The darkness is beckoning to you.<br /> Will you listen to it?<br /> Will you follow the sounds?<br /> "Come to me," it urges.<br /> Your body is being propelled forward.<br /> You have lost control.<br /> You move closer to the graves.<br /> Why am I in a cemetery?<br /> A little too late to be asking that question,<br /> don’t you think?<br /> The end is near.<br /> The Dead are rising up.<br /> You are here to join them.<br /> The party is about to begin.<br /> The Dead Game by Susanne Leist

The darkness is beckoning to you.

Will you listen to it?

Will you follow the sounds?

“Come to me,” it urges.

Your body is being propelled forward.

You have lost control.

You move closer to the graves.

Why am I in a cemetery?

A little too late to be asking that question,

don’t you think?

The end is near.

The Dead are rising up.

You are here to join them.

The party is about to begin.

The Dead Game by Susanne Leist


Megan Cashman

~ Author

Author Interviews: Susanne Leist

04 Tuesday Mar 2014

Sometimes it is not easy to categorize one’s book. Genres can be blurred by a theme or character, and usually that is because we all have different literary tastes. Author Susanne Leist is one of these authors. She combined her love for mysteries, thrillers and the paranormal with her book, The Dead Game, which is the first book in a trilogy. Here she is to talk about her writing, her book and her self-publishing:  Susanne Leist

MC: Many dream of one day writing a book. What prompted you to turn that dream into reality?

SL: I have been reading murder mysteries and thrillers since I was a teenager. I’ve read all types of mysteries, from Agatha Christie to Sherlock Holmes.  In recent years, I’ve begun to read paranormal mysteries. These books bring fantasy and the surreal to the simple murder mystery.

It is hard to find books that combine paranormal with mystery. That is why I decided to write a paranormal, murder mystery of my own.  It is the type of book that I search for and love to read.

My book, 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.

MC: How did you balance writing your book with work and family?

SL: At this point of my life I have time to write. One daughter is married and the other is in college. Since I’m not working, I have free time to devote to my craft.

My writing didn’t begin as a craft. It began as a hobby, which grew over the years into a book. With a finished book in hand, I decided that it was time to publish. Since I self-published, I had to enter cyberspace to find readers. Soon I had Facebook, Twitter, and Google accounts. I even created blogs. I entered a whole new world. I’ve met many Indie authors, independent authors, who are very supportive of each other.

I am no longer alone.

MC: What intrigues you more: the paranormal or mysteries?

SL: I enjoy books that challenge me. I need a murder or a mystery to hold my attention. All the clues must tie in together at the end. The resolution must be satisfying. That is a true mystery for me, a la Agatha Christie.

The Dead GameThe paranormal also calls out to me. I love haunted houses, creepy settings, feelings of being stalked…To me, this entails a killer or villain. Most paranormal stories have villains and dead bodies, so they can easily become mysteries.

MC: How are your vampires different from all the others out there?

SL: My vampires have been created from my creepy imagination. They look human—that is until they attack. Then they have the red or green glowing eyes. They stand out from other vampires by the way they form alliances and mate.

Human vampires are a product of a human and a vampire. Their powers are different from a vampire’s power. Vampires can fly, shape-shift, control minds, and be killed by fire. They must stay out of the sunlight—unless they are protected by a special green glass. Human vampires don’t have these powers but only the power of suggestion. They are stronger and live longer than humans. They die of old age—if they’re not killed beforehand.

These facts are revealed over time in the book, and are kind of, a spoiler.

MC: You chose to self-publish your book. What made you choose this route?

SL:  I self-published my book. However, I wouldn’t recommend this unless an author has his or her marketing in place beforehand.

At the end of August, Outskirts press, the self-publishing company, informed me that my book was published. I’d thought that this meant it was ready for print. I was waiting for them to send out a Press Release and a Wholesaler’s Summary of my book. Little did I know that my poor book was sitting alone on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, without any words or background.

That same day, I wrote up my bio and summaries of the book. I opened online accounts and blogs. I hadn’t known what a blog was but soon I had three of them.

That same week, I joined reading groups and whatever else came up on my computer screen.

Now, four months later, I can sit back and breathe a little. I never want to go through those last few months again. If I had connections, or knew about the publishing business, I would have published the traditional way. It would have been harder at the beginning. Afterwards, I wouldn’t have had to navigate through cyberspace on my own.

My advice to a new author is to make sure that you are prepared before you launch your book. If you are prepared, then you can take the traditional path or the newer route of self-publishing.

MC: What can we expect from Susanne Leist in the future?

SL:  My plan for now is to find readers and a target audience for my book. The Dead Game is the first in a series of three books. The first book resolves the murder mystery, but at the same time, opens a Pandora’s box of new mysteries. Its surprise ending will lead to more surprises.

Once my book is established

in the marketplace, I will begin my work on the second book. I have an outline and notes all ready to be written. My writing often leads me in unknown directions, so I won’t know how the book will end until it does.

Susanne Leist:

The Dead Game:




Ocean Waves | by Nataliya Kalinina









Todd had made sure that his appointments ended early for the day. He was about to leave when Natalie Fisher called out for him to wait for her. She hurried to catch up to him as fast as her short legs allowed. She was a tiny lady in her sixties who was a very efficient personal assistant. She took care of most things in his life, except for anything that involved the private lives of Oasis’ residents. Despite her insistence that he needed her personal touch in his personal life, he kept his private life off limits. He knew that once Natalie took over a chore, she got much too involved and controlling.
“I have important papers for you to sign before tomorrow’s meeting,” puffed Natalie.
“I’ll be in early. Leave them on my desk and I’ll sign them in the morning.” He walked out the front door.
“I’ll come in early and then we’ll look them over together,” Natalie declared. “You cannot trust anyone in town to leave papers on your desk unattended.” She stood on the sidewalk, huffing and puffing from her short run.
To allow her time to catch up to him, he had to stop in his tracks. He couldn’t believe that she was in such poor shape—after running errands for him all day, every day. He decided to be a little easier on her in the future.
“Thanks Natalie,” Todd replied. “I don’t know
what I would do without you in my life.”
“Maybe find a nice girl and settle down.”
He wondered to himself if it would ever be possible
for him to find a woman whom he could trust with his
unusual way of life.
“Good night Natalie,” he responded before walking to his car.




Book Description

Publication Date: August 29, 2013

The Dead Game is a paranormal mystery which takes place in a coastal town with sparkling blue waters. But are its waters harmless? Or is evil lurking beneath its soothing waves, ready to ensnare unsuspecting victims into its dark and murky depths?

Life changes in the remote town…as darkness falls on the picturesque streets, the ominous sounds of chanting linger on the whispering winds.

The young residents are invited to a party at End House. It is not at all what they had expected. Linda and her friends find themselves trapped in a deserted house where they must flee for their lives through revolving rooms and terrifying illusions. Or are they illusions? With two of their own still lost in the house, they decide to investigate on their own. Not knowing if their stalkers are vampires or humans, they must uncover the evil one controlling the game and everyone else in town.

THE DEAD GAME has begun.     

From the Author

I have always loved to read books. My goal has been to write a book different than any other book that I’ve ever read. And I believe I have accomplished this goal. The Dead Game is a supernatural thriller with plenty of mystery and romance.
The once peaceful town of Oasis becomes a haven for murder. Dead bodies are found on the beach. Tourists disappear from the hotel–never to be heard from again. Once the sun sets, dark shadows can be seen roaming the streets of town. With two of their own missing, Linda and her friends must locate THE DEAD and determine whether their members are humans or creatures of the night.


From the Inside Flap

The Dead Game takes place in a coastal town with sparkling blue waters. But are its waters harmless? Or is evil lurking beneath its soothing waves, ready to ensnare unsuspecting victims into its dark and murky depths?
Life changes in the remote town…as darkness falls on the picturesque streets, the ominous sounds of chanting linger on the whispering winds.
The young residents are invited to a party at End House. It is not at all what they had expected. They find themselves trapped in a deserted house where they must flee for their lives through revolving rooms and terrifying illusions. Or are they illusions? Not knowing if their stalkers are shape-shifters or humans, they must uncover the evil being controlling the game and everyone else in town.

The Dead Game – An extra spooky read!, January 9, 2014

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Who would think that living in the quaint town of Oasis would be anything but sun-shining, flowers blooming, people smiling and warm hello’s being shared on squeaky, clean streets.

Author, Susanne Leist’s amazing ability to create imagery that draws you in in a second, makes you feel like a member of this lovely town from page one.

Unfortunately, that perfect, utopian image of Oasis begins to crumble when Linda, the main character, just new to Oasis, is told haunting stories about End House and is warned of the strange things that go on in the town.

Receiving an invitation to an upcoming party at End House, Linda, though perplexed by the invitation, uses the party as a chance to discover for herself the truth about the town.

Her curiosity leads her into a myriad of fearful, gut-wrenching, suspense-filled situations.

The book takes you from pleasant and pretty, to gobs of mystery, sitting on the edge of your seat suspense, and creepy evil. And all that is topped with just the right smattering of romance …to keep things extra interesting.

If you love a book that can take you to elevated levels of fear in a hurry, and get you so entangled in haunting mystery and fantasy that you get lost in a whirlwind of entrancing wonder, then this is the book for you!



Linda is about to open the invitation to End House.

It read,
“You are Cordially Invited to
An Evening of Intrigue
Mysteries to Solve and Games to Play
10:00 pm Sharp
Friday the 13th
End House at Oasis”

What a strange invitation. She didn’t want to
play any games or solve any mysteries. And what did BRING YOURSELF mean? Who else would she bring if not herself?
She checked the envelope, but couldn’t find a postmark. She also couldn’t find a name anywhere for a host or hostess.
The mansion on the hill stood dark and deserted after the last family had disappeared about five years ago. The house looked sinister to her with its blacked-out windows. It was falling apart: sections of its roof, siding, and shutters had been ripped off by the wind. But she hadn’t heard of any major storms in the area that could have damaged the house in such a drastic way. And what had happened to the poor family?
She had heard that End House boasted a gigantic indoor pool with a Jacuzzi and sauna. It also had an outdoor pool, which she couldn’t even get a glimpse of over the dense circle of tall trees surrounding the property.
The house stood alone at the end of the drive with no neighbors nearby, jutting over the edge of the steep cliff with a long drop to the jagged rocks below. Just thinking about it caused chills to travel up and down her spine. She never planned on visiting that house—ever. But she could not dwell on that now: she had to get ready for the barbeque.
She didn’t have to bring much since Mike and David
did most of the cooking. She returned to her kitchen, took out a few steaks from the freezer, and packed them up with the strawberry pie that she’d baked yesterday.
She climbed the stairs to her dark bedroom. The turquoise and pink drapes were closed. She turned on the small green lamp on the end table beside her bed. On her white embroidered quilt were her two cats, asleep together on her pillow. They brought a little peace and sanity to her life that she sometimes felt were lacking in this strange little town.
She changed into a sweatshirt and jeans, ran back downstairs, grabbed her food, and then rushed out to the

THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist

THE DEAD GAME by Susanne Leist

The Dead Game is a supernatural thriller. It is a cross between The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural.
Linda moved to a small town to live a quieter and simpler life. She opened a bookstore and made new friends. Life was simple–that is until the dead body washed up on shore. Linda was horrified to find out that dead bodies and disappearing tourists were common for this town. As soon as the sun set, she and her friends were stalked by dark shadows. But this was only the beginning.
Linda and her group received an unsigned invitation to a party at the deserted house on the hill. They were afraid of the unfriendly hill residents. Residents that only ventured out of their homes at night. They did attend the party. Pursued through revolving rooms and dangerous traps, they barely escaped with their lives. Two of their own remained trapped in the house. Or so they thought.
The Dead Game had begun.



In a town, where there is a beauty in its beaches, lagoons, and calm blue waters, The Dead walk the streets at night. Who are The Dead? Are they residents or visitors who flock to town for its famous parties? Are they vampires or humans?
The Dead Game, the first in a series, introduces The Dead. Come and find out who they really are.