Exciting Book News!

You guys…this book news feels like it’s been a long time coming. And while it may not be the biggest announcement I’ve ever made, it really means more to me than I know how to express.

Way back in 2015 I signed my first publishing contract with Revell/Baker Publishing Group for a manuscript that, at that time, was called Middle Ground. It was the story of a recently divorced woman named Sarah Hollenbeck who, once no longer living in the shadow of her extremely successful, philandering husband, had no idea who she was. She figured it all out on the page…with disarming honesty, lots of sarcasm, extreme vulnerability, and enough pop culture references to fill up an E!: True Hollywood Story marathon. And then she started falling in love with her widowed, single-father pastor, and things really got interesting.

Sharing The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, as it was eventually called, with readers has been one of the great treasures of this writing journey for me. But I always felt like the journey wasn’t complete. I’ve always believed that, eventually, I wanted to hear this character share her story with us. For whatever reason, an audiobook just never came together…until now.

I’m so excited to announce that HarperCollins/Thomas Nelson recently acquired the rights to produce an audiobook version of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck. For me, it feels like getting to visit old friends. Sarah Hollenbeck, Ben Delaney, Piper Lanier…I’ve really missed them. And I can’t wait to hear them come alive in a whole new way!

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Contemporary Romance

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Bethany Turner is the bestselling, award-winning author of romantic comedies such as Plot Twist and The Do-Over. She has been writing since the second grade, when she won her first writing award for explaining why, if she could have lunch with any person throughout history, she would choose John Stamos. She stands by this decision. Bethany now writes pop culture–infused rom-coms for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight. She lives in Southwest Colorado with her husband, whom she met in the nineties in a chat room called Disco Inferno. As sketchy as it sounds, it worked out pretty well in this case, and they are now the proud parents of two teenagers. Connect with Bethany at seebethanywrite.com or across social media @seebethanywrite, where she clings to the eternal dream that John Stamos will someday send her a friend request.


  1. ‘Middle Ground’ doesn’t seem to have the same zing, hey, Bethany? ? But so glad you wrote that baby! Love Sarah and Ben. ? Congratulations on their upcoming audio publication!

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