Ever Rest written and self-published by Roz Morris is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
Twenty years ago, Hugo and Ash were on top of the world. As the acclaimed rock band Ashbirds they were poised for superstardom. Then Ash went missing, lost in a mountaineering accident, and the lives of Hugo and everyone around him were changed forever. Irrepressible, infuriating, mesmerizing Ash left a hole they could never hope to fill.
Two decades on, Ash’s fiancée Elza is still struggling to move on, her private grief outshone by the glare of publicity. The loss of such a rock icon is a worldwide tragedy. Hugo is now a recluse in Nepal, shunning his old life. Robert, an ambitious session player, feels himself both blessed and cursed by his brief time with Ashbirds, unable to achieve recognition in his own right.While the Ashbirds legend burns brighter than ever, Elza, Hugo and Robert are as stranded as if they were the ones lost in the ice. How far must they go to come back to life?
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Ever Rest is one of those stories that once you’ve read you wonder whether it was based on a true story. At times it felt like reading a memoir and at others it was like living in a ‘rock star’ bubble when anything and everything can happen.
Roz Morris has written an entertaining read that spans just over two decades as it follows the rise of a young budding rock band, Ashbirds, Ashten and Hugo met as two brooding teenagers living in a sleepy village in Sussex. Hugo soon worked out that Ash was very theatrical with his manner spouting words of enlightenment which were mostly words gleaned from well known lyrics and his artwork also complimented that of his rock gods. Hugo was the brains behind the band and preferred or accepted that Ash enjoyed the limelight.
The band enjoyed a first flush of success but to escape the craziness of the world they had joined Hugo and Ash took to climbing. Ash became hungry for more climbs and was almost giddy to climb Everest. Sadly, one climber was to return from Nepal and twenty years on the lives of those nearest and dearest to Ashten Geddard are still feeling like a shadow is weighing on them.
Elza was a shy, young dancer when she had been flung into the crazy rock world of Ashten Geddard. They’d only been a couple for a few months since the fateful accident but since that day she’s been portrayed in the media as the forlorn grieving widow. She’s often in the press when news of another body has been discovered bringing hopes of closure to a life she may not have chosen to stick around in.
Since the accident Hugo withdrew from the music world and spent his time learning about the mountains. When news of another body has been found on Everest speculation once again becomes rife that this time could be the moment that all their lives could begin to rest.
This is a story about people trying to deal with a monumental event that not only effected them but millions of strangers in love with the perceived persona of Ashten Geddard. There’s feelings of guilt, anger, betrayal, loss, grief. It was compelling reading full of the dark undertones of celebrity life that had you gripped to know what will happen next. There was also a warmth injected in the storyline bringing moments of light. A story that pulls you in and leaves you wondering about it’s storyline.
About the Author
Roz Morris writes fiction and essays about unusual ways we can be haunted and how we seek people and places we belong with. Her work has been profiled by The Guardian, Literature Works, the Potomac Review, Rain Taxi and BBC Radio. Her novel Lifeform Three was longlisted for the World Fantasy Award.
Her fiction has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, although you won’t have seen her name on the covers – she began her career in secret, ghostwriting fiction for big-name authors.
Her own novels have been described as ‘profound tales and compelling page-turners’, with fine-honed language, unforgettable characters, and gripping, unusual storylines. Plaudits include a top-ranked title in the American Library Journal programme, a longlisting for an international award alongside Neil Gaiman and a finalist position in the People’s Book Prize 2017.
She is a writer, journalist, fiction editor and the author of the Nail Your Novel series for writers. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London and is also the author of a series for writers – Nail Your Novel.
If you want to get to know her a little better, drop in at http://www.rozmorris.wordpress.com and her blog http://www.nailyournovel.com – where she keeps a regular diary of challenges she’s tackling in her writing.