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

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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.

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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….

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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

5 words, 14 letters…I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!

“I can’t believe this is real life” has become my new mantra. If someone were to tell me three weeks ago that I’d be sharing this news with you, I’d think they were crazy. And clearly compulsive liars, and why the heck was I friends with such crazy compulsive liars?! I’d need to look into finding some decent friends…

I’m still shamefully ineloquent right now, so please forgive this rambling mess of emotions. This is a post I’ve been dreaming of, patiently waiting for five years (including query trench time) and (more than) a handful of books later to write. It will be told with a series of accompanying gifs because that’s kinda how I roll.

Guys? I have a book deal.

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Holy state of denial, Batman. Maybe I should say that to myself again, a little louder this time to be sure: I HAVE A BOOK DEAL.

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Like the time I had “THE CALL” with my agent (and was totally convinced Barbara wanted to talk on the phone because she found fancy new ways of lighting my manuscript on fire…using her eyes), I sent my pal A.G. Howard an email, panicking that MAYBE THEY WILL SAY “HAHA JUST KIDDING, NO DEAL HERE, MANIAC. WE FOUND WAYS TO LIGHT YOUR BOOK ON FIRE WITH OUR EYES.”

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Ever the reasonable one, Anita assured me that still wasn’t a thing. So now I’m back to quietly repeating my mantra. I cannot believe it’s happening. Like seriously…what dream world did I teleport to and how long can I stay?!

My editor and publisher (SQUEALS!) were even nice enough to have it announced, so I can now stare at it, all wide-eyed with tears streaming down my face, and keep whispering, “I can’t believe this is real life.”

Here’s the publishers marketplace deal announcement:

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And here’s a screenshot of the Publisher’s Weekly announcement:

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This is what it says: Jenny Bak at Jimmy Patterson Books has bought a YA novel called Of Blood and Shadow by Kerri Maniscalco. The debut gothic thriller, inspired by the Ripper murders, is about a Victorian-era lord’s daughter who defies society expectations by secretly apprenticing as a forensics examiner, and soon finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer who is stalking London’s East End. The book is scheduled for fall 2016; Barbara Poelle at Irene Goodman Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world English rights.

*jumps up and down* *faints*

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So yeah. It’s really real. I’m not sure I’ll ever wrap my brain around that, and honestly? I hope I never do. This is such an incredible blessing.

Thank you to my family, Chris (and his family!), loved ones, friends, and all of my writing pals (#goatposse) and critique partners and beta readers and agent siblings. And to my superhero/agent goddess, Barbara Poelle, for making this insane dream come true.

And a BIG THANK YOU to my editor. *waves* Hi Jenny! I am ridiculously excited for what comes next!

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Also, I am so grateful and beyond words thrilled to be on this journey with James Patterson and the entire team at JIMMY Patterson Books and Little, Brown. You guys are total dream makers. Thank you forever.

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OF BLOOD AND SHADOW is in the best possible hands and I cannot wait to share these characters and this world with all of you next Fall, dear readers and friends.

And now? WE DRINK CHAMPAGNE AND DANCE.

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OR DANCE IN OUR CHAMPAGNE.

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EITHER WAY WE’RE DANCING AND CHAMPAGNE IS INVOLVED!

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