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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Author Jennifer Kostyal lives in Wilmington, but she's been on the road a lot promoting her new book, Finally Free: Living in Peace by Releasing Your Past.

She outlines her tough childhood - to include being raised in a religious cult, as well as sexually abused and raped. However, she's able to put her past behind her and move on with an optimistic outlook on life.

Kostyal has had a largely positive response from readers; the book stayed Amazon's bestseller new release list for books on dysfunctional relationships for more than 12 weeks, hitting #1 during Mother's Day weekend.

She spends a lot of time talking to prison inmates as well, because statistically many women inmates have been abused. She hopes to help them turn their lives around. Check out her interview with Good Morning Carolina anchor Ashley Jacobs and get details on her Saturday book signing at Barnes & Noble.

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