Ortis, from Channel 5's The Gadget Show and presenter on radio station Choice FM, compared Scaffardi's debut outing to best-selling author of My Legendary Girlfriend Mike Gayle. He said: "The Drought is one of the most brutally honest and funny stories I've read in the last few years.
"A pleasantly darker alternative to the offerings of Mike Gayle. All hail the arrival of Steven Scaffardi."
And Angellica, currently seen on BBC1 on The One Show, also said she was looking forward to reading more of Scaffardi's work in the future.
The Drought is available on eBook on August 29 and in paperback on September 24 on Amazon and in all good book shops.