Teaser Tuesday – Stalking Jack the Ripper; Ides of March Style

When we first read Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in high school, one of the minor characters I was IMMEDIATELY taken with was the soothsayer. He utters the cryptic line, “Beware the Ides of March,” and to this day I can’t help saying it in an overly dramatic/ominous tone.

It was such a small, but significant detail. And the creepy factor? My goodness. Having someone run up and say something awful is going down on a certain date really drums up a little heart-pounding fear. Will Caesar heed his warning? Has his fate been predetermined? We know the outcome LONG before going into it that it doesn’t end well for Caesar, but the soothsayer still added an underlying tone of suspense.

I mean, the guy only had nine lines in the entire play, but his words were a ghost constantly haunting readers. At least, that’s what this reader thought. 😀

What does ANY of this have to do with my teaser Tuesday? Well. Today is the Ides of March, friends. *insert scary music* Since my book is rather on the creepy/gothic side, I’d like to share one of my favorite lines from Stalking Jack the Ripper. It’s from a scene where Audrey Rose promises to be “as silent as the dead” while attending her uncle’s forensic class in disguise. Hope you enjoy it!

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“The dead speak to those who listen.” – Stalking Jack the Ripper 

Oh! I do have some VERY EXCITING news coming your way in the next week or two. I’m just saying, maybe some other kind of artwork is involved….

xoxo

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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!)

** 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

Official release date + Teaser

Hello, lovely friends. The last few months have been a complete whirlwind of activity, and I’m sorry for being so neglectful. When my agent said to prepare for the accelerated timeline, she wasn’t kidding. BUT! I wouldn’t have it any other way. So far we’ve gone through edits and copyedits are coming at the end of the week, and cover art concepts just arrived, and interior page design flailing occurred, and the wonderful publicity team has a bunch of insanely cool events planned for the coming months, and…we have an official release date!

This is all A LOT considering OF BLOOD AND SHADOW only sold this past October. It speaks volumes to the team working behind my book that so much has happened already. Words fail with describing how grateful I am to have them on my side.

Originally, we had an estimate of pubbing OF BLOOD AND SHADOW in October 2016, but with all the hard work from my editor and everyone at jimmy patterson and Little, Brown, we are hitting bookshelves on….

September 20, 2016!

*flails*

I still can’t believe this is real, but with ARCs coming soon and everything that’s quickly following, my excitement is through the interwebs roof. Since I can’t share the striking new title or jacket copy yet, I wanted to give you a sneak peek at my first ever Teaser Tuesday. Hope you enjoy this snippet and stay tuned…lots more announcements, giveaways, and teasers will be coming your way shortly.

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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, 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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Click here to add OF BLOOD AND SHADOW on goodreads!

an ode to the precious and some gemma doyle fangirling

my latest book haul!

my latest book haul!

books are such magical things. we can open them and be transported to new worlds, new times, and new adventures. we can laugh and cry and shake our fists along with our favorite characters, and we can fall in love and have our hearts broken with them, too. my ya gothic horror is on submission right now, and i’m in the midst of researching and drafting out my latest project to keep from obsessively checking emails from my agent. i’m also binge-reading a bunch of books and loving every second of this part of work. here are a few titles from my recent book haul that i’ve been super excited about reading.

A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY – Libba Bray

ETIQUETTE AND ESPIONAGE – Gail Carriger

A COLD LEGACY – Megan Shepherd

RED QUEEN -Victoria Aveyard

omg the gemma doyle trilogy??? where has it been all my life. so. effing. good. i bought the other two books and am eagerly* awaiting their arrival. i cannot believe it’s taken me so long to get into them.

what debut are you most looking forward to? and what are some of your favorite creepy books? i need to add some more titles to my (ever) growing list!

*by eagerly awaiting i mean pacing back and forth, cursing the mail for being late, and breaking out into a cold, i-NEED-it-now sweat. the next step will be rocking in the corner and smacking my gums until the precious arrives. not pretty.

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