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.
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!
After waiting so long to see this gorgeous, epic Young
Adult novel I've been working on forever actually become a real book - I'm thrilled to share the STUNNING cover from
I'm practically dying of
shock (as well as giddy with glee) that this book is finally going to
hit bookshelves in a few months. FORBIDDEN has been in the making for
YEARS – don’t ask how many—I don’t want anyone fainting out there!
I’ve been wondering/speculating/daydreaming about what Harpercollins
would do for the cover since it’s been crazy difficult for my editor and
I to come up with jacket synopsis copy. The story is about the roots of
belly dance in the ancient world of women, goddess temples, tribal
warfare, betrothals, murder, blackmail . . . but the fantastic team at
Harper came up with a gorgeous cover that hints at the danger and
romance with a splash of an exotic feel. The model is beautiful and I
adore all the red and gold!
Thank you Harpercollins, my editor Karen, the photographers, and the entire art and editorial team!
SYNOPSIS: 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.
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.
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.
against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and
leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be
A long-time friend of mine, Justin Cook, who got his Grad degree in Film at Columbia in NYC helped me create this cover *just* for the Cover Reveal today. A full book trailer will come this Fall. So this gives you a hint of the flavor, setting, and mystery of the book. Enjoy.
SEVEN blogs, SEVEN *Big Winners*, and 70 Book Club winners over the next 2-3 weeks!
TADA!!! I love the *movement* and the tension and breathlessness as well as the vibrant reds and gold. The full-wrap jacket is going to knock your socks off. It's almost finished and it took my breath away!
While you're waiting for the highly anticipated Cover Reveal of FORBIDDEN coming THIS THURSDAY, February 13th at YA BOOKS CENTRAL, here is the tagline for FORBIDDEN.
It was a long and scary process - finally decided on after much personal brainstorming, writer friend brainstorming, and in-house Harpercollins brainstorming! I came *this* close to thinking it was going to be half-baked. Whew! It's perfect and strong!
"So much is at risk when everything is . . . FORBIDDEN"
All of you lovelies wrote such nice things in the comments about FORBIDDEN these past two weeks and added the book to Goodreads and signed up for my newsletter. You're awesome and I was so touched! (If you didn't get a chance to sign up, here is the link again: Kimberley's Amazing Newsletter Coming Soon! :-) Our winner for the January Celebration of my YA Debut Year 2014 will receive a beautiful veil, a pair of Middle Eastern style earrings and a Young Adult book of your choice! It does *not* have to be one of these books, although it can be! These were just examples . . . tell me what book you've been dying to read/own and you'll get it!
And the Winner is . . .
Please contact me at email@example.com and I'll mail your prizes!
Don't forget to choose the YA book of *your* choice!
Stay Tuned for THE COVER REVEAL OF FORBIDDEN on February 13th on YA Books Central and a few other Very Cool Blogs between February 14-16!!!
Yes, you heard that right, FORBIDDEN has cover art! It's stunning and dramatic and perfect. I just saw the full wrap today and ohmygoodness knock-me-over-with-a-feather it's dramatic inside and out! Harpercollins has done some very unique things for it.
And 6-8 blogs will each host unique and marvelous Giveaways during February and into March so you'll have plenty of time to enter!!!
EVERY SINGLE MONTH DURING 2014 there will be a monthly giveaway. All the same prizes all year long! How awesome is that!
That's how excited I am about FORBIDDEN! And that's not all! In 10 days the *Cover Reveal* for FORBIDDEN is happening on some very big and very cool YA blogs and I'll be giving away tons more books and jewelry and ARCs and swag! Keep checking in! And finally, a huge thank you to all of you who have entered and posted absolutely lovely and excited comments! I'm thrilled you're here and I think you're going to *love* FORBIDDEN! Warmly, Kimberley
While you're waiting for November 4th to read FORBIDDEN, the launch of my Young Adult trilogy with Harpercollins (STUNNING cover has arrived and there will be a *cover reveal* in two weeks!) read my brand new contemporary romance set in Paris--it's got pastries and romance and kissing!
I love the cover by Claudia at www.phatpuppyart.com and Stephanie Herrera did the fonts and sparklies. She also did a fabulous back cover, too. Scroll down to see and enter the big giveaway! I'm giving away lots of books and bookmarks. There are about 35 bloggers doing my Cover Reveal and Launch today! Thank you to everyone so much!
About PARIS CRAVINGS:
Can life really turn on a dime— a missed bus— or a stuck pastry shop door?
Chloe Dillard’s life has
always been complicated. She has a mother who is a neurotic romance novelist
and a boyfriend who’s been pressuring her to go all the way. After The Worst
Night of Her Life Chloe escapes on a trip to the swoon-worthy city of Paris
where she becomes stranded after an accident with high heels and a pastry box. Saved by a
French boy with chocolate-brown eyes, Chloe begins to wonder if being lost in
Paris is the chance of a lifetime. But as attracted as she is to the gorgeous
and oh-so-kind La Patisserie shop
boy—even he has a girlfriend. The police are
tracking her down, Mom’s having a nervous breakdown when she goes missing, and
Chloe just wants to have her dream of a happily-ever-after. What’s a girl
to do in the most romantic city in the world?
Kimberley once spent all her souvenir money at
the La Patisserie shops when she was
in Paris—on the arm of her adorable husband. The author grew up in San
Francisco, another swoon-worthy city, loves all things Parisian and chocolate
and lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her family.
Kimberley has won many
awards for her work, including the Southwest Book Award, the Whitney Award, the
Arizona/New Mexico Book Award, is a Crystal Kite Finalist (SCBWI) and included
in the Bank Street College Best Books of the Year.
She once stayed in a haunted
castle tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland, sailed on the Seine in
Paris, walked the beaches of Normandy, eaten in numerous French cafes, ridden a
camel in Petra, Jordan, sunbathed on Waikiki, shopped the Grand Bazaar in
Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.
She adores all baked
goodies; brownies, éclairs, donuts, tarts, and pie, and makes a lot of
chocolate chip cookies while revising.
Kimberley is, of course,
hard at work on her next novel (s).
P.S. Through family genealogy we discovered that the surname of "Montpetit"is our original name - direct from France to Quebec in the 1650s and then into the USA after the Civil War. The *perfect* romantic pen name for books set in Paris - mais oui?! Enjoy PARIS CRAVINGS: A Paris and Pastry Novel (there's a recipe, too!) and the print book is GORGEOUS! Warmly, Kimberley
Isn't this cover absolutely adorable? I love it! The premise is very fun, too. (I've read it already, too, and love it!)
About ELEVATED: The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston
wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her
ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she's been avoiding for five months.
Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things
happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him
and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned
from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses
him and still thinks about him everyday. But with nowhere to hide and
Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain
her secrets for long. She’s terrified of finally revealing the truth,
because she can’t bear to watch a tragedy befall the boy she still
"ELEVATED will take you on an emotionally gripping journey through the highs and lows of first love."
~Carolee Dean, author of Take Me There and Forget Me Not
raw, and intense, ELEVATED is a novel that will grip your heart and
linger in your mind long after you turn the last page."
~Stasia Ward Kehoe, author of Audition and The Sound of Letting Go
Here is Adorable Elana!
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.
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 contributes to the League of
It's a New Year! I love the sound of 2014 - even if it freaks me out to think it's already 2014! I remember the big anticipation to be alive for the Big Millenium 2000! And here we are, already 14 years beyond that. Weird! (Plus my birthday this year will be February 14, 2014 and I just like the sound of it - despite my age.)
I also can't believe that 2014 is my Young Adult Debut year! After writing for, um, 2-3 decades, and writing the first draft of FORBIDDEN in 2003 - after years of research, it's finally happening.
FORBIDDEN was originally called "Secret Rites of the Goddess" and has been through many configurations, drafts, and rewrites - what else is new? But the heart of the story remains the same: The ancient art of belly dance, goddess temples, tribal warfare, betrothals, murder, blackmail, family, faith, survival, and true love.
Isn't she stunning!
I'm not going to make this a long post this week since I'll be talking about the story of FORBIDDEN, my research, including a research trip a year ago in February to Jordan and Israel, over this coming year. And I'll post PICTURES!!!
Suffice it to say for now that FORBIDDEN is a story very dear to my heart, a story I continued to believe in despite all the rewriting and more rewriting, and rejections and selling two different times to two different publishers to finally land at Harpercollins in a superb deal with a marvelous editor. The second time it sold was for 10 times the original deal! Mind-boggling.
Here is the official announcement from more than two years ago! Whew, I've had to wait a long time for this book. (It was delayed from publishing in 2013 to 2014 due to personal and publisher circumstances.)
Children's: 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).
Don't be fooled by the mention of Harper Children's, this is an upper Young Adult epic historical novel with some difficult, heart-wrenching scenes and will be published under Harpercollins, not HarperTeen, to capture the adult cross-over market as well. *big smile*
Here's the unofficial synopsis: "FORBIDDEN is a
sweepingly epic and sensuous novel, a story of peer pressure and cults
set against the ancient art of belly dance, in which 16-year-old
Jayden’s faith and character is tested to their limits, even death, as
she watches her family and the world around her fall apart.
to the tribal leader's son, Jayden is blackmailed over the murder of
their beloved leader when he is found poisoned, all while hiding her
forbidden love of Kadesh, a stranger from the secret frankincense lands.
The Goddess temples of Ashtoreth may be Jayden’s only escape,
even though the allure of the sexual rites tempt the women of the desert
to turn their back on everything they hold sacred.
Jayden must undertake a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself."
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!
Yes, every single month during 2014 I'll give away a pair of gorgeous earrings, a beautiful scarf to make you feel like the luscious woman/girl you are, and a hardcover YA novel of your choice. Awesome, huh? I'm excited! And if you don't want to miss any news as it happens for any of my books with Scholastic, Spellbound Books, or Harpercollins, please go here to sign up for my brand new newsletter launching in February! Sign-Up for Kimberley's Newsletter Click here to *Add* FORBIDDEN to your Want-To-Read List on GOODREADS!
I promised this would be short . . . eek! Just leave a comment to enter the Giveaway! Easy-peasy. Extra entries for Newsletter Sign-ups and Goodreads Adds. Of course. Deadline to enter two weeks from today: February 3rd. Winner announced February 4th.
P.S. Coming in the next post: News on my next Middle-Grade novel this summer and other publishing Very Cool Things.