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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.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Healty Family Slow Cooker Cookbook is out just in Time for Summer!



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The Wonderfulness of Slow Cookers

Are you looking for more time this summer? You may be able to find it in your pantry — in the form of a slow cooker. When the temperatures rise, no one wants to spend the hot afternoon in the kitchen preparing a huge meal. Instead, try using your slow cooker. Not only do they save you time, they save you money.

 

Only $7.99 on Kindle!! Grab your copy HERE!!


 About the book:

Feed your family the foods they love—with a healthy twist.
Everyone knows slow cookers are a busy mom’s best friend, but it can be a struggle to find healthy Crock Pot recipes your kids will actually eat. Not anymore.
These delicious family-sized meals are perfect for parents and kids alike.
  • Chicken and Artichoke Fettucini
  • Teriyaki Pulled Pork
  • Cajun Rice with Shrimp
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Chicken Quesadillas
You’ll even find some tasty ideas for sugar-free desserts, like the Blueberry Pudding Cake. And every single recipe can be made in the morning and ready to eat by dinnertime. With a little prep and planning, you’ll soon be enjoying nutritious, healthy, home-cooked meals every night of the week!

From Christina Dymock, amazing Cookbook Author and my dear friend:

 

"My newly released cookbook, The Healthy Family Slow Cooker Cookbook, is chock full of wonderful recipes for your slow cooker. Traditionally, home chefs think of the slow cooker as a winter appliance, but there are many wonderful recipes for those summer months too. Try the Island Pork Salad recipe below. It’s a light meal that includes fruits and veggies — perfect for a summer night."

Pork Island Salad (7)
Island Pork Salad
Serves 6
This recipe has everything: protein, greens, and fruit. If you’d like to add cheese, you’ll also have dairy.
Ingredients
1 (2-3 pound) pork roast or 6 thin sliced pork chops
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 (?? Ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
4 cups spinach
2 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
1 orange or yellow pepper, sliced
½ cup raisins
1 avocado, cubed
¾ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon honey

Directions
Place the pork in a slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix together the pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon. Rub into pork. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until the meat is cooked through. Remove the meat from the slow cooker and set aside to cool while you prepare the salad.

In a large salad bowl, toss the spinach, lettuce, pepper, raisings, avocado pieces, and mandarin oranges. Divide the salad between 6 plates. Cut the pork and divide between the salads. 

To make the dressing, Place the lime juice, orange juice, Dijon mustard, curry powder, pepper, and olive oil in a container with a tight lid. Cover and shake well. Pour dressing over salads or serve on the side.

Enjoy!!

xo,
Kimberley

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BANISHED COVER REVEAL!!!

Hi gang, It's Here, It's Here!!!

I've been SO excited to share the cover of BANISHED, Book 2 of the FORBIDDEN (Only $5.99 on Kindle now!) trilogy for awhile and Harpercollins finally said, "It's Time - Show the World!" :-)

The official Harpercollins Catalog for Winter of 2016 will be online in a couple of weeks and the Official Cover Reveals happen just before those catalogs go online. 

BANISHED is gorgeous, stunning, and Harper did a photo shoot with the same model as FORBIDDEN. (And she's going to be on Book 3, too!)

SEVEN lovely Young Adult bloggers are sharing the cover with me today and each blog has EXCLUSIVE content from me as well as EXCLUSIVE Teaser Graphics with lines from the *actual* book!!

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!
Amber & Stacey @ Page Turners
Jaime & Erin @ Fic Fare
Jaime @ Two Chicks on Books
Kathy @ I Am A Reader
Katie @ Mundie Moms
Martina @ Adventures in YA Publishing


Be sure you go to each one to see the beautiful graphics and read some short, fun content about writing and kissing and my research for the trilogy. 

TEASER Cover Piece #1!




TEASER Cover Piece #2!



TEASER Cover Piece #3!


And . . . 








 Here it is . . .










 



TADA!!!


http://www.amazon.com/Banished-Forbidden-Kimberley-Griffiths-Little-ebook/dp/B00XHPD46C/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=


So tell me what you think, I'm dying to know!!Thanks for reading and sharing this very looooong journey with me! (I think I've been talking about the writing and research of this trilogy for 6-7 years on this blog.) :-)

XO,
Kimberley


Almost forgot the GIVEAWAY!! 

Giveaways (US Only):
One grand prize winner:

1. Signed ARC of FORBIDDEN & BANISHED when available
2. $25.00 Amazon Gift Card
3. Middle Eastern Earrings
4. Paper Blanks Magnetic Notebook
5. A set of beautiful FORBIDDEN & BANISHED Bookmark Club Cards

7 Winners will receive:

1. $10.00 Amazon Gift Card
2. Middle Eastern earrings
3. Paper Blanks Notebook
4. A set of beautiful FORBIDDEN & BANISHED Book Club Cards

EVERYBODY WHO Orders or Pre-orders copies of the book(s) receives a set of gorgeous BOOK CLUB CARDS and an autographed book plate!

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

BANISHED COVER REVEAL ON TUESDAY!!

I'm  sooooooo excited to get the go-ahead from Harpercollins to share the stunning cover for BANISHED, Book 2 of the FORBIDDEN Trilogy. Harper's Winter catalog will be out the end of June and e-ARCs will be out on Edelweiss in September, plus actual printed ARCs by August. *happy, happy*

The Cover Reveal will be THIS TUESDAY AT 2:00 P.M. EASTERN TIME on the following blogs, plus HERE and my Facebook and Twitter

The Eater of Books!

There will be lots of giveaways! A Grand Prize Package & 7 more Winners of Prize Packages! 

Each blog will have unique content from me about writing the book and, and, well, and kissing - and some terrific pictures of belly dancers and graphics with ACTUAL LINES from the book itself! Which helps the wait until February 2, 2016, the pub date for BANISHED. 

Here's your first teaser of the cover. Don't you love those bangles?!




So what are y'all doing this summer? I'm attending two family reunions in Arizona and San Diego (and sneaking in a trip to Disneyland!), PLUS drafting Book 3 of the trilogy. Whew! Honestly, I'm a little freaked out. My first drafts tend to be OVER 100,000 words - eek! 

More soonest!

xo,
~Kimberley


Sunday, May 24, 2015

SIX Snow Valley Romances are on Sale this week for only .99 cents!

The secret is leaking out . . . in addition to writing Middle Grade novels for Scholastic and my delicious Young Adult Trilogy, FORBIDDEN, with Harpercollins, I also write Contemporary Clean Romance under the name, Kimberley Montpetit. We have an amazing sale going on this week! Six sweet and sassy romantic novellas all in one for only $.99! TWO Boxed Sets in fact!



Our upcoming Summer in Snow Valley is available for pre-order for only $.99

Release date is June 1st and the $.99 special will last until June 6th. 

BUT if you haven't read Christmas in Snow Valley, now is your chance to buy it May 24th through the 31st for only $.99 as a thank you to all our wonderful readers! 
Purchase Christmas in Snow ValleyAmazon


#1 Bestselling Authors of Christmas in Snow Valley, have teamed up again with six wonderful summer novellas that are sure to make your summer sweet and sassy!

Buy Summer in Snow Valley
right here! 





Catching Caytie by Amazon Top Seller Cindy Roland Anderson

On the night Caytie Holbrook intends to break up with her cheating boyfriend, he blindsides her by announcing their engagement at a dinner party. When Caytie discovers her father is in on the scheme, she runs away from her home in Beverly Hills to hide out at her uncle’s ranch in Snow Valley, Montana. While Snow Valley is a beautiful place, Caytie only plans to stay until her twenty-fifth birthday when she’ll inherit a trust fund her grandmother left her, allowing her to pursue her dream to move to Italy. That is until she meets Jace McAllister, an incredibly sexy—although somewhat grumpy—cowboy who threatens to disrupt her plans.

Tin Foil Tiaras by Amazon Top Seller Jeanette Lewis

Cameron Elliott has come to Snow Valley to coach Annalisa Drake in the Miss Snow Valley pageant, and prove to her demanding boss that she deserves a place at the prestigious Westbrooke Agency. But Annalisa’s handsome and protective big brother, Kyle, is determined to keep his sister from becoming a reluctant beauty queen. As Cameron tries to win Kyle over, Kyle insists some things are more valuable than a title and as crazy as it sounds, Cameron might just believe him.
A Touch of Love by Amazon Top Seller Cami Checketts

Annie Stirland has endured a lifetime of teasing, embarrassment, and isolation due to her speech impediment. When irresistible cowboy, Luke Wilson, seems to be falling for her, she’s certain he’s too good to be true. A tragedy involving his ex-girlfriend proves she’s right. What man can resist sheltering someone they once loved? Annie knows she should walk away, but Luke isn’t ready to give her up.

First Love by Amazon Top Seller Taylor Hart 

Janet Snow doesn’t expect to get caught in a full-blown make out session at her brother’s wedding. Especially not with Michael Hamilton, the boy she’d written off ten years ago. Even though they both agree to no complications, Janet's not sure they can stick to it given their past. After a trip to the hot springs, a helicopter ride, and a proposal, even the most cautious single mother would start to wonder if true love really is just about the timing. Now Janet has to make a choice—play it safe or trust that her first love could also be her last. 

Romancing Rebecca by Amazon Top Seller, Kimberley Montpetit

Rebecca Dash loved spending her teen summers swooning over Jane Austen and helping her aunt at the Starry Skies Bed & Breakfast in Snow Valley. But as a recent college grad, she’d rather write sappy romance novels than go out with guys that make her a nervous wreck. When a team of fire-fighters set up camp on the lawns of the B&B and Captain Wade catches her eye, Becca soon learns that there’s more to a happily-ever-after than a flirty fireman with muscles the size of the Montana hills.

Love in Light and Shadow by Amazon Top Seller Lucy McConnell

Mercedes O'Shay has sworn off gorgeous men because they have a tendency to break her heart. When she meets her new neighbor, Chet Bauer, she immediately puts him in the Do Not Date category based on his well-defined muscles and stunning blue eyes. But the more Mercedes learns about the cowboy who reads classics and forges iron, the more she realizes the heart doesn't see in black and white; it sees light and shadows.


Friday, March 20, 2015

New Romantic Paris Titles are Here!


What really happened during the summer when Jean-Paul and Chloe were separated by the Atlantic Ocean while Chloe was in New York City and Jean-Paul was in Paris after their romantic June night in Paris?
 
Did Mireille, the old girlfriend, make a move for Jean-Paul? What about Chloe's best friend, Sera Thomas? Does Miss Super Organized ever find love?
 
How about Mathew Perotti, that two-timing hunk, Chloe's old boyfriend? Is Matthew and that Parvati who stole him from Chloe their Senior year of high school still together?
 
Wonder no more! Answers are right here in these adorable new novellas and boxed set! A New Cover for PARIS CRAVINGS, too!
 
Purchase each title individually or get the entire Boxed Paris & Pastry Collection! Ooh, la, la - and have a chocolate filled beignet from me!


 









Enjoy!

xo,
Kimberley Montpetit

#1 Amazon Bestselling Author of Clean Romance! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Thrilling News - and Middle Grade Munch!

LOTS of lovely things have been happening with my new MG novel, THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES as well as FORBIDDEN, my debut Young Adult novel with Harpercollins, the first in a trilogy. I'm completely thrilled and excited and bowled over. 

 


  *Breaking News* 

BOTH Forbidden and The Time of the Fireflies have been named as Finalists for the Association of Mormon Letters of Art Award and Finalists for the Whitney Award in the Middle-Grade and Young Adult categories!!  

 



 Also . . .

A mom and her 9-year-old daughter, Katie, interviewed me recently. Find out about my personal experiences with Cajun traiteurs, The Island of the Dolls, and the diversity question in my book:  

Read all about it! ----> Middle Grade Munch Grills Kimberly Griffiths Little on her book The Time of the Fireflies

Happy Weekend!

xo,

Kimberley

Friday, February 20, 2015

REDEEM THIS - great new book by Cami Checketts!




Some men are beyond redemption. Alex is one of them.

After Alex Chakhota was blackmailed and manipulated into becoming a hit man to protect his sister, serving time as the FBI's assassin doesn't do much to ease his conscience. His next assignment brings him face to face with Brittany, a beautiful woman that believes he's more than the killer he's been made into. The road to redemption is long for someone with a blackened soul, and with lives hanging in the balance, Alex has a short deadline.

Detective Scott Bentley's days of law enforcement are behind him. When he's asked to host agents at his secluded ranch for an FBI sting operation, Scott cannot refuse. Ivy McMahon shows up with the team, and Scott gets more than he signed up for. Not only can she hack into the any computer system, she's found a way into Scott's heart. The trouble is that she's in protective custody and when the job ends, she'll disappear.

Is redemption possible for those whose lives are scarred by the past? With danger crowding close, not even love may have a chance to redeem before it's too late. 

Don't miss the exciting sequel to Blog This by #1 Bestselling Inspirational author, Cami Checketts


Find Redeem This for only $3.99 at these vendors:

Amazon * B&N * iTunes * Kobo

If you haven't had a chance to read Blog This, it is FREE until February 28th.

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Praise for Blog This

"Cami Checketts is a genius! She writes about topics that aren't widely discussed, in and out of books, and she does such a brilliant job of crafting these things into wonderful stories that touch your heart and remain with you for days afterwards."

Myra, Reviewer, Pieces of Whimsy

Don't forget to enter below to win an audio copy of Dead Running and an ebook of Shadows in the Curtain

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ENJOY, Dear Friends! Happy Weekend! 

I just finished reading THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kauffman and Meagan Spooner - one of my favorite series. Now I'm off to read IGNITE by Sara Larson! 

What are you reading? 

xo,
~Kimberley


Monday, February 09, 2015

Elana Johnson's new YA/NA EXCITING Fantasy Series is here!


About ELEMENTAL RUSH: Eighteen-year-old Adam Gillman has trained for twelve years to earn a coveted spot on the Supreme Elemental’s elite sentry squad. His brother, Felix, is the commander, but Adam is still thrilled when his official assignment to serve Alexander Pederson comes.

He moves into nicer quarters and can stop getting up at four a.m. to complete his mandated work out time. He still rises early though, because he needs the solitude of early morning to practice his airmaking Element—something that Adam has kept secret from everyone, even Felix, because he can’t be both an Airmaker and a sentry.

When Alex assigns him to kill a group of rogue Elementals, he balks at completing his mission for the first time. See, his only friend is Isaiah Hawking, and he’s the Earthmover on the accused Council. When faced with the prospect of killing him, Adam finds he can’t do it.

He’s well trained in assassination, but he thought he’d be murdering bad guys—not innocents.

When Alex buries the Elemental Academy—and kills over one thousand Elementals—in a fit of rage, Adam’s loyalty cracks. When he discovers that Alex is really a woman, and his brother’s lover, he defects. He hops from city to city, from Elemental school to Elemental school, always escaping only minutes before Felix can embed a knife in his heart or a tsunami can make a classroom his watery grave.

He tries to fight back, but he’s just one Airmaster with exceptional tracking skills. He does his best to warn those in danger, but as the last Elemental school goes up in flames, he knows he needs to get some real firepower on his side.

ELEMENTAL RUSH is a prequel novella to the full-length futuristic fantasy novel, ELEMENTAL HUNGER.


On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22063929-elemental-rush

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KFM3JJM
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elemental-rush-elana-johnson/1119569676?ean=2940150184190
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/elemental-rush/id962939892?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/elemental-rush-an-elemental-novella-volume-1
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=3SZtBgAAQBAJ

About ELEMENTAL HUNGER: The second installment in the Elemental series, a new futuristic fantasy for young adults and new adults from acclaimed author Elana Johnson, ELEMENTAL HUNGER is a full-length novel that continues the story that began in ELEMENTAL RUSH, an Elemental novella.

Sixteen-year-old Gabriella Kilpatrick can shoot fire from her hands, which would be great if she didn’t get blamed for a blazing inferno that kills 17 schoolmates. When Gabby is commanded to Manifest her Element, everyone knows what she is: a genetic abnormality. Not to mention guilty.

So she does two logical things to survive.
1. She runs.
2. She hacks off her hair to assume a new role—that of “Gabe”, because in her world, only boys are Firemakers.

Not only does she have to act like a guy, she has to pretend to know everything a Firemaker should know. When Gabby meets Airmaster Adam Gillman, he believes her act and pledges to serve on “Gabe’s” Council. But Adam has the mark of a sentry and spent years obeying Alex, the Supreme Elemental. And Alex wants Gabby-the-genetic-freak dead and gone before she can gather the magical protection of a full Council.

With Adam’s lies that sound like truths and rumors that Alex isn’t really a Firemaker—or a man—Gabby sets out to charter a Council of her own. In order to uncover the truth, Gabby will have to learn who she can trust, how to control her own power, and most of all, how to lead a Council of Elementals, most of whom have more control over their power than she does. If she can’t, she’ll find herself just like those 17 schoolmates: burned and six feet under.



On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22063919-elemental-hunger

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KWF9PLI
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elemental-hunger-elana-johnson/1119673756?ean=2940149745685
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/elemental-hunger/id962939784?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/elemental-hunger-an-elemental-novel-volume-2
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=HjBtBgAAQBAJ

About ELEMENTAL RELEASE: Two months after returning to the capital city of Tarpulin with a Council of his own, Airmaster Adam Gillman is ready to start repairing the relationships in his life. Up first: his Councilman and the girl he’d like to be more than friends with, Gabriella Kilpatrick.

But first, he has to figure out how to be the Airmaster his Firemaker needs. In order to do that, Adam attends Elemental training and discovers that to truly command the air, he must first be in control of his emotions. And in order to master those, he has to grieve for the loss of Hanai, make amends with his brother, and earn the trust of Gabby.

Amidst all that, Adam must also learn how to grapple with the jet stream, because a dangerous Airmaster is loose in Tarpulin. And Adam will need to find his emotional center in order to work with the atmosphere and defeat the threat. 



On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22063941-elemental-release

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L4HTBZS
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elemental-release-elana-johnson/1121137547?ean=2940150154391
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/elemental-release/id962940235?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/elemental-release-an-elemental-novella-volume-3
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=3zNtBgAAQBAJ


About Elana Johnson: Elana Johnson’s work, including Possession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), is available now everywhere books are sold. Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available for download, as well as a Possession short story, Resist.


Her self-published novels include two YA contemporary novels-in-verse, Elevated and Something About Love, as well as a YA/NA futuristic fantasy series, which includes Elemental Rush, Elemental Hunger, and Elemental Release.

School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog or Twitter. She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog and WriteOnCon, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers.


Social Media Links:
Website/blog: http://elanajohnson.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElanaJ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorelanajohnson
Tumblr: http://elanajohnson.tumblr.com/
Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/elanajohnson
League of Extraordinary Writers: http://leaguewriters.blogspot.com/
WriteOnCon: http://writeoncon.com/
Elana on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4044383.Elana_Johnson

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Are you in love . . . with bacon?


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Are you in love...with bacon? Most households buy two packages of bacon per month. In fact, bacon has become so prevalent, you may not realize how often you eat it. For example, do you order a bacon cheeseburger; turkey, bacon, and avocado sandwich, or Cobb salad with bacon crumbles, when you eat out? (Are you getting hungry? :))

This Valentine's Day, why not surprise your bacon lover with a romantic bacon dinner. Inside The Bacon Lover's Cookbook, you'll find recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Yep, dessert! Like Chocolate Covered Bacon Caramels and Bacon Cookies. With so many recipes to choose from, you'll never have an unsatisfied bacon craving again!

Bacon Lovers Unite!

It’s time to prove to your friends, once and for all, that everything really is better with bacon! Crispy, salty, smoky, sweet. Let the flavors of bacon overwhelm your taste buds with recipes like

Applesauce Bacon Dippers
Barbarian Bacon Skewers
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Peppers
Root Beer and Bacon Cupcakes

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for your bacon-obsessed friend or you’re a bacon aficionado yourself, you’ll love the mouthwatering recipes in The Bacon Lover’s Cookbook. With bacon-flavored breakfasts, dinners, desserts, and everything in between, this ultimate guide will take your bacon sensibilities to a whole new level.

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You can pick up a copy of The Bacon Lover's Cookbook from your local book store; or, you can click here to purchase a copy from Amazon and have it in time for Valentine's Day.

Christina has an entire shelf of fabulous cookbooks, creating and testing all the recipes herself. See all the books in one easy spot right here: Christina Dymock Family Cook Books!

Now go eat some bacon!!

xo,
Kimberley

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Thoughtful posts on Crossing Cultures, Friendship, and The Lost Colony of Roanoke

Join the Celebration!

Caroline Starr Rose wrote this wonderful piece on life and writing with some marvelous quotes: 

Pinch of Daring

If you missed mine on Monday about friendship and how it blesses us, here it is: 
 

Other Posts from other writers and readers. All good stuff!


MG Book Review — Blue Birds :: Akossiwa Ketoglo




Enjoy!

xo,
Kimberley

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Childhood, Best Friends, and BLUE BIRDS by Caroline Starr Rose



Today begins a special Pre-Order & Gift week for the upcoming release of Caroline Starr Rose’s BLUE BIRDS (Putnam, March 10, 2014)!!



Caroline’s gorgeous new novel, BLUE BIRDS, is a historical written in verse is about a girl named Alis in 1587, fresh off the boat from England in the new and strange land of America in Virginia. As the only girl in the colony, Alis is lonely and missing her friend back home, but she's fascinated by this beautiful new world so different from cold, dirty London. While exploring the woods, she meets Kimi, a girl from the Roanoke tribe. Together they slowly forge a friendship, but that friendship is forbidden and fraught with potential sorrow.

So today I'm talking about the powerful blessing friendship can be.

I met my first best friend in Kindergarten. Her name was Starr and we instantly hit it off. (Caroline Starr Rose is the second Starr I've ever known in my life and she and I instantly hit it off, too.) 

Childhood friend, Starr, and I spent practically every waking moment together. We were inseparable.

One of the things we both had a passion for was a love of books. We both read ferociously. In fact, the first picture taken of us in Kindergarten is the two of us sitting together, our heads bent over a book. (I wish I knew what book it was, but alas, the picture keeps this little tidbit a secret).

Starr and I shared books with each other, went to the library together, and laughed and cried over books for the next 8 years. Every afternoon we were either at my house or her house (although we had to learn how to cross a very busy street), and we spent a great deal of our time together bringing stories alive by dressing up and creating adventures and characters from the worlds of the books we’d read. (Kind of like dramatic fan fiction loooong before fan-fiction was a term.)

We especially loved The Little House books and pretended we were living in the Olden Days. During Friday night sleep-overs we talked endlessly, ate brownie dough raw, squealed when our big brothers teased us and made fun of our “characters”—while Starr’s father (who was a professional musician) listened to classical music in the living room and her mother (who was a Kindergarten teacher) created awesomely cool boards for her classroom

By age 10 we began to create our own stories. My first official "novel" was authored by the two of us. My favorite books were historicals, contemporary, and magical realism stories, but for some reason Starr and I wrote a science fiction book about two girls kidnapped by aliens and taken to the misty world of Venus far across space. It was full of danger and daring as we hijacked the spacecraft to get back to Earth.

Whenever Starr and I were writing stories we used pen names; our middle names of Elizabeth and Anne respectively. Of course. Because we loved our middle names more than our first names, and they sounded so much more lush and grown-up.

I’ll never forget the power that reading Harriet the Spy had on me. Starr and I read that book several times and for many wonderful summer afternoons Starr and I armed ourselves with our notebooks and proceeded to spy on her family. She had a wonderful, large backyard with a big weeping willow tree, a play house, and a big tree-house with a fire station type sliding pole for quick getaways when *enemies* AKA brothers and sisters came lurking. These various locales - so close to the safety of the back door of the house! - were perfect for surreptitious eavesdropping.

What followed were many happy years of reading voraciously and pounding out stories and “novels” on my father’s typewriter in his garage office.

High school brought lots of changes and, unfortunately, Starr and I never once had a class together or activity. We drifted apart due to extracurricular activities and making new friends through our different churches.

College and marriage took me out of state from where I grew up in the Bay Area. I haven’t seen or corresponded with Starr in over 30 years. I attended my 20th high school reunion hoping to reunite with her there, but she did not attend and nobody seemed to know how to contact her. But I fondly remember the power of our friendship, our closeness, our loyalty—and the power of books and writing that welded us together.

I’ve had close friendships since my childhood days, but none that have been as close or as strong (not counting my husband!) as the one with Starr. Would I be the writer I am today without our live-action fan fiction, story-writing and endless imagining? 

I think I would be a writer because the desire to create my own published work was borne deep within me at a very early age. But I think Starr gave me the courage to begin, to not hold back, to try. With Starr, I believed that the magic was real. Because it was so much less scary and overwhelming to dream together, to brainstorm together, and to put those ideas down on paper together. It was a true gift of our friendship.  

Thank you, Starr, wherever you are.

***This post is part of a week-long celebration in honor of the book, Blue Birds. Author Caroline Starr Rose is giving away a downloadable PDF of this beautiful Blue Birds quote (created by Annie Barnett of Be Small Studios) for anyone who pre-orders the book from January 12-19. Simply click through to order from AmazonBarnes and NobleBooks A MillionIndieBound, or Powell's, then email a copy of your receipt to caroline@carolinestarrrose.com by Monday, January 19. 
PDFs will be sent out January 20.***

Isn't this quote beautiful all framed? 


"How ordinary life is without a bit of fancy--without a pinch of daring to fill our days."
Caroline Starr Rose

Quote from BLUE BIRDS

Tell us about your childhood friendships, adult friendships (oh, where would I be without my writer friends around the country?!) and pre-order BLUE BIRDS this week! 

xo,
Kimberley



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