I'm no stranger to begging endorsements. Years before I earned my first contract I garnered a pretty impressive list of endorsers. Did this help me get published? No. It might have gotten an agent or editor to look at my stuff, but that's about it. My work wasn't ready and even if John Irving or Stephen King said it was fantastic, it probably wouldn't do much to sway an editor who knew better.
In case you're curious, here are the
endorsements I did get for Crossing Oceans:
“Beautiful and heartfelt.” Charles Martin, NYT bestselling author of Where the River Ends
“Poignant and unforgettable, CROSSING OCEANS will break your heart — and then put the pieces back together again. This is an uplifting and inspiring tale that reminds us to live every day as if it’s our last.” Tess Gerritsen, NYT Best-selling author.
“Moving, heart-rending and poignant, a stunning debut. Holmes returns us to what matters in a too-short life—what it really is to come home.” Tosca Lee, Author of Havah & Demon: A Memoir
“Gina Holmes explores the beauty, tenderness and tenacity of mother-love in Crossing Oceans with marvelous skill and insight. An outstanding debut from a gifted storyteller. Bravo!" Susan Meissner, Author of The Shape of Mercy
“Crossing Oceans is a confident debut, understated yet powerful.”Eric Wilson, NYT bestselling author of Fireproof & Field of Blood
“This story will wring you out and hang you up to dry. It’s beautifully written and deep as a river.” Lauraine Snelling, author of A Measure of Mercy
“A stunning debut novel about love, loss, and the circle of life. Gina Holmes knows how to find laughter in tragedy. . . . Her characters will grab you by the heart and have you laughing, crying, and holding your breath.” Marshall Karp, author of The Rabbit Factory
Crossing Oceans reminds me of A Walk to Remember and The Notebook both written by Nicholas Sparks. Gina has an amazing gift to masterfully blend together a memorable story filled with tenderness, hope, love, forgiveness, and a sense of well-timed humor. This story touched my heart deeply. Nora St. Laurent, president and founder of Finding Hope Through Fiction book club
“I finished Crossing Oceans just moments ago and the tears are still wet on my cheeks. What a touching, delightful story! Poignant and beautifully written, Crossing Oceans is a lyrical testament to the hope we have when we believe.” Deborah Raney,author ofAlmost Forever and the Clayburn Novels