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Thank you for a great 2016! Happy New Year from the DARK SURF team! pink-sunset-h2-dsn

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

You’re invited to a Holiday Happy Hour & Book Signing!

When:  Thursday, Dec. 8, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Where:  The Otter’s Den, 3166 Vista del Camino (next to Wells Fargo bank), Marina, Calif.


  • Light hors d’oeuvres
  • A FREE drawing for an Amazon Fire Tablet
  • Free bookmarks & bumper stickers
  • No host bar

This is a great opportunity to pick up a copy of RISING or DARK SURF for yourself, or to do some holiday shopping and get signed/inscribed copies for family and friends. We’ll have special pricing on DARK SURF Graysuit t-shirts, too.

Already have the books? Just stop by for a drink and some fun!


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Book Buzz – DARK SURF awards

DARK SURF and RISING win awards in 2016 Halloween Book Festival; RISING honored in 2016 Southern California Book Festival

DARK SURF and RISING nabbed two of the three Honorable Mentions in the Fantasy category of the 2016 Halloween Book Festival.

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RISING was also awarded an Honorable Mention in the General Fiction category of the 2016 Southern California Book Festival, which honors the best books of the fall.

2016 Southern California Book Festival

I’ve been invited to a private awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Nov. 19. I won’t be able to attend, however, because I’ll be at the awards ceremony for the Northern California Book Festival in Sonoma that night!

Book Buzz – DARK SURF awards

DARK SURF wins 2nd place in General Fiction in 2016 Northern California Book Festival; RISING wins honorable mention!

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The 2016 Northern California Book Festival selected DARK SURF as the Runner-Up in General Fiction, and recognized RISING with an Honorable Mention in the same category. This is the DARK SURF novel’s 7th award and RISING’s first award.

The Northern California Book Festival “honors the best books of the fall.” It considers fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, how-to, compilations/anthologies, photography/art, children’s, cookbooks, poetry, spiritual, young adult, business, technology, unpublished manuscripts, wild card, travel/wine/ food, and regional lit.

I’ve been invited to attend a private awards ceremony in Sonoma in November. Books & wine? A winning combination!



Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

T.C. Zmak will read a passage from RISING at Central Coast Writers’ Booktoberfest

On Tuesday, Oct. 18th, I’ll be one of the featured readers at the Central Coast Writers’ annual Booktoberfest! During the meeting, I’ll read a passage from RISING, the second novel in the DARK SURF series. In addition, several CCW members  (including me!) will be selling and autographing books before and after the readings. The event will be held at the Point Pinos Grill, located at 77 Asilomar Blvd. in Pacific Grove, Calif. (at the golf course). Book sales begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

CCW Booktoberfest

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

The Californian, part of the USA Today network, has published a review of RISING!

“This book is very easy to read, the action moves along swiftly, and the language is pure surfer Californian. We can obviously look forward to further intriguing adventures of The Nomads!”

Read the full review at:

*Spoiler alert* – This review reveals plot details.

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Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

On Thursday, Oct. 13 from 1 to 2 p.m., T.C. Zmak will be a featured guest on WinslowArt TV.

During the hour-long show, I’ll be talking about DARK SURF, RISING, writing and more!

The host of WinslowArt TV, J.W. Winslow, is an author, poet and artist. Her live weekly show airs on Comcast channel 27 and AT&T channel 99 in Monterey County, and it streams live at (click on AMP 2). Access Monterey Peninsula (AMP) provides community TV for Monterey County.

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

THANK YOU to everyone who purchased a copy of RISING this week, and thank you to everyone who attended the RISING Book Release Party! I sincerely appreciate you, your kind words, and your generous support.

If it weren’t for you, I probably wouldn’t be a novelist. Hmmm… Okay, well, I’d probably still be a novelist. It’s my passion and I can’t imagine not writing novels. But I can say that, without you, it wouldn’t be nearly as fun. So thank you for your support and for continuing this journey with me! You mean the world to me!

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

You’re invited to the RISING Book Release Party on Sept. 17th in Monterey, Calif.!

The RISING Book Release Party will be held Saturday, Sept. 17th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room, located at 499 Wave Street in Monterey (between Cannery Row and Lighthouse Avenue).

During the event:

  • Get a coupon for $1 off a glass of Pierce Ranch Vineyards wine when you buy a RISING or DARK SURF paperback (coupon is valid only during the event).
  • 20% of all paperback and T-shirt sales will be donated to Surfrider Monterey.
  • We’ll have RISING and DARK SURF paperbacks for sale, Graysuit T-shirts for sale, free drawings & more.
  • No host bar.
  • Free & open to the public, so bring your friends!

In RISING, the second novel in the DARK SURF series, several characters come to the Monterey Bay to battle—and a couple of characters get the opportunity to drink amazing wines from local wineries. Pierce Ranch Vineyards is one of four Monterey County wineries featured in the new novel, along with a few other familiar locations that locals will recognize and appreciate!

Come & join in the fun!