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Pulse – entertainment

The best sci fi movies make the science real and the fiction wildly entertaining. Interstellar does just that—blending the best of both worlds to create an imaginative tale that soars into the far reaches of space but is firmly rooted in the human experience.

Wormholes. Black holes. Higher dimensions. The space-time continuum. Interstellar explores all of this in a style that stimulates your eyes and ears—and your brain. (I saw the movie in a regular theater but now wish I saw it in an IMAX theater because the visuals are amazing.)

Interstellar, which was directed by Christopher Nolan who also co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonathan, incorporates the scientific theories and script treatment of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. It’s the real science woven into the fabric of the movie—and then interspersed with speculative science and educated guesswork—that makes the story so captivating.

In the Rolling Stone review of Interstellar, Peter Travers says, “Nolan believes it’s better to think through a movie than to just sit through it.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. And that’s why I love Christopher Nolan’s films. Movies like Inception and Memento, and now Interstellar, take you on mind-bending journeys to new frontiers never before explored, whether it’s in dreams (Inception), the mind of a man who can’t make new memories (Memento), or space and time (Interstellar).

Go see this movie. And watch for the waves—a truly spectacular sight that had me on the edge of my seat.

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news

Now, onto the next drawing! As a loyal subscriber to DARK SURF Nightly, YOU will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a free DARK SURF T-shirt!

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/ & they’ll automatically be entered into the drawing, too.

As a DARK SURF Nightly subscriber, you’ll be the first to hear about the next installment in the DARK SURF series. But don’t worry! There will be no plot spoilers. You’ll also hear about what’s cool on the coast and much, much more!

The winner of the drawing for a free T-shirt will be notified via email in early December. Good luck!

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news

DARK SURF T-shirts have arrived!

You can find our new “Graysuit” T-shirts in the Gear section at DarkSurf.com, http://www.darksurf.com/gear. We have medium, large & extra large sizes available. The T-shirts are $17 each, plus tax.

T-shirt front:

Graphic rendering of frontside of the Dark Surf t-shirt

T-shirt back:

Graphic rendering of backside of the Dark Surf t-shirt

We donate 10% of the proceeds from sales of DARK SURF gear to the Surfrider Foundation.

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