New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Kingsbury Debuts at #1 on the ECPA Bestseller List

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Unlocked released nationwide on October 12; brings awareness to autism and teen bullying.

New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, America's favorite inspirational novelist with over 16 million books in print, debuted at #1 on the ECPA top 50 bestseller list for the month of November for her novel Unlocked: A Love Story (Zondervan, Oct. 12, 2010). The novel debuted on The New York Times Best Seller List at #3, #14 on the USA Today Best Seller list and is in its second week on both lists.

Upon the release of Unlocked, the book received featured coverage in both the print and online editions of USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2010-10-21-buzz21_ST_N.htm. Kingsbury wrote an original piece for CNN’s Belief Blog explaining her real-life motivation behind writing Unlocked and how she uses the characters to create awareness on the issue of teen bullying with her fans, http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/23/my-take-love-is-the-answer-bullying/?iref=allsearch.

Unlocked is based on a true life story of her own son’s friend, 14 year-old Mitch Thatcher. Kingsbury watched as he gained the confidence to break through the barriers locking him in a world of autism, through the simple kindness of another young friend. Unlocked raises awareness to the issue of autism and poignantly addresses a real life situation of teen bullying and how simple kindness changed the lives of the teen forever

With recent coverage in Time magazine and on NBC’s TODAY Show, Kingsbury’s Life-Changing Fiction™ attracts readers from all walks of life and from around the world. Through her 125,000 Facebook fans, Kingsbury keeps up consistently with a solid core of devotees who thrive on her consistent message of hope, faith and courage. Her works have produced multiple bestsellers and have positioned her as one of the most sought after authors in the world of fiction today.

In conjunction with her release Kingsbury recently hosted “Karen Kingsbury Live,” a special 1 hour live event on Tuesday, October 12 at 5:00 pm. PDT / 8:00 pm. EDT, streamed at KarenKingsbury.com/Live. The one-of-a-kind special demonstrated the “head, heart and hands” for the autistic community, bringing a much needed awareness to this hot topic issue, providing special behind-the-scenes insight into the writing of the book and Kingsbury’s personal connection to the disease, through family friends who inspired Unlocked. Over 20,000 people watched Karen Kingsbury Live, which is available on her website and YouTube channel for on demand viewing.

About Unlocked:
Holden Harris is locked in a prison of autism, bullied by kids who don’t understand his quiet, quirky ways. Ella Reynolds, star of the school drama production, is part of the “in” crowd. She takes an interest in Holden after she catches him listening to her rehearse for the school play. Frustrated by the way Holden is treated, Ella takes a stand against the most privileged and popular kids at school. Will friendship, faith and the power of song be enough to unlock the miracle that Holden needs?

About Karen Kingsbury:
New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist with nearly sixteen million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction has produced multiple bestsellers, including Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. Her fiction has made her one of the country’s favorite storytellers, and her novel, Like Dandelion Dust, is in theaters n ow. Kingsbury is also a nationally known speaker with several women's groups, speaking on a regular basis to thousands of women nationwide. She lives in Washington with her husband, Don and their six children, three of whom were adopted from Haiti.

Links
Visit Karen’s website at http://www.karenkingsbury.com.

Link to USA Today Piece: http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2010-10-21-buzz21_ST_N.htm

Link to CNN Belief Blog Piece: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/23/my-take-love-is-the-answer-bullying/?iref=allsearch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n4Vt3H5NXo

About Unlocked
Unlocked: A Love Story
Karen Kingsbury
Zondervan
9780310266952
336 Pages
$14.99
Street Date: Oct. 12, 2010

About Zondervan
Zondervan is the world's leading Christian publisher of books whose authors are noted for their excellence in the craft of writing as well as their worthy contribution to the ongoing global evangelical conversation. The works published by Zondervan not only confirm readers' faith and understanding, they also challenge and stretch readers' thinking. For more than 75 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through general, ministry, and academic resources by influential leaders and emerging voices, and been honored with more Christian Book Awards than any other publisher. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., Zondervan publishes bestselling books, audio, video, curriculum, software, and digital products in such categories as biblical languages and studies, biography, business, contemporary issues, counseling, cultural, devotional, evangelism, family, fiction, history, inspiration, leadership, ministry, pastoral, personal development, prayer, philosophy, reference, relationships, textbooks, theology, youth and more. Zondervan resources are sold worldwide through retail stores, online, and by Zondervan ChurchSource, and are translated into nearly 200 languages in more than 60 countries. Visit Zondervan Books on the Internet at http://www.zondervan.com/books.

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