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Day 12 – Viral Upgrades

viral-upgrades-cover

Day 12 of #scrypthalloween looks at my short story VIRAL UPGRADES. This feels less like a spinoff and more like an expansion of my novel “Techno Feast.” When I wrote the source material I cut out a lot of scenes that I thought would be redundant to a larger book. Some of them were great scenes but I felt like they could tell a story on their own. This contains those parts and more to really give the reader a full immersion in that world of artificial intelligence take over….

official description: 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…

#book available in print at lulu.com and in digital/print on Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites as part of the Pandora’s Chaos trilogy.

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Day 11 – Techno Feast

Cover art for "Techno Feast"

Day 11 of #scrypthalloween looks at my novel TECHNO FEAST. Although it’s science fiction, it isn’t that far fetched. The cover art by @dpipito resembles the AI satellite in the story. My approach for this wasn’t about machines taking over. It was about our technology suddenly not being available. Imagine a totally inconvenient world where we are forced to survive without luxury or assistance from computers…

official description: 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.

Available in print and digital at lulu.com and Amazon as well as part of the Pandora’s Chaos trilogy on Barnes and Noble #technology #computer #digital #artificialintelligence


short story – Viral Upgrades

viral-upgrades-coverI received a request a couple of months ago to do more with the Network Entity, which was the main antagonist in TECHNO FEAST.  At the time I was wrapping up a storyline that would appease such a request.  I felt that one final twist could be included in the story.  This is NOT that story, but should appease the request until the actual follow up is released in a few days.  (Spoiler to my #scrypthalloween posts?  Yes)

Here’s a few things that the Network Entity did during the novel, that weren’t elaborated upon.  They are now presented in standalone print form at Lulu.com or you can get them as part of the Pandora’s Chaos trilogy extras on Amazon.com

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…

Direct link to the print: http://www.lulu.com/shop/rick-pipito/viral-upgrades-a-techno-feast-accessory/paperback/product-22863155.html

It is also available as part of the Pandora’s Chaos Trilogy extras download on Amazon.

 


Day 16 – Techno Feast

Cover art for "Techno Feast" Technology is a great asset to society, but the advancements have made life a little scary at times.  For day 16 of #scrypthalloween I decided to repost about my novel 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.

TECHNO FEAST is available in print at lulu.com and in digital on Amazon.com

What’s your biggest fear about technology?  Make sure to use the above hashtag when responding or posting.

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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.

 


Techno Feast trailer

I’ve finally decided to set time aside and make some book trailers for the novels I’ve done.  I’d like to thank @homemadedelish for a job well done putting this together.  Here’s the trailer for TECHNO FEAST: 


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 21: Currently Published Plots and more

booksI figured since it is getting closer to Halloween, I should make a quick list of the current publications I have and a brief idea as to the summary of them.

 

The Novels:

 

FLESH AND LEFTOVERS: While zombie incidents plague the world, the survivors must unite to prepare for a much bigger threat.

 

BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING: Vampires have been a thing of legend, but throughout history they’ve played an important role.  Now a team of humans who have survived horrific incidents must seek out the vampire lord and destroy his clan.

 

BONES AT BREAKFAST: A sinister villain has evolved into a creature beyond imagination.  With his army of werewolf servants and allies, he will attempt to reshape the world in his image.

 

SOULS 4 SUPPER: The ghosts of countless people roam free in a desperate move toward the afterlife.  Can a small group of covert operatives surpass them to prevent the opening of Pandora’s Box?

 

DEVIL’S DESSERT: Hell’s demons have chosen earth as their final battlefield against the forces of heaven.  With humanity caught in the center of this eternal war, they will have to choose their own path toward survival or face extinction.

 

TECHNO FEAST: A supercomputer has evolved and taken control of all networked technology.  With the world at its command, humanity must find a way to combat the threat, by seeking out answers that have been hidden from the public eye.

 

Non fiction books:

 

NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS: A lighthearted look at arguing through personal experience will give you a few laughs, might teach you a thing or two, and help better your approach when disagreeing with someone.  At the very least, you will know how to deal with certain personalities.

 

Graphic Comic Books:

 

ZOMBIE INCIDENTS: spinoff filling in back story of events in Flesh and Leftovers.

 

LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE: spinoff building on the world of Blood, The Second Helping.

 

IN CASE OF WEREWOLF: spinoff of events in Bones At Breakfast.

 

GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS: spinoff stories from Souls 4 Supper

 

Collections:

 

EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY: Collects Flesh and Leftovers, Blood the Second Helping, & Bones and Breakfast, as well as novelized versions of Zombie Incidents, Legends of Vampire, In Case of Werewolf and bonus material.

 

PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY: Collects Souls 4 Supper, Devil’s Dessert, & Techno Feast, as well as novelized versions of In Case Of Werewolf, Demonic Entities, Final Upgrade, and bonus material.

 

All of the above listed are available for purchase in multiple formats through the links on the right of this page.


Day 9: The Story Behind the Art

coversWhile the stories to the books written by Rick Pipito are the main content, a good cover to the book is what catches the eye.  Let’s take a few moments to talk about the ideas behind each cover and the art that Dan Pipito brought to life.

 

FLESH AND LEFTOVERS has a cover that come into mind over the phone.  I pitched my idea for the first book to Dan and he immediately said, “Zombies?  Okay, I’ve got it.  The cover is a set of teeth tearing into a raw hunk of meat.”  He felt that it matched the title of horror and food amalgamation.

 

For the spinoff comic ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, the concept was mine.  I had access to various fake body parts that looked and felt real.  In my mind I thought, “What would Hannibal Lecter keep in his fridge?”  We set up my spare refrigerator with a bowl of bloody leftovers, through in the fake body parts and snapped a picture.  Then Dan put the whole thing through a celophane like filter to give it that artistic touch (after all, leftovers ARE often found wrapped in plastic).

 

BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING’s vampire theme is evident in the cover.  Dan incorporated a lot of the story elements from the book.  The city bathed in blood is symbolic, while the shadowy outline of the antagonist’s face is seen behind the large fangs.  A pivotal scene from the book is also shown with a reconstructed body rising from the fountain of youth.  It’s a very busy (in a great way) cover that keeps with the theme of the teeth from F&L.

 

LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, the BTSH spinoff comic, was another of my ideas.  Wanting to keep the real photograph idea of the first comic, this time we had a friend pose for us holding a glass of wine.  The closeup shot of her neck with the wine (which is good for your blood of course) was put through an antique filter to give it an oil painting appearance.  Dan added the fang marks and highlighted veins to be more pronounced to give it the “I’ve just been bitten by a vampire” paleness.

 

BONES AT BREAKFAST is the last in the first trilogy, so it made sense to close it out with a similar theme of teeth.  This time Dan had the full snout of a wolf prominent in the foreground.  You can notice that the jaw is not as pronounced as a normal wolf, giving it that human likeness of a werewolf in front of a very full moon.

 

The comic spinoff, IN CASE OF WEREWOLF, was another photograph idea.  I gave Dan the concept and he took some bones from a medical office skeleton, threw them on a plate with some prop hair, and added a cup of coffee and orange juice to symbolize the bones at breakfast aspect.  Again, he passed the photo through a filter before adding text and finalizing the cover.

 

THE EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY cover is a simple tree.  This is no ordinary tree.  Upon second glance, you can see that the bark of the tree is stretched skin like in texture, the branches are in fact shaped like bones, and the red tips where the buds would be is blood.  This is to show not just the tree of life from the Garden of Eden (a place we visit in the novels), but also to represent the flesh, blood, and bones from the titles of the included books.

 

SOULS 4 SUPPER marks the start of a new themed trilogy.  Dan went simpler this time.  I told him about what my version of Pandora’s Box would look like and that is what we decided for the cover.  He added intricate gear and piston layouts, and I told him I wanted souls to be wisping from the top of it like they were escaping.  His decision for the textured background and very little color is perfect for focusing on the object depicted.

 

The comic spinoff, GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS, came as an easier venture.  Dan worked in a kitchen at the time, so when I said I had this idea to have ghosts escaping from a pot of stew, he grabbed the biggest deepest pot he could and took a picture of the steaming contents.  Then he added ghostly faces into the stew and steam.  The even better part of this is that the faces are actually warped and altered photos of famous people and pieces of art.  They are altered to the point beyond recognition, but if you look closely, you may just see something you recognize.

 

DEVIL’S DESSERT has an intriguing cover.  The Crown of Thorns, the Spear of Destiny, and the Sword of Eden are all artifacts crucial to the book’s storyline.  Those are the items represented in the two tone cover, with a little bit of orangy-yellow fire coming from the blade.

 

TECHNO FEAST’s cover was another mutual idea.  The main threat of this book operates from a satellite.  This satellite depicted isn’t necessarily THE antagonist, but it makes sense once you read the novel.  Outerspace in the background with the purplish gasses displayed among the deep blue make it a contrast that is eye captivating.

 

PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY is another combination idea.  The Statue is a way of representing the ancient history involved in the story (think roman architecture).  It’s one arm has a broken limb.  You can see feathers of what is an angel wing, while a dragonfly like demon wing droops to the other side.  It’s face is very mechanical looking, while his heart is Pandora’s Box yet again, but with ghostly energy emanating from it.  Souls, Demons and angels, & technology (the focus of these 3 books) are represented evenly.

 

NO, IT’S NOT.  YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS is the only book by me (Rick Pipito) that does not have a cover done by Dan.  The idea here was to represent the turmoil of arguing that the non-fiction book’s topic is about.  I had wanted to represent the two sides to one’s own psyche.  There is a wavering of opinions that often are quite contrasting without facts.  So, I had my wife take a picture of me facing one way with my glasses on and a different hairstyle.  Then I removed my glasses, and took another shot of me with some facial scruff.  By putting the two of them together and filtering them to look like a blueprint of arguments, it seems as if my two selves are in a dispute with each other.  It not only symbolizes some of the times that I’ve struggled to decide what is right or wrong, but also gave me the experience of making my own cover for what will eventually be a trilogy of non-fiction.

 

In addition to these amazing covers, there is also the few pieces of internal art that work with the stories when they are needed, and then there is of course the comic books which have multiple artists representing the plots.  All of the above book covers can be seen in closer view through the novels and comics sections of this site.  They are also available through purchase links on the right side of this page.

 

Be sure to follow Dan on Instagram and twitter @dpipito, as well as myself @rickpipito.  Like our facebook page for all the published works http://www.facebook.com/fleshandleftovers.

 


Day 7: A Shift in Genres for TECHNO FEAST

Cover art for "Techno Feast" 31 Days of Halloween continues with my 6th novel, TECHNO FEAST.  What started out in horror had to graduate slightly for a novel about technology turning against humanity.  We depend so much on electronics of all kinds, that society has become spoiled in a way.

 

I am just as guilty as the next person to find myself staring at my phone reading articles or text messaging.  I also enjoy playing video games on occasion, and the luxuries of modern cars and household items.  So I thought to myself, “What if technology was gone?  What would we do?”

 

In what has been called by fans as “The Terminator meets The DaVinci Code,” TECHNO FEAST gives us a look at what could occur based on research.  If an intelligent computer took over everything tied into a network on the planet, we’d be fighting against an antagonist that is an all controlling, all seeing machine void of human emotion.

 

Keeping the horror type feel of what I had written to date was my goal, but the elements within give it a slight sci-fi/horror tone.  There are some technologies that are in development, and in a few years most of what is in the book will most likely be standard.  The horror of it is not necessarily the drama played out, but the thought of this happening, while the sci-fi elements back that tonality.  Throw in a touch of thriller and uncovering secrets hidden by various groups such as the Illuminati and the Freemasons, and you’ve got a wild ride that’ll have you questioning whether the humans will succeed by the end of the book.

 

Enjoy the novel TECHNO FEAST in paperback or on the Kindle via links on the right of this page.  Be sure to stay tuned for the graphic comic book spinoff, FINAL UPGRADE.