STALKING JACK THE RIPPER pre-Halloween Read Along #SJTRreadalong

So excited that the #StalkingJackTheRipper read along has started as of yesterday (October 17th)! Thank you to Sabrina (blogger over at Beyond the Book Reviews), and Ava (blogger over at Bookishness and Tea) for organizing this! You are seriously rockstars.


As I mentioned above, the read along started on October 17th and will end on the 28th, but anyone can join in at any time. Have you read SJTR? You’re more than welcome to chat with other readers and participate in the excitement.


Speaking of excitement, I was SO excited I created exclusive bonus content and chapter thoughts that bloggers will be revealing on their sites and on twitter throughout the event. Use #SJTRreadalong to join in the fun!

Here’s the SJTR reading schedule:


  • Monday, October (start date) 17th read chapter 1 and end at the start of chapter 5
  • Wednesday, October 19th read chapter 5 and end at the start of chapter 10
  • Friday, October 21st read chapter 10 and end at the start of chapter 15
  • Sunday, October 23rd read chapter 15 and end at the start of chapter 20
  • Tuesday, October 25th read chapter 20 and end at the start of chapter 25
  • Thursday, October 27th read chapter 25 and read  till end of the book
  • Saturday October 29th, there will be a non-spoiler twitter chat that I’ll be participating in😀



  • Want more information on the goodreads discussion group? Check out this google doc that also contains fun swag for those who participate.
  • Click here for more info

Oh! For those who’ve asked, the character cards in my photo below are from Phantom Rin’s Redbubble store. (They’re postcards and they are AWESOME.)


awww, heck. you guys have been SO FANTASTIC, i think i might add some extra swag. for those who participate in the read along, as outlined below in how to qualify, i will add your names to a drawing for character cards. one lucky winner will receive a character card from Phantom Rin’s shop.

here’s part of the information on how to sign up from the google document:

“To celebrate the end of the read along Sabrina (@Splintered_Luv) will be hosting a twitter chat to not only to discuss some non spoiler questions we may have for the author about the book, but also just to chat amongst the fans of SJTR.

If you as a reader cannot wait to begin chatting about the book, fear not! There is a Stalking Jack the Ripper read along Goodreads group with discussion threads for each of the chapter segments. Be for warned, these are discussion threads so everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Also this group discussion is to talk about the opinions of the book and not to attack the author personally. That can be found here

***Also the last information that is a need to know is the special swag to go along with this Read along! Kerri has been very generous and is opening up the opportunity to those who review the books to receive a signed personalized bookplate. To qualify for one of these bookplates, you would have to have participated in the read along in some way; be it by tweeting about it, commenting on one of the discussion threads, or simply joining us for the twitter chat on the 29th. The second thing that qualifies you, more so then just simply participating in the the read along is to post a review within a month after the read along concludes. SO by November 28th, have a review up on Goodreads or Amazon/Barnes and Noble or on your blog and you get the opportunity to receive a personalized bookplate.

****To enter your information to receive a bookplate, fill out this Google form ( ) OR if you are feel more comfortable with emailing the address you can email

Also if you have any questions, concerns, or just simply wish us to clarify on something email “


#1 NYT Bestseller…omg

when my agent called this afternoon, i totally thought she was kidding. i think i said “no way” ninety times in two minutes. seriously. she laughed and promised to send proof in the form of a PDF…


and there it is.

in black and white.

it’s really real.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list. holy wow. i am feeling so overwhelmed with love and gratitude and cannot begin to thank everyone enough for making this possible.

thank you to Barbara Poelle for always believing in my writing, to Jenny Bak for shining my story up and being a dream editor, to James Patterson for making SJTR part of his imprint, and to the entire team at JIMMY books for all of their hard work. Sabrina, Sasha, Peggy, Erinn, Tracy, Gabby, Aubrey, Cat…and to EVERYONE who’s put so much love into this novel, thank you. critique partners, beta readers, my family and all my loved ones in New York and Memphis, i am infinitely blessed.

and thank YOU, dear readers. your excitement and enthusiasm and willingness to shout from the interwebs rooftops made this dream a reality. thank YOU.



Atlanta tour stop added!

hello friends! i’m so excited to announce that an Atlanta stop has been added to the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER tour!!!

i’ll be at the LITTLE SHOP OF STORIES on Friday October 7th at 7pm. it’ll be a moderated conversation followed by a signing, so please come on out if you’re in the area!

the events in Memphis, Knoxville, and NYC have been AMAZING so far and i can’t wait to share more with you here. if you want to keep up with me on the rest of tour, you can follow me on snapchat: kerrimaniscalco or on instagram and twitter @kerrimaniscalco where i post pics and fun updates.

here are the remaining dates and locations. see you on the road!

October 1 * 3:00 PM


4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road

Raleigh, NC 27609

October 2 * 3:00 PM


640 Merrimon Avenue, #204

Asheville, NC 28804

October 3 * 3:00 PM


304 S Elm St.

Greensboro, NC 27401

October 7 * 7:00 PM


133 E Court Square #A

Decatur, GA 30030

October 16 * 2:30 PM Panel with Nicole Castroman


“Blackbeard and Jack the Ripper: Thrilling YA Historical Novels”

LP Room 30

followed by a signing from 3:30-4:00 PM in the signing colonnade

Tennessee Legislature

Nashville, TN


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


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!


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!!!!


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 are 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.


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.


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

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


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

Books of Wonder

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


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


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


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


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.


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😉


*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.”


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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.

card1.2-Audrey Rose_small