Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BLOG TOUR + GUEST POST: Camp Forget-Me-Not by J.K. Rock

Camp Forget-Me-Not (Camp Boyfriend, #3)
Series: Camp Boyfriend #3
Authors: J.K. Rock
Publication: October 7, 2014
By: Spencer Hill   
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Playing it safe and fitting in may have rocketed Kayla West into the “In” crowd at Camp Juniper Point, but it’s left her lonely. The only person she’s ever been herself with was her former best friend, Nick, an outsider that pushed her to join the most popular girls cabin two years ago. Too bad being a Diva meant pressure to break up with Nick. Of course, Kayla had her reasons, but Nick can never know the real one.

She always thought she'd forget him one day and move on. Until he returns to camp a super-hot Olympian snowboarder. Now, every girl wants him and Nick seems determined to show her what a mistake she made. Or at least, she thought that's what he wanted. But when Nick starts sending her private notes--just like he used to--she wonders what kind of game he's playing. Nick's attention is making it tougher to stay in the background and play in safe, forcing Kayla to make a decision--stay on the sidelines and get overlooked? Or take a chance on trusting Nick and, maybe... herself.

~ Guest Post ~ 

Independence Day- by J.K. Rock

In Camp Forget-Me-Not, our heroine Kayla longs to be a part of the “IN-CROWD” because she thinks it will protect her from ridicule, something she suffered as an overweight middle-school student. As long as she, “speaks her mind, in her mind,” she won’t make the popular girls in her group angry. She goes along with everything they say, afraid to disagree. Yet something happens to Kayla that also happened to me when I was her age. She grew up.

Individuality is what makes the world the colorful, interesting place that it is. Yet when you look at the kids shuffling along a typical middle school and even a high school hallway, many look the same. Most are wearing the designer everyone else is wearing, from shoes, to pants, shirts, to accessories. Then comes senior year… or for some, their freshman year in college… for others, they had it all along: the need to be yourself. It’s hard to predict when it will happen. But you’ll know it when it does.

That moment happens to different people at different ages. We need to figure out who we are before we can start behaving and looking that way. For Kayla, it happens during her last year at camp. She realizes that she doesn’t want to be the quiet, ‘yes’, girl who’s known for being pretty and little else. She discovers that she likes making others look good with make-up and putting together outfits that matches their personal style. And when her parents give her the ultimate choice- to move to Milan with her mother or stay in America with a father she barely knows, she makes the ultimate independent step.

There’s too much negativity in the world for us to criticize people for not wanting to stand out. Sure, we wish there’d be less Hollister sweaters and American Eagle hoodies in the world… but they are warm. No. It’s not fair to expect everyone to be an individual right away. Growing up means following your own path and timeline. Better, I say, to celebrate when others get the courage and insight to become who they are truly meant to be. Maybe we should call that Independence Day!

~ About the Authors ~

Writing partners Joanne and Karen Rock pen Young Adult books as a team in addition to solo careers as adult romance writers (learn more below). Married into the same big, boisterous clan, Joanne and Karen quickly bonded over a shared love of books. After a decade of re-plotting their favorite films during family parties, they decided to write a book of their own. They sold their first attempt to the Spencer Hill Contemporary imprint of Spencer Hill Press as the launch title.

~ Giveaway ~

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