Oasis hotel

Take the road to the Oasis Hotel.
Lined with trees
shedding their pink petals.
A bright and sunny road.
Filled with wishes and dreams.
No worries or despairs.

A road in Oasis, Florida.
At its end stands the hotel.
Waiting with open arms.
A garden of colorful flowers
spelling out its name.
Its white walls and high archways
invite ocean breezes.
Tourists lounge on its many couches.
“Drinks for one and all,”
call out the waiters.
Drinks with fancy umbrellas.
No worries or despairs
for these guests.

That is until night falls.
Then all must retreat for safety.
Dark shadows appear on the streets
and on the white-sand beach.
No one ventures out at night.
Except for The Dead.
They own the night.
They own Oasis.
No worries or despairs
for those who take care.
Death for those who do not.






Play ‘The Dead Game’ With Author Susanne Leist!


Today we have with us paranormal mystery writer Susanne Leist. She’s the author of the very entertaining “The Dead Game”. Check out our exclusive interview where we get to know more about the author and her book.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi! My name is Susanne Leist. I graduated with an M.B.A. in Finance. I’ve worked in budgeting and financial analysis. However, my greatest love has always been reading. One day, I decided to use my over-active imagination and write a book. Seven years later, The Dead Game was born, and I’m proud of it.

When did you realize you wanted to become an author?

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

It’s hard to find books that combine the paranormal with mystery. That’s why 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.  My book, The Dead Game, has dead bodies and suspects like a traditional murder mystery. It also has humans, vampires, and vampire derivatives, and don’t forget the haunted house—we must have one of these.

Any other authors who have inspired your work?

My favorite author is Brad Meltzer. It’s fun and easy to read his books. His words flow smoothly and hold on to my attention. I enjoy his characters. He also weaves his extensive knowledge of Washington into the complex story lines.

What can you tell us about your book ‘The Dead Game‘? What kind of readers will it appeal to?

My book, The Dead Game, is a paranormal mystery/thriller. It takes place in a small town called Oasis on the coast of Florida. During the day, the town is a paradise for its residents and abundant tourists with its picturesque streets, wide-sand beach, and warm waters. However, at night, the town turns dark and deadly. Dark shadows roam the streets, tourists begin to disappear, and bodies turn up dead on the beach. The evil in this town revolves around a deserted house. The younger residents are invited to a mysterious party at End House, and that is when the fun and games begin.

My audience is anyone who enjoys mystery and the unknown; anyone who is ready to use his or her imagination to explore new possibilities.

What do you find interesting about the genre you write in?

The paranormal calls out to me. I love haunted houses, creepy settings, and feelings of being stalked… To me, this entails a killer or villain. Paranormal stories have villains and dead bodies; appealing to my love of murder mysteries. These stories could also have romance or horror. I love this genre where anything is possible.

Would you like to share your thoughts regarding self and traditional publishing?

I used Outskirts Press to self-publish my book. The editor corrected about half the typos. I was determined to make my book the best it could be. I was on a mission to make it leaner and meaner. I read editing, grammar books, articles, and so on. The story remained the same but the words brought it to life. I wonder if an editor and a traditional publisher could have helped me achieve my potential. It might have been a journey that I had to take on my own.

What advice would you like to give to writers who have just started?

It is important for an author to have everything in place before launching his or her book. I learned the hard way after I self-published. Blogs, websites, and social sites like Google and Twitter should be ready and waiting. Summaries and bios should also be prepared in advance. After the book is released, it should be announced everywhere with bold pictures and words. People will be ready and eager to read it. That’s my goal for my next book, which will be the second book in The Dead Game series.

You can get to know more about Susanne Leist through her blog and Twitter.

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A great paranormal thriller, January 19, 2015
By JNSee all my reviews

This review is from: The Dead Game (Kindle Edition)

A great paranormal thriller! This book started off with a bang and never slowed down.

Linda and her friends live in the strange town of Oasis where shadows haunt the dark streets, people disappear, and the rich inhabitants only come out at night. A mansion seems to be at the root of the eeriness, but as the story progresses we find out even some of her friends are part of the supernatural.

I thought the book was simply about a dangerous game that takes place in a sinister house, but it was much more. The characters are thrown into heart-pounding, perilous situations long after they escape End House and just when they think they’re safe another terrifying hurdle comes their way. Every page was filled with action, drama, paranormal scares, and a little romance. The writing was descriptive and catching, really taking you to the haunted town of Oasis. I would highly recommend.



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The Dead have taken over the playground,

where children had once played and frolicked.

The Dead wander

past the still swings

and empty slides.

Echoes of voices drift in the air.

Will the children ever return?

Will The Dead ever leave the town?

Only The Dead know.







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