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Tuesday, July 31, 2012



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Karen will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so click on the tour banner for more of Karen's stops.

Writing main characters can be tricky. Sometimes they fall right in line just as planned. Sometimes they misbehave and you have to reel them back in, and sometimes they teach you something about yourself you never realized before.

Take my main character: Nathan Rockledge aka Nate Rocks. At just ten years old, Nathan needed much reeling in. His imagination was crazy. Not that this is a bad thing for a ten-year-old, or anybody really, but he had trouble staying focused – as I often do myself.

I couldn’t truly blame him, however, after all, he is only ten. But then I started thinking: should I let him off the hook just because he is ten? Isn’t that what so many tweens complain about... not getting a chance to prove themselves... prove that they are responsible?

So I decided to give him a chance. A chance to prove he could accomplish something great if he really put his mind to it. And guess what? He did. Now, I don’t want to tell you what that something is -you’ll have to read the Nate Rocks books for that piece of info, but Nathan taught me something very important while I was writing his adventures – two things actually:

1. Even kids can accomplish great things, and even more important –

2. Anyone can accomplish their goals if they just set their mind to it.

I am living proof. Dream big and rock on!

About the Author:
Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife, and mom. Karen grew up in Orange, Connecticut, and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World, followed in 2012 by the second book in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).

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With fourth grade finally winding down, 10-year-old Nathan Rockledge is looking forward to a fun and relaxing summer at home with his friends. That is, until his mom decides he has to go to overnight camp with his annoying older sister. When his best friend Tommy decides to tag along, Nathan thinks maybe his summer won’t actually be so bad. After all, he does get to be away from his mom's awful cooking for an entire six weeks.

Amongst Color War competitions, a flaky counselor, and a bully named "No-Neck,” Nathan turns to his trusty sketchpad, transforming himself into Nate Rocks: 10-year-old extraordinaire. His speedboat ready for action, Nate saves the day time and again from the perils of floods, snakes, ghosts, and even the most wanted criminals.

Join Nathan, Tommy, Abby, and a whole new cast of characters as Nate Rocks once again proves nothing can hold him back in this second book of the Nate Rocks series.


  1. Thanks so much for inviting me to your blog today!

  2. This sounds like a really fun story for young people. I would think boys would love it especially, and it is hard to find interesting books for them.

    1. Thank you! Yes - I don't know why it is that it's harder to find fun books for boys. I know it's always much easier finding a book for my daughter than my two sons. Thanks for your comment!

  3. It sounds interesting to me, and I'm *way* past the target audience! Good luck with the release!


    1. Thanks! Anyone young at heart is in the target audience :)

  4. "Color War"! I remember that from 30+ years ago when I was a camp counselor at a cabana club. Your book would take me back a bit! LOL.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Somethings never change right? We had color war when I was a kid (looong time ago) & now my kids have color war at their camp! Thanks for your comment.

  5. Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  6. Sounds like an enjoyable read. :)


  7. I'm excited to share Nate's tales with the grandkids and myself. :) It sounds like a fun read for everyone. Congrats on the book and thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com