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Curl up with a great romantic read this autumn - all from the delicious publisher Choc Lit.
Maybe he wasn't there because of the lights - maybe they were there because of him... It's been over eighteen months since Molly Gilchrist has had a man (as her best friend, Caro, is so fond of reminding her), so when she as good as stumbles upon one, lying comatose, on the moors one bitterly cold morning, it seems like the Universe is having a laugh at her expense. But Phinn Baxter, (that's Doctor Phinneas Baxter) is no drunken layabout, as Molly is soon to discover; with a PhD in astrophysics and a tortured past that is a match for Molly's own disastrous love life. Finding mysterious men on the moors isn't the weirdest thing Molly has to contend with, however. There are the strange lights she keeps seeing in the sky. The one's she's only started seeing since meeting Phinn...INCLUDES A FREE EBOOK COPY ON PURCHASE OF THE PAPERBACK!
Maybe he wasn't here because of the lights - maybe they were here because of him - It's been over eighteen months since Molly Gilchrist has had a man (as her best friend, Caro, is so fond of reminding her) so when she as good as stumbles upon one on the moors one bitterly cold morning, it seems like the Universe is having a laugh at her expense. But Phinn Baxter (that's Doctor Phinneas Baxter) is no common drunkard, as Molly is soon to discover; with a PhD in astrophysics and a tortured past that is a match for Molly's own disastrous love life. Finding mysterious men on the moors isn't the weirdest thing Molly has to contend with, however. There's also those strange lights she keeps seeing in the sky. The ones she's only started seeing since meeting Phinn -
What if you recalled memories from a life that wasn't yours, from a life before - ? When Becky steps into Jonathon Nelson's atmospheric photography studio in Whitby, she is simply a freelance journalist in search of a story. But as soon as she puts on the beautiful Victorian dress and poses for a photograph, she becomes somebody quite different - From that moment on, Becky is overcome with visions and flashbacks from a life that isn't her own - some disturbing and filled with fear. As she and Jon begin to unravel the tragic mystery behind her strange experiences, the natural affinity that they have for each other continues to grow and leads them to question - have they met somewhere before? Perhaps not just in this life but in another?
You save me and I'll save you...Victoria Noble has pulled the plug on romance. As director of the number one social networking site, EweSpeak, and single mother to four-year-old Seth, she wrestles with the work-life balance. Enter Chris Frampton, Hollywood action hero and Victoria's first love. His return from LA has sparked a powder keg of media attention, and with secrets threatening to fuel the fire, he's desperate to escape. But finding a way forward is never simple. Although his connection with Victoria is as strong as when he was nineteen, has he been adrift too long to know how to move on? With the risk of them breaking, will either #follow their heart?
Can a runaway bride stop running? Elle Jamieson is a private person, in relationships as well as at work - and for good reason. But then she's made redundant and with no ties to hold her, Elle heads off to sunny Malta. Lucas Rose hates secrets - he prides himself on his ability to lay his cards on the table and he expects nothing less in return. He's furious when his summer working as a divemaster is interrupted by the arrival of Elle, his ex, all thanks to his Uncle Simon's misguided attempts at matchmaking. Forced to live in close proximity, it's hard to ignore what they had shared before Lucas's wedding proposal scared Elle away. But then a phone call from England allows Lucas a rare glimpse of the true Elle. Can he deal with Elle's closely guarded past when it finally comes to light? PAPERBACK INCLUDES A FREE DIGITAL COPY - DETAIL WITHIN THE PAPERBACK.
If you keep looking back, you might miss what's standing right in front of you - Six months after a painful break-up from Gordon, Beth's finally getting her life back on track. She has faith in her own scientific theories and is willing to work hard to prove them. She's even beginning to see Hibs, her dedicated lab partner, as more than just a lousy lothario in a lab-coat and goggles. So when Gordon arrives back from America without warning and expects to be welcomed back into Beth's arms, she's totally thrown. She also quickly begins to see that Gordon isn't the man she thought he was - Hibs has always held a candle for Beth, but he can only wait so long for her to realise there's more to life than being patronised and bullied by the one who's meant to love and protect her. Will Beth forsee the explosive nature beneath Gordon's placid surface before he destroys everything she's worked for, both inside and outside the lab? PAPERBACK INCLUDES A FREE DIGITAL COPY - DETAILS WITHIN THE PAPERBACK.
Sometimes the most precious things cannot be bought...It's 1759 and Jamie Kinross has travelled far to escape his troubled past - from the pine forests of Sweden to the bustling streets of India. In India he starts a new life as a gem trader, but when his mentor's family are kidnapped as part of a criminal plot, he vows to save them and embarks on a dangerous mission to the city of Surat, carrying the stolen talisman of an Indian Rajah There he encounters Zarmina Miller. She is rich and beautiful, but her infamous haughtiness has earned her a nickname: The Ice Widow. Jamie is instantly tempted by the challenge she presents. But when it becomes clear that Zarmina's step-son is involved in the plot, He begins to see another side to her - a dark past to rival his own and a heart just waiting to be thawed. But is it too late? The final in the Kinross series - Trade Winds, Highland Storms and Monsoon Mists. PAPERBACK INCLUDES A FREE DIGITAL COPY - DETAILS WITHIN THE PAPERBACK.
July 2014 Debut of the Month. If you are looking for easy, relaxing romance then the Choc Lit authors should suit you. This charming love story features a beautiful, wealthy girl disenchanted with her shallow life who goes out to South America to help in a disaster area. So we have a handsome medic with a chip on his shoulder and our heroine ending up saving him in more ways than one. All very predictable, all very comfortable, a thoroughly enjoyable romance. Choc Lit, the publisher of this novel, was the 2012 Publisher of the Year as voted for by the Festival of Romance.
Sometimes your heart's the only navigator you need - May Starling's had enough of her demanding career and even more demanding ex. Responding to a 'crew-wanted' ad, she follows her dreams of escape only to find herself at sea with red-haired Bill Blythe. Bill warns May that close-quartered living can create a boiling pot of emotions, but even May is surprised by the heat building up inside the vintage wooden boat. And when May and Bill tie up at Watling's Boatyard in Little Spitmarsh, May's determined to test her new-found feelings on dry land. But May's dream of escaping her former life is in danger of being swept away when several unwelcome blasts from the past follow her ashore, all seemingly hell-bent on reminding her that it's never that easy to clear the decks.
Is it a crime to steal a heart? Hounslow, 1768. Jack Blythe, heir to the Earl of Lampton, is a man with great expectations. So when his carriage is held up by a masked woman, brandishing a pistol and dressed as a 'gentleman' of the road, he wholly expects to have his purse stolen. And when he senses something strangely familiar about the lovely little bandit, Jack also expects to win his cousin Rupert's wager by tracking her down first. But as Jack and the highwaywoman enter into a swashbuckling game of cat and mouse, uncovering an intricate web of fiercely guarded family secrets, the last thing Jack expects to have stolen is his heart.
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 air ambulance help her sleep at night or atone for a lost life? Doctor Adam Gilmore touches the lives of his patients, but his own scars mean he can never let a woman touch his heart. Runaway Ellen Parkes wants to build a safe future for her two children. Without a man - not even one as gentle as Jack North. In Coorah Creek, a town on the edge of nowhere, you're judged by what you do, not what people say about you. But when the harshest judge is the one you see in the mirror, there's nowhere left to hide. Set in the Outback of Australia - a perfect example of Chook Lit!
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 the artist is Gainsborough is even more incredible but settle into this bewitching tale for it is predictable, charming and well worth curling up with. Great fun. Choc Lit, the publisher of this novel, was the 2012 Publisher of the Year as voted for by the Festival of Romance.
Time to Curl Up....
with a Great Read
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.”
“We're all very lucky to be with Choc Lit. I personally never want to be published by anyone else.” Margaret James
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