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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.

— The J.K. Rock duo created the book to reflect the struggles and joys of adolescence and to show young adults they don’t have to choose to be the person everyone wants them to be.

“When you’re young, you define yourself by who you hang out with, we wanted to show through our book there are different options,” said Karen. “I see a lot of kids that have been in my class trying so hard to fit in and as an adult you see a different perspective and hope to show them they can be whoever they want to be.”

The “Camp Boyfriend” party will be a fun camp-like experience filled in two hours. For treats, campers will make their own desserts at the s’mores bar. Plus, there will be a make-your-own trail mix station and bug juice.

Each camper will receive an autographed book, an “I Love Camp Boyfriend” T-shirt, crafts and will take part in a color wars game. Campers will also be entertained by a local folksinger who will lead sing-a-longs with the campers, ghost storytelling, and the authors will give a reading from their new book.

“We want it to feel like a real camp experience,” said Karen. “Anyone who doesn’t want to participate in the party but would like to come for the reading and signing are more than welcome to come.”

There will be extra books available for purchase the night of the event.

“We cordially invite the public to come to a reading and open book signing beginning at 7:30 p.m. After the event, our books will be available at online retailers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and locally at Corner Stone Bookshop,” said Joanne Rock.

The prequel to the second book, “Camp Christmas,” will be released in December. Book two, “Camp Payback” is set to be released in April 2014. Prequel to the final book, “Camp Crush” will be released next summer and the final installment, “Camp Forget-Me-Not” will be released in August 2014.

The “Camp Boyfriend” party will be $20 per person. Visitors who would like to hear the book reading and attend the signing are invited to join the festivities at 7:30 p.m.

For more information visit the Camp Boyfriend website at http://campboyfriend.net.

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