Daily Archives: September 28, 2015

Royal Melbourne Show Haul…


How better to spend a weekend than hitting the annual Royal Melbourne Show.

Filled with fun for kids of all ages, this yearly event runs for a good 10 days during the latter part of September at the Melbourne Showgrounds, near Flemington Racecourse.

To get in quick, we decided to hit the show as soon as it opened to try to avoid long lines. Needless to say, that idea was not the best idea I have had, as so did a few thousand other people have the same idea as I did 😦

Mini Review:

Cost of entry: For the 3 of us (2 adults and 1 child), the entry fee was $85. Plus parking was not in the best location as we had to park at Flemington Racecourse, which was $20 for the day, so one can say that it was $105 just to get inside. For this part of the mini review I will rate the entry a 2 out of 10. Although I can understand the cost to park all day, this part could have offered a discount when it came to buying the entry tickets. Say 10% off. That would have given more incentive I think.

Food: One word. Overpriced. 3 corn dogs, 1 schnitzel and 2 drinks came to $40. Hint: Best to bring your own food for the day. Rating for this part: 1 out of 10.

Rides: Always a favourite when we go is the Ferris Wheel. One of the better rides of the show, and absolute value packed. Great ride to see everything, plus awesome views for taking some great shots. Plus, it’s also cool to trick the kids into thinking that the Ferris Wheel was named after Ferris Bueller 🙂

Young Davo is really into Dinosaurs at the moment, so the day could not be complete than a visit to Jurassic Park and hitting the Dino rollercoaster…

Most of the rides to accept Eftpos, which is handy if you don’t want to carry a wad of cash around all day. There was only 1 ride that we saw which took cash only, which was a let down. Rides – there are plenty of to get your fill of thrills, for young and old alike. From the tame to the downright thrill seekers, there’s something for everyone. My rating for this is a 9 out of 10. Awesome fun 🙂

Animals: One cannot simply go to the show and not visit the animals. The animal section is always a personal favourite for me. It gives me the chance to check out what livestock I want of my own, and of course check out different breeds of chooks 🙂 Animal sections always gets a great rating. 9 out of 10.


Showbags: It goes without saying that kids love showbags. Forget everything else at the show, just head to the bags 🙂 Although 99% of the bags are really overpriced and hold little to no value, it is always a frustrating endeavour for parents to haul their kids through the Showbag pavilion. Being that this was Davo’s first experience in the showbags, we gave him a choice the night before. He could select 2 bags. Davo’s choice for the day was the Mega Train and the Mega cars showbags. Top choice 🙂 We got for ourselves the Western Bulldogs Footy Showbag. Check out the haul 🙂


Some other cool pics we got while we were there…


In all, hitting the show can be fun day out but by the end of the day it will leave you quite exhausted.

Book Tour – Blood Red by Wendy Corsi Staub


Title: Blood Red
Author: Wendy Corsi Staub
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Format: Ebook/Paperback/Audible

From New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub comes the first in a terrifying new series set in a small town with a sinister secret

The razor’s gleaming blade slices effortlessly through skin and tendon, and he relishes the final anguished moments of his prey. There’s only one thing he prizes more: their long, silken strands of red hair. But these women are merely stand-ins . . . a prelude to his ultimate victim.

Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley, Mundy’s Landing is famous for its picturesque setting—and for a century-old string of gruesome unsolved murders. Rowan returned to her hometown years ago, fleeing a momentary mistake that could have destroyed her family. Life is good here. Peaceful. Until an anonymous gift brings Rowan’s fears to life again.

The town’s violent history was just the beginning. Soon everyone in Mundy’s Landing will know that the past cannot be forgotten or forgiven—not until every sin has been paid for, in blood.


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New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than eighty novels in a career that has spanned more than two decades. Under her own name, Wendy achieved New York Times bestselling status with her single title psychological suspense novels. Those novels and the women’s fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham have also frequently appeared on the USA Today, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Bookscan bestseller lists.

In Autumn 2015, Wendy will launch two new series. The first is the “Mundy’s Landing” adult suspense trilogy for HarperCollins, with the launch title, Blood Red, on sale September 29, to be followed in 2016 by Blue Moon and Bone White. The other is “Lily Dale,” a hardcover cozy mystery series set in the upstate New York spiritual community. Book One, Nine Lives, goes on sale October 26, with a second title to come in Summer 2016.

Another 2015 suspense novel, The Black Widow (HarperCollins, March), concludes her Social Media predator series that began with The Good Sister (October 2013) and continued with the USA Todaybestseller The Perfect Stranger (July 2014), and its prequel ebook novella, Cold Hearted (May 2014).

She has published two other suspense trilogies with HarperCollins in recent years. Nightwatcher (September 2012), won the Westchester Library Association Washington Irving Prize for Fiction. It was followed by the New York Times bestseller Sleepwalker (October 2012), which went on to become a finalist for the prestigious Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award presented at the Mystery Writers of America Edgars Symposium, and Shadowkiller (February 2013). New York Times bestseller Live to Tell (March 2010) received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was also a finalist at the 2011 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Its sequel, Scared to Death, (January 2011) was honored with the WLA Washington Irving Prize for Fiction, followed by the bestseller Hell to Pay (October 2011).

She previously published more than a dozen award-winning, bestselling adult suspense novels with Kensington Books and co-authored a Mystery series with the late former mayor of New York City, Ed Koch and a romance series with Fabio. She has ghostwritten novels for a number of other celebrities and bestselling authors.

As “Wendy Markham,” her most recent title, The Best Gift, is a sequel to the acclaimed 2006 Christmas Time Travel romance, If Only in My Dreams (both from Signet). Prior, she published nearly two dozen women’s fiction novels with Hachette, Warner, Avon, Grand Central Publishing, Red Dress Ink, and Berkley. She also has an extensive Young Adult/Middle Grade backlist that includes the acclaimed series “Lily Dale” (Bloomsbury/Walker). Early in her writing career, she published in various genres including suspense, horror, historical and category romance, television and movie tie-in, and biography.

In addition to the Mary Higgins Clark Award nominations, Wendy has won the 2008 RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense and the 2007 RWA-NYC Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement. A proud recipient of the RWA Rita award, she has also been honored five times with the Westchester Library Association’s Washington Irving Prize for Fiction and was recognized as one of WLA’s Millennial Authors in 2000. Her Wendy Markham novel Slightly Single was named one of Waldenbooks’ 100 Best Fiction titles of 2002. Her novels Slightly SuburbanThe Last to Know, and Ask Me Again were nominated for RT Reviewers Choice awards, and five of her novels, Don’t ScreamThe Last to Know; Mike, Mike and Me;Hello, It’s Me; and Bride Needs Groom, were awarded a month’s top pick review by the RT BOOK club magazine.

Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide and her titles are regularly selected as features for Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Large Print Book Club, and Rhapsody Book Club.

Wendy grew up in a large, close-knit family in rural southwestern New York State and decided she wanted to become an author while in third grade. She worked in two independent bookstores during college, then moved alone to New York City at twenty-one to pursue her dream of becoming a working writer. After stints as a book editor for a Manhattan publishing house and an account coordinator for a major advertising agency, she sold her first novel, the supernatural young adult thriller Summer Lightning in 1991.

Wendy now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband of twenty-four years and their two children. A 1986 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, she proudly delivered the keynote commencement address at her alma mater in May 2008, was a featured speaker at the 2011 Academic Convocation.

Having lost her mother and mother-in-law to breast cancer, she has been a vocal and active supporter of charitable causes such as Relay for Life, Support Connection, and the American Cancer Society. In September 2012, she was an Ovarian Cancer Awareness month national spokesperson for Avon’s Kiss and Teal campaign with the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation. As an animal rights advocate, she currently fosters cats and kittens for various rescue organizations in the metro New York City area.

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