Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Touching The Surface Blog Tour – Guest Post & Giveaway with Kimberly Sabatini

Touching the Surface

Welcome to my stop on the Touching The Surface blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I was so excited to join this tour because, not only does Touching the Surface have a gorgeous cover, whats inside is even better. Thanks so much Kimberly Sabatini for stopping by The Happy Booker to share 10 of the things readers should know about this book.

Ten Things Every Reader Should Know About 
Touching The Surface

Guest post by Kimberly Sabatini

10. TOUCHING THE SURFACE is a paranormal, afterlife story that reads like a contemporary.

9. The afterlife in TTS is called the Obmil, which is Limbo spelled backwards. The full name is the Obmil Center for Progression.

8. The lyrics for Annie Lennox’s song “Little Bird” are used at the beginning and the end of TTS. Birds, both real and origami play a roll in the story.

7. Every soul in the afterlife has a distinct scent. That way, when I soul begins a new life in a new body, they can still be recognized. Elliot’s soul smells like freshly cut wood and dark chocolate.

6. Deep thoughts on TTS: Insta-love isn’t actually insta-love if you’ve known someone over more than one lifetime. Love triangles are sometime actually love knots and they’re bigger and more complicated than just romance.

5. Most of the characters in in TTS spend a chunk of time being unlikable, but that is part of growing.

4. I think of chapter titles as the accidental, secret poem of the book…

the other side of the surface
circles in the sky
creation variation
the distribution of guilt
the walls between us
suspending disbelief
still waters run deep
optical illusion
the things we don’t see
the funny thing about wishes
creating distance
go with the flow
the rain on the pain
near misses
already gone
falling of flying?
remembering blue
frozen in place
choose your coincidence
the third time lacks charm
a twist of faith
deeper understanding
hell and back
rubber band
the be present

3. Souls at the Obmil must attend Workshop and Delve for their memories in group therapy sessions. When Delving, a soul and all the other souls participating, can’t interact with anyone who is still alive. They also can’t change what’s happened in the past. It’s hard work, but they must look to the inside to figure out some important things about themselves before they can move on.

2. My intent was to not have preachy messages or religious directives in TTS. The goal of this book is to resonate and connect. I like to think of it more like Mad Libs--you bring your own experiences and plug them in.

1. What I figured out from writing TOUCHING THE SURFACE: Life altering mistakes are meant to alter lives.
Thank you so much for having me over to spend time on your blog. I really appreciate it. And thanks so much to all the folks who’ve stopped by the Book Tour. I hope you love TOUCHING THE SURFACE.

Thank you so much Kimberly. I LOVE what you said about the chapter titles being the accidental poem. And the quote “Life altering mistakes are meant to alter lives” certainly resonates with me and I’m sure with many others.
Thanks everyone for stopping by The Happy Booker for my stop on this tour. Please be sure to comment, enter the fabulous giveaway, and visit the other blogs on the tour listed below.

Week One

July 8 – The Book Cellar – Guest Post (w/link to review)

July 9 – Alluring Reads – Review

July 10 – The Happy Booker – Guest Post

July 11 – In Bed With Books – Interview (w/link to review)

July 12 – The Book Belles – Review

Week Two

July 15 – Parajunkee – Guest Post

July 16 – Reader Girls – Review

July 17 – Books Complete Me – Interview

July 18 – Imaginary Reads – Review

July 19 – The Irish Banana Review – Review

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Experience the afterlife in this lyrical, paranormal debut novel that will send your heart soaring.

When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right.
     Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed.
     As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.


About the Author

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(Photo credit: *Author photo by Dawn Sela Photography -

Kimberly Sabatini is a former Special Education Teacher who is now a stay-at-home mom and a part-time dance instructor for three and four year olds. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and three boys.
Kimberly writes Young Adult fiction and is represented by Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency. TOUCHING THE SURFACE is her debut novel. (Simon Pulse – Simon & Schuster, October 30, 2012)


The Giveaways

A SIGNED hardcover copy of TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini to FOUR (4) winners – US ONLY.
A SIGNED hardcover copy of TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini to ONE (1) winner – International ONLY.
Giveaway #1 is US only. Giveaway #2 is International only.
Must be 13 or older to enter.B
Giveaway ends July 22 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific.
Winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter and contacted by email.

Must answer a question to determine which giveaway they want to enter – US or International.
Must leave a comment about the book.
Optional entries: Like Kimberly Sabatini on Facebook, follow her on Twitter and Tweet (daily) about the tour/giveaway.
All giveaway options are weighted evenly.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


cody said...

Love the concept of the book, it's a different look at the afterlife and I think it will be a very interesting read.

Liviania said...

I like that the chapter titles make a poem! I've seen some books do that deliberately.

Steph said...

I love paranormal books and this one sounds so original! It's been on my wishlist forever! Thanks for the great guest post and the awesome giveaway!

Lizzy Lessard said...

I like how the chapter titles make up a poem. That is such a unique and creative idea!

- No preaching
- Great reviews
- Unique mythology

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Tina said...

I agree, the cover is amazing! You really intrigued me with the chapter titles poem, so now I want to read the book (:

Montana said...

#4 is so interesting. I never thought of the chapter titles as a poem :) Thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

The book sounds great...and The Happy Booker hasn't steered me wrong yet!

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