Me on the radio, Don Dubuc Outdoors Guy on Craziest Fishing Tale book

Wow, this was a welcome last minute surprise!!! After months talking with local outdoors personality Don Dubuc, The Outdoors Guy, (on WWL 105.3 FM) he had me on his show this morning to talk about the release of “The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou.”

Click here to listen to the show (about 5 minutes in; 15 minute segment):

Don Dubuc Radio Show copy

Until then, I hadn’t realized how many times I say “… um, you know …”

.25 to my daughter’s college fund for every one. She’s got a really, really good start.

Thanks, Don.

Another book review just in … sort of.

Yes, the new phone book is here, and I’m too excited to sleep!

The Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. spring catalog arrived today. Look what made page 6?

From the publisher: “With a knack for humor and heart, Alipio likes to blur the lines between the scary and the silly.” Hmm, sounds a lot like life to me.

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Stay tuned for Sneak Peek #3 from the book.

What’s your #FishingStory

Sneak Peek #2: Craziest Fishing Tale

Excerpt from The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou:


“A streak of lightning lit up the sky, and the silhouette of the shrub became clear, hauntingly clear. I could make out a bulky, shaggy brown thing with two swaggering arms, two stubby legs, a thick torso, a watermelon-sized head, and two yellow, catlike eyes.

It’s exactly what one would expect to see in these parts of the bayou.

It was nothing out of the ordinary.

It was nothing weird at all.

Nothing—except for two spooky, yellow eyes that turned my way.”

All Illustrations: courtesy Sarah Gramelspacher and …  I’m soooo lucky to have her vision in making Hatcher’s world come to life.

As my Gramma used to say “ENJOY  THE RIDE ! ! !”

Sneak Peek #1: The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou

Excerpt from The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou:

I pushed past a swinging door and bumped right into a large stuffed bear. It wasn’t the cute, cuddly kind but the stuffed-and-mounted keepsake kind. As I pressed my fingers along its grainy fur, I realized I wasn’t alone. Something cold pushed past me.

All Illustrations: courtesy Sarah Gramelspacher and … her imagination and vision really captivate the essence of Hatcher Hampton and his fishing excursion down on the bayou.


© Sarah Gramelspacher 2017

Got my first Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou review

Woot, woot!

“Alipio’s story truly IS the ‘Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou’ I’ve ever heard. It has embedded how fishing can impact family relationships, the process of growing up, goal setting and the value of persistence and hard work in the face of failure … if you want to revisit your early observations of fishing or just plain entertainment, cast your lure at this one!”

— Don Dubuc, WWL Outdoors Radio & TV Host, New Orleans, LA

We’ve got SWAG!!!

Look what just arrived on the porch today? Yes, lots of Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou swag.

craziest fishing buttons

Thanks to the book’s illustrator, Sarah Gramelspacher, who introduced me to wacky button mania. Until then, I hadn’t really thought of what WOULD I DO for a button.

Then the book’s galley came. A galley is a pre-first edition copy of the book (some also call it an ARC, Advanced Reader Copy). It’s important to review for any last minute typos and galleys can be sent for reviewers, bloggers, retail buyers, etc.

In re-reading the story, I suddenly realized there are a ton of what I’m calling “HATCHER’ISMS.” These Hatcher’isms are interesting thoughts and sayings from the wacky world of the story’s eleven-year-old protagonist, Hatcher Hampton.

Here’s a few viewed in the pic above:

  • I don’t remember you being part of the conversation.
  • Can’t a kid get some privacy, for crying out loud?
  • SMOSK. Single Mom Of Stressful Kids
  • We sleep. We eat. We fish. Afterwards. We sleep. We eat. We fish.
  • You on da’ bayou now, boy!
  • You’re gonna get an infection if you keep picking that.

But don’t worry, there’s plenty more where that came from in the book––set for a February/March 2018 release.

Feel free to add to the early bird sales of The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou by pre-ordering your copy here.

Any who do, PM or email me and I’ll mail you one of these early swag buttons now. AND JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS STOCKING STUFFERS :  )