Category: Las Vegas

So here we are. The long holiday weekend (at least in the States) that I’ve been dreaming of even before Gallery (cleverly) decided to release my book on the Tuesday after. See, if you didn’t already know, SWERVE is a Fourth of July book — with a story and subplot of Independence — and set in the 24-hour period that most North Americans are looking forward to this weekend. So if you read it when it comes out next week, you can compare how your holiday weekend passed with the way my protagonist, Kristine Rush, spent hers:


I’m gonna take a flier and say that yours is a good degree better all around.

For now, people have been saying some pretty nice things about SWERVE. Here are a few places where you can learn more about the inspiration for the setting and the story:

The Las Vegas Review-Journal: Take a Ride with Vicki Pettersson and Road Trips Will Never Be the Same.

Ready to go for a little ride?

Vegas Seven: New Thriller by Las Vegas Author ‘Swerves’ into Stores.

International Thriller Writers/The Big Thrill: A Conversation with Taylor Stevens (THE MASK) about strong female character, writing violence, and the switch to thrillers.

Taylor and Vicki talk thrillers and will sign together at Murder by the Book in Houston on July 14th.

Taylor and Vicki talk thrillers and will sign together at Murder by the Book in Houston on July 14th.


LAS VEGAS SIGNING (7/7): don’t forget the release date signing in Las Vegas at the Rainbow Barnes and Noble, 7 pm. Please note: as is usual for a local signing, I will be hosting a meet-and-greet in the adjacent cafe at 5:30 pm to chit-chat with readers … and to try and redeem my reputation as a bad cook. I’ve gotten my fair share of ribbing on Facebook this year for my (admittedly) many cooking mishaps, so I’ve decided to kill that *myth!!!* by baking cooking for my readers. (Question is: who’s gonna go first? *evil grin*)

BOOKPLATES: For those readers who are ordering hard copies of SWERVE, and can’t make it to the Las Vegas or Houston signing, I’m happy to send a free bookplate to you if you send me your snail mail address at vickipetterssonbooks (at) gmail (dot) com. Be sure to include whatever inscription you’d like as well, if you’ve a preference.

And, finally, some early blog/online REVIEWS:

Houston Chronicle: Books to Pick Up this Summer.

My Bookish Ways: “Here’s why SWERVE is a must-read thriller.”

Literal Addiction: “Carefully planned, and brilliantly executed.” “A book which benefits from being read in one greedy gulp although it is not one for the faint of heart or stomach.”

For the Love of Words. “I’ve read my fair share of “nail-biters” but very rarely has every. single. page. caused a permanent look of complete and utter panic on my face. I absolutely could not tear myself away from this one.”

Wicked Little Pixie: 5 Stars.

I hope to see and hear from many of you soon. Enjoy your holiday weekend (for those who celebrate) and let me know what you think about SWERVE!


My newsletter went out yesterday with all the latest on what’s happening with SWERVE, yet I’ve been informed that I wrote an incorrect email addy inside the newsletter. (Yes, I know my own email, shaddup!) So here’s the real one for those of you who’d like it: vickipetterssonbooks (at) gmail (dot) com.

The reason for this? I’m having bookplates made for those of you who can’t get out to one of my signings or convention appearances. So if you’d like one for the inside of your book, all you have to do is send me your snail mail address, along with whatever inscription you’d like, and I’ll send it along. No need for a SASE.

Also, my publisher is still giving away 30 early copies of SWERVE over on Goodreads. One click, and you’re entered. Let me know if you win, too — I’m happy to send you a bookplate as well.


As usual, I”ll be signing in my hometown, Las Vegas at the Rainbow Barnes & Noble on release day, Tuesday July 7th, 7:00 pm. I’ll do the usual coffee-klatch/meet-up beforehand (where I meet and chat with readers–5:30 p.m. in the adjacent coffee shop). In the past I’ve brought cupcakes or cake from Showboy Bakeshop, because I love them and I love you, but this time I was thinking about baking you guys something myself. I feel the need to redeem myself after all my Facebook cooking fiascos. Adverse effects to eating my baked goods probably wouldn’t kick in until after the signing anyway, at which point you’ll have already bought the book … so what the hell do I care?*

Additionally, attendees to the Vegas signing will be able to meet the real life inspiration for my protagonist in SWERVE, Kristine. I wanted to write a thriller that was intensely female-driven and had to dig deep for the resources she needed to survive when her back was to the wall. This friend embodies that sort of strength, and she received an early copy of the book … so this is your chance to ask her if she still wants to be friends with me after reading it.

The second signing I’m intensely excited about is July 14th, 6:30 p.m. at Murder by the Book in Houston. This will be a joint signing with one of my favorite authors, Taylor Stevens. Taylor writes the Vanessa Michael Munroe series–her latest is THE MASK–and if you love strong women, this is a must-read series. (Aside: Murder by the Book is also the place where one unlucky reader mentioned a preference for my Zodiac series over Celestial Blues … while I was there signing a Celestial Blues novel. That reader now dies beautifully in SWERVE … so you should come to this one, too. I think it’s going to be cathartic for all. ;) )

So let me know on Facebook if you can attend either signing, especially Vegas so I know how many cookies to burn bake.

Less than a month to go now, guys — this thing is becoming Real!

*Fine. I care.


On a travel sabbatical for 2017 -- instead, catch me on the Web!

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