Archive for the ‘Horror’ Category

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!

Devil's Nightmare

Sharky Teeth

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.

@mparel

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 have a sweet deal for you! I’ve just dropped the price of Devil’s Nightmare to 99¢ as a special treat for Valentine’s Day. Check out what other’s have said below (and the cool banner that my cover artist designed) for more info and get your copy today.

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“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

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 Devils Nightmarewould 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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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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That’s right! I’m slashing the price of my horror-thriller Devil’s Nightmare to a mere 99¢ for this weekend only. Now, who can pass up a deal like that? But act fast, because the price goes back up to $3.99 on Monday and who knows when we’ll see the 99¢ mark again? My accountant, Xena the Jack Russell Terrier mix, is such a stickler with the numbers. So, if you’ve been waiting for a sale – and that Washington has been burning a hole in your pocket – now’s the time! I can only guarantee the sale in the U.S., but some Amazon sites worldwide may also pick up the sale this weekend, so if you aren’t in the U.S. keep an eye on your respective Amazon site (or claim a copy through Smashwords) to possess your Kindle with a copy of my new release Devil’s Nightmare.

“I was hooked at the prologue; then its fast pace proceeded to yank me through one heck of a scary thrill ride!” ~ Donna S. review on Amazon and Goodreads.

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And remember to Pursue your dreams… and never look back!

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I am excited to announce my very first five-star review for my novel Devil’s Nightmare today. This review really made my day. Have a gander and if you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, be sure to click on one of the links below. Enjoy! 

Wow! My heart’s still beating out of my chest! – January 13, 2013
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!

 

Devils NightmareDevil’s Nightmare is available in several formats. Just click on the image of your favorite eBook retailer below and claim your copy today. 

And remember to Pursue your dreams… and never look back!

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Just a quick post to announce that I have been selected as this week’s “Indie Author in the Spotlight” at Ken Hoss’s site today. Click on the link below to see the post that highlights me and my new book Devil’s Nightmare.

Indie Author in the Spotlight

Devil's Nightmare now available!

Now available on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

Devil's Nightmare (coming Jan. 15, 2013)

It’s official!  My latest novel Devil’s Nightmare is now available for purchase on Amazon for all Kindle readers and Kindle reading apps. Just click on the cover image and you’ll be directed to my book’s page on Amazon.com. My novel is also available on Amazon UK here.

I was originally planning on publishing this novel on January 15, but I was up late last night working on my synopsis do to a bit of insomnia (i.e. I couldn’t stop thinking about publishing my book). Now that the Kindle version is up and ready for purchase, I will be working on the .ePub version for Nook and Kobo. They should be ready within the next week. Until then, if you have a Kobo or Nook, you can get the .ePub versions on Smashwords here. You can also download 20% of the book for free. I’ll let everyone know when the book is available on Nook and Kobo in a separate post. 

Thanks again for your support and encouragement as I release this novel for the world to enjoy! Have an awesome week! 

Cheers!

Robert Pruneda
Author of Devil’s Nightmare and Pursuit of a Dream.

Devil's Nightmare (coming Jan. 15, 2013)

I just wanted to post a quick announcement to let everyone know that Devil’s Nightmare is now officially available for purchase on Smashwords in most ebook formats (including Kindle, Nook and Kobo). Just click on the cover image and you’ll be directed to my book’s page on Smashwords.com.

After hundreds of hours and a year’s worth of work planning, researching, writing, editing, and formatting, this puppy is ready to hit the ebook market. You can also download a sample of the first 20% of my novel for free. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Smashwords, you can basically purchase the ebook in several different formats which can be viewed with your favorite ebook application on your computer, smart phone, or tablet (including Kindle, Nook and Kobo). I just downloaded and tested the .mobi and  .epub files and they came out great! Amazon should have the Kindle version uploaded to their site within the next 12 – 24 hours, so if you have been anticipating purchasing Devil’s Nightmare directly on Amazon for your Kindle, I’ll send out another post as soon as it is available.

Thank you all for your continued support! You are all awesome! Now it’s time to start writing the next book.

Cheers!

Robert Pruneda
Author of Devil’s Nightmare and Pursuit of a Dream.

Devil's Nightmare (coming Jan. 15, 2013)Final Edits Completed in the Wee Hours of the Morning

I’m pleased to announce that at approximately 3 a.m. this morning I completed the final edits for my upcoming supernatural horror Devil’s Nightmare. After four drafts and countless numbers of hours (and many sleepless nights) I was able to shave nearly 3,000 words off the original 125,000-word manuscript  while also doing some polishing with the help of my awesome beta readers. You were all a very integral part of this process and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I couldn’t have done it without you! 

Devil’s Nightmare Now in Formatting Mode 

With the final edits complete I’m now switching gears to the task that is probably the most tedious of all during the publication process . . . FORMATTING! At least this time around I don’t have to worry about those blasted tabs that plagued my previous novel. Rookie mistake! I’m currently working on the Smashwords Edition of Devil’s Nightmare and going step by step through Mark Coker’s Smashwords Style Guide to make sure I don’t miss anything. In hindsight I probably should have done this before using italics throughout my manuscript because now I have to go back and reapply them. Oy! Oh, well. Mark that one off as another lesson learned.

After I’m finished with the Smashwords formatting, I will work on the Kindle, Nook and Kobo versions. A print edition will be forthcoming later this year. I just have to scrape up the cash to pay my cover designer. I’m taking donations. 🙂

Devil’s Nightmare On Schedule for Jan. 15 Release

While I still have a lot of work to do with the formatting, I still plan to hit that publish button on Jan. 15, 2013. I have a few bloggers ready to help me promote Devil’s Nightmare, but I’m still looking for more. So if you are willing to open up some virtual real estate for an interview, guest post, or spotlight feature, I would greatly appreciate it. I am also looking for authors to cross promote on Sharkbait Writes with interviews and guest posts, so don’t hesitate to ask. 

Now back to formatting!

Cheers!

Robert Pruneda
Author of Devil’s Nightmare and Pursuit of a Dream.

Still Alive and Kicking

Considering the fact I dropped off the face of the blogosphere recently and the world didn’t end today, I figured I’d put together a quick post to let you all know that I’m still alive and kicking. The truth is I’ve been very busy with the whole self-employment thing and frantically working on Devil’s Nightmare so I can have it ready shortly after Santa Claus delivers all those new Kindle, Nook, and Kobo readers all over the world next week. And for those of you who already have an e-reader you most certainly will have shiny new gift cards to load up on some great books to read in the coming weeks.

(Insert shameless self-promotional plug here)

Devil’s Nightmare Available in Mid-January 

I just finished attacking my printed manuscript with pink red ink and have applied the edits for the first five chapters this week. I plan to take advantage of the downtime from the day job over the weekend and throughout next week (and the fact that the world didn’t blow up today) to finish applying all of my edits. I will then review feedback from my awesome beta readers (Thank you, Sara, Sheilagh, and Dannie!) and make additional edits during the first week of the New Year. Formatting for the e-book edition of Devil’s Nightmare should begin during the second week of January, and if all goes as planned, I will have this novel published on January 12, 2013! That’s my goal, anyway.

Devil’s Nightmare Virtual Book Tour

On that note, if you have a blog and would be interested in hosting me during a virtual book tour I would greatly appreciate it. You can contact me here by leaving a comment or sending me an email at SharkbaitWrites (at) gmail (dot) com. You may also contact me via Twitter @SharkbaitWrites. I will certainly return the favor for those wanting to promote their work on Sharkbait Writes!

I wish you and your families safe travels during the holiday week and a very merry Christmas! Thank you all for the support you have given me throughout this year as I have put hundreds of hours into Devil’s Nightmare. You are the best!

Cheers!

Robert Pruneda
Author of Devil’s Nightmare and Pursuit of a Dream.