Monday, February 10, 2014

Run To You Blog Tour: Character Spotlight, Excerpt + Giveaway

Today I'm hugely excited to be a part of the promotional tour for Clara Kensie's new serial novel, Run to You. Run to You was my very first serial, and while I was a bit wary initially because I feared brutal cliffhangers, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Tessa and Tristan and can't wait for more from Clara (I'll be posting my full reviews for all three installments this weekend). For those of you who have yet to meet her, I have the pleasure of introducing Tessa and sharing an excerpt to both tease and taunt you. Be sure and check the bottom of the post as well for all the details on an epic HarlequinTEEN giveaway!


Name: Tessa Lynne Carson
Current alias: Sarah Spencer
Age: 16
Hometown: Kitteridge, Virginia
Current hideout: Twelve Lakes, Illinois
Quirk: Slides her hands into her sleeves when she’s nervous or scared

  • Her family
  • Jogging, cooking, and painting
  • Tristan Walker, the boy with broad shoulders and blue eyes and brown hair that turns gold in the sun. He smells like soap and strength and safety.
  • Being the only member of her family without a psychic power
  • Not being able to tell Tristan her secrets, not even her real name
  • Being on the run from a telepathic killer

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Please enjoy this excerpt from RUN TO YOU. Tessa and her psychically gifted family are on the run from a killer hired by the government. They flee from town to town, hiding behind aliases to stay alive. In this scene, Tessa’s siblings have plotted to set her up with a boy they know she likes, even though she won’t admit it, not even to herself:

Logan went with me to the park the next afternoon too, but just before we reached the entrance to the jogging path, he detoured to a picnic table and sat down.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

He pulled a stack of index cards from the back pocket of his shorts. “I have a history test tomorrow and I need to study.”

That couldn’t be true. Logan never needed to study. He never even took notes.

“But don’t worry,” he said, shuffling through the cards. “I know you don’t like to run alone, so I asked someone to go with you.”

Oh no.

Logan raised his hand in a wave and shouted across the park. “Tristan, over here!”

And there he was, jogging over to us with an orange TLC shirt stretching over his chest, and his tousled brown hair turning gold in the sun, and his smile….
“This was Jillian’s idea, wasn’t it?” I muttered to Logan.

“Hers and mine.” He grinned and tapped the index cards on the table. They were covered with musical notes and treble clefs.

My stomach tumbled, and it was all I could do to keep my feet from sprinting me away. “Why are you doing this?”

“Because I hate jogging, and you need a friend.”

“But what if…” I lowered my voice. “What if he comes?”

“If Dennis Connelly comes anywhere close,” Logan said, “Dad will see him. You have your phone. I’ll be sitting right here. You’ll be fine.”

As Tristan approached, Logan slid the cards under his leg, and I tried to remember how to breathe.

“Hey, Scottie,” Tristan said to Logan. “Big history test tomorrow?”

My brother pasted a miserable frown on his face. “I’m in Molinski’s class.”

“I hear she’s brutal. I’m pretty good in history, so if you need help, let me know.” He faced me next. “Ready to run, Sarah?”

I was always ready to run. I darted off, for a moment considering running home rather than down the path. But… a small part of me wanted to run with him. Just this once.

So I turned on to the path and ran alongside him. I could do this. Tristan and I were jogging together, that’s all. Not even that—we were jogging next to each other. Despite what my siblings were trying to do, Tristan would never be my friend.

But I couldn’t stop myself from sneaking glances up at him. Every so often I caught him peeking down at me too, and instead of running on concrete, I might as well have been soaring through the clouds.

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(Available now from HarlequinTEEN)

Part One in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychically gifted family and the danger they are running from. As the new girl in the latest of countless schools, she also runs from her attraction to Tristan Walker—after all, she can’t even tell him her real name. But Tristan won’t be put off by a few secrets. Not even dangerous ones that might rip Tessa from his arms before they even kiss…

(Available now from HarlequinTEEN)

Part Two in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Tessa Carson has unlocked her heart and her secrets to Tristan Walker—but Tristan has secrets of his own, and his might just mean the end of Tessa’s family. Unaware, Tessa embraces falling in love and being herself for the first time since she was attacked when she was only eight years old. But secrets can’t be run from forever, and sometimes love is too good to be true…

(Available February 15th from HarlequinTEEN)

Part Three in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Betrayed, heartbroken, and determined to save her family, Tessa Carson refuses to give in to Tristan Walker’s pleas for forgiveness. But her own awakening psychic gift won’t let her rest until she uncovers the truth about her family and her past. And Tristan is the only one who can help her sift through the secrets to find the truth hidden in all the lies…

Find Run to You:


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Clara Kensie grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using her diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her diary, hoping someone would read it and assume she was writing about herself. Since then, she’s swapped her diary for a computer and admits her characters are fictional, but otherwise she hasn’t changed one bit.

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3 winners will receive a package of Harlequin TEEN books which includes:
  • PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry (print)
  • INDIGO AWAKENING by Jordan Dane (print)
  • a SOUL SCREAMERS volume by Rachel Vincent (print)
  • All three parts of RUN TO YOU Book One (ebooks)
    • Part One: First Sight
    • Part Two: Second Glance
    • Part Three: Third Charm

Contest is void where prohibited. Entrants must be 18 or else have parent or guardian’s permission to enter. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond  or another winner’s name will be selected. Winning entries will be verified for authenticity.


  1. This series Run to You has a supernatural twist. It is like a Witness Protection Program but the twist is that the family has to change identity in very new town they come upon to stay hidden. Instead of the mafia, it is the government that they are hidden from. I love the theme for this series. Thanks for the book descriptions and the excerpt.

  2. I think I've only attempt to read on serial and it didn't go well. I'd really like to try one all the way through, though, and this sounds good. I have a soft spot for runners. :)

  3. All the book on the giveaway are promising! "Run to you" is the best of them!

  4. I'm still not a fan of serials...but I can wait until the whole thing is out. :)

  5. I have seen this around the blogosphere lately. I don't usually read serials, but this sounds fun and entertaining.
    That excerpt was adorable. I love that her siblings try to set her up with a guy. Cute! :)
    Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

  6. Those covers gave away NA vibe and I was afraid because this character is only 16 but I'm happy to see that it's YA. Anyhow it sounds like a great series and I love this excerpt. Thanks for sharing, Jenny :)

  7. I do the sleeve thing as well and other than jogging, our likes are pretty similar. I think I'll take liking to Tristan as well ;) Heh. "“But don’t worry,” he said, shuffling through the cards. “I know you don’t like to run alone, so I asked someone to go with you."" Aw :) I really enjoyed this excerpt, btw. Can't wait to see your thoughts ;)

  8. This sounds like a fun series, and I liked the character info and excerpt. I tend to put my hands in my sleeves but its because I am always cold..LOL

  9. I haven't read a serial yet, but I love the sound of this series paranormal sounding twist. Run to You sounds like a fun read. I'm going to check these books out some more. Thanks for sharing, Jenny. :)

  10. I am kind of loving how serial novels are making a come back and it sounds like this is a good place to dive back into them.

  11. Like Mary, I can't handle serials because I'm a bit impatient but I'm really looking forward to your reviews for this very promising series, Jenny!

  12. thank you for sharing the excerpt :D what a great sneak peak into the series that I been really curious about. I hope to see more reviews about this one.

  13. Thanks for the giveaway! I need a new YA romance series to get into and I think this is it.

  14. I have been looking for a good YA romance and I like the sound of the third being a thriller. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  15. These sound great! And I like that they are all out together, if I'm reading that right. I hate waiting!

  16. Sort of like a serial, but they are all out. That is good because I'm not a good one for serials. I do like the sound of these characters. :)

  17. It seems like serials have been getting more and more popular again. I really liked this excerpt of this and I like that I can go through and read them all.

  18. I haven't seen this one around before, but serials are getting so popular! I'm not sure they're for me because I'm terrible about remembering events, but this seems promising. Thanks for sharing, Jenny!(:

  19. Awww, you guys! Your comments are making me so happy! Thank you, thank you! I'm sending cyber-hugs to all of you!

    One of the best things about serials is that you have a choice: you can read each part as it's released, or you can wait until you have all the episodes and read them all together. Harlequin TEEN is releasing the episodes one week apart. As of today, Mon Feb 10, the first two episodes of RUN TO YOU are out: Part One: First Sight, and Part Two: Second Glance. The third episode (Part Three: Third Charm) - the conclusion to Book 1 - comes out on Saturday, Feb 15.

    RUN TO YOU Book 2 is also a three-part serial with weekly releases, starting June 1, 2014: Part Four: Fourth Shadow, Part Five: Fifth Touch, and Part Six: Sixth Sense.

    Jenny, thank you so, so much for having me on your blog today. I'm sending cyber-hugs to you too! xoxox

  20. I'm not the biggest fan of serials, but I do like this excerpt! Maybe I'll wait until the 15th so I can read them all at once with no painful waiting. :-) Thanks for sharing!

  21. this series looks and sounds fantastic! Definitely love series as I'm a glutton for characters I like ;)

  22. She can't even share her name? Well, that just sucks! I'm wondering if she actually has powers and doesn't know it. Can't wait to see your reviews, Jenny! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway! :)

  23. These books sound so good! I love romance too :)

  24. (This is Darith L)

    Psychologically gifted?! Hmm, interesting! :D It looks like a cool, mysterious trilogy to get into.

  25. I'm all for new books and reading different kinds of books so to win these would be amazing! It sounds amazing and I hope I get to read them :D

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