Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New Novel 'The Bridge' Brings Best-Seller Karen Kingsbury to Wider Audience


{Nashville & New York – Aug. 13, 2011} America’s favorite inspirational novelist Karen Kingsbury—already a household name among fiction lovers across the nation—brings her most-anticipated title ever with the Oct. 23 publication of her latest book, The Bridge.

Kingsbury, a #1 New York Times and USA Today best-seller, has nearly 20 million books in print, and has been recognized by Time Magazine and the Today Show for her Life-Changing Fiction ™. The Bridge, the first work in a 10-book contract with Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, raises Kingsbury’s profile even higher.

“A novel takes the back door into the heart of a reader, and with The Bridge this is especially true,” Kingsbury said. “People are saying this will be my biggest book yet, and I believe it. After all, this is a desperate love story set against the demise of the American bookstore. It is an unforgettable story for the times.”

Kingsbury’s Life-Changing Fiction™ includes dozens of novels that connect the prolific author with her readers in deep and personal ways. Her website highlights letters upon letters from fans who have been impacted by her stories. Consider these Karen Kingsbury facts:

A recently posted clip on Karen’s Facebook page sparked 25,000 comments, that’s more than Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift received last month! receives 8 million unique visitors a month.
Karen counts nearly 300,000 Facebook friends and 30,000 Twitter followers.
Her monthly e-newsletters reach 120,000 subscribers, 70 percent of whom click through for more information.
Karen speaks to more than 100,000 women annually at conferences and other engagements.
Synopsis of The Bridge

An unforgettable love story set against the demise of the American bookstore, The Bridge {Howard Books / October 23rd / 9781451647013} is a story for the times, and figures to be Kingsbury’s biggest book to date. For three decades The Bridge bookstore connected the people of Franklin, Tenn., with cherished stories and with Charlie and Donna Barton, the store’s owners. And the store connected them to each other. But not all stories that started at The Bridge had a happy ending. Five years earlier, Molly and Ryan were two college students united in a shared faith, love of music and an undeniable attraction to each other. But the two were separated by circumstances that cut their story short and left them with what figured to be a lifetime of questions. When a hundred-year flood devastates the town, it nearly destroys The Bridge, crushing Charlie’s spirit and causing him to doubt whether his work in books really mattered. Then as Christmas approaches, a sudden tragedy strikes and all hope seems lost. Molly and Ryan return to Franklin, neither of them expecting to see the other and both of them needing a miracle. Can the people of Franklin rally around The Bridge and find the second chances they all need? The Bridge is a story that will remind you that your love for books matters. It is a story for our times, one that will stay in your heart forever.

In addition to being a #1 New York Times and USA Today best-seller, Kingsbury is an award-winning author, receiving the Book of the Year Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for Ever After and the Gold Medallion Award for Oceans Apart. Her book Like Dandelion Dust was turned into a theatrical film starring Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino.

The Bridge releases Oct. 23, 2012.

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Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist. There are more than 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written dozens of her Life-Changing Fiction™ titles, 15 of which have hit No. 1 on national lists. Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen lives and works in Franklin, Tenn., with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom were adopted from Haiti. Also living nearby is their only daughter, Kelsey, an actress in inspirational films and married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky.

Howard Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Based in Nashville, the imprint is home to numerous New York Times bestselling books. Simon & Schuster is a part of CBS Corp., a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital and international companies in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information visit our website

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