Lynchburg, VA, March 13, 2024 –(– Doug Hanau has completed his new book, “Surfing Treasure’s Wake: Revised Edition”: a remarkable work that follows a young boy’s discovery of a tragedy in the past.

It’s 1715, and the Spanish galleon the San Miguel, having left Havana on her way back to Spain, is caught in a sudden and overwhelming hurricane. Black water rushes across her wooden decks as Isabella Rojas and her six children hold on for dear life and pray that God is listening. But God is not. Fearing death, Isabella binds each child around the waist to a knotted rope, hoping to save each, but all are swept overboard. One by one, each child drowns, the weight of each body slowly pulling Isabella beneath the stormy seas, as her golden medallion sinks beside her. Now they rest at the bottom of the sea, waiting to be released from their watery graves.

Over two hundred years later, while surfing, sixteen-year-old Marc, abandoned by his father, encounters the ghost of Isabella. Along with Bob, a retired treasure hunter, Marc is drawn into the world of surfing, treasure hunting, and mystery as they both try to solve the legend of Isabella and her children. Then a tragic loss forces Marc to face his reality as he discovers the real treasure he’s been searching for all along.

Author Doug Hanau writes, “Six children and their mother lashed to a rope, drowning, each dragging the next into watery darkness. Angelic faces, contorted by terror, fade into the cold black abyss. The mother tried desperately to fight the increasingly cutting weight around her waist as she sank. Her beautiful dark eyes stared up. Lace-covered arms reached for the surface; her mouth opened, silently pleading to God for help. The bubbles rose as she followed her doomed children to their deaths, her precious golden medallion of the Virgin Mary sinking beside her.”

Published by Newman Springs Publishing, Doug Hanau’s riveting tale invites readers to discover how Marc’s story unfolds.

Virginia Middle School Language Arts Instructor Stephen L. O’Baugh writes, “‘Surfing Treasure’s Wake’ is something that I happened upon the summer before my first year of teaching middle school and realized, immediately, the potential for its use in the classroom amongst the YA (young adult) set. Fifteen years later it is something that has been in use every year as the connections and the impacts made each and every year are just as powerful as when I read it that very first time. State standards or common core connections are easily made, but what is more valuable (and more important) are the personal connections that students make with the characters and the story itself. Polling students at the end of each academic year ‘Surfing Treasure’s Wake’ is constantly and consistently at the top of class rankings as a favorite read. What’s more, is that it becomes a gateway for reluctant readers as those that do find themselves identifying with the story are encouraged by the two follow-ups ‘The Cardinal Pirate’ and ‘A Brother’s Loyalty.’ It’s hard to imagine not making use of this literal treasure trove of educational merit as it has been a jumping-off point to start my classroom year after year.”

Readers who wish to experience this enthralling work can purchase “Surfing Treasure’s Wake: Revised Edition” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iBooks Store, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Newman Springs Publishing at 732-243-8512.

About Newman Springs Publishing:

Newman Springs Publishing is a full-service publishing house for serious authors. Each title produced by Newman Springs Publishing undergoes every step of the professional publishing process, including editing, layout, cover design, circulation, distribution, and publicity. All titles are made available in both eBook and print formats. Newman Springs Publishing distributes to tens of thousands of retail outlets throughout North America and internationally. All manuscripts in any genre are welcome to be submitted for review; If the manuscript meets the necessary criteria and is accepted for publication, Newman Springs Publishing will work closely with the author to bring the book to the retail market for a relatively inexpensive initial investment.

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