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Book Buzz – DARK SURF events

You’re invited to the MONTEREY BAY Book Signing Party this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 5-8 p.m.!

Post No Bills craft beer house
600 Ortiz Ave.
Sand City, CA 93955

Book signing • Free drawings • Free bookmarks & bumper stickers • DARK SURF books & T-shirts for sale • No host bar

Post No Bills is bringing in 2 San Diego beers mentioned in DARK SURF just for our event—Coronado Brewing’s Mermaid’s Red & Port Brewing’s Wipeout IPA!

This event is open to the public, so tell your friends!

Book Buzz – DARK SURF events

We now have the FINAL details for our DARK SURF Book Signing Parties this month!

 

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, 5-8 p.m. – SAN DIEGO Book Signing Party

Pizza Port Carlsbad
571 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Book signing • Free drawings • Free bookmarks & bumper stickers • No host bar

During our event, Pizza Port will donate 20% of what we spend (on food, beverages & merchandise) to the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter.

Just PRINT this FLYER, bring it to the event & hand it to the Pizza Port register person when you make your purchase!

I’ll also donate 20% of DARK SURF book sales at the event to the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter.

This event is open to the public, so bring your friends!

 

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, 5-8 p.m. – MONTEREY BAY Book Signing Party

Post No Bills craft beer house
600 Ortiz Ave.
Sand City, CA 93955

Book signing • Free drawings • Free bookmarks & bumper stickers • DARK SURF t-shirts for sale • No host bar

Post No Bills is bringing in 2 San Diego beers mentioned in DARK SURF just for our event—Coronado Brewing’s Mermaid’s Red & Port Brewing’s Wipeout IPA!

This event is open to the public, so bring your friends!

Book Buzz – DARK SURF events

Save the date – DARK SURF book signing parties!

Be sure to purchase your book now on Amazon.com & bring it with you to the book signing. The parties are open to the public, so tell your friends!

SAN DIEGO – Sat., Oct. 25, 2014, 5-8 p.m.

Pizza Port Carlsbad
571 Carlsbad Village Dr. (it’s west of Interstate 5)
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Book signing • Free drawings • Free bookmarks & bumperstickers • No host bar

This party will also be a benefit for the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter. A percentage of Pizza Port’s food sales and DARK SURF book sales at the event will be donated to Surfrider. More details & an event flyer coming soon!

MONTEREY BAY – Thurs., Oct. 30, 2014, 5-8 p.m.

Post No Bills craft beer house
600 Ortiz Ave.
Sand City, CA 93955

Book signing • Free drawings • Free bookmarks & bumperstickers • DARK SURF t-shirts for sale • No host bar

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

DARK SURF, the novel, is NOW available for sale as a paperback & e-book on Amazon.com! 

TODAY, Sept. 30, is the official “launch day” and it’s our goal to register as many sales as possible to get the book on Amazon’s bestseller lists! 

Would YOU like to help? Here’s how:

  1. BUY DARK SURF on SEPT. 30, the official launch day on Amazon.com. To make it easy, use this link: http://www.darksurf.com/books
  2. TELL EVERYONE you know about DARK SURF & share the above link.
  3. After you read it, write a REVIEW on Amazon.com. Reviews are a huge help to authors. (But DON’T say you know me personally, if you do; Amazon frowns on that.)

Thank you for being part of the DARK SURF team!!!

And I hope you enjoy reading the book! You’ll never look at the beach the same way again…

Dark Surf front cover

Dark Surf front cover

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

Mark your calendars! Sept. 30—just 1 week from today—DARK SURF will be available for sale as a paperback & e-book on Amazon.com!

That’s right! Sept. 30 is the official launch day. And I can’t wait for you to experience a whole NEW twist in the vampire genre! Just 7 more days…

Dark Surf front cover

Dark Surf front cover

BeachStyle – beaches

Ke’e Beach is located in Ha’ena State Park at the west end of Highway 56. Literally at the end of road, it’s the last beach accessible by car on Kauai’s north shore.

Ke'e Beach lagoon

Ke’e Beach lagoon

Ke’e’s ocean lagoon is protected from waves by reefs and ideal for the calm ocean conditions of the summer—which means it’s also one of the most visited (and crowded) beaches on the island.

I visited at sunset on the first day of autumn and it really wasn’t too crowded. The warm ocean water is incredibly clean and clear, allowing you to watch the sunset from above or underwater.

Despite the gentle feel of the lagoon, the currents can be strong, so be aware of where you are and where you want to be. While I was there, a gentle but persistent current kept pulling me toward the Nā Pali Coast, which stretches westward from the lagoon.

Ke'e Beach, Kauai

Ke’e Beach, Kauai

The lagoon is surrounded by towering rocky cliffs, lush green tropical foliage and palm trees, and toasty golden sand. Nearby are ancient caves, trails and Tunnels (a.k.a. Makua Beach), which I have yet to explore…

Ke'e Beach autumn sunset

Ke’e Beach autumn sunset

Crave – food & drink

Once again, I’m in search of the perfect fish taco—this time on the northeastern shore of Kauai. I sampled fish tacos from a health food market in Kapaa, a Mexican restaurant in Hanalei, and a fish market in Kilauea. But, so far, the best one I’ve tried is less than 2 blocks from where I’m staying. How lucky is that? It’s a Paco’s Tacos lunch wagon at 4460 Hookui Road in Kilauea, just off the Kuhio Highway at the corner of Kolo Road.

The ono is a tender, mild, meaty, white fish. It’s served in 2 corn tortillas and sprinkled with fresh, crisp cabbage, mild pico de gallo and a cilantro cream sauce. Although the fish is grilled rather than beer-battered, this is the closest I’ve found to a Baha-style fish taco in Kauai.

Paco's Tacos fish tacos

Paco’s Tacos fish tacos

I tried the small container of hot sauce they provided but found the spiciness overwhelmed the other flavors. My advice? Skip the hot sauce and stick with the lime wedge. The fish tacos are $5 each. When I went, they had a special of 3 for $12.50.

Not since my spring breaks in Rosarito Beach, Mexico have I had a fish taco stand this close to my vacation abode. Stoked!

Tip: You can even call ahead to place your order, 808-635-0873.

Paco's Tacos sign

Paco’s Tacos sign

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 krml.com.

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 thebeergeek.com. 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 DarkSurf.com!). 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 http://www.darksurf.com/stay-in-touch/.