THE DEAD ARE RISING

THE DEAD ARE RISING

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

MY INTERVIEW

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.

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THE DEAD GAME HAS BEGUN

plasmatics-life:</p> <p>Ocean Waves |  by Nataliya Kalinina</p> <p>THE WAVES ARE APPROACHING THE SHORE.<br /> WHAT DO THE WAVES BRING WITH THEM?<br /> DO THEY BRING SERENITY AND BEAUTY?<br /> OR DO THEY BRING DARK CREATURES<br /> TO INVADE THE NIGHT?<br /> THE DEAD GAME HAS BEGUN.

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Ocean Waves | by Nataliya Kalinina

THE WAVES ARE APPROACHING THE SHORE.

WHAT DO THE WAVES BRING WITH THEM?

DO THEY BRING SERENITY AND BEAUTY?

OR DO THEY BRING DARK CREATURES

TO INVADE THE NIGHT?

THE DEAD GAME HAS BEGUN.

THE DEAD GAME–DAY 34

THE DEAD GAME--DAY 34

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.

THE DEAD GAME BY SUSANNE LEIST

THE DEAD GAME BY SUSANNE LEIST

 

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!