My new book THE LISTENING TREE is now available at lulu.com and on amazon. Since I had so many projects this past year with different writing opportunities, this book was a break from the norm for me. It’s a short poetry form book that delves into growing pains and the hardships we face in our youthful years. My son, Tony, came up with the title, and the beautiful canvas art was done by my daughter, Lana. They consulted me on each page and helped me gear it toward a middle school through high school aged audience to let them know they are not alone. Here’s the description:
There are times when everyone feels the world is against them. There are times when everyone achieves a milestone they want to share. In either of these cases and more, all we want in those moments is for someone to hear our thoughts and listen. The Listening Tree is our escape place. It is a place where judgement is void, and a place for peace of mind. Within these pages are thoughts many of us have throughout our youthful years. It is intended for all people to let them know they are not alone.
Available now at lulu.com, Amazon, and Barnes And Noble sites is THE BEYOND TIME TRILOGY. This collection includes 3 novels (including the 2019 award winning THE THIRST OF CAIN). There are also 3 short stories and bonus material never before released. It retails for $27.99 plus S&H, but you can of course get each individual book via digital format as well. Here’s the description:
A COURSE FOR HUMANITY introduces Francis Murphy, a reluctant anti-hero who is more than your typical human convict. A group called, Continuum, must turn to him for help when a rogue agent travels into the past to alter history. If Murphy and Continuum can’t work together, the very fate of the future and all reality may be doomed.
THE THIRST OF CAIN sees Murphy journey throughout history from the present to the dawn of humanity to rid himself of a curse. That curse is the mark that Cain received after murdering his brother Abel. It’s a curse that was destined to plague the world. In order to find a cure, Murphy must make the ultimate sacrifice. The result of that sacrifice will change everything we know, but will it be for the better or something far worse?
CONSUMED BY WAR follows a pair of immortals throughout the course of history to modern day. They’ve manipulated major events in our past, but one of their goals is to place his own judgement upon the world. The other knows that it will cost humanity too much, and must find a way to stop the enemy before it’s too late. Ancient artifacts of legend are the key to each of their goals. Who will aqcuire them first?
Also included in this trilogy are three short stories that take the reader beyond time: THE LOST HOUR, THE LOST DAY, and THE LOST YEAR.
(C) 2019 by Rick Pipito – cover art by @dpipito of @pintsizedpages
Day 14 of #scrypthalloween shows a preview of my upcoming spinoff THE LOST YEAR. Some facts: 1) it will be published on November 5, 2019. 2) this will be the final entry in the Eternal Hunger Saga. It follows the events of CONSUMED BY WAR but stands on its own. 3) the plot involves a deadly virus and search for a cure. This was originally a concept I had for an earlier book that was shelved until reworked. 4) I wanted to bring some closure to Mayan civilization so tying that into the story was tricky at first. I spent so many hours rewriting and replanting the approach that I could have written half of a full length novel with better planning. 5) the story lead is a strong female character inspired by the amazing women in my immediate and extended family. She’s not perfect but dedicates herself to getting the job done. #book#shortstory#spinoff#virus#mayan#ruins#mayanruins#authorsofinstagram
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
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
While CONSUMED BY WAR is being wrapped up, and after the teaser last month for the cover (done by Dan Pipito) of the new novel, comes some amazing sketches for the interior. Here’s a quick teaser with more to come, but in the meantime head on over to @vaughn_casons_creations on Instagram to see some of her amazing work and more images from what she’s working on for the book. Stay tuned for pre-order info and release date in July.
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
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.
Today 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?
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.
It’s here! Available in paperback and digital is 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?
After months of work it has all paid off. My zombie novel, FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, is available in audiobook format. The audio conversion features some bonus content and is perfect for those of you whose schedules would prefer the listening format.
Produced by sCrypt, it features the following voice talents: Rick Pipito (narrator), Sarah Ashley, Rebecca Burns, Robin Austin, Jillian Gallagher, David McGuire, Kelly O’Donoghue, Bryan Moriarty, Antonio Pipito, Charlene Pipito, Richard Pipito Sr, Dan Pipito, Roberta Pipito, Lana Pipito, & Tara Scott
It features 13 tracks and just under 7 hours of flesh devouring madness.
While the print is still available on Lulu.com and the kindle on Amazon, the audiobook is available in multiple markets. Check ITUNES, AUDIBLE and AMAZON for your copy now. This is where the journey all began, and it continues to become a fan favorite saga.
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?
Each entity within will literally take the reader to heaven and hell, and back, as well as a close look at the true horror of it all.
***Although this book was meant to be read on its own, it is book 2 of a trilogy and book 5 of a series. Previous entries in the series include: “EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY” & “SOULS 4 SUPPER” ***
The following is an interview with author Rick Pipito about the novel Souls 4 Supper.
Q: This is the fourth book in your Flesh and Leftovers series. Has it gone as expected so far?
Rick: The series has been great to me. I’m still looking for that break out moment that will let me do this for a living, but until then I will continue to evolve my characters and stories. I’m a firm believer in creating something for everyone. That is what this series is about. Yes, it is horror, but the stories cover such vast territory. I guarantee if people heard more about it, they would find it much more interesting than just “any horror”.
Q: Did you follow the same format for book 4 as the others?
Rick: Flesh, Blood and Bones were fantastic parts to my first trilogy, but that was only the beginning. Yes, I wanted to stay true to the format of 10 short stories that tie into the main plot. At the same time, I didn’t do quite the same. I decided to build more on the plot. Each story in “Souls 4 Supper” now has an intro and an ending that take place in the present day world. It allowed me to expand that universe a little more, and bring a better connection to the stories. I also wanted it to drive the reader a little more. Now that we’ve established the universe in the first three books, it’s time to hit it in high gear. It’s definitely one of those books that readers will not want to put down until it’s done, and then they’ll say “I want more. What happens next?”
Q: So even though this is book 4 it can also be read to newcomers as a book 1?
Rick: Absolutely. I know from my own experiences that if I’m behind in something I don’t want to have to start from the beginning (especially with books). I still want to know everything that happened, but just enough to catch up to the rest of the readers. Souls was written with that in mind. The first trilogy is complete. Now the second one begins. It can be read as a stand alone trilogy, but I’m hoping that readers of Souls 4 Supper and the following 2 novels will want to go get the first trilogy to see how it began.
Q: You’ve done Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves, and Ghosts. Where do you go now?
Rick: The next logical step for me was to tackle the afterlife as an entirety. Heaven and Hell battling it out. In book 5, demons and angels invade the earth realm and consider their eternal war more important than humanity. The intriguing part will be seeing how the humans will have to fend for themselves. Of course more mysteries of human past will be revealed as well.
Q: There is a very big revelation in “Souls 4 Supper” with the backstory of M.U.T.S.. Do you plan on getting into more depth with that?
Rick: Yes. At first I thought of doing a stand alone M.U.T.S. (Military Underground Tactical Specialists) novel. Then I realized that I don’t think I could do it justice in the way I wanted. Because of that, I came up with the idea of doing a web comic series on it. I’m going to get artists involved to do a drawing or painting or two. Then it will focus on each MUTS character’s back stories, as well as getting further into the “big revelation” as you put it. After I get a few of these done, I plan on releasing it in print form and for download as well. All of that is in the works and it will be found on my site. www.sCryptcomics.wordpress.com
Q: Do you have any favorite Ghost stories that are not your own?
Rick: I grew up with the “Poltergeist” movies and hadn’t found a new favorite until seeing “The Ring”. I also really love the first “Silent Hill” game and the book “Ghosts of Cape May.”
Q: Which chapter in Souls was the most difficult one to write?
Rick: Monster Weekend was the most tasking chapter. It was based on my experiences from when I was a Boy Scout, but transferring it from my mind to paper and making it interesting to the reader was a challenge. Of course, the ghost element wasn’t really there when I was young, but we constantly talked about ghost stories around the campfire, and all of the other elements in the story happened to some extent.
Q: How do you go about tying all of these together, and still have a load of surprises in the main plot?
Rick: The stories themselves are simple. I have them mapped out in my mind and on paper. This is the same with the main plot. The challenge is when I’m trying to segue from each part and make it flow well. In other words, even though I have it all figured out before hand, I don’t know which order the chapters will go in until I’m actually writing it. As far as the surprises, I’ve always been fascinated with mysteries of the world. The fact that many are unsolved gives me a desire to try to explain them in a sense. I think it is also a good way to connect the reader to the events in the novels, because they know what I’m talking about.
Q: What a cliffhanger, but the story is still wrapped at this point. Cain, S.H.A.N.E., heaven and hell? Can you tell us anything else about what will happen?
Rick: <Laughs> You want me to tell you the whole book? No, I can’t say too much, but I will tease that Cain will do something no one ever thought possible, and will be considered EXTREMELY controversial. S.H.A.N.E.’s fate is a buildup for book 6, so I can’t say more at this time. Everything else you will have to wait and see.
Q: You didn’t have the timeline in back of this one, as you did in book 3 and the Eden’s Order trilogy. Why not?
Rick: I will have the timeline reserved for the back of the second trilogy. I’m trying to establish this trilogy as a standalone as much as possible, so even though the first trilogy is part of this new one, I still want to keep them separate with the timeline until I use it as an extra for any buyers of the trilogy collections. The only down side is that it is a ways off before we will see another trilogy collection.
Q: Did you create the Atlantean alphabet?
Rick: All of the interior art this time was done by myself. The angelic symbol was a recreation of what exists in texts and research, but the alphabet was my design, yes. It is said that Atlantis was a society based on science and math. I designed the alphabet in that manner. It is simple, but is also supposed to be the origins of all known languages on earth. There is a hidden message in the back of the book too, just to make it a little fun. It’s nothing big, but gives the reader a little puzzle to solve.
Q: There are parts in Souls 4 Supper that are controversial at times. What is it like to write something like that?
Rick: I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. Other than the religious elements in Souls, the only thing that really stands out to me as controversial was the story about Monster weekend. My mother didn’t understand why I had included some of the dialogue and interactions. She also was never a teenage boy. The guys that age at that time always talked like that. Friend’s mothers were often targets of insults and jokes. I expect criticism and there are going to be people that don’t like certain aspects or crossings of the line that I take. Especially when it comes to religion and science. Any publicity is good publicity though. I want people to talk about it, so the name becomes familiar.
Q: Dan took a different approach for the cover art this time. Was that your decision or his?
Rick: My brother is part of my inspiration for writing a certain way. I gave him an idea for this one that would have stayed with the theme from the first three novels, but since it was a new trilogy, Dan really wanted to make it a new series of art. He really has had the final say in what he is doing for each cover. I don’t want to limit his art talents and creativity by telling him to do something. I feel that his own ideas really represent not only his skill level, but also the way a reader may interpret the stories within. I actually redesigned some of the tetrahedron of Pandora’s Box based on Dan’s art concept for it.
Q: Speaking of support and inspiration, you dedicated this book to www.homemadedelish.com. Does your wife give you additional inspiration?
Rick: Of course. She keeps me on my toes. Her input is very valuable to me, not just from a husband stand point, but from a fan point of view. Roberta is very critical, and tells it how it is. If she thinks an idea won’t work, she will tell me. Of course, she is always the first to say “Wait a minute. What’s next?” So, even she doesn’t know what I have going on in my head for future installments. In a way, she is as eager as I am for the next release.
Q: In chapter 6, the plot points are based on an urban legend. Could you elaborate on what made you go that route and how much of it is real versus fiction?
Rick: I knew that the novel would be released sometime around Halloween, so I really wanted to use that to my advantage. There is this story that I hear every year about a haunted house where you pay a certain amount of money to get in. If you make it through 13 floors, then you get a dollar back per floor that you make it through. I had to research this. It took me hours to do and hundreds of websites, but the overall conclusion is that it is an urban legend. I hid a few things in here as well. As far as the title of the chapter, “The House On Shadybrook,” well, I grew up on Shadybrook Lane. That is when I first heard about this legend. I also threw in a few other easter eggs of sorts. For example, the article in the story mentions someone’s screen name as “Redeemerxx.” That is my x-box gamertag. There is also a hint at what is to come in book 5, as well as the town of Pipville, which is just a creation of mine. And of course I mentioned my sCrypt Comics blog as well, in the hopes that people will be curious to see if it really exists. Overall, it was a lot of fun to write.
Q: What will the sCrypt Comics graphic spinoff be called?
Rick: Issue #4 goes into production for a 2013 release, and will be called, “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings.”
Q: Continuum was mentioned in this novel. Wasn’t that your first novel idea?
Rick: Yes. “Continuum: The Fight For Humanity” was a sci-fi novel that I wrote back in 2000. I never published it, because I didn’t feel it was up to par, but I did copyright it because I knew it was a good concept. Recently I decided to make it tie in to the Flesh and Leftovers universe, but only as a set of book ends. There are 9 novels in the series planned. Continuum is being edited and altered to fit into this universe as a prequel and sequel. It will be book 0 and book 10 in 1 book because it takes place far in the future and at the dawn of man. The decision just seemed logical to me, and I’m excited to share it.
Q: Do you have a projected release on the next novel in this series?
Rick: I’m aiming for the second quarter of 2013 for release of “Devil’s Dessert”
Q: So “Devil’s Dessert” is the title for book 5? Sounds enticing. How about any major publishers for you or Hollywood prospects?
Rick: It’s funny you ask that. My trilogy was in Hollywood for review by a movie maker. The studio read it and loved the whole thing. The project was then denied for a movie. My contact there told me these exact words, “They feel that justice can’t be done to the books unless it was a television series.” Apparently there was too much content for a two or three hour movie. I agree. I’d love to see it as a series. Each novel would cover enough content for a season a piece. Now if I can only get someone with funding to take interest, well the thought is exciting.
Q: What other projects do you have in the works?
Rick: Aside from the next comic book and next novels in the series, I’m also working on a book of my poetry from over the years, as well as another “No, It’s Not. Yes, It Is” book with Urban Legends being the focal point.
Q: Is there anything else that you would tell this audience about this series?
Rick: <smiles> Sure. Whether you start with book 1 or book 4, if you haven’t read this series, you’re missing out. The more people that support independent writers like myself, gets the major publishers and filmmakers to take interest. So, whether it is me or some other author trying to make it in the business, support us if you can. I appreciate and love all the fans of my novels, and hope to meet some of you in person one day.