#ChocLitChristmas feat. #PocketChocLit | #JorieReads a bit of ChocLit *before!* Christmas! Portable editions of Romance novellas perfectly trimmed for your ‘pocket’!

Posted Thursday, 22 December, 2016 by jorielov , , , 1 Comment

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Acquired Book By: I am a regular reviewer for ChocLitUK, where I hand select which books in either their backlist and/or current releases I would like to read next for my #ChocLitSaturdays blog feature. As of June 2016, I became a member of the ChocLit Stars Team in tandem with being on the Cover Reveal Team which I joined in May 2016. I reference the Stars as this is a lovely new reader contribution team of sending feedback to the publisher ahead of new book releases. As always, even if I’m involved with a publisher in this sort of fashion, each review is never influenced by that participation and will always be my honest impression as I read the story. Whether the author is one I have previously read or never had the pleasure to read until the book greets my shelf.

I received a complimentary copy of “You’re the One that I Want” from ChocLit in exchange for an honest review! I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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How a ChocLit girl like Jorie conceived #MidnightChocLit:

Pocket ChocLlit novellas, ChocLit tee, novella purse collage by Jorie. Book Photography Credit: Jorie of jorielovesastory.com.

Jorie’s #ChocLitChristmas surprise parcel:

*Six!* ChocLit novellas released into PRINT for the first time!

My very own #ChocLit tee! & a novella purse for travelling with #PocketChocLit! My endearing name for these portable ChocLit stories!

As most of you know by now, I’m an American bourne British writer – whose writerly voice is writ in AmeriBrit rather than American English (full story on My Bookish Life) – who just happens to have fallen in LOVE with reading British Romance novels published by an Indie UK publisher! For more insight into my writerly endeavours please read my essay about winning Nanowrimo via Priya’s Lit Blog!

My love of the novels themselves sparked a Twitter chat (#ChocLitSaturday | @ChocLitSaturday) and a regular blog feature (#ChocLitSaturdays) where reviews & guest features by ChocLit authors populate on my blog! My participation expanded a bit in the Spring of 2016 by joining of the ChocLit Stars Team to help give readerly insight into book covers & other wicked sweet pre-pub particulars.

I think you can see why I elected to feature my American star-tattooed teddy – in lieu of myself – as apparently the super soft & comfy tee is most appealing to bears inasmuch as thirty-something singletons! He even planted himself on my brushed soft denim (which I love to pair with the tee when I’m not in my comfy blues), put his bear paw on the novella purse & helped me select which novella to kick-off my #MidnightChocLit readings!

To read the ‘pre-reading’ excitement over You’re the One that I Want  – direct your attention to this post in which I talk about what the Stars did ahead of publication! I feel like Annie – where I could pinch myself realising that I am on the cusp of reading *ChocLit novellas!* for the first time – a bookish wish of mine was finding these available in print and/or audiobook! I knew the wait would be a longer one than awaiting the Digital First Novels but ooh! My ChocLit bookish heart couldn’t help but think one day these lovelies would be available in a format suited to my bookish eyes!

You might be wicked curious – how did a ChocLit girl like Jorie conceive #MidnightChocLit to ring in a #ChocLitChristmas!? To be honest – I dreamt up the idea in the last *24 hours!* because I’ve been itching to break into my ChocLit novels (four new lovelies to devour!) all month long whilst my mind simply couldn’t settle into them properly due my heart, mind & soul being focused on my Dad. (see also Dad’s Stroke)

This led to an impromptu book photo shoot & *boom!* #MidnightChocLit was bourne out of a desire to read a bit of ChocLit ahead of Christmas! I adore the authors of ChocLit who know exactly how to pen an uplifting tale of Romance for today’s Romance reader!

They write convicting & realistic Romantic Fiction across the sub-niches of the genre itself – whilst providing you with sweet little extras such as these wicked new #PocketChocLit’s! If you’ve signed on for their publishers’ ChocLit Treats you already know how awesome they can handle ‘small spaces’ for giving you the dose of Rom your seeking!

Join me whilst I read *six!* ChocLit novellas Christmas Week & New Year’s – as we read through the holidays with a ‘pocket of ChocLit’ in our hands! Remember: I’m tweeting LIVE as I read ahead of posting these reviews! Tweet me your reactions & add your commentary on the posts!

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 #ChocLitChristmas feat. #PocketChocLit | #JorieReads a bit of ChocLit *before!* Christmas! Portable editions of Romance novellas perfectly trimmed for your ‘pocket’!You're the One that I Want
by Angela Britnell
Illustrator/Cover Designer: Berni Stevens
Source: Direct from Publisher

What if you didn’t want to fake it any more?

When Sarah, a teacher from Cornwall, and Matt, a businessman from Nashville, meet on a European coach tour, they soon find themselves in a relationship …

Except it’s a fake relationship. Because Matt is too busy for romance, and Sarah is only trying to make her cheating ex-husband jealous … isn’t she?

As Matt and Sarah complete their tour of Europe, they do all the things real couples are supposed to do – from visiting fairy-tale castles in Germany to recreating the scene from Romeo and Juliet in Verona. And, of course, for every picturesque destination there’s a loved-up selfie and Facebook post to match.

But as their holiday comes to an end, Sarah and Matt realise that they’re not happy with their pretend relationship. They want the real thing.

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Short Story or Novella

Places to find the book:

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Book Page on World Weaver Press

ISBN: 978-1781893548

Also by this author: , Sugar and Spice

Published by ChocLitUK

on 4th November, 2016

Format: Portable (Pocket) Paperback Edition

Pages: 160

Published by: ChocLitUK (@ChocLituk)

Available Formats: Pocket Paperback + Ebook

Converse via: #Contemporary & #Romance + #ChocLit

OR #PocketChocLit (Jorie’s idea!)

Put some ChocLit,

in your pocket!


(little rhyme I came up with to celebrate these editions!)

About Angela Britnell

Angela Britnell

Angela was born in St. Stephen, Cornwall, England. After completing her A-Levels she worked as a Naval Secretary. She met her husband, a US Naval Flight Officer while being based at a small NATO Headquarters on the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark. They lived together in Denmark, Sicily, California, southern Maryland and London before settling in Franklin, Tennessee.

Angela took a creative writing course in 2000 and loved it so much that she has barely put her pen down since. She has had short stories and novels published in the US. Her novel Sugar & Spice, won Choc Lit’s Search for an American Star competition and is her UK debut.

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My review of you’re the one that i want:

Matt is your typical workaholic bloke whose dearly hoping to give his Mum a wicked surprise gift after she retires after a lifetime of teaching children. He wants to make her happy but what shocks him to the core is what his Mum considers a ‘fun’ option for a holiday: a nearly all-pensioner touring bus view of Europe in a blindingly fast ‘quickstep’ of stops where you might get whiplash if you forget to blink! and notice which city your in whilst the bus carries you through city after country!

Comparatively, Sarah isn’t your typical singleton – she was married to Tim, whose situation with his mistress reminded me so dearly much of Reba (American sitcom) – wherein BarbaraJean was the ‘other’ woman who stole Reba’s husband and had a babe! Oy vie. The drama which ensued was both heartfelt and comedic; the series brokered itself between a comedy and a drama quite well. In this instance though, the pings of break-up are still consuming Sarah – to the brink of her needing a proper respite away from her regular life and popping across ocean and continent whilst her Mum tags along with her to take the adventures by storm, seemed like the best ‘opt-out’ she could muster to miss Tim’s marriage to his ‘other woman’. Mind, they did it backwards – baby than marriage, but whose being critical?

Matt might have rolled into a slow grave contemplating how he was going to handle being cast-off into a retired person’s holiday brigade but he’s a bloke with a good heart – if his Mum is happy, he’s happy. The most unexpected moment for him, despite allowing himself the slight leeway to enjoy himself whilst he’s not telecommuting is running into Sarah at the hotel. She was so peppered with steam thinking her key card was going to work on his room that she surely left a strong impression. Yet it wasn’t until her hair-brained idea to ‘fake it til it’s no longer a lie’ romance via social media that startled him into a fright! Who in the world agrees to be a complete stranger’s beau simply to retaliate against the unfairness of an affair now becoming legit in marriage? He shrugged it off as a kindness he could give Sarah even if at the beginning he wasn’t putting a lot of weight into his reasons for agreeing to the romp of deceit. Afterall, it was just posting photos and random captions of memories being ‘invented’ with the full purpose of ‘staging’ a romance that never lifted off the ground, right?

The Mums’ of course were not quite as charmed by the prospect of what this would involve even if their children felt this was in some way par for course and completely acceptable behaviour. The Mums’ also worried equally about their son and daughter – wanting them to seek out true happiness and find a way to have someone special in their lives. Countering to this set-up of course, is the breakaway comedic genius of Ms Britnell – as she knew exactly what to say to convince you this novella is equally spilt between the British and American points-of-view! To such a red letter of accuracy, I had a hard time not chuckling each time she nailed it and then of course, running the line to blurring my eyes a bit due to how hard I was laughing! I love stories that feel so real to you as if the people inside them are sitting next to you telling their tale – rather than feeling as if their lives merely exist on paper.

One blessed layer of crafting convincing realities to me is how well-tuned the writer’s comedy timing is pitched against the fabric of their character’s personalities. I even liked how Ms Britnell added in smaller details – such as the differences between ‘snowbirds’ and permanent residents and the volley of a difference between England and America; when on the surface you’d not think we were so very different but the small ways in which we do differ sometimes are quite comical to look at from afar.

It was ingenious of Ms Britnell to give Sarah the parentage of ‘Italian Brit’ whilst anchouring the folly early-on with twinges of regret. Sometimes your best intentions to safeguard your heart end up having the opposite effect. You’re striving to accomplish one goal but life might have other plans for you – afterall, the best plans you try to chase after are sometimes the very same plans that get chucked out the window! Life happens to bloom when your never expecting anything to change at all. As reflected by how much Sarah was contemplating Matt whilst telling herself he didn’t mean anything in the scheme of things. He was simply helping her out and doing her a good turn of a favour. The irony there is that she truly started to see his soul emerging through his brave exterior of where he didn’t like his vulnerable side to be revealled.

The trip gave Sarah an unexpected turnaround on her emotions – as she was first blindsided a bit by how much the layers of her husband’s betrayal affected her and then, weighing against some past secrets her Mum was revealling she was a right puddle of tears. Tucking into the logic Matt gave her about speaking to her Mum and listening to what she had to tell her, Sarah found herself purged of the past in a way she hadn’t quite achieved previously. It gave a cleansing of memories – of releasing the whys and hows to let go of what held her down and allowed herself the grace to simply ‘move forward’ anew. Sometimes getting yourself ‘out’ of your regular patterns grants you the best period of growth; such as Sarah was finding true for her own mental health.

Except the attraction swung both ways – Matt was finding he was slowly running out of reasons not to be around Sarah and how each time they were near each other, he was genuinely happier. Neither of them were going to give up the ship though – they were equally committed to the rouse and neither of course, would be willing to admit something went afoul somewhere in their ‘plan’ to keep it platonic. The trouble there is how little they both realised how much they each wanted a genuine relationship. I don’t think they were entirely blind to the one blooming in front of them, but at the same time, I don’t think either of them were quite ready for it either. The timing was both perfect and a bit ‘off’ for them to fully embrace what was organically knitting up between them.

on the unexpected joy of reading a story by angela britnell:

One interesting tidbit is that Ms Britnell and I are in the same country – as she resides near the city her novels are set. I thought it was wicked fascinating how she developed the series whilst being the sole ChocLit author on this side of the Pond! Quite lovely, really. All of her releases up until this point in time have been strictly digitals; thus delaying my ‘meeting’ of them as I always await the print editions. I’ve toyed with the idea of listening to the audiobook versions – however, not all the stories are narrated; therefore patience is required if your a ChocLit reader to happily see which story (or in this case: novella!) shall be entering into the world of #printbooks next! For me, it’s quite the curious journey in spontaneity as I never know year to year which books are going to print and of course, by turn, which novel or novella I’d like to soak inside at any given moment in time! It’s a curiously awesome journey for a bookish girl whose in love with reading Romances!

I hadn’t even known the novellas were going to be print-bound this year – imagine my gobsmacked reaction of bookish blissitude!? I could barely contain myself – hence why I shouted out my glee in the twitterverse before getting the specifics on how their releasing the novellas! Straight out of the gate, Ms Britnell was one of the chosen six authors whose stories went into ‘portable’ paperback editions (of which I immediately coined ‘Pocket ChocLit’ because of how it rhymes and states the editions quite cleverly at the same time!). I was overjoyed – seeing her cover up close and personal was an unexpected gift – especially as I had a say in the choice of cover art and layout for this novella.

You simply never know how your reading life will continue to surprise you and I must say, ChocLit gave me an ‘early Christmas’ by sending me a parcel of novellas & the tee with the cheekily wicked lip-kissed novella purse! I call it that, because I can tuck in one of the novellas and a snack-sized piece of *chocolate!* and take ChocLit with me on the go! I was even thinking – this novella purse is the right size to sneak into my knitting bag or backpack (depending on which one I’m using) – giving me an untold amount of future joy!

reflecting on my forethought’s & afterthoughts:

Being in a position to reflect upon a story ahead of reading it has become a newfound joy of mine – where I get to suspend myself in the wonderful vortex of ‘could be or might be’ whilst never really knowing until I get the proper chance to read the story if I were hitting the target on the story’s heart or failing to pick up the threads of it’s narrative core.  In respect to You’re the One that I Want, I had an initial strong motivation to read the text as I simply find myself attracted to these kinds of stories quite often!

Remember when I said this:

The premise reminds me of “Under the Tuscan Sun” but with a built-in boyfriend and potential husband. The bit that reminded me the most is the touring bus & the holiday elsewhere from home, whilst life unexpectedly takes you by a surprise and gives you a new route to entertain experiencing. Love those types of stories!

There is something about being swept away on a holiday, never thinking your going to randomly meet-up with someone who could be your equal, your partner and your match. I love the folly behind the match, too! How they are playing that ‘should they or shouldn’t they’ stay together gambit, whilst sorting through their emotions. The funny thing is that for every Rom-Com (esp in movies on television) that sets up a couple in this fashion – where they are faking a relationship, inevitably they realise their error and remain together.

And, how do I feel now after reading this lovely novella twice (once for the live tweeting & re-reading for this review) about what I expressed within this paragraph:

The best bit for me is seeing how they come to this realisation – what was the impetus of changing their minds!? How did they realise that this ‘random something’ was worth taking a risk of a chance on and turning it into a romantic forevermore? I love seeing how they put it all together – weigh the odds and somehow realise that life affords us a lot choices, but sometimes the hardest thing to influence your choice is the one thing that ‘feels right’ in the moment where your life surprises you with something you hadn’t expected to find. At least not in the timing it’s being presented. There is an allure of that beautiful reverie of romance inching itself forward into your life when your focus is on everything *except!* falling in love! Laughs. Of course, that’s *exactly!* when love walks in through the door you never realised you left open!

I must say, Ms Britnell managed to woo me into her comedic Contemporary, where humour plays a big role in alleviating some rather adverse life moments (or rather side-stepping a few!) whilst honing in on the realities of dating before marriage and after divorce. She found a way to fine tune the realities of a workaholic businessman who hadn’t quite considered himself doing anything more than what he projected himself to accomplish in the business world whilst finding a singleton from England who was a bit jaded more then he was on the whole dating situation!

My initial musings were quite bang-on to what I found inside the novella – it surprised me a bit because I hadn’t realised I had tapped into the heart of the story-line as well as I had until I was reading how it all unfolded. The best part truly though was getting the joy of meeting a #newtomeauthor and reading a small slice out of her ongoing series set in Nashville! I loved the charm of the story but also the unexpected ways in which Ms Britnell surprised you – you might think you understand all the ins/outs of what could happen between Sarah and Matt, but that’s where you get a curveball of something wickedly unexpected!

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In case you’ve missed my ChocLit readings:

Please follow the threads through #ChocLitSaturdays!

And, visit my ChocLit Next Reads List on Riffle (recently upated!)

to see which stories I fancy to devour next!

I celebrated my 3rd Blogovesrary on 31st of March, 2016 wherein I revealled my Best of the Best Reads for 2015 via my End of the Year Survey. More than one ChocLit novel made the cut and received a special Award from me to acknowledge how lovely it was written!

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#MidnightChocLit Schedule of Readings & Reviews:

*accompanying the reviews are LIVE readerly tweets starting @ midnight per date listed; reviews will go LIVE after the live tweeting sessions approx. one hour later. trying to keep the live reading reflections to an hour to give a small ‘taste’ of what is inside each novella!

You’re the One that I Want by Angela Britnell (22 DEC) (review)

Blueprint for Love by Henriette Gyland (23 DEC)

Grand Designs by Linda Mitchelmore (Christmas Eve)

Marry for Love by Christina Courtenay (Christmas)

Only True in Fairy Tales by Christine Stovell (New Year’s Eve)

The Art of Deception by Liz Harris (New Year’s Day)

*ChocLit Reviews of Novels return January, 2017 to Jorie Loves A Story!

Tell me: did I tempt you to ‘put a little ChocLit in your pocket’?

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Why I feature #ChocLitSaturdays (book reviews & guest author features)
and created #ChocLitSaturday (the chat via @ChocLitSaturday):

I wanted to create a bit of a niche on Jorie Loves A Story to showcase romance fiction steeped in relationships, courtships, and the breadth of marriage enveloped by characters written honestly whose lives not only endear you to them but they nestle into your heart as their story is being read!

I am always seeking relationship-based romance which strikes a chord within my mind’s eye as well as my heart! I’m a romantic optimist, and I love curling into a romance where I can be swept inside the past, as history becomes lit alive in the fullness of the narrative and I can wander amongst the supporting cast observing the principal characters fall in love and sort out if they are a proper match for each other!

I love how an Indie Publisher like ChocLitUK is such a positive alternative for those of us who do not identify ourselves as girls and women who read ‘chick-lit’. I appreciate the stories which alight in my hands from ChocLit as much as I appreciate the inspirational romances I gravitate towards because there is a certain level of depth to both outlets in romance which encourage my spirits and gives me a beautiful story to absorb! Whilst sorting out how promote my book reviews on behalf of ChocLit, I coined the phrase “ChocLitSaturdays”, which is a nod to the fact my ChocLit reviews & features debut on ‘a Saturday’ but further to the point that on the ‘weekend’ we want to dip into a world wholly ideal and romantic during our hours off from the work week!

IF you love chatting about Romance novels, #amwriting adventures and being in a wicked good circle of writers and readers joyfully sharing their writerly & bookish lives, I invite you to join us for #ChocLitSaturday which is an extension of my reviews & guest features on behalf of ChocLitUK! All are welcome! Visit @ChocLitSaturday for more details!

Our chats resume January, 2017.

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I look forward to reading your thoughts & commentary! Especially if you read the book or were thinking you might be inclined to read it. I appreciate hearing different points of view especially amongst bloggers who picked up the same story to read.

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I am cross-promoting my Christmas readings this year via the #WYReadathon of which was put together after I had envisioned my own Christmas selections! I felt it was quite kismet on the timing of it all, and looked forward to engaging with other readers who were going to blog their readerly delights this Thanksgiving and Christmas season! I find that I am the most comfortable reading Christmas Stories between Thanksgiving and Twelfth Night (in January); as the stories just appeal to me to be read during this short period of time where the fullness of the season is not only apparent but can be felt by spirit, mind and heart. I look forward to sharing more of my selections with you as I proceed forward with my readings! Happy Christmas!

More #WYReadathon selections including “Kissing Father Christmas” and “A Very Blessed Christmas Colouring Book” are arriving before Christmas. Christmas weekend is a *25!* colouring book journal special feature wherein I will start blogging my journey with this special devotional journal where colouring & mindfulness walk hand in hand. I had to amend my #ChristmasReads schedule due to my father’s stroke (see also this post).

Read my initial joy over reading Christmas Stories on my review of “Finding Father Christmas”!

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About jorielov

I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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One response to “#ChocLitChristmas feat. #PocketChocLit | #JorieReads a bit of ChocLit *before!* Christmas! Portable editions of Romance novellas perfectly trimmed for your ‘pocket’!

  1. angelabritnell

    Thanks so much for the incredibly thoughtful review and I’m thrilled you enjoyed Sarah and Matt’s story and particularly appreciated the American/British theme! My first ever Choc Lit book came out in print – don’t know if you ever read ‘Sugar and Spice’ but it’s a transatlantic romance too with a Nashville celebrity chef at its heart. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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