Anita’s Books…

At the turn of the century, Annie’s life in Virginia was perfect until she discovered a nasty family secret. Something her parents have been doing for years.

Now she knows she cannot continue to live like this, but her protests fall on deaf ears.

How can she hope to change what has become a way of life for her family?

Her struggle to change everything only worsens her life, forcing her to try to escape. How far must she run to escape the truth?

Can Annie make a new life for herself, or will they hunt her down and bring her back?

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When you think about being in a coma, you imagine nothing much happening. Peaceful, perhaps, but a bit boring? Maybe.
But who knew that being in a coma would be a traumatic, sometimes violent experience?
When Maggie is mown by a dirty blue car outside a supermarket, she is unprepared for any of it. Least of all, the sad nightmare world she is forced to witness. Or the sad, pitiful child she finds there.
Maggie has two battles to fight, finding her own way back to the real world and somehow bringing the child back with her.

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Simple is a huge bear of a man with the heart and mind of an innocent child. His story is about the fear and unbelievable cruelty he is forced to endure at the hands of his family.
The only person who cares about him is Leanne, and she faces an unending struggle to find a way for them both to be free…

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Many children have an invisible friend, and sometimes they can be a necessary part of a child’s life for many reasons. But supposing this ‘friend’ seems hellbent on causing more than childish mischief?

This haunting family drama is about deeply buried guilt, full of all the secrets and suspicions that invade and control most of our lives.
The question is this, how to send this invisible menace packing and restore the status quo with the minimum of damage?

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Someone haunts Sarah’s dreams, someone who looks just like her.

Her name is Kelly and her life is a nightmare.

Are these dreams a message for Sarah’s future, or a glimpse of Kelly’s past?

Or are they both trapped in a world that isn’t their own?

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You read about families where everyone is happy and life is wonderful. That wasn’t my family. My mother was the only good person in our house, coping patiently with a drunken, obsessive gambler of a husband and a daughter with an insatiable sexual appetite.  I loved my father, but he kept us one step away from the poor house. 

Loving my sister was harder, basically because she hated me and constantly brought trouble to the door.

Me? I couldn’t wait to grow up and live my own life.

Then everything changed. Unbelievably, Dad won a guest house in a card game and suddenly we were off to a new life in Cornwall. A beautiful place, steeped in legend and mystery.  Would trouble leave us alone now, or was it merely biding its time?

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Published by Anita Dawes and Jaye Marie, A Midnight Clear is a collection of our short stories. Some sad, some happy, but all worth reading.

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A lovely and varied collection of Anita’s poetry…

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25 thoughts on “Anita’s Books…

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  2. Dear Anita,
    I just wanted to say that you are my favourite author. I actually read your draft for Bad Moon Rising in 1993 when I was a script reader for Firecrest PLC in London. I highly recommended it for publication then and was thrilled when I later found it with Bastard Books.
    I have all your other published works too, and have enjoyed them hugely.
    If you are ever in London, I would love to invite you for lunch at your favourite restaurant.
    Very best,
    Jackie St. Clair.

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    • Hi Jackie, this is Jaye speaking, as Anita is in the hospital, recovering from a heart attack. As soon as I can, I will show her this lovely message from you!
      So lovely to hear a reminder of the past, even though we didn’t quite make it with mainstream publishing. Thank heavens for Indie!


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  4. Hi Anita and Jaye — some of the links to the books seem broken. Can you perhaps see if it is only my computer or something with the links itself? I’m gonna be ordering the “The Silk Ribbon” ( the link to thar does work and took me right to Amazon), but I’d love to check out a couple of the others. Na’ama

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  5. Hi Anita. I wanted to thank you for sending me the Amazon card to download your book, but Amazon wouldn’t let me download it from the U.K. site where it took me to load. It’s now holding the gift card ransom stored in my ‘new’ UK account lol, which I can’t use because I’m not from there. 😦

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