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They say that a new light shines in Las Vegas for every person who visits. But unlike the countless millions who visited Sin City this year, today you decided to be part of the 'what happens' that 'stays'. After exploring the lights, you find a job as a salesperson at a kiosk on the Strip. It's your first night and Daniela is your trainer. She seems friendly providing you ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Pendan Publishing (first published February 5th 2011)
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Sarah
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
I won this from goodreads, so thank you very much Mr. Sturak.

Unfortunately.. The information about the book really intrigued me because of how vague and alluring it sounded. The book reminded me a lot of Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted. I love Chuck, but I don't care for that book much either. I like the idea of a main story to frame all the short stories within the book, and I wish that had developed more here. As it is, the whole kiosk worker part feels unnecessary. I didn't feel like I gained anyth
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Jonathan Sturak
Jan 03, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
My new story collection. A night in Vegas you will never forget...
Annette Taylor
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
From Vegas with Blood is a collection of short stories that will draw you in. I found it impossible to have a favorite because I liked them all. A quick and easy read. I highly recommend it.
Shannon Baas
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting set of short stories. The narrator is a tshirt salesperson in Vegas and you are visiting with her at work. It turns out she is a vampire. The short stories are of a varied variety. Very good book.
Rhonda
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I don't remember reading anything quite like that before.
Their is a T-shirt kiosk that they sell t-shirts to tourists for 5 dollars. Daniela is showing the ropes to new employee. How, why and what to do and telling him that sometimes its slow so she reads this book of short stories. Then in between stories she is showing him more stuff like taking the money to owners,stopping for gas, going to a party but getting lost. Each time she comments on the story just read or the one comming up. I though
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Mary
My rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis:
They say that a new light shines in Las Vegas for every person who visits. But unlike the countless millions who visited Sin City this year, today you decided to be part of the 'what happens' that 'stays'.
After exploring the lights, you find a job as a salesperson at a kiosk on the Strip.
It's your first night and Daniela is your trainer. She seems friendly providing you with the secrets on living and working in Sin City, but she possesses a quality that you
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Red Haircrow
Feb 27, 2011 rated it liked it
First person POV isn’t my favorite mode of reading and even more so when it’s a collection where you have to refocus on different characters each chapter. I suppose I tried to look for a common thread, and though each story is suppose to be connected to Las Vegas, it didn’t come over that way for me.

I could see the direction in each story and sense some of the emotion behind the character’s telling, but I found them mildly of interest at best. At times, descriptions were rather odd, and at other
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Fallon
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire, kindle
This was an interesting take on a short story collection. Most collections just go from story to story with no real tie in. This book starts you off as a trainee with a young lady named Daniela, who only works nights, as your guide. Instead of really training you (and it talks as if it's you the reader) she gives you a book to pass the time. This book is a collection of short stories and between each one Daniela has some dialogue or some brief commentary. The stories themselves are the highlight ...more
Terri
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
From Vegas With Blood by Jonathan Sturak is a fun, dark collection of short stories, many set in Sin City. The collection offers 11 different stories. The stories range from sweet to sick and twisted, but all are well written and all offer a bit of a supernatural element.

The book also has a unique format where the reader is put into the passenger seat. Before each story, the reader is put into a second-person situation that runs throughout the book. It is an interesting way to draw the reader i
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Roger DeBlanck
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Sturak’s collection of tales evokes a range of emotions: sorrow, fright, laughter, and warmth. Some of these pieces are perfect in their development and pacing, such as the sad, romantic suspense tale, “A Brush of Love.” It is followed up with a dose of chilling horror as played out in both “The Hunted” and “The Chef.” The tenderness captured in “The Water Princess” made way for the disturbing, laugh-out-loud humor in “The Happy Ending.” My favorite piece was “A Dance to Remember,” where Sturak ...more
Sam
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book opens as you (yes, you, the reader) becomesa salesperson on a kiosk selling t-shirts to tourists and anyone else who happens to walk by. Daniela is your trainer and company for the night and she starts you off reading a book of short stories that she has with her, while in between stories she sells a few t-shirts, packs up the kiosk, goes to the office and a garage and then takes you on to a gig with a few of her friends. Over the course of the night you get to finish the stories in th ...more
Melissa
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was loaned this book and was excited to read it. I hate to say this I was a bit diappointed.I thought this book was gonna be super suspenseful and romantic. I found it to be rather dark. I did like the way the author wrote as if the reader were working with on of the main characters. The is a set of short stories the first one I found to be the best. It is a book about a book of short stories that the character Daniela has and shares with you the reader whom she is training to sell T Shirts. I ...more
Literameer
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ich habe mir dieses Buch in Las Vegas gekauft, in der Hoffnung ein bisschen Vegas-Flair mit nach Hause zu nehmen. Aufbewahrt habe ich es mir für einen Moment des Fernwehs und als ich dieses hatte habe ich das Buch gelesen. Leider hatte es nicht so viel mit Vegas zu tun, da die Geschichten doch eher Allgemein gehalten waren. Die kleinen Geschichten waren zum größten Teil ganz nett. Einige der Geschichten waren mir jedoch irgendwie zu doof und ich habe sie dann auch überblättert.
Insgesamt war das
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Lori Petticrew
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-ebooks
Fantastic compilation of some hair-rasing, tear-jerking, fantasy driven short stories.
BRAVO! I am a huge fan of Mr. Sturak, and this one just consolidated my passion for his writting style.
(I am stitting here laughing at the ending! You got me there, Jonathan!)
So glad I did not wait to read this in Vegas! Loved A BRUSH OF LOVE!
Glenna
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a collection of intriguing short stories. Jonathan Sturak's writing will mesmerize and pull you into the mysteries with From Vegas With Blood. Be prepared for some of the stories are terrifying. I give this collection five stars because I am still recalling some of the characters with chills down my spine.
patty ramona
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011, fiction
I won this new-release book on Goodreads (YAY!)
Tiffany
I won this and read it as soon as it got here. I LOVED it! Thank you SO much Jonathan Sturak! what a fun easy read! I very much recommend this book!
Julie
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a fun and quirky collection of short stories. There was a little of everything in these stories and they ranged from dark to touching to hopeful, all with a heavy dose of humor!
Julia
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Won it in a goodreads read! Thanks Jonathan ! Good easy read ! Interesting characters, I like the incorporations of short stories into a greater plot! Good Job
shinfu
Jan 08, 2011 marked it as to-read
This looks like it will be a great book to read.
Connie
This book did not work for me at all.

Seriously - "Anderson expelled form the dense woods like a piece of meat coughed up by the Heimlich maneuver." - Eww!





Misfit
Jan 26, 2011 marked it as no-thank-you
There's a give away for this if any one is interested.
Kassie
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting idea, the book within a book. I enjoyed reading it, but I wasn't really swept away by the stories. All in all a good book to pick up, set down, and pick back up again.
Kristina Franken
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for anyone

FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.
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Jonathan Sturak grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He is a Penn State University graduate and holds degrees in Computer Science and Film. He currently lives in Las Vegas where he uses the energy of the city to craft stories about life and the human condition. "The Place Called Home," Sturak's essay about Eastern European heritage in Northeast Pennsylvania, was featured on Glass Cases ...more

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