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Trailer – A Little Boy in The Land of the Sleepless Knights

Check out the trailer for my new children’s book A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS, available now with art by Dan Pipito

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A Little Boy in The Land of the Sleepless Knights

knightsToday is new release day for A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS!!!!  My second children’s book (which exists in the same universe as A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS) is now available in print.  Grab your copy today at http://www.lulu.com.  It will also be available in other markets soon, but why wait, when you can get a first edition printing, and add on any of my prior books as well?

A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS was written for my son nearly two years ago.  It took a while to get it right, but it was worth the wait.  It’s got fantastic artwork by my brother, Dan Pipito, and a heart warming story with a lesson.

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?

 


Beyond Human Trilogy

The BEYOND HUMAN Trilogy is available now at lulu.com in print, on Amazon in digital, and Barnes and Noble (in the next 2 weeks).  It contains the novels: GENETIC MORSELS, PLANET ATE, and DEVOURED UNIVERSE, plus the short stories: EVOLVED MUTATIONS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, and COSMIC ORBITS, and a teaser of what will be coming soon.

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Day 3 #authorlifemonth – art

Here’s a design Dan Pipito came up with for the trilogy release cover, on which I’m working.  It is obviously a take on DaVinci’s Vetruvian Man, but really captures what is going on in the Beyond Human Trilogy.

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Day 29 – Looking at a past release

imageOkay, 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.

hiccup art by Dan Pipito

No one likes a case of the Hiccups.  Here’s one of those tiny pesky creatures.  Art in the book is by Dan Pipito


A Little Girl in: The Land of the Hiccups – trailer

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


Day 19 of #authorlifemonth – critique partners

imageDay 19 of #authorlifemonth – my critique partners. These 3 tell me when my ideas will work or need to be altered. They are the 1st to see every novel I write and I couldn’t imagine it any other way. Thank you to Roberta for her amazingly and sometimes brutally honest thoughts, Charlene (mom) for your editing and feedback (yes I’ll keep that sex scene in but I’ll change it a little ), and Dan for your artwork on the covers and brainstorming.

 

 


Day 14 of #authorlifemonth fave cover

Day 14 of #authorlifemonth is my favorite of my book covers. While each one holds special meaning to me, the cover for A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS is my favorite. @dpipito did the art and design for it

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Day 5 of #authorlifemonth: Comp covers

A comp cover is a design or concept for a book cover that didn’t make the final cut.  Fortunately I haven’t had many that were rejected.  For my novel BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING, my brother, Dan Pipito originally came up with this design.

While the artwork certainly matches the theme well, and is an amazing piece of work, we decided to go with something a little more involved for the final product.  Here is the original concept revealed!

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Interview: A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS

FRONT COVERHere are some of the questions I received after public readings of my first children’s book, A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS.  Feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments below and I’ll answer them as well.  Enjoy!

Q: This sounds like a cute but interesting name for a children’s book.  What gave you this idea?

Rick: When my wife was pregnant with my daughter I’d read every night to her belly.  My little girl would always react to hearing my voice and toward the end of each chapter I’d read, she’d predictably respond by hiccupping.  It was such a bonding thing for me and the little lady that would be, so I wanted to write her more than just a song.  I wanted a children’s book.  The title came from that experience.

Q: Does your daughter like to read now?

Rick: Most certainly.  Bedtime is her favorite because she knows its story time.  Now that she is reading on her own (she’s 6 years old), we can take turns reading to each other, and I love every second of it. 

Q: How did she react to finding out you wrote it for her?

Rick: She was overjoyed with emotion.  Not only did her daddy write her a story, but her uncle (my brother, Dan Pipito) did the watercolor art for it.  It holds a special place in all of our hearts.  

Q: How did your son react?

Rick: He loved it too, and of course asked when I was going to write a story for him.  His is already written actually, I just need to sit down with my brother and work out a schedule and approach to the art.  The goal is to have it released in early 2016.

Q: The title of this book seems to be aimed at a young female audience.  I’m assuming the opposite will be the audience for the book you’re writing for your son?

Rick: In reality they can be enjoyed by both boys and girls, but yes that’s the goal.  They will exist in the same universe as one another, and the main character for the boy’s book will be the Little Girl’s brother. 

Q: What will you call the sequel?

Rick: Based on my son having been a semi-restless child I named it A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS.  Now that he’s a little bit older, thankfully he sleeps very well, and I hope this will be something he can read to his children one day.

Q: How is audience reaction to A Little Girl In the Land of The Hiccups thus far?

Rick: Overwhelmingly positive.  I was asked to read at a school for a Kindergarten class, and be involved in a Q and A session as inspiration for future writers.  For the younger attendees they seemed to love it, and for the older ones (ranging in age from 5th grade to adult) they not only enjoyed it but were ecstatic that I was there.  It was a hit during the holiday season and I hope it will be again next year, because it really is a great read for young girls especially.

Q: How many children’s books will you do?

Rick: Definitely a minimum of three.  That’s all I have conceptualized at this point but I’m sure there will be more.  I have the goal of A LITTLE GIRL… for girls, A LITTLE BOY… for the boys, and a third book in the series that will team the brother and sister up in a new scenario and appease to both sexes.

Q: How does writing a children’s book differ from what you do to write a novel, from concept to final product?

Rick: It’s unique in that there is a lot less time involved on my part.  For my novel writing there is research involved, making the characters believable and their situations.  When writing the children’s book it was simpler.  The idea and character were already set.  Putting her in a fantastic situation didn’t need to be entirely believable because of the audience.  Kids tend to disassociate themselves from the real world on multiple levels.  An active imagination can be very healthy, and I encourage children to have fun with their make believe before they have to go out into the real world and face the difficulties of being an adult.  I enjoyed playing into that “make believe” with writing this and at the same time I wanted a moral to the story to be accompanied by a certain degree of education.  Making it a fun experience while teaching a lesson is what it is all about in a child’s book. 

Q: The style of art selected is authentic and really balances well with the story.  Tell us about the artist.

Rick: Dan (Pipito) is my younger brother.  He and I have always done well working together especially when it comes to combining my writing with his artistic talents.  He’s proficient in many mediums, but watercolor is my favorite of his styles.  Dan took my story and brought it to life.  He asked for my final approval and I had no issues with what he’d done.  My kids love what he did, and I think that says a lot.  He managed to captivate not just the adult author’s approval, but also the child reader’s. 

Q: Where can anyone get a copy of “A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS”?

Rick: www.lulu.com is selling print copies at reasonable rates, so spread the word.