Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Please Welcome Anita Davison, Author of the Culloden Spirit

About The Author – Anita Davison

Anita was born in London, a city with a unique atmosphere; a sense of time passed that she connected with, even when she was quite young. When the other children on the school trip coach were throwing the contents of their lunch boxes at each other, Anita was staring out of the window at the ancient buildings, imagining men in wigs and heeled shoes coming out of coffee houses to climb into sedan chairs on the cobbles outside St Pauls Cathedral.
Writing about the past may be more intricate than contemporary fiction because there are so many details to get right, and even more ways to get it wrong - but Anita maintains that historical fiction chose her.
Her latest novel, The Cherry Garden will be published by Pen and Sword Books in early 2013
Trencarrow Secret Published by MuseItUp June 2011
Culloden Spirit Published by MuseItUp September 2011
Blog: http://thedisorganisedauthor.blogspot.com
Trencarrow Secret from MuseItUp Publishing
Blog: http://trencarrowsecret.blogspot.com
Culloden Spirit from MuseItUp Publishing
Blog: http://cullodenspirit.blogspot.com

What the SWEET ROMANCE, The Culloden Spirit, Is About:
Carrie Gordon's season in her native York was an unqualified success, until the young man who paid her so much attention married someone else. 
When her family takes a summer trip to her father’s ancestral home in the Scottish Highlands, her handsome Scottish cousin, Duncan McRae, takes an immediate dislike to Carrie, mainly due to her father’s plans to refurbish Cair Innes castle which is in need of extensive repair beyond the means of its present owner and resident, Iain McRae.
Carrie feels the vacation will be a disaster until she discovers a strange young man while exploring the derelict castle, However, she soon learns Ruairi McRae is not what he seems, and the battle he intends to fight was lost by his clan a hundred and fifty years before.
Will Carrie be able to accept that she cannot be part of Ruairi’s world? And when the Roma arrive to camp on Bucks Meadow as they do every summer, who is the beautiful gypsy girl Duncan won't talk about?

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Culloden Spirit Excerpt:

Disappointed Carrie’s first foray into the castle wouldn’t be a solitary one, she gripped the door ring and twisted hard. The door swung inward with hardly a creak, and she paused on the threshold to survey the interior.
A curved stone staircase reached to the next floor of a two-storied entrance hall with a massive fireplace at one end. A small balcony sat at the top of the stairs like a miniature gallery. Small windows high in the walls barely penetrated the gloom, leaving the corners in shadow.
“Are you just going to stand and stare? Let’s have a proper look round.” Beth said.
“You’re spoiling this for me, Beth. Have some patience.” Carrie negotiated the raised step into a cold, damp entrance that smelled of mildew and ancient flowers.
At intervals along the walls hung lop-sided iron sconces, heavy with globs of yellow wax from long-burned candles clinging to the metal.
Carrie’s tentative footsteps moved across the gritty flagged floor, while Beth’s resembled a rhythmic march as she systematically examined every corner and peered up the chimney. She ran her hand across a window sill and pulled a face.
“It’s really dusty in here.” She lifted her fingers away with a grimace and wiped them surreptitiously on her skirt.
Carrie exhaled slowly, summoning patience. “What did you expect? It’s been practically deserted for fifty years.”
“I suppose it is impressive.” Beth slapped one of the solid walls with the flat of her hand. “To think this was where Papa’s mother was born, and her father before that.”
“Last night, Uncle Iain said Cair Innes is where the McRae souls belong.”
Beth sniffed. “We’re Gordons, not McRaes.
Ignoring her, Carrie ventured through a doorway into another empty room, where the plaster in one corner had crumbled away to expose the floor supports of the room above. A canopied stone fireplace stood at one end, its hearth strewn with bits of old wood and desiccated leaves.
Beth strolled to the window, which gaped empty of glass, like an open mouth onto the lake. She leaned her forearms on the sill and poked her head through.
“Oooh, look! The lake comes right up to the castle walls down there. It’s as if we are floating on the water.”
“Come away, Beth before you fall in,” Carrie warned.
Beth sighed, but did as she was told, displaying her resentment at being told what to do by poking a pile of dried leaves in the corner with the toe of her boot.
Above the fireplace hung a blackened, carved shield with a blurred Latin inscription beneath it. The flurry of a disturbed bird in the chimney made Carrie jump. She tugged her shawl tight around her shoulders against the chill.
“There’s nothing here, Carrie,” Beth spoke from behind her. “We may as well go back to the lodge.”
Carrie swung to face her. “I thought you liked history. You’ve had your nose in a guidebook since we left London.”
“I do.” Beth’s gaze probed the hallway. “I like rooms arranged as if the occupants are due to return any moment.” She gave an exaggerated shudder. “This place is old, damp, and creepy.”
“You can leave, if you like. I’m staying a while longer.”
“And I’m cold.” Beth rubbed her upper arms and made for the door, her skirt swaying above the tops of her buttoned boots. “I’ll see what the stables have to offer.”
Relishing her regained solitude, Carrie wandered back into the entrance hall to peer behind another door in the corner. Smaller than the others, it opened to a flight of narrow stone steps with a frayed rope handrail that curled downward into the bowels of the building.
Assuming what remained of the kitchens lay at the bottom, Carrie was about to descend into the darkness when a sound above made her pause, listening.
Is someone else here?
More intrigued than nervous, she climbed the curved staircase, the treads of which dipped in the middle from thousands of footsteps, to the tiny balcony overlooking the entrance hall like a miniature stage. A narrow window looked onto the courtyard, and off to the right lay a short hallway with light patches on plaster walls where paintings had once hung.
At the end, a wooden door stood ajar. Carrie’s pulse thrummed in her temples as she extended a hand to widen the gap, but before she made contact, it swung open.
“Coom in,” a male voice said.

Blog: http://thedisorganisedauthor.blogspot.com
Trencarrow Secret from MuseItUp Publishing
Blog: http://trencarrowsecret.blogspot.com
Culloden Spirit from MuseItUp Publishing
Blog: http://cullodenspirit.blogspot.com

Please welcome Anita Davison to Sweet Not Spicy by leaving a comment.


  1. Good Going, Anita! I admire anyone who can write historical novels. It does take a lot of research and thought to get things right!

    Morgan Mandel

  2. Sounds like a fabulous book. MuseIt Up's cover designer did a fine job on this one.

    Wishing you the best,


  3. Thanks so much for featuring my novel, Morgan. And doing the research is my favourite part! My weakness is I put too much in - I have to keep telling myself only light sprinkles are necessary or I risk boring the reader.

  4. As someone who is a BIG Anita Davison fan, I'm can personally vouch for the talent, emotion, and reality you'll find in each of her books. I always steered clear of historical novels set in London because those I tackled seemed as stuffy as I believed the English to be, but Anita changed my opinion. Her descriptions, ability to connect you to the characters and the passion with which she writes won me over in the first chapter of her Duking Days series. I've since read everything she's written, and I always will. In closing, I just wanted to say...I received no compensation for this announcement, and everything I've offered up is my own opinion and very true. She's always going to be on my favorite author list and I'm proud to see how much she's accomplished. Wow! You rock, girl, and so does Morgan for sharing your post.

    1. I agree, and just bought the book because I realized I hadn't done it before. She's an amazing writer!

  5. Anita, you're such an elegant writer. I always enjoy your stories. I'm so happy you've published this novel, and I can't wait to see The Cherry Garden in print. You're a supportive critique partner, and I agree with everything Ginger said! Some day the three of us must meet face-to-face, and have a good girls' gone wild.

  6. I love the clever cover - I'm planning on putting it on my summer reading list, when I'll have time to really relax and enjoy the story. Good luck with sales!

  7. Thank you Cheryl, Ginger, Diane and Susan for your comments, and 'Stuffy English People', Ginger Really? Moi? We shall certainly have to meet just so I can prove to you that is very far from the truth.

  8. I love romances on the sweeter side, though they are often hard to find. Thanks for letting us know about this one. Looks good.

  9. As someone who has read your work, I can only heartily agree with the statements here. Congratulations, Anita. I hope you sell a garage full!

  10. I loved this story! Anita is a great author, who easily transports the reader to another world.

  11. Anita,
    I have never thought of you as stuffy. What I tried to say, but evidently failed was that your books changed my opinion about English history. You took a topic I had avoided and fascinated me with it. Trust me, I never for one minute thought of you as anything more than a fun-loving soul I'd love to meet and spend time with.

    1. There ya see, my English sense of humour trips me up every time - I was only joshin' with ya Ging, honestly!

  12. Hi Anita,
    Sounds like a great read, loved the excerpt. Mega sales I hope.



  13. I love the premise! Wishing you the best of luck.

  14. Enjoyed the excerpt and agree that the cover is terrific. It really sets a tone for the story. Wishing you lots of success with the book.

  15. Congratulations on the publication of Culloden Spirit. You are an excellent weaver of interesting novels. I am sure Culloden Spirit will not disappoint your reades,

    All the best,
    Rosemary Morris

  16. I really enjoyed this story, Anita. You have a great talent to make history come alive without lecturing. Your stories make me want to visit England even more.

  17. Looks like a good historical fiction I'd love to get a hold of. :-) I like how historical fiction chose you. Any resistance on your part in the beginning? Excellent cover by the way!

  18. Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone - and No Farrah, I didn't resist writing historical fiction, but it took me a while before I had the confidence to let anyone else read it! I have my wonderful critique group to thank for that, and couldn't be without them now.