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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Cover Reveal- BANISHED by Kimberly Griffiths Little With An Exclusive Content and a Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I’m thrilled to be helping out with the cover reveal for Banished by Kimberly Griffiths Little! The cover is absolutely gorgeous and I have a special exclusive excerpt to share! Also make sure to stick around for the awesome giveaway!

Now on to the reveal!

Title: BANISHED, Book 2 of the FORBIDDEN trilogy
Author: Kimberley Griffiths Little
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Harpercollins

She thought she’d lost everything . . .

After spending months traveling the harsh, unforgiving Mesopotamian desert, Jayden reunites with a broken, injured Kadesh. Although everyone was convinced the violent and unpredictable Horeb, Jayden’s betrothed, killed the handsome prince, Jayden knew in her heart that her love was alive and safe. But their reunion is short-lived, as they learn Horeb is on their trail and determined to take back the girl he has claimed. Soon, the two star-crossed lovers are on the run toward Sariba, Kadesh’s homeland, where, as heir to the Kingdom, he plans to make Jayden his princess.

But the trek to Sariba is fraught with heartache and danger. After narrowly escaping being stoned to death for a crime she didn’t commit, and learning that her sister has disappeared, Jayden’s only solace is her love for Kadesh. But even he is keeping secrets from her . . . secrets that will change everything.

This gorgeous and enchanting sequel to Forbidden, is full of love, danger, and heated passion that will leave readers breathless.

Awards for FORBIDDEN:
Whitney Award Finalist
Letters of Mormon Arts Award Finalist
BOOKLIST Top 10 Historical Novels of 2015

Editorial Reviews

“At its core, this is a romance, with all the push and pull that goes along with impossible love, and Little elevates the story by creating a perilous landscape, both outward and inward, as Jayden must deal with the hardship of desert life as well as her own desires.” Little elevates the story by creating a perilous landscape, both outward and inward, as Jayden must deal with the hardship of desert life as well as her own desires."

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: “A fast-paced, entertaining choice which will appeal to fans of historical fiction and romance.”

BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS: “Rich historical details are deftly woven into Jayden’s narration, and the dynamics of Jayden’s tribe are vividly drawn. Jayden’s story becomes as much about finding herself as it is about finding love.”

"Lush, lyrical, romantic. Forbidden transports readers into a vividly imagined place and time." 
--Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author

"The beauty of the desert of ancient Mesopotamia comes to life in Forbidden . . .Your heart will break as you root for Jayden to triumph over the struggles that tear her world apart, and the ending will leave you thirsting for more!"
--Sara B. Larson, author of Defy

Exclusive Content!

The first book of the trilogy, Forbidden, has some very romantic kissing in it. Because of their culture Jayden and Kadesh can barely acknowledge each other or talk, let alone KISS. But their attraction is electric, intense, and passionate. The scenes between them, especially their first kiss were rewritten dozens of times as I tried to get the right mood and atmosphere and emotions across.

So then I get asked: Tell us about your first kiss and I say, “Eek, do I have to think about that?! My first kiss at 14 was nerve-racking and sloppy (and he was 17!) Not what I expected, actually . . . But later, something compelled me to go back for more . . . like it does for all of us, *winks*. Kissing is fun to write about and I tried to bring to life those first kisses with Jayden and Kadesh to show the romance and passion teens experience.

About Kimberly:

Kimberley Griffiths Little grew up in San Francisco, but now lives in an adobe house on the banks of the Rio Grande with her chaotic, messy family. She’s drunk so much Land of Enchantment water that some of that ancient magic got into her blood and now spurts out her pencil—um, ergonomic keyboard.
Kimberley has slept in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland, sailed the Seine in Paris, walked the beaches of Normandy, ridden a camel in Petra, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.

P.S. She also writes award-winning middle-grade novels with Scholastic. :-)

Pictures from my trip to the Middle East: https://www.pinterest.com/kimberleylittle/petra-jordan/

Sign up for Kimberley’s Newsletter: http://www.eepurl.com/LCVjX

Giveaways (US Only):
One grand prize winner:

1. Signed ARC of FORBIDDEN & BANISHED when available
2. $25.00 Amazon Gift Card
3. Middle Eastern Earrings
4. Paper Blanks Magnetic Notebook
5. A set of beautiful FORBIDDEN & BANISHED Bookmark Club Cards

7 Winners will receive:

1. $10.00 Amazon Gift Card
2. Middle Eastern earrings
3. Paper Blanks Notebook
4. A set of beautiful FORBIDDEN & BANISHED Book Club Cards

EVERYBODY WHO Orders or Pre-orders copies of the books receives a set of gorgeous BOOK CLUB CARDS and an autographed book plate! 

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Check out the rest of the participating bloggers for more exclusive content!

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books! 
Amber & Stacey @ Page Turners
Jaime & Erin @ Fiction Fare
Kathy @ I Am A Reader 
Katie @ Mundie Moms

Also here's some fun graphics!


  1. Gorgous cover! I love that this post isn't just a cover reveal, there's so much information!
    What's Your Story?

  2. I am so ridiculously excited for this book. I might have to finally buy a hardcover of Forbidden now just for the extra entry. lol

  3. Hyenas are freaking scary O_O Not that I've seen one up close and personal... and I don't plan on it :D Thank you so much for taking part in the reveal, Jaime! <3

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  4. Two Chicks on Books is AWESOME-NESS INCARNATE!! Thank you SO very much for being a part of the Cover Reveal - I'm honored! Still fondly remember meeting y'all at ALA last summer with Claudia - super fun times! YA Books and Bloggers rock the Universe!! XO


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