Writing About Negativity In Las Vegas by Jay Rankin & Giveaway

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My background is in psychology so in some ways it’s natural for me to try and see what’s between the lines, what’s below the surface. Las Vegas is certainly a place where people have a lot of fun. Most of the people whom I came across were having a blast, blowing steam and I’m sure feeling a wonderful sense of freedom. I know that the marketing depicts Vegas as a place where you can live out your fantasies, be treated like a king or queen and experience all the town offers.

All that being said, I also witnessed and experienced the pitfalls that can come with this kind of freedom. Remember I was in a position where the guest is always right even if the guest hadn’t slept or was drunk. It was important for me to constantly stay on my toes in this environment because my job depended on it. I saw what a Vegas weekend could do to some people. Many went way overboard, lost much too much money and crossed way to many of their own boundaries. The alcohol never stops, the chemistry and electrical charge is very potent and some people just couldn’t handle it.

It occurred to me that I should be taking notes on some of the experiences I had seen. After a couple years of my writing some of these stories, I then began to realize that I too, was a story to be told. The book became a bag of story pieces like a puzzle. The placement of these pieces slowly became my book.

I never planned my story to be negative but I did feel there was another side of Las Vegas that should be told. I felt it was important for people to be aware that no matter where you are in life it’s always important to keep your center so you don’t bring on too much damage to yourself. I too have partied in Vegas many times and other than a nasty hangover, usually had a great time.

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I have been allowed to host a giveaway of one print copy of Under the Neon Sky. This giveaway is only open to US, UK and Canada residents, ends on December 11th. Entry for this giveaway is simple, all you need to do is leave your name (you can use a pseudonym if you like) and email address in the Rafflecopter form.

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Book description:

This gripping true story is about a Las Vegas doorman who works the graveyard shift at the MGM Hotel. The sights and page popping characters are unforgettable as we take a journey down, down into the belly of the city that never sleeps. We watch as this doorman begins to emotionally break and wonder if he will become broken seeing his friends, his wife, hotel guests, and himself cross too many lines in a city without boundries.


Posted on November 22, 2011, in Giveaways, Guest blog posts and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Great post…thank you for sharing! It is nice to have a different view of Las Vegas other than the appealing side that marketing allows us to see

  2. Las Vegas is one of my favorite spots to vacation. I love playing Blackjack (at a low stakes table), going to shows, and eating in the amazing variety of restaurants. However…I have seen guests behaving very badly and treating the staff in ways that made me cringe. I imagine that a doorman in Las Vegas does experience the more negative aspects of “Sin City.”

  3. Sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for sharing it here.

  4. Sounds like an interesting book!

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