News from the Bastion Writing Desks

Hello, everyone!

We wanted to give you an update on the No Weddings Series.

So many tasks are happening with our team members all at once…

As my husband Stone Tweeted earlier today, we sent No Weddings off to the copy editor this morning for a final editing pass before we shine it up for the two proofreaders.

This week, we also spoke with a web designer who will be revamping the Kat Bastion website to correspond with all of our genres and for both of  us as authors.

And I just got another email from Sarah Hansen at Okay creations. The plans she has for these covers are really exciting. We look forward to being able to share them with you!

Over the next two weeks, Stone and I will be working on One Funeral and Two Bar Mitzvahs in their different editing stages, and Three Christmases is undergoing its first developmental editing.

{blinks}

See what I mean? A flurry of activity is happening all over the place. We’re relying heavily on a wall calendar and to-do lists to get us through the whirlwind of plans.

In the meantime, would you like to be a part of our team? Anything you can do to help promote the books would be greatly appreciated.

We’ll keep you in the loop as things progress with events like cover reveals, release launches, tours, and interviews, so stay tuned.

Do you enjoy reading male 1st person POV romance?

We’d love for you to add No Weddings to your Goodreads shelf:

{whispers} From there, add the other books in the series too! :)

Thank you all for your ongoing support!

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…

{drumroll}

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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

 

 

Forged in Dreams and Magick: 5 Signed Copies and Other News . . .

Hello, everyone!

There are many exciting news items to report from the Kat Bastion Writing Desk, the first of which is a giveaway on Goodreads for the first 5 signed paperback copies of Forged in Dreams and Magick.

Goodreads Giveaway

The Goodreads Giveaway runs through September 26, 2013, which is the Thursday of release week. Add Forged in Dreams and Magick to your Goodreads shelves by clicking on its title and sign up for the giveaway with the “giveaway” or “enter to win” links in the widget below!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Forged in Dreams and Magick by Kat Bastion

Forged in Dreams and Magick

by Kat Bastion

Giveaway ends September 26, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

In Other News

AToMR Tours will be posting sign-ups for the Forged in Dreams and Magick Release Event Tour and the ARC Review Tour by next week. I’ll share the links of the tours once AToMR posts them.

Also, Bound by Wish and Mistletoe, the companion holiday novella in the Highland Legends Series, was sent to my editor on Monday. The romantic adventure has come together beautifully at about 45,000 words and will be released early this November, 2013.

Stay tuned for more updates as they come in!

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

Happy Beltane!

Happy Beltane, my friends!

And for all those not yet in the know, Happy May 1st, 2013!

Maypole In Brentwood, California © 2012 by Jengod - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0

Maypole In Brentwood, California © 2012 by Jengod – http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0

Perhaps when you think of May Day, an image of maypoles with their dance and colorful ribbons comes to mind. 

Did you know that some believe the maypole itself is a phallic symbol?  It’s apparently discussed by Sigmund Freud himself.
(Not that I’ve had any such discussions.)

Hmmm…I wonder what Freud would say about my tendency to work sex into a discussion about Beltane. 
{runs far away from the couch}

What of the Gaelic celebrations of Beltane (on May 1st) and Samhain (Oct 31st-Nov 1st)?

Before I began writing Forged in Dreams and Magick, I’d only read of Samhain in fictional paranormal romance novels. My insatiable curiosity had been sparked.

When we think of Halloween and Day of the Dead, we get a close idea of Samhain.  It’s a day of pagan tradition when the barriers between the spirit world and the human world grow thin, and many believe…penetrable. 

Hence all the skeletons and ghosts…

Beltane

Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man celebrated Bealtuinn on May 1st to mark the beginning of summer.  It’s also a day where they believe the walls between the worlds of the living and the dead…and the humans and the fae…grow paper thin. 

Early records, dating back more than a millennium, speak of the druids walking cattle through bonfires to protect the herds and promote a good harvest. It’s said that Gaelic Beltane rituals in Scotland also celebrated the fertility and good health of their livestock, plants and people.

What does a writer do when her heroine is dropped into medieval Scotland just before the celebration of Beltane?
{smiles}  She lets her imagination run wild.

In Forged in Dreams and Magick, I bring to life a very special celebration of Beltane.  A colorful festival with Highland games, feasting, and of course…danger…lead us to the culmination of the event.  When our heroine walks between two blazing bonfires with the hero at her side, they embark on a journey that changes them both forever.

{whispers} But…those secrets will be revealed in due time…

I cannot wait to share more of Forged in Dreams and Magick the first novel in the Highland Legends series.

For now, Happy Beltane, everyone!  May this year bring all of us a fruitful harvest, so that we may share our abundance with others.

Until next time, my friends… {vanishes into the Highland mist}

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

Highland Legends Series: Book Titles Reveal

If you prefer a bit of historical in your romance, love to fall in love with medieval Highlanders, or wonder about those enigmatic Highland Picts, then you will find everything you’re looking for and more with my Highland Legends series.

My debut novel, and the first book in the series, is set to release this fall with the holiday novella releasing just before Thanksgiving.

Without further ado, below is the unveiling of all four titles in the series:

Highland Legends Series

Forged in Dreams and Magick
Bound by Wish and Mistletoe ~ a holiday novella
Born of Mist and Legend
Found in Flame and Moonlight

Be sure to follow me and friend me in all my usual hangouts for updates as the weeks progress!

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Official Website

Meanwhile, I shall be working with an editor and cover designer…writing and tour planning! 

Lots of surprises are being planned for the next six months, including an excerpt, outtakes, and some very special interviews you won’t want to miss!

Until then…

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

Highland Legends Series ~ Upcoming Book Titles Reveal

One week, my friends…

The Highland Legends series is coming…

On Monday, April 1st, 2013, all four titles of the Highland Legends series will be revealed.

I’m thrilled to have some of my favorite bloggers help participate in the reveal next week.  A big thank you in advance to all of them:

Bookish Temptations
Under The Covers Book Blog
That’s What I’m Talking About
Scandalicious Book Reviews
Literati Literature Lovers
The Book Queen’s Book Palace

Do you follow their blogs?  You should.  Fabulous book reviews, author interviews and chats, giveaways and much more await you from romance readers just like you and me.

Until the release of the foursome {smirks} a week from today…

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion