Writing While Spelunking…

shutterstock_93664576 SpelunkngThe time of year has arrived.

When this girl, who abhors tight spaces and is deathly afraid of heights, goes cave diving.

Okay. Not exactly cave diving, as in underwater tanks and fish, but certainly rappelling into the great depths of my mind to find what mysteries lie undiscovered…

In other words: I’ve entered my writing cave.

Never fear.

Every writer braves the solitary element, countless times. One must pass through the gauntlet to arrive safely on the other side.

Our motivation? The promise of the prize. The journey. The destination. While the entire exercise is no easy feat, it is an honored rite of passage.

Harrowing at times, the key to a successful expedition is preparedness. The rest? We trust by faith.

Spelunking is cave exploration (in my phobic mind, to the depths of the earth.) Dangerous. Exciting. Traveling to places no man has gone before. The reward is the ability to share an incredible story.

Entering one’s writing cave has some parallels to spelunking, and I shall heed their common life-saving advice:

  • Research to the point of total preparedness
  • Bring essential equipment: flashlight, chocolate, Twitter access…
  • If you encounter what seems like an impassable block, don’t panic. Take deep breaths until you find your path.
  • Embrace the darkness, bravely traversing until you find the light.
  • Understand you have to get a little dirty for a big payoff ūüėČ

Writing while spelunking is the epitome of multi-tasking and a challenge I welcome. I shall endeavor to reach out to Twitter daily and Facebook and my blog on an intermittent basis, although it is possible that signal strength during various parts of my journey could be patchy at best.

Pray that I make it out safely in the end.

Notes of well wishes will be greatly welcomed.

If you don’t hear from me for several days in a row, send food. It’s possible we got trapped in a landslide. But don’t worry. I’m not alone. I’ve brought the biggest, baddest, alpha male to keep me company.

{smiles slowly}

Oh, yes. My journey is being guided by Skorpius. I have faith he’ll keep me safe and see this epic odyssey through. He insists on finally sharing his story with the world, after all. The title of the novel I’m working on is Born of Mist and Legend (100% Skorpius approved.)

While I’m negotiating corridors tighter than I’d like to think about until absolutely necessary, please continue to watch over my affairs. The incredible support you’ve shown thus far has been amazing, and has carried both Highland Legends Series titles on the Amazon Best Seller lists since their releases. I trust you all implicitly to guide others in promoting and protecting my books at their tender young age.
(Contact information is listed in the back, in case of emergency.)

Whether you seek to join me in exploring hidden secrets buried deep in caves history, are taking a lunch break from work, or looking for a relaxing scorching nightcap to an evening, both Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe will keep us connected in our hearts, even if we’re thousands of miles apart.

Forged in Dreams and Magick Cover

Bound by Wish and Mistletoe Cover

And should you want to join me in helping those most lost in this world, while enjoying or gifting romantic poetry as we approach Valentine’s Day, please consider a purchase of¬†Utterly Loved.

Utterly Loved Book Cover

Happy reading, everyone! And wish me a safe and happy spelunking! ūüôā

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2014 by Kat Bastion

Cover Reveal: Forged in Dreams and Magick

Hello, everyone!

Today is Forged in Dreams and Magick Cover Reveal Day!

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

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

 

Forged in Dreams and Magick Cover

 

Book Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title:  Forged in Dreams and Magick

Author:  Kat Bastion

Genre:  Paranormal Romance / Time Travel

Age Group:  Adult

Release Date:  September 23, 2013

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

 

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

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

Until next time . . .

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

 

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Forged in Dreams and Magick Book Description Reveal

Hello, everyone!

The time has finally come to reveal the book description for Forged in Dreams and Magick, the first novel in the Highland Legends series and my debut novel.

I would like to thank my friend Tamie for graciously assisting me by being the first to share the news on her fabulous blog Bookish Temptations.

And now…

{hears drumroll}

Forged in Dreams and Magick Book Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

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{whispers} Sooo¬†. . . what do you think? I hope you’re as excited to read the story as I am to share it with you.

Please add Forged in Dreams and Magick to your Goodreads by clicking on the button below!

 

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Be sure to also follow/like/friend me on¬†Twitter,¬†Facebook, and¬†Goodreads¬†so you don’t miss a thing!

Your continued support and excitement about the upcoming releases is appreciated more than I could ever express. Thank you.

Until next time…

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

Forged in Dreams and Magick releases September 23, 2013
Bound by Wish and Mistletoe releases November 2013

Utterly Loved with foreword by Sylvain Reynard
  Romantic poetry to the world for charity
  Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
  Kobo and Smashwords

Highland Legends Series: Book Titles Reveal

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

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

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

Highland Legends Series

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

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

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Official Website

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

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

Until then…

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

Beloved Beta Readers

Hello, everyone.

As you all know, or will now be finding out, I’m a paranormal romance writer that stumbled into poetry accidentally with Utterly Loved.

I’m back in the saddle (my office chair), my fingers flying on the keyboard with a new paranormal romance¬†story.¬† My new work-in-progress (WIP in writer lingo) is a holiday novella woven into the story lines of the series.¬† After that,¬†it will be on to writing¬†the second in the series.¬† I can’t wait to write the amazing stories unfolding in my head.

You’re probably all wondering:¬† What happened to the first story?

It’s currently a polished manuscript.¬† I’ve scheduled a freelance editor to edit the piece¬†in the beginning of February.¬† If all goes well, the book will be published early to mid-summer.

In the meantime?¬† It’s with four beta readers.

Who are these beta readers?

They are dear trusted friends who love to read.

Collectively, they…
Held my hair in college when I hurled at the bar
Were the first to tell me, “That’s the story you need to write”
Consoled me when I was frustrated
Wiped away the tears
Cheered the successes
Sometimes know me better than I know myself

These are my people.  The ones I rely on.  My closest confidants.

I only decided¬†last week¬†to take each of them up on their offer to read my story.¬†¬†This ¬†project has been¬†a part of my life for two years.¬† They are the ones who’ve shared my ups and downs along the way.¬†¬†

I finally got the courage to let go and give my heart and soul to them.

Why now?

I had an enlightening hour-long conversation with a¬†best-selling¬†author who shared with me the value of her beta readers and why they’re so important to her.¬† She said they’re the only ones who truly know her.¬†¬†Her most important goal was for them to be honest with her and, where warranted, tell her, “This sucks.”

We both laughed.¬† But the impact of what she said sank in.¬† She further explained how they will see things we can’t.¬† We writers are too close to our work to see certain things we need¬†to know.¬† If we want to publish a page-turning story, one¬†the reader can’t put down and thinks about long after they have, we have to know if there are slow sections, missing parts, or extraneous, excellently written fluff.

I decided she was right.  My friends wanted to be a part of the process.  Each of them had voiced that sentiment to me.  I also realized no one else would do.

They will all¬†laugh when they read this blog post.¬† I impressed upon each of them to please¬†relax,¬†read, and enjoy the story.¬† But they had better tell me if they hit a slow part.¬† I demanded they tell me if any part of it sucked.¬† I have every confidence they will.¬† If it’s ever really bad, I hope they please break it to me gently over a drink. {laughs}

The really amazing thing for me?¬† They’re all from different backgrounds.¬† I’ve got swamp and city.¬† All are highly educated and intelligent, but some are analytical and some are creative.¬† Only one of them reads books¬†in my paranormal romance genre.¬† One tells me they will give me their opinion when they are finished reading.¬† (I’m dying of suspense.)¬† Another is telling me chapter-by-chapter her thoughts.

So far? My chapter-by-chapter (non-paranormal-romance) girl is giving me such incredibly exciting feedback, I’m having to repeatedly ask her, “Are there any slow parts? Anything missing or extra?”¬† She’s replied with a resounding “NO!”

Her texts have said…
“I am speechless…”
“Never saw that coming!”
“You have this supernatural ability to take the reader to the edge of a heightened emotion and then drop them immediately into another.”
“I’m having to force myself to stop reading.¬† The flow…epic! Just when one scene is finishing up, another one, just as vital, comes into play.”
“It’s the perfect flow of detail and plot movement.”

She’s even dubbed the hero, a Highlander, “Scotty McHotty” … I just… {dies laughing}

I’m very interested to hear my other beta reader opinions.¬† I value them all.¬†

Thank you, my beloved beta readers.¬† I’m so very grateful for your friendship and support.¬† Don’t go easy on me.¬† Find me something that sucks…please!

It’s important to mention, that I have a fifth beta reader, my husband.¬† He read my manuscript months ago.¬† As my best friend, he told me where it sucked.¬† He also pulled me up out of my office chair the moment he finished, grabbed me by the shoulders, and stared at me hard as he said, “Anyone who ever tells you that you don’t have what it takes has no idea what they’re talking about.”¬†

Damn, I love that man, for both telling me where it sucked and¬†convincing me I have talent.¬† That is why I love my friends.¬† They excel by having my back in every way needed… The love and the tough love.

My goal is to give you, the¬†reader, the very best story possible.¬† I hope to transport you into an amazing story filled with medieval Highlanders, ancient Picts, magick, and a few other surprises I’m not yet ready to spoil for you.

Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming release and my adventures in writing, editing, and publishing along the way.

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion