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The Thirst Of Cain

Thirst of Cain - book coverFrancis 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

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Trailer – The Thirst of Cain

My novel THE THIRST OF CAIN has arrived.  Here’s a trailer to go along with it.  Book is available at lulu.com in print and on amazon in digital.


Think, Sip, Write: ep39 – Fairy Tale Origins

As a writer of fiction I am not ashamed to admit that fairy tales played a huge part in me wanting to be a writer.  There was always the action, the cool villain, and often a good love story.  The Grimm Brothers and Disney did a great job of shaping that side of my tastes.  But what about the true events that inspired such tales?  Roberta and I reveal some interesting things about them in this latest episode of #thinksipwrite


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 32 – Doctor’s Orders

Roberta and I discuss some strange and arcane medical practices throughout history.  Be sure to check out the slideshow at the end of the episode too.  What other techniques have you heard of?  Feel free to comment below. #thinksipwrite


Think, Sip, Write: ep29 – Cell Phone

Roberta and Rick share some fun facts about the history of the cellular phone, and it may be older than you think.  Can you remember what your first phone was?  Add to the conversation by commenting below. #thinksipwrite


Think, Sip, Write: ep22 – The Sphinx

Roberta and I talk about the Great Sphinx, its mysteries, and other sphinxes around the world.

Be sure to follow Roberta @Homemadedelish to see us live on Instagram after each episode taping. And of course I’m on social media as well @rickpipito.


Think, Sip, Write: ep 17 – The Cliche

Everyday language has us saying things that don’t necessarily make sense at the moment, but they’ve become cliché/idioms/or common phrases.  The meanings at the moments of use are known to the speaker and recipient, but where did these sayings come from?  I take a look at the origins of some of these sayings.

What are some common phrases you use in everyday life?


Think, Sip, Write – ep 16: Vampires

Just in time for Halloween I decided to talk about the history of vampires.  Many people believe Bram Stoker created the vampire legend, but was the person he based Dracula on really a bad guy?  Who really was the first vampire?  Do vampires really exist?  These questions and more are answered in episode 16 of #thinksipwrite.

I also talk about what inspired me to write my novel BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING, and its spinoff short story LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE.


Think, Sip, Write – Ep15: Halloween

You may be frightened or having fun each October 31st (or respective celebration date in other countries), but do you know about the origins of Halloween, The Jack O’ Lantern, trick or treating, and how it’s celebrated around the world?  Join me in this episode for a look into some haunted history.