Friday, June 8, 2018

"Where the Sea Takes Me" by Heidi R. Kling

Where the Sea Takes Me
(Sea Book 2)
by Heidi R. Kling

Where the Sea Takes Me (Sea Book 2) by Heidi R. Kling

Where the Sea Takes Me is the second book in the Sea series by Heidi R. Kling. Also available: Where I Found You.

Where I Found You by Heidi R. Kling

Where the Sea Takes Me is currently on tour with YA Bound Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Two years later might as well be two lifetimes.
Sienna’s in college, working hard to achieve her dreams, and trying to love another boy - and halfway succeeding. She’d be totally happy with her life if she could just stop dreaming about him. Deni. The boy she left behind on the shores of Banda Aceh.
When she gets word Deni’s coming to America, Sea’s world shifts. And when he arrives on her doorstep, she's shaken to the core.
Sparks don’t just fly, they soar - and threaten to burn down the new life she’s so patiently, persistently, built.
When they’re both invited to join a relief mission in Cambodia, they jump at the chance to help … and be together. As the time and distance between them melts away in the sticky Cambodian heat, Sienna knows her heart can’t take losing him again.
And that’s exactly what might happen.

In less than two hours, Deni would be in a car with me.
I was going to be sick.
“Sienna.” His right eye twitched. He didn’t wear glasses anymore. After laser surgery (Vera’s idea) he didn’t need them. I still wasn’t used to his eyes without the glass cover. “I honestly don’t know about his wife. I assume she’s still around. Let’s just focus on the fact he’s coming to visit, okay? It’ll only be for a few days. And then, we’re off to Cambodia.” He patted my hand. “This means you won’t get much of a break after finals, but you don’t mind showing Deni around a bit, right?”
Did I mind? It was only what I’d dreamed of for the two years since I tore myself out of his arms on the broken shores of Banda Aceh, no matter how hard I tried to keep the memory of Deni in my past.
“No, it’s okay.” I didn’t want to show him my range of emotion. How torn I felt. How huge this was for me to see Deni again after finally getting ready to move on with Spider. I wouldn’t want him putting Deni in a hotel.
I felt like Dad and I should be on the same page about this summer, though. About what Spider asked.
“Want to hear another thing making this summer interesting?”
Spider asked me to move in with him.
Dad choked on a popcorn kernel. “What?” he asked, sputtering. “First Deni is coming, and now a boy wants my daughter to move in with him? Your old dad is going to have a heart attack.”
“Believe me,” I said. “None of this was my idea.”
“Are you and Spider dating? I thought you were just good friends.”
“Well, we aren’t dating, but... He said he wants it to be more.”
It felt weird to talk about this with my dad, but we’d bonded in Indonesia. Things had been a lot better between us since then.
“How do you feel?”
I got up and started to pace. “I like Spider. I always have. But why now? Why did this have to happen the same morning we find out Deni is on his way? I mean, obviously Deni is married but still...having him here will be weird.”
Dad considered me. “Sometimes life presents you with the perfect storm, and it’s up to you to figure out how to navigate your way through it.”
Perfect storm? More like a tsunami.
And I wasn’t ready.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“Ahhh! Be still my beating heart. This book truly touches your soul.” ~ Laurie H., Netgalley review
Where the Sea Takes Me is a rich, vivid novel set in Cambodia. It is beautifully written in a way that sucks you right into the story, the characters, the setting, and swallows you up.”
“The romance will have you really rooting for them, and it doesn't follow any of the tropes so common in YA. It's different and refreshing, and it has a great plot around the romance.”
“This will open your mind and transport you away to a beautiful land of temples and junk boat river cruises.” ~ Melanie, Goodreads review
“... well written and researched. It will break your heart but gives hope at the same time.” ~ Marie H., Goodreads review
“Very interesting book along with a sweet love story.” ~ Jennifer S., Goodreads review

About the Author
Heidi R. Kling
Heidi R. Kling writes books about normal girls in fantastic situations.
Her debut novel Sea (Penguin/Putnam) was a finalist for Northern California Book of the Year, an IndieNext Summer Pick, Goodreads “Mover and Shaker”, Scholastic Reading Pick, and Gateway Reader’s Award Finalist among other generous accolades. Sea, which launched June 2010, is a bittersweet love story set in the aftermath of the devastating 2004 Indonesian tsunami and was relaunched with Entangled Teen December 2017 as Where I Found You (Sea Book 1). Its sequel Where the Sea Takes Me was released in June 2018.
After earning her MFA in Writing for Children from the New School in New York, Heidi returned to the Bay Area where she lives with her family in a tiny seaside village like the towns in her books.
She's also the author of the acclaimed Paint My Body Red (for fans of Speak and 13 Reasons Why), bestselling romantic comedy Not Okay, Cupid, and the Spellspinners of Melas County series about feuding witches and warlocks.
Please visit her on Twitter, where she loves to live-tweet TV shows, overuse gifs and chat with her readers about books, love, and travel. She's very fortunate to write stories for a living and is grateful to you for reading them!

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