Lusana Taylor – Publishing Assistant


I came to Choc Lit as an intern but have been working in the role of publisher’s assistant for nearly half a year. Before getting a job at Choc Lit, I worked in a bookshop for five years. I have a BA degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and a Master’s degree in Publishing Studies.

A lot of people are under the impression that publishers sit around reading books all day…well, that’s not exactly the case at Choc Lit. We sit around reading books AND eating chocolate!

I’m joking. There is far more to working at Choc Lit than that (although we DO eat a fair bit of chocolate. My ever-expanding waistline is a testament to this). My role as a publisher’s assistant is very varied and that’s what I enjoy so much about working here.

Lusana TaylorI run Choc Lit’s Twitter and Facebook accounts (so when you see a tweet from Choc Lit, you’ll know who’s behind it), deal with submissions and am also involved in the editorial and production side of the company, which means a lot of the time I DO actually sit around reading books all day…but that’s because I’m proofing them, which is a often a very different experience from straightforward reading for pleasure (unless you’re the kind of person who enjoys checking for consistency of hyphenations!)

Choc Lit have an array of exciting titles planned for 2013 and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the early stages of their production. In March we release Out of Sight Out of Mind by Evonne Wareham. Evonne has previously won two awards for her debut novel Never Coming Home and her new book looks set to be just as successful. Out of Sight Out of Mind is a paranormal thriller filled with racy suspense, mind reading and a host of dangerous characters, all offset by a passionate romance story.

Our April release is A Stitch in Time by Amanda James. Amanda’s debut novel is wonderfully quirky and perfect for fans of Doctor Who. The story follows Sarah Yates as she travels back in time to such far-flung places as wartime Britain and the American West under the instruction of the very irresistible and enigmatic John Needler. A Stitch in Time is a light, funny, often touching novel and definitely one to add to your TBR pile if you’re looking for a truly unique read.

Then there is the fabulous The Wedding Diary by Margaret James, which is released in May. The Wedding Diary is Margaret’s first contemporary novel with Choc Lit, but keen-eyed readers who enjoyed her previous books will catch the link to her historical trilogy in this modern-day romance. I can guarantee that this story is just as sparkly and vibrant as its front cover!

Of course, these are not our only titles this year. We have plenty more fantastic books coming out throughout 2013, including new novels from Jane Lovering, Sue Moorcroft, Liz Harris, Henriette Gyland and Margaret Kaine.

2013 will also bring a series of exciting firsts for Choc Lit, as we branch out into YA in August with New England Rocks by Christina Courtenay under a new imprint- Choc Lit Rocks. August will furthermore see the launch of a promising new debut, in the form of Beneath an Irish Sky by Isabella Connor, which will no doubt add a hint of Irish charm to our list!

We are also thrilled to be publishing a novel by our first Australian author, Beverley Eikli, this year. Beverley won our Search for an Australian Star competition in 2012 and her regency romance, The Reluctant Bride, will come out in September. In addition, we will be celebrating the release of Close to the Wind by our first Kiwi author, Zana Bell in October.

All in all, a busy and exciting year ahead for Choc Lit, and I’m looking forward to being involved in every part of it!

Thank you to Book Chick City for inviting me to take part in their UK Publisher Month.

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Out of Sight Out of MindOut of Sight Out of Mind – Evonne Wareham

Everyone has secrets. Some are stranger than others. Madison Albi is a scientist with a very special talent – for reading minds. When she stumbles across a homeless man with whom she feels an inexplicable connection, she can’t resist the dangerous impulse to use her skills to help him.

J is a non-person – a vagrant who can’t even remember his own name. He’s got no hope, until he meets Madison. Is she the one woman who can restore his past? Madison agrees to help J recover his memory, but as she delves deeper into his mind, it soon becomes clear that some secrets are better off staying hidden. Is J really the man Madison believes him to be?

A Stitch in TimeA Stitch in Time – Amanda James

A stitch in time saves nine …or does it? Sarah Yates is a thirty-something history teacher, divorced, disillusioned and desperate to have more excitement in her life. Making all her dreams come true seems about as likely as climbing Everest in stilettos.

Then one evening the doorbell rings and the handsome and mysterious John Needler brings more excitement than Sarah could ever have imagined. John wants Sarah to go back in time… Sarah is whisked from the Sheffield Blitz to the suffragette movement in London to the Old American West, trying to make sure people find their happy endings. The only question is, will she ever be able to find hers?

The Wedding DiaryThe Wedding Diary – Margaret James

Where’s a Fairy Godmother when you need one?
 If you won a fairy-tale wedding in a luxury hotel, you’d be delighted – right? But what if you didn’t have anyone to marry? Cat Aston did have a fiancé, but now it looks like her Prince Charming has done a runner.

Adam Lawley was left devastated when his girlfriend turned down his heartfelt proposal. He’s made a vow never to fall in love again. So – when Cat and Adam meet, they shouldn’t even consider falling in love. After all, they’re both broken hearted. But for some reason they can’t stop thinking about each other. Is this their second chance for happiness, or are some things just too good to be true?



We’re giving away a copy of A Stitch in Time by Amanda James to one lucky reader. Leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning! This competition is open to UK and international readers and ends 31st May 2013.

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LeKeisha Thomas May 7, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book !!


erinf1 May 7, 2013 at 8:41 pm

thanks for the fun post! It’s been very interesting “meeting” the UK publishers :)


Mel S May 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Oh, you had me at the thought it was for fans of Dr Who – time travel bit me when I first saw Back To The Future and anything timey-wimey means I want to read it! Thanks for the giveaway – and chocolate is essential to any office I’ve found! My place runs on chocolate digestives! :-)


Hannah @ Once Upon A Time May 7, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I’ve always been interested in Choc Lit’s titles, particularly their chick lit ones but Stitch in Time sounds like lots of fun. Have bookmarked the website and followed on Twitter too, now. Surprised I wasn’t already.


Chanpreet May 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I thin it’s great you get to read for a living and help get books published. I wonder how you and other people who are in the publishing business keep from getting burned out?


Lia Oxanne May 8, 2013 at 9:08 am

Thank you for this post and giveaway, I didn’t know about Choc Lit :)


Sorcha May 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I absolutely love ChocLit books so it was such a pleasure to read this article! I’ve just applied for a graduate scheme placement at a publishing company for next year, but so many people apply that it’s unlikely I’ll get it, but reading your article has really inspired me to keep going for a job in this field as it sounds so inspirational!


Samina May 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I’ll be honest and admit that I had never heard about Choc-lit before these but keep the good work.


Sarah Docherty May 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I’d heard of Choc Lit but wasn’t sure what it was about, now I see! (I’d initially thought it was some new genre…)


Mary Preston May 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

This is actually the first I have heard of Choc Lit. Loving it so far.


karen hargreaves May 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Another great summer read, there are so many great books being published at the moment. Us readers are being spoilt for choice


Melanie Lindsay May 9, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Sounds like a great read


Fiona Marshall May 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Love the history twist to this book


Clare Perquin May 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Great read!


Rebecca Shelton May 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm

love a bit of time travel ,sounds interesting reading.


Lynsey Buchanan May 10, 2013 at 12:25 am

would love to read this


Solange May 11, 2013 at 3:00 am

Sounds like a great read


Carol Greenfield May 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Ideal sun lounger reading would love to take it on holiday with me next month.


Danielle @ Ladybug Literature May 13, 2013 at 1:05 am

I have never heard of Choc Lit. Very cute name, by the way. “A Stitch in Time” sounds like a very interesting book. Thank you for the opportunity to win it. :)


Gary Topley May 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

Great giveaway, thankyou x


Dawn Wilkinson May 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm

time travel novels always interest me – great giveaway


francis lee May 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm

love the prize, enter me please


Fiona Summer May 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm

I love the sound of A Stitch in Time :)


Daniel Osgood May 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Loving it!


claire woods May 27, 2013 at 9:31 am

Great book giveaways.


Jen Fish May 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

Please consider me for this giveaway


Debby May 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Hoping to win this book to read in the garden whilst sunbathing – always nice to be able to combine interests :) This is a great site – I’ve been on here pretty much all day now – so much for just entering the giveaways, I’ve been reading on the site all day and found it interesting to read the comments from the different editors and publishers. Informative and inspiring – my new fave site!


Diane Ayres May 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Would keep me busy reading these, I love reading.


Mickie Bull May 27, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Awesome giveaway!


Steph Price May 29, 2013 at 10:49 am

I’d like to win this please!


Jodie B May 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Id love to win a book, to keep my book shelf topped up!


Jenny May 30, 2013 at 8:26 am

Would love to win this!


Lisa Hall May 30, 2013 at 9:26 am

This would be a great read


Liz Eades May 30, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I love Choc Lit books. Stitch in Time sounds like a great read with an interesting twist – I’d love to win this! Great Giveaway :)


DENISE WILDEN May 31, 2013 at 7:55 am

Thanks for the giveaway looks a good read.


David Jackson May 31, 2013 at 3:47 pm

great giveaway looks a good read


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