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Books By The Beach: Grave Bargains at Palm Beach

And here we are, stop no.10 on my Books By The Beach tour!

Palm Beach has been voted cleanest beach in Queensland three times. Jefferson Lane hosts some of the earliest and most basic of Gold Coast beach “shacks”, some on blocks of land valued in millions of dollars. There is some suggestion that these in fact predate the subdivision of the area in the 1950s, and other remnants of an earlier settlement.

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The area is bounded to the north by the mouths of Tallebudgera Creek to the north and Currumbin Creek to the south. There are nearshore bait reefs along Palm Beach and offshore there are fishing reefs that are some of the most productive of the Gold Coast.

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In this post I will be sharing with you about my short story Grave Bargains.

In the wake of an unforgivable act against his family, Peter is determined to bury the past and start fresh. His good intentions are challenged by a sinister stranger, who is determined to dig up his sins, and threatens to jeopardise his efforts to make amends.

I got the idea for Grave Bargains after watching American Horror Story: Murder House, the first season in the popular anthology series. For a number of years I worked on this story in bursts on and off, before finally completing it in 2017 and launching it on Halloween of that year.

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing Grave Bargains on Amazon. My books are not currently available on Amazon. Instead you can download a PDF version of the story for FREE HERE: Grave Bargains

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Thank-you for joining me here at Palm Beach! See you next at Currumbin Beach!

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Books By The Beach: Blind at Nobby Beach

Welcome Nobby Beach, stop no. 6 on my Books By The Beach Tour!

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My apologies, I have called it ‘Nobby’s’ in the video! But I don’t think anyone ever gets it right!

This amazing café precinct borders the famous Hedges Avenue ‘Millionaire’s Row’ and is home to an array of boutique bars and restaurants. Frequented by cyclists and surfers, this local spot blends a family-friendly atmosphere with an ultra-trendy vibe.

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At the southern end, the beachfront features a walking track that connects to the picturesque lookout at North Burleigh Hill. During my time living at Broadbeach, I would frequently roller skate along this track (pictured below)!

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Frederick Fowler was a timber-getter, hauler and grazier in the Tallebudgera district. It is documented that the Nobbies was the late nineteenth century name for Little Burleigh Head – and a local reference to Fowler’s head bullock, Nobby, which once went missing and was found there.

Today, Little Burleigh carries the name South Nobby. The knoll immediately to the south of Mermaid Beach is North Nobby – more recently Magic Mountain.

Nobby Beach is located in Mermaid Beach itself.

Blind is another of my short stories that took quite a bit of time and work to get just right, and went through quite an evolution in the process. The story is set right here on the Gold Coast, in the iconic party precinct of Surfer’s Paradise, where a night out on the town with friends goes horribly wrong…

PLEASE NOTE: My books are not currently available on Amazon/Kindle. Instead you can download a FREE PDF version of the story for HERE: Blind

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I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me at Nobby Beach. Next stop, Miami!

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Books By The Beach: The Graveyard Shift at Mermaid Beach

Welcome to Mermaid Beach, stop no. 5 on my Books By The Beach tour!

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This laid-back and curiously named beachside spot receives its name from the cutter HMS Mermaid. Explorer John Oxley sailed aboard the Mermaid in  1823 when he discovered the Tweed and Brisbane Rivers. 

Mermaid Beach was used during World War II by US servicemen, and was named Los Angeles Beach as well as Miami Beach to the south.

The suburb is bounded to the west by the artificial canals of adjacent Mermaid Waters and to the east by the Pacific Ocean. To the north is the suburb of Broadbeach, and Miami to the south.

Based on true events, my award winning short story The Graveyard Shift tells the story of Cole, a medical student who starts to experience increasingly unusual occurrences at the old hospital where he works the night shift.

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing The Graveyard Shift on Amazon/Kindle. My books are not currently available on Amazon/Kindle. Instead you can download a FREE PDF version of the story for HERE:

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I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me at Mermaid Beach. Next stop, Nobby’s!