Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Release Event and Giveaway: CAMP PAYBACK (Camp Boyfriend, #2) by J.K. Rock



Camp Boyfriend #2

Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Released April 29, 2014

Published by Spencer Hill

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Alex has big plans for camp this year, starting with making it the best summer ever. Having fun and breaking some rules will get her the payback she wants against her parents and her ex-boyfriend. Because of his disgusting texts, she's headed to a super strict all-girls school in the fall. Then she meets Javier and revenge doesn't seem nearly as important as getting to know the troubled loner determined to keep a low profile at camp. But Alex's trouble-magnet personality and Javier's need to stay in the background don't mix nearly as well as their irresistible chemistry. With her home life eroding under her feet and her last year of summer camp speeding to a close, Alex wants to make her mark on the world and squeeze every bit of fun out of her time with Javier. Too bad her old plans for revenge turn back on her just in time to ruin everything. Will she lose Javier too?

About the Author

J. K. Rock is the pseudonym for YA writing partners - and sisters-in-law - Joanne & Karen Rock. Although they started out sharing an annual shopping trip, they ended up discussing their favorite films and books, joining the same book club and talking about writing... a lot. Their debut novel, Camp Boyfriend, is the first in a three-book series plotted during family pool parties. Their creative partnership is unique in that they enjoy passing a book back and forth, each adding a chapter and fine-tuning the chapter before. Years of friendship has yielded a shared voice and vision for their work that makes writing a pleasure. Learn more about Karen and Joanne at

Also in the Camp Boyfriend Series

Camp Boyfriend #1

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?


Payback, Karen style J
By J.K. Rock

In our April release, CAMP PAYBACK    , our main character, Alex Martineau, is determined to get payback against her parents and her ex-boyfriend. His disgusting text prompted them to banish her to a super-strict all-girls school when summer’s over. All she has is two months to have fun and get into a little, innocent trouble. And I can relate! As a teenager, my eleventh grade Social teacher took discipline to Hitler level. In fact, he was impressed with the Nazis and spent a lot of time making fun of the ‘weak’ Mussolini and the Italians in WWII. This really bugged me and my friend Laura because we were the only two Italians in the class, besides hot Greg Brienza who slept through most of class and never noticed.

I was one of those girls like Kayla, the main character in our third novel in the series, CAMP FORGET-ME-NOT, who never said her real thoughts out loud. I was too afraid of making other people upset or that they wouldn’t like me. But my best friend, Laura, was- and still is- like an extension of me. I could tell her anything. We talked a lot about how much we hated our Social teacher for making insulting comments about Italians. Worse yet, Mr. M would point to Laura and I (and a dozing Greg) after saying them and ask us if we agreed. As if! Since Laura was quiet (in front of adults) like me, she just shrugged. But inside, she was boiling too, especially when Mr. M made jokes to get the rest of the class laughing at Italians.

Christmas came and a brilliant, but risky payback plan came to us while we were in the mall. We passed a store that sold cheap lingerie, and I commented how funny it would be to give something like that to our uptight teacher. To my surprise, Laura hauled me in there and we bought the tackiest set of red, ruffled, see-through lingerie I’d ever seen. We couldn’t stop laughing every time we pulled it out of the bag. Since we were having a sleepover, we wrapped it up that night and put a big bow on it. We couldn’t wait until Monday to sneak it onto our Social teacher’s desk. For the first time, ever, I couldn’t wait to get to school. Before Social, I asked to go to the bathroom before the bell rang. I grabbed the present from my locker (hidden in a bag) fast-walked to Mr. M’s room and peaked in. Luckily he wasn’t there and I put the present on his desk before dashing back to my other class. I gave Laura a thumbs up as we walked to his class, and we had to hold in our smiles when we took our seats.

Mr. M came in after the bell and made a big fuss when he spotted the present. He exclaimed at what a nice surprise it was from our class and since everyone was basically afraid of him, no one denied that they’d given it to him. It took every ounce of will power not to look at Laura as he undid the elaborate wrapping, lifted the box cover and pawed through the layers of tissue paper. His dumfounded, shocked expression was priceless when he held up the lingerie, trying to figure out what it was. The class was hysterical with everyone laughing and finally, I could give in and join them. It was awesome. Mr. M got so mad that his face turned purple, especially when Greg Brienza (who’d woken at all the noise and seen the gift) fell backwards in his chair from laughing so hard.

Laura and I, ‘the innocent quiet girls’, got away with this payback prank. To this day, no one- except now you- knows we were behind it. It became a legend in our class and school and- poor Greg Brienza- got detention for ‘distracting the class’. Mr. M blamed him and muttered something about Italians… but it was the last negative thing he said about our nationality. Justice was served!

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Javier’s Letter
By J.K. Rock

In Camp Payback, our main character, Javier Kovalev struggles with a lot of guilt that, because of his unplanned birth, his mother had to drop out of college and struggles to make ends meet. As a result, enough bad checks have landed her in jail and him in foster care. He’s attending Camp Juniper Point when a friend of his mother’s convinced his case worker not to send him away to a group home across the state and far from his mother’s jail. He’s been guilty of breaking curfew by running away to visit his mother. But Helena, his mother’s friend, persuaded the foster care system to give Javier this one last chance to prove himself by working with her at the camp where he learns to cook. However, he doesn’t want his mother to know he’s working through his summer, as you’ll see in this letter he writes to her.

Dear Mom,
How are you? Did you get a new cell mate yet? Hope she doesn’t snore like the last one. Or pace all night like the one before that. It must be really hard to sleep there. I wish you were home, but you’ll be out in a few months and then we’ll get a place together again, like the old days. I can even cook for you because Helena’s taught me some things in the kitchen besides the Venezuelan recipes you taught me to remember dad.
But I’m doing more stuff than cooking. I went on this hike with this muscle head marine/counselor we call Bam-Bam because he’s an explosives expert. He took me up Black Balsam Knob Mountain which made me crazy tired. We climbed for hours and when we got to the top, we had to set up camp, like finding firewood, putting up our tent, cooking, and stuff. But it was good. Peaceful. It was something, standing on top of the world. Or it felt like it. It was like I saw everything differently, even myself. This time around, when you get out, there isn’t going to be any more trouble. I already got offered a cooking job from this catering company so I can help out with the bills now. No more worries.
I watched some fireworks on July Fourth with this girl, Alex. You talked to her on the phone. I wish you hadn’t told her you call me Javi because now that’s all she calls me. I like her, but I’m not allowed to date campers, even though we’re the same age. Plus, her parents run that famous ‘Wholesome Home’ blog about raising perfect kids. I don’t think they’d approve of their perfect daughter hanging out with a kid who’s one stop away from juvie. But that’s the thing, Mom. She’s not perfect and that’s what I like about her. She’s got a temper, she’s passionate, she’s funny and not some phony like a lot of the girls. She doesn’t try to fit in with everyone else. She’s stands out- at least to me. But her ex-boyfriend, Vijay, is making it hard for her to have a good summer and I feel sorry for her. I want to be with her, but if I get caught up in all that drama, they’ll kick me out of camp and I’ll go straight to the group home where the kids are even meaner and I’m bound to get in a fight that’ll land me in juvie. I’ve got to stop thinking about Alex. But- she’s hard to resist. I’ll stay strong, Mom. Promise.
‘Night, Irene,

I hope you liked Javier’s letter as much as his mom will J Find out more about the camp series and us at or Order Camp Payback in print or ebook at (Amazon) or (Barnes and Nobles) and follow us on facebook at or on twitter at and


Casting Call for Camp Payback
By J.K. Rock

Like all writers, we dream of seeing our books made into movies. If Camp Payback could become a movie, here’s the dream cast we’d put together:

Alexandra Martineau- Zendaya Coleman
Javier Kovalev- Tyler Posey

Vijay- Siva Kaneswaran
Yasmine- Keke Palmer
Julian- Beau Michoff
Siobhan- Jessica Lu
Rapheal- Logan Lerman
Nia- Selena Gomez
Cam- Chord Overstreet
Brittany- Emily Osment
Eli- Cody Simpson
Hannah- Bella Thorne
Jake- Liam Hemsworth
Kayla- Amanda Seyfried
Nick- Nicholas Hoult
Trinity- Tonya Kay
Seth- Alex Pettyfer
Piper- Bridget Mendler
Rob (The Hottie) counselor- Zac Ephron
Bruce (Bam-Bam) counselor- Josh Duhamel
Emily- counselor- Reese Witherspoon
Garrett- Andrew Garfield
Brooke- Michelle Trachte
Buster- Kellen Lutz
Camp Director (Gollum)- Paul Giamatti

That’s it! The dream team… that we will truly dream about J Find out more about the camp series and
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Alex’s Makeover Blog Post
By J.K. Rock
In Camp Payback, one of our heroine’s biggest challenges is learning how to deal with her parents’ blog, “Wholesome Home” on parenting. Alex has been the poster child for “what not to do” too many times, and this summer, she’s had enough.

For example, before she goes to camp, she needs to do TV appearance with her family and her mom chooses her clothes to be super conservative. And she’s never had makeup. Ever. Well, at least not that she can wear around her hometown. Thankfully, at camp, all bets are off on her look and she can do what she wants. So when her father asks her to submit a blot post feature on the Wholesome Home blog about dressing appropriately as a teen, you can imagine she would struggle with what to say…

Dressing Appropriately
Thanks, Dad, for giving me a chance to voice my opinions on the Wholesome Home blog! I’ve learned a lot from you and mom about dressing appropriately and I’m happy to share what I know.

First, it’s important to dress according to who you are and not who other people want you to be. If jeans and boots are your thing, you shouldn’t force yourself into dresses and sweater sets to please other people. Your clothes say a lot about you, so they should be honest. Doesn’t Wholesome Home suggest honesty is the best policy, after all?

Next, I take a lesson from my father’s teachings about frugality. Don’t buy new when used will do! So when my t-shirts start to get too short on me, I fringe the hem and make a cute midriff baring top. Or if a stain on a shirt is too obvious, I get out my Bedazzler and use the rhinestones to create an appropriate message. “Girl Power” is a can’t-miss phrase that mom and dad will have to approve, and it totally works for me.

For more thrifty shopping, I believe in the Army-Navy store. Someone else’s castoffs might be your go-to wardrobe items. Combat boots are always a good deal here, and they are so practical for snow. Another practical purchase is a leather jacket will keep you warm for years to come. At 75% off the original price, you won’t find a better deal.

Finally, a word about makeup. This is one area where I might have to disagree with my father just a teeny bit (sorry, Dad!) as he doesn’t approve of putting anything on a clean face. But I’ve also been taught to hide my flaws whenever possible, so doesn’t concealer just make sense? I leave that one open for debate!
To read more about how Alex lets her hair down when she’s away from home, check out Camp Payback and the rest of the books in the Camp Boyfriend series!

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