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I’ll be leaving the LJ community by the end of February. I have a shiny new blog to go with a shiny new website, all courtesy of Dawn at Austin Design Works. I apologize for any inconvenience, especially if you’re following this blog via some sort of reader, but I’ll be posting over there from now on. I’ll still check messages here through the end of next month, but do stop by and let me know what you think of my new digs!


Some people can't keep their mouths shut!


Actually, that’s not true. I’m simply grumpy because they beat me to it. 

Jeaniene and Melissa have been extremely patient as we all wait for the go-ahead to announce that we all get to be a part of an exciting new adult urban fantasy anthology to be released in May ’09, one that will also include:

Jocelynn Drake (remember me braggin’ on her?)


headlined by none other than ... KIM HARRISON! (My lurve for her is great!)

Can I also say that I can't wait to:
1) read a pre-Cat, Bones-only story (Look, I called dibs, all right?) and
2) read Melissa Marr's first adult urban fantasy!

{happy sigh} Two fantasies of my own, come true.

Anyway, Melissa touches on this a bit in her post, but I think a resounding ‘Here, here!’ is called for re. HarperCollins as well. We’re all Harper authors, we have all benefited from being in a house that supports and builds their authors, and three of us are authors who share the acquiring editor. This alone would make her a natural for Rachel (Melissa and Jeaniene’s agent) to pitch to, but the fact that her authors believe her to be the best at what she does - and spout that opinion far and wide - doesn’t hurt.


So thank you, Melissa, for thinking big, and thinking of me while you did it.

Thanks, J, for egging her on. {G}

Thanks Kim and Joce for saying yes.

Thanks to Harper/Eos for doing the same on their side.

And thanks, Diana Gill. You are the best.

(Edited for font size and typos. Dammit.) 

What??? Er, I mean, hi!

This blog entry is dedicated to commentcat who cleverly coupled flattery with a guilt-trip to bring me back from self-imposed cyber-exile.


I haven’t forgotten my readers, I promise. In fact, I’m doing this for you. The truth is, I have no sense of balance. I’m working on it, but mostly you’ll find me diving head first into whatever project may be my current obsession, whether it be my latest WIP, a reader bulletin board, or planning my kid’s next birthday party. I do it to excess, and at the expense of all else. I apologize for the radio silence, and I’ll see what I can do to better that in ’08 … though I make no resolutions. {wry g}


So anyhoo, what have I been up to, then?


I finished a short story for an anthology that will appear this summer – more on that as it gets closer, and as I receive permission to do so.


I just received cover flats for THE TOUCH OF TWILIGHT, out in June of this year. That was two days ago and today the proof pages found their way onto my doorstep, so this thing is quickly becoming real. I can’t wait!


I’m also working on book4, and I’m sinking fast. This is why I can barely keep my head up, and also why I hardly try. I’m immersed, enjoying it, and don’t really want to do anything else. (See – I told you I was doing it for my readers!)


I’m also reading. I know there are many writers who can’t read while writing, but that would mean I never get to read. Sometimes it seems I’m a slow moving tortoise in a world of hares. I plod along doing my work everyday, and putting one foot in front of another is a lot less exciting than breathtaking sprints to the finish line (I know this, which is why I don’t blog everyday. How boring it would be to read, “Hit my word count goal again today. Yay.”).


As to what I’m reading. Well, that’s exciting.


First, Jocelynn Drake’s NIGHTWALKER, out next year. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this book and this author the closer it gets to its pub date, but it excited the hell out of me. Uber-dark, with a fantastic twist on vampires, I still don’t even know if I was officially asked to blurb this book. I just offered. It’s that good.


Also, for those of you who didn’t already know, I started out writing historicals. Basically, what that means, is I failed at it. But Joanna Bourne – known on the writer’s forum I’ve frequented for the past decade as Jo Bourne – has not. She has written a historical romance that blows anything I’ve read recently away. If you want to see romance, romantic tension, characterization, historical accuracy, and just damned good storytelling done right, then pick up THE SPYMASTER’S LADY. Stunning.


I also have the ARC of a manuscript I’m probably not supposed to possess, so I’m not going to name it (How’s that for an annoying taunt?) but it’s written by someone I consider a master storyteller, and I’m absolutely savoring it, soaking it in, and trying to figure out if I’ll ever be able to write that well. This, folks, is why I became a writer (and why I stubbornly refuse to give up reading).


I’ve also been hanging out here.

Don’t hate!

I was on my way to Trader Joe’s one day to pick up some basic staples, and emerged from this store forty-five minutes later with four pieces of cheesecake and a book by Theresa Schwegel (Great read: OFFICER DOWN). Folks, this is why I can’t be trusted to provide for my family. My kid needed milk and fruit and I came home with cheesecake and noir! (My husband – clearly used to me – just shook his head, rolled his eyes, and dug in. Oh, and sent me back to the store. Shit, that used up good reading time!)


But my, oh, my, isn’t this the most fabulous idea? I may start writing crime fiction just so I can find a place on their shelves…


So, CommentCat, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I really will try to update more often. I know it’s important, and I’m happy you gently nudged me. I also know that’s what authors are supposed to do, but you know. I was, like, writing. {G}






The Rachel Vincent Smackdown

Rachel Vincent and I have a lot in common. We embarked on our careers at the same time, we have the same agent, and we write in the same genre. She's also extremely sweet. I don't know if I can rightfully claim the same of myself, but I'm going to anyway.

Now for the differences.

Rachel bakes, builds and decorates gingerbread houses from scratch. I buy mine at Smith's -- but the box is pretty festive.

She apparently also makes award-winning cookies - like, Academy Award winning type cookies except, yanno, for cookies - and
publicly gives out the recipe to other, more domestically challenged types, like myself. 

Well I've had enough, Miss I-Could-Even-Build-An-Igloo-From-Scratch-If-I-Felt-Like-It-While-Typing-Out-My-Next-Secret-Project-One-Handed-And-Still-Do-It-All-Faster-Than-You-Even-Though-It's-The-Best-Thing-I've-Ever-Written-And-The-Igloo-Won-An-Award-For-The-Best-Porte-Cochere-So-There Vincent.

(She really said that, too.)

So here's my favorite cookie recipe -- and it totally kicks your recipe's ass. Read it and weep, Vincent.

Best Christmas Cookies Eveh.

1 cup of water
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of brown sugar
lemon juice
4 large eggs
1 cup nuts
2 cups of dried fruit
1 bottle Jose Cuervo Tequila

Sample the Cuervo to check quality.

Take a large bowl, check the Cuervo again,
to be sure it is of the highest quality,
pour one level cup and drink.
Turn on the electric mixer...

Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
Add one teaspoon of sugar...Beat again.
At this point, it's best to make sure the Cuervo is still OK,
try another cup ... just in case.

Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 leggs,
and add to the bowl, and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
Pick the frigging fruit off floor.

Mix on the turner.
If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers,
just pry it lloose with a drewscriver.

Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity.
Next, sift two cups of salt, or something.
Who giveshz a sheet?
Check the Jose Cuervo.

Now shift the lemon juice, and strain your nuts.
Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink.
Whatever you can find.
Greash the oven.

Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.
Don't forget to beat off the turner.
Finally, throw the bowl out,

finish the Cose Juervo,
and make sure to put the stove in the dishwasher.

                                                            CHERRY MISTMAS

The infamous "interview"

So here's the link to the "interview" I did on Tuesday. Thanks to Suze for finding it. (Warning: A bit lengthy. Also a bit giggly.) My favorite part is where he does, indeed, ask what my story is about (I'd clearly blocked that part out) and I shrugged and said, "What's to tell?" {snort}

Well, I'll never be accused of the hard sell, will I?

Thanks to all the readers who came out to the signing last night, especially those who drove in from Arizona in inclement weather. For the record I'd like it known that Lynsay and I stayed the longest at the Peppermill, outlasting all of yous.

Also for the record: Lynsay Sands rocks.

Pictures forthcoming!


My {koff} interview

So I did an interview yesterday in preparation for tomorrow's signing with Lynsay Sands at the Clark County Library, which is going to air on my local NPR in about an hour. I'd visited with this guy, Dave Burns, when THE SCENT OF SHADOWS was first released, we have a nice rapport, and I daresay I'm a bit a novelty when it comes to his scheduled guests. For instance, last time I followed Hillary Clinton's campaign advisor. I also fielded a load of questions about writing (Who knew there were so many aspiring writers in Vegas?) which was not the case this time. This time we taped it, and it's a much shorter segment. However, I was flattered to be asked on because NPR listeners are people who read, and most of those local listeners also make a point to catch State of Nevada.

Here's the problem. I can only keep the professional author hat on for about a minute or so. Well, that minute is long up (heralded by my calling him "dude" in my last interview) and Dave happens to be a great guy in addition to a really awesome interviewer. So I relaxed. 

{cue disaster music}

Okay, so on the up side? I think I got the NPR guy to giggle. 

On the down side? I forgot to talk about HOLIDAYS ARE HELL.

And it's not like he didn't ask. It's just the way he asked. 

"So, Vicki, your story is called The Harvest, and it starts the day before Thanksgiving, right?"

"Yeah. It does."

{insert what I now know is a poignant 'tell-us-more' pause}

Fast forward a couple minutes.

"So The Harvest begins the day before Thanksgiving..."

"Still does, Dave."

(Why couldn't he just say, "Vicki, what's The Harvest about?")

Again, later.

"So, your story begins the day before Thanksgiving..."

"Yeah, Dave. Yanno, it hasn't changed."


It wasn't until I was driving home thinking how much fun I had, and what a great guy he is, that I realized,
Shit. I forgot to talk about the *&^%$ story.

So I'll post a link to the interview later today when it's up, but in my defense (and as you'll hear if you get the chance) he was filling in the story details, asking about different characters and such, and we kept going off on tangents -- which anyone who knows me can tell you: It's What. I. Do. 

So I think he should share responsibility for me forgetting why the hell I was there. My mind is already wrapped up in my fourth book - it's what I was doing before I went down to see him, and it's what I did once I left - and, frankly, he not only augmented digression, he encouraged it. 

I can see that next time I'm going to have to take control, Mr. NPR.

Vicki, out.

Cool signing, cool man, cool art.

I’m lethargic today after a big signing day yesterday with HarperCollins at the Hudson Vendor Show here in Vegas. A big thanks to Hudson for making me feel welcome again this year. Hudson Books was my first-ever signing last year (and I saw Judy again, the first person I ever signed a book for last year as well) and they hold a special place in my heart. The Hudson photographer is supposed to send me photos, so I’ll post them if and when that happens. The luncheon speaker this year was Chris Gardner of THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS fame, and he is most definitely The Real Deal. An awesome man with an awesome story, a sense of humor to match, and very simply one of those people who inspire you to be better than you already are. So I’m tired, but contentedly settled, and ready to get back to work.


This Thursday is the signing with Lynsay Sands at the Clark County Library. Last year I frightened poor Kim Harrison to death with tall tales of party buses with stripper poles, one of which I said had her name on it. Lynsay is proving not to scare quite so easily. It’s a problem. Any suggestions on how I can whip her into a frenzy, Vegas-style? {evil grin}


Meanwhile, here’s an original illustration created for Las Vegas Weekly about the signing, created by one Ming Doyle (which is just a cool name anyway). Isn’t it marvelous? I mean, a freakin’ Rudolf bat! So, of course I had to go check out some more about this artist, and though she’s new to me, I think I’m half in love already. Check out her entry for the Wonder Woman Wardrobe War. The garters, the arm bands, the hair thong. I mean, this chick had me at hello! I’d hand my Joanna Archer over to her in a nanosecond.


Mind, I’m a sucker for people with talents I’ll never possess, but if I could draw I’d want to be able to do it like this. Feminine yet edgy, attitude with both humor and restraint. It’s what I go for in my writing, so I respond to the qualities when I see them in another medium. (I met a chef last week with some of the same attributes. Art is art, right?)


Anyway, here's Ming's LJ info since I know some of my readers love graphic novels and manga and here’s her website. You might want to keep an eye on her. I’m going to follow her around the web like a puppy.


Okay, so off to work.  Have a wonderful Sunday!


Talk with the HOLIDAYS ARE HELL authors

One day only, over at the RomanceNovelTV.com message boards. Chat with Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M. Liu, and moi. Direct link is here, and Kim Castillo always puts on great events (there are even video interviews with Harrison and Liu), so stop by and check us out.

Happy Wednesday! 

Guest blogging - today only!

So I'm guest blogging over at the famous Midnight Hour blog, one day only ... and today's that day. (I know, I don't even blog at my own blog! Call me a sucker for playing in other people's sandboxes.) So stop by, see what I have to say, wag your chin a bit. 
Oh, and give a shout-out to the fabulous Stephanie Rowe for really knowing how to make a girl feel welcome.


 Some people have asked (Ken!) about the December 6th signing in Las Vegas, and if it's still on. I've been remiss in mentioning it, what with the move and some computer issues that have kept me from updating my site, and I apologize for that. The signing is, indeed, still on, and I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be on the same stage with Lynsay Sands.

More info can be found at the Clark County Library's page
here, but I'll save you the trouble going elsewhere by posting it below:

Type: Author/Storyteller Visit 
Age Group: Adults 

12/6/2007, Thursday, 7 p.m. 


Clark County Library

Room: Jewel Box Theater

An Evening with Lynsay Sands and Vicki Pettersson: Holidays are Hell

Author: Lynsay Sands and Vicki Pettersson

Wonderful or horrible, holidays have always been magical. Lynsay Sands, New York Times best selling author, and rising star of the urban fantasy genre, Vicki Pettersson, will spend an evening discussing the connections between our world and the supernatural in their new anthology, Holidays Are Hell, a spellbinding look at what happens when the magic of the holidays is unleashed.  This program is presented in conjunction with HarperCollins Publishers. A reception and book signing will follow the talk.

Let me just add that Suzanne Scott, who is in charge of these author events, absolutely kills it when it comes to presentation and making both authors and readers feel at home. I've attended as both; as a reader I've seen Laurell K. Hamilton  and Janet Evanovich speak and sign there, and as a writer I've done the same with Kim Harrison. We were both blown away by the welcome, and that signing had to be one of the highlights of my professional life. 

So here's the deal: If you happen to be in Las Vegas and you want to attend the signing, drop me a line at vickiATvickipetterssonDOTcom and we'll set up a group date to go out for drinks afterward. It's an intimate event and I'd like to continue the tradition of meeting with my readers (last March it was morning coffee to celebrate the release of THE TASTE OF NIGHT). The Peppermill would be a good venue as it's featured in the books, and the fireside lounge inside is wonderful fun in the winter. 

Sound good?