STALKING JACK THE RIPPER pre-Halloween Read Along #SJTRreadalong

So excited that the #StalkingJackTheRipper read along has started as of yesterday (October 17th)! Thank you to Sabrina (blogger over at Beyond the Book Reviews), and Ava (blogger over at Bookishness and Tea) for organizing this! You are seriously rockstars.

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As I mentioned above, the read along started on October 17th and will end on the 28th, but anyone can join in at any time. Have you read SJTR? You’re more than welcome to chat with other readers and participate in the excitement.

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Speaking of excitement, I was SO excited I created exclusive bonus content and chapter thoughts that bloggers will be revealing on their sites and on twitter throughout the event. Use #SJTRreadalong to join in the fun!

Here’s the SJTR reading schedule:

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  • Monday, October (start date) 17th read chapter 1 and end at the start of chapter 5
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  • Wednesday, October 19th read chapter 5 and end at the start of chapter 10
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  • Friday, October 21st read chapter 10 and end at the start of chapter 15
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  • Sunday, October 23rd read chapter 15 and end at the start of chapter 20
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  • Tuesday, October 25th read chapter 20 and end at the start of chapter 25
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  • Thursday, October 27th read chapter 25 and read  till end of the book
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  • Saturday October 29th, there will be a non-spoiler twitter chat that I’ll be participating in 😀

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  • Want more information on the goodreads discussion group? Check out this google doc that also contains fun swag for those who participate.
  • Click here for more info

Oh! For those who’ve asked, the character cards in my photo below are from Phantom Rin’s Redbubble store. (They’re postcards and they are AWESOME.)

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awww, heck. you guys have been SO FANTASTIC, i think i might add some extra swag. for those who participate in the read along, as outlined below in how to qualify, i will add your names to a drawing for character cards. one lucky winner will receive a character card from Phantom Rin’s shop.

here’s part of the information on how to sign up from the google document:

“To celebrate the end of the read along Sabrina (@Splintered_Luv) will be hosting a twitter chat to not only to discuss some non spoiler questions we may have for the author about the book, but also just to chat amongst the fans of SJTR.

If you as a reader cannot wait to begin chatting about the book, fear not! There is a Stalking Jack the Ripper read along Goodreads group with discussion threads for each of the chapter segments. Be for warned, these are discussion threads so everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Also this group discussion is to talk about the opinions of the book and not to attack the author personally. That can be found here https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/197534-sjtr-read-along

***Also the last information that is a need to know is the special swag to go along with this Read along! Kerri has been very generous and is opening up the opportunity to those who review the books to receive a signed personalized bookplate. To qualify for one of these bookplates, you would have to have participated in the read along in some way; be it by tweeting about it, commenting on one of the discussion threads, or simply joining us for the twitter chat on the 29th. The second thing that qualifies you, more so then just simply participating in the the read along is to post a review within a month after the read along concludes. SO by November 28th, have a review up on Goodreads or Amazon/Barnes and Noble or on your blog and you get the opportunity to receive a personalized bookplate.

****To enter your information to receive a bookplate, fill out this Google form (https://goo.gl/forms/1FhWZmvjjoiWSBNQ2 ) OR if you are feel more comfortable with emailing the address you can email sjtrreadalong@gmail.com

Also if you have any questions, concerns, or just simply wish us to clarify on something email sjtrreadalong@gmail.com “

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Atlanta tour stop added!

hello friends! i’m so excited to announce that an Atlanta stop has been added to the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER tour!!!

i’ll be at the LITTLE SHOP OF STORIES on Friday October 7th at 7pm. it’ll be a moderated conversation followed by a signing, so please come on out if you’re in the area!

the events in Memphis, Knoxville, and NYC have been AMAZING so far and i can’t wait to share more with you here. if you want to keep up with me on the rest of tour, you can follow me on snapchat: kerrimaniscalco or on instagram and twitter @kerrimaniscalco where i post pics and fun updates.

here are the remaining dates and locations. see you on the road!

October 1 * 3:00 PM

QUAIL RIDGE BOOKS

4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road

Raleigh, NC 27609

October 2 * 3:00 PM

SPELLBOUND CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP

640 Merrimon Avenue, #204

Asheville, NC 28804

October 3 * 3:00 PM

SCUPPERNOG BOOKS

304 S Elm St.

Greensboro, NC 27401

October 7 * 7:00 PM

LITTLE SHOP OF STORIES

133 E Court Square #A

Decatur, GA 30030

October 16 * 2:30 PM Panel with Nicole Castroman

SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS

“Blackbeard and Jack the Ripper: Thrilling YA Historical Novels”

LP Room 30

followed by a signing from 3:30-4:00 PM in the signing colonnade

Tennessee Legislature

Nashville, TN

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….

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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!

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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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Click here to add OF BLOOD AND SHADOW to goodreads.

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!