Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ask Me By Kimberly Pauley Blog Tour + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in the ASK ME Blog Tour hosted by Soho Press. Today we have the author of ASK ME stopping by for a Guest Post & a great Giveaway! :)



Ask Me

Published: April 8th 2014
Publisher: Soho Teen
Genres: YA, Paranormal/Mystery

Ask Aria Morse anything, and she must answer with the truth. Yet she rarely understands the cryptic words she‘s compelled to utter. Blessed—or cursed—with the power of an Oracle who cannot decipher her own predictions, she does her best to avoid anyone and everyone. 

But Aria can no longer hide when Jade, one of the few girls at school who ever showed her any kindness, disappears. Any time Aria overhears a question about Jade, she inadvertently reveals something new, a clue or hint as to why Jade vanished. But like stray pieces from different puzzles, her words never present a clear picture.

Then there’s Alex, damaged and dangerous, but the first person other than Jade to stand up for her. And Will, who offers a bond that seems impossible for a girl who’s always been alone. Both were involved with Jade. Aria may be the only one who can find out what happened, but the closer she gets to solving the crime, the more she becomes a target. Not everyone wants the truth to come out.

What’s in a Symbol 

You know how English teachers are always asking you to find the hidden symbolism in books and wanting you to analyze every little detail and how, usually, it just seems pretty silly and you know the author was probably just thinking “I like blue. I’ll make her dress blue.” and not anything deeper about how the blue refers back to a longing to go to the sea or something like that? Yeah. Well, I apologize in advance to all literature students everywhere. ASK ME is full of symbols and symbolism and stuff like that and I did it on purpose. Heck, there are probably even bits I stuck in there that I didn’t realise. The unconscious mind is like that.

Honestly, most readers won’t notice even one tenth of the stuff I put in the book and that is perfectly okay. You don’t have to. Or, you might notice it on one level, but not in such a way as to make it intrude on your reading experience (because that would be a total fail). Maybe some bits of the book just make you feel a little more or get you thinking.

So, why did I do it? It’s not normally something I consciously do when writing, after all. But this is a book about an Oracle, a girl who must tell the truth no matter what, one who has to answer every question she hears, often in a very cryptic fashion. A girl descended from a long line of soothsayers. A girl who’s ancestress is painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Many of the things I “hid” in the book are details I learned from my research into Sybils. It’s a fascinating topic, kind of equal parts myth and history. And they lived in a time when symbols were very important to the common man--even life and death.

So, while you’re reading, you might notice some things that pop up more than once (leaves, for instance, or circles and spirals) or messages within Aria’s prophecies. Names that mean something.

But, if you don’t notice any of it, that’s okay too. You can even tell your English teacher I said so.

Kimberly Pauley is the award-winning author of Sucks to Be Me, which was honored on the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list, and a paranormal mystery starring an oracle, called Ask Me. Born in California, she has lived everywhere from Florida to Chicago and has now gone international to live in London with her husband and son. She is also the founder of YA Books Central, one of the first and largest teen book websites in the world. Visit her online at



  1. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    I read an excerpt online and IT ROCKED!!

    LOVE the concept of oracles and how her gift affects her life, but now that I know the author has sprinkled symbols throughout, it'll be like a scavenger hunt. She obviously did a lot of researched and loved it, because it's a bit like Easter Eggs throughout the book like in computer games etc :)

    Thank you :)


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