I want to introduce you to "Sea" and it's amazing author Heidi R. Kling. She has to be one of the most entertaining people I know on Twitter and is constantly making me snort (note to self, do not drink anything whilst reading Heidi's tweets). Heidi is one of the 2010 debut author's and Sea is her first published novel. Sea is actually inspired by Heidi's husband's volunteer efforts in Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami that devastated the region.
Goodreads description of Sea:
"Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother’s disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen-year old California girl Sienna Jones reluctantly travels with her psychiatrist father’s volunteer team to six-months post-tsunami Indonesia where she meets the scarred and soulful orphaned boy, Deni, who is more like Sea than anyone she has ever met. She knows they can’t be together, so why can’t she stay away from him? And what about her old best friend-turned-suddenly-hot Spider who may or may not be waiting for her back home? And why won’t her dad tell her the truth about her mother’s plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to finding answers. And Sea’s real adventure begins".
Blurbs about SEA:
"Sea is an emotional, and hopeful story that's just like the actual sea; Sea is just as perfect, and just as turbulent as the sea. Heidi R. Kling, with a beautiful and lyrical prose, takes readers on a nose-dive to a world of complete devastation, innocence, and--against all circumstances--hope and love". --THE UNDERCOVER BOOK LOVER
"From the first page of SEA, the reader is plunged into a world of love, loss, and hope. The heat between Sienna and Deni is mirrored in the steamy exotic setting of Indonesia. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put this book down. Sienna is conflicted and compassionate... I truly loved this book and can't wait to recommend it to all the teenagers I know!" -- L.K. Madigan, William C. Morris Award winning author of FLASH BURNOUT
"From the opening pages of SEA, the hair stood on the back of my neck, as it does whenever I encounter a writer who really knows what she's doing with words. Tragedies and miracles coexist in this entrancing debut novel about the aftermath of a tsunami." -- Jennifer R. Hubbard, author of THE SECRET YEAR.
Heidi is very kindly giving away TWO ARC's of SEA on her website. Visit her to enter the contest: http://seaheidi.livejournal.com/173116.html.
You can preorder it here