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December 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little – Excerpt, Interview, and Giveaway

Forbidden

 

Welcome to our tour post for

Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

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Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.

 

Forbidden Kimberley

 

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.

 

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Praise for Forbidden

*STARRED* Review, ALA BOOKLIST

“. . . 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.”

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“This is a fast-paced, entertaining choice which will appeal to fans of historical fiction and romance.”

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

“The harsh beauty of the deserts of ancient Mesopotamia come to life in Forbidden, with beautiful descriptions that will make you crave water and check for sand in your clothes. Your heart will break as you root for Jayden to triumph over the many struggles that threaten to tear her world apart, and the ending will leave you thirsting for more!” –Sara B. Larson, author of Defy

 

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Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Excerpt

The night was starkly beautiful under a canopy of jeweled stars. I savored my moments of freedom, which were marred by the realization that it was dripping away day by day.

The sizzle of coffee beans roasting in the skillet floated across the still air. Cups clinked on a tray as my father passed them around the circle. The aroma of roasted brew spiced with cardamom seeped into the night.

As I tried to slip past, Horeb’s eyes caught mine. Firelight flickered over his face, outlining his jaw and wind-tangled black hair. He was devastatingly handsome just as all the girls said, but his lips curled into a smile that sent shudders down my spine.

Horeb’s glance lingered on my body, settling not on my face, but lower, as if he was undressing me right there on the dirt path.

His eyes locking onto mine, Horeb rose from the circle of men. I jerked around, breaking off his stare. Walking faster, I turned the corner of the tent just as his arm reached out to stop me.

“So, little cousin,” Horeb said. “Have you been enjoying the betrothal ceremony? Tell me, are the women telling stories of marital relations?”

My breath caught like a thorn in my throat. The women’s ceremonies were not discussed with any male—only inside the privacy of a marriage bed.

“You shouldn’t be saying these things to me,” I said.

Running his fingers down my arm, Horeb continued to study me. “There are many things I’d like to say to you, Jayden. Do to you.”

There used to be a time when my throat pounded every time Horeb turned my direction. A time when he was growing into those big, dark eyes and that hard, muscular body. Moments when I wanted to touch his thick, black hair, or run my finger along his jaw to discover what a boy’s skin felt like with a newly growing beard. But now that I was sixteen, and he twenty, his stares made me uneasy. My heart still pounded, but not from love. And I wasn’t sure what it was or what to call it.

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Interview

Top Favs with Kimberley Griffiths Little

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

  1. Family, of course!
  2. Photo albums and Mementos
  3. My external hard-drive – *The Brain* with all my Manuscripts and Ideas!

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why

  1. Pizza – Protein
  2. Dr. Pepper – Caffeine
  3. Cookies/brownies/ candy – Sugar

Just covering all the food groups so I can write for hours . . .

Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why

  1. The Little White Horse Elizabeth Goudge (a great blend of magical realism and real-world which I love to write myself)
  2. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (The original Spy Girl!)
  3. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Family, magical realism, mystery! LOVE!)

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why

  1. Daydreaming or a nap
  2. Brainstorming with my best crit bud, Carolee Dean
  3. A shower – the best ideas come while in the shower. That, and scrubbing toilets. Who knows why!?

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why

  1. Gone with the Wind – EPIC. DRAMA. ROMANCE
  2. Somewhere in Time – Unique Time Travel Romance. Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour – need I say more?
  3. Lord of the Rings – EPIC. DRAMA. BATTLES. ROMANCE. ARAGORN.

Top 3 favorite movie moments and why

  1. The moment in “Somewhere in Time” when Richard Collier kisses Elise McKenna in her hotel bedroom. He takes her face in his hands so tenderly and you know it’s the first time she’s ever been kissed and she leans against the wall, about to faint. Golly, I would, too! It’s romantic, sexy, and vulnerable, all at the same time.
  2. OF COURSE “The Kiss” in Gone with the Wind when Rhett Butler kisses Scarlet under the bridge when it’s pouring rain and the Union troops are marching overhead. Too bad Clark Gable is gone . . . le sigh.
  3. Lord of the Rings: There is a moving speech in every one of these movies that sends chills up and down my spine and a tug of emotion at my throat. Plus Aragorn is totally swoon-worthy hot.

Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why

I’ve been to a lot of dream destinations over the last 10 years: Scottish Castles, Paris, Istanbul, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, Jerusalem, Bulgaria, Stonehenge, Wales. But here’s a few more I’m hoping to visit in the future:

  1. Greece’s archeological wonders
  2. Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
  3. Middle Earth AKA New Zealand
  4. BONUS DESTINATION: Islands of Bora, Bora
  5. BONUS DESTINATION #2: Italy

Yeah, I like going to exotic places. :-)

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---About-the-Author

 

Award-winning author Kimberley Griffiths Little was born in San Francisco, but now lives in New Mexico on the banks of the Rio Grande with her husband and their three sons. Her middle-grade novels, When the Butterflies Came, The Last Snake Runner, The Healing Spell, and Circle of Secrets, have been praised as “fast-paced and dramatic,” with “beautifully realized settings.” Kimberley adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell. She’s stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland; sailed the Seine in Paris; ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan; shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.
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Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Giveaway

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2 Comments

  1. Sophia Rose
    12/18/2014

    Lots of fun facts in the interview, ladies. Look forward to reading the book.
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