BROKEN SHELLS: Reader Reactions

One of the coolest things as an author is hearing from readers about how much they've enjoyed your work. Being tagged in photos of your book out in the wild is not only awesome, but immensely rewarding. Now that we're half-way through 2018, people are starting to share some of their best reads of the year-so-far, and I've been shocked and delighted to see Broken Shells making the grade from some seriously voracious horror readers.

Sadie is a new reviewer for SCREAM Magazine and an incredibly prolific Bookstagrammer over on Instagram. If you're not following her, you should be! She's good people!

Inspired by Sadie, Mindi posted her current best books of 2018 and, again, Broken Shells was included!

I have to say, it's remarkable to see my little novella slipped in alongside so many heavyweights, as well as some of my own favorite authors and titles. 

Over on Facebook, author Glenn Rolfe tagged me to share the good news - Broken Shells was also among some of his favorites for 2018!

Meanwhile, over on YouTube, Rita has been bringing a number of author's covers to life with customized animations. She's been playing around with a few of my covers, and I'm wowed by what she's come up with. Check out her animation for Kealan Patrick Burke's design of Broken Shells:

She's also animated Mass Hysteria and The Marque - just click the links here to go check them out. Be sure to check out the rest of Rita's videos and subscribe to her YouTube page for updates!

If you've been enjoying Broken Shells, let me know! Feel free to tag me on Instagram if you've got photos of my books you'd like to share, or leave reviews of my titles on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, iTunes, etc. 


Don't forget to hit Like and Share!

Follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads

If you enjoyed this post or others like it here, and would like to help keep this blog running,
you can support High Fever Books with a small Ko-Fi donation.

Broken Shells Goodreads Group Read-Along, and From The Ashes Is About To Go Extinct

broken shells ad-2.jpg

The Horror Aficionados on Goodreads have selected Broken Shells for their July read-along, and they've invited me to be their guest author for the month. I'll be on tap to answer reader's questions about the work all throughout July, so be sure to pop into the forums and check it out. Discuss Broken Shells with your fellow horror fans, ask me all your burning questions, and enjoy a fun, briskly paced novella chock full of creature-feature mayhem!

You can join the discussion in the Group Reads: Guest Author Invite section of the Horror Aficionados community.

If you haven't bought your copy of Broken Shells yet, I've got good news for you! I've marked the eBook edition down to 99c on all platforms. This sale is good for this whole week, Monday, June 25 through Saturday, June 30. After that, it goes back up to it's usual retail price of $2.99.

You can purchase Broken Shells right now from the following places:

Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Google Play | Smashwords

If you're not an eBook fan, you can buy the paperback copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble and have it with plenty of time to spare to join me and the Horror Aficionados readers. You can also find Broken Shells in audiobook from Bleeding Ears Audio at Audible and iTunes.

This morning, Broken Shells got a shoutout from the Ginger Nuts of Horror. Columnist Tony Jones named Broken Shells as one of his personal favorite underground-set horror titles in a list he compiled for "Going Underground: Horrors Which Lurk Below..." Besides my own work, Tony lists a number of excellent similarly-theme horror books, including Nick Cutter's The Deep.

Funnily enough, Tony's article is the second time this week Broken Shells has been mentioned alongside Nick Cutter's work, which I take as a high honor. Author Kyle Warner recently mentioned my novella alongside Cutter's The Troop in his article, The Expectations of Blood and Gore, for Scriptophobic.

Ginger Nuts of Horror contributor John Bender also recently reviewed Broken Shells, as well as Mass Hysteria and Revolver, at his personal blog  for a massive review round-up of my recent works. Check it out!


kw-from-the-ashes-cover-443x705.jpg


As with all good news, there must come some bad news, I'm afraid. Amazon recently announced their termination of Kindle Worlds. If you're not familiar with Kindle Worlds, the gist of it is this: Amazon developed contracts with a host of popular, best-selling authors with successful brands and series, and allowed other authors to come in and play in those series by writing non-canonical stories under the KW banner. Some of these stories included properties from J.A. Konrath, Blake Crouch, Barry Eisler, Hugh Howey, and Nicholas Sansbury Smith, author of the Extinction Cycle series. In 2016, Nick invited to write a story for the launch of his Extinction Cycle Kindle Worlds line, and From The Ashes was released in October of that year. 

Unfortunately, Kindle Worlds will be shutting down permanently very soon, and all Kindle Worlds titles will be going out of print effective July 16. From The Ashes will soon be unavailable, so if you haven't had a chance to read it yet, now is the time! You can still buy it exclusively at Amazon, but not for much longer. And if you do buy it, it will remain a part of your personal Kindle library despite no longer be available for sale on Amazon, and you'll be able to enjoy it for as long as you like and brag to your friends that you have something they may never be able to obtain again. 

From The Ashes is set during the finale of Nick's first Extinction Cycle novel, Extinction Horizon. If you've read that book, you're all set to read and enjoy From the Ashes, although it's not necessary. I made an effort to make From The Ashes as much of a stand-alone work as possible, albeit one existing within the world created by Nick. If you haven't read Nick's series yet, the Extinction Cycle books revolve around an apocalyptic event and are military thrillers with plenty of cutting-edge science, ever-evolving monsters, and lots and lots of action. I enjoyed reading them even before I wrote From The Ashes, and I think you'll get a kick out of them too.


Don't forget to hit Like and Share!

Follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads

If you enjoyed this post or others like it here, and would like to help keep this blog running,
you can support High Fever Books with a small Ko-Fi donation.

MASS HYSTERIA Summer Sale - Only 99c in eBook!

Mass+Hysteria+Ad-2.jpg

Amazon 
iBooks  |  Nook  |  Kobo 
Google Play | Smashwords

Audiobook available at:
Audible  |  iTunes

Summer is right around the corner and now is the perfect time to start stocking up on your summer beach reads! I wrote Mass Hysteria as a pulpy, gory, splatterpunk horror summertime blast, the kind of big Hollywood-style spectacle that screams warm weather fun...and maybe makes a few readers scream along with it. If you're a fan of extreme When Animals Attack-style horror, like Piranha, The Birds, Jaws, or The Rats, this one should be right up your alley. Mass Hysteria is currently on sale for only 99c for a limited time, so get your copy quick!

If you're not an eBook fan, there is a paperback edition also available, as well an audiobook! If you're an Amazon customer, you can even bundle all three formats together for maximum savings. Buy the paperback and get the Kindle edition for free. Get the Kindle copy, and add Audible narration for cheap. You can enjoy Mass Hysteria all kinds of way!

The audiobook is even up for an award! Mass Hysteria is a finalist in this year's Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards, and if you like the book and Joe Hempel's reading, you can even vote for Mass Hysteria to win. Polls close May 31, so if you get a copy of my book and can check it out before the month is over, be sure to cast a vote, too.


About Mass Hysteria

IT CAME FROM SPACE...

Something virulent. Something evil. Something new. And it is infecting the town of Falls Breath.

Carried to Earth in a freak meteor shower, an alien virus has infected the animals. Pets and wildlife have turned rabid, attacking without warning. Dogs and cats terrorize their owners, while deer and wolves from the neighboring woods hunt in packs, stalking and killing their human prey without mercy.

As the town comes under siege, Lauren searches for her boyfriend, while her policeman father fights to restore some semblance of order against a threat unlike anything he has seen before. The Natural Order has been upended completely, and nowhere is safe.

...AND IT IS SPREADING.

Soon, the city will find itself in the grips of mass hysteria.

To survive, humanity will have to fight tooth and nail.


This edition includes a bonus short story, Consumption!


What Readers Are Saying

"Brutal horror. Raw. Animalistic. I couldn't put it down!" - Armand Rosamilia, author of the Dying Days series

"Mass Hysteria is a hell of a brutal, end of the world free for all. A terrifying vision of a future gone mad with bloodlust, Mass Hysteria will haunt your nightmares." - Hunter Shea, author of Just Add Water and We Are Always Watching

"Fun, horrible fun, from start to finish." - Horror Novel Reviews

"It's fast paced, action-packed, and bloody. Really, almost everything a horror gore-hound could want. ... Undeniably talented, Michael Patrick Hicks shows evidence of a rather deliciously depraved mind..." - SciFi & Scary

"Mass Hysteria was a brutal horror novel, which reminded me of the horror being written in the late 70's and, (all of the), 80's. Books like James Herbert's The Rats or Guy N. Smith's The Night of the Crabs. There are a lot of similarities to those classics here-the fast paced action going from scene to scene-with many gory deaths and other sick events. In fact, I think Mass Hysteria beats out those books in its sheer horrific brutality." Char's Horror Corner

"If you like your horror bloody and strange, you are in the right place. Mass Hysteria is a unique twist in a crowded field. ... For horror fans looking for something different, well worth a listen." - Audiobook Reviewer

"I'm telling you now, this book isn't for readers with weak stomachs. It is brutal in all the right ways." Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews

"If you are an aficionado of author Richard Laymon, you undoubtedly will like this book. This is horror at its bloodiest, guttiest and most shocking." - Cheryl Stout, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer and Amazon Vine Voice

"Brutal and well-written. Throw in narration by Joe Hempel and you’ve got gold. ... I don’t think I’ll forget Mass Hysteria for some time." Brian's Book Blog


Buy the ebook edition of Mass Hysteria for only 99 cents! (Also available in paperback and audiobook formats.)

Amazon 
iBooks  |  Nook  |  Kobo 
Google Play | Smashwords

Audiobook available at:
Audible  |  iTunes


Don't forget to hit Like and Share!

Follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads

If you enjoyed this post or others like it here, and would like to help keep this blog running,
you can support High Fever Books with a small Ko-Fi donation.

BROKEN SHELLS In Audio!

Broken Shells Audio.jpg

Great news, gang - the audiobook edition of Broken Shells is now available for your listening pleasure on Audible and iTunes

Earlier this year, Joe Hempel, who you may recall as the narrator of my 2018 Audiobook Listeners Choice Award Horror Finalist title Mass Hysteria, contacted me about obtaining the audio rights to Broken Shells for his new audio imprint. In addition to his duties as a full-time audiobook narrator, Joe has decided to branch out and launch his own audiobook publishing imprint called Bleeding Ear Audio! Broken Shells is the debut title for Bleeding Ear, and to handle the narration, Joe hired Justin Thomas James.

Justin is a strong up-and-comer, and he absolutely nails the voice and attitude of Antoine DeWitt, a down-on-his-luck man caught up in some pretty unbelievable, and awfully gory, circumstances. Check out the Audible sample and I think you'll agree with me that Justin positively delivers the goods. If reading Broken Shells made you squirm, listening to it will give you nightmares! Or at least, I hope it does!

Broken Shells is available in audiobook now, as well as print and ebook. If you're a Kindle reader who still loves print copies of their books, you can buy the paperback and get the Kindle edition for free! And if you're one of those readers who love to have their books in all the formats, you're certainly in luck now! 

Broken Shells is available at the following retailers:

Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Google Play | Smashwords

Audiobook available at:

Audible | iTunes


About Broken Shells

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.

Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

When Antoine steps foot on Dangle's car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle's secrets do not kill him first.


What Readers Are Saying

"A fun and nasty little novella...If you’re a big creature-feature fan (digging on works like Adam Cesare’s VIDEO NIGHT or Hunter Shea’s THEY RISE) you’re going to love this book." - Glenn Rolfe, author of Becoming and Blood and Rain

"An adrenaline-fueled, no punches pulled, onslaught of gruesome action! Highly recommended!" - Horror After Dark

"Lightning fast...high octane fun." - Unnerving Magazine

"Broken Shells is a blood-soaked, tense novella that is sure to appeal to a wide variety of horror fans, especially those that dig an old-school feel in their novels." - The Horror Bookshelf

"Broken Shells, the latest release from Michael Patrick Hicks... is another fine piece of...pulpy horror which moves along at eye-watering speed... You’ll have fun rolling with the punches. I found myself cheering on hard-as-nails Antoine in his brutal fight for survival." - HorrorTalk

"A dark and nasty...novella I won't soon forget, mostly thanks to the nightmares I've already had." - Frank Michaels Errington

"The very definition of a page-turner. Michael Patrick Hicks delivers right-between-the-eyes terror." - The Haunted Reading Room

"Unnerving! ... It truly is the perfect blend of gore, horror and action." - PopHorror.com

"Horror fans will have much to gnaw on here... Fun, wild, and bursting with energy, Broken Shells is perfect for a rainy afternoon of monster mayhem." - Morbidly Beautiful

"Ghastly fun ... Broken Shells is an exceptional horror novella." - Dangerous Dan's Book Blog

"Broken Shells is a visceral experience, with oodles of ooze, gore galore, dry heaves and vomit, and some Alien worthy introductions to razor sharp creepy crawlies. ... This, my friends, is horror done right!" - Schizanthus, Goodreads review

"Michael Patrick Hicks has out done himself this time! When I didn't think his work could get any better, he goes and surpasses my expectations. From start to finish, you will get your money's worth." - Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews

"Michael Patrick Hicks has managed, in only 120 pages, to craft a terrifying, steamroller of a story. ... The author makes you immediately connect with the main character Antoine, who is down on his luck and just looking for a possible break. When Antoine is thrust into the dark, you are along for the ride, whether you like it or not. And in the dark is where this story shines. Hicks makes you feel dread, like the walls are closing in as you read." - One-Legged Reviews

"Hicks does a fine job of emotionally grasping the reader with his character creation. You'll come for the story of survival, and stay for the darkness and gore. If you enjoy extremely gruesome creature horror and pitch black underground tunnels, then Broken Shells is right up your alley." - FanFiAddict


Broken Shells is available at the following retailers:

Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Google Play | Smashwords

Audiobook available at:

Audible | iTunes


Don't forget to hit Like and Share!

Follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads

If you enjoyed this post or others like it here, and would like to help keep this blog running,
you can support High Fever Books with a small Ko-Fi donation.

MASS HYSTERIA: A 2018 Audiobook Listener Awards Finalist

This has been a big week for award announcements! On Monday, the 2018 Splatterpunk Award Nominees were announced, along with final ballot for the 2017 Stoker Awards. Yesterday, the 2018 Audie Awards finalists were revealed. And today, finalists for the first annual Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards were revealed, with my book, Mass Hysteria, narrated by Joe Hempel, listed as one of the five horror finalists.

ABR Award Finalist-Horror.jpg

I don't know if I can adequately explain how much this means to me, but suffice to say I am deeply, deeply honored. 

Probably not too many of you know this, but Mass Hysteria almost never was. I had some pretty deep reservations about releasing this particular book due to the extreme and graphic content depicted within. I was in a pretty different place, both personally and professionally, when I wrote this book in 2015, and over the course of writing Mass Hysteria my wife became pregnant and our first child was born within days of my penning that horrific and bleak final chapter. If you've read Mass Hysteria, you can probably understand just how difficult some of these scenes were to pen. I trunked the book for a good long while before I began editing it in 2016 and found myself having to put the book aside once more. I was unsettled and uncomfortable with the material, and I was no longer sure if it was a work I wanted to be associated with.

Fatherhood had changed me, and it was a long time before I began to feel comfortable with Mass Hysteria, or at least as comfortable as one can feel with a book like that. It wasn't until 2017 that I was really able to look at Mass Hysteria with a more critical eye and accept the book for what it was and what it could be. While there were still scenes within it that I was (and still am) uncomfortable with, I found myself at an impasse. I could either release it, or I could forget about it. 

Ultimately, I think I made the right choice, and thankfully it seems to have paid off! Readers have responded well and have been very supportive of the work since it released in August 2017. Mass Hysteria was a Top 10 finisher in Horror the 21st Annual Critters/Preditors and Editors Readers Poll, and Cedar Hollow Horror Review included it in their list of Best Horror Books of 2017. Now, I am in the delightful place of seeing Mass Hysteria listed as a finalist in the Indie-centric and small press publisher-focused Audiobook Listener Awards for Horror - and alongside Michael McDowell and Brian Keene no less! Pardon me, but holy shit! All of this, of course, is due in no small part to the efforts of my editor Shay VanZwoll at EV Proofreading & Editing, and Joe Hempel's outstanding narration, and the humbling and outstanding dedication of my wonderful, loyal readers.

To top it all off, this announcement came right on the heels of yesterday's release of Broken Shells, my latest horror novella, which has generated a nice bit of early buzz thanks to a number of overwhelmingly positive advance reviews. So, yeah, not a bad couple days so far!

The Audiobook Listener Awards is a "listener's choice" award, and the winner will be selected by you, the listener! Voting in each of the award categories is open until May 31, 2018. Listeners can vote in each category once a day until the competition closes. You can find all of the award categories and finalists here, so please take a moment to check it out and cast your ballots. If you want to head straight over to the Horror category and vote for your favorite title, this link will take you directly there! You may want to bookmark the announcement page or your favorite categories, and remember to vote regularly so you can help your preferred title claim the top spot.

If you haven't had a chance to brave Mass Hysteria yet, head on over here to learn all about this book. You can find the audiobook edition of Mass Hysteria for sale now on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.


NOW AVAILABLE

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.

Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

When Antoine steps foot on Dangle's car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle's secrets do not kill him first.

99C FOR A LIMITED TIME!

AMAZON | IBOOKS | NOOK | KOBO  

GOOGLE PLAY | SMASHWORDS


Don't forget to hit Like and Share!

Follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads

If you enjoyed this post or others like it here, and would like to help keep this blog running,
you can support High Fever Books with a small Ko-Fi donation.

Now Available: BROKEN SHELLS: A Subterranean Horror Novella

Broken Shells - Digital.jpg

99c For A Limited Time!

Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Google Play | Smashwords

 

Broken Shells is out! After spending a few months with Patreon readers, my latest release has finally gone wide and is now available on all major platforms in print and eBook.

If you're a Kindle reader who still have lots of love for paperbacks, you can buy the print copy at Amazon and get the Kindle eBook for free through Amazon's Kindle Matchbook program. 

For a limited time, you can buy the eBook for only 99c at any of the retailers listed below. But act fast, because in a short while, this digital edition of Broken Shells will be selling for its full retail price of $2.99.


About Broken Shells

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.

Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.

When Antoine steps foot on Dangle's car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle's secrets do not kill him first.


What Readers Are Saying

"A fun and nasty little novella...If you’re a big creature-feature fan (digging on works like Adam Cesare’s VIDEO NIGHT or Hunter Shea’s THEY RISE) you’re going to love this book." - Glenn Rolfe, author of Becoming and Blood and Rain

"An adrenaline-fueled, no punches pulled, onslaught of gruesome action! Highly recommended!" - Horror After Dark

"Broken Shells, the latest release from Michael Patrick Hicks... is another fine piece of...pulpy horror which moves along at eye-watering speed... You’ll have fun rolling with the punches. I found myself cheering on hard-as-nails Antoine in his brutal fight for survival." - HorrorTalk

"A dark and nasty...novella I won't soon forget, mostly thanks to the nightmares I've already had." - Frank Michaels Errington

"The very definition of a page-turner. Michael Patrick Hicks delivers right-between-the-eyes terror." - The Haunted Reading Room

"Ghastly fun ... Broken Shells is an exceptional horror novella." - Dangerous Dan's Book Blog

"Broken Shells is a visceral experience, with oodles of ooze, gore galore, dry heaves and vomit, and some Alien worthy introductions to razor sharp creepy crawlies. ... This, my friends, is horror done right!" - Schizanthus, Goodreads review

"Michael Patrick Hicks has out done himself this time! When I didn't think his work could get any better, he goes and surpasses my expectations. From start to finish, you will get your money's worth." - Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews

"Michael Patrick Hicks has managed, in only 120 pages, to craft a terrifying, steamroller of a story. ... The author makes you immediately connect with the main character Antoine, who is down on his luck and just looking for a possible break. When Antoine is thrust into the dark, you are along for the ride, whether you like it or not. And in the dark is where this story shines. Hicks makes you feel dread, like the walls are closing in as you read." - One-Legged Reviews

"Hicks does a fine job of emotionally grasping the reader with his character creation. You'll come for the story of survival, and stay for the darkness and gore. If you enjoy extremely gruesome creature horror and pitch black underground tunnels, then Broken Shells is right up your alley." - FanFiAddict

99c For A Limited Time!

Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Google Play | Smashwords


Don't forget to hit Like and Share!

Follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads

If you enjoyed this post or others like it here, and would like to help keep this blog running,
you can support High Fever Books with a small Ko-Fi donation.

BROKEN SHELLS Cover Reveal!

Have you ever received one of those Money Carlo games in the mail? It's a Match-and-Win scam that desperate car dealerships use to lure people into the showroom in order to sell them a new vehicle. You get the ticket, see that you won some cash, and call the dealership to get your winnings. They tell you to come on in and they'll verify the ticket, and that's when they grab you by the neck and sink their teeth in.

Early in the summer of 2016, I received a Money Carlo ticket in the mail. I was a big winner, too! Money was scarce, the wife and I were tightening our belts, and just for a brief moment, I saw a small flicker of light at the promise of easy money. And then I realized how stupid that was, that there's no such thing as easy money, and that this was a scam. This mental process took all of one second, maybe two, but by then the gears were already turning. My mind was already going What If? 

What if a down on their luck guy got this ticket right when they needed it? What if the promise of easy money was too good to ignore? And even believing -- knowing -- it was a scam, they went to the car dealership anyway? What was the worst that could happen? 

The ideas began churning, and that June I set about writing the first draft of a subterranean horror novella that would eventually become Broken Shells. You could even say it was inspired by a true story! 

Here's the official synopsis:

Antoine DeWitt is a man down on his luck. Broke and recently fired, he knows the winning Money Carlo ticket that has landed in his mailbox from a car dealership is nothing more than a scam. The promise of five thousand dollars, though, is too tantalizing to ignore.
Jon Dangle is a keeper of secrets, many of which are buried deep beneath his dealership. He works hard to keep them hidden, but occasionally sacrifices are required, sacrifices who are penniless, desperate, and who will not be missed. Sacrifices exactly like DeWitt.
When Antoine steps foot on Dangle's car lot, it is with the hope of easy money. Instead, he finds himself trapped in a deep, dark hole, buried alive. If he is going to survive the nightmare ahead of him, if he has any chance of seeing his wife and child again, Antoine will have to do more than merely hope. He will have to fight his way back to the surface, and pray that Jon Dangle's secrets do not kill him first.

I certainly don't want to spoil anymore of this book here, so that's enough yammering from me. Let's check out the cover design Kealan Patrick Burke created!

broken shells.jpg

Kealan's awesome isn't he? I highly encourage you to check out his work. The dude's an artist on two fronts - in addition to being a Bram Stoker Award winning horror author, he's also a hell of a cover designer as evidenced above. Check out his author website and his designer page for Elderlemon Design. Kealan also did the cover design for my recently released horror novel, Mass Hysteria, which was recently selected by Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews as one of the best horror novels of 2017!

Broken Shells comes out February 6 in paperback and eBook. Purchase links for the eBook will be along shortly, but the paperback can be pre-ordered right now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Don't forget to hit Like and Share!

Follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads

If you enjoyed this post or others like it here, and would like to help keep this blog running,
you can support High Fever Books with a small Ko-Fi donation.

High Fever Books Needs Your Support!

logoblack.jpg

In this week's Letters From the Labyrinth, Brian Keene echoed a thought similar to one I've had about the migration away from social media and back toward blogs, websites, and newsletters.

In my opinion, Facebook is getting pretty damn exhausting and obnoxious, and that's on top of hiding Pages updates from the majority of its audience unless we pay to boost posts. Twitter is too content to be a safe space for Nazis and a wasteland for trolls. Given these issues, I'm planning on making a concerted effort to move away from these services over 2018 and focus more on my own dedicated platforms. If you're one of my regular readers (or hell, even if you're not, and maybe especially if you're not and I need to convert you!), I'd like you to know where I'll be and the best places you can go to for updates and information.

Even though the homepage of this very blog has links to my Facebook author page and my Twitter account, the very best place to go, first and foremost, is right here: http://michaelpatrickhicks.com. This is where I blog and post book reviews, and it's also where the majority of news on my upcoming releases will break to the general public first. Please bookmark this site and visit it regularly. The blog in particular is often updated at least once a week with fresh book reviews, which might help you discover lots of other new authors to enjoy. I'm planning/hoping to utilize the blog for more content throughout 2018, stuff outside of simply providing book reviews, so keep an eye out!

Over the course of 2017, I've added and updated a Store to my website, giving readers the chance to buy directly from me instead of through third-party vendors like Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Here, you can buy signed paperback editions of my print releases. I recently made another update in order to make digital bundling a possibility, so you can buy the paperback and get a complimentary copy of either the MOBI or EPUB file, depending on your specification, to load onto your eReader and keep the print copy nice and pristine.

If you're looking for a more dedicated platform to receive regular updates, plus exclusive content, and one that helps supports my platform as an author, please consider joining me on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/michaelpatrickhicks. For as little as $1 per month, you can help feed and clothe this author and his family, and help ensure that I'll be able to continue releasing quality books and stories. You'll also be able to help me build up a community of dedicated fans to interact with and maybe make some new friends!

If you just want to receive periodic updates on new releases, sales, and the occasional book recommendation, consider subscribing to the High Fever Books newsletter at http://bit.ly/1H8slIg. You'll even get a free copy of my zombie short story, Let Go, just for signing up!

To stay updated on new releases, give me a Follow on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2EnB7YA) and on BookBub (https://www.bookbub.com/profile/michael-patrick-hicks).

These are some of the best and most immediate ways you can keep up with me and stay connected depending on the level of connectivity you wish to maintain. Personally, I'd love to see you tracking me at all of these above-mentioned sites. But, let's be realistic.

With a number of small press publishers having closed their doors in 2017, and the effects of the recently-passed tax bill still largely unknown, authors are going to need your support in 2018. I am going to need your support in 2018, and in ways that go beyond simply buying my books. While that is most certainly appreciated, and one of the best and most direct ways to show your support, please consider leaving reviews of my stories (good or bad, it doesn't matter; just be honest!). If you like my stuff, tell a friend. If you hate my stuff, tell an enemy. If you run a blog and want review copies, tell me. Post about it, tweet about it, Instagram and tag it. Whatever you can do, however you can do it, it will be not just appreciated but needed in the days and months ahead. I'm not asking you to become a crazy evangelical going door-to-door peddling my books to the unwary and uninitiated...but I'm also not going to stop you! You do you!

Whatever comes in the New Year, I hope we find some way to stay connected. I'll keep writing as long as you keep reading. And for all that you've done for me thus far, thank you. I started down this authorial road in 2014, and my ambitions and goals have only gotten larger with each passing year. For all my readers out there, that's on you. I want to do more and be bigger and better at all this writing and publishing stuff because you have shown me it is possible and that what I am doing is indeed worthwhile. Thank you, each and every one of you. Now, let's see what else we can do in the years ahead.

Happy New Year!


Don't forget to hit Like and Share!

Follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads

If you enjoyed this post or others like it here, and would like to help keep this blog running,
you can support High Fever Books with a small Ko-Fi donation.