SPOTLIGHT ON THE DEAD GAME

​This morning, ​I was pleasantly surprised by this spotlight. An excellent way to begin my weekend!

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The Dead Game by Susanne Leist

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The Dead Game brings fantasy and the surreal to the simple murder mystery.

After graduating college, Linda Bennett leaves New York for the slower-paced lifestyle of Oasis, Florida. She opens a bookstore and makes new friends. Life is simple that is until the dead body washes up onshore​.

She is horrified to learn that dead bodies and disappearing tourists are typical for this small town. Rumors abound of secret parties being held by the original residents in their secluded mansions. Once night falls, the tourist-friendly town becomes a haven for evil and dark shadows. But this is only the beginning.

Linda and the other young residents receive an unsigned invitation to a party at End House, the deserted house in the forest behind town; a house with its own violent history. They are pursued through revolving rooms and dangerous traps, barely escaping with their lives. Two of their own remain trapped inside. Or so they think.

It’s up to Linda and her friends to search out The Dead and find the evil one controlling their once peaceful community. Can they trust the Sheriff and his best friend, Todd?

THE DEAD GAME has begun.

From Susanne Leist:

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I’ve always loved to read. I grew up reading Agatha Christie, Alistair Maclean and so many other authors 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.

Over the years, my taste in books expanded to include the supernatural and paranormal genres, which has been reflected in my selection of shows, such as Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals.

My first book, The Dead Game, is a paranormal suspense/mystery. It brings fantasy and the surreal to the simple murder mystery. It has dead bodies and suspects.

However, it also has humans, vampires, vampire derivatives, and ​a touch of romance to spice up the mix.​

Review by Diane Murier:

The Dead Game never quits. It takes off like a rocket through skies that may or may not be real, and it ends in fantastical possibilities that burrow into the secret earth. But throughout, there’s the mysterious, sexy, brown-eyed Todd and the responsive and curious heroine Linda.

Can they ever get off of the diabolical crazy train long enough to take care of business?

Hmmm. You’ll have to read it for yourself. A town with so many questions raised by a mile of bizarre events is worth a closer look. And creepy mansions are elevated to a new level that supersedes the merely haunted houses of days gone by.

The Dead Game. Humans are invited to the party, but just who or what you will be by its end is part of the gruesome fun. Get the book!

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A REVIEW TO DIE FOR

A REVIEW TO DIE FOR
THE DEAD GAME
5 Stars
There is something painfully wrong about the seemingly perfect town of Oasis
ByPeter Garcia
Format: Kindle Edition
The opening pages of “The Dead Game” grab you at the ankles and drag into the deeper story....

 

A REVIEW TO DIE FOR
                                  THE DEAD GAME

5 Stars

There is something painfully wrong with the seemingly perfect town of Oasis

ByPeter Garcia
Format: Kindle Edition

The opening pages of “The Dead Game” grab you by the ankles and drag into the deeper story.  There is something painfully wrong with the seemingly perfect town of Oasis. Without getting into spoilers, here’s my take. Leist’s cast of characters is interesting in and of themselves.  They do leave you wanting to get to know them better; yet, as in real life, you only get to see the sides and masks that others want you to see.  That, to me, was the author’s point.  Everyone in Oasis seems to have an agenda, and it’s hard to know what to believe.  With that in mind, Leist does a great job of bringing to life the picturesque town of Oasis, and the menacing End House.  The book is reminiscent of tales like “House on Haunted Hill,” yet with its own twists on the supernatural thriller.  The story is well-paced, and the dangers faced by Leist’s characters feels terrifyingly real.  All in all, a good read.  I look forward to reading more works from this author.


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LOOK WHAT I FOUND TODAY ON AMAZON U.K.!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Creepy Gothic Mystery, 30 Mar. 2017 
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This review is from: The Dead Game (Paperback)
I read this in one sitting, because I couldn’t stop turning pages. The story is well done to say the least. Leist weaves together a gothic horror story that includes both good and evil vampires. Unlike many stories that include vampires, The Dead Game focuses on our human heroines and their efforts to solve the mysteries of Oasis Florida.

Keeping to the format for good gothic horror, Leist introduces a tantalizing romantic element. The haunted house had a personality all its own. Be certain to read the prologue to catch the house’s seductive side.

If you like good gothic horror this ranks right up there with Anne Rice and Radcliff.

This review has renewed my determination to complete book 2 of The Dead Game. It’s amazing that just when you’re about to give up, something like this comes along to reaffirm your faith in yourself.
Thank you, Flowergirl, whoever you are.

Great Review!

An Outstanding Gothic Horror Paranormal Novel!
By Howard Lipman
February 24, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A beachfront town, a haunted mansion, people disappearing or turning up dead–these are the elements of gothic horror, but this...

 
An Outstanding Gothic Horror Paranormal Novel!

By Howard Lipman 

February 24, 2015 

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase 

A beachfront town, a haunted mansion, people disappearing or turning up dead–these are the elements of gothic horror, but this unique novel has a more than a few twists. The writing is first-rate,  and the pace is fast. The characters are well-defined, and the plot is imaginative and unpredictable. Linda, Shana, Logan, Todd and others are plagued by the town’s original residents, old family secrets, and more. All kinds of paranormal manifestations  beset the characters. Poe and H.P. Lovecraft would have been proud to have written this novel. From an opulent mansion to a paranormal haunted horror, End House takes the town of Oasis down a frightening path. The mysterious black paper invitations to a party at End House advertising ‘Mysteries to solve’ and ‘Games to Play’ took both the characters and this reader’s imagination on a fascinating journey (review by Howard Lipman, pen name PanOrpheus, author of the ‘Delphic Oracle’ and ‘Tesla’s Tower’ books)

 

Love This 5 Star Review of The Dead Game

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I wanted to share a review where the reviewer captured the essence of my book. 
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by Susanne Leist (Goodreads Author) 

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Victoria Simcox‘s review 

Aug 14, 2016
 
it was amazing
Read in August, 2016


There is a malevolent presence governing the persuaded; actually all in the municipality. Linda and her pals have no clue as to whether these are people, prowlers, or vampires. Who would have thought, in the city of Oasis, wickedness rendezvous in the boulevards; in its dark hours. After all, the daytime is quite the opposite … laden with brightness, attractive, cozy roads, and a pale prestige seashore. But there are eerie circumstances, such as vacationers vanishing from the elaborate Oasis Hotel. Then there’s the focal point in the city; a place called ‘End House’ which has a murky past of strange vanishings. By encountering chilling deceptions and turning rooms, Linda and friends find themselves in a realm of ruses. They need to flee for their lives but find themselves imprisoned within the house’s spooky walls. As the tale unravels, menacing beings arise and a clash sandwiches amid virtue and malevolent. This novel is fast moving and author, Susanne Leist’s writing flows swiftly so that the reader will be intrigued throughout. Great job!
Looking forward to read more of her work in the future!

 

A keep you on the Edge of your seat mystery !

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Thank you Mandy Saial! I love your review of The Dead Game!

5.0 out of 5 stars

A keep you on the Edge of your seat mystery !

By MANDY SAIAL on June 20, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RWPHAU7DEPOVI/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00F3IWF70
The Dead Game – Susanne Leist (5 Stars )

Linda opens up a bookstore in the normal seaside town of Oasis, Florida. Making new friends and meeting tourists while starting up her business is a breeze in this tranquil Paradise, but when people start disappearing after sunset, later to be found dead and drained of blood, it is time to figure out what is happening .
When they get a invitation to a party they decide to go and end up in a rickety old house where they have to fight for survival in a cat and mouse game, all while they are stalked my unhuman creatures.
Could this be the end ??
This was a thrilling, vampire Horror, mystery storyline that kept me reading . I was quickly Immersed within this authors original plot line, with entertaining characters and Blood draining creatures from page one .
I felt like I was dropped in the middle of a maze and was trapped and had to find my way out before they found me …deadly consequences resulting !
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who loves Mystery, Thrillers or vampires.

I LOVE THIS REVIEW!

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on March 5, 2016
“The Dead Game” by Susanne Leist is one of those great reads that you stumble across and end up eternally grateful for discovering it. In a vast sea of paranormal novels, The Dead Game stands out in all its horrifying glory. If you’re seeking chills and thrills this book is definitely a great read. Just the prologue will be enough to drag you deep into a plot filled with brilliant twists and turns. Leist brings her world and story to life with strong vivid language that flows seamlessly, lulling you into a tale you’ll never forget. I find her cast of characters to be truly unique and real, expressing human nature as if it were bare before us. Without hesitation I can say this is among the best novels of the year I’ve come across. Highly recommended.

Review of THE DEAD GAME

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I had to share this review. It’s the type of review that authors dream of. A reader that understood the book, the plot, the characters. Thank you Deneale !
Deneale Williams rated it it was amazing

This book, “The Dead Game” would make an excellent horror movie. I just could not get enough of it, and would love to see it on the silver screen. In fact, I think it would be even more fantastic in 3 dimensional. 

Let me start by saying: I read this in the dark, along with one light on and in a big house. Wait, did I mention I was alone? I might suggest that , you might not want to do that. I’m just sayin…

Just let me be frank with you here. Okay, wait. I still want to be me. Here goes. I honestly love watching TV, and I know what would make for a good show, or movie. And as I was reading this, I was just so totally freaking out all through it, I could totally visualize everything. I know this book would be amazing as a Movie, you seriously need to read it, because you know it goes. When they turn books into Movies, they ruin them. And if the words are this good, you need to read them now!

Another thing that I loved about this book, was the fact that it is portrayed in Oasis, Florida. As most of you know, I am I currently live in Florida. So I love it when books put Florida, or Ohio on the map, I’m in. 

This book, “The Dead Game” has Vampires, Beachfront property, a scary haunted mansion, dead bodies, romance and of course people. What a unique kind of mix.

But let me tell you, never ever go to a place called: “End house” and never attend a party on a Friday night where the invitation envelopes are black. I mean if that doesn’t just say: “It’s going to get weird.” As a warning, then nothing will. 

I was so impressed, with “The Dead Game”, I couldn’t put it down. I give it five stars, it was just that exciting. If you’re anything like me, and enjoy horror, with a kick, then you need to read this. And you better be ready to get comfortable, because you’re not going to want to put this book down! It’s just that enjoyable. 

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This book introduces you to the small town of Oasis where there are missing people and unexplained murders. Why anyone would want to move there to begin with, or why anyone stays once they discover the creepy happenings that go on. I would freak out and move out of there so fast!

Linda and her group of friends get invited to this party at End house which most of them are not thrilled about. Linda flat out doesn’t want to go and neither does David. The one thing I will say about this is I am not sure why they did end up going. I was mildly perplexed for a second when Linda doesn’t have any desire to go and then she is talking about going. Since this is a supernatural book, I am willing to give credit to the supernatural forces that made her go.

After the tragedy that is this party, Linda finds herself getting closer and closer to Todd…the town hottie. He is also a very suspicious man who is always willing to inform the sheriff for people and then tell them not to say anything to anybody.

Linda is not satisfied and begins her own investigation with the help of one of her friends to get to the bottom of what is going on in town. During this investigation, they will face dangerous situations and dangerous beings.

The story line was fast paced and well written. My only comment is towards the end, there seemed to be quite a bit crammed in. It was all good twists and events but it was one of those where you think the big conflict has ended but then something else comes up and that took place a couple of times. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the twists that were thrown in there because of this and thought the addition was creative and intriguing.

The characters are well designed and I am rooting for Linda and Todd. There is just way too much tension there! This book is full of surprises and the author’s creativity is quite unique. It is creepy and will definitely get you thinking about disturbing shadows while you read it in the dark. I much enjoyed reading this story and am looking forward to checking out the second one! 

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THE DEAD GAME’S FIRST FAN

I’m sharing Deneale Williams’ Blog post about The Dead Game. Her words are simply music to my ears. You can check out her blog at:

http://denealesbookbuzz.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-dead-game-by-susanne-leist.html?spref=fb

Thank you so much Deneale.

 

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The Dead Game

By Susanne Leist

This book, “The Dead Game” would make an excellent horror movie. I just could not get enough of it, and would love to see it on the silver screen. In fact, I think it would be even more fantastic in 3 dimensional.  

Let me start by saying: I read this in the dark, along with one light on and in a big house. Wait, did I mention I was alone? I might suggest that , you might not want to do that. I’m just sayin…

Just let me be frank with you here. Okay, wait. I still want to be me. Here goes. I honestly love watching TV, and I know what would make for a good show, or movie. And as I was reading this, I was just so totally freaking out all through it, I could totally visualize everything. I know this book would be amazing as a Movie, you seriously need to read it, because you know it goes. When they turn books into Movies, they ruin them. And if the words are this good, you need to read them now!

Another thing that I loved about this book, was the fact that it is portrayed in Oasis, Florida. As most of you know, I am I currently live in Florida. So I love it when books put Florida, or Ohio on the map, I’m in. 

This book, “The Dead Game” has Vampires, Beachfront property, a scary haunted mansion, dead bodies, romance and of course people. What a unique kind of mix.

But let me tell you, never ever go to a place called: “End house” and never attend a party on a Friday night where the invitation envelopes are black. I mean if that doesn’t just say: “It’s going to get weird.” As a warning, then nothing will. 

I was so impressed, with “The Dead Game”, I couldn’t put it down. I give it five stars, it was just that exciting. If you’re anything like me, and enjoy horror, with a kick, then you need to read this. And you better be ready to get comfortable, because you’re not going to want to put this book down! It’s just that enjoyable. 

 

My Questions for Susanne:

 

  1. What made you decide to write this book?

     I have always been an avid reader. I grew up on Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. In recent years, I began to read paranormal books. They bring fantasy and the surreal to life. But few combine paranormal with the classic murder mystery. I decided to write a paranormal, murder mystery of my own. It’s the type of book that I search for and love to read. Seven long years later, The Dead Game was born. 

     The Dead Game has dead bodies and suspects like a traditional murder mystery. However, it also has humans, vampires, and vampire derivatives. And don’t forget the haunted house—we must have one of these.

  1. What are you working on now?

     The Dead Game is the first book of three books. The first book resolves the murder mystery, but at the same time, opens a Pandora box of new mysteries. Its surprise ending will lead to more surprises.

     I have just begun to write the second book. I have my outline and notes ready and waiting. My writing often leads me in unknown directions, so I won’t know how the book will end until it does. But so far, the second book is slated to resolve the mysteries of The Dead in the United States. The last book will follow The Dead and their deadly activities abroad.

  1. What are your hobbies?

     I love to swim and read books.

  1. Who is/are your favorite Author(s)?

     The murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie was the first murder mystery I read. I was ten years old. Soon after, I read most of her collection. And she had one big collection. My love for murder mysteries continued with Arthur Conan Doyle and Alistair Maclean. These books taught me how to analyze clues and crime scenes. 

     Today, my favorite authors are Brad Meltzer and Linda Fairstein. Brad Meltzer’s Zero Game prompted me to write my own book. He doesn’t write in a pompous way. He follows through with the plot and clues. I was inspired.

  1. What education have you had?

     My first career was in Finance. I have an M.B.A. in Finance. I worked in the fields of commodities, financial analysis, and budgeting. The creative side of me felt trapped and wanted to be set free. I listened and wrote my first book, The Dead Game, a paranormal mystery/thriller with vampires and human vampires.

     I am married with two beautiful daughters. My oldest is married and is a buyer. My second has just graduated from college.

     My life is complete.

  1. What do you suggest for anyone thinking of or wanting to write a book?

     The best advice for a new writer is to have everything in place before you launch your book. I had nothing ready when I was told that my book was being published. I had to learn how to use Twitter, Facebook, and Google. I created blogs. I read articles and books about marketing books. I now have blogs on Tumblr, Blogspot, and WordPress. It was a year later before I was able to sit back and take a breath. 

     My advice to a new author is to have everything in place before your book is published. Blogs and online accounts should be open and ready. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone but an anticipated event.

7. Are you familiar with Oasis, Florida? 

    There could be a town in Florida, where residents hide during the day and come out at night. Dark shadows roam the streets after the sun sets for the evenings. Dead bodies roll in with the tides and settle in the white sand. Beach communities have sunshine during the day and trade winds at night.The rest of the story could easily be the result of someone’s imagination: my over-active imagination. 

8. What scares you? 

     Death scares me, but not the type of death in my book. Death by vampire is a good way for me to deal with my fears. Here’s to the bloodsuckers!

  1. Please share with us the links to your books and your social media sites:

Kindle

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Nook

http://bit.ly/1lFdqNj

https://susanneleist.wordpress.com

http://susanneleist.tumblr.com

https://twitter.com/SusanneLeist

http://susbs1000.wix.com/susanneleist

http://thedeadgamebysusanne.blogspot.com
The Dead Game by Susanne Leist
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book, “The Dead Game” would make an excellent horror movie. I just could not get enough of it, and would love to see it on the silver screen. In fact, I think it would be even more fantastic in 3 dimensional. 

Let me start by saying: I read this in the dark, along with one light on and in a big house. Wait, did I mention I was alone? I might suggest that , you might not want to do that. I’m just sayin…

Just let me be frank with you here. Okay, wait. I still want to be me. Here goes. I honestly love watching TV, and I know what would make for a good show, or movie. And as I was reading this, I was just so totally freaking out all through it, I could totally visualize everything. I know this book would be amazing as a Movie, you seriously need to read it, because you know it goes. When they turn books into Movies, they ruin them. And if the words are this good, you need to read them now!

Another thing that I loved about this book, was the fact that it is portrayed in Oasis, Florida. As most of you know, I am I currently live in Florida. So I love it when books put Florida, or Ohio on the map, I’m in. 

This book, “The Dead Game” has Vampires, Beachfront property, a scary haunted mansion, dead bodies, romance and of course people. What a unique kind of mix.

But let me tell you, never ever go to a place called: “End house” and never attend a party on a Friday night where the invitation envelopes are black. I mean if that doesn’t just say: “It’s going to get weird.” As a warning, then nothing will. 

I was so impressed, with “The Dead Game”, I couldn’t put it down. I give it five stars, it was just that exciting. If you’re anything like me, and enjoy horror, with a kick, then you need to read this. And you better be ready to get comfortable, because you’re not going to want to put this book down! It’s just that enjoyable.