STALKING JACK THE RIPPER IS OUT!

It’s here! It’s FINALLY HERE!!! *tosses confetti* *passes around birthday cake* Happy happy birthday to my book baby!

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I am THRILLED to share this story and these characters with you. Thank you to everyone who’s been there from the very beginning, to those who’ve been hanging out with me on this blog and social media for the last seven years, and to all my new friends who’ve shared the excitement leading up to today.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, my gothic, feminist novel, now belongs to you, dear readers. I hope it transports you to gritty Victorian London. And I hope that it entertains you while taking you on an adventure that slowly unravels and twists and turns and keeps you unsure until the grand reveal.

Please tag me in any photos of SJTR in the wild! I am going to live vicariously through each of you today, and then I’ll be hitting the store and taking pics of my book baby in the real. Oh my gosh. That’s an actual thing I can do.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

pre-pub: Stalking Jack the Ripper updates

Five days left until publication….Honestly, I don’t know how it’s possible. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m thrilled. I’m hyperventilating. I’m so ready for it and so terrified. I never knew it was possible to have so many emotions all happening simultaneously. That laughing and crying and being anxious could all intermingle at once. That something so nerve-wracking could also bring so much joy.

My very first novel is almost in the world, and then it no longer belongs to me, this precious book baby that I’ve loved and nurtured and cared for. It will soon belong to all of you.

Five days. Less than a week. Oh. My. Gosh. I’m so ready, are you????

Fun things to round up before my next publication day post (!!!!!!!):

Phantom Rin has included SJTR merchandise in her shop. I swear I’m going to save my pennies and order EVERYTHING. SJTR-themed dresses and pillows and phone cases and wall art and more. What a dream come true to have my characters featured along with some amazing fandoms!

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I also have Phantom Rin to thank for surprising me with this FREAKING FANTASTIC tour graphic. I’m one of her illustrations and it’s SO COOL!!!!

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Next, I teamed up with Brittany from Novelly Yours to create a STALKING JACK THE RIPPER-inspired candle. Initially, I’d placed a custom order for special door prizes for launch day, but when she asked if I’d like to make it a public listing I jumped at the opportunity. I know not everyone will be able to make it out to the cities on tour, and thought it was a great way for everyone to have their own special SJTR swag.

Guys? I might be biased, but the scents I chose and the way Brittany worked her magic with bringing them together…this is the best candle EVER. I haven’t stopped breathing them in since they arrived this week. If you’d like to check it out, please do so by clicking here. The candles have blood splatter and a this fantastic gray with darker gray swirls to evoke the image of a foggy London night. In fact, I named them (actually my mom came up with the name!) FOGGY KNIGHT. It’s a play on a vigilante group in SJTR.

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EEEEEEEE! I cannot believe the next post I’ll be sharing is as a published author (!!!!!!!!!). I’ve been waiting YEARS AND YEARS for this and cannot believe it’s really happening.

Cheers to this next chapter!

 

ahhhhh! two weeks until publication!

Hello friends! i can hardly believe that publication day is just TWO WEEKS from now. OMGGGGGGGG. seriously. how is my book going to be in the world so soon??? i know i’m going to be a teary bucket of emotions come the 20th.

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a few quick things of note as the countdown to publication begins:

* Order two days before: September 22 * 6:30 PM

THE BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD

Order two days before: September 26 * 6:00PM

Books of Wonder

Order two days before: October 1 * 3:00 PM

QUAIL RIDGE BOOKS

Order two days before: October 2 * 3:00 PM

SPELLBOUND CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP

Order two days before: October 3 * 3:00 PM

SCUPPERNONG BOOKS

  • lastly, here is a picture of me holding my book for the very first time. i think my expression says it all…HOLY WOW.

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thank you to everyone who’s pre-ordered, shouted from the rooftops, and asked their libraries to order STALKING JACK THE RIPPER. you are so appreciated.

xoxoxo

Stalking Jack the Ripper Character Cards + Teasers

Phantom Rin has really outdone herself with these amazingggg STALKING JACK THE RIPPER character cards. She should have some fun things posted in her store soon, so be sure to check out all her book-themed goodies. I know I will be😉

In other news: THERE ARE FIVE WEEKS LEFT UNTIL PUB DAY, GUYS. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?!?!?!

*runs in circles*

if you’d like to pre-order signed/personalized copies here’s how to do that: PRE-ORDERING PERSONALIZED STALKING JACK THE RIPPER

onto the teasers!

“Didn’t your family warn you against sneaking around at night alone?” Thomas asked. “Dangerous things linger in the dark.”

— Thomas Cresswell, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER.

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Without hesitation, I dragged the scalpel from one shoulder to the sternum, taking pains to push as deeply as I could. My brows raised a fraction before I schooled my face into an unreadable mask. Human flesh flayed much easier than I’d anticipated. It wasn’t much different from cutting into a pork loin prior to its roasting, a thought that should have been more disturbing than it was.

— Audrey Rose Wadsworth, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER.

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Musings of Kerri Maniscalco

i did a guest post on LIVE LOVE READ today and hope that it inspires you. xoxoxo

Live, Love, Read

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Failure is a Plot Twist in Our Success Story
by Kerri Maniscalco

Whenever I see the word “failure” I automatically jerk back and squint at the screen. “What is this ‘Failure’ thing you speak of?” Is it measured by a certain amount of rejection letters? If so, goodness, have I failed before. As an eternal optimist—who’s faced a bunch of “failure” before getting that elusive publishing contract—I can honestly say that I choose to see failure as an important stepping stone in your career.

After all, what is failure other than an unexpected plot twist? As writers we understand that it’s the challenges our characters overcome that make for a fantastic story. The same is true for us.

Before I signed with my agent I’d queried her with a YA futuristic thriller. I was over the moon excited when she requested the full manuscript, but didn’t stop working on my…

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How to pre-order personalized/signed copies of Stalking Jack the Ripper

I’ve gotten quite a few questions on where/how to order a signed or personalized copy of STALKING JACK THE RIPPER (omg, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!) and thought it might help to post something here for easy reference.

During the tour each location will have signed stock available for order no matter where you live in the country. However! If you’d like to pre-order a signed/personalized copy made out to you, then you just have to pre-order before the event date. (That way I’m there to make it out to you and doodle in your book.)

Here are a list of stores that will have signed stock/pre-orders available to be personalized with your name and mailed out to you.

They suggest ordering yours AT LEAST 48 hours prior to the event, so please keep that in mind.

International orders are also available for sure through Books of Wonder, but please check other locations as well.

Order two days before: September 22 * 6:30 PM

THE BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD

Order two days before: September 26 * 6:00PM

Books of Wonder

Order two days before: October 1 * 3:00 PM

QUAIL RIDGE BOOKS

Order two days before: October 2 * 3:00 PM

SPELLBOUND CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP

Order two days before: October 3 * 3:00 PM

SCUPPERNONG BOOKS

If you’d like to order just a signed copy the following location is also available:

Books-A-Million, Knoxville

Thank you again for all of your excitement over the launch event and tour. I’m so excited to sign books for you and hope you enjoy STALKING JACK THE RIPPER on a cool fall night.

xoxoxo

Fall Tour Announcement!

hello everyone! *waves* i have been sitting on this news for a little while now and i am so, so excited that i can finally share the fall tour and STALKING JACK THE RIPPER launch event with you!

i’m planning a bunch of fun things–tasty treats, a door prize, and other SJTR-themed launch-type things for Memphis. i cannot believe my book will be in the world in just six weeks. it still doesn’t seem real.

to celebrate the tour announcement, i’m hosting an international giveaway on Twitter. it includes a signed copy of SJTR and some really fun swag. i hope you enter and wish you lots of luck!

will i see any of you on tour????

*please note! the BOOKS OF WONDER event features both myself and Sarah Porter, author of VASSA IN THE NIGHT. xoxoxo

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