WHERE SEA MEETS SKY
A new adult novel that perfectly captures the existential angst of your early twenties with raw wit, fresh insight, and true feeling from a critically adored USA TODAY bestselling author.
Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He canât get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.
Itâs not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemmaâs name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let goâeven when you know you have to say goodbye.
âGemma,â I whisper softly. Before I know what Iâm doing, Iâm raising her palm to my lips and kissing along her scar. She smells so good, feels even better.
She lets me do it for a moment then she awkwardly clears her throat.
Donât make me let go, I think. Please donât make me let go.
The rustle in the bushes is back again. Gemma jerks her hand away, as if weâre about to be caught by Nick the Peeping Tom, as if weâre doing something wrong.
Are we doing something wrong?
Suddenly the air around us fills with squeals, and the rustling increases. The nearest bush to us at the base of the yard, near the fence, starts to move back and forth.
I stand up out of my chair to get a better look and see what looks to be little creatures waddling out of the bushes and heading for the side of the house. Once they hit a patch of light coming from the house, I can see what they are.
Little blue penguins.
âWhat the fuck?â I say softly, feeling like my mind has just imploded. âWhat the hell are those?â
âLittle blue penguins,â she says proudly.
I turn to her in disbelief. âAre you serious?â I thought I was making that up. In my head.
She nods. âYup. Little blue penguins.â
And sheâs right. Theyâre about a foot high, miniature versions of the ones Iâve seen on TV, and theyâre entirely blue in color. I thought it was just the darkness playing tricks on me but no, once they hit the light, you can see the color on their oily feathers.
âI donât get it,â I say, watching as the last of their group quickly scampers out of sight. That might have been the cutest and weirdest thing I have ever seen.
âYou never head of them?â she asks. âThey probably have a burrow under the house. Itâs actually quite common for beach houses.â
âLook, I wasnât lying when I said I didnât do a whole lot of research about the country.â
âI can see that,â she says. âWell, how about that, then.â
âHow about that,â I say, sitting back down. The penguinsâ magical appearance has somehow taken Gemmaâs heartbreaking story to another place, and sheâs quick to jump on the transition. She tells me all about the interesting birdlife in New Zealand, from yellow-eyed penguins on the Otago Peninsula down south, to the Keaâcheeky green parrots that live in the snow-covered Alps. Sheâs animated as she tells me all she knows, and I absorb it like a sponge.
I drink my beer and she goes back to drinking hers, and before Nick, Amber, and the Irish show up all sloshed, sheâs painted a beautiful picture of whatâs to come. I can only hope Iâll continue to be part of the picture.
With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term "Hybrid Author." Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she's a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA...whenever possible.Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where sheâs preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancÃ© and rescue pup.LINKS: FACEBOOK TWITTER GOODREADS AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE