SWERVE is coming!

I posted this on my “personal” Facebook page yesterday* but here’s the official announcement—along with shiny new cover and hot-off-the-press cover copy. Ladies and gents, may I introduce to you my new book and my first (!!!) contemporary thriller, SWERVE!

 One woman. One road. One killer.

Hello new, dark, seriously moody, squalling baby. *happy sigh*

Those of you who follow me on social media know that I’ve just shipped off the copyedits—meaning that all that’s left on this baby is the spit-and-shine—and so I’m finally able to talk more freely about it. As the book is titled SWERVE, you can bet I’ve planted more than a few ‘Easter eggs’ regarding its meaning in this story, but as you can see from the tire tracks, the desert, the darkness: it’s quite literal as well.

This is a chase book set in the high desert, my friends.

This is cat-and-mouse in the Mojave, where the setting (as usual) is as much of a driving force as the main characters.

This is . . . One woman. One road. One killer.

Here’s the official cover copy:

In the electrifying tradition of Dean Koontz and Gillian Flynn comes the first riveting psychological thriller from the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author!

It’s high summer in the Mojave desert, and Kristine Rush and her fiancé, Daniel, are en route from Las Vegas to Lake Arrowhead, California for the July Fourth holiday weekend. But when Daniel is abducted from a desolate rest stop, Kristine is forced to choose: return home unharmed, but never to see her fiancé again, or plunge forward into the searing desert to find him …where a killer lies in wait.

Sprinting against the clock, and uncertain if danger lies ahead or behind, Kristine must blaze an epic path through the gaudy flash of roadside casinos, abandoned highway stops, and a landscape rife with horrors never before imagined. Desperate to save her doomed husband-to-be, Kristine must summon long forgotten resources if she’s to go head-to-head against this unpredictable killer. And she’d better hurry. Because she only has twenty-four hours . . . to make one hell of a trip.


The journey begins on July 7, 2015—and, yeah, it’s a 4th of July road trip to boot—but you can already pre-order it at the retailer of your choice:

Directly from my publisher, S&S








And, listen, my friends—I’m going to really need your help and support on this one, so this is me asking for it. It’s my first hardcover, so if you like my work, please save your pennies for July. It’s also my first thriller–and there’s a lot of people in the thriller world who haven’t heard of me yet–so I’m really going to need my longtime readers and friends to hop on board if this is going to be a success. So please share the cover, this blog, my upcoming posts, reviews, etc. Whatever you feel moved to do. And please buy the book. That’s my Big Ask of you–and I thank you in advance.

Frankly, though? I’ve made it easy for you. I love this book, and if you love my writing, you will too. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written, and for those of you who lamented the end of the Zodiac series–and my take-no-prisoners heroine, Joanna Archer–well, now I’ve given you a real world girl with some serious Grit.

Meet Kristine Rush. Get ready to ‪#‎Swerve.

*My “personal” Facebook page is very simply a page where I can interact with my readers. I post everything that I post on the Like page, but I post it there first, I converse with my readers, and I share extras there, too. Best of all, unlike the “Like” page, I can actually see you too . . . and I Like that. :) So please consider joining me there.

2 thoughts on “SWERVE is coming!

  1. Carla says:

    Ohh, you can bet your bottom dollar I will be purchasing the book. It sounds so freaking awesome. I was completely hooked by not only the cover but the description as well!! My method of sharing always involves me buying the book for friends, so even if they don’t read it(which I know the will)it is still sales for you. I find recommending a book can be fruitless, but if you put it under their nose, then they will read it. I have hooked a few of my friends on book series that way. I hope their are more awesome thriller stories from you in the future, because you are an excellent writer!

    1. VickiP says:

      Ah, Carla — this is brilliant to hear, thank you so much! You, btw, are what we in ‘the biz’ *koff* call a Pusher. IOW, we love you.

      Thank you so, so much!

      (And, yes, I’m working on the next thriller now. Now that I have my feet underneath me and have found my balance in the genre, I’m loving it. I hope you will, too!

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