Apr 28

Winner winner, chicken dinner – the Gabriel: Zero Point grand prize winner announced

And the winner is…

A TIE! So I’ll be selling the Kindle Fire on eBay…

Kidding…I kid. Before the announcement, a huge thanks to all of my spread-the-word contest participants, all the commenters and voters, and most especially my readers. It’s been a fun two weeks, Gabriel: Zero Point is fully ‘launched’, and I’m outlining/drafting a new project as we speak. The enthusiasm and excitement about my current books tends to really push me to get more stories ‘on paper’, so away I go…with any luck, summer will bring a whole new work…sans Gabriel, though.

First announcement – the random commenter $10 Amazon Gift Card. I used random.org to choose a number between one and twenty-five (the number of comments on the voting page):

Winner is “Jaye“! (JWManus I believe?) Please contact me (sumstead AT gmail DOT com) or on Twitter and I’ll get the card out via email.

Now for the grand prize. It was a two man person race from the get-go between Shay Fabbro and Rob Pruneda. Both did a bang-up job spreading the word about the book launch, and a double bang-up job spreading the word about the voting. The past five days have been THE busiest at Paginations, like…EVAR. Friday alone saw nearly 900 page views.

It came down to the final hours…and the winner of the Kindle Fire/Nook Tablet:

ROB PRUNEDA by a measly 5% margin!

Congrats Rob, and great job by everyone. Perhaps in a few months, we’ll be doing this again for the next launch!

About the author

Steve Umstead

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.


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  1. Jaye

    Oh! A winner. Cool beans.

  2. Robert "Sharky" Pruneda

    Awesome! Thank you very much, Steve! Wow! Very cool! I’m so pleased that the book promotion was a great success (900 page views on Friday!!!), and I had a heck of a lot of fun with the contest. Shay Fabbro was a VERY tough competitor. The last half-hour was very exciting. Shay is awesome by the way! (Can you tell I like the word ‘awesome’?) :-) Gabriel: Zero Point will be the first book I read on that Kindle Fire.

    Now a round of drinks to everyone who helped promote Steve’s latest book GABRIEL: ZERO POINT, voted, and participated during the contest. On the count of three, everyone chat, “GABRIEL!”


  3. Robert "Sharky" Pruneda

    Let’s try that again… everyone CHANT, “GABRIEL!!!” (palm on face). :-)

  4. thescarletnumbers

    Love it!

  5. danniehill

    You are a master, Steve. Great job of launching your book. No wonder you write Sci-Fi.

    Way to go, Rob!

    1. Robert "Sharky" Pruneda

      Yes, Steve is the master marketer! Thanks for your support and cheering me on during the contest, Dannie!


  6. twistedscifi

    Steve, thanks for allowing me to be part of this great contest! I’m about half way through ‘Gabriel: Zero Point’ and really enjoying it. Looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

  7. shayfabbro


    It was so awesome going up against Sharky!!! By the way, we are taking this whole Gabriel thing on the road. We have a car and everything #Gabrielhitsthestreets

    1. Robert "Sharky" Pruneda


      Shay, you were a VERY tough competitor. It was loads of fun! I’m going to stock up the Gabriel promo vehicle with cases of Guinness and Evan Gabriel Trilogy pamphlets. Do you think it’ll all fit in the Shark Smart Car? Oh…. and we can’t forget the CHOCOLATE!

      1. shayfabbro

        THAT would be a crime…seriously! How can we do a road trip without the chocolate??!!??

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