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** THE KINDLE VERSION OF MY DEBUT NOVEL PURSUIT OF A DREAM WILL BE FREE February 14-15, 2013 **

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Flowers and chocolate are going to be flying off the store shelves on Valentine’s Day, and while I don’t have any of that for you I do have a gift that you can snag for two days only. How about a FREE e-book? How’s that for sweetness? That’s right Friday and Saturday only I’ll be giving away the Kindle version of my first novel Pursuit of a Dream! Just click on the book cover or Kindle link at the bottom of this post to claim your FREE copy.

Here’s what folks have said about my debut novel:

“Pursuit of a Dream is a breath of fresh air. Readers will enjoy following Caleb’s journey from a rambunctious young boy to a determined young man who refuses to allow his dreams to pass him by.” | Sara Furlong Burr, author of Enigma Black and Vendetta Nation.

“If you want a compelling story about family, faith and dedication then you definitely want to take the time to read Pursuit of a Dream.” | Wyatt McIntyre, author of The Last Dance

“In the age of zombies, horror, and thrillers vying for attention, Pursuit of a Dream seems out of favor with the current trend … but, and this is a HUGE BUT, what isn’t out of favor is excellent writing and storytelling, and this is what Mr. Pruneda provides.” | Eden Baylee, author of Fall Into Winter and Spring Into Summer

“If you enjoy a wonderful story that takes you through, highs, lows, faith and inspiration then you will find great pleasure in Pursuit of a Dream.” | Dannie Hill, author of In Search of a Soul

“Readers will truly enjoy the transition of Caleb from young boy to a focused adult with NASCAR racing on his mind.” | S.G. Lee, author of A Penny Saved, A Murder Earned

“I truly enjoyed Pursuit of a Dream by Robert Pruneda. The story centers on The Lockharts, John, a widowed father and his two young sons Jared and Caleb. Early on, John loses his long-held job and the security of his family turns upside-down. Much of the story is reflective of current American family strife and I believe that this will resonate with readers. ” | Donna L. Sadd, author of LUCCI – The No Smoochie Poochie via Amazon.com

Synopsis:

Caleb Lockhardt has one goal in life, racing stock cars. He is determined to live that dream no matter what, but he struggles with the fact that no one in his family has ever been involved in auto racing. Caleb’s brother is quick to point that out, and even their father, while loving and supportive, doesn’t take Caleb’s aspiration seriously at first…until he sees his son win his first go-kart race. As Caleb grows older his desire to win clouds his focus and judgment, and he struggles with the realization that living his dream is going to require a lot more patience, discipline, and sacrifice than he had anticipated. Will Caleb succeed in his Pursuit of a Dream or will he let adversity and discouragement pave the way for failure?

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Robert “Sharky” Pruneda is author of the contemporary sports fiction series Victory Lane: The Chronicles and the Amazon bestselling horror-suspense novel Devil’s Nightmare. You can connect with Robert via social media on Twitter @SharkbaitWrites and on his Facebook author page.

Sharky graphic created by Cara Michaels.

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January FP BadgeThat’s right, ladies and gentlemen. My bestselling horror-thriller Devil’s Nightmare will be FREE on Friday, January 24. See details below:

Free ParTay Super Free Friday! For One Day Only, Jan. 24th, Devil’s Nightmare will be FREE! If you like Devil’s Nightmare you might also like these other FREE books:

Saved, A woman taken and the Navy Captain who saves her. By Lorhainne Eckhart.

Vegas Series, Fast-paced, hot romance, sassy Vegas detectives and mind-blowing conflicts galore! By Mimi Barbour.

The Brotherhood of the Snake, What if humans were more powerful than they thought? By Carmen Caine.

The Wand-Maker’s Debate: Osric’s Wand: Book One, A world of magic in its infancy. By Jack D. Albrecht Jr. and Ashley Delay.

Zack Meets Deezel, Brother and sister befriend ghost of movie star action hero. By Roy Jet.

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Devil's Nightmare

** THE KINDLE VERSION WILL BE FREE FROM JULY 4-5, 2013 **

In case you haven’t heard yet, I’m feeling very generous right now and decided to give away the Kindle version of my horror-thriller Devil’s Nightmare for two days. So, from July 4-5, 2013 you can grab a free copy for your Kindle (or via the free Kindle reading app for other devices). So, why am I doing this? Well, exposure of course! Plus, in return for the freebie all I’m asking for is an honest review on Goodreads or Amazon. In any case, I hope you take advantage of this limited time offer and enjoy my novel!

What others have said about Devil’s Nightmare:

“It’s a page turner. It’s one of those stories where you’ll set the book down to go do the dishes and the whole time you’re wondering, what’s going to happen next and you can’t wait to get back to reading it.” | Karen Einsel, author of The Good Dr. Grant

“What can I say about Devil’s Nightmare . . . other than I LOVED it! It’s very intriguing and keeps you turning the pages.” | Sara Furlong Burr, author of Enigma Black

“From start to finish, it was well told in a great first person style, which I liked very much and made it easy to visualize the insanity happening … kudos! Should be on a best sellers list somewhere, soon!” | Diana B. via Amazon.com

“[Pruneda] did a very good job of keeping things in order and moving smoothly along. This is a good story! The language was real and worked in the context of the story.” | Dannie Hill, author of In Search of a Soul

“If you like Stephen King, then you’ll love Devil’s Nightmare by Robert Pruneda.” | S.G. Lee, author of A Penny Saved, A Murder Earned

“The characters are fleshed out well, description and dialog paint the story vividly, and the mystery takes twists and turns that kept this reader guessing. ” | Donna L. Sadd, author of LUCCI – The No Smoochie Poochie via Amazon.com

Synopsis:

Detective Aaron Sanders’ abilities and fortitude are put to the test when he investigates a brutal double-homicide where a boy’s parents are found mutilated inside their home. The boy is the only witness to the crime and his clothes are stained with his parents’ blood. His clothes are also tainted with the blood of other victims from a separate and even more horrific crime scene at a nearby cemetery. All of the victims appear to have been killed in the same manner and the boy knows the true identity of the evil responsible for the multiple deaths, but he is unwilling to talk. No one would believe him. A threat on the boy’s life and a disturbing nightmare causes Detective Sanders to question his beliefs and his own sanity. This investigation ultimately leads Sanders in a fight to save himself and the life of an orphaned boy from an unimaginable evil that is spawned from the curse of the devil’s nightmare.


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Available for FREE worldwide on Kindle:Devil's Nightmare by Robert Pruneda

 

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Welcome to Season 2: Episode 4 of Chumming with Sharky™ where viewers from every corner of the deep blue sea are treated to a small taste of talented authors from a myriad of genres. Today, I bring you the very talented Lorna Suzuki, author of the Imago fantasy series. The first three books are actually currently in development for a major motion picture trilogy. Now, on with the show . . .

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Lorna Suzuki

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Click here to be transported to the shark tank for the full episode of Chumming with Sharky™: Lorna Suzuki.

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This month my website celebrated two years of existence, so I decided to thank my readers by giving away a couple of autographed copies of Devil’s Nightmare and a $20 Amazon gift card. There were 13 eligible comments on my Two-Year Anniversary Giveaway post. I used a very sophisticated and highly technically advanced process in order to select the two lucky winners of the autographed copies of Devil’s Nightmare and $20 gift card.

First, I had to compile the data with patented and very efficient data mining tools.

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Then, I had to filter and separate all of that information in preparation for the very high-tech process of actually selecting my two winners.

Phase 2

After the filtering and separation process I needed to apply some very specialized encryption techniques prior to the drawing.

Phase 3

As soon as I had all of my data entered, filtered, encrypted and processed, all of the entries needed to be stored for safekeeping until it was time for the drawing.

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Then it was time for the actual drawing. Sure, I could have used Random.org, but what would have been the fun in that? So, I utilized a secret third party selection agency. Here is a photo of that third party agent (Agent Mom) on the USS Lexington.

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And the winners are Beau Brown and @RescueCherry:

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Both winners have already been contacted and their books will be shipped via snail mail within the week. But wait! There was also a $20 Amazon gift card up for grabs. After another drawing (utilizing the same high-tech and patented selection process) I had Agent Mom draw the winner . . .

@WriterGirl007 is the lucky winner of the $20 Amazon gift card! Sending the gift card was easy too since Amazon also has a very high-tech way of doing so via email, although they don’t have anything on my system. Yeah, Amazon could probably learn a thing or two from my groundbreaking contest winner selection system.

Congratulations to Beau Brown and Sheri M. (a.k.a. @RescueCherry) for winning the autographed books. I hope you enjoy reading Devil’s Nightmare! And congratulations to WriterGirl007 for winning the $20 gift card (who decided to buy both of my books) :-). Enjoy!

There will be other giveaways in the future, so be sure to to follow this site or subscribe via email (sidebar to the left) for future announcements.

Have a safe Memorial Day!

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I recently had the pleasure of visiting the cyber home of  Lorna Suzuki to chat about my horror-thriller Devil’s Nightmare. For those of you who don’t know Lorna, she is the very talented creator of the Imago Fantasy Series which is currently in production for a major motion picture trilogy. I met Lorna in the cyber Twitter pub #Pubwrite back in 2011 and quickly realized that she was one of the cool kids. Click on Lorna’s image below to be transported to her site and join me with a casual chat about Devil’s Nightmare and writing in general.

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My new horror novel Devil’s Nightmare just received it’s first official paperback review on Amazon. I published the paperback edition a couple of weeks ago and I’m glad to see that there are still readers out there that enjoy reading physical copies of books! I personally like both print and eBook formats. Sometimes both at the same time. Anyway, I’m rambling. Check out the latest 5-star review of Devil’s Nightmare below (copied straight off Amazon) and be sure to claim your copy too:

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5.0 out of 5 starsHorrific, Thrilling and Mysterious
By MG Wells

I was thoroughly creeped out THE DEVIL’S NIGHTMARE by Robert Pruneda. The story, characters and dialogue were realistic. This thrilling, well-written horror mystery kept me on the edge of my seat. Lots of twists and turns when you least expect them. If you’re a fan of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, I highly recommend this book. A thrilling read indeed!

Author’s note: I’m flattered that yet another reader has referenced Stephen King when describing their experience reading Devil’s Nightmare. I swear, I had nothing to do with that! :-) Now Dean Koontz, another one of my favorite authors, is thrown in the mix. I hope you’ll give my first horror novel a look and let me know what you thought of it. Enjoy! If you have already read it, posting a review (on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Goodreads, etc.) would be greatly appreciated! Cheers!

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Update: Blog post originally published on March 1, 2013. Devil’s Nightmare has since become an Amazon best seller in both Horror Suspense and Horror Occult categories.

My first horror novel Devil’s Nightmare has been out for just under a couple of months now and it’s been getting some great reviews on Amazon. I wanted to share the five reviews (four 5-star, and one 4-star) received with you all. I’m very pleased that readers are enjoying this novel. Have a look for yourself, and if you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, be sure to click on one of the links at the end of this post. Enjoy!

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5.0 out of 5 starsScary Good Book
By mmp&jmp

I don’t mind scary but this book was a bit much. I was so drawn into the characters and the suspense that I forgot it’s a work of fiction. Didn’t know Mr. Pruneda before but I surely know him now. The plot and characters are so real, the twists and turns throughout the story so engaging that even I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen next – - – and I’m a pretty good guesser. Poor Cody. I really felt sorry for the child. Pruneda’s Detective Sanders . . . Well I’m not telling you. You’ll just have to read the book, even if you’re a scary type like me. It’s just that good.

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Author’s note: I was very pleased to see that this reader connected with the characters so much that it felt real, even though it was a work of horror fiction. I’m also thrilled that the reader was a fan of my main character Detective Aaron Sanders. He was fun to write.

4.0 out of 5 stars Really Creepy!
By Teena

For his first book, Mr. Pruneda did a great job! I really liked how he built the suspense and I can’t wait for his next scary book. The only reason I didn’t give him five stars is there were a few too many typographical errors. All in all he is a wonderful story teller and he adds the right amount of detail which helped me picture the scenes.

Author’s note: I really appreciate this reader’s review because it gives some great constructive criticism about some flaws in the book while also sharing what she really enjoyed about Devil’s Nightmare. It gave it a nice balance.

5.0 out of 5 stars An edge-of-your seat, engaging, and all around outstanding read
By Sara Furlong Burr

I first became a fan of Mr. Pruneda after reading his first novel, Pursuit of a Dream. I was highly impressed with his knack for dialogue and uncanny ability at penning a well-written and engaging story that kept my attention throughout the book. Yes, I liked Pursuit of a Dream, but I LOVED Devil’s Nightmare. It seems, with this book, Mr. Pruneda has found his calling and I truly believe great things are in store for this author in the horror genre.

In Devil’s Nightmare, Detective Aaron Sanders finds himself thrust in the middle of an investigation involving a string of mysterious, and incredibly horrific murders, beginning with the discovery of three children in a graveyard and a young boy’s mother and stepfather (who I can’t say as I was all too sad to see be disemboweled). Newly orphaned Cody is the sole witness to the murders, but is too traumatized to speak of them no matter how hard Detective Sanders gets him to open up. Yet, at night, the boy is plagued by such disturbing nightmares that whatever has rendered him a virtual mute during the day is forgotten, and Detective Sanders is given some valuable clues as to the horrors Cody has encountered. What secret does Cody hold, and will Detective Sanders figure it out before the body count rises?

Devil’s Nightmare contains several plot twists that are far from predictable, which I love considering I can usually figure out twists coming from a mile away. Just when you think the story is over and the case solved, it’s not. And the final outcome will leave you breathless.

I’m not personally a big fan of horror, but after reading Devil’s Nightmare, I will certainly be reading more books in this genre and, hopefully, another one from Mr. Pruneda in the near future. Watch out, Stephen King, here comes Robert Pruneda!

Author’s note: I always appreciate such detailed reviews that give other potential readers a broader scope of what to expect in the novel that he/she is considering to purchase. The dialogue in Devil’s Nightmare is one of the things this reader particularly enjoyed, along with the suspense and the fact that I have apparently been successful with keeping this readers guessing. I also am very flattered by the reference to Stephen King, my favorite author.  

5.0 out of 5 stars So cool, it was like John Saul & James Patterson had a baby!
By Diana

With a dash of DeMille, I might add. Absolutely get this book! In the midst of all the horrific things going on in the story, the sarcastic humor of Detective Sanders kept you cheering through! Gotta save Cody (loved that poor kid) from this nightmare I kept thinking :( From start to finish, it was well told in a great first person style, which I liked very much and made it easy to visualize the insanity happening … kudos! Should be on a best sellers list somewhere, soon!

Author’s note: I really enjoyed how this reader described my writing as the genetic mixture of some very talented authors that I admire. This reader also connected with the characters (particularly Detective Sanders and Cody Sumner). I appreciate this reader saying that Devil’s Nightmare should be on a best sellers list soon. (insert subliminal message here . . . click on the link below and claim your copy). :-)

Wow! My heart’s still beating out of my chest!
By Donna L. Sadd

I really enjoyed reading Devil’s Nightmare. I was hooked at the prologue; then it’s fast pace proceeded to yank me through one heck of a scary thrill ride! This is a difficult review to write without spoilers, but what I can say is that the characters are fleshed out well, description and dialog paint the story vividly, and the mystery takes twists and turns that kept this reader guessing. I’m not a horror fiction fan; however, I’m a fan of Mr. Pruneda’s work and this occult thriller seriously kept my heart pounding every step of the way. I could easily see Devil’s Nightmare being made into a film and I recommend that you read it . . . with the lights on of course!

Author’s note: This was my very first review. This reader, like others, has pointed out that she’s not a fan of horror fiction, but really enjoyed reading Devil’s Nightmare. The fact that she kept reading this story could possible mean that I may be successfully converting some readers over to the genre. Mwahahahaha! :-)

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I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of Enigma Black by Sara Furlong Burr last year and just recently read it again after purchasing a copy for my Kindle Fire as soon as it was published exclusively on Amazon. I normally don’t read superhero type stories, and I don’t read comics, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this story or not when I first read it. I’m here to say the second time around was just as enjoyable (if not more than) the beta read. Read my review of Enigma Black by clicking on the cover image below:

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On Sunday, Feb. 10, I had the pleasure of visiting the cyber-dwelling of the super cool Jill Edmondson (author of the Sasha Jackson Mysteries) to chat about writing and my horror-thriller Devil’s Nightmare, which by the way, has a new professionally designed cover. I had loads of fun with this interview and I hope you enjoy it too. Click on the Devil’s Nightmare banner below to get beamed over to Jill’s site for the full interview.

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