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Fangirls (And Boys) Unite in New Flux Release

ST. PAUL, MN, June 3, 2021 – Flux, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE) is excited to announce the June 8, 2021 release of Down With This Ship by Katie Kingman. In this funny, flirty, and geeky rom com, teenage fanfic writer Kole must come to terms with internet fame, her insecurities, and a crush she never saw coming. A virtual launch will be held on June 16 at 9pm ET(6pm MT) in partnership with Changing Hands Bookstore featuring author, Kingman, in conversation with Meredith Tate, author of Shipped.

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More about Down With This Ship:

Kole Miller is the best writer at the prestigious Crystal Lake High. But no one knows it—not her creative writing classmates, or even her academic arch nemesis Colin (aka Mr. Valedictorian). That’s because Kole’s best work is a secret fanfic based on The Space Game, her favorite show.

When Kole’s fanfic wins a major contest, her readership skyrockets. Suddenly, Kole finds herself stuck in the heated ship wars, as her new readers pair characters from the show together as romantic couples. Worse yet, Kole’s classmates discover that she’s the fanfic’s author. Now it isn’t just The Space Game everyone is arguing about: they start shipping Kole with her classmates.

With her romantic life in shambles and her anxiety through the roof, Kole must face both her inner demons and the ones at her school. She has one chance to reclaim her fanfic—and the guy that Kole now realizes she’s shipped herself with since episode one of the school year.

Down With This Ship by Katie Kingman

Ages 14-18 / ISBN 978-1-63583-067-5 / $9.99 paperback original / 344 pages / Publication date: June 8, 2021

About the author
Katie Kingman has wanted to be a writer since freshman year when her English teacher read her story out loud. The experience was mortifying, but it led to a lifelong love of classic literature and writing fiction. She now lives, teaches, and geeks in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, two kids, and five cats. When not writing, she can be found gardening and  scrolling Netflix for a new OTP.

Early Praise for Down With This Ship

“A delightful novel that is wholehearted in embracing geek culture.”—Foreword Reviews

With an achingly relatable protagonist and swoony love interests, Kingman keeps the ships sailing and the pages flying in this wickedly fun debut.” —Ashley Schumacher, author of Amelia Unabridged

“An addicting and fast-paced ode to fandoms, shipping, and glorious geekery.” —Erin Hahn, author of You’d Be Mine and More Than Maybe

“The perfect book for anyone who has read through the night just waiting for the OTP to finally get together, but loved every moment of sweet tension leading up to that kiss.”—Jennifer Iacopelli, author of Break the Falll and Finding Her Edge

“Equally angsty and sweet, with just the right amount of geek, Katie Kingman blurs the lines between fandom and real life, creating a modern coming of age story packed with tension, laughs and even an epic ship war!”—Jennifer Iacopelli, author of Break the Falll and Finding Her Edge

For more information contact: Taylor Kohn,, 651-424-4626

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