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RISING wins Regional Fiction/West category in 6th annual Beverly Hills Book Awards

The 2017 Beverly Hills Book Awards® named RISING the 1st place winner in the Regional Fiction/West category!

Here’s what the awards program has to say: “Beverly Hills is synonymous with excellence, the best of the best. We want to celebrate the physical book in print that has always and will always be a part of our worldwide culture.” The awards program accepts fiction and non-fiction books in a wide range of topics and categories.

RISING is the second novel in the DARK SURF series.

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DARK SURF named a finalist in the international Book Excellence Awards

The 2017 Book Excellence Awards selected DARK SURF, the first novel in the DARK SURF series, as a Finalist in the “Fiction” category. The international competition is described as a “global celebration of literary excellence.”

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According to the awards program, “receiving a Book Excellence Award is a tremendous honor that represents the hard work, dedication and commitment that went into creating a book. Books that have received a Book Excellence Award have been recognized for their high quality design, writing and overall market appeal.”

This is the 13th award for the DARK SURF novel!

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The Hollywood Book Festival names RISING a Runner-Up in Sequels!


RISING just received its 9th award, winning 2nd place in the Sequels category of the 2017 Hollywood Book Festival! I plan to attend the awards dinner in Hollywood on August 18.

Based in the capital of show business, the Hollywood Book Festival celebrates literature that “deserves greater recognition from the film and TV industries.” The festival considers published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, young adult, how-to, spiritual, wild card, science fiction, biography/autobiography, sequels, genre-based, business, screenplays, and history.

Last year, DARK SURF won an Honorable Mention in General Fiction in this festival.

Fun fact: In 2013 (before it was published), DARK SURF was optioned for a movie. Ultimately, the team was unable to line up the financing to produce the movie. So, the rights are back in my hands, and now I have some good experience behind me for the next time an option comes along.

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DARK SURF and RISING win awards in the Pacific Rim Book Festival

Breaking news! In the 2017 Pacific Rim Book Festival, DARK SURF won 2nd place in General Fiction, and RISING was one of seven novels to receive an Honorable Mention in the same category!

Both books are set along the Pacific. DARK SURF takes place in San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz, Calif. RISING picks up where DARK SURF left off, transporting the characters to Oahu, Maui, and Kauai in Hawaii, as well as Catalina Island and the cities of Marina and Carmel on the Monterey Bay in Calif.

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Is there anything more amazing than a Hawaiian sunset? Hawaii is one of my all-time favorite places to go for writing inspiration—and it’s easy to see why.

I shot this image last week in Poipu Beach, Kauai in the middle of an ocean-view pool with my new waterproof camera. (Yes, I’ve determined that having a waterproof camera is essential for my coastal lifestyle.)

Poipu Beach, Kauai (June 2017)

Poipu Beach, Kauai (June 2017)

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RISING gets Honorable Mention in the 2017 Beach Book Festival

The 2017 Beach Book Festival, which spotlights the hottest reads of the summer, has recognized RISING with an Honorable Mention in General Fiction.

RISING is the second novel in the DARK SURF series. Last year, DARK SURF was the Runner-Up in General Fiction in the Beach Book Festival.

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DARK SURF earns Honorable Mention in the 2017 New York Book Festival

The New York Book Festival recognized DARK SURF with an Honorable Mention in General Fiction in the 2017 awards program, which honors books worthy of further attention from the world’s publishing capitol.

Winners, Runners-Up and Honorable Mentions will be honored at a private awards ceremony at the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan on July 15. Alas, I won’t be able to attend, but I’m stoked to be among the honorees!


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RISING receives Honorable Mention in the 2017 San Francisco Book Festival

The 2017 San Francisco Book Festival has awarded RISING an Honorable Mention in General Fiction. The annual festival honors the best books of the spring.

RISING is the second novel in the DARK SURF series. In 2016, DARK SURF was the Runner-Up in General Fiction in this festival.

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RISING is a winner in the National Indie Excellence Awards

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The 11th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards selected RISING as the winner in the “Regional Fiction: West” category. 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.”

The national award is open to recent English language books in print from small, medium, university, self and independent publishers. Established in 2007, the NIEA competition is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters.


Book Buzz – RISING review

RISING just earned a review rating of 5 out of 5 stars on Readers’ Favorite!

Check out what Readers’ Favorite reviewer Anne-Marie Reynolds had to say:

Readers Favorite 5 Stars

“Rising is Volume 2 of the Dark Surf Series by T.C. Zmak. When the Rogues attacked the Nomads, they bit off more than they could chew. Jake and Leilani are on their trail, chasing Dean to stop him before he can build up his clan once again, and to save Skylar from what could be the worse decision of her life. She doesn’t know what secrets Dean is hiding, what lies he has told her, and nobody could begin to guess what she will do if she finds out. For Jake and Leilani, the war is on and the bodies are beginning to mount up. But there is a new enemy in sight, one that threatens their very existence. Can Jake and Leilani stop Dean before it’s too late? Is Tristan truly gone for good?

“Rising (Dark Surf Volume 2) by T.C. Zmak is another fantastic story, a great sequel to Dark Surf. Although it starts where Dark Surf ended, there is still enough information provided for those who didn’t read the first book to know what it’s all about. Things get somewhat more complicated as the cast list grows and the story stretches along the coast. The story is every bit as good as the first part, perhaps a little deeper, and with those all-important twists and turns that keep a reader hooked. It is a fast-paced story, one of those that you just can’t put down, especially if you have read the first book in the series and need to know what happens. The character development continues as we learn more about the main characters and the new ones we meet along the way. This is another page turner and I highly recommend it for anyone who likes the vampire/paranormal genre. Please read book 1 first to get the best experience from this story. Really looking forward to book 3 now; I can’t wait.”

Thank you, Readers’ Favorite & Anne-Marie Reynolds!

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