Ben the Dragonborn by Dianne Astle #MMGM

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A dragon book!  My favorite thing.  Dianne Astle’s Ben the Dragonborn is available for just $2.99 right now. Check it out!

What can a fourteen year old boy do to stop a war between humans and merfolk? Ben is about to find out, for the Guardian of the Six Worlds has chosen him to go through a portals to a watery world of merfolk and monsters. Everyone, including Ben, thinks a huge mistake has been made.  Ben’s afraid of water and he can’t swim.  There appears to be nothing to recommend Ben as the best choice on five worlds . But the Guardian knows something about Ben that no one else does: Ben is Dragonborn.  Ben must discover the secret of his own true self.

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About the Author

Dianne was once asked what kind of animal she would be, if she could be an animal. The person who asked the question was shocked when Dianne said she’d like to be a dragon. There are times in everyone’s life when being able to fly high and breathe fire sound very appealing. However, if you can’t be a dragon, or have a dragon as a pet, then the next best thing is to write books with dragons in them and get a dog. Dianne lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Doug, his three cats and her beloved dog Thomas. Thomas gets Dianne out walking almost every day, which is the next best thing to flying on dragon wing. Dianne rescued Thomas, but he is rescuing her one walk at a time.

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The Dragon’s Cave has been Selected for Publication!

I’m so thrilled to report that The Dragon’s Cave won the Kindle Scout nomination for publication and will soon be published by Kindle Press!  I’m not sure of the release date yet, but everyone who nominated me will receive a free Advance Review Copy (ARC) before it’s published.

I understand there may be another round of edits before it goes to press, so that will probably determine the publication date.  I’ll keep you posted as I hear more.

I’m so excited!!

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Landry’s True Colors Series by Krysten Lindsay Hager #MMGM

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I’m delighted to showcase Landry’s True Colors Series by Krysten Lindsay Hager today. The first book is only $.99, so it’s an easy one-click to check this out for yourselves!

True Colors (Book One in the Landry’s True Colors Series)  is on sale for 99 cents in ebook format (on all the international Amazon sites) and has just released in paperback! Check out the first book that started Landry Albright’s journey into finding her real friends and her true self.

Series Info: The Landry’s True Colors Series is a clean reads young adult humor series about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, crushes, and self-image. It’s a clean reads book so it’s suitable for ages 11 and up.

True Colors Blurb: Landry Albright just wants to be one of the interesting girls at school who always have exciting things going on in their lives. She wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in, so she gives in when her two best friends, Ericka and Tori, push her into trying out for a teen reality show modeling competition with them. Landry goes in nervous, but impresses the judges enough to make it to the next round.

However, Ericka and Tori get cut and basically “unfriend” her on Monday at school. Landry tries to make new friends, but gets caught up between wanting to be herself and conforming to who her new friends want her to be. Along the way she learns that modeling is nowhere as glamorous as it seems, how to deal with frenemies, a new crush, and that true friends see you for who you really are and like you because of it.

What people are saying about the Landry’s True Colors Series:

From Teenage Book Recommendations in the UK: “This is a fantastically relatable and real book which I feel captures all of the insecurities and troubles which haunt the modern teenage girl. It is about a young model who has to go through tough times when she is torn between a life as a model and managing her friendships. You learn which friends she can most trust and which will create the drama typical of teenage life. Follow the life of Landry and try to see if you can find out which are her true friends before their true colours are revealed. This book is all about relationships, hopes and truth. I loved this book!”

From Books & Authors Spot: “This book is such an inspiration for those who just care about their looks and are tensed about them. This thing is looks aren’t everything. This book is related to every teen’s problem. Hager has written a very inspiring novel.”

“Krysten captures the teenage girl today. The struggles are real, the issues are something children have been dealing with since before I was a teen, and oddly-Krysten captures the readers! I was prepared for another “Mean Girls” story. This is NOT that. This is the real story of teenage girls! You watch Landry flower into a young woman who finds out trust is an invaluable item to find, and friendships are hard to seek genuine realism in. You will learn about relationships with not just friends, but peers, boys, and others. The details put into the book will draw you, and make the story so much more realistic. Krysten expresses emotions beautifully through her writing, and the story flows flawlessly…” By Candice J. Conway Simpson

True Colors, is just a dazzling story of how middle school kids show their true colors of jealousy, drama, loss and gains of friendship. However, the way Krysten wrote her story; she wrote it with passion, creativity and honesty that this story line could be placed in anyone’s life at any age.” Review by Double Decker Books

“Krysten Lindsay Hager understands what it means to be a teen today, and she writes with an authentic voice. Landry, the main character, is funny, lively, and very real. Readers will relate to her struggles with friends and family, self-esteem and self-discovery, boys and school and life in general. It’s fun to read about Landry’s blossoming modeling career and the changes it brings.” Review by Author Diana Jenkins

Excerpt:

The competition was for girls between the ages of thirteen and seventeen, but it felt like Ericka, Tori, and I were the youngest ones there. I only saw a couple of girls from school, and the lineup looked more like something you’d see on a music video set. All the girls were gorgeous, and they had these curvy womanly bodies. I looked like a skinny little kid next to them. The first girl walked out, and I heard the judges say she “owned the runway,” and, “walked like a gazelle.” I was starting to feel ill. I wasn’t sure which way it was going to come, but I knew I had to find a bathroom — fast. I started to get out of line when Ericka grabbed my wrist.

“It’s almost time,” she said. A tiny bit of spit flew out of her mouth and hit my cheek.

I wasn’t sure why she was so intent on me going through with it, but she had a death grip on my arm, so I didn’t have much of a choice. Her number was called and she walked out to the stage. One of the other girls said she walked like a kid with sand bucket stilts on her feet, but she came back with a smirk on her face like she knew she’d get chosen.

“They said they had never seen such long legs,” she said.

Tori was next.

“She walks like a gorilla at feeding time,” said the girl behind me. I went next, and I tried to focus on not tripping over my feet. My mom’s pumps had a rubber sole on the bottom, which probably wasn’t the brightest idea seeing as my shoes were making squeaking noises as I walked. I was so nervous I couldn’t stop smiling as I walked. I looked like the plastic clown who blows up balloons with its mouth at the Pizza Palace. When I got to the end of the runway, I tried to cross my feet to turn like the other girls had, but I over rotated and ended up doing a full spin which made my kilt fan out and gave the mall walkers a view of my blue underpants. I tried to act like it was intentional and did an extra turn. One of the judges put her hand up to stop me, and I held my breath as she started to speak.

Book Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96jxcUH54hU

Best Friends…Forever? (Book 2):

Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.

Landry gets her first boyfriend (her crush, Vladi), but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice about dealing with frenemies from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry faces having to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American Ingénue TV show modeling competition. Will she get a second chance with her friends, fame, and Vladi?

BFF book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFp2fPFbvTQ

Landry in Like (Book 3):

Things seem to be going well in Landry Albright’s world—she’s getting invited to be on local talk shows to talk about her modeling career, her best friends have her back, and her boyfriend Vladi has becoming someone she can truly count on…and then everything changes.

Suddenly it seems like most of the girls in school are into hanging out at a new teen dance club, while Landry just wants to spend her weekends playing video games and baking cup-cakes at sleepovers. Then, Yasmin McCarty, the most popular girl in school, starts to come between Landry’s friendship with her best friend Ashanti. Things take a turn when Yasmin tells Vladi that Landry is interested in another boy. Can Landry get her relationships with Ashanti and Vladi back or will she be left out and left behind?

Landry in Like book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CsGREKFQco&feature=youtu.be

Author Bio:

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, the celebrity world, values, and self-image in True Colors, Best Friends…Forever? Landry in Like, Next Door to a Star and Competing with the Star. Best Friends…Forever? was ranked at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values & Virtues Fiction and True Colors is an international bestseller. True Colors won the Readers Favorite award in 2016. Krysten’s next YA novel, Dating the It Guy, will be released on March 21. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Bellbrook Times, the Beavercreek Current, the Grand Haven Tribune, and on the talk show Living Dayton.

Author social media links:

Website: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krystenlindsay/

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

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/krystenlindsay/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KrystenLindsay

Purchase:

Amazon US paperback: http://amzn.to/29gsqPw

Amazon US ebook: http://amzn.to/29tp2EF

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/29ilH8v

Amazon UK ebook: http://amzn.to/29mv46L

Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/29gCDe2

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Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/29xKc3k

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Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/29oFynI

Barnes and Noble Nook: http://bit.ly/1S5wUuk

itunes: http://apple.co/1Ue5lNm

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/true-colors-17

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How does the Fantastic Beasts script work as bedtime reading? #MGMM

 Not sure about how reading a screenplay works as a bedtime story?  I tried it out and I have the full report, complete with my kids’ feedback!

Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday. Today I’m sharing about the latest J.K. Rowling release and MG favorite, Fantastic Beasts.

We’d just finished the seventh Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and faced the sad prospect of no “H.P.” at bedtime. Reading the Harry Potter series had been a united activity–both my eleven year old and my eight year old looked forward to our nightly reading. For Katie Rose, it was her second time listening to me read the whole series, but she was no less engrossed at 11 than she was at 7.  My son Owen had gone from being a reluctant listener when we started (“I think it’s too scary for me”) to being the one who started asking at 7:30, “Is it H.P. time?)

None of us wanted the nighttime goodness to end, so I promptly ordered the Fantastic Beasts screenplay and The Cursed Child script.

When we worked through the Harry Potter series, we always finished reading the book first and then watched the movie.  In the case of Fantastic Beasts, we watched the movie first. I do think that helped immensely, filling in the visuals that aren’t present when reading a screenplay. I guess we’ll find out how important seeing the movie was first when we dive into the script of The Cursed Child. 

Overall, I would call the adventure a success. The one major downside–it went all too fast. A two hour movie script does not compare to the entire Hogwarts school year in terms of how many nights it took us to devour the thing (just a few!).

I brought my kids out to talk about the experience. Here’s what they thought:

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Was it harder to listen to me reading a screenplay vs. a book?

Katie Rose:  YES!

Owen:  It was harder to understand, but it helped when you’d say who said something (the screen directions), it helped.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: If we hadn’t seen the movie, would it have been impossible to understand?

Katie Rose:  I would’ve understood it, but it would be harder.

Owen:  Yeah.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Was it better than Harry Potter book or not as good?

Both:  Not as good.  Owen: I like Harry Potter better

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Did the fact that there were no kids in this book influence how much you liked it?

Both: No.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: If someone else had written this, and it wasn’t connected with the Harry Potter world, would you still like it?

Owen: Yes, either way.

Katie Rose: I liked it because it was set in the Harry Potter world.

Rose-Marie Lyttle:  Tell me, what was your favorite thing about Fantastic Beasts?

Katie Rose:  I liked the beasts.

Owen:  I liked the Obscurus and the beasts.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Which beasts in particular?

Owen: I liked them all.  The little thing that steals gold (The Niffler) and the leaf-guy stick thing (bowtruckle) the Swooping Evil.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Anything you didn’t like about the story?

Both: No

Rose-Marie Lyttle: How would you rate it on a scale of 1-10?

Both:  9

Rose-Marie Lyttle: So what would HP be?

Both: 10.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: Now that you’ve read a screenplay, are you more interested in theater?

Katie Rose: I really want to be a director and this taught me more terms. I’d rather read a book, but if I was directing a movie or was in a movie, I would appreciate a screenplay more than a book.

Owen:  It shows you where the camera would be pointing– it gives you directions.

So there you have it!  JK Rowling unites our family once more!  Tonight we begin The Cursed Child. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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An Update on The Dragon’s Cave

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After sitting on the manuscript for my first middle grade novel for over a year, I finally finished edits and sent it off for publication.

The prompting came from Katie Rose, my eleven-year-old, who seemed to have an avatar moment. We were driving home and she asked me what I was thinking about.

I replied, “an idea for a new book.”

She suddenly took on a commanding tone. “Mom, you need to publish The Dragon’s Cave. I love that book and it needs to be out in the world.”

She spoke with such conviction that I decided to follow her advice. I could re-write until I’m ninety and probably never think it’s perfect. It’s time to move it off my plate and move on to fresh projects!

Today I worked with copywriting guru Bryan Cohen to rework my blurb, and I pretty much love the way it came out. See what you think.  

Black Cats and Ballet Slippers – Iva Valentino talks about her Middle Grade Novel

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I am thrilled to welcome Iva Valentino here today for an interview about her middle grade book Black Cats and Ballet Slippers. I have actually had Iva in my dance class years ago, so I can attest that she really does know her dance! My ten-year-old Katie Rose and I read her book together and came up with some questions we wanted to ask:  

Katie Rose:  How did you get the idea for this book?

Iva: The idea for Black Cats and Ballet Slippers came about during my last year of teaching middle school science. In the book, Gemma’s science teacher, Ms. Pruett, has a really creepy classroom. The classroom has a preproom with lots of “witchy” things, such as powdered unicorn horn and other ingredients for spells. In my classroom, I also had a big preproom. My classroom was actually very nice and not creepy at all, but over time my imagination took over. I started to envision this preproom as being Ms. Pruett’s! Then, to my already existing “witch’s brew” of story ideas, I added my love of dance, which is something that I’ve done since I was a kid.

Rose-Marie: Have you ever made a false assumption about someone the way Gemma did?

Iva: When I was growing up, my family and I lived in this quiet little neighborhood. One day we got some new neighbors. I was convinced that it was one of the New Kids on the Block moving in with his parents! I thought it looked just like him. I thought that if I played my New Kids on the Block tape really loud on my boombox with my bedroom windows open, he would come over and introduce himself. Needless to say, it ended up NOT being one of the New Kids. Definitely a false assumption!

Katie Rose: Why did you choose the title Black Cats and Ballet Slippers?

 Iva: The title Black Cats and Ballet Slippers just popped into my head one day! Even though Gemma tells the story through her diary, there are a lot of books out there that already have “Diary” in the title, and I wanted to do something different. Then one day… TA DA! I just knew it was the perfect fit.

 Rose-Marie:  What made you choose the journal style of story-telling? What did it make easier in telling your story, and what challenges did it pose?

Iva: I really wanted the story to be funny and light-hearted, even though there is some Halloween spookiness going on. I thought, what better way than in diary format? I found it very easy for Gemma to tell her story, straight out of her own head and onto paper. One of the challenges I came across with this style was near the end of the book. So much happens in such a short period of time, and sometimes it was challenging to give Gemma enough opportunities to write everything down!

Katie Rose: Why did you want to become a writer? How many books did you write before you wrote this one?

Iva: I’ve loved writing since I was a kid. I used to write short stories all of the time when I was growing up. I had so much fun creating characters and taking them on fun, crazy adventures! I wrote my first novel after I finished college. To be quite honest, I don’t think it was very good at all! However, it was great practice and I’m glad that I wrote it. It will probably never come out of the drawer. ☺ 

Rose-Marie:  Are you working on another book now?  

 Iva: Yes! I’m actually working on a sequel to Black Cats and Ballet Slippers. All of the same characters will be there, along with some new ones. I’m really excited to introduce them to everyone!

Katie Rose: How long have you been writing books?

Iva: Black Cats and Ballet Slippers is my first published book! It came out a year ago, last March.

Rose-Marie:  You used to teach middle grade students– how much of what appears in this book comes from your students?

Iva: Teaching kids at the middle school level is what really gave me a lot of insight into writing about kids at this age. I absolutely LOVED working with middle schoolers! They told the best jokes and made me laugh every day. However, there aren’t any students or teachers that I’ve based any of the characters off of—they are all completely original characters!

Rose-Marie:  I loved the interaction between Gemma and Joey  – I think you nailed the middle grade boy/girl experience there.  Did you go to a dance with a boy when you were in middle school?  Any awkward boy stories to share?

Iva: Haha! I love this question. I went to several dances in middle school. And—yes— they were VERY awkward. Middle school was just a very awkward time for a lot of kids! Although I wasn’t tall like Gemma, I was super skinny and always felt self-conscious. I was very shy and I think I only danced with maybe one or two boys. I definitely would have liked to have a boyfriend, but I never had one until I got to high school. I had a diary during my middle school years, and I always filled them up with stories about all of my secret crushes!

Author Bio:118

Iva Valentino lives in Arizona with her husband and their dog, Lupo. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Education. She loves living year-round in the warm desert.

Iva spent many years as a middle school teacher, where she enjoyed teaching her students all about science. She currently works as a science editor at an educational publishing company. She loves travel, yoga, and photography. There is nothing that brings her more happiness than a good dance class!

You can visit Iva at the following sites:

Website: www.ivavalentino.com

Blog: www.ivavalentino.com/blog

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ivaavalentino

Purchasing links for Black Cats and Ballet Slippers:

MuseItUp Publishing

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Middle Grade Munch Grills Kimberly Griffiths Little on her book The Time of the Fireflies

by Rose-Marie Lyttle

My nine-year-old, Katie Rose, and I recently read The Time of the Fireflies by award-winning author Kimberley Griffiths Little. It’s a lush, rich story set in the Louisiana bayou about a girl who shifts through time with the help of a swarm fireflies to uncover the mystery behind a family curse. We liked the book so well we connected with the author to ask her a few questions about it.

Katie Rose: What genre is The Time of the Fireflies? Mystery? Literary Fiction? Fantasy?

Kimberley Griffiths Little:  Actually, this book is sort of a mash-up of time-slipping, mystery, family drama, and magical realism. I tend to stay away from calling it a true fantasy because the story is set in the contemporary real world with real people (not witches or ghosts or “creatures”) and a few real-life problems the characters are dealing with. When we think of fantasy we usually think of an entirely new world the author has created with a set of magic rules.

But I think everybody loves a bit of magical realism and time-slipping! 🙂

Rose-Marie Lyttle: The setting is such an integral part of the book. Do you draw your knowledge of Bayou Teche from personal experience?

Kimberley Griffiths Little: Yes, I’ve been to the Bayou Teche and dozens of small towns along the bayous and swamps of Louisiana many, many times. It’s a spectacular, mystical place with herons, egrets, owls, and raccoons and Spanish Moss dripping from gorgeous cypress trees. Louisiana has practically become a second home to me. I’ve also taken MANY boat rides in the swamps and seen dozens of alligators, even baby alligators on the banks. Here’s a picture:

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Katie Rose: Is the Island of Dolls a real place?

Kimberley Griffiths Little: Yes, there is an Island of the Dolls south of Mexico City. It’s a

VERY CREEPY place, much creepier than The Time of the Fireflies. People who visit the Island say the dolls are possessed and sometimes blink their eyes and whisper to each other at night. Eeek!

Rose-Marie Lyttle: I was a little nervous when Katie Rose and I started reading that the book might be too scary for her. There is something inherently terrifying about possessed dolls. Did you have to tone it down to make it readable for middle-grade?

Kimberley Griffiths Little: I worried that it might be too terrifying, but I had my audience in mind as I wrote it (speaking as a childhood doll lover) and knew where to draw the line. My editor didn’t have me tone anything down, but I worked on those scenes with the doll *coming alive* many times to get the tone right. I also wanted the story to include redemption and love so as not to leave those scenes with only negative connotations. Love and forgiveness and redemption are much more powerful than greed and selfishness.

Katie Rose: Do you have other books that I might like?

Kimberley Griffiths Little: Of course! 🙂 I’ve written three other MG novels set in Bayou Bridge with other characters from the town. All 4 books have fun little connections between the characters and past events so readers love meeting the four different girls and going more deeply into their stories and mysteries and families.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: I loved the part with the Cajun traiteur. Have you ever seen a traiteur yourself?

Kimberley Griffiths Little:  Yes, I’ve met several traiteurs, actually. On one of my research trips I did a 2-week road trip with a very good friend of mine who grew up in the South and we met lots of wonderful people who knew traiteurs and helped set up times for us to meet them personally in their homes. Everyone we met was very friendly and generous. I loved it.

There is a wonderful DVD about the Cajun traiteurs called Good for What Ails You, a documentary filmed by some New Orleans filmmakers. There are several traiteurs in the video who talk about their healing abilities and knowledge. It’s fascinating. http://coteblanche.com/good-for-what-ails-you

Rose-Marie Lyttle: The Time of the Fireflies incorporates elements of magic (time slipping, possessed doll, etc). I assume you were drawing on Louisiana Voodoo, but I also know you live in New Mexico and I thought I recognized the flavor of the “magic realism” of Spanish-American fiction. Where did the inspiration for incorporating magic into this book come from?

Kimberley Griffiths Little: In New Mexico there are herbal folk healers called curanderos who are very similar to Cajun traiteurs, and their history goes back several hundred years as well. Traiteurs and Curanderos use a mix of herbal medicine and faith, with a bit of folklore and mysticism, or “old wives’ tales” mixed in.

When I first learned about traituers, I knew I wanted to incorporate them into my first book, The Healing Spell. It took a lot of digging into special collections and the university libraries in Louisiana to find much. If you want to know more about Miz Mirage Allemand, you must read The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets.

The traiteurs I met are warm and wonderful people who very much believe their gifts come from God and they are to use those gifts to bless others. They do not accept any payment or gift in exchange for their help.

Katie Rose: Do you believe magic/magical experiences like this can really happen?

Kimberley Griffiths Little: Hmm, personally I’m sort of on the fence. I’m a religious person and have faith in God so I do believe in miracles, and have seen them in my own and other’s lives. Unfortunately, there are people out in the world (we even talked to some in Louisiana, actually!) who have become involved in magic-craft or witchcraft. I tend to stay away from that because I worry that those beliefs and practices are used for mischief or to hurt, instead of to do good and help others.

Rose-Marie Lyttle: You don’t touch much on ethnicity, although I believe the issue of race had a subtle presence in the book. Was that purposeful?

Kimberley Griffiths Little:  When I began drafting this story I knew that the servant girl from the turn of the century would be an AfricanAmerican girl who had come from slave heritage, but I was too focused on the character’s relationships and purpose to the plot. The Time of the Fireflies isn’t a story about slavery or bigotry.

It wasn’t something I purposely stayed away from—it just didn’t fit the story. I hope it was woven into the story in such a way that readers can take away what they’d like from it. From all that I’ve read, researched, and personally experienced, the portrayal in my book is very true to life—back in 1912 and in modern day.

The Time of the Fireflies  Fireflies #3

When Larissa Renaud starts receiving eerie phone calls on a disconnected old phone in her family’s antique shop, she knows she’s in for a strange summer. A series of clues leads her to the muddy river banks, where clouds of fireflies dance among the cypress knees and cattails each evening at twilight. The fireflies are beautiful and mysterious, and they take her on a magical journey through time, where Larissa learns secrets about her family’s tragic past — deadly, curse-ridden secrets that could harm the future of her family as she knows it. It soon becomes clear that it is up to Larissa to prevent history from repeating itself and a fatal tragedy from striking the people she loves.
With her signature lyricism, Kimberley Griffiths Little weaves a thrilling tale filled with family secrets, haunting mystery, and dangerous adventure.

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SONY DSCAbout Kimberly Griffiths Little
When I was a kid I read a book a day, scribbled stories, and dreamed about having my very own book on the library shelf. 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.
Which means I adore 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 & 2013, Crystal Kite Finalist, and New Mexico Book Award Finalist.

Connect with Kimberly on Social Media: Website (Teacher’s Guides and Book Club Guides) / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Tumblr / Youtube (Fabulous book trailers filmed on location in the swamps!)

Cave Research

I took my kids to see Colossal Cave over the holiday, which gave me a chance to do a little hands-on research for my current wip The Dragon’s Cave.  The cave has been open to the public since the 1800’s, which means it has not been as carefully controlled as Karchner Caverns. At Colossal Cave, there are stones that have been worn smooth from touch. It makes for a great experience for kids, complete with the tale of outlaws and hidden treasure.

The cave I imagine in The Dragon’s Cave is colored with gems in blue, black and green, while this one is oranges and reds. You can see some of the beautiful natural architecture in this photo:

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