The YAmazing Race and a Pre-order of TOUCHING THE SURFACE

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It’s time for the 2nd YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes!!!!

The YAmazing Race is a crazy, whirlwind, Apocalypsie blog hop featuring over 50 debut authors and prize packs featuring ARCs, Pre-orders, gift certificates, swag, and more! If you haven’t yet been to the Apocalypsies website, please click HERE to start from the beginning and read the complete rules. (FYI–There have been a couple small changes since the first race to make the race even easier to run. Yay!!!)  Although my post is up and ready to go, REMEMBER THAT THE RACE DOESN’T OFFICIALLY BEGIN UNTIL WEDNESDAY 5/2 at NOON-EST!

Now on to the race! (Read carefully, your clue is in the synopsis.)

TOUCHING THE SURFACE  By: Kimberly Sabatini


October 30, 2012
Simon Pulse – Simon and Schuster

Life altering mistakes are meant to alter lives…

When Elliot dies for the third time, she knows this is her last shot. There are no fourth-timers in this afterlife, so one more chance is all she has to get things right. But before she can move on to her next life, Elliot 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 mistakes of her past, Elliot must earn the forgiveness of her best friend and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.

 Before I get to my “Road Block” *giggle* I thought I’d share my cover proof with you…


Okay–it’s time for your Road Block, but I won’t make it too hard because I know you’re on your way to the next Pitstop. If you decide to stop and play, you have the opportunity to win a Pre-order of TOUCHING THE SURFACE (Sorry I don’t have any ARCs–they locked them all away because they know I’d give them out in about 30 seconds LOL! All requests for ARCs must be placed through Simon Pulse.) Of course when I send the winner their pre-order confirmation information–I’ll be throwing in some swag. Don’t forget to make sure that your comment has a viable email contact included. (You can’t win if I can’t reach you.) And yes, this contest is open internationally.

So, your question is…

WHAT IS IT ABOUT TOUCHING THE SURFACE THAT INTRIGUES YOU THE MOST? It can be the cover, the synopsis, or even how the story line or characters relate to something in your own life. I’m just curious to know what makes you curious about my book.


Lastly, don’t forget to get your next clue…You’re off to see Shelley Coriell debut author of WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE. What are you waiting for…GO!!!!!

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  2. I completely dig stories about the afterlife! That’s my first reason for being drawn to the book. Second is the cover. Third is that you’re such a sweetie on Twitter!

    • The afterlife fascinates me too!!! I’m in love with that cover (Simon Pulse ROCKS) and you are so sweet to say such nice things. <3

  3. I am so excited for touching the surface! It’s one of the releases that is marked on my ipod. (pretty much the new releases I’m most excited for.) The cover for touching the surface is absolutely beautiful, and the synopsis makes me want to read it even more. Not to mention the author seems pretty darn epic, so I don’t know if I can pick which intrigues me the most!

    • I have never been called epic before…you are my new bestie! <3

  4. I love the idea of reliving mistakes and hurtful memories to help you move on to the Afterlife. It sounds so intriguing!!

    • Kelli–If it wasn’t my book, that’s what would draw me too it too. I’ve always been horribly afraid of making some unforgivable mistake in my life. No coincidence that this showed up in my writing. Thanks for sharing. (((Hugs)))

  5. The cover looks cool and the story sounds very interesting.

  6. Hmmmm….The thing that interests me the most about your book…well, there are alot of things-but the first thing that caught my attention was that she died, and came back to life. I like the idea of second chances to try and atone for previous mistakes…

    • I think we all need to think that the worst that we do can be fixed if we want it bad enough. (((hugs)))

  7. The simple notion of life after death intrigues me the most.

    • I agree Paul–no coincidence that I started writing this after my dad passed away. <3 Thanks for stopping by.

  8. I want to read your book because the cover is gorgeous. And the summary is sooo good! It seems amazing 😀 <3

    • I bow down to the cover gods every day!!! Jessica Handelman is a genius in my opinion.

  9. WHAT IS IT ABOUT TOUCHING THE SURFACE THAT INTRIGUES YOU THE MOST? It can be the cover, the synopsis, or even how the story line or characters relate to something in your own life. I’m just curious to know what makes you curious about my book.

    ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 the cover reminds me of my drawings so thats a plus!!! 🙂

    • Ohhhh can I see any of these awesome drawings????

  10. This is the line that hooked me, “But before she can move on to her next life, Elliot 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.”

    I think we’ve all done things we’re not proud of, and if we haven’t owned up to them, they lurk in the back corners of our mind waiting for others to discover and hold us accountable. Can’t wait to read this.

    Also – the cover’s beautiful! 🙂

  11. Honestly the cover intrigues me the most, though it all seems amazing. I love how the design carries on through both the front and the back covers, and how the paper birds and the background seem to pass in a blur. Plus, it’s primary color is purple, which is my all-time favorite color. So it’s a complete win in my book 🙂

    • I’m so glad that so much of what I love appeals to you too!!! Thank you!

  12. the synopsis definitely intrigues me the most. i want so many things answered like, how does elliot keep coming back to life? or, what killed her the 1st, 2nd and 3rd time around?

    • I can answer this questions…but that would trigger the release of tracker jackers and I’d die before my debut book release. Mums the word. *grin*

  13. Email:
    The synopsis, especially this line: Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed. The cover is gorgeous too; it would definitely catch my eye.

    • I have to give Anica Rissi, my editor, full props for that awesome line!

  14. Definitely the synopsis! I am really intrigued on her afterlife and what she needs to face from her past. Oh and the two boys! 🙂


    • I know that I’m biased…but these two boys…*shiver*

  15. What intrigues me most about this book is the cover first off. I know that they say not to judge a book by it’s cover but I can’t help it when the cover looks amazing I just have to read about the book. I absolutely was pulled in once I started reading the synopsis. I’m just wondering now how Elliot has died the other two times and what she did and what’s going to happen now..there’s just so many questions running through my head. lol I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this and I must say I’m definatly interested and can’t wait to get some answers. 🙂

  16. I am most intrigued about the synopsis. I also LOVE the cover! I cannot wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway! I hope I win! 🙂

  17. It just sounds awesome! How’d she die each time? Why does she keep dying? How is she able to come back? Too many questions! Must read!!! 🙂

  18. I am most intrigued by the idea that we get another chance at life after death.

  19. Before I read the entire summary I thought maybe as it was saying “..delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried.” that those memories involved her death or someway she had been hurt but then it said “Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed.” and That’s what made me think this sounds like an interesting book.

    • Yeah!!! In my opinion, everything in life is complicated…why shouldn’t it be that way in the afterlife too. <3

  20. I like the fact that she gets chances to do it over again, not to mention I’m curious as to why she needs to. The fact that she has to relive some moments before being sent back also draws me in.
    Very intrigued by it. Thank you for the chance!

  21. I love the cover!

  22. I love books about the afterlife and as soon as I say that she had died three times I was so interested!

    • It’s funny, because when the idea was percolating, the three times thing popped into my head out of nowhere and that’s when I got interested in this story too. <3

  23. I absolutely adore the cover of TOUCHING THE SURFACE . . . I know they say “don’t judge a book by its cover” but I must say, I had an inkling that I was going to want to get my hands on a copy once I read the blurb. And I was right.

    • I know why they say that about covers–the outside doesn’t make the inside–but I can’t help but having visual judgements. It would never stop me from reading a highly recommended book, but honestly. Some covers just speak to me. I am so honored that mine speaks to you. I hope what’s inside lives up to your expectations. <3

  24. I’m glad I hopped my way to your blog! Touching the Surface sounds so intriguing, and the cover is gorgeous!

    • Thank you so much!!! I am so glad you hopped over too! (((Hugs)))

  25. I am so excited for your debut and I would love to host you on my blog, please let me know if you’re interested.

    Gabrielle Carolina modpodgebooks at gmail dot com

    • Thank you!! Just let me know what you have in mind. :o)

  26. I’m a hindu so an story about an afterlife greatly intrigues me

    • I would LOVE to know what you think after you read it.

  27. I like everything about it it looks awesome

  28. You had me at Hello, and by hello, I mean She died 3 times! I mean what!? And the cover is super pretty.

  29. I’m intrigued by the synopsis, this girl has had previous lives? Has killed people? Interesting.

    • These teen girl…they keep us on our toes. *grin*

  30. I love the synopsis. But mostly I just love the premise. Books that deal with Death are always my favorite. I love Elsewhere, 13 Reasons Why, Before I Die, If I Stay, The Everafter, Before I Fall, etc.

  31. I like the idea of getting more than one chance to fix things. I know I could use a few!

  32. I find it interesting how she’s only has three chances at life and knows about her past lives.

  33. You have a gorgeous cover, but I’ve always loved murderers as protagonists. 🙂

    realsteph at thefakesteph dot com

    • I think it makes them very interesting too! Thanks for the cover love. <3

  34. OMG this is one of the most gorgeous covers I have seen in forever. The whole dying multiple times thing just sucks you in further. Everything about it makes me want to get my hands on this book!

    • You’re making me do a little happy dance. :o)

  35. The cover is absolutely stunning, but what intrigues me most is her past and the people she’s killed. I WANT TO KNOW. I’m definitely looking forward to this book. 🙂

  36. The synopsis of Touching the Surface is what intrigues me the most about the book. I like stories involving the afterlife/death. And the cover is gorgeous! 🙂

  37. The first time I came across your book, I was pleasantly surprised by the cover. I find it so beautiful and unique. And after I read the description I was like: ‘I NEED to read this book right NOW!’ I was a bit disappointed when I found out it won’t be released until October. The thing that intrigues me the most is that sentence: ‘Life altering mistakes are meant to alter lifes’. I found it so mysterious. I simply can’t wait for your book to come out.

    • Awwww I wrote that line. When I was originally pitching this book, I was selling it as a “dead girl book.” Then I realized that the afterlife was only the setting–that there was a concept hidden in there that was even more important–more true. That line is what I came up with. *heart squish*

  38. I think the comment that the main character has to face up to people she has killed, that sounds really interesting.

  39. 1. Girl named Elliot. Awesome name.
    2. Died for the third time.
    3. Loves two boys.
    4. The cover is so beautiful.

    I don’t think I can wait till October. There must be some way to read it soon!

    • You can come to my house, sit on my couch and read my copy. No? ARCs should be hitting the world shortly. <3

  40. First I was drawn in by the cover, but then I read the summary and now I need to read it! It reminded me a lot of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, but it’s different because the main character has to earn forgiveness and fess up about her past. I can’t wait to read it!

    • I LOVE Lauren Oliver–just got to meet her for the first time. I’m such a fan-girl!!!

  41. I adore this type of book! The synopsis sounds great, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s got a pretty cover 🙂

  42. Basically: the premise is ridiculously creative, I adore both of the authors who blurbed it, I love lyrical writing, and you are awesome.

    • I adore the authors who blurbed it too!!!! *squee* ((((hugs))))

  43. wow, what a gorgeous cover! the cover is definitely my favorite and most intriguing part! i cannot wait to read it – it sounds lovely!

  44. I love the cover, but it I came across it before the cover was revealed and the synopsis intrigued me right away. I have so many question I want answered. Why is she dead for the third time? Who did she hurt, betray and (gulp) kill? Who did she hurt the most? Those are just some of the question I want to know the answers to. I love that the synopsis keeps it mysterious and doesn’t reveal too much, but still draws you in.

    • Petra–thank you for loving it without the cover. (((Hugs))) I agree–I love a synopsis that draws me in and makes me wonder.

  45. I also love the cover, it’s beautiful!! Books about the afterlife always sound good to me. Also the added mystery of who she killed, hurt, and betrayed. Can’t wait to read this. Thank you for the giveaway :oD

    • Thank you–and you’re very welcome. Have fun on the race!

  46. I’ll be honest, the cover caught my eye, at first. After I read the synopsis, I knew that I had to read it! Thank you for the chance of winning a copy.


    • Nothing wrong with a cover doing it’s job. *grin*

  47. Why does she get 3 chances? And who did she kill? Now I must read to find out the answers to my questions!

  48. That cover. That cover is gorgeous. Though that afterlife business is intriguing.

  49. i love the story and the plot line. my friend had a death experience where she died in a lake and was brought back so yeah, the book intruges me

    • Wow!!! That must be a scary yet amazing story. I’d love to hear the whole thing some time. Glad she’s okay. (((hugs)))

  50. I WANT IT. I WANT IT. I WANT IT. IwillgetitIwillgetitIwillgetit. There! They say that saying something 3x fast makes it true.

    Anyways, WHY I want it is easy. The cover is beautiful and the sypnosis? Kill me! (Excuse the pun) I love those afterlife stories, expecially about second chances. Romance is a great plus too. And I’ve done my fair share of things I regret, things I wish I’d NEVER done. So that’s naother part of it.

    Hope I win!

    • Your enthusiasm and optimism warms my heart!!!! Hope you win too!!!

  51. Gosh, I just totally love the whole package! I cannot wait to read it!!!

    • I’ve got to find out where that book is on the ARC Tour!!!!!

  52. The concept of a person who has been through a few lives, but has only one more is intriguing. Does she make different choices compared to a person who (as far as we know) only has one life?

    • I think she views life in a completely different way…some times. I love these wonderful, deep questions. <3

  53. Well, the fact that she has died THREE times! :O
    The book sounds totally awesome though!

    Thanks for the Giveaway!

  54. Well, first, I love the cover! But I would love to read it cause I wanna know more about being able to die 4 times. Very interesting synopsis.


    • Thank you sooo much and good luck on the race. <3

  55. Touching The Surface looks and sounds BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the prose, and am fascinated by the introspective nature of the story … *earn forgiveness* !!

    I really want to read this, and, also – whoever designed the cover art did a truly incredible job, it looks so hauntingly gorgeous! 😀

    Thank you for the sweet giveaway~

    • That would be the lovely and talented Jessica Handelman from Simon Pulse. I owe her a lifetime’s supply of chocolate!

  56. What intrigues me most about Touching the Surface is that is has a supernatural premise, but the meat of the story seems very down to earth and looks like it deals with current issues. I like that combo! Really looking forward to reading it! Thanks:)

    • Yes!!! I had a hard time trying to decide what the heck to classify it as when I was querying. I settled on a contemporary fantasy. I really hope that it’s a nice mix for readers.

  57. The blurb immediately hooked me in. Then the cover….OMG…it’s seriously just amazing 😀

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

    • The blurbage has been such a lovely surprise. I feel very lucky and honored.

  58. I want to find out how it’s related to water. The title “Touching the Surface”, and then the excerpt at the back led me to think that drowning is an important part of the story whether it’s metaphorical or not… interesting!

    • If I’ve done it right, the water should be layered and woven throughout the book. You’ll have to let me know how I did when you get a chance to read it. <3

  59. First off- the cover is gorgeous! The story sounds really different because of how flawed the main character is, and the mistakes she has made. The darkness and grittiness mixed with the idea of coming to terms with it all is very appealing.

    • As the writer…it’s always a little scary to write a flawed character–you run the risk of them being unlikable, but I also think that if you can do it well, that flawed character becomes a part of you. I hope you find a connection with my Elliot when you read her story. <3

  60. The cover is definitely pretty! I think the quote on the back is what pulls me in the most. It’s interesting, and i can’t wait to read. adding to goodreads now xo

  61. What is it about TOUCHING THE SURFACE that intrigues me the most? Is it cheating to say ALL OF IT–the whole shebang? I mean, you’ve got the most gorgeous cover of all, and now that I’ve seen how it wraparounds to the back…I want it even more! Then, your synopsis is such a hook, I can’t wait to read it! And, you’ve got a plug from Daisy Whitney, who I adore, and she gives it a “fresh take on what happens next.” I mean, how much better can you get? Then, you already know I’ve got love plugging the preorder on my blog and Michelle’s twitter recommendation. Pretty much everyone on the PLANET has told me in person (and some subliminally) that I should get this. Oh, and my relatives whispered from the afterlife that yours is THE only book they’re reading there…but I digress.

    I know this is long, but I REALLY am intrigued and eager to read and review this one. I. can’t. Wait!!

    • Your relatives are my new favorite dead BFF’s!!!!!! Thank you so much for so many thoughtful things.

  62. Not entering since I’ve won from you already (THANK YOU! I’ll make sure to email you when I receive the pre-order confirmation in the mail :)), but I just wanted to reiterate how much I love this cover!! Especially the close ups of the proof, it’s just so beautiful.

    • Hey girl!!! That pre-order info and swag are in the mail…so anytime now. Thank you so much for all your love and support. I’m so glad I got to share the proof with you guys!!!!!

  63. Is the idea of the main character dying three times based in anyway on the reincarnation cycle/wheel or that of the Greek myth of Elysium fields that you can choose to be reincarnated three times and if each time you have made it back to Elysium you can get into The Isles of Blest. Books that deal with mythological aspects of death and rebirth always interest me and the cover is gorgeous! Touching the Surface is definitely going on my to-read list!


    • I would love to say that I was that insightful LOL! But honestly, it was more of a 3 strikes your out/3rd times a charm mentality. <3

  64. I think what interest me about Touching The Surface is the reincarnation aspect of it. I’ve never read anything like that and I’m interested to see how the characters world works.

    • I hope it’s everything you’re looking for…and maybe a little bit more. :o)

  65. Honestly, I’m a cover girl, so the thing that really grabs me is definitely the cover. It’s lovely :]

    • I’m a cover girl too!!!! I’m so excited that you love it!

  66. I have to say, the first thing that caught my eye was “When Elliot dies for the third time, she knows this is her last shot”. That single sentence immediately drew me in. How did she die the last three times? How does she know she can only live four times? Is she self aware during her life of her previous existences? Does her personality remain? All those questions are running through my mind and now I’m anxious to read it. Oh, and the cover is absolutely gorgeous too. If I were in a bookstore, the cover would catch my eye, and the synopsis would have me hooked 🙂

    • So many great questions and I can tell you that it was a wonderful journey to explore them as a writer. I hope you enjoy it…

  67. The thing Im most looking forward to finding out is what her life was like when she was alive the first time and why is she dieing over and over again

    • I think I want to whisper it in your ear….*puts hand over mouth*

  68. I didn’t want to share my secret, but it was really the barcode that caught my eye….

    Joking, but seriously the plot line sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it 🙂

    • ROTFL!!! Just so you know…I love that bar code too!!!! I’m giddy with excitement about ALL of it!!!!!

  69. The cover is so pretty and dreamy! I really like how the synopsis raises questions in my mind that just have to be answered. And that picture, how it says “I had died… again” is really intriguing! I know I’m going to love this book.

  70. What intrigues me the most would have to be the synopsis, the title of the book and the cover! It sounds seriously good.


    • Thank you so much, Teresa. And good luck on the race!

  71. Well, Touching The Surface has been on my wishlist for a while now after reading the blurb before. It was really mysterious and intriguing. I don’t really judge a book by its cover as well but the cover was really gorgeous. I’m really curious about those white flying things–are those paper planes?–and if they have any connection at all with the story and if they have what’s their significance. 🙂

    Bottomline, I’m pretty much curious about everything. Touching The Surface sounds so brilliant! I cannot wait to read it! 😀


    • They are origami paper cranes and they play a role in the story as well. <3

  72. The cover is what draws me to this book. But I’ve seen some people talking about it here and there, never too much, but just enough to know they love it. So that’s what intrigues me. I want to know what it is that others are already loving =)

    • I’m so psyched you’ve heard a little good chatter since there are hardly any ARCs floating around. ((((hugs)))) It’s so hard to wait for it to be out there!!!!!!

  73. Everything about this book intrigues me. The beautiful cover, the synopsis, the title… I can’t wait to read it! I just know its going to be awesome!


    • I love that you know it–I’m totally going with what you said!!! LOL!!!!

  74. The cover for this book is stunningly beautiful. A good cover always makes me take an interest in a book.

  75. What intrigues me the most about TOUCHING THE SURFACE? Loads of things! First of all, the cover is GORGEOUS and extremely eye-catching. Secondly, the synopsis just takes my breath away. I really can’t wait to get my hands on this book!


    • Awww Meg–you’re giving me the warm fuzzies!

  76. The first thing that drew me in was the title. Next, the synopsis. She has died 4 times? What?! Gotta read it.

    And ugh, October is just far too away! lol

    • LOL! I completely waffle between “it’s coming to fast!” and “It’s coming too slow!”

    The name of the character. Elliot. To me that sounds like a boy’s name, but it isn’t in this book. It intrigues me enough to want to read it!

    • I’ve always had a thing for boy names given to girls. :o)

  78. Well, it’s both the cover AND the unique plot. Personally, I’ve never heard anything like it and I would really like to read more about it! Someone facing such a horrible past…..I NEED.

    Jessica Verday is quoted! :O Love her books!

    – Sam @ Falling Books (

  79. What intrigues me the most?! Absolutely EVERYTHING!!! I mean, what’s not to love or be intrigued for?

    The cover? Gorgeous.
    The blurb? You had me with the first sentence.

    It has all I would love to read in a book 😀 Way to go!

    My e-mail is alaiel.kreuz AT

    Thanks a lot for the giveaway^^

  80. The story sounds different from anything I’ve ever read before and I’m interested in reading how the MC deals with her problems.

    email: loveydoveybooks AT gmail DOT com

    • I’m thrilled….I mean THRILLED that my book seems to have a unique voice to it. I really hope you feel that way in October. <3

  81. I’ve never heard of this book before coming to your page, it sounds amazing! What intrigued me the most was the idea of their being a limit to the number of times someone can come back to life. It’s such an interesting idea, and I can’t wait to find out what happens in this book!!

    • Jamie, I am thrilled to death to find a brand new potential reader due to the YAmazing Race. Thanks so much for taking an interest. (((hugs))))

  82. The summary intrigues me! I am perplexed by the three afterlives and would love to know how it all fits together!

    • Yay!!!! I’ve done something right! *wink* I hope you end up loving it!

  83. I am intrigued by the idea that Elliot has to atone for all her mistakes. I think that all too often our fictional heroes are, if not flawless, free from any sins that are too egregious. But human beings are flawed, and when we make a mistake, we have to deal with it, and not deny it. So getting a chance to read a heroine who does that, if in a more metaphysical sense, is fascinating to me.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    • I am of the same camp! I love my MC’s flawed because then when I love them–I really love them. Thanks so much!!!!

  84. I think everything about Elliot intrigues me at the moment. I love to read about flawed characters and Elliot definitely seems to be one, it’s make them much more real. I’m also intrigued to know about her deaths, her past and the redemption she seeks. BTW absolutely adore the cover!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

    • Thank you for the cover love and I was just saying that I have a big soft spot for flawed characters. I hope you end up connecting with Elliot. <3

  85. Squeeeeeee !! I’m so glad that youre part of the race Kimberly because I’m dying to read your book !! What first intrigued me about your book was the cover since it was the first thing that catched my attention : this cover looks stunning and I also absolutely love the title !! But then I read the blurb and I love the fact that the heroin is named Elliot : I don’t know about the US but in France (yeah I’m FRench) it’s actually a boy’s name and I love this name .. My niece is actually named Elliot 🙂 !! I also love the sound of Touchin the Surface and I canrt wait to get my hands on a copy !!
    Thank you sooo much for making the giveaway international !!

    • OMG!!! I’m such a big fan of stolen boy names. I always wanted my own name to be one LOL! Your niece sounds adorable and thank you soooooo much for your enthusiasm about TOUCHING THE SURFACE. It makes me giddy. I am so excited for this book to start to make it’s way to readers. Hearing you talk makes this whole crazy process worth while. (((Hugs)))

  86. This story sounds really interesting. I like all the mystery wrapped up in just the short summary! It makes me want to read it to find out how she died (every time!), who it was that pulled her out of the water, and why the heck she killed people! I would love to read this book!

    • Awwww Jamie–that is sooo sweet. I hope it lies up to all your excitement. :o)

  87. It has to be the cover! I’ve seen your book a lot in the past few weeks but I still keep staring at the cover. It’s just gorgeous 🙂


    • I can sympathize LOL! I see that cover EVERYWHERE…and I can’t stop staring at it either. <3

  88. The story of book intrigues me the most, Elliot seems very interesting character and I’m very curious about her life. She makes me to want to learn more about her. The cover is so beautiful.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    artgiote at gmail dot com

    • Thank you for stopping by–good luck on the race!

  89. I love the premise of reincarnation! I don’t beleive in it myself but it’s fun to read about anyway!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

    • As a non-believer in reincarnation, I’d love to hear what you thought after you read it. :o)

  90. For me, it’s the bit on the back–the moment she realizes she’s died again. There’s something so matter-of-fact about the way it’s written, but the concept is so unusual–it really makes me want to read more.

    • Oh yay!!! I’m so glad that reeled you in. <3

  91. Well, first off, the cover looks amazing. The story concept is very interesting to. Definitely a unique sounding story.

  92. The whole plot of the book has me curious to see what this girl has done and what is going to happen to her! Your book sounds so good!!
    Thanks for the givewaway!


  93. Sorry, this is going to sound generic, but when I first saw your book, I loved the cover. It’s so mysterious! I love the swirl effect of the girl and her hair. And the birds around the girl add to the mysterious tone! I think your cover designers did a great job 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Alyssa Susanna

    • I agree with you 100% about the cover designers!!! I am so pleased. And FYI I think there is nothing wrong with being pulled in my a cover first. If you won’t read a book, even after you keep hearing it’s great, just because you hate the cover–well that’s a little weird. But who does that? LOL!

  94. I too, love stories about the afterlife. They are so interesting.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  95. I love the cover, it’s beautiful. But I love the excerpt on the back even more. It gives me a glimpse into your writing and I think I’m going to like it!!!


    • That is so cool. I really appreciate you saying that and I hope the whole book is filled with writing you love. <3

  96. What doesn’t intrigue me about Touching the Surface? At first it was dying three times. But, then my eyes bulged out of my head when I read Elliot has killed people. What?! Who?! Why?! How?! I need to know!

    The cover of this book is absolutely beautiful, by the way. The purples and the birds are so pretty! Are those origami birds?

    • LOL! You’re too cute. I’m so glad that Surface has you excited!

  97. The most intriguing thing to me is the part of the synopsis that says that she needs to earn the forgiveness of the people she’s killed. Because really, how many people go around asking for forgiveness from the person they’ve murdered?

    • And would anyone actually give it? Sometimes you hear stories–but they kind of leave you gaping, right? But this….Oh, October…hurry up and get here. I just want to talk to everyone about this stuff!!!!! LOL!!!!

  98. Samantha @

    The most intriguing part of your book seems to be your take on the idea of an afterlife! The fact that books can try to answer questions as big as that is always a big draw-in for me 🙂

  99. The synopsis sounds really interesting, and the cover is GORGEOUS.

  100. I really love the cover with what looks like glowing origami birds!
    I also really like the synopsis, though, as this book really sounds like a book I would enjoy a lot.

    • They are origami birds and the cover absolutely is connected to the story. <3

  101. I guess it’s because of the gorgeous cover and the story line. It’s catchy and unlike any other. 🙂

    • I’m so excited that you’re intrigued!!!! (((((hugs)))))

  102. I wonder why the title is Touching the Surface. That will do! 😀

    • That’s perfect! And I can tell you that the title is very instrumental in the book. <3

  103. The blurb sounds simply intriguing but I think I must say…the cover! I just looked at it, really looked, and saw what a wonderful cover it truly it. The colouring, the effects, the murky background, the birds mid pause and the girl’s hair spraying up as she turns her head. Lovely.

    • It is a gorgeous cover and I am so lucky that the folks at Simon Pulse understood what I was writing in such a perfect way. <3

  104. The cover is AMAZING! I am a sucker for gorgeous covers 😀

  105. The book cover is GORGEOUS and the concept is great! Can’t wait to read.

  106. The cover intrigued me right away, but the first sentence of the flap jacket’s summary is what initially made me curious about Touching the Surface. Any character who has died for the third time automatically makes me curious!

  107. I like the concept of multiple lives and the fact that the main character has to sort through her past. The cover is amazing!

  108. Your cover art is beautiful and the story sounds captivating. What peeks my interest most is having a flawed protagonist who’s done some pretty terrible things in her past…then coming clean, finding her way and hopefully herself!

    • Thanks so much and Elliot is very flawed, but I also love her a whole bunch. ((((hugs))))

  109. I’m extremely interested in reading your imagining of the afterlife and reincarnation. 🙂

    pherlaithiel (at) gmail (dot) com

  110. Definitely that beautiful cover. I’m a sucker for pretty covers.


  111. Thanks for the giveaway.

  112. At first it was the cover that interested me but then it was definitely the synopsis! It sounds like a great read.

  113. The cover was definitely what caught my eye first–it’s really unusual, but super cool! I’m also quite interested in the whole “what happens next” question….. and of course, I can’t turn down romance 🙂

  114. When Elliot dies for the third time… I’m intrigued! Sounds interesting & mysterious. I would love to win Touching the Surface, good luck to me =) Adding it to my tbr list. Thanks for the giveaway & participating in the yamazing race!


    • Ha! Good luck to you too!!!! Thanks for the love and the TBR. :o)

  115. The synopsis really intrigues me. It reminds me of Before I Fall…which is a good thing!


    • I’m a huge fan of Before I Fall…I’ll take that as a wonderful compliment. Hope it lives up to your expectations. <3

  116. Ummm…EVERYTHING!!! Chuck ’em all in, the synopsis really caught my attention. I love the front cover of Touching the Surface, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover and all, but it’s AWESOME!!! 😀
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Thanks so much for the warm and fuzzy comments!!!!

  117. The summery itself sounds amazing, I like the whole plot idea of the book. But I really the colors of the cover and the weird bird things! I think it looks super cool!

    • I am all about weird bird things LOL! Thanks so much for stopping by. ((((hugs))))

  118. The first line of the synopsis was enough! I love the idea of dying multiple times and, each time you’re returned to life, trying to remedy the mistakes you’ve made. So fascinating! And of course the cover is gorgeous. Thank you for the giveaway! My email is jenifleura{at}gmail{dot}com. xx

    • I’m so excited you find it intriguing. Thanks for stopping by!

  119. Aside from the gorgeous cover, I think this book has potential just from reading the synopsis. I like books that have paranormal aspects, but are also very much like a contemporary YA in that it deals with real issues that would be accessible to teens.

    • Yes!!!! That’s how I’ve always felt about SURFACE…that it was a contemporary book that just had a kick-ass setting!

  120. It’s the idea of being given multiple chances at getting things “right” that intrigues me the most. That, and the cover is gorgeous. I really do hope that Elliot “gets it right” in the end…

    Thanks for the giveaway and for being part of the YAmazing Race! Good luck to ALL who enter!! 🙂

    imakethegrade at gmail dot com

    • Oh, Jenna…I really hope she gets it right too. I took this amazing journey with her and it changed me, so I have my fingers crossed that she shares that with the readers also. ((((hugs)))))

  121. I was intrigued with the “people she’s killed” line…

    • When my editor shared that line, my hubby was pretty intrigued too. LOL! Said it even made him want to read the book. I thought about smacking him since he’d just read it LOL!

  122. Hmm… I think that the storyline was the most intriguing part about Touching the Surface for me. I’m just naturally curious so I guess I wanted to know what makes revealing the truth about her so terrible that she could lose the two boys she loves forever. Thanks for writing this book and for the giveaway! 🙂


    • Shannon…it was my pleasure to write this book and thank you for thinking about reading it. <3

  123. Everything! Not only is it beautiful but Touching the Surface obviously has depth… true depth. That’s something that seems to be lacking in a lot of the books I’ve read lately. Not that these books aren’t great because they are, but Touching the Surface seems like it will touch more than just the surface for me 🙂
    TTS is definitely on my TBR list! I can’t wait to read it 🙂

    • You caught me off guard–you made me get a little teary. I know that every writer invests so much of themselves in the books they create, so it isn’t fair to think that I give more than anyone else. But what I do know is that I’ve tried to come to the table from a very personally honest place. I’ve made myself quite vulnerable by exploring what I have and it’s taken me a bit of mental prep work to reconcile that my heart and soul were actually going to be quite public. It’s beautiful and frightening at the same time. I’ve come to realize that I can’t write if I don’t do this–not well anyway. But some days it’s a little scary. Having someone feel the depth of what I wrote from a small sample of my words gives me such a feeling of hope and joy about what I’ve got to share. Thank you so much for taking the time to say that–to share. It really means a lot to me. <3

  124. I like the interesting storyline and lovely cover and its colors.


  125. I’m intrigued by the synopsis, I love the idea of Elliot dying multiple times and having to get it right. Can’t wait to read your book!

    Thanks for taking part in the race and for this giveaway!


    • And thank you for taking the time to stop and comment! :o)

  126. That’s an eerie story! This definitely goes to my TBR-pile!

    • Hope I give you little shivers. :o) Thanks for putting me on your TBR pile.

  127. Obliviously the synopsis. It sounds to intriguing to be missed. And the cover is gorgeous too 🙂


  128. The cover looks great and I like the synopsis.


  129. Thanks for making the giveaway in’tl! I’m really excited to read Touching The Surface–the cover is so pretty!


  130. I think the whole concept sounds really great! I can’t wait to read it.

  131. I love the cover but I really like the idea of the MC having had three lives. Plus, I love the slogan “Life altering mistakes are meant to alter lives …” I can’t wait to read Touching the Surface when it comes out. Thank you for the giveaway.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words…I really appreciate it!!!! <3

  132. I really like the cover. I was intrigued first by the paper birds on there. Next the plot and why she has died three times and who she is. Thanks for the giveaway!

    tressa dot sherman at hotmail dot com

    • I think you’re going to love the birds in the book…it became something special. (((hugs)))

  133. Definitely intrigued by the whole “dying a fourth time.” Such a great concept!

  134. I love the cover! I think covers should always leave an impression since it’s the first thing people see 😀 Thanks for the giveaway!!

  135. I think the thing that caught my eye was her 3 deaths. It has a certain cat like feature. Usually when a person reads a book they are fighting for that characters only death.. I think reading about a character that has already died a few times would be interesting. I also love the purple shade in the background of the cover. :3

  136. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! The cover is what totally caught my attention first– It’s absolutely gorgeous! The story sounds SO amazing as well. Totally original, suspenseful, and has definitely got my attention 🙂

    iliveforreading AT hotmail DOT com

  137. the cover is breathtaking! Butr I have to say that the whole ‘dig into the past’ thing is the most fascinating point for me

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

    • I really hope that it lives up to your intrigue! Thanks so much!

  138. Well,first : the afterlife.Second,the cover and third : the sinopsis!

  139. The Cover because it is gorgeous!


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