Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Firsts: The First Release From Spencer Hill Contemporary!

As the Editor-in-chief of Spencer Hill Contemporary (the new contemporary imprint of Spencer Hill Press) next week marks a very exciting FIRST for me: our first release! After many months of editing and planning, the day is finally almost here and I could not be more thrilled to share CAMP KISS (a CAMP BOYFRIEND novella) with the all of you!

J.K. Rock (pseudonym for amazing author team Joanne & Karen Rock) were also the first authors I signed when the imprint officially launched and they have been a blast to work with. Their stories and characters make me feel like I am back at summer camp, falling in love for the first time all over again, and I could not be more proud of the work they've done leading up to next week's release.

CAMP KISS will be available as a free download on Spencer Hill Contemporary's site next Tuesday (March 26, 2013!) and I would love to hear what you think of it!


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….

Releases from Spencer Hill Contemporary on July 2, 2013. 

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 J.K. Rock online:

Goodreads / Author Website / Series Website / Karen's Twitter / Joanne's Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Do you have any exciting FIRSTS happening this month? We'd love to hear about them in the comments


  1. Patricia, we are so lucky to work with you!! Your vision for the stories and faith in our voice(s?) has been an inspiration in developing an end-result we're sooo excited to share. Karen and I had a blast planning and writing these camp stories. But now that it is close to time to share them, it's like we OD'd on sugar and can't sit still :-).

  2. Thanks for everything, Patricia! It's been so much fun crafting these stories with you and now- to see them this close to publication- WOW. I'm so thrilled to share them with readers. You've been our biggest cheerleader and we're yours too! All authors take note- this is the editor to watch over the years to come. Everyone will be wishing for the chance to work with you, Patricia. As for me, it's been a dream come true.