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Kirkdale Press releases one of first fiction works on human trafficking, based on research abroad

BELLINGHAM, Wash., June 19, 2012 — Kirkdale Press has just announced the release of K. R. Dial’s The Lotus Keeper, a novel based on the real–life tragedies of one of the most pressing issues of our time — human trafficking. Extensive on–the-ground research conducted in Southeast Asia helped bring this revealing novel to life in one of the first–ever attempts to use fiction to uncover the harsh realities faced by trafficked children.

“Even though social justice is a hot topic, fiction titles written around the topic are almost non–existent,” said Kirkdale Press Director Ryan Rotz. “Based on K. R. Dial’s research on the streets of Bangkok, The Lotus Keeper weaves a riveting action story around the real–life crisis of human trafficking. This is one of the first fictional titles ever published involving this topic.”

Kirkdale’s latest offering explores a world rarely visited — through the eyes of a gung–ho southern law grad who uncovers hidden secrets at the core of his new firm. His journey for justice takes him from the streets of Bangkok to the jungles of Burma in an action thriller that exposes the tragic veiled world of child prostitution and sex trafficking.

“Many stories of the sex industry and scenes from Thailand are based on my research on the streets of Bangkok,” Dial explained. “The actual stories of rescue operations of the International Justice Mission were used as inspiration for scenes in the novel. Marvin [the protagonist] is based professionally on Gary Haugen, director of the IJM, but personally on a composite of leaders that I have known.”

Each Kirkdale title contains state–of–the–art features, including tagged Bible references that users can tap or click to instantly read Scripture passages. Kirkdale ebooks accessed through the Vyrso ereader app are linked to the powerful Bible study tools and extensive resources of Logos 4, allowing readers to search through thousands of ebooks with a click. Kirkdale Press, a division of Logos Bible Software, also offers its digital books through Kindle, the Nook and other ereaders.

For more information on The Lotus Keeper and K. R. Dial, click here.

Kirkdale Press is a new digital publishing imprint from Logos Bible Software. Publishing new voices in Christian living and fiction, Kirkdale Press builds on Logos’ 20 years of leadership in electronic Christian resources. Kirkdale ebooks are available through Vyrso, the Christian ereader app from Logos, as well as through the Kindle, the Nook and other ereaders.

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