Meet Kerri Maniscalco and special guests for her HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA fall tour!

i am so thrilled to announce the fall tour stops for HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA! join me and special guests at each stop while we chat about books and all of our favorite things. we’ll be unveiling more guests over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

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Signed/personalized preorders will be available at each location for anyone who cannot make it out to the event, so check out/contact the bookstores for info on how to place your order. For non-US readers, BOOKS OF WONDER sends out international packages. YAY!

***If you’ll be attending the events, books will be available for purchase there. Both myself and special guests will be there to sign your copies. Please check with the individual bookstores for any special instructions they may have on if they allow other merchandise/books to be brought to the event.

Reminder–save screenshots of your preorder receipts…you’ll need them for the incentive that will be announced before tour. (Yes, the incentive will be international as well–I couldn’t leave out non-US residents!)

***If you want to preorder (through an event bookstore) and still plan on attending the event, please contact the bookstore where your event is taking place. They will have information on how to proceed with your order. 

HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA FALL TOUR

September 19, 2017

East Tennessee History Center

7:30pm

Knoxville, TN

September 22, 2017

Books of Wonder w/special guests TBA

6:00pm

New York, NY

September 23, 2017

Boston Teen Author Festival

Cambridge, MA

September 25, 2017

Quail Ridge Books In conversation with Renée Ahdieh

7:00pm

Raleigh, NC

September 26, 2017

Spellbound Children’s Bookshop w/special guest TBA

6:00pm

Asheville, NC

September 28, 2017

Foxtale Book Shoppe w/special guest TBA

6:30pm

Woodstock, GA

September 29, 2017

Little Shop of Stories w/special guest TBA

7:00pm

Decatur, GA

October 7, 2017

Texas Teen Book Festival

Austin, TX

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BEA and BookCon Schedule + Goodreads Giveaway

hey friends! i have a couple of cool updates for you. first, my publisher is giving away TEN ARCs (advanced reader copies) of HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA on GoodReads!! be sure to enter and tell your friends to enter too — you never know if one of them will win a copy and then share it with you 😉

the GoodReads giveaway ends on 5/31 so be sure to enter ASAP. Click here to enter!

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i’ll be in NYC in June for both BEA (Book Expo America) and The BookCon! i am SO THRILLED to be attending and honestly cannot wait to see you there. if you’re going to be in town for the festivities here’s where you can snag a signed ARC of HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA:

BEA: Friday June 2nd I’ll be in the Hachette booth trying to play it cool around James Patterson while he does a “James Patterson Booth Takeover” at 10 am. From there I have a signing at table 11 from 2–2:30pm.

BookCon: Saturday June 3rd i’ll be doing an in-booth signing with author Lyndsay Ely from 10-11 am. (Hachette Booth 2502-2503) Followed by a Meet and Greet from 1-2pm in room 1E03.

The meet and greet is a ticketed event for the first 100 people who sign up. It’s a bit more casual than a regular signing and we’ll get to chat and take pictures and basically nerd out over books. You’ll have to check their website to see how to get a ticket for that event: thebookcon.com

i’ll be handing out some special swag at the meet and greet AND during my BEA signing. (The first 50 people in line at BEA will receive the swag.)

i think that’s it for now! cannot wait to be back home in New York and enjoying the city and loading up on ALL the books. ❤

Flash Halloween giveaway of hand-drawn STALKING JACK THE RIPPER HC

i’ve got a surprise flash giveaway happening on twitter right now! up for grabs (for US residents only this time, international will be soon!) is one hard cover copy of STALKING JACK THE RIPPER that i sketched a skull in.

it will be signed and personalized and you’ll be the only person who has a copy with my artwork. the skull was sketched with gold and black marker and will also be signed.

enter on twitter by replying and following me there by November 1st at noon eastern time.

good luck and happy halloween!!!

xoxo

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Flash Halloween giveaway! RT + follow to enter to win a HC copy of #StalkingJackTheRipper i doodled in. (US only, ends 11/1 @ noon est) pic.twitter.com/kNJTkKSFgn

— Kerri Maniscalco (@KerriManiscalco) October 27, 2016

 

Post Revisions Pizza – Homemade Recipe

Hello my lovely blog friends! I know it’s been a few months since I’ve stopped in and said hello, but it’s been quite a year. I was balls deep with my new writing project, trying to keep myself occupied while on submission, and doing a BUNCH of research. I’m finally putting the final touches on my manuscript and it’s one of my favorite projects EVER. Hopefully you’ll be hearing more about it when it goes on submission this fall.

To make up for my silence, I’m going to share a fun recipe with you that’s been in our family for years and years. After writing all day it’s nice to take a break and cook up something quick and tasty.

Since I have a Sicilian background, I’m going to share a fast pizza recipe with you. Now don’t be scared…it’s MUCH easier to make dough than you might think.

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First you’ll need the following ingredients to make the dough:

2 cups warm water

1 pkg dry yeast (active dry)

2 tablespoons sugar

3 teaspoons salt

4 tablespoons olive oil

4 cups unbleached flour

In a small bowl mix the dry yeast with the warm water, then let it sit aside.

In a large bowl add the rest of the ingredients and mix together. (You want all of your salt and sugar to be mixed evenly before you add the water/yeast).

Once you’ve done that, slowly add the water/yeast into the large bowl. I usually lightly move the mixture around with my hands to spread the water as far as possible without kneading it too much at first. After the water is mixed with the flour (as best as you can) start kneading the dough on a counter (make sure you sprinkle some flour on the surface to avoid the dough getting stuck prior to kneading it). It’s important to not over knead it, you basically just want your dough to be smooth at this point.

Divide the dough in half, making two round mounds (pictured below).

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Cover with a towel and let sit for about 30-40 minutes.

While your dough is rising, you can make some easy marinara sauce. (If you’re really fancy, you can make the sauce the night before and let it cook down longer.)

For the sauce you’ll need:

1 can of whole peeled tomatoes

1 medium can of Hunts sauce

2-3 cloves of garlic (based on taste preference)

1 pinch of salt

1 pinch of oregano

3 tablespoons of dried basil (or enough to cover the top of your sauce)

In a food processor, chop the garlic and tomatoes until smooth. Add the tomatoes and garlic to a sauce pan, then combine the rest of the ingredients and cook over a medium heat for as long as possible. (The longer you let it cook, the more it’ll cook down and become nice and thick for your pizza.)

While your sauce is finishing up you can prep your toppings to save some time. We like making mozzarella, goat cheese, and prosciutto pizza, but nothing beats a classic margherita pie. For that you’ll just need to slice some fresh mozzarella, or buy some that’s already pre-sliced.

When you’re happy with your sauce’s consistency, you can begin rolling your dough out. I normally just hand roll it by pulling and stretching it until it’s roughly the size of our pizza pan or stone. After you’ve rolled your dough out, sprinkle some more flour on your pizza stone or pan then place your dough on top of it.

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Add sauce to your dough. The trick is to not add too much, just a few spoonfuls – you still want to be able to see the dough in spots. This will help ensure your dough doesn’t get soggy in the middle.

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Then top with cheese and whatever else you like. For mine I sprinkled a little bit of Pecorino Romano over the top then added sliced mozzarella. Pictured below:

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Stick it in a preheated oven (I set mine for 425) and let it cook for about 15 minutes. You may want to check yours around the 10 minute mark, depending on how hot your oven gets. The pizza is done when the crust is a nice golden brown.

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Slice and enjoy!

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Quick Dinner Tip: If you make your sauce the night before (or even defrost frozen sauce you’ve saved from previous meals), then this dinner is extra easy and fast. You can also pre-make your dough and keep it wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge the night before. Then you’ll just have to set the dough out for a few minutes to get room temperature and roll it out. Total time for that would only be about 30 minutes for cooking and prep.