Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ask Me Blog Tour: 15 Completely Random Bits of Truth about Kimberly Pauley!

Today I'm participating in the blog tour for
Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley!!

 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.

I've been excited about this one for quite some time and I'm really looking forward to diving into Aria's story of being an Oracle!!  In honor of Aria's unique gift, debut author Kimberly Pauley has stopped by with a few random truths of her own!!

15 Completely Random Bits of Truth About Kimberly Pauley
1. Like Aria, I lived in Florida and I used to walk in the woods and practice my silent forest walk. I got pretty good at it.

2. My first cat was named after Thomas Sawyer.

3. But my first pet, if I remember right, was a white mouse named Ralph. I really wanted a motorcycle for him. 

4. Also like Aria, I had really long hair when I was a teen. I could sit on it. I didn't cut it until sometime after I went to college.

5. I met my husband-to-be on my second day at university (at the University of Florida).

6. My biggest regret in life is that I can't play an instrument. But I am happy that we just bought our son an electric guitar.

7. Even though I was born in California, I lived the bulk of my life in the South (including Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, and Kentucky). That may be why the only type of music I really hate is Country (except Johnny Cash).

8. I was an English major but always thought the bulk of the symbolism they make you study in books is complete rubbish. I still mostly think that but I have to admit that I stuck a TON of symbolic stuff in Ask Me.  On purpose. English students everywhere are free to throw tomatoes at me. 

9. I have been playing the same character in a Dungeons and Dragons game for two and a half years now. The character is named Lirael after the Lirael in Garth Nix's books. 

10. When I moved from Florida to Mississippi between my sophomore and junior years, I wrote at least one letter a day to my friends and sometimes more. This was obviously before email...I miss writing letters like that sometimes!

11. I have never seen Titanic or Gone with the Wind.

12. One of my absolute favorite words is widdershins.

13. I kick butt at Scrabble.

14. When I was a teen, I had a phase where I would randomly talk in an English accent.  Now I live in London.  I don't think the two are connected (and I have also realized that the accent I used back then was like the Dick van Dyke one in Mary Poppins...which means it was absolute rubbish. 

15. I still have a record player and all of my records (some dating back to when I joined the Columbia Record House...ask an adult, they'll know what I'm talking about!) 

Oh gosh, I DO remember Columbia House---it was like a subscription service for records, and later on CDs.  And LOL about the Dick van Dyke accent!! xD!!

Displaying Kim Pauley_smaller.jpgABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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


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  1. I love Scrabble and quiet walks and I'm from Florida too! :) Fun list.

  2. I love this! I'm sad she doesn't like country music, but this was really fun to read.

  3. I practice walking silently!! It's mostly when I'm wearing moccasins and bored, but it happens. Not in the forest, though. No forests to walk in. :D

    I'm also an English major and I totally agree with a lot of symbolism being rubbish. You can read deeply into just about anything, and I cannot be convinced that every single author I study really thought that hard about the tiniest details that people analyze.

    Also, this sounds really interesting! I will have to seek out a copy soon. :D