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Choc Lit Strike Gold Down Under

Posted at 11:36AM Tuesday 18 Dec 2012

Choc Lit have acquired world rights for the novel of their first Australian author. 

Author Beverley Eikli won a competition Choc Lit have been running for several months to find and publish an Australian author. Following the closure of this competition, the result was announced yesterday via the website of the Australian Romance Readers' Association (ARRA). 

The standard of submissions received by Choc Lit was outstanding, but Beverley's book The Reluctant Bride was selected as the winner by their tasting panel, a group of independent readers and editors tasked with choosing a champion. Beverley has signed a contract directly with the publisher giving them world rights. 

Choc Lit's distributor in Australia is Alpa Books. Their Director Andrew Easton said, "Alpa Books are delighted to be involved in the launch of Beverley's new book. Since Choc Lit first came to Australia we have been looking forward to promoting an Australian author and hope that Beverley is the first of many local authors published by Choc Lit." 

The Reluctant Bride is a Regency romance laced with intrigue. Beverley initially wrote the book some time ago, but has spent many years honing the second half of the novel. The author has led an extraordinary life, emigrating with her family from Lesotho at Independence and being forced to leave the Solomon Islands during political upheaval. She later settled in Australia with her Norwegian husband, a bush pilot, she met in Botswana. The couple built their own house in the outback, calling it Wuthering Heights, and Beverley finds it the perfect location to write. 

The Reluctant Bride will be published in autumn 2013.

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