It’s one thing to get feedback about a novel from friends and family, but it’s quite another to read what professional reviewers have to say. And let me tell you, it’s been amazing!
The first review came in Quill & Quire, in which Paul Gessell wrote: “Joey is a fully developed, complex character one can’t help but love…The fast-paced plot is never dull and never predictable…One can only hope Camlot writes a sequel – Joey surely has many great adventures ahead.” Gessell had one major issue, with the Jackie Robinson references, but he liked the novel enough to ask for another!
My second review come on Sunday: A starred review from Kirkus! I had to sit down I was shaking so much. I was in shock. I still am. The reviewer wrote that “Readers will be completely enthralled with Joey’s world and root for him all the way.” And Clutch was called “Powerful, moving, and wonderful.” The review was glowing from beginning to end!
I can’t explain how it feels to have reviewers and readers enjoy Clutch. When something I’ve worked on for so long, something so personal, is embraced by others, it really is overwhelming.
I wish my dad and my uncle, both of whom inspired Clutch, were still here to see this.