The local author will host the “launch” of the latest work

GALLIPOLIS – Local author Jenna Ashlyn has announced the release of her second book, ‘Shelia’s Men’, a prequel to her first novel, ‘Within the Gray’, released in 2020.

According to information about the book found on Amazon, where the book can be purchased, “Sheila’s Men is a fictionalized account of a woman’s real-life struggle to escape abusive relationships and aims, in part, to help others recognize and escape such relationships.

The launch party for Ashlyn’s latest work will take place in Gallipolis this Saturday January 29 at 5pm at Zach and Scotty’s on Court Street. Guests are invited to attend the launch, where Ashlyn will sign copies of “Shelia’s Men” and answer questions about the play. She said that by sharing her story, she hopes people can see what’s on the other side of the abuse.

“I’m not holding back,” she said. “I share my thoughts and my feelings. I want people to know that it’s worth going through the healing process, that life is better on the other side.

Both of Ashlyn’s books are available at most bookstores, including Amazon, whose website also describes “Shelia’s Men” as a dark, modern fairy tale that follows the life of Sheila, a naive romantic living in poverty. who marries blindly in the hope of providing a better life. for herself and her child only to encounter a seemingly endless onslaught of manipulative and abusive men.

“Shelia’s Men” is a book traditionally published by a publisher who has invested in its history, according to Ashlyn. She said that together they seek to give a voice to the voiceless, and it seems to be happening. With the release of the book, Ashlyn received what she called a “tremendous international response”. The author said she’s been covered by social media influencers and guest-starred on numerous podcasts since the book’s release.

“I’ve spoken to many, many people about sexual assault, domestic violence, narcissistic abuse and the healing process,” she said. “I do everything I can to reach as many people as possible with a message of hope after survival. I make a huge effort to raise awareness and give voice to those who have none.

Ashlyn said her journey took her from victim to survivor. Along with her writing, she became a trained volunteer attorney for the Southern Ohio Survivor Outreach Program. The program strives to engage the community through prevention, advocacy, and education, to provide and coordinate resources for victims, survivors, and communities in Southeast Ohio. The Crisis Line can be reached at 740-591-4266.

“This is an effort that started small and will make a difference to those who hear my story, read my book, and find comfort in knowing they are not alone,” she concluded.

You can follow Ashlyn on Facebook and see links to her podcast appearances and other media at or visit her website for more information.

About the Author

She studied creative writing at both the University of Rio Grande and Marshall University, where she worked for the campus literary magazine Et Cetera. Jenna’s writing has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Night Roses, The Atwood Review and Poet’s Choice. In 2015, she won the overall writing award in the StarJewel Nationals and Talent Showcase art competition, and in 2019 she was nominated for a Maier Award, which celebrates the best writing by Marshall University students.

Local author Jenna Ashlyn, pictured, announced the release of her second book, ‘Shelia’s Men’, a prequel to her debut novel, ‘Within the Grey’. The launch party for his new book will take place in Gallipolis this Saturday, January 29 at 5 p.m. at Zach and Scotty’s on Court Street.

Lorna Hart is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.