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Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be a featured guest on Pub Talk Oct. 1, the day after DARK SURF is released! Hosted by renowned beer travelers Chris Nelson and Merideth Canham-Nelson, the live radio program airs Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KRML 102.1FM/1410AM, and streams worldwide at

Pub Talk, which is broadcast live from Peter B’s Brewpub in Monterey, is a program centered on beer and the brewpub experience. Since most of DARK SURF is set in San Diego, I can’t help but mention local beers in the book because of the thriving craft beer scene there!

Peter B’s is located in Custom House Plaza at 2 Portola Plaza (behind the Portola Hotel and Spa) in downtown Monterey, Calif. Stop by & enjoy a pint during the show on Oct. 1!

You can find more about beer geeks Chris and Merideth at Merideth is also the author of Teachings From the Tap: Life Lessons From Our Year in Beer—which, I’m happy to say, is part of my library. Cheers!

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

Congratulations to Jackie G., winner of the drawing for the advance release copy of DARK SURF! 

Next time, we’ll do a drawing for DARK SURF gear (coming soon to!). As a loyal subscriber to DARK SURF Nightly, YOU will be automatically entered into the next drawing! If you have friends or family who might be interested in subscribing to DARK SURF Nightly, please encourage them to sign up for the blog at

Pulse – events & entertainment

Heads up, Veronica Mars fans! Play It Again, Dick debuts today on the CW Seed,

Play It Again, Dick is a digital series that follows actor Ryan Hansen as he tries to launch a show for his Veronica Mars character, Dick Casablancas. And if you saw the Veronica Mars movie, you know Dick has all the best lines, so I’m super-excited to see what Dick does with his own show.

In episode 1, as Ryan says in his pitch to the TV network: “It’s like a Veronica Mars that isn’t afraid of sex. We drop the whole ‘who gives a damn high school is a metaphor for something or other crock of sh*t’ and give the people what they want … Dick!” 

A new episode, each about 7-10 minutes long, airs each week, for a total of 8 episodes. Seven to 10 minutes a week of Dick and all your favorite Veronica Mars characters/actors… Sounds like a good time to me!

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on


Dark Surf front cover

Dark Surf front cover

Yes! DARK SURF will be available for sale as a paperback & e-book Sept. 30 on

Why is this date so important? Because Sept. 30 is the official “launch day” and we want to register as many sales as possible on that day to get the book on Amazon’s bestseller lists! 

So mark your calendars for Sept. 30 & tell your friends! I’ll provide you with more details & a direct link to buy the book on that date!

Thank you so much for taking this journey with me. We’re almost there!

Dark Surf back cover

Dark Surf back cover

Crave – food & drink

Third Street Aleworks in Sonoma County, Calif. gravitates toward Anglo-Celtic style ales and more aggressive West Coast style (yum!) ales. But the Santa Rosa brewery also brews lagers, lager-ale hybrids, and beers that don’t fit into any category.


My favorite was the Zero Dark Thirsty Cascadian Dark Ale (6.7% ABV)—the darkest beer pictured on the right (above). Although they didn’t call it a red, I thought it tasted and looked like a super-dark, hoppy red ale. This beer is definitely growler-worthy!

And the food was very tasty, too—like the Beer Battered Zucchini Sticks with parmesan cheese and a ranch-style buttermilk garlic dressing. (Note: Vampires may want to avoid this dish due to the garlic content. Humans, however, will love it.)

*Growler-worthy rating: Zero Dark Thirsty Cascadian Dark Ale

Crave – food & drink

During my Northern California road trip up Highway 101, I decided to trek across the Oregon border and visited the Brookings Harbor location of Wild River Brewing & Pizza Company.

The real reason I made the journey was that I was having technical issues with my e-book conversion and needed a reliable cell phone signal and wifi connection to sort it all out. So why not get both at the nearest brewpub, right?

My favorite beer at Wild River was a seasonal beer, the Oregon Redwoods I.R.A. I found this to have a similar flavor profile to Sharkbite Red from Pizza Port Brewing Company, and Railslide Red from Breakwater Brewing Co. in San Diego County. But, as an I.R.A., the Oregon Redwoods was just a hint stronger.

Red ale, pizza, wifi and cell phone service—what more could an author ask for?

Crave – food & drink

Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville, Calif. calls itself “The Brew with a View.” It offers binocular-equipped window tables for gazing over the landscape toward the Pacific Ocean. A member of Humboldt Made, Six Rivers Brewery prides itself on utilizing local and organic ingredients whenever possible.

My favorite beer was the Paradise Moon Porter (ABV 6%, 22 IBU), $4.50. This is a growler-worthy porter! The Paradise Moon Porter is the brewery’s Moonstone Porter infused with 100% Kona coffee. The Moonstone Porter is a smooth, creamy porter brewed with all imported malts, Northern Brewer and Willamette Hops. The infusion of Kona coffee gives it a nice, bitter coffee kick. Despite the dark color, the body is light so it’s a refreshing brew for a warm summer night.

The Paradise Moon Porter also pairs well with Chocolate Paradise Cheesecake, $6.00, a housemade chocolate cheesecake infused with the Paradise Moon Porter—thick, rich, chocolatey deliciousness.

*Growler-worthy rating: Paradise Moon Porter

Crave – food & drink

It’s no secret that vampires crave tasty red liquids. West Coast style red ales are one of my all-time-favorite beverages. Night dwellers also like all things dark—like dark ales, porters and stouts. So on a recent road trip on Highway 101 from the Monterey Bay to Crescent City and back, I hit a few brewpubs to sample the Northern California beer scene.

Here and in my next 3 posts are a few of my favorite beers:

Ukiah Brewing Company calls itself “America’s first organic brewpub.” It was the first certified organic brewpub and the second organic restaurant in the United States, when it was started in 2000. UBC, as it’s known by the locals, is located in downtown Ukiah, in Mendocino County.

The UBC Brew Crew focuses on hearty ales and lagers. The beers are unfiltered and handcrafted in small batches. My favorite was the Coops Stout, $5.00, an extra stout dark ale with a roasty, chocolatey character (6.7% ABV).

The food menu, which changes seasonally, was also impressive. The UBC Kitchen Crew uses local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. All the food is GMO-free and doesn’t contain hydrogenated oils, hormones or antibiotics. They make everything from scratch, including soups, sauces and desserts. The menu also calls out vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices to make it easy to choose what you like.

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

We are just weeks away from the release of DARK SURF, the novel! The paperback has been finalized. The e-book conversion is taking a little longer than anticipated but it’s in the works. You’ll be the first to hear the release date when I announce it in September, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, let’s explore the Northern California brewpub scene. In my next posts, I’ll cover some of my favorite beers on my recent road trip up Highway 101 from the Monterey Bay to Crescent City, Calif. and beyond…

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

Next month, I’ll announce the release date for DARK SURF and YOU will be the first to hear it! My team and I are putting the final touches on the paperback and are now beginning the process to create the e-book version as well. If all goes as planned, we expect to release DARK SURF in mid- to late-September.

As a loyal subscriber to DARK SURF Nightly, YOU will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a FREE, pre-release copy of DARK SURF! If you have friends or family who might be interested in subscribing to DARK SURF Nightly, please encourage them to sign up for the blog at ALL subscribers will be automatically entered into the drawing.

Winners will be notified via email in September, in advance of the public release of DARK SURF. Good luck!