luni, 16 septembrie 2013

Forged in Dreams and Magick Promotion Posting

Title: Forged in Dreams and Magick (Highland Legends, #1)

Author: Kat Bastion

Release date: September 23, 2013

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Paranormal Romance / Time Travel

Event organized by: AToMR Tours

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—a 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.

About the Author

Kat Bastion is an award-winning paranormal romance writer, poetic warrior, and eternal optimist who loves getting lost in the beauty of nature.
On a never-ending, wondrous path of self-discovery, Kat throws her characters into incredible situations with the hope that readers join her in learning more about the meaning of life and love.
Her first published work, Utterly Loved, was shared with the world to benefit others. All proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of the proceeds of all her other books, support charities who help those lost in this world.
Kat lives with her husband amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Visit her blog at, her website at, Facebook at ,and her Twitter account at for more information.

Interesting Facts about Forged in Dreams and Magick
by Kat Bastion

·       The first three chapters and synopsis of an earlier version of Forged in Dreams and Magick was a finalist in five and winner of two contests for Best Paranormal Romance.
·       Forged in Dreams and Magick is in first person because experts advise new writers against writing in the tricky point of view. And a contest judge who awarded one win in Best Paranormal Romance said she doubted the story could be written where readers connect emotionally with two heroes over two time periods in 100,000 words.
{smiles slowly} My thoughts? Game. On. {laughs} I’m a contrarian who loves challenge.
·       At the 70% mark of the first draft, writer’s block descended. I took eight months off to read, relax, and write drafts in a series set to become a spin-off of Highland Legends.
·       The first scene written after my hiatus (a favorite scene) is when Skorpius is first introduced. While drafting, I knew an incredible event happened there, but all my mind literally saw was white mist. I marked a space for the scene and continued writing. The white mist later became a part of the world, the scene materializing from its iridescence. The entire passage was typed in a three-hour afternoon and is 95% intact from original draft. I vibrated so hard with excitement after finishing, I felt like I’d consumed a gallon of espresso. What a phenomenal induction back into the story!
·       Once Skorpius’s scene was written, the entire series shifted and clicked into place as a richer, more complex paranormal world.
·       Brodie Castle in our thirteenth-century story is not the Brodie Castle in existence today.
·       As I researched a name for Drust’s wife, intuition screamed she had to be Egyptian, so I searched compelling names from ancient Egyptian empires. Two hours later—yes I’m that particular about names—I blinked hard in disbelief, staring at the name Scota. I then immediately immersed myself into the legend behind why Scotland is so named. {grins}
·       Velloc’s name, Dotan’s, and the few words of their language are from my imagination, formed by analyzing known Pict names from the Pictish Chronicle’s list of kings.
·       Other names, including Drust (Drest), Talorcan, and the Pictish tribal names, are all true Pict names from historical record. However, no Pict documentation exists from the ancient time depicted in Forged in Dreams and Magick.
·       Skorpius’s appearance (and the angels and their hidden story line) beautifully ties the Highland Legends Series to my modern-day assassin series. Two fully drafted, back-shelved novels now have a greater purpose and will be retooled into a paranormal/urban fantasy spinoff series immediately following the Highland Legends Series.
Kat Bastion’s Top 10
1.    Favorite movie/actor/actress?
Only one? Impossible.
~ My two favorite movies (that I’ve watched countless times) are Serendipity and The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
~ Actors? Morgan Freeman, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Clive Owen, Hugh Jackman, John Cusack, Pierce Brosnan, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart.
~ Actresses? Kate Beckinsale, Diane Keaton, Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Susan Sarandon, Rene Russo, Vivien Leigh, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly.
~ It’s almost a given, if any of the above are in it? I’m watching.

2.    Favorite song/singer?
~ “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” by Chris Botti featuring Sting
~ I am, however, in love with Thirty Seconds to Mars . . . J

3.    Favorite place you would love to visit?

4.    One item you cannot live without?
My iPhone … #CommandCentral

5.    Who would you like to meet? (dead or alive)
Da Vinci and Plato {assembles a small dinner party}

6.    Favorite hobby?
Hiking. Not for the exercise, although that’s a bonus. The joy is in seeing everything alive around me, appreciating all that nature has to offer when fully engaged in my surroundings.

7.    Guilty pleasure
Dark chocolate truffles

8.    Favorite author and/or book?
~ Highlanders? Judith McNaught’s A Kingdom of Dreams and Julie Garwood’s Ransom.
~ Urban Fantasy/Paranormal? Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series and J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series.
~ Contemporary romance? Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture and looking forward to the upcoming Gabriel’s Redemption.
~ An inspirational treasure? Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

9.    Do you collect anything?
Not really. Wait . . . does jewelry count? {nods} bracelets. J

10.                       Favorite color?
At the moment, dark forest green. No wait, a deep royal purple. Am I picking out something to wear? Black. Although midnight blue brings out the smoky tones in my eyes . . . {laughs} Clearly, dark jewel tones.

Forged in Dreams and Magick Soundtrack

All my life, I’ve only been able to think clearly while ensconced in silence. In the quiet chill of early morning, repetitive clicks of my keyboard create the only rhythm heard amid the solitude.
My writing habits aside, passionate, gripping songs are ideal for a Forged in Dreams and Magick soundtrack. Below are my favorites, which evoke the emotional depths Isobel experiences from missing the man she loves, to mourning the loss of another, cherishing treasured moments, and rising above adversity to embrace her inner warrior.
1.    “We Don’t Have to Look Back Now” by Puddle of Mudd
2.    “From Where You Are” by Lifehouse
3.    “Alive Again” by Matt Maher
4.    “Can’t Forget You” by My Darkest Days
5.    “Waking Up” by 10 Years
6.    “My Last Breath” by Evanescence
7.    “Possession” by Evans Blue
8.    “Crawling in the Dark” by Hoobastank
9.    “Life is Beautiful” by Sixx:A.M.
10.     “Afterlife” by Switchfoot
11.       “Rise Today” by Alter Bridge
12.     “Conquistador” by Thirty Seconds to Mars
13.        “All That You Are” by The Goo Goo Dolls
14.    “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

Excerpt 1 from Forged in Dream and Magick

Where is Iain?
Done standing under the scrutiny of the party’s microscope, I squeezed Brigid’s hand, tugging her arm, but she held her ground. Patience had never been a strong point for me. I bit the inside of my cheek, waiting. Since my only experience in gaining a man’s interest by disinterest might’ve been a fluke with modern-day Iain at the games, I trusted our rough plan—and Brigid’s intuition—to guide our way.
Distracted by my chattering mind and the crowd’s intimidation, I didn’t notice the disturbance in the air behind me until the weight of pure power pressed into me without contact. A chill raced up my spine. The heat of his breath flowed up my neck to the shell of my ear, scattering every thought I’d had like a dandelion bloom bursting apart on a gust of wind.
The thunder of my heart muffled my loud gasp. I tried to turn—uncomfortable being sandwiched between eager voyeurs and their laird—but Iain gripped my hips, immobilizing me.
He inhaled, drawing my upper body back until he’d become the only thing holding me upright. I swallowed hard. A novice to any kind of intimate handling, I felt vulnerable under his command, and I forgot all about my plan and the audience below.
A low growl rumbled at my ear. “Isa, you devastate me.”
I sighed out a breath I hadn’t realized I’d held. Well, damn. At least I wasn’t the only one incapacitated. Angling my head against his chest, I looked up into dark, lustful eyes. That amazing mountain scent of Iain’s enveloped me. His long hair curtained down, shielding our faces from view. I reached a hand up, caressing his bearded chin. He smirked. I smiled.
Okay. Fine. I conceded the match to him. Five minutes into an evening together, and I’d literally fallen into his hands.
“Well, what now, big guy? Are you going to kiss me, or stand here holding me all night?”
He chuckled and forced me upright, smacking my ass. “I’ll do neither, lass. I’ll be escortin’ you to a seat beside me at my table.”
I straightened my dress as an odd disappointment replaced the arousal thrumming through me.
He took my arm, and I looked around, not seeing Brigid anywhere. He leaned down, whispering in a thicker-than-usual brogue, “That was me claimin’ you before them. I’ll not give another man the chance to sneak up to your enticin’ backside . . . or any other side, for that matter.”
Had the man read my mind? Maybe my schemes were that transparent. For the first time, I entertained the notion that I might be trying to outfox a master strategist.

Author`s Giveaway:

(5) Signed Paperback Copies of Forged in Dreams and Magick

(5) eBook copies of Forged in Dreams and Magick

(1) Pandora sterling silver Happily Ever After charm with a Pandora sterling silver bracelet

Ebook Giveaway:

(1) eBook copy of Forged in Dreams and Magick

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