Category: Celestial Blues

“The tiki lounge was Grif’s idea. It had bamboo walls that muted sound, an island god guarding the front door, and was dark enough to remain discreet despite all of that. Frankie’s Tiki Room was also a sort of home-away-from-home for the rockabilly crowd, marrying South Seas nostalgia with the mid-century aesthetic to create an escape from the brazen glitz of modern Las Vegas… The last time Grif had been here was with Kit. She wore a Hawaiian dress with flowers in her hair, and though his suit and fedora had been remarked upon, the glances he got had been more covetous than wondering. He lost count of the number of times he’d been complimented on his straight-razored pomp. Grif smiled, remembering that they drank rum until sunrise, then went home and made love until sunset.” –The Given

I’ve been known to insert little “Easter eggs” in my texts for my readers, mostly places in Las Vegas that those who’ve been here — and especially those who live here — can ferret out and even visit if they’d like. In fact, at my recent Las Vegas book signing I was told that the folks at the Neon Museum (responsible for the upkeep and restoration of the signage in the Las Vegas valley) commented that before the Neon Boneyard was jazzed up, and some key signage restored to its former glory, the visitors there were most often comprised of locals and those who’d read my Signs of the Zodiac series.

I love that. I love sharing places like the Boneyard and the Peppermill and the Golden Steer with you. It’s homage to my dusty desert town, and they’re little gems that you might not hear of otherwise. Frankie’s Tiki Room is another.

I know I wrote about it in The Taken — tiki lounges are a big part of rockabilly culture, which is Kit Craig’s passion in the Celestial Blues trilogy, and truly what helps keep her putting one foot in front of the other. In addition to interviewing rockabilly enthusiasts, attending the Rockabilly weekender many years in a row, and making friends with burlesque dancers, I research Kit’s culture by drinking rum drinks at Frankie’s. Listen. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.

Here are some pics from that research trip, but they’re only of the exterior. I got inside, saw the menu, and forgot to take more. Maybe you can go there and take some for me. Say hi to Kit if you see her. ;)

So if you’re looking for another “Easter egg” — or just something a little off the beaten path when visiting Vegas, hop in to Frankie’s … tell them Kit and Grif sent you.


Frankie’s on Charleston Blvd. In hot pink neon, which you know is Kit-approved


Listen, if the sign says it, it's true. And if you don't agree, you'll just have to swing by to disprove it.

Listen, if the sign says it, it’s true. And if you don’t agree, you’ll just have to swing by to disprove it.


For scale, I posed in front of the tiki god guarding the door. No animal sacrifice necessary to enter.

For scale, I posed in front of the tiki god guarding the door. No animal sacrifice necessary to enter.


But I won't lie ... he was scaaaaarrrryy...

But I won’t lie … he was scaaaaarrrryy…


So I made nice, and he let me in.

So I made nice, and he let me in.


Dearest Readers, Ta-Da! Please allow me to introduce…


Available now, this is the final installment in my para-noir Celestial Blues trilogy, and I’m thrilled it’s finally here. Publishers Weekly already gave it a starred review, but here are what some of the latest reviewers have to say:

“The Given is a vivid, lush ending to … a unique and immensely entertaining series. This is urban fantasy at its finest and a trilogy … I’ll keep returning to again and again.” — LitStack

“(Pettersson) blew me away with the Celestial Blues series!” — Talk Books to Me

“THE GIVEN is a stunning conclusion to an unusual trilogy that’ll leave you wishing that it hadn’t ended so soon. — Rabid Reads*

I have to say, it’s a fantastic welcome to the end of a trilogy that has been an honor to work on. I loved meeting Grif and Kit on the page everyday, and I hope you find the conclusion to their story as satisfying as I did writing it.

Here are the links if you’d like to read now: Amazon | B&N | iTunes

Tonight kicks of The Given tour with a signing in my quiet little hometown, Las Vegas. Here’s the location if you’re able to make it:

TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014 – LAS VEGAS, NV – 7:00 P.M.*
Barnes and Noble – 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd

*Note: I’m meeting with readers early for a little coffee klatch at 6 pm, so please note that while the singing and Q&A is scheduled for 7:00 pm, this allows me to chat with you as well. Don’t be shy!

If you can’t make the Vegas signing tonight, here are a few other dates:

JUNE 6-7, 2014 – PHOENIX, AZ
Phoenix Comic-Con – Phoenix Convention Center 100 N. 3rd Street

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014 – ALLEN, TX – 2:00-5:00 P.M.
Fresh Fiction’s Boas & Tiaras Tea
Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Allen 705 Central Expressway South

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014 – HOUSTON, TX – 6:30 P.M. 
Murder by the Book – joint signing with Megan Abbott
2342 Bissonnet Street

I hope I see some of you at one of the above events, but if not — I leave you with the words themselves. Not to mention (finally!) the answer to the longstanding question… Who killed Griffin Shaw?

Vicki-FB-Banner---THE-GIVEN copy

Remember, I’m active on both Facebook and Twitter , so if you finish the series and love it, feel free to contact me there. (If you read it and don’t love it… keep it to yourself til next year. I’m already writing you another book!) All my best, Vicki


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