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Devil's Nightmare Blog Tour

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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Devil's Nightmare Blog Tour

We’re now into Week 2 of my Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour. Last week I traveled to Colorado for an interview with author Jack D. Albrecht Jr., and I also announced the Devil’s Nightmare Pumpkin Carving Contest, which should be loads of fun. I’m going to continue traveling around the world throughout the month. You can check the tour schedule below.

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To kick off the tour this week, I’m back in Texas to take over my buddy Nat Russo’s website A Writer’s Journey. My guest post will cover the Top 5 things I’ve learned as an author. Click on Nat’s Erindor Press logo below to read the post.

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Cheers!

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Pumpkin Carving ContestPumpkin Carving Contest

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DEVIL’S NIGHTMARE
PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST
October 4-18, 2014

A few days ago, during my interview over at An Author’s Ramblings, I announced that I’m going to have a PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST to test your knifing skills. I want to thank Patty Allread at My Cooking Life for this fun idea. Many of you are probably already planning on hitting the pumpkin patches anyway, so why not also enter your Jack-o-Lantern into a contest? If you think you have what it takes to carve the coolest or scariest pumpkin, then I challenge you to participate.

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So, here’s how it’ll work:

  • You’ll slice up your pumpkin and post a photo of you with your work of art to my Facebook author event page HERE or via Twitter HERE. Be sure to name your pumpkin (used for voting purposes) and include the hashtag #DevilsNightmarePumpkins.
  • DEADLINE for submission is Saturday, October 18. I’ll then compile all of the submissions and then include them in a blog post on Monday, October 20 where the public will be able to vote for the best pumpkin carving.
  • Voting will end on Sunday, October 27 and I’ll announce the winner on Halloween.

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I know this questions is burning on your mind now: So, what does the winner get? First of all, EVERY PARTICIPANT IS A WINNER, because everyone who carves a pumpkin and enters the contest will get a FREE Kindle version of my Amazon bestselling horror Devil’s Nightmare. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read it with a free Kindle reading app available for multiple devices HERE. One random participant will also win an autographed copy one of my books.


That’s awesome, but what about the grand prize? What does the person with the coolest pumpkin carving get? I’m a starving novelist, so no trips to Las Vegas or big screen TVs are up for grabs. However, I will be giving the winner a signed and personalized copy of Devil’s Nightmare and Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions. Plus, you’ll have the pride of knowing your pumpkin was selected as the coolest pumpkin in the world!

So, what are you waiting for? Start slicing up that pumpkin and post those pics! I look forward to seeing what you all submit.

Cheers!

Sharky Teeth

Devil's Nightmare Blog Tour

I’m beginning to pack my virtual bags for my month-long trip around the world for my Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour. For those interested (which is everyone that follows this blog, of course), here is the confirmed schedule that I have so far:

Wednesday, October 1
An Author’s Ramblings – Author Interview
Location: Colorado

Saturday, October 4
Pumpkin Carving Contest Details
Location: The World

Monday, October 6
A Writer’s Journey – Guest Post: “5 Writing Tips From Robert Pruneda”
Location: Texas

Friday, October 10
Fear Not the Darkness – Author Interview
Location: Canada

Sunday, October 12
Kindle Books and Tips – Daily Digest Feature
Location: The World

Tuesday, October 14
The Book Mall – Daily Featured Reads
Location: The World

Author Eden Baylee – Book Release Announcement
Location: Canada

Author Steven Montano – Book Release Announcement
Location: Michigan

My Writing Life Away – Book Release Announcement / Review of Devil’s Nightmare
Location: Texas

L.O.V.E.: Lyricism, Oration, Verse, Expression – Book Promotions International Feature
Location: Georgia

Author Ken Hoss – Devil’s Nightmare / Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions Feature
Location: Texas

Friday, October 17
Author Jennifer Chase – Blog Swap
Location: California

Monday, October 20
The Darkness Goes ‘Round – Guest Post
Location: Iowa

Thursday, October 23
My Train of Thoughts On . . . – 10 Statements Feature
Location: Europe

Saturday, October 25
Starving Novelist – Author Interview
Location: Michigan

Monday, October 27
Karen’s Different Corners – What’s New With Me
Location: California


As you can see, I stick to no particular route. Thank goodness these are virtual travels or else my tour bus driver would slap me on the back of the head. As more locations are added, I’ll update this list.

I hope to see you on this tour. And be sure to pre-order your copy of Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions HERE or start with the first book HERE.

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Devil's Nightmare Blog TourHalloween is just around the corner, and with that comes the release of Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions, the sequel to my Amazon bestselling horror Devil’s Nightmare. To celebrate and help promote the launch of the sequel and help bring new readership to the first book, I am going to be traveling around the world wide web from October 1 to October 31. Where will I be going on tour, you ask? Well, that’s where my fellow bloggers come in.

I’m looking for folks that would be interested in hosting me on their sites for an interview, guest post, author spotlight, or juggling act (whatever works best for your site). If you would like to be a part of the Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour, please drop me a line in the comments with a link to your blog and best way to reach you (such as Twitter, official blog email, smoke signal coordinates, etc.).

Thank you in advance for those willing to participate!

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PREMONITIONS (Coming Oct 14) BannerFor those of you who have read my first horror thriller Devil’s Nightmare and have been waiting for Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions, I have great news to share. If you have a Kindle (or Kindle reading app) you can now pre-order the anticipated sequel today. I also have a release date. While the manuscript is still in the hands of my team of beta readers, Premonitions will hit the virtual book shelves on Tuesday, October 14 . . . just in time for Halloween. 🙂 

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PREMONITIONS (Coming Oct 14)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. Aaron Sanders returns as the main protagonist in Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions and is now employed with the Lost Maples County Sheriff’s Department. Adjusting to the slow pace of small town law enforcement is challenging for Aaron, but he is once again caught in the middle of a mysterious investigation that has an eerie familiarity. This time he knows what is responsible for the violent deaths . . . or does he? The chimera becomes the least of Aaron’s problems after something even more evil and malevolent begins to unleash its wrath in the once quaint little town of Lost Maples, Texas. 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 victim. (more…)

Halloween is here and I wanted to celebrate this spooky holiday by giving my readers a special sneak preview of my novel Devil’s Nightmare. I’ve been working on this story since January and initially wanted to publish it on Halloween, but it looks like we’re looking at an early 2013 release. I appreciate all of the support you have all given me as I work towards publishing this chilling thriller.

The editing process is currently underway and  I’m already getting some great feedback from beta readers that received my book this week. The response has been very positive. Here are some comments about Devil’s Nightmare that I received from S.G. Lee who screamed through the manuscript in only a day. Wow! I sure wish I could read that fast! 🙂 Anyway, here are the comments received via email and also posted on Twitter:

“I just finished reading your manuscript. Very powerful. I loved it.”

“Reading an early copy of Devil’s Nightmare by Robert Pruneda @sharkbaitwrites and finding it a chilling good read.”

“If you like Stephen King you are going to love Devil’s Nightmare coming soon from Robert Pruneda @sharkbaitwrites.”

“[Devil’s Nightmare] is as bit as scary as Stephen King is to me.”

Click on the link below to get your free sneak peak of Devil’s Nightmare and let me know what you think in the comments section below. Happy Halloween!

Click here for your Halloween Sneak Preview of Devil’s Nightmare


I normally don’t participate in Internet chain games, but when I read that my friend D.C. McMillen tagged me, I figured what the heck. So, without further ado, it’s time to follow through with my commitment and answer these questions. I’ll then randomly choose two friends to tag at the end of the post.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HAPPIEST EVENT OF 2011?

I had one roller coaster of a year, so I’d have to say that my happiest moment of 2011 was 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2011. I brought in the new year in the reception hall of a funeral home. No joke. Remember, I used to be an obituaries coordinator and advertising sales rep. One of my old business clients invited me to a New Year’s Eve party. Don’t ask where we chilled the champagne. 🙂

WHAT WAS THE SADDEST?

My grandmother passed away in September, so that was definitely the saddest moment of the year. She was 85 years old, and up until the time of her passing had never been sick enough to require a doctor in her entire life. She also had a lot of pride of never missing one day of work throughout her career.

ONE UNLIKELY THING YOU WENT AHEAD AND DID?

Respond to a “Tag” chain game. Oh, you mean in 2011. I think the most unlikely thing I did in 2011 was quit a job that I enjoyed at a company that I previously saw myself retiring from.

WHO LET YOU DOWN?

I want to say certain individuals that I worked with, but ultimately I’m responsible for my thoughts and feelings, regardless of how I feel I was treated. Forgiveness is very important in my book.

WHAT MADE YOU LAUGH?

I have a pretty good sense of humor and love to laugh, so considering that I spent a lot of time laughing in 2011, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. Although, I can tell you my Jack Russell Terrier tends to make me laugh quite a bit by the things she does. For example, after she eats she always exerts a little petite belch. It’s so cute. LOL!

WHAT MADE YOU CRY?

After putting a lot of money into replacing the brake system and suspension in my ’81 Corvette, after a few weeks of enjoying the new brakes and suspension I stepped inside the black “Bat Mobile”, turned the key, and…well that’s when the tears began to flow. The car wouldn’t start, and I was out of money. Sigh. That’s what happens when you buy a 30 year-old car. You fix one thing and something else dies. My therapist says that it will all be okay. The withdrawal ticks should go away too.

TELL US ONE THING THAT MADE YOU PROUD OF YOURSELF.

I think my proudest moment was after leaving my career in the newspaper industry. It felt like a free fall at first, but then when I chose to dedicate my time and energy to building my own business and also focus on writing, a sense of pride filled my soul. It’s a good feeling.

TELL US ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU OVERCAME.

The greatest challenge I overcame was quitting a job after six and a half years of employment and stepping into the unknown. I have a very supportive family and lots of supportive friends that have helped give me the courage to pursue my dream of working for myself, which has also given me much more time and energy to write.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE IN 2012?

If I could just wave a magic wand and make it happen I think the one thing I would change in my life in 2012 would be to have a successful small business and (okay, two things) have a book published that many would enjoy reading. Success doesn’t mean wealth, by the way. Although, since we’re dreaming here…I’d have a successful business that brings in millions of dollars in revenue, I’m living in a 7,000 square foot home, drive a Ferrari F-430 Spyder, and I’m dating Sandra Bullock.

And then I’m slapped back to reality where I’m poor, peddling a Schwinn, and single. 🙂

TAG! YOU’RE IT!

Okay, now that I’ve fulfilled my end of the tagging bargain, it’s time to choose two writerly friends to carry the torch. Drum roll! I’ll reveal my choices after a short commercial break…


Now that you’ve visited Carolyn’s site, bought her book, and came back here to find out who I’ve chosen to tag (drawing names out of hat)…I have selected Karen DeLaBar and Tess Hardwick. Your mission, should you choose to accept it is share your own answers to the questions posted in this blog and then tag two other bloggers (optional, of course).

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Wow! December has flown by hasn’t it? With all the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, “Black Friday” (I mean Black November… or whatever the stores were resorting to this year to try to get us to spend money with them), Christmas, and now the new year, I’ve realized that I haven’t posted anything on my blog since Nov. 15, with the exception of a “Happy Thanksgiving” message on Nov. 24.

I normally don’t try to make “New Year Resolutions” because 10 times out of 10, I always fail at them. However, this year I figured what the heck. So, without further ado, here is my list of resolutions (in no particular order) for 2012:

  1. Exercise every day (Not to be confused with exorcising which I try to do every day anyway).
  2. Write every day (I am taking the #WIP500 challenge, which I will write about in another post).
  3. Publish an Amazon best-seller (Heck, a book that sells at all for that matter! LOL!).
  4. Write at least one blog post a week.
  5. Read my Bible every day (See resolution No. 1).
  6. Take time out of every day to read some good fiction novels.
  7. Win the lottery (Okay, this one will be a bit difficult since I don’t actually buy lottery tickets).
  8. Get the “Bat Mobile” out of the “Bat Cave” and cruising on the Texas streets again.
  9. Enjoy $even figure$ (Okay, this probably will be collectable action figures, but I can dream).
  10. Win the lottery.Image source: http://hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/
  11. Survive more than five seconds before getting shot in the back on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
  12. Figure out why I keep playing a game that I stink at! #GluttonForPunishment
  13. Join VGA (Video Gamers Anonymous).
  14.  Win the lottery.
  15. Survive the Dec. 21, 2012 Apocalypse (Zombie, Meteor, Alien Invasion, Killer Tomatoes, Etc.)
  16. Have a profitable year after resigning from a career in the newspaper industry to work for myself.
  17. Spend more time with friends and family IN PERSON instead of just online and texting (You know you’ve texted someone in the same house or even the same room, too! Don’t deny it!)
  18.  Win the lottery.
  19. Take a REAL vacation that involves packing bags, buying airline tickets, going through airline security, jetlag, lost luggage, $5.00 bags of peanuts, maxed out credit cards from spending too much money on excursions and souvenirs that’ll end up in a garage sale, (insert needle scratching across record noise). On second thought… Never mind! A No. 2 special at Burger King and a matinee movie at the Cinemark Theater will work just fine for me.
  20. Learn how to make a cheese cake! I LOVE eating cheesecake!
  21. Spend less time watching TV and more time reading and writing.
  22. Dust off my vintage collection of video games (Intellivision and Sega Master System) and beat those high scores. (Probably setting myself for disappointment since I was once good at these games… when I was 12!)
  23. Try to find it in my heart to forgive Netflix for raising my subscription rate 60%. They really do have a great service and I MAY reactive my account this year. Just not right now.
  24. Find cheaper (and legal) alternatives to cable/satellite TV, phone, and Internet (re: Internet… my guinea pigs are on order).
  25.  Buy a lottery ticket.


So, there you have it. Those are my resolutions/goals for 2012. What are your resolutions for 2012? I’d love to read them in the comments.

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: November 24, 2011 in Holidays, Thanksgiving

I just wanted to post a quick message to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and your families have a wonderful day, eat well, and enjoy spending time together. And remember the true reason why we celebrate this day. While some may have spent the last week camping out in front of Best Buy (and decide to spend “Thanks”giving there) to save a hundred bucks or so on a TV, those who know the true meaning of Thanksgiving will be spending it with family, catching up on things, playing games, watching movies together and just enjoying the time.

Warm blessings to you and try not to eat too much turkey and pie! 🙂