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NCCCA to host Camp Boyfriend book party

 J. K. Rock, aka the combined pen name for sister-in-law authors Karen and Joanne Rock hold up a copy of their first book in their Camp Boyfriend series.

J. K. Rock, aka the combined pen name for sister-in-law authors Karen and Joanne Rock hold up a copy of their first book in their Camp Boyfriend series.

— Two local writers will unveil their first book, “Camp Boyfriend,” a new young adult series, at a special camp-themed party at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, 23 Brinkerhoff St., on July 15.

The book is written by J. K. Rock, aka the combined pen name for sister-in-law authors Karen and Joanne Rock. J.K.’s book is the first of a three-part series released on July 2, and the book party will be held on July 15. The camping party will go from 5 to 7:30 p.m., ending with a book signing and reading by the two authors.

Joanne Rock is an award winning Harlequin author with more than 60 titles to her credit. This is the first book written by her sister-in-law, Karen Rock. Karen will debut her first Harlequin solo release in September 2013 with “Wish Me Tomorrow.”

Karen, an eighth grade teacher at Stafford Middle School in Plattsburgh, said she was both inspired by her sister-in-law’s writing and by her students.

“It doesn’t even seem real that a book I wrote will be published,” said Karen. “Especially as a teacher, I am constantly reading so I can suggest books for my students and it is great to think kids the same age as my students will be reading this.”

Camp Boyfriend follows the pair’s release of the book’s prequel, “Camp Kiss,” which was released online earlier this year.

“One of the great things about our writing is we write very fast and we’ll have novellas between the books,” said Karen. “Our prequel novella was a chance to introduce our characters and the scene to the readers before they committed to reading our series.”

The story follows young Lauren, who is introduced as a “nerdy” girl with braces at age 14 who knows every constellation in the sky. “Camp Kiss” walks the reader through Lauren’s awkward first kiss with Seth and introduces a character she really likes and wants to be her boyfriend. Karen said “Camp Boyfriend” will jump forward two years when Lauren is 16 and things have dramatically changed with Seth only being her boyfriend at camp.

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