Posts Tagged ‘Australia’
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To this day, there is no doubt that a large number of bodies remain under the market carpark, but the exact number seems somewhat debatableThursday, March 19th, 2020
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY
Absent Shadows Trilogy: Destiny, Sacrifice & Deception
This YA paranormal romance trilogy takes place (predominantly) in Melbourne, Australia but also in the San Francisco Bay Area. The story is completely fictional; however the Melbourne settings are real locations which are some of the oldest parts of Melbourne, namely the Queen Victoria Market and the Flagstaff Gardens.
I’d like to share with you a bit of the history of this part of Melbourne so you will understand what inspired me to write this story about ghosts and vampires set in this area.
A few years ago, I was working in Melbourne around the corner from the Queen Victoria Market, which is not far from the Flagstaff Gardens. One day while out walking at lunchtime, I started sensing that the area was the perfect setting for a story about ghosts and vampires. There had been a strong resurgence in the popularity of vampires and ghosts, and I’d always been keenly interested in both. In fact, I’d done a late night ghost tour through the area just a few years earlier. It was on this ghost tour that I first learned the history of the cemetery under the market’s carpark.
When I set out to write the story, I decided to do a bit of research on the area. Of course I headed straight to Google and WIKIPEDIA. I read numerous accounts of the market and the gardens, and although not everything I read was consistent, it seemed the general consensus was that the area we now call the Flagstaff Gardens was originally referred to as Burial Hill and was the site of Melbourne’s first burials.
As Melbourne grew, the Melbourne Cemetery was built in the area that is now the Queen Victoria Market. This cemetery was used from 1837 until the early 1850’s. Then, in the early 1850’s, what is now referred to as the Melbourne General Cemetery was built.
In the early 1900’s there were plans to expand the Queen Victoria Market, so a number of bodies (approximately 900) were exhumed from the Old Melbourne Cemetery and relocated to other cemeteries. However poor records, deterioration of headstones and numerous other factors prevented the remaining bodies from being exhumed.
To this day, there is no doubt that a large number of bodies remain under the market carpark, but the exact number seems somewhat debatable. Some accounts suggested that there were originally over 10,000 bodies in the Old Melbourne Cemetery. However, another report suggests that due to a fire in 1864 which destroyed early records, the 10,000 bodies cannot be verified. So the question remains; are 9,000+ bodies still there today? Or is it a lesser number?
Regardless of the exact number, there is no argument that not all the bodies were exhumed. Therefore, when you walk across the carpark, you are walking over the top of thousands of bodies that reside as little as six feet below.
Now, with the Melbourne City Council in the midst of massive redevelopment plans for the area, the controversy lives on.
You can read all about the history by simply Googling “Old Melbourne Cemetery”. It makes for some very interesting reading, indeed.
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Set in one of the oldest parts of Melbourne, Australia, the Absent Shadows Trilogy is the story of nineteen year-old Lili McIntyre who decides to trade her California summer for a mid-winter visit to Australia in hope of finding inspiration and direction in the country where her father was born.
But when she arrives in Melbourne, the first thing she finds is the last thing she’s looking for—a brooding man who makes her heart race every time she sees him. Against her better judgement, Lili finds herself drawn into a relationship that tests her very beliefs about life, reality and fantasy.
As the story progresses, Lili must learn how to follow her destiny as she faces some of the hardest decisions of her life, makes incredible sacrifices, and encounters deception from places where it is least expected.
Follow Lili’s journey across the Pacific Ocean as she travels from the San Francisco Bay Area to Melbourne, and all across Australia.
Sometimes, when something bad happens, time seems to slow to a crawl.
Like that time I was running to visit my friend who lived down the street. I was only about ten at the time, but it seemed like it was yesterday. I remember exactly how it felt as I ran down that street toward her house. And how, when I was only part way there, I stepped on an acorn and my foot rolled out from under me. As I fell, the pavement got closer and closer to my face—in horrible slow-motion. I hit the ground with my hands stretched out in front of me, scraping the skin off both palms. They barely bled but man they hurt like crazy.
Yes, I could replay that memory like a slow-motion movie in my head even now—years later.
But this … well, this wasn’t like that.
What happened next was like a series of still photos. Tom flew out of the bedroom in a blur, but stopped just long enough for the image of his face to be burnt into my mind. His eyes were no longer soft brown, but were instead a glowing red, and his normally tanned complexion was now pallid grey. But what really stood out was the blood that ran down from the corner of his mouth.
Then I heard Sam’s voice—loud and harsh. ‘Go!’
Tom was gone and I heard the door slam.
I closed my eyes for no more than a long blink—it couldn’t have been more than a second—but when I opened them, Sam was in the bedroom, bending over Claire. Was he doing something to her neck? She was so still.
I ran to the doorway but stopped short of going in. I couldn’t draw a breath to scream or talk. I just stood there, frozen.
About the Author:
S M Spencer was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As a young teenager her mother introduced her to the world of romantic suspense by encouraging her to read the works of authors such as Daphne du Maurier and Mary Stewart. These books stirred a passion in her that would last a lifetime—to become a writer.
Feeling the need to experience life before embarking on a writing career, Ms Spencer completed a business degree. Her career eventually landed her in Melbourne, Australia, where she has lived ever since. Yet her true passion to be a writer never abated.
SM Spencer now writes from her home in the outskirts of Melbourne, where she lives with her husband, horses, cats and dogs.
All of Ms Spencer’s books can be found on Amazon –
Unless lifeliners rise up and fight for their rights, they can expect sterilization, incarceration, and possible exterminationSunday, September 1st, 2019
everybody is against them, it is tough being a lifeliner, as Nash
Bannon found out. Lifeliners are ordinary people…almost. They can
draw energy from another person; they live longer and are smarter.
Scientists claim that Western high-pressure living and growing
sterility in developed countries has triggered the rise of
lifeliners, and homo sapiens will replaced by homo renata within ten
generations. So, what’s not to like about lifeliners? Protest
marches by extremist groups, riots, attacks against lifeliners,
repressive laws enacted by governments everywhere, were portents of a
dark future. Young, successful, Nash Bannon did not like what was
going on, but he thought he had the world at his feet and life in
Australia was good, provided no one found out he was a lifeliner. A
chance encounter with Cariana during a lunchbreak develops into
something he considered important. The Australian government calls a
snap election, and Nash stands as a Senate candidate on the Lifeliner
Party ticket. Unless lifeliners rise up and fight for their rights,
they can expect sterilization, incarceration, and possible
extermination as democracies everywhere turn into autocracies. To
survive, the Lifeliner Party must employ the same dirty tricks the
government used against them, but they were not prepared for what
Vucak has written eight Shadow Gods Saga sci-fi novels and six
contemporary thrillers. He started writing science fiction while
still in college, but didn’t get published until 2001. His Cry of
Eagles won the coveted Readers’ Favorite silver medal award, and his
All the Evils was the prestigious Eric Hoffer contest finalist and
Readers’ Favorite silver medal winner. Strike for Honor won the gold
leveraged a successful career in the Information Technology industry,
which took him to the Middle East working on cellphone systems. He
applied his IT discipline to create realistic storylines for his
books. Writing has been a road of discovery, helping him broaden his
horizons. He also spends time as an editor and book reviewer. Stefan
lives in Melbourne, Australia.
next phase of human evolution depends entirely on herâ€¦
is willing to do whatever it takes for her son. When aliens kidnap
Jason, it’s going to take a lot more than a mother’s love to get him
back. After infiltrating a military research base, Laura discoversÂ a
terrifying secret:Â their
plans to impregnate women with alien DNA.
battles to save Jason, the mothers-to-be, and herself. But she
quickly realizes the aliens have their own mission for her, too. Soon
she faces a choice, take a chance atÂ an impossibleÂ escape
or accept the aliens’ vision of a new humanity.
is the first installment ofÂ an
alien invasion story. If you like tales of first contact, secret
military operations, and the people caught in the middle, then you’ll
love Clayton Graham’s fast-paced sci-fi thrill ride.
Milijun to discover the future of evolution.
my interest from the very beginning, and never once let go.”
Jenna â€“ Indie Book Reviewers
read this gem.” Julius Zon â€“ Self Publishing Review
is a must-read for science fiction fans who appreciate a hard
scientific foundation, in the tradition of Asimov, Niven, or
Heinlein.” Patrick Dent
5 stars are all Amazon permit!” Sarah Stuart
a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK,
Clayton Graham read a lot of Science Fiction. He loved the â€˜old
schoolâ€™ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and
John Wyndham. As he left those formative years behind, he penned
short stories when he could find a rare quiet moment amidst lifeâ€™s
settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982. A retired aerospace engineer
who worked in structural design and research, Clayton has always had
an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within a
universe we are only just starting to understand.
loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural
world, and is a member of Australian Geographic.
future science with the paranormal is his passion. Milijun is his
first novel. Second novel, Saving Paludis, will be published early
2018. They are light years from each other, but share the future
adventures of mankind in an expansive universe as a common theme.
warm-hearted, whimsical fantasy tale, with lashings of mystery,
magic, and mythology, and prose that ‘flows like water.’ Prepare to
fall in love with Esperance!
fresh new fantasy, of an enchanting world.” – Wendy Orr, author
ofÂ Nim’s IslandÂ andÂ Dragonfly Song
fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her
protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager.
Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why
covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that
‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has
a right to know.
enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her
newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s
steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the
threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about
Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.
fresh, inventive tale is ideal for readers fifteen and under,
including pre-teens keen to step up to YA. A wholly unique take on
the genre, perfect for fans of Cornelia Funke or Rick Riordan.
Foster read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of
writing some years ago, when reading to her own kids gave her the
urge to create a story of her own. Once she started writing, she
never looked back. Sheâ€™s at her happiest when immersed in stories,
plotting new conflicts and adventures for her characters. Elizabeth
lives in Sydney, Australia, and Esme’s Wish is her first novel.Â
more information, please visit her website:
www.elizabethfoster.com.au. Sign up to her mailing list (on the first
page of the website) to hear news about her writing journey and
the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!
â€“ Keeper of Wisdom
Quest For Ancient Wisdom Book 1
YA Urban Fantasy, ParanormalÂ
the ancient, mystical past when an idyllic Atlantis-like civilization
flourished, its people with exceptional powers could build giant
stone structures like the Pyramids, and transform elements such as
sand to stone and metal to gold with concentrated energy of the
utopian Atlan Empire is rocked when one of its most preeminent
Masters rebels and seeks to subvert the ideals of Atlan society.
Roaming the countryside in a black robe, misusing his powers on
innocent people, he becomes known as the dreaded Dark Master.
a distant and isolated island on the fringes of the Atlan Empire, a
young girl named Rhuna comes of age when she meets a man from AtlÃ¡n
and learns that her father was an Atlan Master who was killed in his
attempt to destroy the Dark Master.
across oceans and ancient worlds, Rhuna learns to master her inherent
mental powers, transforming elements and summoning visions by means
of the Gazing of the Waters. Unlike her peers, however, Rhuna
discovers she has an extra power, namely the ability to summon
visions mentally, without incantations or powders.
the Dark Masterâ€™s activities become a threat to the peaceful Atlan
Empire, the Atlan Masters come to realize that they cannot defeat him
without Rhunaâ€™s special visionary powers to observe the Dark
Masterâ€™s activity and whereabouts.
first book in this extraordinary Urban Fantasy series lays the
foundations of the Atlan Empire and Rhunaâ€™s world, and even when
the Dark Master appears to have been defeated, secret and sinister
powers continue to threaten the ancient Utopia.
Quest For Ancient Wisdom Book 2
exciting second book in the Rhuna YA Urban Fantasy Series can also be
read as a standalone novel.Â
years have passed since Rhuna helped to defeat the Dark Master in her
new home of AtlÃ¡n, and now Rhuna has a teenage daughter who
accompanies her on an assignment in Ancient Egypt to investigate some
soon discovers an astonishing underground network of the Dark
Master’s followers, along with the secret group of Atlans dedicated
to stopping them. In the process of trying to carry out her
assignment, Rhuna is confronted with enormous challenges that could
drastically change her entire life and everything she has ever
â€“ The Star Child
Quest For Ancient Wisdom Book 3
thrilling sequel to Rhuna: Crossroads is set in mystical Ancient
Egypt where Black Magic was developed by the followers of the
legendary villain, The Dark Master. As strange and frightening curses
plague the population, Rhuna discovers the underground organization
that performs this uncanny new magic, but she can only combat it with
the help of her long-lost father. Having learned from her father
amazing new skills to empower her on the Astral Plane, Rhuna once
again strives to preserve peace and harmony in the idyllic Atlan
more challenging than fighting powerful Dark Forces, however, is
Rhunaâ€™s personal anguish when her daughter becomes involved with
the leader of the Black Magic movement, and the once-perfect Atlan
society based on utopian principles begins to crumble all around her.
Shocking events escalate Rhunaâ€™s world to a breathless climax as
she and her family undergo a momentous upheaval, and she is forced to
make great personal sacrifices for her loved ones.
â€“ New Horizons
Quest For Ancient Wisdom Book 4
fourth book in the series, Rhuna: New Horizons can also be read as a
sacrificing a life of comfort and security for her daughterâ€™s sake,
Rhuna and her family go into exile and start a new life in the former
Atlan colony of Varappa. This faraway land is a frontier of new
technology such as air travel, loops in time and a society apparently
flourishing without a governing body of any kind.
the surface, everyone appears to thrive in this liberated society,
but this kind of free thinking is fertile ground for the Dark Master
and his followers. Just when Rhuna and her family settle into their
beautiful new lakeside home, strange things begin to happen. Powerful
conjurers cause upheaval with their sinister magic, driving people
from their homes.
isolated society claiming to adhere to the ways of the First Atlans,
appear to be fighting a losing battle against these followers of the
Dark Master. While attempting to find a diplomatic solution to the
escalating conflict, Rhuna faces great challenges in her personal
life. Aradinâ€™s love for her has cooled off inexplicably, and
Loziraâ€™s emotional wellbeing teeters on a precarious threshold. In
desperation, Rhuna combines her magical powers and Varappan
technology to do the unthinkable. What she does, however, is
forbidden, and brings about a rift between her and her own father.
Rhuna may have headed down a path from which there is no turning
Underwood was born and raised in Sydney, Australia; the only child of
German migrants who provided a rich and diverse childhood
environment. Already in third grade she wrote a short children’s book
for a class project and realized that she was deeply satisfied with
creating stories. In sixth grade, for another class project, her
teacher was so impressed by the lengthy story she submitted, that he
commented at the end “I see we are going to have another
the years Barbara kept writing one thing or another, but only as a
hobby while she pursued other interests and goals. In the 1990s, she
completed a correspondence course in professional writing, doing it
in her spare time after work. This led to having a few short stories
published, but what she really wanted to do was write a proper
this time, Barbara had travelled extensively and gained a wealth of
knowledge and experience in subjects that held special appeal for
her, namely ancient history, myths and legends (such as Atlantis, the
builders of megaliths around the world), folklore (the belief that a
god-like race gave mankind its technology), human psychology and the
culture of other countries. What better subject for her first novel
than to combine all these elements into one big adventure!
Golden Series Book 1
is a unicorn shape shifter and a virgin. Sent back from Alter Earth
to rescue the paranormal beings who were left behind when magic left
this world he is forced to confront the fact that unicorns seem to
have vanished from the world.
is a veterinarian with healing abilities. Unaware of the origin of
her gifts she tries to live life under the radar.
she meets Rourke. For the first time in her life sparks fly. But
Rourke has his own secrets of his own. Secrets that threaten to turn
Kaitlyns world upside down.
by those who fear their gifts will Rourke and Kaitlyn be able to
overcome everything trying to tear them apart? Or in the end will the
hunters steal the choice from them?
Golden Series Book 2
year ago David met his mate. It should have been the happiest day of
his life. Instead, it was the worst. Emma ran from him. Only his
ability to touch her mind keeps him sane but how long will that be
and alone Emma hasnâ€™t stopped running since she left Haven. Davidâ€™s
presence in her mind brings her comfort in the hardest times. When
she returns to Haven will Emma be able to face David in person or
will fear keep them apart?
hunters after David and Emmaâ€™s ex stalking her is there any way
this mating stands a chance?
Celeste has been a programmer, a security specialist, a bookseller, a
reviewer and a secretary. Through it all she has written. Pushed hard
by a relentless muse to give life to a world unseen by others.
lives in Queensland Australia with her husband, three sons, dog, cat,
ducks and chickens where she continues to write about the paranormal
folks that poke around in her head.
Shut Up and Drive
Coming of Age, Contemporary
teen, one cranky old man and the open road. What could go wrong?
old Wil Carter can think of more than a fistful of things heâ€™d
rather do than go on a road trip with his ninety-five year old
grandfather. But when Gramps Wilf barks an order, you listen or get
an earful of grief.
lost his parents in a horrible car accident when he was five. Gramps
has been the only parent he has ever known. Now that heâ€™s ready to
go off to college, the old man says he has things Wil needs to learn
to be the man heâ€™s supposed to be. But the trip turns out to be
more than he bargains for.
their week-long road trip across the Canadian Prairies, Wil not only
learns tidbits about his own life, but realizes the grandfather he
thought he knew has mysteries of his own. With each stop they make, a
new layer of emotional truth is revealedâ€¦for each of them.
Gramps teach Wil what he needs to know before the journey ends? And
is Wil strong enough to hear it?
LAIRD â€“ is a psychology/criminology major, freelance writer and
author living in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, Ryan, three
daughters [Jaimie (fourteen), Jordhan (twelve), and Sophie (eight)]
and baby boy, Xander (ten). Her passion is helping children and
families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, mental and
emotional disorders and other special needs.
find her work in many online and in-print parenting, inspirational,
Christian and writing publications in Canada, United States,
Australia, and Britain. In addition, sheâ€™s authored an
award-winning childrenâ€™s book (Iâ€™m Not Weird, I Have SPD), two
memoirs (the multi award-winning, Not Just Spirited: A Momâ€™s
Sensational Journey With SPD and White Elephants), a Young Adult
novella (Blackbird Flies), an adult Suspense/Thriller (Out Of Sync),
a Young Adult Suspense/Paranormal (Dark Water) and a contemporary New
Adult novel (Just Shut Up and Drive,). She is presently working on a
sequel to Not Just Spirited as well as the next book in the Dark
Water series. Stayed tuned as Chynna has several Works-In-Progress on
Here we have the most interesting tale of a true miracle in our time. It is the best story of true love and eternal partners I have ever read. It portrays a miracle so special that it will leave you awed and humbled. It is simply a book about a young womanâ€™s faith to make a miracle (more…)