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Friday, 30 March 2018

RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEWS & #GIVEAWAY - Disjointed Lives by Morgan Sheppard



Genre:

Contemporary, Women's Fiction, Novella

Promotions Manager, Ava Reese, has all she ever wanted: a fantastic husband, a great job, a good life. But her past haunts her. 

Although she thought she had left the darkness behind long ago, her dreams start to haunt her during the day, making her question everything she has.

Ava hopes that meeting with her best friend, Paige, will help her find peace again. Can they put Ava’s dreams to rest, or will the past destroy everything Ava has so carefully built?


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5 out of 5 (exceptional)


Disjointed Lives is the first non-fantasy story from Morgan Sheppard. It is only a short story, based around two friends meeting for coffee, and one of them needing help. It does mention gas lighting and mental/emotional abuse, but without going into too much detail.

One of the things that is becoming clear is that Morgan Sheppard writes character based stories. The world building is very good, but what gives these stories the emotion behind them, is the characters. They are completely relate-able, with foibles and quirks that readers will recognise in themselves and those they know.

Whether you like fantasy or contemporary/women's fiction, I would definitely recommend this book, and others by this author.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
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5 out of 5 (exceptional)


Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


Imagine meeting your best friend for coffee and telling her something that happened ten years before, something that could possibly cost you her friendship. 

Because, at it's most basic, that's what this is: two old friends, best friends, meeting for coffee and Ava has to tell Paige something that happened ten years ago, when they were estranged, something that she NEEDS to say, but knows that Paige might not, hell, she WON'T like it, but she needs to know. 

At it's most complex?? It's the story of a woman who falls in love with an abusive partner and her fight to get out and away from that partner. The abuse is not physical, it's emotional, it's mental, it is total in it's destruction of Ava of old. It is total in cutting Ava off from everything and everyone she knows. It reduces her to a woman who, while maybe at the back of her mind knows that what is happening to her is not right, this marriage is not how it should be, she cannot be anything else but his wife. She knows no one will want her, because James tells her so. 

But Ava finds a friend at work who is not letting her wallow, is not letting go, and Jacob helps Ava. And Ava has been dreaming about Jacob, which is what prompted this coffee shop meeting, and it all coming tumbling out of Ava. 

It is beautifully written, painful reading though. While not told in great detail, there is some reference to Ava's abuse, to what James did, what he made her do. I had to keep putting it down, it made me cry in many places. It's not very long, but because I had to keep putting it down,  it took me all day to read the 67 pages here. But so beautifully written!

 Cutting extremely close to home on two fronts. 

Because someone close to me went through what Ava did, but her abuse was physical, as well as mental. I watched her cutting us off, one by one, those closest to her first, and then spreading out, just as his tentacles spread out. And there was nothing we could do to stop it. We tried, oh Lord we tried, but she was in love. We had to wait til she came to the same conclusion, and wait for her to act on her own. She did. It just took a bit of time. 

And because I know Ava, because I AM Paige. Finding out a wonderful day spent in amazing company last October was the inspiration for this book made me cry. Made me feel incredibly proud to be part of this book, made me feel incredibly proud of Ms Sheppard. 

I cannot express, not really, how much this book affected me. But you should know that...

IT
IS
AMAZING!

5 full and shiny stars

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


5 out of 5 (exceptional)


Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!


This was quite the change of page for Author Morgan Sheppard. It was a fast-paced quick read but don’t fret, still included quite a bit of detail. It was an enjoyable read and I was quite pleased with her work.

Although this story is quite short, most definitely falling in the novella category, it packs quite the detail. This is the first book that isn’t fantasy related by this author so one of two things were going to come from this, a great success or a tried failure. I think it falls in the great success category. I read the story in one sitting, it held my attention, and kept me reading. Although this story isn’t classed as a romance I think it carries a romantic undertone of sorts. Women’s literature really isn’t my genre of sorts but I think this book might have changed that.

This story has some pretty heavy, dark, sad moments. They are thought provoking and maddening at the same time. They will have you mean mugging your kindle, book, or whatever you’re reading on. Other times it was refreshing, uplifting, and quite enjoyable. Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster and you might just want to have a Kleenex by your side.

 I don’t know if the author has any plans to write a novel following this novella, but I think there could be a great story to tell. It will just give me one more reason to follow this author and keep up with her works.

I would recommend giving this novella a read. I think you’ll enjoy it.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

one ebook of Disjointed Lives by Morgan Sheppard - ends 20th April (Int)



Blurb for MARELLA

Marella has grown up on the Isle of Wraidd Elfennol, where humans, animals, and the very Elements live in harmony together.

Since she was a youngling, Marella has wanted to become a Water Weaver, gifted in hydromancy. At thirteen years old, she will go to the main village of Charon to take her Test, and find out which of the Elements she is strongest in. This will also determine her future.

Marella’s best friend, Daren, is also going for his Test. They have shared many adventures together, as their families spent rest days together.

Yet when the day comes where their fates will be decided, doubts and insecurities creep into Marella’s mind.


What happens when you don’t get what you wish for? And what happens if you do? 

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Blurb for WATER WEAVER

The Isle of Wraidd Elfennol is a place balanced by the four elements of nature – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. The essence of each element is contained within a sacred artefact, helping to keep the balance of life.

At the Summer Solstice celebration, the Lords and Ladies of the Elements announce their artefacts are missing. A human and animal partnership is Chosen for each Element, to find the missing artefacts and help restore the balance.

Together, they embark on a quest to find the missing artefacts. As the world around them changes, danger lurks with every challenge the group must face.

Time is not on their side as their quest must be completed before a year and a day has passed.

Rejoin the World of Wraidd Elfennol as Marella and Nixie, the Chosen of Water, learn how to work with those of the other Elements.

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Blurb for OF LAND AND SKY

The balance of the Elements is once more in doubt, and new Chosen are called. They need to find the will to succeed, or the unseen enemy from years gone by may have the advantage.

The Wheel of the Year has had many cycles - and the folk of Wraidd Elfennol have lived in peace since the age of Marella, Kai, Daren, and Lani. All the Elements have been in perfect harmony with each other.

All that is about to change, with new Chosen called to represent their Element and to find nine sacred branches.

Bran and Rhosyn need to work together to restore the balance between Earth and Air… and maybe find out just who they are meant to be.

Full of myth and magic, with a strong Welsh theme, Of Land and Sky continues the Fantasy series set in the imaginary world of Wraidd Elfennol.

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Originally from the United Kingdom, Morgan Sheppard now resides in Germany, although she freely admits to having part of her heart left in Wales. Morgan is the author of the fantasy series, World of Wraidd Elfennol, and also the contemporary, women’s fiction novella, Disjointed Lives. 

Whilst a writer mainly in the fantasy genre, Morgan is more than happy to share her love of reading amongst the many different genres out there, and can always be found with a book close by.

As well as reading and writing, Morgan spends her time looking after her family and trying to learn German. Unfortunately, a natural aptitude for languages doesn’t appear to be one of her strong points. However, stubbornness is, so she continues to persevere. So far, Morgan is confident enough to order a beer and a pretzel.

Feel free to email her at MorganJSheppard@gmail.com or stalk her online on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

You can also subscribe to her mailing list here, and get a #FREE copy of Marella, the book that started the World of Wraidd Elfennol series: 
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