Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Guest Post by Kate Evangelista, author of No Second Chances plus Giveaway

Where the Words Flow
 By Kate Evangelista

When I first decided I wanted writing as a career, all I needed was my laptop. Most often than not, I wrote at my desk in my bedroom. I was happy to plug away, watching the words fill the page, feeling my fingertips on the keys.

Almost a decade into the writing game, I found myself needing variety. First of all, I no longer write first drafts on my laptop. I’ve realized that the longer I’m in this the heavier the pressure becomes. So I needed an escape. I needed to find my creativity again. Plus, I needed somewhere away from the internet. Being on my laptop presented a ton of procrastination opportunities.

Recently, I returned to teaching. Part-time. In the mornings, for about two hours, I teach creative writing to Grade 11 students. There were moments when I would be sitting at my desk while my students wrote out whatever seatwork I had given them for the day. I was looking at a lot of wasted time just sitting. So, armed with a notebook, while my students, wrote I fed on that creative energy like a vampire and used it for my next book.

That was when I discovered a renewed creativity. Writing my first draft by hand allowed me to let go of the pressure and the expectations. I became comfortable with my creativity again.

It’s the summer and I’m writing my next draft, which is why I take the time to drive to my favorite Starbucks. It had been newly renovated. I order my favorite white chocolate latte on ice with a pump of mint syrup and grab a table and start writing in my new notebook. A notebook that I embellished with washi tape and stuck an affirmation that says “Art and Soul” to. Everyone is on vacation, but I don’t feel envious. The inspiration is flowing and I am one happy writer.

I guess the lesson of this post is, as long as I have a beautiful notebook and a great pen in my hand, I can write anywhere. Add to that my favorite drink and the right chair to tabletop ratio and I’m in writer’s heaven.  

No Second Chances
Kate Evangelista

(Dodge Cove #3)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Natasha was DEVASTATED when Jackson, her first love, disappeared without a word only to pop up months later as a famous DJ. But now she’s over it―over him!―and ready to move on with her life! Isn’t she?
Jackson thought he was leaving Dodge Cove behind forever when he set off to LA to start his career as a DJ. But the one thing he had never been able to leave behind was the memory of his first love, Natasha, and now that he’s proven his success, he’s coming home to win her back…
Get ready to stop time, defy gravity and bring down the stars in this final book in Kate Evangelista’s Dodge Cove Trilogy!

Author Bio:
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 a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista