CAMP BOYFRIEND Book Blitz

Hi Readers!
Today I’m taking part in the CAMP BOYFRIEND Book Blitz.  CAMP BOYFRIEND is a fabulous new YA series by the wonderful Joanne and Karen Rock (JK Rock).  Enjoy (oh, and don’t forget to read the excerpt & enter the giveaway)!
Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1)
Release Date: 07/02/13
From Spencer Hill Press
Summary from Goodreads:
The summer
of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn’t be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country.  Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren’s nerves and she can’t wait to return to summer camp where she’s valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she’s broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn’t even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn’t giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn’t really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she’s more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren’s friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she’s changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?


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“Fun, romantic and giddy, Camp Boyfriend brings
real romance to summer camp with grace, humor and passion.” –
Carrie Jones, New York Times Best-selling Author of the NEED
series

Excerpt (one of my favorite scenes!): 

“Can I ask you a question?” I’d been dying to ask him this for years, but the old me had been too afraid.

“Shoot.” He wrapped his arms around his knees and locked a hand around his other wrist.

I gathered my courage. “Why did you want to break up every year after camp?”

In the quiet that followed, I traced the white stitching on the embroidery that outlined Madison’s initial.

When Seth finally answered, his voice was low.

“It’s easier to end things on good terms than risk something going wrong during the school year.”

“Why assume the worst?” I’d never given him reason to doubt me.

“I saw what my dad went through after my mom left us.” He reached for a stick to shove the logs around in the dusty fireplace as I marveled that he’d finally admitted what I’d suspected.  When Seth’s mom abandoned him, she’d left a huge hole. No wonder he had trust issues. Still, we could have worked through that if he’d given me a chance. Opened up to me like this before.

“I always figured I’d wait to get serious with anyone until I was… really sure,” he continued.

“And you were never sure of me?”

His crooked grin made a surprise appearance, but his tone was dry. “I was hoping this would be the year we’d be ready to take that step.”

Something inside me collapsed. My chest felt so tight that for a minute I couldn’t breathe. We’d been so close to developing something amazing.

“Instead, I showed up with someone else.”

Outside, the wind rubbed tree limbs against the cabin, making a squeaking scrape.

“It wasn’t just that.” He put the stick down and looked at me. Really looked me. “You showed up as someone else. Someone I didn’t recognize with a new look, clothes, interests.”

I opened my mouth to protest but stayed silent when I followed his gaze to my trendy sneakers.

“I didn’t know who you were anymore,” Seth went on. “Since when did you prefer dancing to stargazing, tanning to pursuing your Aerospace Scholar dreams? That wasn’t the Lauren I knew. Loved.”

I flinched. Who knew a verb tense could cut as deep as a knife? Seth no longer loved me because I’d changed.

How ironic that I’d come back to camp to get back to the things I’d loved, especially Seth. But Matt had stopped that chance and, suddenly, I was glad he had. What was so wrong with liking dance and astronomy? Cheering and the science club? The popular and the outsider cliques? The problem was, I hadn’t realized I could do both, be both. If I’d gone back to Seth, I would never have learned that.

I looked over at my drying wedge sandals by the fireplace. They were awesome, even if they had slowed us down. And yeah, I was the girl who worried about weather-induced hair frizz.

So maybe I had changed. And Seth had a point about letting my dreams lapse. But why couldn’t he see through the make-up and clothes to the person who still thrilled at the site of a meteor shower and drew constellations on her notebook covers?

I laid back, tired of justifying myself. “That girl’s gone, Seth. I’m different now.”

Seth stretched beside me. His amber eyes searched mine in the shadows between us, a wistful smile lifting the corners of his mouth.

“It’s not a bad thing,” he agreed, his fingers toying with my curls. “I just miss the old you sometimes.”

I closed my eyes and enjoyed his touch, knowing it wasn’t going any further. After all, he cared about someone else, someone I’d never be again.

“Sometimes…” I edged a little closer to ease the empty ache inside. “…so do I.”

(Blogger’s Note: Ah, I just love this scene!  Yes, it’s sad but I relate a lot to Lauren, one of the biggest things I learned (toward the end of high school) was to embrace my girly AND geeky side–something much easier said than done.  In fact, I don’t think I actually accepted both parts of my shelf until the summer after my first-year of college.  And sometimes, I do miss my old self yet I know this is the better, more complete me.)

About the Authors:

J. K. Rock is the writing partnership of sisters-in-law
Joanne & Karen Rock. Separately, they write adult romance. Together, they
dream up Young Adult books like CAMP BOYFRIEND, the first in a three-book
series. The summer camp stories continue with CAMP PAYBACK (4/14)
and CAMP FORGET-ME-NOT (8/14), plus bonus free novellas in between
stories. Visit http://campboyfriend.net to
learn more about the series and the free prequel novella, CAMP KISS,
which you can download here.

***Author Links***

Author
Website
 / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads / Karen’s Twitter / Joanne’s Twitter Facebook

***GIVEAWAY***
Grand prize – Signed copies Amanda Ink’s SUN, Jennifer
Armentrout writing as J. Lynn’s FRIGID and JK Rock’s CAMP BOYFRIEND. Also
included, advance sneak peek copy Laurie Halse Anderson’s THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE
OF MEMORY and Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian’s FIRE WITH FIRE, plus an “I
❤ my Camp Boyfriend” tee shirt, friendship
bracelets,  ‘I ❤ Camp’ temporary tattoos, and a
bookmark with the download code for CAMP KISS.
Three other winners will receive $10 Amazon gift cards
a Rafflecopter giveaway (Click Link to Enter)

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Good Afternoon Readers!

I hope everyone is enjoying the winter, whether it is nice and sunny or rather cold & snowy (like it her, in Texas *gasp*).  So as many of you may remember I mentioned in the post before last, Endings and Beginnings, that I started a new writing project.  Well, today is the day that I finally reveal that new project to you…enjoy!

Title: WHIMSICALLY YOURS 

Genre: YA Contemporary

Blurb: 

I think I’ve always been a writer.  Me, writing started as a way to share my feelings with the world.   As a child no one is really listening and well, I wanted to be heard.  ~Cassie

For most, freshman year in high school is a challenge, a time to begin figuring out who you are and what you want to do in your life.  But for fourteen-year-old Cassie, who has just gone through being the pawn in a brutal divorce and custody battle, freshman year is a time to start over.  

But Cassie doesn’t want to start over nor does she want to write in this “silly journal” her therapist gave her to “chronicle everything, as a way to help [her]  heal,  “whatever that means”.  

WHIMSICALLY YOURS is Cassie’s first-hand account of her freshman year: punching the 9th grade Queen Bee in the face, making a new friend, dealing with her mother’s remarriage, spending the night in the hospital as a result of alcohol poisoning  and ultimately forging for herself the person she wants to be.

So that’s the project and two interesting things about it are 1) it’s semi-autobiographical and 2) it scares me to write it, which is why I know I not only have to write but am meant to.  To quote Cherríe Moraga, “write from the point where you’re getting afraid”.

On my website I have Cassie’s first journal entry.  I’ve outlined the entire story, and I have about 1/5 of it finished.  I aim to have the manuscript finished before I go back to school (around January 25-6th).  As of now, other than saying semi-autobiographical YA Contemporary Fantasy, I guess to put you in the right state of mind it’s similar to Go Ask Alice (yet not as depressing & not even close to as much drug abuse), The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

What are new/current projects you’re excited for?  How do you know if an idea is the right one to pursue/write about?

Whimsically Yours,

PnC