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You know what they say…”What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Our tour guide for today’s Deadly Destinations is Vicki Pettersson. Vicki is taking us on a very special tour of Las Vegas, a.k.a. Sin City, the setting from her Signs of the Zodiac urban fantasy series. THE NEON GRAVEYARD (available now from Harper Voyager), is the final installment in the dark fantasy series. Thanks to Vicki and the amazing team at HarperCollins/Voyager, two of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book! See details below.
Well, it’s summertime, and regardless of where you call home I’m betting you’re stripped down to your skivvies every day by high noon. Vegas temperatures can regularly get up to 115F this time of year, yet despite this, I’ve still received email from readers who are headed this way. And even though the Signs of the Zodiac series has officially concluded with the publication of the sixth and final book, THE NEON GRAVEYARD, some are also hoping to catch a glimpse of my long-suffering protagonist, Joanna Archer. And why not? Her story may be fantastical, but the physical situations she finds herself in are very real. So here are my top five picks for places to get your groove on in a Las Vegas summer … if you’re willing to risk running into those beings who people my Zodiac world, both good and nefarious.
1) The (in)famous Las Vegas sign. This really should be your first stop on the way into town. This sign has welcomed people to my dusty little desert town since 1959, and recently underwent a $400,000 renovation. There’s now a parking lot in the middle of road so tourists no longer have to play chicken with the traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard just to make the most of this photo op. Sure, it ruined one of the most revered pastimes for us locals, but I guess you can’t stop progress.
2) The Downtown Cocktail Room. I could get my native Las Vegan license taken away for telling you about this place. It’s downtown, stylish and swanky, and run by and for the locals. It’s so low-profile, in fact, that the entrance is actually hidden. That’s one of the joys of the place—sitting inside, watching newbies try to locate the door. This, if you recall, is where Joanna Archer, and the other agents of Light, would gather to plot their next move against the relentless Shadow agents. For your purposes, also try the neighboring hotspots: The Griffin and the Beauty Bar – old Vegas, new vibe.
3) And while you’re downtown, stick around to bathe in the retro lights of the Golden Nugget, and have a photo op with the infamous Silver Slipper – the vehicle leading to my heroine’s hidden superhero lair. Downtown is gaudy and gorgeous, and as bright as noontime even at midnight, if you squint you can pretend you’re headed off to see the Rat Pack perform live. Blink, however, and you’re back in the twenty-first century. Timeless.
4) The Peppermill Lounge, used in my series a number of times for some very tense – and atmospheric – meetings is my winter go-to place for those visiting Vegas. Yet the bubbling pit of fire may be too much for summer-goers to take, so instead I’m recommending the Rehab pool party at the Hard Rock hotel. This takes the gold star in bringing the famous Las Vegas nightlife into daylight hours. The poolside webcams will allow all your friends back home to see how much fun you’re having without them, and you never know what celebutaunte is going to pop up as well. This, by this way, is where I envisioned Zoe hanging out in my short story from the DARK AND STORMY KNIGHTS anthology. It’s definitely the place to see and be seen. So, chin-chin – have something frosty for me.
5) Last, but never least, The Neon Boneyard. This is where the over-the-top signage of Las Vegas’ yesteryear goes to die. Collected and stored until they can be refurbished and transformed into their previous neon glory, the signage is a literal clustering of Las Vegas’ past. There are guided walking tours five days a week, and it’s fun for my readers to guess where the new entrance to the my superheroes’ lair is. (My bet is on Alladin’s Lamp, formerly atop the eponymous hotel.)
Wherever you are I hope you enjoy your summer — but don’t forget to take THE NEON GRAVEYARD to the pool with you. (‘Cause, yanno, even longsuffering heroines like to get their groove on.)
I’m the author of the NYT-bestselling Signs of the Zodiac series – a six-book urban fantasy series set in my hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada.
I hold a BA in English, essentially qualifying me for nothing, which was why I opted for a decade-long career as a showgirl in the now-retired Folies Bergere. That’s fine; I’m now retired too, passing the time as a scribbler until I’m old enough to join the cast of the Palm Springs Folies (55 is the minimum age requirement). There I hope to once again fritter away my nights with sequins, eyelash glue, and my best girlfriends. You gotta have a dream, right? Besides, you know the saying: You can take the girl out of the show, but you can’t take the show out of the girl.
Since I’ve a few years yet before I can un-retire, I’m now writing a new dark fantasy trilogy, also set in Vegas, but with an entirely new world and cast of characters. Featuring a supernatural private eye, and a rockabilly reporter with a nose for trouble, the Celestial Blues series is set to debut in 2012.
I currently divide my time between my family in Las Vegas and Dallas. It’s a hell of a commute.
By the way, Pettersson is pronounced “Pet-ter-suhn” – it’s Swedish.
Want to read more from Vicki Pettersson?
This giveaway is provided by HarperCollins/Voyager
Two winners will each receive a copy of The Neon Graveyard by Vicki Pettersson
Available on May 31, 2011 from HarperCollins/Voyager
About the Book:
It had once been foretold that Joanna Archer would resolve the eternal battle of Shadow and Light. So much for prophecy. Now she, pregnant and endangered, is just another mortal, stripped of power, identity, and fortune. In the sixth and final Vicki Pettersson Zodiac novel, Archer begins her steep, steep climb back. Now in a mass market paperback and NOOKbook original. (P.S. Pettersson’s novels have been praised for their blend of dark fantasy and hard-boiled mystery with elements of romance and apocalyptic thriller.)
Click HERE to read an excerpt
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