No Weddings: “One of the best romantic comedies of the year!”

The title of this blog is a review comment which left us speechless, humbled, and honored. One of many to do so during our No Weddings Blog Tour coordinated by InkSlinger PR this past week.

Thank you to Autumn at Agents of Romance for loving No Weddings enough to say so.

Further in this post, we share a few of the highlights of the both the tour and other events that happened during the No Weddings release week. Enormous appreciation goes to InkSlinger PR and all the bloggers and reviewers who participated in the tours and other scheduled events.

First, we wanted to show our appreciation to the incredible book-blogging community and readers. Your excitement and support have been amazing.

As a thank you to everyone, we’ve extended the $0.99 promotional pricing of No Weddings and the signed digital copies until this Thursday, September 18th.

The No Weddings Blog Tour giveaway also ends Thursday, so be sure to enter for a chance to win a $25 gift card (Amazon or BN) and a signed paperback copy of No Weddings.

NO WEDDINGS buy links:

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Amazon 

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

iBooks

 

No Weddings Blog Tour Giveaway:

Enter to win a $25 gift card and a signed copy of No Weddings:
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One Funeral in Two Weeks!

One Funeral CoverThe No Weddings Series excitement continues in ONE FUNERAL, releasing on September 29th!

Be sure to also pre-order your copy of One Funeral. Only $0.99 and signed for digital pre-orders. Then you won’t miss one second of Cade and Hannah’s fun and sexy adventure together.

Pre-order link: ONE FUNERAL on Amazon  

 

BLOGGERS: Sign up for Release Day Launches & Series Tour

If you’re a book blogger, and you haven’t yet signed up for the One Funeral Release Day Launch scheduled for September 29th, we’d love for you to join us in the No Weddings party!

The sign-up through InkSlingerPR is here:
No Series Release Day Launches and Tours

*** The No Weddings Series Release Dates ***

No Weddings ~ Sep 8th
One Funeral  ~  Sep 29th
Two Bar Mitzvahs ~ Oct 20th
Three Christmases ~ Nov 17th

No Weddings Release-week Highlights

A Few of the Many Great Reviews

Orchard Book Club ~ 4 Apple Review!
I loved it, and I mean REALLY loved it!”

Cafebiblioart ~ 4.5 Star Review!
“An amazing piece of writing.”

Under the Covers Book Blog: 4.5 Feathers!
“No Weddings is a feel good, brilliant love story…”

Agents of Romance ~ 5 Smoking Guns Review! “Absolute must read.”
“One of the best romantic comedies of the year!”

In Stefter’s Humble Opinion: The Book Barista
~ 5 Hot & Steamy Lattes! “HOOKED!”

Making it Happen ~ 5 Stars!
“I stayed riveted to the pages the whole way through.”

Bookish Temptations ~ 5-Stars x 2! Tamie & Elena’s Joint Review
“Beautiful writing…romantic, funny, engaging and so much more!”

The Literary Gossip ~ 4 Stars!
“Cade…was a treat…a dynamic character who commands the page.”

Breathless Ink ~ 4 Deep Breaths Review!
“No Weddings was an unexpected treat!”

Book Bumblings ~ 5 Fun Stars!
“OMG! What a fun read!…definitely made me laugh out loud.”

To Each Their Own Reviews ~ 4.5 Stars!
“A very well-written romance with an explosive amount of chemistry.”

Plus a great new GIF review today! LOVE the “died horny” tombstone!
<3 The Smutsonian ~ 4 Stars!
“I was pleasantly surprised by this book and all it had to offer.”

Extra Release-week Features

Kat & Stone interviewed on Fresh Fiction

Kat & Stone interview EACH OTHER on UTC Book Blog

NO WEDDINGS Illustrated Temptations by Gel at Bookish Temptations

Stone’s fantastic guest post on Fresh Fiction:
A Woman’s Guide to a Man’s Point of View

Thank you again for all the positive reviews and excitement for No Weddings and the series. We really appreciate your amazing support.

We hope you continue to enjoy the No Weddings Series with Cade and Hannah’s fun and sexy adventures.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

© 2014 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

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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No Weddings ~ 09.08.14

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

 

 

You’re Invited…

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Thank you, Bookish Temptations! <3

~ Kat

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Hey peeps!

We’re having a book launch party and you’re all invited…

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Transparency in Self-Publishing: The Perfect Book

Good morning, everyone!

Only 2 weeks until the release of Forged in Dreams and Magick!

Which leads into the fourth installment in my weekly series, Transparency in Self-Publishing: The Perfect Book.

The perfect book?

No such thing.

In fact, my supportive husband keeps highlighting typos from bestselling authors to help calm the anal-retentive perfectionist in me. Because at some point, we have to let the book go to get it published.

But . . . we have a variety of tools available to make our book The Perfect Book, or what should be more accurately described as The Best Book Possible.

After all is said and done, and the publishing button is irrevocably clicked, don’t you want your masterpiece to be well written and grammatically correct?

As I mentioned in earlier posts, our published books are out there forever. They are our immortality. Commit early to your level of quality, and hopefully readers will devour your books for decades and beyond.

Below are various resources that helped me write The Perfect Book The Best Book Possible.

Craft and Conferences

If you’ve been following my posts, you know I first began writing in the spring of 2010. As an escape from my Type-A side. The last thing I wanted to do was learn how to write. Nope. The whole writing thing began as a hobby and outlet for my creativity. And so I simply wrote.

After the draft was finished and an inexperienced edit was done (by me, who knew nothing about editing), I thankfully attended a national RWA conference. And promptly buried myself in every craft and editing workshop I could squeeze into my wrinkled, well-perused schedule. From 8am until 5pm for three days straight, I absorbed myself into all things writing, took copious notes, and realized I still had a lot of writing and editing development to do.

I highly recommend attending workshops at conferences. The caliber of talent at the national RWA conference was unparalleled, sage advice being doled out by bestselling authors and other professional experts in the industry.

Still, my aversion to doing anything too formal and outlined governed my learning tendencies. In keeping with my ruling creative, I only retained one or two nuggets of wisdom from each workshop to help improve my fledgling writing.

Writing Contests

Luckily, one of those workshops happened to be about the benefits of writing contests. I have a post from last year dedicated to the topic in Why Writing Contests Matter, which talks about the benefits, drawbacks, and process. But suffice it to say, writing contests were integral for my moving forward with my writing. Knowing key points that needed improvement, such as eliminating repetitive words, avoiding passive voice, and increasing the emotional depth, helped me hone my early craft.

Was it nice to have them praise me for my strong points? Absolutely. But setting aside my ego in favor of learning valuable lessons to improve my writing was the true benefit.

I strongly recommend them, if for no other reason than to get early opinions about your strengths and weaknesses. Later contests were entered with new material, what’s now known as Forged in Dreams and Magick, and I began to final in several, winning two of them. Although I’m immensely grateful for the awards and the validation they provide, the greatest benefit to me was in knowing how much I’d improved as a writer.

Books and Posts on Writing

As someone who did not want to “learn” about writing in a school-type atmosphere (nuts and bolts are too anal-retentive for me), I did shockingly pick up one or two books. Now, truth be told, I only thumbed through and scanned, seeking the get-it-now golden nuggets of wisdom.

Actually, the very first book I ever read about writing was J. R. Ward’s The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider’s Guide. {laughs} Yes. I am a fan, and it’s mainly about the BDB. But you know what? When I was in the middle of drafting my very first book in the spring of 2010, I read a golden chapter in there entitled “For Writers: Writing Tips, Advice, and the Original Proposal for the Brotherhood.” And then I reread it. As a fledgling writer, it was fascinating to understand the entire process and terminology from draft to published from an author I admired. And one phrase sticks with me as a mantra to this day. “Finish the book.”

Another book whose advice went from thumbed-through pages and into my hungry mind? The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass. The absolute two best things I pulled from that book, but there were many others, are the importance of tension and the merits of scene rewriting.

Tension should be everywhere in a good book. If there’s a slow part? If readers (or you) are skimming over something instead of hanging on every word? You are missing tension. In order to create that page-turning, can’t-put-it-down novel, you need emotion and tension woven into each sentence, paragraph, scene, and chapter. Okay. Maybe not every single one. We do want the reader to take a deep breath now and again. But you get the point.

And on the second point, he makes assignments to the readers that involve rewriting scenes. After the internal groaning ended over how long it took me to create the coveted scene in the first place, I realized the exercise creates a talented skill. Soon after, I read a post by Karen Marie Moning (another amazing author I admire) about how she often writes a scene from several different perspectives until one feels so right, she knows she nailed it. Well, hell. If Moning sees value in such massive scene rewrites, so do I. Embrace your inner editor!

Beta Readers

Beta readers are invaluable in the writing process. Usually trusted friends, they are willing to read your manuscript for free and give you their opinion. Done prior to editing, their main role is to find slow areas, missing elements that should be there, or unnecessary inclusions. Ask them to tell you if it sucks. And where. And why. If you insist upon this brazen honesty and can take the brutal truth, your writing and story will be all the better for their invaluable feedback.

You can read more about the topic in my post from January of this year, Beloved Beta Readers.

In my humble opinion, beta readers are a key element in the writing process and an integral part of any writers team.

And keep an eye out this Wednesday! I’m sharing a behind-the-scenes look into my team in The Beta Reader Interview. :)

Online Workshops

This spring, about a month before I sent Forged in Dreams and Magick to my editor, I took an editing workshop. Yes. You read that correctly. Unfortunately, I’m unable to leash my anal-retentive side everywhere. Hey, perfectionism is a valuable asset! So I allowed the overkill to occur.

And you know what? I’m SO glad I took that editing workshop.

The professional-editor instructor reinforced things I already knew and introduced techniques I hadn’t considered on my own. I swept through the manuscript and employed all the new nuggets of wisdom I’d gleaned before I sent it off to my editor.

The result? She said mine was the most polished manuscript she’d ever received. Did I take that as an ego boost? Nope. My extra diligence helped to make the product the readers will hold in their hands The Best Book Possible, which is all that matters to me.

The Price and Value of Editors

A strong reason for doing the Transparency in Self-Publishing series is to help writers understand more of the self-publishing process than I did when embarking upon it. Editing is no exception.

Editing is EXPENSIVE.

There. I hope that saves you from the heart-stuttering sticker shock I had. My editor sensed my unpreparedness and blessedly broke the news to me gently, but I gasped for air nonetheless. And researcher me should have known, as pricing is easy to find online. You will also find that pricing and experience varies significantly. After the sticker shock wore off, I vetted my choices carefully, asking for references and speaking to said references before shelling out the wad of cash for the much-needed service.

How expensive? Well, I was initially thinking $500-1000 for my 100,000 word novel. Perhaps, I’d read an article or two on book lengths of 50,000-70,000 words and hadn’t paid close attention. I truly hadn’t paid much attention at all and just had a lower-than-reality ballpark figure in my head. The cost for the developmental and copy edits was $1,750 for my 100,000 words. That didn’t include proofreading or formatting.

Lucky for me, we had a savings account to dip into. From there, proofreading and formatting seemed a bargain at around $400.

The value of the edits? PRICELESS.

I can’t underscore enough the incredible benefit gained from good editing and proofreading. Sure, they caught every typo and proper hyphen usage I’d missed. And I’m apparently the queen of dangling modifier, emdashes, and ellipses. But even greater than all of those corrections? The continuity issues, plot holes, historical inaccuracies, and conflict issues that were captured and corrected.

Every item corrected through the editing process keeps the reader out of grammar-groaning mode. Instead, they get lost in your engaging story, exactly where you want them to be.

How Much Editing is Enough?

Edits need to happen until you have The Best Story Possible.

I imagine the need varies from writer to writer. Anal-retentive me believes the story should be in the best condition possible prior to every stage.

My beta readers deserved to read a sufficiently edited version. Prior to sending to the professional editor, I swept through the story once on my PC with beta-reader suggestions and a second time on my Kindle. Prior to the proofreader? Yours truly proofread my copy edit changes again on my Kindle, reading every single word of the manuscript from the first page to the last.

A side note here: I find reading the manuscript on my Kindle to be invaluable. I catch many typographical errors and reading-flow issues on my Kindle, and believe reading the manuscript on an e-reader helps our eye catch more flaws.

Why go through all the time and effort of reading through before each professional stage? Isn’t that what they’re paid to do?

Well, that baby is MY manuscript. Anything I can do to polish it to shine, I’m willing to do. No matter the time or effort necessary. If each team member has the manuscript in the best condition possible, then they can make it even better.

As a well-qualified and hard-working team, we publish The Best Book Possible.

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Thank you for joining me for the Transparency in Self-Publishing Series! More on many of the topics can be found in my posts in the Writing Tidbits category, including Seducing Your Story ~ The Magic of Editing

I’ll likely add more posts to this series in the near future, perhaps one on budgeting and another on publishing decisions. Let me know if there is a fresh topic you’d like to see here or one you want expanded upon.

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Also, please mark your calendars for the upcoming posts and events:

9/11 – The Beta Readers’ Interview
9/16 – Forged in Dreams and Magick promotion event begins (organized by AToMR Tours) *
9/21 – Forged in Dreams and Magick launch party hosted by Bookish Temptations (begins 7pm EST on blog and Twitter)
9/23 – Forged in Dreams and Magick RELEASE DAY!
9/23 – ARC Review Tour begins and promotion event continues (through 9/28)

* Any bloggers interested in signing up for the promotion event can still do so by clicking on Forged in Dreams and Magick AToMR Tour link here. Sign-ups for the promotion event will remain active until 9/25. Although the Review Tour portion of the promotion is now closed, reviewers can still obtain review copies either by contacting me through my Kat’s Connections page or by requesting a copy from NetGalley.

A huge thank you to everyone posting the wonderful early reviews of Forged in Dreams and Magick on Goodreads. I greatly appreciate each of you for taking the time to read and review the book. That so many of you love the story and are raving about the writing means the world to me, especially given the effort taken to write the best book possible. I’m incredibly grateful and truly honored.

I shall endeavor to write many more of the best books possible for you to read in the months and years to come.

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

Blogiversary Giveaway Winners

Happy Friday and Weekend, everyone!

It’s been an exciting week with my One-Year Blogiversary post and a trip down memory lane on Saturday and Bookish Temptations’ first Exclusive Teaser: Forged in Dreams and Magick post, a favorite picnic scene.

Enormous gratitude goes to Bookish Temptations for helping me share the teaser with everyone.

Thank you to all who left comments on both posts. I’m thrilled you loved the teaser and have enjoyed my blog posts throughout the last year. I appreciate the well wishes for the years to come! :)

And now . . . In celebration of the events of the week, I promised party favors to four lucky people who left comments.

The four winners who each will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of Utterly Loved are . . .

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Brandy (@simplebrandy)
MitMaras
Tinadrg
Kat

The winners were chosen by Random.org.

Let me know who you’d like the signed copy made out to and provide your address through the Kat’s Connections’ contact form on either my blog or my website. Thank you everyone for participating and for your wonderful comments. They mean the world to me.

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

Exclusive Teaser: Forged in Dreams and Magick by Kat Bastion

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Thank you Tamie and Bookish Temptations for sharing this exclusive teaser from Forged in Dreams and Magick on the beginning of its two-month countdown to release day on September 23, 2013!

Be sure to comment on the Bookish Temptations’ teaser or my one-year blogiversary post for a chance to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards with signed copies of Utterly Loved!

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Today I am so excited to be sharing an exclusive teaser with you from Forged in Dreams and Magick by Kat Bastion.

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