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Trailer: A COURSE FOR HUMANITY

My novel A COURSE FOR HUMANITY, now has the trailer treatment.  Check it out and grab a copy at lulu.com or Amazon.com.  Available in print and digital now.


Day 9 #authorlifemonth – Killed Darlings

*spoiler alert* For Day 9 #authorlifemonth I made a little memorial post to some killed off characters. I admit shedding tears when they died as I’ve grown with them over the years since my first book. I do get recurring questions from readers… “Are they really dead?” Hmmm good question indeed.

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Day 7 of #authorlifemonth – Cover Inspiration

The cover for my upcoming novel A COURSE FOR HUMANITY is better understood when reading it, but for the design I was inspired by this sculpture in Washington DC.  It is called “Continuum” and couldn’t be more appropriate, as that is a government entity within the novel.  Book will be released in March 2017.

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Day 4 of #authorlifemonth – WIP

Day 4 of #authorlifemonth is a teaser of my current WIP (Work In Progress).  The novel (A COURSE FOR HUMANITY) will be released next month, and the selection I’ve chosen to show is more appropriate now than ever.

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#authorlifemonth day 1 – the books

booksI took part in #authorlifemonth last year, and had a fun time with it.  Well, it’s February again, so I figured why not?  This is primarily an Instagram thing, and I AM doing it there, but here is just as good.  Day 1 post is to display all of your current books.

Here they are: DEVOURED UNIVERSE, PLANET ATE, GENETIC MORSELS, DEVIL’S DESSERT, TECHNO FEAST, SOULS 4 SUPPER, FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, BONES AT BREAKFAST, COSMIC ORBITS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, EVOLVED MUTATIONS, VIRAL UPGRADES, DEMONIC ENTITIES, GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS, IN CASE OF WEREWOLF, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS, NO IT’S NOT YES IT IS: ARGUMENTS, EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY, PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY

All books are available in print at Lulu.com, and for digital download at Amazon.com


2017 and prosperity

The new year is upon us, and with it there are more opportunities to thrive.  Here’s what I have planned for the next twelve months:

A COURSE FOR HUMANITY – This novel begins a new trilogy about time travel.  The characters within will have to learn who they can trust in order to stop the tampering of the time line.  If they fail, then the future of humanity may come to an abrupt end.  This book will be released in early March 2017.

BEYOND HUMAN TRILOGY – Also coming early 2017 is the trilogy that will include all three novels, and their short story spinoffs.  GENETIC MORSELS, PLANET ATE, & DEVOURED UNIVERSE are the novels, and EVOLVED MUTATIONS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, & COSMIC ORBITS are the short stories.

THE THIRST OF CAIN – This novel takes place immediately after A COURSE FOR HUMANITY, and will see a man attempt to alter history for his own sake.  Cursed with being a vampire, he will seek out the first of his kind and attempt to destroy him in the past.  If he succeeds then his curse could be eradicated.  But what lines will he have to cross, and how can he possibly kill someone who is immortal?  This will be released in September of 2017

A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS – The long awaited children’s book will be set in the same world as A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS, but this time will be geared towards a young male audience.  As soon as the art for this is finished it’ll be released.  We are looking at sometime in the first quarter.

In addition to these four releases, I’m also hard at work co-writing a murder mystery thriller and outlining a new horror novel.  I’m sure there will be a few other things in there too, but these are the definite ones.  What do you have set as a goal in 2017?


Looking back at 2016

2016-typography2016 has been an interesting year to say the least.  From blockbuster movies, to political controversy, to new trends it’s been quite a wild ride.  I’d like to take a moment to look back at what sCrypt Publishing has done throughout the year, as well as other ventures in which I’ve been involved.

In March I took conspiracy to a whole new level.  I had so much fun researching alien and UFO conspiracies to create a novel that may have been my favorite to write.  PLANET ATE was published and brought in a mostly newer cast of characters to deal with something that raised many questions about the history of mankind.

Immediately after finishing that novel I jumped into writing DEVOURED UNIVERSE.  This was my first full on venture into the sci-fi genre.  In it I wrote out a character who has been a fan favorite for a few years.  It was hard parting ways with said person, but I wouldn’t let them go out without a bang.

After reaching the far edges of the cosmos I toned it down and decided to release the full on text versions of my earlier graphic novels, as well as putting out some new short stories as spinoffs.  It turned out to be a great way to market to people who hadn’t checked out my work, but also a way to let the fans read more of what occurred during my main stories.  Those shorts were: ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, IN CASE OF WEREWOLF, GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS, DEMONIC ENTITIES, VIRAL UPGRADES, EVOLVED MUTATIONS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, and COSMIC ORBITS.

That’s nine short stories in all with much more to come, as I’ve got lots in the works (I’ll save that for another post).

On the publishing front though, we did hit a snag with A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS.  The artwork was delayed due to Dan hitting a couple of snags, and me doing rewrites.  We want the story to be done right, so hang in there.  It is still coming very soon.

Then of course there has been the debut of my web series Think, Sip, Write.  It has been gaining popularity and I cant thank people enough for their interest in it.  I have tons of topics in which I plan to talk, but this year will close out with a full 20 episodes making their way onto you tube.  And of course I’m open to suggestions for topics as well.  From the Fountain of Youth to Holiday shopping I like to cover whatever influences me to write and enjoy life.

Finally, amidst all of that I’m hard at work on my other things, and continue to assist my wife with her cooking and food coverage.  Roberta has been busy writing for the Food Network Blog, as a contributor for Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia show, numerous appearances on the Dr. Oz show and other TV programs, writing for magazines, cooking amazing food, test driving cars and reviewing places and products…. I mean I could keep going on how much this woman does.  If you aren’t following her, I recommend checking out her work on Twitter and IG @homemadedelish, on facebook as Roberta Pipito, and at her site http://www.homemadedelish.com.

As we wind down for the year and welcome in a new one I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and outstanding New Year.  Thanks for the support and for following.

Now that I’m done with my coverage, what were some of your accomplishments this year?  Please comment and share with us some of your work.  Feel free to put your links to your websites or social media for others to see.


December Deals on my books!

It’s that time of year, so why not purchase a book or two for a friend (or yourself?)  I’m offering personalized signed copies of all of my works at discount prices all throughout December.  They will be sent directly to you from me.  All you have to do is send me an email and I can give you price rates on multiple copies. (Rickpipito@hotmail.com)  Of course you can always buy online, but if you do it through me you can have it signed!

I’ve got horror, sci-fi, children’s book, non-fiction and more available.  All you have to do is figure out what you’d like.  Spread the word, and contact me if interested.

** All orders through me will get a limited edition laminated sheet.  Details below.  Here are the titles and a brief hint as to what the books are about.  Full descriptions are on Lulu and Amazon:

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DEVOURED UNIVERSE – (Novel) At the point of creation two universes were formed.  Now something that dates back to the dawn of time is threatening the existence of reality itself.  A group of astronauts must go into the unknown to find out how to preserve all life.

Planet Ate WorkingPLANET ATE – (Novel) The Earth is just one of many planets out there which supports life.  But what if some of those alien beings visited man’s world?  They already have, and the government has been hiding it for their own agenda.  A group working under a black ops budget must find the truth and unite the knowledge of many beings to combat an alien that’s only purpose is to feed upon worlds.

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GENETIC MORSELS – (Novel) Evolution has taken its next step on humanity.  While a new generation of people struggles to harness extraordinary gifts, a corrupt world leader has his own plans.  As he creates an army of advanced soldiers using the enhanced gene, some unlikely heroes must work together to halt and expose his sinister plot.Cover art for "Techno Feast"

TECHNO FEAST – (Novel) A self aware computer has seen the atrocities humanity has committed.  In order to preserve, it has decided to take from us what makes our lives easier.  Can a group of highly trained operatives stop this supercomputer without the assistance of technology?

Cover art for "Devil's Dessert"DEVIL’S DESSERT – (Novel) Faith will be put to the test as the war between Heaven and Hell takes Earth as its final battleground.  As the forces of Light and Darkness wage their war, humanity must put aside their religious differences to find out the truth behind their beliefs.  The Sword of Eden, Christ’s Crown of Thorns, and the Spear of Destiny are the key.  If they are not found in time, Earth’s residents may become a casualty of war.cover art for "Souls 4 Supper"

SOULS 4 SUPPER – (Novel) A race to find Pandora’s Box leads a team of mercenaries into the heart of Atlantis.  With the spirits of the dead looking for the afterlife, the team must figure out who they can trust.  Their actions may leave the world forever haunted.

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BONES AT BREAKFAST – (Novel) Werewolves and fairy tales may not be works of fiction after all.  An uneasy alliance between two foreign governments will send them searching for the lost Garden of Eden.  Their agendas put them at odds, but they know that by not cooperating it could mean a flood of lycans enslaving the future.  Eden is the key to the human and were factions, but the results of opening those gates could be far more than anyone imagined.

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BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING – (Novel) Since the murder of Abel by his brother Cain, blood has been a key to life.  From that event spawned the Fountain of Youth and vampires.  King Arthur defeated the vampire lord long ago, but he has returned in modern times.  Can a new group of heroes defeat this undead creature before he brings about his armies once again?Flesh Cover

FLESH AND LEFTOVERS – (Novel) A survivor of a zombie incident looks to recruit a team of others like him.  Each has had their own experience with the undead that will be a key in defeating a coming threat.  The Eternal Hunger Saga starts here.

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COSMIC ORBITS – (short story) A spinoff of “Devoured Universe” that delves further into the mysteries of the cosmos, by focusing on the return of a fan favorite character.

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ALIEN ENCOUNTERS – (short story) A spinoff of “Planet ATE” which looks further into the conspiracies involving UFOs and aliens on our world and beyond.

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EVOLVED MUTATIONS – (Short story) A spinoff of “Genetic Morsels” that takes place before and after the novel.  One character must use his abilities to depower the rest of his kind, but can he make that decision on his own?

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VIRAL UPGRADES – (Short Story) – A spinoff of “Techno Feast” that shows how other people were reacting to the events in the novel.  The Network Entity had secondary goals, which are addressed here.

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DEMONIC ENTITIES – (Short Story) A spinoff of “Devil’s Dessert.”  What happened to the demons defeated in the war?  The events follow the aftermath of the novel.

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GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS – (Short story) A spinoff of “Souls 4 Supper” with more ghosts, spirits, and lost souls trying to find their ways.

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IN CASE OF WEREWOLF – (Short story) A spinoff of “Bones At Breakfast” with werewolves, wolf men, and even a Lycan queen.

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LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE – (short story) A spinoff of “Blood, The Second Helping,” that focuses on the back story of Cain’s vampire House of Twelve.

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ZOMBIE INCIDENTS – (Short story) A spinoff of “Flesh and Leftovers” with more undead scenarios existing in the novel’s world.

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A LITTLE GIRL IN: THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS – (children’s book) A little girl is trying to find her way home from a frozen land, where Eskimos need her help.  She uses what her parents taught her to help stop pesky creatures known as the Hic-cups.  Her good deed won’t go unnoticed by her new friends, who may just know how she can get home.

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NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS – (non-fiction) People argue.  That’s human nature.  But do we do it correctly and take into account where the other side’s views may not be as wrong as we think?  This light hearted book will present some facts in an unbiased way, and share insight into some of the author’s own personal funny moments.

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EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY – (collection) This trilogy includes the first three novels, their spinoffs, and bonus material in the Eternal Hunger Saga.  Zombies, Vampires and Werewolves will each come into play.

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PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY – (Collection) This is books 4 – 6 of the Eternal Hunger Saga, plus their spinoffs, and a few bonuses.  Ghosts, Demons, and Technology are the threats that step up the game.

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**THE ADVENTURES OF MUNCHIES AND DEEDOOS: TALE OF THE BEASTER BUNNY – (Sunday funny) – This will be included as a bonus in any order you make through me.  It will be a laminated limited edition print personalized for you of the short comic one sheet that my brother and I did to kill some time.

 

 

 


The Short Stories trailer

A new trailer is up for my short story spinoffs.

From top 25 author, Rick Pipito, comes 9 short spinoff stories from the award winning Eternal Hunger Saga.  Each book expands upon the world created in the novels.  Existing fans and newcomers will love what is brought to life here.

The novels and short stories are available at lulu.com in print.  On Amazon the novels are in digital, and the shorts are in the trilogy collections.

Feel free to contact Rick on social media @rickpipito or email rickpipito@hotmail.com

Thanks to Dan Pipito for the artwork, and Roberta Pipito for cover assistance.

The novels are: FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, BONES AT BREAKFAST, SOULS 4 SUPPER, DEVIL’S DESSERT, TECHNO FEAST, GENETIC MORSELS, PLANET ATE, and DEVOURED UNIVERSE.

The Short stories are: ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, IN CASE OF WEREWOLF, GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS, DEMONIC ENTITIES, VIRAL UPGRADES, EVOLVED MUTATIONS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, and COSMIC ORBITS

More info is at http://www.scryptcomics.com


Peaceful Politics… and all else

argueAh, it’s almost over.  The wait that is.  Here in the United States Facebook feeds are filled with rhetoric, memes, links, and jokes that are all in bad taste toward other candidates.  Yes, I’m talking about election time.  We are about to elect our 45th President, and it is downright ugly.

The divide is more than its ever been, and people seem to have forgotten that our founding Presidents tried to find a common ground.  That isn’t the case any more.  Now it’s a very angry right and a hateful left.  Things have gotten violent in some cases.  It’s almost as if you are no longer allowed to have an opinion because someone will scream at you if it’s different from theirs.

In all honesty we are at a scary point in history.  If something can’t be agreed upon we may end up in dare I say another Civil War.  (Some already claim this is happening).  Thomas Jefferson once said, “Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.”  That was 200 years ago, and it couldn’t be more fitting now.

Part of what makes this country an amazing place is that no matter if you are Black, White, Straight, Gay, Christian, Jewish, or of any other denomination or group, you are ALL American.  So why is it that our passions have gone and made us embarrass ourselves?  Why can’t I sit at a holiday dinner with family or friends, and have a conversation that is rational and respectful toward other stances?

I blame this on the media as a whole.  If you’re watching CNN, Fox News, or any of the other mainstream go tos, you’ve probably only gotten a biased reporting.  I say probably, but we know that’s the case.  The fact is as Americans we have the right to vote, but we have the DUTY to do it responsibly.  Taking someone else’s word for it (media or not) is irresponsible.

So how do you figure out the facts?  They are out there if you look.  Stop voting for Hillary because she’s a Democrat… Stop voting for Trump because he’s Republican.  START voting AMERICAN… if you do your research and feel that either of the above, or a third party are what is best for America, then I encourage you to vote that way, but ONLY if you do your research.  Otherwise you’re just one of the irresponsible angry or hateful ones.

I want a country fit for my children and generations to come, but politics seem to divide us more each time.  I was asked by a friend, “How do you do proper research on the candidates?” The answer is simple.  Click on those links you don’t want to view.  If you’re an avid Left or Right of center person challenge yourself to honestly look at what the other side is offering.  It may irritate you, but you may actually gain a piece of information that your side isn’t giving.

Look, I’m using politics as my main line here, because it is what is happening right now.  But this goes for anything.  No matter how correct you think you are, you aren’t perfect.  No one is.  If you’re sitting there behind a screen sharing “information” about how bad the other side is, then you should be looking at your own candidate’s flaws too.  If you’re constantly on the offense, then no one will ever take you serious.  You will NEVER win an argument or convince someone of your ways because you will seem irrational, and in most cases no one will want to be around you.

I wrote a book a few years ago about arguing, where I presented some facts from both sides of common disputes.  I presented it without bias despite having strong feelings about some of the issues.  Each chapter is introduced and ended with a humorous experience from my own life.  I hope to update it one day soon as it could use an extra fact or two added because of changes in events.

The goal of the book is to find a common ground, or something near common so that we can be civil with each other instead of civil warring each other.  Sure there is a chapter about Conservative vs Liberal, but other arguments (some silly and some serious) are presented as well… Cats vs Dogs, Star Wars vs Star Trek, Religion, Sports, Music.  The list continues on.

NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS is available in print at lulu.com and in digital at Amazon.  Feel free to check it out.

In the meantime, let’s all get along or at least try.  Stop doing things such as “voting for the lesser of two evils.”  That’s still evil.  Stop voting AGAINST a candidate, because if you are doing that, then you aren’t voting FOR someone.  Vote for something in which you believe.    If you aren’t fighting for something you believe in, then you are just fighting because you’re intolerant of other people.

As a side note, yes I AM voting in this election.  I do lean toward one side more.  I have toyed with voting third party.  I’ve taken into account ALL angles and have decided on one that I believe is the correct choice to lead.  I hope this post helps you realize that it is important to negotiate with facts, and not bias.  If not facts, then at least have common sense in your stance.

Wrapping up my rant I’d like to say that those who claim “Third party voting is throwing your vote away,” well I agree and disagree.  I agree because let’s face it… one of the big two will win (at least in this election).  I disagree because if you are voting for someone who isn’t Republican or Democrat, then you are telling the establishment that you don’t like their choices.  I’m by no means saying to do that, but if you are then I don’t believe your vote is being wasted.  Again, research is the key, not what media and others tell you.

I haven’t pushed my view in this post or who I’m voting for, because that would go against everything I’ve mentioned.  Stating my stance would negate the purpose of forgetting outside influence.  I encourage comments below.  Please do not go off on political rants for or against your choice.  Let’s see how civil we can be in a forum, and maybe there is hope for the future.  And with that I say cheers.