PANTHER RISING Book Birthday!

Hello, everyone!

Today is the debut of Panther Rising – It’s LIVE!

{tosses confetti}

We shared a behind-the-scenes glimpse of our ancient Mayan field trip with our fellow Bastion Family Adventurers earlier today. Not yet signed up? We’d love to have you join us. Be sure to scroll down below for all the details.

A favorite quote from the story:

“The most amazing things happen when we think big and believe.”
~ Panther Rising


Award-winning and bestselling authors Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion join forces once again in an exciting new short-story adventure series… THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years.

Meet Isobel Brodie…

Recent thirteenth-century Scottish transplant—from twenty-first-century Southern California. New wife to a fearsome Highland laird. Future mom to immortal twins. Rookie warrior drafted by magick to save the unraveling fabric of time.

The dark angel who mentors her calls her Ms. MacInnes.

Prophesy named her… The Traveler.

Panther Rising: Thrown into a sweltering jungle seven millennia in the past, Isobel navigates natural and otherworldly obstacles in a Mayan temple underworld. But as ancient entities join forces to steal energy through time, she’s pressured to outsmart an enemy that’s always time-jumped one step ahead.

Cover of Panther Rising

THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years series

THE TRAVELER series Covers

Five books. Five unforgettable short-story adventures.

Highlanders. Time Travel. Magick.
A strong heroine, a fallen angel, and an ancient sorcerer.
What’s not to love?

Order your copies today…
Includes bonus sneak peek of Born of Mist and Legend!

Veil of Realms – 02.02.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Veil of Realms on Goodreads
Secrets of Alexandria – 02.16.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Secrets of Alexandria on Goodreads
Panther Rising – 03.01.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Panther Rising on Goodreads
Stones of Power – 03.15.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Stones of Power on Goodreads
Highland Magick – 03.29.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Highland Magick on Goodreads


Plus…

The release of Born of Mist and Legend. is just around the corner.
Have you preordered your copy yet?

We look forward to sharing the romantic adventure with you
April 13, 2020!Cover for Born of Mist and Legend

Preorder Yours Today!Releases April 13, 2020
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CAN | Amazon AU
Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo

Heartbreaker on Goodreads


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


Thank you so much for sharing in our excitement. {vibrates}

We’ll see you in two weeks for our Stones of Power book birthday!

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

·

Let’s get social…

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

Follow Us on BookBub…

Follow on BookBub

© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

Uncover the SECRETS OF ALEXANDRIA!

Hello, everyone!

We’re thrilled to share that Secrets of Alexandria is LIVE!

{tosses confetti}

We shared some fun exclusives with our fellow Bastion Family Adventurers earlier today. Not yet signed up? We’d love to have you join us. Be sure to scroll down below for all the details.

A favorite quote from the story:

“Focus that belief through your magick. Power your intention through the energy. Then you’ll manifest whatever you desire.”
~ Secrets of Alexandria


Award-winning and bestselling authors Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion join forces once again in an exciting new short-story adventure series… THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years.

Meet Isobel Brodie…

Recent thirteenth-century Scottish transplant—from twenty-first-century Southern California. New wife to a fearsome Highland laird. Future mom to immortal twins. Rookie warrior drafted by magick to save the unraveling fabric of time.

The dark angel who mentors her calls her Ms. MacInnes.

Prophesy named her… The Traveler.

Secrets of Alexandria: Dropped into legendary Alexandria, Isobel hunts the threat she’s been sent to eliminate. But her adversary is clever and experienced. And the learning curve to her new magick, steep. Yet with the timeline in danger, she’s all that stands between her nemesis and life everywhere.

Secrets of Alexandria Cover

THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years series

THE TRAVELER series Covers

Five books. Five unforgettable short-story adventures.

Highlanders. Time Travel. Magick.
A strong heroine, a fallen angel, and an ancient sorcerer.
What’s not to love?

Order your copies today…
Includes bonus sneak peek of Born of Mist and Legend!

Veil of Realms – 02.02.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Veil of Realms on Goodreads
Secrets of Alexandria – 02.16.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Secrets of Alexandria on Goodreads
Panther Rising – 03.01.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Panther Rising on Goodreads
Stones of Power – 03.15.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Stones of Power on Goodreads
Highland Magick – 03.29.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Highland Magick on Goodreads


Plus…

The release of Born of Mist and Legend. is just around the corner.
Have you preordered your copy yet?

We look forward to sharing the romantic adventure with you
April 13, 2020!Cover for Born of Mist and Legend

Preorder Yours Today!Releases April 13, 2020
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CAN | Amazon AU
Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo

Heartbreaker on Goodreads


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


Thank you so much for sharing in our excitement. {vibrates}

We’ll see you in two weeks for our Panther Rising book birthday!

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

·

Let’s get social…

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

Follow Us on BookBub…

Follow on BookBub

© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

VEIL OF REALMS is Live!

Hello, everyone!

We are very excited to share that Veil of Realms is LIVE!
{tosses confetti}

Veil of Realms Cover

THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years series

THE TRAVELER series Covers

Five books. Five unforgettable short-story adventures.

Highlanders. Time Travel. Magick.
A strong heroine, a fallen angel, and an ancient sorcerer.
What’s not to love?

Order your copies today…
Includes bonus sneak peek of Born of Mist and Legend!

Veil of Realms – 02.02.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Veil of Realms on Goodreads
Secrets of Alexandria – 02.16.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Secrets of Alexandria on Goodreads
Panther Rising – 03.01.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Panther Rising on Goodreads
Stones of Power – 03.15.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Stones of Power on Goodreads
Highland Magick – 03.29.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Highland Magick on Goodreads


Plus…

The release of Born of Mist and Legend. is just around the corner.
Have you preordered your copy yet?

We look forward to sharing the romantic adventure with you
April 13, 2020!Cover for Born of Mist and Legend

Preorder Yours Today!Releases April 13, 2020
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CAN | Amazon AU
Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo

Heartbreaker on Goodreads


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


Thank you so much for sharing in our excitement. {vibrates}

We’ll see you in two weeks for Secrets of Alexandria book birthday!

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

·

Let’s get social…

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

Follow Us on BookBub…

Follow on BookBub

 

© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

Exciting News from the Bastion Writing Desks…

Hello, everyone!

We have exciting writing news bits to share…

First, we are only ONE WEEK away from the release of our first book in THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years …

Veil of Realms

Veil of Realms Cover

THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years series

THE TRAVELER series Covers

Five books. Five unforgettable short-story adventures.

Order your copies today…
Includes bonus sneak peek of Born of Mist and Legend!

Veil of Realms – 02.02.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo | Google Play
Veil of Realms on Goodreads
Secrets of Alexandria – 02.16.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo
Secrets of Alexandria on Goodreads
Panther Rising – 03.01.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo
Panther Rising on Goodreads
Stones of Power – 03.15.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo
Stones of Power on Goodreads
Highland Magick – 03.29.20
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo
Highland Magick on Goodreads


AND…

For the very first time, our ebooks are now available on Google Play!

Google Play Kat and Stone Bastion Books

You can preorder Veil of Realms there today! By this time next week, we hope to have the remainder of THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years up for preorder on Google Play as well!


Plus…

We’re coming along nicely on finishing the epic adventure Born of Mist and Legend. We’ve had a blast with Skorpius and Brigid’s story and look forward to sharing it with you April 13, 2020!

Cover for Born of Mist and Legend

Preorder Yours Today!Releases April 13, 2020
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CAN | Amazon AU
Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo

Heartbreaker on Goodreads

 


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

 


 

Thank you so much for sharing in our excitement. {vibrates}

We’ll see you next week for Veil of Realms book birthday!

 

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

·

Let’s get social…

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

Follow Us on BookBub…

Follow on BookBub

 

© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

New Adventure Series THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years

Hello, everyone!

In the event you missed yesterday’s news with our fellow Bastion Family Adventurers, today we publicly reveal a secret we’ve keeping.

Since Forged in Dreams and Magick, have you missed Isobel Brodie? Ever wondered what her first thrilling adventures as The Traveler would be like?

We have.

{grins}

Wonder no more…


THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years

Begins with…

Veil of Realms Cover

THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years series

Veil of Realms
02.02.20
Secrets of Alexandria
02.16.20
Panther Rising
03.01.20
Stones of Power
03.15.20
Highland Magick
03.29.20

Cover Designer: Stone Bastion | Cover Art: Kat Bastion


ABOUT…
THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years

Award-winning and bestselling authors Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion join forces once again in an exciting new short-story adventure series… THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years.

Meet Isobel Brodie…

Recent thirteenth-century Scottish transplant—from twenty-first-century Southern California. New wife to a fearsome Highland laird. Future mom to immortal twins. Rookie warrior drafted by magick to save the unraveling fabric of time.

The dark angel who mentors her calls her Ms. MacInnes.

Prophesy named her… The Traveler.

Veil of Realms: Isobel is catapulted thousands of years into the past, to Ireland’s Newgrange, where malevolent forces have breached the thin barrier between worlds. On her first mission, will her magick be strong enough to defeat an ancient power-hungry entity? ~ 10,300 word count

·

Other standalone books in THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years series:

Secrets of Alexandria: Dropped into legendary Alexandria, Isobel hunts the threat she’s been sent to eliminate. But her adversary is clever and experienced. And the learning curve to her new magick, steep. Yet with the timeline in danger, she’s all that stands between her nemesis and life everywhere.

Panther Rising: Thrown into a sweltering jungle seven millennia in the past, Isobel navigates natural and otherworldly obstacles in a Mayan temple underworld. But as ancient entities join forces to steal energy through time, she’s pressured to outsmart an enemy that’s always time-jumped one step ahead.

Stones of Power: Transported to a future Samhain, circa 2039, Isobel stumbles into a group hiking to witness supernatural occurrences at Stonehenge—her apparent destination as well. But it seems her foe crafted a trap for her. And the price to save life everywhere? Higher than ever.

Highland Magick: With the rules of the game constantly shifting, Isobel squares off with her reviled enemy in her own backyard. But will she be able to safeguard her clan without exposing the secrets of her magick?


THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years

THE TRAVELER series Covers

Five books. Five unforgettable short-story adventures.

Order your copies today…
Includes bonus sneak peek of Born of Mist and Legend!

Veil of Realms
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo
Veil of Realms on Goodreads
Secrets of Alexandria
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo
Secrets of Alexandria on Goodreads
Panther Rising
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo
Panther Rising on Goodreads
Stones of Power
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo
Stones of Power on Goodreads
Highland Magick
Amazon | Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo
Highland Magick on Goodreads


Bastion Family Adventurers Banner

Join our Bastion Family Adventurers!

And 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 your support of THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years series. We look forward to sharing Isobel’s thrilling standalone time-travel adventures with you through February and March. It will help time fly· 😉 ·until April’s release of the next Highland Legends series novel… Born of Mist and Legend!

Enjoy!

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

·

Let’s get social…

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

Follow Us on BookBub…Follow on BookBub

© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

Cover Reveal: Born of Mist and Legend

Hello, everyone!

In the event you missed the news with our fellow Bastion Family Adventurers, we’ve got an exciting surprise for you.

In a dark cave, lost somewhere in time, journeying into the vast reaches of an ancient Earthly realm and beyond…

We’ve been quietly writing…

Story adventuring with unbridled fervor…

Balancing the very forces of good and evil…

{whispers} Into the magickal Highlands of Scotland.

Won’t you join us . . . ?


It’s Cover Reveal Day for the long-awaited
BORN OF MIST AND LEGEND!

Cover for Born of Mist and Legend
Preorder Yours Today!Releases April 13, 2020
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CAN | Amazon AU
Apple Books | Nook Books | Kobo

Heartbreaker on Goodreads

Title: Born of Mist and Legend
Series:
 Highland Legends, #3
Cover Designer:
 Stephanie Mooney
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Medieval Romance, Time Travel
Release Date: April 13, 2020


About BORN OF MIST AND LEGEND:

Following her award-winning debut, Kat Bastion returns to the Highland Legends series with the epic journey… Born of Mist and Legend.

Amid mythical lands, where Arthurian tales run blood-deep and castles vanish into fabled mist, a stormy sky breaks open with deafening thunder on a dying mother’s whispered enchantment… and her newborn’s die is cast. Eighteen summers later, magick sparks to life within the charmed child’s veins, and the fates resume their course.

Rise of a fallen angel…

Rebirth of a Highland goddess…

Revenge of a legendary wizard, craving their power.

Dark angel, outcast of his kind—lone angelic guardian of time itself—Skorpius receives a bewildering dual directive. Protect a human female. And end her.

Once bright and innocent, sister to the laird of the mysterious Clan Brodie, Brigid awakens to incredible magick within her. And the ability to sense a foreign energy: Another stalks her, a beast hunting its prey.

On a quest to protect her clan and save humankind, Brigid forges beyond the only home she’s ever known into the wilds of Scotland. Her destiny—to battle an ancient lurking menace—beckons her. She braves her task with fierce determination, even though she’s a mere novice among masters.

Upholding his vow to protect time against any threat, Skorpius is duty-bound to guard the female, with or without her consent. For he alone presides as judge and executioner.

As unprecedented danger to the fabric of time looms, the two beleaguered souls walk a tightrope between cure and cause. Yet while the destiny of every realm hangs in the balance, they are all that stand between salvation and destruction.

But against insurmountable odds…will they both survive?

*** Born of Mist and Legend is a standalone full-length romance told in dual POV. Due to mature themes and adult language, this book is for those 18 and older. ***


Other standalone books in the Highland Legends series:

If you or your reading friends have yet to discover the magickal Highland Legends series, now’s the perfect time to enjoy the award-winning and bestselling original books…

Forged in Dreams and Magick Cover      Bound by Wish and Mistletoe Cover
Forged in Dreams and Magick | Bound by Wish and Mistletoe
Found on all your favorite retailers.


Join our Bastion Family Adventurers!

And 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 your support of Born of Mist and Legend. We look forward to sharing the epic adventure of Skorpius and Brigid’s romance with you.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

 

Let’s get social…

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

Follow Us on BookBub…Follow on BookBub

 

© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

New Year, New Decade, and our New Email Family with Exciting Gifts Ahead…

Bastion Family Adventurers Banner

Hello, everyone. And Happy New Year and New Decade!

Yes, we’ve seen the ongoing debate on whether or not the new decade has begun. Potayto, Potahto. We’re charging into the 20’s. And it’s an exciting new decade indeed.

Especially exciting for us. All of us.

The Wake-up Call

Now, typically, we don’t share our personal lives much in our public book world. We blogged a couple of years ago about moving to a tropical island and going minimalist.

What we didn’t share since then was the near-near-death experience Stone had one year ago next month. No need to go into the details, but suffice to say, both of us were terrified he wouldn’t wake up the following morning.

Every day since has been an amazing blessing. And has reprioritized our love for life, initiated a vow to experience the world with childlike wonder and joy each day we’re lucky enough to wake up in, and recharged our energy for creating adventuresome stories.

After the health scare, we moved back to the mainland, to beautiful Boise, Idaho. And in mid-2019 we dubbed the next twelve months our “Year of University”, although we suspect it will continue on to be every year, with us eagerly learning and growing.

Some of the Cool Learnin’

A few of the many creative things we’ve learned thus far include formatting our own books, designing our own covers and promotional materials, and creating our own original art.

Yep. Art for our book covers!

In the next couple of weeks, we’ll share with you the five book covers we’ve created for an exciting new short-story adventure series we’re revealing soon… #StayTuned

New Email Family

Part of our wake-up call, our second chance with life together, has been to elevate our current mailing list and the wonderful readership within it that supports us. So, rather than an occasional email (only as notification of preorders, sales, and new releases), we’re going to reach out a little more often. Possibly monthly, or more.

And we’re considering ourselves a part of the tribe, those who love to escape in original breathtaking journeys, delight in the heartbreak, the growth, and the journey where love prevails and the good guys always win.

To embrace our readership more fully, we’ve named our tribe… {whispers} as our banner above hinted…
the Bastion Family Adventurers!

Exciting Gifts Ahead for our Loyal Readership

As a thank you to our loyal fans, we’re going to be extending special gifts to those included in our email list. What kind of gifts?

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

Join our Bastion Family Adventurers!

If you aren’t yet a part of our mailing list, now’s the perfect time…

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

This week, share in our first Exclusive Cover Reveal of the decade!

Next week? Be the first to hear about our surprise series and see the beautiful covers. PLUS… receive the first story in the series FREE! A full two weeks before its release!

What’s Coming in the Next Decade?

LOTS of stories.

We expect to release books in every season of every year.

Till we die.

Which hopefully won’t be for a really long time.

{stares with intense love and expectation at Stone}

For starters?

That new short-story series we mentioned contains five standalone adventures. The first book will release February 2, 2020. Then each short story after will release every two weeks.

Annnd… the next Highland Legends novel finally has a release date!
{whispers} Born of Mist and Legend is the Exclusive Cover Reveal we’re sharing with our Bastion Family Adventurers this week!

Then we’re writing the next two novels in the Unbreakable Series, the next Highland Legends novel, a standalone spinoff novel from the No Weddings series, another fun new comedy series, a young adult fantasy adventure series… and much more.

Oh, and did we mention {whispers} audio?

Pretty exciting stuff, right?

Most of all, we are grateful. So very appreciate we’re here. With you.

Thank you for all your support through the years. We look forward to many decades yet to come.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

 

© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

Samhain Magick

Hello, everyone.

A wee treat on Samhain from the realm of our Highland Legends series…

Samhain Magick glowing menhirs

Samhain Magick glowing menhirs

 

Samhain Magick

by Kat Bastion

“Isa.” Iain’s voice echoed from far away. Even though my new husband sat right in front of me on our Clan Brodie plaid.

A strange pain developed behind my breastbone. Heartburn? Only if a pinprick tug toward my insides could be considered heartburn. The sensation intensified. Tugged a little stronger. Once. Twice. Like an impatient child demanding a parent’s attention.

“Isa!” Urgency underscored his tone. But the volume had muffled further. His visage faded as well, as if I’d sunk beneath the surface of a deep lake and stared up at him from ten feet below. 

I stared at him, confused. Then I glanced at our scrumptious picnic, so unlike my thirteenth-century warrior to prepare let alone in the busy last few days since he’d returned from weeks of scouting.

Unable to reconcile the escalating pain in my chest, I rubbed two fingers over the spot and inhaled deeply. A warm flash brushed over my heart outward, to my scalp, fingers, and toes. 

Pregnancy typically came with heartburn. But in the first trimester? Maybe twins were different. But the hot flash was an odd unexpected. Then again, I had no reference point for my first pregnancy. Pretty sure human-turned-immortal cases weren’t in any medical books. Anytime in history.

Isa!” Fear etched severe lines into his face, and he lunged toward me. “You’re vanishin’!”

As the heat increased, wavy lines distorted the air around me, like the atmosphere above scorching summer asphalt back in twenty-first-century California.

“Iain!” I called out to him at the split second that everything disappeared, as I realized what was happening. Different than the episodes before. But recognizable nonetheless.

Apparently in response to an unknown trigger—the tugging within—I’d unconsciously gathered energy from my surroundings to respond to where I’d been requested.

Time had beckoned.

And the powers I’d recently acquired had responded. Without my say-so.

Yep. Stupid me. I’d assumed I’d be free to enjoy a romantic evening picnic.

An instant later, I materialized into thick forest.

Running.

And no longer in the baby-blue gown I’d chosen for our first date night in weeks. My favorite deerskin halter top and pants had materialized on my body. In my hands? My short swords.

Instinct had me duck, just before the low hum of an arrow whizzed over my head. Then I dodged right, to avoid another. Faking left, then swerving right, I dove through scrub edging a game trail and thrust my sword in the exact spot the arrow had originated from. A rustle preceded a muffled thud.

How had I known where to target? No idea. Another new power—they kept on coming.

As I spun around, then kept running along the trail while targeting the second archer, I screamed a mental call for assistance out into the ether. Cupcake!

The wide base of a tree loomed ahead. Without slowing, I discarded one sword by tossing it blade-first into the soft earth, ran up the trunk and grabbed the lowest branch, then thrust up and skewered my second attacker. A low grunt sounded. With a jerk of my sword, a body fell to my right from above. Then made a much louder thud.

Great. I’d killed two people. Somewhere in time.

Get your superior ass over here, Sunshine! A little help!

Breathing hard, I cleaned my blades then resheathed them.

The chest-tug continued. And so did I, down the game trail. With cautious stealth. Alone.

Figures my mentor would abandon me on my first assignment. Yep. Tossed that accusation out there too. But the lack of intel didn’t surprise me much. From the beginning, the whole time-traveler thing had come without any warning. Or an instruction manual.

However, my sarcasm rubbed my lone guide the wrong way. Ienjoyed it immensely. But there was a time and place. Other times. Different places. Not here and now.

The tugging transformed into a keening vibration, a constant pull with every measured step.

After a dozen more paces, the thick foliage began to thin. Through low saplings, I made out a clearing ahead.

When I stopped with only slight leaf-cover as camouflage, I made out a dark figure turned away from me. Behind him, giant menhirs engraved with megalithic art fanned outward, brimming with unleashed energy. Barely discernable in the darkness beyond, the presence of a massive mounded earthen structure pressed against my senses.

All of a sudden, the vibration within my chest escalated, burst into a hot charge, then shot forward into the clearing, manifesting as sparks of that same shimmering mirage.

The figure spun to face my direction. The “dark” turned out to be a robe. A wiry salt-and-pepper beard clung to the bottom a weathered face. A gnarled staff extended from his clenched hand. With a strangled cry and glowing eyes, he struck the ground with his staff. Like a forged lightning bolt, energy shot up through the ground so fast, the hairs on my arms stood out on end. The air above him began shimmer, then roiled with a growing dark cloud that appeared from seemingly nowhere.

A sorcerer of some sort. That I’d been assigned to handle. With zero intel.

I sighed.

Even stubborn me knew knowledge granted power. And I had stifled my stubbornness before.

A little respect went a long way.

Skorpius. My mental voice gentled, as I finally addressed him by his proper human name. Would you please assist me? I’d greatly appreciate it.

At once, I felt his powerful presence beside me.

“You do not require my assistance, Traveler.” Amusement edged his low tone. However, he hadn’t addressed me with his typical “Ms. MacInnes” taunt. The situation warranted seriousness.

so agreed with that assessment as I shot him a deadpan look. “I killed two people.”

Those preternatural swirling blue-green eyes stared ahead. Glossy black wings arched high above his seven-and-a-half-foot angelic frame. A dark olive complexion fell even duskier in the deep shadows of whatever ancient forest we stood in. He wore his typical distressed black leather pants. His matching black combat boots were battered, laces loose, like he wore them with some modicum of disdain.

“Who attempted to kill you.” He glanced at me with a tit-for-tat deadpan. “You dispatched them. With great skill. No assistance required.”

Thanks, Master of the Obvious. It seemed a body count came with the job description and zero expected guilt. I arched a brow and nodded out ahead.

What about Gandalf the Grey over there? And when and where the hell are we, anyway?

Our appraisal banter had only spanned a handful of seconds, but the sorcerer’s roiling storm cloud had quadrupled in size. Some kind of magick churned within it, its discharge buffeting my awareness.

The vibration within my chest twanged to life again.

A bright light burst to life within the churning cloud, growing and flashing out with star points.

A powerful druid. Skorpius’s gaze returned to our target. His greed is destabilizing time.

As the druid’s energy reached a frequency peak, three flaming blue fireballs fired out from the magickal star’s epicenter…and raced straight toward me.

We learn by experience—Skorpius vanished—Traveler.

Baptism by fire, I mentally grumbled back as I crossed my short swords, gathered energy from around me, and shielded myself for the blow. The fireballs exploded against my blades.

But not before painful sparks of magick singed my forearms.

Another build-up of power began from the weathered druid.

Urgency pumped hot through my veins.

Instinct had me running again, zig-zagging through the glade. But my new time-travel powers kicked in once more and flashed me in and out as I ran. Appearing in random places left to right, I closed the distance between us.

At a critical moment, just prior to the druid’s energy peaking again, I materialized far to the right then concentrated on the space he occupied. The next moment, I appeared inches in front of him with my sword thrust up through the center of his dark-robed chest.

The wizened face stretched gaunt, thin lips rounding into an O. His body crumpled to the ground in a heap of dark material. That flattened. Then disappeared. Along with his dark cloud.

Not trusting the Wicked-Witch melting act, I dug a toe into the earth where he’d last been. The air still snapped and sparked with power. Elemental energy from the megalithic stones licked across my senses.

And the angel’s ancient power still remained, nearby, but unseen.

Where and when are we again? Weary from the fight, I leaned against one of the towering stones.

Your answer lies within.

Within?

No reply came. Instead, Skorpius’s energy signature vanished.

Great. Thanks for the training, Mr. Riddle.

Wax on, wax off: Mr. Miyagi’s lessons for his Karate Kid. Only the Kid’s trials involved waxing cars and painting fences. Not swords and death. Welcome to my world.

With intense concentration, I followed Skorpius’s riddled directive on instinct. I closed my eyes and searched to the depths of my being, into the very beating of my heart, near where the tugging had begun. And some kind of information registered back. Not words. Not symbols. Just a decoded knowing born of magick. “October thirty-first, 2,800 BCE,” I murmured. “Prehistoric Newgrange. Eastern Ireland.” Surprised at the internal info-dump, I blinked heavily. “Samhain.”

Very good, Ms. MacInnes.

Ah. So, my mentor hasn’t abandoned me after all.

No reply came. No energy either. Neat trick.

Still catching my breath, I leaned back against one of the gigantic menhirs. Grateful for its support, I drank in the power of a legendary site I’d never been to—near its genesis. Whose energy still vibrated through me.

I stared at the turfed spot where the deflated robe had vanished. Traveler one, druid zero. “Well, at least my task is done.”

With the drop of my last word, the earth began to shake. Loose gravel bounced over the ground. The giant menhir behind me pulsed with greater power. All the stones in sight began to glow.

A heavy foreign presence invaded my mind. Ancient. Dripping with elemental power.

“No, my naïve one. We’ve only just begun.”


Have You Joined Our Email Notification List?
Keep informed of new releases by signing up:
Kat & Stone Bastion’s Email Subscription

One lucky subscriber wins an eBook of their choice from our backlist AND a $10 Amazon or B&N Gift Card with each announcement.


© 2019 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

The Writer Journey: Elude Burnout by Nourishing the Soul to Fuel Creativity

For a writer, when creative lightning strikes, the phenomenon is euphoric and all-encompassing.

We’re drawn into a wondrous journey, transported to another dimension.

Fingers fly over the keyboard.

Scenes unfold in vivid detail into clear receptive minds.

And as an obedient watcher, we document, transcribe, and hope to capture every sense and emotion as the adventure unfolds.

Ahhh…

That’s what we’ve been up to at the Bastion writing desks: tapping into that addictive drug of writing again.

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Going into 2019 feels like the beginning of a blissful crisp glide through powdery snow: hearts beating a little faster, skin tingling from the chill, pure anticipation in our hearts for the undiscovered tracks that lie ahead.

We’ve done much soul-searching this last year…or two…

Eluding Burnout

“Know thyself” became a common phrase we’ve adopted. It’s helped us sidestep landmines of overachievement.

When real-life commitments pull us in too many directions, it’s normal feel overwhelmed. Saying “no” is something we’ve slowly learned how to do, even if it’s difficult for us to accept that we can’t take on everything.

And what has our “know thyself” taught us?

We have to slow down and take time to be in the real world: make social connections, breathe the air, notice the little things, actively listen more—be in the moment.

Not everything has to be done in one day, or that week, maybe not in that month, or even that year.

We need to make time for good food, from the “hunting and gathering” at farmer’s markets and grocer to the joy of preparing and savoring while we eat.

And if we want our bodies and minds to operate at their peak, we need to become attune to and attend to them throughout our day, exercising when and how feels best, resting physically and mentally, and learning what brings us joy.

A new rediscovery? We find the quietest place in nature we can find, lie back on a blanket in the grass, and stare at undulating misty clouds as they float by. We used to do that as a kid. Guess what? We’re still kids.

But in that real-life slowdown, we’ve come full circle to something Stone says frequently:

“The magic of writing is writing.”

The mantra means: Put aside all expectation, forget deadlines, step away from social media, ignore time itself—just write from the heart, with joy.

The magic of writing is writing.

Do you hear a distant drumbeat in a faraway jungle? Feel the cool spray of the water on your face as our low-slung canoe glides along the shore? Swallow hard, inching toward the edge of your seat, as we approach the waterfall and hope we’re all going to come through to the other side okay in the end?

That’s where you’ll find us. 🙂

We’ll also be here on TalkToTheShoe from time to time, sharing some of our behind-the-scenes adventures, possibly penning a fresh “Transparency in Self-publishing” post. Once in a while, when we stumble out of the writing cave, we’ll visit Twitter and Facebook, so drop us a line…we hope to be able to answer correspondence from our remote location, but appreciate your patience with our slow response times.

Feeding our Soul

A few years back, a great article in the Romance Writers of America’s monthly RWR publication shared the importance for writers to take breaks between one book and another for a “discovery” period.

The duration suggested was two weeks.

And during that intentional break, the goal was to immerse ourselves back into our world again: watch the latest movies, attend concerts or shows, read books for pleasure.

We’ve gone a few steps further…

We don’t take two weeks off between books. We take a good long breather. How long? As long as it takes. When the brain juices flow, we get jonesing to write again with our energy for the story all wound up and ready to burst out onto the pages.

We do our discovery daily. We’ve learned to make time for ourselves out in our world first, then we write. Mmm-hmmm… “Know thyself” kicked in big time there. Only when we’re at our best in every respect does the story shine through.

Self-improvement is an essential element for us. This last year in particular, we’ve made huge strides in finding that zenful life we’ve strived for. (Although we’d initially thought to share our journey on a separate blog, we found our path needed to be private, and so, ZenfulLife, the blog, has been retired.) Suffice it to say, we’re now awake, as opposed to being asleep. Or comatose. We’re working on embracing the present moment as often as possible, versus the past or the future. And (epiphany moment) to be creative is to be fully present. The magic of writing is writing…

We now filter our news. Nothing gets us sucked down some rabbit-hole tangent like a cleverly designed news headline; it’s by design.

Besides, as it turns out, we don’t need to know most of those shocking headlines.

You know, ’cause after we moved to Hawaii, the missile-scare happened. But we didn’t hear about it, because our low-tech flip-phones didn’t have the capability of alerting us. (Assuming they’d been turned on at the time.) After we got panicked calls and texts from mainland family and friends, and realized we’d been in bed sleeping in at the time, we decided we were exactly were we’d want to be if the last moments of our life were upon us: blissfully unaware.

We have plugged in to the best news source available for writers: The Passive Voice. Not only do we read his blog on an almost-daily basis, we’ve hit that “Donate” button on the righthand side and have subscribed to supporting our favorite blog monthly. Comprised of a unique and balanced collection of mostly writing-industry related posts, we’ve found his blog to be inspiring, enlightening, and amusing (especially when Passive Guy, PG, adds his commentary.) This morning, he excerpted one of the most riveting online stories we’ve ever read, so much so, that we’ve never been more tantalized to click through to read the full story from The New Yorker: The French Burglar Who Pulled Off His Generation’s Biggest Art Heist. We encourage you to give The Passive Voice blog a try. We’ll be there reading with you.

And then… you’ll find us where distant drumbeats in a faraway jungle can be heard.

The magic of writing is writing…

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

Stay in touch with us on our social media pages…
Blog * Facebook * Kat’s Twitter * Stone’s Twitter * Website

@2019 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

We Wish You a Merry THREE CHRISTMASES with a No Weddings Series Sale!

Hello, Everyone!

We hope your holiday season is off to a joyful, peaceful, and love-filled start.

Want to escape into sexy, humorous, holiday-themed romance?

Now is the perfect time…

No Weddings Series Holiday Sale Book Line-up

No Wedding Series pages:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2QvltTD
iBooks: https://apple.co/2M4NAn9
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2DXoxkQ
Nook: https://bit.ly/2PhLy4h

May you all have a warm and blessed holidays.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

 

Stay in touch with us on our social media pages…
Blog * Facebook * Kat’s Twitter * Stone’s Twitter * Website

 

@2018 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion