Saturday, January 6, 2018

Author Spotlight - Susanne Leist

 

Please join me in welcoming Susanne Leist to my blog. Susanne is a fabulous author who is part of the Rave Reviews Book Club. She has always been an avid reader. She grew up on Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, but the supernatural called to her and enticed her. Susanne wanted to write a book with all the sarcasm and wit of the TV show, Supernatural, the mystery of a classic murder mystery, and the incredible thrills of the TV show, The Originals. So, she sat down with those goals in mind and wrote The Dead Game.

Susanne has an M.B.A. in Finance and worked as a Financial Analyst. What made her decide to give this up and pursue a writing career? A feeling deep inside.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

To be or not to be a writer
has been the hardest question for me.
Should I continue my pursuit,
or step away and claim defeat?
One book dances around on Amazon and Nook.
It reaches new heights in its niche
and then slowly bows its head in silence.
The highs feel inspiring and lofty.
The lows feel depressing and sad.
Is it worth it? 
I am told that a writer must keep writing.
More books to dance around.
More highs and lows.
Should I keep doing this?
Will I keep doing this? 
Yes, for now
as I wait for the next high. 

Susanne spent eight years writing The Dead Game, and in the process, wrote a few poems. Here are three that she shared with me:


AN ODE TO MY BOOK

Nothing can be as fine
As the dear book of mine.
It might not be sold in a big bookstore,
But you will not find one to offer more.
It was created with much love and hope
Even though it wasn’t blessed by a Pope.
It has my blood, sweat, and tears.
Might raise many of your fears.
It has action, murder, and romance.
I can even do a little dance.
Please try it, and you’ll see
It has the best of me. 


THE DEAD GAME

Look through the palm trees,
Past the sanded beaches,
Beyond the swimming pools,
And you will see the truth.
Hear the raging winds,
Feel the spray of the tall waves,
Taste the salt in the air,
And you will know Oasis, Florida.
For what it is,
A town that lives on the edge,
In fear of the nights,
Of the dark shadows.


THE DEAD GAME

Do you love mazes?
Being lost in the dark
and searching for an exit.
Only to find more hallways.
More traps.
More illusions.
What if a house was a maze?
Guests trapped inside.
Doors leading to more horrors.
Blood.
Welcome to End House
and The Dead Game.

I've just begun reading The Dead Game, and I've got to say that those characters are crazy to keep living in that town. LOL! Here is some more information on her book in Susanne's own words:



The Dead Game is the first in a series of three books. The first one resolves the murder mystery, but at the same time, opens a Pandora box of new mysteries. Its surprise ending leads to more surprises.

I am about finished writing the second book. It has a name, but I am keeping it a secret until it is released in 2018. The Dead will find themselves at an exclusive club in Disney World. The main character, Linda, is torn between two men. Her best friend, Shana, has her heart broken and is drawn to a new man. The book will resolve the mysteries of The Dead in the United States, while the last book of the series will follow The Dead and their activities abroad.

Will Linda and Shana find happiness? Will Oasis return to being a vacation paradise? Come and join us to find out.

Here is a book trailer about The Dead Game. Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R8rQjyKyBc

To learn more about The Dead Game, here are the links:

Kindle

Nook

Thank you for joining us today. You’re invited to visit Susanne Leist's sites and blogs and to purchase her book, of course.

These are her links:














Sunday, December 31, 2017

Reflections of 2017

I want to take a moment to say goodbye to 2017.  It's been a whirlwind of a year for me, but through it all, I have found an inner peace that is wonderful.  It was always there, but the busyness of life and my anxieties had smothered her until she was buried so deeply that I couldn't even get a glimpse of her.  I have spent this year healing physically and mentally, and I've peeled away the layers of burden that had trampled upon my soul. I am stronger in every way and I am happy, not because of an event that has occurred or because a special someone has given me attention but because I am learning to be mindful and to be present in the moment.  It isn't always easy, but the rewards supersede the effort exerted.

 So, I leave 2017 with my box of memories filled with the most valuable staples of my life.  I'll share a few with you. :-)


Family and Love

Moments with my family are priceless. I am grateful for the close bond that I have with my parents and my sister. And I love that my cousins want our family to be close. Each year, we take two camping trips with all the cousins and our kids.  Our kids have become very close and love those trips.  Not only is it great bonding time, but it also resets our systems because we escape our hectic lives and remember to slow down and appreciate the little things.



 

Nature

My country (USA) is so beautifully rich in nature.  I am in awe of its magnificence. My road trip this year took me across the west coast, and I loved every minute of it. From the snow-capped mountains to the waterfalls (that we climbed to the top of). I live in Miami, so I take every advantage of enjoying the beaches around me as well as the campgrounds in Florida. The beach always calms me and grounds me.  Maybe it's the Pisces in me, but the ocean has always reset my system. :-)




Accomplishments and Wonder

As a single mom, I focus on teaching my son the value of learning and trying new things.  I am beyond proud of the accomplishments that he has earned in school, but the life lessons are just as valuable.  I love his curiosity and his excitement at trying something new. I marvel at how he feels trepidation before the event but pushes through anyway and revels in the moment.  This year included a lot of firsts for us. Two of those firsts were riding in a hot air balloon and playing in snow.  The picture of my dad is here because he inspires me.  My dad has had 14 surgeries on his foot in that past three years.  There was a time that we thought he would lose it, but he never gave up.  This year, he and I hiked up hills and mountains together.  It did not matter how high or how rough; he was going to climb that mountain and prove to himself that he still could.  It is that spirit and determination that I carry with me when I get frustrated. Of course, I could not leave out the release of The One Awakened. ;-) This series has been a work of heart for me, and I am proud of this book. :-)




Adventure and a Zest for Life

This year, I learned to embrace those parts of me that make me different, to accept that they help make me who I am, and to love myself no matter what.  As I welcome in 2018, I look forward to continuing to enjoy this journey called life.  Here's to another year filled with family, love, nature, and wonder! Happy New Year, everyone! :-)


Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Gifts for All!

Merry Christmas, beautiful readers! Did you get a new Kindle for Christmas?  Did Santa bring you a new phone or device?  Did you already download the Kindle app? Some of my favorite #RRBC authors have joined together to help you fill that device with great reads! Below are a few books that are on sale right now! Get them while the price is perfect! And give your friends an extra Christmas gift by sharing this post with them so that they, too, can take advantage of the deals! ;-)

by Yvette M Calleiro (me)


If you love a great young adult fantasy series, then this is the book for you! It is FREE from today through December 29th!

by Yvette M Calleiro (me)


Continue reading The Chronicles of the Diasodz with the second book of the series! It's only $0.99 now through December 29th!


by Kim Cox

Haunted Hearts - #1: A Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery by [Cox, Kim]

I've read this one, and it's worth getting! This one is also romance, paranormal mysteries, and psychics.  In fact, it's book one of the Lana Malloy series! Best of all, it's FREE right now!


by Kim Cox

Christmas Cruise - #4: A Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery (Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series) by [Cox, Kim]

I've read several Lana Malloy books, and you will want to get this one as well! It's just $0.99 right now!


by Vashti Quiros

The Fall of Lilith (Fantasy Angels Series) by [Quiroz Vega, Vashti]

If you enjoy reading dark fantasy about angels, then you will LOVE this book! It's already on my Kindle, and I cannot wait to read it! It's just $0.99 right now through December 26! 


by Shirley Harris Slaughter


If you enjoy memoirs rich in the history of our citizens, then you will enjoy this book! I've read it, and it's a great read! And it's FREE from today until December 29th! 


by Shirley Harris Slaughter

Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!! by [Harris-Slaughter, Shirley]

This book delves into PTSD and other health issues that doctors have difficulty assessing and how this author found alternative ways to deal with the craziness in her life.  I've read this book and think it's one that everyone should read.  It's also FREE from today until December 29th!

One Dyke Cozy
by Rhani D'Chae

One Dyke Cozy by [D'Chae, Rhani]

If you enjoy reading coming of age stories, then you will want this one to be on your device!  I've already bought it, and I've heard that it's a wonderful story! It's $0.99 now until the end of the year!


The Neon Houses
by Linda C Mims

The Neon Houses by [Mims, Linda C.]

This is a great urban paranormal story! There's a murder mystery wrapped up with a struggle for power, and the main character can't helped but get dragged into it all.  This book is just $0.99 now through December 29th!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Stocking Stuffers!

Good morning, last minute shoppers! Are you buying your favorite person a new Kindle or perhaps a new phone (with the Kindle app downloaded, of course!)? Why not add a little stuffing to their virtual stocking! ;-) Below are a few books that are on sale right now! Get them while the price is perfect!


by Kim Cox

Christmas Cruise - #4: A Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery (Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series) by [Cox, Kim]

If your favorite person enjoys reading romance, paranormal mysteries, and psychics, 
then you will want this book! It's just $0.99 right now!

by Kim Cox

Haunted Hearts - #1: A Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery by [Cox, Kim]

I've read this one, and it's worth getting! This one is also romance, paranormal mysteries, and psychics.  In fact, it's book one of the Lana Malloy series! Best of all, it's FREE right now!

by Vashti Quiros

The Fall of Lilith (Fantasy Angels Series) by [Quiroz Vega, Vashti]

If your friend enjoys reading dark fantasy about angels, then they will LOVE you for adding this book to their device! It's just $0.99 right now!


One Dyke Cozy
by Rhani D'Chae

One Dyke Cozy by [D'Chae, Rhani]

If your friend enjoys reading coming of age stories, then you will want this one to be on her device! It's just $0.99 right now!

Monday, December 18, 2017

#RRBC Holiday Train Book Trailer Block Party - Stop #3


Welcome to my final stop on the #RRBC Holiday Train Book Trailer Block Party! The party has been a blast so far, and if you haven't checked out the previous stops, I highly recommend you do so. You are missing out on some amazing books (and prizes!).

For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, I am a part of the Rave Reviews Book Club.  This month, we are having a book trailer block party.  Each day will have different authors who share book trailers with you.  All you have to do is watch the video and leave a comment on the YouTube page.  At the end of each day, one random person's comment will be chosen, and that person will win a prize!

It's that easy.  Watch a video.  Leave a comment.  Take a chance and win a prize!

Today is my day to share a video with you, so I am sharing my book trailer for my newest release: The One Awakened.  This is the finale of my Chronicles of the Diasodz series.  I have two prizes for today:
1 - A free e-book copy of the first four books in my series!
2 - An author spotlight on my blog!



I would love to hear your thoughts on the book trailer.  So click the following link to see the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTBZ5uMVfzE&feature=youtu.be.  And then, check out all of the other videos that you can watch to win prizes here: https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/rrbcs-holiday-train-book-trailer-block-party/

Friday, December 15, 2017

Happy Release Day!

Seven years ago, I had a dream that woke me up.  I couldn't stop crying because of the last scene in my mind.  I immediately wrote down what I remembered because it had been that powerful.  That dream began my journey into writing The Chronicles of the Diasodz.  Today, I celebrate with you the official release day for The One Awakened, the series finale!



I cannot begin to express to you the myriad of emotions that I feel right now.  This was an emotional book for me to write because I have become quite attached to my characters.  Some of them do not survive this book, and the concept of no longer writing about them hurts. In fact, I'm playing with the idea of writing a prequel or a collection of short stories that involve many of the Diasodz and Raizyns.  For now, though, I'm going to just enjoy the release of The One Awakened. :-)

For those of you who have been with me since the beginning, THANK YOU! I appreciate your support and your love for my books.  For those of you who are just falling in love with my series, I am honored that you have joined me, and I hope you fall as deeply in love with my characters as I have. I would love to hear your thoughts and reactions to this book (and every book in this series).

Join me in celebrating the release day of The One Awakened! You can purchase your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/One-Awakened-Chronicles-Diasodz-Book-ebook/dp/B0781WT73J/.  Happy reading! :-)

#RRBC Holiday Trail Book Trailer Block Party - Stop #2!


Welcome to my second stop on the #RRBC Holiday Train Book Trailer Block Party! The party has been a blast so far, and if you haven't checked out the previous stops, I highly recommend you do so. You are missing out on some amazing books (and prizes!).

For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, I am a part of the Rave Reviews Book Club.  This month, we are having a book trailer block party.  Each day will have one or two different authors who share a book trailer with you.  All you have to do is watch the video and leave a comment on the YouTube page.  At the end of each day, one random person's comment will be chosen, and that person will win a prize!

It's that easy.  Watch a video.  Leave a comment.  Take a chance and win a prize!

Today is my day to share a video with you, so I am sharing my book trailer for the first four books of my Chronicles of the Diasodz series.  I have two prizes for today:
1 - A free copy of an e-book from my series (your choice)!
2 - An author spotlight on my blog!




I would love to hear your thoughts on the book trailer.  So click the following link to see the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1bGZNNFvvw&t=21s.  And then, check out all of the other videos that you can watch to win prizes here: https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/rrbcs-holiday-train-book-trailer-block-party/

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Countdown to The One Awakened Book Sale - LAST DAY!

The One Awakened, the finale of The Chronicles of the Diasodz, will be released tomorrow, December 15th!  I'm so excited! Today is the last sale before it's available! Today's book sale is for The One Revealed!




For TODAY ONLY, you can buy The One Revealed for just $0.99!  Tomorrow, it will go back to its regular price of $2.99, so buy it now!  This is a series you will want to read. To purchase the book, click here!

Here is the perfect opportunity for you to get the entire series for you or a loved one! Happy reading!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Countdown to The One Awakened Book Sale!

The One Awakened, the finale of The Chronicles of the Diasodz, will be released on Friday, December 15th!  To celebrate its release, I've decided to have a sale of the books leading up to Release Day! Today's book sale is for The One Betrayed!



For TODAY ONLY, you can buy The One Betrayed for just $0.99!  Tomorrow, it will go back to its regular price of $2.99, so buy it now!  This is a series you will want to read. To purchase the book, click here!

Tomorrow, The One Revealed will be on sale!

Here is the perfect opportunity to get the entire series for you or a loved one! Happy reading!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Countdown to the Release of The One Awakened!

The One Awakened, the finale of The Chronicles of the Diasodz, will be released on Friday, December 15th!  To celebrate its release, I've decided to have a sale of the books leading up to Release Day! Since I had The One Discovered on sale for Cyber Monday, I'm starting this countdown sale with The One Enlightened (book two of the series).



For TODAY ONLY, you can buy The One Enlightened for just $0.99!  Tomorrow, it will go back to its regular price of $2.99, so buy it now!  This is a series you will want to read. To purchase the book, click here!

On December 13th, you will be able to purchase The One Betrayed on sale!

On December 14th, The One Revealed will be on sale!

Here is the perfect opportunity for you to get the entire series for you or a loved one! Happy reading!