Saturday, November 3, 2012

Reaping Me Softly Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Today I'm really happy to be taking part in the blog tour of Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista. For my stop, I'll be featuring a guest post that Kate Evangelista wrote for us as well as a giveaway for the chance of winning one of 10 ebooks of Reaping Me Softly! Hope you like it and good luck winning ;)


Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

The Writer’s Cave – Kate Evangelista

            Every writer should have a writing cave—a place they could call their own where they are at their most creative. As someone who loves to travel, I think of myself as being able to write anywhere. So long as I have my trusty Elvis (my silver Acer Notebook) and headphones blasting out the current mix I’ve put together that inspire me to write whatever it is I’m putting together at the time, I’m happy.

           When I was starting out as a writer, I found myself drawn to my local Starbucks. Their table to chair height ratio was optimal for writing. The atmosphere, though often crowded, worked well for me. Like I said, if I had my headphones on, I could tune out a natural disaster or the zombie apocalypse.

            One day, I was talking to my mother about made asking Starbucks where they got their tables and chairs from. I wanted to maybe purchase one table and chair for the house so I could continue writing without having to leave. Instead, my mother went to Starbucks with a tape measure and began taking down the measurements of the table and chairs. Next thing I know, she’s moving a huge ceramic vase to my room’s balcony, a marble tabletop, and a couple of iron chairs.

            I stared at the set up bemused. No way was I going to be comfortable writing on my balcony on a makeshift table and an iron chair. But I never should have bet against my mother. I should have known from years of experience that she’s never wrong. But being the rebellious daughter, it was expected of me to balk, and I did. So, she said try it just once, if I didn’t like the experience, she would march right back to Starbucks and not leave without a table and a chair. Knowing my mother, I knew she was serious.

            Not one to back down from a challenge, I wiped the table down, set up Elvis, put my headphones on, and started writing. The next time I looked up from the screen was four hours later, and only after my wrists had started to complain from the abuse I was giving them. My mother had been right. The table was just the right height. And the most surprising thing of all? The iron chair was actually so comfortable. My JLo ass didn’t complain once.

            Ever since then, I’d officially moved my writing cave to my balcony. I know, how can it be a cave when it’s outside? In my opinion, a writing cave can be anywhere. Despite what Patricia Dunker says about writing being done behind closed doors inside darkened rooms, wherever you are most comfortable that’s where your writing cave is. Mine just happens to be on a balcony overlooking a pool and lots of mango trees. I sit on a surprisingly comfortable iron chair and my table is a marble countertop over a white vase.

So far, I had written five novels and edited two for publication in my outdoors writing cave. It’s only when it rains that I go back to my Starbucks refuge, but that’s not very often. As much as possible, I like my little set up. It seems to bring out my muses. What do you think of my writing cave? 



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Happy Reading!
xoxo, Mariam

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Kate Evangelista said...

Thank you so much for participating in the tour! *hugs*

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