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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Cover reveal + exclusive HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA excerpt on Entertainment Weekly!!!

i am still sitting over here pinching myself that this is all happening AGAIN. the cover for the second installment in the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER series has been revealed on EW!!!

if you’d like to take a look at it AND read the first chapter, please head on over and check it out. and then tell me what you think! do you love it as much as i do??????

HPD Cover Reveal Giveaway

HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA cover + excerpt can be found here:

http://ew.com/books/2017/03/13/kerri-maniscalco-hunting-prince-dracula/?xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter

xoxox

Oh! and because i cannot resist sharing the love and excitement, i also have an ARC giveaway happening on twitter RIGHT NOW! (i’ll mail out an ARC once i receive my author copies.)

 

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….

…..

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER

*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.

Gah! I HAVE ALL THE EXCITEMENT!

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.

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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*

Amazon: Pre-order STALKING JACK THE RIPPER

Barnes & Noble: Pre-Order STALKING JACK THE RIPPER

happy world book day!

just in time to celebrate world book day – behold the new stash!

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i am really looking forward to reading Nova Ren Suma’s THE WALLS AROUND US this weekend. the cover is GORGEOUS and the inside of the book sounds delightfully terrifying. have you read the blurb yet??

if you’re shaking your head then okay okay okay, i’ll paste it here for your convenience then you can froth at the mouth and grab a copy so we can read and fangirl together. sound good?

THE WALLS AROUND US:

“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.

On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom.

Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries…

What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?

Book Review: The Cure For Dreaming

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Author: Cat Winters

Publisher: Amulet

Genre: YA Historical

Rating: Five Stars

Jacket Copy:

Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

Review:

i cannot even BEGIN to express how much this book kicked ass. i loved Olivia Mead and how determined she was to remain true to herself, despite living in a timeframe where girls and women were supposed to be quiet and content with staying at home, taking care of the menfolk.

that’s not to say it was a guy vs. girl thing. on the contrary, it was a beautiful expression of how important it is to have EQUAL rights across the board. no matter your race, creed, sex, or sexual orientation, you have the right to live your life freely and with respect.

what an empowering and positive read!

it was bittersweet in a way, too. women have come a long way, but we still have so far to go in the equality department. we need to remember that and cherish each other. being a feminist isn’t a dirty word. being a feminist means being proud of being a woman and all the wonderful layers that come with that. we can be strong and weak and emotional and rational and outspoken or shy. we can be intelligent and sexy and cute and fierce and love to be in the kitchen and STILL be feminists. we can be boy crazy one minute and fighting against discrimination the next. we are a thousand things all rolled into one and we are pretty freaking amazing. strapping guns to our hips and ninja-kicking people doesn’t always equal strength. being yourself in a world that’s constantly trying to force you into one box or another is being just as strong, and is hella brave.

i’ve got a whole new appreciation for the suffragists who’ve paved the way for us to be whoever we want to be and wear our identities proudly. we still have to fight the good fight, but we’ll get there. thank you, cat winters, for shining the light on these amazing ladies and their stories.

Hang out with Cat Winters on the interwebs:

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Website

Book Review: FERAL by Holly Schindler

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Title: FERAL

Author: Holly Schindler

Imprint: Harper Teen

Rating: Five stars

Holly Schindler’s FERAL promised to be like THE LOVELY BONES meets BLACK SWAN and it did not disappoint. From the first two opening scenes, I knew this was going to be one of those true psychological thrillers, emphasis on the psychological aspect.

*pumps fists*

I was disturbed.

I was horrified.

I was cringing back from the pages, peering through my fingers, and feeling so utterly overwhelmed. I freaking LOVED it.

Schindler did a phenomenal job with making the reader FEEL like they were slowing becoming unhinged and unbalanced right along with the main character. I love books with unreliable narrators, and Claire, the MC, is absolutely convincing in this role. It’s so hard to come across a contemporary novel that really takes the reader on a psychological mind melt, and this work has definite nods towards classic masters (like Hitchcock) in this genre. I felt myself questioning my own sanity and judgment of what was real and what could be fantasy with each new page I turned.

The atmosphere in FERAL was also extremely well crafted. I could clearly picture being in this creepy, foggy town that lived up to its name of “Peculiar.” The entire cast of characters added to this haunted setting – and at times it felt like it had shades of Stephen King’s horrorlicious style. I love how King can make a small town absolutely terrifying, even by having a character simply walk to the store for some milk while you’re screaming “Look behind you!” only to realize that all is safe…for now. Schindler did that beautifully. You find yourself constantly on edge, wondering what horror is going to take place next, and questioning everyone and their motives.

Characters are not all perfect, the good ones have flaws, and blemishes and chinks in their armor. It’s what being human is all about, and FERAL is great with delving into humanity. Victims of violence go through a multitude of emotions, and not all of them are going to be pleasant. Sometimes we have to learn who we’re not before we become the person we’re meant to be. I loved Claire. She had ups and downs, and I was right there with her throughout her journey.

My mews.

My mews.

Hands down, I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of true psychological thrillers. Bella gives it two paws up as is evident in this pic.

I had a wonderful opportunity to fangirl like crazy talk to Holly Schindler after I read the book, and am happy to share some of what she said with you tomorrow on the blog!

In the meantime, Readers, who are some of your most memorable unreliable narrators?

Summer, summer, summertime reading

You may have noticed that it’s been pretty quiet over here the last few weeks, and I’m really sorry to leave you guys hanging. But there are a few reasons for my neglect silence…

One: I’m getting that old familiar NEED to write my next book. It’s starts out quietly, then all hell breaks loose and all I can think about is my WIP, WIP, WIP, WIP. So yeah, that’s happening and I can’t fight it. Right now I’m plotting and letting the creative process do its thing. Know that I love you, but it’s going to be quieter than normal around here. At least until September-ish.

Two: I’ve been reading like a complete maniac. Like, lockdown, no leaving the house, my eyes are crossing and bleeding from the abuse, I haven’t eaten a decent meal in days, my friends hate me for being aloof, reading. Why? Because I think there’s no better way to know the market than to read everything you can get your grubby little paws on. And let me tell you, I’ve been LOVING this part of my research. Sometimes this writing gig isn’t bad 🙂

Here are the books I’ve read over the last two weeks (if you’re into summer reading lists):

ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake

STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini 

DREAMLESS by Josephine Angelini

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor

FALSE MEMORY by Dan Krokos

DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum

UNTIL I DIE by Amy Plum

CARRIER OF THE MARK by Leigh Fallon

GRACELING by Kristin Cashore

FIRE by Kristin Cashore

BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore

PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White

SUPERNATURALLY by Kiersten White

ENDLESSLY by Kiersten White

POSSESS by Gretchen McNeil

ONCE by Anna Carey

INCARCERON by Catherine Fisher

SAPPHIQUE by Catherine Fisher

THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater

BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood 

Aaaaaaand here’s the next batch of books that I’m getting ready to dig into:

WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr

CITY of BONES by Cassandra Clare

SOMETHING STRANGE and DEADLY by Susan Dennard

SHADOW and BONE by Leigh Bardugo

THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting

THE FORSAKEN by Lisa M. Stasse

MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin

FALLEN by Lauren Kate

THE DEMON KING by Cinda Williams Chima

So what’s on your summer reading list?

(FYI: All the books above are links, so feel free to click on them to read their descriptions.)