I met Heidi a little over a year ago on Twitter. I'd heard a bit about her book in the blogosphere, and after I began talking with her online it immediately became one of my most anticipated releases of the year. Luckily, I was able to get an ARC for a Traveling to Teens tour. If you couldn't tell by my review last week, I absolutely adored the novel. It's one of my favorite books ever, and Heidi is one of my favorite authors.I'm so proud of both Heidi and Sea, and am happy I was able to be there to celebrate its release.
The party began informally with some Indonesian cuisine and mingling. There were also other Sea-themed foods, such as orange cream soda and blue cupcakes decorated with sea creatures and, of course, orange converse. While we ate, Rachael from Book Love Teen and I congratulated Heidi on the release of her novel and chit chatted with some of the other book lovers there. Most of Heidi's family had come into town for the event, so we were able to meet a lot of them. Her family was incredibly sweet, and super funny.
After everyone had eaten and Heidi had done a mini-signing for those who had to leave early, everyone took their seats for the formal portion of the evening. Heidi read two great selections from Sea, and spoke a little bit about her journey to becoming a published author.
Once the Q&A wrapped up, everyone got in line to get their gorgeous finished copies of Sea signed. While everyone waited in line Sea tank tops were sold (which of course I bought), and everyone was given the chance to sign a keepsake poster for Heidi.
I'm so excited that Sea is finally out in the world for everyone to read and love. Congratulations, Heidi!
Do you see my "Sea" hair? According to Heidi my crimped hair looks exactly like how she'd pictured Sienna's.