Welcome to the #RRBC “ROCKIN’ 2020 AWAY” BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER Block Party! @SusanneLeist #Giveaways

Welcome to the Rave Reviews Book Club’s BOOK, BLOG, & TRAILER BLOCK PARTy! 

I am gifting six e-books, two of each book in The Dead Game Series, and a $5 Amazon Gift Card to the lucky winners!

Each stop at the Block Party will offer prizes. Make sure to visit each blog on the tour.

Now, it’s time for my author’s interview with fellow author, Margaret Egrot.

Meet Author Susanne Leist

Here is Susanne in her own words: 

A career in writing has been a giant leap for me. Accustomed to the number-crunching field of budgeting and the hectic commodity markets, I left my first career and M.B.A. in Finance behind to pursue my dream. I do not regret my foray into literature for one moment. Fellow authors helped me make my way through the competitive field. I write every day and even tried my hand at poetry. If someone tells you it’s too late in life to try something different, they are wrong. It is never too late to follow your heart.

Welcome on the blog, Susanne. What is the title of your latest book?


It is the final book in THE DEAD GAME SERIES. As vampires and werewolves descend on Oasis, Florida, Shana joins Sheriff Sam as they journey from Florida’s swamplands to Chateau Frontenac in Quebec to save humanity from the evil threat. Shana is thrust between a hybrid and a vampire, not knowing which one to trust. The battle culminates at sunrise at Le Citadelle de Quebec. 

What drove you to write it? 

I have always loved to read. Agatha Christie, Alistair Maclean, Robert Ludlum, and other authors filled my young imagination with intrigue and mystery. When I wasn’t reading late into the night, the TV shows such as Murder She Wrote and Columbo, entertained me with murder and suspense tales. Over the years, my taste in TV expanded to include such shows as Supernatural and The Originals. I searched for paranormal, murder mysteries, but found few at the library or bookstore. So, I decided to write one. And thus, THE DEAD GAME SERIES was born.

What have you found to be the most challenging aspects of being a writer? 

The biggest challenge I encountered was when my self-publishing company sent an email stating my first book was published on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I had no prior warning. I hurried to check my Amazon page. The Dead Game sat on a blank page with no picture or author description, the same for B & N. I raced against the clock to write a summary and author bio. It was months before I was able to sit back and take a breath. After that earth-shattering day, I decided never to leave myself unprepared.

And the most rewarding? 

The most rewarding aspect of being an author is hearing from my followers. When someone responds to my poetry and posts on Twitter or Facebook, I’m in seventh heaven. Reviews and comments are my life-blood.

What is your top tip for an aspiring writer? 

The best advice to a new author is to have everything in place before your book is published. Blogs and online accounts must be opened and ready for business. The book’s publication shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone but an anticipated event. I learned the painful way from experience. 

What do you like to read? 

I enjoy reading books from all genres. I gravitate toward mysteries and suspense, but I prefer stories that include romance.

What are you working on at the moment? 

My fourth book is underway. A seaside town in Maine provides the backdrop for murder, mystery, and romance. Love falters and flourishes as the residents fight the persistent evil plaguing their small-town lives.

Elizabeth and Scarlett travel to Maine, leaving life in New York City behind. Their desire to run a bed-and-breakfast brings them to Blue Harbor. Little do they know, but the paranormal waits to fill their plates with the unsavory, metallic smell of blood. As bodies drop, they must choose between remaining or fleeing the horrific screams shattering the quiet community. As they make their decision, Elizabeth and Scarlett rent an apartment near the harbor. Their landlord, Lauren, a flashy redhead, knows more than she reveals. When Lauren escorts them to the local ice cream shop, the illusion of candy land is disrupted by a man who charges through the door and dies in a pool of blood. The two men, who Lauren had introduced to them, play a vital role in the town’s underbelly of secrets. Are David and Jordan what they appear, or are master-manipulators?

Where can readers find you?

Website  http://susbs1000.wixsite.com/susanneleist

              Blog  https://susanneleist.wordpress.com

              Amazon Author page  https://www.amazon.com/Susanne-Leist/e/B00F253FE6

              Goodreads  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7336492.Susanne_Leist

             Twitter  https://twitter.com/SusanneLeist

             Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/susanne.leist.98

             Instagram   https://www.instagram.com/susanne.leist/

             Bookbub      https://www.bookbub.com/profile/susanne-leist

             Linkedin     https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanne-leist-1000/

             Pinterest   https://www.pinterest.com/susanneleist98/

And finally – a taster from THE DEAD AT HEART

William’s bite bonded Shana to him, but he didn’t ask her to mate with him for life. She isn’t ready for a lifetime commitment. Now, William excludes her from his vampire meetings. Shana understands he’s an original vampire with immense powers. For them to be a couple, he has to treat her as an equal partner. If William doesn’t respect her, then what are their chances of finding happiness?

Shana speaks to Linda, her best friend, of her fears.

“Paradise is an illusion.” Shana’s face grows heated as her frustration mounts. “Oasis is a haven for vampires. I’m tired of their battles. The Watchers get rid of an evil group of vamps, and another group arrives and attacks. It’s a vicious cycle. Vampires are trouble.”

 “We will have a happy ending.” Linda lifts her head. “Don’t lose faith. The Watchers will protect us, and Gregg has an elite force of original vampires.” She touches Shana’s arm. “William loves you; he won’t let something happen to you.”

“The vampires keep secrets from us.” Shana swallows the lump in her throat. “I don’t want to live with vamps anymore, and I need time to decide on my relationship with William. One minute, I’m suffocating, and then the next, I’m lost without him.”

 As a new enemy descends on Oasis, Florida, Shana turns to Sheriff Sam, who broke her heart. Can she trust the human-vampire?

This begins Shana’s journey to fight vampires and werewolves with Sam at her side.

An explosion at Chateau Frontenac in Quebec doesn’t stop Shana and her friends from saving their town, and maybe even the world.

50 thoughts on “Welcome to the #RRBC “ROCKIN’ 2020 AWAY” BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER Block Party! @SusanneLeist #Giveaways

  1. Kaela K. October 5, 2020 / 6:42 pm

    Gah! I need the rest of these books!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 1:28 pm

      Great! The books are on sale this week. 99 cents for each one! Ten years of work for less than $3. I better not think of it this way.


  2. D.L. Finn, Author October 5, 2020 / 11:40 pm

    Great post, Susanne. I’m really looking forward to book 4 and a visit the Maine:)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 1:27 pm

      Thank you so much. You got me in the mood to write today. I’m eager to polish off a chapter or two.

      Liked by 1 person

      • D.L. Finn, Author October 7, 2020 / 12:10 am



  3. Robert Fear October 6, 2020 / 5:29 am

    Very informative post Susanne. Thanks for sharing so much about yourself and your books. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 1:00 pm

      Thank you, Robert. I’m so happy you visited my stop. I usually see you on Twitter. But I love speaking with my fellow authors at RRBC.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. yvettemcalleiro October 6, 2020 / 6:56 am

    Your new books sounds like a great read! I hope your current series gets lots of traffic today, Susanne! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • roxburkey October 6, 2020 / 12:33 pm

      it is on my list too.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 12:38 pm

        Thank you for visiting. I enjoyed writing my series. I let my imagination run wild. My vampires have a lot of fun on their adventures.


    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 12:57 pm

      Thank you, Yvette. I’ve edited my first book six or seven times. I’ve lost count. I’m finally happy with it. My second book is much better, and my third is my pride and joy. I ran three character arcs at the same time. They converged at the finale.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. patgarcia October 6, 2020 / 7:16 am

    I checked out all of your pages. You’ve given a lot of information. Good for you. I am in the middle of setting up my author pages etc. I agree, it is so important to have those things set up before the book is published.
    All the best on the tour.
    Shalom aleichem,

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 12:55 pm

      Shalom, Pat. I’ve learned a lot in the past ten years. Now, I’m prepared when I launch each book. At times, I still feel as if my books are launched into a huge void. But I’m always prepared.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. marianbeaman October 6, 2020 / 8:13 am

    I just bought The Dead Game, Susanne. I remember you talking it up during a recent RRBC interview. Vamp books are not usually the genre I choose. But, hey, now’s my chance to get out of my comfort zone. All the best in your next publication. You are on a roll! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you so much, Marian. I spotted the sale when I woke for the day. And you actually made my day. You don’t need to worry. The book isn’t bloody or horrific. I mention scuffles between vampires, but I emphasize psychological thrills and chills.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Susan Hughes October 6, 2020 / 9:00 am

    Great post, Susanne! Hope you sell a ton of books!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 12:50 pm

      Thank you, Susan. From your pen to God’s ears, or even better, to readers’ ears.


  8. Jan Sikes October 6, 2020 / 9:51 am

    Hi, Susanne! It’s fun learning more about you and what drives you to write! I have really enjoyed your poetry and hope that means there is a book of poems somewhere in your future. Have a GREAT day!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 12:49 pm

      I’m thrilled to hear you enjoy my poetry. I’m debating whether to publish a book of poems. But first, I must experiment with different formats. I like Haiku, but there are loads more to try.


  9. PTLPerrin October 6, 2020 / 10:37 am

    Hi, Susanne! I enjoyed your interview, and both chuckled and felt for you over your mishap with publication. Been there, done that. I look forward to reading more of your books!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 12:47 pm

      Thank you. I agree that my experience is worth a good chuckle. It was a painful learning experience. Since I pursued writing long after I finished school, I didn’t have professionals or fellow writers to guide me.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Charles W. Jones October 6, 2020 / 12:25 pm

    I have this series on my reading list. I think I’m going to have to move to closer to the top!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 12:44 pm

      Thank you. I love your books. My books only hint at horror and the macabre. I bow to the master.


  11. roxburkey October 6, 2020 / 12:33 pm

    Hi Susanne, I really enjoyed the interview. Learning about authors is always fun. Thank you for having a spot!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 12:41 pm

      I’m happy you liked my interview. I was tempted to make my spot Halloween themed, but my vampires don’t celebrate the holidays. They’re too busy scheming.


  12. Shirley Harris-Slaughter October 6, 2020 / 1:12 pm

    Hello Susanne. Your blurb on your latest book sounds interesting. I have yet to get into your interview but that is the plan as I am interested in knowing more about you. I’m liking what I see so far.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 1:44 pm

      Thank you, Shirley. Once you know me better, you’ll realize I do things the hard way. I think of my life so far as a huge learning experience. At age fifty, I finally decided what I wanted to do with my life. Better late than never.


  13. robbiesinspiration October 6, 2020 / 1:51 pm

    Hi Susanne, this is a great post. It was a good idea to share this interview, I enjoyed learning more about you and your writing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 1:58 pm

      Thank you. I’m happy to meet you. I find it hard to speak about myself. I’m worse on video. I’m slowly adapting to an author’s life.


  14. Wendy Scott October 6, 2020 / 2:18 pm

    Hi Susanne, that’s great advice for authors about being prepared – it makes for a smoother publishing experience!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. pdoggbiker October 6, 2020 / 2:39 pm

    Great interview, Susanne. My first book self-published ten years ago, and I agree that we continue to study/learn over the years to hone our skills. It does seem like writing is the easy part and marketing takes a lot more time and effort. I enjoyed PREY FOR THE DEAD and look forward to reading the finale in the series. Good luck today. Sell a million!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 4:45 pm

      Thank you so much. If you liked Prey, then you’ll definitely like The Dead At Heart. Less romance and more action. If you’d like a copy, let me know.


  16. Wanda Fischer October 6, 2020 / 3:08 pm

    Great interview, Susanne. My reading list grows by the day! Thanks for recounting the perils of self-publishing. I, too, have learned a great deal (as in “what was I THINKING?), and hope the next one experience will be better. We can all learn from each other in this group. Glad to read about your terrific ideas. Keep it up!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 4:47 pm

      Thank you, Wanda. I learn something new each day. The problem is retaining all this knowledge in my crowded brain. I think that’s why I can’t remember names. They seep out through the cracks.


  17. Bette A. Stevens October 6, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    Great party post, Susanne! Enjoyed learning more about you in the interview and can’t wait to read your WIP-a Maine adventure… BYW Hubby and I moved from upstate NY to Southern Maine in 1973. 🙂 Sharing your post and wishing you a Rockin’ Time every day! 🎈🎉✨

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Susanne Leist October 6, 2020 / 5:58 pm

    Thank you, Bette. Maine looks gorgeous. I can’t wait to travel there and see it in person. I’ll wait for COVID to finish its horror show. Then I can bring my own horror story to Maine. You might see me one day on your doorstep.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. RaveReviewsbyNJ October 6, 2020 / 11:45 pm

    Hi, Susanne! I hope you have enjoyed your stop along the block party tour! It appears that you had a great time! It was great learning more about you!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 7, 2020 / 12:08 am

      Thank you, Nonnie. I’m happy you had time to visit my page. I love RRBC events!


  20. Flossie Benton Rogers October 7, 2020 / 12:16 am

    I know the second book of your Dead Game Series will be as good as the first. I love that title, Prey for the Dead. Thanks for a rocking post today, and I hope you enjoy the Block Party!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 7, 2020 / 1:56 am

      Thanks, Flossie. I had a great time today, and I hope I found a few new readers.


  21. Stories by Karen October 7, 2020 / 3:46 pm

    Hi, Suzanna. I’m late for the party, but better late than never! It is always a pleasure to stop by and see what a talented author has on the horizon. Best wishes!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Susanne Leist October 7, 2020 / 10:44 pm

      Thank you, Karen, for visiting. Please continue to visit my blog. I’d love for you to see my attempts at poetry.

      Liked by 1 person

  22. jinlobify October 16, 2020 / 4:02 pm

    I have followed your writing, Susanne, and I must say, you are one heck of a writer! Keep it up!


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