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Favorite Quotes & Giveaway: Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Today, as a part of the Touching the Surface tour, I'm sharing some of my favorite quotes from the book, a passage I enjoyed, and a giveaway!

Touching the Surface

by Kimberly Sabatini

Genre: YA Paranormal
Hardback: 352 Pages
Publication: October 30, 2012 by Simon Pulse


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.

Favorite Quotes

❝ Two eagles begin by building a nest that meets their basic needs. Every year they add onto their place of residence, and the pile of sticks and fluff that they started with becomes a home of epic proportions. ❞ - Chapter 7, the walls between us

❝ I had the unexpected feeling that he was here because he needed me. The fragile tenderness had returned from those moments at the pond. My heart beat like the wings of a baby bird. ❞ - Chapter 17, the funny thing about wishes

❝ Lying there, I felt calm. I couldn't remember the last time I hadn't felt dead or dying on the inside. It was like finally breathing after being underwater. ❞ - Chapter 18, creating distance

❝ Out in the open field of flowers, I could feel the sun and see how every golden blossom faced the light... I knew that if I stayed there long enough, the flowers would follow the path of the sun across the sky. It seemed like they knew what they were doing, and at least for a little while, I wanted to be part of that. ❞ - Chapter 19, bellyaches

❝ I promise to be there for you. I'll catch you if you fall. ❞ - Chapter 23, near misses

❝ "You want to know what's in my head? I think you just want me to kiss you again," I teased, trying to distract him. No point in examining a losing situation too carefully. ❞ - Chapter 24, already gone

❝ The drop, which should have taken mere seconds, seemed endless, as if we were hanging between earth and sky. We were momentarily suspended between the best and the worst of us. It occurred to me that as scary as this was, falling together was better than falling apart. ❞ - Chapter 26, remembering blue

❝ I said there was no coincidence. I didn't say that everything is predetermined. Life and death unfold and every moment is a mystery to all of us, but the mystery isn't that it happens, it's what we do with it.... ❞ - Chapter 28, choose your coincidence

❝ I suspect that there is always missing that happens. You don't really love someone unless you miss them. ❞ - Chapter 29,  the third time lacks charm

❝ A lone eagle circled the exact spot where I had exited the water as a new Third Timer. It seemed like an eternity ago. It was hard to recall the girl I'd been back then. I wondered if I appeared as different on the outside as I felt on the inside. ❞ - epilogue

     As the terrain became more difficult to maneuver, I had no choice but to lean on Trevor. My fingers grazed his as I reached for the same handhold he was using. His hand fitted into the small of my back as he boosted me up over a fallen tree. We helped each other over obstacle after obstacle, and each touch was a small electric spark in the night.

     "Wow, I don't remember it being this difficult to get up the mountain to the pond earlier today. Do you?" I asked as I blew at a wisp of hair that was tickling my nose.

     A rumbling chuckle echoed from behind me.

     "What's so funny? It is harder to navigate at night, you know."

     He reached across the tree that lay between us and tucked the fallen strand of my hair back behind my ear.

     "We aren't cocreating," came his voice, huskier than his laugh.


     I had trouble remembering what we'd been talking about. All I could manage to focus on was how close he was to my face and how his hand lingered.

     "You're doing the creating, I'm just along for the ride." He waited with his eyebrows raised and a crooked little sideways grin on his face.

     "I'm creating this? No, I wouldn't, I said in disbelief.

     "I know I'm not creating anything at the moment. I'm having too much fun watching what you're coming up with all on your own."

     "Oh."I oculd feel my face becoming hot. The night air, that moments ago had been so cool, was no uncomfortably warm.

     "Maybe you made the route difficult so that I'd have to assist you up over every obstacle?"

     "I wasn't thinking at all!" I sputtered.

     "I know. That's what I'm enjoying about it the most," said Trevor.

About the Author
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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)

This post is a part of the Touching the Surface blog tour

Tourwide Giveaway
A SIGNED hardcover of Touching The Surface to 4 US winners.
A SIGNED hardcover of Touching the Surface to 1 International winner

Giveaway ends July 22 at 12:00 a.m.
Must be 13 or older to enter
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4 comments on "Favorite Quotes & Giveaway: Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini"
  1. Synopsis sounds great as does the excerpt. The quotes definitely piqued my interest in this book

  2. I've heard a lot of great things about this book and the synopsis intrigues me. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. The synopsis really caught my attention. Not the mention the lovely cover :)

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book ^_^

    XX Ner

  4. Not one but three chances at 'do over', Oh how we all would wish! Sounds intriguing. Definitely wondering if Elliot ever gets it right.


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