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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:

The Graveyard Shift

The Graveyard Shift cover

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

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Books by The Beach: Call Your Grandma at Broadbeach

Welcome to Stop No.4 on my Books By The Beach tour!

Broadbeach was the first suburb that my partner and I called home when we moved to the Gold Coast in September 2017. We lived there for a year, just 300m from the beach.

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My apologies for any confusion-I filmed this video when I was still living in Broadbeach. I have since relocated further south to Coolangatta!

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View of Broadbeach from the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck

Once the little brother of neighbouring Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach or “Broadie” as the locals call it, has made a name for itself in more recent times as a premier dining destination, with an ever-expanding offering of restaurants and bars. Broadbeach Mall is often host to buskers, and even an annual blues festival. Broadbeach is home to The Star Gold Coast, formerly Conrad Jupiters casino, as well as Draculas’s Cabaret Restaurant, the Gold Coast Convention Centre and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Beachside parklands span the entire beach foreshore and are home to weekend markets and weekly outdoor exercise programs.

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A Little History

The area south of the original Harpers Wharf is now part of the Cascade Gardens Reserve. The estuary area around Little Tallebudgera Creek and the superb stretch of beach to the east was a feasting ground for the aboriginal people of the area, the Kombumerri people.

Apart from moveable feasts, evident from the surviving eugarie shell middens, archaeologists in the 1960s uncovered an ancient aboriginal burial ground at Broadbeach. In the 1980s, the ancestral remains from this burial ground were reinterred in a reserve known as Kombumerri Park.

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The Broadbeach sand dunes were a strategically important resource during World War 2. Southport Minerals mined the mineral sand rutile from the leased reserves and exported the concentrated mineral overseas for the production of special alloy steels and welding equipment. By the mid 1950s, mining had ceased, the dunes were reconstructed, planted with grasses and trees and the land auctioned for redevelopment. The commercial and housing development of the area was led by the construction of the Lennons Broadbeach Hotel completed in 1957.

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View south from Broadbeach to Burleigh and Coolangatta at Sunrise

Built on a site which had been mined for mineral sand, the hotel was often promoted as an oasis in the desert and is in fact now the site of the Oasis commercial centre in Victoria Avenue.

Told in the first person, Call Your Grandma recounts the storyteller’s experience witnessing a tragedy, and reflections on the events that led to that fateful moment in time.

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing Call Your Grandma 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:
Call Your Grandma

Call Your Grandma cover

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me at Broadbeach.

Next stop, Mermaid Beach!

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Books By The Beach: House Arrest at Surfers Paradise

Welcome to Surfers Paradise, stop no. 3 on my Books By The Beach Tour!

 

Pictures of the Surfers Paradise skyline from the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck at dusk and night

Surfers Paradise is a suburb in the centre of the City of the Gold Coast. Colloquially known as ‘Surfers’, the suburb has many high-rise apartment buildings and a wide surf beach. The feature of the heart of the suburb is Cavil Mall, which runs through the shopping and entertainment precinct. Cavill Avenue, named after early hotel owner Jim Cavill, is one of the busiest shopping strips in Queensland, and the centre of activity for night life. One of the features of the area is the Surfers Paradise meter Maids designed to build goodwill with tourists.

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Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast’s entertainment and tourism centre and the suburb’s high-rise buildings are the best known feature of the city’s skyline. Behind me is Q1, a 322.5-meter (1,058 ft) skyscraper. It is the sixth-tallest residential tower in the world and is the tallest building in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, and the second-tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, behind the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand.

The short story I am sharing with you in this post is House Arrest. The audio is soft at the beginning, and the footage is a little shaky at times as it was a very windy day when I filmed this video. This is real life and raw reality out and about in the city where I live!

House Arrest tells the story of Adrienne, a young woman who goes to obsessive lengths to keep her home safe from intruders, however it is on the inside where the danger lies.

PLEASE NOTE: At the end of this video there is information about purchasing House Arrest 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: House Arrest

House Arrest (cover)

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