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Life in Review: “Shades Of Gray” by Andy Holloman

December 13, 2011


Shades Of Gray by Andy Holloman is a wonderful suspense thriller that is part of the 99 cent ebook event happening over at the Women’s Literary Cafe. There are 9 ebooks all for 99 cents each. If you buy 3 you get 1 free from Dec 13 – Dec 15. Click on the banner above to find out more.

John is a single dad just trying to take care of his little girl, Lucy, who is his whole world. He had a successful business, a travel agency, which had been going great until Sept 11, 2001. Suddenly his whole industry was turned upside down and he found himself in serious money trouble. That’s when he met a woman who would change his life.

I highly recommend this book. It’s full of tense suspense with plenty of twists and surprises. The characters are human and will draw you in emotionally. I like the way the author begins with the present day and then leaves you hanging in the middle of a cliffhanger to go back and tell the backstory. It adds to the suspense of the story and I think it gets the reader to care about John a little more by doing it that way. I was certainly rooting for him. The story is full of drama, mystery and great suspense, that will keep you hooked from the beginning to the very end.

Book Summary:

How far would you go to save your child’s life?  

Could you break the law? 

What if your travel business was suddenly in danger of going under because of 9/11 ?

A single father decides to partner up with woman from the opposite side of the tracks.

Can their partnership deliver the cash they BOTH desperately need?

Could they fall in love?

And will they survive to see the Summer of 2002?

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About Andy Holloman:

 Just like the protagonist in my novel, Shades of Gray,  I was the owner of  travel agency for 12 years (mostly in the 90′s).  But this is the only similarity between myself and John Manning!   (I never ventured into the cocaine business, I swear.)

 I grew up in Greenville, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics.  All through high school and college, I was notorious for scribbling out stories and ideas for novels (hey, this was before wordprocessors!)  and always kept them in a top secret shoe box. (and the box is so top secret that I’ve been trying to find it for 15 years!).

       After college, I fell into the travel industry by accident and was able to grow a travel business  into an Inc. 500 company.  The agency grew  through the use of the Internet and by acquiring three other companies.  Late in the 1990’s, I became familiar with the story of one of the my company’s clients who was murdered in Durham, NC and was a suspected drug smuggler.    This story and the subsequent downfall of the travel agency industry (and my company)  after 9/11,  planted a seed in my head that grew into my first published novel, Shades of Gray.  I began writing this novel in 2003, shelved after completion in 2006, and revived in 2011 thanks to a great friend from a writers group in Cary, NC.

      Today, I live in the Raleigh, NC area.  I am the father of three,  and have been happily married for 20 years.  I enjoy (mostly) attending my kids sporting and school events, supporting the local real estate industry, and watching fine films with my wonderful wife.  Whenever possible, I enjoy the beauty of North Carolina’s mountains,  running, camping, and short walks on the beaches of the Outer Banks (several references to OBX in my book) .    I am also an avid reader (time permitting), and a social media goofball.   Most evenings I can be found tapping out my next novel,  due for release in late 2013.   Stay tuned!

Visit his blog at: review copy of this book was provided by Women’s Literaray Cafe.


Michelle V

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  1. Maria D. permalink
    December 13, 2011 9:29 am

    This sounds like a really interesting novel, one that really raises some tough questions. We were just talking about this in one of my reading groups and it really is amazing how differently we all think about things like this.

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