Tuesday, June 16, 2015

6 BANISHED Cover Reveal + Giveaway!

Exclusive Teaser!
We're honoured today to present the exclusive cover of BANISHED, the second book in the FORBIDDEN trilogy by Kimberley Griffiths Little!

About the Book

BANISHED, Book 2 of the FORBIDDEN trilogy 
February 2, 2016

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: (the first book)
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

About the Author

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. :-)

Social media links: *click to access each site*
Website Twitter: @KimberleyGLittl | Facebook | Pinterest 

Order Banished

Order Forbidden

Exclusive Content!

The official book trailer is compelling. How did you go about making it? 

Fun story: I’ve created book trailers for my MG novels, too, and I love writing the script and planning out the shots and locations. For FORBIDDEN I wanted it to truly look like an actual movie. I hired a young man I’ve known since he was young who got his film degree from Columbia in New York.

After we discussed the script we decided to focus on Jayden and not clutter the trailer with too many shots or stills. The entire trailer is live action. Justin found a location in southern Utah called Little Sahara Sand Dunes that looks VERY much like the country of Jordan and its mountains (where Jayden and Kadesh’s first romantic declarations occur).

Justin met Sela, the actress, on the set of another film. Sela is actually Tongan, but looks just like the Bedouin girls I met in the ancient city of Petra, beautiful and exotic. (She’s also 5’11” tall and is in the midst of call-backs for Disney’s new princess, Moana.) Sela’s mother is a makeup artist and in one afternoon they did all the shooting. Justin and I spent about 2-3 weeks choosing the footage and editing. I planned out the opening titles and credits and sent Justin the graphics and fonts he needed. The end result is gorgeous and interestingly enough the book trailer fits for BANISHED in many ways, too.

The Cover

Wait for it...










Isn't it gorgeous?! *heart eyes*

The Giveaway!

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! 

And don't forget to check out the rest of the tour 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

What did you think of the cover of BANISHED by Kimberely Griffiths Little? Let us know in the comments!

Happy reading,
Martina, Jocelyn, Shelly, Jan, Lisa, Susan, and Erin


  1. Kimberley - this series would make an amazing movie trilogy, if I may say so myself ;) Gorgeous cover! Thank you so much for participating in the reveal, Martina! <3

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Oh, goodness, Alyssa, from your lips to Hollywood's ears! It would be epic. ;-)

      A thousand thank you's, Martina and AYAP crew, for featuring the Cover Reveal of BANISHED!! I'm thrilled and honored. XOXO

  2. I love the quote at the top. This looks really, really good. And the cover is gorgeous. Thanks for this post.

    1. Thanks so much for checking out Banished and the lovely kudos, Rosi!

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    1. Thank you, Leslie, you are very sweet! I'm so thrilled at the wonderful response to the cover. :-)


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