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.”

BurySpy.com: “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!

Although SWERVE, isn’t out for another 3 weeks (7/7), here’s an early excerpt from the book, just to give you a taste. (Text continues below)

Also, this is the last week to enter to win one of 30 copies of SWERVE on Goodreads.

Finally, a reminder: if you’ve ordered a hard copy or are planning on it, remember to send me your snailmail addy at vickipetterssonbooks (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll send you an inscribed bookplate, gratis.

Enjoy!

FB EXCERPT 1 - SWERVE

(…continued)


           It’s July 3, so the sun is a heat lamp with no off switch, the blacktop road a cast-iron griddle, and any living thing caught between the two is just meat set to singe on high. I tried to tell Daniel this. I know this swath of high desert as well as I know his profile. The Mojave’s cracked surface is as familiar to me as the dark mole tucked to the side of his right eyebrow—his only imperfection, and one I love.

            Unfortunately, a 4:00 p.m. sprint through the desert is the only way to both complete my twelve-hour shift at the hospital and to still reach his childhood estate at Lake Arrowhead before dinner. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are to be served on the east patio, precisely at seven o’clock.

            I know, right?

            At least there’s still light to see by inside the rest stop’s stifling concrete shell. It’ll filter in through the open brick doorframe and allow for a mercifully quick change of clothes. I’ve made a mess of things in the car, though it could be worse.

            It will be worse.

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