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31 Days of #scrypthalloween

halloweenHalloween is one of my favorite holidays.  It is the one time of year where we can be anyone we want by donning costumes and enjoying Autumn.  This year to celebrate, I want EVERYONE to get involved in this social media fun.

Oh, and did I mention that there will be giveaways for the ones I feel are the best?  Extra points for costumes inspired by my books. 😛

Here’s what to do.  Each day there will be a topic.  Post anything you want on that topic.  For example, you can see that days 1-3 are about zombies.  That means you have 3 days of posting anything zombie related.  It can be your costume, your favorite book, movie, news article… anything you want!

When you post, make sure to tag me on social media @Rickpipito and I’ll retweet or share.  Also, don’t forget to use the hashtag #scrypthalloween.

Let’s get this going to see how many people we can get involved.  I will be using it for promotional purposes, but also to share my favorite things.  Here’s the list of what to post on what dates.  Any questions feel free to ask.  It starts October 1st, and here’s a breakdown of FAQ:

Oct 1 – 3: Anything ZOMBIE

Oct 4-6: Anything VAMPIRE

Oct 7-9: Anything WEREWOLF

Oct 10-12: Anything GHOST/SPIRIT/HAUNTED

Oct 13-15: Anything DEMON/HELL

Oct 16-18: Anything TECHNOLOGY/MACHINES (things that may one day become the Terminator?)

Oct 19-21: Anything with GENETIC ABNORMALITIES/SUPERHUMAN ABILITIES/FREAKS

Oct 22-24: Anything CONSPIRACY related (could be your own conspiracy or a popular one)

Oct 25-27: Anything ALIEN

Oct 28-30: Anything TIME TRAVEL related

Oct 31: Anything HALLOWEEN.  Post whatever you’d like that has to do with the topic.

*Remember to try to be tasteful.  You can post whatever you’d like, but if its too far out of the realm of comfort I won’t reshare.  Other than that, have fun and feel free to spread the word.

**Winners of the giveaways will be contacted throughout the entire month of October.

Think, Sip, Write – Ep14: Pandora’s Box

Did you know that Pandora’s Box was not originally a box? Join me as I discuss the Greek Mythology that surrounds the item, and how it came into play in my book SOULS 4 SUPPER.

Interview about Devoured Universe

I’ve had some amazing questions sent to me over the course of the past two months.  Here’s a compilation of them in interview form.  Feel free to ask your own, and I’ll answer.  Thanks again for all of the love.

 

Q: What makes “Devoured Universe” differ from “Planet ATE”?

Rick: Planet ATE was a stepping stone into full blown sci-fi. While both involve space and aliens, ATE was about protecting humanity and Earth. Devoured takes it a step further and puts the existence of everything in the universe at risk.

Q: Your books are grounded in reality in a way that makes them believable. How did you maintain that feeling with Devoured Universe?

Rick: There was only so much I could do considering the vastness of the story, but I looked into a lot of NASA information and files on different things out in space. Some hypothetical theories served as the root for explanations of what was going on, so while it is a mostly science fiction tale, it can be perceived as believable.

Q: After reading your other novels, I found this to be a good stand alone, but it also wraps up a legacy (as mentioned in the book). What made you decide to write out a certain character?

Rick: Without going into too much detail I can say it was time, but I feel as though I’ve lost a great friend. My characters age in my stories, so I didn’t feel it necessary to continue on because that takes away from some of the grounded aspect you mentioned. But I knew this had to happen in a way that respected the character and what he/she stood for. It ends a long adventure, but leaves behind a legacy for my final trilogy.

Q: So does this mean the character could come back?

Rick: No and yes. I can say without a doubt that this character is in fact dead. There will be no resurrection or clone. The presence will still be felt however, as the new characters introduced will see this person as a historical figure and know the legacy left behind by their predecessor.

Q: Will the next book pick up right after this one?

Rick: No. I wanted to put a few hundred years’ gap between books. That way it can stand on its own as the others all have, but still be connected to the saga.

Q: Obviously this means you will be staying in the science fiction genre?

Rick: Like the other books it will be a stepping stone. If you read Devoured Universe, then you know what is hinted at as far as where it will all go. So even though it starts out in the future there will be a way to tie it into the past, and pave way for new stories.

Q: A reboot of your own novels?

Rick: Not really. More like an expansion.

Q: With your Eden’s Order Trilogy your main antagonist was Cain. For Pandora’s Chaos Trilogy you had the Network Entity. It seems that the world governments are your antagonist for this trilogy. Who or what is the threat for your next three?

Rick: I’m glad you saw politicians as the underlying evil in this (Beyond Human Trilogy). The next trilogy will be a little less obvious as we will be dealing with many different settings and periods on Earth. If I were to choose an antagonist per se, I guess I’d say humanity as a whole. It’s not that I think humans are all bad, but the main character in the next trilogy will be facing the bad sides of human nature. Even he himself will be struggling with his own morals.

Q: Is this character someone we already know or will he be new? And can you clarify the type of struggles he’ll face?

Rick: Let’s just say this will be less of a group adventure and more about this single person. You don’t know him yet, but he does have origins in the timeline of the current stories. So while he exists in this saga already, he really hasn’t been formally introduced.

Q: It sounds like you’ve had this planned out for a while. How many other works are on your slate?

Rick: Ha. I’ve countless ideas, but right now I’m currently brainstorming, writing, and outlining a few. While I’m prepping to step into the new trilogy, I’m writing the spinoff stories for this one. I’m also hard at work with my brother on finishing my second children’s book, and writing a third. Then there is also a murder mystery trilogy I’m working on with my wife. This doesn’t include the countless notes I keep adding to the other ideas I’ve got for future releases.

Q: You have a web series called “Think, Sip, Write.” In one episode you talk about eternal youth. If you could live forever would you continue to write or would you delve into other areas?

Rick: I would love to live forever; as long as I could fully function. Yes, I’d continue to write because right now I can’t see how I’d be able to publish all of the ideas I have. It’d be a waste not to. But like my everyday life I’d also continue to do other things. My music is always in the back of my mind, as well as my web series and sCrypt Publishing.

Q: Is there anything you want readers to know? Announcements or teases perhaps?

Rick: I’ve decided to try something new. I’m doing a #Scrypthalloween for the whole month of October. Details are being worked on, but I plan to have them up within the next few days. Basically everyone can get involved. On my end of it I’ll be posting a few quick read releases, as well as some giveaways and other fun things. It’ll be a lot of fun, and the more involved the merrier.

 

Q: Where can someone get a copy of your books?

Rick: As always, digital copies of my books are available on Amazon. Print copies are on Lulu.com. And you are always welcome to email me for an autographed copy.

Think, Sip, Write – ep13: Success in Writing

I’ve received some questions and requests for advice over the years, about the writing process.  Here I’ve talked about steps towards success in publishing, and more.

Here is my interview with Rick Pipito

I had fun with a little interview where I talk about my books, new release DEVOURED UNIVERSE, and more.

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Name Rick Pipito

Age

A few weeks shy of 38 years young

 

Where are you from

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

I graduated from Temple University in Communications.  My wife is in the public eye, so I get to taste her amazing food firsthand, and I’m the father of two amazingly fun and smart kids.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

I just released my 9th novel “Devoured Universe.”

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing since I was 15 years old.  It started with music, but when band schedules became too difficult to juggle, I redirected my writing towards stories.  I’ve just always felt the need to vent that way, and it became something that I knew I enjoyed as a creative outlet.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When my first…

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DEVOURED UNIVERSE

devoured-cover

It’s here!  Available in paperback and digital is DEVOURED UNIVERSE. 

Beyond the farthest reaches of the universe lies a threat to the very existence of reality. When Earth receives a signal from deep space, they must embark on a dangerous mission into the unknown. Gordon Lightcap returns to duty after a brief retirement. He will have to use what he has learned to bring together a mismatched group of astronauts, and discover the secrets to existence. Only then will they be able to prevent the annihilation of everything, but at what cost?

$7.99 + shipping for paperback http://www.lulu.com/shop/rick-pipito/devoured-universe/paperback/product-22842737.html

$3.99 for Kindle and digital https://www.amazon.com/Devoured-Universe-Eternal-Hunger-Saga-ebook/dp/B01L7AFS2Q/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Think, Sip, Write – ep12: King Arthur

King Arthur and the legends surrounding him are the topic of this episode. I take a look at how he comes into my books as well.

Thanks to St Petersburg Vodka for joining me in this episode.
http://www.stpetersburgvodka.com and on social media @stpetersburgvodka

A Little Girl in: The Land of the Hiccups – trailer

We are approaching the long overdue release of my next children’s book, so it’s only fitting that a trailer be shown for the previous one. A Little Girl in The Land of the Hiccups is a favorite among young girls and parents.

Written by Rick Pipito
Art by Dan Pipito

available in print and digital at Amazon and Lulu.com

Think, Sip, Write – ep 11: Apollo Missions

I talk about the Apollo moon missions, some conspiracies about them, the facts, and sips on a delicious cocktail that you have to try. Recipe is below.

Thanks to Philadelphia Distillery
@Penn1681vodka
@vcabsinthe
http://www.penn1681.com
http://www.vieuxcarreabsinthe.com

Try my “Lunar Lander” and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:
1 shot Penn 1681 Vodka
1 shot Vieux Carre Absinthe
4 leaves of basil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 lemon slices
Seltzer or club soda

Place muddled 4 leaves of basil, lemon, sugar and water into a pot to simmer. Stir until sugar is dissolved then bring to a light boil. Remove from heat. This is your simple syrup. Take the vodka and absinthe and pour over ice. Add 3/4 shot chilled simple syrup. Top with seltzer or club and serve cold. Enjoy.

Enjoy!

Devoured Universe – Trailer

My upcoming novel “DEVOURED UNIVERSE” gets the trailer treatment. If you thought you knew what was out there, you were wrong. It’s much more in depth than you think. September 2016 and beyond it will be available on Amazon and lulu.com.