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Choc Lit’s Australian Star

17 December 2012

We are extremely pleased to have the honour of announcing the winner of Choc Lit’s Search for an Australian Star.

Congratulations to Beverley Eikli, who won with The Reluctant Bride, a Regency romance. Lyn Vernham from Choc Lit said ‘We’re really excited to have Beverley on board and believe she’ll be a big asset to the team, and a great pioneer for Choc Lit in Australia.’

The Reluctant Bride

As Napoleon cuts a swathe across Europe, bereaved Englishwoman Emily Micklen must confront her allegiance to her traitorous half-French family to save the life of the honorable British soldier whose reluctantly accepted marriage offer saved her from destitution.

With Emily’s loyalty to England under scrutiny by the British Government, her bold gamble to foil an attempt on the life of her husband means estrangement from the father she reveres–and her own possible death.

Beverley Eikli_resizedBeverley Eikli wrote her first romance when she was seventeen. However, drowning the heroine on the last page (p550!) was, she discovered, not in the spirit of the genre so her romance-writing career ground to a halt and she became a journalist.

After throwing in her secure job on South Australia’s metropolitan daily The Advertiser to manage a luxury safari lodge in the Okavango Delta, in Botswana, Beverley discovered a new world of romance and adventure in a thatched cottage in the middle of a mopane forest with the handsome Norwegian bush pilot she met around a camp fire.

Eighteen years later, after exploring the world in the back of Cessna 404s and CASA 212s as an airborne geophysical survey operator during low-level sorties over the French Guyanese jungle and Greenland’s ice cap, Beverley is back in Australia living a more conventional life with her husband and two daughters in a pretty country town an hour north of Melbourne. She writes Regency Historical Intrigue as Beverley Eikli and erotic historicals as Beverley Oakley.

She writes traditional Regency Romance as Beverley Eikli and sensual historical romance as Beverley Oakley and has published six novels, with two more due out in January.

The Reluctant Bride will be published in early 2014. For more information, visit Choc Lit’s website.

  1. 20 December 2012 1:12 pm

    Thanks Christina and Aimee. Look forward to seeing you at the convention, perhaps.

  2. aimskye permalink
    20 December 2012 12:46 pm

    Congratulations Beverley!!!


  3. 18 December 2012 9:21 pm

    Congratulations Beverley!

  4. 18 December 2012 11:23 am

    Thank you Lexi and Helene, Ainslie, Barbara, Suz, and everyone. Yes, I’m really looking forward to properly calling myself one of the Choc-Lit family, Henri, Sue, Sarah, Margaret and … so sorry if I missed anyone. It’ll be great to put faces to names soon.

  5. Lexi Greene permalink
    18 December 2012 10:12 am

    Awesome achievement Bev, you so deserve it and so does your wonderful story. Fly high!! Lexi x

  6. 18 December 2012 7:57 am

    Congratulations, Beverley, a wonderful way to kick off the festive season and 2013!!!

  7. 18 December 2012 5:38 am

    Looking forward to it. Thanks, everyone!

  8. 17 December 2012 9:14 pm

    Many congratulations, Beverley 🙂

  9. 17 December 2012 7:59 pm

    Well done Beverley …. will see you at ARRC

  10. henrigyland permalink
    17 December 2012 7:25 pm

    Welcome to Choc Lit, Beverley. I look forward to reading your book – I love Regencies!

  11. 17 December 2012 5:59 pm

    Congratulations, Beverley! Welcome to the Choc Lit family.

  12. 17 December 2012 5:28 pm

    What fantastic news! Congratulations Beverley. Wishing you heaps of sales 🙂

  13. Tina Brown permalink
    17 December 2012 5:10 pm

    Congratulations Beverley, wishing you all the best success & am looking forward to reading your novel 🙂 cheers.

  14. 17 December 2012 11:07 am

    Thank you. I’m looking forward to meeting a whole lot of Choc-Lit authors at the RT In Kansas City (though I’m not sure exactly who’s going – and now I’m going to ARRC after all.

  15. 17 December 2012 10:38 am

    That is wonderful, congratulations 🙂

  16. 17 December 2012 10:18 am

    Here’s more chocolate to you Beverley to celebrate your Choc-Lit success.

  17. 17 December 2012 10:05 am

    Congratulations, Beverley! And welcome aboard! Sx

  18. 17 December 2012 9:59 am

    Hi Beverley,
    Congratulations. Well done and well deserved.



  19. 17 December 2012 9:28 am

    Thanks so much, everyone! And Mel, I’m sure you meant to say ‘nicer’, not ‘nice’ – (still laughing:)!) Or maybe that’s from too much celebratory champagne.

  20. 17 December 2012 9:20 am

    HUGE congrats Beverley that is awesome and exciting news!!

  21. Alissa permalink
    17 December 2012 9:16 am

    Fabulous news Beverley!!!

  22. 17 December 2012 9:14 am

    Congratulations Beverley, you must be over the moon! What an amazing Christmas present for you.
    I wish you all the best with The Reluctant Bride 🙂

  23. Jenny Schwartz permalink
    17 December 2012 8:51 am

    Woohoo! Congratulations, Beverley 🙂

  24. 17 December 2012 8:24 am

    Bev, this is wonderful, fantastic, amazing news – and totally deserved. CONGRATS.

  25. 17 December 2012 8:20 am

    Congratulations Beverley! How exciting!

  26. 17 December 2012 8:20 am

    well done Bev! How amazing for you, couldn’t have happened to a nice person 🙂

  27. 17 December 2012 7:50 am

    Huge congratulations Beverley! Fantastic news. How exciting for you! Well done.

  28. 17 December 2012 7:34 am

    Congratulations, Bev! What an amazing accolade.

  29. 17 December 2012 7:31 am

    Mega congratulations, Beverley. I can’t wait to reading your winning novel.

    What an amazing career you’ve had! It sounds fantastic.

  30. Liv Thomas permalink
    17 December 2012 7:17 am

    Looking forward to getting to know Beverley, and reading her work. And what an exciting life she’s had – getting more so by the minute probably.

  31. 17 December 2012 7:14 am

    WOW! How brilliant …. dancing the happy dance for you Beverley!

    Well done and Huge congratulations!!!! 🙂

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