Tales From The Riverside – by Larry Landgraf

Tales From The Riverside – by Larry Landgraf

Tales from the Riverside tells true and unique stories about one man’s struggle with alligators, snakes, killer bees, and hordes of nasty critters on a daily basis in his swamp. Experience the danger without the need for professional medical services. Life in a swamp is not for everyone.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Ethnic & National

Cold Coffee Review: Tales from the Riverside, is a refreshing group of stories that you will relate to if you are not a born and raised a city dweller. If you are a city dweller, you will enjoy the stories, because Author Larry Landgraf writes with candor and humor as he shares his life on the Guadalupe River in Texas.

The author states it best “I’m a swamp dweller”. The book is divided up by thirty-five personal stories with actual photos which illustrate points of interest. Here are a few of his interesting titles: City Gals and Fishing, Catching Moccasins, You Are What You Eat, War in the Swamp, Our Wild Sex Life, Who’s to Blame…Our Dying Estuary, and The Day My World Blew Up in My Face, Literally to name a few.

I love the author’s statement, “There are dozens of ways to die in a swamp. There are just as many ways to die, if not more, in the city.” He goes on the say, “In my opinion, the most dangerous animal on this planet is man. I’ll take my chances with the alligators, bees, snakes, and all the other creatures that live in my swamp.”

As for Larry, he is more comfortable in the swamp where he and his girlfriend can have a garden and fry fresh catfish, not to mention battling with what will walk, fly, crawl, and slitter out of the swamp. Larry and Ellen (city gal) enjoy their beautiful, peaceful and even dangerous environment. He and his partner respect the power of nature, even when they had to endure the wrath of Hurricane Harvey.

Larry shares intimate personal life stories with words that will draw you into the swamp with him. You will feel compassion for Ellen (city woman), living life in a swamp. He even shares some of his mother’s recipes, which look downright yummy.

I endorse Tales from the Riverside by Larry Landgraf as a great way to see how Larry lives his life and what he chooses to share with us readers. I purchased this book from Kindle and enjoyed it so much, I turned around and purchased a print paperback copy from Amazon to give to my husband as a Father’s Day gift, shhhhh don’t tell him. This review posted on May 3, 2018.

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About The Author: Larry Landgraf was born and raised on the Guadalupe River Delta on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Update: They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That being said, I have created two video slide shows set to music. They are “Who Am I?” and “Life in My Swamp”. They are in the videos in the slideshow to the right. Know me first and you’ll know why I write what I write. Thank you.

A Voice in My Head by Larry Landgraf (1-27-2018)

Each night as I lie and toss in bed,

The words and phrases charge ahead,

It happens almost every night with me,

Usually around the hours of two or three.

Continue Reading The Poem

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There’s a small crevasse between my ears,

Where you’ll find a little desk and chairs,

An alien shows up with his pen in hand,

Why? Well, I guess because he can.

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He’s working on things for my books,

Or correcting errors; that’s what he cooks,

Over and over in my head you see,

Then sharing what he’s written for me.

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Most nights I’ll ignore him; I need my rest,

I know if I leave him alone, he’ll do his best,

When I awake, if it’s important I’ll remember,

And if it’s really good, I’ll crank up the computer.

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Where he came from I do not know,

But now I would never tell him to go,

He’s been working so hard just to help me,

This I know and can easily see.

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He first showed up in two-thousand fifteen,

Having him in my head, I wasn’t too keen,

But he showed me he was indeed a friend,

Helping me write my first novel way back then.

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You may think I’m crazy because he’s there,

But what you want to believe, I really don’t care,

Because he showed up to help me for a reason,

He pointed out the path–my books of Four Seasons.

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Then he must have liked what he was doing,

He’s hung around and kept the words spewing,

Maybe he’ll stay until I get the last volume right,

All four books side by side will be quite a sight.

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He’s not much better than me with typos and such,

With a good editor, it doesn’t matter so much,

The story is what absolutely must be grand,

No one wants to read something boring or bland.

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Whomever this little guy is, must also have his faults,

As there are nights when he takes me on walks,

Through times I remember having long past,

Looking for a story, or through me, just having a blast.

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I don’t know his name and haven’t seen his face,

I just know he’s there, us both sharing the space,

I never hear from him during the day,

I just remember what that night he had to say.

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Some nights I’ll get up and we’ll work together,

I don’t know why, but at times this seems better,

But he’s quite shy and I seldom hear a peep,

It’s almost like he’s now fallen asleep.

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But I know he’s there as the stories keep coming,

He’s working hard and his notes he’s sharing,

Fixing problems or writing totally new stuff,

That I’ve never seen and can’t ever get enough.

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He’s been with me now for over three years,

The stuff we’ve written to share without fear,

As we know it is all good and others will like,

The stuff we’ve churned out both day and night.

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He also helps me market so sales will soar,

Showing me that people who read want more,

They want to know their author you see,

Grow my brand; an introvert I can no longer be.

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So you may see me wearing my coonskin hat,

Dressed up in leather jacket; moccasins to match,

Up on display for all the world to see,

Being the author my little friend said I must be.

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I’m now getting out and am quite the extrovert,

It wasn’t hard to do and I’m enjoying the perks,

It’s fun meeting and sharing myself with you,

Learn about me and my books through and through.

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I’ve made it easy for you to know me better,

The best place to start is through Twitter,

I’ve done this to benefit both you and me,

Search for my handle @riverrmann and you’ll see.

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So the next time you pick up one of my books,

Know that the story is as good as the cover looks,

Written from the heart and compiled by the brain,

Of not only me, but the little guy who one day came.

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Larry Landgraf

After four years of college, Larry spent 20+ years as a commercial fisherman. When that ended, he became a general contractor for another 20+ years. He wrote his first book in 1986 in an attempt to save his commercial fishing career. The book and the career failed. After retiring from the contracting business due to a death-defying accident, he wrote his second book in 2012 “How to be a Smart SOB Like Me”.

Still he didn’t consider himself an author. He awoke one morning in January 2015 with a story in his head. He sat down at the computer and began to write this story. Next thing he knew, he had written 300 pages. After an extensive re-write and editing, “Into Autumn – A Story of Survival” was published in September 2015. This is his third book, but debut novel. “Into Autumn” was re-published in January of 2017.

As he left some things hanging in “Into Autumn” he had to write a sequel. “Into Spring – The Next Generation” came out in January 2017. It made “finalist” in the Independent Author’s Network (IAN1) 2017 Book of the Year contest. Larry then came up with the idea of a Four Seasons series. “Into Winter” hit the shelves in September of 2017. “Into Summer” is next and is planned for 2018. NEWS FLASH . . . “Tales From the Riverside” is out now. Larry finally considers himself an author, but you decide for yourself.

Larry still lives on the Guadalupe River Delta…in the swamp. He writes, tends his fruit orchard and his large garden. He enjoys fishing with Ellen, his significant other, traveling and living in the country where he resides.

Update: Hurricane Harvey hit Larry dead center. You won’t believe what happened. His home is okay, but the story is unbelievable. Read it on his blog: http://intoautumn.com/?p=562 or find it in “Tales from the Riverside”.

You can find much more about Larry at his website, Pinterest or one of the many author websites his books and story are listed. “How to be a Smart SOB Like Me” is his autobiography which will paint you an extensive picture of him. This book was re-published in 2017.

Many people have said “Into Autumn” would make a good movie, so he took it upon himself to write the screenplay. “A Tempest in Texas” is his rendition of that script. It came out in April 2017 and is available on Amazon as well. The gist of “Into Autumn” in an afternoon read. In May of 2017, “A Tempest in Texas” has made the semi-finals in the Los Angeles Cine-Fest screenwriting festival. Shortly thereafter, it made “finalist” in the Influx Magazine Festival. In October it made “finalist” in the New York Screenwriting Festival and as of the end of the month, it is in the hands of two producers in California.

If you would like to take a closer look at Larry and his works, you should visit his website at http://www.intoautumn.com

Amazon Author’s Page
https://www.amazon.com/Larry-Landgraf/e/B00NS3YRLO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4?qid=1512492363&sr=8-4

Professional Website (Primary)
http://www.intoautumn.com/

The Smart SOB (Save The World and Rant)
http://thesmartsob.com/the-smart-sob/blog/

Into Spring (Work In Progress)
http://www.intospringsequel.com

Into Winter (Work In Progress)
http://www.intowinter.com

YouTube Channel (23 videos)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHAl2COVDWFIpDB_B8AkoRp3iiaXaKCaC

Professional Blog
http://intoautumn.com/?p=562

Facebook
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