Eight Week Sneak Peek: Found in Flame and Moonlight

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Hello, fellow readers.

Release week for Found in Flame and Moonlight, the final installment in the Highland Legends series, is fast approaching.

Excited?

We sure are. {vibrates}

To tide us all over till then, we’ve brought you an Eight Week Sneak Peek…

 

(Part 1) Eight Week Sneak Peek:
Her POV

Eight minutes was all Chelsea Smith had. All she needed. Hopefully.

The heavy wooden door to Professor MacLaren’s private office snicked closed behind her. With a subtle suggestion from her mind, the tumblers reengaged within its lock, a deadbolt she’d “picked” with similar mental ease mere seconds ago.

On her next inhale of cooler undisturbed air, the distinctive scents of age washed over her: that certain spice of centuries-old leather, a mustiness of layered dust, the sweetness of yellowing paper in a prized collection of ancient books.

The room’s furnishings echoed its owner’s passion for antiquities. Within a sizable entry, a vintage coffee-colored Chesterfield sofa with matching wingchairs hovered at the edge of a burgundy-and-gold Aubusson carpet. Along the side and far wall, relics from exotic locales perched from various niches between precisely stacked scholarly tomes in massive bookcases. And beyond a sizable polished wood desk and its stately leather chair, within tall display cases that flanked a large window, treasured discoveries from historic digs rested on glass shelves.

Yet one particular artifact stood apart from the rest. The sole reason for her break-in. And the item occupied the nearest corner of his polished wood desk, exposed. No bookcase niche. No protective case.

“Such unfathomable power,” Chelsea murmured toward the rectangular object, at once fascinated and intrigued. More than she’d been about anything in her first twenty-two years of an immortal life hiding-in-plain sight among “normal” humans.

Her excitement even eclipsed what she’d witnessed from the other side of that window while walking to MacLaren’s lecture less than an hour ago.

Though her mind still reeled about that discovery as well.

Because something very not human had stood near that power-drenched box, partially transparent, as if not fully materialized into the human world. And that shirtless muscular something had resembled artistic depictions of male angelic warriors, only skewed darker and more sinister with its dusky olive skin, inky black wings, and blue-green prismatic eyes.

And the enigmatic creature had stared directly at her, eyes narrowing, puzzlement twisting his sharp features as Chelsea blatantly stared back. He’d seemed surprised. That she could detect him? Or perhaps that their paths had intersected in the first place.

Yet inside the professor’s locked office, no sign of the dark angel remained.

Seven minutes.

The forceful vibration of the artifact’s unique power was what had caught her attention from the other side of the window. It had radiated an exhilarating and complex energy, beckoning her like a siren’s call.

“Invitation accepted,” she whispered.

With slow breaths, Chelsea banked her excitement. Not hard to achieve. Her kind, further evolved humans, born-and-bred assassins, had been trained through millennia to suppress emotion.

“Yeah.” She let out a soft snort. “Look how well that turned out.”

Members of her race had recently evolved again. And an underground faction had organically formed. One that no longer sought to squelch their emotions. That strong minority yearned for something greater, a deeper meaning to their eternal life.

Months ago, Chelsea had been secretly contacted by them. The founders had detected her tendency to operate on the fringe of acceptability. Of course, she’d joined their cause without hesitation.

In the hours and days following that pivotal decision, she’d eased the cognitive restraints that had hobbled her. They had warned her that she would suffer unimaginable internal struggle. Yet nothing had prepared her for the cascade of emotions. One in particular had caused an enormous dissonance with her inherited vocation.

Empathy had bled into her black-and-white world.

An assassin’s world.

And that problematic emotion had caused a thunderstorm of chaotic gray.

Six minutes.

Focus, Chelsea. She took measured steps toward the charged artifact, noting its unusual features. A foot long, half that wide and tall, a rectangular box sat encased in layers of elaborate metallic latticework. The gleaming designs that adorned its corners and edges were comprised of various metals from differing artistry. But beneath those ornate motifs, simpler flat sides were fashioned from a beautiful bluish-silver metal with a slight sparkle to its sheen.

Indirect bright light glowed in from the large window, but as Chelsea approached, an aura of energy haloed around the box. Infinitesimal particles glittered beyond its surfaces, flashes of silver and gold visible to her preternatural eyes.

Five minutes.

Which meant MacLaren’s lecture in his beloved Advanced Theories in Archaeology had concluded. Earlier, Chelsea had obediently endured the graduate-level course with fifteen other classmates until she’d politely excused herself at the last and most opportune moment. A correct amount of respectful time from a valued student. The perfect window of plausible deniability should her burglary plans go awry.

Students typically waylaid him after his lectures, but to be certain, she extended her superhuman hearing. Down a wide sidewalk between buildings, across a grassy quad, and into the cozy window-lined room that the tenured professor claimed as his own, she detected the voices of eager students who had indeed detained him. Which enabled him to wax eloquent about the week’s series and his latest obsession: prehistoric artifacts handed down by gods, breadcrumbs to the secrets of mysterious civilizations.

“But you’ve been keeping the biggest secret of all right here in your office, haven’t you?” Chelsea murmured as she paused within reach of the object.

Four minutes.

Plenty of time to abort, to walk away without detection.

“I don’t need to be here.” Sound reason.

And yet, need had become relative.

For in the months following her recent evolution, an undefinable hunger had begun to grow that nothing satisfied. A craving for a deeper purpose. Not the deadly one mandated by her ancestry. Not even the glimmer of hope that her emerging faction offered.

“Something personal,” she murmured, staring at the box. She’d been hunting a cause that matched her sudden passion for life. Unique and special. Sparked by her newfound awakening. “Worthy. And all my own.”

Because every action she’d taken in life, from actual missions to basic periphery cover, had been by her race’s directive. Even attending university. Particularly MacLaren’s courses.

But for the first time, she operated on her own volition. Because before that morning, she hadn’t been privy to any details of why MacLaren had become a person of interest. Until one shining detail had made itself known, flashing its undeniable energy straight toward her.

Therefore, the risk of exposure? While investigating an object as exceptional as what she hoped to discover about herself?

More than acceptable.

While she continued to listen, the distinct voices of six fellow grad students dwindled to two hardcore disciples. They peppered the professor with questions, theories, and offers of assistance on his next expedition. Groveling, as usual. But MacLaren had their number. And only a couple of minutes remained of his scheduled patience.

Chelsea drew a deep breath to calm her riotous—clearly not suppressed—emotions.

Instinct screamed the intricate box held her destiny. Even if she had no idea why.

But as she took a final step and reached out a hand to touch, its unique power reacted to her proximity with accelerating vibrations of energy—plenty of evidence to back up that gut feeling.

Three minutes.

MacLaren shooed out his fan club with his parting excuses and locked up the classroom.

Right as Chelsea hovered a hand over the artifact.

Energy emanated upward from that bluish-silver top, charging the air with electrons that sizzled and sparked. Warmth bathed her palm. Friendly. Inviting. Intoxicating.

Until a sense of grave danger spiked in those scant inches between the mysterious metal and her skin. And an unfamiliar feeling of trepidation tripped down her spine. Like some cosmic warning.

Chelsea paused, then blinked heavily, thrown by the sudden unfriendliness of the box and her own emotion about it. She wiggled her fingers within the box’s charged aura and considered her impulsive actions. And their unknown ramifications. With the artifact. And MacLaren.

An extensive list of potentialities scrolled through her advanced mind. But the calculations magnified when she removed the laws of the known universe and input alternate realities. Involving energized boxes. And dark angels. And supposedly regular professors that capture the attention of a race of assassins.

Ninety seconds.

“So many possibilities,” she murmured about the upside. Too many variables to calculate.

Chelsea snorted and shook her head with a slight smile. “I’ve never been afraid of anything in my life.” Headlong into the adventure. The only way she saw the world.

The leather heels of MacLaren’s loafers clicked down the nearest sidewalk.

Less than a minute. Before her trespass was discovered.

Urgency fired through her veins. She tensed her arm and lowered her hand, ready to touch no matter the outcome. To finally complete some circuit she’d begun to sense, as if the dark matter hovering between the spaces in the universe needed her help.

The charged air rippled with a stronger dose of caution.

Chelsea narrowed her eyes at the box.

Are you trying to communicate with me?

That the inanimate object had sentience, as opposed to some other force out in the ether, gave her pause. Deadly animals and insects often displayed vivid warnings of their lethal venom.

But why lead me here with such clear invitation? Do you not want me to touch?

The warning vibration wavered back and forth in response as the additional questions crossed her mind. Not quite a yes, not quite a no. That it wanted her there, perhaps. But not to touch? Orrr

“Not yet?” Barely an inch existed.

A hot glow sparkled into existence between her and the artifact, golden and shimmering. The box’s energy extended an exquisite representation of agreement in its special language.

“Fascinating.” Mesmerizing.

The artifact’s seductive power continued to astound.

Have you taunted MacLaren with such scandalous invitation?

No sooner had she posed the mental question, than an answer rippled forth. Only that message vibrated not from the artifact, but from somewhere out in the ether. No. Crystal clear. Not as any legible word, but a negative in resonance.

The energized box did not wait on that desk for the professor.

At that moment, the artifact existed for a singular purpose: to join its immense power with hers.

MacLaren’s footfalls began to click down the tiles of the building’s corridor.

Energy spiked from the box again. Even while its power rippled another caution: Not yet. The message clearly vibrated from the object, not the ether.

But unraveling the mysteries of a higher consciousnesses in matter and space had to wait.

Adrenaline surged through her. “Out of time.”

Golden sparks fountained up from its metallic top, singeing her palm. Not yet!

“When?” Chelsea choked out a laugh at the box. “After he has campus security cuff me?”

MacLaren’s key slid into the lock.

Her pulse raced, the thump of her heart a drumbeat in her ears.

Now or never! she argued to the unseen gatekeepers.

Tiny clicks echoed as tumblers released in the lock’s mechanism.

The door edge scraped over its frame, the only means of a clean escape swinging open and her window of opportunity closing right along with it.

Half-assed alibies spun through her mind, all utterly ridiculous: I followed a burglar in, I needed to lie down and only your pin-tucked sofa would do, I saw a black-winged angel with sparkling blue-green eyes staring out your window. Voicing that last factoid? Bordered on certifiable insanity.

But at the last split second between clean infiltration and utter discovery—right as her anxiety skyrocketed—a powerful vacuum slammed her hand down that remaining inch.

A scorching current charged up through her palm from the metal. Blinding power and incredible pleasure flashed through her being.

MacLaren’s office vanished.

And a realm of absolute nothingness descended.

Stay tuned next month for
(Part 2) Four Week Sneak Peek:
His POV


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Title: Found in Flame and Moonlight
Series:
 Highland Legends, #4
Cover Designer:
 Stephanie Mooney
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Medieval Romance, Time Travel
Release Date: September 14, 2020


About
FOUND IN FLAME AND MOONLIGHT:

Kat Bastion returns for the final installment in the award-winning Highland Legend series… Found in Flame and Moonlight.

Under siege by monumental forces, a magickal castle unites a medieval laird and a twenty-first-century assassin to save it. But will the two headstrong souls survive each other?

Gawain Brodie has hardened his heart to women. Certain that females only bring heartache, the warrior focuses on battles and strategy as one of his clan’s elite guard. Until two things are thrust upon him: the rule of his clan and a fiery sorceress as his mate.

Chelsea Smith has grown up in Southern California, one of the rare few belonging to a secret group of assassins. Trained to shun emotion, and expert in harnessing Earth’s elemental power, she has a bright future ahead of her within her shadow organization. Until time itself decides her only future lies far in the past.

Neither is happy with the arrangement. Yet both see an opportunity for adventure. And pleasure. No emotions. All adrenaline. And while they’re at it, save a magickal castle from disappearing. Permanently.

What could possibly go wrong?

*** Found in Flame and Moonlight 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 friends have yet to discover the magickal Highland Legends series, now’s the perfect time to enjoy the award-winning and bestselling books…

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Stay tuned next month for (Part 2) Four Week Sneak Peek: His POV.

Thank you for being a part of the excitement with Found in Flame and Moonlight. We’re looking forward to sharing Gawain and Chelsea’s incredible romance with you.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

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SUMMER SERIES READING…Brand New, FREE, and Flash Sales!

Hello, fellow readers.

Needing an escape into feel-good romance?

We have a feast of summer series goodies to share…

One BRAND NEW, one FREE for the first time, and THREE FLASH SALES…


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The Unbreakable Series: Books 1-3 is LIVE!

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PRAISE FOR THE NO WEDDINGS SERIES…

“One of the best romantic comedies of the year! Absolute must read!”
~ Agents of Romance

“The No Weddings Series is one of the best I have read that follows one couple. Cade and Hannah are both lovable characters, the storyline is real and entertaining, and the banter is fun and witty.”
~ Lives & Breathes Book Blog

“I loved it, and I mean REALLY loved it!”
~ Orchard Book Club

“This is an exceptional series…You find yourself fully engrossed in their world and can’t put the book down.”
~ Books -n- Kisses

“The No Weddings series has a group of such amazing characters; you can’t help but relate to them and feel the emotion in every situation they encounter. It has been a long time since a story has made me feel that way let alone an entire series!”
~ Under the Covers Book Blog

“The story of Cade & Hannah’s relationship is realistic, heart-warming, and filled with real-world connections that shook me in a way that few titles I’ve read this year have managed…I have loved every minute of the No Weddings series.”
~ That’s What I’m Talking About


PRAISE FOR THE UNBREAKABLE SERIES…

“Heartrending, passionate, and captivating! Heartbreaker is a riveting page-turner that will leave you breathless with raw emotions, and the need to hold tight to the ones you love!”
~ Beneath The Covers Blog

“It has been a long time since I’ve read a love story like this. Solid from beginning to end Heartbreaker…draws its readers into the world of sacrifice and deep love. The writing is solid and flawless.”
~ Jerry’s Book Attic

“Oh wow, what an outstanding read. I didn’t just enjoy, I LOVED it! I feel for the books I read after it because after reading Rule Breaker I felt as though every book should be measured against this one.”
~ TJLovesToRead

“***5 ‘See The Beauty In The Gray’ Stars*** The reader warning was absolutely on point. I thoroughly enjoyed Lawbreaker to the nth degree. It was all kinds of sweet, smexy, funny and full of heart that had me willing jump down the rabbit hole and savor all the words that brought Ben and Shay’s unique story to vibrant HD life.”
~ Books-N-Wine

Lawbreaker brought one of my favorite songs ‘Lost Boy’ to life but flipped the script. This is my first book to read by Kat Bastion and it brought so many feels and it was more than the lovey dovey feels. I normally read more grittier, dark, crime books but this one hit home without all of that. It’s crazy, I know! … I wanna be like Shay when I grow up.”
~ Up All Night With Books Blog


STEAMY CHRISTMASES IN SUMMERTIME?

Tinsel, Sand & Snow has all my favorites by Kat and Stone Bastion nicely gathered together. So perfect for me…and all the fans of the authors. Add to that, all are set around the holidays and you get a perfect little gift. A must for lovers of the genre.”
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Happy Summer Series Reading! We hope you enjoy the feel-good romances.

Please stay safe and healthy out there.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion


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BORN OF MIST AND LEGEND is LIVE! Plus a Few Favorite Quotes on Pretty Pics…

 

Trust Without Proof Takes the Greatest Strength of All quote on sunset over clouds and mountains

Hello, fellow readers.

Today is release day for Born of Mist and Legend!

{tosses confetti}

Early buzz for Born of Mist and Legend…

“Enchanting, exciting, exquisite… I’ve never read anything like this. I loved the time travel aspect, the magic, the incorporation of history and legends.”
TJLovesToRead

“Born of Mist and Legend is a stunningly epic journey told through such vivid detail and exquisite emotion. I was left in awe as I walked the steps of this beautifully multi-layered and wonderfully complex story. If that isn’t enough, we are then gifted with brilliant characters that are sure to delight and entertain.”
Words Are the Breath of Life

“This is truly an epic read. Complex characters, a well developed world and deeply engaging story will quickly ensnare you in this captivating tale of magic, adventure and romance.”
~ Gladys, NetGalley reviewer

Plus three more favorite quotes on pretty pics (above and below)…

Also, if you missed yesterday’s Sunday Snippet that Jen shared on her book blog That’s What I’m Talking About, here’s an excerpt to tempt you: Sunday Snippet: Born of Mist and Legend


The Past Never Belongs Between Us quote over autumn colored landscape and curving road

Words of forgiveness, permission to let go and love…


Become More Energy, Less Matter quote on pic with orange lightning over ocean with island

What angels and goddesses do…


Thank you for sharing in our Born of Mist and Legend release celebration!

Born of Mist and Legend is available on a variety of retailers (a sampling of buy links are down below.)

Happy escape-into-adventure reading! We hope you enjoy the epic romance.

Much safety and health to everyone out there during this trying time in our world.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion


Born of Mist and Legend

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BORN OF MIST AND LEGEND in One Week!

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Hello, fellow readers.

We are one week away from Born of Mist and Legend.

Are you excited?

We are. Can you tell?

{vibrates}

Below are a couple of teaser quote-pics from the story to tide you over.

Also, in case you missed yesterday’s post on our TalkToTheShoe.com blog, we shared some paperback news: Endangered Paperbacks and Other Weirdness in the Time of COVID-19


As we were making the above quote-pic on our Sunday afternoon, we realized our characters weren’t the only ones in need of that reminder. Sometimes our fictional heroes get us through our real-world days.


Black and White forest with white light through the trees

And boy does Skorpius and Brigid’s adventure get messy. Twists and turns. Mysteries and surprises. Heartache and blind leaps of faith…until love eventually prevails.


Thank you for sharing in the excitement of Born of Mist and Legend!

It releases in a week on a variety of retailers (see book links below.)

And if you give the e-book a try, we hope you enjoy the adventure.

Stay safe and healthy out there. Much love and well wishes to all.

Your humble shoe and boot,
~ Kat & Stone

© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion


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Endangered Paperbacks and Other Weirdness in the Time of COVID-19

paperback book on greenery shaded by wildflowers

Hello, fellow readers.

What a crazy unprecedented time we’ve entered. The real world plays out like the scene of a dystopian novel that has so many plot threads, our heads keep spinning from news headlines.

Among the latest COVID-19 news in the US?

Governmental agencies are concerned about food supply chains if the PPE (personal protection equipment) shortages impact our food processing facilities.

Then there’s Friday’s “suggestion” urging US citizens to wear a mask, a scarf, or like Stone and I have been sporting…a Buff! Not to protect ourselves, but to protect everyone else. I think it was Vice President Mike Pence who said, “My mask protects you, and your mask protects me.”

Our immediate building neighbors were wearing bandanas that day. When we passed in the hall, they pointed finger-guns at us and said, “Stick-em up!” Much laughter ensued. Because what can we do? Laugh…and protect.

Of course, if you live in Boise, Idaho (like us new residents do), earlier this week, you also got literally shaken by an historic 6.5 magnitude earthquake that lasted almost thirty seconds. It’s been over forty years since Boise’s had an earthquake. And it was on a fault line that apparently hasn’t had a tremblor that big before. Soooo… yeah. Crazy all around.

But one book-industry headline is the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on paperback books.

And our upcoming book Born of Mist and Legend has been swept up in the chaos.

The bit we’d caught had to do with the entire supply chain of books being disrupted. From Amazon diverting priority of shipments to necessities (and rightly so), to printers, warehouses, fulfillment centers, and retail stores’ challenges in keeping workplaces sanitized enough to keep the flow of books moving.

That’s if any of those entities on the supply side are even open. If they’re not labeled an essential business in a lockdown area, they’ve already shuttered. For weeks. Or months. Or… who knows.

We’ve heard from readers that their libraries have “closed indefinitely.”

Of course, with paper-product shortages and the federal government designating paper mills as essential businesses, will there even be paper available to print our nation’s books anytime soon?

Stone said, “Besides, if you could get your hands on a paperback at a library or coffee shop or bookstore right now, would you even want to read it…hold it so close to your face?”

Scientists say the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours: paper up to 24, plastic—perhaps a glossy book cover?—up to 72. So now we’re disinfecting our paperbacks? Or quarantining them somewhere safe?

Which leads us to the obvious solution: an e-book.

How many paperback-lover holdouts might finally take the plunge and convert to an e-reader?

We suspect many.

Think about it. Your own personal library. No dust-mite-ranch bookshelves. Cheaper electronic books. Perfectly flat pages lit at night. Increase your font size at will. Highlight favorite quotes with a stroke. Look up an unusual word at the touch of a finger.

Regardless of our readers’ personal preference and decisions during this strange time, after nine novels and two novellas over the last eight years, this will be our first book that will not have an accompanying paperback at its release due to the current supply chain interruption.

We’re bummed about that, but getting over it. Because acceptance of reality is more critical than ever these days.

Will we offer a paperback version of Born and Mist and Legend?

At the immediate moment, we hope so.

But that answer is also tied to a book world that was…not a book world that is.

We’re all waiting with baited breath to find out what the greater world will be like next month. Let’s hope our book world is filled with all kinds of reader-friendly options. Something for everyone.

What do you think?

Are you a paperback lover?

Will you clamor to get your hands on a physical book?

Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Until then, Born of Mist and Legend is definitely available by e-book in just eight days on a variety of retailers (see book links below for a sampling.) And if you give the e-book a try, we hope you enjoy the adventure.

Stay safe and healthy out there. Much love and well wishes to all.

Your humble shoe and boot,
~ Kat & Stone

© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion


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HIGHLAND MAGICK Live! And Two Weeks till BORN OF MIST AND LEGEND!

Hello, everyone!

We hope you’re all doing well. Such a crazy world outside. Much health and safety to all of us as we hunker down and ride this COVID-19 storm out.

And while those unprecedented world (and local) events are happening, we’re continuing to release books as fast as we can to keep you well-stocked in reading material.

On that note…

We’re only two weeks away from the release of the long-awaited next book in the Highland Legends series: Born of Mist and Legend

Annnd

Today’s the release of the final book in the THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years.

Highland Magick is LIVE! {tosses confetti} We hope you enjoy the adventure!

A favorite quote from the story:

“We all choose the paths we take, every step of the way.”
                                                     ~ Highland Magick


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.

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?

Highland Magick 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?

Highland Magick – 03.29.20
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Highland Magick on Goodreads


Plus…

The release of Born of Mist and Legend is only two weeks away!
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
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Heartbreaker on Goodreads


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

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

We wish safety and health to all of us.

{huge virtual-socially-acceptable hugs}

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

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Highland Legends Series Surprise Cover Reveal and World Poetry Day Rewind

Hello, fellow readers.

First of all, we wish everyone much health and safety during this turbulent time in our world.

We hope to share rays of sunshine when we can. And we’re writing and releasing books faster than we’ve ever done before, so we hope to keep producing wonderful stories for you to escape in.

Speaking of, we’ve got a few exciting tidbits…

Today is World Poetry Day!

And on World Poetry Day seven years ago, I created a poem as a teaser for my Highland Legend series. To tease you yet again…

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

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

 

Whet your appetite yet for the Scottish Highlands?

Want more?

How about a…

 

Surprise Cover Reveal of
FOUND IN FLAME AND MOONLIGHT

And we’re sharing more than a mere cover reveal.

Even though we’re only a few short weeks away from the release of Born of Mist and Legend, with our new prolific writing schedule, we figured, why not release Found in Flame in Moonlight … in September! 🙂

WooHooo!!!

{vibrates}

Okay.

Ready?

{drumroll}

{longer drumroll}

{pulls the imaginary curtain}


Cover of Found in Flame and Moonlight
Preorder Yours Today!Releases September 14, 2020
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Heartbreaker on Goodreads

Title: Found in Flame and Moonlight
Series:
 Highland Legends, #4
Cover Designer:
 Stephanie Mooney
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Medieval Romance, Time Travel
Release Date: September 14, 2020


About
FOUND IN FLAME AND MOONLIGHT:

Kat Bastion returns for the final installment in the award-winning Highland Legend series… Found in Flame and Moonlight.

Under siege by monumental forces, a magickal castle unites a medieval laird and a twenty-first-century assassin to save it. But will the two headstrong souls survive each other?

Gawain Brodie has hardened his heart to women. Certain that females only bring heartache, the warrior focuses on battles and strategy as one of his clan’s elite guard. Until two things are thrust upon him: the rule of his clan and a fiery sorceress as his mate.

Chelsea Smith has grown up in Southern California, one of the rare few belonging to a secret group of assassins. Trained to shun emotion, and expert in harnessing Earth’s elemental power, she has a bright future ahead of her within her shadow organization. Until time itself decides her only future lies far in the past.

Neither is happy with the arrangement. Yet both see an opportunity for adventure. And pleasure. No emotions. All adrenaline. And while they’re at it, save a magickal castle from disappearing. Permanently.

What could possibly go wrong?

*** Found in Flame and Moonlight 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 friends have yet to discover the magickal Highland Legends series, now’s the perfect time to enjoy the award-winning and bestselling books…

Forged in Dreams and Magick Cover      Bound by Wish and Mistletoe Cover      Cover for Born of Mist and Legend

Found on all your favorite retailers!


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

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Thank you for your support of the Highland Legends series with both Born of Mist and Legend and Found in Flame and MoonlightWe look forward to sharing the epic adventure-romances of Skorpius and Brigid and Gawain and Chelsea with you.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

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Your Exciting Adventure Awaits in STONES OF POWER

Hello, everyone!

We are thrilled to finally share one of our favorite adventures in THE TRAVELER: Initiate Years series: STONES OF POWER.

{tosses confetti}

We shared an exclusive author’s note and an exclusive excerpt with our fellow Bastion Family Adventurers earlier today. Not yet signed up? We’d love to have you join us.

{whispers} We also hope to reveal something very exciting later this week: as an exclusive first this Thursday with our Bastion Family Adventurers, then Saturday, here on the blog.

Be sure to connect with us so you don’t miss a thing!

(Scroll down below for further details.)


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.

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.

Stones of Power 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


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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 so much for sharing in our excitement. {vibrates}

We’ll see you in two weeks for the release of the final book in the series: Highland Magick.

And this Saturday for a very special reveal…

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

·

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© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

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


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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 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

·

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© 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…

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© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion