{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Guest Post + Giveaway: Til Death by Kate Evangelista

Friday, March 7, 2014

I was also scheduled to post a review today but I thought this might turn into a long post so for now, I'm posting an excerpt and a guest post from Kate! Then tomorrow, you can check out my review. Just gonna tease you for the day and will give you the real deal tomorrow. Hee. (I know, I'm so cruel.) [Whatever, Dianne.] {Stop talking to yourself in side comments, please, now. This is embarrassing.}

Til Death (Fractured Souls #1)
Title: Til Death (Fractured Souls #1)
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Date of Publication: March 4, 2014
Genre: YA urban fantasy

Sixteen-year old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a day-dreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally this is not a problem as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. Except from her best friend Kyle and her grandparents, of course. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky even for her.

Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more droolworthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Unfortunately, Dillan makes it more than clear that he does not feel the same. They just met, so why would he act like he hates her?

When Dillan and Selena are forced together one weekend to work on a school project, Selena prepares to be ignored as usual. But when she stumbles across a few undead in the backyard, Dillan comes to her rescue and reveals a whole lot more. Not only is he part of a society that hunts otherworldly creatures…she is too. And she is being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easy, especially when she discovers that Dillan might not actually hate her after all.

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Excerpt

Everyone leaned forward in a too obvious attempt to listen in. I couldn’t blame them. After handing Mr. Hilton a white piece of paper, Mr. Sloan gestured for someone to come in. A second period latecomer.

“This is where my vision stopped,” I said to Kyle through the side of my mouth, my eyes narrowing at the door.

“You mean…” his chair squeaked.

“Yeah.”

The teachers ignored the collective gasp when a tall boy walked in, the strap of a messenger bag slung across his chest. He stood at the head of the class with a slight downward curve to his lips and the ghost of a knot on his brow. The too-cool-for-school type, huh? The way he wore his clothes from the navy blue sweater to the dark jeans and well-worn boots screamed rock star. His hair, the color of rich chocolate…was that a faux-hawk? My eyebrow twitched. So five years ago. But on him, it seemed to work. And those eyes…like the clear, blue skies stretching up to forever all over Wyoming. If I imagined Mr. Sloan years younger, he would be the guy that just walked in, complete with slight chin dimple.

Great, just what we needed.

Guest Post

I asked Kate to share how she names her characters and wow, this guest post just blew me away.

Apartment Complexes in My Head
by Kate Evangelista

I know I’m supposed to be writing a post about how I name my characters. The thing is, writing that post means writing this one. The reason behind this conundrum of sorts is the fact that the characters in my heads introduce themselves when they move into one of the many apartment complexes there. The short explanation is: I don’t name my characters. They already have names when I meet them.

Just like meeting someone for the first time, new characters extend their hands out and when I shake them they tell me their names. Sometimes handshaking doesn’t happen, as is in the case of Balthazar from Unreap My Heart. He just waltzed on in and demanded I write his story. Those who’ve read the book know what I mean. He’s a mean bastard, Balthazar is.

The characters of Til Death are some of the oldest tenants in my head along with the characters from Taste. In fact, they had to stay in tents when the apartments were still being built. They’ve stuck by me through everything. Sounds crazy, I know. Today, I have communities in my brain that I can’t wait to share with everyone.

As I’ve mentioned, Til Death comes from the bygone age of my writing style. A time when I wasn’t so sure about what I was doing or thinking when it comes to plotting and handling a rowdy group of characters. In the beginning, Dillan had a bit part. Now he has his own POV. The magic of story evolution.

Selena introduced herself to me after I woke up from dreaming my own death. The scary thing is I don’t remember what exactly happened in the dream. All I know is I died. But, instead of freaking out about it, Selena comes along and takes over the story. She brought along Kyle and Penny, her ever loyal friends. Bowen was a nicer guy when this all started. And Dillan…well, he was pretty much a jerk from the get go. Or should I say he has an attitude problem that gets him in so much trouble.

I’d like to say I had a hand in naming my characters. Maybe my subconscious does. As far as I’m concerned, when I write, the characters are already there. I basically type up everything that’s happened in their lives.

Glorified typist, anyone?

Yet such an enjoyable job. I get to meet so many interesting characters and learn about what they’ve gone through. So, speaking of which, I’m currently elbow deep in Knox’s story. Something to look forward to from me. *winks*

About Kate Evangelista

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today she lives in the Philippines and writes full time.


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The awesomeness isn't over yet! Kate Evangelista is also having a book launch and signing next Saturday! Eeeeppp! Look at this poster for more information. See you there!

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