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Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #5

The Spring Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt
has now closed.
Thank you so much to everyone who participated!
Look for winner announcements soon.

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1 and collect the clues through all the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!

  • The hunt BEGINS on 3/18 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
  • Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt–you have all weekend (until Sunday, 3/21 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
  • Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at the final stop, back on Lisa’s site. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

In case we haven’t met, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bethany Turner, and I write romantic comedies full of pop culture references, laugh-out-loud moments, swoony kisses, complicated heroes and heroines, and usually a Colin Firth or George Clooney reference or two. I love connecting with readers, and am always seeking new ways to form community. Along those lines, did you know you can text me at (970) 387-7811? Seriously…send me a text! And be sure to connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, and through my email newsletter so we can keep getting to know each other better. Now, speaking of those George Clooney references…let me tell you a little bit about my upcoming summer release from HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson called Plot Twist:

February 4, 2003 is just another day for Olivia Ross—a greeting card writer whose passion project is a screenplay of her own. After she and a handsome, struggling actor have a near-magic encounter in a coffee shop, they make a spontaneous pact: in ten years, after they’ve found the success they’re just sure they’re going to achieve, they’ll return to the coffeehouse to partner up and make a film together. The only problem? Olivia neglected to get the stranger’s name. But she doesn’t forget the date. For the next ten years, every February 4, Olivia has an exceptional day, full of coincidences and ironies. But a lot can happen in ten years, and while waiting for the curtain to rise on her fate, the true story of Olivia’s life is being written—and if she’s not careful, she’ll completely miss the epic romance playing out right before her eyes.

I’m really excited to introduce you to these characters and this story. The fact is, there are some similarities that played out between the ten years of Olivia Ross’s story and the last ten years of my story. Oh…not the encounter with an actor in a coffee shop and not the flirty interaction with George Clooney at a charity gala (I’m telling you…I’m serious about those Clooney mentions!), but certainly the way ten years can play out in a way you would never expect.

I actually wrote Plot Twist nearly ten years ago, and it covered the previous ten years from the date of that first draft. That means that in 2021, I’m releasing a book that takes place from 2003 until 2013. And while it is certainly still a contemporary romance, there are aspects of it that made me feel a bit like I was writing a historical! A few examples:

3 “Historical” Details in Plot Twist

  • GEORGE CLOONEY I know I’m hitting hard on the Clooney references right now, but please indulge me in one more. In the timeline of Plot Twist, George Clooney wasn’t just a bachelor…he was the bachelor. The only things certain in life were death, taxes, and George Clooney never settling down. Let’s just say the pre-Amal/pre-father-of-twins Clooney factors heavily into Olivia Ross’s story!
  • CELL PHONES Think about it: In 2003 we were using Skype and calling cards to make international calls. Most people had a cell phone, but not everyone had a smart phone. We were still using maps instead of GPS, we didn’t have unlimited texting plans, and we were only beginning to harness the power of the internet at our fingertips.
  • CARS AND FASHION AND MOVIES, OH MY! What were people driving, wearing, and listening to in 2003? Oh, you may be thinking, “That wasn’t all that long ago. Not much has changed.” Sure. Except people were driving PT Cruisers, men were wearing fedoras, and we were still going to the theater for new Matrix and Lord of the Rings movies. So there’s that.

Here are the Stop #5 Basics:

If you’re interested, you can pre-order Plot Twist on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, Bookshop.org, or anywhere books are sold!

CLUE TO WRITE DOWN: welcome

Link to Stop #6, the Next Stop on the Loop: Jill Eileen Smith’s site!

But wait! Before you go, I’m offering some additional prizes! By simply subscribing to my email newsletter, you will gain two entries to win a signed copy of of whichever of my previous books you would like (The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, Wooing Cadie McCaffrey, or Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish) as well as some book swag — like bookmarks, a pen, a coaster, and a magnet! And there are ways to get additional entries by doing things like following me on social media or texting me. The Rafflecopter is below!
{Signed copy and other prizes are for USA entrants only, but international winners will be sent a paperback from BookDepository.com.}

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25 Comments on Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #5

  1. Hey, cuz! Love the Clooney talk and the scoop on your new book! Congrats on your successes! I just hope that 70s clothing is really not coming back but it keeps creeping into movies lately! 🤢 Be blessed

  2. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this amazing giveaway which introduces some of us to the work of new authors which is always a reader’s delight! 🙂

  3. Your book sounds like a great read, thank you for sharing about it. Have a great weekend and stay safe.

  4. I cannot WAIT to read Plot Twist…I actually missed the entire decade in question because my kids were wee little, so I have zero pop culture knowledge of that time period unless it involved PBS kids and Twilight!

    • Ha! Well, not a lot of PBS Kids in this one. (Although my kids were little then, too, so we were living on Rolie Polie Olie and Zoboomafoo.) But I’m trying to remember if there is a Twilight reference… Hmm… Very possible! Ha ha!

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