We are helping Karina Halle count down the days until the release of her upcoming contemporary romance novel (via Atria), Where Sea Meets Sky!
Each day until March 31st (release day), we will be hosting exclusive content from Karina Halle herself! These will include photos/images that inspired scenes from the book, teaser photos, excerpts, and GIVEAWAYS! Each day there will be a different giveaway that are ALL OPEN INTERNATIONAL! You can win signed books, swag, and HUNDREDS of dollars in gift cards!
Check out Karina’s post below, and don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY at the bottom! And, don’t forget to tell all your fellow book buddies!
Countdown kickoff: How Where Sea Meets Sky Came to Be
Guess what, folks? In two weeks – March 31 – Where Sea Meets Sky will be out in bookstores and on your Kindle. This is my first book with Atria (Simon & Schuster) and I am extremely excited and proud of this baby. Though I was previously published with Hachette for The Artists Trilogy, it feels like the first time being published. I know that’s silly, but because this time the book is being released in ecopy and trade paperback at the same time, it’s something really special to me.
As is the book. I knew when I was writing Love, in English that Vera’s supportive brother (but sexy…I mean to us, not to Vera, it’s not THAT kind of book) Josh should stand on his own. I always had it in the back of my head that maybe one day he’ll have his own book. Then Atria approached me with a two-book deal and I threw the idea at them. What if it was a book about Josh?
They loved it. The next part was easy: where to set it? I knew I wanted to keep with the travel theme because as I used to do as a travel writer (and an epic solo traveler – seriously, I spent most of my early twenties traveling to exotic locales all by myself), I really loved writing about it and combining it with romance and NA insecurities just seemed like such a good fit. Lost in love…lost in the world? Who hasn’t related to that? I decided on New Zealand because it’s a country I used to live in and have traveled to many times. It holds a very special place in my heart.
With Josh being in Vancouver, the next step was to figure out how and why he was going to New Zealand. Enter Gemma Henare, the vivacious Kiwi just about to leave back home. The two have hot, mind-blowing sex (naturally) in the form of a one-night stand, but Josh can’t seem to get her out of his head.
“On the scale of sex, there are four different ways to measure your fuck. There is sex. Good sex. Amazing sex. And mind-blowing sex. There is no bad sex because, I mean, it’s still sex. At least to me. I’m not picky. But what I did with Gemma, that fucktastically hot foreign minx, is in another category of its own.
That was pure, primal, crazy, sweaty, erotic, sensual, rabid animal, life-changing sex. That was the sex that happens once in your life, if you’re lucky. I cannot get it out of my head. I cannot get her out of my head. For the next few days after Halloween, Gemma and her come-hither eyes and thick hair and infectious laugh are all I can think about.
But I never even got her last name.”
SO, as you can see Josh is infatuated, but not just by her but the fact that she had gone traveling to North America on her own. Josh wants to do something equally as epic so he heads down to New Zealand, pretty much on a whim. This means quitting his dead end job and getting into art school, a dream of his that is set to start after his return.
With Where Sea Meets Sky I really wanted to capture what it’s like to be in your early twenties and be so unsure of your place in the world, especially when you’re out IN the world. Traveling at a young age for the first time changes you as a person, in the best of ways. And yes, sometimes you end up running from something but if you keep yourself open, you end up finding something else in the end. Usually it’s yourself.
Where Sea Meets Sky is a romance. It’s got a lot of crazy hot sex scenes (particularly outdoors, wowza), it’s got plenty of swoon and some frustrating angst. But it’s also rife with self-discovery, for both Josh and Gemma. It’s about learning to find peace in yourself before you can find peace with another. It’s about learning who you are and forgiving yourself for not being perfect. It’s about taking chances.
Gemma is broken and standoffish – a trait I know most readers don’t like in their female characters, but it’s realistic and I deal in the real – and Josh, by comparison, is honest, endearing and wears his heart on his sleeve. It’s a bit of a role reversal from your usual boy/girl NA romance and I hope it resonates with some people. Hell, I hope it resonates with a lot of people. I personally could relate very much to both these characters and the ways they have chosen to handle this big, scary, crushing world.
So, there you have it. That’s how Where Sea Meets Sky came to be. I wanted to write something that felt honest and real and true. I wanted to show the realistic side of love and travel. I wanted to inspire people to go on their own life-changing journeys, just as I did.
Hope you enjoy it! To kickoff the two-week countdown to the release, I have a giveaway for you. All giveaways are open internationally AND I will have a giveaway every single day here on my blog from now until March 31st, when I will announce the winners. So PLEASE share and spread the word and get all your book friends involved because there are some crazy prizes to be one (like…candy!)
PS if you are having problems accessing the website, we are in the process of moving from our old server to a new one so just have patience!
PPS do you follow me on instagram (@authorhalle)? I’m doing a few IG exclusive giveaways.
The first giveaway:
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