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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, August 12, 2014

FAB COOK BOOK by my dear friend, Christina Dymock!

Another great cookbook from Christina!

One Dirty Bowl: Fast Baking, Faster Cleanup

Wouldn't it be brilliant to create *amazing* desserts using only one single bowl?  Well, the fabulous Christina Dymock has done it again! These recipes mix up in minutes, taste delicious, and the clean-up is *fast*, too. 

Check out all of Christina's terrific cookbooks: "Hungry Family Slow Cooker Book of Recipes", "Kid's Cookbook", "101 Things to do with Popcorn". "The Bacon Lover's Cookbook" releases in November. :-)










Order Right Here!:  http://www.amazon.com/One-Dirty-Bowl-Desserts-Cleanup/dp/1462114016/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407005274&sr=8-1&keywords=one+dirty+bowl

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/authorchristinadymock

Now I'm hungry . . . see you later . . . I'll be in the kitchen whipping up some goodies! 

~Kimberley


Thursday, August 07, 2014

SHADOWS IN THE CURTAIN, new novel by my friend Cami Checketts!

Hi Everyone!

I'm part of the blog tour for Cami and her new novel - which sounds amazing! Yes, it's in my Kindle awaiting my attention . . . I'm SO behind on reading it's not even funny! But I've read the first chapter and I can tell you that it's terrific!

Even though I'm a Middle-Grade and Young Adult novelist I read Adult lit as well and I'm a sucker for mystery and suspense. Big Agatha Christie fan here. When I was growing up I read tons of Nancy Drew and Phyllis Whitney mysteries as a kid and then moved on to Mary Stewart, Daphne DuMaurier, and Victoria Holt. How about you?? 

I think all that mystery and suspense rubbed off on me because even though I write contemporary family stories they are also filled with suspense, a bit of magical realism, and mystery.



Every stage actress wants fans, but what happens when one goes too far?

Emmy has the perfect life— a house on the beach, a successful career headlining the local theater, and love. But when a brutal murder brings unimaginable grief, Emmy’s world comes crashing down. As she tries to pick up the pieces, she can’t seem to avoid Josh, the new fireman in town.

Emmy does her best to fight the sizzle in her chest when Josh is near. But with the stalker still out there, terrorizing her and those she cares about, she can’t fall for anyone—especially Josh, a suspect in the murder investigation.

If Emmy allows a man to get close, it’s not just her heart she puts at risk, it’s her life.

“Cami Checketts can spin a tale like no other. Love, suspense, thrills, she has it all, and Shadows in the Curtain is no exception. What a thrill ride! I highly recommend this book. 10 stars!!”

Sherry Gammon, author of the Port Fare Series

“I’m a sucker for the exciting parts, and this book has scenes that had my eyes racing my heart to the end of each page!”

 Amanda Tru, author of the Yesterday Series

Shadows in the Curtain - Clean romantic suspense for only $2.99 at the following retailers:
Buy it in print here for only $8.63


Cami Checketts' books Poison Me and The Colony are only $.99 for the length of the Shadows in the Curtain blog tour - August 4th - 9th.

Poison Me 

Jake Merrill was raised by his grandmother, Ruby, and her hilarious friends. After a suspicious death at the retirement home where Ruby lives, she enlists Jake and Chanel, the beautiful activities director, to help her find the killer.

But secrets Ruby has kept for decades threaten her family and the man she’s always loved but could never have. Chanel’s unstable ex-boyfriend, a presumably dead relative, and vicious criminals add to the confusion. Time is running out as Jake, Chanel, and Ruby desperately search for clues to solve the murders and fight to save those they love.

The Colony

To protect her sons from the mistakes of her past, Brinlee Trapper escapes to a secluded mountain home. But there are dangers lurking in the mountains she has never encountered. The little family is saved from injury by Jed, a mysterious hunter. Brinlee is drawn to him, but she worries about his involvement with a peaceful commune hidden deep in the mountains behind her property.

Lance, Brinlee's attentive neighbor, has his own troubled history. Between his obvious attraction to Brinlee and his developing love for her children, Brinlee finds it more than difficult to guard her heart against this tender intrusion.

While Jed offers a life of excitement and freedom, Lance holds the key to the family Brinlee always wanted. When it comes time to choose, she learns that both men have secrets that could shatter her fledgling trust in men and the wrong decision could leave more than her heart exposed to danger.

Excerpt from Shadows in the Curtain

Timothy stuck to her side while people surged passed with compliments, hand squeezes, and the occasional hug. Emmy searched every eye, but only saw excitement from a fun performance or weariness from sitting too long. If anyone had murder in mind, he was as good at putting on a fake face as she was.

No one piqued her curiosity. Until he came. She had no clue what his name was, but the past few weeks she’d seen him almost every morning at the gym. He was much too good-looking, with his rippling muscles and deep blue eyes. She always avoided looking directly at him, though she knew that was as obvious an indicator of her attraction as staring would be. She couldn’t avoid him now.
 
The wide entryway, which featured plush, faded carpet and wood-planked walls, shrank as he drew nearer. The babble of the crowd faded. He reached for her hand, staring deep into her eyes. Her hand fitted itself into his like he was a magnet. Her entire body leaned toward him.

“You were amazing. So passionate.” He smiled and the room swayed.
Emmy was quite sure the passion she experienced right now had nothing to do with singing or acting. She should draw away but couldn’t force herself to. “Thank you,” she managed, embarrassed by the huskiness of her voice as she tried to catch a breath.

The crowd pressed forward, and he was forced to release her hand and move to the side. His blonde date gushed over Emmy for a second, and then they were gone.

Emmy continued greeting other patrons but couldn’t forget the allure of his blue eyes. He didn’t seem like the creepy stalker type, but she had to wonder. Could he be the one sending the notes?

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Now go read a great book! That's an order. Yes, Ma'am!

~Kimberley



Wednesday, August 06, 2014

August "My YA Debut Year Celebration for FORBIDDEN" Giveaway!

It's August . . . the last month of summer . . . I can't believe it . . . AND I'm having another fabulous monthly giveaway to *Celebrate* the release of FORBIDDEN (Harpercollins) in November. 

Lots of news this month! Read on!

I'm giving away a signed ARC of FORBIDDEN *plus* a bunch of other goodies! See below for details and the Rafflecopter!

If you don't have a Book Club consider starting one with your friends, family, sisters/cousins, neighbors, church congregation, women's club, PTA, etc. by reading FORBIDDEN this next winter. 

Watch for a fabulous Book Club Guide in the next couple of weeks, including a recipe for refreshments for your book club evening and discussion questions. 

If you have a Book Club already formed and would like some *gorgeous* Book Club cards to pass out to your members please email me and I'll mail you 10 cards. kglittle@msn.com


Sign-Up for My Newsletter so you don't miss any news about FORBIDDEN or my upcoming Fall Book Tour, COMPELLING READS with 18 fabulous authors and 11 bookstores between DC and Charleston, SC!! 
 


The winner of August'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 August 31st at Midnight ET!  



You get extra points for spreading the word, of course! Thank you so much!

Add FORBIDDEN to Goodreads!

Pre-Order FORBIDDEN on Amazon!

Pre-Order FORBIDDEN on Barnes & Noble!

Pre-Order a SIGNED Copy from my local indie bookstore, Bookworks!


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Fingers crossed you win! But everybody can win the 10 beautiful Book Club cards by emailing me at: kglittle@msn.com

~Kimberley


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Winners for FORBIDDEN and THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES!!

The RAFFLECOPTER has SPOKEN!!!

The FORBIDDEN July Giveaway Winner is Makaela Thompson!!!! Congratulations!!!

A whole box of Very Cool Goodies and an ARC of FORBIDDEN is coming your way! 



July's THE TIME OF THE FIREFLIES Giveaway Winner is Susanne Drazic!!!  YAY, Susanne!!!








Packages coming your way!! Snail Mail is awesome, right! 

Enjoy!

~Kimberley

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.)
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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!!!



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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. 



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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 

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