The Betas: René by A.C. Katt Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! It’s with a mix of sadness and joy that we bring A.C. Katt’s newest release The Betas: Rene to you today, A.C. Katt sadly passed away last month but she has left us with one last gift so that we can enjoy her Werewolves of Manhattan series one last time. We have a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway so join us in celebrating A.C.’s last story for us and then click that giveaway link! <3 ~Pixie~

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The Betas: René

(Werewolves of Manhattan)

A.C. Katt

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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Frankie sat on the edge of a serge wing chair upholstered in the blue of the sofa pattern. He hadn’t noticed it before, but René had splashes of a rich burgundy in pillow accents placed around the room. “Thank you for being there for me. Have I told you that I love you? There must be something to this Mate thing.” He glanced over at René, whose face was set in a grim line. He had to phone Dante.

“Okay, I call him.” Frankie inwardly quaked. In the past ten years, he had grumbled, but he never outright defied Dante. Dante told him ten years, but Frankie was scared to death he wouldn’t let him go. His stepfather could be a very bad man under the right circumstances. He’d witnessed what had happened to Sal and Apuso. Don Ferone didn’t like to be crossed. His stomach knotted, Frankie dialed the number.

“Ferone residence, to whom am I speaking?” It was obvious that Dante had come home from work because Carmen would let the phone ring until his poor mother had to answer it.

“Carmen, this is Frankie, may I speak to my stepfather?”

“I’ll see if he’s available.” He heard shuffling in the background.

“I’ve been expecting your call.” That was his stepfather. Frankie immediately got angry, almost on autopilot. None of the niceties for Frankie, not even a hello.

“I told Mom I would talk to you. Consider this my notice, and I’m on vacation for the next week. As of Monday, I’ll be working for Mr. La Marche.” Frankie steeled his voice. I can do this.

“You’re going to work with more of your kind?” Frankie could feel René’s gaze on him. He didn’t want to make eye contact with his fiancé. Frankie was afraid he’d see pity, and the one thing Frankie couldn’t stand was someone’s pity, especially from his new fiancé. Anger, even with disgust, was preferable, and God knows Dante had stared at him with disgust often enough, but he couldn’t abide pity.

“I want to be who I am, an out and proud gay man.” Frankie’s voice sounded firm to his ears. Good, it’s not shaking. I’m standing my ground.

“You have my name…”

Frankie didn’t even let him finish. “I’ll change it back to Fitzgerald or take my husband’s name.”

Dante sighed. “Frankie, are you sure you want to do this? La Marche’s army is as large if not larger than mine. I don’t know what kind of jig they’re running, but they’re no more on the up and up than I am. I work with them because I have to, not because I want to.” Dante took a deep breath to continue. Frankie cut him off.

“Dante, you promised me ten years ago, that if I gave you ten years, you’d let me go. I told Mr. La Marche that you were a man of your word. That you’d let me go because you made a promise. I’m asking you to keep that promise.” Silence greeted him on the other end of the line.

“You won’t abandon your mother? She loves you.” Dante pulled out his ace.

“I promised that I’d come to see her tomorrow and bring René. I’d never abandon Mom. Just because I don’t work for you doesn’t mean I’m abandoning her.”

“Is that his name—René. Sounds like a girl.” Dante gave Frankie a half-hearted jeer. It was at that moment he knew he’d won.

“No, it’s French. It means reborn.” That’s how I’ve felt since I met him, reborn.

“You can keep my name. You may work for La Marche, but you’re still my son. Your mother wants you to be happy, and she said she hadn’t heard you as happy as you were when you talked to her today since Francis died. Believe it or not, I want you to be happy, too. I wanted to leave you the business because you’d run it better than Junior. Your mother and I have spoiled him, and he’s feckless. When I retire, I’ll turn it over to one of the boys I sent to Columbia. Your mother said you suggested that.” Dante was trying for his mother’s sake. The Alpha was right when he told him to enlist her. It was time he gave a little.

“Dad…Dante, you should retire soon, before something happens. You have enough money for the three of you to live very full lives. I handled your investments, I know.”

“That’s the first time you’ve ever called me Dad. I didn’t mean to alienate you over the gay thing. I thought that you’d grow out of it, but today, your mother did a search on the computer, arthritic fingers and all.” Here he threw in a little guilt. They thought Jewish mothers were the only ones who dealt in guilt. Anyone who’s had an Italian father could tell you that the Italians give the Jews a run for their money.

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About A.C. Katt!

Mary Lynn Hansel Age 66 * JACKSON, NJ & RIO RANCHO, NM

Family, friends, and fans will dearly miss this bright, loving, thoughtful, and creative personality.  Mary Lynn passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 21, 2017.  She is survived by her husband of 29 years, their 4 children, 10 grandchildren, 1 cat and her many fans.  She authored 34 gay erotic romance titles and became a noted member of the LGBT-Q literary world.

In 2008, Mary Lynn and her husband Allen relocated to Rio Rancho, NM.  It was there that she started her writing career adopting the pseudonym AC Katt.  She wrote with passion and compassion about the LGBT-Q community and took every opportunity to connect with fans through her blogs.  In a way, she was continuing the family business. Mary Lynn’s father John Welch was an engaging storyteller who could have been best described as an Irish Raconteur. 

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12 thoughts on “The Betas: René by A.C. Katt Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

  1. I adore this series and will miss AC Katt and her series. So very happy that we are able to get this last wonderful book from her.

  2. Thank you for the post. It was sad to hear of A.C. Katt’s death. I haven’t read any of her books yet, but will have to give one a try.

  3. My condolences to MLR press and Mrs. Hansel/Katt’s family. You all are in my thoughts now. I haven’t read any of her titles yet, but do have some on my wish list now. The Sunset Club and this Werewolves series are tops of where I’d like to start.

  4. I love her Indiscreet series. I was sad to hear of her passing. Will miss reading her books. Look forward to reading her last book.

  5. It’s like a double-edge sword, good news with the new release but sad on the author’s passing. Condolences to the family and publishing houses she’s under. I’ve only had “Gary’s Choice” from among her backlist. There are still quite a list to catch up to.

  6. Condolences for A.C. Katt’s family and friends. Thank you MLRPress for bringing her last book to the readers…

  7. My condolences. I was so surprised when I heard the news. She was one of my first authors and reading her books have always been a pleasure.

  8. Have greatly enjoyed the books I’ve read in this series. She will be missed…

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