Saturday, September 28, 2013

Blog Tour - Forged in Dreams and Magick - Review & Giveaway

Title: Forged in Dreams and Magick
Author: Kat Bastion
Release date: September 23, 2013
Age Group:  Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Time Travel
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.
As an archaeology major, Isobel has always been drawn to history especially those related to Scotland.  It's in Scotland saying goodbye to her final family member who is dying that a twist of fate takes her to the side of a road where she falls into a creek.  It's here that she discovers an ancient box that she takes with her back home to California.  No one she talks to seems to know exactly what it is that she's found so she calls her one friend who would know, rising Hollywood star Iain.  Isobel has always been drawn to Iain since she saw him at the modern day Scottish games in California.  They quickly became friends, but Isobel has always had an attraction to the man.

In a weird twist of fate, Iain seems to register that he's seen this box before even though he refuses to acknowledge this fact with Isobel.  When they kiss it's like magic, when they lean on the desk and place their joint hands on the box, they are taken to another time and place.  Turns out, Iain is actually from thirteenth century Scotland and is a laird.  It's the same man, but different.  Somehow he looks the same but more rugged and manly.  From the start he stakes his claim on Isobel and makes it known that she belongs to him.  Isobel is scared, an outsider, and doesn't want to accept her fate but the more she gets to know those around her, the more she realizes that she wants to stay and loves Iain in a way that she's never loved a man.  Their courtship is short and before she knows it they are married and she's giving her entire self to the man that she vows she will spend forever loving.  It's ten wonderful days with the man she loves, but in an even more twisted version of fate, when Iain goes out to search for missing members of his guard, Isobel finds herself in front of the box again.

This time, she's pulled even further into history to another century where here she meets Velloc the leader of a tribe.  Two different centuries, two different men how can she find her soul mate in two different men, in two different times.  Finding herself lost in time, she travels back and forth between the two men trying to determine why her?  Why these two men?  Is there more at work here than just a woman who has found two men to love her?  What are they not telling her, what secrets do they hide?

This book was so much more than just about dominant men who stake claim to a woman and won't let go.  There is magic, time travel, love, and the mystery behind the box.  I've never quite read a book like this and normally I'm not a fan of magic or time travel but Bastion pulled me in and held me captive with her story and the men in it.  It was quite a journey to watch Isobel grow and adapt to the fate she's been given and it was quite a journey.  I look forward to her next book Bound by Wish and Mistletoe which is out in November.  I'm sure it will be just as great as this book was and I am now a fan of Bastion's work, her way with words, and the world she created.  It was absolutely magical, 5 stars.
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.
(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.

Estimated value of giveaway: $80 USD

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  1. Thank you so much, Rose! Such a beautiful review, and I'm thrilled you loved the story.

    ~ Kat