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From now until Friday, October 14, you can get my supernatural occult horror novels Devil’s Nightmare and Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions, for only 99 cents each! Just in time for some creepy Halloween reading! All you need is an Amazon account and a Kindle. Heck, you don’t even need a Kindle, because Amazon has nifty apps you can download on your iPad, iPhone, or whatever device you use to read e-books.

Below are descriptions of the first two books in the Devil’s Nightmare series with universal links to download each of them from Amazon.

Devil’s Nightmare (Book 1)

Veteran homicide detective Aaron Sanders thought he’d seen it all, but nothing could have prepared the seasoned detective for the mutilated remains of a kid’s parents or the equally vicious deaths of three boys at another crime scene. As Aaron works to solve the cases and protect his only witness, an orphaned child, he learns of an ancient curse that leaves him questioning all he’s ever believed. Now, to save himself and the child, Aaron must confront his own inner demons, and some he never knew existed. But if he does, will he make it out alive?

Devil’s Nightmare is an occult suspense horror novel by Robert Pruneda, who shakes readers with his visually graphic scenes, supernatural twists, and disturbing settings in this first installment of the Devil’s Nightmare series

Get it for $0.99 on Amazon

Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions (Book 2)

Sequel to the bestselling horror novel Devil’s Nightmare, Robert Pruneda brings readers another horrific thriller full of twists, chills, and a shocking conclusion. Two years have passed since Aaron Sanders retired from the Austin Police Department after what the media has labeled The Saint Hedwig Massacre. He moves his family out of the capital city to start a new life as a small town cop in Lost Maples, Texas, where he is once again caught in the middle of a mysterious investigation that has an eerie familiarity. This time, however, something even more sinister is responsible for the violent deaths. Evil knows no boundaries, and it is up to Aaron to figure out how to protect the residents of his community, and his family, from becoming its next victims

Get it for $0.99 on Amazon

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Robert “Sharky” Pruneda is a native Texan, video game “enthusiast” [addict], and fan of all things horror. He left a career in the newspaper industry in 2011 to pursue the life of a nocturnal author, brainstorming new and creative ways to creep out his readers. He doesn’t only write horror though. He also pens the occasional family-oriented tale just to keep from going completely nuts with all those creatures of the night whispering in his ears. When he’s not pulling ideas out of his twisted brain, you’ll likely find him on social media or fighting alongside his fellow gaming buddies where they all get shot up into Swiss cheese (or turned into little bite-sized chunks because of “Sharky’s” obsession with explosives). Medic!

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Creature of Maple Hills (eBook jpg)A novella from author of the best-selling supernatural occult horror novel, Devil’s Nightmare

Parents always tell their children that there are no such things as monsters. They’re only a figment of imagination caused by watching too many horror movies late at night. But what if they were wrong? What if the monsters were real? What if the creature that neighbor kid teased you about really was lurking in the woods behind your home?

On October 31, 1987, one family finds out exactly what it means to believe in monsters. Sometimes the news headlines don’t tell the real story.

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Excerpt from Creature of Maple Hills

The wind was gusty when Brayden stepped out to the back yard. The temperature had also dropped several degrees in the past couple of hours. It felt colder than usual for a late October night in central Texas, but it still wasn’t cold enough to light up the fireplace. It could be sixty degrees outside and his mother would want to fire that thing up, a product of being cold-natured. But if the warm-natured family members didn’t make it nice and toasty inside for her, they’d all suffer from the complaints. At least a fireplace kept her from jacking up the heat on the thermostat.

“Hey, dummy,” he heard Cayden yell as he began his trek across the yard.

Brayden turned around, walking backwards. “What?

“Better take this with you.” His brother tossed him a flashlight. “Don’t want to get bitten by a snake.”

“You’re the one that’s afraid of snakes.”

“I’m not afraid of them. I just don’t like the slimy things. There’s a difference.”

“Not really. And they aren’t slimy. They just have smooth scales.”

“Slimy or not, don’t forget about that coral snake we saw in the woodpile last week.”

“I know how to handle snakes, Cayden.” He flipped the flashlight on.

“I’m just saying. If you get bit in the butt, I ain’t sucking the poison out.”

Brayden laughed. “I think I’ll be fine.”

His brother did make a good point. The snake they’d found in the woodpile was only about twelve inches long. Its small, fixed fangs would make it difficult to penetrate his skin—let alone through clothing. But Brayden also knew corals were the second most venomous snakes in the world. If it did manage to get in a lucky strike, it could mean very bad news for him. He wasn’t taking any chances.

He checked the woodpile for snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, or any other critters that his mother—or Cayden—would freak out about if they made it inside the house. Other than a few toads and a couple of small cockroaches, the coast was clear. Before carrying any logs inside, he rolled them around on the ground a few times, shining the light on them. He didn’t want to end up with a roach scurrying down his shirt. Venomous snakes and tarantulas he had no problem with. But cockroaches? Nuh-uh! No thank you. Those nasty things gave him the heebie-jeebies. That last tale in Creepshow sure as heck didn’t help the matter, either. Blah!

The first two logs were clear of any of Stephen King’s cockroaches, but while he inspected another log, something rustled from the edge of the forest nearby. Brayden spun around and shone the light in the direction the noise came from. It was more out of curiosity than fear. He loved animals and anticipated spotting a deer or maybe even a bobcat. That would be so cool! He’d never seen one out in the wild.

A couple of small trees swayed. The bushes rustled again. It couldn’t have been the wind because he’d only felt a slight breeze. Branches popped—big ones from the sound of it. Brayden squinted his eyes. He wasn’t certain, but he thought he caught a glimpse of something just inside the tree line. His eyes widened when something big moved within the shadows of the forest. More branches cracked as it moved. Brayden aimed the beam of light ahead of where he saw the movement. The light reflected off a set of eyes several feet above the ground. They blinked and then he heard a low growl and more twigs and branches snapping. It was moving toward him!

Brayden stepped backwards, tripping over one of the logs. He heard a loud snap and a roar that sounded like a lion. He screamed and sprinted towards the house, leaving the firewood behind. Without looking back, he rushed inside and locked the sliding glass door. His heart pounded in his chest, his breathing labored.

“What the heck?” his twin brother said. “You look like you just saw a ghost.”

Brayden switched off the porch light and yanked on the cord to close the vertical blinds. He peeked through them expecting to see a cougar in the backyard. That in itself would have been a rare and exciting sight, at least from the safety of inside the house. He didn’t see a cougar or any other animal in the darkness. Something was out there, though.

Cayden grabbed his shoulder, making his body jump. “Dude, what’s got you on edge? A bunch of raccoons chase you inside or something?” Cayden pulled the blinds aside. “Or maybe it’s the Creature of Maple Hills. Whoo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo!” He lifted his hands and twitched his fingers at his brother while he voiced his bad ghost impression.

Brayden didn’t say anything. He just swallowed and gazed at his brother.

“Oh, give it a rest, Cayden,” their father said. The brothers turned around. “Dinner’s almost ready, so—hey, didn’t your mother ask you to get some firewood?”

Brayden nodded.

And? Go get it.”

“He did go out,” Cayden said. “But, chicken shit is too scared of the—”

“Hey! Watch your language, boy,” Brandon said, pointing at Cayden. He then repeated for Brayden to get the firewood.

He shook his head in a rapid tremor. “I’m not going back out there.”

“Why the hell not?”

“I think I heard a cougar . . . or something.”

Cayden laughed. “Oh, please. There’re no mountain lions in Austin.” He snatched the flashlight off the mantel. “I’ll do it.”

“No!” Brayden grabbed his brother’s arm. “Don’t go out there.”

“Dude, let go of my arm.” He pulled away from his brother’s grip and unlocked the patio door.

“I mean it, Cayden. There’s something out there. I saw it. It sounded big.”

Cayden rolled his eyes and shook his head. “You’re pathetic, you know that? I swear we didn’t come from the same sperm.”

“Watch it, Cayden,” his father warned.

“Sorry, Dad.” He glanced at Brayden and shook his head before heading outside.

“I’m not kidding,” Brayden said. “Don’t go out there.”

Cayden ignored the warning and hiked across the large back yard. Brayden pushed the blinds aside and watched his brother trek into the darkness.

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My favorite holiday of the year (Halloween, of course!) is fast approaching, which also means it’s time for another awesome giveaway for newsletter subscribers. This year I’ve partnered with four super-talented authors in the horror, science fiction, dystopian/post-apocalyptic, and thriller genres. In addition to my own work, I’m very excited to announce that Duncan Ralston, Thomas S. Flowers, AJ Powers, and Michael R. Hicks have graciously donated signed and e-book copies of some of their books for prizes. The only catch is that you sign up for our newsletters (current subscribers to my newsletter can also enter for a chance to win), but don’t worry, we don’t bombard our readers with a bunch of spam. Scroll down the page for more information.

On October 31, one lucky reader is going to walk away with two e-books, eight autographed paperbacks, and a $10 Amazon US gift card. Two of you will receive six e-books, and five of you will receive your choice of one free e-book to add to your digital reading library.

As an added bonus, all newsletter subscribers are entitled to a free e-book copy of my horror novella Creature of Maple Hills. You’ll get this one in an email within 24-48 hours of entering. As a hook, Michael Hicks is also giving away an e-book copy of the first book in his international best-selling Harvest trilogy, Season of the Harvest, and In Her Name series, First Contact. You can get them both free RIGHT HERE.

Here’s the list of all the goodies up for grabs in this year’s Halloween Mega Giveaway. To enter for your chance to win, just fill out the form at the bottom of this post. I’ll announce the winners here and in my newsletter on Halloween night.

GRAND PRIZE (1):

  • Signed paperback copy of Devil’s Nightmare (Devil’s Nightmare, Book 1) by Robert Pruneda
  • Signed paperback copy of Premonitions (Devil’s Nightmare, Book 2) by Robert Pruneda
  • Signed paperback copy of Reinheit by Thomas S. Flowers
  • Signed paperback copy of Dwelling (Subdue, Book 1) by Thomas S. Flowers
  • Signed paperback copy of Season of the Harvest (Harvest Trilogy, Book 1) by Michael R. Hicks
  • Signed paperback copy of Gristle & Bone by Duncan Ralston
  • Signed paperback copy of Salvage by Duncan Ralston
  • Signed paperback copy of As the Ash Fell by AJ Powers
  • eBook copy of The Journal of Avery Moore by Michael R. Hicks
  • eBook copy of The Black Gate by Michael R. Hicks
  • $10 Amazon US gift card

Update (9/10/16): Due to high international shipping costs, physical books will ship to USA and Canada addresses only. Exception: Since this wasn’t clarified in the original post, if you signed up before Sept. 10, 2016 and are overseas, you are still eligible to receive the signed copies (or you can have them sent to an address in the USA or Canada). I apologize for the misunderstanding, and thanks to “Galaxy Curse” for asking about this in the comments. 🙂

Winner will also have the option to receive e-books instead of paperbacks, if that is their preferred format.

SECOND PRIZE (2):

  • eBook copy of Salvage by Duncan Ralston
  • eBook copy of Reinheit by Thomas S. Flowers
  • eBook copy of The Black Gate by Michael R. Hicks
  • eBook copy of As the Ash Fell by AJ Powers
  • eBook copy of Devil’s Nightmare by Robert Pruneda
  • eBook copy Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions by Robert Pruneda

 

THIRD PRIZE (5):

  • Your choice of one e-book from participating authors in this giveaway. 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Featured Image -- 6213Robert “Sharky” Pruneda is a native Texan, video game “enthusiast” [addict], and fan of all things horror. He left a career in the newspaper industry in 2011 to pursue the life of a nocturnal author, brainstorming new and creative ways to creep out his readers. He doesn’t only write horror though. He also pens the occasional family-oriented tale just to keep from going completely nuts with all those creatures of the night whispering in his ears. When he’s not pulling ideas out of his twisted brain, you’ll likely find him on social media or fighting alongside his fellow gaming buddies where they all get shot up into Swiss cheese (or turned into little bite-sized chunks because of “Sharky’s” obsession with explosives). Medic!

Michael HicksBorn in 1963, Michael Hicks grew up in the age of the Apollo program and spent his youth glued to the television watching the original Star Trek series and other science fiction movies, which continue to be a source of entertainment and inspiration. Having spent the majority of his life as a voracious reader, he has been heavily influenced by writers ranging from Robert Heinlein to Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven, and David Weber to S.M. Stirling. Now living in Florida with his beautiful wife, two wonderful stepsons and two mischievous Siberian cats, he lives his dream of writing full-time and spends as much time on the road in the family RV as possible…when he’s not at the beach!

AJ Powers

AJ Powers is a professional game developer working on some of the biggest franchises in the game world–Halo, Call of Duty, and Borderlands to name a few. However, once he leaves the fluorescent pit of polygons and PBR materials, he switches gears into a reading, writing monster fueled by caffeine and ideas that won’t stop pestering him. His first full-length novel, As the Ash Fell, released in May of 2015 and has become a best seller in both the US and the UK.

In addition to writing, AJ also does his own cover art, as well as covers for various other indie authors.

AJ resides in Ohio with his beautiful wife, Lia, and their two incredible children. They also have a dog that really could use some braces.

Thomas Flowers Profile PicThomas S. Flowers is the published author of several character driven stories of dark fiction. He resides in Houston, Texas, with his wife and daughter. He is published with The Sinister Horror Company’s horror anthology The Black Room Manuscripts. His debut novel, Reinheit, is published with Shadow Work Publishing, along with The Incredible Zilch Von Whitstein and Apocalypse Meow. His military/paranormal thriller series, The Subdue Series, both Dwelling and Emerging and Conceiving (coming soon), are published with Limitless Publishing, LLC. In 2008, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army where he served for seven years, with three tours serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2014, Thomas graduated from University of Houston Clear Lake with a BA in History. He blogs at machinemean[dot]org, where he does author interviews and reviews on a wide range of strange yet oddly related topics.

Duncan Ralston was born in Toronto and spent his teens in small-town Ontario. As a “grownup,” Duncan lives with his girlfriend and their dog in Toronto, where he writes dark fiction about the things that frighten, sicken, and delight him. In addition to his twisted short stories found in GRISTLE & BONE, the anthologies EASTER EGGS & BUNNY BOILERS, WHAT GOES AROUND, DEATH BY CHOCOLATE, FLASH FEAR, and the charity anthologies BURGER VAN and THE BLACK ROOM MANUSCRIPTS Vol. 1, he is the author of the novel, SALVAGE, and the novellas EVERY PART OF THE ANIMAL and WOOM, an extreme horror Black Cover book from Matt Shaw Publications. He is one-third of the horror podcast Screen Kings, dedicated to dissecting Stephen King movies and miniseries.

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Devils Nightmare

Veteran homicide detective Aaron Sanders thought he’d seen it all, but nothing could have prepared the seasoned detective for the mutilated remains of a kid’s parents or the equally vicious deaths of three boys at another crime scene. As Aaron works to solve the cases and protect his only witness, an orphaned child, he learns of an ancient curse that leaves him questioning all he’s ever believed. Now, to save himself and the child, Aaron must confront his own inner demons, and some he never knew existed. But if he does, will he make it out alive?

Devil’s Nightmare is an occult suspense horror novel by Robert Pruneda, who shakes readers with his visually graphic scenes, supernatural twists, and disturbing settings in this first installment of the Devil’s Nightmare series.

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Sequel to the bestselling horror novel Devil’s Nightmare, Robert Pruneda brings readers another horrific thriller full of twists, chills, and a shocking conclusion. Two years have passed since Aaron Sanders retired from the Austin Police Department after what the media has labeled The Saint Hedwig Massacre. He moves his family out of the capital city to start a new life as a small town cop in Lost Maples, Texas, where he is once again caught in the middle of a mysterious investigation that has an eerie familiarity. This time, however, something even more sinister is responsible for the violent deaths. Evil knows no boundaries, and it is up to Aaron to figure out how to protect the residents of his community, and his family, from becoming its next victims

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A novella from author of the best-selling supernatural occult horror novel, Devil’s Nightmare…

Parents always tell their children that there are no such things as monsters. They try to convince them that it’s only a figment of their imaginations. But what if the adults are wrong? What if some monsters were real but just stayed hidden away from civilization? What if the creature that neighbor kid teased you about really was lurking in the woods behind your home?

On October 31, 1987, one family finds out exactly what it means to believe in monsters. And sometimes the news headlines don’t tell the real story

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If you’ve enjoyed stories by James Rollins, Michael Crichton, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, get ready to strap yourself in for a roller coaster ride of terror as you learn that you truly are what you eat…

At a genetics lab where a revolutionary strain of wonder food crops is being developed, FBI Special Agent Jack Dawson’s best friend and fellow agent, Sheldon Crane, is brutally murdered. The killer was looking for very special seeds that Jack’s friend had taken from the lab, and tore his body apart trying to find them…

Jack is convinced that Naomi Perrault, the beautiful geneticist who leads a group of suspected eco-terrorists, is behind the murder. But when FBI agents who aren’t quite who they claim to be show up on Jack’s doorstep after a bomb devastates the FBI lab in Quantico, destroying the evidence from his friend’s murder, Naomi becomes Jack’s only hope of survival.

Framed for murder and confronted by the terrifying truth of what the genetically engineered seeds stolen by his friend are truly for, Jack joins Naomi in a desperate battle across half the globe to save humanity from extermination…

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It is early 1945 and Nazi Germany, reeling under the relentless onslaught of the Allied armies, looks to futuristic superweapons like jet fighters, V-1 buzz bombs, and V-2 rockets for its salvation. But Peter Miller, an analyst at the headquarters of the Office of Strategic Services in Washington D.C., learns of a secret Nazi weapons project that may pose a far greater threat: the Black Gate…

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Avery Moore is rushed to the hospital with a suspected case of appendicitis. But when he awakens after his procedure, he finds himself in a small white room, strapped to a table and his lips sewn shut. Then he discovers that his nightmare has only just begun…

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Young Midshipman Ichiro Sato joined the Terran Navy to escape a tyrannical father and find freedom among the stars. He had no idea when he boarded the survey starship Aurora for his first assignment that he and his crew would make humanity’s first contact with a sentient alien species. Little did he know that this fateful encounter would trigger a catastrophic galactic war…

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Life in the frozen wastelands of Texas is anything but easy, but for Clay Whitaker there is always more at stake than mere survival.

Yellowstone, along with two other Super Volcanoes, exploded with a tremendous fury following months of heightened seismic activity worldwide. The devastating eruptions released unmeasurable quantities of ash into the atmosphere. Coastlines were changed. New canyons were formed. Temperatures plummeted, dragging economies down, too. With no real way to sustain order, governments around the world began to fold, societies collapsed.

It’s been seven years since the ash rained down from the sky. Populations are thinning. Food is scarce. Despair overwhelming. Clay and his sister Megan have taken a handful of orphaned children into their home—a home soaring 16 stories into the sky. Providing for his adopted family is a 24/7 job for Clay. And with roughly six short months a year to gather enough food and supplies to last the long, brutal winter, Clay is forced to spend much of his time away from home—scavenging, hunting, and bartering.

Despite the vicious, unforgiving world he lives in, Clay has grown accustomed to his new life. That is, until he meets Kelsey Lambert.

Now, with winter rolling in earlier than ever, Clay must swiftly adapt to the changes in his life to ensure the safety of those he cares about.

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Reinheit

Rebecca Moss never questioned the purchase of the strange seductive armchair. She wanted to please Frank. But the armchair has a dark purpose. Nazi officer Major Eric Schröder believed fervently in Hitler’s vision of purity. Now the chair has passed to Frank, an abusive thug who has his own twisted understanding of patriotism. There are those who want to destroy the armchair, to end its curse. But can the armchair be stopped before it completes its work?

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Dwelling FRONT

A group of inseparable childhood friends are now adults, physically and psychologically devastated by war…

A horrifying creature emerges from a sandstorm just before Ricky Smith dies in battle. Forced to leave base housing, his widow Maggie buys a home on Oak Lee Road in the town of Jotham. Maggie is isolated in the historic house…and disconcerted by strange clicking sounds inside the walls.

Jonathan Steele attempts to drink the painful past away…

Jonathan was wounded in that fateful battle and now suffers from PTSD. He wants to put the nightmare behind him, but when Ricky’s ghost appears with cryptic warnings about Maggie’s house, he begins to question his sanity.

Bobby Weeks is a homeless veteran struggling with a lycanthropic curse…

Afraid of bringing harm, Bobby stays far away from those he loves. But after a full moon, a mysterious woman approaches him and reveals a vision about a house with a sinister presence, and he realizes staying away might no longer be an option.

Minister Jake Williams lost his faith on the battlefield…

While Jake will do anything to reconnect with God, he turns to vices to fill the religious void. But a church elder urges him to take a sabbatical, and a ghost tells him to quit the ministry, and his life is more out of control than ever.

When Maggie wakes in a strange subterranean cavern, she can’t deny her home harbors dark secrets. Desperate, she sends letters to her old friends to reunite in Jotham, and events conspire to draw them all to the house…unaware of the danger awaiting them.

The friends have already been through hell, but can any of them survive the evil dwelling beneath the House on Oak Lee?

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Salvage

Something is Lurking Under the Lake…

Struggling to come to terms with the sudden death of his sister, Owen Saddler becomes obsessed with the lake that claimed her life. The remains of a forgotten town rest at the bottom of that dark body of water — along with a host of buried secrets…

Thirty years earlier, the town of Peace Falls had been flooded to build a hydroelectric dam, and its ruins remain below the surface of Chapel Lake. The strange disappearance of the town Pastor, along with many of the parishioners, still haunts the citizens of Chapel Lake. But does the church haunt the lake itself? Is Owen really seeing ghosts… or has he descended into the depths of madness?

SALVAGE is the debut horror novel of author Duncan Ralston (GRISTLE & BONE). A disturbing story of depression, religious fanaticism, and the afterlife, SALVAGE seeks to illuminate the darkness within us all

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7 Delectable Tales of Terror

Short and novella-length fiction from the twisted imagination of Duncan Ralston, author of Salvage. Including a new Introduction from Chris Hall of DLS REVIEWS!

Monsters lurk among us. Cannibals. Werewolves. Artificial-Intelligence. The vengeful dead. Some want to harm us. Some, to help. Others seek to enslave us. Whatever their motives, we can’t ignore them any longer. They are in our businesses. Our homes. They are our neighbors and families. They are us.

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Robert “Sharky” Pruneda is a native Texan, video game “enthusiast” [addict], and fan of all things horror. He left a career in the newspaper industry in 2011 to pursue the life of a nocturnal author, brainstorming new and creative ways to creep out his readers. He doesn’t only write horror though. He also pens the occasional family-oriented tale just to keep from going completely nuts with all those creatures of the night whispering in his ears. When he’s not pulling ideas out of his twisted brain, you’ll likely find him on social media or fighting alongside his fellow gaming buddies where they all get shot up into Swiss cheese (or turned into little bite-sized chunks because of “Sharky’s” obsession with explosives). Medic!

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Welcome to Chumming with Sharky™, my blog series where I treat viewers from every corner of the deep blue sea with a taste of talented authors from a myriad of genres. Today is 💘Valentine’s Day💘, and have I got a treat for you. It took a lot of chocolate and Starbucks coffee to bring you today’s guest (and that was just getting through all of the gatekeepers), but I was able to land Barnes & Noble and Amazon bestselling author Tess Thompson at the last minute, just in time for the romantic holiday. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little. I actually sent her a nice message via Facebook and she agreed to be this month’s guest.

One cool thing about this particular interview is that we conducted it in real-time. I’ve never done that before. So, what you read today is pretty much raw and unedited. Plus, Tess told me a secret that she hasn’t told anyone yet. So, you’re getting something special today. 🙂 Anyhoo, grab a complimentary glass of wine and box of chocolates from Anchor’s Bar and enjoy the show.

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Welcome to Chumming with Sharky™, my blog series where I treat readers from every corner of the deep blue sea with a taste of talented authors from a myriad of genres. Today we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, so I asked some of my fellow authors (including some former chummy guests) to share what they are most thankful for as authors. So, grab a slice of pumpkin pie and enjoy this special edition of Chumming with Sharky. Be sure to share what you are thankful for in the comments. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Where authors and readers are thankful and turkeys run for cover. Click or tap the turkey to read for the full post.

UPDATE: Giveaway is now closed, but there will be more in the future. To read the newsletter announcing the winners CLICK HERE!

Over the past month I’ve been putting together a special Halloween treat for my newsletter subscribers. Some of my fellow authors have graciously donated their books for an exclusive Halloween giveaway consisting of twelve e-books, a $20 Amazon US gift card, and a signed copy of Devil’s Nightmare. To enter for a chance to win, simply sign up for Sharky’s VIP Newsletter HERE or click/tap on the graphic below. Current newsletter subscribers are also eligible and are automatically entered.

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One lucky reader will receive the grand prize, but a few of the authors (including myself) will be giving away multiple copies of our books. Even if you don’t win the big prize, you’ll still have an opportunity to win a free e-Book. Here is a list of books that are up for grabs:

  • Devil’s Nightmare by Robert Pruneda (5 copies)
  • Black Dog & Rebel Rose by Danielle Smith
  • Burdin’s End by Alexander Nader (5 copies)
  • A Dark Assortment by Mikey Campling
  • Gristle & Bone by Duncan Ralston
  • Lakeshore Evil and Lakeshore Sanitarium by K.C. Harper (2 sets)
  • Shock of Night and Strident House by P. Mattern & M. Mattern (5 sets)
  • Print copy of Strident House by P. Mattern & M. Mattern
  • Tales of Blood & Sulphur by J.G. Clay
  • The Dead Cat Paradox by S.E. Rise
  • Undead Obsession: Finding Meaning in Zombies by Jessica Robinson

Winners will be notified via email the last week of October and announced in the Halloween newsletter on October 31. So, what are you waiting for? SIGN UP for Sharky’s VIP Newsletter today for a chance to win. You’ll also receive monthly updates on writing projects, other exclusive content (including FREE access to a horror anthology I’m writing), and other special giveaways. Good luck!

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Profile Photo (Cropped)Robert “Sharky” Pruneda is a native Texan, video game “enthusiast” [addict], and fan of all things horror. He left a career in the newspaper industry in 2011 to pursue the life of a nocturnal author, brainstorming new and creative ways to creep out his readers. He doesn’t only write horror though. He also pens the occasional family-oriented tale just to keep from going completely nuts with all those creatures of the night whispering in his ears. When he’s not pulling ideas out of his twisted brain, you’ll likely find him on social media or fighting alongside his fellow gaming buddies where they all get shot up into Swiss cheese (or turned into little bite-sized chunks because of “Sharky’s” obsession with explosives). Medic!

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The wait is finally over! Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions, the much anticipated sequel to the Amazon bestselling Devil’s Nightmare is now available to purchase worldwide. If you pre-ordered it, Amazon should have automatically pushed it to your Kindle. If not, be sure to sync your device to check for new content.

For the rest of my readers, I’ve included all of the buy links below. If you haven’t read Devil’s Nightmare (Book 1) yet, you can get it for the bargain price of only 99 cents on Kindle to get you hooked. Premonitions is only $2.99. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read my books with the free Kindle Reader App. For those who prefer the classic format, the print version of Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions will be available soon on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online retailers, but it is available to order direct from my printer CreateSpace.

Sequel to the Amazon bestselling horror Devil’s Nightmare, I’m bringing fans of the first novel another horrific thriller full of twists, chills, and a shocking conclusion. Two years have passed since Aaron Sanders retired from the Austin Police Department after what the media has called The Saint Hedwig Massacre. He moves his family out of the capital city to start a new life as a small town cop in Lost Maples, Texas, where the population count is updated more often than the murder rate. That bit of reputation is about to change when Aaron is once again caught in the middle of a mysterious investigation that has an eerie familiarity. This time, however, he is certain what is responsible for the violent deaths . . . Or is he?

Evil knows no boundaries and it is up to Aaron to figure out how to protect the residents of his community, and his family, from becoming its next victims.

Now available for Kindle (and Kindle Reading Apps):

Word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising, so if you are willing, I could use your help. Tell your friends and family about Devil’s Nightmare by sharing on Twitter and Facebook, sending smoke signals, or wearing a sandwich board. Every little bit helps. Thank you very much for your support and I hope you enjoy Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions.

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Kindle Books and TipsI’m excited to announce that Kindle Books and Tips is featuring my horror novel Devil’s Nightmare on their BLOG today during my Halloween Blog Tour. Why is this so exciting? Well, for starters, Kindle Books and Tips has a readership of over 675,000. The focus of this promotion is to attract new readers to the Devil’s Nightmare series. The second book in the series, Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions, is coming this Tuesday, October 14.

If you would like to help spread the word, I would greatly appreciate you LIKING, SHARING, RETWEETING, and PINNING this feature on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Be sure to follow the Kindle Books and Tips social media platforms below:

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/fkbooks
Twitter: www.twitter.com/fkbt
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/fkbooks

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This feature will also be a part of the Kindle Books and Tips daily digest. You can subscribe to their email list here: www.fkbooksandtips.com/subscribe.

Oh, and of course, if you haven’t read Devil’s Nightmare (I can’t imagine why 🙂 ) and are looking for a chilling horror novel to add to your Halloween reading list, check out one of the Kindle Books and Tips promos, or better yet, just click on the image below. Devil’s Nightmare is only 99 cents on Kindle, but if you prefer to read an actual printed version, I’ve got you covered there too.

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We’re now ten days into the spooky month of October and I’ve had quite a bit of fun traveling the World Wide Web during my Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour. On Monday I visited  A Writer’s Journey for a guest post to talk about the top five things I’ve learned as an author. If you missed it, you can read it HERE. You can also check out the rest of my blog tour schedule below.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

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Today, I’m hopping onto a plane and traveling to Canada for an interview at Fear Not The Darkness for a discussion about my horror novels and a little bit about me as an author. I’ve reserved first class seats for you to join me, so hop on board (ahem . . . click on the plane) and enjoy the champagne.

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I’ll see you in Canada!

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