#1 "New York Times" bestselling author Karen Kingsbury shows why she is America's favorite inspirational novelist with this dramatic story about character, compromise, and the cost of having it all.
Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he'll do whatever it takes to make it come true. But Zack also made a promise to his college sweetheart when he left Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show "Fifteen Minutes" If he made it, nothing would change him or his faith in God.
Overnight, Zack becomes the nation's most popular contestant, a country singer comparable to a young Tim McGraw. As his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs. Just as he's on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster. Meanwhile, a former "Fifteen Minutes" winner is searching for meaning amidst her own private losses. Can she warn Zack about the real price of fame? Or will Zack lose everything he loves for his fifteen minutes of glory?
From the novelist dubbed the "Queen of Christian Fiction" by "Time" magazine, "Fifteen Minutes" explores the cost of fame and celebrity set against the backdrop of America's favorite singing competition.
Inspirational novelist Karen Kingsbury is becoming known as the "Queen of Clean." Her emotionally-driven dramas are finding a readership seeking riveting, uplifting, and squeaky clean contemporary stories. Month after month, Kingsbury is dominating the Christian Fiction Bestseller Lists with five to seven books simultaneously on the charts.
Prolific and popular, TIME Magazine called Kingsbury the "Nora Roberts of the religious set." Kingsbury has trademarked her brand of writing as Life-Changing Fiction & trade. Letters and e-mails from her readers demonstrate the power of Kingsbury’s gift of teaching relationship principles through storytelling. Daily, she receives notes from readers who have restored a relationship, forgiven a loved one, or sought a life of faith due to something communicated through one of her novels.
Kingsbury is excited about returning to Bloomington, Indiana, and the lives of the Baxter family in her new Firstborn series. "I can hardly wait to bring you the next pieces of these characters lives," she says. "So much lies ahead, so many triumphs and tough times, so much to learn and so many ways in which these characters will be stretched and tested."
Kingsbury’s five-book Redemption Series, which originally introduced the Baxter family characters, has sold more than 700,000 copies over the past three years. Two of the Redemption booksReunion and Rejoiceare nominated for an ECPA Gold Medallion Award this year. Kingsbury has written more than 30 books, including one title made into a CBS "Movie of the Week." She has 2.1 million books in print and is quickly becoming one of America’s favorite inspirational novelists.
Some of Kingsbury’s bestselling titles are Remember, Return, One Tuesday Morning, Oceans Apart, and A Thousand Tomorrows. She has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA competition for the best inspirational fiction. Her title A Time to Dance was selected as the first book in the Women of Faith fiction club. In 2004, she was a finalist for an ECPA Gold Medallion and a Retailers Choice Award. Her novel Gideon’s Gift is scheduled to become a major motion picture in Dec. 2005.
Early in her career, Kingsbury wrote true crime fiction, including Deadly Pretender, which was developed into a CBS television movie. Kingsbury started her career in journalism writing for the Los Angeles Times and LA Daily News, primarily on the sports beat.
Kingsbury is very family-oriented as the mother of six childrenthree adopted simultaneously from Haiti. Her readers feel a part of the family as Kingsbury updates them in every book with the latest news about her husband Donald, their daughter Kelsey and the five boysTyler, Sean, Josh, E.J., and Austin. Kingsbury and her family live in Washington.