Please welcome my birthday guest - A.C. Katt!
Happy Birthday, Nicole! One of the main characters in the next Werewolves of Manhattan book, Alexei’s Mouse, from A.C. Katt celebrates his birthday in the book. Here’s a little sneak peek. The book releases on May 20th from MLR Press.
“Happy Birthday my little mouse,” Alexei said in Russian, as he took Donal into his arms. “You are my life and my joy. May you have many more birthdays we can celebrate together.”
Alexei began to kiss Donal’s neck and smiled when his lover trembled. “What do you want for breakfast?”
“Can I have blini with butter and jam, oatmeal and scrambled eggs?” Donal asked, rubbing his eyes.
“Katya probably already has blini with cream cheese, blini with butter and honey, and blini with butter and jam. Do you want sausages and American bacon?”
Donal nodded with enthusiasm. “This is the first birthday I’ve celebrated in seven years! I can’t believe I’m twenty-one.” Donal was all smiles.
“In Russia, a birthday is an all day celebration. Everyone will be here at noon. Katya is making Russian and American food to celebrate. I hear her at the door now. I’ll bring you your robe.” Alexei pushed aside the bed curtains and fetched Donal’s bathrobe and slippers from the armoire.
Donal hastily donned his robe. Alexei could hear his mouse’s stomach already growling. He hurried to the table as Katya brought in a tray with all of his favorite breakfast foods.
“Today is good for you. Much food today to celebrate birthday. Katya cooked yesterday so you would have excellent birthday. See Katya learn new English word—excellent. Eat, get washed, and dressed, the household is waiting to give you birthday gifts.” Katya left the room humming.
“Everyone bought me gifts? They don’t have that kind of money,” Donal protested.
“In addition to the very generous salary I pay them, they get two hundred thousand dollars a year stipend from Garou Industries. You will also get a stipend but as the Mate of a member of council, you get more because you have to dress well and help me entertain. In addition, as an Omega, you bring gifts to the pack. Your gift is special, ferreting out the troubles of the loup garou. You are worth four hundred thousand dollars a year.”
“I am?” Donal’s mouth hung open.
“Yes, you are and they can afford to give you as many gifts as they want. They have no expenses. They save their money for when they mate or have to go away for a while and reestablish new identities. They give gifts for their own pleasure and to see your eyes light up with joy, little mouse. You are much loved.” Alexei stroked Donal’s cheek, his eyes warm with love.
“You keep saying that. It’s true, I love all of them, but they barely know me,” Donal tried to object what he obviously thought was excess on his behalf.
Alexei smiled. “Before you came, I was depressed and in a downward spiral, almost suicidal. I looked forward to many lonely years away from my family and thought I was only holding a place here. You changed all that. This is a happy household because you are here.” Alexei’s cell phone rang. He picked it up and looked at the number. “It’s Etienne. I have to get this.” Alexei took the phone across the hall.
When he came back, his smile wasn’t as big as it was when he woke Donal up.
“Etienne has some pack problems. He has to fly to Chicago. He’s flying directly to Colorado for the mating and the wedding, but I wanted him to meet Julio.”
“We’ll have them over for the party I told Julio we were having when we return, a celebration of our wedding just for our friends. You know, the one we have to have for your Garou humans who don’t know that you can turn furry. We can have it catered so Katya can attend as a guest. I can pay for it with my stipend.”
Alexei laughed at Donal’s offer. “That’s a good idea. Here there would be no real distractions, and Julio will be comfortable because he already met everyone except Etienne at the birthday party today. Now eat your breakfast and get dressed. They are impatient to give you their gifts and cards.”
After leaving his place as the Russian Second and immigrating to America, Alexei Davidoff just wants to settle in and not upset the status quo. He wants to start his position with Garou Industries and improve the conditions for his packs. The gods have a different plan for him.
Donal Berne ran away from home at fourteen to escape a bad situation and found himself in an even worse one. Seven years later the only way out that he sees is to overdose.
On the verge of Donal’s suicide, Alexei comes to his aid realizing that he is his give Mate. Overcoming the physical and mental injuries will take time, patience and a blessing from the gods…to use both Alexei’s and Donal’s experiences to assist homeless and abused wolves.
A.C. Katt was born in New York City’s Greenwich Village. She remembers sitting at the fountain in Washington Square Park listening to folk music while they passed the hat. At nine, her parents dragged her to New Jersey where she grew up, married and raised four children and became a voracious reader of romantic fiction. At one time she owned over two thousand novels, until she and her husband took themselves and the cat to New Mexico for their health and its great beauty.
Now, most of AC’s books are electronic (although she still keeps six bookcases of hardcovers), so she never has to give away another book. AC is new to both GLBT and to writing being, as she claims, a late bloomer, however, she claims to have found her niche writing GLBT romance.
She hangs out at ACKatt.com; where she keeps her journal. This is a very opinionated kitty and at ackatt.com where you may find snippets of her current releases, as well as some from works in progress.