Happy August everyone! It’s crazy how fast summer is flying by. I want to stop time. Like right now. I would not, however, have wanted to stop time two days ago. Because yesterday, the first book in my Kisses in the Sand series released! KEEPING MR. RIGHT NOW is a Red-Hot Bliss and I’m so, so excited for readers to meet Zane and Sophie. Since Zane is a pro surfer and it’s summertime, I thought I’d share a little surf speak with you today so you can be in-the-know the next time you’re at the beach.
Backdoor: This is where Zane takes off on a wave on the far side of the peak. Then he continues to surf through the barrel.
Blown Out: Where the onshore wind turns the surf into unrideable mush.
Carve: When Zane performs a long, smooth, often powerful longer turn.
Cheater Five: When Zane puts five toes over the nose of the board.
Epic: Top class surf or extremely good waves. Also used to describe an awesome wave or surf session.
Goofy foot: If you stand with your right foot forward you’re a goofy footer! Zane is a goofy footer. A regular foot is a surfer who stands left foot forward. (It’s supposedly slightly more common.)
Grubbing: Falling off your board while surfing. This would be me.
Macker: Derived from Mac truck – it means a big wave.
Men In Grey Suits: SHARKS!!
Sex Wax: The best-known variety of surfboard wax. Made by Mr. Zog. He follows me on Twitter! Totally makes me smile.
Shaka: A common hand signal used by Zane and his surfer pals, with an extended thumb and little finger. Hang loose!
Here’s a picture of me and my Shaka with some writer pals at the RITA ceremony last month during the RWA conference. Yeah, I know I’m not at the beach, I’m just dorky.
Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she’s up close and personal with the world’s sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?
Zane Hollander’s playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide.
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