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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Bonus SJTR Character Sketches

I have been dancing around the interwebs all week with each new character sketch that the endlessly talented Phantom Rin unveiled in the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER universe, and wanted to do a round-up for anyone who may have missed out on the fun.

Rin just shared some new illustrations with me, so keep an eye out on Facebook, twitter, tumblr, and instagram if you’d like to see them the day they’re posted. I’ll also post and share them on my accounts as well. Gah! I’m so in awe of the way she captured the essence of each character. I’ll try and emerge from the writing cave to do another round-up post next week.

Here’s exclusive quotes from Stalking Jack the Ripper to go along with the badass illustrations. Enjoy! xoxo

Liza, Audrey’s cousin and best friend:

“Wield your assets like a blade, Cousin. No man has invented a corset for our brains. Let them think they rule the world. It’s a queen who sits on that throne. Never forget that. There’s no reason you can’t wear a frock to work, and don the finest gown and dance the night away. But only if it pleases you.” – Liza, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER.

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Superintendent William Blackburn, lead investigator:

Superintendent Blackburn shook his head, his fair hair catching the light of the sun. “I’d inquire about the weather, but I’m sure you’d like to speak of other things, Miss Wadsworth.” He squinted toward the body, shielding his eyes with his hand. “Seems our boy gave us two more victims.” – Blackburn, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER

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Nathaniel Wadsworth, Audrey’s brother:

“Are we terrified to let the girl out of the protective bubble again? Heaven forbid she catch pox and perish. Oh, wait,” Nathaniel cocked his head. “That’s happened before, hasn’t it?” He dramatically grabbed my wrist, checking for a pulse, then staggered back. “By God, Father. She’s quite alive!” – Nathaniel Wadsworth, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER

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Meet the Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Oh yay! My debut group is featuring me on the blog today. I share personal facts, favorite books, and my childhood aspirations…can you guess what they were?!❤

The Sweet Sixteens

Kerri Maniscalco Promo shotsKerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her debut, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER (JIMMY Patterson Books/Little, Brown September 20,  2016), is a Young Adult Gothic horror inspired by the Ripper murders. It’s about a Victorian-era lord’s daughter who defies society expectations by secretly apprenticing as a forensics examiner, and soon finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer who is stalking London’s East End.

Fun facts:

  • Favorite book growing up: Lots! As is evident by the much-loved copies of her books, but Shel Silverstein’s WHERE THE SIDEWALKS ENDS was her go-to read.
  • Childhood aspiration: As a kid Kerri wanted to be everything from…

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Stalking Jack the Ripper Character Sketches

I’m deep into my book two deadline and haven’t had as much time to post as I’d like. BUT I have to say one thing…Oh. My. Gosh. I am blown away by ALL. THE. SUPPORT. You are making this debut experience bigger and more amazing than I’d ever dreamed it could be.

Thank you. Thank you for all the tweets and retweets and posts and bookstagrams and friendship across all of my social media platforms. Your reviews and word of mouth recommendations are so very humbling and help more than you know.❤

Fun things are coming up soon, and I wanted to share a little sneak preview with you today. I’m absolutely in love with PhantomRin’s art–I mean, have you seen her original works??? So much talent. When she agreed to collaborate with some STALKING JACK THE RIPPER designs I nearly fainted. Please check out her tumblr and instagram and twitter and everywhere you can.

Without further adieu…here is one of her sketches of my main characters, Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell. Can you believe September is less than two months away?!?!?!

Audrey Rose and Thomas