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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, February 13, 2014

My very own FORBIDDEN Cover Reveal!!!

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 Harpercollins! 

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.

Then 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.
 
With 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.

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together. 

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.



Young Adult Books Central is featuring the Cover Reveal today as well as Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.

Tomorrow I'll be on YA Series Insiders and on Sunday, I'll be at Mundie Moms, Page Turners, The Story Siren, and Adventures in YA Publishing with *exclusive* content and a *unique* Huge Giveaway on every single blog. Yep, I'm giving away a ton of goodies. Signed books, ARCs, veils, jewelry, and Book Club Cards. 

Young Adult Books Central:
Signed copies of GRAVE MERCY and DARK TRIUMPH
And jewelry/veil, ARC, and swag.

Cuddlebuggery Book Blog:
Signed copies of Alyson Noel's FATED, ECHO, MYSTIC, and HORIZON, the SOUL SEEKERS quartet
And jewelry/veil, ARC, and swag.

Please tell me what you think of the trailer and cover in the comments! And be sure to head to the links to enter the Giveaways! 

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!



Happy Sigh,
Kimberley

4 comments:

Jenilyn Collings said...

The cover is so beautiful! I can't wait to read it. :)

Susanne Drazic said...

CONGRATS, Kimberley!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats! Love the cover. It's fantastic. So can't wait to read this.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Thank you so much, Jenilyn, Susanne, and Natalie! I'm giddy that everyone is loving on the cover. Whew, too! :-)

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