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Sleepwalking by [Clavelli, Taylin]
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Devastated by loss, Matthew sleepwalks through life, existing but not living. Can someone rescue him from his waking nightmare and help him to live again?

About the Author

Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.

Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.

Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.

Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.

Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, and movies, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of genres. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:

Laughter - especially that of her children.

The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.

The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1574 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (18 November 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OJ31UYO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Rating: 4 of 4 Stars (Based on Short&Light Read) 2 December 2014
By johanna - Published on
This is a true tearjerker of a read but instead of going down to more misery, the light at the end of the tunnel gets visible by the millimeter and Matthew may just find his way out. I really, really liked this one. Of the three tales, this is my favorite.

Matthew lost his husband, lover and best friend one day when a bullet came in the way. As a paralegal, he is good at his job, his boss gave him the leeway he needed and his co-workers gave him space. As the months rolled in, people took Matthew's presence for granted: a walking shadow of a man who works and goes home and nothing else. He does not even talk to his co-workers anymore. He is lost in his dreams of the happy days with his husband Sam and the nightmare of being alone and lost without the love of his life.

Elliot is a lawyer new to town and he had been working in the same firm as Matthew. He had seen the man walk in, walk out, take coffee, work, work and go home. No socializing, no talking with co-workers, just work and quiet solitude. Attracted to the quiet, attractive man, he reaches out in friendship. When he sees the sadness in the eyes, the grief lining the face, he resolves to be a friend, a best friend, an anchor.

The tale of Elliot and Matthew span two years in this little short story but it shows that Elliot has the patience and the tenacity to be a loyal individual Matthew could rely on. Although for Elliot there was the love, for Matthew, it was a long road to travel. It was a gradual learning and loving and when they finally confirm their love, it was done without guilt for Matthew now moves on with Elliot but never forgets Sam.
4.0 out of 5 stars Review by Lucy 8 December 2014
By Hearts On Fire Reviews - Published on
Matthew is a paralegal who was married to the big, strong Sam, a cop. “…my thigh was the size of his bicep-and yet he handled me as though I was the most precious thing on earth..” They were very happy, incredibly in love and expected to spend the rest of their lives together. Which they did, but not the way Matthew thought. Sam was killed while executing a warrant and Matthew has since then been just “sleepwalking” through life. He exists but he doesn’t live. He realizes it, but he isn’t able to stop it. “I’m not asleep, but I’m not awake, after the way you loved me.”

Elliot, a lawyer, sees the nearly invisible Matthew and is drawn to him. He is intrigued. “It was like he was a ghost. Only everyone knew this one existed, and they chose to ignore it.” He sees the sadness and god love him, he doesn’t push for things. He just wants to bring Matthew back to the land of the living.

As the two slowly and carefully become friends, I felt sorrow for Matthew and awe for Elliot. He is amazing. Matthew is lucky, having two men who thought the world of him. The story is very short but feels very complete. It is hopeful and I just loved Elliot and Matthew, wanting them to have the best. I think they will.
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching story 20 December 2014
By Alina Popescu - Published on
I’m not going to lie, I was crying during the first part of this story. The loss and hopelessness that comes with that level of pain was so real, so well depicted, I couldn’t stop the tears. As the two main characters befriend each other, we discover their lives in more detail, with a focus on Matthew and what it takes for him to deal with his loss.

The way Matthew ends up practically alone shows us just how quick people are to give up when they are dealing with something they do not understand, or don’t know how to make better. They tune it out and step back and just add up to the loneliness of the person suffering.

As the story evolved from pain to budding friendship to budding love, I couldn’t help having hope and warmth replace everything else. This is a read that yields strong emotions, but will still end up putting a big, bright smile on your face. Definitely a must read!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing about a difficult topic 8 May 2016
By Emily - Published on
This is a book that deals with a lesser seen aspect in romance, the death of a loved one. I liked how the author really described and talked about not only the emotions you go through when dealing with a devastating loss, but also how she didn't rush the resolution. Matthew wasn't magically healed, it took time and effort. I also enjoyed how Matthew and Elliot's relationship slowly evolved and I loved the little details the author added, such as the visits to different art museums, which just added to the story for me. All in all, I greatly enjoyed this story, and I think the author did a great job writing about such a difficult topic.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rivating 18 November 2014
By Rainbow Gold Reviews - Published on
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4.75 stars

We meet Matthew, who is heartbroken at having lost his husband Sam in the line of duty two years earlier.

He took his husbands death hard, and is only just a shell of himself. He withdraws into himself, and it seems that nobody can penetrate the wall he has erected.

He is noticed at work by Elliott, who sees how sad and alone he is. He manages to find out how he takes his coffee, and one morning takes Matthew a coffee, and Elliott is shocked when Matthew looks at him, at the sadness and emptiness in his eyes. He begins to take Matthew a coffee each morning, and one day he asks Matthew to go with him and eat their lunch outside. Matthew reluctantly agrees, but does enjoy his time with Elliott. This becomes their ritual each day, until one week that Matthew is not at work.

Elliott is so worried about Matthew, that he manages to find out his address, and decides to go there after work to make sure he is ok. When he arrives, he has to knock twice before Matthew opens the door, and Elliott is shocked as how bad Matthew looks. Elliott invites himself in, and pulls Matthew into a hug, and this is the last straw for Matthew as he just dissolves into tears. Elliott stays with Matthew as he sleeps, and it is then that Matthew tells Elliott everything about his life, and his marriage to Sam. Elliott feels a deep attraction to Matthew, but decides to just go slow and take things at Matthews pace.

They continued going out as friends, with the odd hug instead of words, and it was over two years later that Matthew showed any sign of being attracted to Elliott. I loved reading how Matthew made the first move, but was still unsure of how to proceed, and Elliott was sensitive enough not to push and lose Matthew.

This book is full of the feelings and emotions of Matthew, having lost his husband, and the deep despair he feels. I really did feel for Matthew, and could understand how things seemed to bad to him. I loved Elliott though, as he showed that even though he was very attracted to Matthew, that he would not act anything, until Matthew showed him some sign that he was ready. Although it was sad at the beginning, the book was quite the journey of Matthew grieving for his husband, but managing to get through this and start living again, with the help of Elliott.