroy the lives of two of his best friends.  Yet Rick isn’t really a villain.  He is the victim of drug addiction.  The real villain of the story, Bart Hedge gets Rick addicted to drugs and plays puppet master to Rick’s Pinocchio.

One of the subplots of Shattered Glass is redemption.  Each one of the four principle characters, Rick, his brother Sam and the two lovers Milo and Liam, make horrific mistakes.  The difference between the other three and Rick is that he knows he is doing damage but doesn’t have the inner strength or fortitude to overcome his addiction and confess his complicity in the plot to separate Milo and Liam.

From the first time Rick picked up a base guitar being in a rock band and making it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland became Rick’s only life ambition.  He bought completely into the “Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll” myth of a musician’s lifestyle. Fame gave Rick an ego boost to his perpetually low self-esteem.

Initially, Rick welcomed the younger Liam into the group because he felt that the boy would occupy the bottom rung of the group’s pecking order that he felt he inhabited.  For a while, until Milo and Liam established themselves as lovers on Liam’s eighteenth birthday, Rick treated Liam like a kid brother.  When Liam became essential to the group’s success as a principal vocalist and composer, Rick felt under appreciated.

After Sam left the group to take the bar exam and become their manager, the band hired Bart Hedge to replace him.  Bart, with his own agenda, played on Rick’s insecurities like a Stradivarius violin, addicting Rick to hard drugs, gradually increasing his habit until Rick couldn’t function without his supply.  With Bart as the supplier, it was easy for him to get Rick to do bigger and bigger “favors” for Bart to get his fix.

Several times in the story Rick tries to refuse Bart’s bidding.  In the end, Rick ends up trying to please Bart to save his former bandmates and himself from blackmail.  By not trusting in his bond with his brother and friends, in attempting to handle Bart by himself even after his realization that Bart was evil, Rick commits the ultimate betrayal of Liam, Milo and Sam.

Yet Rick remains Bart’s tool until he finally overcomes his fear and shame and confesses his misdeeds to the others.

To find out more about Rick, Sam, Liam and Milo, read my novel, Shattered Glass, available from Captiva Press at www.captivapress.com and from Amazon on Kindle.  Read more about my novels, in AC  Katt’s journal at www.ackattsjournal.blogspot.com and on my website at www.ackatt.com. Read about my opinions on current events and politics in www.ackattspolitics.blogspot.com. Look for my first novel, The Sarran Plague which will be re-released by Captiva Press this fall.

Heartbreak

Heartbreak…

The name of the band, Shattered Glass musically is a metaphor for a singer’s ability to hit a pure note at high frequency.  This note, if sustained, will “shatter glass.”

In my novel, Shattered Glass, Liam’s heart is broken by the breakup of the band and by his lover’s desertion.  After the breakup, Liam was essentially abandoned because the band was his only family. Brought to the point where even his music can not sustain him, Liam breaks down and falls into a fire pit of despair.

With the help of a so-called friend, Liam suffers the degradation of drugs, date-rape and finally attempts to drown himself in a sea of alcohol and a series of meaningless sexual encounters to avoid facing the truth of his abandonment.  Eventually, he finds help and begins to face up to the fact that Milo is lost to him, although he never stops loving him.

How do you cope with loss?  I can’t help but think of the families on the Gulf Coast who lost their homes, jobs and loved ones during Katrina.  Or those now in Pakistan who watch the little they have literally float away.  Loss is an emotionally devastating theme for a novel. It can kill you or make you stronger.  In Shattered Glass loss of love almost killed Liam.  Losing a loved one whether to death or disaster is more damaging to the heart and mind than the loss of a material possession.

The steps that Liam takes to overcome his loss and become a whole person is what makes Shattered Glass a novel that explores depth of character.

For Milo, the loss of Liam and the band eventually makes him realize his own character flaws.  He sees that his inability to trust his lover stemmed from his inability to trust himself.

All the members of the band, Shattered Glass, must find their own paths back to their best selves and to each other.  Sometimes that is the most difficult road to travel and for some, the ending isn’t happy.

Shattered Glass is available from Captiva Press at www.captivapress.com and for your Kindle at www.amazon.com.  You can read more about Shattered Glass and my other novels at www.ackatt.com.  Check out my blogs at www.ackattsjournal.blogspot.com and www.ackattsnips.blogspot.com.  I have a new blog all about politics at www.ackattspolitics.blogspot.com.  I love to hear from my readers and comments are always welcome.

I also maintain a blog at Live Journal and Facebook.  Coming soon from Captiva Press is a revised edition of my first novel, Epic nominated, The Sarran Plague. Additional information on The Sarrans can be found at www.thesarrans.com and www.thesarrans.blogspot.com.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Lily

Lily O’Shea met Professor Frank O’Shea as a student in his Contemporary American History Class at Princeton.  Frank had fifteen years on Lily, being in his mid thirties to Lily’s twenty-one.

Lily conceived Liam when she was twenty-five and they had Frank for six years before he died in a hit and run car accident that was deemed to be suspicious by the Princeton Police.  Frank adored Lily and and son, Liam.  His dabbled in black and white photography and took many pictures of his lovely wife.

Lily was one-quarter Vietnamese and passed to Liam the slight slant to her eyes along with her ebony hair.  Liam pale skin came from his Irish father along with his blue-violet eyes.

After Frank’s death, Lily packed up her and Frank’s huge Victorian house in Princeton and moved into a blue collar neighborhood in Hazlet, New Jersey.  She made certain that none of her former friends with the exception of their lawyer and friend Walt Cheever knew where they went.

Lily and Liam met Milo and Sam the first day they moved to Hazlet.  Lily, as well as Liam, became fast friends with Milo and Sam.  Lily’s acceptance of who and what Liam was mystified Milo who own father would have beaten him to death had he found out Milo was gay.  In return for Lily’s unconditional acceptance of both Liam and Milo, Milo adored Lily and would do anything for her,  even to accepting Liam’s guardianship as Lily lay dying of cancer.

Liam, because of Lily, was as open to life as Milo was closed off.  His  trust of Rick and the others in the band brought him heartache.

You can read more about Lily and Liam in my novel Shattered Glass, a rock and roll love story, from Captiva Press at www.captivapress.com or you can download the book at Amazon.com to read on your Kindle.

Additionawl information on AC Katt books is available on my website www.ackatt.com, my blogs www.ackattsnips.blogspot.com, www.ackattsjournal.blogspot.com and my new blog on current events and politics at www.ackattspolitics.blogspot.com.  As always, I welcome comments and suggestions from my readers.  Follow me on Twitter, Buzz, fan me on facebook or friend me on Live Journal.

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.