FOG WARNING Now Available for Pre-Order on Amazon!

Michael Patrick Hicks:

This one sounds like it’ll make for an excellent Thanksgiving weekend read. Go pre-order it now!

Originally posted on Ruminating On::

I figured I’d try this pre-order doohickey on Amazon and see how it goes. If you’re one of those who are fond of that pre-order button, go clickety-click that bad boy. Share away, you know, if the mood strikes you. Pro-shate it!

Fog Warning Pre-Order!

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CONSUMPTION News, An Interview, Giveaways, and More!

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Consumption has been in the wild for a few days now, and had a wonderful launch this past Tuesday. As you can see from the image above, it was a #1 short story release on Kobo, and even made it as high as #3 in their overall Horror listings upon its release. I’m really, really proud of this one, and a great big THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased the eBook thus far.

If you haven’t yet bought Consumption, what are you waiting for? It’s a terrific Halloween treat for yourself or your gore-hound friends. Or it could be a fun 99 cent trick to play on somebody, but they might end up thanking you for it anyway.

To celebrate my new release, I’m offering up 25 freebies of both Consumption and Convergence eBooks through a LibraryThing giveaway. There are a huge amount of titles up for grabs over there, so if you’d like a shot at either (or both) of my titles, go enter! To make finding them a bit easier, run a quick search (Ctrl+F) in your browser and start typing the titles. You’ll land upon them pretty quickly.

The Consumption giveaway is running until the afternoon of Oct. 28, and Convergence is being offered until Nov. 7.

I recently had a great conversation with fellow author S. Elliot Brandis, whose work I’ve become a huge fan of. You can read his interview with me over at his site, where we talk a bit about both of my titles and what’s coming up next for me. While you’re there, be sure to check out his review of Consumption, too!

As far as what’s next for me, as I said the interview, I’m working on editing Emergence, the follow-up to Convergence, for a 2015 release. 2015 is going to be a neat year for me, I think, as I’ll also be taking part in an anthology of sci-fi themed works. I’m taking a small break from editing to work on a new short story for this collection. Hopefully I don’t jinx myself by saying the writing is going well! I can’t tell you much about this story or the anthology just yet, but as soon as I can release the news I will. I’m über excited to be involved in this project and there’s some fresh, top-notch talent involved. So, keep your eyes peeled for news and be among the first to know by signing up for my newsletter.

You can also check out the full details on Consumption and Convergence at these links, and be sure to add them to your Goodreads page, as well.

My name is being sent to space… and to Mars! Is yours?? #JourneytoMars

Michael Patrick Hicks:

This is the closest I’ll ever get to being an astronaut.

Originally posted on CauseScience:

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Send your name into space, and eventually to Mars, with new NASA program. Sign up for your ‘boarding pass’ to space and Mars as part of NASA’s Orion Mission testing. More info about the Orion and future Mars mission here.

Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency’s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4 on its first flight, designated Exploration Flight Test-1. After a 4.5 hour, two-orbit mission around Earth to test Orion’s systems, the spacecraft will travel back through the atmosphere at speeds approaching 20,000 mph and temperatures near 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

But the journey for your name doesn’t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. With each flight, selected individuals will accrue more miles as members of a global space-faring society.

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REBLOG: Hello from The Pit and Book Review of ‘Convergence’ by Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks:

Yesterday saw a great review for my forthcoming horror short, Consumption. Today brings another wonderful review, this time for my sci-fi novel, Convergence, from the wonderful J.S. Collyer. If you haven’t already, be sure to read her debut novel ZERO!

Originally posted on The Path - J. S. Collyer's Writing Blog:

Hello there and greetings to all, both to new followers and old faithfuls. Sorry if I’m echoing, but these greetings are coming to you from the depths of the Writing Pit.

I am currently pretty much a permanent resident of said Pit. As I hinted at in my last post I have one of those things: a deadline. So this Pit comes complete with a Pendulum.

Tell me you didn’t see that one coming.

As I always say, however, progress is steady. Which is genuinely is if you make the time to write and keep yourself engaged with your draft.

Thus, I soldier on and you will be the first to know whenever I get a chance to come up for air.

Further to this aim, I am off on a writing retreat this weekend. I am really excited. I can honestly say nothing compares to the productivity you achieve…

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Back Home!

After a wonderful vacation, it’s almost time for to re-enter the reality of my daily grind. I’ve still got a few days before I head back to the day job to get caught up on things, at least. First order of business is sorting through all the photos I took while at Niagara Falls, Portland, ME, and our quick stop through the White Mountain National Forest range in New Hampshire. We also had a quick overnight stay in Kingsland, Ontario but didn’t get to see very much of the city beyond a few blocks surrounding our hotel.

We road-tripped it, and the scenery was absolutely beautiful. One of the most refreshing, relaxing vacations I’ve had in a while. It maybe helps that it’s been a few years since I had a real, honest-to-goodness vacation.

On the bright side, all the hours on the road gave me lots of time to plot and figure out Book Number 3. So, second order of business is to outline, plan, and research.

Before I do any of that, though, here’s some quickies from my Instagram feed for y’all. Each were shot with the iPhone 4s and processed in-app. In the coming days, I’ll share photos that I shot with my Canon 7D when those are all ready.

Niagara Falls:


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New Hampshire


Kingston, ON

Reblog: The Pixel Project Reddit AMA — End Violence Against Women « terribleminds: chuck wendig

Originally posted at Wendig’s blog comes this campaign that is certainly worth spreading the word about:

The Pixel Project Reddit AMA — End Violence Against Women « terribleminds: chuck wendig.

The Pixel Project, in a nutshell, is an effort to help raise awareness and combat violence against women with part of the proceeds going to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. You can read more about it at their FAQ, or check out the details on Wendig’s blog.

You can also find a bevy of information on the Read for Pixels campaign here, and donate over at IndieGoGo.

The Speculative Fiction Blog Hop – this week, Sheila Guthrie

Michael Patrick Hicks:

Hard to believe my post in this blog hop was back in May! Lots of additions since then, and all are well worth checking out.

Originally posted on shamansland:

Here is my weekly round-up of the Speculative Fiction Blog Hop. Sheila Guthrie is this week’s contributor, and has also taken over the organisation of the Blog Hop from Heidi Garrett, who is concentrating on the Speculative Fiction Showcase, together with Cora Buhlert and myself.

Sheila has taken up the torch to write about her writing process. Sheila is a fan of Scrivener ( a very helpful programme for writers) and got me interested. She writes both Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction, and tends to write character-driven novels. Go and read her post!

http://newsfromsheilasworld.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-speculative-fiction-writing-process.html

Forthcoming blog posts:

September 1: Harry Manners
September 8: Carole McDonnell
September 15: Dean F. Wilson

October 6: Amelia Smith

There are plenty of openings, especially if you are a member of the KBoards.

Previous blog posts:
Vincent Trigili: http://www.losttalesofpower.com/2014/08/18/speculative-fiction-blog-hop/
Ceinwen Langley: http://ceinwenlangley.com/2014/08/11/the-speculative-fiction-blog-hop/
Kevin Hardman: http://kevinhardman.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-speculative-fiction-blog-hop.html
Cora Buhlert: http://corabuhlert.com/2014/07/28/the-speculative-fiction-blog-hop/
Jessica Rydill: http://livinginthemaniototo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/speculative-fiction-writing-process.html
Jamie Maltman: http://www.jamiemaltman.com/2014/07/14/writing-process-blog-tour/
Marilyn…

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Reblog: Author Wednesday – Michael Patrick Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks:

Many, many thanks to Patricia Zick for the wonderful interview as part of her on-going Author Wednesday series!

Originally posted on P.C. Zick:

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Welcome to another installment of Author Wednesday. Michael Patrick Hicks joins me today to talk about his first novel Convergence. This science fiction technothriller features Jonah Everitt as your everyday drug addict, memory thief, and killer. There’s bound to be an edge-of-your-seat story in the telling of his journey! convergence-800-cover-reveal-and-promotional

Hello Michael! Your book sounds exciting and chilling at the same time. Tell us a little bit about yourself as a writer before we delve into the plot of Convergence.When did you first discover your voice as a writer?

Probably in high school. I always dabbled with writing as a hobby, but in my senior year of high school–way back when now–I decided to get a little bit serious about it and took a creative writing course. I wasn’t quite prepared for the worlds it opened up for me, and I completely fell in love with the art. I’ve…

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