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College student casts new light on forgiveness with ‘Rising Shadows’


Kirkdale Press‘ first young adult fantasy time travels to 12th century, tackles shadows from past

BELLINGHAM, Wash., June 27, 2012 — Well before crossing the stage with degree in hand, 20-year-old undergrad Ashley Townsend has made her mark with Kirkdale Press‘ first young adult fantasy novel, Rising Shadows. The up-and-coming author works a mature spiritual take on mercy and forgiveness into a riveting adventure that transports a young heroine into the middle of a perilous 12th-century conspiracy that she must unravel to return home.

“When we came across this manuscript and discovered it was written by a 20-year-old college student, we knew we had something special,” said Kirkdale Press Director Ryan Rotz. “A new era in Christian fantasy could be upon us, as Townsend balances faith, romance and adventure into a thrilling novel that will keep young adults eagerly scrolling from the first pages through the final chapter.”

Rising Shadows takes the reader through an early twist when the heroine, Sarah Matthews, sees her lazy summer unexpectedly morph into a dangerous 12th-century quest for survival. After she’s sucked through a time vacuum, she finds herself nearly a millennium back. Sarah must petition the mysterious Shadow to help her uncover a conspiracy framing her handsome, mysterious blacksmith friend, who’s plagued by a debilitating past riddled with guilt and regret. If she cannot lead her friend on the path of forgiveness and uncover the truth buried beneath false allegations of witchcraft, her only ticket back to the future could expire.

Townsend injected much of herself into the pages of Rising Shadows.

“Sarah definitely gets her sarcasm and sense of adventure from me,” Townsend explained. “And the Shadow is one of those mysterious characters that causes me to giggle whenever I read about him and makes me wish I could be his sidekick … and his damsel.”

Every ebook published by Kirkdale comes with state-of-the-art features such as one-tap Bible references that allow users to instantly read cited Scripture. When experienced via the Vyrso ereader app, Kirkdale titles link to the powerful Bible study tools and massive resources of Logos 4, which allow readers to, with a click, search thousands of ebooks to find their favorite authors and titles. Kirkdale Press, a division of Logos Bible Software, also offers its titles through the Kindle, the Nook and other ereaders.

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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.

Logos is the leading provider of multilingual tools and resources for Bible study on Macs, PCs and mobile devices. Logos has served pastors, scholars and everyone who wants to study the Bible since 1992, partnering with 150 publishers to offer more than 25,000 Christian ebooks to users in 210 countries.

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