RRBC Springtime Book & Block Party Blog Tour




Welcome to the Rave Reviews Book Club Springtime Book & Block Party.

Location: Woodmere, New York

I will be giving away 3 e-books of The Dead Game.

Number of winners for this stop: 3

To be entered into this Giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment.

If you love games & fun, then join us!

On this stop you must battle to win the prizes. A battle of the wits!

In addition to the 3 e-books awarded by the Blog Tour, I will be awarding 3

more e-books for the best answers.

6 e-books, in total, will be given away.


Are you ready?


book welcome


First, A Little About Me

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. I graduated with an MBA in Finance. Over the years, I felt something lacking in my life. An outlet for my creativity.

I’ve always loved to read. I grew up with Agatha Christie, Alistair Maclean and so many others who filled my imagination with intrigue and mystery. The TV show, Murder She Wrote, kept me entertained when I wasn’t reading late into the night.

In recent years, my taste in books has broadened to include the supernatural and paranormal genres, which is reflected in my new selection of shows, such as Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.

My first book, The Dead Game, is a paranormal suspense/mystery. I’ve brought together all of my favorites and created an enticing package of mystery, paranormal and horror. It brings fantasy and the surreal to the simple murder mystery. It has dead bodies and suspects. However, it also has humans, vampires and vampire derivatives. A touch of romance is thrown in to spice up the mix.


Time for our games! You can leave as many answers as you like to each question.




Come One, Come All to the Greatest Book on Earth!

The games will be dark.

They will be scary.

The Dead take no hostages.

Stand back.

Eyes wide open.

And enjoy!





Linda moves to a seaside town to live a quiet life. She opens a bookstore and makes new friends. Life is simple–that is until the dead body washes up on shore. Linda is horrified to find that dead bodies and disappearing tourists are common for this small town. As soon as the sun sets, the residents and tourists are stalked by dark shadows. But this is only the beginning.

Linda and her friends receive an unsigned invitation to a party at a deserted house. They are pursued through revolving rooms and dangerous traps, barely escaping with their lives. Two of their own remain trapped in the house. Or so they think.

They must embark on a difficult journey, chased by unnatural creatures, not knowing whom to trust, to uncover the one controlling the game and everyone in town. Who are The Dead? Are they humans or vampires? Or a combination of both? Will Linda and Todd find love?

The Dead Game has begun.









Three doors are waiting to be opened in the basement of End House. After trudging through a pool of water with descending circular saws and falling cages, Linda and her friends must find a way out of the evil house. What would you expect to find behind these doors? You are only limited by your imagination.

The best answer wins a kindle copy of The Dead Game.

Good luck!





A ball in a glass house.

Nothing can be as nice.

Snow falling on the trees.

Whispers in the soft breeze.

Snow falls on the small town of Oasis, Florida. The young residents arrive at the glass house dressed for the ball. Linda dances The Waltz with Todd, unaware of the dark undercurrents flowing through the cold room. Foreign visitors soon join the party. At midnight, the dance floor clears. The original residents keep many secrets but none as deadly as the meeting being held on the floor above.

What secret is the town protecting? Best answer wins.


book cave



I am presently writing the second book of The Dead Game series. The Dead return to Oasis with a vengeance. They bring horror to a new level.

But I need a title for this book. I would like to use the words, “The Dead,” in the name. Whoever gives the best answer will win a kindle copy of The Dead Game. I might even use it as the title of my book. If that happens, I will award a signed copy of my book.


Thinking caps on everyone!


Thank you for joining our games.


Don’t forget to stop in and check out the other tour stops at https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/rrbc-2017-springtime-book-blog-block-party/


I received so many great answers to my questions that it was hard for me to choose only three. These are worthy winners for many reasons.

  1. Nancy Burgess for her answer about a portal deep in the forest. Little does she know, but book 2 traps characters in a time portal in the woods behind Oasis.
  2. Mary Schmidt for The Dead Awaken. I’m thinking about that one. Her answer about an icy staircase and cold furniture is creepily close to the rooms in Oasis’ glass house.
  3. Larry Landgraf for The Dead Rule. One of my new top choices. 

82 thoughts on “RRBC Springtime Book & Block Party Blog Tour

  1. Nancy Burgess April 23, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Behind these doors there are rows and rows of dark heavily carved ornate coffins.Upon the walls are great tapestries decorated with gory pictures of Vampires feasting on their victims blood.The windows are shuttered a single dim gas light burns.There is a large trap door in the floor is it to capture their victims or dispose of them……


    • Susanne Leist April 23, 2017 / 10:59 pm

      Wow! I can see the room you’ve imagined. I would stay far away from that doorway.


  2. Nancy Burgess April 23, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    This town is protecting the fact that there is a large portal deep in the forest.This portal leads into the next century.It opens into a very evil world of creatures that destroy everything in sight.These men are trying to figure out a way to close this portal before there is an invasion of these hidious creatures .


    • Susanne Leist April 23, 2017 / 11:06 pm

      Oh my! Your story follows close on the heels for my plot for book 2. Instead of portals, I use doors and dimensions. Well done!


  3. Nancy Burgess April 23, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    Vengeance On The Dead


  4. harmonykentonline April 24, 2017 / 10:53 am

    Great party stop, Susanne, and I love the idea of playing the game! I’ll have to give your book The Dead Game a look one of these days soon. Best of luck with everything 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Staci Troilo April 24, 2017 / 11:16 am

    I’m a Supernatural fan, too! Best show on TV and still going strong.

    I love the creativity of your post, but I don’t have time to play the games. I’m on a deadline. But wishing you well! Enjoy your party day!


  6. Charles W. Jones April 24, 2017 / 11:20 am

    Game 1 – behind door one is a room with morgue drawers reaching from floor to ceiling. door two conceals decaying carcasses of humans and animals. door three holds darkness from escaping.
    Game 2 – the town is hiding a gateway to hell
    GAme 3 – The Dead Construct


  7. marymichaelschmidt April 24, 2017 / 11:35 am

    1. Distant screams emanate behind the doors as they become a maelstrom of spinning doors encircling them. As if beckoning them to enter, they do so and find themselves standing on the edge of a precipice, a deep chasm filled with distant screams. As they realize the chasm is bottomless, the door behind them closes and disappears. They turn around and realize the distant screams are their own. …

    2. In the blink of eye and as if by magic, the dance ends and everyone slowly disappears except the two of them. with no exit to be found, and hearing voices upstairs, they slowly climb the icy staircase. At they top they vanish and upon awakening find themselves in a water room, a room like no other. The floor, walls, and ceiling are like no other; they are made of pure water, yet nothing keeps the eater in place. They can touch the ice cold water walls and feel the dampness but the water stays in place with a gravity unknown. As their bodies begin to float in the only air, and oxygen to be found, a thunderous sound is head. More than a banshee and yet …

    The Dead Awaken

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      My god! Are you my twin? Behind one door is a bottomless pit. Upstairs from the party, is a room made of ice. The furniture and walls are all ice. The Dead Awaken is creepy good. They awake and are back. The Dead Watchers of The Dead Awaken. My idea or yours. I have to mull over this one. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. F.B.Veneziano (Fran) April 24, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    What about THE DEAD RETURN or THE DEAD AVENGERS? Am I allowed more than one? Had a great visit, thank you.


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 5:01 pm

      I’ve considered The Dead Return. I have two pages of three-word titles. I haven’t thought of The Dead Avengers. My top choice so far is The Dead Watchers, since The Watchers monitor vampire activity. By the time I finish the second book, I’ll most probably be tired of it. The Dead Avengers are now in the running.


  9. jinlobify April 24, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Hi Susanne, good to know you! What an interesting blog you have! I like the opening doors and the falling snow flakes. Great post! Do enjoy your party, and have fun. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      Thank you. I love doors. They hold mysteries and possibilities for me. Some doors shouldn’t be opened. The one on my cover, for example.


  10. D.E.Howard April 24, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Oh great post and fun games – at the moment I can only think of something for Game 3 – “The Dead Dance” 🙂


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      I believe there’s a book with that name already. I think the title is The Dead Dance Faster. I’ve shared the tweets on Twitter. I do like the title. If no one has those exact three words, I might use it. Thanks so much.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Michael Lynes April 24, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Very cool contest idea – at work now so I cant sit and spend the required time but very good questions indeed!

    Have a good RRBC blog party day Susanne! – MikeL

    Liked by 1 person

  12. dlfinnauthor April 24, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    What fun! Game 1.i will go with they find their host an old vampire who has a formal dinner awaiting them. Game 2. Every year the town throws a party to offer the unsuspecting guests as a sacrifice to their hidden residents to spare the town. Game 3. The Dead Came… I look really look forward to read your book now! Great party!!

    Liked by 1 person

      • dlfinnauthor April 24, 2017 / 6:56 pm



  13. yvettemcalleiro April 24, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Ooh, this is fun! First of all, The Vampire Diaries were one of my favorites back when I had time to watch TV. Ian Somerhaulder is my boyfriend (he just doesn’t know it). 😉

    Now, for the games…

    #1 – Trapped victims. Linda and her friends must decide whether to try to free the victims from their bondage or save themselves. Each victim has a different kind of bondage and is surrounded by a risk (fire, snakes, knives, poisonous gas, etc). Time is of the essence, so if they spend time saving the victims and don’t find a way out, they all die. If they find a way out and leave the victims, the victims’ deaths will be their fault.

    #2 – The secret is that the founding memories from centuries ago are still alive and are in the room above, watching the dancers below. They are choosing whom to induct into their everlasting group of town citizens.

    #3 – Avenge the Dead

    Thanks for the fun! 🙂


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 4:50 pm

      Great answers. Somerhaulder has the deepest blue eyes. #2 is correct. The founding members are meeting upstairs. They have problems to solve. I like the idea of inducting new members, like a fraternity.

      Liked by 1 person

      • yvettemcalleiro April 24, 2017 / 7:27 pm

        How cool that I guessed it correctly! lol! As for Ian, one of my main characters is based loosely on a mesh of Damon and Ian. (Yes, I am fan-crushing on the character/man.) 😉


  14. coldhandboyack April 24, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    1.) A live band that plays and endless loop of Easy Street, from The Walking Dead.
    2.) A timeshare presentation.
    3.) Son of The Dead.

    Clever post for the day. Hope you get some traffic, and I used the tweet sharing button.


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      Thank you. Stuck in a timeshare presentation can be a true horror story. I’m going to check your books and sites. I’ve been slowly (I’m using an ‘ly’ word here even though I’ve taught myself not to use them in my books) making my way through the authors participating in the blog tour.

      Liked by 1 person

      • coldhandboyack April 24, 2017 / 5:17 pm

        It’s hard to keep up some days, but I’ve done a fair job this year.


  15. beemweeks April 24, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    You have a cool blog, Susanne. I’m not a big reader of the supernatural, but I am going to grab a copy of The Dead Game. It just sound too intriguing to ignore! Best wishes to you today!


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      Wow! A sale! You can’t see me but I’m doing my sale dance. Thanks!


  16. Larry Landgraf April 24, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Good afternoon, Susanne, my Ellen grew up in Brooklyn as well. I’ve had my eye on The Dead Game for some time now. Interesting! Great post! Love the cover and your animated photos. Need a title huh? The Dead Rule. Or are there no rules? There are always rules! Have a great afternoon and Party On!


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      I’m so glad you visited. I’ve been following you on Twitter for two years. I must make time to read your books. With my blogs and promotions, I hardly leave time for myself to write. I’m intrigued by the title, The Dead Rule. I thought I had tried every word in the English language to mesh with The Dead. I have to give it some thought. The Dead do have rules. Some of them don’t. Hmmmm


  17. Lynn Miclea April 24, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    What fun! I will need to think about those games and come up with something. I hope to be back later to play! Glad I stopped by – have a great day! 🙂


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      I’m happy you took the time to stop by. I have a strange sense of humor. I want everyone to have fun on my blogs and with my books.


  18. Rob Kimbrell (@VAauthor) April 24, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    Really nice having you in RRBC, I must make room to read your work soon. Thanks for a great stop Susanne.


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      I’m happy to meet you. I will check out your blog and books. RRBC is a friendly group.


  19. Stephen Geez April 24, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    The first door leads into a room with three doors, an endless series of portals returning visitors to where they started. The second door opens to a gust of wind blowing them into a vortex of sea water that pulls them under and drowns them before sending their bodies to wash up on the town’s beach. The third door puts them at the back of a long line of people, so they take their place and eventually work their way forward to discover they’re at a Susanne Leist book signing! The meeting at the glass house is for selecting a new host for their dead-world game show where dead contestants win a chance to take over the bodies of living residents and have a new shot at life. The name of the second book, then, should refer to that game show: The Dead Show, Live at Oasis!

    Thanks for a fun post, Susanne!


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      I love your sense of humor! Horror of horrors: To stand on line for my book signing. In book 2, The Dead go to Disney. A game show is even funnier.


  20. Micki Peluso April 24, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Suzanne, your animation of your books is fantastic!! And the top background with those eyes!! Yikes. I’ll have to read your books in the daytime for sure. Have a great tour–all your books which is my favorite genre look enticing.


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      Thank you. I get to use my marketing and business background to promote my book. I love making banners and videos. So much easier than writing!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. karenringalls April 24, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    I read The Dead Game some time ago and thought it was very good. Have fun today, Susanne.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      Thank you. I’m happy to see you here. Keep in touch!


  22. ~Mar April 24, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Such a fun way to do your post, Susanne! I have to 2nd Nancy’s ideas! Not sure if I could come up with anything better. lol Enjoy your party day!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      Thank you. I got my idea from the Brain to Books Cyber Convention. Nice to meet you!

      Liked by 1 person

      • ~Mar April 24, 2017 / 5:50 pm

        And you, as well! 🙂


      • ~Mar April 24, 2017 / 5:51 pm

        Great! I’ll email you soon.

        Liked by 1 person

  23. Linda Mims April 24, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Hi Susanne! I’ve been looking at your title for a long time, too. Good to see you around RRBC and I will add your book to my TBR. Your games are great. I just lack imagination right now, but I know that our members love fun and they don’t disappoint! Have a great time!


  24. Wendy Scott April 24, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Hi Susanne, Fun post. The Dead Revival. The Dead Resurgence. The Dead Gather.


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 5:34 pm

      Wow! You just pop those titles out. I’ve been spending months on it. I like The Dead Resurgence best. I have to ponder some more.


  25. Rhani D'Chae April 24, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    Hi Susanne. This was such a fun stop. I’ve added Dead Games to my TBR list. I hope you’re having a great day on the tour.


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      I can’t believe how many great authors I’ve met today. I’m happy I joined RRBC.


  26. kimwrtr April 24, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Great idea for a blog party. Game 3 – Avenging Dead, The Returning Dead, Deadly Homecoming or Deathly Homecoming, Death Returns Loudly or Death Returns Softly (according to how it returns). Death Come Calling. Where the Dead Lay, Deathly Beginnings, Rise of the Dead. Okay I’ll stop.

    I just saw a series “The Returned” and I liked that title. Different people from different deaths from different years returned. Some only wanted their lives back and others wanted to destroy the lives of others, etc.

    For Game 1 I could only think that they had to swim through sea creatures before they reach the door.

    For Game 2 – Secret: There’s a father of all the vampires. The main one to which they all came. The others keep him hid because although he’d be almost impossible to kill, if he was, they’d all die. But on a certain date every year, they have to let him loose to get his feel. It’s a deal they made centuries ago.


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 6:32 pm

      I like The Dead Return. There is a leader of The Dead. He is the strongest vampire. The Elders meet at a certain time each year to discuss The Dead. But my vampires don’t die if he dies. That sounds like Klauss on The Originals, where whomever they’ve sired is linked to the Originals’ family. Sea creatures sounds creepier than the wild animals I used. Great ideas!

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      • kimwrtr April 25, 2017 / 4:40 pm

        I think there was an episode on supernatural that was similar to what I mentioned. There was one main sire, and if he was killed all the vampires died. In The Originals, if any of the original vampire family is killed, whoever they sired also died until they severed that tie one season. When this first came out, those on the Vampire Diaries who wanted to kill Klauss didn’t because they weren’t sure who the original sire of their vampire line was.


      • Susanne Leist April 25, 2017 / 4:54 pm

        I remember the episodes on both shows. I believe Supernatural has affected my writing the most. Not the specific stories but its wit and humor. I’ve been careful not to copy any of their plot twists. I use vampire lore (not garlic) and bits and pieces from movies and TV shows. I did add a few twists of my own with The Watchers and The Elders.


  27. Shirley Harris-Slaughter April 24, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    What would you expect to find behind these doors? I would expect to find a way out!
    What secret is the town protecting? The town is run by a vampire and his offsprings.
    Title name: “The Dead,” Zone!


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      One room has the way out. A climb down the cliff way out. The Dead Zone is intriguing. So many choices. What to do? I’ll sleep on it!


  28. Soooz April 24, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    What a great post, Susanne! I love the interactive games, such a fabulous idea. I can only come up with #3 ‘The Dead … Unforgiven’ ‘Betraying The Dead’ ‘The Dead Resurrected’. Enjoy the remains of your day!😊


    • Susanne Leist April 24, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      Those are good choices. The Dead Resurrected, The Dead Awaken, The Dead Return. I hope I find one by the time I finish my book.

      Liked by 1 person

  29. Gracie Bradford April 25, 2017 / 12:04 am

    Very unique approach and a wonderful fun game at your block party.
    Game 1 – Behind the doors lies a secret cemetery of first born boys
    Game 2 – The town is protecting the ID of the mass killer of the children since she is one of the mothers and a pillar within the town
    Game 3 – Suggested title: The Dead Games – Decorated Bodies


    • Susanne Leist April 25, 2017 / 1:24 am

      I like morbid but you’ve outdone me. A cemetery of dead children. One of the plagues in Egypt was to kill all first borns. Very appropriate since Passover and Easter have just passed.

      Liked by 1 person

  30. lizziechantree April 25, 2017 / 7:29 am

    Sorry I missed your stop yesterday. I was viewing on mobile and couldn’t read all of the game questions in full on my screen, so I thought I’d stop by today. Congratulations on your wonderful post and best of luck with your new book!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist April 25, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      The game is still on! Until tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.


  31. Jan Hawke April 25, 2017 / 8:16 am

    Late, late, late… I want to play, but have no time, just scant moments to make it rhyme…:-P
    Let’s have a go at the title – The Dead Call Out;; Embrace The Dead; The Merciful Dead
    Great take on the Block Party, Susanne – even if I was too late to qualify! 😀


    • Susanne Leist April 25, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      No one is too late. I’m awarding the prizes tomorrow. I want to give everyone time. We all have time constraints. Thanks for visiting.


  32. Natalie Ducey April 25, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Wonderful and engaging post, Susanne! Love the new cover as well. Thanks for sharing this with us today. 🙂


  33. anniecollie April 25, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    What a deliciously creepy thriller. Eeek! Run for your lives. Love it. Hope you’re enjoying the blog party and not getting too inebriated with virtual champaigne!
    Patricia a. Guthrie


    • Susanne Leist April 25, 2017 / 11:50 pm

      I love this party! I’m happy I joined RRBC. I’ve never had a more perfect response to any of my promotions.


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