BLOOMINGTON, Minn.In what may be publishing’s most exciting news of 2010, Summerside Press™ is pleased to announce that its newest fiction authors, best-selling and multiple award-winning authors Bodie and Brock Thoene, will produce the Zion Diaries. For 20 years, millions of readers have hoped for a Thoene series that would cover the time period between the best-selling Zion Covenant series (1936-1940) and Zion Chronicles series (1947-1948). Retailers’ and readers’ wait will soon be over, as the first Zion Diaries installment, The Gathering Storm, will release in August 2010. A national advertising, marketing, media, and publicity campaign, including strategic outreach to libraries and churches, will accompany the release.  


“Writing the Zion Diaries series has been on our heart for over 20 years,” said the eight-time Gold Medallion award-winning wife-and-husband team, Bodie and Brock Thoene. “These timeless tales are the missing pieces—the ones thousands of readers have asked us about over the years—of the lives of some of the most beloved characters from our Zion Chronicles and Zion Covenant series. Their compelling stories of courage and love chronicle the darkest of times, when good seemed lost, but God’s truth stood firm and shone as a beacon in the midst of Hitler’s evil. Based on decades of interviews and divine encounters, the Zion Diaries are our most up-close and personal books ever.” 


Summerside Press is a rapidly expanding publishing company founded in 2008. Because of her intrigue with Summerside’s popular romance-with-that-something-extra series, Love Finds You™, Bodie Thoene began her partnership with Summerside by authoring Love Finds You in Lahaina, Hawaii, which releases in June 2010. “Summerside’s calling to present God’s truth in fresh, irresistible ways, their passion to make a difference in the world through story, and their integrity in both the Christian and mainstream markets made our partnership a perfect match. We believe God has brought us together for just such a time as this—to meet the deep needs of those who are longing for hope and answers,” said the Thoenes. 


The Zion Diaries explore the passion, romance, and danger experienced by those who lived through Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and eventual downfall at the end of World War II. Summerside Press is excited to take up the mantle of the Zion books. The second Zion Diaries book will publish in Spring 2011, and the third is scheduled for Fall 2011. The Thoenes’ books are a perfect match for Summerside’s new line of general fiction, which features favorite, best-selling authors and exciting, emerging voices and joins the publisher’s already strong gift, romance, and non-fiction lines.  


Summerside Press™ is an inspirational publisher offering fresh, irresistible books to uplift the heart and engage the mind.