#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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STALKING JACK THE RIPPER IS OUT!

It’s here! It’s FINALLY HERE!!! *tosses confetti* *passes around birthday cake* Happy happy birthday to my book baby!

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I am THRILLED to share this story and these characters with you. Thank you to everyone who’s been there from the very beginning, to those who’ve been hanging out with me on this blog and social media for the last seven years, and to all my new friends who’ve shared the excitement leading up to today.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, my gothic, feminist novel, now belongs to you, dear readers. I hope it transports you to gritty Victorian London. And I hope that it entertains you while taking you on an adventure that slowly unravels and twists and turns and keeps you unsure until the grand reveal.

Please tag me in any photos of SJTR in the wild! I am going to live vicariously through each of you today, and then I’ll be hitting the store and taking pics of my book baby in the real. Oh my gosh. That’s an actual thing I can do.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

pre-pub: Stalking Jack the Ripper updates

Five days left until publication….Honestly, I don’t know how it’s possible. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m thrilled. I’m hyperventilating. I’m so ready for it and so terrified. I never knew it was possible to have so many emotions all happening simultaneously. That laughing and crying and being anxious could all intermingle at once. That something so nerve-wracking could also bring so much joy.

My very first novel is almost in the world, and then it no longer belongs to me, this precious book baby that I’ve loved and nurtured and cared for. It will soon belong to all of you.

Five days. Less than a week. Oh. My. Gosh. I’m so ready, are you????

Fun things to round up before my next publication day post (!!!!!!!):

Phantom Rin has included SJTR merchandise in her shop. I swear I’m going to save my pennies and order EVERYTHING. SJTR-themed dresses and pillows and phone cases and wall art and more. What a dream come true to have my characters featured along with some amazing fandoms!

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I also have Phantom Rin to thank for surprising me with this FREAKING FANTASTIC tour graphic. I’m one of her illustrations and it’s SO COOL!!!!

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Next, I teamed up with Brittany from Novelly Yours to create a STALKING JACK THE RIPPER-inspired candle. Initially, I’d placed a custom order for special door prizes for launch day, but when she asked if I’d like to make it a public listing I jumped at the opportunity. I know not everyone will be able to make it out to the cities on tour, and thought it was a great way for everyone to have their own special SJTR swag.

Guys? I might be biased, but the scents I chose and the way Brittany worked her magic with bringing them together…this is the best candle EVER. I haven’t stopped breathing them in since they arrived this week. If you’d like to check it out, please do so by clicking here. The candles have blood splatter and are this fantastic gray with darker gray swirls to evoke the image of a foggy London night. In fact, I named them (actually my mom came up with the name!) FOGGY KNIGHT. It’s a play on a vigilante group in SJTR.

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EEEEEEEE! I cannot believe the next post I’ll be sharing is as a published author (!!!!!!!!!). I’ve been waiting YEARS AND YEARS for this and cannot believe it’s really happening.

Cheers to this next chapter!

ahhhhh! two weeks until publication!

Hello friends! i can hardly believe that publication day is just TWO WEEKS from now. OMGGGGGGGG. seriously. how is my book going to be in the world so soon??? i know i’m going to be a teary bucket of emotions come the 20th.

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a few quick things of note as the countdown to publication begins:

* Order two days before: September 22 * 6:30 PM

THE BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD

Order two days before: September 26 * 6:00PM

Books of Wonder

Order two days before: October 1 * 3:00 PM

QUAIL RIDGE BOOKS

Order two days before: October 2 * 3:00 PM

SPELLBOUND CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP

Order two days before: October 3 * 3:00 PM

SCUPPERNONG BOOKS

  • lastly, here is a picture of me holding my book for the very first time. i think my expression says it all…HOLY WOW.

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thank you to everyone who’s pre-ordered, shouted from the rooftops, and asked their libraries to order STALKING JACK THE RIPPER. you are so appreciated.

xoxoxo

Stalking Jack the Ripper Character Cards + Teasers

Phantom Rin has really outdone herself with these amazingggg STALKING JACK THE RIPPER character cards. She should have some fun things posted in her store soon, so be sure to check out all her book-themed goodies. I know I will be 😉

In other news: THERE ARE FIVE WEEKS LEFT UNTIL PUB DAY, GUYS. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?!?!?!

*runs in circles*

if you’d like to pre-order signed/personalized copies here’s how to do that: PRE-ORDERING PERSONALIZED STALKING JACK THE RIPPER

onto the teasers!

“Didn’t your family warn you against sneaking around at night alone?” Thomas asked. “Dangerous things linger in the dark.”

— Thomas Cresswell, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER.

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Without hesitation, I dragged the scalpel from one shoulder to the sternum, taking pains to push as deeply as I could. My brows raised a fraction before I schooled my face into an unreadable mask. Human flesh flayed much easier than I’d anticipated. It wasn’t much different from cutting into a pork loin prior to its roasting, a thought that should have been more disturbing than it was.

— Audrey Rose Wadsworth, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER.

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Fall Tour Announcement!

hello everyone! *waves* i have been sitting on this news for a little while now and i am so, so excited that i can finally share the fall tour and STALKING JACK THE RIPPER launch event with you!

i’m planning a bunch of fun things–tasty treats, a door prize, and other SJTR-themed launch-type things for Memphis. i cannot believe my book will be in the world in just six weeks. it still doesn’t seem real.

to celebrate the tour announcement, i’m hosting an international giveaway on Twitter. it includes a signed copy of SJTR and some really fun swag. i hope you enter and wish you lots of luck!

will i see any of you on tour????

*please note! the BOOKS OF WONDER event features both myself and Sarah Porter, author of VASSA IN THE NIGHT. xoxoxo

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Stalking Jack the Ripper Character Sketches

I’m deep into my book two deadline and haven’t had as much time to post as I’d like. BUT I have to say one thing…Oh. My. Gosh. I am blown away by ALL. THE. SUPPORT. You are making this debut experience bigger and more amazing than I’d ever dreamed it could be.

Thank you. Thank you for all the tweets and retweets and posts and bookstagrams and friendship across all of my social media platforms. Your reviews and word of mouth recommendations are so very humbling and help more than you know. ❤

Fun things are coming up soon, and I wanted to share a little sneak preview with you today. I’m absolutely in love with PhantomRin’s art–I mean, have you seen her original works??? So much talent. When she agreed to collaborate with some STALKING JACK THE RIPPER designs I nearly fainted. Please check out her tumblr and instagram and twitter and everywhere you can.

Without further adieu…here is one of her sketches of my main characters, Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell. Can you believe September is less than two months away?!?!?!

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