New Year’s Resolutions, Romance Writing, and the Death Knell of Social Media…

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Happy New Year!

Phew! We have made it to 2022!

But how are we all doing? A little (ahem… a lot) worse for wear? Tattered around the edges? Physically tired and mentally exhausted?

What about the base level of worry we feel for the loved ones still with us? And those twinges of sadness for those whom we’ve lost?

Not to mention the world we lost…

At the start of our new year in 2022, I’m experiencing all of those things.

And yet, overriding all of that, I am vibrating with an effervescent hope. Bright enough to drown out all the negative of the past two years. Strong enough to make me fight for the goodness and generosity in my spirit. Overflowing to such a degree, I radiate it out into the world.

Yep. I can’t help it. It’s part of my optimist nature. Finding that brilliant silver lining. Seeing the good in the world. Feeling gratitude—even through great challenges and struggles.

It’s also where my love for writing romance and determination to fight hard for our happily ever afters comes from.

And so, with all that in mind…

{whispers}

Below, I share my New Year’s Resolutions, News from the Bastion Writing Desk, and my opinion with The Death Knell of Social Media (from an optimist’s perspective, of course… 😉

 

New Year’s Resolutions

How far should we go to redefine ourselves? All the way, in my opinion.

You see, I’ve never been great on making or keeping New Year’s Resolutions.

But I’ve also never needed a transformation more than I need one right now, going into 2022.

Because I’m standing at a precipice of my health. Like… a do-or-die in a very literal sense precipice.

Which forces me to make a big life-altering choice. I can gift myself a real chance to survive and flourish. Or I can do nothing, and tumble further into the dark abyss of deteriorating health.

What do you think optimist me is going to do?

A little background-reveal on my health…

What I’ve never shared publicly before—what my optimistic nature railed at even voicing—is that I suffer from chronic illness. Looking back, I’ve suffered from the effects of this illness all my life. Originally induced when I was a young child, from the stress of emotional abuse delivered by a narcissistic parent.

As you might guess, to save myself, I’ve had to cut that parent completely out of my life.

Stone marvels that I’m an optimist coming from that kind of abusive environment.

I believe my optimism bursts forth from a romantic spirit that simply cannot be smothered. That I survived in spite of my toxic parent. And gained an inner strength because of the experience.

However, due to decades of abuse, and my internal struggle and systems of dealing with that kind of ongoing stress, I’ve developed severe health issues: hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, and mast cell activation syndrome. And with those underlying issues, I’ve suffered from a long list of strange and debilitating autoimmune symptoms, including brain fog, not being able to sit upright (heartbreaking for a writer), and an abnormal adrenal response to any kind of stress, even the mildest of things.

Circling back to the silver lining, my New Year’s Resolutions…

I choose saving myself. Gifting myself a real chance to survive and flourish.

Which entails two resolutions…


2022 New Year’s Resolution One:

A mindful calmness, transitioning into undisturbed tranquility

First and most important, I’m establishing a mindful focus on my health.

Mindful, in the sense that I’m going to work on increasing my awareness of how I’m feeling every moment of the day. In a downshifted way. Nice and slow. Easy and calm. Calm being the operative word. With undisturbed tranquility being my goal. I’m hoping to become so attuned to my mental and physical state of being that I become the embodiment of peace.

Sound a bit Dalai Lama-esque? Maybe.

But… it’s the exact opposite of stress.

Which, for my health, is what I am in desperate need of.

And there’s a bonus. A wonderful reward.

By achieving success with my health in Resolution One, I get to enjoy my other resolution…

 

2022 New Year’s Resolution Two:

Full-time writing with joy, including daily minimums, goals, and rewards

I’ve never instilled a daily writing minimum. With my health, I’ve been afraid to do so.

Deadlines never work well with someone who cannot handle stress on any level. The pressure alone, knowing I have to do something because of a commitment, even to myself, dooms the project before I even begin. I chafe at the self-imposed deadline.

And who wants to write under those conditions?

NOT ME.

However… this one resolution, I’m treating like a gift to myself.

My reward for keeping Resolution One, a mindful calmness, is keeping Resolution Two, being able to write full-time with joy.

I’ve already charted out what’s possible. Then I had an honest conversation with myself about what’s more probable and realistic. (I may share details about my writing schedule and how I’m keeping it in a future post.)

My hybrid solution, a cozy medium between probable and possible with writing, is this…

First, a minimum of 1,000 polished, edited words per day, every single day of the week, no misses.

Second to that, I can keep writing, to hit a greater goal of 2,500 words a day. And I could do that 2,500 for the first six days in each week. And if I hit that six-day goal, then Sunday becomes a bonus/flex day to do as I please, write… or not.

For me, the 1000-word daily minimum sets the realistic floor. The second component gives me something greater to reach for.

Either is a great accomplishment for me. A steady and healthy pace. A streak to aspire toward. Two streaks, if I accomplish them both.

And look at what will happen at the end of it all. The 1,000-wor daily minimum produces six novels a year.

The greater goal? Produces twelve novels in one year.

Wow. Six to twelve published novels in one year.

Sound exciting? Sure does to me. Our best year so far produced four novels in one year.

And… therein lies the reward of keeping both of my resolutions: publishing more novels every year.

But totally doable, if I stay mindful of my health, plant my butt in the writing chair, and focus on writing with joy.

So… yeah. That’s my New Year’s Resolution Two:

A 1,000-polished-word daily minimum, with a reaching-goal of 2,500, six days a week.

For me, achieving even one of my resolutions would be a godsend. Accomplishing both? It’s a dream worth fighting for: a brand-new healthy full-time writing me in 2022.

Results of my resolutions (and possibly progress blogs along the way) to follow… So stay tuned.

News from the Bastion Writing Desk

As you can see above, this section’s header says Bastion Writing Desk, as in one desk, not two.

For any of you who didn’t catch the news this same time last year, Stone is focusing his efforts elsewhere at the moment. Which has enabled me to be able to write full time. A gift I’m incredibly grateful for.

Stone remains first reader/copywriter of everything I write. As well as being an invaluable developmental editor, whenever I need to further flesh out ideas and concepts.

In the coming years, Stone hopes to set up a small sound studio to create audio versions of all our books. Then everyone will get to hear his sexy bass voice…

But the news from the Bastion Writing Desk?

How about the amazing rewards from my achieving the above resolutions?

Six to twelve novels a year…

Plus short stories and novelettes in between. The perfect gifts for our Bastion Family Adventurers.

Novels In the Unbreakable Series:

The first two novels, which I’m diving into with joy starting tomorrow morning, are the last two novels in the Unbreakable series: Ball Breaker and Icebreaker. Wow, have those characters been knocking about in my head, bursting with attitude and passion, begging for their stories to be told.

Ball Breaker comes first, telling the story of Kendall and Jax. A delectable steamy enemies-to-lovers romance.

Then follows Icebreaker, when Chloe and Daniel finally give in to the sexual tension rising between them.

Novels In the Secretly Named Yet-to-be-revealed Series:

And… after those two final novels in the Unbreakable series?

I begin writing in an exciting small-town contemporary romance series. More teasers on that to come.

And…

For the record, I have been listening to your wishes, my cherished readers. You loved the holiday short stories in Half-baked Holidays, but many of you wished the stories were longer, more developed.

When writing short stories or novelettes, the shortness of the format requires a compacting of events. In essence, the shorter romance highlights the coming together of the couple, their meet-cute.

But this year, I plan on at least one full Christmas novel. The first one, within our small-town romance series. After that, we shall see where the writing gods lead me…

I shall let you know. So… stay tuned.

Which is the perfect segue into the opinion piece in the blog post…

The Death Knell of Social Media

This is just my opinion (Stone’s too.) But it’s an opinion based on our personal experience and through the lens of our perspective as writers, (mostly former) social media users, and members of humanity.

Did any of you watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix?

Wow. If you have not yet watched it, it’s an eye-opening documentary of the sad state of affairs of social media, brought to you by the creators of many of the social media platforms. They are afraid for humanity. And we have been too. For many years.

Some of you remember, back when we first came on to the social-media scene in June of 2012, that we were active daily on Twitter. We formed this blog, which I posted on semi-regularly. And then we created my first personal Facebook profile and the Kat Bastion page (now the Kat & Stone Bastion page.)

I’m not sure exactly when we abandoned our daily activity there. But it coincided with the ditching of our smartphones. Not actually throwing our smartphones into a ditch. But close.

We left the social media scene, to save our mental health… and our marriage. That was sometime back around 2015, or so.

You see, we’d both become addicted. Craving that dopamine hit with each post, like, Retweet or Share.

What we didn’t know back then, and what The Social Dilemma reveals, is that the programmers within social media designed their platforms to be addictive. And they apparently have added in more and more features to make it even more addictive.

What does that have to do with writing? Or reading, for that matter?

We have a Facebook page. And we each have a Twitter account.

Regarding Facebook…

What some of you may not know, is that on Facebook pages, Facebook holds each page’s followers hostage. Each Facebook page has to pay to have its own followers see its posts. The more followers you want to see your post, the more you have to pay. The more posts and interactions you have, the more they “release” more followers to see your subsequent posts, but not ALL of them.

It’s a game. Designed to benefit Facebook by lining its pockets.

Who does it hurt? Every single Facebook user.

Because everything Facebook does is designed to get the user addicted to Facebook. So that they stay there longer, get exposed to more ads and paid posts, and add to Facebook’s coffers.

We’re sorry if you love Facebook. Maybe there’s a Facebook group you enjoy being a part of. And that’s cool. But there is a gatekeeping price to pay. The Silicon Valley folks are in on it, and many reveal their concerns in The Social Dilemma.

How are we going to help?

We do not want our readers addicted. Hell, we don’t want anyone addicted to social media.

As an act of defiance (as opposed to simply deleting our account, which we’re sorely tempted to do) we’re going to post a “The Last Facebook Post” over on Facebook, pin it to the top, and leave it up there for all to see. It’s essentially going to serve as our message of protest for holding our followers hostage. And for directing readers to the true places for staying connected with us, this blog and our Bastion Family Adventurers email group.

We’ll see if Facebook leaves our last post and account up.

Some Facebook page users (like who we’ve become), use their Facebook pages as a photo-announcement timeline of sorts. A place to learn about recent happenings of an author or a business. And that, to us, is the only worthy function of any Facebook page anymore.

A thought or two about Twitter…

Do any of you go to Twitter to regularly communicate anymore?

We aren’t sure of the value of the ever-scrolling Twitter timeline.

It’s there for a flash, and then it’s gone.

Meanwhile, we hope that no one we know is addictively scrolling the feed.

We do post an occasional Tweet. In the event someone is out there watching. And values what we have to say. And this very blog post auto-Tweets, to share that we have something new to say over here on TalkToTheShoe. We hope your seeing our Tweet is a coincidental finding, while you’re over there on a small break.

We hope all of our followers and readers have robust, healthy, and happy lives off social media.

It’s an awful catch-22 with any social media platform. While it seems like a great place to connect with other readers and fans, most (if not all) of those platforms exist to make money through planned addiction of its users.

Of course, since our exodus from Twitter and Facebook, popularity of other social media platforms has risen. Instagram and Tiktok (and further Booktok) have come to the forefront.

We took part in neither. Because we didn’t see the point of fueling yet another addictive fire, neither ours nor our readers’.

What I’d rather be doing is writing. And, once I’ve hit my writing goals? Reading.

We hope you’d rather be reading too.

And it’s our fervent wish for all of you be as healthy as possible.

With all the heat social media is taking, from documentaries like The Social Dilemma, to pressure from congress, to various users leaving to seek more balance in their lives, we wonder what the future holds for social media.

It all sounds a lot like the death knell of social media, to us.

Even with our limited perspective, we understand many social media users value their posts and connections with followers, in the book world, and other venues. Is there a way for social media users to “use” the platforms without the platforms “using” them? We certainly hope so. We figure there is already a small but mighty segment, many of whom are social influencers, who have done just that.

Do any of you have a safer or favorite place you like to connect with authors and other readers? If so, please share your positive experiences in the comments below.


Annnd… on that note…


On the heels of our social-media opinion sharing…

A huge shoutout goes to all of our social media and promotional posters, old and new. Most of whom we’ve connected with through Twitter and Facebook over the years. Some of whom we’ve made new connections with through Goodreads and NetGalley.

We plan to continue sharing ARCs through NetGalley into 2022. With NetGalley’s rapidly growing reach, and all the NetGalley influencers having their own favorite stomping grounds to share reviews, we hope to keep a network alive where all can share their love for books in the healthiest way for each individual.

Well, that’s it, for a first LONG post leading us into 2022.

I’ll be in my writing cave first thing in the morning, diving into Kendall and Jax’s romance in Ball Breaker.

If you’re curious, The Last Facebook Post will be up on our page by this weekend.

And Tuesday, we plan to give away another copy of Brand New Year, to our Bastion Family Adventurers. So if you’re not yet subscribed, now’s your chance. Sign-up below in the “How To Stay in Touch With Us” section.

We wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy 2022!

We are incredibly grateful for you and your loyal readership.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone


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Life a Craze? Read More HOLIDAYS!

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Hello, dear readers!

It’s release week for the individual books in the Festive Frostbite series!

AND

We’ve got several holiday collections PLUS in-demand-with-libraries news with Brand New Year!

{tosses icicles and tinsel and confetti}

The above banner features our holiday offerings, including a brand-new cover for Tinsel, Sand & Snow!

Links to all the books are found in their own sections below.

AND… if you’re a part of our Bastion Family Adventurers (sign-up below if you don’t want to miss out), your FREE Caught at Christmas story is coming tomorrow morning, as our gift to you on Christmas Eve!

PLUS… be sure to read all the way down to our sign-off for a short upcoming release update!


Below are the 5 individual covers in the Festive Frostbite series…

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Collect the titles that most interest you individually
(links below in the full series description)

OR

Festive Frostbite: A Colder Christmas Collection
contains all five stories together for an amazing value.

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In eBook and Paperback . . . 
https://books2read.com/FestiveFrostbite

BRAND NEW YEAR on Goodreads

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About…

Festive Frostbite:
A Colder Christmas Collection

Skate onto thin ice as multiple award-winning author Kat Bastion spins five brand-new multicultural holiday stories inFestive Frostbite: A Colder Christmas Collection

’Tis the season for stealing and… icing.

A charming college football quarterback corners a sexy cat burglar in…
Caught at Christmas

Gunmen and Mother Nature chase a newbie snowboarder down the slopes in…
Snowed Under

An innocent college girl hires jaded hitman Mick Morgan in…
Best Served Ice Cold

Christmas party petty theft turns into grander larceny in…
Billion Dollar Holiday

Five orphans raid a luxury department store over Christmas in…
Thick as Thieves

 


AND…

Check out the gorgeous new cover
of our cross-genre…

Tinsel, Sand & Snow

The Accidental VERSION 2 May the 4th Comic Book Date

Includes the highly rated
Three Christmases, The Espionage Effect,
and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe

https://books2read.com/TinselSandANDSnow

BRAND NEW YEAR on Goodreads

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

On Tuesday, we shared the pretty new individual covers in Release Week for Half-baked Holidays Series.

But if you haven’t yet picked up your copy…

Half-baked Holidays: A Romantic Comedy Holiday Collection
contains all five stories together for an amazing value.

Half-baked Holidays BIGGER ELEMENTS

In eBook and Paperback… 
https://books2read.com/Half-baked-Holidays

BRAND NEW YEAR on Goodreads

Share on BookBub . . .

 


AND…

Something pretty cool and unexpected?

One of our titles is in high demand by Overdrive for library distribution… Brand New Year!

Read for yourself what has our librarians so interested in the feel-good romantic comedy…

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In eBook on your favorite retailer…
https://books2read.com/BrandNewYear

BRAND NEW YEAR on Goodreads

Share on BookBub . . .

 


Thank you so much for being a part of our book-loving community.

We hope you enjoy all our holiday offerings, including the colder Christmas tales in Festive Frostbite, the cross-genre novels in Tinsel, Sand & Snow, the heartwarming romantic comedies in Half-baked Holidays, and our standalone romantic comedy novelette Brand New Year.

And thank you for helping us share all the release news! We greatly appreciate your loyal support.

For a short upcoming release update…

Kat is busy writing the last two novels of the Unbreakable Series, Ball Breaker and Icebreaker. And she’s vibrating with excitement to begin a new small-town contemporary romance series! So we have several romance novels coming soon. Stay tuned in 2022…

We wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy holidays and the very best in the coming new year.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone


How to stay in touch with us?

Be sure you’re signed up for Bastion Family Adventurers.
In order to read all our latest happenings, catch our newest releases, and receive an occasional free story as our thank you, be sure you’re signed up for our email list to be a part of our Bastion Family Adventurers, if you’re not already there with us.

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Exclusive Preorder Alerts: Never miss an opportunity to order your copy.
Exclusive Bonus Gifts: series art, bonus scenes, seasonal goodies, and more!
Exclusive FREE Stories! For a limited-time, shared only with our family.

We’re honored for you to join us: Bastion Family Adventurers

 


 

Let’s get social…

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Release Week for HALF-BAKED HOLIDAYS Series!

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Hello, dear readers!

It’s release week for the individual books in the Half-baked Holidays series!

{tosses red and green confetti}

Above are the pretty covers of all five books.

Below is the delightful boisterous cover for So NOT a Silent Night…

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Collect the titles that most interest you individually
(links below in the About… section)

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OR

Half-baked Holidays: A Romantic Comedy Holiday Collection
contains all five stories together for an amazing value.

Half-baked Holidays BIGGER ELEMENTS

In eBook and Paperback… 
https://books2read.com/Half-baked-Holidays

BRAND NEW YEAR on Goodreads

Share on BookBub . . .


About…

Half-Baked Holidays:
A Romantic Comedy Holiday Collection

Nestle down for a joyride of unparalleled mistletoe mischief as multiple award-winning author Kat Bastion unveils five brand-new multicultural romantic comedies in… Half-baked Holidays.

Delicious chaos as romance and yuletide collide.

Family chaos erupts as former high school crushes toss mischief into their first Christmas in…
So NOT a Silent Night

A sweet volunteer bedecks herself in Christmas trimmings to lure a dreamy firefighter in…
Enticing Wrapper Number 9

A Wharton MBAer ditches her trying family for a spontaneous Hawaiian yoga instructor in…
Give Me a Christmas Break

Two daring college students engage in breaking and entering—a personal baking contest—in…
Half-baked Holiday

When besties con their way into the ultimate party, a law student finds herself caught in…
Billionaire Bash New Year’s Crash

 

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In eBook and Paperback… 
https://books2read.com/Half-baked-Holidays

BRAND NEW YEAR on Goodreads

Share on BookBub . . .


Thank you so much for being a part of our book-loving community.

We hope you enjoy the So Not a Silent Night and all the heartwarming stories in Half-baked Holidays.

And thank you for helping us share the release news! We greatly appreciate your loyal support.

Be sure to stay tuned before Christmas, for the individual titles in Festive Frostbite!

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone


How to stay in touch with us?

Be sure you’re signed up for Bastion Family Adventurers.
In order to read all our latest happenings, catch our newest releases, and receive an occasional free story as our thank you, be sure you’re signed up for our email list to be a part of our Bastion Family Adventurers, if you’re not already there with us.

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Be the first to receive all the amazing exclusives:

Exclusive Cover Reveals: Be the first to participate in the unveiling.
Exclusive Preorder Alerts: Never miss an opportunity to order your copy.
Exclusive Bonus Gifts: series art, bonus scenes, seasonal goodies, and more!
Exclusive FREE Stories! For a limited-time, shared only with our family.

We’re honored for you to join us: Bastion Family Adventurers

 


 

Let’s get social…

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Sharing Merriment: Release Day for HALF-BAKED HOLIDAYS!

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Hello, dear readers!

It’s release day for Half-baked Holidays!

{tosses red and green confetti}

Available in both eBook and paperback.

The paperbacks are beautiful and festive, perfect for Christmas gifts. If you order now, you’ll receive in plenty of time for gift-giving, for someone you love or… yourself. 🙂

If you missed Thursday’s post of the paperback spread and early rave reviews, catch it here: Festive Paperback an Excellent Christmas Gift: Half-baked Holidays.

Plus…

{whispers}

Read on below for book links and a preview of the special personal Introduction to Half-baked Holidays


Half-baked Holidays BIGGER ELEMENTS

In eBook and Paperback… 
https://books2read.com/Half-baked-Holidays

BRAND NEW YEAR on Goodreads

Share on BookBub . . .


About…

Half-Baked Holidays:
A Romantic Comedy Holiday Collection

Nestle down for a joyride of unparalleled mistletoe mischief as multiple award-winning author Kat Bastion unveils five brand-new multicultural romantic comedies in… Half-baked Holidays.

Delicious chaos as romance and yuletide collide.

Family chaos erupts as former high school crushes toss mischief into their first Christmas in…
So NOT a Silent Night

A sweet volunteer bedecks herself in Christmas trimmings to lure a dreamy firefighter in…
Enticing Wrapper Number 9

A Wharton MBAer ditches her trying family for a spontaneous Hawaiian yoga instructor in…
Give Me a Christmas Break

Two daring college students engage in breaking and entering—a personal baking contest—in…
Half-baked Holiday

When besties con their way into the ultimate party, a law student finds herself caught in…
Billionaire Bash New Year’s Crash


Half-baked Holidays:
A Romantic Comedy Holiday Collection

 

Special Personal Introduction:

Why write a romantic comedy holiday collection, you wonder?

Well, first of all, if you asked me what my favorite holiday is, the answer would be easy.

And complicated.

Because with absolute certainty, I most adore Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Why the duality?

Both vibrate with the magic of romance. In equal measure.

Exquisite and addictive. Exciting and heartwarming. Brimming with wonder and hope.

And if we’re lucky, that incredible magic enchants us, entwines itself around us, and never lets us go.

The most wonderful time of the year definitely spun its powerful magic on us: Stone and I were married the day after Christmas.

We sent out elegant iridescent red-white-and-green poinsettia wedding invitations.

Had a small ceremony (Stone refused to shake the hand of someone he didn’t know).

Annnd… the hip-hop beats of Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” streamed on a tiny black boombox.

At the wedding.

Not kidding.

So with off-kilter humor deeply entrenched in our own holiday romance, it’s easy to see why we believe romantic comedy deserves VIP seating at the holiday romance event.

And of course, there’s no shortage of tasty ingredients…

All the delectable seasonal trappings: nostalgic songs, festive food and drink, sparkling decorations, ribbon-tied wrappings, and bright fluffy snow.

But dig a little deeper, and we also find all kinds of scrumptious emotion. Tender hope. Grumbly defiance. Aching love.

Whip into the recipe a pinch of humor and a dash of attitude?

And we all get to have… Half-baked Holidays.

Delicious chaos as romance and yuletide collide.

Five brand-new multicultural romantic comedies, written specifically for this collection:

Family chaos erupts as former high school crushes toss mischief into their first Christmas in… So NOT a Silent Night

A sweet volunteer bedecks herself in Christmas trimmings to lure a dreamy firefighter in… Enticing Wrapper Number 9

A Wharton MBAer ditches her trying family for a spontaneous Hawaiian yoga instructor in… Give Me a Christmas Break

Two daring college students engage in breaking and entering—a personal baking contest—in… Half-baked Holiday

When besties con their way into the ultimate party, a law student finds herself caught in… Billionaire Bash New Year’s Crash

Read on to adventure into the romantic merriment for yourself.

With great pleasure, I introduce you to… Half-baked Holidays.

I hope you enjoy the heartwarming romances.

~ Kat Bastion

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In eBook and Paperback… 
https://books2read.com/Half-baked-Holidays

BRAND NEW YEAR on Goodreads

Share on BookBub . . .


Thank you so much for being a part of our book-loving community.

We hope you enjoy the romantic comedy stories in Half-baked Holidays.

And thank you for helping us share the news of Half-baked Holidays! We greatly appreciate your loyal support.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone


How to stay in touch with us?

Be sure you’re signed up for Bastion Family Adventurers.
In order to read all our latest happenings, catch our newest releases, and receive an occasional free story as our thank you, be sure you’re signed up for our email list to be a part of our Bastion Family Adventurers, if you’re not already there with us.

Bastion Family Adventurers Banner

Have you joined our Bastion Family Adventurers?

Be the first to receive all the amazing exclusives:

Exclusive Cover Reveals: Be the first to participate in the unveiling.
Exclusive Preorder Alerts: Never miss an opportunity to order your copy.
Exclusive Bonus Gifts: series art, bonus scenes, seasonal goodies, and more!
Exclusive FREE Stories! For a limited-time, shared only with our family.

We’re honored for you to join us: Bastion Family Adventurers


Let’s get social…

Blog * Facebook * Kat’s Twitter * Stone’s Twitter * Website Goodreads

Follow Us on BookBub…

Follow on BookBub

© 2021 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

Festive Paperback an Excellent Christmas Gift: Half-baked Holidays

Hello, dear readers!

The beautiful festive paperbacks of Half-baked Holidays are now available!

If you order your paperback copies now, you’ll receive in plenty of time for gift-giving, to treat yourself or those you love who adore heartwarming holiday romance.

Plus, read on to see what early reviewers are raving about…

Half-baked Holiday PAPERBACK FINAL

Early Rave Reviews…

“I could not hardly put this down. It’s a delightful bookescape between the pages of these Hallmark-ish movie feels in a book form.”
– Lommie, #Bookstagrammer @books.and.lommie

Half-baked Holidays was a perfect book filled with short, festive romance themed stories. Perfect Holiday Book! 5 stars!
– Amy, NetGalley

A wonderful rom com holiday collection. I love them all so much and it is hard to pick who my favorite couple is. This instant love holiday collection will give you all the holiday feels you are looking for. I could not put this one down.
– Becky, NetGalley

“Such an enjoyable read. I definitely highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
– Kate, NetGalley

I loved this collection of short, festive reads. All standalone stories set around Christmas. Looking forward to more from this author!”
– Rachel, NetGalley

“…short and sweet Hallmark movies but in writing. Great if you’re looking for a quick, fast paced romance to get you in the holiday spirit.
– Gia, NetGalley

If you are looking for cute and heartwarming Christmas romances then this book is perfect for you! Reading Billionaire Bash New Year’s Crash made me get a hot chocolate and snuggle up against a fluffy blanket.”
– Sarah, NetGalley

My favorite is So Not a Silent Night, the crazy little hellions, the old high school crush and hysterical shenanigans. It was a joy to read such different stories and be taken away somewhere exciting.”
– Anima, NetGalley

A great compilation of holiday stories…I enjoyed reading this before bed each night. Give Me a Christmas Break & Half-baked Holiday were two personal favorites.”
– Isla, NetGalley


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eBook releases November 7, 2021
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Thank you so much for being a part of our book-loving community.

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Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone


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The Final Comic Book Date Romantic Comedy is LIVE!

Hello, dear readers!

We’re excited to share that the final standalone in the Comic Book Date Series…

The Irresistible 4th of July Comic Book Date is LIVE!

Ever wonder what it might be like to be swept off your feet on the 4th of July by a modern-day Captain America?

The Accidental VERSION 2 May the 4th Comic Book Date

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Multiple award-winning author Kat Bastion returns with the heartwarming final romantic comedy in the Comic Book Date Series… The Irresistible 4th of July Comic Book Date.

Store owner Scarlett MacArthur teeters on a ladder in the Comic Book Portal’s stockroom. Attempting to right a disastrous weekend. Until the universe drops one last multifaceted straw.

Strong and independent, she’s faced with being stuck and… vulnerable.

The greater hurdle? Accepting help from a handsome new customer, Lo Chiang.

Will her battered defenses reject an unexpected rescue? Or is exposing her fragile heart the perfect remedy?

Can everyday superheroes make room for love?


Annnd

Speaking of romantic holidays, in case you missed the preorder news…

A wonderful Christmas gift releases this coming Sunday!

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Half-baked Holidays: A Romantic Comedy Holiday Collection

Releases November 7, 2021
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We hope you enjoy all of the romantic comedy stories in The Irresistible 4th of July Comic Book Date and Half-baked Holidays.

Thank you so much for being a part of our book-loving community.

And thank you for helping us share the news of the books! We greatly appreciate your loyal support.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone


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Exciting News: Half-baked Holidays! Available on Preorder…

Hello, dear readers!

We’re thrilled to share some exciting news…

How about a collection of brand-new heartwarming and wholesome romantic comedies?

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Half-baked Holidays: A Romantic Comedy Holiday Collection

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Releases November 7, 2021

Half-baked Holidays: A Romantic Comedy Holiday Collection

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About
Half-Baked Holidays

Nestle down for a joyride of unparalleled mistletoe mischief as multiple award-winning author Kat Bastion unveils five brand-new multicultural romantic comedies in… Half-baked Holidays.

Delicious chaos as romance and yuletide collide.

Family chaos erupts as former high school crushes toss mischief into their first Christmas in…
So NOT a Silent Night

A sweet volunteer bedecks herself in Christmas trimmings to lure a dreamy firefighter in…
Enticing Wrapper Number 9

A Wharton MBAer ditches her trying family for a spontaneous Hawaiian yoga instructor in…
Give Me a Christmas Break

Two daring college students engage in breaking and entering—a personal baking contest—in…
Half-baked Holiday

When besties con their way into the ultimate party, a law student finds herself caught in…
Billionaire Bash New Year’s Crash

Half-baked Holidays: A Romantic Comedy Holiday Collection
five original romantic comedies…
So NOT a Silent Night
Enticing Wrapper Number 9
Give Me a Christmas Break
Half-baked Holiday
Billionaire Bash New Year’s Crash

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Half-baked Holidays: A Romantic Comedy Holiday Collection

Releases November 7, 2021
Preorder your copy at your favorite retailer…
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BRAND NEW YEAR on Goodreads

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We hope you enjoy the romantic comedy stories in Half-baked Holidays.

Thank you so much for being a part of our book-loving community.

And thank you for helping us share the news of Half-baked Holidays! We greatly appreciate your loyal support.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone


How to stay in touch with us?

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Exclusive FREE Stories! For a limited-time, shared only with our family.

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Another Comic Book Date Romantic Comedy is LIVE!

Hello, everyone!

We’re thrilled to share the release news of the second standalone in the Comic Book Date Series…

The Unbelievable Made on a Dare Comic Book Date is LIVE!

Ever fantasize about a date with Thor?

Orrr… the sexy movie star playing Thor?

Mmm-hmmm… Thought so.

Well, my reader friends, this story’s been written for us superhero groupies…

Cover of Kat Bastion's The Unbelievable Made on a Dare Comic Book Date with green, red, and white book title, cover gray background with pretty Indian girl dancing in green red and gold Bollywood costume

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Multiple award-winning author Kat Bastion returns with a decadent globetrotting romantic comedy novelette in… The Unbelievable Made on a Dare Comic Book Date.

Riya Patel’s entire civilized world—tailored and compartmentalized with great care—implodes with crushing force from a single loaded parental text: Bring your boyfriend to the wedding. A boyfriend who doesn’t exist.

Yet lightning strikes twice when gorgeous Scandinavian actor Sören Johansen drops everything to court her. Someone Riya would never choose to date. An impossible match.

But how to shock the hell out of a traditional Indian wedding party?

Bring the most scandalous plus-one: Thor, God of Thunder.

Do risky dares give stunning rewards? Or one spectacular backfire…


Annnd

In case you missed it, the first book in the Comic Book Date series…

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Grab your copy at your favorite retailer…
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BRAND NEW YEAR on Goodreads

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Coming Soon in the
Comic Book Date Series…

The Irresistible 4th of July Comic Book Date


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Thank you for sharing in the release excitement of The Unbelievable Made on a Dare Comic Book Date.

We hope you enjoy Riya and Sören’s decadent globetrotting romantic comedy.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

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New KatBastion.com Website and New Comic Book Date Cover

Hello, Everyone!

We’ve got more reveal surprises to share with you…

Not only have we been busy updating our book covers, we’ve completely updated the website! And with all the beautiful new covers it’s so very cool.

Check out our new website here: KatBastion.com

The website even has a brand new logo and colors. And boy, that delightful pale purple might have come from our new No Weddings cover, but it’s now become the official logo color for Kat Bastion. And… my new favorite color. 🙂

If that isn’t cool enough, we also have (featured on said new website) a new cover for the next Comic Book Date romantic comedy!

We kinda fell in love with Willow’s best friend Riya in The Accidental May the 4th Comic Book Date, and I’m having a blast writing her story. Stay tuned for its upcoming release news.

But for now, what do you think of Riya’s cover… ?

{drumroll}

The Unbelievable Made on a Dare Comic Book Date….

{draws back the curtain}

Cover of Kat Bastion's The Unbelievable Made on a Dare Comic Book Date with green, red, and white book title, cover gray background with pretty Indian girl dancing in green red and gold Bollywood costume

COMING SOON!


In case you missed it, the first book in the Comic Book Date series…

Cover for The Accidental May the 4th Comic Book Date, girl in face mask and white cat, both with pink bow

Grab your copy at your favorite retailer…
https://books2read.com/AccidentalMaythe4thComicBookDate

BRAND NEW YEAR on Goodreads

Share on BookBub . . .


Coming Soon in the
Comic Book Date Series…

The Unbelievable Made on a Dare Comic Book Date
and
The Irresistible 4th of July Comic Book Date


How to stay in touch with us?

Be sure you’re signed up for Bastion Family Adventurers.
In order to read all our latest happenings, catch our newest releases, and receive an occasional free story as our thank you, be sure you’re signed up for our email list to be a part of our Bastion Family Adventurers, if you’re not already there with us.

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Be the first to receive all the amazing exclusives:

Exclusive Cover Reveals: Be the first to participate in the unveiling.
Exclusive Preorder Alerts: Never miss an opportunity to order your copy.
Exclusive Bonus Gifts: series art, bonus scenes, seasonal goodies, and more!
Exclusive FREE Stories! For a limited-time, shared only with our family.

We’re honored for you to join us: Bastion Family Adventurers


Thank you for sharing in the excitement of our new website makeover and the reveal of the pretty cover for The Unbelievable Made on a Dare Comic Book Date.

We hope you enjoyed the reveals. Stay tuned for more Comic Book Date Series release news in the coming weeks.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

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Beautiful New NO WEDDINGS Covers

Hello, Everyone!

Ahhh… that sweetness of spring in the air. With it comes the thrill of new beginnings, anticipation of young love, and romanticism of summer weddings.

Why not celebrate?

How about beautiful fresh covers for the No Weddings Series?

{drumroll}

For the brand-new cover of the “Best Of” romantic comedy No Weddings

{draws back the curtain}

No Weddings Cover with Wedding Dress Tux and Purple Null Symbol over them

Grab your copy at your favorite retailer:
https://books2read.com/NoWeddings

The entire No Weddings Series makeover… 

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Found on your favorite retailers!


Looking for more of your favorite No Weddings Series characters?

Upcoming Novels in the Unbreakable Series…

Ball Breaker
with Kendall and Jax

Icebreaker
with Chloe and Daniel!


And, in case you missed it, a fun new romantic comedy release…

Cover for The Accidental May the 4th Comic Book Date, girl in face mask and white cat, both with pink bow

Grab your copy at your favorite retailer…
https://books2read.com/AccidentalMaythe4thComicBookDate

BRAND NEW YEAR on Goodreads

Share on BookBub . . .


Coming soon in the
Comic Book Date Series…

The Unbelievable Made on a Dare Comic Book Date
and
The Irresistible 4th of July Comic Book Date


How to stay in touch with us?

Be sure you’re signed up for Bastion Family Adventurers.
In order to read all our latest happenings, catch our newest releases, and receive an occasional free story as our thank you, be sure you’re signed up for our email list to be a part of our Bastion Family Adventurers, if you’re not already there with us.

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Be the first to receive all the amazing exclusives:

Exclusive Cover Reveals: Be the first to participate in the unveiling.
Exclusive Preorder Alerts: Never miss an opportunity to order your copy.
Exclusive Bonus Gifts: series art, bonus scenes, seasonal goodies, and more!
Exclusive FREE Stories! For a limited-time, shared only with our family.

We’re honored for you to join us: Bastion Family Adventurers


Thank you for sharing in the excitement of the No Weddings Series makeover.

We hope you like their new covers.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

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