Saturday, February 8, 2014

Run To You Part Two: Second Glance by Clara Kensie

Run To You Part Two: Second GlanceAuthor: Clara Kensie
Publication: February 8, 2014
By: HarlequinTEEN
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4.5 STARS!

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…

What I Liked: Part Two in the RUN TO YOU series picks up right where Part One leaves off. Tessa is settling into her new life and her relationship with Tristan and even her family seems content to allow her a little freedom. They should, I mean, out of all of them, Tessa is the one who has suffered the most so she deserves to be happy.

Maybe this time will be different. 

Maybe with Tristan helping to keep her secrets, Tessa and her family won't have to run and leave him behind.

Maybe Tessa's only fooling herself. 

What Left Me Wanting More: Again, I was EXTREMELY thankful that I already had the next installment in this series because the way this one ends left me clutching my feels. 

Final Verdict: More action, more suspense and a lot more swoonilicious romance, SECOND GLANCE will have you on the edge of your seat with your heart in your throat!

Author Interview

JC: Which of your characters was the most fun to write? 
CK: I loved writing the heroine, Tessa, because I identified with her the most. But the most fun character to write was her sister, Jillian. Jillian is bold and confident and daring; something I always wanted to be when I was in high school, but wasn’t. 

JC: If you could switch places with one of your characters for 24 hours, who would you choose and why? 
CK:  Oh, boy. That’s a hard one. Many of my characters have psychic abilities, and it would be fun to switch places with one of them. Maybe Jillian, who is psychokinetic and can move things with her mind, or with Logan, who is hypercognitive and can learn anything— the information in a textbook, or how to fix a car engine, or how to play an instrument— with a swipe of his hand. But I have to say that I would switch places with Tessa, just so I could be with the hero, Tristan. I’d like to see him, as a real person, with my own eyes (I’d also like to experience what it’s like to kiss him… er, um, is that TMI?).  

JC: I know that there is a playlist included at the end of Part Three ("In Your Eyes" is an all time favorite of mine), but if Tessa had a theme song all her own, what would it be?  
CK: Ack! I’m horrible at music. “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty is Tessa’s theme song, which is mentioned often in RUN TO YOU and in the sequel. But outside of something that’s already on the playlist, Tessa’s theme song would be “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. It’s not quite perfect, but I like how it’s about starting off afraid, and then growing strong: At first I was afraid; I was petrified… but I grew strong; I learned how to get along. 

JC: How do you balance writing with raising a family? 
CK: I’d like to say that I write only when the hubby’s at work and the kids are at school, but that’s not true. Balancing writing with raising a family is my biggest challenge. I also work two or three days a week, and I can’t fit in everything I need to write on the days I have off. I feel so guilty when my family is home and I’m upstairs in my writing cave. And when I’m with them, I get anxious that I’m falling behind on my writing. Fortunately, my kids are teenagers (13 and 15) so they don’t need me need me. As I answer these interview questions, it’s two days after winter break ended. I am desperate to get back to my regular writing schedule, but their schools are closed because of extreme cold temperatures. So, today I brought the kids and a bunch of their friends to a local rec center with video games, mini golf, laser tag, and a skating rink. They’re doing that while I’m huddled at a wobbly table next to the skating rink, with my laptop plugged into the only electrical outlet I could find. I’m typing this with icicle fingers. 

JC: The best piece of writing advice I've ever been given was... 
CK: Okay, I know this is weird, but did you know that the guy who invented the Dyson vacuum cleaner made 5126 prototypes before he finally made one that worked? That really resonated with me. My first draft of RUN TO YOU was awful. I had no idea what I was doing. That Dyson guy inspired me to do whatever it took to fix it, including seeking out the toughest critique partners I could find, and welcoming their harsh feedback. I look at it this way: If my manuscript were a vacuum cleaner, I wouldn’t be crushed by harsh feedback about it. I would learn why my vacuum wasn’t working, and then I’d go back in and fix it. Harsh critiques helped me figure out why my manuscript wasn’t working, so I could go back in and fix it. I had that number in my head: 5126. It may take 5126 revisions, but I will keep going until I get this book right (it did not take me 5126 revisions, although sometimes it felt like it). 

JC: The last book I read and LOVED, was... 
CK: ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell. I read the last few chapters on the sidelines of a soccer field while I waited for my daughter’s game to start. I cried, cried, cried, and when I finally composed myself enough to look up from my e-reader, I realized the soccer game had already started and they were almost at the end of the first quarter. Rainbow’s voice is so simple, but so eloquent. I love romance, and the romance between Eleanor and Park was so tender and honest and real and heartbreaking. 

JC: Thanks Clara! 
CK: Thanks for having me on your blog, Jen! Your questions were so much fun!

About the Author
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.

Today Clara is the author of romantic paranormal thrillers for young adults. Her first book, RUN TO YOU, a three-part serial from Harlequin TEEN, begins February 1 2014 with weekly releases. The sequel, also a three-part serial, begins June 1 2014.

Her favorite foods are guacamole and cookie dough. But not together. That would be gross.

1 e-book copy (Nook or Kindle) of RUN TO YOU by Clara Kensie 
(This is for all three parts) 

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for featuring me on your blog, Jen! Your interview was so much fun, and I am still smiling about your review of Part Two. Seriously, my cheeks hurt from smiling so hard.

    Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway! xoxo