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

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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!


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.

Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.

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