Publishing a book for the first time was scary, nerve-wracking, awesome…and did I say scary?
In the days leading up to publication, I was a mess. Constantly nervous, swinging between happiness that my work would finally be out there–and the crushing fear that I wasn’t ready, the book wasn’t ready, no one was going to read it let alone like it.
Then the ADORKABLE Blog Tour happened. I read, re-read and sometimes triple-read every review. I already had a thousand doubts, so I was prepared (I was so not prepared) for the worst. Not going to lie, it hurt to hear what some readers thought were the flaws in my story. But that’s also when I realized how much impact one kind word, a few encouraging, sparkling sentences can have.
So today, I’m focusing on the sparkly. Here are some things reviewers had to say about ADORKABLE:
“From the first touch to the kiss, the chemistry between Becks and Sally was off the charts.”–Rê at U.S. – Brazil Book Review
“Adorkable was simply adorable. The main characters were perfect together and the story was fun and interesting. Very recommended.”–Jennifer at Bad Bird Reads
“I absolutely love this kind of storyline and it was perfectly executed here.” Poulami at Daydreaming Books
“This book was so fun and easy to read, I suffered from a bad case of ‘just one more chapter’ syndrome, finishing at 5am because I couldn’t stop.”–Dani at Dani Reviews Things
“If you’re an adult who enjoys an occasional sweet, simple true YA romance then I think you’ll enjoy this book. I definitely did and I will be purchasing this to share with my daughter upon release.”–Jaime at Fiction Fangirls
“Cookie O’Gorman was born to be a writer, and I hope to see her name on many more books to come. Adorkable had a life of its own, and I very much enjoyed living in it for a little while.”–Jaime Lynn at The Best Books Ever
“Sal and Becks will capture your heart, be it older or younger and will hold it long after you finished their book.”–Nicole at Books and Starlight
“Adorkable is a fun page-turning teen romance with amazing characters, plenty of angst, and just the right combination of sweet vs. heat.”–T.H. Hernandez at Adventures in Writing
“I felt like there was a great balance between the romance, the character development and the coming of age. In that respect, its story kinda reminded me of The DUFF; only replace the cynical Bianca with a nerdy and more upbeat Sally. It has its funny moments and its charming moments but it also has its real moments and I think readers will connect really well with that.”–Lauren at SERIESous Book Reviews
“If you are looking for a contemporary read that will make you have a great time, introduce you to a new book boyfriend worthy of your swoons, and lots of dorkiness, then you will surely enjoy Adorkable!”–Melissa at The Reader and The Chef
I cried. Literally, I happy cried, silently sobbing by myself as I read. People, real people, felt this way about this little book that I love. It was crazy…and amazing. This is just a sample of the nice things people have said, and I only have one thing to say to them: Thank you, thank you, thank you!
When releasing ADORKABLE, my goal was not to have it become an Amazon Bestseller–though I’m over-the-moon that it happened (for about 10+ hours :)). My #1 goal: Put the book out there for people to read. For it to find readers.
So far, it has, and I am so very thankful.