My next novella is now in the works. THE LOST YEAR will be available this Fall and will be quite a thrilling ride. Doctor Erin Vaughn will be racing to find a cure to a virus that makes Ebola look like the flu. She will be put in direct conflict with the U.S. Government and if that’s not enough, her only hope may be in solving an ancient riddle within the Mayan Calendar.
That’s all I’m saying for now. And for those who’ve written me and asked “Whatever happened to Donald Christopher Blake?” you’ll have those answers.
Here’s a mockup I have of the cover art. Let me know what you think. It’s not the final piece, but you get the idea. I’m still working on font.
It’s release day for my new novel CONSUMED BY WAR!
Here’s the description: Since the dawn of time there has been conflict driven by something sinister behind the scenes. When two men cursed with immortality discover secrets hidden in the Dead Sea Scrolls, one of them uses the knowledge in an attempt to bring humanity to judgement. In a race that spans time, these two eternals travel to various locations around the globe to seek out ancient artifacts of legend. They meet and inspire key historical figures, while leaving their marks on history and igniting wars. No matter who becomes victor of this conflict, one thing is for certain… humanity won’t be prepared for what’s to come.
It also features cover art by Dan Pipito @pintsizedpages and interior art by Elizabeth Vaughn Cason @vaughn_casons_creations
The book can be found in print for $7.99 + S&H at Consumed By War print
and in digital for $3.99 at Consumed By War digital purchase
CONSUMED BY WAR is now available for preorder on amazon. It will be in print at lulu.com and digital on amazon on July 2, 2019, so be sure to grab your copies ahead of time for an intriguing summer read! Here’s the trailer for the book followed by the description below.
Since the dawn of time there has been conflict driven by something sinister behind the scenes. When two men cursed with immortality discover secrets hidden in the Dead Sea Scrolls, one of them uses the knowledge in an attempt to bring humanity to judgement. In a race that spans time, these two eternals travel to various locations around the globe to seek out ancient artifacts of legend. They meet and inspire key historical figures, while leaving their marks on history and igniting wars. No matter who becomes victor of this conflict, one thing is for certain… humanity won’t be prepared for what’s to come
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
With every new release I get a handful of questions from readers and during promotions. Here’s some of the ones I’ve gathered so far for “THE THIRST OF CAIN”. Feel free to ask any that you have in the comments below or send me a message.
Q: Tell me about your new novel.
Rick: 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?
Q: Cain was a primary character in your earlier novels. What made you bring him back?
Rick: Reader feedback was my ultimate driving force. So many people loved the character and he slowly faded into the background as my novels progressed. I felt it was time to bring him back to the heart of the story, and see the side of him that the novels prior to this didn’t fully address.
Q: Does this go against your “I’m not going to write the same type of novel twice,” or do you feel it is a different approach?
Rick: This is a much different approach. It’s true I didn’t want to do another book involving vampires, or time travel. Both of those things sort of take a back seat in this even though they are there. It’s less a book about either of those, and more a book about discovering history in reverse. Cain is in his prime in this novel, so he’s more villain than before… he just happens to be a vampire. Murphy’s journey through time is more about solving the mystery of where his curse came from than the sci-fi element. He just uses time travel to trace the lineage back. So, this is a much different novel than BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING or A COURSE FOR HUMANITY.
Q: There are a lot of historical refences and tie ins in this book. How much research did you have to do?
Rick: When it came to overall research it wasn’t too extensive, but I wanted each time period in the story to have actual historical significance. I didn’t really know when specifically each chapter would take place until I found some dates with events that would fit the narrative. Finding those pieces of information did consume a few weeks of my time in order to get the story right. The research actually had me rewrite my outline four or five times to better fit where I wanted the book to go.
Q: You and your family were recently featured as a cover story in your local newspaper. How does that feel and factor into what you do?
Rick: It was really a moment that made me so proud. To be called, “the Dynamic Duo” was a surprise. People have said that we are a power couple and inspiration for those who want to prove that hard work will help you reach your dreams. I’ve always been flattered by that. The interview was a lot of fun, but I didn’t expect us to be the cover story. Needless to say we framed the article and have it hanging in my office. Things like that just make me want to go above and beyond my goals even more, and it helps me to push myself harder to attain those goals.
Q: How long did it take you to write THE THIRST OF CAIN?
Rick: The concept has been in my mind for about eight years. Every few months I’d come up with ideas of where to take it, but it was shelved for my other works. Once I finally started to sit down and write it, it took about eight months from outline to draft, then to edits and final copy.
Q: Do you have a team of early reviewers? If so how did they respond to the new book?
Rick: I had 20 beta readers for this book. Of those, a dozen gave their feedback which I value immensely. The response was all very positive with one reader claiming that they wanted another few pages in the epilogue to explain what happens next. To those readers I just have to say, it will be worth the wait to find out, but the hints are there.
Q: You do a decent job of writing each novel as a standalone, but also tying into the whole series. How hard is it to do this and keep the continuity?
Rick: It becomes tedious at times. I have to explain some things in back story, which makes me go back and reread previous plot points over and over to preserve continuity. I really like the idea of having a series that gets better with each installment since the beginning, but can also be a starting point for any new reader to my works. The balance is sometimes tricky, but not an overall difficult task.
Q: I’ve read the book, and have one question… That ending was totally unexpected. What? How? Where is this going?
Rick: You’ll find out in the next novel CONSUMED BY WAR. The reset button has technically been hit, so where THE THIRST OF CAIN finds the character going backwards in time to different periods, the next installment will be the opposite, except without the time travel element. There won’t be any more vampires, just two immortal beings “The Destroyer” and “The Redeemer.” There will also be a short story spinoff that will reference the events in THIRST called THE LOST DAY, which will also come out later this year.
Q: Tell us about the cover idea. Who did the art and design?
Rick: My brother Dan, did the art and design for it. My concept was to have Stonehenge as the center of the cover. It plays a significant role in the plot as far as what its true purpose was. Having a river of blood coming from it was an idea I pitched to my brother, and he immediately went to work with a few pictures in photo editing software. When I received his final copy for approval I was blown away. I think it’s my favorite cover to date.
Q: Where can one purchase a copy of THE THIRST OF CAIN?
Rick: It’s available at Lulu.com in print for $7.99 and on Amazon.com in digital format for $3.99.
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
Day 23 of #scrypthalloween looks at my BEYOND HUMAN TRILOGY. @dpipito did the cover art as a tribute to DaVinci’s Vetruvian Man. It shows a figure that is not quite human, but something else. You can see human traits in one of the images. The #book includes the #novels: GENETIC MORSELS, PLANET ATE, and DEVOURED UNIVERSE, plus the spinoff short stories: EVOLVED MUTATIONS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, and COSMIC ORBITS. There is also a bonus log entry at the end, which acts as a bridge between the end of this trio and the beginning of next…
official description: GENETIC MORSELS introduces the new generation to our world, but their arrival brings with it the next step in human evolution. As the first world leader begins to unleash an army of super clones for his twisted plans, the young heroes must figure out how to stop him at all costs. Can they resist the enemy or will their own abilities prove too difficult to harness? PLANET ATE follows the corrupt trail left by a politician into buried secrets about the history of mankind. An organization called the A.T.E. will race against the clock to uncover the truth about visitors to our world. If they fail, an extraterrestrial threat will succeed, bringing with it mankind’s extinction.
DEVOURED UNIVERSE takes a crew of unlikely astronauts into deep space. As they follow a transmission from a nearby galaxy, they will discover that science fiction holds much fact. Their journey will send them to other worlds to seek out an element and alliances, in order to halt the eradication of reality itself. –
Available in print and digital at Lulu, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble sites.
Day 22 of #scrypthalloween shows my PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY. @dpipito did the cover, which shows a statue with mechanical parts, angel feathers and demon wings, and my version of Pandora’s Box in the center of its chest with an escaping vapor of a soul. The #book includes the #novels: SOULS 4 SUPPER, DEVIL’S DESSERT, and TECHNO FEAST as well as the spinoff short stories: GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS, DEMONIC ENTITIES, and VIRAL UPGRADES plus a teaser for the follow up novel.
It is available in print and digital at Lulu, Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites…
official description: Three novels from one of the most fascinating horror series are now together for the first time in one collection. In SOULS 4 SUPPER Gordon Lightcap, Moira Donatelli, & their team of specialists race to prevent the opening of Pandora’s Box. With the #ghosts of thousands #haunting their way into the afterlife, the team must make
sacrifices while attempting to not lose their own lives in the process. DEVIL’S DESSERT takes the team on a new mission to save humanity. They must seek out the truth in order to survive. Where will the human race stand when the ancient battle between #Heaven & #Hell comes to a front on earth itself? TECHNO FEAST takes the threat to a whole new level. A super computer has upgraded itself & taken control of every networked system on earth. Friends must unite with enemies to win back their own creations. The only team capable of destroying the Network Entity are separated and targeted for eradication. They must find a way to victory in this final battle.