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Think, Sip, Write: ep34 – Movies for foodies & writers

Join us as we chat about some great movies aimed at our professions.  Any foodie, writer, chef, or reader will love our selections.  Comment with your own addition if we missed it. #thinksipwrite

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#authorlifemonth day 1 – the books

booksI took part in #authorlifemonth last year, and had a fun time with it.  Well, it’s February again, so I figured why not?  This is primarily an Instagram thing, and I AM doing it there, but here is just as good.  Day 1 post is to display all of your current books.

Here they are: DEVOURED UNIVERSE, PLANET ATE, GENETIC MORSELS, DEVIL’S DESSERT, TECHNO FEAST, SOULS 4 SUPPER, FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, BONES AT BREAKFAST, COSMIC ORBITS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, EVOLVED MUTATIONS, VIRAL UPGRADES, DEMONIC ENTITIES, GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS, IN CASE OF WEREWOLF, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS, NO IT’S NOT YES IT IS: ARGUMENTS, EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY, PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY

All books are available in print at Lulu.com, and for digital download at Amazon.com


2017 and prosperity

The new year is upon us, and with it there are more opportunities to thrive.  Here’s what I have planned for the next twelve months:

A COURSE FOR HUMANITY – This novel begins a new trilogy about time travel.  The characters within will have to learn who they can trust in order to stop the tampering of the time line.  If they fail, then the future of humanity may come to an abrupt end.  This book will be released in early March 2017.

BEYOND HUMAN TRILOGY – Also coming early 2017 is the trilogy that will include all three novels, and their short story spinoffs.  GENETIC MORSELS, PLANET ATE, & DEVOURED UNIVERSE are the novels, and EVOLVED MUTATIONS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, & COSMIC ORBITS are the short stories.

THE THIRST OF CAIN – This novel takes place immediately after A COURSE FOR HUMANITY, and will see a man attempt to alter history for his own sake.  Cursed with being a vampire, he will seek out the first of his kind and attempt to destroy him in the past.  If he succeeds then his curse could be eradicated.  But what lines will he have to cross, and how can he possibly kill someone who is immortal?  This will be released in September of 2017

A LITTLE BOY IN THE LAND OF THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS – The long awaited children’s book will be set in the same world as A LITTLE GIRL IN THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS, but this time will be geared towards a young male audience.  As soon as the art for this is finished it’ll be released.  We are looking at sometime in the first quarter.

In addition to these four releases, I’m also hard at work co-writing a murder mystery thriller and outlining a new horror novel.  I’m sure there will be a few other things in there too, but these are the definite ones.  What do you have set as a goal in 2017?


December Deals on my books!

It’s that time of year, so why not purchase a book or two for a friend (or yourself?)  I’m offering personalized signed copies of all of my works at discount prices all throughout December.  They will be sent directly to you from me.  All you have to do is send me an email and I can give you price rates on multiple copies. (Rickpipito@hotmail.com)  Of course you can always buy online, but if you do it through me you can have it signed!

I’ve got horror, sci-fi, children’s book, non-fiction and more available.  All you have to do is figure out what you’d like.  Spread the word, and contact me if interested.

** All orders through me will get a limited edition laminated sheet.  Details below.  Here are the titles and a brief hint as to what the books are about.  Full descriptions are on Lulu and Amazon:

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DEVOURED UNIVERSE – (Novel) At the point of creation two universes were formed.  Now something that dates back to the dawn of time is threatening the existence of reality itself.  A group of astronauts must go into the unknown to find out how to preserve all life.

Planet Ate WorkingPLANET ATE – (Novel) The Earth is just one of many planets out there which supports life.  But what if some of those alien beings visited man’s world?  They already have, and the government has been hiding it for their own agenda.  A group working under a black ops budget must find the truth and unite the knowledge of many beings to combat an alien that’s only purpose is to feed upon worlds.

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GENETIC MORSELS – (Novel) Evolution has taken its next step on humanity.  While a new generation of people struggles to harness extraordinary gifts, a corrupt world leader has his own plans.  As he creates an army of advanced soldiers using the enhanced gene, some unlikely heroes must work together to halt and expose his sinister plot.Cover art for "Techno Feast"

TECHNO FEAST – (Novel) A self aware computer has seen the atrocities humanity has committed.  In order to preserve, it has decided to take from us what makes our lives easier.  Can a group of highly trained operatives stop this supercomputer without the assistance of technology?

Cover art for "Devil's Dessert"DEVIL’S DESSERT – (Novel) Faith will be put to the test as the war between Heaven and Hell takes Earth as its final battleground.  As the forces of Light and Darkness wage their war, humanity must put aside their religious differences to find out the truth behind their beliefs.  The Sword of Eden, Christ’s Crown of Thorns, and the Spear of Destiny are the key.  If they are not found in time, Earth’s residents may become a casualty of war.cover art for "Souls 4 Supper"

SOULS 4 SUPPER – (Novel) A race to find Pandora’s Box leads a team of mercenaries into the heart of Atlantis.  With the spirits of the dead looking for the afterlife, the team must figure out who they can trust.  Their actions may leave the world forever haunted.

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BONES AT BREAKFAST – (Novel) Werewolves and fairy tales may not be works of fiction after all.  An uneasy alliance between two foreign governments will send them searching for the lost Garden of Eden.  Their agendas put them at odds, but they know that by not cooperating it could mean a flood of lycans enslaving the future.  Eden is the key to the human and were factions, but the results of opening those gates could be far more than anyone imagined.

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BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING – (Novel) Since the murder of Abel by his brother Cain, blood has been a key to life.  From that event spawned the Fountain of Youth and vampires.  King Arthur defeated the vampire lord long ago, but he has returned in modern times.  Can a new group of heroes defeat this undead creature before he brings about his armies once again?Flesh Cover

FLESH AND LEFTOVERS – (Novel) A survivor of a zombie incident looks to recruit a team of others like him.  Each has had their own experience with the undead that will be a key in defeating a coming threat.  The Eternal Hunger Saga starts here.

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COSMIC ORBITS – (short story) A spinoff of “Devoured Universe” that delves further into the mysteries of the cosmos, by focusing on the return of a fan favorite character.

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ALIEN ENCOUNTERS – (short story) A spinoff of “Planet ATE” which looks further into the conspiracies involving UFOs and aliens on our world and beyond.

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EVOLVED MUTATIONS – (Short story) A spinoff of “Genetic Morsels” that takes place before and after the novel.  One character must use his abilities to depower the rest of his kind, but can he make that decision on his own?

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VIRAL UPGRADES – (Short Story) – A spinoff of “Techno Feast” that shows how other people were reacting to the events in the novel.  The Network Entity had secondary goals, which are addressed here.

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DEMONIC ENTITIES – (Short Story) A spinoff of “Devil’s Dessert.”  What happened to the demons defeated in the war?  The events follow the aftermath of the novel.

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GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS – (Short story) A spinoff of “Souls 4 Supper” with more ghosts, spirits, and lost souls trying to find their ways.

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IN CASE OF WEREWOLF – (Short story) A spinoff of “Bones At Breakfast” with werewolves, wolf men, and even a Lycan queen.

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LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE – (short story) A spinoff of “Blood, The Second Helping,” that focuses on the back story of Cain’s vampire House of Twelve.

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ZOMBIE INCIDENTS – (Short story) A spinoff of “Flesh and Leftovers” with more undead scenarios existing in the novel’s world.

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A LITTLE GIRL IN: THE LAND OF THE HICCUPS – (children’s book) A little girl is trying to find her way home from a frozen land, where Eskimos need her help.  She uses what her parents taught her to help stop pesky creatures known as the Hic-cups.  Her good deed won’t go unnoticed by her new friends, who may just know how she can get home.

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NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS – (non-fiction) People argue.  That’s human nature.  But do we do it correctly and take into account where the other side’s views may not be as wrong as we think?  This light hearted book will present some facts in an unbiased way, and share insight into some of the author’s own personal funny moments.

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EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY – (collection) This trilogy includes the first three novels, their spinoffs, and bonus material in the Eternal Hunger Saga.  Zombies, Vampires and Werewolves will each come into play.

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PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY – (Collection) This is books 4 – 6 of the Eternal Hunger Saga, plus their spinoffs, and a few bonuses.  Ghosts, Demons, and Technology are the threats that step up the game.

Munchies & Deedoos #1: Tale of the Beaster Bunny.  Written by Rick Pipito (c) 2013, art by Dan Pipito

 

 

**THE ADVENTURES OF MUNCHIES AND DEEDOOS: TALE OF THE BEASTER BUNNY – (Sunday funny) – This will be included as a bonus in any order you make through me.  It will be a laminated limited edition print personalized for you of the short comic one sheet that my brother and I did to kill some time.

 

 

 


Day 24: A good Blend

winesHere’s a little different post that I wanted to share for all of the wine lovers out there.  When I write and am in the mood, I’ve got a cup of coffee by my side.  When I’m enjoying my final work or relaxing, I prefer a glass of wine instead.

 

I’m quite picky with my wines, and I tend to shop with a certain mind set.  Then I started to see wines that had similar themes to my books.  I decided to pick up the bottles and try them out.  So far, I haven’t found a bad one.

 

From the left is Zombie Zin, Vampire Merlot, Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon, Once Upon A Vine Big Bad Red Bled, Casillero del Diablo Merlot, Montes Cabernet Sauv, and Root 1 Cab Sav.

 

Since I’ve represented zombies, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, Demons, angels, and Eden, I’m still looking for a few others.  Does anyone know of any themed wines that might match with Technology, Pandora’s Box or anything else that would fit?  Feel free to comment and by all means, if you try the wines listed, post a review.

 

Raising a glass to you all on my birthday.  Cheers!


Review: Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter book series

f1afe703cd0f16a0cf4625681c306e9eThis review will be brief, but I finally had a chance to read Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter series.  I’ve been a fan of the movies for years, and of course watching the TV show Hannibal made me want to see how much was done according to the novels.  I chose this because the character in focus here is in my opinion one of the greatest villains ever created in fiction.  Here’s my brief thought on each book…

Hannibal Rising: This was the last one written in the series, but the first chronologically.  To me, I feel that Harris just rushed this one.  Yes, the background story and origin for why Hannibal is the way he is, feels complete… but there are points in the reading that had me going “wait, what the hell just happened?”  It was like some details were skipped and you wonder how the characters got where they were or what was happening just before.  As an overall story, I enjoyed it very much, but I’d never recommend the book… instead, I’d say to see the movie, because the film takes the best parts of it all and brings it to life.  Continuity error found as well… in the 3 books after this, it is a noted point that Hannibal has 6 fingers on one hand.  In Hannibal Rising I don’t recall this being mentioned once.

Red Dragon: Hannibal Lecter plays a small role in this book.  The movie version gave him a slightly larger role, but the book is actually better.  These events take place when Lecter is already captured and institutionalized.  He helps Special Agent Will Graham and the FBI to take down a serial killer named Francis Dolarhyde (aka the “Tooth Fairy”).  Lecter also warns Dolarhyde that they are onto him, so Hannibal plays both sides.  We are given hints at the past (which the tv series Hannibal really brings to life in detail), but we are also left at the end with a severely disfigured Will Graham.  In fact, the book ending was far superior to the movie ending, which the film captured well the book until this point.  I actually dislike the movie and prefer what was done in the book over this.  Of the four novels I’d place this book on an even field with Silence Of the Lambs.

The Silence Of The Lambs: The movie is really what sparked interest in this series, and it almost is dead on with what is in the book.  In other words, if you’ve seen the movie, you really don’t have to read the novel because other than the 6 finger issue on Hannibal’s hand, there is not much different.  This is an amazing psychological thriller that makes you almost cheer for the man who helps Clarice Starling to track down Jame Gum (aka Buffalo Bill).  I must say too that Buffalo Bill and The Tooth Fairy from the prior book, are more disturbing to me than Hannibal the Cannibal.  They are just mentally disturbed people while Hannibal is a clear thinking intelligent psychopath.

Hannibal: I’ll first say this.  The MAIN reason I read these books other than what I mentioned above was because It all ends here, and after watching the movies I was downright angry.  I have been hoping for a movie sequel to Hannibal for years but we wont probably ever get it.  I hated the ending to that movie because we never get to see what happens to Hannibal Lecter.  I hoped that the book would shed some light upon this.  Now overall, this was my favorite book… until the end.  You know that scene in the movie where Hannibal is feeding Ray Liotta’s character his own brain?  It’s in here, BUT from this scene on the book differs immensely.  I actually don’t know what is worse… the movie ending or the book ending.  In the book, Clarice falls for Hannibal, and ends up “dining” with him willingly.  Even with the two of them “riding off into the sunset” so to speak, I’m still left with a WTF feeling.  What happened to them?  Another story could be done here, and it should be.  If we are going to get Hannibal Rising to originate his beginnings, then why not have closure?  It’s almost like a tv series that you get bought into and then they cancel it with no real ending.  Sigh.  Plus, even though it is hinted at, I really want to know what happened to Doctor Chilton.

As a whole series I’d rate it at a high 7 out of 10 sCrypt coffins.  Individually they stand strong, but work better together.  I just wish that a followup would close it all out.  What do you think?  Have you read these novels?  If not, what did you think of the movies/tv series?  Feel free to comment.


Comics for Kids That Adults Can Enjoy

Article by Rick Pipito:

Start your kids off early with reading.  With all of the media today, it is difficult to get your kids to read when they can so easily get buried in technology.  My daughter is three years old, and my son is almost two.  As a writer, I’ve always told them stories and read them books.  Then, my daughter’s imagination began to grow, and I had to compensate.  I found something that is absolutely great for young children.  Graphic Novels.

A man named Eric Shanower, as well as artist Scottie Young, have brought to life one of my favorite series of novels.  L Frank Baum’s Oz stories are being published by Marvel Comics.  I managed to snag a copy of “The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz,” “The Marvelous Land Of Oz,” and “Ozma of Oz.”  Currently in the works is “Dorothy and The Wizard In Oz.”  These are the first four novels in Baum’s original series and the stories have been converted faithfully.  The character designs are unique, but fitting, and the stories flow well.

As I read the three graphic novels to my daughter (using unique voices for each character) I soon found she wanted more.  That is when I searched for Eric Shanower’s other works.  Apparently, before he scored a deal with Marvel, he had worked with IDW publishing to do some of the other Oz stories that weren’t full novels.  “Little Adventures In Oz Book 1 and Book 2” were two others that became a great read.

While waiting for the next full release in the Oz series of comics, I decided to search for other classic tales, and found that Dynamite Entertainment did “The Complete Alice In Wonderland.”  This graphic novel is also true to the original Lewis Carroll books.  It includes “Alice In Wonderland” and “Through The Looking Glass,” plus has some bonus poems in the back.  Although the language is a little more poetic than the Oz works, it still is entertaining for my two children.

I highly recommend getting your kids in to reading in this manner.  It expands their imaginations, and you’d be surprised in what they remember.  The stories work well for girls and boys, as well as myself as an adult.  Although sCrypt Comics is currently portraying horror, there are many other things in the works, including my first children’s book from a few years back called “A Little Girl In The Land Of The Hiccups.” 

Have you found other graphic novels or comics that would be great for kids or that have translated well from the original fairy tales?  If so, please comment.  I’m always in search for a good recommendation.