Yarra Bend Press

Issue One: The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington



When sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global. A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the international charts.

Though it turns out leaving Cam behind isn’t as easy as she had hoped. Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, ill-considered sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty laundry private, she learns that the truth can be hard to find when your life is in the headlines.

About the Writer:

Sarah Billington is an Australian writer and editor who likes to write stories with love, laughs, suspense and zombies. Sometimes all in the same story. Her favouritest thing to write about are those horrendously awkward moments that come with being a teenager. Or a human being. Sarah was extremely accident-prone and klutzy as a kid and teen, so her cup runneth over with experiences of horrendously awkward moments to draw from in her writing. Thankfully, she has grown out of her klutziness. Mostly. She is, however, still an embarrassment. She loves a variety of random things, which include doggies (hers as well as yours), Swing Dancing, Ice Hockey, Roller Derby and she is a bit obsessive about paranormal investigation shows and channel E!. She writes light-hearted works under Sarah Billington, and darker, scarier and more torturous stories under her pen name, Edwina Ray. She also runs an editing, cover design and ebook formatting company Billington Media.

About the Illustrator:

Matthew Bentley is a twenty-year-old student in his third year of the Bachelor of Illustration. From an early age he found he had a natural interest in cartoons and caricaturing, and when not playing sport or daydreaming, he would be drawing. While other kids wanted to be doctors or firemen when they grew up, he wanted to draw. He doesn't want to change the world through art, he just wants to be able to make a living from it.  Matthew thinks that art is sometimes viewed too seriously; for him it should be fun.

Music Credit:

Umbrella Pants Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Last Modified: 7th July 2014

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