Divine Promotions was sad to hear of the passing of Mary Lynn Hansel aka A.C. Katt. As both a friend and a wonderful author, she will be sadly missed. We decided we wanted to do one last tribute to her memory so we are doing this tour to honor her and the stories she wrote.
How a life can change by Kris Jacen
Back in 2012, I had the brilliant (okay I thought it was) idea to have an author scavenger hunt at the Gay Rom Lit retreat in Albuquerque. Readers had to find all the MLR authors that were in attendance, have them sign their card and write down where each author had a temporary tattoo on their body. Now some authors got daring (ummm, DH Starr’s butt?) and some not too much (Laura Baumbach’s wrist). As I was applying the tattoos to all, this gentle older lady came up to me and said: “I’ll go with my neck.” The look on my face must have been one of puzzlement because who was this woman? She took one look at me and said: “I’m AC Katt.”
How could I know that my life had changed? It’s amazing when an author and editor click. To know as an editor that your comments will be completely understood and that the author will know what you’re thinking; and for the author to know that the editor isn’t going to change something just for the sake of putting their stamp on the manuscript. It became a joy from that point on to work with Mary Lynn; her manuscripts weren’t flawless (and I’m sure that some things were missed during edits) but they were a joy to work on.
I always tell new authors that I can teach them sentence structure and grammar BUT I can’t tell them how to tell a good story, how to grab a reader with their characters and stories, how to throw a little politics or social commentary into their stories without preaching to the reader. This skill Mary Lynn had in spades.
I will miss working on Mary Lynn’s stories, however, I’ll miss her emails more. If she didn’t hear from me or see me on Facebook, she would check on me. She would make sure that I was taking care of myself and spending time with my daughters. Even though it meant a bit more waiting for edits, she wanted to make sure that I was okay, that I didn’t miss time with my family. And that’s what I’ll miss and how my life changed again with that call from her husband, Allen. Mary Lynn wasn’t in pain anymore. I’ve got another angel watching over me but I do I wish she was still here with us.
His Omega – Werewolves of Manhattan, #1
On his way home from a meeting of the North American werewolf council, Armand La Marche is stopped in his limousine by a boy who is hurt by an unknown assailant who murdered his friend. After decades of searching, Armand has found his mate. There is one problem, someone is trying to kill Sean.
Sean Quinn’s friend Leroy was gutted trying to protect him. He runs for help and stops the first car he sees.
Armand LaMarche is head Alpha of the North American werewolf council and was in his limousine on his way home to his Manhattan brownstone. When the wounded boy stops his car, Armand recognizes two things:the boy is part wolf, an Omega with a great gift, and he’s Armand’s mate. Now all Armand has to do is claim his mate and keep him safe from the murderer.
Remy’s Painter – Werewolves of Manhattan, #2
Ian Sullivan is being chased by a mobster and has to come up with five thousand dollars he doesn’t have. His only hope is an estimate for a large house. Little does he know that the house belongs to a loup garou who just happens to be his mate.
Ian Sullivan is in trouble. His father and brother died because his brother gambled and owed money to a mobster. Now Sal Ferrara want to collect from him and if he doesn’t, he’ll take Ian as his boy toy instead. Ian’s only hope is getting a job from an estimate his father had outstanding for an seventy eight hundred square foot house. Little does Ian know that the house belongs to a Remy Clavier, a loup garou who meets Ian and knows he’s found his mate. Now all Remy has to do is take care of Sal Ferrara and convince Ian, a human, to accept both him and his wolf.
Scarred Mate – Werewolves of Manhattan #3
Colin Callahan, scarred as a child in a fire, delivers Chinese to supplement his income until one day he delivers to the loup garou who is his mate.
Alpha Marc Thierry was used to the North Woods of Minnesota so his elevation to third on the loup garou council necessitated a move to a Gramacy section of New York City. On Monday nights his housekeeper is off and Marc doesn’t like casseroles. He calls for Chinese and gets a musical voice on the line that calls to him. To his delight and surprise the boy on the phone delivers his food and is his destined mate. Unfortunately for Marc, Colin Callahan thinks that the only reason Marc could want him is biological, he has to like his mate. Colin has a scarred face and thinks no-one could love him as he is. It’s up to Marc to convince him differently.
Marking Kane – Werewolves of Manhattan, #4
Returning from his territory in Atlanta, Gabriel Martin stumbles across a man in an alleyway who has been gang raped – his mate.
Gabriel Martin has hope. Three of the Alphas on the council have found mates in the past few years. Returning to New York from Atlanta, he comes across a human who has been raped in an alleyway. The human is his mate, Kane Brady.
Kane has been teaching at the local high school and refuses to rubberstamp the education of their star basketball players’ almost paying the price with his life. He’s unusual as he’s a Human Omega but he can’t be intimate with Gabriel because of his horrific experience.
Alexei’s Mouse – Werewolves of Manhattan #5
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 given 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.
Julio’s Wolf – Werewolves of Manhattan # 6
Julio Reyes has had a hard life. Orphaned at fourteen, he ran away from a group home to avoid rape but wound up being an independent prostitute in NYC. He has a life plan—go to school, become a stylist and open his own salon.
Etienne Daurensbourg is one-hundred and thirty-nine years old and fears he’ll never find his Mate until his friend Alexei introduces him to Julio. Julio is Etienne’s Mate but before he has a chance to court Julio, who is a human high beta and therefore stubborn and independent, Julio gets knifed and is forced to let Etienne provide him with a home and help to recover.
Pack problems arise that may force Etienne into the pit. Will Julio be able to love Etienne despite the fact he is a loup garou?
Wolf Whistle – Werewolves of Manhattan #7
Can a whistleblower find a new future with a wolf while being chased by a corrupt cop and the Serbian mob?
Richard Kerrigan is on the verge of losing hope. Fired from his job for blowing the whistle on a defect that would harm service members if used as designed, he is now blacklisted in the Chicago area. A local Serbian mobster wants Richard and won’t take no for an answer.
Garou Industries, the loup garou privately owned company, has been searching for Richard to offer him a position in the company as they value having someone with his integrity on staff. Richard relocates to Manhattan to begin his new job and stays with Julien Bellaire, his mentor, who is also Richard’s Mate.
Before they can settle in, the Serbian mobster turns up dead and a corrupt cop who secretly works for the Serbians comes to New York with trumped up charges to pin the murder on Julio. With over eighty witnesses to Julio being on an airplane at the time of the murder, the cop abandons trying to frame Richard and instead plots to murder him. The loup garou request assistance from the Italian mob to protect Richard which comes with some interesting consequences.
Henri’s Little One – Werewolves of Manhattan #8
Alpha Henri Giraud has finally found his Mate; but Vitas Kosloff comes with a host of problems not the least of which he carries a great gift and the Russian First, Fydor Chernof, claims Vitas is his.
After much hardship, Vitas Kosloff finds his Mate, Henri Giraud, Director of Security for the North American Council and Garou Industries. Vitas, held captive by Fydor Chernof, the Russian First, who claims Vitas belongs to him He escapes Chernof’s torture with the aid of Chernof’s two Betas, Anatoly and Maxim.
Vitas is a full loup garou who carries a huge mating gift, he can tell the truth from lies and dream the future. Because of this Chernof will stop at nothing to re-capture him, even after Henri mates and marries Vitas. With the aid of the other Mates, the North American Council and Frank Ferone, Vitas and Henri attempt to outwit Chernof and take care of the Russian problem for good.
The Betas: Rene – Werewolves of Manhattan #9
When attending a wedding, Frank Ferone is introduced to René DuBois, a violet eyed stranger. René has a secret to hide but can’t overlook that he’s met his mate. René starts to romance Frankie and soon Frankie falls in love. But how is he going to react when René tells Frankie he is loup garou. Werewolves? Really?
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