Category: thriller

Hello, my friends!

It’s my great pleasure to finally announce the winners of the Audible giveaway for SWERVE. I have to confess, I used the Random Number Generator to choose winners because I cannot be (or at least feel) personally responsible for not choosing anyone. I wish I had enough to gift one to you all–those stories were absolute train wrecks! 

On that note, I have to say thank you for entertaining me with your words for the week. It was a refreshing change, and though I didn’t reply to each, I did read them and laugh/snarf/gasp/groan/cringe in sympathy. Except for those of you who said you sail along the roads. Then I just wished you more happy sailing. 

That said, here’s what the computer pulled up. I’m emailing each winner from my author email, but for a quick check, the names are below (as they were provided to me). 

Let’s see if these guys are ready to go on another harrowing trip with my girl, Kristine. You’re all seasoned travelers. You can handle it:

Linda Henderson, Kim Martin, Peggy R, Karen Hansen, Gail Siuba, Elise Skidmore, Penny, Stephanie, Anne, and Linda Kish. 

If you don’t hear from me anon that means I have the wrong email for you. If you don’t respond in the next week, I’ll draw another name and give your code away. Outside of that, enjoy!

I want to thank you all for taking the time to write to me, to relive some *koff* interesting moments, and to share them so publicly. Nice to know we’re not alone in such things, right? 


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!


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

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