Book Blitz: Camp Christmas by JK Rock (plus giveaway!)

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5) by JK Rock.

Camp Christmas is a novella which is part of the Camp Boyfriend series and is free to download on the Spencer Hill Contemporary website. While it is part of the Camp Boyfriend series it can also be read as a stand alone.

This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours . The book blitz runs from 17 December till 21 December and you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

So far, this series contains 3 books: Camp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend #0.5), Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1) and Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5).

 

Camp Xmas cover 2Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult
Release date: 17 December 2013

Blurb:
Hannah never meant to be a mean girl – at Camp Juniper Point or at her high school. It just sort of happened during one painful year when her parents split and her life fell apart. Who knew being mad at the world would catapult her to popularity? But since changing the status quo would make her some serious enemies, she’s prepared to ride out her time until graduation. That is, until a camp friend calls her on the act during their school ski trip. Will Julian out her to her friends? Or will the guy she once accused of being King of the Nerds make her wish she was a whole lot more like him?

You can find Camp Christmas on Goodreads. It is free to download from the Spencer Hill Contemporary website or you can buy it for $0.99 on Amazon.

 

Excerpt:

Hannah

Julian paid attention to me. And not just today.

The realization that his dark eyes had followed me other times–at school, at camp–warmed me inside for all of a second. Until I remembered what he would have seen most of the time.

Me doing whatever I needed to in order to maintain my status.

“Don’t make excuses for me,” I snapped.

I would have skied away and left this conversation behind, but all of a sudden, Julian reached toward me. He’d pulled his glove off at some point and now, his bare fingers brushed over my cheek. Warm from the glove, rough from scaling icy cliffs, his touch moved slowly along my skin while his face loomed closer to mine.

My heartbeat skittered into some nonsensical rhythm, the sound echoing in my ears until it drowned out everything else.

“Your dad left the year you pushed Lauren,” he reminded me softly.

“That doesn’t make it right to take the hurt out on everyone else.” I looked down, unable to meet those kind brown eyes.

“No.” His hand cupped my jaw. Tipped my face up, toward his, until I looked at him again. He was closer now. So close I could breathe his breath, minty and warmer than the chilly Adirondack air.

“Why would you like someone like that?” I didn’t like me much these days. Guilt made my chest go tight with each icy breath.

Guilt…and something else.

“Because.” His touch moved down my neck, the tips of his fingers sliding beneath my hair. “Once you realize that you’re strong and smart and funny–that you don’t need the designer clothes or Missy’s approval–you’re going to blow everyone else away.”

Normally, I’d argue with this. But seeing myself reflected in his eyes, I could almost see what he did. Or maybe I just really, really wanted to.

“You’re crazy,” I reminded him, my hand landing on his chest where his heart would be.

Even through my glove and his jacket, I could feel his warmth. A visible shudder happened when I touched him.

Like he’d been waiting for it for a long time. His eyes closed for a second.

“Yeah. Probably.”

We stood there for one timeless second, letting the snow swirl all around us and letting the darkness fall. Then his eyes opened and locked on me.

“Stay still,” he warned, his voice a little rough and his touch anything but.

My heartbeat went ballistic. I couldn’t have moved if I’d tried.

He came closer. His lips landed on mine in a kiss I never would have expected. The contact was soft and sweet, gentle and unhurried. My eyes fell closed, senses focused on the feel of him.

I wondered if his heartbeat pounded as hard as mine beneath my gloved hand. But beneath my lips, he took all the time in the world. I’d been kissed before, but always with guys who acted like they knew what they were doing.

There’d been sloppy kisses. Fast kisses. And hard, aggressive kisses that mashed lips on teeth.

Not Julian. His mouth teased over mine like a guy determined to get it exactly right. I felt dizzy from it and had to put both hands on him to steady myself.

“Hannah.” He whispered my name over my lips as he broke the kiss. His forehead fell against mine. He dragged in raspy breaths as we stood together in the cold night that was almost fully dark. “We should–”

“I know.” I nodded. Backed up a little. I was totally flustered and confused about what just happened, even though the goose bumps all over my arms told me I’d liked it.

A lot…

 

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Earlier books in this series:

camp kissCamp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend #0.5)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult

Blurb:
The Camp Kiss That Started It All…

Lauren Carlson, a fourteen-year-old expert on the cosmos, superheroes, and science fiction trivia has a crush on her longtime camp friend, Seth. Last summer she’d dreamed about upgrading their relationship to BF/GF status and this year she has a plan… if only her well-meaning cabin mates wouldn’t interfere before she’s ready. She hasn’t even adjusted to her new braces yet, let alone imagined kissing Seth with them. When a dare pushes her out of her comfort zone, will she and Seth rocket out of the friendzone at last? There’s only one way to find out…

You can find Camp Kiss on Goodreads. It is free to download on the Spencer Hill Contemporary website or you can buy it on Amazon .

  

camp boyfriendCamp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1)
by JK Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Young Adult

Blurb:
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?

You can find Camp Boyfriend on Goodreads. You can buy Camp Boyfriend at the following: Amazon (kindle) | Amazon (paperback) | B&N | Kobo | The Bookdepository.
 

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JK RockAbout the Authors:

Sisters in law Joanne and Karen Rock write Young Adult books under the pseudonym J.K. Rock. They bonded on a set of bleachers, watching their respective Rock boyfriends play baseball, and later, as young wives married into the same big family. Today, they have fun reliving teen drama on the pages of their YA books in their ongoing Camp Boyfriend series, which reviewers have noted for its authentic treatment of navigating relationships and self-identity. Individually, Joanne and Karen write adult romance books for Harlequin. Joanne is a three-time RITA Award nominee and Golden Heart winner. Her books have been reprinted in twenty-six countries and translated into twenty different languages. Karen’s debut romance, Wish Me Tomorrow, has garnered critical acclaim for its sensitive portrayal of a cancer survivor’s journey.

 

Top ten favourite movies:

  • Joanne: Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee version), Picnic, Room with a View, This Property is Condemned, Silver Linings Playbook, Shawshank Redemption, Steel Magnolias, The Thomas Crown Affair, Notorious, and- seasonal favorites- Scrooge with Albert Finney
  • Karen: Titanic, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet (Baz Loreman version), Rent, Phantom of the Opera, A Walk to Remember, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Bridget Jones Diary, Juno, Edward Scissorhands, The Notebook.

Top ten favourite books:

  • Joanne: Wuthering Heights, The Woman in White, Name of the Rose, Pride and Prejudice, Nobody’s Baby But Mine, Charming the Prince, Before I Fall, Mists of Avalon, The Once and Future King, Lord of the Rings
  • Karen: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Song of Ice and Fire Series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, Before I Fall, Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Hunger Games Series, The Lord of the Rings Series, Gone Girl, Mortal Instruments Series

What are 10 items on your bucket list?

  • Joanne: See the Mediterranean, rent a house abroad for at least a month, take a girls only road trip, visit the British Museum, train trip through Canadian Rockies, plant a fabulous garden at least once, walk through Florence, take a literature class with a brilliant professor at a famous university, buy a beautiful handbag, learn how to cook one truly amazing dish
  • Karen: Meet Johnny Depp, be an extra in one of the Mortal Instruments, Divergent or Hunger Games movies, get a novel critique from John Green, scuba dive and get to see whales, dolphins, or turtles underwater, write a book that becomes a movie, voice an animated character, stay in a real castle, live in Italy for a year, stay in one of those bungalows over the water in Bora Bora, travel to a country in need and spend a year helping- building homes, digging wells, teaching in a school, anything.

Top ten favourite foods:

  • Joanne: Stone crab, Lobster, Alaskan King Crab (sensing a theme??), Steamed Clams, Chicken Wing Dip, Creme Brulee, my mother-in-law’s German Chocolate Cake, Karen’s Chicken Parmesean, warm homemade bread, scones
  • Karen: Pizza- Brooklyn style, Chicken Wings, Quesadillas, Nachos, My Nonna’s Chicken Parmesan (which I copy- thanks for the shout out, Joanne 🙂 ), Fried Zucchini, Poutine (french fries smothered in gravy and cheese- it’s a Canadian thing 🙂 ), Friendly’s Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Sundae (5 scoop!), Rum Cake, my mother-in-law’s, Black-and-White Cookie, Kettle Corn… hmmm… not very high brow!

Top ten favourite drinks:

  • Joanne: Margarita, Amaretto Sour, Good Amaretto straight, gingerbread latte, my own espresso, hot cinnamon and ginger tea, Karen’s husband’s pina coladas (a million calories, I’m sure), a good Barbera, a simple Chianti, but nothing beats ice cold water on a hot day
  • Karen: Cherry Coke, Cranberry Sierra Mist, Sunny D, Friendly’s Chocolate Fribbles, McDonald’s Strawberry Extra Thick Shakes (with the whip cream and cherry), Iced Mocha Latte, Caramel Macchiatto, Frozen Margarita, Strawberry Daquiri, Pina Colada, Anything Tropical Served in a Coconut with an Umbrella 🙂

 

You can learn more about their upcoming projects and previous releases at http://jkrock.net.

You can find JK Rock on the following:

 

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There are two blitz wide giveaways!

    1. For the US only giveaway, you can win: signed copies of J. Lynn’s Frigid, Kimberly Sabatini’s Touching the Surface, J.K. Rock’s Camp Boyfriend, a journal, a chinese lantern, a pen, stickers, assorted bookmarks, friendship bracelets, a Camp Boyfriend pen and mini-flashlight, and a Bath and Body Works Triple Moisture Cream in Aruba Coconut. You can join here: a Rafflecopter giveaway.xmasbookblitzprize
    2. For the international giveaway, you can win a 25$ gift card. You can enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway.
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Century Tuna Sexy Shirts Plus Konichiwear Contest (Closed)

"Shy but Sexy" Century Tuna Shirt, modelled by the lovely Dominique Tiu of Konichiwear

"Shy but Sexy" Century Tuna Shirt, modelled by the lovely Dominique Tiu of Konichiwear

Century Tuna is releasing a few really cool statement shirts that, for me, promote self-acceptance and a healthy lifestyle.

I love all the designs because they all embrace what most people think as flaws in people. Apart from embracing the “flaws”, they also try to break the stereotypes by telling people that you can still be “sexy” even with those flaws. If I were to pick my favorite, I’d go for either the “Shy but Sexy” or the “Nerdy but Sexy” shirts. I’m really quite shy and I’m also really nerdy. 😛

If I had to pick which one best describes me, I’m the “Nerdy but Sexy” tagline. I’m not sure about the sexy part but I’m really nerdy. I have these moments when I have to stop myself from answering someone or saying a joke because my arguments are nerdy. If I’m with friends who are really close with me, I can be my natural nerdy self. As for the “sexy” part, I think that having brains is sexy. Any one who can flaunt their intelligence (without being arrogant of course) is definitely sexy in my book.

Century Tuna's "Nerdy but Sexy" Shirt

Century Tuna's "Nerdy but Sexy" Shirt

Now, to celebrate Century Tuna’s new promo, they, along with various bloggers (such as Dominique Tiu of Konichiwear), have organized a contest where you could be included in a Cosmopolitan Magazine spread with Dominique herself and a few other bloggers.

Here are the mechanics if you want to join:

  1. Choose the shirt design that best describes you and tell Dominique why in the comment section of the contest entry.
  2. Add Konichiwear in BlogLovin’ and follow Dominique’s Twitter account.
  3. Like Century Tuna‘s Facebook page and follow their Twitter account.
  4. Invite your friends to know more about Konichiwear and Century Tuna by making a blog post about the contest or the Century Tuna shirts. You could also tweet about the contest or the shirts (don’t forget to tag @dominiquetiu).

Here’s a sample comment entry from Domz:

1. I chose Nerdy but Sexy because dudes dig the sexy nerdy chick.
2. Added Konichiwear on BlogLovin and Twitter.
3. Liked Century Tuna on Facebook and added them on twitter.
4. www.hereismyblogurl.com

– NAME: DOMINIQUE TIU
– EMAIL: dominiquetiu@gmail.com

Easy peasy isn’t it? So, why don’t you guys go join too? It would be such an honor to be able to appear in a magazine spread with Domz. 😀

Good luck dear readers!

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Rêves Cadeau: My Giveaway Blog

For the past few entries, I have been blogging all kinds of giveaways. Since I feel like it might take over my blog (which I don’t want it to do despite the randomness of my posts), I decided to make a new blog solely dedicated to giveaways that I joined (and obviously promoting).

My new giveaway blog is over at Rêves Cadeau. If you want to join various giveaways, you can find some there. I only join those which interest me though so you might not find something that’s for you. If you’d like to find various giveaways, you can head over to Contest Lover.

That’s all really. Just wanted to promote my giveaway blog. Later all! (^^)/~~

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Giveaway of the Day: Wanderluster Doll (Closed)

Wanderluster Doll's Blog Giveaway

Wanderluster Doll's Blog Giveaway

Jamie Gaviola of Wanderluster Doll, is giving away a few prizes from H.E.A.R.T, Mia Casa, and Asian Vogue. Along with those, she’s also giving away a few prints of her own photographs (which are all kinds of beautiful).

Here’s how to join:

  1. Follow her via Google Friend Connect. (Found on her blog’s sidebar)
  2. Follow her on Twitter (@jamiegaviola)
  3. Like the giveaway post.
  4. Like H.E.A.R.T.’s facebook fanpage.
  5. Add Mia Casa on facebook/multiply.
  6. Like Asian Vogue’s facebook fanpage.

To earn additional entries:

  1. Reblog the giveaway post. (+1) – Only once please!
  2. Tweet: “I’m joining @jamiegaviola’s blog giveaway!” (+1)
  3. Answer: Why have you been following Jamie on tumblr? (+3)
  4. Post about her blog giveaway on your blog [with the promo picture]. (+3)

After doing all that, comment this using Disqus on the giveaway post:

  1. Name:
  2. Email:
  3. GFC Name:
  4. Twitter Name:
  5. Tumblr Name:
  6. Multiply ID: (if you added them on multiply)
  7. Facebook Name:

Don’t forget to include links and your answer if you did any of the additional steps. Giveaway ends on August 31, 2011.

Good luck dear readers!

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Giveaway of the Day: Gold Dot GC from Style and Soul (Closed)

Mike Magallanes of Toxic Disco Boy, Karl Leuterio of Totally Inkarlcerating, Lloyda Lim of Fashionista Fortune Cookie, and Kookie Buhain of Death by Platforms for Gold Dot's Anniversary Collection

Mike Magallanes, Karl Leuterio, Lloyda Lim, and Kookie Buhain for Gold Dot's Anniversary Collection (Set A).

Gold Dot, a local brand well-known for their edgy and eye-catching shoes, celebrated their anniversary last July. Apart from opening their new website (http://golddot.com.ph/default.aspx), they also released their anniversary collection which is composed of these awesome looking Japanese inspired shoes/clogs.

Mike Magallanes, Karl Leuterio, Lloyda Lim, and Kookie Buhain for Gold Dot's Anniversary Collection (Set B)

Mike Magallanes, Karl Leuterio, Lloyda Lim, and Kookie Buhain for Gold Dot's Anniversary Collection (Set B)

To celebrate Gold Dot’s anniversary, Style and Soul is giving away a PhP1,000 GC to one of her lucky readers.

The mechanics are simple:

  1. Like Style and Soul and add Gold Dot on Facebook.
  2. Create a blog entry promoting Gold Dot’s new website (http://golddot.com.ph), anniversary collection using their campaign photos (don’t forget to mention the giveaway).
  3. Paste the link of your entry on the comment box on the giveaway page and include your name and e-mail address.

To earn optional entries:

  1. One additional entry for each account if you are a follower of Style and Soul on BloggerBloglovin‘, LookbookTumblrTwitterChictopia.
  2. One entry if you like F-STOP on facebook.
  3. Spread the word on your Twitter and Facebook walls (make sure you tag Style and Soul)!
  4. Another entry for those who reblogged her giveaway teaser (way back) and/or will reblog her giveaway post on tumblr.

Giveaway ends on August 6, 2011 and is open to both local and international readers.

I wish you the best of luck dear readers! 😀

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Giveaway of the Day: Luxury Eyewear from SPEX (Closed)

Versace Eyewear from SPEX

Pretty Versace Eyewear from SPEX

Daphne Osena-Paez of Daphne.ph is giving away a Versace eyewear worth P9,995(!) from SPEX. This giveaway is open to everyone!

Here are the mechanics of the giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on the giveaway entry:  “I want to win luxury eyewear from SPEX through daphne.ph” with either your email address or your Twitter name. Selections will be based on the comments.
  2. “Like” the giveaway entry on Facebook – can FB logo is shown at the bottom of the post: click Like. It will automatically place it on your wall.
  3. Post “I want to win luxury eyewear from SPEX through daphne.ph” as your Facebook status and tag your FB friends.
  4. Follow @DaphneOP on Twitter and tweet “Follow @DaphneOP and win luxury eyewear from SPEX. Please RT.”

Only one entry per person but you can RT and repost all you want. Winner will be selected via random.org based on the comment entry on the blog. FB post and Twitter retweets will be checked after the winner has been chosen. The giveaway ends on July 28, 2011 at 9:00pm (GMT +8h). Winner will be notified by email or Twitter.

Are you going to join? Why not right? You’ve nothing to lose. Good luck dear readers! 😀

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Giveaway of the Day: Moleskine + Signed Prints from Valerie Chua (Closed)

Set A: Large Moleskine sketchbook + 3-piece signed card set from Quiet Girl

Set A: Large Moleskine sketchbook and a 3-piece signed card set

Valerie Chua of Quiet Girl, in partnership with Avalon.ph, is giving away a moleskine and signed prints of Valerie’s artwork. This is open to both Philippine and international readers. Though, if you’re an international reader, instead of a moleskine, you’ll be able to win a 4×5.5″ blank notebook designed by Valerie herself. 😀 Giveaway ends on July 31, 2011, at 8:00pm (GMT +8h).

Joining is easy; you just have to do at least one of the following:

  1. For Twitter users: Tweet “Quiet Girl and Avalon.ph is giving you an opportunity to win your very own Moleskine and a couple of signed prints! http://bit.ly/moleskinelove”. Do not remove the url. (+1 point)
  2. For Tumblr users: Follow Valerie’s tumblr and reblog this entry. (+1 point)
  3. For quietgirl.net visitors: Follow her blog and write something in the comment form on the giveaway page (+1 point).
  4. Link bit.ly/moleskinelove anywhere in a blog entry . Don’t forget to notify Valerie in the comment form that you have mentioned the giveaway in your blog (+1 point).
  5. For Facebook users: Comment on Valerie’s wall. Don’t forget to like her page first as you won’t be able to comment without doing so. (+1 point).
Set B: Letter set comprised of a 4x5.5" blank notebook designed by me, 3 signed card prints and 1 bookmark

Set B: Letter set comprised of a 4x5.5" blank notebook designed by me, 3 signed card prints and 1 bookmark

To earn 5 (yes, 5!) additional entries, just answer this question either on the Tumblr post you reblogged, on the comment form on the giveaway page, on her Facebook page, or on your own blog entry (doing them all will still garner you only 5 extra points): What do YOU do to get your creative juices flowing?

As for me, I do different things to get my creative juices flowing. I sometimes read a book, watch cartoons, browse magazines, listen to music, doodle, look at other artworks, or just simply daydream to find inspiration for whatever creative activity I’m endeavoring to do (like write a story or draw).

What about you dear readers? I’m excited to find out your answers too.

Good luck! 😀

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