ALA Annual 2017 or bust!

i am THRILLED to announce that i’ll be at ALA annual signing ARCs of HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA this year! if you’re in Chicago and want to come say hi (and i hope you do!), here’s where you can find me:

ALA 2017 Schedule

i also wanted to say a HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to my signings at BEA and BookCon. some of you waited in line for over an hour (!!!!!!) and i am so ridiculously honored and grateful for your dedication to my gothic book babies. you are all so awesome. thank you.

here are some pictures from the events with myself and author Lyndsay Ely aka my partner in BookCon crime (her debut is called GUNSLINGER GIRL and it’s fabulous for fans of WESTWORLD, btw).

can’t wait to see more of you on the road this fall! (tour dates and information will be announced in the coming weeks…stayed tuned for news on special guests and locations.)

xoxo

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. ❤

My bloody valentine

I adore a good giveaway, and I couldn’t think of a more perfect time to share the love than with a giveaway…

To celebrate both Valentine’s Day AND the fact that HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA is getting formatted for ARCs soon, I thought I’d host not one, but TWO giveaways. (Instructions on how to enter can be found on both Twitter and Instagram.)

The first is open internationally on twitter.

Up for grabs on Twitter is:

1  entire set of character cards (8 total) designed by the fabulous Phantom Rin

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1 signed bookplate

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1 signed SJTR bookmark.

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The second giveaway is happening on my Instagram account and is open to US residents only. (I’ll be hosting an International giveaway on Instagram soon and will be giving away an ARC when I receive them.)

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Up for grabs on IG:

1 entire character card set. Which totals 8 cards. (cards created by @phantomrin)

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A signed bookplate + SJTR bookmark

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1 Foggy Knight candle by @novellyyours

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1 Audrey Rose and Thomas mug

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Both giveaways end on March 1st.

Good luck!!!

***Oh! And if you’ve already preordered HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA or are thinking of pre-ordering it…save a photo or screenshot of your receipt. I may have some fun things in the works for pre-orders. More info on that to come in the following weeks/months.***

Pre-order links for HPD:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Books-A-Million

Book Depository 

Book People

Hudson Booksellers

Kepler’s Books

Target

Add HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA to your goodreads shelves here!

xoxo

#1 NYT Bestseller…omg

when my agent called this afternoon, i totally thought she was kidding. i think i said “no way” ninety times in two minutes. seriously. she laughed and promised to send proof in the form of a PDF…

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and there it is.

in black and white.

it’s really real.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list, and #3 on the eBooks Bestsellers list. holy wow. i am feeling so overwhelmed with love and gratitude and cannot begin to thank everyone enough for making this possible.

thank you to Barbara Poelle for always believing in my writing, to Jenny Bak for shining my story up and being a dream editor, to James Patterson for making SJTR part of his imprint, and to the entire team at JIMMY books for all of their hard work. Sabrina, Sasha, Peggy, Erinn, Tracy, Gabby, Aubrey, Cat…and to EVERYONE who’s put so much love into this novel, thank you. critique partners, beta readers, my family and all my loved ones in New York and Memphis, i am infinitely blessed.

and thank YOU, dear readers. your excitement and enthusiasm and willingness to shout from the interwebs rooftops made this dream a reality. thank YOU.

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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

 

 

 

Exclusive cover reveal + first chapter up on Entertainment Weekly!

I’m so excited to announce that STALKING JACK THE RIPPER’S cover has been exclusively revealed on Entertainment Weekly today!

That’s right…Entertainment Weekly. I’m still blown away by both that AND the gorgeous cover the art director came up with. I’ll be posting behind the scenes pictures from the photoshoot next week, but today is ALL about the beautiful final cover art.

If you’d like to see it and fangirl with me, please click on this link—

Read an excerpt from Stalking Jack the Ripper — exclusive

If you need me, I’ll be dancing around the house all day.

xoxo

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!)

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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