Shattered: A SHADE Novella

Shattered: A SHADE Novella
Series: Shade, Book 3.5
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young adult

SHADE Book 3.5, a free-download novella, is now available!

About the Book


Or so seventeen-year-old Zachary Moore believes. He’s free now after two months in solitary captivity, where his only refuge was madness. Finally home in Scotland, he’s determined to “get sane” in time to reunite with the girl he loves.


To keep Aura safe, Zachary must build a wall of secrets around his past and present. No one can know how shattered he’s become.

But the harder he tries to fix himself, the more his mind unravels, until memory, fantasy, and reality blur more than ever. With the help of an old friend—as well as an old enemy—Zachary must find the strength to speak.

The strength to not stand alone.

A hopeful yet heartbreakingly realistic companion novella, “Shattered” lets readers into the fractured mind of the Shade trilogy’s most mysterious and beloved character.

“Shattered” also features the very first sneak peek at my next YA novel, This Side of Salvation!

Download “Shattered” for free now!

PDF version (printable) — NEW illustrated version, now with photographs!

Author’s Note

“Shattered”‘s price of $0 does not in any way reflect its quality or its importance to me. I spent a total of about four full-time months writing, rewriting, and editing this novella (which, due to its length, is technically a short novel). Instead of asking for payment, I’d like to suggest a small donation to Amnesty International or the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Second Author’s Note

If you’ve read and enjoyed “Shattered,” please share it with others, especially those who might be comforted or inspired by Zachary’s struggle and survival. They need your help, and so do I.

And as always, thank you for reading. I mean it.


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Jeri Smith-Ready has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso.

A steady stream of caffeine has resulted in twelve published novels for teens and adults, including RT Reviewers Choice-winning fantasy fantasy Eyes of Crow; as well as the PRISM award–winning Wicked Game and Shade.

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