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Las Vegas socialite and otherwordly avenger Joanna Archer gave up everything when she embraced mortality-abandoning her powers and altering her destiny to save a child . . . and a city. Now her former allies are her enemies-and her enemies have nothing to fear. Yet still she is bound to a prophecy that condemns her to roam a nightmare landscape that ordinary humans cannot see and dare not enter. And a beast is on her trail-an insane killer blinded by bloodlust, who's determined to rip much more from Joanna than merely her now-fragile life. Survival is no longer an option in this dark realm where good and evil have blurred into confusing shades of gray-unless she can gather together an army of onetime foes and destroy everything she once believed in.
In Sin City, a little girl suffers from a strange and terrible malady. If she dies, the Light will die along with her. Warrior, avenger, Joanna Archer has survived countless otherworldly terrors--and has found her rightful place among the agents battling the all--pervasive evil of Shadow ... even as she struggles against the darkness within herself. A war is raging for Las Vegas--a city without a heart--one that catapults Joanna into a new world hidden from mortal sight. In this lethally seductive alternate dimension the lines blur between good and evil, love and hate, and here lies the last hope for the Light. But Joanna's price of admission is a piece of her own soul-and the odds of her escaping are slim ... to none.
Following the slaughter of his parents, J.J. became an agent of the Light-but now his love for the beautiful killer who spared his life transforms the fierce defender into the most perfect predator of all, in Vicki Pettersson's Dark Matters.
The dramatic conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson's critically acclaimed Celestial Blues trilogy--an inventive blend of paranormal romance, noir mystery, and urban fantasy--involving a fallen angel and a flesh-and-blood rockabilly reporter.After learning that his wife, Evelyn, survived the attack that killed him fifty years earlier, angel/PI Griffin Shaw will risk everything to find her. But to do so, Grif has to forsake his new love, journalist Katherine "Kit" Craig--the woman who made his life worth living again.Yet when Kit is attacked again, it becomes clear that there are forces in both the mortal and heavenly realms determined to protect secrets long buried in the past. To survive, Grif must convince Kit to put aside her personal hurt and help him discover the truth--a dangerous journey that will put them in the crosshairs of enemies old and new . . . and test the limits of what one angel will sacrifice for love.. and testing the limits to what one angel is really willing to give for love.
Originally appeared in the print anthology Holidays Are Hell. New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson brings a former superhero--an elite Zodiac warrior--back to the mortal world for a Thanksgiving reunion with her equally hated and beloved enemy, to do battle for the lives of her imperiled children.
This holiday, spend quality time with family and loved ones-living and dead . . . There's no place like home for the horrordays-unless you'd prefer a romantic midnight walk through a ghost-infested graveyard . . . or a haunted house candlelight dinner with the sexy vampire of your dreams. The (black) magical season is here-and whether it's a solstice sÉance gone demonically wrong with the incomparable Kim Harrison, a grossly misshapen Christmas with the remarkable Lynsay Sands, a blood-chilling-and-spilling New Year's with the wonderful Marjorie M. Liu, or a super-powered Thanksgiving with the phenomenal Vicki Pettersson, one thing is for certain: in the able hands of these exceptional dark side explorers, the holidays are going to be deliciously hellish!
Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Nowa minor angel, Grif's been granted permission to solve the mysteryof his own death . . . if he helps the Pure angels guide those soulswho might otherwise be Lost.Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life.Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene. However,Grif's mortal lover, reporter Katherine "Kit" Craig, isn't constrainedby angelic protocol. If she can stop a death, she will.But as Kit is about to find out, there are things more traumaticand evil than murder. A strange new drug is literally eating tweakers'flesh from their bones, and Kit's crusade to get it off the streets is set topropel her and Grif into a battle with a vicious drug cartel. They'll haveto scramble to stay alive, stay together, and choose their own fate . . .before it's chosen for them.
This mashup of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and noir mystery continues best-selling author Petterssons new series, which features P. I. Griffin Shaw, murdered 50 years ago and now a Centurion-that is, an angel who helps those who have died violently. Grif has been given permission to discover who killed him and his wife but in exchange must help souls that are otherwise doomed. In the series opener, The Taken, he saved the life of relentless reporter Kit Craig, now his lover; here theyre battling drug cartels. Fun just to read about; with a 35,000-copy first printing.
Once she was a soldier for the Light, the prophesied savior who would decide the outcome of the eternal conflict raging unseen in the dark corners of her glittering hometown. Now Joanna Archer is just another mortal-still born of an impossible union of Shadow and Light . . . still hunted by both-and carrying the unborn child of a lover held captive by a depraved demon goddess. Joining forces with a band of rogue Shadow agents, Joanna's ready to storm the stronghold of her demonic foe, risking everything to enter this ghastly, godforsaken realm where the price of admission is her eternal soul. Because in a world that has stripped her of her power, identity, and fortune, Joanna has nothing left to lose-except her baby, her future, and the epic war poised to consume the city.
He didn't look dangerous, not at first glance. Still, a girl can never be too careful on a blind date, and that's why I'd insisted Mr. Sand meet me in a popular steakhouse nestled in a casino dead center on the Las Vegas strip. It was, I thought, the most public of all places. Yet now, watching the way shadows from the muted lighting sought out the unhealthy hollows beneath his eyes and cheeks, and the way he toyed with his blue cheese and endive appetizer, I decided the most ominous thing about Mr. Sand was a deeply embedded sense of self-control, and the only thing I was in danger of dying of was boredom. Of course, that was before I really knew him. . .. And before my death the very next day.
Get the first three urban fantasy novels from New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson's the Signs of the Zodiac series in one e-book, including: The Scent of Shadows, The Taste of Night, and The Touch of Twilight. Thriller fans won't want to miss this action-packed supernatural series featuring a young woman who discovers she has the ability to detect evil and a perilous destiny as a member of the enigmatic Zodiac.
Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he's an angel, but that doesn't make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he's been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul--Katherine "Kit" Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped. Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder--and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie. Joining forces, Kit and Grif's search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn't Grif's biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife . . .readers who have made Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison, and Laurell K. Hamilton fantasy superstars.
Equal parts Light and Shadow, Joanna Archer must fulfill a destiny she never wanted. Once a photographer and heiress to a casino fortune, she is now dedicated to the cause of good . . . but susceptible to the seductions of evil. A deadly virus is descending on Las Vegas-a terrifying plague unleashed by the powerful overlord of Zodiac's dark side: Joanna's father. Chaos and panic grip Sin City as agents of Light fall prey to the terrifying epidemic. Death reigns supreme-and Joanna stands at dead center of an epic and terrible war long foretold, the last hope of a damned world. But first she must somehow conquer the malevolence that grows all around her . . . and within.
On the surface she's a sexy, sophisticated socialite, at home among the beautiful people of the Las Vegas upper crust. But Joanna Archer inhabits another world: a place ordinary humans cannot see . . . a dangerous dimension where an eternal battle rages between the agents of Light and Shadow. And Joanna is both. Stalked by an enigmatic doppelganger from a preternatural realm, Joanna can feel the Light failing-which is propelling her toward a terrifying confrontation with the ultimate master of evil, the dark lord of Shadow: her father. Vegas is all about winning big . . . or losing everything. To save her friends, her future, her worlds, Joanna Archer must gamble it all by fully embracing the darkness inside her.
Not all hunters are bound by human laws . . . Revisiting the paranormal realms they've made famous in their wildly popular fiction, New York Times bestselling authors Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson, and Jocelynn Drake--plus New York Times bestselling YA author Melissa Marr with her first adult supernatural thriller--unleash their full arsenal of dark talents, plunging us into the shadows where the supernatural stalk the unsuspecting . . . and every soul is a target. Get ready for the ride of your life--because the wildest magic has just been unleashed . . . and evil is about to have its day.
Includes: <P> City of Souls: Warrior, avenger, Joanna Archer has survived countless otherworldly terrors--and has found her rightful place among the agents battling the all-pervasive evil of Shadow . . . even as she struggles against the darkness within herself. A war is raging for Las Vegas--a city without a heart--one that catapults Joanna into a new world hidden from mortal sight. In this lethally seductive alternate dimension the lines blur between good and evil, love and hate, and here lies the last hope for the Light. But Joanna's price of admission is a piece of her own soul--and the odds of her escaping are slim . . . to none.<P> Cheat the Grave: Return now to the battle between Shadow and Light being fought in the dark, unseen corners of "Sin City" Las Vegas. The fifth book in Vickie Petterson's New York Times bestselling Signs of the Zodiac series, Cheat the Grave follows newly mortal Joanna Archer on her most chilling adventure of all. <P> The Neon Graveyard: Explore the dark supernatural underside of Sin City in The Neon Graveyard--the dramatic conclusion to the dark and terrific New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series by Vicki Pettersson. The sixth and final Sign of the Zodiac, The Neon Graveyard plunges heroine Joanna Archer--heiress, prophesied savior, and former soldier for the Light--into the ultimate battle for the soul of Las Vegas, a secret war for our world that is being waged in the shadows.