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Oh, the Gods have been kind this week.

New York Times reports:

HOLIDAYS ARE HELL, number 21 and

HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE, number 23.

Go, antho sisters!

Go Jeaniene!!

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Invite to chat!

Wow, after a relatively long absence, I sure am finding myself with lots to say. Here's a quick roundup:

1) Come chat with the authors of the HOLIDAYS ARE HELL anthology at the
bn.com boards: Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu, and moi. We'll be there for the entire month of November.

2) Scroll down for my recent podcast where I talk about the same. It's short and sweet. I hear talk that Kim Harrison will have one up soon as well, so watch for that.

3) For those of you in the Vegas area, Lynsay Sands and I will be speaking and signing at the Clark County Library on December 6th. They have a cozy jewel box theater that I just love.

4) Jeaniene Frost's HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE is now out. I bought my copy yesterday, drooled over the packaging (gorgous cover art, foil, stepback {le sigh}) and moved it over two spots so it could sit next to HOLIDAYS ARE HELL. We're now book buddies, at least in that store. {G}

5) Still %$#&*@! moving.

Holidays Are Hell/Halloween podcast!

I don't know whether you'll consider this a trick or a treat, but a fun podcast I did with my editor, Diana Gill, has been posted on the Eos blog. We chatted about the new HOLIDAYS ARE HELL anthology over tea, and they've posted it just in time for Halloween. 

And Happy Halloween to you all!

HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE

Isn't that a cool title? There's an equally cool cover, which a most insane stepback (No, YOU step back, Ms. Frost!) and I'd be remiss if I didn't take time to mention here that it comes out tomorrow. So if you enjoy edgy paranormal romance, or books with bite, HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE is for you.

Of course, I should be pimping my own anthology, HOLIDAYS ARE HELL, also out tomorrow -- but I figure the bigwigs like Kim Harrison and Marjorie Liu and Lynsay Sands have that covered. I'm the newest author of the four so my sympathies are clearly with Jeaniene Frost. Give a newbie author a shot...stalk your local bookstores, and read this book!

In other news, I'm still house-less (but getting closer) and with limited internet, but I'm hoping to be settled by next week. Then I can stalk the paranormal/UF board at BN.com with my antho sister all November. Oh, and there is that little issue of a fourth book to write...

Update

Just a quick note to let those of you who've written me recently that I haven't forgotten you - I'm in the midst of a move and am without a house for about two weeks. Internet connection is spotty at best, but I'm hoping to get some computer time this weekend. Please bear with me. I'll be somewhat settled in time for the HOLIDAYS ARE HELL release, and the author extraveganza with Kim Harrison, Marjorie M. Liu and Lynsay Sands on BN.com in November.

{phew} Ain't moving grand?

Vicki, out.

No. 6 in UK!

 

Happiness is ... hearing that THE SCENT OF SHADOWS has been spotted on the Bertrams Fiction list at number six! This pleases me to no end, especially as I've only recently realized it had been released in the UK. So I'll be raising a pint of black-and-tan to my newfound readers over there. Thank you!

I also just came off a whirlwind stint at the bn.com bookclub. It was such a wonderful opportunity to talk with my readers, and such fun that we (my new partners-in-crime and me) have decided not to lose contact, so a Zodiac board is in the works. If anyone is interested, drop me a line at vick@vickipettersson.com and I'll let you know when that's up and running. We'll be talking about cocktails and Vegas ... and maybe even a little reading and writing. {grin}

Meanwhile, radio silence. I don't know what it is about September, but I annually disconnect the computer - along with all my normal routines and haunts - and actively go in search of new ways to shape my day, influence my thoughts, and fill the creative well. I can't wait to see what I find! 

I'll be back to work in October, including much anticipated forays to Dallas and Surrey.

I'll leave you with a couple of photos from the beginning of this month from my signing here in Las Vegas with the Hudson Group, who've been extremely supportive of me from the first. (Hudson is the company with all the airport bookstores.) The man pictured is Farshad, my go-to guy here in Vegas, and now a friend. The other picture shows just how much Hudson loves me. The feeling is mutual.



ARCs, edits, and my very own succubus!

I've been busy over at the BN.com boards and haven't posted for awhile, so here's the latest happs in Casa Pettersson:

Edits continue, but the good news is that I'm on track to finish them before the end of the month. I actually have two weeks longer than that, so I'm continually impressing myself with how much I can get accomplished when I put my mind to it. Feels good!

I'm giving away a free ARC of the HOLIDAYS ARE HELL anthology over on BN.com both this week and next. Stop by if you want to throw your name in the hat for a chance to win it. 

Finally, despite the fast and furious rewrites - or possibly because of them - I've been able to string of few nights together with a glass of wine and a copy of Richelle Mead's second book in her succubus series, SUCCUBUS ON TOP. It's not out until January '08, but I'm giving you the heads-up now: Put this on your Christmas list. Beg, borrow or steal it when it comes out. But read it, because Richelle Mead has a voice that doesn't stop. I didn't think I could like a soul-sucking succubus protagonist, but I adored Georgina. And if you haven't read it yet, pick up SUCCUBUS BLUES. Mead's is a great world to get lost in, and as I've told her, "You've ruined me for any other succubi!" {grin}

Back to edits.

Contests abound

I'm giving away a signed cover flat of the upcoming HOLIDAYS ARE HELL anthology over on the B&N board. I'm having so much fun talking with readers over there, and have realized this is really the first time I've opened my study door to talk in-depth with others about my series, characters, and story. In my drive to find out 'What happens next?' and an almost maniacal need to not be influenced by outside opinions, I'd almost forgotten that reader feedback was the part I was most looking forward to, pre-pubbed. 

Le Duh.

So there will be more totally unsanctioned giveaways via the B&N boards all this month because I'm happy ... and I'm subversive that way.

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Come chat with me in August!

Consider this a personal invitation to join me over at bn.com. I'm a featured book club author for the month of August (beginning Monday the sixth).

Got any burning questions for me regarding the world of the Zodiac or Joanna?
Want to chat about reading?
Want to kibitz about writing; how I do it, how you do it, how others do it?

This is the time and place.

I'm not an enthusiastic blogger, so I don't do that regularly. I also generally stay out of cyber-discussions re. the Zodiac because I'd hate for my answers to limit questions or creativity or the life of the stories in the reader's mind. And I've found there to be so many different answers to the 'how to write' questions that I know my fluid (and often messy) style isn't necessarily going to work for everyone (plus I'd most often rather be writing than talking about it).

That said, I'm opening up about all that and more in this month's book club, so now's the time to grab me. For those who do participate, I'll also be giving away an ARC of the new HOLIDAYS ARE HELLanthology later this month, not due out until October 30. It features Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu, and moi. How cool is that?

After that I'm back in my cave, so catch me while you can!

All best,
Vicki