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Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Getting the word out about a book signing in a particular locale is like searching for a needle in a haystack. I’m broadcasting nationally in an attempt to hit the few who live nearby.

If you’re in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, this may be of interest to you. I’ll be signing Saturday, September 25 at 2pm at the Borders in Woodbury, MN 8472 Tamarack Village, St Paul, MN 55125 (651) 578-2931. I’ll have my newest release, CRUEL ENCHANTMENT, along with assorted other titles.

I’d love to meet you!

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Skip a Starbucks Day

(Scroll down for yesterday’s winner and today’s book-of-the-day.)

Author CJ Redwine is trying to raise money to bring her daughter home from China. If you donate to this cause, you’re entered for a chance to win some pretty great prizes. Check it out! The Last Word: Skip A Starbucks Day!

Friday, August 13th, 2010
Upcoming Celebrations for the Release of CRUEL ENCHANTMENT

Hi guys — So Cruel Enchantment releases SOON, on September 7th, and I have a couple big celebrations planned.

On Monday, August 16th, make sure you come by my blog for the first day of TWENTY DAYS OF ENCHANTMENT. I’ll be giving away a book every day, either from myself or authors like Julianna Stone, Beth Kery, Lauren Dane, Denise Agnew & Ann Aguirre (just to name a few). Day one of the celebration I’ll be giving away the ONLY ARC of CRUEL ENCHANTMENT. I haven’t decided on a grand prize, but I’m leaning toward a nice GC to a bookstore. Those are always good, right?

Then, just an advance head’s up, I’ll be throwing a release party for CRUEL ENCHANTMENT on September 9th over at Bitten By Books and the grand prize will be a Kindle.


Upcoming Booksignings….

Sunday, September 12th 12pm — 4pm in Huntington, WV at Lora Leigh’s Reader Appreciation Weekend at the Pullman Plaza Hotel (1-866-613-3611) Visit for a list of participating authors.

Saturday, September 25 at 2pm at the Borders in Woodbury, MN 8472 Tamarack Village St Paul, MN 55125 (651) 578-2931


RT gave CRUEL ENCHANTMENT a 4 1/2 stars SCORCHER review, “Bast’s unique voice rings loud and clear in her latest Dark Magick offering. She has a knack for creating believable worlds, then populating those worlds with thoroughly enjoyable characters.” — Annette Elton

Romance Junkies gives Cruel Enchantment Five Blue Ribbons and says, “Oh my goodness!!! After reading CRUEL ENCHANTMENT, words cannot express the emotional roller coaster I feel like I’ve just ridden…. I like how Ms. Bast developed [Aeric and Emmaline’s] relationship and brought all that emotion and energy around without losing control of the story. It was intense and never wavered… I cannot wait for DARK ENCHANTMENT because I want to get back on that roller coaster.” – Ann

Friday, August 6th, 2010
Are you ready?

….I’m planning a big blow out contest on my blog to celebrate the upcoming release of CRUEL ENCHANTMENT and JEWELED. Stay tuned for details!!

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

I have this lovely stack of ARCs to give away to book bloggers/reviewers. Do you have a blog? Do you review books? Interested in reviewing the second book of the Dark Magick series? If you are, please send me an email to anyabast (at) with a link to your blog or where/how you would review the book.

I only have a limited supply of ARCs and I’m looking for maximum eyeball viewage, so blogs with lots of traffic will be weighted heavier in my selection process. Otherwise my decisions will be made on a first come, first serve basis. The only requirement I have is that the review be posted sometime during the first week of September, when the book releases. I will be holding a couple ARCs back for readers who don’t have book blogs/aren’t reviewers, so everyone will still have a shot at getting one. 🙂

In other news, an idea is percolating for a month-long contest here on my blog as a run up to the release of CRUEL ENCHANTMENT, so stay tuned for details.

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
Winners of the New Release Heaven contest

Selected by random by my husband. Wow, you all had some great comments, btw!

Here are the lucky winners….

Heidi S. for TRACKING THE TEMPEST who wrote: “Why do I deserve to win???
The first 1/2 of the summer I spent 5 wks w/ cast on left ankle, then my son gets sick and he has to use nebulizer for breathing/ (all this happens on Sun,Father’s day) he kicks the table and knocks us backwards on to the floor,where my 60 lb son lands on my chest, go to hospital to have xrays , find I have 2 cracked ribs, before I leave they said my labs came back my potassium is very low and want me to take 3 pills before I leave, horse pills that is, I get them down but within 5mins, I was back in the room again vomiting continues, nonstop for 3 days, 8 IV’s, and Monday morning the decide to use the scope to check my stomach and throat. During the procedure, they crack one of my teeth w/ the scope… Burn throat, burnd stomach, I still have trouble eating , I can drink anything but eating is still hard.”

(OMG, Heidi, feel better soon!)

Janece S. for NIGHT MYST who wrote, “Why should I win? Wellll, let’s see…my birthday is on the 13th, and either would make an awesome gift, but even more so, because I have been on a weight loss journey since the first of the year and I have lost 59lbs so far!! Hoping to lose a total of 100 lbs within the next year. I NEED a new book to read while I ride the stationary bikes, right??” (Great job, Janece)

Sue A. for INSATIABLE who wrote: “INSATIABLE is what I am and what I want! It is not easy being away from home, taking care of a sick family member for months on end. I’m homesick, I need to forget my troubles and release some stress and escape into a book for a while.” (Sue – I hope your family member feels better soon and you can get some relief.)

Pat C. for BONDS OF JUSTICE who wrote: ”I’ve never read any of her works and for this I don’t deserve to win! But this would be an excellent opportunity for me to begin to know her books. A win would also give me a chance to read my first paranormal!” (I’m sure you’ll love it, Pat)

Winners, please email me at anyabast(at) with your mailing address and I’ll get your prize in the mail. 🙂

Everyone, thank you for entering and (if you celebrate) have a FANTASTIC Fourth of July weekend filled with fun, family & fireworks and friends!

Thursday, July 1st, 2010
New Release Heaven

Wow! There are a TON of books that either just came out or are coming out that deserve attention.

Nicole Peeler’s second book in her JANE TRUE series released last Tuesday. I loved the first book in this series, TEMPEST RISING. For me, the story always hinges on the characters and Jane True is an awesome heroine.

Tracking the Tempest begins four months–and one eyebrow sacrificed to magical training–after the close of Tempest Rising. During that time, Jane’s been busy honing her supernatural powers and enjoying her newfound sense of confidence.

Rockabill may not yet be heaven, but she’s realized it’s home. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, however, and Ryu–Jane’s bloodsucker boyfriend–can’t let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. This time his shenanigans involve a last-minute ticket to Boston and a hefty dose of direct interference in her life. But Ryu’s best laid plans inevitably create more upheaval than even he can anticipate, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings committed by a being of tremendous power . . .

. . . who, much to Jane’s surprise, happens to be another halfling.

Also out last Tuesday is the first book in Yasmine Galenorn’s new INDIGO COURT series, NIGHT MYST. Yasmine is well known for her Sisters of the Underworld series and I have no doubt that this one will be every bit as exciting.

Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the Dark Fae in order to harness their power. Instead, they created a demonic enemy more powerful than they dared to dream. Bent on enslaving the world, the Vampiric Fae have been quietly massing their strength for centuries. Now, Myst, queen of the Indigo Court, is rising again…and a long-prophesied war is brewing…

Born a witch, Cicely Waters can control the wind. When her Elemental warns her that her aunt and cousin are in danger, she packs her Pontiac GTO and returns home for the first time in twenty years. But the magical town of New Forest, Washington has changed. The Indigo Court holds the city in fear; people are vanishing, and strange deaths plague the town. Swept into an unexpected and passionate reunion with her trusted childhood friend Grieve, the Fae prince who taught her how to harness the wind, Cicely finds herself with a fierce and territorial lover. But Grieve has become enslaved by Myst’s court, and now both lovers must walk a fine line to survive the machinations of the Vampiric Fae Queen. Caught between two evils, both vying for supremacy, Cicely must fight for her family and her future. As she discovers the hidden secrets to her own heritage, will she lose her soul in the process?

Releasing next Tuesday is Lauren Dane’s INSATIABLE. Uhm. That cover makes me swallow my tongue every damn time. This is Dane’s third book in her smoking hot FEDERATION series.

Desire is the most dangerous sensation of all.

With tensions between the Federation and Imperial ‘Verses rising, one woman may hold the key to victory. The dangerous mission to smuggle her out of Imperial Territory falls to Daniel Haws and his team, the ultra secret Phantom Corps. This elite squad of the Federation Military is the only one trusted and skilled enough to remove her from under the watchful eye of her father, the Supreme Commander of the Imperial ‘Verses.

Carina is used to wearing a mask. Her father and his men think her little more than a pretty prize to be won by a man more ruthless than the rest. When he announces his intention to marry her to one of his henchmen, a man known for his cruelty, Carina knows she has to move as soon as possible to get out. But getting secret information to the Federation has served her well for years and she appeals to them for help.

She expected rescue from a man who’d been her enemy. But she wasn’t prepared for just how intense her attraction to Daniel Haws would be. Born as adversaries into different ranks, and on the run for their lives, they now need each other to survive–by holding on to the only thing they have in common: a growing desire that is dangerous, irresistible, and insatiable…

Finally, this Tuesday will also see the release of Nalini Singh’s BONDS OF JUSTICE, the next book in her incredibly popular Psy/Changeling series.

Max Shannon is a good cop, one of the best in New York Enforcement. Born with a natural shield that protects him against Psy mental invasions, he knows he has little chance of advancement within the Psy-dominated power structure. The last case he expects to be assigned is that of a murderer targeting a Psy Councilor’s closest advisors. And the last woman he expects to compel him in the most sensual of ways is a Psy on the verge of a catastrophic mental fracture…

Sophia Russo is a Justice-Psy, cursed with the ability to retrieve memories from men and women so twisted even veteran cops keep their distance. Appointed as Max’s liaison with the Psy, she finds herself fascinated by this human, her frozen heart threatening to thaw with forbidden emotion. But, her mind filled with other people’s nightmares, other people’s evil, she’s standing on the border between sanity and a silken darkness that urges her to take justice into her own hands, to become judge, jury…and executioner…

Whew! I think that’s it.

Okay, I’m giving away copy of EACH of these books. FOUR winners, total. For a chance to win, state your preferred title and why you think you deserve to win the book (go ahead and get outrageous). This contest is open to international entrants and is void where prohibited. You have until Midnight eastern time on Friday, July 2nd to post a comment. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday morning.

Monday, June 14th, 2010
Confessions of a Writer Workaholic

Once upon a time, before I was a mom, I wrote only for epublishers and my schedule was fairly a set-my-own pace one. Life was busy and I had deadlines, but everything was fairly relaxed. Then I sold to a larger print house and became a mom all at the same time and things became (wonderful!) and a bit more frenetic.

I can still remember the stress I felt in the spring of 2007. My first NY book (Witch Fire) was set to release in June and we were weeks away from traveling to China to adopt our daughter. I was soon to be a new mother to a small child, my first mass market release was nigh, and I was under deadline. I spent most of the extremely long flight to Hong Kong working on Witch Blood.

This was the season when my life went from fa-la-di-dah to boom!di-dah!stress! Of course, I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything. I love my life, every little bit of it. After we brought our daughter home, I felt a lot like I’d been strapped to a speeding train for a while. Eventually things calmed down into a routine, my“new normal”.

Unfortunately my new normal involved working from dawn to midnight with sizable interruptions throughout. I ended up very little time to decompress, which is not a good thing for your health or creativity. Yet, I really had no choice if I wanted to meet my deadlines.

It has taken me a long time to work my life into a situation where I can get my work done in a large, interrupted span of time and be able to turn off my computer in the late afternoon (and leave it off) to spend some quality time with my family and have a little time to relax.

Uhm, it took me about three years.

And an interesting thing happened when I was finally able to achieve a good work/life balance; I felt guilty whenever I turned the computer off before eleven o’clock at night.

Maybe that’s something that happens to everyone who works at home. Maybe having your office or your laptop in the house makes you feel like you should be working all the time. Or maybe it’s just that I love my job or the fact I’m unreasonably paranoid about not making my deadlines. Whatever the reason, I went through a period when turning off the computer made me feel like I needed to turn it right back on again. Kinda crazy, huh?

It took awhile of shooting down that I should…. every time it popped up. Instead of saying I should work a little more… in my head, I would force myself to say I should relax tonight so I can be fresh in the morning….

These days I have much less of a problem with it than I did before. Now I happily turn off my computer at five or six and take the whole evening off. Sometimes I even take whole weekends off. Go me, right?

Are you a workholic or it is easy for you to leave you job at the office?