Finding the Break
A Surfer's Anthology

Finding the Break is a collection of six stories that deal with a variety of emotional issues.  Hardship, loss, redemption, perseverance, heartbreak, and hope are all represented as these stories unfold and the characters work to plaster the cracks in their lives, formed from the weight of events that affect us all at some point in our lives.

In this anthology, I explore common fears and heavy burdens that we hesitate to tell anyone about, yet carry dutifully throughout our lives.  Through these stories, I hope the reader gains insight into how surfing makes all of these things easier to bear.

These stories are about finding hope in hopeless situations and discovering a way to laugh when it feels like your world is crumbling apart.  These stories are about life.  But they are also about the way a wave feels under your board, and how that feeling can set you free.

These stories are about Finding the order to find your way back.

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Loss of Blue


At twenty-three, Jake’s had everyone in town—almost.  But he’s bored and dreams of a life somewhere far from the Midwestern fishbowl that holds him captive.  So, when a beautiful girl from Redondo Beach asks him to move to California, he leaps at the opportunity. She’s running away from a life she can’t stand, and he’s running toward a new life in Los Angeles.


As their friendship blossoms, Jake realizes that she’s everything he’s ever wanted, but her problems follow them to California and keep them apart.  He vows to remain patient, and wait for the storm to pass, but an afternoon at Nick Castor’s changes everything. 

On the sun-sparkled patio behind Nick’s sprawling Pacific Palisades house, Jake meets a woman who was going to be a Hollywood movie star, but that was fifteen years ago and all she has left are the memories of how close she came to her dream.  Until she meets Jake and rediscovers her love affair with everything that made her come to Los Angeles in the first place.


However, just as Jake begins to build the life he’s always wanted, something happens that makes him realize you can’t always get what you want, and he is forced to make a devastating choice that changes everyone forever.

Set against the glamorous backdrop of Southern California, this gripping, fast-paced love story will take you on an emotional ride up and down the Pacific Coast Highway and through the sparkling, sun-kissed cities in and around Los Angeles that you won’t soon forget.

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Traces of Blue

Traces of Blue is a gripping story of new beginnings and haunted pasts. 


Set, once again, against the dramatic backdrop of Southern California, Traces of Blue picks up shortly after Loss of Blue ends.  Jake believes that he's left the turmoil behind but soon realizes that it's truly just beginning.  

Filled with surf girls, familiar Southern California landmarks, and that same beautiful boy from the middle-of-nowhere, Jake Blue, Traces of Blue grabs the reader and plunges them into fast-forward as the story unfolds.


Prepare to be swept away by this heart-bursting story of friendship, shifted love and the ways in which we become, who we always were.  


© 2021 by Mike Montrose.