Saturday, January 12, 2013

Taste by Kate Evangelista Blog Tour and Giveaway

A Date with Luka

As the title of this post already indicates, I’m here today to discuss a little bit about one of my favorite characters ever—Balthazar comes a very close second. Luka Visraya has always fascinated me from day one. Don’t tell my other characters or I’ll have a riot in my head. During the beginnings of Taste, I wasn’t quite sure if he was the villain or not. He certainly acted like one during earlier drafts, but as I got to know him better, he became more playful. I like playful Luka more than villain Luka. 

I believe Luka is one of the more complex characters I have in my head. He grew up feeling he isn’t fit for the responsibilities given to him, as you will see a lot of when you read Taste. He has issues with his father, and I think that’s why I want to give him a hug half the time. I’m drawn to his melancholy nature. The scene where he is sitting on a bench in the dead of winter staring up at the moon is one of my favorites.

Another reason why I appreciate Luka more than any other character, especially Demitri, is because he’s more relaxed where Demitri is more controlling. Now, there’s nothing wrong with a take charge character, and Luka can certainly lead with the best of them, but he’s less rigid about taking charge. He allows situations to happen within reason and takes things in stride.

I’ve always been asked: if I were to go on a date with one of my characters from Taste, who would it be? I guess, at this point, it’s pretty obvious. Luka would be a more fun date. He can be protective the way Demitri is, but less overbearing. I love the way Luka gives Phoenix her freedom and allows her to explore and satisfy her curiosity without really putting her in any danger. 

Many have been asking me if I will write a sequel to Taste. My answer is that Taste is a stand alone. But there are two companion novels coming out: Savor and Fervor. Because I love Luka so much, I thought he deserves more than one story. Watch out for Savor (a contemporary romance with paranormal elements) and Fervor (an urban fantasy paranormal romance) to be released later this year.

Thank you so much for hanging out with me today. It’s been a pleasure taking the time to reveal a little bit about my favorite character with all of you. If you haven’t grabbed your copy of Taste yet, please do so. Meet Luka. I dare you to break curfew!

Taste Blurb:

At Barinkoff Academy, there’s only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.
When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneathBarinkoffAcademy.Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

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 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 has four completed Young Adult novels.

Buy the book:

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and The Book Depository 


Kate is not giving away a book at each stop, instead at the end of the tour she will give away 5 digital copies and one print copy. The winners will be selected using rafflecopter on January 17.

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Tour Schedule


  1. This book has been on my list for a while! I really like the sound of the idea and the setting. Thanks for the chance to get to know more about Luka, and for the giveaway of course :)

  2. Luka certainly sounds like an interesting character. I'm going to have to bump this book up my pile just so I could get acquainted with this character.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I had no idea Kate had 4 YA novels completed. Awesome!


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