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Tinsel, Sand & Snow: A Christmas Collection by Kat & Stone Bastion 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 Kat & Stone Bastion's Facebook page today for a $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway. Further details below...
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 Kat & Stone on their Facebook page today to enter: Kat & Stone Bastion's Facebook

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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 announcement.

About Kat & Stone Bastion: Shoe and Boot Photo Kat Bastion won several awards for her bestselling debut novel Forged in Dreams and Magick. Kat and Stone Bastion’s bestselling first novel No Weddings and the No Weddings series were named Best of 2014 by multiple romance review blogs. When not defining love and redemption through scribed words, they enjoy spending their time mountain biking and hiking in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
Stay in touch with them on their social media pages... Blog * Facebook * Kat's Twitter * Stone's Twitter * Website
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Sweet Girl
Sierra Hill
(The Sweetest Thing, #2)
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Kylah
I’ve always lived in the shadows of my athletic older brother and my charismatic twin sister. And that’s okay by me. I don’t mind being known as the shy wallflower. The gawky geek. The sweet, virginal girl. Well, that’s one label I’ve been trying to shed since starting my freshman year in college this year. The thing is, no one’s ever looked twice at me.
Until I met Van Gerard.
He notices me. He looks at me and seems to like what he sees. He understands and listens to me. He’s become a great friend. The problem is, I don’t want him as a friend.
I want more.
But my brother – along with a state line between us, and oh yeah, Van’s long-time girlfriend – are just a few complications getting in the way of what I want.
Van
I thought my senior year in college would be the best time of my life. I’m a starter on a Pac-12 basketball team, set to graduate with a degree in Finance. I have a girlfriend whom I’d planned to start a future with. I thought my life was already mapped out.
But then the bottom dropped out with a confession I never expected to hear, from the girl I thought I knew.
I thought wrong.
Luckily for me, Kylah Griffin was there to break my fall. She’s the best thing this year has given me. She’s helped me through a devastating blow that could have sent me reeling.
I know she wants more, but I’m not sure I can give it. Now that I’ve been burned, I don’t think I can go there again. Kylah’s not a hook-up, and she’s definitely not a rebound. She’s a sweet girl who deserves more than to be friend-zoned.
If only things weren’t so complicated.
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Author Bio:
Since writing and publishing her first book in 2014, Sierra Hill has found her creative passion in writing about the fictional characters that live in her brain, who are constantly shouting for their own love stories to be told.
Sierra frequently indulges in what some might consider to be an unhealthy dose of reading, dark chocolate candy, and way too much coffee. She hates cold weather, and frequently finds herself traveling around the country to see her favorite live musicians in concert.
Sierra resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of twenty years and her long-haired, German Shepherd. She is currently working on her next book.

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Series: The Secret Warrior #3
Release date: September 30th 2016

Publisher: Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Purchase: Amazon


Being the seventh Morcant has its perks: Morgan is learning to fly and wield magical blue fire. 

But the coyote shifters are growing bolder. Mateo and his panthers seem impossible to defeat. And vampires aren't real – are they? 

When the elusive and enigmatic Chief Okema disappears and the wards protecting the Wapicoli territory falter, Morgan and Jackson are forced into the role of leaders. 

Badly outnumbered and outgunned, do they have time to search for the secret of the Divining Tree, and will it help them in the final battle?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.


Ten Things I need to Write by author Beth Trissel

In pondering what ten things I need for the words to flow, I’d say upper most is the right music. This is essential. I’m currently listening to sound tracks from Doctor Who. Some of those theme songs are great and definitely take me from ‘here’ to ‘there.’ My playlists are rather eclectic. Whatever works.

Second. Let there be light. Candles, small white Christmas lights, and other glowing orbs inspire me. I keep them in stock year round. This is a cozy writer’s cave.

Third. I must have hot Earl Grey tea with a little milk and enough sugar to ruin the ‘give up sugar’ thing I’m hearing a lot about lately. The tea is caffeinated or decaf depending on time of day. I also drink hot peppermint tea. Not coffee so much. I’m more of a tea person.

Fourth. OK, so we’ve got the tea, lights, and the music going, now I need my writing buddies. Two dogs, one small, one much larger, a blue heeler mix who ought to be out herding cows but is hugging the couch, make up the canine crew. And my four cats. The most faithful companions among the felines are the two younger males, Peaches and Cream. They also act as my publicists.

Fifth. Chocolate. I use it to bribe myself to begin a new chapter and reward myself in achieving that accomplishment. Chocolate can also come in the form of cookies.

Six, and maybe this should be first. I need to not have the phone ring endlessly with political, sales, and charitable pleas. I have caller I.D. so I know I don’t want to answer but it still rings. A lot. Which interrupts my thought process each time. No-call lists don’t work.

Seven. Staff. I need someone else to clean the house and prepare tantalizing meals, which are gluten-free and low in lactose because I have food issues. See how creative you can get with those limits. I’d also like a gardening assistant, chauffer, and a real publicist—no offense Peaches and Cream. They do their best. Then I could focus more on my creative work. However, I have little staff. So this is a want.

Eight. A Writing Fairy is a must. Sprinkle that pixie dust around and the story flows like magic. Another name for the Writing Fairy is the elusive Muse.

Nine. I need the characters to talk to me. If I don’t write the story their way, they sulk. Consequently, I listen deeply and well to what they have to say. I write character driven stories.

Ten. During those ebbs in the flow, I rearrange my playlists, find new music, and brew more tea…

Need chocolate.




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Welcome to the Sunday Post!
 A weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer

 It lets everyone know what happened during our week.. 

 So check it out.

Hey fellow Shooting Stars!! 
This week went by very slowly. On Monday, it was my turn to go to the doctor, my son gave me Strep throat, and he still isn't completely over his, but he is getting better. 

Other than that we've been enjoying the library books that I've been getting. And I've also started watching the show called Castle. It's pretty good, and I enjoy it. 

That's really it, other than I finally got to read Kristen Ashley's newest release, and I hadn't really heard very good things about it, but I ended up enjoying it a whole lot.  

That's all for now folks. Have a wonderful week, and "shoot for the stars." 

Until the Stars Align Again, 
Shooting Stars Reviews. 


~Last Week~



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Lost Wolf 
Stacy Claflin
(Curse of the Moon, #1)
Publication date: July 17th 2016 
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

She’s hiding a dark secret. It already killed her once.
Victoria can’t wait to start college, but there’s a hitch—she can’t remember anything before arriving on campus. Her memories spark when she sees her ruggedly handsome math professor, but she senses something horrific. The shock on his face affirms her fears.
Toby is an alpha wolf who never thought he’d see his true love again—not after she died in his arms. Nothing could have prepared him for her walking into his class. But to his dismay, not only has she forgotten what happened, she doesn’t even know who she is.
He’s determined to do whatever it takes to restore what they’ve lost. Can Toby help Victoria recover her memories, or will he lose her forever?
EXCERPT:
Beads of sweat broke out along my hairline. I wiped them away, tightened my ponytail, and ran faster along the dirt trail, jumping over exposed roots and ducking under low-hanging branches. Pine trees, firs, and alders turned my path into more of an obstacle course than a trail.
A twig snapped behind me.
I glanced back, but didn’t see anything. Probably just a raccoon.
My sneaker hit a root and my arms flew in front of me. I landed on my hands and knees, and slid down an incline. Rocks and branches dug into my skin until I crashed into a huckleberry bush.
I stood and dusted myself off. Blood dripped from my legs. I pulled twigs, dirt, and small rocks from the cuts.
“Nice work, Victoria,” I muttered to myself.
Sasha had said I shouldn’t have gone into the forest for my first jog. But having just moved to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula, I wasn’t about to join a club when I had the great outdoors. Birds chirped all around and a stream bubbled nearby. It was like the woods were telling me I’d made the right choice.
Another snap.
“Who’s there?” I sounded a lot braver than I felt. My heart thundered against my ribcage and I whipped my head around. My roommates had said the woods were safe, but I was also trusting people who had been strangers only a couple days earlier.
Why had I gone into the woods alone? Wasn’t that how half of all horror movies started?
I thought of Sasha running on a treadmill, flirting with cute college guys. Maybe she was the smart one.
Footsteps.
“Hello?” I called.
Nothing. The birds had even stopped singing.
“Is anyone there?”
The footsteps came closer.
My pulse drummed in my ears. I fought to breathe normally.
A small gray and black wolf stepped out from behind the tree. He made eye contact with me.
I didn’t move a muscle, holding its gaze.


Author Bio:
Stacy Claflin is a USA Today bestselling author who writes about complex women overcoming incredible odds. Whether it's her Gone saga of psychological thrillers, her various paranormal romance tales, or her sweet romance series, Stacy's three-dimensional characters shine through.
Decades after she wrote her first stories on construction paper and years after typing on an inherited green screen computer that weighed half a ton, Stacy realized her dream of becoming a full-time bestselling author.
When she's not busy writing or educating her kids from home, Stacy enjoys watching TV shows like Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars, and Once Upon a Time.
Join Stacy's newsletter to get three free novels. Register here to get your books right away: http://stacyclaflin.com/newsletter/

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