Saturday, 13 August 2016

Tales from the Aussie Outback - A review of Red Billabong (film)

I don't normally review films on here, but after personally being invited to attend the world premiere of new aussie thriller, Red Billabong, by the lead actor and director/ writer, I felt obligated.



Here's the official synopsis:

In the Australian Outback, two brothers discover old secrets and family lies. As their friends start to go missing they fear they are being stalked by someone or something from their worst nightmares - But is it just - A story? A legend? A hoax? Or is it real?

An ancient Australian legend has now been unleashed!


My thoughts:

Red Billabong is something completely unique and refreshing. We have never seen an aussie film like this before, and i think that's what makes it a winner.
Beautiful Australian scenery, mixed with a hot cast, with a few familar faces along with lots of new ones too, are the perfect receipe.
The cinematography is amazing, as is Luke Sparke's direction and writing. You can tell he was influenced by films such as Jurassic Park. I don't mind at all, because that is one of my favourite films ever!
There's no secret this is a monster flick, but what exactly is the Red Billabong monster? That you will have to find out for yourself.


Tales from the red carpet

Seeing as i did attend the world premiere of the film and walked the red carpet with the stars, i thought i might share some stories with you.



I met the cast at Supanova Sydney in June this year. My best friend Alanna wanted me to go talk to Tim Pocock, her favourite actor, as she couldn't make the convention. Seeing as i was working at the event, I agreed. Alanna had recorded a video message for Tim as well. So when i proceeded to introduce myself to Tim and show him the video, some of the staff at the Red Billabong booth were a little pushy with getting you to buy something just to talk to the stars. i was thinking about it, when Tim noticed and told me i didn't have to pay. I showed him Alanna's video message, and he was moved. He was so moved in fact, he did something i didn't expect. Not even his co-stars, Dan Ewing and Sophie Don next to him could believe what he did. Tim asked me to turn on my video setting on my phone and record him. He recorded a special message for Alanna, which made everyone's day. I was almost crying at this point, especially when Tim invited Alanna and i to the world premiere in Sydney.
So this is where we come to the photo above.
This is the moment Tim and Alanna finally met. It's been almost 2 months in the making. And i think Tim was just as starstruck as we were haha.
Tim is one of the lovliest guys you will ever meet.
I think we've found a new friend.




Oh, yeah. Did i mention I also got to talk to Dan Ewing again? (Aussies might know him as Heath on Home and Away) He remembered me from Supanova too. Another sweet guy.


I recommend everyone go see the film and support another piece of art from this great southern land.

Red Billabong releases Australia wide August 25th.
International dates coming soon.
For more info, check out the Red Billabong Facebook page.




Dance Demons by Juliet M Sampson - Review

I love Juliet. She is so bright and cheerful and inspirational, that when i was lookng for a copy of her fabulous book, Dance Demons, and couldn't find one, she happily sent me one.
I just finished it, so here's my review.

Stephanie is like most Aussie Year 12 girls. She spends her time worrying about grades, fashion and boys. She an amazing boyfriend named Andrew and they had planned their life together.
But tragedy strikes.
Stephanie feels lost. She suffers a break down, but when a friend suggests she should go back to dancing, she agrees it might be a good thing to heal her soul.
So she enrols in a latin dance class taught by the mysterious Anton.
Anton is one of those guys whom all the girls want and all the boys want to be.
But there is something not right with Anton and Stephanie gets caught up in his dark web.

I found Dance Demons fascinating from the very first page. It had thrills, suspense, mystery and dancing and hot boys. I wanted to know more about the dark side of Anton and his dance school. I loved the ending the most.
Will Stephanie make it out alive? You will have to read it to find out. I can't wait for book 2.


You can get your copy of Dance Demons here

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

I've been nominated!!! - The 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards

I couldn't believe it when i received the message, but i found out I'm nominated in the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards!! OMG!

Here's more info about it below. Be sure to nominate The Aqua Promise in the Dystopian category.



2016 Summer Indie Book Awards!

The cold of winter is setting in, at least for those of us in the northern Hemisphere of the world. But we at Metamorph Publishing aren’t letting that get us down! We’re already looking forward to a sizzling summer, and we’re here to announce our first annual Indie Book Awards! You heard that right, a summer book awards! The event officially begins on January 1st of each year, and nominations will be accepted through midnight CST on August 31st each year. Voting will begin on September 1st and end on September 10th each year.
“What’s the big deal,” you ask? “There are all kinds of contests out there.” And you’re right, there are hundreds, probably thousands of book awards. But many of them are only for unpublished authors, or authors who only write in certain narrow genres, or for authors who have never published before in a particular genre. Plus, there are plenty of them that charge an entry fee, some of which are prohibitive to authors who publish independently, without the backing of a large and powerful publishing house.
So, we’re hoping to do something different with the Summer Indie Book Awards! Entry is free, and nominations will be accepted from any indie or small-press author, regardless of their current published or non-published state, or what genre they write in. We are accepting donations of print or e-books, author swag or novelty items (bookmarks, pens, keychains, etc.), but donation is not required for nomination. We’re taking nominations from authors as well as from readers, and authors can nominate their own books; we only ask that authors who do so also nominate a fellow indie author. Nominations can be made using this form: http://goo.gl/forms/T1L8sQJGVx, while donations can be made at: http://goo.gl/forms/6DkAK4MeqI.
Feel free to join up with the event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1099924726693772, and like the official Facebook page of the Summer Indie Book Awards at https://www.facebook.com/summerindiebookawards. You can also sign up for the newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/bL43cf so you can stay up to date with all the latest news! In the pinned post of the Facebook event, you’ll find these links, along with links to a Google Drive folder where you can look and see who’s already been nominated! And any author who is nominated will have access to an official contest nominee badge, that they can use on their book covers or any promotional media, if they so desire.
Winners in each genre will receive a prize (hopefully we’ll get enough donations for this), beginning with the 1st place winners. If we get enough prizes donated, we’ll go next to 2nd place winners, and then to 3rd place. Regardless of the prizes, winners will get a high-quality winner badge, stating their place and the genre of the book. These will be of high enough resolution for authors to use on their print books, if they want to!
But it’s not only the winners that will benefit from the Summer Indie Book Awards! All nominated authors will have the potential to reach hundreds, if not more, of new readers (readers often have a preferred genre, and while they’re voting for their favorite author, will come across others they may not have tried yet), and reach a huge new audience through the social media forums! And best of all, it’s meant to have fun, to reach out and network with other authors, potentially forming long-lasting relationships. And readers will benefit from having a wealth of new books in front of them, as well as a vast amount of new stories to immerse themselves in.
Though we’re using Facebook and other social media as a platform to reach more authors and readers, none of these social media outlets are affiliated with the awards. They are hosted strictly by Metamorph Publishing.

For more information, please visit Metamorph Publishing at https://metamorphpublishing.com.