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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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Book Buzz – Awards

DARK SURF and RISING take 2nd place in the 2017 Los Angeles Book Festival’s Genre-Based Fiction and Sequels categories

The 2017 Los Angeles Book Festival selected DARK SURF as the Runner-Up in Genre-Based Fiction, and RISING as the Runner-Up in the Sequels category.

2017 LA Book Festival

The Los Angeles Book Festival is an “annual competition honoring the best of the world publishing community.” It considers major publisher, independent publisher and self-published works in the following categories: general non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, business, wild card, compilations/anthologies, sequels (for books that are part of a series), photography/art, poetry, romance, and regional literature.

I’ve been invited to attend a private awards dinner in L.A. in April to celebrate with the other award winners!

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On my trip to Kauai in late February, something amazing happened. I no longer felt like a tourist! Kauai is one of my favorite places in the world, and it’s truly an author’s paradise. The scenery is breathtaking. The ocean is warm and inviting. Inspiration is everywhere—the sea, the land, the air, the flowers, the wildlife …

Here are a few highlights:

The Kalalau Trail is an 11-mile trail that leads from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach along the Na Pali Coast. This photo is near the beginning of the trail, hiking up the mountain and looking down upon Ke’e Beach.

Kalalau Trail

Kalalau Trail

Ke’e Beach is the beach at the end of the road. The water here is truly magical.

Ke'e Beach

Ke’e Beach

This misty shot of the Na Pali Coast, located on the northwest edge of Kauai, was taken aboard a Blue Dolphin Charters (excellent tour company!) snorkeling cruise. The cruise also featured a continental breakfast, lunch, drinks and plenty of wildlife. We saw humpback whales and lots of spinner dolphins. (Yes, they actually come out of the water and spin! So amazing to see up close!)

Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast

Wailua Falls is a waterfall that feeds into the Wailua River, and it was featured in the opening credits of the Fantasy Island TV show.

Wailua Falls

Wailua Falls

Kauai sunrises are spectacular. The air is cool, and the sky and water are painted in pastels. It’s my favorite time of day to walk on the beach (though sunsets are pretty incredible, too).

Kapaa Sunrise

Kapaa Sunrise

BeachStyle – beaches

Sparkle in the rain…

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BeachStyle – beaches

Thank you for a great 2016! Happy New Year from the DARK SURF team! pink-sunset-h2-dsn

Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

You’re invited to a Holiday Happy Hour & Book Signing!

When:  Thursday, Dec. 8, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Where:  The Otter’s Den, 3166 Vista del Camino (next to Wells Fargo bank), Marina, Calif.


  • Light hors d’oeuvres
  • A FREE drawing for an Amazon Fire Tablet
  • Free bookmarks & bumper stickers
  • No host bar

This is a great opportunity to pick up a copy of RISING or DARK SURF for yourself, or to do some holiday shopping and get signed/inscribed copies for family and friends. We’ll have special pricing on DARK SURF Graysuit t-shirts, too.

Already have the books? Just stop by for a drink and some fun!


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Book Buzz – DARK SURF awards

DARK SURF and RISING win awards in 2016 Halloween Book Festival; RISING honored in 2016 Southern California Book Festival

DARK SURF and RISING nabbed two of the three Honorable Mentions in the Fantasy category of the 2016 Halloween Book Festival.

2016 Halloween Book Festival


RISING was also awarded an Honorable Mention in the General Fiction category of the 2016 Southern California Book Festival, which honors the best books of the fall.

2016 Southern California Book Festival

I’ve been invited to a private awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Nov. 19. I won’t be able to attend, however, because I’ll be at the awards ceremony for the Northern California Book Festival in Sonoma that night!

Book Buzz – DARK SURF awards

DARK SURF wins 2nd place in General Fiction in 2016 Northern California Book Festival; RISING wins honorable mention!

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The 2016 Northern California Book Festival selected DARK SURF as the Runner-Up in General Fiction, and recognized RISING with an Honorable Mention in the same category. This is the DARK SURF novel’s 7th award and RISING’s first award.

The Northern California Book Festival “honors the best books of the fall.” It considers fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, how-to, compilations/anthologies, photography/art, children’s, cookbooks, poetry, spiritual, young adult, business, technology, unpublished manuscripts, wild card, travel/wine/ food, and regional lit.

I’ve been invited to attend a private awards ceremony in Sonoma in November. Books & wine? A winning combination!



Book Buzz – DARK SURF news & goings-on

T.C. Zmak will read a passage from RISING at Central Coast Writers’ Booktoberfest

On Tuesday, Oct. 18th, I’ll be one of the featured readers at the Central Coast Writers’ annual Booktoberfest! During the meeting, I’ll read a passage from RISING, the second novel in the DARK SURF series. In addition, several CCW members  (including me!) will be selling and autographing books before and after the readings. The event will be held at the Point Pinos Grill, located at 77 Asilomar Blvd. in Pacific Grove, Calif. (at the golf course). Book sales begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

CCW Booktoberfest