All Done!

It’s finished! The paperback is available for purchase on Amazon. Barnes and Noble will follow in three to five days. Also, with the ISBN, you can order a copy in bookstores everywhere.

The reviews have increased as of this writing. Here are a few examples.

Amazon 18 Reviews 4.8 stars out of 5

Five Stars: An Excellent Debut Book

A Gateway to Hope is an excellent debut book from E.C. Jackson. Neka and James are very well developed and fully fleshed out characters with a believable relationship that is built organically and not forced. It is refreshing to find a romance novel where the story and the relationship is not all about sex. In this book the author has not gone down the easy route of including loads of sex scenes to show their attraction to each other.

Overall this is an excellent book that had me hooked from the first page and I actually finished it in 1 sitting. Each character and the plot of the book is very well developed. Both main characters are very real and relatable. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to read an actual romance story where the characters actually connect with each other and develop their relationship without jumping into bed every other scene.

Five Stars: Wonderful new author

Wonderful debut novel well formatted free of spelling and grammar error. Shows this author cares and wants a good novel and indeed did give us a very wonderful story of love and the obstacles overcome through love and faith. A romance novel you would not be afraid to let a young teen read. I didn’t want to put down until the end. Looking forward to the next novel by E C Jackson!!!!

Goodreads 4.92 13 ratings 12 reviews

Five Stars: Refreshing and well written romance – Many people believe that arranged, or forced, marriages in powerful families are the stuff of Hollywood movies and dramatic fiction. I tend to believe that this stuff really still happens and is a tragedy for all involved. This is only one of the themes so masterfully examined in author E.C. Jackson’s “A Gateway to Hope”. The story of James, who is set to marry someone he doesn’t love, yet fate puts him in front of the right person after all. Neka has been friends with James for a long time and the two come together as support but there is much more to the story, which is what made this a very intriguing read for sure. Very well-written, well paced and so hard to put down.

Five Stars: It’s rare finding a romance novel that isn’t based on physical relationships. I love that this book was about an actual relationship and not sex. It’s great finding a romance novel that is PG. With James about to be single Neka decides to make a move to win the heart of James who she has secretly been crushing on for years. The book covers their relationship at a nice pace that isn’t to slow or to fast.

The characters had real problems, and real struggles. You feel for the characters and are intrigued to find out how the story pans out to the last chapter. With so many questions about life and the meaning behind God’s plan for you and this personal journey Neka goes on you find yourself unable to stop reading.

Barnes & Noble 8 Reviews Average Rating 5

Five Stars: Neka was always an outcast; understood and befriended by no one but her family. She loved her family dearly but still felt the ache of loneliness and hoping for more.

James wasn’t as lucky as Neka in the family department. His brothers didn’t support him, they wanted to destroy him. Doing everything he could to prove them wrong he built himself a successful business but sacrificed himself in the process.

The only real friend she had was James-the man who was always there for her no matter what. One day she overhears a plot against him and is determined to help him however she can. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and her actions set things in motion that will change the lives of everyone she loves.

Is God leading her? Or is she just choosing to think so? She will need to know the answers soon…because the future of both families hang in the balance.

Five Stars: I found this book impossible to put down until I finished reading. The style of writing puts the reader right in the middle of the action. I look forward to reading her next novel.

What’s next? Writing book two under the hope theme and penning my first young adult novel. Can the person who took practically two years to write one book write two in 12 months? I hope so. I feel like I’ve wasted too many years and need to step up the momentum.

As always, your comments are greatly appreciated. Please stay in touch on the website or author page. Until next time—

E. C.

The E-book is Available Online!

On May 22, which happens to be my mother’s birthday, A Gateway to Hope became available on Amazon and Smashwords. Now you also can purchase the e-book at Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. Other retailers will follow soon.

My debut novel was reviewed at the Hog on Ice: Books and Independent Learning blog. And it will be featured during the month of June on the Folks Tales Things blog.

Also, a two-month-long advertisement will begin July 1st in Times of Praise, an Oklahoma-based newspaper. Feelers are out for ways to introduce people to the romance novel.

Reviews Are Coming In

As of this writing, A Gateway to Hope has received twenty-three reviews, those coveted comments that are needed to expose your tome to even more readers. If you purchased a copy and enjoyed your reading experience, please post a review on the site of purchase and add one to Goodreads. And anyone who has made any purchases on Amazon may post a review on that website, regardless of your place of purchase.

Don’t forget to click “yes” on any reviews you find helpful in making your decision to buy.

Amazon: 10

Barnes & Noble: 4

Goodreads: 7

Smashwords: 2

What’s Next on the Marketing Agenda?

Getting the word out to book lovers and keeping it there. If you enjoyed reading this novel, please spread the word. Tell friends, family and coworkers about your experience. Also, recommend it to book clubs and suggest that your library buy a copy.

Though the paperback is coming soon, anyone can read it by downloading a free Kindle reading app from Amazon or a free Nook reading app from Barnes & Noble to their computer or smartphone.

While waiting for the paperback version of A Gateway to Hope to be published in the next two weeks, I would love to hear feedback from you. I can’t wait to say that the paperback version is available online and a copy can be ordered at bookstores everywhere.

Last weekend began the official writing of my second book!

Up next: It’s done!