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

Aftermath

by Clara Kensie

Giveaway ends April 12, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

Enter Giveaway

 

AFTERMATH

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

xoxo

 

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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!

 

AFTERMATH
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

 

xoxo
Clara

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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: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/213670-aftermath

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.)

 

AFTERMATH
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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Goodreads Giveaway: Three Annotated AFTERMATH ARCs

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Exclusive for AFTERMATH fans: I thought I’d distributed all of my AFTERMATH ARCs, but I found three more. So I’m annotating them and giving them away on Goodreads! Learn my secret thoughts and get behind-the-scenes info about the book. The giveaway runs December 5 – January 31. US/CAN only. Enter now: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/213670-aftermath. Go go go!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Aftermath by Clara Kensie

Aftermath

by Clara Kensie

Giveaway ends January 31, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

Enter Giveaway

Good luck!

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Holiday #Readathon! December 2 – 4 2016

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Hey everyone! Please join me in the Actin’ Up with Books Seventh Annual International Holiday Readathon this weekend! We have lots of fun mini-challenges planned for you and we’re giving away lots of prizes, all for doing something you love to do anyway: READ! 

The best part: you can participate as much or as little as you like. You can do all of the mini-challenges, or none of them. You don’t have to choose books in any particular genre or about the holidays – you can read any books you want, and you can read for as little as one minute or as long as 72 hours. This is a no pressure, read as much as you want readathon! *grin* 

Head on over to Actin’ Up with Books to sign up for the readathon and take a peek at the participating authors and all the prizes. The grand prize is $25 in books from The Book Depository! The mini-challenges haven’t been announced yet, but I’ve seen them, and they are so much fun!!

Happy reading!

xoxo

 
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AFTERMATH Releases Today!

It’s my book birthday! (Well, it’s my *official* book birthday. My book accidentally cover-with-je-blurb-amzreleased a couple weeks early on Amazon.) But AFTERMATH is officially in bookstores today, and online at Amazon, B&N, BAM, and Indiebound

I’ve had this story in my head for thirty years, and it’s amazing to see it in print. AFTERMATH is the book of my heart.

AFTERMATH is about 16-year-old girl who returns home four years after she was kidnapped, only to discover her family, devastated by her disappearance, has fallen apart. To put her broken family back together, and to prove the existence of her captor’s first victim, the traumatized girl must first heal herself.

school-library-journalSchool Library Journal said AFTERMATH is therapeutic reading for rape survivors.

Book blogger Molly of Molly’s Book Nook loved the book so much that she made artwork out of one of the themes, “Do it double, because some can’t do it at all,” printed it on tote bags and pillows, and is selling them in her online book merch store, Blu Bear Bazaar. She’s donating a portion of the proceeds to RAINN and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Wow.

The story I’ve had in my head for thirty years is out in the world and it’s making a difference and helping people. I still can’t believe this is real.

AFTERMATH is officially available at your favorite bookstore, and online at Amazon, B&N, BAM, and Indiebound

All of AFTERMATH’s early reviews are amazing! Here are just some of them:

I hope you love AFTERMATH too!

 

 

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Blu Gives Back – AFTERMATH Products With A Cause

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AFTERMATH Do It Double Tote – Blu Bear Bazaar (photo credit https://www.instagram.com/blubearbazaar/)

When you’re an author, there are heartbreaking times, and there are joyful times. This is definitely one of the best joyful times, ranking right up there with when I won the RITA for Run to You:

Book blogger Molly of Molly’s Book Nook surprised me with news that was so sweet and generous that I started crying. She was so moved by one of the themes in my novel AFTERMATH that she created an art piece for it, and is now selling it in her web store, Blu Bear Bazaar

blubearcauseOn her blog, Molly writes:

[AFTERMATH] is a beautiful story that had me in tears. Something that stood out was a repeated phrase throughout the story, used in several variations. This phrase was and has been a reminder for me that not everyone has the chance to live the life I live. That could be because of their financial circumstances, their mental health, or maybe they’re not even with us anymore to experience life at all. Since I’ve finished this novel, the phrase means something even more for me as I lost a very close friend recently. What is the phrase?

We need to live our lives to the fullest, we need to be grateful for what we have, because there are those who don’t have the opportunity, or be with us in life, at all. It’s that phrase and my personal experience that inspired this idea.

And here it is! Molly designed a beautiful blue ribbon (it matches the book cover, and it is also in the book) with the words “Do it double because some can’t do it at all” and put it on a tote bag and a throw pillow. Look how beautiful they are! Breathtaking. 

 

If that’s not awesome enough, Molly is donating a portion of the proceeds of each sale to RAINN and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

  • RAINNRape, Abuse & Incest National Network. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org & rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
  • Missing Kids – The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is a non—profit corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization.
Aftermath Do It Double Tote Bag from Blu Bear Bazaar

Aftermath Do It Double Tote Bag from Blu Bear Bazaar

You can purchase the Aftermath tote bag 

Aftermath Do It Double Throw Pillow from Blu Bear Bazaar

Aftermath Do It Double Throw Pillow from Blu Bear Bazaar

and the Aftermath throw pillow
from Molly’s store, Blu Bear Bazaar,

along with dozens of other beautiful products!

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You can read her entire blog post about it here: https://blubearbazaar.com/blogs/news/blu-gives-back-and-asks-you-to-as-well

and you can read her interview with me here: http://www.mollysbooknook.com/authorly-love-meet-clara-kensie-double-philosophy/

Thank you so much for this, Molly! This is one of the highlights of my career. I’m so honored that you’re doing this, and that you’re donating a portion of the proceeds to two important causes. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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AFTERMATH comes out November 15th 2016 from Merit Press (here’s a secret: the official pub date is November 15th, but the book is releasing now, two weeks early!). You can get it from your favorite bookstore or from Amazon, B&N, BAM, and Indiebound

 

 

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AFTERMATH Fan Art

fan-art-alexisThank you to Alexis Johnson of the Mad For Books Luv blog for drawing such beautiful Aftermath fan art! The above drawing shows Charlotte reuniting with her twin sister Alexa in the hospital four years after Charlotte was kidnapped. Charlotte’s hair is long and black, and Alexa has chopped her hair into short angry spikes and dyed it white. You can see on their faces how happy, how content and complete, the twins feel now that they’re together, especially when they thought they’d never see each other again.

Alexis is an amazing artist! Here are her drawings of Charlotte’s time locked in the attic of her kidnapper, whom she called The Keeper:

 

 

 

So beautiful and so haunting. Thank you so much, Alexis. You are a truly talented artist, and it means the world to me that you made these drawing of AFTERMATH.

Here is Alexis’s FIVE STAR review of Aftermath:

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Alexis’s Five Star review of Aftermath on Goodreads

Okay, so my official review will be on my blog but as for now I just want to put here how amazing this novel was.
I had cried, laughed a bit, smiled, cried more, wish something had happened, cried a lot more.

This is the best novel I’ve read all year, tying with The Architects song by A G Howard.
The writing was well, and the characters well-formed.

I can’t wait to read more from Clara Kensie and I hope everyone who sees this reads this novel because … seriously. Best. Book. Ever.

And you can read her complete Five Star review (warning: contains spoilers) on her blog

Thank you, Alexis! I’ll cherish these drawings forever.

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AFTERMATH comes out November 15th 2016 from Merit Press (here’s a secret: the official pub date is November 15th, but the book is releasing now, two weeks early!). You can get it from your favorite bookstore or from Amazon, B&N, BAM, and Indiebound.

 

 

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YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2016

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Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt! 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 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are six contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am on the RED TEAM –but you can also enter the contests for the orange team, the gold team, the green team, the blue team, and the purple team for a chance to win their sets of books!

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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.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: I’ve hidden my favorite number somewhere in this post. Read the post, find the number, and go on to collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the Red Team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!). 

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 October 9, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

SCAVENGER HUNT POST

I’m super excited to host Patty Blount on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Patty and I were both finalists in the 2015 RITA Awards for Best YA Romance. AND, Patty blurbed my book AFTERMATH! I love Patty dearly, and I’m thrilled that I get to host her for my leg of this scavenger hunt. 

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Native New Yorker Patty Blount writes instruction manuals by day and novels by night. She’s an award-winning author of a critically-acclaimed internet issues series, including the 2015 Firecracker Award winning SOME BOYS. Patty wrote her first novel on a dare by her oldest son, a sloppy murder mystery his seventh grade teacher asked to read….only to return covered in red ink. She lives on Long Island with her family and wants you to know she loves chocolate. Really, really loves chocolate.

Find out more information about Patty and her books: http://www.pattyblount.com/they-cant-love-each-other-theyve-got-nothing-left-to-burn-2/

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NOTHING LEFT TO BURN
By Patty Blount

Dear Dad, 
I promised Matt I’d do this-become a Junior Cadet. That I wouldn’t let you break me down. I know you hate me. Blame me for everything you lost. But that day I lost my brother and my dad. You could never be proud of me, could you? I was too “different.” So, just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m saying goodbye. Maybe someday, you’ll miss me.
Reece

Reece’s words make her ache. Amanda understands wanting to belong. As a foster kid, the firehouse where she volunteers is the only place that feels like home. She wants to help Reece, but his dad is her boss. And she won’t risk her place as a Junior Cadet-it’s all that she has. But when a string of arsons suddenly point to Amanda, her whole world is about to go up in flames. Reece isn’t about to let that happen. Even if the only way to save her is to risk getting burned.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT from Patty Blount

Hi, 
I’m Patty Blount and I write contemporary novels for teens. Most of my stories tackle hard issues but my most recent novel, NOTHING LEFT TO BURN, tackles the complex relationships teens have with their families…. in this case, a son and his dad. 
Family dynamics have always interested me. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a particularly close relationship with my own dad that I wrote this story this way. A lot of what’s in this story is based on real life. For example, Reece Logan, the troubled hero of this story, was a difficult baby, unable to bear being with strangers — or even certain family members. My sister was very much like this as a baby. She would cry whenever anybody looked at her except for our grandfather.
It really used to hurt people’s feelings, but she was a baby and couldn’t help it. Many years later, we discovered she has something called sensory processing disorder, a condition that makes her hyper-aware of things that fade into the background for other people. It could be anything — a smell, a feeling of certain textiles against her skin, a sound that sets her teeth on edge. When you’re a baby, you can’t explain it.
So you cry. 
But Reece isn’t a baby in this story. He’s a teen and his heart is slowly cracking. He knows his stupid action led to his brother’s death. And he knows his brother was the only thing holding his family together. He loves his father, but carries so much pain because of his father’s withdrawal, Reece decides it’s time to say goodbye. I needed a way to really grasp the emotions Reece was experiencing, so like a lot of authors, I turned to music. There were several songs that really influenced this book. 
First, there was Say Something, a song by A Great Big World. The lyrics to that song so perfectly captured Reece’s breaking heart and his painful decision, I’d often cry when the song ended and have to switch from typing my novel to dictating it because I couldn’t see through my tears. 
Later, when I’d decided Amanda Jamison would be the perfect person to teach Reece a thing or two, a really old song played in my head. I think I first heard it on some old variety show… it was called Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better. Sort of a battle of the sexes theme song. Oh, Reece knew Amanda would be better than he was at pretty much anything, but she definitely inspired him to try… and he learned he could do the job. 
I don’t listen to music while I write. It distracts me. I listen to music to find the right mood, the right emotion, the right feeling to write a particular scene. When Reece has to go to the training facility to compete, there was only one song that was going to work for me. Queen’s We Are The Champions. 
For the end of the book, when Reece and Amanda save the day and a couple of lives, I found a song by Dire Straits that helped me get into Reece’s head…. Brothers in Arms. Reece finally feels like he belongs, like he has a place. 
That was something I’d heard over and over again from all of the firefighters I’d interviewed. That’s why volunteer fire departments are possible… because these brave people love the camaraderie so much, they’ll do the work for free. I hope when you read NOTHING LEFT TO BURN, you’ll think of all the effort and training that goes into that job…and appreciate the people who do it. 

Wow, fantastic post, Patty! What a great premise. I love Reece and Amanda already.

Scavenger hunters: don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Patty Blount, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 46. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Red Team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize! 

MY GIVEAWAY

In conjunction with the YASH giveaway, I’m having an additional individual giveaway of this prize pack:

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A personalized signed copy of Aftermath by Clara Kensie (hey, that’s me!)
Color Blind by Sheila Sobel
Half in Love with Death by Emily Ross
Local Girl Swept Away by Ellen Wittlinger
An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay
Dessert First by Dean Gloster
The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
Unlocked by Margo Kelly

(My awesome publisher, Merit Press, donated these books for this giveaway!)

***UPDATE 10/11/16: Giveaway over! Winner: Ashley B. Congratulations, Ashley! Thanks to everyone who entered!!***

Enter here: Clara’s Additional YASH Giveaway of Eight Amazing Books

 *Contest runs Oct 4 2016 12am – Oct 10 2016 12am. US only (sorry, international peeps). 

 

AFTERMATH GOODREADS GIVEAWAY

aftermath-goodreads-giveawayWant yet another chance to win AFTERMATH? Merit Press is giving away 25 finished copies at Goodreads (I told you my publisher is awesome!). Enter here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/205397-aftermath

 

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author: AMY CHRISTINE PARKER! http://www.amychristineparker.com/blog

Scavenger hunters, I hope you’re finding lots of new favorite authors and adding lots of books to your TBR! Thanks for playing, and good luck!

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