Take the road to Oasis.
Love will be on your side.
PREY FOR THE DEAD
The setting is a strong part of this book for me and I loved the location of Oasis as a bohemian beachside resort. On the surface, it is bright and colourful, but underneath it has its ancient secrets – one of which is the existence of vampires.
The author has a new take on this folklore. Vampires have splintered off into different factions, each with their own unique role in the human world. Naturally, this creates tension and provides a backdrop to the action.
Linda and Shana are human and the main protagonists. They have a strong, but an impish relationship which is tested as they investigate the disappearances of tourists and residents alike. They are aided by their friends and by a handful of others whose changing allegiances sow seeds of doubt everywhere.
Added to this is a rich palette of gods and demons and spellcasters, lending the book a strong fantasy element. However, there are also strands of horror, suspense, and romance as Linda falls for the enigmatic Todd, who is not who he seems.
With its florid imagery, The Dead Game has a cinematic quality, reminding me of the film The Lost Boys. They both have playful savagery, placing them apart (and for me personally, above) the Twilight series.
THE DEAD GAME SERIES
Welcome to Oasis, Florida,
Your vacation paradise.
We have sunshine & beaches.
At night, we even have leeches.
The fun begins sharply at sunset.
A journey you won’t soon forget.
Enjoy your vacation.
But take care.
Don’t fall prey to The Dead
For they own the night.
THE DEAD GAME SERIES
What’s on the other side?
Don’t be afraid or hide.
What will you see?
Will you be free?
Color replaces black,
But watch your friend’s back.
Night creatures out for fun
In the Florida sun.
Mansions to explore.
Parties and much more.
One step at a time.
And follow this rhyme.
And soon you will be there.
Who knew it was so near?
THE DEAD GAME SERIES BY SUSANNE LEIST
Today’s interview is with Susanna Leist, author of Prey for the Dead – Book Two of The Dead Game Series.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Prey for The Dead, Book 2 of The Dead Game Series
3) What is the book about?
Prey for The Dead is the second book in The Dead Game Series. My main character, Linda, and her friends find themselves faced with the return of The Dead vampires. These vampires aren’t as peaceful as the vampires living in Oasis, Florida. A love triangle develops where Linda is caught between a hybrid—half vampire and half man—and a vampire. Their adventures take them to an exclusive club in Disney World and the swamps of southern Florida to defeat the evil vampires.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
Vampires living in Florida came from my overactive imagination.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
The book took me a year to write, a year for others to proofread, and six months for me to edit.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
My publisher edited my first book, The Dead Game. I used the ProWriting Aid program to edit my second book, Prey for The Dead. The program gave a more comprehensive edit than the Outskirts Press’ editor. I felt confident enough to send my book for a Kirkus Review. The reviewer liked the story and the supernatural mystery.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
My author website is https://www.susanneleist.com/
My blog is https://susanneleist.wordpress.com/
I have book trailers. My newest one is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pILNxaD5XlI
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
My best tip for a new author is to have your promotions prepared in advance before you launch your book. I learned this from experience.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read all genres. I don’t stick to the same authors. I enjoy reading books written by different authors.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
My favorite is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. This book led me to read mysteries, and it set my expectations for future books. For me to enjoy a book, it must have plenty of twists and turns. Thank you, Agatha Christie.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I have a Maltese. His name is Nounous, which means a teddy bear in French. My daughter gave him his name.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I own a kindle, but I read e-books on my computer. I prefer paperback books.