Kate Evans

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Kate is the author of the best-selling memoir, CALL IT WONDER, named "Best Memoir" at the Bisexual Book Awards--where Kate was also lauded as "Writer of the Year" by the Bi Writers Association.

She has also published two novels (FOR THE MAY QUEEN & COMPLEMENTARY COLORS, two poetry collections, and a book about teaching. Her stories, poems and essays have appeared in more than 50 publications.

With Mary Janelle Melvin, she co-authored a French Revolution historical romance, REVOLUTIONARY KISS (under the pen-name Mary-Kate Summers).

Her forthcoming memoir about housesitting all over the world is NOMADS AT HOME.

Recipient of a PhD from the University of Washington and an MFA from San Jose State University--where she is Emeritus Faculty--she has t

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No other trip in our time as nomads has taken us to such highs and lows as Panama. 
We began the journey in Panama City, staying in a darling hotel in Casco Viejo, the old quarter built in 1673 after the original city was burnt to the ground. The Governor had it set on fire when he got word pirates were coming to attack and loot it. That's one way to spite your enemies.
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message 38: by Thomas

Thomas Hello Kate! Thanks for your friendship here on GR! Happy reading this week!

message 37: by Holli

Holli Thank you! Right back at ya :)

message 36: by Nancy (last edited Jun 02, 2013 06:05PM)

Nancy Hi Kate, wishing you all the best this holiday season!

message 35: by Waheed

Waheed long live my friend

message 34: by Kate

Kate First review of Complementary Colors on Amazon!

5.0 out of 5 stars
Gwen Jumps the Fence, November 16, 2009
By S. Sublett (California) - See all my reviews

COMPLEMENTARY COLORS is the second novel I've read by Kate Evans and I have to say I'm a fan. The book is about a straight girl who meets a gay girl and, despite a history of having never really thought about it, edges toward a lesbian affair. Complicating this strange, new attraction is that she's deeply into a tricky long-term, live-in relationship with an attractive male scientist. The female love object has her own entanglement -- a Lesbian minister.

Triangles upon triangles seems to be Miss Evans's style, as it was also characteristic of her first book, FOR THE MAY QUEEN (which was about the sexual adventures of a college coed). Plotting is one of this writer's strengths and there's some striking imagery, as befits a novel about two people who meet in a poetry workshop. But what really fascinated me was the close-up portrait of the woman changing her sexual stripes. A fun, sexy, quick read.

Nurture Your BOOKS™  - Bobbie Crawford Hi Kate,

Thank you for friending Pinnacle: Author & Book Promotion on Goodreads!

message 32: by Jalil

Jalil [image error]
in pictorial there w 2 empire in all wrold persian empire(iran) and roman empire(italy)
Rock-face relief at Naqsh-e Rustam of Iranian emperor Shapur I (on horseback) capturing Roman emperor Valerian (kneeling) and Philip the Arab (standing)1800years ago

message 31: by Jalil

Dizin is a ski resort situated to the north of Tehran iran in the Alborz mountain range.

The huge Dizin ski resort was established in 1969 [1:]. The ski season in Dizin also lasts longer than European ski resorts(from December to May) because of its high altitude.[2:].

The highest ski lift ha reaches 3,600 m (11,800 ft), making it one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world.

Dizin ski amenities include two hotels, 19 cottages and 5 restaurants, villas and private apartments around the Dizin ski resort accommodate thousands of people every year.

message 30: by Kate

Kate Kate wrote: "Jan wrote: "Kate, I just finished the first chapter of Complementary Colors on your blog. More terrific, page-turning fiction. I already hate Daniel -- the way he ignores Gwen, manipulates her, his..."

PS: It will be interesting to see if you change your feelings about Daniel as the novel progresses...

message 29: by Kate

Kate Jan wrote: "Kate, I just finished the first chapter of Complementary Colors on your blog. More terrific, page-turning fiction. I already hate Daniel -- the way he ignores Gwen, manipulates her, his fussiness, ..."

Wow, thanks so much, Jan! The novel should be out toward the end of the summer. ox Kate

message 28: by Jan (last edited Jun 16, 2009 09:33PM)

Jan Kate, I just finished the first chapter of Complementary Colors on your blog. More terrific, page-turning fiction. I already hate Daniel -- the way he ignores Gwen, manipulates her, his fussiness, little details like the fact that he'll only subscribe to the New York Times even though they live in California. I can't wait to see which of the female characters you've introduced so far will end up being Gwen's love interest, if any. I just can't wait for the book to come out!

message 26: by Web

Web Sutera Many thanks. Great, Kate!
-- Web Sutera

message 25: by Holli

Holli Great picture Kate!!

message 24: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin Just wanted to stop in and wish you the best of the holiday season! Merry Christmas!-Noran
Hammond,IN :)

Andersen Prunty Kate,

Hi! Thanks for your interest in THE OVERWHELMING URGE.


message 22: by Jan

Jan Kate, my copy of For the May Queen just arrived!


Jan Steckel
Author, The Underwater Hospital

message 20: by Tien

Tien Hi Kate,

Thanks for the add!

Check out: http://www.goodreads.com/group...

Please join if you're interested and let's have some fun reading together.


Brigid ✩ hi kate! thanks for adding me as a friend. nice to meet you! :)


message 18: by OdAnK

OdAnK thanks..Kate

message 17: by Anna

Anna Hardesty Hi Kate.

Is the Lover Boys collection any good?

Twilight is amazing. :]


message 16: by Karen

Karen Thanks! I checked out your blog...which led me to your other blog. Very diverse and interesting stuff you have there. I'll be back. :) I've bookmarked your page so I can read more when my children aren't tugging at my elbows.


message 15: by Karen

Karen Hi Kate,

Thanks for befriending me. Your latest novel sounds interesting. Off to read your sample chapter.

Much success,

Karen Harrington
author, Janeology

Jackie "the Librarian" Thanks, Kate! That's the spirit! You will win readers with your personality, no doubt about it. :D

message 13: by Fenixbird (last edited Sep 11, 2008 10:32AM)

Fenixbird SandS Kate, Angela's Ashes is the truth that people hate to see....our generations are the first to have any freedom of choice, integrity, pseudo-control of our pregancies & hench lifestyle choices. Most of us do not appreciate what this really means to us--Angela's Ashes is an eye opener.

Memoirs of a Geisha is a movie that when I first saw it I had to see it immediately again (I rented it on DVD so that is exactly what I did.....) A most poetic & beautiful film..again with many truths & surprisingly some humor for covering such a humor- less topic of being sold as a young woman because of the family's poverty (set in old Japan pre-WWII)

Nice to discuss books into movies with you. Thanks for adding me here.

message 12: by Holly

Holly Jacobs Hi, Kate!

Thanks so much for the invite!!


SAME TIME NEXT SUMMER...on shelves now!

message 11: by Dianne

Dianne Ascroft Thanks for connecting with me. See you in Constant Reader amongst other groups.

Dianne Ascroft
author, 'Hitler and Mars Bars'

Catherine Hi there! Thanks for adding me out here. :-)

Stacy-Deanne Stacy-Deanne Hi Kate, just passing through and wanted to wish you a good week!

message 8: by Meen

Meen Hi Kate,

I look forward to reading some of your work to possibly seeing you at the ATL Queer Lit Fest. (And thanks for posting that b/c I probably wouldn't have known about it otherwise!)


Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)


message 6: by Liz

Liz Hello, Kate,

Wow, you've got an impressive profile. Congratulations on your new book.

A Connecticut Yankee is one of my favorite books, too, though I hadn't thought of it in ages until I saw it on your list.

Thanks for the invitation to add as a friend.

Liz Adair
Author of
The Spider Latham Mystery Series
Mist of Quarry Harbor
Lucy Shook's Letters from Afghanistan (editor)
Counting the Cost (Out in November 08)

message 5: by Beth

Beth Thanks for befriending this fellow author, Kate, and good luck on your October release!

SassyMama Hi, Kate...WELCOME to goodreads...thanks for the invite into your circle of friends...CONGRATS on your books...best wishes with all your future works...looking forward to sharing chats, reviews and any/all recommendations...have a blessed week...Happy Reading & Writing :-)

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Kate and thanks for adding me to your friends list on this awesome site. If you have time, I'd love for you to visit my web site, jeanniebarber.com. I'm a novice writer so feel free to make any kind of suggestions, ideas or thoughts to correct it. While you're there, please sign the guestbook, too!

message 2: by Kate

Kate Thanks so much!

Kate, I've added Like All We Love and your other books to my to-read list.

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