What if… From The Other Side of the World

What if…

Such beautiful words when used in the dreamworld. They make the magical, the impossible, the reach-for-the-stars ideas seem close enough to touch.

And yet, they are. Touchable.
We just have to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality.

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It’s what an author does. In our heads, characters come to vivid life, face insurmountable obstacles, and go on grand adventures…all in the creator’s world of what if.

How has what if impacted us (Kat & Stone) in our real lives?

Well…

If you haven’t heard from us in a couple of months, it’s because we’ve taken a short hiatus from writing to make a two-decade what if of ours a reality.

We moved to the other side of the world. Got on a plane with two checked bags and two carryons apiece (laptops in tow, of course) and traveled across the ocean to reside for the rest of our days on a different continent. Simplified. Free.

Want a hint of where we’ve landed?

{whispers}
It’s one of the handful of locales mentioned in Rule Breaker 😀

But…
Where does that leave us on the writing front?

More Time? More Books…

A Foray into Nonfiction

One of the reasons we shucked nearly all of our material possessions and our former lives is those anchors weighed us down with time-sucks. Our new life still requires us to earn a living, but we have less living to support…and more time to do the living. A life rooted in minimalism.

The journey has been enlightening, is still ongoing, and is one we’ve begun documenting in our first upcoming nonfiction book, The Zenful Life.

Two Upcoming 2017 Romance Novels

Our greatest joy? Writing those adventuresome romance stories inspired in the land of what if.

We’re also diving back in to two of our favorite series this year. Lawbreaker is coming soon, the third standalone romance in our Unbreakable series. Shortly after that, will come the long-awaited third book in the Highland Legends series, Born of Mist and Legend.

We look forward to sharing more of our stories with you, forged from the amazing world of what if

What are your what ifs...?

 

© 2017 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

Tinsel, Sand & Snow: A Christmas Collection is LIVE! And a giveaway…

Tinsel, Sand & Snow: A Christmas Collection is available today!

Be sure to treat yourself to Christmas early this year. And it’s a perfect eReader-stuffer for all your romance-loving friends.

PLUS visit our Facebook page today for a $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway. Further details below…

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Available Now…
Amazon US * B&N * iBooks * Kobo

Tinsel, Sand & Snow on Goodreads

For the first time, Kat & Stone Bastion share Christmas romances from three different genres in one special collection. All have been loved as standalones by new readers of their books. The Bastions hope you enjoy the stories together in Tinsel, Sand & Snow.

Tinsel, Sand & Snow: A Christmas Collection includes…

~ Three Christmases ~ 4.9 star contemporary romance
~ The Espionage Effect ~ 4.5 star action & adventure romance
~ Bound by Wish and Mistletoe ~ 4.6 star Scottish historical romance
…PLUS a bonus scene for Three Christmases:
An Island Kind of Christmas
…PLUS a bonus scene for Bound by Wish and Mistletoe:
An Angel Turned Santa Claus

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Scorching (explicit) sex scenes.
Fire extinguisher highly recommended.

***Due to mature themes and adult language, this box set is for those 18 and older.***


Praise for the Books in Tinsel, Sand & Snow…

On THREE CHRISTMASES:

Three Christmases couldn’t have been more perfect…The No Weddings Series is one of the best I have read that follows one couple.”
~ Lives and Breathes Book Blog

“Full of happiness, friendship, love and hot sexiness, Three Christmases is yet another gem from The Bastion’s that is so very perfect for this holiday season!”
~ Under the Covers Book Blog

On THE ESPIONAGE EFFECT:

“Amazing! James Bond spy games fun with a splash of erotic romance. It’s twisty and turny and kept me on the edge from cover to the end.”
~ Jezabell Girl & Friends

On BOUND BY WISH AND MISTLETOE:

“I LOVED it! Bound by Wish and Mistletoe is, to my mind, a perfect entry in the historical/paranormal fiction genre and has quite a bit to offer.”
~ Fab Fantasy Fiction

“Move over, Julia Quinn and Sabrina Jeffries! Kat Bastion is an absolutely gifted author and deserves to be recognized for her talent.”
~ LovesHistorical Book Reviews


TINSEL, SAND & SNOW Release Day
$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Be sure to visit our Facebook page today to enter:
Kat & Stone Bastion’s Facebook


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Thank you for giving Tinsel, Sand & Snow: A Christmas Collection a try and for sharing the release news with your fellow readers. We hope you enjoy escaping into our beloved adventures this holiday season.

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

Stay in touch with us on our social media pages…
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© 2016 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion

News from the Bastion Writing Desks… One Week!

Only One Week!

We’re excited that only seven days remain before our next release…

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Releases September 26, 2016
Pre-order now…
Amazon US * B&N * iBooks * Kobo

Tinsel, Sand & Snow on Goodreads

Only Seven Weeks Until RULE BREAKER…

We look forward to sharing with you the next standalone novel in our Unbreakable series, Rule Breaker.

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Pre-order at 40% off on iBooks: Rule Breaker
Releases November 7, 2016

Heartbreaker on Goodreads

Coming This Spring…

For fans of our paranormal Highland Legends series, Born of Mist and Legend will be arriving in early 2017.

And we’re pleased to share that our current Highland Legend series books, Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe have been digitally remastered by the amazing E. M. Tippetts Book Designs…and are now on iBooks!

Digitally Remastered

Forged in Dreams and Magick
Amazon US * B&N * iBooks * Kobo

Bound by Wish and Mistletoe
Amazon US * B&N * iBooks * Kobo

Thank you for joining us on our adventures…

Your humble shoe and boot,

~ Kat & Stone

 

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

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

© 2016 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.

Buy on Amazon Kindle

 

 

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.

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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.

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

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2014 by Kat Bastion

An Angel Turned Santa Claus ~ Mistletoe Madness

Hello, everyone!

Yesterday, That’s What I’m Talking About posted a Bound by Wish and Mistletoe outtake of the snarky angel Skorpius on a Christmas shopping excursion.

Please see below for the beginning of An Angel Turned Santa Claus and click on the link to see the rest.

Plus there’s a giveaway! Enter to win a signed set of Amazon Best Sellers Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe.

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Kat Bastion

Book: Bound by Wish and Mistletoe
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published

An Angel Turned Santa Claus

In the crisp night, perfect rare snowflakes fell over Santa Monica Boulevard, and traffic two blocks down either direction had miraculously detoured, when I felt a gentle tug on my right wing. I huffed out an annoyed sigh and glanced down, meeting Gunna’s big blue eyes. Cherub cheeks, rosy from the sudden freezing temperatures, plumped as her cute smile widened.

Dropping my gaze further, I found one of my still-attached feathers between her fingers. Her tiny thumb brushed down its coal-black length.

“Skorpius, can I have one?”

I snorted. “Can I pluck a blond ringlet from your head?”

Indignant, she dropped the feather. “No! You canna have my hair!” She glanced at Connell then back to me, the three year old incredulous at the suggestion.

(Click here for the rest of An Angel Turned Santa Claus & Giveaway!)

Thank you for taking the time to read the outtake. I hope you enjoy.

Happy Highland Holidays!

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

Holiday Reading Treats and Blog Stocking-Stuffer Giveaways!

Do you feel the crisp bite in the air?

Are fragrant pine boughs scenting your living rooms and ginger-spiced lattes warming your mugs?

When you close your eyes, do visions of quiet corners with captivating books dance in your head?

{sings} It’s the mooost wonderful time…of the year…

What books will you be stuffing into stockings and your e-reader this holiday season?

Recent 5 Star Favorites of Mine…

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire ~ On sale for $1.99!

The Thrill of It by Lauren Blakely

The Weight of Words by Georgina Guthrie ~ Seriously, people. I can’t believe this wonderful book is only $2.99.

Also, Frontline by Alexandra Richland is a great action-adventure romance (a favorite genre) ~ And it’s going on blog tour from December 2nd through the 16th hosted by AToMR Tours!

One I’ve Been Waiting All Year For?

Gabriel’s Redemption by Sylvain Reynard. It releases tomorrow! You can pre-order through most online retailers.

Other Exciting Happenings:

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The exciting Mistletoe Madness holiday-themed tour jointly hosted by That’s What I’m Talking About and The Book Nympho starts today! Fun author guest posts and outtakes will help promote their recent holiday releases. 

My Mistletoe Madness post will be on That’s What I’m Talking About on December 10th, a fun outtake from Skorpius. I’m giving away a signed set of my two Highland Legends Series books, Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe for the event.

Also, Biblio Belles launched their newly merged website, and they’re having a fabulous Kick-Off Giveaway, including a signed set of  Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe. Be sure to follow their blog and enter for a chance to win one of over 100 prizes.

Martini Times Romance celebrates their one-year blogiversary December 16th-31st by hosting the “Giveaway That Gives Back” to benefit the Star of Hope Mission. I’ve donated a signed set of books (and perhaps a reader email interview) to the wonderful charitable cause.

Sabina’s Adventures in Reading is hosting a December Giveaway, including eBook copies of Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe

UPDATE (as of 12/9/13): Another new giveaway is MsRomanticReads Christmas Giveaway. 60 books are being given away, including a signed set of Forged in Dreams and Magick and Bound by Wish and Mistletoe.

Great Stocking & E-Reader Stuffers

Of course, if you haven’t yet discovered one (or all) of my books yet, I hope you take the time to do so this holiday season.

A portion of net proceeds of all of my books go to the charities outlined on my Charity Support and Awareness page.

All three titles are Amazon Best Sellers with 4.5-5 star ratings, making excellent gifts for yourself or loved ones.

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Giving Thanks and Sharing the Bounty

A huge thank you to everyone who shared the news and purchased versions of my books last week in support of the charities. The books sold in all formats during the week totaled 171, resulting in just over $400 in net proceeds going toward the charities. Your enthusiasm and support for me and the incredibly worthy causes is greatly appreciated.

Have a safe and wonderful time this holiday season. Bring an unexpected smile to someone. Give when and where you can.

Escape the craziness of reality with a good book! Or a few!

And help us all find other fabulous books!

What books will you be gifting to yourself and others?

🙂

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion