|COLORADO SPRINGS—Debut novel, Into the Free, by Mississippi author and literacy advocate Julie Cantrell, is quickly making major sales and market impact. David C Cook has confirmed that, as of Fri., Feb. 24, 2012, Into the Free spent five days in the top 100 paid bestseller at Amazon.com. It was also: number-five bestseller in literature and fiction in paperback, number-one bestseller in literary fiction in Kindle ebooks, number-one bestseller in historical fiction in Kindle ebooks, number-one bestseller in romance in Kindle ebooks, number-one bestseller in historical romance in Kindle ebooks, number-one bestseller in contemporary fiction in Kindle ebooks, and number-one bestseller in religious fiction in Kindle ebooks. In addition, Into the Free is also in the top 100 on the Barnes & Noble list. On some Amazon.com lists, the book placed above general market bestsellers such as The Help and Water for Elephants.
Ginia Hairston, David C Cook Vice President of Marketing and Multimedia said, “Into the Free is not your typical novel. There is something very exciting about Julie Cantrell’s work of Southern literary fiction. It’s exciting to see how readers are embracing Into the Free, a lyrical, brutal, powerful yet heartwarming tale set in Mississippi during the 1930s. The reviews are glowing, and its popularity continues to grow every day.”
Into the Free also garnered early acclaim with a coveted red-star review in Publishers Weekly and coverage in USA Today, in addition to extensive print, online, and broadcast coverage. Cantrell currently speaks and participates in literary events in her home state of Mississippi and beyond. Cantrell has been thrilled by the response to her first novel. She said, “I am incredibly honored to see my debut novel so well received. It has been surreal to see it listed alongside works by authors I have admired so greatly, and I am overwhelmed by the positive feedback. It’s very gratifying to hear from readers who connect so emotionally with Millie’s story.”
A speech language pathologist and literacy advocate, Julie Cantrell is the editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review. She has served as a freelance writer for ten years and has published two children’s books. Cantrell and her family live in Mississippi, where they operate Valley House Farm.
David C Cook is a leading nonprofit resource provider serving the global Church with life-transforming, Christ-centered materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., with offices in Illinois, Canada, and the United Kingdom, David C Cook¹s resources are published in over 150 languages and distributed in more than 160 countries. Originally founded in 1875 as a curriculum publisher, David C Cook today publishes numerous bestselling fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of award-winning authors. It is also a leading provider of worship music through its Integrity Music and Kingsway Music labels, which produce over one-third of the top-100 praise and worship songs sung around the world.