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Deadly Destinations: Vicki Pettersson on Las Vegas

*Visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Deadly Destination tour of Kelly Gay’s Charbydon from Emma Madigan & a chance to win THE HOUR OF DUST & ASHES**

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.

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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.)

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About Vicki:

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.

You can visit Vicki around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Vicki Pettersson?

The Scent of Shadows The Taste of Night The Touch of Twilight City of Souls Cheat the Grave The Neon Graveyard

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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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GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

1. Leave a comment for Vicki.

2. +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. only/No P.O. Boxes.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. All Deadly Destinations winners will be announced on August 7th.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.

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33 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Vicki Pettersson on Las Vegas

  1. Tanyaw1224No Gravatar
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    I’d love a chance to win a book from your series. Sounds like a good series to start. I loved visiting Vegas….the fun never seems to end there ;) Thanks for the chance to win.
    +3 gfc follow as Tanyaw1224, twitter as @Tanya1224, FB as Tanya Wires
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  2. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    Wonderful tour of Vegas!!!! This book sounds great, I’d love to win a copy. I love Urban Fantasy books with a mystery and some type of investigator, whether it’s a cop or private eye. So this book looks awesome. I can’t wait to check this book out. Thanks so much for the tour and the giveaway.

    +3 GFC, and FB follower

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  3. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    It’s been awhile since I visited Vegas…looks like I need to vist again. Thanks for a chance to win.

    I follow through GFC, Twitter and Facebook

    moc.liamtohnull@3tmnJ

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  4. RebeLovesBooksNo Gravatar
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    I went to Vegas a few years ago for a conference and didn’t get to see ANYTHING, so clearly I need to make another trip!

    I follow through GFC and Twitter.

    rwschwarz11ATgmailDOTcom

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  5. JoanneNo Gravatar
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    All of those places are great except…I’m still trying to find the “Downtown Cocktail Lounge”. Talk about hidden! AND…I live here in Sin City! Maybe a cab driver could direct me?

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  6. Tabitha JensenNo Gravatar
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    Vikki – first off – you’re a zinger! gorgeous I tell you. I’ve been meaning to read one of your books for some time now. I hope I win!
    +3 for being a follower on blog,twitter,fb +1 for tweeting at
    http://twitter.com/#!/Pabkins/status/96653137003290624
    = 5
    tlabunski (at) gmail

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  7. VivienNo Gravatar
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    Lucky you!!
    +1 GFC follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  8. Lori StronginNo Gravatar
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    Awesome “tour” of Glitter Gultch! (Actually, I had more fun reading about LV here than I did visiting it when I was twelve and the only legal place I could go to was Circus Circus :roll:)

    Thanks!

    Smiles!
    Lori
    moc.oohaynull@324aneres
    (already a blog and twitter follower!)

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  9. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the post and giveaway!
    Her eyes look so creepy on the cover of The Neon Graveyard. I’d like to go to Las Vegas someday. Thanks for sharing the pics

    +3 GFC follower

    angeldream3[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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  10. Vickie BNo Gravatar
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    Oh, how I love this series! It hooked me first because of the locale. Vegas is such a guilty pleasure for me and mine. Then the story finished the hook. Grit and glamour…perfection.

    I am a follower here and Facebook. +3

    VWinship at aol dot com

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  11. TheresaNo Gravatar
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    I’ve heard so much about your books but haven’t tried them yet. They are definately on my TBR pile now though!! The series sounds so good!!
    Theresa
    moc.liamgnull@2namrontr

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  12. TheresaNo Gravatar
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    Follwer of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales. Posted it on Twitter and am a follower on FB.

    Total of 7 pts.
    Thanks!
    Theresa
    moc.liamgnull@2namrontr

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  13. AllisonNo Gravatar
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    Vikki, I haven’t read all your books yet, but what I have read I love! Can’t wait to keep reading them!
    moc.bbthgisninull@0002etoctsew

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  14. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    Love the series and can’t wait to read the latest book. Thanks for the fantastic contest. ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb +1 Comment, +3 Follower

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  15. Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond)No Gravatar
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    Great tour. I have never been to Las Vegas, sounds like lots of fun. Didn’t know about any of those places except for the sign LOL! I have am yet to start this series though. It is on the wishlist though. Really want to start this. Thank you for the great guide and giveaway :)

    +3
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  16. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    Las Vegas is such a fascinating town, especially those places that aren’t right on the strip. I’d love to spend some time there. I’m looking forward to reading The Neon Graveyard, it sounds like a fantastic end to a wonderful series.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  17. donnasNo Gravatar
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    Great series. Looking forward to reading the Neon Graveyard. And loved the Vegas tour.

    follower on all

    tweet – http://twitter.com/#!/DonnaS1/status/96790887274790913

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  18. Julie S.No Gravatar
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    Sweet! I already have the first 5 books of the series and this is an awesome series. Would love to add the next book to my collection.
    juliecookies(at)gmail.com
    +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

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  19. Kelly FNo Gravatar
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    Great tour…hope you don’t lose your locals license…:). Would love to win your book,

    moc.vtcnnull@fylleK

    Have an awesome day!

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  20. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    I loved the first three books in this series and need to get started on them again. The location for these in Las Vwgas seems so natural.
    +3 GFC-Lisa Richaeds/alterlisa
    Twitter@alterlisa
    FB-Lisa Ann Richards
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  21. JenMNo Gravatar
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    I’ve been to Vegas in the summer and man is it ever hot. We ended up spending a day at Lake Mead to try to keep cool.

    +1 GFC Follower
    jen at delux dot com

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  22. Audra HoltwickNo Gravatar
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    I haven’t been to Vegas since the early 90’s— interesting tour
    +3 I am a follower
    moc.ssenrekciwnull@eidua

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  23. Stacy (UrbanFantasyInvestigations)No Gravatar
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    You have a fantastic series Vicki, I enjoyed all the books

    +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

    Chllybrd(at)gmail.com

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  24. Anne RNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the Vegas tour, I hope to get back there some day.
    +3 follower

    areeths at new dot rr dot com

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  25. heatwave16No Gravatar
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    I have been dying to go to Vegas. It is number one on my vacation choices. Maybe in the next year!!!

    +3 follower

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  26. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the tour and the giveaway.
    Follow all three ways twitter @mbreakfield
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. Brittany HardyNo Gravatar
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    Now I kind of want to tour the Neon Graveyard. I love odd bits of history that have been sorta forgotten like that.

    +3 following on all

    brittanynoelle at gmail dot com

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  28. Low KeyNo Gravatar
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    I have never seen Las Vegas look quite like this. Thank you so much for the tour and giveaway!

    moc.loanull@eikrahsditziwt

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  29. Little Lamb LostNo Gravatar
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    Loved the tour. So that’s what the Silver Slipper looks like…

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  30. Shera (Book Whispers)No Gravatar
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    Loved the tour!

    shera.bookwhispers at gmail dot com

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  31. SarahMNo Gravatar
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    I love this series and am sad to see it ending. Thanks for the giveaway!

    smaccall AT @comcast.net

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  32. kelsey. dobbinsNo Gravatar
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    This looks so good!! And Vickie is just gorgeous!

    moc.liamgnull@deryvinsioP

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  33. Jennifer KallhoffNo Gravatar
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    Sounds like a good read! :3

    Following on GFC, Facebook, Twitter =)

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