I must escape this hell
Where The Dead trap me,
Try to snare me
With their evil ways.
I must find a way
Out of this dungeon
To the world above.
PREY FOR THE DEAD
Follow me to the clearing,
where the trees part in fear.
The Dead come to play,
and the La Santa Muerte rule.
Bring your sacrifices.
Your wishes will come true.
The female Grim Reaper is all-powerful.
The taste of blood can be sweet.
She will grant wishes of revenge
to your bitter heart’s content.
THE DEAD GAME
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 end is near.
The end is here.
THE DEAD GAME SERIES
Am I welcome to dinner?
I feel mighty hungry.
Like I’m skin and bones.
Or just bones.
THE DEAD GAME SERIES
I spent the last year rewriting and editing my first book. I learned a lot since I had published it. The words and characters are leaner and meaner. I removed any passive language or excess words. I want it to be on par with the second book in the series. And it is. I’m satisfied.
The Dead are leaner and meaner.
Linda Bennett moves from New York to Florida to live a quieter life. She opens a bookstore and makes new friends. Her best friend, Shana, opens a magic shop with elixirs and potions. Oasis offers white sand and blue water with calming tropical breezes. Life is peaceful until the dead body washes onshore. Linda learns that dead bodies and disappearing tourists are typical for the small town. Rumors abound of secret parties given by the original residents in their secluded mansions. As soon as the sun sets, dark shadows stalk Linda and her friends.
Linda and her group receive an unsigned invitation to a party at End House, a deserted house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Its last owners vanished, leaving behind broken windows and destroyed rooms. The group arrives, but no one is there to greet them. End House has a sinister life of its own where horror follows their every step. Traps, illusions, and revolving rooms add to their growing fear. Wild animals escape their cages in the basement, a bloody skeleton sleeps in an upstairs’ bedroom, and body parts fall from the chimney into the living room’s fireplace. With two of their friends lost inside, they flee for their lives.
The young residents embark on a difficult journey, chased by supernatural creatures, not knowing whom to trust, to uncover the one controlling the evil game.
Who are The Dead? Are they humans or vampires?
Will Linda lose her heart to Todd, who knows more than he admits?
Does the door held by the villagers contain the answers to the never-ending puzzle?
The Dead Game has begun.
Follow the adventure in Book Two, Prey for The Dead.