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.

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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.

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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

Release Day! Forged in Dreams and Magick is LIVE!

It’s Forged in Dreams and Magick release day!

I’m thrilled to finally share my award-winning debut novel with you!

Epic action-adventure, paranormal, Highlanders, and scorching romance are only a click away!

Visit your favorite online retailer to purchase your copy today.
Please tell your friends about Forged in Dreams and Magick too!

Only $3.99 in eBook.
The gorgeous paperback is $12.99.

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Release Week Appreciation Giveaways

In appreciation for your support in buying Forged in Dreams and Magick during release week, I’m offering the below giveaways:

If you purchase Forged in Dreams and Magick on release day, September 9/23, email your receipt to giveaways(at)katbastion(dot)com for a chance to win a $50 Amazon/BN/Kobo gift card.

Due to technical delays with two retailers, we’ve revised the Release Week Appreciation Giveaways. If you purchase Forged in Dreams and Magick, during release week, from 9/23 through 9/28, email your receipt to giveaways(at)katbastion(dot)com by 9/28 for a chance to win one $50 or one of three $25 Amazon/BN/Kobo gift cards.

Review Thank You Gifts

I’d to like send a thank you gift to you for reading Forged in Dreams and Magick and posting your review to the online retailers. If you post a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and/or All Romance eBooks, please email info(at)katbastion(dot)com your review link and mailing address.

You will receive the first of two beautiful bookmarks in the Highland Legends series. The second will be available at the release of Bound by Wish and Mistletoe. Collect them both to receive an exclusive outtake, the letter Isobel wrote to her professor, on parchment paper, signed by Isobel.

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Thank you all for your support. I hope you enjoy the story!

Oh…and the new motto adopted during the launch party at Bookish Temptations:

Keep Calm.

Grab a Highlander!

{grins}

Your humble but vibrating shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

Watching Over Him

talktotheshoe:

The best photo I have ever seen. I love the story that goes with it. Priceless.

Originally posted on Miracles Unleashed:

Watching Over Him

At a reunion held in an old family church, I found the two boys by themselves in a corner of the room. I nearly ran over people to sneak a shot of their innocence. I overheard the older one say how he would protect the younger one and stand up for him if anyone messed with him. No alterations were made to the photograph and no filters were used.

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Angel’s Reflections

talktotheshoe:

Breathtaking photo! Love it!

Originally posted on Miracles Unleashed:

Angel's Reflections

At a reunion held in an old family church, I found the two boys by themselves in a corner of the room. I nearly ran over people to sneak a shot of their innocence. This close-up of the younger boy captured his thoughtful reflection. No alterations were made to the photograph and no filters were used.

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