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Monday, July 1, 2013

Camp Boyfriend Blog Tour {Guest Post and Giveaway}

I'm so excited to have the Camp Boyfriend Blog Tour stopping by today! Below you'll find a fun, yummy guest post and awesome giveaway...

Camp Boyfriend
by J.K. Rock
Spencer Hill Contemporary

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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Camp Cookbook – the S’mores edition
by J.K. Rock

Camping is more fun when there is good food. As much as we love canoeing, swimming and hiking through the mountains, the best part of the day is getting back to the campfire for a cookout with friends and family.

At Camp Juniper Point, the characters eat in a dining hall most of the time. But every now and then they do special hikes or canoe trips that take them away from the cabins to tent in the woods and make supper from scratch. The kids always look forward to these outings and you’ll see as you read deeper in the series how much the experiences teach them! But we thought it would be fun to share some of the recipes our campers would make on a cookout.
Brownie S’mores
Yes, we’re starting with desert first. Because nothing says “Camping Out” quite like S’mores! We all know that traditional way of cooking s’mores. But this is a twist on an old favorite. Bake a pan of brownies at home. Cut them and store them for your trip. Once you arrive at the cookout, toast the marshmallows as per usual. But instead of graham crackers and chocolate, laying the toasted marshmallow on a brownie split in half. Cover with the top half of the brownie. Voila. Chocolatey-marshmallow deliciousness.
Caramel Apple S’mores
You can also try layering a toasted marshmallow between slices of apple prepped with a little bit of peanut butter. Sticky, ooey gooey yumminess. If you want to have even more fun with the peanut butter and marshmallows, you can make Peanut Butter Marshmallow Taffy, which simply calls for ripping and mushing up two marshmallows with your fingers, pulling the stickiness from hand to hand until it’s smooth (your fingers will be sticky all night, but isn’t that part of what makes camping fun?). Add a little bit of peanut butter to the sticky marshmallow and keep pulling it, taffy style, until you have an edible treat to eat straight from your fingers.
Turtle S’mores
If you’re more of a traditionalist, you can make a s’more the regular old way with a graham cracker and chocolate. But for a different twist, try adding a caramel and some crushed pecans in the mix. Soooo good. The whole square caramels are big, so rip one in half to share with a friend and it will be perfect size.
You can also make Cookie S’mores with any cookies you happen to have available. Or German Chocolate S’mores by bringing a bag of coconut marshmallows to the campfire with you. It pays to test them all and find your favorites. If you won’t be at summer camp this year, see if you can have a backyard sleepover and try out the recipes then.
In Camp Boyfriend, Lauren misses out on s’mores a few times because the campfires provide the perfect opportunity to sneak off with a certain boy for a few minutes alone. And let’s face it, that First Kiss of Camp is sweet enough to make up for missing out on marshmallows. Thanks so much for hosting us today and we’d love to know what kinds of campfire treats are your favorites?

J.K. Rock
 Joanne and Karen Rock- writing sisters-in-law- formed a partnership to pen YA novels as J.K. Rock. Their debut book, Camp Boyfriend, is available July 2, 2013 from Spencer Hill Contemporary.

Prior to joining creative forces, Joanne Rock began her career as an author of adult romance for various Harlequin series. Published in twenty languages and twenty-seven countries, Joanne writes both contemporary romance and medieval historicals in addition to the occasional romantic suspense. She is a three-time RITA nominee and Bookseller’s Best finalist.
Karen Rock sold her first adult romance to Harlequin’s new Heartwarming line. The Forever Wish (September 2013) is an uplifting tale of love against the odds during the hero’s battle with cancer. In addition to writing, Karen is an eighth grade English teacher who has written and published screenplays for production by school theater departments. She is a regular blogger at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s popular “Cynsations” blog. Together, Joanne and Karen write Young Adult stories that don’t back down from real issues. Whether their characters are falling in love at summer camp or facing the consequences of tough life choices, the authors enjoy helping them navigate those challenges. Their “Camp Boyfriend” books are romantic dramas with a strong emphasis on teen friendships and self discovery. Fun, warm-hearted and emotional, the series includes Camp Boyfriend (July 2013), Camp Payback (April 2014) and Camp Forget-Me-Not (August 2014).  

During the Camp Boyfriend Blog Tour you have the chance to win two awesome prizes:
Daily Blog Prize

Camp journal, pen, bookmark, friendship bracelet, and I < 3 Camp temporary tattoos- colors and styles may vary

Grand Prize

Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles,The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt, That Summer by Sarah Dessen, Always You by Kirsty Moseley, an autographed Arc of Wait For You by Jennifer Armentrout as J.Lynn and autographed copies of Camp Boyfriend and Camp Kiss along with I < 3 Camp temporary tattoos, a I < 3 My Camp Boyfriend t-shirt, a Cam Boyfriend bookmark and friendship bracelets- puppy not included :)

You can enter below (or at any of the blog tour stops)


Anonymous said...

These are such great prizes...I'm so thrilled about CAMP BOYFRIEND!! Also your blog is adorable, I love the layout, design, everything...will definitely be checking back regularly :)

Rachel said...

I love this guest post! Their is nothing like having s'mores at camp, especially ones with burnt marshmallows. It was nice to learn a bit about the book too, like the main character missing s'more time.

Brownie s'more, mmm, yum!

Joanne Rock said...

Hello there!! Karen and I are sooo excited to be starting the blog tour here (Patrice, I agree this site looks delicious :-) ). We would have jumped on earlier but we've been traveling home from a conference in Chicago. So glad to settle in now and say hi and thank you for having us on the blog today! By now, I'm realllly hungry for a Turtle S'more. Yum!!

Joanne Rock said...

And by the way, it's official now that it's past midnight.... CAMP BOYFRIEND is now available!! :-)

Lili said...

Thank you so much for the opportunity!

Kierra said...

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!(And I love your blog design-so cute!)

Randi M said...

Oh, jeepers. Now I'm hungry! Brownie s'mores sound delicious...I really hope we go camping soon now! Thank you for sharing a fun and yummy guest post & for the chance to win! :)

tbaz said...

Brownie smores?? Yummy!! I will HAVE to try them!

Unknown said...

I loved your smores recipes, I like others feel nothing is better than a burnt marshmellow cooked over a campfire. I Think it would be great to read Camp boyfriend..

Unknown said...

What great prizes for this tour! Thank you :)

Unknown said...

Ohh Awesome Giveaway!
I'll definitely have to try out all the great s'more ideas..they sound delicious!
Also I can't wait to read Camp Boyfriend it sounds like a really good read!

JK Rock said...

Don't the s'mores sound so good? We're doing a "Camping Out" event at our local arts center and toasting s'mores over a sterno... we plan to have a s'more bar and try all these recipes with the girls who attend. I figure we'll have to win fans with brownie s'mores, right?

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and supporting our debut YA book and the blog tour. We were nervous and excited for months about this and it's so awesome to finally be able to talk about the book with readers :-).

RadaliciouScents said...

Omg books reviews prizes AND SMORES!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!

Brianna said...

Thanks for the giveaway

Tirta said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity, all the smores talk made me DROOLS lol and I'm so excited about Camp Boyfriend! <3

Tirta @ I Prefer Reading