THE DEAD ARE HERE TO STAY

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THE DEAD ARE HERE TO STAY

Look at the pretty sky.
Such beauty way up high.
Clouds drifting by so slowly
Like a shrine to what’s holy.

All of this will soon come to an end.
Don’t bother to search for a friend.
The moon will rise up in the night sky
Into the danger from what lurks high.

Dark shadows will descend onto the sand.
Shrieking louder than a marching band.
What do they want from our peaceful town?
Death and mayhem–all served with a frown.

Run for you life if you still can.
Danger for each and every man.
The Dead are here to stay.
They didn’t come to play. 


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WHY AM I HERE?

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WHY AM I HERE?

The birds have stopped chirping.
A mist is forming above the water.
It brings with it a sudden chill.
A chill I can feel in my bones.
Why am I here?

Evening is fast approaching.
Shadows are moving along the shore.
I better head home right away.
Before it’s too late.
Why am I here?

Girls have gone missing from Oasis Hotel.
Dead bodies are washing up on the beach.
Mysterious figures are sighted in town.
I should have left this town already.
Why am I still here?

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OASIS

OASIS

A more beautiful place cannot be.
It faces the waves of the dark sea.
White sand and quiet beaches galore.
You can’t ask for anything more.
Life is perfect as can be.
Come and frolic with me.
Tourists visit from far and wide.
Oasis is Florida’s pride.
Beware when The Dead descend.
We can no longer pretend
This is a perfect place to be
As The Dead rise up from the sea.
Darkness brings flying creatures and death.
Beware that this won’t be your last breath.

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5 STAR REVIEW

There is something painfully wrong about the seemingly perfect town of Oasis
on May 25, 2015
The opening pages of “The Dead Game” grab you at the ankles and drag into the deeper story. There is something painfully wrong about the seemingly perfect town of Oasis. Without getting into spoilers, here’s my take. Leist’s cast of characters are 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.

AN OASIS

An Oasis

I may be living in an oasis,
Where the sun shines on a daily basis.
Florida has beautiful flowers and beaches,
But what it may be hiding are deadly leeches.
Dark shadows are following me right now.
I need to escape but I don’t know how.
I don’t want to end up like that dead woman.
I don’t even know if the shadows are human.

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THE END IS NEAR

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THE END IS NEAR

“Life goes on,
But how can I?”

Lost in her suffering in a town of despair,
Linda knows not how to release herself from here.
She gazes out at the big bright moon,
Knowing full well what it will bring soon.

“Please save us from the evil forces at bay.
We can’t live through this for even one more day.”

Will this night be the same as all the rest?
Fleeing through the night at someone’s behest.
Will they ever be safe again in their beds?
To lie down asleep and rest their weary heads.

“I see a light in the distance.
We can offer no resistance.
They are here for us all.
This night the town will fall.”

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Here is my interview with Susanne Leist By Fiona Mcvie

Here is my interview with Susanne Leist

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Name Susanne Leist

Age 56

Where are you from

Brooklyn, New York

A little about your self

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 was calling out to be set free. I listened and wrote my first book, The Dead Game, a paranormal mystery/thriller with vampires and vampire derivatives.

I am married with two beautiful daughters. My oldest is married and works as a buyer for clothing. My second is graduating from college and will go on to graduate school for social work.

My life is complete.

 

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My book has settled comfortably in its vampire suspense sections on Amazon and Nook. Therefore, I am now ready to begin writing book 2 in the series.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began to write in earnest about ten years ago. That was the time when I had decided to write a book. It was much harder than I ever could have imagined.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I still don’t call myself an author. But I did feel like a writer after my publisher sent me a note informing me that my book had been published and to congratulate me. It felt good—really good.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve read many types of books over my lifetime. I could always figure out early on what’s going to happen, and how the story will end. I wanted to write a book that will follow the way I want it to be written. With Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, Linda Fairstein, and Brad Meltzer in mind, I wrote my book. I wrote and re-wrote. I had it edited a second time according to its reviews. Some people want to read more action, while others want to delve deeper into the characters. You can’t please everyone. I tried my best.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

My style controls me. Sometimes my mind is in the mood for poetry and at other times it wants a full-fledged murder mystery. So I wait for the perfect moment to write. I write alone without any interruptions.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The Dead are supernatural beings that kill and play hard. They play dangerous games with the inhabitants of Oasis. Hence, The Dead Game.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The town of Oasis, on the coast of Florida, appears too good to be true, with its calm ocean waters, palm trees, trade winds, and white-sanded beaches. Beneath the bright sunshine lies an evil so dark and deadly, ready to take over the town.

Nothing can be too good to be true.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

There could be such a town in Florida, where certain residents hide during the day, to only come out at night. The residents and tourists can be spooked by the colder winds and the dark shadows roaming the town. Dead bodies rolling in with shore can happen in beach communities. The rest of the story can be the result of someone’s over-active imagination or not. It’s up to the reader to believe or disbelieve.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Personally, I haven’t had any spooky or unusual situations. But I watched many horror shows when I was growing up. And my favorite authors were suspense and mystery writers. Agatha Christie’s Murder at End House inspired the name for my haunted house. The old movie, The Blob, inspired me to write about a red liquid oozing into End House. The TV show, The Avengers, gave me the idea for a house with changing rooms. The rest I filled in with my own imagination.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Agatha Christie had been my first foray into the genre of murder mystery. I was ten years old when I began to read her books. I also read Sherlock Holmes and Alistair Maclean. These books taught me the methods needed to analyze clues and crime scenes. In later years, I continued to read mysteries, but my favorites are Brad Meltzer and Linda Fairstein. When I was reading Meltzer’s Zero Game, I decided that I should try to write my own book. He doesn’t write in a pompous way like some authors. He follows through with the plot and clues. I was inspired.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am reading the series by Deborah Harkness. I’m finishing book 2. It has a lot of history that I’m not familiar with. But I like her books.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

In the past few years, I found Michael Koryta. His books are different. They are hard to categorize. They have mystery, paranormal, and unusual stories and events.  I like that they are a little creepy.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

My current project is to begin writing book 2, while continue promoting book 1. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Fellow authors have supported me. Authors, who I met on Facebook and Goodreads, answered my questions and offered advice on how to market my book.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It has become my career. I work 12 hours a day at it so it is officially my career. No one would do that for a hobby.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I’ve changed a lot already according to my reviews. I should have given my main characters a deeper role together. Readers want more depth to the characters. We know what they feel about each other. They just haven’t acted on it. Now that they have been introduced and had gone through a lot together, I could delve further into their psyches in book 2.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I helped my daughters write essays in their applications for college. One of them I really liked. I was surprised that I had written it.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

On my blogs, I’ve been experimenting with poetry. I’ve been receiving a positive response. I wanted to experiment with different types of writing before I began the second book.


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I wish I could write perfectly the first time around and not have to edit and re-edit. I’m a perfectionist and I could edit any writing to the death.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I told my publisher what I wanted on the cover. I wanted a partially open door with blood dripping outward from it. A hand would be reaching out from the inside. Outskirts Publishing offered me a closed door with fire around it. At least I got a door. The door is important for the story.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I must stick to my ideas and opinions. It is always good to take constructive criticism, but it depends upon who it’s coming from. Most authors are helpful and supportive but some can be mean and vindictive. Such is life.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

The best advice for a new writer is to have everything in place before you launch your book. I had nothing in place when I was told my book was published. I had to open Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Blog accounts. I had to write summaries to put alongside my books that were sitting and waiting for me on Nook and Amazon. It took me months to figure out how everything worked. I read articles about how to market books.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I wrote my book based on the love I have for mystery and the paranormal. The TV show, Supernatural, inspired the humor in the dialogue. The TV show, The Originals, reminded me of the elegance and beauty of vampires.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I had an older brother who I looked up to. He read two or three books a week.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Witty dialogue makes me laugh. One example is The Big Bang Theory. Anything bad happening to animals makes me cry. I still haven’t gotten over Lassie not coming home in Lassie Come Home.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

I would love to meet my brother again, now that I’m older. I want to tell him how much I miss him, and I think about him every single day.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

She tried the best she could to make her family happy.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I love to swim and read books.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Supernatural, Reign, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Elementary, Forever, The Big Bang Theory, and NCIS.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

https://susanneleist.wordpress.com

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LIGHTNING STRIKES

LIGHTNING STRIKES

I was in a deep, deep sleep.
Didn’t hear a single peep.
Until lightning strikes lit up the sky.
Followed by thunder claps turned on high.
The winds uprooted the trees.
Bringing them down to their knees.
What has happened to our poor, little town?
The ocean waves have turned from blue to brown.
Dark shadows are moving in from the shore.
I don’t know what else The Dead have in store.

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LAMENT FOR THE DEAD

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A paradise is now lost and gone,
Never to be found again.
Whomever the demons come upon,
No more peace but only pain.

Like a cold witches’ brew.
An Oasis for all.
Now a hell for the few,
Who remain to tell all.

Warm winds turn cold
As all become prey.
The young and old.
For them we must pray. 

Hell hath no fury
Like a demon scorned.
There is no jury
For a small town mourned.

Who’ll save Oasis
From ‘The Dead’ demons?
Who will now face us,
More dead or demons?

Pray for us.
We are alone
Come save us.
We must atone. 

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COME TO ME

COME TO ME


Come to me.
As the moon rises.
The sun dips its head.
The stars come out to play.

Come to me.
This night of nights.
When the dead will play.
And all will be lost.

Come to me.
To my dark house.
Holding secrets of the night.
Secrets never shared.
Secrets hidden in its walls.

Come to me.
Before it’s too late.
Before all are gone.
And lost forever.

Come to me.
Welcome to my humble abode.
My retreat from mankind.
My shelter from the storm.

Come to me.
And dance the night away.
Before the bitter end.
And the dead conquer the day.

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