Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Karen Kingsbury's The Bridge Debuts October 23


WHAT: Karen Kingsbury is a No. 1 New York Times and USA Today best-seller with nearly 20 million books in print and recognized by Time magazine and the Today Show for her Life-Changing Fiction ™. Oct. 23, she debuts her latest novel, The Bridge, her first in a 10-book contract with Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

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

WHY: Why does No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury trademark her storytelling as Life-Changing Fiction™? Because her novels change lives, as her readers frequently tell her. Because at the heart of Karen’s books are well-written stories based on characters readers care about. As her audience widens even further, expect to see the Kingsbury effect spread beyond her current reach:

Karen’s dozens of books have sold 20 million copies.
Karen Facebook page has nearly 300,000 friends.
Each month receives 8 million hits.
Karen’s Twitter account has more than 30,000 followers.
A monthly e-newsletter reaches 120,000 subscribers, and 70 percent of them click through the letter to her site.
Through various national events, each year Karen speaks to more than 100,000 women.

SYNOPSIS: An unforgettable love story set against the demise of the American bookstore, The Bridge is a tale for the times and figures to be Karen 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 starting at The Bridge had happy endings. 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. The two were separated by circumstances that cut their story short and left them with what looked to be a lifetime of questions.

When a hundred-year flood devastates the town and nearly destroys The Bridge, Charlie loses spirit and begins to doubt whether his work in books has mattered. As Christmas approaches, another tragedy strikes and all hope seems lost. Molly and Ryan return to Franklin, neither expecting to see the other, and both needing a miracle. Can the people of Franklin rally around The Bridge and find the second chances they all need? The story of The Bridge reminds us that our love for books matters. This story for our times will stay in your heart forever.

What happens to bookstores in the age of digital publishing?—Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge is more than an inspiring novel, it’s a love letter to small, independently owned bookstores battling for their place in a changing industry and beloved by those who thrill at the touch of a paper page.

Karen Kingsbury expands her already wide reach—The Bridge is Karen’s first work in a 10-book contract with Simon & Schuster imprint Howard Books. With it, Karen—who already has reached millions with her writings—reaches an even wider audience. Her story is worth telling, and book lovers everywhere will be talking about her soon.
AUTHOR Karen Kingsbury

PUBLISHER Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster

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