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About the Author

Living in Las Vegas since she was two, Shelly has witnessed many changes in the city over the years. She graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Art in 1990, and in her early twenties worked as an illustrator for a contractor for the Nevada Test Site. In the mid-90s, she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She now teaches computer literacy and media technology at a middle school in Las Vegas. She loves to write about people, examining their flaws, their humor, spirituality, and personal growth. She lives with her husband, two children, and their dog, Frankie.

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  • File Size: 896 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ATL0I8O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Living in Las Vegas since she was two, Shelly Hickman has witnessed many changes in the city over the years. She graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Art in 1990, and in her early twenties worked as a computer illustrator. In the mid-90s, she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She now teaches computer literacy and media technology at a middle school in Las Vegas. She loves to write about people, examining their flaws, their humor, spirituality, and personal growth. Shelly lives with her husband, two children, and their dogs, Frankie and Junebug. Visit her at www.shellyhickman.com.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kara Leigh Miller on January 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
**DISCLAIMER** I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!

This was hands-down one of the best self-published books I've read in a really long time. Grammatically it was perfect. The formatting was flawless and overall it was just a very "clean" book. Reading it was easy and quick.

The relationship between Sophie and Sam was written very well. It progressed at a nice easy believable pace. The chemistry between them was great and really hot at times! However, there didn't seem to be any tension or problems between them. I, for one, like to read romance because of the relationship between the hero and heroine and because I like to see what obstacles they have to overcome. I also like to wonder (even though the outcome is usually the same) if they will in fact overcome their issues and be together. I didn't feel like I got that from Sophie and Sam. Sure, they had a few little spats here and there, but it wasn't anything major. It wasn't anything that made me fear for their happily ever after. And if I don't fear for it, I don't root for it. Don't get me wrong, I liked Sophie and Sam a lot and I'm thrilled that they ended up together forever, but I felt it just came too easily for them.

The relationship between Sophie's sister, Evie and her husband, Christian, though, that was fantastic! I was more emotionally involved in Evie and Christian's story than I was in Sophie and Sam's. The real life issues Evie and Christian had to face were so believable and really tugged at the heart strings. I honestly feel as though Evie & Christian could have their own full-length story. They were wonderfully written, vibrant characters.

I did have two small issues with this book: (MILD SPOILERS AHEAD)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Llewella on July 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of Somewhere Between Black and White in exchange for an honest review.

Sophie is a single teacher who sees a man in a convenience store and feels an instant attraction to him. Her second encounter with him is a chance meeting and a short conversation in a grocery store. Third time is a charm though, because she discovers that Sam too is a teacher, and happens to work at the same school as she does. They begin spending time together and with their first shared kiss, Sophie can't help but feel that she's known Sam for longer than since that first meeting.

In addition to this being Sophie and Sam's story, her sister Evie and husband Christian have a strong presence. Their relationship is far from perfect, which Sophie is usually the first to point out, but as Sophie's relationship grows with Sam, she learns that true love can mean different things to different people and that it's up to each person to find their own path to happiness.

I enjoyed the story. Being on the short side, it was a pretty fast read. When I started reading it, I didn't expect it to have a deep meaning, so I was pleasantly surprised by it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jillian-Busy Moms Book Reviews on July 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
****The author provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review****

This book centers on Sophie and the people in her life, her sister Evelyn, brother-in-law Christian, new boyfriend Sam and her students. Sophie has always seen things in black and white; she judges people and has no problem voicing her opinion. When she meets Sam who sees things in shades of gray, her thinking begins to change and so do her relationships. I liked this book and the message it was trying to get across, the characters were interesting and well rounded. I did have some problems with the flashbacks that Sophie and Sam kept having, I understand why the author included them, I just thought they were unnecessary and didn't add anything to the story. Beyond that this was a sweet wholesome read, there were not any explicit love scenes, instead the focus was on the emotional connection between people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Taylor on August 2, 2013
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Wow, I loved this story! This is one I would also read again. This story is mostly about the main female character Sophie and her lack of love life, and how she is a person who sees things very black and white. Then she meets Sam, who sees things very gray. Sophie has a sister who is married to her high school sweetheart, but Sophie thinks: he does not deserve her, he doesn't treat her right, and he doesn't take care of her like he should because she has health issues. Sophie and Sam hit it off and go slow, but have a great relationship; while her sister and her husband have a marriage with love but lots of struggles. So I can see the author trying to show all types of relationships and love. The other big part of this book is the message of we are all one and living a life by looking at ourselves instead of judging others through our limited perspective. There are also some Buddhist concepts, like living without being attached to the outcome or what we want to happen.
As I said I just loved this book and enjoyed the message in the story and the sweet romance. I enjoyed reading and understanding the sister's struggling relationship and how we as humans often do feel two warring emotions at the same time. This book is definitely worth .99 and I strongly recommend it!

(Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to review, however complimentary copies do not guarantee that I will review the book, and do not sway my opinion on the story.)
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