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
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
ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME… 11 hic-hic-hiccups…
10 time travelers, 9 Aliens, 8 conspiracies, 7 super heroes, 6 corrupt files, 5 Demon Spawns! 4 lost souls, 3 werewolves, 2 vampires, and zombies in a story.
I’m secure enough to admit that I really enjoy the classic fairy tales. Disney did a great job of bringing family friendly versions of them to life, and whether dark or happy, the stories are timeless. When my daughter was born I wrote a children’s book for her called A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS. I was heavily inspired by things like Baum’s Oz stories and Carroll’s Wonderland. After finding success with my first children’s book I went back and began rereading some of the ones that inspired me and they are still enjoyable to this day. Depicted here is a rare find called the OZ/Wonderland War. It was a 4 issue mini-series that places both realms in the same reality, and although a little goofy is an enjoyable comic if just to see the characters unite and interact. What is your favorite fairy tale type story?
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Day 26 of #scrypthalloween looks at my children’s book A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS. @dpipito returns with more awesome artwork for a tale I wrote for my son. My goal was to write a bedtime story that made children realize that they can go on many adventures in their dreams.
It’s available in print and digital at Lulu.com, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble…
official description: When a young boy refuses to sleep he finds himself trapped in the Land of Sleepless Knights. This is where all children go when they don’t get enough rest. Can he figure out how to escape in time or will he turn into one of the Knights and be consumed by the Cranky King?
Okay, so I got away easily with this post in doing something similar to yesterday’s. Since time travel is the topic for today I decided to do a little of it myself. Just a year ago I released my first children’s book, A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS.
While the sequel has hit some road bumps, it will be here sooner than we know it. When my daughter was in the womb, I read to her mother’s belly every night. I knew somehow that she’d be a girl, even before we found out by the doctors. As a fan of Baum’s Oz books, and Alice’s adventures in wonderland, I read those to her first. I remember her moving to the sounds of my voice as I told her all about Dorothy’s journey to see a wizard, and her adventures afterwards. By the time she was born she’d already heard four and a half full length novels!
As a writer I came up with an idea for her own children’s book. One of the things she used to do, other than twirl around in circles in the belly, was to send jolts of excitement. These came in the form of hiccups. It dawned on me then. A story about a girl who is lost in a land with some strange creatures by the same name. There would be a certain degree of education in the book, while keeping it fun for kids and have an underlying moral to the story.
While we wait for its sequel A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS, we can always go back and share a fun reading with our little ladies. Here’s the description of A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS: When a little girl finds herself a long way from home, she must help her new Eskimo friends to rid their land of the Hiccups, miniscule little creatures that are more of an annoyance than anything. From award winning author, Rick Pipito, the story is aimed for a young female audience, but can be enjoyed by all. With art by Dan Pipito, this heart warming tale will inspire young readers to never give up hope and put their best thoughts forward.
What are some of your favorite memories of the past? Do you have a favorite children’s book? Make sure to use the hashtag #scrypthalloween when commenting, and you may win a copy of one of my novels. You can find this book and more of mine in print at Lulu.com, and on Amazon in digital.
No one likes a case of the Hiccups. Here’s one of those tiny pesky creatures. Art in the book is by Dan Pipito
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
To celebrate this time of Holiday giving, I’m doing a 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. Each day from the 14th through the 24th I will be selecting one winner to receive a free digital copy of one of my books. On Christmas day, I will select one winner to receive a free autographed print copy of one of my books.
Its very simple to enter. First, select the title that most interests you (If you are chosen as a winner, this is the book you will receive). Once you select the title, you will use the hashtag mentioned next to it in your post.
Select from here:
#zombies – FLESH AND LEFTOVERS
#vampires – BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING
#werewolves – BONES AT BREAKFAST
#ghosts – SOULS 4 SUPPER
#demons – DEVIL’S DESSERT
#technology – TECHNO FEAST
#arguments – NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS
#childrensbooks – A LITTLE GIRL IN: THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS
You can enter as many times as you wish, as the drawing is at random, so the more you tweet, fb, etc…. the more chances you have. Then make your status update and tag me in it. (Please also inbox me and let me know, so I can make sure you are included in the drawing.)
Here is a sample of what to say (let’s say I chose Souls 4 Supper as my book):
“#12daysofchristmas Book giveaway by @rickpipito #ghosts.”
Please share this info with as many people as you can, and don’t hesitate in entering. If you have any questions feel free to ask. You can keep entering from now through the 25th of December 2014, so good luck.
Wishing a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!
After a little negotiating, I’m allowed to give some information about the upcoming projects in the works for my novels and comics. Here’s what’s going on:
GENETIC MORSELS: In a not so distant future, the world has come to accept one world leader. Many believe he is just, but something sinister is in his plans. A small group of unlikely allies must come together to uncover the truth, but they have an obstacle… the next step in human evolution has begun. Homoevolutis are a group of humans that have extraordinary abilities, but unlike comic book heroes, these abilities apply to real world physics and can be more deadly than beneficial. (Look for Genetic Morsels in early 2015.)
UNTITLED Alien book: The government has held secrets from the public eye for years, but there is one secret that might shock all of mankind. As visitors from another world return from long ago, humanity must sort out the past and reveal the truth about our own history. What truly lies out there may be something that even the most inventive of minds has not forseen. (Coming late 2015)
NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: URBAN LEGENDS: Following the format of the argument book I did, this will share personal experiences and humor to address whether urban legends are real or not. It will take a look at these stories and present facts for and against it. Then you decide if it is real or not.
A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS: slated to be released on Black Friday of 2014, this children’s book illustrated by Dan Pipito in his amazing watercolor style, follows the adventures of a girl who must rescue a village from the annoying creatures known as the Hiccups.
A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS: A boy who decides to confront the “monster” in his closet finds himself swallowed into a world where shadowy knights keep children awake forever. Can he stop them before their sleep draining abilities make them unbeatable, and return in time to get some shut eye? (Late 2015)
UNTITLED children’s book: The little girl and boy get lost on a new adventure.
sCrypt Comics Graphic novels:
DEMONIC ENTITIES: This graphic spinoff of the novel DEVIL’S DESSERT focuses on what happened to the demons after the events in the novel.
FINAL UPGRADE: This graphic spinoff of the novel TECHNO FEAST shows more of what happens all over the globe during the events of the novel.
FLESH AND LEFTOVERS: The first in a series of audiobooks brings in talent to revisit the novel that started it all. (Coming December 2014)
There are other projects on the board, but at this time I can’t reveal much about them due to copyrights. Stay tuned.
When my wife was pregnant with my gorgeous little girl, I wanted to write a story specifically for my angel. It strayed from my horror roots, but fit in well with vivid imagination. I remember the doctor telling us that the shakes that we could feel were because my daughter was hiccuping in the womb. This went on for months before she was born.
Then the idea came to me. A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HIC-CUPS was written. The hic-cups are these funny little creatures that cause sudden shakes and there is only one way to defeat them, so our hero girl is thrust into a situation where she’s got to use her common sense to save a small village from these creatures.
Now it is six years later and that book is finally going to be released! Dan Pipito has almost finished the artwork and is going for his classic water color style in doing so. It will be released just in time for holiday shopping this year (2014), so stay tuned.
I’ve received quite a few emails from those who’ve read my novels, asking, “Rick, when are you going to release your next novel in your horror series?” With all kind words and compliments, I’d like to thank those fan emails. I enjoy responding to each of them. So, I decided that to answer the questions asked, I’ll post on what is in the works.
First, my novels: Now that copyrights are in place and my agent gave me the okay, I’m finally able to give a hint as to what the next book is about. “Genetic Morsels” begins a new trilogy of novels that take place in the not so distant future. The next step in human evolution has begun, and with it is presented a whole new era of conflict. As people with extraordinary abilities struggle to control their genetic code, those who are “normal” worry about extinction. This is not just a novel where people run around in tights like superheroes…. no… in fact, it is the contrary, and based in this physical world, where it is a much more realistic and horrifying take on what it would be like to develop powers. Think about if you could generate fire from your hands, but each time you do it, your hands burn as if placed in a heat source. The powers could be a gift, but they could also kill the user or severly hurt them. Look for this book in 2015.
Also in the works is the “Pandora’s Chaos” trilogy. This will compile my novels: “Souls 4 Supper,” “Devil’s Dessert,” and “Techno Feast,” and will have the added bonus of the spinoff graphic novel stories, and some hints as to whats to come for the next trilogy. This is a stand alone trio in the series that will be released in 4th Quarter 2014.
Finally, my first book, “Flesh And Leftovers,” is being adapted by sCrypt Sound into an audiobook. I’ve been working around the clock with adapting the audio and working with some amazing voice actors/actresses. It’s been a lot of fun, but consuming much time.
Next up, sCrypt Comics: Dan and I would like to officially announce sCrypt Sound. This is a component of our sCrypt brand that opens new doors for us. I record music often, and now that we’ve got a halfway decent studio in place, sCrypt Sound will focus on recording not just my music, but our audio book conversions, as well as any potential future podcasts.
The next graphic novel, “Devil’s Dessert: Demonic Entities” will be released in 2015. We had to take a break from the overwhelming work load of the graphic novels, and are perfecting the stories to be converted into graphic form. We will be announcing artists as soon as this kicks into high gear.
Instead of the graphic novel, however, we are working on a children’s book. “A Little Girl In the Land of The Hiccups” is a short story written by myself (Rick Pipito) and will be illustrated by Dan Pipito. To be released this holiday season.
Other Miscellaneous works: While Dan is working hard on his own artistic endeavors, I’m gearing up for a summer season of musical fun. For the first time in a long time, I’ll return to the stage as a solo act, playing guitar, singing and harmonica. With a mixture of originals and cover songs, the plan is appeasing all audiences of every type of music.
My podcast, “Think About This” is on indefinite hiatus at this time. My cohost (and wife), Roberta, is hard at work with her Homemade Delish brand, and the podcast has had to take a back seat in order to accomplish some goals. We do plan on returning when we can though. In the meantime, I’ve been assisting with her success, and we are both confident that this will enable me to take sCrypt and my works as well as hers to a whole new level and beyond.
As always, feel free to ask any questions, and if you are interested in working with us on a project, feel free to contact us here or at firstname.lastname@example.org . While you wait for our new releases, we will continue to put some in depth reviews of upcoming movies, TV series, and animated projects. Thanks for following, and stay tuned. 🙂