Think, Sip, Write: episode 71 with Marilyn Russell
Roberta and I chat with long time radio host Marilyn Russell about food, music, quarantine and more.
April 20, 2020 | Categories: Think, Sip, Write | Tags: #Thinksipwrite, Author, chef, covid_19, deejay, DJ, Live Chat, Marilyn Russell, Quarantine, radio, Rick Pipito, Roberta Pipito | Leave a comment
The Beyond Time Trilogy
Available now at lulu.com, Amazon, and Barnes And Noble sites is THE BEYOND TIME TRILOGY. This collection includes 3 novels (including the 2019 award winning THE THIRST OF CAIN). There are also 3 short stories and bonus material never before released. It retails for $27.99 plus S&H, but you can of course get each individual book via digital format as well. Here’s the description:
A COURSE FOR HUMANITY introduces Francis Murphy, a reluctant anti-hero who is more than your typical human convict. A group called, Continuum, must turn to him for help when a rogue agent travels into the past to alter history. If Murphy and Continuum can’t work together, the very fate of the future and all reality may be doomed.
THE THIRST OF CAIN sees Murphy journey throughout history from the present to the dawn of humanity to rid himself of a curse. That curse is the mark that Cain received after murdering his brother Abel. It’s a curse that was destined to plague the world. In order to find a cure, Murphy must make the ultimate sacrifice. The result of that sacrifice will change everything we know, but will it be for the better or something far worse?
CONSUMED BY WAR follows a pair of immortals throughout the course of history to modern day. They’ve manipulated major events in our past, but one of their goals is to place his own judgement upon the world. The other knows that it will cost humanity too much, and must find a way to stop the enemy before it’s too late. Ancient artifacts of legend are the key to each of their goals. Who will aqcuire them first?
Also included in this trilogy are three short stories that take the reader beyond time: THE LOST HOUR, THE LOST DAY, and THE LOST YEAR.
(C) 2019 by Rick Pipito – cover art by @dpipito of @pintsizedpages
November 19, 2019 | Categories: My Published Works | Tags: Author, Beyond Time Trilogy, book, Eternal Hunger Saga, new release, Novel, Rick Pipito, time travel, trilogy | Leave a comment
Local Author Expo 2019
I was invited to return again for my fourth time in the annual Bucks County (PA) Library Local Author Expo. This year was even better as my daughter joined me at the table.
While I was signing books and talking about writing with visitors to my spot, my daughter was selling prints of a couple of her works. It was a fun bonding experience for me and her, and a great learning and confidence builder for her 11 year old artsy self. She loved it and I hope she’ll join me again because others loved her too!
November 18, 2019 | Categories: Media and Interviews | Tags: artist, Author, book signing, books, Bucks County, meet and greet, novels, Pennsylvania, Rick Pipito, writer | Leave a comment
Day 30: BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING
Day 30 of #scrypthalloween takes a look at my #vampire #novel BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING. Here are some facts: 1) it was published on September 28, 2011. 2) Cain’s House of Twelve vampires was created as an antithesis to Jesus’ Twelve Apostles. Cain is seen as the vampire lord and savior. 3) In the book there is a scene that describes what would happen if a vampire drank the blood of someone who had a blood borne disease, like HIV or AIDS. Even the blood suckers are not immune. 4) King Arthur, Vlad Tepee, The Great Sphinx, Elizabeth Bathory, and The fountain of Youth are all crucial elements to the plot. 5) the characters in the book were loved by readers so much that I went back eight books later and gave them prequel adventures in “The Thirst of Cain”. What are your favorite vampire stories? #halloween #authorsofinstagram
October 30, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: Author, book, dracula, Eternal Hunger Saga, Novel, Rick Pipito, vampire, vampires | Leave a comment
Day 29: CONSUMED BY WAR
Day 29 of #scrypthalloween takes a look at my most recent #novel CONSUMED BY WAR. Here are some facts: 1) it was published on June 21, 2019. 2) the cover art done by none other than @dpipito of @pintsizedpages features his face and the back of his head on the reverse side. 3) I wanted a book that would focus on all eras of battle, so it begins at the near dawn of man all the way until present day with each chapter focusing on a different time period. 4) some of the historical and mythical influences in the plot are: Atlantis, the Dead Sea scrolls, Jarngreipr Gauntlets, Chrysaor Blade, Roman gods and Achilles, Pinaka Bow and Robin Hood, Draupnir ring, Blackbeard, the Man in the Iron Mask, Baba Yaga, the Bezoar stone, Russian Civil War, Nostradamus bowl, Hitler and the dawn of World War II, and the Roth Ramach Wheel. Of those mentioned, some were illustrations in the book provided by my talented cousin @vaughn_casons_creations . 5) Quotes relative to and before each chapter are taken directly from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. What are some of your favorite conflict stories? #authorsofinstagram #war #history
October 30, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: Author, book, Eternal Hunger Saga, Novel, Rick Pipito, war | Leave a comment
Day 27: A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS
Day 27 of #sCrypt Halloween is a #bedtimestory with my children’s book A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS. Here are some facts: 1) it was first published on June 5, 2017. 2) @dpipito of @pintsizedpages not only did the outstanding #art for the cover and interior, but he helped me finalize the concept for the Sleepless Knight characters. 3) the book was written for my son, Tony, who had many a “sleepless nights” unless he had a good story before bed. 4) the dinosaur shown is the Cranky King. A T-Rex was chosen because Tony was obsessed with dinosaurs at the time and I wanted something to connect with him before bedtime. 5) the book exists in the same universe as my other works even though it is not involved or appears in any way in that continuity. What are your favorite children’s books? #authorsofinstagram #book
October 28, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: #scrypthalloween, artist, Author, Bedtime stories, childrens books, Dan Pipito, Rick Pipito | Leave a comment
Day 26: GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS
Day 26 of #scrypthalloween features my #shortstory GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS. Some facts: 1) it was published in September of 2013. 2) originally it was a graphic novel, but was later released in text format. 3) the cover art was a picture taken in a restaurant kitchen with steam enhanced by graphics of faces to resemble lousy souls. 4) the comic version had us working with artists from the United States, England, and Japan. 5) most of the story aspects were based on my experiences as a kid as well as watching my daughter as an infant and how she reacted to certain scenarios
October 28, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: Author, Ghosts, Haunted, Rick Pipito, short story | Leave a comment
Day 25: THE LOST DAY
Day 25 of #scrypthalloween gets a little frightening with my short story THE LOST DAY. Here are some facts: 1) it was published on August 17, 2018. 2) the protagonist was chosen for this story because I’d originally wanted to kill him off in one of my novels but decided to leave him have an open ended fate. This was to elaborate on what happens to him after those events. 3) Blake is the character that just wont die. While writing the short I had planned on offing him again but decided that I could use him once again for a later story. So while this has a satisfying conclusion there are still answers left hanging out there to be determined. 4) the pocket watch cover idea seemed logical for the title but after finalizing it I realized it had no reference in the book so I had to go back and write a watch into the plot that would make the cover that much more important. 5) the people of the future were based off of various scientific studies with my own creative conclusion as to how we would eventually evolve. Making them observers of time would be a way to explain why people have seen alien “grays” throughout history. . . . #timetravel #book #scifi #evolution #alien #future #authorsofinstagram
October 25, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: #scrypthalloween, Alien, Author, book, distant future, Eternal Hunger Saga, evolution, Rick Pipito, sci-fi, Science fiction, spinoff, the future, The Lost Day, time travel | Leave a comment
Day 24: EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY
Day 24 of #scrypthalloween is here and since it’s my #birthday I’m doing a #free #book #giveaway. First come first serve and if interested in the digital download then inbox me. Here’s the EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY. Some facts: 1) the #collection was originally published in print and digital on May 9, 2013 and can be found at lulu.com as well as on amazon and Barnes and Noble sites. 2) the #compilation includes the novels: FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, and BONES AT BREAKFAST, as well as the short stories in ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, and IN CASE OF WEREWOLF. #zombie #vampire #werewolf 3) the cover #art by @dpipito of @pintsizedpages has a tree representing the Tree of Knowledge, but with the bark being flesh, the branches bone, and the tips blood, which represents each of the novels within. 4) this was originally called “Flesh and Leftovers: Eden’s Order Trilogy” but after the series continued and became known as the ETERNAL HUNGER SAGA, I decided to drop the former title to just reflect the trilogy itself. 5) bonus content in the book includes a comprehensive timeline of all the events within. The plan was to continue with this but as history became a larger factor as the series went on it became nearly impossible to continue, especially since the end of the series brings in time travel and alternate realities aside from our own. #authorsofinstagram #reading #novels
October 24, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: #scrypthalloween, Author, book, Eden's order trilogy, Eternal Hunger Saga, free, Garden of Eden, giveaway, Novel, Rick Pipito, trilogy, vampires, werewolves, Zombies | Leave a comment
Day 23: BONES AT BREAKFAST
BONES AT BREAKFAST is the #novel of focus for day 23 of #scrypthalloween. Here are some facts: 1) it was published on February 15, 2011. 2) not only did @dpipito @pintsizedpages do a fantastic job with the cover art but he also included the illustration shown of my Native American character Chief Whispering Wolf. 3) the “true” story behind the origins of certain folklore and fairy tales represented in this book are: Little Red Riding Hood, Peter and The Wolf, The Three Little Pigs, #werewolf, and #greekmythology. 4) when rounding out my outline for writing this book I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep a Lycan story interesting. Once I fleshed out the details and began #writing it ended up being the quickest and easiest book to write so far. 5) one of my werewolves in the pages experiences altered moods and appearances based on every phase of the moon, not just a full moon. What are your favorite werewolf stories? #authorsofinstagram #eternalhungersaga
October 23, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: #scrypthalloween, Author, book, Eternal Hunger Saga, Fairy Tales, Lycan, mythology, Novel, Rick Pipito, werewolf, writing | Leave a comment
Day 21: TECHNO FEAST
Day 21 of #scrypthalloween brings #artificialintelligence to a whole new level in my #novel TECHNO FEAST. Some facts about the #book: 1) it was published on March 9, 2014. 2) this was perhaps the most difficult of my novels to write because it had to be something unlike what’s been done before, but also be timeless in an age where #technology runs our lives. 3) there is a robotic mannequin in the plot that I based loosely on the innovative and life saving products that @techlinetrauma creates. 4) the book was considered for #movie treatment but shot down by the studio because in their words it needed to be “portrayed as a series.” They loved the concept but couldn’t do it justice in a two hour movie. 5) there is a scene I wrote which details a mother dying giving birth. I wrote the scene after almost losing my wife and son in a similar situation. Thankfully they are with me now and all is okay, but it was definitely a frightening experience. What are some of your favorite #ai stories?
October 21, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: artificial intelligence, Author, book, Eternal Hunger Saga, Novel, Rick Pipito, technology | Leave a comment
Day 18: SUMMER RAIN GENERATIONS OF POEMS
Day 18 of #scrypthalloween takes a break from fiction and moves to poetry with my collaborative work SUMMER RAIN: GENERATIONS OF POEMS. Some facts: 1) it was published as a collection on sept 11, 2018. 2) the title was taken from a poem my grandmother wrote called “Summer Rain”. 3) the works within include not just my #poems and #song #lyrics but also some works by my mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, and son. 4) the excerpt is shown is called “Moonburn.” That and other songs I recorded can be downloaded free on SoundCloud. 5) I decided to publish this because people who knew my song lyrics had told me I should publish them as an independent work. When the book was thinner than a standard page count I thought it would be better alongside other writers in my family. Who are some of your favorite poets? #authorsofinatagram #book
October 18, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: Author, book, collaboration, Music, poems, poetry, Rick Pipito, summer rain | Leave a comment
Day 17: NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS
Day 17 of #scrypthalloween focuses on my #nonfiction book NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS. Some facts: 1) it was published April 28, 2012. 2) A new edition is in the works since some of the points made are in need of updating due to passage of time. 3) the idea came to me during an election year where I found that people supported their candidates because of their political parties instead of their policies. The goal was for everyone reading the book to take a look at why others think the way they do and come to a mutual understanding. 4) I included many personal experiences from my early life to bridge the chapters in an autobiographical way. 5) the book presents non-biased views on many arguments, some are silly and some are serious, but all are entertaining and informative. What #arguments bother you the most? #book #authorsofinstagram #argue #nonfiction
October 17, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: #scrypthalloween, argue, arguments, Author, book, non-fiction, Rick Pipito | Leave a comment
Interview on “Be A Voice”
I am super honored to have been a guest on Be A Voice with my partner in crime Roberta and a gracious host. Tune in today to usalamedia for the broadcast and download the episode.
Click below for the video link. Here’s what the host Britt Carpenter had to say:
@the_brittjames “Whether it’s a friendship or relationship, all bonds are built on trust. Without it, you have nothing.”
Stoked for today’s broadcast of “Be A Voice” on @usalamedia as I welcome my friends @homemadedelish and @rickpipito to the table. Tune in to hear us chat about how these two busy people make a 19 year relationship work, all the while raising two children, juggling self-made careers, being in the public eye, and just plain making it happen the best way they can. Roberta and Rick are a powerhouse couple and shared with me how life isn’t always easy or how you may not always make the right or best decisions, but they show up, the listen, they give it 150% each and try to make life the best it can be each moment along the way. Thanks guys for laughing and sharing with me. My love and respect for the two of you grew greater than ever! .
Make sure you check out both Roberta’s and Rick’s pages respectively and see all the positive things they bring to the table each and every day.
October 16, 2019 | Categories: Media and Interviews | Tags: #beavoice, #phillyunknown, Author, Britt James, Celebrity, Celebritylife, chef, Cook, interview, Philadelphia, Podcast, Power couple, radio, Rick Pipito, Roberta Pipito, team | Leave a comment
Day 15: FLESH AND LEFTOVERS
Day 15 of #scrypthalloween goes way back to my first #novel FLESH AND LEFTOVERS. Here are some facts: 1) it became published on August 9, 2010. 2) I initially started it as a response to conversations I had with others about what we’d do in a #zombie outbreak. I had no idea it would spawn a #writing career out of it. 3) I unfortunately did not have an editor for it, so there were a few mistakes during the print, but it was all part of the learning experience. 4) halfway through the #book I realized I was having a lot of fun and decided I wanted it to begin a series with each entry focusing on a different threat. It soon went from zombies to everything else. 5) I had a few emails from readers who claimed I’d given them nightmares and in one instance threw up from a graphic scene. 6) @dpipito created the cover art with teeth tearing into raw meat. It was a subtle way to portray the topic and remains a favorite to this day. What are your favorite zombie stories? #authorsofinstagram #horror
October 15, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: #scrypthalloween, Author, book, Eternal Hunger Saga, Horror, Novel, Origin, Rick Pipito, undead, zombi, zombie, Zombies | Leave a comment
Day 14: THE LOST YEAR
Day 14 of #scrypthalloween shows a preview of my upcoming spinoff THE LOST YEAR. Some facts: 1) it will be published on November 5, 2019. 2) this will be the final entry in the Eternal Hunger Saga. It follows the events of CONSUMED BY WAR but stands on its own. 3) the plot involves a deadly virus and search for a cure. This was originally a concept I had for an earlier book that was shelved until reworked. 4) I wanted to bring some closure to Mayan civilization so tying that into the story was tricky at first. I spent so many hours rewriting and replanting the approach that I could have written half of a full length novel with better planning. 5) the story lead is a strong female character inspired by the amazing women in my immediate and extended family. She’s not perfect but dedicates herself to getting the job done. #book #shortstory #spinoff #virus #mayan #ruins #mayanruins #authorsofinstagram
October 15, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: #scrypthalloween, Author, book, Eternal Hunger Saga, mayan ruins, mayans, new release, Rick Pipito, short story, The Lost Year, Virus | Leave a comment
Day 13: ALIEN ENCOUNTERS
Day 13 of #scrypthalloween delves into my short story spinoff ALIEN ENCOUNTERS. Some facts: 1) it was published on sept 15, 2016. 2) the cover is a negative of a photo that conspiracy theorists believe is a leaked alien picture from the FBI’s files. 3) though the novel it’s based off of PLANET ATE focuses more on the conspiracy of extra terrestrials living among us, Encounters takes a more outlandish approach. I wanted it to be less grounded to appease to a different audience. 4) beneath the font on the cover as well as hidden in the book are the all seeing eye and a pyramid. 5) people talk about #area51 but the truth may lie at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, so including it seemed just as important as Groom Lake.
October 15, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: Aliens, Author, book, Eternal Hunger Saga, Rick Pipito, short story, spinoff | Leave a comment
Day 12: DEVOURED UNIVERSE
Day 12 #scrypthalloween takes a look at an excerpt and some facts from my novel DEVOURED UNIVERSE. 1) it was published on August 28, 2016. 2) the quotes that precede each chapter were chosen to directly relate to different discoveries by scientists about the universe. 3) my goal behind the book was to delve into the unknown in a way that didn’t repeat what has been done in Star Trek or other space stories. It is all based on what we know as well as theories substantiated by various studies. 4) originally this was planned as part 2 to PLANET ATE, but as I wrote Planet I realized I could expand on both creating a great follow up and still maintaining that they are separate entities in the saga. 5) @dpipito did the cover design to fit the theme of the previous two novels in the trilogy. This time it’s a digital layout. One day we’d like to rerelease with an actual holographic cover. #space #exploration #universe What are your favorite space stories?
October 15, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: #scrypthalloween, alien life, Author, book, extra terrestrials, Novel, Rick Pipito, Space Exploration, space travel, universe | Leave a comment
Day 11: THE LOST HOUR
Day 11 of #scrypthalloween takes a look at my short story THE LOST HOUR. Some facts: 1) It was published in print and digital at lulu and amazon on 9/26/2017. 2) The book takes place near the Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Pennsylvania. It is where I wrote the entire scene while enjoying the spectacular view of the gothic structures. 3) The book was written when I realized I’d had a loophole in one of my books. In one novel I’d mentioned that Samantha Clayton had a son, and in the next novel she mentions nothing about him as if he never existed. Since I was writing about time travel I used that as a starting point to explain the discrepancy. 4) Many years take place between #novels 9 and 10, so I place this in that time period to be a bridge of sorts between the two. 5) there are rules and guidelines to time travel in the universe I’ve created so this takes an in depth look at the trial and error of why those laws are in place. What is your favorite #timetravel story? #book #shortstory #authorsofinstagram
October 11, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: #scrypthalloween, Author, book, Eternal Hunger Saga, Rick Pipito, short story, The Lost Hour, time travel | Leave a comment
Day 10 LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE
Day 10 of #scrypthalloween goes way back to my spinoff book LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE. Some facts: 1) It was originally published as a graphic novel on February 2, 2012 and later in 2016 converted to text. 2) a day before our final submission was due one of the artists backed out with no warning. We were left scrambling because those pages were an important element. So we ended up using storyboards in the missing pages stead. 3) the story of Sampson and Delilah as well as the reason and how the Great Sphinx of Giza was built get a vampiric twist in the story. 4) for the cover @dpipito took a photo of a friend of ours as if she’s been bitten while sipping wine. Then we passed it through an oil canvas filter to give it a rustic feel. 5) the character of Cory Wright is the only character I’ve created to date where his fate is left unaddressed. I left it up to the reader to ponder and discuss. #book #shortstory #vampire #vampires #wine #dracula #authorsofinstagram #graphicnovel
October 10, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: #scrypthalloween, Author, book, graphic novel, Horror, legends of vampire, Rick Pipito, short story, spinoff, vampire | Leave a comment
Day 9: VIRAL UPGRADES
Day 9 of #scrypthalloween looks at my short story spinoff VIRAL UPGRADES. Some facts: 1) It was originally published on September 14, 2016. 2) Out of all the covers for my books this one took the least amount of thought. It was pretty self explanatory from the start and perfectly fitting. 3) this is another deleted scenes book where the events within coincide with the plot of TECHNO FEAST and add expand upon that novel. 4) the description of what the virtual cyber world looked like from a computer’s perspective came to me during a baseball game when I was struck in the head with a ball when I was passing by. The lights and vision that I had for a few minutes were a perfect visual for the world I was trying to create. 5) surprisingly there was a lot of research involved in this and the novel it spun from. I had to look into not only what would happen but how the world would react to certain computer and technological glitches. There were so many conflicting thoughts on it that narrowing down what was most likely was a tedious task, but very informative. #book #shortstory #technology
October 9, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: Author, book, Eternal Hunger Saga, Rick Pipito, sci-fi, Science fiction, scifi, short story, technology, Terminator | Leave a comment
Day 5: A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS
Day 5 of #scrypthalloween looks at my first children’s book A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS. Some facts: 1) It was published on Aug 29, 2016. 2) the watercolor art throughout the book is done by @dpipito @pintsizedpages 3) I wrote the book for my daughter when she was hiccuping often in the womb. 4) My desire was to create a world like the L Frank Baum’s Oz or Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland 5) The Hiccup creatures were designed by Dan based on what I needed, so the description of them wasn’t written until after the final art submission. #childrensbooks #illustration #authorsofinstagram #oz #wonderland #hiccups #girlpower
October 7, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: Author, book, childrens books, girl power, Hiccups, illustration, Oz, Rick Pipito, wonderland | Leave a comment
Day 1: Cosmic Orbits
#scrypthalloween is back, so each day I’ll be focusing on one of my books with some fun facts, a teaser page and highlights.
Day 1 features my short story COSMIC ORBITS. Some facts: 1) the cover uses a public domain image taken by the Hubble telescope and thrown through a filter, 2) the book was released on September 16, 2016 on lulu.com and Amazon, 3) it is a spinoff from DEVOURED UNIVERSE and direct follow-up to TECHNO FEAST, 4) the story is the first I’ve done based on reader requests to explain what happened to a certain “character”, 5) the book has a cosmic god-like being called “Unity” which was my response to what the world needs today. Stay tuned for more fun facts and feel free to grab yourself a copy in print and digital just in time for #Halloween #book #shortstory
October 1, 2019 | Categories: Fun facts | Tags: #scrypthalloween, Author, book, Cosmic Orbits, short story | Leave a comment
Awesome Gang interviews Rick Pipito
In their latest “Interviews with Authors,” the Awesome Gang asked me a few questions. Check out what I had to say about CONSUMED BY WAR, writing and a few other things. Be sure to check out the other interviews and book things on their site.
Here’s the link to my spot: https://awesomegang.com/rick-pipito/?fbclid=IwAR3WIBRz1GtD9sxyxfx-6tnR9SCJYntL_4XZwvqF7Y6Q-aByE9QCsFskqQc
July 15, 2019 | Categories: Media and Interviews | Tags: Author, awesome gang, book, Consumed By War, interview, interviews with authors, Novel, Rick Pipito | Leave a comment