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I grew up in San Francisco, but now live in an adobe house on the banks of the Rio Grande with my husband and sons. I think I've drunk so much Land of Enchantment water that some of that ancient magic got into my blood and now spurts out my pencil--I mean ergonomic keyboard. I adore Louisiana, Paris, Bulgaria, England, Scotland, Egypt, and anything old and musty with a secret story to tell. I make way too many cookies when I'm writing or revising a new book - and I've got the best book trailers in the universe - for reals! Check them out here: www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com. Please find me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Youtube. Awards: Southwest Book Award, Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel, Bank Street College Best Books of 2011, Crystal Kite Finalist, and New Mexico Book Award Finalist.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BREAKING NEWS!!! ADDING A KINDLE FIRE TO THE GRAND PRIZE PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY FOR FORBIDDEN!!

On November 4th, HarperCollins unveils Forbidden, a seductive YA debut from award-winning middle grade author Kimberley Griffiths Little - or moi! :-)
       Forbidden transports readers back in time to the deadly deserts and sweltering heat of Ancient Mesopotamia for a tale of danger, duty, and forbidden love. Jayden is on the brink of womanhood and betrothed to her tribe’s prince, cold-hearted Horeb. But when tragedy strikes, Jayden meets Kadesh, a mysterious visitor from the south who makes Jayden doubt everything she knows. Torn between loyalty to her tribe and the chance to escape her fate, Jayden must make a choice that will change her life forever.


Today, I'm unveiling the Forbidden trailer for the very first time!



I'm also offering a HUGE pre-order giveaway from October 6th to November 4th (release day!) to celebrate. See below for full details on how to enter.

TO ENTER:
  • You must preorder Forbidden through an online retailer or your local bookstore, then email a photo of your receipt to forbiddengiveaway@gmail.com.
  • Fill out the rafflecopter below
  • US/Canada Only
  • Ends at midnight EST on November 3, 2014
  • Optional entries: share the trailer on your own site or social media, follow me on twitter, and tweet about the giveaway (can be repeated daily for extra entries!)
  • Winners will be announced and contacted November 4th (release day!)
  • If the winner does not respond with their mailing address within one week, a new winner will be chosen.

PRIZES: 
WE'RE ADDING A KINDLE FIRE AND COVER TO THE GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE!!!

(1) GRAND PRIZE WINNER:

1. GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
2. CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White
3 Satin Belly Dance Skirt
4. Belly Dance 150-Coin Hip Scarf
5. Red Silk Veil (not pictured)
6. Red Middle Eastern Earrings
7. Belly dance DVD: Sensual Belly Dance with Blanca, a professional dancer (technique, choreography, and performances)
8. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured)
9. Set of 10 Book Club Cards
10. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)
KINDLE FIRE WITH COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Well, it is pretty awesome. :-)



(1) SECOND PLACE WINNER:


1. GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
2. Red Middle Eastern Earrings
3. Red Silk Veil (not pictured)
4. Belly dance DVD: Sensual Belly Dance with Blanca, a professional dancer (technique, choreography, and performances)
5. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured)
6. Set of 10 Book Club Cards
7. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)







(13) RUNNERS-UP WINNERS:

1. Red Middle Eastern Earrings
2. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured)
3. Set of 10 Book Club Cards
4. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)






Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway





About Forbidden: In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.

Follow Me!

Award-winning author Kimberley Griffiths Little was born in San Francisco, but now lives in New Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande with her husband and their three sons. Her middle-grade novels, When the Butterflies Came, The Last Snake Runner, The Healing Spell, and Circle of Secrets, have been praised as “fast-paced and dramatic,” with “beautifully realized settings.” Kimberley adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell. She’s stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland; sailed the Seine in Paris; ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan; shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria. You can visit her online at www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com.

Share your thoughts on the trailer in the comments!

I'm grateful to Justin Cook, a long-time friend with a grad degree in Film from Columbia University in NYC. The trailer was shot at Little Sahara Sand Dunes in southern Utah - looks SO much like the Middle East (where I've been and can attest to! LOL). I'm also grateful to the young actress, Sela, for her beauty and talent, and to her mother who did hair and makeup. Thank you as well to Lisa Fitz for the gorgeous Voice-Over work.

Please share with your friends! Many thanks to Tracey and Casey at Media Masters Publicity for organizing this huge 13 blog tour over the next month. 

xo, 
~Kimberley  


Tuesday, October 14, 2014


HarperCollins has another giveaway of FORBIDDEN up on Goodreads!

 

They're giving away TEN copies!


Enter by October 21st for your chance to win.




And if you missed the launch of the STUNNING book trailer for FORBIDDEN, watch it right here! So grateful to the gorgeous actress, Sela, and my movie guy, Justin Cook. xoxo


Thursday, October 09, 2014

September Winner and October FORBIDDEN Giveaway!!

The September winner of My YA Debut Year Celebration for FORBIDDEN Giveaway is . . . 


Danielle Degis!!! 

I'll be emailing you, Danielle, to find out which Young Adult Novel you'd like me to send to you. AND you'll get a signed ARC of FORBIDDEN and Middle Eastern earrings and Book Club Cards. Congratulations!!



The Winner of October's Giveaway will receive
1. A signed FINISHED COPY of FORBIDDEN (Yes the book will be published and in bookstores by then!!!),
2. **ANY** Young Adult Novel of your choice
3. Middle Eastern earrings
4. 10 Book Club Cards. 
5. Gorgeous FORBIDDEN button
 
Pretty delicious, eh?

Enter the Rafflecopter and get extra points for spreading the word! 



Fingers crossed you win! 
~Kimberley


Monday, October 06, 2014

BREAKING NEWS!!! ADDING A KINDLE FIRE TO THE GRAND PRIZE PRE-ORDER FORBIDDEN PACKAGE!!!

On November 4th, HarperCollins unveils Forbidden, a seductive YA debut from award-winning middle grade author Kimberley Griffiths Little - or moi! :-)
       Forbidden transports readers back in time to the deadly deserts and sweltering heat of Ancient Mesopotamia for a tale of danger, duty, and forbidden love. Jayden is on the brink of womanhood and betrothed to her tribe’s prince, cold-hearted Horeb. But when tragedy strikes, Jayden meets Kadesh, a mysterious visitor from the south who makes Jayden doubt everything she knows. Torn between loyalty to her tribe and the chance to escape her fate, Jayden must make a choice that will change her life forever.


Today, I'm unveiling the Forbidden trailer for the very first time!



I'm also offering a HUGE pre-order giveaway from October 6th to November 4th (release day!) to celebrate. See below for full details on how to enter.

TO ENTER:
  • You must preorder Forbidden through an online retailer or your local bookstore, then email a photo of your receipt to forbiddengiveaway@gmail.com.
  • Fill out the rafflecopter below
  • US/Canada Only
  • Ends at midnight EST on November 3, 2014
  • Optional entries: share the trailer on your own site or social media, follow me on twitter, and tweet about the giveaway (can be repeated daily for extra entries!)
  • Winners will be announced and contacted November 4th (release day!)
  • If the winner does not respond with their mailing address within one week, a new winner will be chosen.

PRIZES: 
WE'RE ADDING A KINDLE FIRE AND COVER TO THE GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE!!!

(1) GRAND PRIZE WINNER:

1. GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
2. CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White
3 Satin Belly Dance Skirt
4. Belly Dance 150-Coin Hip Scarf
5. Red Silk Veil (not pictured)
6. Red Middle Eastern Earrings
7. Belly dance DVD: Sensual Belly Dance with Blanca, a professional dancer (technique, choreography, and performances)
8. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured)
9. Set of 10 Book Club Cards
10. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)
KINDLE FIRE WITH COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



(1) SECOND PLACE WINNER:


1. GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
2. Red Middle Eastern Earrings
3. Red Silk Veil (not pictured)
4. Belly dance DVD: Sensual Belly Dance with Blanca, a professional dancer (technique, choreography, and performances)
5. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured)
6. Set of 10 Book Club Cards
7. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)







(13) RUNNERS-UP WINNERS:

1. Red Middle Eastern Earrings
2. "Will YOU risk it all?" button (not pictured)
3. Set of 10 Book Club Cards
4. Jeweled bookmark (not pictured)






Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway





About Forbidden: In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.

Follow Me!

Award-winning author Kimberley Griffiths Little was born in San Francisco, but now lives in New Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande with her husband and their three sons. Her middle-grade novels, When the Butterflies Came, The Last Snake Runner, The Healing Spell, and Circle of Secrets, have been praised as “fast-paced and dramatic,” with “beautifully realized settings.” Kimberley adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell. She’s stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland; sailed the Seine in Paris; ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan; shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria. You can visit her online at www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com.

Share your thoughts on the trailer in the comments!

I'm grateful to Justin Cook, a long-time friend with a grad degree in Film from Columbia University in NYC. The trailer was shot at Little Sahara Sand Dunes in southern Utah - looks SO much like the Middle East (where I've been and can attest to! LOL). I'm also grateful to the young actress, Sela, for her beauty and talent, and to her mother who did hair and makeup. Thank you as well to Lisa Fitz for the gorgeous Voice-Over work.

Please share with your friends! Many thanks to Tracey and Casey at Media Masters Publicity for organizing this huge 13 blog tour over the next month. 

xo, 
~Kimberley  


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

10-copy Goodreads Giveaway for FORBIDDEN!

HARPERCOLLINS is giving away TEN ARCs of FORBIDDEN on Goodreads! 

Enter now - only a week left! 


Whoohoo!! :-)

 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Announcing the COMPELLING READS TOUR!! 12 Events, 17 Authors!

I'm thrilled to Announce the 

COMPELLING READS TOUR!


Embrace Your Book Addiction!

Twelve Events . . . Seventeen YA Authors . . .
 

Come talk about the books that made you love to read and find compelling new reads to love!

Q&As, Signings, and Door Prizes at Every Stop!


10/26/14: Arlington, VA — WRITE WITH US! LIVE FANFIC AND BLOCKBUSTER FICTION 4:00 PM, Arlington Public Library Central w/ One More Page Books, 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA 22201
Love reading? Ever wonder, “How did the author come up with THAT!?”
Come talk about your favorite best-selling YA novels and build a story with the authors of four hot young adult trilogies in an interactive audience-participation event. Work as a group to create a story in the same way that the authors of blockbuster novels create theirs. Using examples from familiar audience favorites like DivergentThe Hunger Games, and Harry Potter, the authors will guide readers and aspiring writers through a fun, often hilarious, and educational event.


Martina Boone (Compulsion – Simon Pulse) 
Kimberley Griffiths Little (Forbidden – Harpercollins)
Wendy Higgins (USA & New York Times bestselling Sweet Evil series — Harper Teen)
Jessica Spotswood (The Cahill Witch Chronicles series — Putnam)



10/27/14: Arlington, VA — BOOK DATING GAME SHOW & COMPULSION LAUNCH 7:00 PM One More Page Books
2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington, VA 22213

Join us for a quirky, entertaining, and unexpected introduction to the authors and the books — dating style! Our intrepid booklorette will try to find her perfect bookmatch as she puts the authors through their paces with questions patterned after the popular and campy 1960′s Dating Game. Throw in a wine tasting, southern sweet tea, and southern-style cupcakes in honor of the Compulsion launch, and it’s sure to be a fantastic party!


Martina Boone (Compulsion – Simon Pulse)
Kimberley Griffiths Little (Forbidden – Harpercollins)
Wendy Higgins (USA & New York Times bestselling Sweet Evil series — Harper Teen) 
Leah Cypess (Mistwood, Nightspell & Deathsworn – Greenwillow) 
Melissa Marr (NYT and Internationally bestselling author of Made for You and the Wicked Lovely series — Harpercollins)


10/28: Bethesda, MD — ASK THE AUTHORS ANYTHING! 7:00 PM, Bethesda Library w/ Politics & Prose
7400 Arlington Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814

Here’s your chance! Want to talk about the books? About what’s next for your favorite characters? About writing? About breaking into publishing? Well, come on down! The four authors on this panel have a wide spectrum of different writing experiences and paths that have all led to big buzz books. We’ll dish, have some fun, and definitely spill some secrets!


Martina Boone (Compulsion – Simon Pulse)
Kimberley Griffiths Little (Forbidden – Harpercollins) 
Wendy Higgins (USA & New York Times bestselling Sweet Evil series — Harper Teen)
Jessica Spotswood (The Cahill Witch Chronicles series — Putnam)


10/29: Charlottesville, VA — BOOK DATING GAME: A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE 6:00 PM, Barnes & Noble
1035 Emmet St N, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Join us for a dating-style quirky, entertaining, and unexpected introduction to the authors and the books! Our intrepid booklorette will try to find her perfect bookmatch as she puts the authors through their paces with questions patterned after the popular and campy 1960′s Dating Game.


Martina Boone (Compulsion – Simon Pulse)
Kimberley Griffiths Little (Forbidden – Harpercollins) 
Kristen-Paige Madonia (Fingerprints of You – Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)  
Joy N. Hensley (Rites of Passage – Harper Teen)
Jodi Meadows (The Incarnate trilogy & The Orphan Queen – Katharine Tegan Books)  
Diana Peterfreund (Nine novels for adults and teens, including For Darkness Shows the Stars and Across a Star Swept Sea – Balzer & Bray)


10/30, Richmond, VA — WRITE WITH US! LIVE FANFIC AND BLOCKBUSTER FICTION 6:30 PM, Fountain Bookstore
1312 E. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219

Love reading? Considered becoming a writer?
Come talk about your favorite best-selling YA novels and build a story with the authors of five hot young adult novels in an interactive audience-participation event. Work as a group to create a story in the same way that the authors of blockbuster novels create theirs. Using examples from familiar audience favorites like DivergentThe Hunger Games, and Harry Potter, the authors will guide readers and aspiring writers through a fun, often hilarious, and educational event.


Martina Boone (Compulsion – Simon Pulse)
Kimberley Griffiths Little (Forbidden – Harpercollins)
Kristen-Paige Madonia (Fingerprints of You – Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) 
Gigi Amateau (Seven books for MG & YA, including Come August, Come Freedom – Candlewick Press)
Diana Peterfreund (Nine novels for adults and teens, including For Darkness Shows the Stars and Across a Star Swept Sea – Balzer & Bray)


11/1/14: Raleigh, NC – ADD A SENTENCE GAME AND LIVING FICTION 3:00 PM, Quail Ridge Books
3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh, NC 27607

Have you closed the pages on a favorite novel or watched a blockbuster movie like ‘Divergent’ or ‘The Hunger Games’ and wondered, “How did the author come up with THAT!?” Well, we’ve got the secrets, and we’ll offer up a show and tell as we help guide the audience through an interactive session that builds a story a sentence at a time to develop character, setting, mood, theme, and a plot with unexpected — and often shocking or hysterical — twists.


Martina Boone (Compulsion – Simon Pulse)
Kimberley Griffiths Little (Forbidden – Harpercollins)
S.E. Greene (Killer Instinct – Simon Pulse)  
Claudia Gray (New York Times bestselling author of the EvernightSteadfast and Firebird series)  
Meagan Spooner (The Skylark Trilogy, Carolrhoda, and the Starbound trilogy — Disney/Hyperion)
Beth Revis (New York Times bestselling Across the Universe trilogy — Razorbill)  
Megan Shepherd (The Madman’s Daughter series — Balzer & Bray)


11/2/14: Chapel Hill, NC – WRITE WITH US! 2:00 PM, Flyleaf Books
752 MLK Jr Blvd,  Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 942.7936

Love reading? Considered becoming a writer?
Come talk about your favorite best-selling YA novels and build a story with seven authors of  big buzz young adult trilogies in an interactive audience-participation event.  Work as a group to create a story in the same way that the authors of blockbuster novels create theirs. Using examples from familiar audience favorites like DivergentThe Hunger Games, and Harry Potter, the authors will guide readers and aspiring writers through a fun, often hilarious, and educational event.


Martina Boone (Compulsion – Simon Pulse)
Kimberley Griffiths Little (Forbidden – Harpercollins)
S.E. Greene (Killer Instinct – Simon Pulse)
Claudia Gray (New York Times bestselling author of the EvernightSteadfast and Firebird series — HarperTeen)
Meagan Spooner (The Skylark trilogy — Carolrhoda; and the Starbound trilogy — Disney/Hyperion)
Beth Revis (New York Times bestselling Across the Universe trilogy — Razorbill)
Megan Shepherd (The Madman’s Daughter series — Balzer & Bray)


11/3/14: Asheville, NC 7:00 PM, Malaprops Bookstore
55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Martina Boone (Compulsion – Simon Pulse)  
Kimberley Griffiths Little (Forbidden – Harpercollins)
S.E. Greene (Killer Instinct – Simon Pulse)
Claudia Gray (New York Times bestselling author of the EvernightSteadfast and Firebird series — HarperTeen)
Beth Revis (New York Times bestselling Across the Universe trilogy — Razorbill)  
Meagan Spooner (The Skylark trilogy — Carolrhoda; and the Starbound trilogy — Disney/Hyperion)


11/4/14: Charlotte, NC — FLASH FICTION EVENT 4:00 PM, Park Road Books
4139 Park Road, 
Charlotte, NC 28209

Have you closed the pages on a favorite novel or watched a blockbuster movie like ‘Divergent’ or ‘The Hunger Games’ and wondered, “How did the author come up with THAT!?” Well, these seven authors of hot young adult trilogies have the secrets, and they’ll offer up a show and tell as they help guide the audience through an interactive session that builds a story a sentence at a time to develop character, setting, mood, theme, and a plot with unexpected — and often shocking or hysterical — twists.


Martina Boone (Compulsion – Simon Pulse)
Kimberley Griffiths Little (Forbidden – Harpercollins)
S.E. Greene (Killer Instinct – Simon Pulse)  
Claudia Gray (New York Times bestselling author of the EvernightSteadfast and Firebird series — HarperTeen)
Beth Revis (New York Times bestselling Across the Universe trilogy — Razorbill) 
Meagan Spooner (The Skylark trilogy — Carolrhoda; and the Starbound trilogy — Disney/Hyperion)
Megan Shepherd (The Madman’s Daughter Series — Balzer & Bray)


11/5/14: Greenville, SC — WRITE WITH US! LIVE FANFIC AND BLOCKBUSTER FICTION 5:00 PM, Fiction Addiction
1175 Woods Crossing Rd #5
Greenville, SC 29607

Love reading? Considered becoming a writer?
Ever wonder, “How did the author come up with THAT!?” Come talk about your favorite best-selling YA novels and build a story with the authors of four hot young adult trilogies in an interactive audience-participation event. Work as a group to create a story in the same way that the authors of blockbuster novels create theirs. Using examples from familiar audience favorites like DivergentThe Hunger Games, and Harry Potter, the authors will guide readers and aspiring writers through a fun, often hilarious, and educational event.

Martina Boone (Compulsion – Simon Pulse)
Kimberley Griffiths Little (Forbidden – Harpercollins)
S.E. Greene (Killer Instinct – Simon Pulse)
Claudia Gray (New York Times bestselling author of the EvernightSteadfast and Firebird series — HarperTeen)
Beth Revis (New York Times bestselling Across the Universe trilogy — Razorbill)
Meagan Spooner (The Skylark trilogy — Carolrhoda; and the Starbound trilogy — Disney/Hyperion)


11/6/14: Columbia, SC — BOOK DATING GAME: A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE 5:00 PM, Books-a-million, Village-at-Sandhill
164 Forum Drive, Columbia, SC 29229

Join us for a quirky, entertaining, and unexpected introduction to seven authors and their big buzz books — dating style! Our intrepid booklorette will try to find her perfect book-match as she puts the authors through their paces with questions patterned after the popular and campy 1960′s Dating Game.


Martina Boone (Compulsion – Simon Pulse)
Kimberley Griffiths Little (Forbidden – Harpercollins)  
S.E. Greene (Killer Instinct – Simon Pulse)
  Claudia Gray (New York Times bestselling author of the EvernightSteadfast and Firebird series)
Tracy Clark (Scintillate – Entangled Teen)
Delilah S. Dawson (Servants of the Storm – Simon Pulse)
Nina Berry (The Otherkin series — Kensington)


We're ending our Tour at YALLFest in Charleston, South Carolina! 
November 7-9 in downtown Charleston, sponsored by Blue Bicycle Books.
11/9/14: Charleston, SC
2:30 PM, Charleston Public Library
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Got your YALLFEST on? Want even MORE fun and games? Join us for an exciting and unexpected wrap-up with some of the “insiders” behind YASeriesInsiders.com and celebrate the launch of Compulsion — which is about the Charleston area — with whoopie pies, sweet tea, door prizes, and a drawing for a $100 gift card to feed your book addiction..
Martina Boone (Compulsion – Simon Pulse)
Kimberley Griffiths Little (Forbidden – Harpercollins)
S.E. Green (Killer Instinct – Simon Pulse)
Tracy Clark (Scintillate – Entangled Teen)



Friday, September 12, 2014

Launching a Gorgeous New Website!

I'm very excited to announce and show off my new website. Well, it's the same URL, but a whole new design! And it's really beautiful. I'm so very pleased. Lois Bradley, a New Mexico friend, graphic artist, and writer designed all the new banners for me. Swank Web Design did all the dirty behind-the-scenes work of incorporating the content and made it all look pretty. Many, many thank you's!!

Here is Home - or the Landing Page: 

www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com 



Since I'm writing Middle-Grade with Scholastic and a Young Adult trilogy with Harpercollins I created two *sides* to my site. One easy click will take you from one to the other.

Middle-Grade Home Page Banner: 


Young Adult Home Page Banner:


I LOVE THEM!!!

Hopefully the new site will be easy to navigate and find things like Teacher's Guides, book trailers, and reviews, etc. 

Thanks for checking it out! Enjoy!

~Kimberley


Monday, September 08, 2014

August Winner and September YA Celebration Giveaway Announced!

The August winner of My YA Debut Year Celebration Giveaway is . . . 

Kelly Lau!!!

I'll be emailing you, Kelly, to find out which Young Adult Novel you'd like me to send to you. AND you'll get a signed ARC of FORBIDDEN and Middle Eastern earrings and Book Club Cards. Yay! Congratulations!!!

ANNOUNCING SEPTEMBER'S GIVEAWAY!!! 






Winner of September's Giveaway will receive a signed ARC of FORBIDDEN, *any* YA book of your choice, Middle Eastern earrings, and 10 Book Club Cards. Pretty delicious, eh?

Enter the Rafflecopter and get extra points for spreading the word! 


Fingers crossed you win! 

~Kimberley




Sunday, September 07, 2014

Personal Post

Hello, dear friends, 

The last few months have been a whirlwind of finalizing various sundry items for the finished book, FORBIDDEN (Harpercollins, November 4, 2014), including an Author's Note about the history and research of the novel, drafting Book 2, launching my new Scholastic middle-grade, THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES with two bookstore launch parties, Teacher's Guides, Book Trailers, Book Club Cards, BEA, ALA, a writing retreat in Taos New Mexico with my local writing buddies, Carolee DeanLauren Bjorkman, and Kersten Hamilton,      who is the brains behind our retreat. (And I apologize because I'm horrible at posting pictures of these events here on my blog. Go to my Facebook albums to see if you're curious or interested: https://www.facebook.com/kimberleygriffithslittle).

--AND trying to keep up with Twitter, Facebook, blog reading, giveaways, putting together an East Coast book tour for FORBIDDEN, my YASI group, Author School Visits, writing presentations, Power Points, guest posts, interviews - and family stuff including health issues for my son and husband. Whew. 

And then in mid-August during a dozen deadlines, we were suddenly called to Arizona to visit my husband's mother who was getting quite elderly and frail. On the third day after our arrival, she passed away, her hands in ours. We stayed on for another week to arrange the funeral and await an onslaught of family. Which was great. We love seeing everyone, all the aunts and uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, etc.

The funeral was lovely and heartfelt with so many great stories of an amazing woman who was widowed at that age of 40 with 5 sons, taught school, built her own house in the mountains after she retired, and quilted, sewed, knitted, crocheted, an avalanche of pieces - in the hundreds, while gardening and growing an orchard of trees, and maintaining an active life in her church.

I love this picture of her when she as 17 years old before WWII broke out. 



This is what I wrote on Facebook: 

"Carmel Frost Little, March 29, 1919 - August 17, 2014. Mom slipped away from us about 4:45 pm on Sunday afternoon. Rusty was holding her hand and her granddaughter Pauline on her other side. I was at the foot if the bed and we were quietly chatting. All weekend she had been determinedly trying to read my new book, but was too weak to hold it up. We had just moved her from her easy chair in the living room and getting her ready for bed. There are tears and an emptiness in our hearts and in this home. She had been widowed for 55 years and raised 5 boys on a teachers salary. My husband is the youngest and inherited her dry wit. This lovely picture of her was taken in 1936 when she was 17 years old. She has a photo album chock full of pictures of family and friends from the 30s and 40s and 50s. Priceless! God bless you in your joyful reunion with your husband, parents and siblings on the other side, Mom! We love you and already miss you dreadfully."

With my son's open heart surgery last Fall, my youngest brother passing away from brain cancer the previous December, my sister's husband completely debilitated by a major stroke at a young age, and now the passing of my mother-in-law, as well as various other challenges my family has undergone in only the last three years we feel a bit numb. But life and the living marches us on despite grief and weary hearts. There are still babies and toddlers to hug and love and read to, important, fulfilling work to do, friends who cherish us, and a large extended family who helps us heal our hearts. 

Despite hardship, grief, time constraints, craziness, a perpetually messy house with 8 people living here, life is a blessing and I'm grateful to God and my Savior for my family, my health, my home, my friends, books, flowers, birds outside the windows, the beauty of mountains and oceans, a writing cottage! - and freedom in this blessed land of ours. 

August's YA Debut Year Celebration Winner will be announced tomorrow as well as the New September Giveaway - and lots more very exciting news coming this week! Please stay tuned!

And thanks for reading my sporadic blog. I appreciate you all. 

xo, 
~Kimberley


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