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Jean Holloway

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Flushing, NY, The United States



Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Tananarive Due, Jean Auel, V.C. Andrews

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I was born October 10, 19** in good ole Queens, New York. I had a difficult childhood because I developed severe eczema and most of my schoolmates shunned me until high school. Books became my friend.
Early in life, I found myself fascinated by the macabre. I would actually set my alarm if one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Serling or One Step Beyond episodes was coming on late at night. These kept me up til the wee hours of the morning.
Being raised in Amityville was the icing on the cake. I went to see the actual "Amityville Horror" house and swear it literally took my breath away.
My biological mother died when I was 13, the age puberty reared its ugly head. Needless to say, I was a wife and mother by the time I was 17, divorced at

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Jean Holloway Ewww, usually I give myself and my story a break. I've only had it bad once, when all my characters went mute on me for over a month. Then one night, …moreEwww, usually I give myself and my story a break. I've only had it bad once, when all my characters went mute on me for over a month. Then one night, right before I dozed off (that's their favorite time) they all started talking at once! I got out of bed around midnight & did not get to sleep til 4 a.m.!(less)
Jean Holloway She let the phone ring until it went to voicemail. "I know you're home," he whispered.…moreShe let the phone ring until it went to voicemail. "I know you're home," he whispered.(less)
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Published on January 27, 2016 20:00 Tags: african-american, murder, obsession, suspence, thriller
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Never Would Have Made It (Religion & Spirituality)
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Description: A true life testimony
"In This Life" (Horror)
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Description: Cameo wants revenge for her rape (and murder) in a prior life.
"Deuces Wild" (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Three years have passed since the Black Jack case ended. Now, in the fiendishly evil and sexy as hell third novel of the Deck of Cardz series, Deuces Wild, Detective Shevaughn Robinson-William’s career and personal life are at a crossroads as she tries to assist in the capture of a homicidal couple on a murdering spree filled with illegal drugs and illicit perversion. Meanwhile, Shevaughn’s idyllic marriage is beginning to crumble, secrets revealed have a profound impact on her and her entire extended family and to top it all off, her daughter seems to be communicating with a supportive spirit who is trying to warn Shevaughn about her marriage and help her solve the case. Should she comply with her husband’s wishes and save her marriage or will she lose him to her career? Shevaughn tracks the feral couple as they go on a tri-state rampage of lethal depravity, proving their commitment is one without morals, conscience or boundaries. Sometimes, love can be murder...
"Black Jack" (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Jean’s second novel of the Deck of Cardz series, Black Jack, picks up four years into Detective Shevaughn Robinson’s career as PPD’s lead homicide detective. She has gone from the cop that everyone, including herself, doubted to the "golden child" of the police department with a record of sensational arrests and closed cases. But when Helene Elliott 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. Was the Elliott death a suicide or the work of a cold-blooded predator? Will life throw Shevaughn another unexpected blow? Buckle up and follow Shevaughn as she moves closer to solving the Elliott murder, unknowingly rekindling old grudges and awakening a sinister spirit. Get ready, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
"Ace of Hearts" (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Shevaughn Robinson begins her career as a homicide detective with the investigation of an especially gruesome murder which quickly evolves into serial murders. Right before the police find the first victim, she meets Tony O'Brien, a TV reporter interested in doing a piece on her life and her career. Sparks fly! Detective Robinson follows murder after murder trying to catch this lethal sexual predator before he strikes again. She doesn’t realize the killer is someone who is not only obsessed with death, but is becoming more and more fixated on her. Watching the relationship blossom from afar, he plots its demise.
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“He left for his day at the library. Today is research day. When he got there, he went directly to the microfiche machine and began looking through the newspaper obituaries for married men who died between 1980 and 1983. Their widows would be due for a little romance by now. He stayed there for hours, searching for her. His meticulous search netted seven names that merited further investigation. If some husband died and it made the first five pages of the paper, well, that meant a definite bonus because the dead man was powerful and with power came money. Their widows made excellent prospects for his future plans.”
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Jean Holloway So today's Kick off your Kindle Summer Reading Sale is Ace of Hearts for $2.99 (5 hours left at the $1.99 price!) and Black Jack for $2.99 Happy Reading!

message 78: by Jean

Jean Holloway OK, Decksters, I'm trying to kickoff your summer reading. Today Ace of Hearts is only $1.99 on Kindle. If U bought Black Jack yesterday & haven't read Ace, here's your chance to start at the beginning. Happy Memorial weekend!

message 77: by Jean

Jean Holloway For all you Decksters on Kindle, you can now purchase "Black Jack" today only for $1.99! Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

message 76: by Jean

Jean Holloway For TWO DAYS, this coming Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, The Exquisite Zodiac will be a free download for Kindle users. This book is not a Sun-sign book, but rather is a detailed deep analysis of each sign's archetypal essence - why each sign is the way it is and what it means for you. The secrets of each sign of the zodiac. Please spread the word to your friends as this will only be available for free for just those two days on Amazon's Kindle. Please add your review to Amazon after you have read it! Enjoy!

P.S. Amazon provides FREE apps that allow everyone to read Kindle books on the device of their choice - PC, MAC, tablets, and mobile phones. YOU DO NOT NEED A KINDLE DEVICEThe Exquisite Zodiac

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Jean Holloway October 14-20 is National Spa Week. I can't send U to a spa, but everyone who buys a PHE Ink book from, or this week will get a gift of Dead Sea Salts to put in your tub. This way you can soak in a hot bath with a hot read. Light a candle & have a glass of wine for a spa-like experience.

message 74: by Jean (last edited Jul 30, 2013 08:05AM)

Jean Holloway Authors Theresa Gonsalves, Tina McKinney and Jean Holloway are hoping to see you on Aug 3rd at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead, 3405 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 in the Atlanta Boardroom from 9-5!!! We have some great stories to share with you!

message 73: by Jean

Jean Holloway OK, all you die hard paperback readers, this one's for you! SUSPECT at the best discount EVER!

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Jean Holloway As we ramp up our celebration for our latest release on President’s Day, PHE Ink has decided to salute All Book Club Presidents. We recognize that the fact that if it wasn’t for book clubs, many authors would not have the audience base or exposure that we need to be successful. So with that, PHE Ink wants to recognize YOU BOOK CLUBS –for all your hard work, effort, time and reviews (good and bad). So on President’s Day, when we receive our latest title – Deadly Sins: A Political Anthology, we want to give the first 25 Book Club Presidents the “Reading… Beyond the Literary” experience, along with the latest release for free! Starting today register at
Registration will End February 16th. Winners will be announced by eBlast, FaceBook, Twitter and GoodReads.

message 71: by Beverly

Beverly Taylor Hello, Jean ~
Thank you for the Decatur Book Festival invite. I've been a part of it since its inception. I look forward to finally meeting you.

Beverly Taylor

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Jean Holloway We're so blessed & proud that PHE Ink's 1st anthology is a finalist in the Short Stories/Anthology category in the African American Literary Award Show held annually in NY.

If you haven't taken a moment to vote for SUSPECT: A Confessional Anthology, please do so before the deadline.
SUSPECT A Confessional Anthology by Jean Holloway Thanks so much.

message 68: by Jean (last edited Jul 15, 2012 11:01AM)

Jean Holloway Just wanted to say Hi and Thank You to all my Facebook friends who have decided to join me on GoodReads. I appreciate each and every one of you. Please take a moment & become a fan.

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Jean Holloway Would you like our Publisher's Catalog, kindle or paperback? Email your answer to & include your mailing address if U chose paperback. This offer goes to anyone out there interested in getting a taste of what PHE Ink is all about by reading excerpts from our novels.

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J.W. Smith Jean, Please take a moment and download this great and very inspirational

message 65: by Jean (last edited May 01, 2012 04:18PM)

Jean Holloway COMING SOON!

Title: SUSPECT: A Confessional Anthology
Authors: C. Highsmith-Hooks, JA Gardner, Jean Holloway, Linda Watson, LM Blakely, Lorita Kelsey Childress, Michele T. Darring and TL James
Publisher: PHE Ink - Writing Solutions Firm
Release date: June 9th, 2012
ISBN: 9781935724087
Specs: Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5, 202 pages
Category: Suspense, thriller, horror, revenge

Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

message 63: by Tarran

Tarran Emotionally Wounded Spiritually Strong

First, I am blessed that goodreads affords us the opportunity to be friends. Therefore, I wanted to invite you as a fan and request your support for my book.

Many are being healed from the pages of this book. I thank God that I did not allow my fears to hinder my progress to get this book out. Transparency is the antidote that has touched several. My journey is to help others through the healing process--an intrepid life's journey.

This read has received great reviews:, Barnes & Nobles, eBook, Nook and other. Please help me get this book out to others by recommending it and spreading the word.

Please subscribe to my webpage

Thank you Jean for all of your support

message 62: by Lorian

Lorian Jones hey thanx 4 the add can u comment my new pics i need ur true opinions bout them i want 2 kno wat u see and wat is saying 2 u
and also pleaz have ur friends may leave a comments on my pics

Thanx u!!! :)

message 61: by Jean

Jean Holloway Thanks, Tyria,
Now that was right on time. I needed a little push. Yes, I just passed the 50K words mark in 'Full House', about 20K to go. Scheduled release date: 11/11/11.

If you keep studying, I promise to keep writing.

Take care,

message 60: by Tyria

Tyria Snow Hope you're working on your next best seller!!! Love your work!!!

message 59: by Jean

Jean Holloway Thanks, Veronica, that means a lot coming from a fellow author.

Veronica Kelly I really enjoyed reading your bio.

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Jean Holloway Hey Fellow Authors,

PHE Ink is hosting its 2nd Annual 'Get Lit' Party, a Black & Red Affair on June 11th, 2011.

We are asking any authors who would like to participate to send your promotional material (50 pieces max), along with 5 copies of ...your book(s) to:
PHE Ink - Writing Solutions Firm c/o Get Lit Party
9795 Jones Rd #213
Houston, TX 77065

We still have a few VIP Hospitality Spots available. For details, please go to:

message 56: by Jean

Jean Holloway Just saying Hey to all my new friends. Please check out for unique stories by AA authors.

message 55: by Linda

Linda Boyd Hi Jean, Thank you so much for accepting me as a friend and I am looking forward to reading your books. James Patterson is one of my favorite authors. I hope to see more African American writers move to the Mystery/Thriller genre, especially female writers!!

message 54: by K.

K. Elliott Hi Jean thanks for adding me look forward to chatting somtimes:-)

message 53: by Pamela

Pamela Hey Jean...Thanks for accepting my friendship.

message 52: by Jaree

Jaree Francis Hey, what's going on, ma? If you get a chance, check out the book trailer for my debut novel, Metra City: Destiny's Kiss

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Maria Hi Jean! Thanks for voting in the poll!

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Jean Holloway New Ace of Hearts Review!!

Christine Hi Jean,just dropping by for a visit. I would like to invite you to check out Shadow Forrest Authors for charity and help support illiteracy issues.
We also have a SFA group here on goodreads. Have a great week.
Blessing CJ

Christine Hi Jean, stopped by to see what's new on your page. Have a great week.
Blessings CJ
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message 47: by Dana

Dana Congratulations Jean! I can't wait to read the reviews.

Bobbie  Crawford Hi Jean,

How are you doing? Well I hope! :-)
How is the sequel coming along? I can't wait to review it for you...make sure you send me a review copy, okay?


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message 45: by Ward

Ward Hi Jean, Just wanted to stop by and say hello. Hope this finds you doing well. Have a great rest of the week. Ward

Christine Hi Jean, stopped by to see what's new with you. Have a great week.
Blessings CJ
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message 43: by Dana

Dana We've recently added your feature with Nia Virtual Book Tours to GoodReads (via link).

Nia Virtual Book Tours author interview with Jean Holloway.

Nia Virtual Book Tours Group

message 42: by Pamela

Pamela Just dropping by to say hi :) Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Christine Hi from down under Jean. Dropped by to see what’s new with you.

Blessings CJ

message 39: by Jean

Jean Holloway Thanks for checking me out.
Have a great weekend, Jean

Jennifer Salaiz Hello Jean,

Thank you for the friendship, and i look forward to reading your book.Hope you have a great day!

message 37: by Jean

Jean Holloway Same to U. Hope 2009 brings you all U wish 4, Jean

Nardsbaby Reader Hello Jean,

I saw you read and liked the review. Wishing you a safe and happy new year. And thanks for being so welcoming on Goodreads to me.

Eva Marie Hi Jean! Thanks for telling me about the book- I already had it down to read but with the list being so long sometimes books get lost in the shuffle. I'm making sure to pick it up and I just saw what Brooklyn had to say so far also. I can't wait! I just went and voted for you and Dana and I hope you guys win! Thanks for letting me help out! Good luck!

message 34: by T.L.

T.L. James hey you! are you okay? I haven't heard from you in a while. "Mallory" hasn't gotten you, has he? LOL!

that was an awesome interview thursday. I am SOOOOO waiting for BlackJack!

message 33: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hi, again
(It's OK, I'm not a cyberstalker)
The crime thriller that I've already self published is HOLLYWOOD BOWL and it is available on The ISBN is ISBN 978-1-4092-0457-2

The supernatural thriller is THE LUNDQUIST CHRONICLES available on The ISBN is ISBN 978-1-4092-4155-3

My retrospective crime thriller, ENEMY WITHIN is published by picnic books in April. I THINK details are on

Hope to hear from you shortly,


message 32: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hi Jean,
Always great to meet a fellow thriller and horror writer. I'll send you some details of my stuff if you get back to me. I've not got the ISBN numbers and links to hand here and some of it isn't on Amazon yet.

message 31: by Pamela

Pamela Thanks Jean for the friendship request from another Southern woman!

message 30: by Liz

Liz Jean,

Thanks for the invitation to add you as a friend. I read your profile, and I'm honored to accept. Congratulations on your AAMBC nomintation. I wish you well!

All best,
Liz Adair
Author of
The Spider Latham Mystery Series
The Mist of Quarry Harbor
Lucy Shook's Letters from Afghanistan (editor)
Counting the Cost (Out in March of 09)

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