Forged in Dreams and Magick ~ Blog Tour

Forged in Dreams and Magick (Highland Legends, #1)
Kat Bastion
September 23, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Time Travel
Event organized by: AToMR Tours

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.

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.

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Kat’s Favorite Quotes from
Forged in Dreams and Magick

“May all who seek refuge, find it. When you find comfort from another, cherish it. Should you be graced with true love, embrace it.” ~ This favorite quote is a portion of Iain’s toast at the Beltane celebration. Not only is it a wonderful philosophy for their clan, but it serves as a creed for us all to offer and value the important things in life.

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 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.

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A love(s) that transcends time. *Sigh* There is just something about the romance of the highlands that sucks me into a story. The mystery, atmosphere and sexy warriors of old. Alpha males and damsels in distress, a winning combo. Forged in Dreams and Magick is so much more than a highland fairytale.

Isobel stumbles on a box that has been handed down, cherished and even stolen by chieftains for centuries. It brings his soul mate to him through time and space. Isobel is that one true soul mate for Iain. After knowing him for years she is shocked when they are pulled into Iain’s time centuries in the past. Isobel has to learn their ways and adjust her thinking to acclimate to this new world of old.

Just when things are going well Isobel is yet again hurled through time and lands in another century with yet another soul mate. This one is pretty much instantaneous. Velloc the leader of a tribe even further back in time does something to her that is all encompassing and consuming. It’s Magick.

Traveling back and forth between these two men trying to understand the feelings she has for both is trying and infuriating to all involved.During the back and forth Isobel discovers that there is more to the box than lovers at both ends. Why was she chosen for this? What is the purpose? What is her role in the universe and who or what controls it. Also what she does in the past, will it change the future?

There is so much more to this book than the love triangle between worlds. There is outside forces at work. There are mysteries of the universe and secrets held by both chieftains. There will be tragedy, loss, political turmoil and unknown magical factions at play. I was completely pulled in and found myself absorbed in the world created by Bastion.

I have heard it compared to the Outlander Series by Gabaldon. To an extent, sure I see the similarity. However, Bastions world is more romance and magic and less history lesson. A more condensed story. Well written and easy to read.

I can honestly say I am hooked and cannot wait to read the next book in the series Bound by Wish and Mistletoe (Highland Legends, #1.5) coming November 2013. 

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  **note to self** If you find a magical box buried in the dirt... run! Seriously, if I got flung to the past I would have a panic attack. I don't want to live without my dishwasher, washing machine and all of my amazing modern creature comforts! And, sadly I find myself wondering in these books how women ever coped without them. Yes, I'm spoiled... but, maybe I could make an exception if I had a hunky highlander to pawn all over me... and in this case Isobel had two hunky highlanders. That's grossly unfair...
If you are a fan of time travel romances... highlander romances and don't mind a splash of paranormal thrown in for good measure... then this book is sure to please!
Isobel accidentally happened upon a beautifully carved box after she tumbled down a hill while on a trip to Scotland. Little did Isobel know at the time, but this magical box would eventually lead her to her soul mate **ahem** I mean mates... and to fulfilling her true purpose.
Modern Iain, who has known Isobel for two years had no idea that a single kiss in the presence of this magical box would be the beginning of him also fulfilling his destiny.
Isobel was transported back in time with Iain through the power of the box, to old Scotland. What follows after is a passion filled romance and a realization that they are meant for each other as soul mates. Just when Isobel was finally getting comfortable in her new life... fate steps in again and she finds herself transported even further back in time to the age of the picts. Here she meets her second soul mate... Velloc. Wait! Can you have two soul mates??? Guess so!
Here is where I am always the odd one out. I actually preferred Velloc over Iain. I loved the atmosphere of his world and the relationship that they shared together. Needless to say... without sharing any spoilers... I was not pleased with certain events that took place. (sniff sniff)
Isobel finds herself bouncing back and forth from one world to the other trying to manage this love triangle of soul mates. Each time Isobel travels through time she becomes more aware of the magical forces that are controlling her destiny. And, she realizes by coming face to face with these forces, that there is much more to come for her in the future and things are not as they seemed.
My only wish really was that I would have loved to have been able to get to know modern Iain. I think I would've been a little more invested in that love affair if I had spent more time getting to know them as a modern couple and as friends. Hhmmmmm.... that would make a great novella.. yep it would.
So, I would definitely add this to your list if you are a fan of highlander books. This is bound to be a really good series to get involved in... looking forward to more! 



  1. WOW! This book sounds entertaining, thrilling, HOT, and might just leave me begging for more! This book is DEFINITELY going on my TBL!!! I have goosebumps from reading the line, "Isa, you devastate me." *shudder* *sigh*

    1. YAY! I'm so excited for you to read it, Kimberly!

      Forged in Dreams and Magick releases tomorrow, 9/23, on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and All Romance eBooks.

      I hope you enjoy the story!

      ~ Kat

  2. Expert was very nice and the cover looks great.

  3. Thank you K & T! Fabulous post and wonderful reviews! I appreciate your time in reading, reviewing, and your incredible support.

    Tomorrow is release day! Yay! {vibrates}

    ~ Kat