I finished the first round of edits and have half of what I’ve done back from the editor for round 2 of polishing it up. Amidst all of this I found that I wanted to leave something more for the reader, so I added a little surprise stinger at the end that will enable a plot point for a future book or short story. It’s nothing big, but enough that I can go back to it soon and write more.
No matter what I do to wrap up this saga I just can’t help adding a little more for anyone who has followed the series or individual entries. Perhaps all my future books will take place in the same reality as the current series, but on its own accord. I love planting seeds like these, but what do you feel as a reader? Do you like to have something to look forward to if the story is closed out? Or would you rather there be no open ends?
Now that my novel CONSUMED BY WAR is in its final editing stages and will be released in July 2019, here’s what’s in the works for the next twelve months or so:
THE LOST YEAR – a short story that will serve as an epilogue of sorts to the new novel, and also be a stand alone adventure with a female lead. (September 2019)
BEYOND TIME TRILOGY – 3 novels and 3 short stories that circle from the future into humanity’s past and present. (Late 2019)
DIGESTED CONCEPTS – Nonfiction book taking a look at the inspiration and behind the scenes of the Eternal Hunger Saga (2020)
Secret project – (2020)
Untitled Baseball book – nonfiction look at the sport of baseball, coaching experiences and how to be an effective coach and so much more related to the sport. It will be presented in a fun way for readers who are and are not fans of America’s past time. (late 2020)
Lots more in the works as well, so stay tuned and don’t forget to follow me on twitter and Instagram @rickpipito as well as on facebook @rickpipitobooks.
My novel THE THIRST OF CAIN has its first lines in a contest. Please head on over and vote for it: https://authorsdb.com/2019-first-lines-contest/27144-first-lines-contest-2018-the-thirst-of-cain?fbclid=IwAR2E-IhGG4PYCFbl4MU59ptulHnsXRf65kwmqFq9ZieCi1NvfF1WIt1pI6k
The brainstorming and writing has been incessant as of late. Wrapping up this novel has proven to be a challenge for me because it will be the final entry in this 12 book saga. Making it stand alone and also tie up all the unanswered questions from the previous novels is probably one of the most difficult things I’ve done, but it will be well worth the wait. The historical and mythological tie ins for this book exceeds everything I’ve done so far and in a way that will have the reader on the edge of their seat.
That being said, here’s the cover reveal for CONSUMED BY WAR. My brother, Dan Pipito, did the art and came up with the concept for this. Be sure to follow him @dpipito or check out his children’s art @pintsizedpages.
Let me know what you think.
If you follow me on social media, then you’ve probably seen some recent book announcements I’ve made with new releases and my next upcoming project. I figured it was time to layout the plan for the next year and keep you all in the loop about my upcoming release slate.
CONSUMED BY WAR – a novel that will close out the Eternal Hunger Saga. In this stand alone adventure, darkness rises at the dawn of man, which sets history in motion. War has plagued mankind with one force pulling the strings. It will visit various periods in history and show why these wars have happened, and what the ultimate goal has been. The final battle is approaching, but at what cost and who will be the victor? Release date is scheduled for April 2019
THE LOST YEAR – a short story scheduled to release in June 2019. Details will be shared soon.
BEYOND TIME TRILOGY – a compilation release including 3 novels and 3 short stories plus bonus material. Release in Fall 2019.
DIGESTED CONCEPTS – a non-fiction book that goes behind the scenes with the facts and history that I used to base my Eternal Hunger Saga upon. release TBA
Lots of other things in the works, but these are the immediate projects along with everything else. Look for new episodes of #thinksipwrite, my web series on youtube. I’ll also keep posting songs I feel like playing on that channel, and am open to requests. It’ll be a mix of covers and originals.
What are your works in progress? Feel free to share links to what you are doing in the comments.
Animals of Oz series #4: Quox vs the Rak
My daughter finally did her next installment in her #animalsofoz series of paintings. I wish I could do this now let alone at nine years old, but I think she nailed it. Using the descriptions that L. Frank Baum gave in his Oz books, she brought these two dragons to life. On the back of the canvas she included the quote: “It is the law that evil, unopposed, may accomplish terrible deeds. The power of good can never be overthrown when opposed to evil.” This is one of Baum’s many true to life quotes, and I love that she enjoys his works as much as I do.
Her thoughts were that even though these two have a common ancestor, they differ in many ways. Nothing is born out of evil, only influenced by those we surround ourselves with.