Books By The Beach: The New Neighbours at The Spit/Main Beach

Welcome to The Spit!

The Southport Spit is a neighbourhood within the northern end of Main Beach. A permanent sand spit separates the Southport Broadwater from the Pacific Ocean. The Spit is also a popular dog beach, with a large protected cove on the Broadwater and the uninhabited surfside sands of the northern tip of Southport.

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Dogs playing at The Spit
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Dogs playing near the sand pumping jetty at The Spit

The Spit was formed between 1897 and 1898, a product of longshore drift when high seas broke through a small area of land called Jumpinpin on Stradbroke Island.

During the 1940s the Southport Yacht Club gew and added marina facilities to the increasing number of private boats wanting to moor on the Spit’s eastern side of the Broadwater. Since the 1950s and ’60s, the local prawning industry used The Spit for their berth. The Spit continued to develop, with tourist attractions opening in the 1960s.

The Spit is home to the Sea World theme park and resort, the Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa, as well as the Palazzo Versace hotel. On the end of The Spit is the Gold Coast Sand Pumping Jetty, a popular destination for fishermen and part of the Gold Coast Seaway’s Sand Bypassing System.

Pedestrians and cyclists explore the Spit via the Gold Coast Oceanway and the Federation Walk.

Here at The Spit I’m going to tell you about my short story collection The New Neighbours.

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing The New Neighbours on Amazon. My books are not currently available on Amazon. Instead you can download a PDF version of the title story for FREE at the end of this post.

The New Neighbours is a collection of eight psychological suspense short stories, exploring the secrets hidden behind closed doors, and the dark side of the human psyche. In the title story, a curious teenager uncovers a sinister neighbourhood secret when he loses his football over the fence. In A Kind Gesture, a lonely divorcee picks up a young hitchhiker, but all is not as it seems. The New Neighbours is a mix of twisted stories and unsettling characters, compiled into a cleverly written short fiction collection.

Download the title story from the collection HERE:

The New Neighbours PDF (Short Story Only)

The New Neighbors Cover

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me at The Spit. Next stop, Surfers Paradise!


Daily Writing Inspiration

After six months of minimal blogging to navigate some fairly dramatic life changes, I’m finally finding my way back here. Starting small with some Daily Writing Inspiration. Enjoy!


So What Now?

July 20th marked the end of Paid To Dance, a book series I had been working on since 2016. It is the end of an era, but I am ready to close the book on this particular chapter (pardon the pun) and get started on something fresh.

I’m going to take it easy for the rest of 2018. It has been a big year and a relentless rollercoaster past four months in particular. Every area of my life has been touched: my work, my health, my friends and family.

I never thought I would take a ‘break’ from writing and publishing, but for some time I’ve increasingly feeling the need to pause.

I have pushed through the challenges determined to stay on track with my writing, publishing, marketing and promotion, trying to maintain consistent with my blog and a number of social media platforms. I want to take some time to review my strategies, to ensure I’m making the most of these platforms and not wasting time.

There are some pressing non-writing matters that are increasingly demanding my attention. Since leaving my full-time job last year my attention has been reduced from all things creative to merely surviving. But I don’t want to just survive anymore. I need to re-establish stability so that I can properly focus on my passion again.

So I’m going to take a break, until mid-late September, at least. I’m not going to stop writing completely- I simply can’t. I’m just going to take a step back from blogging and social media. I will try and keep up my daily writing inspiration posts if I can.

I’m not going to be launching any new books in 2018, however I am going to republish all of my short stories that I had as individual Kindle ebooks, that were deleted last year when my Kindle publishing account was shut down. I may even pop a few new ones up there

For the remainder of the year I’m going to work on getting the first of my Irish crime novels finished. This series is my ‘life’s work’, my passion project, the books I was born to write. I’m also going to make a start a collection of women’s intrepid travel stories.

I want to take this opportunity to sincerely THANK everyone who is coming along on this writing journey with me, as fellow writers and readers, likers and sharers. Your support means the world to me, and I hope that by taking this little breather, I can come back bigger and better.