My hands are actually shaking a little as I begin this blog post and my heart is fluttering like a swarm of butterflies . . . I've got the go ahead from my wonderful publisher, Scholastic, to do a cover reveal today for my Spring, 2013 book, WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME. (Hence, the very bad metaphor in the previous sentence.)
So what DO you call a group of butterflies?
Answer: A Flutter. Or a Rabble. Or a Kaleidoscope.
Now Imagine a Dramatic Hollywood Drum Roll right about now . . . TA DA!!!
Isn't it simply STUNNING?!? I love the bright pastel colors!
I love the Flutter/Rabble/Swarm/Kaleidoscope of all those butterflies just as they're described in my story. I'm so thrilled with this cover!
Erin Maguire, artist extraordinaire has done it again! She is da bomb!
The first butterfly comes the day after the funeral. . . .
Praise for Circle of Secrets:
*** “Little’s rich, vivid prose and characterization create an intriguing universe in which realism and mysticism intertwine as the story’s secrets unravel.” — School Library Journal, starred review
“Readers will revel in the literary journey through a rare and unusual way of life.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for The Healing Spell:
“An incantational tale of Cajun magic and gators in the bayou and of the love and silence between mother and daughter.” — Richard Peck, Newbery Award–winning author of A Year Down Yonder
( ISBN 978-0-545-42513-1) $17.99 US / $19.99 CAN
Synopsis Cover Copy:
Everybody thinks Tara Doucet has the perfect life. But in reality, Tara’s life is anything but perfect: Her dear Grammy Claire has just passed away, her mother is depressed and distant, and she and her sister Riley can’t seem to agree on anything. But when mysterious and dazzling butterflies begin to follow her around after Grammy Claire’s funeral, Tara just knows in her heart that her grandmother has left her one final mystery to solve.
A strange butler shows up to take Tara and Riley to Grammy Claire’s house, where Tara finds a stack of keys and detailed letters from Grammy Claire herself. Note by note, Tara learns unexpected truths about her grandmother’s life. As the letters grow more ominous and the keys more difficult to decipher, Tara realizes that the secrets she must uncover could lead to mortal danger. And when Tara and Riley are swept away to the beautiful island of Chuuk to hear their grandmother’s will, Tara discovers the most shocking truth of all — one that will change her life forever.
From Kimberley Griffiths Little comes a magical, breathtaking mystery full of loss and love, family and faith.
Now comes the fun part!!!
RIGHT HERE ON THIS VERY BLOG is where you ENTER TO WIN!!!
THERE WILL BE *NINE* WINNERS TOTAL!
THREE AUTOGRAPHED copies of THE HEALING SPELL!!
THREE AUTOGRAPHED copies of CIRCLE OF SECRETS!!
And if you are a blogger yourself with a following, I will be drawing names to give away THREE ARCS of WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME when I get ARC's later this summer.
DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THAT, EH?
Enter below in this very nifty Rafflecopter Form
(courtesy of the lovely Sheila Staley)
(courtesy of the lovely Sheila Staley)
Excited to win!!!
The cover is stunning. And the story sounds so, so good.
What a pretty cover, Kimberley. Congrats on all your success.
I love the cover art, Kimberley -- it makes me want to read the book immediately! The teaser you posted cements that wish.
All the best to you!
My friend 'came' to me with bees. Can't wait to read about the butterflies. Enticing cover art!
Love the cover with the butterflies everywhere. I'm looking forward to my girls reading your new book. Can't wait 'til it is released. Congratulations on your new cover!
What a beautiful cover, I LOVE the gorgeous colors! Can't wait to read this one! :D
I like it. How much fun it would be to see a flutter of butterflys.
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It's beautiful no matter how many times I look at it. I'm so happy for you!!! Will be sharing this. =)
It is beautiful! I'm so excited for you!
Ohmygosh, it's GORGEOUS! I love it!
Congrats on a great accomplishment and a great cover!
Lovely cover! I am so happy for you. And what a generous giveaway.
Stunning--I love the colors!
Great cover. I just did a post about it.
I really like illustrated covers and your cover is so creamy and pretty!
Yikes! I hope I'm not repeating myself. I'm not sure my first comment went through.
Absolutely STUNNING cover, and the book sounds so, so good. I love a good mystery with a little magic thrown in!
Absolutely beautiful cover! Butterflies are so pretty. What an intriguing book!
I love the cover! I am a big fan of illustrated covers!
The cover is so pretty, and I love the soft boldness of all the colors! It's beyond beautiful :)
I love this cover so much! I think it is now my favorite out of all of your books.
Such a beautiful cover!
I heart the lovely butterflies and the girl dancing is nice!
I really want to win this giveaway!
I love the cover! Very beautiful! I cannot wait to read the book. .
Love the title. Love the cover.
I think the cover is so pretty and colorful I love it!
Wow! That cover is gorgeous. The blurb is definitely intriguing as well. I love books like this. I look forward to reading it.
That is a beautiful cover.
The cover is GORGEOUS! Makes me want to read the book outside on a sunny day with a breeze...
The cover is really sweet and lovely.
I love the cover and can't wait for the book to come out.
The cover is beautiful!
Ahhhh! This cover is so so gorgeous!! Congrats!
CONGRATS! When The Butterflies Came is a beautiful cover! I've added all three of your books to my TBR book list.
I'm also a new follower of your blog.
This cover makes me want to read the book more than I did before. So lovely!
And what a wonderful giveaway.
Such cute butterflies! Love it!
I like it - I looked at all your covers - they are all wonderful.
This is so nice of you to do a giveaway! And btw, your books have some of the prettiest colors I've ever seen. I just love all the bright YA books coming out lately.
The cover is lovely - it will fly of the shelves of my library!
Your covers are very nice, but what's inside them is incredible!!! I have loved your books and look forward to reading this new one too. :)
Love the cover!!! :D
It's really nice, isn't it? The artist did a good job of making the whole thing feel light and airy. I think it would make a very striking poster as well.
I think the cover is beautiful!
PS I'd love to read and review BUTTERFLIES for you :)
SO pretty and fun!!
I love the cover. So carefree and light :)
The cover is beautiful! Congratulations.
Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win a copy of one of your books for my 10-year-old neice. She has lost both of her parents (my sister and brother-in-law) in a tragedy four years ago and now lives with my parents, and one of her most favorite things to do is lose herself in books! Somehow she takes after her bookaholic Aunty :).
As for your new book's cover, I agree with what Shelly said in her post a few above me - she nailed it with the word "carefree." What with the sand and sea, the butterflies in flight, her bare feet, and her hair and dress blowing in the breeze, I definitely get a sense of lightness and that the young girl is hopefully free of worry. It sounds like a heavy topic but with an uplifting message, and I think that is what the gorgeous cover conveys. Congratulations to you!!
it is a very pretty cover and it would definitely catch my attention. I read The Healing Spell and loved it! I hope to win one of your other books because I was already thinking of buying them! Thanks for the giveaway.
I love your covers. Added them to my TBR list. :-)
The cover is lovely! Can't wait to read this book.
Gorgeous cover. I'd love to win!
Gorgeous cover! So colourful and relaxing.
That's a great looking cover.
I love the color! It really makes me want to read the book.
LOVE this cover and so want to win an ARC to review the book!
This is a beautiful cover--it's so evocative. I especially love the colors and the whisp of a breeze depicted. Lovely!
I just learned about your books on Elana Johnson's blog. They sound perfect for my daughter!
Like Kristin, I just learned about your latest book on Elana's blog. The cover is lovely. The story enticingly mysterious. I wish you the greatest of luck, Roland
I love the cover!!!! It's just really whimsical :)
Lovely cover. I'm new to your work but can't wait to explore it.
I love the cover. It is beautiful. I would love to read the book. Tore923@aol.com
Love the cover! Exactly the kind of cover that would make me pick it up for my middle grade reader!
I love the cover and the book sounds very cool! I'm so glad I found you today, can't wait to start in on your books!
I just want to BE in this cover world!
I just want to BE in this cover world!
I'd love to win an ARC of your new book and do an interview with an ARC giveaway at Literary Rambles near your release date. I entered the contest. I have a good following and we could link up to the Marvelous Middle Grade Monday posts.
Saw your giveaway on Elana Johnson's blog and so glad I did. I'm always looking for more MG!
I love the cover! It looks so colourful and magical with all the butterflies. I'm so excited to get a copy of your new book. It's so generous and kind of you to give away ARCs. Congratulations, Kimberley!
Lovely cover! And the story sounds intriguing, too.
I was sent here by Bloggin' Bout Books and I must admit, the premise of your book is extremely intriguing. I look forward to its release and the chance to read it.
Beautiful cover and I'm looking forward to reading all your books. Thanks to Augusta for sending me to your blog.
Not much hope of winning, but I did want to chime in and say the cover is LOVELY.
So pretty! I know my girls would totally pick this up.
Such a gorgeous cover! This one would sell the book because it's just so pretty!
The cover is beautiful... I love the way she is posed with the butterflies around her!
Thanks for the giveaways!
The cover is fabulous! Thanks for sharing your excitement with us and putting together the fun drawing.
Love, love, love this cover!! Just hopped over from Carolina's blog. Many congrats!
it's just so very pretty! like a disney movie poster!
Gorgeous and lovely cover! Hope to win, if it's international!
The cover is pretty, but the synopsis is what really draws me in.
I love the kaleidoscope of colors on the cover, butterflies are such dreamy and mystical creatures.
Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway.
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