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.


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


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


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.


Stalking Jack the Ripper at B&N B-Fest

***UPDATE: for those who’ve asked; SJTR tattoos will be available at ALL B&N locations across the country. (Even if your store doesn’t have an ARC, you can still snag some awesome SJTR swag at your local store!)***

i received some AH-MAZING news last week and could not wait another SECOND to share it with you! from June 10th – 12th Barnes and Noble is hosting a teen event, nationwide, at EVERY store called B-Fest. and guess what??? YOU can stop in over the weekend and pick up some STALKING JACK THE RIPPER temporary tattoos! they are as fierce as my main character, and I hope you LOVE them.


but that’s not ALL the good news….

what if i said there will also be SJTR ARCs given out at 30 B&N locations across the country on Saturday June 11th at 11 am????? because that’s EXACTLY what’s happening! i’m going to post the B&N flyer so you can read about ALL the festivities taking place at your local B&N, and then i’ll share the list of 30 stores that will have STALKING JACK THE RIPPER ARCs as well as temporary tattoo swag. (at the bottom of this post) gah! i am THRILLED that you’ll be able to walk into a store and experience this fun festival for books.


B&N B-Fest


the what: B&N B-Fest at your local Barnes & Noble.

the who: a bunch of authors and swag and book-related festivities all weekend long

the when: June 10 – 12 at Barnes & Noble locations, nationwide

BUT WHAT ABOUT SJTR ARCs: Saturday June 11th at 11am at select locations


and now….for the 30 locations where you can be among the first to snag special ARCs of STALKING JACK THE RIPPER…..

200 East Northern Lights Blvd Anchorage, AK

7849 North Blackstone Avenue Fresno, CA

189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30 Los Angeles, CA

7651 Carson St Long Beach, CA

21400 Hawthorne Blvd Torrance, CA

40570 Winchester Rd. Temecula, CA

340 Christiana Mall Newark, DE

12405 N Kendall Drive Miami, FL

1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 1272 Honolulu, HI

101 Jordan Creek Parkway Unit 12170  West Des Moines, IA

6501 N Grape RD Mishawaka, IN

98 Middlesex Turnpike Burlington, MA

17111 Haggerty Rd. Northville, MI

3055 South Glenstone Springfield, MO

395 Route 3 East Clifton, NJ

5555 S. Virginia St. Reno, NV

567 North Stephanie Henderson, NV

33 East 17th Street New York, NY

91 Old Country Road Carle Place, NY

131 Colonie Center Suite 355 Albany, NY

150 East 86th Street New York, NY

555 Fifth Avenue New York, NY

1560 Polaris Parkway Columbus, OH

4015 Medina Road Akron, OH

3700 West 41st Street Sioux Falls, SD

1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. #3008 The Woodlands, TX

1430 Plaza Place Southlake, TX

2601 Preston Rd Unit 1204 Frisco, TX

3300 Expressway 83 # 1100 McAllen, TX

330 East 1300 South Orem, UT

Yay!!!!!! i hope you get to snag a copy and some temporary tattoos! if your B&N isn’t listed? maybe one of your sweet friends will be super nice and run to their local B&N for you. if you go and grab some swag be sure to use #BFestBuzz and tag me (@KerriManiscalco on twitter) so i can live vicariously through you.😀❤

Behind the scenes pics from the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER cover shoot

Oh. Em. Geeeee. You guys have been INCREDIBLE with your early support and love of STALKING JACK THE RIPPER! I have been so impressed with all the bookstagrams and photos on instagram and twitter, and all the excited tweets and buzz. Y’all are seriously amazing. I can’t even describe how much your excitement means to me. Seriously. Each tweet or message or note is a treasure that I’m going to hoard forever. To celebrate all of the excitement over SJtR, and to say thank you, I thought I’d share some exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures from the cover shoot. Sound good?!

All cover shoot photos were taken by my super-talented and lovely editor, Jenny Bak. (The ARC picture is from my personal photo library.) Enjoy this sneak peek at the hard work that went into the cover we all adore so much.

Thank you to art director Tracy Shaw and uber talented photographer Carrie Schechter for bringing Audrey Rose and Victorian London to life.

Now onto the good stuff!!!!

Every badass Victorian girl needs a good dagger while stalking infamous killers, luckily we had plenty to choose from:

Great hair is also a must. The makeup artist was a complete genius with taking our modern model and giving her that authentic Victorian feel.


And then there’s the clothing. So. Many. Amazing. Dresses. Here are just a few. (No worries–I’ll share more in another post!) 

For those who have asked here is a photo of the ARC cover:

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Aaaaand here is the beautiful final cover. I cannot wait to share this story with you in September! Stay tuned for an ARC giveaway coming in the next couple of weeks. <333


If you’d like to read the first chapter, please check it out on Entertainment Weekly by clicking here.





Teaser Tuesday – Stalking Jack the Ripper; Ides of March Style

When we first read Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in high school, one of the minor characters I was IMMEDIATELY taken with was the soothsayer. He utters the cryptic line, “Beware the Ides of March,” and to this day I can’t help saying it in an overly dramatic/ominous tone.

It was such a small, but significant detail. And the creepy factor? My goodness. Having someone run up and say something awful is going down on a certain date really drums up a little heart-pounding fear. Will Caesar heed his warning? Has his fate been predetermined? We know the outcome LONG before going into it that it doesn’t end well for Caesar, but the soothsayer still added an underlying tone of suspense.

I mean, the guy only had nine lines in the entire play, but his words were a ghost constantly haunting readers. At least, that’s what this reader thought.😀

What does ANY of this have to do with my teaser Tuesday? Well. Today is the Ides of March, friends. *insert scary music* Since my book is rather on the creepy/gothic side, I’d like to share one of my favorite lines from Stalking Jack the Ripper. It’s from a scene where Audrey Rose promises to be “as silent as the dead” while attending her uncle’s forensic class in disguise. Hope you enjoy it!

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“The dead speak to those who listen.” – Stalking Jack the Ripper 

Oh! I do have some VERY EXCITING news coming your way in the next week or two. I’m just saying, maybe some other kind of artwork is involved….


Official summary + Title reveal + Giveaway!

***update: the cover reveal is coming on April 19, 2016! Entertainment Weekly will be posting it and an exclusive excerpt!***

Oh. My. Goodness. I’ve been DYING to share the new title with you. Luckily, today is that day! To make things even MORE AWESOME?! I also get to share the official summary. HUZZAH!

This much excitement obviously cannot be contained. In honor of these VERY EXCITING THINGS, I’m hosting the first ever giveaway for my book. (Details for the prize are at the end of the post.) ***edited to note, the contest is now closed.****

Now…without further ado, I present my brand new title.

OF BLOOD AND SHADOW is now called….



*tosses confetti all over social media*

I absolutely LOVE it and sincerely hope you do too. I think it perfectly expresses my strong female lead, and how far she’s willing to go to in order to solve this case.

Here’s the official summary:

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.


Now…on to the goodies… Since Audrey Rose writes forensic notes and has anatomical drawings in her journal, I’m giving away a Victorian-inspired journal that I’ve handwritten a STALKING JACK THE RIPPER quote in.


I’ve also included a vintage key necklace, anatomical drawings, and have signed the back cover. To enter, simply click on the Rafflecopter link below. You can enter/tweet about it once a day until March 3, 2016 to rack up bonus entry points!

(Giveaway is US only and ends 3/3/16. I’ll be holding an international giveaway soon!)

** Enter Rafflecopter giveaway **

Congrats to the winner @_KaylaRoo_!!! an email has been sent to the address you entered the giveaway with. Thank you to everyone who entered and tweeted and showed so much love. I’ll be hosting another giveaway VERY soon! xoxoxo



Oh! And guess what else???? If you’d like to send your future self a present in time for Halloween reading–and, seriously, who doesn’t like future presents?!–you can totally pre-order STALKING JACK THE RIPPER now.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER will be available in stores and online on September 20, 2016.

*passes out from all the awesome*


Barnes & Noble: Pre-Order STALKING JACK THE RIPPER