William Shakespeare died 1616 aged 52. His surviving works consist of 38 plays and 154 sonnets. Interestingly the stone slab covering his grave is inscribed with a curse against moving his bones. Read about Shakespeare's Life
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Curl up with a great romantic read this autumn - all from the delicious publisher Choc Lit.
The Secret Kiss of Darkness Christina Courtenay
There is nothing like a little ghostly carrying on to make for an amusing, lighthearted, romantic read which this most certainly is. That the subject of a portrait should speak to Kayla, our heroine, makes you suspend your disbelief. That... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2014
The Reluctant Bride Beverley Eikli
A French Revolution romantic adventure of love, betrayal and espionage. Bullied Emily from a troubled home is vulnerable to the advances of a dashing officer. Then tragedy strikes and it seems she must make do with her lover’s good friend.... Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2013
Beneath an Irish Sky Isabella Connor
Written with wit and a dash of Irish charm, this is a touching and easy to read debut about a family not approving of the son’s marriage to an Irish Traveller and how they destroy it. Following a tragic road... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
New England Rocks Christina Courtenay
An addictive mix of humour, surprise and several scoops of teenage romance. A new departure for award winning Choc Lit author Chistina Courtenay. Privileged, British and expelled from another boarding school Rain Mackensie finds herself at a local high school... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
The Elephant Girl Henriette Gyland
A fast-moving romantic thriller set around an auction house and possible illegal trading. We think it’s another hit from small publisher Choc Lit. Twenty years after witnessing her mother’s murder, and living in India, Helen is still struggling to come... Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013
A Stitch in Time Amanda James
Sarah is a disillusioned history teacher deserted by her husband and caught in her dull life. Enter John. John is a 'Time Needle' who is looking for a 'Stitch' - someone he can send back in time to help others.... Format: Paperback - Released: 04/04/2013
Out of Sight Out of Mind Evonne Wareham
A highly readable romantic thriller from author Evonne Wareham whose debut Never Coming Home won the 2012 Joan Hessayon New Writer’s Award. Madison Albi is a scientist with a very special talent - for reading minds. When she stumbles... Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2012
The Gilded Fan Christina Courtenay
Winner of the Historical Category Romantic Novel of the Year at the RNA Awards 2014.
From the author of four successful award-winning novels, this is a gorgeous historical romance and the sequel to Christina’s second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, that... Format: Paperback - Released: 07/02/2013
The Road Back Liz Harris
A wonderful, beautifully told, love story of an illicit affair in Ladakh (a region west of Tibet) in the 50s which resulted in a mixed-race, illegitimate daughter whom we follow in the 90s. There is some terrific cultural detail in... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/09/2012
Vampire State of Mind Jane Lovering
The third novel and first in a new wise-cracking, ass-kicking, paranormal trilogy from Jane Lovering, author of Romantic Novel of the Year Please Don’t Stop the Music. Humans and Otherworlders (Vampires and Ghouls) live in an uneasy peace which... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2012
Run Rabbit Run Kate Johnson
Romance and action are breathlessly combined in the latest, wisecracking Sophie Green adventure from Kate Johnson, author of one of our favourites from last year Untied Kingdom. Ex-spy Sophie is framed for a murder she didn’t commit and has... Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2012
Highland Storms Christina Courtenay
Winner of the RNA Historical Romantic Novel Award 2012.
Although following on from the excellent Trade Winds, which was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Pure Passion Award for Best Historical Fiction 2011 this is a romantic and historical novel... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2011
Persuade Me Juliet Archer
A contemporary re-telling of Jane Austen's last completed novel, Persuasion, is the second in Juliet Archer's Darcy & Friends series. When do you let your heart rule your head? As far as men are concerned, Anna Elliot is stuck... Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2011
Star Struck Jane Lovering
Another bitter-sweet romance from Choc Lit author Jane Lovering. Can two emotionally damaged people help each other and cancel out the hurt or will they simply tear themselves apart?
Click here to view Please Don't Stop the Music by... Format: Paperback - Released: 25/08/2011
The Golden Chain Margaret James
Within the first two pages the author gives us a clue that there is a mystery behind the child Daisy which lures us to read on with the story beginning in India and then shifting to England. Daisy shows early... Format: Paperback - Released: 28/04/2011
The Untied Kingdom Kate Johnson
Shortlisted for the RNA Comtemporary Romantic Novel Award 2012.
April 2011 Debut of the Month.
The portal to an alternate world was the start of all her troubles - or was it? When Eve... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/04/2011
Please Don't Stop the Music Jane Lovering
Winner of the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2012 and the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2012.
Sarah Broadhurst's comment...
'“My congratulations to Jane Lovering for winning the Romantic Novel of the Year with Please Don’t Stop the Music (Choc... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2011
The Silver Locket Margaret James
A wonderful love story set against the backdrop of the First World War. Rose finds herself rebelling against her upper class family's wishes to marry someone approved by them who she doesn't love and instead goes off to the Front... Format: Paperback - Released: 21/10/2010
Hubble Bubble Jane Lovering
Amateur magic brushed with drug smuggling form the background to a delicious romantic read with folk unable to commit pulling through in the end. A highly enjoyable romantic comedy from award-winning author Jane Lovering.
Choc Lit, the publisher of... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/06/2013
The Wedding Diary Margaret James
From the author of a successful historical romance trilogy, this is a charming, funny and delightful read about silver linings and second chances.
A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...
'The Wedding Diary is a departure from Margaret James’ gritty trilogy about... Format: Paperback - Released: 02/05/2013
No Such Thing as Immortality Sarah Tranter
January 2013 Debut of the Month.
A promising start from debut author Sarah Tranter and a new departure for romantic publisher Choc Lit. Perfect for fans of Twilight and True Blood.... Format: Paperback - Released: 27/12/2012
Up Close Henriette Gyland
December 2012 Debut of the Month.
Lots of drama in this exciting Norfolk-based romance with possible murder, damaged people and family secrets to the fore. It is Nora Roberts territory and it's a... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/12/2012
Dream a Little Dream Sue Moorcroft
Familiar characters from Starting Over and All That Mullarkey are brought in, as two ambitious people clash over a work prospect. You know it’s all going to be okay but it is certainly fun finding out how. It’s... Format: Paperback - Released: 08/11/2012
Move Over Darling Christine Stovell
Another satisfying romantic read from the publisher Choc Lit. Ex-management consultant Coralie runs away from her stressed life to west Wales to set up a new business making and selling natural beauty and cleaning products. There she meets Gethin but... Format: Paperback - Released: 04/10/2012
Never Coming Home Evonne Wareham
Winner of the 2012 Joan Hessayon New Writers' Scheme Award.
A debut from an exciting new talent. A well written contemporary romantic thriller, set in London, Italy and the US, which will keep you guessing all the way through. The author... Format: Paperback - Released: 08/03/2012
Love & Freedom Sue Moorcroft
Winner of the Festival of Romance - Best Romantic Read 2011.
This is a charming, funny yet poignant read from the author of Starting Over. American Honor runs away to Brighton but finds that life doesn’t get anymore straightforward especially... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/06/2011
The Scarlet Kimono Christina Courtenay
Winner of the Big Red Reads Historical Fiction Award 2011.
Following on from the success of her first novel Trade Winds (which we featured) The Scarlet Kimono is another beautifully written, historically accurate story with a real romance at its... Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2011
Somewhere Beyond the Sea Amanda James
When love begins with a lie, where will it end? Doctor Tristan Ainsworth has returned with his family to the idyllic Cornish village close to where he grew up. The past has taught him some hard lessons, but he'll do... Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2013
Flight to Coorah Creek Janet Gover
What happens when you can fly, but you just can't hide? Only Jessica Pearson knows the truth when the press portray her as the woman who betrayed her lover to escape prosecution. But will her new job flying an outback... Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
Is This Love? Sue Moorcroft
How many ways can one woman love? When Tamara Rix's sister Lyddie is involved in a hit-and-run accident that leaves her in need of constant care, Tamara resolves to remain in the village she grew up in. Tamara would do... Format: Paperback - Released: 31/10/2013
A Bargain Struck Liz Harris
Does a good deal make a marriage? Widower Connor Maguire advertises for a wife to raise his young daughter, Bridget, work the homestead and bear him a son. Ellen O'Sullivan longs for a home, a husband and a family. On... Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2013
The Silent Touch of Shadows Christina Courtenay
Winner of the Best Historical Read Award from the Festival of Romance 2012.
An intriguingly romantic and supernatural time slip mystery from Award winning historical novelist Christina Courtenay. Could the vivid life like dreams that Melissa Grantham and fellow villager Jake... Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2012
To Turn Full Circle Linda Mitchelmore
The beautiful setting of Devon 1909 and a captivating heroine, Emma Le Goff, will have you racing through the pages. Linda Mitchelmore is an accomplished short story writer but this is her first novel. If you were a fan of... Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
The Penny Bangle Margaret James
The final novel in the historical romance series where, like The Sliver Locket and The Golden Chain, our heroine faces a romantic dilemma, this time in the shape of twins, Stephen and Robert. These are compelling reads packed... Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
As the nights draw ever in, what could be better than curling up with a good, warming romp? ... ok, and a glass of red … and maybe a bar of chocolate … or two. Our ‘Choc Lit’ section is dedicated to quality women’s fiction.
There’s a wonderfully friendly yet professional approach at Choc Lit where authors are looked after in a way that doesn’t always happen in the larger publishing conglomerates. Their debut novel, The Importance of Being Emma by Juliet Archer was winner of the Big Red Reads Fiction Award 2011 and in 2012 Jane Lovering won the overall Romantic Novel of the Year award and Evonne Wareham the Joan Hessayon New Writer’s Award. Wow! Add these to the three awards in 2011 and two in March 2012 with Highland Storms winning the Best Historical Romantic novel and Please Don’t Stop the Music Best Romantic Comedy novel of the year awards they are definitley on the right track.
Happy authors make good books: "Choc Lit is a wonderful publisher to work for. Being with a small independent publisher means you feel like you're a part of the process every step of the way. You work as a team and everyone at Choc Lit is a delight, from the marketing director and editor to the cover designer and the enthusiastic reading panel. And the other authors are great too!" Christina Courtenay
“Working with Choc Lit is an absolute pleasure. They are so market-savvy and forward thinking and they publish the type of books I love to read, as well as to write.” Sue Moorcroft
“We're all very lucky to be with Choc Lit. I personally never want to be published by anyone else.” Margaret James
Have a book you want to get published? Choc Lit is looking for more heroes to add to our collection! - If you have a good story with a romance and an irresistible hero and you’re looking for a publisher, why not send it to them for consideration? Simply follow their submission guidelines which you'll find at http://www.choc-lit.co.uk/html/submissions.html