Jean Holloway's oldest memories are of reading. She let the words carry her away to places only her imagination could take her. Stephen King and Dean Koontz are her ultimate tour guides and honorable mentions go to Jean Auel and Agatha Christie. Jean sometimes felt more at home in their cleverly crafted worlds than in her own.
Jean's biological mother died when she was thirteen, the age where puberty reared its ugly head. Needless to say, she was a wife and mother at seventeen and divorced at twenty. She later met her second, current, and final husband, Fred.
Pen to Paper
Accepting her sister's bet would prove more challenging than easily merging her love for reading great horror and mystery classics. In 1980, she wrote the first draft of Ace of Hearts longhand. Over the next two decades the manuscript matured with technology, to typewriter to word processor and finally to computer in 2003.
In 2004, Lori once again challenged Jean to introduce Ace of Hearts to the world. She pushed Jean to print several copies of her manuscript and she even paid for Jean to attend the National Book Club Conference Convention in Atlanta, GA.
Not willing to say no to such a tempting challenge, Jean went and handed her manuscripts out in a room full of Zane fans and book clubs began talking! She met her soon-to-be publisher that weekend. Three months later, Jean signed a contract, went through the editing process and "Ace of Hearts" was born!
Jean Holloway has published her sophomore novel, Black Jack, and she's currently writing the third installment to the Deck of Cardz series.
But most importantly, Jean's story is one of hope. And to never give up your dream.
Shevaughn Robinson is investigating an especially gruesome case which emerges into serial murders. The story evolves as she follows murder after murder trying to solve the case, not realizing the murderer is a man who not only becomes obsessed with death, but obsessed with her.
But when a lonely widow is found dead from an apparent suicide, her family insists it was murder and pressures the Portsborough Police Department to take on the investigation. Detective Robinson is assigned to the case at a time when she is struggling to strike a balance between her personal and professional life following the death of her soul mate. This case awakens a complicated relationship with someone who harbors resentment towards Shevaughn for the actions of the serial killer dubbed Ace of Hearts.
Was it suicide or the work of a cold-blooded predator? Will life throw Shevaughn another unexpected blow? And will Shevaughn's attempts to move forward inadvertently lead death to her front door yet again?
Black Jack is the sequel to Jean Holloway's acclaimed debut novel, Ace of Hearts. Buckle up and follow Shevaughn as she moves closer to solving a new, yet old case, unknowingly rekindling old grudges and awakening a sinister spirit. Get ready, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
You can catch Jean at one of these 2010 Events
Thu, July 29, 2010 7pm - 11pm
Black Pearls Magazine ATL Chocolate Social,
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Embassy Hall - Exhibit Level
265 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Sat., July 31, from 11:00 am - 1 p.m. Coffee Confessions Authors' Brunch
The American Roadhouse
842 N. Highland Avenue Northeast - Atlanta, GA 30306
Fri, September 17, 2010 - Sun, September 19, 2010 Fall into Book Literary Conference
The American Roadhouse
Fri, October 1, 2010 - Sun, October 3, 2010 The RAWSISTAZ Affair 2010
Atlanta-Buckhead, 3342 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30326
October 10, 2010, Deuces Wild Book ReleaseFri, October 29, 2010 7pm - 10pm Holloway's Halloween
3730 Washington @ Yale, Houston, TX 77007-5820
STAY TUNED AS WE SHARE A WONDERFUL MONTH FINDING OUT NEW THINGS ABOUT AUTHOR JEAN HOLLOWAY AND WHAT SHE HAS IN STORE!!