HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA is a NYT Bestseller!!!!

it was a good thing my sister was driving when my phone rang a few minutes after 5pm today because OH MY GOODNESS, i was flailing like you wouldn’t believe when my agent and editor excitedly passed along the news….HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA debuted on the NYT bestsellers list!!!!

HOLY. WOW.

YOU GUYS. Just LOOK at that list…

DKwpwaDUEAAW0ql.jpg-largei cannot even begin to wrap my brain around this. thank you so much to readers who purchased pre-orders and copies this week. to everyone who told their friends, shouted about it over the internet, and left a glowing review–thank you. your love of these characters made this possible and i am infinitely grateful for such amazing readers.

a HUGE thank you to my editor, Jenny Bak, my agent Barbara Poelle, James Patterson, Sabrina Benun, and the ENTIRE team at JIMMY books. you all make my words shine. if you need me, i’ll just be flailing forever.

xoxo

 

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One day left for preorder prizes!

AND TWO DAYS LEFT UNTIL PUBLICATION DAY OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.

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in other non-freakout news, there’s only one more day left to snag your copy of MEETING THOMAS CRESSWELL before the preorder incentive disappears like Cinderella at midnight. (September 18th going into the 19th.)

if you’d like to get a copy, please take a screen shot of your receipt and upload it to the site before then. once the giveaway is closed, there won’t be another way to read the novella.

here’s where to upload your receipts and find more info

FAQ:

It says “US/CA only” and I live outside the US…

Since it’s an ebook it’s open internationally, so please upload your receipts!

I don’t see the submit button. Help!

If you’re using a mobile device sometimes they’ve been giving people trouble. Use a laptop or computer and that always works, promise.

When should I receive my novella?

The team at JIMMY books has been working hard to sort through all of the receipts and send out the novellas ASAP. Please allow up to two business days for it to arrive in your inbox. if it’s been two business days, please contact my publicist. (her info is under the contact page on my site.)

Do I have to preorder from a specific place?

Nope! You can preorder from any store or online retailer and upload the picture of your receipt to enter.

Where can I preorder a signed copy?

Any of my tour stops will have signed/personalized copies available and will ship. Please contact the stores for further details or instructions. (also? YOU ARE SO AWESOME, OMG.)

Places to order signed copies:

Books of Wonder

Quail Ridge Books

Spellbound Children’s Bookshop

Foxtale Book Shoppe

Little Shop of Stories

ahhhh that’s it for now….i’ll see you back here in TWO DAYS!!!!! WHEEEEE!

18 days until publication (!!!) and Cressworth items for your bookish collection

guys…there are only 18 days left until HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA is in the world!!!! HOW on earth has it already been a year since STALKING JACK THE RIPPER came out??? (side-note, there are just over two weeks left to snag a MEETING THOMAS CRESSWELL novella, don’t forget to upload your receipts to claim one!)

i am so blown away by the complete and utter outpouring of love and support for these characters and stories. you guys make this even more amazing and i hope you know how much i appreciate you and your positive word of mouth excitement. i have a few fun things to share that i hope you’ll adore as much as i do.

i get asked often on social media about book related goodies and where to purchase them and am listing out a few AMAZING Cresswell and Wadsworth merch for yourself or the book lover in your family. (i figured it would be easiest to have a post with them, so everyone who’s interested has an easy place to find links.)

Behind the Pages store has created amazing “Cressworth” merchandise (soap, lip balm, perfume, lotion + more) and it is one of their September “ships of the month.” It means it’s an exclusive item that will only be available for the month of September only. If you’d like to snag it (and you SO do… they are to die for), definitely don’t wait or they’ll be gone.

Cressworth “Ship of the month” (available until October 1, 2017)

**Other products are listed under “Audrey” or “Thomas” in her shop.

Novelly Yours Candles unveiled two new candles based on HPD and I’m totally ordering both because they look AWESOME.

Audrey Rose candle (available September 8th, listed under “floral”)

Smells like: bergamot, rose, and honey

Thomas candle (available September 8th, listed under “cologne/musky)

Smells like: coffee, cotton, and cologne

Foggy Knight is available now and is the one I helped to design. I am OBSESSED with its new design.

Smells like: crackling firewood, storms, Earl Grey and fallen leaves

Read and Wonder created two different bookmarks for HPD and SJTR. I seriously cannot get enough of them and am LOVE seeing them in your pictures online!

Audrey Rose and Thomas magnetic bookmarks

“I am wholly bewitched” quote bookmark

 

Flickering Tales is a delightful candle shop that’s recently added Thomas and Audrey Rose candles. I just got a set and let me say…they smell as fabulous as they look!

Thomas and Audrey Rose candle set

Thomas candle

smells like: teakwood, tobacco, and tea

Audrey Rose candle

smells like: patchouli, fig, and eucalyptus

Tim Paul is the illustrator who made the map for HPD and you’ve asked, and he does have a store with prints available!

HPD Map Print

Phantom Rin is the extremely talented artist behind the character cards you see posted here and various places online. One of the questions I get asked the most is where to find the character cards, and those can be found in her store along with postcards, stickers, t-shirts, journals and so much more.

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Phantom Rin SJTR art

Wick and Fable also has Miss Wadsworth and Mr. Cresswell candles and i can attest to how great they both smell. they’re so pretty i haven’t been able to burn them yet, though!

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photo credit: Wick and Fable

Miss Wadsworth Candle

smells like: roses, buttercream, sandalwood, Earl Grey tea

Mr. Cresswell Candle

smells like: Turkish coffee, tobacco leaf, caramelized vanilla

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 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.

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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!

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.

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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

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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.

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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

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

xoxo

 

 

 

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER made the 2016 BEA Buzz Panel!

We got the news a few weeks ago that STALKING JACK THE RIPPER had made this year’s BEA YA Buzz Panel, and it has been SUPER hard keeping this kind of secret from everyone. I’ve gotten a few questions from people outside of the industry about what it all means, and am posting some answers taken directly from the press release.

What is BEA, exactly? BookExpo America (BEA) is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an international audience. The event is widely known as an ideal place for content creators, media, booksellers, rights professionals, and movie and television executives to meet new authors, discover new books, learn about trends shaping the book industry, and network with those who have a passion for books and reading. BEA is foremost a gathering place for creative writers and thinkers and the commerce they create. It is recognized for the media attention it brings to upcoming books as well as for the notable authors it attracts to the convention itself. BEA is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA).

What’s the Buzz Panel? The Buzz Panels are divided into three categories – BEA Adult Editor’s Buzz, BEA Young Adult Editors’ Buzz, and BEA Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz – and cover a wide range of topics this year exploring race, love, family, and more

BEA Buzz has a powerful track record of predicting the year’s hottest books, selecting nine titles over the past two years that made it onto the The New York Times Best Sellers list.

“BEA has had a good track record in selecting upcoming bestsellers and I think that once again this crop of authors is likely to become household names in the coming months,” said Steve Rosato, event director. “We’re happy with these selections and look forward to exploring these works further at BEA.”

How are the books chosen? The selection process was made by three separate committees of booksellers, librarians and other industry professionals. BEA officials note that the intensive selection process, which takes place over a two and a half month period, always involves passionate debate over the finalists. The selection committees are purposely designed to achieve the widest possible consensus.

I think I might be living in a dream world and hope to never, ever wake up if that’s the case. A few titles from previous Buzz Panels include:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Room by Emma Donoghue

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

and many, many more.

So yeah. Totally. Blown. Away. I cannot believe that my book made the panel, and will probably be pinching myself for the rest of my life. Thank you so much to Barbara Poelle, Jenny Bak, and JIMMY patterson books for taking a chance on a gothic story about a determined girl who takes on Jack the Ripper.

See you all in Chicago this May!

Links to the 2016 BEA Buzz Panel Announcement:

Publisher’s Weekly – BEA Unveils Books for 2016 Buzz Panels

Shelf-Awareness – BEA Editors’Buzz Panels: The Titles

BEA – BookExpo America (BEA) Announces BEA Editors’ Buzz Program Spotlighting Industry’s Next Breakout Stars