By Karen Kingsbury
Sudden Fame can make you ask one question: Who are the real winners?
Zack Dylan, 24, has a dream. In an effort to save his family’s horse farm, Zack wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make that dream come true. But Zack also makes a promise to his college sweetheart when he leaves Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show, Fifteen Minutes. If he makes it, nothing will change. Not him and not his faith in God.
Overnight, Zack becomes the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer comparable to a young Luke Bryan. As his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs. Soon he’s romantically linked to Zoey Davis, another contestant. As he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster. Meanwhile, a former Fifteen Minutes winner, Chandra Olson, is now a judge for the show, searching for meaning amidst her own private losses. It’s up to her to warm Zack about the real price of fame. If not, Zack will lose everything and everyone he loves.
Publisher’s Weekly Review – Inspirational fiction superstar Kingsbury considers the cost of fame in her ninth nove, which puts under the microscope the singing competitions that fill television airwaves. Zack Dylan vows to save his family’s Kentucky horse farm and sing for Jesus; competing on Fiften Minutes seems like the answer, but he must leave his family and girlfriend, Reese behind. Zack quickly learns that the price of success may be more than he anticipates. He’s romantically linked with fellow contestant Zoey Davis, asked to eliminate references to his faith, and sing songs that contradict what he believes. But straight talk from Judge Chandra Olson, who paid a steep price for her fame, and hard words from his girlfriend, Reese, begin to open his eyes. What will fame cost him? Will the price be too high? Can he ever go back? Kingsbury wrings much emotion out of her tale that is sure to cause tears and also force readers to consider their own parts in elevating entertainers into the impossible stature of idols.
Pursuit of fame, compromise, character, integrity, loyalty.
Kentucky, Atlanta, GA, New York City
Zack Dylan, 23, dark hair, blue eyes, tall, good looking. Zack is a strong singer with a local following. He leads worship at church. He loves Reese and wants to marry her one day soon. But first he wants to tryout for the singing show Fifteen Minutes. If he wins, he would use the money to save his family farm. He is certain fame would never change him.
Reese Weatherly, 22, dark brown hair, shoulder-length, pretty. Reese is a proficient horseback rider. She helps special needs kids through equine therapy, and she loves Zack. She’s supportive of him auditioning, but cautious, too. She gets an offer to teach in London for a year.
Zoey Davis, 18, long, blonde hair, high school cheerleader. She and Zack wait in line together to audition, and become friends. When both make it through, Zoey leans on Zack. She has a crush on him and doesn’t care that he has a girlfriend. She’s super flirty, very talented. Loves attention.
Chandra Olson, 28, black, beautiful. A former winner of Fifteen Minutes. As Chandra’s star rises, a stalker takes aim at her and eventually shoots and kills her parents. In her heartache, she becomes a judge of this season’s Fifteen Minutes. She hopes to warn future winners of the very real cost of fame.