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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Preorder Yours Today!Releases April 13, 2020
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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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Preorder Yours Today!Releases April 13, 2020
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Exclusive FREE Stories! For a limited-time, shared only with our family.

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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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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!


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 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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© 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!

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Preorder Yours Today!Releases April 13, 2020
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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

 

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© 2020 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

Beltane Celebration Sale!

Happy Beltane!

$0.99 Sale!

In celebration of the 1st day of May, both titles in the Highland Legends Series, Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe, are REDUCED to only $0.99 on Kindle until May 2nd!

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The fast-paced adventure of Forged in Dreams and Magick, an Amazon #1 Best Seller and chosen by Fresh Fiction as their Fresh Pick for October 22, 2013, includes a unique Beltane celebration, merging the Brodie clan’s time-honored festival with a special wedding ceremony.

Buy on Amazon Kindle

 

Bound by Wish and Mistletoe CoverThe romantic winter tale, Bound by Wish and Mistletoe, a Top Rated Scottish Historical Romance on Amazon, shares a poignant love story amid wintertime holiday festivities.

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Now is the time to purchase both titles in the Highland Legends Series if you haven’t yet done so. We appreciate your sharing the news of this limited-time offer with friends and fellow romance readers.

Thank you for your amazing support!

Thank you also to Kindle Nation Daily for helping to spread the news!

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

p.s ~ There are gorgeous bookmarks and bookplates for each book I’d love to send you. Submit your request through the Kat’s Connections contact form indicating what you’d like, who to address it to, and where it should be sent.

p.s.s. ~ {whispers} As an additional thank you, I’m gifting a signed set of books to wrap around those bookmarks to a couple of randomly chosen readers who help spread the word of the sale through Twitter. Be sure to include my Twitter handle of @KatBastion in your Tweets! 🙂

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 😉

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! 🙂

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2014 by Kat Bastion

Electrifying a Scene: Tension in Forged in Dreams and Magick

Happy Monday, everyone!

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

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

Electrifying A Scene: Tension in Forged in Dreams and Magick

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

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

Easy Links: Forged in Dreams and Magick Cover

Amazon Kindle
Nook
Kobo
All Romance eBooks

Amazon paperback

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

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

Bound by Wish and Mistletoe Cover

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

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

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion