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Welcome on my tour stop for Camp Payback by J.K Rock blog tour hosted by AToMR Tours! Originally, I was scheduled to share my review today. But as you know, I'm busy right now preparing for my board exams (I'm might be on the review class or at home reading my notes as you're reading this). I didn't know my exams schedule before I signed up here. But worry not! I'm still reviewing Camp Payback and the first companion, Camp Boyfriend, by June.
For now, get ready for a swoon-y excerpt below and a fantastic giveaway! You can also check out the guest post written by J.K Rock I previously featured here.
(Camp Boyfriend #2)
by J.K Rock
Published April 29th 2014 by Spencer Hill Press
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?
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And I had tried to stay away.
But keeping my distance from Alexandra Martineau right now felt like deciding not to breathe. Impossible. Besides, anyone who said she was looking for trouble didn’t know the side of her I knew. Other people saw the fierce girl who didn’t take any crap. I saw the hurt that had made her that way.
“I can’t stay away either,” she said, her green eyes huge.
Her emotions were all right there, attraction, curiosity, and a kind of wonder I’d never seen before. It shone in her eyes as clearly as the reflection of the fireworks. Girls I’d been with before weren’t like that—willing to let you see what they were feeling without playing games.
Her hands fluttered around my shoulders and fell there, her fingers resting lightly, as if she might get chased away any second. I hated that she’d doubt her attractiveness for a second when I’d been thinking about her… all the time.
“I have to kiss you.” I think I was warning my conscience more than her.
“Well, you owe me one,” she whispered against my mouth, so close I could have licked her.
But I didn’t. I brushed my lips against hers with all the gentleness she deserved- this girl who was more wholesome than she would ever admit and too sweet to understand how badly I wanted this. And how much trouble we’d be in if we were caught.
I touched her waist, one hand on each side of her cotton tank top. Safe terrain, right? I just wanted to steady her, I told myself.
Yeah, right. And I was going to be Camp Employee of the Month too.
She tasted like bubble gum and lip gloss, smelled like sunscreen and girl-soap. I wanted to go on like that, breathing in the tastes and scents of summer camp and one of the best days of my life. But then her fingers tightened against my shoulders, short nails scratching into my tee as she deepened the kiss. The fireworks outside were nothing compared to the warning flares going off behind my eyes as she inched closer.
Maybe I should have known Alex would bring the same fire to a kiss that she brought to everything else she did. Still, it caught me off guard and…
“Whoa.” I pulled back, taking my hands off her waist and capturing her wrists instead. For my own sanity.
And because I really couldn’t afford for things to get out of hand on a first kiss.
“What?” Her forehead wrinkled. She looked up at the sky, still flashing from the occasional burst of light. “We don’t have to stop. The fireworks are still going on.” She looked over her shoulder. “And Gollum is way down on the other end. He can’t see us.”
“I…” How to put this in a PG way? “I like you, Alex.”
She scooted toward me again. “I like you too, Javier.”
I closed my eyes. Thought about the consequences of letting things get out of hand. And steeled myself against the scent of bubble gum.
“I might like you a little too much right now.” Gently, I untwined her hands from my shoulders and put them in her lap.
“Oh.” She ran a finger over Secret Camp Angel bracelet. “Okay. I guess we can watch the fireworks.”
I breathed deep, liking the scent of the pine trees.
“Is it okay if I-” She bit her lip as a shot of red streaked through the sky with a hissing whistle. “Rest my head here?”
She tipped her forehead to my shoulder and peered up at me. It felt good to have her want to be near me.
“Yeah.” I nodded instead of kissing the top of her head like I wanted to. I needed to get kissing out of my mind. “That’s nice.”
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 http://jkrock.net
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