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THE DIAMOND DAUGHTER – the third and final book in THE RAJ HOTEL SERIES.

In this emotional story set in 1946 post-war India, can a woman’s quest for love survive shocking secrets and betrayal?

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Flash sale today – The Tea Planter’s Bride!

Available today on a Kindle Daily Deal in – 99c



19th century Skye … India … Afghanistan …

If you’re looking for an escapist read to transport you thousands of miles and two hundred years ago, my historical novel,

IN THE FAR PASHMINA MOUNTAINS, is on special offer – £1 in UK and $2 in Australia.

It’s the number one bestseller in HISTORICAL ASIAN FICTION at the moment!

Available at these prices until the 14th October:



Have a good week,



I’m very excited to share with you that Rose McConnell, of 19th century Jarrow, is soon to be introduced to a German audience for the first time. THE JARROW LASS has been translated into German – DAS MÄDCHEN von JARROW – and here is the lovely new cover …

PUBLICATION DATE IS 25TH OCTOBER – but it’s available for pre-order as an ebook now on




Ganz liebe Grüße!

THE SUFFRAGETTE – special offer this week

It’s coming up to the anniversary of the death of suffrage campaigner, Emily Wilding Davison, and her heroic protest at the Epsom Races to try and gain national attention to the women’s cause. As well as my own suffragette relations, she was one of the inspirations behind my novel, THE SUFFRAGETTE: A heartrending story of one woman’s fight for justice and love.

‘Brings a time and place vividly to life and makes compulsive reading.’
Northern Echo

All this week, it’s on at the discounted price of 99p (and 99c in

If you choose to read it, I hope you enjoy it – let me know what you think.

All the best



Just wanted to alert readers in the USA that you can join in an ebook giveaway of my forthcoming historical novel, THE SAPPHIRE CHILD, from now until 7th December!



Shortlist for Historical Romantic Novel of the Year!

I feel very honoured to be one of six on the shortlist for the Goldsboro Books Historical Romantic Novel of the Year Award … for my novel IN THE FAR PASHMINA MOUNTAINS 


The Romantic Novelists Association will be holding an awards evening in London on 4th March to announce the winners of the various romance categories ….!


NEW NOVEL on special pre-launch price! In the Far Pashmina Mountains …

Excited to say that my new historical novel, IN THE FAR PASHMINA MOUNTAINS, is available now as an Amazon First Reads choice in the UK and Australia at a pre-publication price of 99p! (for Kindle ebook)INTHEFARPASHMINAMOUNTAINS-MACLEODTROTTER-26220-CV-FT

Or if you have an Amazon Prime membership you can download it during September for free! Or buy the paperback for £3.99

Here is the link for Amazon.UK

And the link for Amazon.Australia




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



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.

HOT AND STEAMY – Romantic Novelists in a London heatwave!

It began with a vodka bottle (not mine) delaying my train – the guard announced that a bottle had got stuck in the door. “It’s not the first time I’ve been defeated by a bottle of vodka,” he announced, “and it probably won’t be the last!”

The Border Reivers march on London for the Gala Dinner! (Caroline Roberts, Janet MacLeod Trotter, Shirley Dickson, Lorna Windham)

The Border Reivers march on London for the Gala Dinner! (Caroline Roberts, Janet MacLeod Trotter, Shirley Dickson, Lorna Windham)

But vodka trains and a tube strike didn’t stop me from getting to London and my first Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Conference (although I’ve been a member for years) which was a great event. Three days of action-packed talks, workshops and socialising – wow, do romantic novelists know how to party – the temperatures in and out of the conference halls in East London soared!

A small sample of fascinating things learned:

Customer profile at WH Smith Travel shops is 50/50 male-female, and largely professionals; 7 out of 20 current top titles have the female sex in their titles, eg girl, woman, female name etc. (info from Fiction Buyer Matt Bates)

Kingsford Campbell is a new literary agency, combining traditional author representation with marketing campaigns (info from former Bookseller reviewer, Sarah Broadhurst @S_Broadhurst)

How to get editors excited! Gillian Green of Ebury (@GillianGreenEd) loves a snappy ‘elevator pitch’ – best one at a recent acquisition meeting was, ‘Robinson Crusoe set on Mars’ !!

Online book reviewersLovereading want a review to be a “piece of passion” not boring publishing blurb; The Little Reader Library and The Worm Hole have an open author policy (ie will read self-published books too) – Charlie at Worm Hole loves anything about history or castles while Lindsay at LRL prefers to read print but will review ebooks too. Anna at We Love This Book (run by the trade magazine The Bookseller) must be wowed by the first page in deciding what to review and won’t take self-published.

Multiple genre author, Jane Holland (@janeholland1 who writes under an impressive dozen or so different names!) suggests setting up a different social media profile and brand for each pseudonym – she uses Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pintrest, Linkedin, Instagram, You Tube – and don’t forget which ‘author’ you are when posting to your fans! Use a quote from your book on a promotional card or a picture to conjure up the brand.

Reader Insight – the use of statistics and info on readers garnered from social media – Kate Harrison (@KateWritesBooks) opened up a brave new world where sales rankings, Amazon page reads, web page visits, YouGov profiles, Goodreads reviews can all be used to build up a profile of your ideal reader – their likes, brands, hobbies. Then go and interact with them and give them what they want!

Marketing guru, Alison Baverstock (@alisonbav) told us about planning a marketing strategy – it’s an ongoing process from developing relationships with readers on social media to organising review coverage of a new book – “tempt but don’t tell too much or they won’t want to buy it!”

Affinity Marketing = linking two products that go well together, eg books and chocolate!

Urine in medieval times was a sought after resource (there is nothing we authors won’t discuss!) – used in bleaching, tanning, shrinking cloth and dyes. This was just one of the facts learnt in an entertaining hour on historical research led by Joanna Hickson (@joannahickson) and Jenny Barden (@jennywilldoit).

Gala Dinner 2015

Best of all were the meet ups, chats, gossip and laughter with fellow writers – both with friends from the Border Reivers Chapter in Northumberland and with new friends made at the conference. Big Thanks to Jan Jones (@janjonesauthor)for carrying out the mammoth task of organising the conference so well and to Kate (@katyhaye)for looking after the ‘newbies’ with our special sparkly badges.

Roll on next year!