AFTERMATH Book Trailer

AFTERMATH has a book trailer!


A million thanks to McHenry Community High School for inspiring me to have it made! The school board of McHenry Community High School in McHenry, Illinois has selected AFTERMATH for their One Read program. Every freshman in the district received a copy to read as part of their Fall 2017 curriculum, and I’m visiting the schools and the public library in October. A few weeks ago they asked if I had a book trailer to show the students. I had to say no, but I would make one! 

I have neither the knowledge nor the talent to make one myself, so I asked around. Author Dorothy Dreyer suggested a teenage aspiring graphic designer and animator named Sora Sanders, who made the trailer for her story in the Fragments of Darkness anthology. I watched the trailer, loved it, bought the book, and hired Sora on the spot. She did an amazing job on the AFTERMATH trailer, don’t you think?

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Happy Book Birthday to Deception So Deadly!

Tessa and Tristan, we did it!

It’s been a long, roller-coaster of a journey for the Deception So series, and starting today, that journey is finally getting the happy ending it deserves with the release of Book One, Deception So Deadly. My eternal love and gratitude to everyone who has supported me (and Tessa and Tristan!) along the way. 

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About the book

Winner of Romance Writers of America’s 2015 RITA© Award for Best First Book

RUN. It’s all sixteen-year-old Tessa Carson has ever known. Hunted by a telepathic killer, Tessa and her family have fled home after home, hiding behind aliases to survive. Her scars are more than just physical, and as the only one in her family without a psychic ability, she lives a life of secrets, lies, and fear.

After the Carsons flee to a new hideout and take on new identities yet again, Tessa meets confident, carefree Tristan Walker. Their attraction burns fierce, but she runs from him too, knowing their love can never be true when she can’t even tell him her real name.

But Tristan has secrets as well—secrets that will either save Tessa, or destroy her. The only way Tessa can save her family—and uncover the real reason they’ve been hunted all these years—is to forget everything she’s learned from a lifetime of running away, and run straight into danger head-on.

Book One in the YA paranormal thriller Deception So series, Deception So Deadly was originally published as the Run to You serial parts 1 – 3, and is the winner of the prestigious RITA© Award for Best First Book.


“A dark, suspenseful, and romantic ride!” – USA Today

“The perfect blend of mystery, romance, paranormal thrills, and danger.” – Mundie Moms

“A well-written YA paranormal read, with welcome dashes of thrills and plot twists, Kensie has written a gripping and engaging series that features great family dynamics and the enormity of first love.” – RT Book Reviews

“A thrilling story, packed with twists, secrets, and swoon-worthy romance. I couldn’t read it fast enough!” ~Erica O’Rourke, author of the Torn trilogy (Kensington) and the Dissonance series (S&S BFYR)

The Deception So Series Continues

Watch for Book Two, Deception So Dark, in February 2018.

I’m currently having a ton of fun writing Book Three, Deception So Dangerous. I hope to have it on the market in August 2018!

Special Shout Outs

…to my #PortlandMidwest and Aphrodite sisters
…to my amazing cover artist and formatter, Lyssa Chiavarri of Key of Heart Designs 
…to my awesome indie author co-op, Snowy Wings Publishing
…to my fantabulous readers who loved the series the first time around and continue to love it now. 

We did it!


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Drop everything you’re doing and look at the beautiful cover for DECEPTION SO DEADLY

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I’ve been hard at work getting ready for the (re)release of Deception So Deadly on August 15th with the help of my author co-op, Snowy Wings Publishing. Today I can finally show you the cover! It was designed by Key of Heart Designs, and I can tell … Continue reading

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$200 Barnes & Noble Gift Card Giveaway Plus 17 Bestselling & Award-Winning YA Books

YA authors love our readers! A bunch of us have teamed up to bring you an amazing giveaway: you can win a $200 Barnes & Noble gift card AND a library of our best-selling, award-winning, and stellar break-out young adult books! 

  • Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw, Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things: Pride and Prejudice meets Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot in this humorous and heartfelt debut about a loving, quirky family on the hunt for the mythical Sasquatch.

  • Jennifer Bardsley, Genesis Girl: Blanca’s lack of a digital footprint makes her so valuable that she gets auctioned off to the highest bidder.

  • Martina Boone, Compulsion: A girl with a gift for finding lost things discovers romance, secrets, and danger in the magical garden of her family’s three-hundred-year-old South Carolina plantation.

  • Melinda R. Cordell, Those Black WingsKay is your typical shy gal who runs screaming from love — until she finds herself way over her head in a relationship. It’s not love if he forces you to stay.

  • Brenda Drake, Touching Fate: With a simple touch of the tarot cards, Aster can change a person’s fate, but when she meets Reese, a hot Dutch guy cursed to die on his eighteenth birthday, saving him will come at a deadly price.

  • Brenda Drake, Thief of Lies: One jump into a gateway book linking the great libraries of world will lead Gia to love and secrets that change her forever.
  • Pintip Dunn, Forget Tomorrow: In a world where memories can be sent back in time, seventeen-year-old Callie sees the unthinkable — a vision of her not-so-distant future self killing her little sister. 

  • Jennifer M. Eaton, Fire in the Winds: When the alien of her dreams crash lands his ship in the woods, time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she’s to save him without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.

  • Clara Kensie, Aftermath: After surviving four years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper sustained by dreams of her loving family, Charlotte fights her way to freedom only to discover that her family is broken and she can’t be truly free until she frees the prisoner she left behind. 

  • Amy McNulty, Ballad of the Beanstalk: A prequel to the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk that reveals the true story behind the magical singing harp.

  • Sarah Nicolas, Keeping Her Secret: When Riya finds herself sharing a bunkhouse with her first girl-crush at summer camp, Courtney’s need to keep up appearances initiates an all-out war between their feelings and what they think is expected of them.

  • K. M. Pyne, #Meet: Ruby Knight’s best friend goes missing after behaving strangely. Her friend has been catfished on the internet and this sets off a detective style search for her friend. Mash up of Nancy Drew and Pretty Little Liars.

  • K. M. Pyne, #YOLO: Someone at Ruby Knight’s school is out for revenge! Who is murdering students and what do they ultimately want?

  • Stephanie Scott, AlterationsAfter reinventing herself at a summer fashion camp in New York City, Amelia returns to Miami and finds herself caught between her life-long crush and his geeky twin brother.

  • Janet B. Taylor, Into the Dim: Hope Walton’s insular world implodes when she learns she must travel to the brutal, 12th century age of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine to save the mother she thought lost forever.

  • Janet B. Taylor, Sparks of Light (Advance Reader Copy)When Hope Walton and the rest of the Viators uncover a plan to steal a dangerous device from inventor Nikola Tesla, only a race through the Gilded Age of 1895 NYC can save the natural timeline from utter destruction. 

  • P. D. Workman, Questing for a DreamCompletely alone for the first time in her life, is it possible for Nadie to find happiness and peace in a foreign world where she is abused and discriminated against?

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Martina Boone was generous enough to host the giveaway on her site. All you have to do to enter is subscribe to the newsletter mailing list for each of the authors. You can do it all at once, in one easy step. Bonus: by subscribing to our newsletters, you’ll hear about great YA books, book news, author insider information, and even more giveaways. Access the Rafflecopter at the link below:

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The RITA Award-Winning RUN TO YOU Series is now the DECEPTION SO Series! And it’s in print!

That’s right! Tessa and Tristan are BACK! With new titles, new covers, and this time in print. Best of all, I’m continuing the series with more books!

(This news was originally announced in my newsletter. I don’t often share my newsletter issues on my blog, but this is so big I’m going wide with it.  To get my exclusive book news, sign up for my newsletter.)

I’ve been hinting lately that I have big exciting news, and now I can finally share it. The headline above is correct: RUN TO YOU is back, with new titles, new covers, and in print(!!!!!!). And best of all, I’m continuing the series with new books!

Over the past couple of years, many, many of you have asked me what’s happening with the Run to You series. Am I going to continue it, will the books ever be available in print, why were the books taken off the market, are they ever coming back, what happens next with Tessa and Tristan?

I’m going to tell you everything now, the full story. It’s a bit long, but I promise it has a happy ending. 🙂

When I first wrote Tessa and Tristan’s story, I intended it to be a long, multi-book series.

I wrote the first two books, signed with a literary agent, and she sold them to a publisher. After I sent in my contract, the publisher changed the title to RUN TO YOU, and then they decided to do something extremely risky: they published the two books as a six-part digital serial. They released Book One in three parts, and they released Book Two in three parts (the image on the left shows the covers to all six parts). But though readers loved the story, they hated the format, and they didn’t want to make six separate payments for the equivalent of two complete books. The digital serial flopped. Epic fail.

I was heartbroken. More than that—I was grief-stricken.


A Major Award

A few months later, Book One (the first three parts) finaled in the 2015 RITA Awards in two categories: Best YA Romance and Best First Book, and it won for Best First Book! The RITAs are to romance as the Oscars are to movies, so this is a huge honor. Nora Roberts—Nora Freakin’ Roberts!—presented me with the trophy, and I gave an acceptance speech to a crowd of 2000 people. That was almost two years ago, and I still can’t believe it happened.


My Editor’s Selfless Sacrifice

When I was in New York for the RITAs, my editor and I went out to lunch, and she told me she was so sorry that her marketing team had failed the series by turning it into a digital serial. She knows it’s a good series—it finaled in two RITA categories and won Best First Book, after all. She said that she believes in the series so much, and she feels so bad that they messed up the marketing strategy, that she wants give me my rights back so I can find a publisher that will do a better job of getting the books into the hands of readers. Her exact words!

Of course my agent and I accepted her offer. I’ll be forever grateful to my former editor for doing that, and I respect her and love her so much. It took a long time for the paperwork to go through, but I finally got my rights back to the series.

Paralyzed with Indecision

The books were unavailable for purchase while I decided what to do with them. My novel Aftermath released in hardcover from Simon & Schuster in 2016 and was doing great, and I was hard at work writing more books. But my heart and mind kept returning to Tessa and Tristan.

I wanted to get their books back on the market, but publishers rarely acquire books that had been previously released by a different publisher, even RITA Award winning books. And honestly, I was terrified to give a publisher control of that series again. For almost two years, despite knowing the obvious solution, I was paralyzed with indecision.

A Triumphant Return

But now, I am beyond thrilled to tell you that Tessa and Tristan are back! I’m publishing the series myself, with the help of my awesome author co-op, Snowy Wings.

That’s right, Tessa and Tristan are back, this time in print! And audio! With new covers! And new titles! I’m going back to my original titles, the titles I’ve used in my heart from the very beginning. Each book in the series is complete and full-length (no more chopped up serialized format!). And best of all… I’m continuing the series! After the re-release of Books One and Two, there will be more Tessa and Tristan books, plus a spin-off for Jillian and a spin-off for Logan, and maybe even books for other favorite characters.



by Clara Kensie

The RITA Award-winning, super-romantic psychic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past, and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies, and danger.

Danger. Deception. Betrayal. It must be true love.

Book One: Deception So Deadly 
releasing August 15, 2017

Book Two: Deception So Dark 
releasing February 13, 2018

Book Three: Deception So Dangerous
releasing August 14, 2018 (est)

Book Four and beyond…. TBA!

(Each book is complete and full-length – no more serialized format!)

No Stress, All Fun

A confession: I’m excited, but I’m also a little scared! Self-pub is a whole new world to me. Different markets, different strategies, more decisions, more options, and waaaaayyy more control. I have a lot to learn. But I’ve set one rule for myself, and that rule is: NO STRESS, ALL FUN. That’s why I started writing the Deception So series in the first place: I wanted to have fun writing books about characters I love. And now that I’m self-pubbing Deception So, I’m finally having fun again.




I want you, my readers, to have fun too!

I have lots of fun things planned for you all. I’ll be revealing the cover for Deception So Deadly soon (it’s gorgeous!), so watch for that next, plus I’m having giveaways and contests and all sorts of cool things. 

August 15th is coming up fast!  Let’s get the fun started right away.


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  • ADVANCE READER REVIEW TEAM: I have a very exclusive team of book bloggers who get advance copies of my books, for free, to review on Goodreads (before release day), Amazon (on release day) and other social media platforms. If you are interested in being on my advance reader review team, fill out the form at the bottom of my contact page.
  • To get in on all the action, Like my Facebook page and join my Facebook group, the Insiders!
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YA Scavenger Hunt – Spring 2017 Edition


Welcome to the Spring 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Clara Kensie, author of the super-romantic RITA-award-winning DECEPTION SO DEADLY series, and the dark, ripped-from-the-headlines YA thriller AFTERMATH. 

I’m so glad you’re here! YASH is one of my favorite things in the whole world. This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for five days!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are five contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, a purple team, and a pink team for four additional chances to win four whole different sets of books! Here are the Blue Team books:

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve hidden my favorite number.  Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

Note: you could just skip down to the bottom of each post to find the numbers, and I know some of you will, but I encourage you all to read the entire posts first, because 1: each author is giving you exclusive content that you can’t get anywhere else, 2: the posts are awesome, and 3: you’ll discover some really cool new books by some amazing authors. When I was a reader doing YASH, reading the posts is how I found most of my current favorite authors!

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 9 2017 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I’m pleased to host my Simon & Schuster/Merit Press pub-sister MARGO KELLY  for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Margo Kelly’s critically acclaimed debut, Who R U Really?, was published by Merit Press (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) in 2014. Her second novel, Unlocked, was published by Merit Press in October 2016. Margo loves to be scared … when she’s reading a good book, watching a good movie, or suffering from the hiccups. She enjoys writing thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give readers the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things.

Learn more about Margo at her website. Her latest book is UNLOCKED:

17-year-old Hannah is losing her grip on reality, which is affecting not only her but her friends and family too. She wrecked the car when bugs crawled over her hands, but were the creepy things even real? Now someone is moving Hannah’s possessions around in her room, or is she imagining that also? Why does she feel like she isn’t in control of her own brain anymore? Hannah is terrified she’s headed for a horrible life in and out of the mental institution, just like her dad. When her friends bail, Hannah is left floundering. Her boyfriend, Manny, doesn’t believe her wild stories, and new girl Chelsea is practically replacing her at school. Only artsy outsider and self-proclaimed occult expert, Plug, agrees to help Hannah discover the truth, but even he can’t help Hannah reclaim her mind from whatever is taking over. She’ll have to do that on her own, especially if she wants to save her friends, her mom, and herself.


When I was in college I attended my first hypnotism show.

In an auditorium along with a couple hundred other students, I watched as fifteen guys and girls went on stage and participated in the show. The audience laughed and clapped and hooted when the hypnotized students did ridiculous things such as quack like ducks or sing like rock stars. It was great. Terrific. Until the end.

While the participants were still completely hypnotized, the hypnotist turned to the audience and spouted his political views. He didn’t even try to hide what he was doing. He spoke clearly and abruptly. The people to my left and to my right sat in shock. My own mouth dropped open in disbelief. The hypnotist went so far as to tell everyone exactly how to vote in the upcoming election. I was dumbfounded. I felt like my trust had been violated, and I wasn’t even on the stage. I was not hypnotized. I was not in any sort of suggestive state. But those students in the show still were. And I bet there were plenty of others sitting in the audience who were impressionable from watching the hypnosis being performed.

That’s the exact moment I decided I would never willingly take part in hypnosis. Sure, that was an isolated incident. Some hypnotists are trustworthy. But not all. Some do not have a very high ethical code. And because of that, to this day, I hate giving up control to anyone, under any circumstances.

I’ve never forgotten that college night, and it inspired my novel, UNLOCKED.

Sounds amazing, right? Learn more about UNLOCKED here!


And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Margo, and the other authors on the Blue Team! My favorite number has always been 46. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Blue Team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

But wait! Before you continue the hunt, I have an additional, individual giveaway of three hardcover books from Simon and Schuster/Merit Press! Trust me, you’ll love these books!

*US/Canada only for these books. If the randomly-chosen winner is not in the US or Canada, they can choose any book from Book Depository.

Enter via the Rafflecopter link below:


Click here to enter Clara’s additional giveaway for YASH Spring 2017!

Edit, April 12 2017: 

The giveaway is over! Winner:


Congrats! *throws confetti*

If you didn’t win this time, keep in touch! I love doing giveaways. Follow me on Instagram, join the Insiders, and friend me on Goodreads to be the first to hear when I have a new giveaway.


by Clara Kensie

Goodreads Most Popular Books Published in November 2016
Young Adult Books Central’s TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2016

You can purchase AFTERMATH at your favorite bookstore
or order it online from AmazonB&NBAM, and Indiebound


To keep going on your quest, you need to check out the next author, the amazing and talented Julia Ember!

Best of luck on the hunt, and have fun. YASH rocks!


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New Goodreads Giveaway: Annotated Hardcover of AFTERMATH plus a “Do It Double” Tote Bag

Announcing a new Aftermath Goodreads giveaway! The last one was SO successful that I’m doing it again. This time the prize is a signed, annotated hardcover copy of Aftermath AAANNNNDDDDD an Aftermath “Do It Double” tote bag.

This giveaway started only a few hours ago and it’s already blowing up. So get going – enter now! Go go go!

Goodreads Annotated AFTERMATH and Tote Bag Giveaway

Aftermath by Clara Kensie


by Clara Kensie

Giveaway ends April 12, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.


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by Clara Kensie

Goodreads Most Popular Books Published in November 2016
Young Adult Books Central’s TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2016

You can purchase AFTERMATH at your favorite bookstore
or order it online from AmazonB&NBAM, and Indiebound



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Thanks for entering the AFTERMATH ARC Goodreads giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Jan 2017 Goodreads giveaway to win one of three annotated ARCs of AFTERMATH! Because of you, it was one of the most popular giveaways on Goodreads. I’m sending the books to the three winners this week. Congrats!

If you didn’t win this time, never fear: I’m having another Goodreads giveaway soon, of an annotated AFTERMATH hardcover and an AFTERMATH Do It Double tote bag. Stay tuned for details!


by Clara Kensie

Goodreads Most Popular Books Published in November 2016
Young Adult Books Central’s TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2016

You can purchase AFTERMATH at your favorite bookstore
or order it online from Amazon, B&N, BAM, and Indiebound



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Giveaway for Annotated ARC of Aftermath Ends January 31st!

Quick reminder: this Goodreads giveaway is ending soon – January 31st!
Annotated, by me, with secrets and exclusive behind-the-scenes info.
There are only THREE annotated Aftermath ARCs in existence. You know you want one! 
Enter here:

Good luck!


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AFTERMATH Blog Tour and Giveaway

AFTERMATH recently went on tour! Check out each stop to read reviews, interviews, and cool info about the book. Remember to enter the giveaway to win books and an AFTERMATH Do It Double tote bag! The giveaway is open through January 31, and you can enter at any of the tour stops.

Thanks for setting up the tour, Hannah the Irish Banana! And big big hugs to all of the beautiful bloggers on the tour!!!! Bloggers give honest reviews, and I’m thrilled that you all loved AFTERMATH so much. You guys are the best. xoxoxox

Tour Schedule:

What do you guys think? Awesome tour, right? Remember to enter the giveaway before it closes on January 31! You can win books and this beautiful AFTERMATH Do It Double tote bag. (Read the amazing story behind the tote bag here.)


by Clara Kensie

Goodreads Most Popular Books Published in November 2016
Young Adult Books Central’s TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2016

You can purchase AFTERMATH at your favorite bookstore
or order it online from Amazon, B&N, BAM, and Indiebound





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