DAILY DEAL! The Girl from the Tea Garden for 99p just for today!

I just wanted to let you know that my latest novel in the India Tea Series, THE GIRL FROM THE TEA GARDEN, is on the Amazon UK Daily Deal today.

It’s on for 99p (just in Amazon UK)

This is the third novel in the India Tea Series.

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TEA FOR THREE … and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

THE THREE INDIA TEA NOVELS are keeping each other company in the Amazon bestseller charts, as we go into the New Year ….

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The India Tea Series – UK

The India Tea Series – Amazon.com

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

 

The Girl emerges from the Tea Garden!

Today is the publication day for my new India Tea Novel – THE GIRL FROM THE TEA GARDEN!

Set in India and Britain in the 1930s and 40s in turbulent times, my heroine Adela Robson – a tea planter’s daughter – has ambitions to become an actress.

Much of the novel is set in the old capital of the British Raj, Simla (now Shimla) which I visited two years ago and discovered places where my own mother and grandparents had lived …jan-at-christchurch-lodge

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More information about the India Tea Series can be found on my website: INDIA TEA SERIES

 

 

Available as an ebook, paperback and audio: THE GIRL FROM THE TEA GARDEN

** GOODREADS GIVE-AWAY – THE GIRL FROM THE TEA GARDEN **

For those in the US – Goodreads.com are giving away 100 copies of THE GIRL FROM THE TEA GARDEN from now until 5th December.

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY

 

My new India Tea Series novel is launching on 6th December

 

In the dying days of the Raj, Anglo-Indian schoolgirl Adela Robson dreams of a glamorous career on the stage. When she sneaks away from school in the back of handsome Sam Jackman’s car, she knows a new life awaits—but it is not the one she imagined.

In Simla, the summer seat of the Raj government, Adela throws herself into all the dazzling entertainments 1930s Indian society can offer a beautiful debutante. But just as her ambitions seem on the cusp of becoming reality, she meets a charming but spoilt prince, setting in motion a devastating chain of events.

The outbreak of the Second World War finds Adela back in England—a country she cannot remember—without hope or love, and hiding a shameful secret. Only exceptional courage and endurance can pull her through these dark times and carry her back to the homeland of her heart.

SHELF PLEASURE’S Author Q&A: Janet Macleod Trotter

Thanks very much to SHELF PLEASURE for hosting me on their delightful book blog – great questions!

Source: Author Q&A: Janet Macleod Trotter

ANYONE FOR TEA THIS SUMMER …? GOODREADS GIVEAWAY!

MY INDIA TEA SERIES is being launched this summer by Lake Union Publishing –

From India to Britain, an epic journey of extraordinary women in momentous times.

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The new look editions: THE TEA PLANTER’S DAUGHTER and THE TEA PLANTER’S BRIDE are due for release on the 21st June.

And to celebrate, GOODREADS are giving away 20 free copies!

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/187517-tea-planter-s-daughter-the

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/187522-the-tea-planter-s-bride

So get the kettle on and enjoy!

A REBELLIOUS WOMAN!

The French know how to make a stylish entrance! And this is what my French publisher, Presses de la Cite has done with their new version of my novel A HANDFUL OF STARS.

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They have called it UNE FEMME INSOUMISE (A Rebellious Woman) which is a fair comment on my ambitious, glamorous yet warm-hearted heroine, Clara.

The cover also conveys the glamour of the 1930s period in which the novel is set:

It’s 1931 and the Depression has brought Tyneside to its knees. Young, pretty Clara Magee is devastated when her father commits suicide leaving secrets behind him and the family is forced to sell their fancy-goods shop to a German couple. Despite her mother Patience’s disapproval, Clara befriends their daughter Rennie and hot-headed son Benny, but her heart lies with their dashing elder brother Frank. Patience thinks businessman Vinnie Craven, who runs the local boxing hall, a far better catch for Clara. When Frank leaves abruptly for Germany, Vinnie single-mindedly pursues the vivacious Clara, determined to make her his wife. Tempted by the glamorous life-style Vinnie is offering and security for her family, Clara buries her feelings for Frank. But she hadn’t bargained for Vinnie’s ruthless nature or growing fascination for Mosley’s Fascist Party. Yet the greatest shock is still to come …

http://www.pressesdelacite.com/livre/litterature-contemporaine/une-femme-insoumise-janet-macleod-trotter

or buy via Amazon

TEA AND ROMANCE LAPPED UP BY FRENCH AND RUSSIANS!

Today is a red letter day! Two parcels arrived: one containing copies of the French edition of The Tea Planter’s Daughter and the other the Russian version of its sequel The Planter’s Bride.

What is so interesting about being published in translation is how the new publishers interpret the stories anew, changing covers and even titles.

 

Presses de la Cité have created a sumptuous, alluring cover of a woman’s face and called 9782258106956it, LES LUMIÈRES D’ASSAM (Lights of Assam). This was chosen for the May catalogue of the prestigious GRAND LIVRE DU MOIS.

33358_49422_kMeanwhile the Russians (Hemiro/Family Leisure Club) have gone for the romantic hero with smouldering looks, plus a peacock to denote the Indian setting; they’ve re-titled the novel, A KISS WITH THE TASTE OF MANGO

 

 

 

 

 

Both editions are gorgeous in their own way and have been expertly negotiated by Maddy Milburn at The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency. Merci beaucoup Maddy!

 

THE TYNESIDE SAGAS are a hit with UK readers!

9781908359391‘Brilliant set of books, gripping’

Kindle readers are giving the thumbs up to a box-set of Janet’s North-East historical novels – and have pushed the compilation up to Number 4 in Historical Romance!

‘Excellent. Well written. Keeps the reader interested.’

‘Very true to life on Tyneside – loved them – all three.’

They helped one reader pass the time when laid up – while another went early to bed to read them!

This is what they are about:

3 dramatic tales of passionate women: pretty Clara fighting her way out of ’30s poverty falls for bad boy Vinnie [A Handful of Stars]; Millie escaping a shameful past, dreams of riches [Chasing the Dream]; fun loving Joe uncovers dark family secrets and makes sacrifices for love [For Love and Glory]. Set in momentous mid 20th century Britain with heartwarming heroines, the stories stir all the emotions.

‘I’ve given 5 stars because I enjoyed reading all three books. Nicely written and very interesting story lines. I will definitely look for other books by this writer.’

‘Couldn’t put down – will look for more like this – great value.’

The box-set is available on Amazon UK at: http://amzn.to/1DlDoxS (as well as all other Amazon sites and on Kobo)

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ‘COUSIN’ FLORA …

THE SCOTTISH HEBRIDES are steeped in the history of Jacobite Risings and the legendary Flora MacDonald – a beautiful, spirited young woman from the Outer Isles who dared to put her life at risk to help the fugitive Bonnie Prince Charlie. And she may just be a cousin of mine!

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Flora – her life, loves and adventures – is the subject of my forthcoming historical novel, THE JACOBITE LASS. Available for pre-order on Kindle UK: http://amzn.to/1w5dtcl

and Kindle.com: http://amzn.to/1n63KZX

Scotland, 1722: on a remote and windswept Scottish island an enigmatic poetess foretells tragedy for the proud Macdonalds of Clanranald and the birth of an extraordinary child. That child is the passionate and free-spirited Flora. 

She is in love with childhood sweetheart, elusive Jacobite, Neil, yet increasingly drawn to passionate and handsome Allan.

Before affairs of the heart can be resolved, the exiled Prince Charles Stuart lands on the Outer Isles in his bid to win back the crown and his arrival ignites the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Scotland is plunged into bloody civil war; families and clans are torn apart in their loyalties and Flora’s fate is changed forever. The fate of a fugitive prince is in her hands. Will she risk everything for the sake of those she loves?

Deeply emotional and uplifting, THE JACOBITE LASS is set in the turbulent times of 18th century Scotland and is based on the true story of Scottish heroine, Flora MacDonald.

I have been following in her footsteps to get a feel of where she came from and the places where she lived – I feel like I know her!

Visiting Milton in South Uist where Flora partly spent her childhood.

Visiting Milton in South Uist where Flora spent part of her childhood.

Although I’m a proud MacLeod – a clan genealogist has worked out that Flora and I are distant cousins – five steps of kinship removed and several generations!

The next post will tell you more about my search for Flora’s past …

A typical Outer Isles beach and the Atlantic stretching away to America - a view unchanged since Flora's time.

A typical Outer Isles beach and the Atlantic stretching away to America – a view unchanged since Flora’s time.