Are You Out of Order? The Importance of Standing Alone in a Series.

Happy Monday, everyone!

Annnd . . . Happy Eve of Release Day for Bound by Wish and Mistletoe!

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Which brings me to an interesting topic: series reading order and the importance of making each book stand alone.

Have you ever read books in a series out of order?

I must say, I rarely do so. I’m an “in-order” kinda gal.
{whispers} See “OCD” in Merriam-Websters.

My personal preference aside, for many, an initial exposure to an author is not the first book written in a series.

That an adventurous reader might delve into books outside of linear order brings an interesting challenge to an author. How do we provide enough “catch-up” information, without overburdening with a back-story dump? Which secrets can we reveal from the previous story line, without stealing away the thrill of discovery?

A wise author sees the benefit of capturing a reader’s attention in the middle of a series. If the story is crafted well, teasing just enough to entice curiosity, the reader will go back and collect your previous books, starting from the beginning.

When writing Bound by Wish and Mistletoe, I had multifaceted goals. I wanted to bring those who loved Forged in Dreams and Magick more of the world and characters before publishing Born of Mist and Legend in 2014. I also happen to love Christmas, and couldn’t wait to celebrate it with the Brodie Clan. But a powerful reason Bound by Wish and Mistletoe exists: to introduce new readers to the series, who haven’t yet discovered Forged in Dreams and Magick.

I wrote the holiday novella with all of those thoughts in mind, applying some acquired skill and much intuition. Woven subtly throughout the story, I hinted at previous secrets, without giving everything away. In key locations, I teased out delicious morsels, but left others partially hidden—giving the readers a glimpse that there was more to the story.

When it came time for editing, something wonderful happened. Both my beta readers and developmental editor gave the story an enthusiastic approval, making no mention of the back story to the series. Ahhh . . . but they’d all read Forged in Dreams and Magick. A much-needed perspective came from the copy editor, who was brand new to the series. His insightful comments about where he got lost, and the suggestions he made about providing hints and clues without giving too much away, were invaluable.

Shortly thereafter, Bound by Wish and Mistletoe was released in ARC (advanced reader copy) form to reviewers and posted on NetGalley. It was NetGalley, however, that first provided feedback of how well the novella could stand on its own story.

In fact, I was quite surprised at how many reviewers chose to read Bound by Wish and Mistletoe first, even though they’d requested both titles simultaneously. To every one of those reviewers who jumped into the Highland Legends Series out of order, thank you. I’m immensely grateful for the honest reviews you provided.

So how did Bound by Wish and Mistetoe do as a stand-alone story? Spectacularly. Many reviewers new to my writing gave it 5 stars!

One reviewer commented that she would rate it either 4 or 5 stars, but had to read Forged in Dreams and Magick first before she decided. I was thrilled when she rated Forged in Dreams and Magick with 4 stars and then gave Bound by Wish and Mistletoe 5 stars!

“This is the 1st book I’ve read by Kat Bastion and it won’t be the last. The story had me hooked from the 1st few sentences and held my attention until I finished it….I originally read this book without previously reading the 1st book in this series…While I really enjoyed Bound by Wish and Mistletoe as a standalone, it became totally awesome after I read Forged in Dreams and Magick.” ~ Linda on Goodreads/NetGalley

In or out of order, authors have much to gain by a writing a story that holds its own within the greater series. When you enthrall readers with your latest edition, but tease with glimpses of secrets, they’ll devour your series, ravenous for more of your writing and the story world.

As a side note, I did something interesting with my holiday novella, Bound by Wish and Mistletoe. Although the Book 1.5 novella is written after Book 1 and before Book 2, the story timeline is not exactly in that order. The events occurring within Bound by Wish and Mistletoe actually happen at about the 70% timeline mark of Born of Mist and Legend. {smirks}

Well, I think that’s enough teasing for one day. :)

Oh, and a reminder! Today’s the last day the Amazon Top 10 Best Seller Forged in Dreams and Magick is reduced to $1.99 on eBook!

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Reduced! $1.99 til November 5th!

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I look forward to sharing Bound by Wish and Mistletoe with all of you tomorrow on release day!

If on Twitter, please share news about Bound by Wish and Mistletoe with buy links. Throughout November 5th, eBook copies and signed paperbacks will be randomly given away among those who help me spread the word!

Thank you so much for the ongoing support. Every post, reblog, share, Tweet, buy, review, and words of praise are greatly appreciated.

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

Pre-release Promotion and Other News!

Hello, my friends.

Just 7 more days until the release of Bound by Wish and Mistletoe!

In celebration of the upcoming Highland Legends Series holiday novella release, we have a special promotion to share with you!

***PRE-RELEASE PROMOTION***

The Amazon Top 10 Time Travel Best Seller
Forged in Dreams and Magick is ONLY $1.99
until next week’s release of the holiday novella
Bound by Wish and Mistletoe on 11/5!

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Also, in case you missed last week’s exciting news, Fresh Fiction chose Forged in Dreams and Magick as the Fresh Pick for October 22, 2013.

Reduced from $3.99 to $1.99, now is the best time to purchase your eBook copy of the unique romance reviewers are raving about.

Keep Calm.

Grab a Highlander.

And mark your calendars! In just 7 days…
BOUND BY WISH AND MISTLETOE ~ November 5th!

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Highlanders for your holidays!

Next week on Monday begins the ARC Tour and Release Event for Bound by Wish and Mistletoe on AToMR Tours. I look forward to connecting with all of you along the way!

Thank you so much for your support, and for sharing the news with your social circles. I can’t wait to share the stories with you. I hope you enjoy the adventure!

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

Electrifying a Scene: Tension in Forged in Dreams and Magick

Happy Monday, everyone!

Ever wonder what makes a book a page-turner? What are the elusive components that an author can weave into the story to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, take their breath away?

Read the popular guest post I wrote last week on the wonderful Supernatural Snark’s blog and find out more:

Electrifying A Scene: Tension in Forged in Dreams and Magick

Oh, and there are two more days left on Supernatural Snark to win a signed copy of Forged in Dreams and Magick!

If you want to buy a copy of  the Amazon best-selling page-turner
Forged in Dreams and Magick, below are some easy links:

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Amazon Kindle
Nook
Kobo
All Romance eBooks

Amazon paperback

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Forged in Dreams and Magick can also be found on worldwide Amazon online outlets, and soon in iTunes!

Also…only two more weeks until Bound by Wish and Mistletoe releases on November 5th!

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Bound by Wish and Mistletoe is up on Goodreads! There is also a giveaway. Enter to win 1 of 5 signed copies!

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Thank you for your support, my friends! Every Twitter RT, shoutout, share, post, buy, review, and each time you tell a friend about Forged in Dreams and Magick helps tremendously. I’m grateful beyond words.

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

Cover Reveal: Bound by Wish and Mistletoe (Highland Legends, #1.5)

Hello, everyone!

Today is Bound by Wish and Mistletoe Cover Reveal Day!

Thank you to Julie at ATOMR Tours for organizing the Cover Reveal, and thank you to all the wonderful blogs who participated in sharing this gorgeous cover.

Stephanie Mooney at Mooney Designs created another stunning cover for the Highland Legends Series, capturing the essence of the holiday novella with classic beauty.

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Book Description:

Desperate to honor a life-long promise, Susanna MacEalan escapes her abusive clan with the fierce determination of never falling under the power of a man. Ever.

Aggravated by shallow-hearted pursuing lasses, Robert Brodie, commander of his clan’s elite guard, has foresworn scheming women. Forever.

When magick transforms Brodie Castle into a Christmas wonderland, the two despondent souls find solace in a most unexpected place . . . each other’s arms.

Amid a whirlwind of escalating events, Susanna’s traumatic past threatens Robert’s ability to protect the one woman meant for him. In a harrowing moment when all seems lost . . . hope, faith, and love prevail, transforming silent prayers into wishes granted.

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Title:  Bound by Wish and Mistletoe (Highland Legends, #1.5)

Author:  Kat Bastion

Genre:  Paranormal Romance / Highlander Romance / Holiday Romance

Length: 47,000 word novella

Age Group:  Adult

Release Date:  November 4th, 2013

I’d love for you to add Bound by Wish and Mistletoe to your Goodreads to-read shelf:

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If you’ve just now discovered us through the Highland mist, we’re only 24 short days away from the release of Forged in Dreams and Magick, the award-winning debut in the Highland Legends Series . . .

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You can add Forged in Dreams and Magick to your Goodreads to-read shelf here:

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Be sure to follow me on Twitter, like me on Facebook, and friend me on Goodreads to catch all of the exciting events coming up with Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe, including both of the  AToMR Tours promotion events and ARC Tours, interviews, excerpts, the beta interviews, guest blog posts, and an exciting launch party. So stay tuned!

Thank you for all your support, my friends. I cannot wait to share my exciting world of Highlanders and magick with you.

Until next time . . .

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

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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!

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Giveaway ends September 26, 2013.

See the giveaway details
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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

Cover Reveal: Forged in Dreams and Magick

Hello, everyone!

Today is Forged in Dreams and Magick Cover Reveal Day!

Thank you to Julie at ATOMR Tours for organizing the Cover Reveal, and thank you to all the wonderful blogs who participated in sharing this gorgeous cover.

Stephanie Mooney at Mooney Designs created the spectacular cover, transporting us straight into the Highlands of Scotland.

 

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Book Description:

Isobel MacInnes wakes up in present-day California, lunches in medieval Scotland, and by ten days’ end, falls in love with a man and his country, only to lose them in a heart-wrenching twist of fate . . .

Found in the arms of her second soul mate . . .

Forced to balance the delicate strands of time between
two millennia . . .

Shocked by revelations rewriting the very foundations of history . . . of everything.

Isobel, a rising-star archaeology student, is dropped into two ancient worlds without warning . . . or her permission. Her fiery spirit resists the dependency thrust upon her. Amid frustration at her lack of control, she helplessly falls in love. Twice.

She struggles to adjust to the unimaginable demands of two leaders of men—a laird in the thirteenth-century Highlands and a Pict chieftain in a more ancient Scotland. Isobel transforms from an academic, hell-bent on obtaining archaeological recognition, to a woman striving to care for those she loves, and ultimately . . . into a fearless warrior risking everything to protect them.

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Title:  Forged in Dreams and Magick

Author:  Kat Bastion

Genre:  Paranormal Romance / Time Travel

Age Group:  Adult

Release Date:  September 23, 2013

I’d love for you to add Forged in Dreams and Magick to your Goodreads shelf . . .

 

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Be sure to follow me on Twitter or like me on Facebook to catch all of the exciting things coming up on other blogs with Forged in Dreams and Magick, including a new interview this week and an exclusive excerpt in two weeks that you won’t want to miss . . .

Thank you for all your support, my friends. I cannot wait to share my exciting world of Highlanders and magick with you.

Until next time . . .

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

 

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Cover Reveal Sign-Ups and Other Highland Legends News

Good morning, everyone!

Lots of exciting things happening at the Kat Bastion writing desk. What a perfect day to share the latest Highland Legends news . . . as today Forged in Dreams and Magick is being sent off for final proofreading and formatting services. {vibrates}

Cover Reveal Sign-ups

The sign-ups for the beautiful Forged in Dreams and Magick cover are now posted on AToMR Tours.

Please join in and help me spread the news! The Cover Reveal will occur on July 9th through participating blogs.

Tour Update

Forged in Dreams and Magick is now scheduled for an expanded tour through AToMR Tours.

Sept 16-21 will be a Buzz Tour week with excerpts, interviews, and other fun items, including an e-Book giveaway per blog.

September 23-28 will be a release week ARC Tour with reviews on participating blogs and a Rafflecopter giveaway.

Stay tuned for links to the tour sign-ups on AToMR, which should post mid-July.

Countdown to Release

Today marks the 3 month countdown to the upcoming release of Forged in Dreams and Magick!

Mark your calendars! Release day is September 23rd, 2013.

Oh . . . and have you added Forged in Dreams and Magick to your Goodreads shelf, yet?

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Thank you for all your support, my friends. I cannot wait to share my exciting world of Highlanders and magick with you.

Until next time . . .

{disappears into a snowy forest for Bound by Wish and Mistletoe}

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

World Poetry Day ~ On Highland Time

In celebration of World Poetry Day (Thursday, March 21st, 2013), I created a poem that’s a teaser of my upcoming series.

It also happens to coincide with how I wake up every morning…

 

On Highland Time

A clock can’t hold the sands of time
The world hides vast dimensions
When mist burns off the heathered hills
Revealed are Highland Legends

 

Tricky how I worked the name of my upcoming series in there, don’t you think? {grins}

Actually, it’s a bit of a poetic synopsis.  Has anyone ever done a synopsis by poem?  I’m not sure, so there you have it, my friends.  Perhaps we just made history together.  And all for World Poetry Day.

Which brings me to my next thought…

Have you bought your copy of Utterly Loved yet?  Have you bought copies for friends and family? Celebrate poetry and share your gift with the world through the charities Utterly Loved supports, World Vision and Covenant House.  Be inspired by the brilliant foreword written by the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Sylvain Reynard.

Below are a few links where you can purchase copies of Utterly Loved.

Utterly Loved for Nook
Utterly Loved for Kindle
Utterly Loved in paperback on Amazon

Thank you for your continued support with Utterly Loved and the charities that each purchase supports.

As far as the Highland Legends series goes, stay tuned for an announcement of the names of all four book titles in the series…

Thank you for sharing in the love of poetry and romance, my friends.

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion