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Books By The Beach: The Drive at Miami

We are practically half way through my Books By The Beach tour! I hope you have enjoyed visiting the beautiful Gold Coast beaches I have featured so far! Which has been your favourite??

Miami is stop no. 7 of my Books By The Beach tour. Not to be confused with Miami, Florida!

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View of Miami Beach from the Miami/North Burleigh Lookout

For 69 years, this relaxed Gold Coast suburb was home to Miami Ice, an iconic ice factory built from two recycled army huts which were demolished in 2013. Even Australian singer John Farnham used this venue to film his Two Strong Hearts film clip.

Miami is blessed with a beautiful beach and a host of beach shacks which remind you of the Gold Coast of old.

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View looking south to Miami Beach

Behind me is the Miami/North Burleigh Lookout, which offers fantastic views all the way up to Surfers Paradise and south to Burleigh National Park.

In this post I am sharing with you all about my short story ‘The Drive’.

This was yet another story that went on quite a developmental journey. I explored a number of story concepts before I was finally satisfied with what is now the finished product, but because of that it is now one of my favourites.

Intent on leaving her troubles behind, Tamara sets out to return to her remote home town, but encounters unwelcome company out on the road.

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

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