Available now: Deception So Dark

Book Two of my RITA Award Winning Deception So series is available now! The ebook is available exclusively for Kindle for $2.99 or FREE on Kindle Unlimited. The paperback is available everywhere, including Amazon and BN.com.

This is a big deal for me, because now these two books are finally out in the world the way I wrote them to be, the way they SHOULD be. If you’ve been following the journey of these two books, you know that they were originally published a few years ago by a traditional publisher. They turned my two books into a digital serial by chopping up each book into three parts and releasing the parts over six weeks. It was an experiment, but I didn’t want to be their guinea pig. I begged (literally begged!) them not to do it. But I had no control over the way they released my books. I had no choice but to go along with it. So, I put on a happy face and promoted the books as best I could, but as I predicted, the serialized format failed. Epically. No one wanted to make six separate payments for the equivalent of two books. I was heart broken. No, more than that–I was grief-stricken. 

After the first book in the series (the first three parts) finaled in the 2015 RITA Awards for Best YA Romance and won the RITA for Best First Book, I got my rights back to the series, joined an amazing indie author co-op called Snowy Wings Publishing, and self-published the books the way they were intended to be: as two full-length novels, in digital and paperback, with better titles and gorgeous new covers. Deception So #1, Deception So Deadly, released in August 2017, and now Deception So #2, Deception So Dark, is available too. 

Now YOU can read the books the way they were meant to be read, and that makes me happiest of all. A happy ending for everyone!

But wait, there’s more! Now that I have the series back, I’m continuing it with more books! I’m hard at work writing Deception So #3, Deception So Dangerous, due for release in August 2018. I have ideas for even more Deception So books after that! 

About Deception So Dark:

Dark as a starless night and black as a cavern of coal…

With no more secrets keeping them apart, Tessa and Tristan embark upon a desperate search to find her missing brother and sister. But not even Tristan can keep Tessa safe from her new—and volatile—psionic power, or from the Nightmare Eyes that seem to watch her even when she’s awake.

As the Nightmare Eyes grow stronger, hope of finding her siblings fades—until a new lead sends Tessa on a dangerous journey, one that a psychic has foretold ends in her death. And one that will force her to choose between Tristan and her siblings—and defeat an enemy she never knew she had in order to save them all.

Originally published as Run to You parts 4 – 6, Deception So Dark is Book Two of the RITA© Award-winning Deception So series, a super-romantic thriller about a psychic family on the run from a deadly past, and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies, and danger.

Purchase the ebook exclusively for Kindle,$2.99 or FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Purchase the paperback at your favorite bookstore (ask them to order it if it’s not in stock), or order from your favorite online bookseller, including Amazon and BN.com.

Happy reading!


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Cover Reveal: Deception So Dark (Deception So #2)

It’s here! I’m thrilled to show you the cover to Deception So #2, Deception So Dark! Are you ready? Drum roll, please…

Ta da!

Deception So Dark:

Dark as a starless night and black as a cavern of coal…

With no more secrets to keep them apart, Tessa and Tristan embark upon a desperate search to find her missing brother and sister. But not even Tristan can keep Tessa safe from the hostile classmates at her new school… or from the nightmare that haunts her even while she’s awake. As Tessa’s nightmare becomes all too real, her hope of getting her family back together feels ever more out of reach.

As the Nightmare Eyes grow stronger, hope of finding her siblings fades—until a new lead sends Tessa on a dangerous journey, one that a psychic has foretold ends in her death. And one that will force her to choose between Tristan and her siblings—and defeat an enemy she never knew she had in order to save them all.

Originally published as Run to You parts 4 – 6, Deception So Dark is Book Two of the RITA© Award-winning Deception So series, a super-romantic thriller about a psychic family on the run from a deadly past, and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies, and danger.


Title: Deception So Dark (Book Two of The Deception So Series)
Author: Clara Kensie
Release Date: February 13th, 2018
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Cover Designer: Key of Heart Designs

Preorder: Deception So Dark is available for preorder now! You can also add it on Goodreads here.

Like Deception So Deadly, the ebook edition of Deception So Dark is available exclusively on Amazon. That means, if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can read it for free. The non-subscriber price is only $2.99!

The paperback edition will be available for purchase on release day (Feb 13, 2018) at your favorite online retailers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Ask your library and local bookstore to stock it!

Here’s the wrap-around cover for the paperback edition:

Let’s look at both covers of the Deception So series together, shall we? SO gorgeous! I already have an idea for the cover of Book Three, Deception So Dangerous. The three covers together will knock your socks off!

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Magic at Midnight Cover Reveal

I’m delighted to announce that I’ll have a short story in the Magic at Midnight fairy tale retelling anthology releasing May 29th, 2018 from the authors of Snowy Wings Publishing

Once upon a time is eternal…

Turn the pages and fall into the enchanting worlds of beloved, age-old fairy tales made new again in this fifteen-story collection from Snowy Wings Publishing.

A girl with long, long hair is trapped in an attic, ensnared by promises of immortality, the radio her only companion. An android wants to believe in her life, that the feelings she has are real—and that she might be just as beautiful as her famous stepsister. A gamer must save her true love from the mysterious, dark entity that has ensnared him in their MMORPG. A modern teen is lured to the fantastical Land of the Dolls, and only her own cunning can help her escape. These are just a few of the bewitching tales found within Magic at Midnight

From sci-fi to fantasy, contemporary to historical, paranormal and more, there’s a fairy tale retelling in this collection for every reader. Featuring stories from bestselling and award-winning YA authors as well as emerging voices, this anthology will take you to distant worlds and back again—all just familiar enough to make you feel at home.

My story, Dance of Deception, is inspired by The Twelve Dancing Princesses and is loosely set in the Deception So world. Twelve girls use their psychic powers to hold clandestine midnight dances in the woods. When a boy from the school paper discovers their secret and threatens to expose them, will one girl’s love be strong enough to save them all?

Add Magic at Midnight to your Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37799951-magic-at-midnight


The cover was designed by KimG Design (www.kimg-design.com, @kimgdesign on Instagram, @who_is_kimy on Twitter). Gorgeous! Look closely, and you’ll see a castle in the distance!

Here’s the wraparound for the paperback:


Add Magic at Midnight to your Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37799951-magic-at-midnight

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YA Scavenger Hunt – Fall 2017 Edition! (and an additional giveaway!)

Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt, Fall 2017 Edition, hooray! 

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. This is my third time participating in the hunt as an author. Before that, I participated as a reader! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt on each post. 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. This time, I’m on TEAM PURPLE. I also have an additional giveaway of a signed paperback copy of my book Deception So Deadly at the bottom of this post!

But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours.


Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are eight contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PURPLE TEAM–but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a blue team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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!). 

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 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


I am pleased to host F. M. Boughan on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.

Author F. M. Boughan

 About F.M. Boughan’s Cinderella, Necromancer:

The blood of my enemies drips down my forearms, fleeing the confines of the spaces between my fingers, traveling toward freedom on the cold, stone floor.
Red and hot and sticky and sweet—ah, how sweet the air smells—and I can’t help but wonder if things might have turned out differently.
For me.
For them.
For us.
It tickles as it pools at my elbow, the many bright rivulets joining as one before that final leap.
I understand their need for freedom. Would that I could simply slip away and escape, but no, not this time.
This was to be my escape—and yet, standing here with bloodied hands and flesh beneath my fingers, I wonder.
Was I wrong? Was this truly the only way?
No one deserves to die, my father would have said. As cruel as a person might be, only a monster wishes death upon their enemies.
Ah, Father.
If only you knew. If only you’d seen.
If only you’d met my sisters.

Ooooo…. this sounds amazing! It gave me the shivers!!!!! Are you as intrigued as I am? Here are the buy links to Cinderella, Necromancer:

Amazon (US): https://www.amazon.com/Cinderella-Necromancer-F-M-Boughan/dp/1946700339/
Indigo (Canada): https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/cinderella-necromancer/9781946700339-item.html
Book Depository (Worldwide): https://www.bookdepository.com/Cinderella-Necromancer/9781946700339
Indie: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781946700339

Find out more information by checking out F.M’s website or learn about her book at the links below:



A note from F.M. Boughan to you: 

I’ve created a chapter-by-chapter suggested Spotify playlist of songs for my YA fantasy novel CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER. Each song corresponds to the book chapters in sequence, so you can play it in the background as you read each chapter. I selected the songs based on different criteria like lyrics, tone, title, and/or general atmosphere, to match how I experience the tone of the book. But you might feel differently as you read, so remember — this playlist is just a suggestion! 

 Link to Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/dk_phoenix/playlist/0VpW7B4l4JvdoWSOhgkdul


Enter the contest for a chance to win Cinderella, Necromancer by F.M. Boughan, Deception So Deadly by me, and the rest of the books from the authors on Team Purple, shown below. Then enter my special, additional (and easy) giveaway for an extra chance to win a signed, autographed copy of Deception So Deadly!

To enter, you’ll need to know that when I was in Girl Scouts, my troop number was 46, and it’s been my lucky number ever since. Add up all the secret numbers of the authors on the Purple Team and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize.


I’m giving away another signed paperback copy of Deception So Deadly! This contest is super easy to enter. All you have to do is sign up for my mailing list below:


a Rafflecopter giveaway


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, the lovely and talented Dorothy Dreyer

Best of luck, Scavenger Hunters! Have fun discovering so many amazing books and authors!



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Everyone Wins at the Snowy Wings Publishing Anniversary Celebration

You’ve been following my publishing journey for my Deception So series, so you know that I’ve had a lot of ups and downs. Although I was thrilled to get my rights back to the series from my former publisher, I was really, really scared to go indie with it. What made me finally take the leap was joining an indie-author co-op called Snowy Wings Publishing. SWP gives me all the help and support I need, and more. I can tell you with 100% sincerity that joining Snowy Wings is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m honored to be included with so many talented authors. Best of all, I’ve made some really good friends, too.
What is an author co-op?
Snowy Wings Publishing explains what we are on our website, and why we’re the perfect fusion of indie and traditional publishing.

We’re celebrating our first birthday with a huge giveaway

The first anniversary of Snowy Wings Publishing is this week, and we’re celebrating with a huge giveaway! Every Snowy Wings author is giving one of our books to a grand prize winner. That’s TWELVE of our books, in print. The grand prize winner will also receive two gorgeous necklaces, a journal, and lots of other themed swag. Open internationally.

A thank-you gift for everyone — yes, everyone — including YOU

The grand prize is amazing, but what I am most excited about is this: Snowy Wings Publishing is giving everyone who participates in our celebration a thank-you gift of several of our ebooks/novellas, a 32-page printable book journal (created by yours truly, and it’s adorable, thankyouverymuch), and more. I’m ridiculously excited that everyone who signs up will get this gift. Everyone’s a winner! 

To enter to win the grand prize and to claim your totally awesome thank-you gift, go here. Go, go, go!

More Opportunities at Snowy Wings

Are you a book reviewer, book blogger, booktuber or bookstagrammer? Join our street team and receive advance review copies (ARCs) of all our titles, plus information about blog tours, cover reveals, and all sorts of exclusive perks only available to Snow Angels. Become a Snow Angel here. 

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Thanks for celebrating with us, good luck in the giveaway, and enjoy your thank-you gift!


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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?

Purchase AFTERMATH in hardcover at your favorite bookstore, or from one of these online vendors



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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. 

Purchase Deception So Deadly now

from your favorite bookstore

or online retailer, including:


Amazon: http://bit.ly/DSDeadlyAmz

B&N: http://bit.ly/DSDeadlyBN

Kobo: http://bit.ly/DSDeadlyKobo

iBooks: http://bit.ly/DSDeadlyiBooks

Google Play: http://bit.ly/DSDeadlyGooglePlay


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?

Enter the giveaway

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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