Friday, 27 April 2012

Andrew Age 10 UK Book Review

I have just finished reading the first three in this series and they were the funniest books I have ever read in my entire life! By the time I had finished Four Small Stones I had tears rolling down my cheeks I was laughing so hard. I couldn't wait to read Tribal Scarring and Walkabout and they were both just as good if not better. Can't wait for number 4. Andrew age 10.

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Friday, 13 April 2012

Great Book Review by Jessica B of Books: A True Story

I'm really proud of this book review by Jessica B of Books: A True Story. She really gets my writing and has described Four Small Stones with such eloquence.

'The Jungle Book set in Aboriginal Australia.' I hadn't thought of it that way before but really, it nails it. And to be associated with The Jungle Book is so exciting.

'I've never read anything like it.' What writer doesn't want this said about their book? To write something different is beyond difficult with so many stories already written, yet I hear this all the time about my story. Can't tell you how good it makes me feel. 

Jessica is the first to give me some feedback on my tag line "Billy's Gotta Find Some Girls". She says: 'When I saw the subtitle, "Billy's Gotta Find Some Girls," I knew I had to read it.' That's such a relief, coming from a female especially. I really didn't know how girls would take this. 'I knew I had to read it.' Yee hah!

'I was pulled in from the first page by how vivid and visual the writing was. I was immersed in an entirely new and fascinating culture that was shocking, sad, beautiful and amazing.' Crikey, could I be any happier?

'Gary Taaffe did an excellent job of entertaining me ...'

You can see why I'm so proud of this review. I hope it spurs you on to read my books yourself. I know you'll love them. 

Read Jessica's review here

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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Can you Imagine a Spear Carrying Billy Crystal in a Loincloth?

Can you imagine a spear carrying Billy Crystal in a loincloth? Yes that’s right, the comedian, the actor and the best damn host of the Oscars in living history. Well I had the unfortunate experience of having to imagine just that. It wasn’t pleasant. I stared at the screen wondering if it was true. It was. Wrinkled, bright, white skin and curly black hair framing an Australian sun blaring off his receding sweaty forehead. Spears in hand, boomerangs wedged in his loincloth cord and his big grin begging for fun and adventure. It just wasn’t right! I’d spent years building my own Billy – a fun loving, good looking Aboriginal boy from the bush and in one foul, that’s right – foul, not fell, swoop, Billy Crystal comes along and sears his image into my brain. Ahhhhhhhh!

‘Write it down,’ they say. ‘It’s the best way of releasing your pain. Then throw it away.’ Well, I’m throwing it to the internet – sorry, but in my defence, I am traumatised. I’m sure you understand. Who wouldn’t be? Ahhhhhhhh! 

I thought I was being clever – list Billy’s weapons just like the fans are doing with their favourite characters from The Hunger Games. My Urban Hunters series is after all largely about hunting and weapons and such. Cool.

Tweet: ‘Billy’s weapons: 3 spears and a woomera, 2 boomerangs, 2 stone throwers, fishing twine and bone hooks and a crystal bladed knife.’

Then a tweet comes through – it’s Billy Crystal retweeting my tweet. He must have imagined himself as MY Billy and thought it would be funny to let all his followers see the funny side of it too. Well I’m not laughing, Billy! Ahhhhhhhh! Your image is seared into my brain and I can’t get it out! Ahhhhhhhh!

The crystal bladed knife is where I went wrong – being a writer, I have a Google alert set on my name, Gary Taaffe, Billy Crystal obviously has one set on his name too. Ahhhhhhhh! ;)

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

You Don't Need a Kindle to Read my Books

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Friday, 6 April 2012

FREE for 2 days - Four Small Stones

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About books 1 to 3 of the URBAN HUNTERS series

Where it all begins ...

‘Great Young Adult book!’ Dannie, USA

‘Really exciting!’ Holly, USA

Action Adventure #5 UK, #10 USA Amazon

The URBAN HUNTERS series follows the adventures and misadventures of Billy, an Aboriginal boy from the bush and Amber, a white girl from the back alleys of Sydney as they search for a new future.

‘Love your Aussie setting.’ Linda, USA

Could a kangaroo foil Billy’s older brother’s attempts to turn him into a galah? Well, not alone it couldn’t, but add a blanket of bats, a mouthful of maggots and a crystal cave to the mix, and he just might stand a chance. Time to unleash the warrior within and grow up.

‘I was cracking up laughing. It’s really good!!’ Kris, Australia

The spirit of Billy’s mother wants him to go walkabout through the whitefella culture, to find some girls and a future for his clan. He doesn’t want to go. She can’t be ignored. Now he’s faced with the fight of his life against wildlife and a torturous initiation.

Billy’s search for girls begins, if only he knew what one looked like and he had a decent pair of pants to wear.

Could life get anymore difficult? Why yes it could, he could fall in love ... 

‘Love your writing. Vivid and visual. Every word created a picture in my mind and it was a joy to read.’ Jessica, USA 

‘Truly enjoyable! I can’t wait to check out the next in the series ...’ Cassie, USA
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