Saturday, 2 March 2013

BUDGIE SMUGGLERS (book 4)

Billy hunts street meat for his first ever dinner date, much to Amber’s dismay. A cranky council worker named Norm, wants them out of his park, but he also wants his park rid of feral cats. Billy makes a weapon for Amber with mixed results and the drunken burp of a hobo sends her crashing back into the life she just escaped. Billy has no clue what to do with an upset Amber but he does try. His bare bum needs to be kept in check so Amber comes up with a gift. And Larry, Curly and Moe make a meal of a dying man, saving his life and making him giggle. Norm is traumatised to find Billy and Amber gone. 



“This book was just as laugh out loud funny as the first three books in the series. Billy slowly learning about girls and falling in love for the first time in his innocent way was just plain adorable. I can’t get enough of these characters and their adventures. It was AWESOME.” Jessica B, USA


“A friend recommended it to me. It was a very different book, but it was enjoyable and fun to read.” Deborah S, Canada

“There are some hilarious scenes and some really entertaining dialogue that move this story along at a great pace. The character of Billy is so endearing he stays with you long after the story is over. Looking forward to the next book in the series.” Jack S, Australia

URBAN HUNTERS is laugh–out–loud, gut–churning, heart–wrenching storytelling at its best. Unlike anything you’ve ever read, in typical Taaffe fashion. Hilarious as usual. Always surprising. Wonderful!


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Time to bring Amber into the series proper. She has a great back story too but rather than take you straight there, I thought I'd build some intrigue into her first. Billy did after all find her down a darkened alley, tear streaked and wearing nothing more than a bloodied pair of pink pyjamas. It's obvious she's run away from home after something terrible has happened, so seeing how she handles life on the street is really interesting.

She's a wonderful character- cheeky, fun loving and strong. And mesmerizingly beautiful to leave Billy gobsmacked and fumbling. Billy's pretty clever so seeing him fumbling and bumbling around Amber is lots of fun. He's completely out of his element when he finds her reminiscent and upset.

I also wanted to introduce another character- Norm. He's a council worker in charge of keeping the park clean and wants Billy and Amber gone, not to mention the pups. The deal they strike to stay is shocking, with hilarious consequences for Norm. He's another character you won't forget in a hurry.



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WALKABOUT (book 3)


Billy leaves his family and the bush for the first time ever, but wolf-whistles and abuse leave him confused about the appeal of his bare bum. A friendly trucker named Turbo, teaches him that he won’t pick up any girls wearing a bright red sundress. And he nearly runs back home after a gruesome discovery in a barrel at the tip. He calls upon his ancestors for help with shocking results, and he’s forced to fight off a mongrel old man in a violent confrontation. A darkened alley full of rats in the city reveals a beautiful girl. Amber’s pyjamas are covered in mud and blood and she’s stained in tears, and Billy falls in love.

“It was such a fun and entertaining adventure story. Great gross-out scenes that I loved from the first book. I loved the Aussie lingo. The humor had me laughing out loud in places.” Jessica B, USA

“This writer has done something rare - he’s come up with something so original that I can’t even compare it to other books. It stands alone. And his humour is really sensational.” Jack S, Australia

“Can’t wait for the next in the series as I couldn’t put it down. They really are good value.” Ann C, UK

URBAN HUNTERS is laugh–out–loud, gut–churning, heart–wrenching storytelling at its best. Unlike anything you’ve ever read, in typical Taaffe fashion. Hilarious as usual. Always surprising. Wonderful!




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All Billy's life he'd heard horrendous stories of how whitefellas kill Aborigines and steal their children, which unfortunately, was all too true. Now at 13 he had to come out of hiding and walk amongst them, to see if was safe for his family to follow him after spending the last 48 years in fear. Billy was obviously going to be scared out of his wits but it was 2012 and no one was going to kill him, but I couldn't go too easy on him, so I sent him out wearing nothing more than a loincloth. Hehehe.

Funnily enough to him it was completely normal and the last thing he would have thought of to change to be safe. Never mind the spears, knife and boomerangs he was carrying. Oh yeah, I nearly forgot to mention the skinned head of a dead kangaroo that I put on his head just to be sure no one missed him.

I really didn't know how all this was going to play out so I simply carried on with the story and played around with some ideas. I wanted to portray our crazy world through his eyes but also his crazy appearance through our eyes. Things happened that I never expected but what was always present, was a damn good belly laugh.




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TRIBAL SCARRING (book 2)

The clan face a dilemma - Billy doesn’t want to go on his Walkabout yet and besides, he hasn’t even been initiated into a man. Can hardly blame him, they want to use the slice of a knife where no boy wants a knife to go. The spirit of his mother forces the issue with a violent attack by a giant Red kangaroo. She’s good like that - helpful. The old Magic Man wants to seal Billy’s horrific injuries under the coals of a fire, exactly as he would initiate an Aboriginal Warrior. He’s helpful too. Billy must decide whether to endure the pain of initiation or remain a boy. 


“Though Tribal Scarring was more serious, it was really great. One of the best YA books I have read! Kudos! I recommend everyone to read it.” JB Cacdac

“Great coming of age story. Isn’t Pindaari a loveable character.” Anne, Australia

“I can’t wait to see what Billy’s next adventure is!” Jessica B, USA

URBAN HUNTERS is laugh–out–loud, gut–churning, heart–wrenching storytelling at its best. Unlike anything you’ve ever read, in typical Taaffe fashion. Hilarious as usual. Always surprising. Wonderful!

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I wanted to portray a boy becoming a man somewhere in this series, along with the pride it brings. With Billy chosen to go Walkabout through the whitefella culture at only 13, and to find some girls, I figured it would be great if he went as a man. He was around circumcision age according to Aboriginal customs anyway so that wasn't a problem but I wanted more, I wanted him to walk tall and proud amongst the whitefellas. So I threw in some Tribal Scarring that turns a man into a warrior.

A circumcision is a quick slice, Tribal Scarring is torturous, gruesome and drawn out. Perfect. The problem was it's a ceremony usually only performed on someone much older than Billy and there was no way Cobar would allow such a thing. So I found a way to force the issue. And force it I did. It turned out great! And what's more, it was brought on by the spirit of his very own Mother; who is never to be messed with. 




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FOUR SMALL STONES (book1)

Billy’s gotta find some girls, or he and his brothers face extinction, the last of their kind living a Stone Age life in the Australian bush. The spirits choose Billy to see what he can find in the big city. But he’s never even seen a girl before and all he’s got to wear is a loincloth. His dad wants a fat one to keep him warm in winter and his oldest brother Mallee, wants six! No one knows what Pindaari wants.


Before he goes he must pull off the impossible and earn his brother’s respect, outsmarting them at their own game with a stinking dead kangaroo, a flooded cave crawling with bats and a quartz crystal. 

Could life get any more difficult? Why yes it could, Billy could fall in love ...

“AWESOME!!!” Andrew, UK

“I was cracking up laughing. It’s really good.” Kris M, Australia

“So fun guys I highly recommend it.” Nancy Y, USA

URBAN HUNTERS is laugh–out–loud, gut–churning, heart–wrenching storytelling at its best. Unlike anything you’ve ever read, in typical Taaffe fashion. Hilarious as usual. Always surprising. Wonderful!
 

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Billy was the second main character that I came up with for this story, after Amber, but he soon became the main character. It wasn't so much him as the story behind him. The main theme of the series started out as being about kids living on the city streets, and instead of scrounging in bins for food and looking for handouts, they hunt for their food using handmade weapons and cooking in back alleys and city parks. I wanted to show how kids can do amazing things, given the chance. 

The one important criteria was these kids had to already have hunting skills as I wanted to get straight into the fun stuff. So first of all I came up with Amber. She's a white girl who has been hunting and camping all her life with her dad. I'd love to tell you more about her but I've got a few surprises in store that I don't want to spoil.


I also needed another character, and in a stroke of good luck I wondered about a bush Aboriginal boy. Black boy, white girl, controversial, interesting. Cool. And bush Aborigines have some amazing skills that I could use in interesting ways in the city. Sold. 


I named him and had my two main characters: Billy and Amber. Excellent! However, how on earth does an Aboriginal boy from the bush, and Amber, end up living in the back alleys of Sydney? Back-story. Whoa. Tricky. I came up with Billy's back-story first and it was so amazing that it quickly took over the whole series. It allowed me to explore in a wonderful way the black and white controversy, us all living together as one, and also life in the bush for Aborigines, which few had ever experienced. I was away; in my element as I'm a keen hunter, camper, cook and philanthropist. Plus I've got a wicked sense of humour. Your jaw will hit the floor as you see what I do to Billy and his brothers in the bush. Amber is another story entirely, which we'll delve into down the track; I've already told you too much. 


As far as the other characters in Four Small Stones goes, the main ones are the men as the women have all died out, which creates the dilemma. They have to find some girls or they're all going to die out, ending the Dreamtime forever.


Billy started out with three brothers, but it was too much so Monty had to go. It was a shame because he was shaping up to be a really great character, but since getting rid of him, sorry Monty, it allowed Mallee and Pindaari's characters to shine. And shine they do, especially Pindaari, he has quite the fan following. 


Cobar is another character worth mentioning at this stage. He's Billy's best friend and great-great grandfather. The grandfather we all wish we had. I hope you love him as much as I do. 





 
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