Happy Birthday to Access Denied!

Seven years ago today, Access Denied was released. A poignant, heart-felt story of the relationship between a father and his daughter, and the fight he had to undertake against the cruel, corrupt and dishonest Child Support Agency (CSA) and Family Courts.

It’s as relevant now as it was when it was first released. The travesties that had a life-long effect on the man and his child are still being experienced by those today that have to deal with the Child Maintenance System (CMS) and Family Courts who still lie and mislead people and make unjust and criminal judgements against them.

I’m still immensely proud of the book and how it has helped people – and even saved some of their lives – as they found themselves in the same situation I was in, without support or advice.

If you haven’t read it, you really should. With 100% positive reviews, it’s available in Audiobook, Paperback, Kindle, ePub, iBooks and all other eBook formats, and is a “must read“.

Here’s an excerpt from it:

One of my most precious memories is that of when Kelly and I went to Victoria Park, which leads down to Southampton water.

Kelly was not long at school and we walked along the nature path in the woods that would lead us down to the sea. As we walked through the woods, we came across a raised wooden pathway that enabled you to walk across the ponds and marshy environment.

It was quiet, the sound of traffic dulled into submission by the foliage and trees and only the sound of songbirds, likely warning of the invaders to their territories, could be heard.

Then, suddenly, a loud cracking sound from across the water which sat between the “bridges” we were on and the steep bank that went up several tens of feet opposite was heard. I held Kelly close to me and knelt down, hugging her close and pointing across the water to what I’d seen and urging her not to make any sound by placing my finger to my mouth.

Three deer stood upon the bank, about four feet higher up than we were, above the water line. A moment passed and I caught Kelly smiling, the wondrous sight of these beautiful animals in front of us.

Almost as soon as we’d seen them, they broke their stance and ran up the bank and deeper into the woods. Within seconds, they were gone from view.

It had been a magical moment that Kelly and I shared. Wondrous and almost dream-like in its perfection.

Even now, when I revisit the same spot, I remember that moment and what we shared that no-one else did.

©Copyright David E. Gates.

Access Denied selected as Book of the Day!

Access Denied has been selected as the Book of the Day by Indie Book Butler!

The award-winning true story, by David E. Gates is available in Audiobook, Kindle, eBook and Paperback formats, from Amazon and Smashwords and all good online bookstores.

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David meets Meg. They fall in love and, despite a turbulent relationship, have a child together fulfilling David’s dream to be a father.

After they separate, David has to fight the mother and Family Courts to see his daughter and also battles against the incompetence and lies of the Child Support Agency who seem hell-bent on ruining him, emotionally and financially.

A must-read for ANY parent.

For anyone who has had to deal with the CSA/CMS and the Family Courts, this is compelling reading. Thought-provoking, honest, extraordinary, revealing. A damning indictment of the Child Support Agency and Family Courts.

If the measure of a good book is it’s afterburn, Access Denied is a great book.

When you’ve nothing left to lose, what else can you give?

A quite extraordinary true story.

“Thought-provoking but brilliant read.” – Vanessa
“I couldn’t put it down!” – Lisa Roberts (CSA Rip-offs Support Group)
“A well-told, quite extraordinary true story that stays with you.” – Jane Austin
“Amazingly jaw-dropping story!” – Linda Conlon
“Captivating Story.” – Lanre Oke

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Another FIVE STAR review for Access Denied

From Amazon:

Most incredible audio book I’ve ever listened to. Planned to listen to an hour at a time, ended up listening to it all at once! Couldn’t drag myself away. Heart-breaking story, an emotional roller-coaster! Listening to the failures of the CMS [CSA] was almost unbelievable. To know it’s a true story made me angry and heartbroken for DAVID. 
 
HIGHLY RECOMMEND 

Gareth Williams

Access Denied by David E. Gates is available at Amazon in eBook, Paperback and Audiobook formats, at Smashwords in all other eBook formats, and at all good online bookstores.

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FREE Audiobook of Access Denied!

For those of you who haven’t bought Access Denied because you say “I’m not a big reader.” do you listen to the radio? If so, then why not try the AUDIOBOOK version?

You can even get it for FREE on the 30-day free trial!

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Access-Denied-Audiobook/B01FWAH95G?qid=1464772994&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl

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Another FIVE STAR review for Access Denied

From Angelina via Amazon:

An amazing and shocking story! This is a true example of real love and affection of a father to his child. I enjoyed this book a lot. Would definitely recommend it and make sure to have some tissues on hand because it gets really emotional.

Thank you David E. Gates for this great book and looking forward to read more of your stories.

Access Denied – Available in all formats from Amazon and Smashwords and all good online bookstores.

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Five ways to beat the CMS/CSA

Five ways to beat the CMS/CSA…

1. Document EVERYTHING.
2. Do EVERYTHING in writing.
3. If they phone you, RECORD the conversation.
4. Join the Facebook groups for support.
5. Don’t give up.

I did and won. You can too.

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Access Denied nominated for 2017 Readers Choice Awards

Access Denied – Reduced Price for eBook

“I haven’t reacted to a book like this since reading To Kill A Mockingbird.” – Simon Arnold.

For a very limited time, my first book, Access Denied is available at a very reduced price of $0.99 from SmashWords. Normally $3.99, this is a chance to get the Number 1 Bestseller by David E. Gates for less than a dollar! Available in all electronic formats from:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/589941

When you’ve nothing left to lose, what else can you give?

The incredible true story of a discovered lie and the fallout that followed.

If the measure of a good book is it’s after burn, Access Denied is a great book. Thought-provoking, honest, extraordinary, revealing. A damning indictment of the Child Support Agency and Family Courts.

With 100% positive reviews, this is a must-read book!

“Thought provoking but brilliant read.” – Vanessa

“I couldn’t put it down!” – Lisa Roberts (CSA Rip-offs Support Group)

“A well told, quite extraordinary true story that stays with you.” – Jane Austin

“Amazingly jaw dropping story!” – Linda Conlon

“Captivating Story.” – Lanre Oke

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Great review of Audiobook of Access Denied

From https://audiobookreviewer.com/reviews/access-denied-david-e-gates/

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David met Meg at work and they soon started dating. After some time of ups and downs Meg gets pregnant, which fills David with joy. But Meg and David start having problems and decide to separate, which will cause multiple issues to their relationship with their child, especially to David. He will start to live a nightmare in which the CSA is involved, just to find out that Kelly is not his daughter but someone else’s. Instead of apologizing, Meg and the CSA appear to mock David and he will have to suffer the consequences for several years.

I did not want to disclose that Kelly was not David’s child, but as the blurb clearly states this out, I did not see why I should not. Nevertheless, I think it would be better for the reader not to know this detail, which is revealed in the second half of the book.

The story in this book is terribly heartbreaking and one can only imagine what David had to suffer in order to try to have a semi-normal life. I do not like to judge the character’s actions when reviewing memoirs, but I find that it is almost unavoidable, especially in unfair situations like this one. It is true that David may have also made mistakes, but in this story it is clear that he was the losing party.

The story is very powerful but I think it would have benefited from having an editor. There were a lot of meaningless details (not to David I am sure, but meaningless to the reader) that just contributed to the fact that David was running in circles with the CSA. For me those parts were a bit confusing and I got lost among acronyms, letter to and fro, and other details.

The book is read by David himself, and I am sure this has to be a quite hard but liberating experience. It is clear that he is not a professional narrator but in this way we get all the powerful feelings transmitted by the same person who lived this story. There is a break in the narration at point 1:51:07, where there is something missing. Nevertheless it does not affect the comprehension of the story.

I just would like to end this review clarifying that the reader should not expect a polished literary novel but a real testimony about a very delicate situation and how organizations like the CSA can make things more difficult and unfair, leaving the individual little possibility of making a difference in the short-run.

Posted January 27, 2017 by Elena

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