On a not unrelated note, here’s the cover for The No-Campfire Girls!
I liked the idea of an earthy, summer camp type cover, with the little campfire logo that hints at the book’s main content, although I’m disturbed that Emily set my name on fire. The e-book version of this novella should be up in about a week, and the print copy will hopefully be available on Amazon at about the same time; we’ll let everyone know when we get our print copies for anyone who wants a signed copy.
Meanwhile, I’m starting a blog tour to publicize the book, so anyone who’s interested in doing a Q&A, or having me write on their blog—or who wants to write on my blog—just let me know!
Just to remind everyone, here’s a synopsis of the story:
Fifteen year old Beth Hamlin is horrified to discover her beloved summer camp must go without campfires this year, due to the fire hazard from a drought. At first she and her friends try to perk up the other campers, but Beth isn't one to just sit (or swim, or boat, or horseback) around, when there's a challenge to be met.
Beth discovers her new cabin mate, Cassidy, knows a local Cherokee who claims the ability to do a rain dance. Now all they have to do is trick the Camp Director into letting Running Creek do the dance there, avoid the local bully and a flying arrow or two … and keep from getting caught plotting with the local fire captain on a forbidden cell phone. With luck southern Indiana will get a nice, soaking rain, and when it's over Camp Inipi can have proper campfires again.
But when things go horribly wrong, the whole area is endangered by a double disaster. Now Beth, Cassidy, and the rest of their unit may be the only people who can save not only their camp, but everyone in it.
When Beth's big brother told her being a teenager could be rough, he probably didn't have this in mind.