Debut Novel Continues Astounding Run

I’m happy to share this latest press release by my publisher, David C Cook. Thank you all for continuing to share Millie’s story with others. I’ve been overwhelmed by the powerful reader response to this little book, and I’m grateful for each and every person who gives this story a shot.

‘Into the Free’ Hits NYT & USA Today Lists Simultaneously
Debut Novel Continues Astounding Run
COLORADO SPRINGS— Debut novel, Into the Free, by Mississippi author and literacy advocate Julie Cantrell continues to gain momentum with readers. Cantrell has passed a debut milestone by reaching two key best-seller lists with her inaugural novel, an accomplishment normally characteristic of established authors with key releases.

For the week ending Mar. 11, 2012, Into the Free is number 13, currently the highest debuting novel on the prestigious New York Times E-Book fiction list. Only four authors from ECPA publishing houses have appeared on the list, which was launched in Feb. 2011. Cantrell’s appearance puts her in the company of Karen Kingsbury, Ted Dekker, and Joel Rosenburg.

Cantrell and Into the Free also reached another marker this week, when the book entered the USA Today Top 150 at number 47, a feat rarely attained by a debut author.


13 thoughts on “Debut Novel Continues Astounding Run

  1. Julie, I cannot even properly articulate how over-the-top excited I am that your debut novel has skyrocketed! Millie’s powerful story is touching so many lives. Congratulations!!

    • Thank you SO much, Donna. I also cannot properly articulate how overwhelmingly grateful I am for the tremendous support I’ve received from folks like you and the powerful reader feedback I’m receiving daily. I had no idea when writing this book that anything like this would happen as a result. I’m blown away and feel humbled, to say the least. Thank you!!! j

      • No date set yet, Eileen, but we’re working as quickly as we can. Thanks for your interest and support. I hope you’ll stick around for the next phase of Millie’s life. Best, julie

    • Thank you, Keli…it really has been a joyful and emotional adventure. I greatly appreciate your kind support! I don’t underestimate the fact that this little story has reached so many readers solely because of folks like you who dared to take a chance on Millie’s tale and then shared it with others. That means more to me than words can express, and I’ll be eternally appreciative for every single reader. Thank you!

    • Thanks, Bev! Yes…I’m working on the sequel every chance I get and hope to have it finished soon. Hope you’ll stay tuned for the next phase of Millie’s life. Cheers, julie

  2. Thank you, Julie! “Into The Free” was a wonderful book that transported me into the free, also. Your beautiful words brought all of the characters alive and I truly enjoyed them from beginning to end. Your insights into Millie’s heart and soul were so …. simple and pure. That’s the only way that I, as a non-author, can put it. Thank you again for touching my heart and soul! I wish you much success and can’t wait for your promised sequel.

    • Joanne, Thank you so much for your kind comment. I’m blown away by the powerful reader feedback to this book, and your comment sure has made my day. I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed the book and I’m honored you’ll come back to hear the rest of Millie’s story. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! julie

  3. Your book has touched unlike anyotger book I have ever read. You have a gift of captivating me into the life of Millie while at work I would catch myself thinking a out Millie and her next adventure… Your next book will be amazing I can’t wait to see the rest of Millie’s life unfold… You have a true gift :) thank you for sharing it with the world!
    Much Appreciated,

    • Hi Samantha – Thank you for your tremendously kind comment. I’m stunned when I read such words…that this story touched you unlike any other book you have ever read. Wow! I can’t begin to tell you how honored that makes me feel. Thanks for giving my debut novel a shot. I know how many choices there are out there, and the fact that you chose Millie’s story above the rest sure means the world to me. I’m having a blast writing the sequel and do hope you’ll enjoy the rest of Millie’s story. Cheers, julie

  4. Your book was so awesome! You have a very rare God given talent! I was wondering if this book is available in book form or just kindle? I would love to buy it for someone that doesn’t use a kindle. And hurry up with the sequel!


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