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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.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOOK TRAILER for THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES!


TADA! I'm very pleased with how it turned out! The right music and the right images and the right words bring it all together, but whoa, it's a lot of work, too! This has been tweaked to death! Whooeeee!!

Many thanks and love to my daughter, Milly, for all her hard work! Catch her very cute Logo at the end of the credits. :-)




Check out that STUNNING Full-Wrap Cover at the end of the trailer!!! Artist Erin McGuire is brilliant!

The new graphic below is especially apropos with the book trailer, yes?



Enjoy, everyone!

~Kimberley


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Graphic *Teaser* #2 for THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES

Book Launch day yesterday was wonderful! It's such a thrill to receive congratulations, kudos, and best wishes from friends and family around the country. Thank you so much!

I also celebrated by having a Twitter Party for the first time, a spur of the moment decision, with a prize-winner receiving a finished hardcover copy of Fireflies. It was loads of fun! 

Larissa, my main character lives in an antique store in Bayou Bridge (a renovated old house), a small town in the swamps and bayous of Louisiana. Her parents are struggling to stay afloat and the business is never-ending stress. It's a strange place to live and Larissa gets creeped out by some of the old objects - especially the doll cases filled with staring dolls - and *especially* after it gets dark. :-)




The Launch Party Giveaway ends Thursday at Midnight! Hurry and enter: The Time of the Fireflies is Zipping Your Way! 

Stay Tuned for tomorrow's delicious teaser! 

~Kimberley

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy Birthday, FIREFLIES!!!

Today, my new Middle-Grade novel, THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES is officially out in the world! 

I loved writing this book for so many reasons . . . the mystery and suspense, of course, but also weaving in time-slipping going back into Larissa Renaud's past for 5 generations, and featuring the strong women who are her ancestors. (I admit that the generational time-weaving scenes sometimes made me tear my hair out!)

The story revolves around an old plantation house first built before the Civil War on a bayou island and the heirloom doll that affects each girl beginning in 1912 and ending in the present day. Larissa must figure out how to break the family curse before she loses her Mamma and her baby sister. 

Of course, there's a beautiful doll with icy blue eyes, a curse, a lost fortune, and a family in crisis. 

For the next week I'll be regaling you with quotes from the book - to whet your appetite!  Here's the first one! Created by Jan Lewis of Author Sidekick.




Check out Artist, Erin McGuire's, blog with her other beautiful artwork! emcguire.blogspot.com. I absolutely adore her work!     
You can order the book here: 

Order THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES on Amazon!

Order at Barnes & Noble!

Add your Review to Goodreads!

 

I hope you enjoy the Book Quotes this week! Enter the Giveaway going on right now  - and I wish you happy reading for the rest of your summer!

Warm wishes, 

~Kimberley


Friday, July 25, 2014

*Fantastic* Reviews for THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES!

I'm thrilled to pieces. They are completely and utterly positive and gushing. And this marks my very first PW review! (Go here for a lovely giveaway to celebrate FIREFLIES release.)

 

From Publisher's Weekly: 

The Time of the Fireflies, Kimberley Griffiths Little. Scholastic Press, $18.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-545-16563-1
Little returns to the Louisiana bayou setting of The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets in a summer story that follows 12-year-old Larissa Renaud in her quest to save her family from past tragedies that are bleeding into their future. It all begins with an ominous call from a disconnected phone in the antique shop her family has moved into. “Find the fireflies. Trust the fireflies,” insists a mysterious voice that somehow knows who Larissa is. Her family has recently returned to her mother’s childhood town so Larissa’s mother can make peace with her sister Gwen’s death. After Larissa learns that the fireflies can transport her to the past, she tries to unpack decades-old secrets that may threaten her family in the present day and that seem to be connected to a doll that belonged to her mother’s late sister. Little’s strengths lie in building a strong sense of the history of a place, its inhabitants, and how one can greatly affect the other. A satisfyingly creepy mystery, wrapped up in the bonds of family. Ages 8–12. Agent: Tracey Adams, Adams Literary. (Aug.)
Reviewed on 05/16/2014 | Details & Permalink


From Kirkus: 

Disconnected vintage telephones occupy an entire section of Bayou Bridge Antiques. When one of them suddenly starts ringing, the eeriness quickly escalates.

The voice on the line orders Larissa to follow the fireflies, and when she obeys, she is transported through time to witness scenes from various moments in her family’s past. As she tries to puzzle out what is happening to her, Larissa realizes that there is a constant in all of the riveting vignettes she witnesses: the presence of a beautiful, perhaps-magical doll that is now one of her mother’s prized possessions. Larissa must figure out how the doll figures into her family history, which has been plagued by tragedies, including Larissa’s own near-drowning, before her mother and unborn baby sister become the next victims. Suspense builds quickly and doesn’t falter until the mystery is solved and restitution is made for long-ago transgressions. Larissa’s first-person narration is fresh and engaging, and the richly evoked south Louisiana setting serves to ground this ethereal tale in a real time and place while contributing to the mysterious mood it requires.
For those fond of exceedingly creepy but not-too-violent stories of the supernatural. Fans of Mary Downing Hahn (The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall, 2010, etc.) will devour this one. (Paranormal thriller. 9-12)

 
School Library Journal – May 2014
 
 
Gr 4-6–Larissa Renaud’s scar burns down the side of her face every time the doll her Mamma keeps locked in the upstairs cabinet looks at her. The angry slash reminds Larissa of her terrible accident at Bayou Bridge, the same bridge where her aunt Gwen drowned as a young girl. The scar warns Larissa not to play with or talk to any of the kids in the town who forced her off the bridge. The scar makes Larissa think that her Mamma, pregnant and anxious, doesn’t think she is beautiful anymore. Then Larissa starts getting phone calls on an ancient telephone in her parents’ antique store—a phone that has long been disconnected from the wall. “Trust the fireflies,” the voice tells her. Believing that the message is a matter of life and death for her family, Larissa lets the fireflies swirl her across the dangerous river to travel back in time to her ancestor’s rich sugarcane estate. Bouncing through the generations, Larissa begins to piece together the history of the blue-eyed heirloom doll, Anna Marie, that her mother keeps. Bought on the Island of the Dolls and infused with a powerful spirit, the doll that Larissa’s great-great-grandmother stole from a servant girl became a curse for each generation thereafter. The evil doll has been at each tragic, untimely death, and Larissa soon figures out it is her Mamma and her newly born sister, Emilie, who are the next targets. Can Larissa find a way to save her family, and perhaps heal her own wounds? This is a haunting, well-constructed tale that keeps readers guessing until the end. The feel of the old bayou infuses the story and the well-developed characters fit into the landscape, moving along in a plot filled with suspense, adventure, and mystery. A perfect choice for lovers of ghost stories, historical fiction, or just a good yarn.–Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA
 
 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Time of the Fireflies is zipping your way - and First Giveaway!!

This year has been filled with so much excitement and huge giveaways every single month for my Young Adult Trilogy debut, FORBIDDEN (Harpercollins, Nov) that I haven't hardly mentioned my newest Middle-Grade book with Scholastic launching in a few days!!

The illustrator of my last 3 books, Erin McGuire, outdid herself with the stunning cover art!



Saturday, August 2nd at 10:30 am at Bookworks bookstore in Albuquerque, New Mexico is my launch party - including the amazing MG writer, Nikki Loftin driving in from Austin, Texas to party with me and celebrate her newest MG, NIGHTINGALE'S NEST!

Brownies (from the book), creepy dolls, glow-in-the-dark firefly necklaces and Very Cool Presentations. And, of course, book signing! Please come!! If you can't make it or live far, far away you can order autographed copies by calling Bookworks: 505- 344-8139

To celebrate the release of THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES I've got a wonderful giveaway for you! 

TWO Winners! One will receive an ARC and one will receive a Finished Copy and both will get a gorgeous set of Book Club Cards, a Book Club Guide to easily create your own party, other swag and goodies. Awesome, eh? 

Enter here and spread the word for more points!


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Enjoy, and catch a firefly this summer for me! 

~Kimberley
 
Photography by Vincent Brady (www.vincentbrady.com)

 

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

JULY Giveaway for "My YA Debut Year Celebration of FORBIDDEN!"

**The Winner of June's Giveaway is Connie Dowell - Congratulations, Connie! Happy Reading!**

It's July, which means hot, sultry days. Fireworks. Thunderstorms. Ice Cream. Movies in air-conditioned theaters. Vacation. Family. Reading delicious YA novels. 

I also recently turned in Book 2 of the FORBIDDEN trilogy. Currently waiting on my editor's first revision letter and playing around with ideas and my 3x5 cards for Book #3 and rereading research. I even got the first 5 pages of Chapter 1 drafted! Go, me! 

We also have a title for Book #2 - BANISHED. It fits the story! It's a great verb! If it sticks . . . with publishing, you never know! Marketing may come up with something totally different - but totally awesome. We know it will be that.

JULY'S PRIZE PACKAGE: 

This month I'm mixing it up but good! I'm giving away a copy of THESE BROKEN STARS, one of my favorite books from 2013, a signed ARC of FORBIDDEN, 10 gorgeous Book Club Cards to share with your friends, family, neighbors or Book Club! Three packages of goodies - including Hot Tamales because it's hot and sultry and sexy in the deserts of FORBIDDEN - beautiful belly dance earrings, a gorgeous notebook from Paper Blanks books AND drum roll, please . . . a beautiful hand crafted tote bag with red and gold trim to take to the beach in August! That's NINE Prizes all in one!!!

Please Sign-Up for My Newsletter so you don't miss any news about FORBIDDEN or my upcoming Fall Book Tour. 
 







July Prize Package!!!
 
Enter until July 31st at Midnight!  


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Enjoy a cold lemonade and a picnic!

~Kimberley




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June Giveaway for "My Young Adult Debut Year Celebration!"

It's summer! And it's June! Time for another one of my monthly giveaways to celebrate the release of FORBIDDEN this coming November. 

**The Winner of May's Giveaway is Christine Tremmel - and her packages have already been sent! Congratulations, Christine! Happy Reading!**

I'm giving away a signed ARC of FORBIDDEN *plus* 10 gorgeous Book Club Cards to share with your friends, family, neighbors or Book Club!

If you don't have a Book Club consider starting one using FORBIDDEN this November. My teacher sister - who creates fabulous Book Club Guides for my MG novels - is in the process of creating a Guide for FORBIDDEN. Watch for it later this summer. Go to my website to see the other *fantastic* and fun Guides she creates (including recipes that go with each book's setting). 

MORE NEWS:

Please Sign-Up for My Newsletter so you don't miss any news about FORBIDDEN or my upcoming Fall Book Tour. 
 


The winner of June's giveaway will receive a pair of gorgeous earrings, a beautiful veil/scarf to make you feel like the luscious girl you are, a SIGNED ARC OF FORBIDDEN, 10 Book Club Cards, and a hardcover YA novel of your choice. Awesome, huh?


Choose ANY book you've been dying to read, not necessarily the ones in this picture. 

Enter until June 30th at Midnight!  





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Enjoy a cold lemonade and some chocolate chip cookies! 

~Kimberley

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

MAY GIVEAWAY for "My Debut Year Celebration!"

I'm adding two new items to the monthly 2014 Giveaways! Now that I have 2 HUGE boxes of ARCs, I'm giving away a signed ARC of FORBIDDEN *plus* 10 gorgeous Book Club Cards to share with your friends, family, neighbors or Book Club!

If you don't have a Book Club consider starting one using FORBIDDEN this November. My sister - who creates fabulous Book Club Guides for my MG novels - is in the process of creating a Guide for FORBIDDEN. Watch for it later this summer. Go to my website to see the other *fantastic* and fun Guides she creates (including recipes that go with each book's setting). 

MORE NEWS:

*5* ARCs are up for grabs on Goodreads! Enter until June 5th! (A second Goodreads ARC giveaway will happen in August-September, as well.)  Click here to *Add* FORBIDDEN to your reading list and Enter the Giveaway! 


If you Sign-Up for My Newsletter I'll be doing special giveaways JUST for my Subscribers. Lots of great stuff, eh? 
 


Every single month during 2014 I'll give away a pair of gorgeous earrings, a beautiful veil/scarf to make you feel like the luscious woman/girl you are, a SIGNED ARC OF FORBIDDEN, 10 Book Club Cards, and a hardcover YA novel of your choice. Awesome, huh?

Choose ANY book you've been dying to read, not necessarily the ones in this picture.




Enter the Rafflecopter and extra entries for Goodreads Add, @KimberleyGLittle, Facebook and Tumblr follows.



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Deadline May 31st at Midnight PT. Winner announced June 2. Good luck! And then come back for June, July, August, September, October, November, and December Giveaways!
Warmly, 
Kimberley
www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

April "My Debut Year" Giveaway Winner!!!



The Rafflecopter Has Spoken! 

Here is our April winner for the



Samantha Wallace!!!



Email me at kglittle@msn.com

You get to choose any Young Adult novel of *your* choice plus I'll be sending you a beautiful red veil and Middle Eastern earrings!

Congratulations!!!

Stay Tuned, Readers and Friends, Romantics and Belly Dancers, for May's Giveaway announced tomorrow!

Have a lovely day! 

~Kimberley~





Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Want to be part of my experiment?

There's a Goodreads Giveaway going on right now for FORBIDDEN, my Young Adult Debut novel coming out November 4 with Harpercollins. FIVE AUTOGRAPHED COPIES, open to the US and CA.

I've been trying out various algorithms to increase the number of people adding FORBIDDEN to their To-Read list.

Do you want to be a part of it? Just click here to Add the book and click on the widget below to enter the giveaway! Add the book to your YA shelf, your Romance shelf, your Historical Fiction shelf, etc. 



Goodreads Book Giveaway


Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

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by Kimberley Griffiths Little


Giveaway ends June 05, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

HUGE THANKS, friends! Hope life is treating you well and you're in the middle of reading a terrific, juicy book, too. :-)

Don't forget my huge monthly giveaway going on right here until May 5th. A signed ARC, jewelry, veils, and the YA book of your choice!  Every month during 2014 you'll have a chance to win. 

Warmly,
Kimberley 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

APRIL GIVEAWAY for "My YA Debut Year Celebration"!

Hello, dear friends! How are you all? I hope your Easter weekend was fabulous. Are you reading anything wonderful? Tell me in the comments. I've got STACKS of exciting books to read. Well, a whole bookcase actually . . . but we won't talk about that because . . .I have this looooming, crazy-making deadline for Book 2 due to my Harpercollins editor in two weeks. Plus more conference speaking later this week in gorgeous Utah at www.ldstorymakers.com

But I'm adding two new items to the monthly 2014 Giveaways! Now that I have 2 HUGE boxes of ARCs, I'm giving away a signed ARC of FORBIDDEN *plus* 10 gorgeous Book Club Cards to share with your friends, family, neighbors or Book Club!

If you don't have a Book Club consider starting one using FORBIDDEN this November. My sister - who creates fabulous Book Club Guides for my MG novels - is in the process of creating a Guide for FORBIDDEN. Watch for it later this summer. Go to my website to see the other *fantastic* and fun Guides she creates (including recipes that go with each book's setting). 

MORE NEWS:

*5* ARCs are up for grabs on Goodreads! Enter until June 5th! (A second Goodreads ARC giveaway will happen in August-September, as well.)  Click here to *Add* FORBIDDEN to your reading list and Enter the Giveaway! 


If you Sign-Up for My Newsletter I'll be doing special giveaways JUST for my Subscribers. Lots of great stuff, eh? 
 


Yes, every single month during 2014 I'll give away a pair of gorgeous earrings, a beautiful veil/scarf to make you feel like the luscious woman/girl you are, a SIGNED ARC OF FORBIDDEN, 10 Book Club Cards, and a hardcover YA novel of your choice. Awesome, huh?


Choose ANY book you've been dying to read, not necessarily the ones in this picture.




Enter the Rafflecopter and extra entries for Goodreads Add, @KimberleyGLittle, Facebook and Tumblr follows.


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Deadline May 4th at Midnight PT. Winners announced May 6. Good luck! And then come back for May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December Giveaways! Righto!

Warmly, 
Kimberley

www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com

Thursday, April 03, 2014

WINNER OF THE MARCH YA DEBUT YEAR GIVEAWAY!!!

The Rafflecopter Has Spoken! 

Here is our March winner for the



Alicia Marie Ezel!!!


Email me at kglittle@msn.com

You get to choose any Young Adult novel of *your* choice plus I'll be sending you a beautiful red veil and Middle Eastern earrings!

Congratulations!!!

Stay Tuned, Readers and Friends, Romantics and Belly Dancers, for April's Giveaway announced in about a week or so!

Have a lovely day! 

~Kimberley~

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MARCH GIVEAWAY for "My YA Debut Year Celebration"!

Every single month during 2014 I'm celebrating my Young Adult Debut Year for FORBIDDEN with a fantastic giveaway and a "taste" of what's to come when you read the book

Since January's Giveaway my gorgeous cover was *Revealed* on 7 YA bloggers here. Unfortunately, the giveaways ended on March 1, but don't be sad if you missed it because there are still TEN FORBIDDEN Giveaways coming up right here on my personal blog! (Not counting upcoming giveaways for my newest MG novel, THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES, which launches this July!)

And if you Sign-Up for My Newsletter I'll be doing special giveaways JUST for my Subscribers. And there will be ARC Giveaways this Spring and Summer on Goodreads, too. Click here to *Add* FORBIDDEN to your Want-To-Read List on GOODREADS! 

Lots of great stuff, eh?

If you want to read the unique content I wrote for the seven blogs just check them all out here by clicking on the links. Round Up of Cover Reveal Content

 

The Official Publisher's Weekly Announcement: 
Young Adult
Kimberley Griffiths Little's GODDESS, pitched as "the YA Red Tent", to Harper Children's, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, for publication in beginning in 2013, by Adams Literary (US).


To celebrate this momentous year every single month of 2014 I'll be giving away Middle Eastern earrings, luscious belly dance scarves, and a YA novel of *your* choice!  Like the items in this picture! Choose ANY book you've been dying to read, not necessarily the ones in this picture.

Yes, every single month during 2014 I'll give away a pair of gorgeous earrings, a beautiful veil/scarf to make you feel like the luscious woman/girl you are, and a hardcover YA novel of your choice. Awesome, huh?

Enter the Rafflecopter and extra entries for Goodreads Add, @KimberleyGLittle, Facebook and Tumblr follows.

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Deadline March 31. Winners announced February 2. Good luck! And then come back for April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December Giveaways! Yeah, baby! :-)

Warmly, 
Kimberley 

www.kimberleygriffithslittle.com

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My Debut Year 2014 Round up of Cover Reveal Links and HUGE February Giveaways!

Did you see my gorgeous cover for FORBIDDEN yet? If not, here it is again! Plus scroll down for a round-up of links to all of my cover reveal giveaways. 

Make sure you visit each blog to win some amazing prizes! Giveaways run until February 23 - March 1 depending on each blogger. So you've got tons of time still to enter! 

The prize packages are fantastic - bigger than anything I've ever seen for a cover reveal before - but that's because I wanted to spread the love for some of my favorite series books and say "Thank You" to my readers and followers. THANK YOU for reading and following me here and on Facebook and Twitter and adding FORBIDDEN to Goodreads! Good luck! Hope you win! :-)



Mundie Moms

1. Signed ARCs of FORBIDDEN when available in March/April
2. Signed set of Marie Lu’s LEGEND, PRODIGY, and CHAMPION
3. Belly dance veil and earrings
4. A set of beautiful FORBIDDEN Bookmark Club Cards for 10 people


The Story Siren

1. Signed ARC of FORBIDDEN when available in March/April
2. Signed set of The Matched Trilogy
3. Belly dance veil and earrings
4. A set of beautiful FORBIDDEN Bookmark Club Cards for 10 people



Page Turners Blog

1. Signed ARC of FORBIDDEN when available in March/April
2. SIGNED set of STARTERS & ENDERS by Lissa Price (with extra goodies from Lissa!). These titles are exclusive to Story Siren reveal giveaway.
3. Belly dance veil and earrings
4. A set of beautiful FORBIDDEN Bookmark Club Cards for 10 people



Adventures in YA Publishing

1. Signed ARC of FORBIDDEN when available in March/April
2. Set of THE INFERNAL DEVICES trilogy
3. Belly dance veil and earrings
4. A set of beautiful FORBIDDEN Bookmark Club Cards for 10 people



Cuddlebuggery

1. Signed ARC of FORBIDDEN when available in March/April
2. Signed 4-book set of Alyson Noel’s quartet THE SOUL SEEKERS
3. Belly dance veil and earrings
4. A set of beautiful FORBIDDEN Bookmark Club Cards for 10 people



YA Books Central

1. Signed ARC of FORBIDDEN when available in March/April
2. Signed set of GRAVE MERCY and DARK TRIUMPH by Robin LaFevers
3. Belly dance veil and earrings
4. A set of beautiful FORBIDDEN Bookmark Club Cards for 10 people


YA Series Insiders

1. Signed ARC of FORBIDDEN when available in March/April
2. Signed copies of Leigh Bardugo’s SHADOW AND BONE & SIEGE AND STORM
3. Belly dance veil and earrings
4. A set of beautiful FORBIDDEN Bookmark Club Cards for 10 people

This video was created especially just to reveal the cover. A full book trailer will be launching Fall 2014 before FORBIDDEN'S release date November 4th. Justin Cook, a long-time friend, helped me create this marvelous trailer.





AND you might want to check out all the blogs because I talk about some cool back-story, pictures, travel, and inside secrets about FORBIDDEN, too! Hope you're having a happy week!

Warmly
Kimberley

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