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Think, Sip, Write – ep13: Success in Writing

I’ve received some questions and requests for advice over the years, about the writing process.  Here I’ve talked about steps towards success in publishing, and more.


novel – DEVOURED UNIVERSE

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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?

$7.99 + shipping for paperback http://www.lulu.com/shop/rick-pipito/devoured-universe/paperback/product-22842737.html

$3.99 for Kindle and digital https://www.amazon.com/Devoured-Universe-Eternal-Hunger-Saga-ebook/dp/B01L7AFS2Q/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8


Devoured Universe – Trailer

My upcoming novel “DEVOURED UNIVERSE” gets the trailer treatment. If you thought you knew what was out there, you were wrong. It’s much more in depth than you think. September 2016 and beyond it will be available on Amazon and lulu.com.


Genetic Morsels trailer

GENETIC MORSELS takes my novels to a whole new level. The beginning of a new trilogy begins here. The trailer has arrived.


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.

 


Eden’s Order Trilogy trailer

Zombies, Vampires, & Werewolves are the three threats in the Eden’s Order Trilogy. Here’s a trailer I did for the collection, which is available on Lulu and Amazon.

The Trilogy contains the novels: FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, BONES AT BREAKFAST… plus the graphic novel stories from: ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, and IN CASE OF WEREWOLF.

There’s also bonus content including 3 extra short stories in the same universe & a timeline.


Blood, The Second Helping – Trailer

History’s mysteries come full circle in the trailer for my second novel BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING.  What do you think?


Bones At Breakfast – Trailer

My werewolf novel gets the trailer treatment. Let me know what you think. What are your favorite werewolf stories and lore?


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!


novel – Planet ATE

Planet Ate Working

Written by Rick Pipito

cover art by Dan Pipito

Available in paperback at http://www.lulu.com for $7.99

Available for Kindle at http://www.amazon.com for $3.99

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


Day 20 of #authorlifemonth – fave chapter ending

Day 20 of #authorlifemonth – my favorite chapter ending is a bit of a spoiler, but it comes from my novel DEVIL’S DESSERT and changes everything for the main characters onward

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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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Day 4 of #authorlifemonth: WIP

Day 4 #authorlifemonth is to show off my works in progress.  Keep in mind that I’ve got a lot more in the works, but these three are definite releases for 2016.

Planet ATE (a conspiracy involving government cover ups of UFO and extraterrestrial visits to Earth)

A Little Boy In The Land of Sleepless Knights (A children’s book aimed at boys as a sequel/nonsequel to A Little Girl In The Land of the Hiccups)

Devoured Universe (A journey to the far reaches of the universe to solve an ancient mystery and the universe itself)

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Day 3 of #Authorlifemonth : 5 star read

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For day 3 of #authorlifemonth I’m posting the last book I reviewed at 5 stars.  I don’t have much time to read lately as writing takes up most of my time, but I do get to enjoy a good audiobook, and this whole series has blown my mind.

Brad Thor’s Act of War is one of the best of the Scot Harvath saga.  *****


Day 2 of #authorlifemonth: Bio Pic

Day 2 of #authorlifemonth is to share your current author bio pic. 🙂

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Day 1 of #authorlifemonth: Published books

I’m thanking the power of social media for finding this fun idea for all of us authors out there.  Feb 1st marks the first day of #authorlifemonth.  Don’t know what it is?  Check out the original article here: https://dailydahlia.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/authorlifemonth-an-instagram-photo-challenge-for-authors/

For day 1 we are to post a picture up of our published works.  Of course you can always follow me on Instagram and twitter @rickpipito to see the same posts, but for consistency sake here it is.  day 1

 

Shown are: FLESH AND LEFTOVERS; BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING; BONES AT BREAKFAST; SOULS 4 SUPPER; DEVIL’S DESSERT; TECHNO FEAST; GENETIC MORSELS; A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS; NO IT’S NOT. YES IT IS: ARGUMENTS; ZOMBIE INCIDENTS; LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE; IN CASE OF WEREWOLF; and GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS.  I didn’t feel the need to include the trilogy collections as this is the core of the work so far.

 


Plans for 2016

It’s been a crazy few months here, so I’ve slacked on posting updates.  I apologize for that.  Here’s an update of my current projects and what is coming in 2016 and beyond.

PLANET ATE – The 8th standalone novel in my ongoing series starts off with a bang and will raise many questions as to our human history.  It will look at various alien encounters and UFO incidents, plus inspiration from real life events, the Bible, and more.  This is perhaps my favorite installation yet and was so much fun to write.  Its in final stages now and will be available in January 2016.

A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS – My next children’s book will bring Dan Pipito back for his watercolor expertise.  This time it will be geared towards boys and has been written for my son.  Look for it in the Spring of 2016.

(WORKING ON TITLE) – This will be the final book in my Beyond Human trilogy and conclude the main series taking Gordon Lightcap on one final adventure.  While it closes the doors of the past, the future will be opened to do much more, so look for a new chapter to open.  This will be released in Fall of 2016

 

As always, thank you for your support.  I will continue to be active on social media and update here as often as I can.  There are a few other projects in the works, but we are keeping them tight lipped for now.  Have a happy new year!  – Rick Pipito


Interview about GENETIC MORSELS

“Genetic Morsels” interview with author Rick Pipito.  These are questions received by beta readers and others regarding the new novel and more.  Feel free to ask your own in the comments below.

Q: Tell us about GENETIC MORSELS and what inspired this novel.

Rick: An event has caused one generation of people to take the next step in human evolution.  While they struggle with their extraordinary abilities real world physics comes into play.  They must work together to bring down a corrupt politician who wants to exploit genetics in order to build a cabinet that will do anything he orders them to.  I grew up reading comic books, but to me there was always the realization that it was fake.  Certain things wouldn’t work in real life.  So I wanted to tell the story of would be superheroes and villains if they actually existed. 

Q: Were there any difficulties in writing this book?

Rick: The research into physics was fun, but science didn’t cover it all.  In order for the characters to have some semblance of abilities I had to bend the laws of science a tiny bit while trying to keep with the realistic feel and the scifi element of it.  That and I’d written myself into a corner with something while setting up the next book.  I had to figure out a way to explain certain things while keeping with my own continuity and still going toward my ultimate goal.

Q: Is there a planned audiobook conversion?

Rick: Yes.  My conversion of FLESH AND LEFTOVERS into audio format has done well.  It took a long time to record that because of scheduling with voice actors.  Plus I feel that using one narrator will work from here on out.  I’m currently working on a solo audio conversion of BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, and hope to knock out at least two of my books a year until I catch up.  So, we’re looking at GENETIC MORSELS being in audio form probably in 2017 sometime.  Hopefully sooner.

 Q: What’s in the works now?

Rick: I’m researching and outlining for my next novel, PLANET ATE.  There’s also my second children’s book, A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS that I’m having illustrations done for.  I’ve got a dozen other writing projects that I’m always working on a little at a time.  I mean literally a dozen.  Lol.

 Q: If you had to choose one superpower, what would it be and why?

Rick: I’d like to travel to any point and place in time and just observe.  I try to explain mysteries of human history in my writing because it fascinates me.  Whether it is the deepest parts of outer space or right here under our feet I just want to know what the history books got right and wrong.  I want to be able to see how things were and how they will be.  I don’t want to actually be in these places and times, but watch them however and whenever I want without interfering. 

Q: Have you had any criticism of your works and how do you handle that?

Rick: I welcome criticism.  It helps me to learn and grow from my mistakes.  The biggest critique I’ve gotten is on FLESH AND LEFTOVERS.  While people love the story there are certain writing approaches that make it the weakest of my works.  It was my first book and will always hold a special place in my heart, but were I to write it now, I’d have taken different approaches.  I really have had overwhelming positive reviews on most of my books, so that keeps me going forward.  So far people are enjoying what I have done, and I hope to continue bringing good stuff to the table.  People who have read from the beginning have commented on how experience has shown me how to captivate an audience, and I cannot agree more.  I’m always willing to learn a little more to make it right.

Q: There’s an underlying political theme in GENETIC MORSELS.  Do politics today play a big role in your life?

Rick:  Yes to a certain extent.  I have strong core values and experience that influences the way I vote.  Unfortunately there haven’t been any good options recently, and I tend to vote for the lesser of two evils.  People refuse to budge from extreme beliefs on both sides, so we are stuck with issues that will never have an appeasing resolve.  I had to bring politics into it because it is the reality of our world today.  Media bias, public perception and corruption all play a part in the game that is played.

Q: Arguments often spur from political opinions.  Since your book on arguing is a few years old have you thought about doing an updated version, just to add a few things?

Rick: For the most part it is current, but there are some addendums I’d tack on to it.  My next version of it may just be the audiobook form when I do that.  It would be more like a version 2.0. 

Q: GENETIC MORSELS introduces a mostly new cast of characters.  Do you miss utilizing the already established ones?

Rick: Absolutely.  If these were real life situations people would die, become injured, grow old, etc.  There’s only so much they can experience and make it feel realistic.  I feel as though a lot of the characters are people I know because I’ve “worked” with them for so long.  I’ll admit that I shed tears when I kill a character off, but it has to be done at times.  As much as I miss some of the old ones, I now have a new cast of protagonists to focus on for a story or two.  That is very exciting to me.

Q: It seems your writing has come a long way since the beginning.  This being your 15th publication, where do you see yourself in another 5 years?

Rick: Writing full time for a living.  It has to be that way.  I can’t keep up with the voices in my head giving me ideas.  The only path that makes sense is to assist my wife’s culinary work (Homemade Delish), and do what I love to do (which other than being a dad to my two awesome kids is writing).

 

Q: You often find a way to foreshadow future books in each release.  Other than the evident topic of PLANET ATE, is there anything you can say about other teasers to come?

Rick: hmmm.  Okay. Let’s just say some things have not been forgotten.  Something or someone from the past will resurface in some form.  I won’t say more than that.  Just stay tuned.

Q: sCrypt Comics is now sCrypt Publishing.  Why the change?

Rick: I still plan on doing comic spinoffs.  The stories are already written for the next three.  They are however very time consuming.  I can cover more ground working on my own things than to also be directing a group of artists to get it right.  sCrypt Comics isn’t gone, it’s just incorporated into a larger picture.  I’m now doing audio books, novels, children’s books, and editing.  I also have plans to expand that into helping other independent authors along the way.  It just was time to state what is already happening by making the name change.  The ideas that my brother and I have for it are really exciting.

 

Q: Speaking of Dan (Pipito), tell us about the artwork he did for this cover.

Rick: Dan has been working in trilogy themes to coincide with each cover.  The first two trilogies had their own set approaches to the type of cover art we saw.  With this trilogy he felt that since science played such a huge part in it, that a classroom chalkboard would be a different type of touch.  I won’t say what his plans are for the next two novel covers, but they will compliment this one really well.

 

Q: Where can someone get a copy of your books?

Rick: All of my novels are available in paperback at www.lulu.com.  They are also available for the Kindle at www.amazon.com. My comics are at www.indypress.com and the audio book and future ones I release are available at www.audible.com and itunes. 


novel – Genetic Morsels

genetic morsels coverWritten by Rick Pipito

Cover art by Dan Pipito

Available in paperback at http://www.lulu.com for $8.99

Available for Kindle on http://www.amazon.com for $3.99

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 persistance. Can the heroes overcome the odds and unravel the truth before it is too late?


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

 


How to Balance Marketing efforts with creative endeavors

Author, Jeri Walker, featured me in another guest post this week.  Please comment on and share the link if you feel so inclined, and see what I had to say about balancing a schedule that seems overwhelming with marketing efforts.

http://jeriwb.com/how-to-balance-marketing-efforts-53414/

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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!


Day 29: Top 5 for Halloween

For today’s installment of my 31 days of Halloween I made a top 5 list of my personal choices for film, book, etc.  These are stories that not only have entertained me, but inspired me to continuously try exceeding what I did and topping each previous book I write.  I tried to keep them as Halloween related as possible, and even though some aren’t horror, they fall into the thriller category and have spooky elements.  What are your personal choices?  Feel free to comment below.

TOP 5 NOVELS:  The “Area 51” series by Bob Mayer (writing as Robert Doherty), Dan Brown’s “Robert Langdon” series, Thomas Harris’ “Hannibal Lecter” series, The “Atlantis” series by Bob Mayer (writing as Greg Donegan), Dean Koontz’ “Frankenstein” series (please don’t watch the movie because it’s terrible the books are great though. *Bonus All novels in the FLESH AND LEFTOVERS SAGA by Rick Pipito (had to add them, sorry.) 😛

 

TOP 5 TV SHOWS: Once Upon a Time, Arrow & The Flash (I put these as one because they crossover and exist in the same universe), 24, Law And Order SVU, Hannibal

 

TOP 5 GAMES: The “Tomb Raider” series, The “Resident Evil” Series, “Silent Hill”, “HeroQuest” (This is a board game I had growing up, and I just remember how awesome it was.  I recently found it in my parents’ attic), The “Doom” series.

 

TOP 5 SONGS: Dragula by Rob Zombie, Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett, Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr, Don’t Fear The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult (because everyone needs more cowbell), Mz. Hyde by Halestorm

 

TOP 5 MOVIES: Ghostbusters 1 & 2, The Goonies, Monster Squad, Van Helsing (Kate Beckinsale, Huge Jack Man, and monsters?  I don’t care if its cheesy.  It’s awesome), The Brendan Frasier Mummy Movies.

 

BONUS—-TOP 10 COMIC BOOK Movie List (in numbered order):

1) Captain America: The Winter Soldier

2) X-Men Days Of Future Past

3) Avengers

4) Ironman

5) Captain America: The First Avenger

6) Guardians Of The Galaxy

7) Man Of Steel

8) Spiderman 2

9) Thor The Dark World

10) Batman 1989

*This list is current as of 10/29/14 of course.  It will most likely change, but it is the order I believe works.  I wanted to put both Punisher movies in there as well just for pure fun, but they didn’t make the cut.


Day 28: Signed giveaway of SOULS 4 SUPPER

cover art for "Souls 4 Supper"There are only a few days left until Halloween, so I felt it was time to do a little giveaway.  I’m giving 1 copy of my novel SOULS 4 SUPPER to 1 lucky winner, and it will be personally signed and addressed to whomever you designate.

 

This is a random drawing, and it is simple to enter.  To do so, you must do one or more of the following:

1) Follow me on Twitter @rickpipito and retweet this post (tagging me in it).

2) Follow me on Instagram @rickpipito and either screen grab or regram this entry tagging me in it.

3) Share this link from my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/fleshandleftovers.

4) Reblog this contest on your own site or blog and make sure to tag this link in it.

 

Each of the above will earn you 1 entry into the drawing.  If you do all four, you’ve quadrupled your chances.  The drawing winner will be selected at midnight on Halloween night (Oct 31, 2014).  If you have any questions, please feel free to inbox me rickpipito@hotmail.com or comment below.

 

Thanks for your participation and stay tuned for the winning announcement.  Good Luck