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First of all, I would like to thank everyone who participated in my and Sheilagh Lee‘s Birthday “Twins” Book Giveaway. I just received an email from Sheilagh with Rafflecopter’s picks for the winners, and she’s waiting for me to announce my winners so she can link to my website. So, we’ll get right to it. I’m going to start off with the ten lucky readers who will be getting a free copy of Devil’s Nightmare for their Kindles. In no particular order the winners are:

Devils Nightmare1) Deb LeFaivre

2) Lavender Smith

3) Chris Burke

4) Elliot Waugh

5) Colin Quirke

6) Jai Gagne

7) Leigh Francis

8) Martin Chatwin

9) Ross Carrothers

10) Alice Quinn

Congratulations to all of you. I will contact each of you soon to confirm the email you would like me to send Devil’s Nightmare via Amazon’s gifting service. Enjoy!

And now for the grand prize winner of a signed copy of Devil’s Nightmare. Drum roll please! And the winner is . . .

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Karen Einsel

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Congratulations, Karen! I’ll contact you soon to get mailing information, so I can get your book shipped out to you soon. I hope Devil’s Nightmare is a nice addition to your horror collection.

To everyone else that participated in this contest, thank you! While you may not have been a winner this time, be sure to subscribe to this blog and sign up for my newsletter for news on upcoming novels and more opportunities to win free stuff!

Have a great week!

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Robert “Sharky” Pruneda is author of the Amazon Kindle bestselling horror novel Devil’s Nightmare and the contemporary family motor sports drama Pursuit of a Dream (Victory Lane: The Chronicles). He lives in south Texas and has called the Lone Star State his home all of his life. Pruneda is also very active in social media and an avid gamer who can often be found fighting side-by-side with friends on his favorite first-person shooter . . . but he prefers survival horror.

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My Canadian friend and “birthday twin” Sheilagh Lee came up with a great idea for us to celebrate our birthdays by giving away some copies of our books. We share May 28 as our birthday and instead of accepting gifts (although, cheese cake is always welcome), we will be giving out gifts to our readers in the form of some free e-books. I’m also giving away one autographed copy of Devil’s Nightmare to one lucky winner. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter giveaway posted on Sheilagh Lee’s website.

Click on the image below to be transported to Canada for your opportunity to win.

Skippy the Kangaroo and Devil's Nightmare

I just wanted to pop in and let everyone know that Sharkbait Writes will have an official newsletter in the near future. I just signed up for MailChimp to generate an email list, so if you would like to be a part of this “exclusive club” then all you have to do is click on the creepy image below to sign up.

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What’s the difference between signing up for my blog and signing up for the newsletter you say? Well, for starters, newsletter subscribers will get exclusive content that I will not post in my blogs. Also, if you sign up for my newsletter you’ll have a chance to win some cool stuff, like autographed books, gift cards, etc. Oh, and I promise not to sell your email address to all those annoying spam bots out there and will only send a newsletter your way on an occasional basis.

So, what are you waiting for? Click on the image below (or above; I’m not picky) to fill out the short form and you’ll be all set. And as an incentive, the first ten people to sign up will receive a FREE digital copy of my novel Devil’s Nightmare, sent via Amazon (or .mobi via email if outside the U.S.). You don’t actually need a Kindle to read it, though. There’s an app for that! 🙂 Every new subscriber will get thrown in a drawing for another prize to be determined. It may be an autographed copy of Devil’s Nightmare, a gift card, or an all-expense paid trip to the Bahamas (but don’t get your hopes up on that one 🙂 ). 

Have a great weekend, everyone! Sharky Teeth

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Earlier this month in Season 2: Episode 4 of Chumming with Sharky™ I interviewed Lorna Suzuki, author of the Imago fantasy series. The first three books are actually currently in development for a major motion picture trilogy and Lorna decided to give away a  deluxe pdf version of A Warrior’s Tale: Book One of The Imago Chronicles or Lorna’s new YA fantasy novel The Dream Merchant Saga: Book One The Magic Crystal. Well, we’ve had the official drawing and the winner is . . .

Alessa Ellefson!

Congratulations on winning the contest. Lorna will be contacting you soon to claim your prize!

For those of you who haven’t read my interview with Lorna Suzuki can do so by clicking the link below. And be sure to subscribe to my site for more interviews with other authors and news about my own projects . . . and maybe another contest or two in the near future.

Chumming with Sharky

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.

Phase 1

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.

Phase 4

Then it was time for the actual drawing. Sure, I could have used, 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.


And the winners are Beau Brown and @RescueCherry:

Contest winners books

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!

Sharky Teeth

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A couple of weeks ago Science Fiction author Steve Umstead published Gabriel: Zero Point, the prequel to his very popular Evan Gabriel Trilogy. To launch his latest book, Steve decided to have a book promotion contest for all of his fans. The task was simple… help him promote the book through various social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, etc.) and let him know about it by either using a #GZP hashtag on Twitter or tagging/mentioning him in the book promotional messages on Facebook or Google Plus.

This is the first Gabriel’s Redemption print sold with the new cover.

Every day for five days he randomly picked a name to win a $10 Amazon gift card (a total of $50 for the week). Steve also announced that he would be giving away a Nook Table or Kindle Fire (each valued at $199) to one lucky grand prize winner during Week 2 of the book launch (More details on that later). I was lucky enough to have my name drawn in one of the $10 gift card drawings and purchased the print edition of Steve Umstead’s first published book Gabriel’s Redemption. I had already read the eBook version, enjoyed it, and thought it would make a great addition to my growing library of books from independently published (“Indie”) authors. I soon found out that I was the first person to purchase the print version with the new cover as soon as it went live on Amazon! Too bad it wasn’t a numbered signed edition so I could later auction it off on eBay when it officially becomes a collector’s item, and then I could retire.

Anyway, throughout the week I continued to help promote Gabriel: Zero Point through Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus via sharing promo messages Steve broadcasted and creating some custom messages of my own. As I was browsing through my emails the following Monday, I was pleasantly surprised to see my name listed among seven grand prize finalists for the second week of Steve Umstead’s “Gabriel: Zero Point Spread the Word” book promo contest. The seven grand prize finalists were selected for being the most creative and helpful during the book launch promotion and ranged from writing book reviews, blog posts, and spreading the word via various social media platforms. I was selected for having a consistent Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus campaign.

The real fun began when I read that the grand prize winner would be selected by way of casting votes. Each candidate for the grand prize had one week to solicit as many votes as possible from friends, family, neighbors, etc. and the man or woman with the most votes by 11 p.m. (Eastern Time) Friday, April 27, would be crowned the winner the next day. I got a late start since I hadn’t read the blog post until later in the day and Dr. Shay Fabbro had already earned approximately 30 votes! All of the other candidates had votes too, except for me! I had zero, zilch, nada! Well, I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a Kindle Fire ever since Amazon released it and my dad (who is very technically challenged) received one for Christmas and is now addicted to it!

Vote for Sharky!

So, it was time to hit the campaign trail in my very subtle campaign vehicle. I also sent messages to all of my friends and family with a link to the contest details and started gaining votes, but Shay continued to have a steady lead throughout the first half of the week. Then a few of my friends started putting together their posse of friends around mid-week and the margin between Shay’s and my votes began to shrink, but every morning Shay would have a large surge of votes. I called in some help, and a friend of mine (who I may only refer to as Agent X, or else you might see my picture on a milk carton) recruited her brother (who is employed by a foreign government) to utilize an undisclosed office to cast votes for this desperate little American trying to win a Kindle Fire.

On Thursday, I took the lead for the first time and continued to enjoy the lead throughout the day. It looks like my secret weapon, Agent X and her brother’s secret foreign government task force, was getting me close to victory. On Friday morning I had an 88 point lead over Dr. Shay Fabbro, but something about the sudden slow pace of Team Fabbro votes on Friday seemed very fishy. My shark radar sensed a sneak counter attack. I watched the votes carefully and then late in the afternoon, Team Fabbro pounced, almost immediately cutting my lead in half, then I was only ahead by 20 votes, then suddenly, Doc Fabbro shot ahead with a near 30 point lead! Ruh-roh! Luckily, Team Pruneda kicked it into high gear and started generating some much needed votes through some desperate Twitter campaign tweets many ending with “This is Rob Pruneda, and I approve this message.” Team Fabbro, however, continued to counter with votes coming in from Lord knows where! Personally, I think she hired Anonymous to hack into Sony’s system again and commandeered hundreds of Playstation accounts to generate more votes. I’ll never be able to prove it, but she’ sneaky like that! 🙂

With only two hours left to go in the Gabriel: Zero Point book promo grand prize contest, the bullets—I mean the ballots—started flying. Team Fabbro had votes coming in from all over the place. I had unconfirmed reports of Team Fabbro votes coming in from the International Space Station and Area 51. This Shay Fabbro character was a tricky one, and with one hour to go she and I had nearly the same amount of votes. After the sneak attack Team Fabbro had launched earlier, I was ready for another one. I had more unconfirmed intelligence suggesting a special forces team was on standby to take out my communications and plant an Electronic Magnetic Pulse bomb at the Team Sharky Headquarters in Austin, Texas.

It was now time for Rob “Sharky” Pruneda to launch Operation Tuna Fish!

While this is a splitting image of my pearly white smile, I can’t take credit for this image. We all know who this image is credited to. And remember… “Fish are food… not friends!” Wait, that’s not right!

I sent another encrypted message to Agent X and a few other secret agents in my campaign management team that I had on standby. While I hit the campaign trail in my Shark Mobile trying to solicit as many votes as possible, Agent X, her brother’s secret government task force, and a few other hired guns pumped themselves full of their favorite energy drinks and chocolate bars and went to work. Agent X and her husband were in an Irish pub (undisclosed in a foreign land, of course) and bribed all of the patrons with free rounds of drinks if they voted for me…I just received the bill by the way! Agent X’s brother called in his secret government task force in another location of his country and promised them all a day off of work (and free beer for a year) if they would vote for some weird American known as “Sharky” in Texas. I had some other rogue agents that I claim no responsibility for that somehow resulted in phone calls and letters from The U.S. Department of Commerce, Department of Treasury, the Secretary of State, and the Department of Defense and some pretty hefty bills; one bill from the Pentagon included a plunger for $2 billion. I’m not sure what that was for, but I think I’m going to dispute that bill. Although, it may have something to do with the B-2 stealth bomber that dropped a ton of “A Vote for Sharky is a Vote for Indies” leaflets (with a coupon for a free Starbucks coffee on the back) at a major Shay Fabbro rally. I had nothing to do with that though! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

At the end of the day, all of the efforts from Team Pruneda paid off and I was crowned the grand prize winner of Steve Umstead’s “Gabriel: Zero Point contest. Below are the final results of the voting after all of the ballots were counted…and then recounted…and then recounted:

I want to thank everyone who participated in this contest, voted for me, encouraged others to vote for me, or just spread the word about the contest. I had a heck of a lot of fun promoting Steve’s new book and hitting the campaign trail to generate votes. I literally had votes coming in from all over the world, which was amazing! You all helped me win a really cool Kindle Fire and I owe it all to you. Thank you! I received my $199 Kindle Fire in the mail on Wednesday… and hired an accountant on Thursday to figure out how I am going to pay my campaign bill of $2,550,844,233.12. In hindsight, maybe the stealth leaflet bomber was a bit of overkill. It was worth it, though, because I’m now the proud new owner of a Kindle Fire loaded with Gabriel: Zero Point by Steve Umstead!

I received my Gabriel: Zero Point promo contest Grand Prize on Wednesday. As promised, the first book loaded onto my new Kindle Fire was Gabriel: Zero Point by Steve Umstead. Thank you very much, Steve, for this awesome prize!!!! Gabriel!

In closing please be sure to visit Steve Umstead’s website and check out his books. He was very cool to put together this contest and deserves a few sales from it. Trust me, if you love SciFi, you’ll love Steve Umstead’s books!

Steve Umstead has been the owner of a Caribbean & Mexico travel company for the past ten years, but never forgot his lifelong dream of becoming an author. After a successful stab at National Novel Writing Month, he decided to pursue his dream more vigorously…but hasn’t given up the traveling.

Steve lives in scenic (tongue-in-cheek) New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and several bookshelves full of other authors’ science fiction novels. Gabriel’s Redemption was his debut novel, published in February of 2011; Gabriel’s Return, the second in the trilogy, launched in August; the finale, Gabriel’s Revenge, book 3, hit the virtual shelves in December.

If you were a part of “Team Sharky”, are a fan of Steve’s books, or have any other comments you would like to share about this particular post, please feel free to share your thoughts. I love reading your comments! Cheers!