Exclusive! Outtake from No Weddings by Kat and Stone Bastion

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A huge thank you to Tamie and Bookish Temptations for sharing an exclusive No Weddings outtake and a first glimpse of Cade Michaelson…

Originally posted on Bookish Temptations:

Thank you Tamie and Bookish Temptations for helping us share a No Weddings outtake with your readers. Your incredible support is greatly appreciated.

We hope you all enjoy this fun glimpse into the world of Cade Michaelson…

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No Weddings ~ Updates and Official Description!

Hello everyone!

Here are some brief updates on the No Weddings Series:

Male First Person POV

In case you hadn’t noticed on Twitter, No Weddings is told in male first person point of view. Cade actually gets a little more point-of-view time throughout the No Weddings Series than Hannah, however, you’ll see hers in the second book and portions of the fourth.

We’re very blessed to have not only Stone Bastion heavily guiding those male POV portions, but we also have a male editor as a part of our three-person editing team.

Editing in Progress

Many of you who follow us on Twitter may have noticed we are up to our elbows in edits with the four books in our No Weddings Series. So if we’re mostly MIA, know we’re hard at work polishing these stories for you. And rest assured, although we’ve been pulling editing marathons, we’re having a blast.

Book Covers

We’ve corresponded this week with Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations and look forward to seeing her vision for the covers.

Exclusive Outtake

Please join us this Sunday, June 8th, for a glimpse of Cade Michaelson in an exclusive outtake on one of our favorite book blogs, Bookish Temptations.

No Weddings ~ Official Description

And now…

For the official description of No Weddings…

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Award-winning author Kat Bastion teams with her husband, Stone Bastion, in this first book in the No Weddings Series about Cade Michaelson, a successful man with his sights set on a new venture in business, and Hannah Martin, the woman who makes it personal.

I think I have my act together as a successful bar owner, my master’s degree within reach, and a list of no-strings-attached women warming my bed. Turns out, I don’t.

Hannah believes she has safeguarded her wounded heart by shunning men and focusing on her new baking business. The thing is, she hasn’t.

When my three sisters and I form an event-planning business with Hannah as our baker, I have no idea how my life is about to change. As Hannah and I work closely together, the attraction between us becomes irresistible. And complicated. I’ve promised my sisters I wouldn’t mix business with pleasure. But I’ve never been one to follow the rules.

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What do you think?

We’d love for you to add it to your Goodreads shelf:

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Thank you for joining in the exciting  journey as this series takes shape.

We look forward to sharing No Weddings with you!

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone Bastion

© 2014 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

 

 

Secrets of Upcoming Series Revealed…

Hello, everyone!

For almost four months now, on Facebook and Twitter, I’ve been talking about the upcoming four-novel romance series I’ve been drafting and editing with a secret writing partner.

The time has come to share some details…

The Identity of My Writing Partner

Did any of you guess?

Hint, for those of you following both of us on Twitter, this post could have been titled “News from the Shoes” or even “News from the Shoe and Boot.”

Yes, that’s right! My husband, Stone Bastion, and I have been having a blast writing together!

Do you follow him on Twitter? He’s @StoneBastion and Tweets wonderful inspirational quotes and pics.

The Timeline

On Facebook, I shared that the entire series plot, characters, and book titles were hatched over pizza out one night. That was some damn good pizza!

That was four months ago. We are now only four months away from the release of the first book!

Mark your calendars!

It’s scheduled for release on September 8th, 2014!

The Titles and Their Release Days

Not only are we releasing the first novel on September 8th, we didn’t want readers to wait too long to get the next books in the series. So we wrote the whole series at once and will be releasing each book three weeks apart.

Ready for those titles?

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No Weddings … (9/8/14)
One Funeral … (9/29/14)
Two Bar Mitzvahs … (10/20/14)
Three Christmases … (11/10/14)

{whispers} We also have an extra treat for you. A romantic nightcap novella that fits perfectly as an ending to the No Weddings Series

For Valentine’s … (1/5/15)

Add No Weddings to Your Goodreads Shelf

Below is the No Weddings Goodreads link…

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We’ll be adding the other titles to Goodreads today as well, so keep an eye out for them. You can find my Goodreads profile here.

The Tentative No Weddings Blurb

One nonnegotiable rule:

No weddings.

Cade Michaelson agrees to be part of an event-planning company set to toss high society on its ear.

Only Ice Queen baker, Hannah Martin, knocks him on his ass.

Yet neither are all that they seem, and a new set of rules casts the two on an unexpected journey as they explore why they built impenetrable walls and how they’re the only ones able to breach them.

The question is: who do they want to be, and where will they be standing, when those heavy walls come tumbling down?

The No Weddings Series Covers

We are ecstatic to be scheduled with Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations to create the book covers in the No Weddings Series!

We can’t wait to see them or share them with you!

The No Weddings Series Promotion

We’ve scheduled wonderful promotional items for the No Weddings Series release, including slots to put all four titles up on NetGalley and some very exciting elements on Fresh Fiction, details of all will be shared soon!

For all the reviewers and bloggers…

We’re thrilled to be working with InkslingerPR for the No Weddings Series cover reveal, release day launches, the No Weddings book tour, and the complete No Weddings Series tour.

Stay tuned on all our social channels for updates on signups to all the activities. We’d love to have you participate in the excitement!

No Weddings Outtake in June

June is the month for weddings, right?

{laughs} Not for Cade.

Keep an eye out. We’ve got private investigators working hard to steal an interview he deigned to give. We hope to blow the lid off the secret and give you a first taste of Cade in all his snarky glory.

We’re honored that Tamie at Bookish Temptations has agreed to share this exclusive teaser outtake with you on June 8th!

Meanwhile… Edits, Edits, Edits!

We’ve pulled out all the stops, polishing up these babies to make the novels convey the story of Cade and Hannah the way it was meant to be told.

Two different developmental editors, one copy editor, and two proofreaders are involved in bringing this series to you.

We’re thrilled to be working again with Kristi Yanta at Picky Editor and Claire Ashgrove at Finish the Story, both of whom did spectacular work in Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe.

This is in addition to our beloved City Beta and Swamp Beta, who are loving the No Weddings Series so far! The books have already begun to run through the pipeline, and we will be busy all summer at the Kat and Stone Bastion writing desks!

We hope you’re as excited as we are about the series. Writing romance together wasn’t something we’d ever planned on, but we’re having the time of our lives writing this wonderful love story.

Until next time, when we can share more news with you…

Your humble shoe & boot,

~ Kat and Stone

© 2014 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

 

 

Thank You and Giveaway Winners!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Beltane Celebration Sale, from those who purchased, to those whoTweeted and ReTweeted on Twitter and shared on Facebook.

Additionally, thank you again to Kindle Nation Daily for sharing on their various sites. What a phenomenal reach and service they provided.

Both Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe climbed up into the Amazon best seller lists (and are still there at the moment) for Time Travel and Scottish!

A reminder to everyone, should you want bookmarks or bookplates for either (or both books) feel free to contact me through my Kat’s Connections contact form at any time, letting me know what you’d like to receive, who to address it to, and where to send it.

The winners for a set of signed paperbacks
(plus pretty bookmarks tucked inside) are:

Autumn, from Agents of Romance
Deb, from Words across the Oceans

Congratulations to both of you!
Please email me and I will send you your goodies.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.

And {whispers} stay tuned for news on Thursday! We’ll be revealing more details about our upcoming romantic comedy series, including titles, release dates, and who my mystery writing partner is… :)

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

Beltane Celebration Sale!

Happy Beltane!

$0.99 Sale!

In celebration of the 1st day of May, both titles in the Highland Legends Series, Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe, are REDUCED to only $0.99 on Kindle until May 2nd!

Forged in Dreams and Magick Cover

The fast-paced adventure of Forged in Dreams and Magick, an Amazon #1 Best Seller and chosen by Fresh Fiction as their Fresh Pick for October 22, 2013, includes a unique Beltane celebration, merging the Brodie clan’s time-honored festival with a special wedding ceremony.

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Bound by Wish and Mistletoe CoverThe romantic winter tale, Bound by Wish and Mistletoe, a Top Rated Scottish Historical Romance on Amazon, shares a poignant love story amid wintertime holiday festivities.

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Now is the time to purchase both titles in the Highland Legends Series if you haven’t yet done so. We appreciate your sharing the news of this limited-time offer with friends and fellow romance readers.

Thank you for your amazing support!

Thank you also to Kindle Nation Daily for helping to spread the news!

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

p.s ~ There are gorgeous bookmarks and bookplates for each book I’d love to send you. Submit your request through the Kat’s Connections contact form indicating what you’d like, who to address it to, and where it should be sent.

p.s.s. ~ {whispers} As an additional thank you, I’m gifting a signed set of books to wrap around those bookmarks to a couple of randomly chosen readers who help spread the word of the sale through Twitter. Be sure to include my Twitter handle of @KatBastion in your Tweets! :)

Writing While Spelunking…

shutterstock_93664576 SpelunkngThe time of year has arrived.

When this girl, who abhors tight spaces and is deathly afraid of heights, goes cave diving.

Okay. Not exactly cave diving, as in underwater tanks and fish, but certainly rappelling into the great depths of my mind to find what mysteries lie undiscovered…

In other words: I’ve entered my writing cave.

Never fear.

Every writer braves the solitary element, countless times. One must pass through the gauntlet to arrive safely on the other side.

Our motivation? The promise of the prize. The journey. The destination. While the entire exercise is no easy feat, it is an honored rite of passage.

Harrowing at times, the key to a successful expedition is preparedness. The rest? We trust by faith.

Spelunking is cave exploration (in my phobic mind, to the depths of the earth.) Dangerous. Exciting. Traveling to places no man has gone before. The reward is the ability to share an incredible story.

Entering one’s writing cave has some parallels to spelunking, and I shall heed their common life-saving advice:

  • Research to the point of total preparedness
  • Bring essential equipment: flashlight, chocolate, Twitter access…
  • If you encounter what seems like an impassable block, don’t panic. Take deep breaths until you find your path.
  • Embrace the darkness, bravely traversing until you find the light.
  • Understand you have to get a little dirty for a big payoff ;)

Writing while spelunking is the epitome of multi-tasking and a challenge I welcome. I shall endeavor to reach out to Twitter daily and Facebook and my blog on an intermittent basis, although it is possible that signal strength during various parts of my journey could be patchy at best.

Pray that I make it out safely in the end.

Notes of well wishes will be greatly welcomed.

If you don’t hear from me for several days in a row, send food. It’s possible we got trapped in a landslide. But don’t worry. I’m not alone. I’ve brought the biggest, baddest, alpha male to keep me company.

{smiles slowly}

Oh, yes. My journey is being guided by Skorpius. I have faith he’ll keep me safe and see this epic odyssey through. He insists on finally sharing his story with the world, after all. The title of the novel I’m working on is Born of Mist and Legend (100% Skorpius approved.)

While I’m negotiating corridors tighter than I’d like to think about until absolutely necessary, please continue to watch over my affairs. The incredible support you’ve shown thus far has been amazing, and has carried both Highland Legends Series titles on the Amazon Best Seller lists since their releases. I trust you all implicitly to guide others in promoting and protecting my books at their tender young age.
(Contact information is listed in the back, in case of emergency.)

Whether you seek to join me in exploring hidden secrets buried deep in caves history, are taking a lunch break from work, or looking for a relaxing scorching nightcap to an evening, both Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe will keep us connected in our hearts, even if we’re thousands of miles apart.

Forged in Dreams and Magick Cover

Bound by Wish and Mistletoe Cover

And should you want to join me in helping those most lost in this world, while enjoying or gifting romantic poetry as we approach Valentine’s Day, please consider a purchase of Utterly Loved.

Utterly Loved Book Cover

Happy reading, everyone! And wish me a safe and happy spelunking! :)

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2014 by Kat Bastion

An Angel Turned Santa Claus ~ Mistletoe Madness

Hello, everyone!

Yesterday, That’s What I’m Talking About posted a Bound by Wish and Mistletoe outtake of the snarky angel Skorpius on a Christmas shopping excursion.

Please see below for the beginning of An Angel Turned Santa Claus and click on the link to see the rest.

Plus there’s a giveaway! Enter to win a signed set of Amazon Best Sellers Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe.

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Kat Bastion

Book: Bound by Wish and Mistletoe
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published

An Angel Turned Santa Claus

In the crisp night, perfect rare snowflakes fell over Santa Monica Boulevard, and traffic two blocks down either direction had miraculously detoured, when I felt a gentle tug on my right wing. I huffed out an annoyed sigh and glanced down, meeting Gunna’s big blue eyes. Cherub cheeks, rosy from the sudden freezing temperatures, plumped as her cute smile widened.

Dropping my gaze further, I found one of my still-attached feathers between her fingers. Her tiny thumb brushed down its coal-black length.

“Skorpius, can I have one?”

I snorted. “Can I pluck a blond ringlet from your head?”

Indignant, she dropped the feather. “No! You canna have my hair!” She glanced at Connell then back to me, the three year old incredulous at the suggestion.

(Click here for the rest of An Angel Turned Santa Claus & Giveaway!)

Thank you for taking the time to read the outtake. I hope you enjoy.

Happy Highland Holidays!

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion