Welcome to book five in the 'Kick-Ass' series - 'TEAM SKIPPY'.
Content: 328 pages.
 Sam Tyler wins her first case as a criminal barrister and a Thai lawyer, Dao, invites her to be a guest speaker in Bangkok. Returning home, Sam learns that a colleague, Lindy, is sacked for being a lesbian. Sam and barrister, Dan Valenti, resign in disgust, Sam establishes her own law firm and asks Dan and Lindy to join her.

Sam and Mick get engaged and Mick’s a hero for rescuing a family from a bushfire, but a sudden death sends Sam into meltdown. Invited to Thailand to heal, Sam bonds with eight Thai kids she calls ‘Team Skippy’, teaches them to swim, and saves eight-year-old Ploy from drowning. Although non-verbal, Ploy is a brilliant artist and highly intelligent. Sam is captivated by her and Ploy finds her voice after Sam saves her from a fire.

Arresting a man for abducting a homeless girl, Sam exposes a global paedophile and child-trafficking ring and she’s offered a reward, but Sam wants the money spent on a safe house for homeless kids.

A wealthy Thai woman, Kitty, donates a home to Sam’s cause for homeless kids and Sam learns that her late father lent Kitty money whilst on R&R in the 1970’s. After helping Dao in a Thai court, Sam heads home, but receives stunning news about Kitty as she boards her flight.

    What is Kitty’s stunning news? What was the connection between Sam’s father and Kitty? Why does Ploy captivate Sam?



This is the fourth book in the 'Kick-Ass' series, but I suggest you read the three previous books: 'Kick-Ass Tyler', 'Better Than Sliced Bread', and 'Life sucks!'.

Content: 326 pages

Blurb for 'GOTCHA!':
 Sam Tyler completes her law degree, begins work at a top law firm, runs a self-defence class at a youth centre, and meets members of the judiciary at Carlo’s Restaurant. After exposing a top lawyer for accosting a waitress at Carlo’s, she witnesses an accident which leads to the arrest of a colleague.

Working on a case, Sam discovers a murder involving a partner at her firm. She also finds a woman and two kids living in a car, disarms the woman’s violent partner, and finds shelter for the family.

Visiting her boyfriend Mick’s property with the State Premier’s three kids, Sam and the kids leave early due to a bushfire, and they are forced to find refuge in an old railway tunnel.

Sam and Mick become engaged, and Sam is involved in a court case involving faulty tractors sold to farmers. A class action is initiated, and Sam faces court with leading counsel, Dan Valenti. Using forged contracts, the company’s lawyer has gained court orders from the presiding judge, but Sam has explosive evidence from whistle blowers. Sadly, Dan Valenti collapses just before he makes his final presentation.

Will Sam make the presentation? How will the judge respond to their evidence? Do Sam and Mick get married?    

This is the third book in the 'Kick-Ass' series, but I suggest that you read the two previous books before you read this one - 'Kick-Ass Tyler', and 'Better Than Sliced Bread'. 
Content: 312 pages

 Sam Tyler studies law at Folkestone University, becomes involved in the SRC, the karate club, and works part-time at Ollie’s Tavern. Four students fall foul of the university’s hierarchy and face expulsion, but Sam defends the ‘naughty four’ and wins a reprieve for them.

The university slyly attempts to acquire the property of a wealthy old lady, Mrs Chandler, and Sam and the SRC support Mrs ‘C’. Sam bonds with the old lady and cleverly finds a way for her to keep her home, via the Indigenous Council, the National Trust and the media. She also organises a public rally and forces the university to drop its proceedings to acquire Mrs C’s home.

Sam enters the Inter-Varsity Karate Tournament, wins it and becomes the first female to win the trophy, but sadly, Sam’s brave dog, Ruffy, dies and Sam is devastated for weeks. Researching Mrs C’s past brings Sam back to reality when she finds some dark secrets. Mrs C is the illegitimate daughter of the first Governor of Folkestone, and also the mother of someone close to Sam.

Sam also learns some secrets from her boss at Ollie’s Tavern, when Ollie organises a surprise birthday party for her. Then, Mrs C throws a birthday party and Sam produces two emotional surprises for her. 

The Dean of Law gives Sam a secret report on homelessness, and she and the ‘naughty four’ spend time with homeless people. When Sam makes a presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Homelessness, she is often interrupted by an aggressive Senator, but the Dean of Law appears and publicly rebukes him for his behaviour.

What sad news arrives as Sam concludes her presentation? What surprises has Sam organised for Mrs C at her birthday party? 



This is the sequel to 'Kick-Ass' Tyler, and I certainly suggest you read this book before you read 'Better Than Sliced Bread'. This is a powerful story, so brace yourself.

Content: 499 pages!


As School Captain of Seaspray High, Sam Tyler befriends Somali students at school, earns her first black belt in karate, and inspires her school. A sleepover for the homeless is successful, and Sam confronts her surf club when Karina, a girl with an artificial limb, has her membership rejected. With help from Paralympian, Kurt Fearnley, Sam wins, Karina heads to the Paralympics in South Korea, and Sam is made a board member.

Competing in Seaspray’s Surf Challenge, Sam is attacked by a competitor and ends up in hospital with a brain tumour, undergoes harsh treatment after surgery and forms a close bond with kids in the children’s ward. Inspired, Sam initiates the ‘Seaspray Drought Relief’ weekend for drought-stricken farmers. Politicians attend and Sam gives them a ‘spray’, but the State Premier admires Sam’s spirit, asks her to address parliament, and also to join the board of the ‘Beat It’ campaign; a project to find a cure for cancer. 

Besides vomiting and nausea, Sam studies hard, disables a drug-crazed addict early one morning and wins the ‘Star of Courage’. Calls to a talk-back radio show win her many supporters, including a young farmer, Mick, who flies to meet Sam. Mick can relate to Sam’s struggle, but she wants to stop her treatment. Then, her godmother dies and Sam spirals into depression. Will Sam beat cancer? Will she complete her studies and study law? Will her relationship with Mick blossom?

This is my tenth book to be published. It is a collection of bush poems, short stories and anecdotes about my life 'on the run'. 

Content: 190 pages with matching bookmark.


Clancy Tucker is an award-winning author, photographer, poet and screenwriter who writes young adult fiction. He has lived in four countries, speaks three languages, has photography published in the USA, photographic work registered with the International Library of Photography, and included in literary magazines. He has also written more than 140 short stories and an anthology of bush poetry.

Clancy’s been short-listed, commended and highly-commended in many writing contests, and had short stories and poems published in literary magazines. He has been a political speechwriter, public servant, farmer and vocal advocate for human rights, social justice and independent authors. Clancy has worked with street kids, currently mentors aspiring writers, and draws on life’s experiences to write stories for young adults.

This is a collection of Clancy’s short stories, bush poetry and anecdotes from a ‘Life on the run’. Many of the stories are based on true-life. So, get in, buckle up and hold on. This book will make you laugh and cry. 


This is a story of the struggles, successes and lives of the Irish on the Australian goldfields in the 1850's.

132 pages with matching bookmark




Pat Toomey’s violent father dies, leaving Pat, his mother and four sisters in the Port Phillip District of Australia during the 1850’s gold rush. Pat and best friend, Seamus, are offered a job by Irishman, Michael Macevoy; to transport supplies to miners in Ballarat. They take the job, and Macevoy becomes a regular caller at the Toomey’s home. The boys meet many people who know their boss, and it intrigues them. They also save a Chinese family from a dangerous bushranger, Jack Lawrie, and meet another wanted bushranger, Martin Riley – Michael Macevoy’s best mate.

Jack Lawrie escapes and seeks revenge, surprising the boys one evening, but Martin Riley appears from the dark and seriously maims Lawrie. Whilst transporting Lawrie to Castlemaine, troopers appear, notice Riley, and a chase ensues. Shots are fired and Riley is injured, but Seamus mounts Riley’s horse and rides away. Lawrie and Pat are in custody, a trooper has been shot, and Riley is still free, but Michael Macevoy arrives and Pat is released. That night, Martin Riley dies.

The boys deliver a shattered Macevoy to Pat’s mother’s home, and they step up to run Macevoy’s Transport when Michael enters a period of deep depression. The boys work hard, employ staff, and expand the business to the Bendigo goldfields. Will Michael Macevoy overcome his depression? Why does Michael know so many people?

This book is dedicated to all migrants who made the ultimate sacrifice to leave their homeland and begin a new life in Australia.

120 pages with matching bookmark.




When Severino Agnelli and his family migrate to Australia from Italy in 1954, his son, ‘Fozzie’, meets a beautiful girl, ‘Cat’ Ginelli, on the ship, and they become friends. The Agnelli and Ginelli families love Australia, work hard and forge friendships. Cat becomes a nurse and Fozzie a journalist, but tragedy strikes when Fozzie’s brother is killed in the Vietnam War, and Fozzie spirals into depression when his dad dies. Cat pleads with him to write the book he’s wanted to write – ‘Bold Journey’.

Fozzie flies to London, writes his book, and travels to Italy where he sees Cat interviewed on television, working as a nurse during a famine in Ethiopia. Inspired by Cat, Fozzie heads to Ethiopia to report on the famine, and his passionate reports are syndicated worldwide. Cat is unavailable, but Fozzie leaves a crucifix with her colleague; one Cat made for him in 1954. Returning to London to fight for the Ethiopians, he is hospitalised with meningitis, and Cat flies from Italy to keep a secret vigil by his bedside. Fozzie recovers, and Cat leaves London to get on with her life.

Attending an International Awards ceremony, Fozzie is stunned to win an award for Humanitarian Journalism. Minutes later, Cat is awarded an honour for Exceptional Courage. Will Cat accept her award? Will she and Fozzie finally meet up? Who nominated them for their awards?


A novella about abduction, determination, courage and friendship.

130 pages with matching bookmark.




Sam Tyler is a feisty 14 year-old girl who lives in a seaside town, and becomes rebellious after the death of her father. Her mother has remarried and Sam conflicts with her stepfather, Max. When a classmate, Zoran Cepnic, is abducted, Sam forms a committee to find him, and the entire school is fired-up to help. Her stepfather helps Sam and their relationship blossoms.

Sam does some investigations of her own, wags school to visit Zoran’s parents, and sneaks out at night and finds Zoran’s watch at a bus stop where he was abducted. Excited, Sam rings the police and forms a good friendship with the leading detective.

Sam is interviewed on national television by a famous broadcaster, Martha Benson. The same day, she is approached by a weird guy on the beach. The next evening, she is also abducted and ends up in an isolated farmhouse with Zoran. He’s alive! Sam and Zoran attempt to escape by removing floorboards, but are stopped by their abductor. Will they escape? How will the police find them?  

A novella about the environment, 
fishing and returned soldiers.

94 pages with matching bookmark!




  Maddie and Toby love fishing, and live in a small mill town where people are dying from ‘Mill Flu’.  Keen to catch the biggest rainbow trout ever, ‘Mister Rainbow’, they disobey orders, fish in the ‘Big Pool’ and find a recluse living in a shack in the bush. Maddie falls into the big pool and almost drowns, but is saved by the recluse. Maddie becomes ill, but Toby continues to fish and finds people pumping toxic waste into the Rainbow River. He contacts the Environment Protection Authority and the police, and investigations begin.

Toby learns that the old recluse is Colonel Bolt, a former soldier who was highly-decorated during the Vietnam War, and an amazing artist who sketches pictures of his war memories. The colonel collapses near his shack, Toby finds him and arranges his transport to hospital. Finding two war medals in his shack, Toby e-mails the army and tells them of the colonel’s plight. Will the army respond? 

Maddie and Toby enter one of Colonel Bolt’s sketches in an art competition, selling Mister Rainbow’s Magic Bait at a local market to earn the entry fee. Then, Toby goes missing. Desperate to find her fishing partner, Maddie calls Colonel Bolt for help. Will they find Toby alive? Will the colonel win a prize in the art competition, and will they catch Mister Rainbow? 

A novella about disabilities,
 loyalty and courage!

* 86 pages with matching bookmark!

* This is a book for anyone who has
loved a dog.



Blurb for 'Sheeza'

Danny Morandi lives in a large Australian country town and is bullied by a local farm boy, Kyle ‘Mad Dog’ Fletcher, because Danny has an artificial leg, wears glasses and wants a sheep dog. Danny’s best friend, Joey, defends him in a fight with the bully and they end up before the school principal. 

     Inspired by videos he’s seen about English sheep dogs, Danny earns money by doing odd jobs, and his parents finally agree to him having a sheep dog after some rousing fights. He purchases a female pup born with a deformed hind leg and names her Sheeza. 
Danny trains her to compete in the Wanganui Sheep Dog Trials and finally enters the prestigious contest. It rains during his presentation, Danny falls over and the bully’s dog deliberately interrupts his trial, but Danny pushes on. Will he finish? Will he win?

     Sheeza is stolen and Danny is heart-broken. Months pass and he loses hope of finding his dog, but Joey remains positive. With the help of friends, Danny appears on talkback radio and later that night on a famous television show, ‘Tonight Live’. His search for Sheeza has caught the attention of the entire nation. People call the station and recall seeing his dog. Then, a dog matching Sheeza’s description is located outside a diner in Bundaberg, Northern Queensland. Is it Sheeza? Will Danny find his dog?



  Award-winning novella!

The long-awaited novella about bullying. This modern fiction novel deals with bullying, refugees, asylum seekers, sickness, sport, competing, friendships, racism and bigotry.

105 pages with matching bookmark. 

* A story about modern bullying. 
* Suitable for all schoolkids, and their parents.




'Highly Commended' in the
 2006 Australian National Literary Awards

Blurb for KY!

Rida Khalid is a Muslim refugee from Iran. She is bullied by two girls at school for wearing a hijab (Muslim headscarf), reading books and wearing glasses, and seeks refuge in an old man’s garden after school. Rida meets an Asian girl at school, Ky, who also loves books, but Rida soon dumps her for a gawky girl, Carmen, who teaches her about fitting in. To be accepted, Rida removes her hijab at school, but she must wear her headscarf whilst competing in the inter-school sports. Her family will attend. 

Rida deliberately loses the first race because Carmen says, “Only nerds do well in sports”. The sports master berates Rida for losing the race and points to Ky who’s made an extraordinary effort to get out of hospital to watch her run. Ky is battling leukaemia. Rida wins the next two races and gives her winning ribbons to Ky for good luck. 

Rida enters the State Athletics Championships, but two athletics clubs lodge an objection to her hijab. Rida is shocked when a retired Queens Counsel (QC) represents her at the Equal Opportunity Commission. Who is he? Will Rida win the case? Will she run in the State Championships?  Will Ky beat leukaemia, and who owns the garden that Rida has used as a sanctuary?


364 pages with matching bookmark


award-winning novel

 'Gunnedah Hero'

Modern / historical fiction

* Suitable for ages 8 - 80 *



Blurb for ' A Drover's Blanket'

Fifteen-year-old Gunnedah ‘Gunnie’ Danson begins work at Wiralee Station, a cattle station owned by his family since1848 and one made famous by his great-great-grandfather, Smokey ‘Gun’ Danson.

Gunnie attends a clearing sale at Swenson Station where his great-great-grandmother, Molly, was born. He finds a journal she wrote in 1910 called ‘A Drover’s  Blanket’, discovers a mare that’s directly related to Molly’s original horse, Dusty, and meets Molly’s brother, Artie Swenson.

A foal, the old mare, the journal and a famous painting, ‘The Wiralee Queen’, is stolen and Gunnie is shattered. Jenni Danson, a relative of Smokey’s best mate, Magic Billie, is missing in Queensland and Gunnie’s uncle,Wirra, is diagnosed with a tumor.

Nothing but bad luck has happened since Gunnie arrived at Wiralee and he spirals into depression. Will he stay at Wiralee Station? Will Wirra be okay?
Will they find Jenni alive during the monsoon season?


279 pages with matching bookmark


Modern / historical fiction.
* Suitable for ages 8 - 80 *

Has won two awards in the 
Australian National Literary Awards

'Highly Commended' 
- FAW Jim Hamilton Award 
- 2007 Australian National Literary Awards

- FAW Christina Stead Award 
- 2011 Australian National Literary Awards 

Approved by peer-author reviewers
 at and given the seal of approval



Blurb for ‘Gunnedah Hero’

Fourteen-year-old Gunnedah ‘Gunnie’ Danson has a 500-word assignment on drought. His late grandfather has left him a box containing a manuscript. It’s been written by Gunnie’s great-great-grandfather, Smokey ‘Gun’ Danson after his journey up the long paddock during a harsh drought as a fourteen-year-old drover in 1910. At the back of the manuscript is an envelope. It’s NOT to be opened until Gunnie has read the entire story. 

Gunnie spends the weekend at Wiralee Station; a cattle station that’s been in the family since 1848. There, he reads the awesome manuscript and learns of Smokey’s adventurous journey. Gunnie overhears several secretive conversations. His snobby Aunty Kate wants to divorce his uncle and sell Wiralee Station. He finishes the manuscript and opens the mysterious envelope. Will it legally prevent his aunt from selling Wiralee Station? 



316 pages with matching bookmark

'Pa Joe's Place'

Powerful story based in Thailand. 
Also based on a true story. 
The main character, Boo, will steal your heart.

* Suitable for ages 8-80 * 



 Blurb for 'Pa Joe's Place'

Boo is a seven-year-old Thai girl whose father is dying. She must leave home and travel 1700 kilometres to live in an orphanage, ‘Pa Joe’s Place’, run by a foreigner (farang). With a bag of clothes, some food and a mysterious envelope addressed to ‘Pa Joe’, she endures an adventurous train trip to Songkhla. On the way, she meets influential people who know Pa Joe, and a wise monk who gives Boo a lucky amulet. 

Boo settles into ‘Pa Joe’s Place’, makes friends and inspires Pa; an American Jesuit priest who has cared for Thai orphans for 50 years. She and her friends establish a successful jam-making business to make money for Pa and Boo meets Jack Ryan, an Australian farmer she admires. Shattered by the death of her father, Boo runs from Pa Joe’s Place but is soon found by Pa and the Chief of Police. Boo has survived four life-threatening situations since she left home: a train crash, snakebite, tsunami and a fire. Suddenly she takes ill and is rushed to hospital. Will her lucky amulet help her to survive?




  1. Gidday Clancy. Lovely to read your blog. Hope you are keeping well. XXX cheers and Love Lyn.

    1. Thanks, Lyn, am currently in Thailand taking photographs.

      Hope all is well there with you guys.


  2. Gidday Clancy. Lovely to read your blog. Hope you are keeping well. XXX cheers and Love Lyn.

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