Monday, October 26, 2009

Guest Blogger: AJ CHASE

In my new book Cat and Mouse, available from Freya’s Bower, the hero has a little secret he’s keeping from the heroine. It’s very little. About mouse sized. See Sam Philmont happens to be a mouse sometimes. Being a were-mouse presents its own challenges. Especially when the heroine is a were-cat.

They always say write what you know. I, admittedly, have never possessed the ability to shift into a cat (though my brother and I played superhero games wherein I was always Super Kitten) and I’ve never dated a man who turns into a mouse. But I’ve dated plenty who suddenly turned into rats. So, in honor of my new release this is a list of the differences between dating a mouse and a rat.

Mice are considered to be quick and stealthy, sneaky even. Certainly if you asked Tom of “and Jerry” fame, he’d attest to all of the above. In human form, the hero Sam Philmont is intelligent and maybe even a little sneaky since he withholds a major truth from the heroine until he can’t anymore. But mostly he’s a good guy who is afraid the heroine won’t accept him for what he is.

But I once dated a guy who tried to go out with me and another girl who worked with me at the same time and tried to make us avoid each other by telling each of us that the other hated us. Because we weren’t fifteen at the time this didn’t work. We just talked to each other in the lunch room and someone was out, not one, but two, girlfriends.

That’s one difference between dating a mouse and a rat.

Having a mouse around also makes you think of things that scrabble and scurry and squirm around when you try to catch them. Being twitchy is acceptable when you’re in little rodent form but Sam spends most of his time as a human, and he, frankly, wants to be caught by the heroine.

Ladies, I think we’ve all dated the type that squirm and twitch when you try to hold on to them. I once dated someone who would repeatedly break up with me whenever we got to close to commitment and then come back again until he finally dumped me on Christmas Eve by telling me he wasn’t sure he ever wanted to be with me, he just wanted someone to be nice to him. I should have just stopped myself from being such an idiot and just kept him in a cage with a big wheel to run on.

That’s a different between dating a mouse and a rat.

Mice are bright eyed and cute and run around investigating everything with their twitchy little noses. They are naturally curious and they’re pretty cute behind glass so we don’t even care. Sam uses his natural curiosity to find the heroine again and make sure they would have met up, class reunion or not.

I once dated a guy who came into my house before a date and immediately started going through my drawers without asking and didn’t seem the slightest bit upset by my obvious horror at his stalkeresque behavior. I finally had to call a male friend and remind him of “those plans we had” to get rid of that other guy.

And that my friends, is the difference between dating a mouse and a rat.

So we might never get to date a were-mouse or a were-anything, personally I think a were-vacuum or dishwasher or something of that nature might be a convenient husband, we can still avoid dating that one guy who just turns into a rat with so little warning.

And in case you’re curious what it’s like to date a mouse, you can pick up Cat and Mouse, available now at Freya’s Bower.

AND today I'm offering to give away a copy of this book to one of the commenters. The winner will be announced tonight on this blog and e-mailed so make sure we know how to contact you!


Unknown said...

Hi AJ :)
Thank you for the fun post.
I was horrified at the stalker rat and wanted to slap the Christmas Eve mouse. I enjoyed your paralleling of dating with mice & rats.
Love & Best Wishes,
PS - AJ Chase is on Twitter! She is @AJ_Chase

Sandra Sookoo said...

Nice post and welcome to PR! I'll have to add your book to my TBR pile/collection.

AJ Chase said...

Thanks for dropping by guys. I was horrified by all of them RK. But Christmas Eve rat was particularly scarring. Thanks Sandra. Hope you enjoy it!


Rebecca Royce said...

Hi AJ and welcome to PR. Really? You have never shifted into a cat? C'mon admit it, you have. LOL. I'm kidding and I'm buying your book!

Jennifer Mathis said...

i think weve all dated rats lol

JulieDestry said...

Sadly, I've had a few rats in my life, too! Although, your stalkeresque rat was beyond freaky. You're on my TBR list as well. Great post, AJ!

Annie Nicholas said...

How did that guy think he could ever get away with dating both of you? *rolls eyes* men.

Kris said...

Ha I love the description of this book! I've dated a few rats myself LOL.....seriously I love were "people" and this sounds like a fun book!

Jeanette Murray said...

At least you finally found your mouse! Just took a few rats.

Quite the comparison to the old fairy tale of kissing a few frogs before you find your prince! :)

Great blog AJ!

QLady48 said...

Hi, great post!!! I will def read this book!!! Thanks, Sue

Inez Kelley said...

I couldn't believe anyone could make a mouse sexy but dang girl, you did it! This was such a cute, fun read! Good luck!

J Hali Steele said...

OMG! Can't wait to get my hands on your book. It sounds wonderful.

Welcome to PR.

J said...

The guy went through your DRAWERS? Whoa. Now THAT's Halloween horror!

Andrea I said...

I think the guy who went through your drawers is deiniately a rat. I would have been horrified if anyone tried that the first time in my house.
Your book is different and sounds interesting.

AJ Chase said...

Thanks for coming by everyone. Yeah, the drawer guy was particularly frightening. It was before caller ID and after he did several more extremely creepy things, like leaving an entire BAG OF PRESENTS on my front porch, I set my phone to a special ring so I'd know it was him. That was big new technology at the time. Like a double ring so you'd know if a friend was calling so you'd pick up. Or a stalker so you wouldn't lol.

Annie Nicholas said...

Hey Sue! You won the copy of Cat and Mouse. I forwarded your e-mail to AJ. Congrats.

Anonymous said...

OMG! Just when I thought that my favorite genre was getting a bit stale and needed something new to shake it up, along comes AJ with Cat and Mouse!!!! What a fantastic plot idea!
Wishing you lots of great sales!

hugs, Kari
Paranormal Romance Author

Rae Lori said...

Welcome to PRomantics, AJ! Great to see another FB author and I'm so loving your book cover. :-) I'm definitely going to have to check it out!

Cindy Hutchins said...

LOL! This is fantastic! I think you have a real future writing advice to the lvoe advice books and perhaps designing and building really big rat traps. The title of the first one could be "I Smell a Rat!" It would give "He's not that Into You" a run for it's money! :) The book sounds litke a lot of fun!

Virginia C said...

Every She-Cat needs a little He-Toy!

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