If you’ve found this page, I think you probably already know this, but ADORKABLE is my debut novel. It is the first book I’ve ever published. When I hit the publish button, I hoped there would be readers. I hoped there would be people out there who loved Sally and Becks as much as I do. But I never thought that in almost two months so many readers would have already found it!
Now, to some authors, these stats may not seem that great. There may be people who hit it out of the park every time they release a book. But I’m a debut author with little to no social skills and an introverted-ness that nice people would call “awkward” and others would just call “weird.” Self-publishing for the first time was scary. My deepest fear was that no one would read my book, that it would be lost in Amazon oblivion. I’ve heard that this happens a lot. I’m still afraid it may happen to my book(s)–but right now, I’m amazed by how well my little debut has done, and I thought I’d share some stats with you :).
The book is even doing pretty well in Canada and Australia! Again, it may not seem like much, and I may be making something out of nothing. I really have no comparison. But to me, these are some crazy amazing stats! I am very thankful to every reader who has given ADORKABLE a chance and to those who liked it enough to tell their friends. I can’t tell you what it means to me to hear that someone read and loved the book.
I love music. I really, really do. So, of course, I make a book playlist for each of my books. Typically, this is a cumulative process, and I add songs as I’m writing as well as after I’ve reached the end. Some songs represent a character and their feelings; others represent a scene (some fit so perfectly in my head that it’s crazy). ADORKABLE‘s Book Playlist had several of my all-time favorites. I’ve included a few music videos and what the songs represent to me. Hope you enjoy!
“Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap is truly one of my favorite songs. It represents Sally and this book and how Sally feels about Becks and how Becks feels about Sally…sigh. It represents ADORKABLE in all ways :).
“Can You Tell” by Ra Ra Riot is so Becks it’s not even funny. These lyrics: Oh have I been too discreet? How long am I supposed to wait? Absolutely, totally Becks–and he would have gladly waited as long as he needed to for Sally…and she would have waited for him.
This is the song I picture playing at the party during the shaving scene (which btw is one of my most favorite scenes!) <3.
The breakup scene :(. Tegan & Sara do heartache/breakup/yearning songs like no one else. “Call It Off” has exactly the right feel.
Annnd the happily-ever-after :). Just being honest–and maybe this makes me a total girl–but DMB’s “Crash Into Me” is perfect for just about every love story ever. This version of the song, though, I think is perfect for Sally and Becks.
THE ADORKABLE BOOK PLAYLIST
“Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap
“Can You Tell” by Ra Ra Riot
“The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson
“July Flame” by Laura Veirs
“So Insane” by Discovery
“The Trial of the Century” by French Kicks
“Hysteric” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“Powerful Stuff” by Sean Hayes
“Call It Off” by Tegan and Sara
“Your Song” by Kate Walsh
“Nicest Thing” by Kate Nash
“Hyperballad” by Whitley
“Syrup & Honey” by Duffy
“Oh Boy” by Duffy
“She’s Got You High” by Mumm-Ra
“Heart Skipped a Beat” by The XX
“Tessellate” by Tokyo Police Club
“I’m With You” by The Stills
“Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews Band (Live at Folsom Field, Boulder Colorado)
The time has finally come! I’m amazed at how many people decided to participate in both the ADORKABLE Blog Tour Giveaway and the Book Blitz (aka The ADORKABLE Challenge) Giveaway. Thank you for helping me spread the word about my book. It was so fun seeing all of the pictures, and I laughed out loud at several of them :). Thank you YA Bound Book Tours for helping organize everything and for making this possible! Thank you to everyone who participated, followed, tweeted, posted etc. All winners were chosen randomly–thank goodness because you are all truly adorkable!!!
And the winners are…
ADORKABLE Blog Tour winner ($25 Amazon gift card) = Karen!
The #AdorkableChallenge Champion winner ($50 Amazon gift card) = Linda!
3 Runner up winners ($10 Amazon giftcard) = Nikolina, Gina and Kristy!
CONGRATULATIONS, everyone! You will be receiving an email from me shortly including your prize. Thank you so much again to all who entered and to everyone who has given ADORKABLE a chance.