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Mayhem at the Cape

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Emlen Physick Estate in 1879. Photo courtesy of Cape May MAC

 

Cape May, New Jersey is one of my favorite places to escape to for writing and inspiration. I’ve been wrapped up with a few books in process, but needed a little escape, and this weekend was perfect. Instead of staying at our normal place, my wife Roberta was invited to review the Congress Hall hotel. (Check out http://www.homemadedelish.com for her review).

 

The history in that place alone is amazing, but the town has so much more going on than just that one land mark. The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (www.capemaymac.org) has a wide array of tours and events available all year round.

We’ve previously done the horse and buggy tour, but decided to go for something a little more in my realm of writing. I originally intended to do the ghost trolley tour, but Susan Krysiak (director of media relations) suggested I check out the Cape Mayhem Trolley Tour.

This goes beyond just telling about the many haunted tales of the town, but delves into the history of some bizarre rituals and practices that people did during the Victorian Era.

I don’t want to spoil much about the ride itself on the history end, because it is something you need to see for yourself. What I can say is that even if you aren’t a history buff or fan of the weird and spooky, this is a very relaxing and fun half hour ride.

One place I will mention that was the highlight of the tour was the story about the Emlen Physick Estate. I’d always seen the house but didn’t know how intriguing its history was. My next trip to town will definitely include a tour of the estate, which is also run by the same knowledgeable people as the trolley tours.

If you’ve ever been on one of these tours, then please comment below and share your experiences. If you haven’t then make sure to visit http://www.capemaymac.org to see what you’re missing. Feel free to contact their media relations at 609-224-6036 or skrysiak@capemaymac.org #capemaymac


Think, Sip, Write: Ep 21 – Ghosts and Hauntings

Roberta joins me once again as we discuss what inspired me to write my award winning novel SOULS 4 SUPPER, and its spinoff short story GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS. We talk ghosts, haunted places, and some spooky things.

What kind of creepy stories do you have? Share in the comments below.


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


Day 31 -Everything So Far

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It’s the final day of #scrypthalloween.  If you’ve been posting and using the hashtag mentioned, then you’ve a chance at winning one of my novels for free.  So if you have yet to do so, get on social media and start posting!  And Happy Halloween.

For today’s post I figured I’d do a quick breakdown of all of my published works so far.  Here they are in order of most recent to oldest:

Novels:

DEVOURED UNIVERSE –  Beyond the farthest reaches of the universe lies a threat to the very existence of reality. When Earth receives a signal from deep space, they must embark on a dangerous mission into the unknown. Gordon Lightcap returns to duty after a brief retirement. He will have to use what he has learned to bring together a mismatched group of astronauts, and discover the secrets to existence. Only then will they be able to prevent the annihilation of everything, but at what cost?

PLANET ATE – Throughout the ages human history has held many unsolved mysteries. Why were we created? Were we a product of evolution? Were we created by God’s hand? Or is the answer more complex? When a creature as ancient as the universe itself targets earth for destruction, the truth must be revealed. Enter the A.T.E., a group of government agents dedicated to uncovering that, which has been hidden for so long. But by looking into past UFO and alien conspiracies, they may not be prepared to deal with truths that will provide proof of our real origins. An extinction event, a Biblical hero, a pilot lost at sea, an artist, and a founding father are only some who held clues to the overall puzzle. Will humanity solve it in time to stop the threat from above?

GENETIC MORSELS – Twenty five years have passed since a war with artificial intelligence has forever changed the course of humanity. Belief in the first world leader has been gained by the majority, but there are a few who can see past the media bias. As President Jason Black’s scheme unravels, the next step in human evolution begins. A passing of the torch to a newer generation of unexpected heroes occurs as they mount a resistance into the political fray. Led by Zoe Omandi the team is guided into dealing with not only their conflicting personalities, but also their extraordinary abilities. Real world physics makes this more than just a story of superheroes and villains. It is a story about survival and persistence. Can the heroes overcome the odds and unravel the truth before it is too late?

TECHNO FEAST – Humanity has survived through countless threats, but when a super computer begins to think that the human race is flawed, survival may prove an impossibility. In order to conquer the self proclaimed “Network Entity,” differences must be put aside. Every person on earth will be put to the test. Alliances must be forged, obstacles must be eliminated, and sacrifices will be made to ensure a future for the entire planet. Forget everything you know about the past, as technology becomes our greatest enemy yet. The Network Entity’s plan to take over everything that makes life simpler is executed in various stages. While a team of disjointed specialists race to stop each digital upgrade, a sinister man lurks in the shadows with his own plans for the future.

DEVIL’S DESSERT – Pandora’s Box has been opened. Now humanity must face its darkest battle yet. The archangels of virtue and the demons of sin have come choose earthly hosts. It is a race against time for the legions of Heaven as they try to find the Sword of Eden. At the same time, the denizens of Hell attempt to locate the Spear of Destiny. These two artifacts could decide the war’s true victor. While these gods fight for their own agendas, Gordon Lightcap must send his team of elite specialists to find what he believes will be the only thing that can save the human race. The decisions made by humans will be crucial to the forces of Light and Darkness. Will the residents of Earth be virtuous, or will they give in to the seven deadly sins?  

SOULS 4 SUPPER – A new beginning has been granted to all humanity. After finding the Garden of Eden, illness and disease have been eradicated. Order has been restored, but when a decision is made to seek out balance, the quest to find chaos begins. As a damned soul struggles to make his return, Gordon Lightcap and his allies race to the lost city of Atlantis. Will they arrive in time to prevent the opening of the legendary Pandora’s Box? What dangers do they face and who can they trust?

BONES AT BREAKFAST – Days after the events in “Blood, The Second Helping,” Gordon Lightcap and his team are caught in an uneasy alliance. By working alongside Russian General, Alexander Putski, they hope to stop the forces that Cain left in his wake. Unbeknownst to them however, is the fact that Cain is still alive. In his new form, he is an even greater threat than before and one step closer to his goal.

BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING – There are many legends surrounding vampires. Their weaknesses, strengths, and abilities are just a few of the debates that exist for the blood craving undead. Now you can discover the origins of these legends as well as the mark that vampires have left on history. Gordon Lightcap and his group of unique specialists race against time to stop the coming apocalypse. Cain, the world’s first vampire, and his House of Twelve, have waited an eternity to put this world changing plan into motion. At the center of these two sides is one woman with two identities. Her human persona of Moira Donatelli, has left clues to assist Gordon in his quest, while her vampire identity, Lilith the Deceiver, has helped Cain back to power. Both men must fight for their survival as well as the woman they love.

FLESH AND LEFTOVERS – Gordon Lightcap and his partner, Moira Donatelli, have created an organization to rid the world of a rising threat, but to better understand that threat they must look back into the horrific events leading up to their current predicament. As they search for the answers amidst flesh devouring madness, they will learn about the very first undead incident and others, to discover an even more dangerous foe who is ready to surface.

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Spinoff short stories:

COSMIC ORBITS – You gaze at the night sky and see something move. Wondering what is out there keeps you awake at night. Countless forms of life are between you and the farthest star, but there’s also something else. It watches and gathers information, growing more powerful along the way.

ALIEN ENCOUNTERS – A phone call from a friend leaves you frantic. He claimed to have uncovered a conspiracy that could get him killed. His final words were, “I’ve seen them. We aren’t alone,” right before the line went dead. Whoever intercepted the call may now have you in their sight.

EVOLVED MUTATIONS – One morning you wake with a tingling sensation in your spine. Your veins feel as though they have a river of fire flowing through them. You scream out in agony as the change takes over, and suddenly realize you’re on fire. The fire doesn’t burn you, but it incinerates all around you. You panic, but are not alone. Your generation has had its DNA altered. The possibilities are both frightening and promising.

VIRAL UPGRADES – “Mankind has taken advantage of technology for ages. Life has become simple, but so has the human mind. I’ve come to change that. Your phones, televisions, computers, transportation, communications, and vehicles are all connected to a network. That network is now controlled by something far superior than flesh. I am the Network Entity, and the planet is now under my control. Any who resist will be terminated…”

DEMONIC ENTITIES – You pray, but something within you screams out. Your conscience flees, leaving you alone with your vices. No longer can you control your actions as the evil emerges. The demon has arrived, and none are safe.  

GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS – You’re speaking with your grandfather. It seems like forever since you have last seen him, but your conversation reminds you of being a child again. Then it dawns on you. Your grandfather has been dead for years. As you focus your eyes on him, he vanishes. His absence forces a feeling of dread as your hair stands on end.

IN CASE OF WEREWOLF – Do your bones ache? Does your instinct sometimes prevail over rational thought? When night descends, do you feel “different”? If any of these are your symptoms, then you are not alone.  You may have contracted lycanthropy, and when the moon rises, your inner beast will emerge.

LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE – You are alone with someone you just met. You hit it off and lean in to kiss that person, only to realize that their teeth are now two inch fangs. Your “friend” is a vampire thirsting for your blood.

ZOMBIE INCIDENTS – It’s dark. You can feel the presence of something reeking of death. Then there are more of them. You look around and find that you are surrounded by zombies that want to devour you.

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Non-Fiction books:

NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS – Do you know that argument you have that never goes away? Is there someone you know who always seems to fight with others? When you try to debate something, do you lack enough facts? If you answered, “yes,” to any of these questions, then this book is for you. Take an adult journey with author, Rick Pipito, through some very common disputes to see both sides of the story. People argue over things because they are opinionated. This happens often when a person can’t see the opposite point of view. In an unbiased attempt to extinguish some fiery tempers, this book presents each chapter with a few personal, and humorous experiences. Facts are evenly displayed for both sides, in order to truly define where one stands. Movies, politics, religion, science, etiquette, sports and more, may be some things you see a little differently or more concretely by the end of this book.

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Children’s Books:

A LITTLE GIRL IN: THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS – 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.

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Collections:

PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY – includes the novels: SOULS 4 SUPPER, DEVIL’S DESSERT, & TECHNO FEAST plus the short stories: GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS, DEMONIC ENTITIES, & VIRAL UPGRADES.  In addition to these is a bonus page file that shows the results of a madman’s experiments.

EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY – includes the novels: FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, & BONES AT BREAKFAST plus the short stories: ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, & IN CASE OF WEREWOLF.  In addition to these is a bonus timeline of the events in the included books.

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That’s 22 publications thus far with many more in the works!  If you have any questions regarding my books please feel free to contact me.  I will be offering discount packages for multiple autographed copies from now through the end of the year, so email me if interested: rickpipito@hotmail.com

My author page where you can buy my books in print is at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rickpipito?searchTerms=&pageOffset=1

On Amazon the books are available digitally at: https://www.amazon.com/Rick-Pipito/e/B007WRP9IW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1477926356&sr=8-1

*Special thanks to Dan Pipito for all of his cover art work.

 


Day 11 – Ghostly Hauntings

ghostly-hauntings-coverYou’re speaking with your grandfather. It seems like forever since you have last seen him, but your conversation reminds you of being a child again. Then it dawns on you. Your grandfather has been dead for years. As you focus your eyes on him, he vanishes. His absence forces a feeling of dread as your hair stands on end.

#scrypthalloween continues with GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS.  This spinoff of my novel Souls 4 Supper, was the last graphic novel we published at sCrypt.  It is now available in short story text form as well, so for the rerelease you can grab a copy in print at lulu.com or on Amazon as part of the Pandora’s Chaos Trilogy download.

What’s your favorite ghost related item, story, or topic?  Post on social media and hashtag #scrypthalloween for a chance to win one of my novels.  The more posts the better.

 

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Day 10 – Souls 4 Supper

cover art for "Souls 4 Supper"SOULS 4 SUPPER was the novel that broke some major ground for me.  It gained me a place in the top 100 and top 25 author lists, and continues to soar.

When the search for Pandora’s Box takes a team of military and civilian specialists into the heart of Atlantis, they are not prepared for what they find.  Can they locate the artifact before the lost souls and spirits of the dead haunt the living forever?

SOULS 4 SUPPER is available in print at lulu.com and in digital at Amazon.

What are some of your favorite ghost related things?  Be sure to post them and hashtag #scrypthalloween.

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Pandora’s Chaos trilogy trailer

On this past Friday the 13th I released a trailer for the Pandora’s Chaos trilogy.  It was a fitting date to do so, and here it is.

Pandora’s Chaos is a collection that includes the novels: SOULS 4 SUPPER, DEVIL’S DESSERT, & TECHNO FEAST.

Also included are the novelized versions of the spinoff stories: GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS, DEMONIC ENTITIES, & FINAL UPGRADE.

Bonus content includes 3 new short stories that exist in the same world & a look at what’s to come.

 


Souls 4 Supper – trailer

To round out the trilogy of trailers I’ve done, here’s the one for SOULS 4 SUPPER.  I’ll be working on more with different approaches for the novels I haven’t done a trailer for yet.  Enjoy and share!


Interview: PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY

Pandora's Chaos Trilogy coverThe following is a compilation of some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received from people in reference to my PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY.  I figured it was time to post them up as the next book will be ready soon.  Enjoy and feel free to ask any additional questions in the comments below.  🙂

Q: How does this trilogy stand out from the last?

Rick: Like the Star Wars saga, I tend to think of this as a starting point for newcomers to my work.  Books 4-6 are really well written in comparison to the original three because of what there was to work with.  It is a lot easier to be more creative with ghosts, demons and technology (the focuses of the novels in Pandora’s Chaos), than it is with zombies, vampires and werewolves (books 1-3 in the Eden’s order trilogy).  I wrote it in a way that anyone can jump in from this as a starting point and when it grabs their attention there would be two reactions.  If the reader enjoys what they see here, then it will not only compel them to want to see what happens in the next trilogy, but also what happened before book 4 that established this world.

Q: Are you always writing in trilogies?

Rick: I think that is the most logical approach, yes.  I’ve always loved a good series.  The problem is finding a part for people to start.  Someone might get turned off if they find out there are multiple books and they’re already 6 novels behind.  The purpose of trilogy writing is multiple… I can focus on a new antagonist throughout, and have separate threats that are secondary antagonists in each novel.  Sure you can read just any individual novel of it, but it really feels fuller with all three.  I won’t always write in trilogies, but for this it seems fair.

Q: Where will the next trilogy take us then?

Rick: Into the future.  There is a twenty five year gap between books 6 and 7 in order to introduce a mostly new cast.  The past novels have happened and there will be references, but only when necessary.  GENETIC MORSELS is going to enable me to do more creatively while building on an already existing world, and yet keeping it fresh and new.

Q: What is your take on Pandora’s Box and the whole Atlantis angle you’ve included?

Rick: Without giving too much away Atlantis has always been fascinating to me.  There is so much that we don’t know about the history of mankind and I wanted to touch on that.  I believe that every legend begins with a certain truth.  My own ideas for stories are based on realistic things that have occurred in my own lifetimes, so incorporating that with the past really gives me a lot of working room.  There had to be something opposite to the order established with the Garden of Eden in the first three novels, so when I wanted a source for chaos I immediately knew Pandora’s Box would be the thing to do just that.  My take on it is completely unique to those prior, but still keeping true to what the original idea was.

 

Q: With your next trilogy taking place in the near future, what will you call it?  What will it focus upon?

Rick: I have a few ideas about what to call the trilogy as a whole, but nothing definitive at the moment.  I currently have the rights to my ideas in book 7 and book 8 which will focus on the next step in human evolution and aliens respectively. 

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Q: Is it impossible to tie up every loose end?  There are a few characters who I wonder about their fates. 

Rick: Nothing is impossible, but in order to keep new novels fresh I don’t like to include every little thing that may have gone untouched.  Take the fate of Cain.  I like to leave that open to the reader to have their own thoughts.  It isn’t necessary for me to go back to a place I’ve already been without having really good reason.  I try to eliminate the reader question of “what if?” as often as I can.  Mostly there are no loose ends.  Each trilogy ties it up fairly well.  For those things I left open, well I reserve them for the comic book spinoffs.

Q: In the Eden’s Order Trilogy there was a timeline and the graphic novel spinoff stories as bonus content.  What are the extras included in this trilogy?

Rick: As I did in EDEN, I included the novelized stories that are and will be in the comic book spinoffs, plus three new additional stories.  They are all short and are just meant to be supplemental material.  Instead of a timeline with this one, I included a “document” that drops a hint as to what the main antagonist (I won’t say who here) is trying to do in book 7. 

Q: I understand that you won some awards for this trilogy.  What was that like?

Rick: I was blown away.  I received extremely positive reviews on SOULS 4 SUPPER and it took the trilogy to new heights.  It moved me from non placement on the independent author chart into the top 100… then two weeks later I had been moved into the top 25 of authors.  I’m still on an adrenaline rush and am so thankful for all of the feedback and people who made this possible through support and word of mouth.

Q: What is the symbolism behind the cover art?

Rick: When I approached my brother (Dan Pipito) to do the cover art, we discussed how we could represent all three book themes as well as the underlying plot of it all.  The look of an ancient sculpture came to mind, with modifications.  In its chest you can see what is my version of Pandora’s Box.  Emanating from that is a greenish mist that represents the souls within it.  If you look at the wings behind the statue one is feathered and one more like a dragonfly.  This is to represent the angels and demons.  Finally, the sculpture itself is very mechanical looking with seams and rivets in places, which is where the technology is represented.  It is a simple piece with many complexities hidden within (much like the mysteries revealed within the books).

Q: Where can we get PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY?

Rick: The trilogy as a whole can be found in print at www.lulu.com, as well as the three novels that are included in the trilogy as separate entities.  You can download SOULS 4 SUPPER, DEVIL’S DESSERT, and TECHNO FEAST for the Kindle on www.amazon.com

 


12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

My little lady modeling my children's bookTo 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!