I'm seriously freaking out, overwhelmed, and thrilled that FORBIDDEN is out in the world at last!
I've been researching for 15 years, traveled to the Middle East, drafted and rewritten this book off and on for 10 years; the manuscript sold twice over to 2 different publishers, publication date was delayed a year - and it's FINALLY HERE!!! A real book I can hold in my hands and cry a little bit over!! Okay, so I bawled just a little bit. And it's a gorgeous hardcover with gold raised lettering . . . I carry it around the house with me, running my fingers over the cover and spine.
Be sure you head over to the very smart book industry blog, CYNSATIONS run by Cynthia Leitich Smith *this* Thursday, November 6th, where I talk about the very long writing and selling process of FORBIDDEN in more detail and all of the selling/taking it back gory details. A very nail-biting time with my agent that lasted several months . . . oy!
But for now please celebrate with me! Virtual brownies, cookies, and Dr Pepper! Raising my glass to the world and my friends!
FORBIDDEN is available for purchase at any bookstore or ebook retailer, online or real world.
A sweeping, epic saga of romance and hardship, set against the dramatic backdrop of ancient Mesopotamia—perfect for fans of Cleopatra's Moon or the adult bestseller The Red Tent.
This is a fast-paced, entertaining choice which will appeal to fans of historical fiction and romance, as well as readers interested in this dance form. -- School Library Journal
There are so many surprises and twists in this amazing book!! I was shocked and just completely stunned at certain parts. This book is truly a treasure and just the atmosphere will amaze you. The belly dancing and tribe traditions were so mesmerizing. -- Beth, Curling Up With a Good Book
(The most stunning, live action book trailer ever!)
Engrossing! I devoured this book and loved every minute of it. It's a character-driven story with tons of action, sword-fighting, murder, dancing, and romance against a stark but beautiful ancient desert background. I really enjoyed the writing style and Little's descriptions of the desert and dances and silk dresses. --Leigh, Mrs. ReaderPants
Forbidden has one of the richest worlds and romances I've read, and the whole story is completely moving and beautiful. --Samantha, I Heart YA Fiction
ENJOY A FEW TEASER GRAPHICS created by the amazing Jan Lewis at Author Sidekick!
I hope you enjoy the book! Please ask your local public library to order copies! Share it with your Book Club! It's Young Adult, but Harpercollins is marketing it as Adult Crossover, too. **Happy, happy**
Here's a fabulous Book Club Guide, too, with Discussion Questions and a dessert recipe.