Archive for the 'Whatever' Category

Monday, June 1st, 2009
Witch Fury is Now Available!

4.5 stars from RT Book Reviews ~ “Bast finishes up her Elemental Witches quartet with plenty of fast-paced action and flair. She’s done a terrific job of setting up the supernatural conflict that comes to a thrilling climax in this book. A tremendous finish to a riveting series!”


Berkley Sensation
Elemental Witches 4
ISBN-10: 042522869X
ISBN-13: 978-0425228692
Release Date: June 2, 2009

Sarafina Connell is having the worst week of her life. It takes an even darker turn when an infamous playboy kidnaps her and reveals a world she never knew existed….

It’s a world where magick is real, and where Sarafina is given a chance to join a secret cabal that is bent on gaining absolute power. They could use a woman like her—a witch with an untapped gift for creating fire. But she isn’t about to get in league with the devil.

Rescued from her captors, Sarafina is introduced to a coven that is duty-bound to fight the forces of darkness. She’s pleased that her savior is the imposingly seductive Theo—until the trust between them goes up in flames. However, as the war between good and evil is waged, Sarafina and Theo realize they have no choice but to unite in the battle for supremacy—that’s getting hotter by the minute.


Here are a whole slew of announcements:

Another free read for you! Go to my web site for MICAH’S MAGICK, a free short story. Spoiler alert: Do not read until after you’ve finished Witch Fury. Enjoy!

I will be signing WITCH FURY at Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore in Minneapolis, MN on June 6th from 1-2pm. Mary Janice Davidson will also be there signing her latest release, Undead and Unwelcome.

Upcoming chats at Writerspace:
Berkley Jove Author chat: Thursday, June 11th at 9 PM ET
After Midnight Authors chat: Monday, June 22nd at 9 PM ET

Monday, June 1st, 2009
30 Days of Demons

The talented Cynthia Eden is doing 30 Days of Demons on her blog this month. (If you’re not familiar with Cynthia Eden’s books, hie thee! She’s WONDERFUL.)

30 Days of Demons: Books, Prizes, Demons. Time to get your demon on. Some heroes have a really bad side. Niol’s story is coming…6/30/09. ‘Unforgettable’ - RT Book Reviews.

The Book Enter Today! Share Image

I have a guest blog up today about the demons of the Elemental Witches Series and I’m offering a prize, so go on over and check it out!

Saturday, May 30th, 2009
Snippet Saturday: First Kiss Scene

Okay, okay, so this isn’t technically the first kiss scene of Witch Fury. I guess you’ll have to read the book for that one. ;-p This is more of a teaser scene that may (or may not) lead to the first kiss scene. Call the Snippet Saturday police on me. G’wan.


Excerpt from WITCH FURY (June 2, Berkley Sensation) © 2009 Anya Bast

She reached out and traced a long white scar running from his shoulder down over his pectorals. His flesh shivered under her touch and his breath caught almost too softly to hear. She flattened her palm against his warm flesh and savored the steady, strong beat of his heart thrumming under her hand.

“What you’ve done with these scars–you’ve made them magnificent. You’ve transformed them into something your own, art of your own. Taken your wounds and made something beautiful out of them.”

He caught her hand in his so fast it made her gasp. Theo stared down at her. “Don’t push me.” He stood and walked toward the hallway.

“Push you? What are you talking about?” She rose from the couch.

Theo turned and stalked toward her. “You know what I mean. I’m attracted to you and you know it. Don’t push me. This isn’t a game.”

“What?” Honestly, when she traced the scar on his chest the last thing she’d been thinking about was sex. She’d simply been moved by his experience and the marks he’d always wear to remind him. “Theo, I wasn’t trying to push you, but if I overstepped our boundaries. I’m sorry.”

“I can’t be around you without wanting you.” He turned away from her, once again walking toward the hallway. He meant to escape into his bedroom. Run away.

Sarafina followed him. “Theo, wait. We need to talk this through.”

Theo whirled and crowded her against the wall of the hallway.

Her breath left her in a rush of surprise and a spike of fear. She had to quickly remind herself that she trusted Theo and he meant her no harm.

His arms pinned her on either side of her body and his head dipped, his warm breath teasing the fine hair at the edges of her face. “The last thing I want to do with you is talk, Sarafina.”

Her stomach muscles tightened and her breath caught. “I didn’t know you were attracted to me,” she whispered. “You gave me no reason to think so.”

“I’m giving you reason now.” His voice was low and melodic in a raw, masculine way. He spoke right next to her ear, sending shivers through her body.

Her breathing hitched. Yes, yes he was giving her a reason now, ample. So much it was making her head spin.

His hand dropped an inch, toyed with the button of her jeans. “And if I can’t make myself walk away right now, I’ll give you even more reason.”

Want to read more snippets? Here’s a list of all of today’s participating authors. Enjoy!

Lauren Dane
Cynthia Eden
Vivi Anna
Sylvia Day
Moira Rogers
Mandy Roth
Viv Arend
Beth Williamson
Elisabeth Naughton
Michelle Pillow
Jaci Burton
Taige Crenshaw
McKenna Jeffries
Victoria Janssen
Shelli Stevens
Maggie Robinson
Juliana Stone
Sasha White
Maura Anderson
Shelley Munro
Jody Wallace
Eliza Gayle
Kelly Maher

Oh, and, hey, you all, join me at Writerspace tomorrow at 9pm ET for a chat about Witch Fury. I’d love to see you there and I’ll be giving away a prize of some kind.

Thursday, May 28th, 2009
I can now announce…

Anya Bast’s CRUEL ENCHANTMENT, continuing the author’s upcoming Dark Magic series, in which to free her kind from imprisonment in a charmed prison city, a Fae former assassin must enlist the help of The Blacksmith, a man who has been waiting years to enact his deadly revenge on her, to Cindy Hwang at Berkley Sensation, in a nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

From Publisher’s Marketplace.

Yay and the Dark Magick series shall roll on!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
Mad Chatter

I will be chatting at Writerspace three times in the few weeks:

Individual author chat during which I’ll talk about Witch Fury and anything else you’d care to discuss: Sunday, May 31st at 9 PM ET

Berkley Jove Author chat during which I’ll be chatting with many other awesome Berkley Jove authors: Thursday, June 11th at 9 PM ET

After Midnight Authors chat during which I’ll be chatting with many other awesome After Midnight Authors: Monday, June 22nd at 9 PM ET

I’ll be offering prizes at each, I’m sure, because that’s just how I roll. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
Bit of a Blather

This is cross-posted from the Bradford Bunch blog. I meant to post this yesterday but life kicked my butt instead.

It’s now ONE week until the release of Witch Fury and I am still amazingly calm about the whole thing. It’s a much nicer change from the anxiety-fests of my earlier mass market releases. I’m actually enjoying this one and that’s a good thing, right? The best thing, in my book. Don’t get me wrong, writing is my job and it is work. I take time out from doing things I want to do all the time in order to get my word counts in. I sacrifice. I toil. I constantly miss movies at night with my husband to get in quiet time to work on my WIP. Sometimes the words come out hard and I have to yank them. Sometimes they come out easy. But it’s always work.

Work that I love. Work that I want to continue to love. Book release anxiety diminishes the joy I take in my writing, and therefore it’s my job to diminish the anxiety. It’s a virus infecting my contentment, but I think I finally found the cure. Whew. It took a couple years.

But as I sit here at my laptop on Monday night, my husband and child asleep in bed and my cats lounging around me, I’m very content with my job. I’m so blessed that I’ve been able to take something I love to do and turn it into a career. I wish everyone could do that.

Right now I’m getting ready to turn my attention to JEWELED, an historical fantasy menage a trois romance that will release from Berkley Heat. This is a very, very hot book. It’s also extremely emotional, probably one of the most emotional stories I’ve written. My voice does come in a range of flavors. I’m very comfortable (probably the most comfortable) writing action-packed paranormal romance that tickles the line of urban fantasy. But I like to branch off into other subgenres once in a while too. I like to challenge myself in my writing and tackle plots that are a little bit out of my normal comfort zone. JEWELED is one example of that.

I DO love my job. 🙂 And I’m happy to be able to say that with an honest and open heart a week before a mass market release…right before the craziness starts (good craziness, but craziness nonetheless).

I do hope you all love Witch Fury as much I loved writing it. I wrote a free short story that further ties up the tale of one of secondary characters, btw. I’ll try to have it up on my site the week of the release, though I wouldn’t recommend reading it before you finish the series.

Have a fantastic day, all! I’m having my hair done and will spend the rest of the day working. Luckily, working on something I love. I wish that same thing for all of you.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The winner of Yasmine’s Seething Summer Gift Bag is Cathy Wellman! Congrats, Cathy! Yasmine will be contacting you for your information.

Thanks for reading and responding to our blog exchange. As always, it was a blast!

Monday, May 25th, 2009
Bast & Galenorn Turn Up The Heat!

This is a blog exchange I’m doing with the fabulous Yasmine Galenorn. Essentially, we interviewed each other. Here you will find Yasmine’s answers to the questions here on my blog and you’ll my answers over on her blog. I’m offering a prize of a goodie grab bag. Yasmine is also offering a Seething Summer Gift Bag (sounds good!), so make sure you leave a comment on both our blogs! Yasmine’s blog is here.


Join two of Berkley’s most magical authors as they interview each other about their upcoming releases. Yasmine Galenorn’s Demon Mistress and Anya
Bast’s Witch Fury will be coming out on June 2, 2009–just in time for the each Reads Season. Get your copies when they come hot off the press, to
turn up the heat with the Girls of Summer!

Demon Mistress
by Yasmine Galenorn
Berkley (Mass Market); June 2, 2009
Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9780425228647

We’re the D’Artigo Sisters: Half-human, half-Faerie, we’re savvy–and
sexy–operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. But our mixed-blood
heritage short-circuits our talents at all the wrong times. My sister
Camille is a wicked-good witch whose magic is as unpredictable as the
weather. My sister Delilah transforms into a tabby cat at the worst possible
times. And me? I’m Menolly, acrobat-extraordinaire-turned-vampire. And if
the nerds from hell don’t get their act together, I’m going to turn their
toga party into a bloodbath…

Life’s getting stranger by the minute. First, Iris and I unearth a diary
from one of the bartenders at the Wayfarer who disappeared under mysterious
circumstances. And when I discover a ghoul in the woods near our home, we
know there has to be a necromancer nearby–another sign that something’s
wrong. But the blood really hits the fang when we discover a secret society
bent on winning Shadow Wing’s favor. Now it’s up to us to stop the chaos
they’ve unleashed on the city, and to prevent the demon they summoned from
devouring Delilah’s soul…

Anya: How did the original seed of the idea for your series implant itself
in your mind?

Yasmine: Actually, I have no idea where the original idea for the Sisters’
world came to mind. I think it was the culmination of years of playing with
fun ideas, of watching shows like Buffy and Charlie’s Angels and InuYasha
and movies like Hellboy and Labyrinth, and all those lovely action flicks.
One night, I was sitting in the living room watching TV when the three
D’Artigo girls jumped through the window (it was a surreal vision, okay?)
and introduced themselves to me and said, “You must write about us.” And
that’s how it started. ~smiles~

Anya: Do you listen to music when you write? Why or why not? What are some
of the songs off your current playlist?

Yasmine: 65-70% of the time, yes, I do now. I never used to but it’s become
integral to the worlds I write over the past few years-ever since I started
the Otherworld Series. Current playlist is for Night Myst-the new urban
fantasy series I’m working on (contrary to rumor, it’s not YA). A few of
the songs on it I play over and over are: Half Light (from the Mothman
Prophecies soundtrack), Rolling Under (same), a lot of Gary Numan (Dead
Heaven, The Angel Wars, Dreamkillers, My Breathing, Praying to the Aliens,
Before You Hate It, and more), Social Enemies (Orgy), Ladies and Gentleman
(Saliva), Remedy (Seether), Psycho (Puddle of Mudd). You can see the entire
playlist for each book on my website.

Anya: I know you have many cats like I do. Do they “help” you write? 😉

Yasmine: Oh yes, especially the kittens. Calypso and Brighid (both ten
months now) love to help Mommy with the keyboard and the monitor and the
printer and ten-key adding machine. Meerclar just supervises. ~laughs~ I
sure miss my Tara-my office kitty, and they help fill the void she left
along with her sisters Keeter and Luna (we lost three seniors in the past

Anya: What do you think makes this book stand out from the previous ones in
the series?

Yasmine: In Demon Mistress (book 6) the monsters may be demons, but some of
them are also closer to home in a bad, bad way. And Menolly, having faced
Dredge–her own personal demon in Darkling (book 3) is back and more bad-ass
than ever, but without the perpetual chip on her shoulder that her sire left
her with. She’s able to laugh more here, and able to start thinking-even
just a little-about the future. Camille and Delilah face their own changes
in the book too, settling in to the state of affairs that both Dragon Wytch
and Night Huntress left them with. Demon Mistress is, ultimately, about bad
guys who may look like the boy next door, and good guys who might look like
a crazed hobo, and everybody in-between.

Anya: If you could hit the sheets with any one of your characters, who would
it be and why?

Yasmine: Oh mama, what a tough choice. I do adore most of my leading
men-Smoky with that hair of his would probably win out, though Morio,
Trillian, Rozurial, and even Vanzir wouldn’t be far behind. Any one or all
of the above would be fine-the more the merrier when we’re talking fantasy
and hot summer knights.

Anya: How do you think your character has grown/evolved over the past few

Yasmine: Menolly has come into her own. She can never forget the past, but
she’s managed to get a grip on it-and therefore-herself. She’s learning how
far she can be pushed, just what she’s willing to compromise on, and how-in
a world that’s gone so far wrong-to let a part of herself actually be
vulnerable to the heart of another. Since each book rotates through the
different viewpoints of the three sisters, Demon Mistress ties up another
cycle, but not the series by any means, in the ongoing battle of the
D’Artigo girls against the demons-and demons come in so many forms.

USA Today bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes urban fantasy for
Berkley: both the bestselling Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon Series for
Berkley and the upcoming Indigo Court urban fantasy series. In the past,
she wrote mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and nonfiction metaphysical
books. Her books have hit the New York Times and USA Today extended
bestseller lists numerous times.

Yasmine has been in the Craft for over 28 years, is a shamanic witch, and
describes her life as a blend of teacups and tattoos. She lives in Bellevue
WA with her husband Samwise and their cats.

Yasmine can be reached via her website at, and via MySpace. She is also the co-founder of the Witchy Chicks blog.