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Snakes, Frogs, and Extraterrestrials garner “Best Pets/Animals” award in annual Arizona/New Mexico book competition.

01-22-2019 09:07 AM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: Goose Flats Graphics & Publishing



Good news for fans of Richard Lapidus and his book, “Snake Hunting on the Devil’s Highway.” His newest endeavor, “FUN WITH SNAKES: Stories and Anecdotes of Snakes, Extraterrestrials & Other Interesting Creatures,” is recognized as the “Best of Pets/Animals” in the 2018 Arizona-New Mexico Book Awards. The annual competition, which this past year saw 1,089 entries in 58 categories from poetry to history and nonfiction to children’s books, is sponsored by the New Mexico Book Co-op.
“FUN WITH SNAKES,” authored by Richard Lapidus of Henderson, Nevada, and published by Goose Flats Publishing of Tombstone, Arizona boasts 148-pages, full-color photos throughout and is peppered with a large amount of humor and just a touch of sarcasm.
◙ After a woman suffers a serious bite, Buz and Richard are called to rescue The Meanest Python.
◙ During the Vietnam War, Buz was known as the go-to guy for reptiles. Snakes in the Grass chronicles two extraordinary snake encounters, one of which was recorded in Stars and Stripes.
◙ Bisbee: Copper Pits and Pit Vipers finds Buz and Richard trying to rescue a rattlesnake which is being persecuted by a crowd of bikers, hippies, and tourists at the Circle K.
◙ In A Mysterious Disappearance, Buz shows Richard a historic site in Cochise County, Arizona. Buz disappears and Richard assumes that he was abducted by space aliens in broad daylight.
◙ Richard and Buz are asked to bring a large snake to a film shoot. They discover in The Most Fun that the film shoot is for a scene in an underground movie, where a pretty girl is to dance around in the woods with a big snake, naked.
◙ Richard was instructed not to bring a snake to Buz’s hospital room under any circumstances. Does he listen? No, and the results are nearly disastrous in Therapy Snake Makes Hospital Appearance.
You will love these and 17 other stories that two friends who share the love of reptiles and amphibians experienced during “The Glory Days of Snake Hunting.”
“Fun With Snakes is a sequel of sorts,” says Richard, “with lots of; Buz, reptiles, trouble, humor, photos (this time in full color), hot sauce, and a few random aliens.”
Besides an avid interest in reptiles, aliens and the old west Richard Lapidus has also been a high school English teacher, a businessman, and a writer. His articles on these subjects have appeared in books, national magazines, major newspapers, history and college journals, and in books by other authors.
Keith Davis, of Goose Flats Publishing, explained that the unique challenges of putting out good books in the digital age make awards like this especially meaningful to small, independent presses. “We’re very pleased to have another of the books in our catalog recognized in this way. It certainly helps validate our thinking that Arizona stories matter and augments our efforts to connect with readers who are looking for quality material,” Davis said.

For more information, interviews or review copies, contact the author or the publisher. Goose Flats Publishing ~ P.O. Box 813, Tombstone, Arizona 85638 ~ (520) 457-3884 ~ For more information, interviews or review copies, contact Richard Lapidus, or Keith Davis,

We are an independent Publisher of books, focusing on Southern Arizona and Tombstone in general while embracing other genres as well.
Here at Goose Flats we publish select Non-Fiction, Fiction and Journals. If you have a well researched and written story to tell we are currently accepting a limited number of titles for future publication. Currently we are not accepting Fantasy, Romance, Cookbooks or Poetry titles.

Goose Flats Graphics & Publishing
P.O. Box 813 - Tombstone, AZ 85638
(520) 457-3884 -
Contact - Keith Davis

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