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Monday, June 18, 2012

Give Away & Spotlight On: The Taken by Vicki Pettersson

Urban fantasy author Vicki Pettersson, author of the popular Zodiac series, has expanded her repertoire to include mystery. She has a UF mystery noir series, Celestial Blues, and the first book, "The Taken", was released a few days ago on June 12th. I haven't been wildly impressed with the one book and two short stories in her Zodiac series but I do like mysteries so I will give this book a try.

At the end of this post is a giveaway.

Photo from author website

A little about Vicki: She's the author of the NYT-bestselling Signs of the Zodiac series – a six-book urban fantasy series set in her hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Vicki holds a BA in English, essentially qualifying her for nothing (her words, not mine! ~ Bea), which was why she opted for a decade-long career as a showgirl in the now-retired Folies Bergere. That’s fine; she's now retired too, passing the time as a scribbler until she's old enough to join the cast of the Palm Springs Folies (55 is the minimum age requirement). There she hopes to once again fritter away her nights with sequins, eyelash glue, and her 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 Vicki has a few years yet before she can un-retire, she's now writing a new supernatural noir 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 debuts with THE TAKEN, on July 12, 2012.

She currently divides her time between her 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.

Book Blurb:

He’s a fallen angel. She’s a rockabilly reporter. Together they must solve a deadly string of murders plaguing the mortal and the immortal worlds.

Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was over fifty years ago when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Now he’s a Centurion, an angel who assists other murdered souls through their journey to the afterlife. But while Shaw might be an angel … he’s no saint. Haunted by the mysterious events surrounding his own death, he seizes a chance to wreak some vengeance when he witnesses a deadly attack on journalist Katherine “Kit” Craig.

Joining forces, the unlikely avengers take to the streets, hunting a killer whose trail of bodies stretches across Las Vegas and into an immortal netherworld. It is a dangerous trek that lead them into the darkest corners of Sin City and into the heart of an evil conspiracy extending beyond the lights of the Strip that could destroy them both.

But destruction isn’t the only threat Griffin faces. The closer he gets to Kit, the more he finds himself bewitched by her mortal charms. Can he resist falling under her spell? And does he want to?

By: Vicki Pettersson
Publisher: Harper Voyager
ISBN: 9780062064646
Length: 711 KB, 432 pages
Release Date: JUNE 12, 2012
Buying Links:  Amazon    The Book Depository 


Thanks to Harper, I have one paperback copy of "The Taken" for one lucky US resident. Harper will mail the book directly to the winner. 

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  1. I really haven't read any Urban Fantasy before. I'm definitely intrigued though!

  2. I think that as the characters solve the mystery that's how we learn about the world.

  3. Wow... what a great cover. Can't wait to see more.

  4. The supernatural is mysterious, so mystery is a perfect partner.

  5. I like UF and mystery and will be anxious to see what you think!

  6. I think both genres just fit together. They are both mysterious.

  7. I think it adds an interesting plot and gives readers a sense of needing to solve the mystery!

  8. I think the ones that include a mystery are more interesting. The mysterious plot gives us something to focus on while the other stuff happens around us.

  9. I think it makes for a more intriguing read.

  10. I think it makes the story more interesting. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  11. I think that the mystery genre in general just lends itself to being mixed with other genres, a lot of romances, chit lit, urban fantasy etc. will add a mystery element to help keep the plot interesting and push it along. I like it when there is more crossover between genres, it is fun to get a bit of everything.


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