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The poet’s secret

The Poet’s Secret is a novel powered by two remarkable yet fractured characters: Elia Aloundra, a young lit student, and Cameron Beck, the reclusive, suicidal poet she is on a quest to find. Decades earlier Beck penned his acclaimed masterwork inspired by an anonymous muse, only to thereafter disappear. Elia always found sanctuary within the works of the literary greats and considered Beck worthy of that pantheon. Hoping that the poet will unveil the secret to eternal love, Elia faces off with Beck’s protective circle on an exotic island hideaway, the same island where decades earlier a Spanish shipwreck entombing mystical Aztec relics was found. What Elia cannot fathom is that Beck’s secret will change both their lives forever.

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KENNETH ZAK

Born in Parma, Ohio, Kenneth Zak is an aquatic nomad of Bohemian-Polish ancestry. He shut down a successful law practice and embarked on a 3 year personal pilgrimage traveling the globe in quest of a deeper purpose.

He unleashed his creative self in a mountaintop village in Crete where he began his debut novel, The Poet’s Secret, continuing work on the manuscript and his poetry in Bali, Costa Rica, Thailand, Cambodia and South America.

His poem “Two Bits” from The Poet’s Secret previously appeared in Kelp Magazine. His short fiction “A Promise” has appeared in A Year in Ink, San Diego Writers, Ink Anthology, Volume 4, and his short story “Thea” appeared in A Year in Ink, San Diego Writers, Ink Anthology, Volume 8. His contributed articles have appeared in Luxe Beat Magazine, Portland Book Review, and The Ohio State University Alumni digital magazine and he has appeared on Frommer’s The Travel Show.

His other passions include reading, music, surfing, ocean swimming, free diving, the Tibetan Rites and yoga. He currently resides in San Diego, California.

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what readers are saying

“Benjamin Franklin Award Silver Medal”

INDEPENDENT BOOK PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
(BEST FIRST BOOK - FICTION)

“INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist”

FOREWORD REVIEWS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS (ROMANCE)

“Both a thrilling romance and tender story of love, this lyrical tour de force is for anyone who’s ever been moved by poetry.”

Foreword Reviews

“A thought-provoking blend of romance, poetry and adventure . . . . More than just a good read. This is a book to savor.”

Kim Fay, Edgar Award Finalist

“Golden Heart® Finalist”

Romance Writers of America (Romantic Suspense)

“A beautifully crafted gem of a story.”

Dirk Cussler

“IPPY Awards Bronze Medal”

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS BOOK AWARDS
(BEST BOOK/AUTHOR WEBSITE)
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August 9, 2016

The Poet’s Secret featured in Publishers Weekly August 29, 2016 Issue.

The Poet's Secret will be a featured in the Publishers Weekly August 29, 2016 issue as an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Winning Novel.

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September 16, 2016

The Poet’s Secret Returns to Crete

The Poet's Secret will return to its birthplace, the magical village of Avdou in Crete this September. Check out Kenneth Zak Author on Facebook for

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August 8, 2016

Second Edition of The Poet’s Secret Now Available

The Second Edition of The Poet's Secret is now available. Check it out at your favorite independent bookseller, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, eBook, Kind

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June 24, 2016

SIGNING AT AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ORLANDO CONFERENCE JUNE 24, 2016

I will be signing courtesy copies of The Poet's Secret on June 24, 2016 from 6-7 pm EST at the American Library Association National Conference in O

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May 7, 2016

Kenneth Zak Website To Be Awarded IPPY Bronze Medal

The Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPYs) has selected the Kenneth Zak Website to receive a Bronze Medal for Best Book/Author Website at its Aw

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May 6, 2016

Library Hotel NYC adds The Poet’s Secret to Collection

The Library Hotel in midtown Manhattan has added a signed copy of The Poet's Secret to its collection of books for its guests to enjoy. On your nex

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April 8, 2016

The Poet’s Secret Wins Best First Book (Fiction) Silver Medal at IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards

The Poet's Secret won the Best First Book (Fiction) Silver Medal at the 28th Annual Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Awards

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March 16, 2016

The Poet’s Secret a Finalist in IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards – Best First Book (Fiction)

I am thrilled to announce that The Poet's Secret is a 2016 Finalist in the Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Awards - Bill F

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March 7, 2016

The Poet’s Secret is a Foreword Reviews #INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist

Today I got word that The Poet's Secret is a 2015 Foreword Reviews #INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist in Romance. The prestigious awards ha

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March 2, 2016

Thanks to Hostess Kim Filley and the Olivenhain Book Club

Last night we talked poetry, passion and The Poet's Secret in the Tuscan hills of Olivenhain under apricot skies. Thank you hostess Kim Filley and t

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February 28, 2016

Hooray for Hollywood & The Poet’s Secret

We had a blast last night in West Hollywood for the The Poet's Secret LA Book Launch Party. Gratitude to Ian and team at Hutchinson for hosting a gr

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February 24, 2016

A Unique Salon Discussion of The Poet’s Secret

A humble bow to Deirdre and the Hillcrest Book Club for a salon discussion of The Poet's Secret - creative, intelligent and thought-provoking all un

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February 22, 2016

Gratitude

Thank you to the Mission Viejo Book Club and Warwick's in La Jolla for hosting two great book events this past weekend. I am a very fortunate and gr

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February 1, 2016

50th Annual San Diego Public Library Local Author Exhibit – February 2016

The Poet's Secret will be part of the 50th Annual San Diego Public Library Local Author Exhibit, on display throughout February 2016 at the gorgeous

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January 29, 2016

San Diego Public Library Local Authors Exhibit Opening Night Was a Blast

Congrats to my fellow authors who joined me last night for the opening night of San Diego Public Library's 50th Anniversary Local Authors Exhibit. T

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December 22, 2015

Taking An Adult Time-Out: Writing on Sabbatical – Portland Book Review

Did you ever want to escape to an exotic island and write a novel? Here's how I did it. Thanks Portland Book Review for publishing Taking an Adult T

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December 17, 2015

Boston Public Library Selects The Poet’s Secret

Thank you to the Boston Public Library for selecting The Poet's Secret as an addition to your spectacular collection.

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December 5, 2015

Mission Hills Man Shakes Up the World of Romance Writers – San Diego Uptown News

Thank you to the San Diego Uptown News for the cool article.  So very much appreciated!

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December 4, 2015

Thank You Cleveland – It Was Great to Be Home Again!

Old and new friends, family, my mom and fresh baked cookies supplied by The Learned Owl Bookshop in Hudson, Ohio. Thank you Cleveland for a sold out

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December 1, 2015

THE POET’S SECRET IS A “LYRICAL TOUR DE FORCE” – FOREWORD REVIEWS

“Both a thrilling romance and tender story of love, this lyrical tour de force is for anyone who’s ever been moved by poetry.” “An evocat

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November 22, 2015

Thank You La Jolla Riford Branch Library & Worldly Guests

We had a great read & sign event for The Poet's Secret yesterday at the beautiful La Jolla Riford Branch library.  Folks from San Diego, Rancho

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November 18, 2015

Novel Approach to Ohio State Article In OSU Alumni Digital Magazine

The Ohio State Alumni Digital Magazine Nov/Dec 2015 features: Novel Approach to Ohio State:  Fiction writer pays homage by tying his book to his al

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November 14, 2015

Pilgrimage: Step by Step – Desert Leaf Magazine

My personal pilgrimage and writing sabbatical (which resulted in The Poet's Secret) was featured in Lorraine DarConte's article in the November 2015

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November 13, 2015

Thank you NYC and Morea Schwartz Bradham Friedman & Brown!

We had a spectacular group of authors, attorneys, dancers, business folks and conservationists attend last night's NYC book launch party for The Poe

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November 10, 2015

Thank You Ohio State Modern Greek Program

Thank you to the students, professors and Columbus Greek community who attended yesterday's lecture at my alma mater.  It was an honor to speak at

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November 8, 2015

Thank You Book Loft and Columbus, Ohio!

Thank you Book Loft & Columbus, Ohio for a great book signing.  Special thanks to the Taiganides family, my host family from Avdou, Crete where

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November 6, 2015

Thank You to Akerman LLP for an Inspiring Night in Chicago!

Thank you to Akerman LLP for hosting Pens & Prose:  Finding Balance in Work, Life and Nature with Author Kenneth Zak.  We had a great night di

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November 2, 2015

What a night! San Diego Starlite Book Launch Party

Thanks to everyone who attended The Poet's Secret book launch party November 1, 2015 at Starlite in San Diego.  We had a blast!    

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October 11, 2015

Book Inspired By 3 Year Time-Out – San Diego Union Tribune

Thank you to John Wilkens at the San Diego Union Tribune for the great interview and story in this Sunday's paper.

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October 4, 2015

NOW AVAILABLE IN BOOKSTORES, AMAZON, EBOOK AND KINDLE

The Poet’s Secret is NOW AVAILABLE in bookstores, Amazon, eBook and Kindle.

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September 15, 2015

The Blue Life of An Aquatic Nomad – Luxe Beat Magazine September 2015

A cool article & photo spread about global travel, sacred water, and why sales proceeds from The Poet's Secret benefit Surfrider Foundation an

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August 31, 2015

THE POET’S SECRET BOOK TRAILER NOW ON YOUTUBE

The world premier of The Poet’s Secret by Kenneth Zak – Book Trailer is now on YouTube. Check it out and share with your world. Cheers, KZ

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May 15, 2015

THE POET’S SECRET RELEASE DATE SET FOR FALL 2015

I am thrilled to announce that The Poet’s Secret will be published by indie publishing house Penju Publishing later this year. “Penju” in Indo

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June 16, 2014

“THEA” TO BE PUBLISHED IN SAN DIEGO WRITERS INK 2015 ANTHOLOGY

I just received word that my short story Thea will be published in the San Diego Writers Ink 2015 Anthology, available Spring 2015. Thea, an extreme

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November 4, 2012

THE POEM “TWO BITS” FROM THE POET’S SECRET FEATURED IN KELP MAGAZINE & AVAILABLE NOW

The poem “Two Bits” from The Poet’s Secret is featured in the latest edition of Kelp – Surf Aesthetic Defined, now available at your favorit

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June 8, 2012

“TWO BITS” FROM THE POET’S SECRET TO BE PUBLISHED IN KELP MAGAZINE

“Two Bits” from my novel The Poet’s Secret will be featured in the next issue of Kelp – Surf Aesthetic Defined. The Kelp editors ultimately

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