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Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

Hey, Dark Surfers! I have a preview of RISING, the DARK SURF sequel, for you!

The cover artwork was created by Christopher Shy, who also did the artwork for DARK SURF. And the book was designed by graphic artist and photographer Steve Zmak.

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Here’s the description from the back cover to give you a sneak peek of the story:

Surfers are dying.
Graysuits are disappearing.
A new threat is rising.

In DARK SURF, rival surf clans went to war, leaving a wake of blood along the West Coast.

Now, in the aftermath of the Rogues’ devastating attack on the Nomads, the chase is on from California to Hawaii. Will Jake and Leilani catch Dean before he rebuilds his ranks and kills again? Will Skylar’s new romance be ripped apart by secrets and lies? Is Tristan gone forever? What terrifying predators lurk beneath the waves, ready to strike?

As archenemies battle, the body count climbs and new alliances are forged. But no one can escape the vicious circle of revenge—or the rise of a new enemy that threatens to destroy them all.

 

We’re in the final stages of proofreading. As soon as we’re done, we’ll send the book to print and announce a release date. You’ll be the first to hear!

 

 

 

Book Buzz – DARK SURF awards

Beach Book Festival names DARK SURF the 2nd place winner in General Fiction!

The 2016 Beach Book Festival has chosen the DARK SURF novel as the Runner-Up in the General Fiction category. This is the 5th award for DARK SURF!

The Beach Book Festival considers books from major publishers, independent publishers and self-published authors, including fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, young adult, how-to, science fiction, romance, poetry, spiritual, compilations/anthologies, photography/art, history, business, health-oriented and wild card books.

Submitted works are judged for general excellence, i.e., the potential of the work to be an engaging beach read this summer season.

At the awards dinner, which will be held at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco on May 28, I’ll receive a framed certificate and get to meet the other authors being honored. Stoked!

Book Buzz – DARK SURF awards

DARK SURF wins 2nd place in General Fiction in the 2016 San Francisco Book Festival!

Breaking news from San Francisco! This weekend, the 2016 San Francisco Book Festival selected DARK SURF as the Runner-Up in the General Fiction category. This is the DARK SURF novel’s 4th award!

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Each year, the San Francisco Book Festival considers fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, young adult, compilations/anthologies, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, business, history, wild card, gay, photography/art, poetry, unpublished, technology, and spiritual/religious works.

Submitted works are judged by a panel of industry experts using the following criteria:

  1. General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.
  2. The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.

I’ve been invited to attend a gala awards ceremony in San Francisco on May 28. Can’t wait!

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Book Buzz – DARK SURF awards

DARK SURF is a finalist in the 10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards! 

NIEAseal-2014-Finalist-XLThe DARK SURF novel was named one of six finalists in the Fantasy category of the National Indie Excellence Awards. Here’s what they said: “Your book truly embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.”

And here’s what they say about the awards program: “We have structured our contest so that only one book per category may be designated ‘Winner.’ However, often there is more than one book in a category that truly stands out, and we believe these deserve recognition also. While it makes the job of our judges harder in some ways, we are dedicated to celebrating excellence in independently published books. So we created the category of ‘Finalist.’ The bottom line is that being recognized as a Finalist is a high honor and something about which any author can and should be justifiably proud.”

This is the DARK SURF novel’s third award!

 

About the National Indie Excellence Awards
The National Indie Excellence Awards is a champion of self-publishers and small & independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. It is open to all English language books available for sale, including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors.

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Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

Dark Surf Cover small 144Woohoo! We had such a great response to our last Amazon Giveaway, we’re doing another one right now!

Enter for a chance to win a FREE Dark Surf ebook (Kindle edition) in our new Amazon Giveaway at https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/4dc9cbe01544b1b8! Be sure to share this link with your friends, too!

With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to win a great beach read! Check out what reviewers are saying about Dark Surf:

  • “Dark Surf by TC Zmak was an amazing story! I was hooked right from page one and could not put it down until the very end. … Absolutely loved it, can’t wait for part two!” — Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite
  • “This novel blew me away—one of the most imaginative vampire novels I’ve ever read.” — Paul Goat Allen for BlueInk Review
  • “This is an entertaining vampire yarn, with a unique twist … There is romance, betrayal, secrecy, murder, sun and surf.” — Joanna Brauer for The Californian, part of the USA Today network

Learn more about the Dark Surf story here: http://www.darksurf.com/books/

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of May 27, 2016 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

Want to win a FREE Dark Surf ebook (Kindle edition)? Enter our new Amazon Giveaway at https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/a9fc6b18396ed33b!

From now through May 4th, we’re giving away FREE Dark Surf ebooks to 5 lucky winners. So enter today for YOUR chance to win. And please share this #AmazonGiveaway link, https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/a9fc6b18396ed33b, with your friends & followers on social media so they can enter for a chance to win too!

With summer coming, it’s the perfect time to win a fun, fast-paced “beach read.” Check out what reviewers are saying about Dark Surf:

  • “Dark Surf by TC Zmak was an amazing story! I was hooked right from page one and could not put it down until the very end.” — Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite
  • “This debut novel is so good—so insanely audacious—I actually stood up and applauded when I finished reading it!” — Paul Goat Allen for BlueInk Review

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Learn more about the Dark Surf story here: http://www.darksurf.com/books/

No purchase necessary. Ends the earlier of May 4, 2016 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules, http://amzn.to/GArules.

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

The DARK SURF ebook is now only 99 cents!

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Haven’t read it yet? Get your copy today & see why this fun, fast-paced novel is earning 5-star reviews and winning awards. It’s available at your favorite online retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the iTunes Store, and many others.

 

Already read it? Give the ebook as a gift to your family & friends so they have a chance to join the tribe before the DARK SURF sequel, RISING, is released later this year. (More on that in a future post!)

Book Buzz – DARK SURF Events

The Salinas Public Library has invited me to do a presentation during National Library Week!

I’ll be giving a talk on April 14th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the John Steinbeck Library, located in downtown Salinas at 350 Lincoln Avenue. I’ll talk about DARK SURF and my writing process, do a reading from DARK SURF, and hold a question & answer session. At the end of my presentation, I’ll hold a drawing for a signed copy of DARK SURF and then do a book signing, too.

Please come & join us!

The theme of National Library Week (April 10-16) is “Libraries Transform.” The campaign is designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals. Here are a few words from the campaign: “Why libraries are transforming: Because punctuation without imagination makes a sentence, not a story.” Exactly!

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Book Buzz – DARK SURF awards

The USA Regional Excellence Book Awards has named the DARK SURF novel a Finalist in the 2016 competition! It took second place in the Fiction category in the West region.

Here’s what they said: “Your book, Dark Surf, truly captured the spirit of the West region of the United States and the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you and your fine work.”

USA Regional Excellence Book Awards recognizes and rewards excellence in books that take readers into the heart of a “place.”  The award’s 5 regions are the West, Midwest, Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast. If a book delivers the experience of a locale and it is produced with excellence, then it is a perfect candidate for the annual competition.

This is the DARK SURF novel’s second award!

Book Buzz – DARK SURF review

The Californian, part of the USA Today network, just posted a book review for the DARK SURF novel! — “It’s an excellent vampire tale!”

Here are a couple snippets from book reviewer Joanna Brauer:

“This is an entertaining vampire yarn, with a unique twist … There is romance, betrayal, secrecy, murder, sun and surf.”

“Audience: Anyone who enjoys a thrilling vampire story, surfing, the Californian lifestyle, lovers of the natural world, and…Hollywood, I see a movie here, folks!”

Thank you, Joanna Brauer, for supporting local authors! And thanks to Features/Off 68 Editor Joe Truskot for stopping by my booth at the 2015 Salinas Valley Comic Con!

Read the full review at: http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/life/2016/01/21/book-review-something-their-blood-zmak-brauer/79064826/

You can find more reviews for DARK SURF, the first book in the DARK SURF series, at: http://www.darksurf.com/books/reviews