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
To celebrate World Book Day, my novel TECHNO FEAST is available for free download on Amazon from now through this Saturday 4/27. https://www.amazon.com/Techno-Feast-Rick-Pipito-ebook/dp/B00IX4FAVO/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=techno+feast+rick+pipito&qid=1556028912&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spell
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.
I’ve received some interesting questions over the past few days about my new short story release THE LOST DAY. These are those compiled together. Feel free to ask your own questions in the comments section, and I’ll be sure to answer and share.
Q: What is your new short story about?
Rick: A man who wakes up in a reality that isn’t his own. He’s a character from my books that changed history, and upon returning to his own time realizes that nothing is as it was. Everyone around him knows who he is, but he knows nothing about this new reality. It becomes even more of a nightmare for him when he is captured to be studied, and he realizes that his very existence puts the future of mankind at risk.
Q: Should I read the novels before reading this story?
Rick: No, not at all. As a matter of fact, I wrote THE LOST DAY to be a stand alone short. Yes, it’s a spinoff, but only to fill in the gaps for any readers of the novels that have a question about what happened to him. For newcomers, there is a total disconnect with the novels in this short, so it was intended for all audiences.
Q: There’s an interesting take on the antagonist in the story. What gave you the idea for such a character?
Rick: I don’t really see the story as having a true antagonist. I mean obviously there is that character, but it isn’t “bad.” It’s doing the thing that it thinks is right. If anything the main character is sort of the antagonist. The idea for the creature that you are referring to though came from current events. If you look back to what life was a few hundred years ago versus today, there is a difference. For the most part all races are reproducing together, and human sexuality goes beyond just straight and gay. So for a point in the human evolutionary scale, in the far future, there very well could be a grey skinned and asexually reproducing person.
Q: Do you think this approach to a character will cause controversy?
Rick: Not really. It’s done in a manner that is respectful to all people of orientation and race. I also think that it is something that could be plausible in a few million years. If it does stir controversy I’m all for it. Any type of chatter will bring others to read it. Just look at what Dan Brown did, and he’s become an outstanding well known author.
Q: Where do you stand with your beliefs on the topic of interracial breeding and sexual orientation?
Rick: That’s a touchy subject that I try to avoid, but I can say that I believe it isn’t our place to judge others. People have their own right to love who they want, but it’s when they force their beliefs on others that it becomes a problem. The same goes for the reverse point of view. If something bigger and better is out there, whether it God or aliens or both, then we would be a disgrace to a superior being with all of the turmoil we create amongst our own human species. Let the higher powers judge our own actions. My thoughts are don’t judge and don’t push agendas no matter where you stand.
Q: Do all of your books have a message like this?
Rick: Real life inspires a lot of my writing, but I want my stories to be enjoyable to a wider audience. I might have underlying themes throughout them, but there is never a message that I’m trying to push at all. I just want everyone to be able to relate and understand each other to some degree. We don’t all have to agree on everything, but understanding each other is a step toward a greater future.
Q: It seems like you think a lot about the future.
Rick: Having children does that to you. I used to be very carefree in all that I did. I took life for granted for a time. Now I realize how precious it is, and when I’m gone I want my kids, their kids, and their kids kids, and beyond to be able to be role models and be part of a greater future.
Q: How does this short-story relate or differ to your other shorts?
Rick: Other than it following the groundwork laid out in THE LOST HOUR…. THE LOST DAY is entirely self sustaining.
Q: There is a little bit of a cliffhanger at the end. Will we see Don Blake again?
Rick: I plan on it. I think there is a responsibility as an author to wrap up all loose ends. Even if it is a simple one liner in a future book that says “Don Blake’s remains were found,” or have him cameo in a minor role, or be a major character. Don Blake will return. I promise closure on that.
Q: Tell us about the cover idea. Who did the art and design?
Rick: I did the design and layout. Originally I wanted to have a sundial, but the pocket watch was my wife’s idea. It was also an element that I threw into the story at literally the last minute before sending to the editors.
Q: Where can one purchase a copy of THE LOST DAY?
Rick: It’s available at Lulu.com in print and will eventually be on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as part of my next trilogy release.
It’s release day for my new short story THE LOST DAY.
Imagine waking in a reality that isn’t your own. People who know you well are complete strangers to you, but to them nothing is out of the ordinary. You feel lost, but over time you adapt to this new life; until suddenly you vanish and wake up in a new time and place.
THE LOST DAY is a short story that presents that very scenario. Donald Blake must face the ultimate decision that could place the fabric of reality at risk, while trying to understand a new world beyond his comprehension… Available in print at http://www.lulu.com/shop/rick-pipito/the-lost-day/paperback/product-23763373.html
Francis Murphy wakes from a night’s sleep to discover a horror. His blood stained hands reveal his darkest fears. With each passing minute the submerged half of his personality comes one step closer to total control. Realizing he has only days to find a cure, he must search throughout history to discover the origins of his curse. From the beginning of humanity to modern times, the mark of Cain has influenced many. What is that mark? How far will one man go in order to piece together clues to the puzzle? At what lengths will he go to save himself, and at what cost? From the award winning author of BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING and A COURSE FOR HUMANITY comes THE THIRST OF CAIN. This heart pounding adventure unlocks the secrets of Stonehenge and more.
Novel is available for $7.99 in print at http://www.lulu.com/shop/rick-pipito/the-thirst-of-cain/paperback/product-23645538.html
and in digital format for $3.99 at https://www.amazon.com/Thirst-Cain-Rick-Pipito-ebook/dp/B07D42WJHS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526988936&sr=8-1&keywords=the+thirst+of+cain