Only a few hours left to claim your CAPTURING THE DEVIL prizes! (INTL and US)

friends, i cannot believe we’re down to the last few hours before publication. it felt like it would take FOREVER and then it FLEW by.

there are only a few hours left to claim your prizes, once the clock strikes midnight, the pre-order prize website disappears like Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage.

US reader snag your prizes here

INTL snag your prizes here

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cheers to the final countdown!!!!!




i am so, so, so ecstatic to share this news with you! i know international readers were excited when the custom character cards were unveiled (and then disappointed it was US only), but now you’ll be able to snag the very same cards AND get a signed copy!


  • international readers who pre-order through Premier Collectables will receive a signed hardcover copy of ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI along with the 8 custom tarot cards illustrated by Phantom Rin.
  • no preorder receipts need to be submitted since the preorder is going directly through Premier Collectables, and they’ll be shipping both the signed book and tarot cards out together.
  • the international offer ends on 9/17/18, the same date as the US preorder offer, so please don’t wait too long. once publication day hits, the tarot cards disappear forever! 
  • Order your signed hardcover and receive the cards by clicking HERE.
  • Standard international shipping costs will be applied at checkout. For any more questions, please check the listing on their site. 
  • I’ll be signing the copies in person and can’t wait to scribble in your books!

i want to say a HUGE thank you to Sabrina at JIMMY Books for going above and beyond to make this a possibility for international readers! this is such an awesome (and rare!) thing for a US publisher to do, and i couldn’t be more grateful to have such a dedicated and hard working team.

US Signed editions:

I will also be signing (and personalizing) editions that will be available for preorder through each bookstore i visit during my tour. those stops will be announced very, very shortly, so if you’re a US reader who’s been patiently waiting to preorder a signed copy, the wait is almost over!

the signed editions with the decorative borders will also be announced in the VERY near future. (my crystal ball tells me in the next day or two…along with the ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI tour announcement!) 

thank you all so very much for all of the love for this book. it truly means the world to me.



it’s been hard keeping this a secret, but i’m excited to announce the International pre-order contest i’ve been working on!

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•  3 Grand Prize winners will win a Moonlight Carnival inspired mask, plus a full set of eight custom character cards designed by Phantom Rin.

• 2 runners up will receive magnetic bookmarks of Thomas and Audrey Rose, plus a full set of eight custom character cards designed by Phantom Rin.

• Each of the 5 winners will also receive a signed ticket (bookmark) to the Moonlight Carnival


• 1 entry per person, per address (please no duplicate addresses under different names or accounts, it will be checked.)

• Any EFH receipt from any online retailer or physical bookstore counts. (Hardcovers, eBooks, or audio books.)

• Screenshot (or take a picture) of your EFH receipt and attach it to your email entry along with your full name and mailing address.

• You must be 18 or older or have permission from your parents to enter. No exceptions.

Promotion End Date: September 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET

SUBMIT YOUR SCREENSHOTS + Addresses to: escapingfromhoudini.intl{at}


This preorder giveaway is open internationally and anyone from anywhere may enter.

please note: this isn’t hosted by my US publisher, so US readers can enter both preorder giveaways.

Pre-order links:


Barnes & Noble


Book Depository

Book People

Books A Million

Hudson Booksellers


Kepler’s Books

Add ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI to your goodreads shelves here!

the US ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI preorder prize is finally here!

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i’m so excited i’m just going to jump to the news! if you preorder a copy of ESCAPING FROM HOUDINI, my awesome US publisher, JIMMY Books, will send you a set of exclusive character cards, designed by phantom rin! *dances*

there will be a total of EIGHT custom cards given to each person who submits their receipt. the cards play a large role in the novel, which makes them even more special!

it’s no secret that i adore phantom rin’s artwork and have swooned pretty hard over all of her Cressworth illustrations from the very beginning of this journey. i am beyond excited that i got to work with her on this, and hope you love them as much as i do.

please note: once the preorder campaign is over, they’ll disappear for good, so please turn your screenshots of your receipts in as soon as you can.

for more information on eligible entries, please check out the JIMMY books preorder website by clicking HERE

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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. 😀 ❤

Lots of Sparkly Things Happening…

This post is going to be a little different because there are a few things happening around the interwebs that writers (and readers) might be interested in. I LOVE helping my peoples out when I can, so here you go!

1. There’s a new agent at my agency! *throws confetti*

Here are some deets:

Name: Rachel Ekstrom

Currently Seeking: young adult, women’s fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and romance…

Query email: rachel.queries(at)irenegoodman(dot)com

Query Guidelines: Please check out  for current submission guidelines.

Also, check out Rachel’s twitter feed for all your agent stalking goodness @EkstromRachel

2. My friend Ruth L. Steven is hosting a FABULOUS agent judged contest on her blog!

The details:

You’ll need your query letter and the first five pages to enter. 10 winners will be chosen by Ruth to advance to the agents. (Please note, your manuscript MUST be complete.)


1. This is open to all fiction genres of YA and MG.

2. The contest itself will run on the 18th April. The submission window is 9am – 5pm EST.

3. In that window, you’ll need to send your query letter and the first five pages of the ms in the body of the email. The address to send to is

This competition is for Ruth’s followers, so you must be following her blog to enter.

For the FULL contest details and PRIZES click here.

Agents Judging the contest are Julia Churchill of Greenhouse Literary and Gemma Cooper of The Bright Literary Agency. (Contest is open to everyone.)

3. My agent is teaching a webinar TOMORROW! Wheeeeeeee!

The juicy details:

I already touched on this last week, but there are only a few spots left for people to attend. IT’S SO GOOD, GUYS.


The essential elements of each subgenre within thriller/mystery in adult and young adult

Writing that “killer” query—one that reveals “the hook, the book, and the cook”

The components of a compelling hook within your book

Common themes and trends seen in successful crime books

How a familiar idea can still be unique—i.e., how to distinguish your own work from similar stories flooding the marketplace

The opportunities in both e-book and traditional publishing for thriller and mystery


Writers who are actively querying agents and publishers in both adult and YA

Writers who feel they are hearing similar themes in rejection letters

Writers in the initial stages of writing who need to nail down what subgenre they are writing in and who would be most interested in their submission

Writers who will be pitching their concept at a conference

Writers who write for adults but are thinking of trying a YA novel in the mystery/thriller genre

To sign up CLICK HERE.

4. One of my best writing pals, Anita Grace Howard revealed her debut’s cover!!!!

It’s SO freaking awesome – have you seen it yet?! If not, here it is: SPLINTERED’s Cover Reveal (video)

SOOOOO PRETTY *pets screen*

Ahem. Back to the point… Anita is doing a HUGE giveaway on her blog to celebrate SPLINTERED’S amazing cover! There will be not one, or two, or even five, but TWELVE lucky winners!!!!!! SQUEEE!!!!

Get over to her blog immediately and enter as the contest is ending promptly at midnight on Friday. (THIS Friday, LIKE TWO DAYS FROM NOW Friday.)


And the winner is….

First I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who entered! I had a lot of fun with this contest, and will definitely be holding another giveaway REALLY, REALLY soon. Okay, and now for the two BIG WINNERS!

The first name chosen via the gods is: DRUM ROLLLLLLLL

zoe h (yayayayayyayay!) 

Congrats zoe you won Sparkly Prize Pack A: SHATTER ME and GLOW! An email has been sent to the address you provided when you followed the blog. (Thank you!)

And now for our next BIG WINNER! The second person chosen via is: DRUM ROLLLLLLLLLL

Amanda G (Yayayayayayayayay!)

Congrats Amanda you won Sparkly Prize Pack B: CROSSED and THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER! An email has been sent to the address you provided when you followed the blog. (Thank you!)

Happy Holidays!!!! <333333