Bethenny Frankel Inks 3 Book Fiction Deal With Touchstone Fireside

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The Bravo star will expand the Skinnygirl Empire with her first novel, “Skinny Dipping.”

Bethenny Frankel is no stranger to the literary world as the author of bestselling diet books, cookbooks and even a self-help book. Now, the Bravo reality star will try her hand at fiction as part of a new deal with Touchstone Fireside.

USA Today reports that Frankel has signed on to pen a steamy romance novel, Skinny Dipping, as the first of a three-book series for the publishing house.

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“It’s about a girl’s journey and what she wants, and trying to have it all. It’s about the lessons and the people along the way, about naysayers and rising above,” said Frankel, 40. “There will be a lot of juiciness and people wondering what it’s based on and if any of it was influenced by my life.”

Skinny Dipping is expected for an April 3, 2012 release through the Simon & Schuster imprint, which previously published her Naturally Thin, The Skinnygirl Rules, The Skinnygirl Dish and A Place of Yes.

Frankel recently spoke out about another facet of her Skinnygirl Empire, after Whole Foods opted not to reorder her line of Skinnygirl Maragaritas. The decision called into question Frankel’s use of the unnatural ingredient sodium benzoate -- a preservative.

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“We would not sell anything that I don’t personally drink,” Frankel wrote on her personal website. “I’m a natural foods chef and health is a top priority for me and my family.”

“The Skinnygirl Margarita is made with natural ingredients and its label is consistent with U.S. federal regulations,” she continued. “Which is why it is carried in stores nationwide and continues to fly off the shelves.”