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SPOTLIGHT: THE POET’S SECRET

SPOTLIGHT: THE Poet’s SECRET

The Poet’s Secret

Elia Aloundra, a young lit student, sees the reclusive poet Cameron Beck recite a poem at a campus pub before he vanishes—for a second time. Ten years earlier, Beck had dropped from the public eye leaving only an acclaimed collection of odes to an anonymous muse and a decade of speculation over his disappearance.

Elia sets off in search of Beck, longing to know the man whose words have moved her so, hoping perhaps the

ghost poet will unveil the secret to eternal love. What she doesn’t know is that as her quest begins, Beck is

perched atop a cliff on a remote Caribbean island and about to attempt suicide. As Elia faces off with Beck’s

protective circle on the exotic island hideaway, the same island where decades earlier a Spanish shipwreck

entombing mystical Aztec relics was found, she finds herself swept up in the mystery of the muse. What Elia

cannot fathom is that Beck’s secret will change both their lives forever.

Author Kenneth Zak conceived of

The Poet’s Secret

in a taverna on the island of Crete. At the time, he was on a

three-year sabbatical—an adult “time out,” recovering from a life that had left him feeling hollow. For months he

wrote, swam with sea turtles in the Aegean Sea and disappeared into the remote, antiquated Greek village of

Avdou. He dedicated himself to “living in the present,” and says, “So many miracles happened during those

months. I experienced a cleansing, a healing and an awakening, and I began to perceive light and water and

imagery and words and the people around me like never before.”

Ken eventually returned to California, and then traveled to Bali, Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, Cambodia and

South America, following the sea and surf with laptop in hand and continuing to write. As an avid surfer and free

diver, Ken’s life “has always been about the water. On so many occasions water has saved me, water has healed

me, and water has reset my compass when I have been spinning in some uncontrollable vortex. So for me, my life

and my love seem to be tied to returning to the great aquatic source, again and again, maybe just to fill the

chasm that still exists in me, and maybe to some degree still exists in all of us.”

The Poet’s Secret

explores this great aquatic connection, spinning a suspenseful tale of passion, heartbreak, healing, life

and love. Each chapter of The Poet’s Secret

begins with a short poem, causing the reader to slow down and contemplate—to be present in the moment—before continuing on the narrative journey.

An Island Tale of a Reclusive Poet,

A Muse and the Search for Eternal Love

Author, poet and aquatic nomad Kenneth Zak pens his debut novel, chosen by Romance Writers of America as a Golden Heart®

Award finalist

BOOK DETAILS

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October 5, 2015

Penju Publishing

Paperback, $15.00

978-0-9903200-0-5

ebook, $7.99

978-0-9903200-1-2

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