Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Unplugged by Donna Freitas Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Donna Freitas is the author of both fiction and nonfiction, and she lectures at universities across the United States on her work about college students, most recently at Colby, Pepperdine, Harvard, and Yale. Over the years, she has written for national newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post, and she’s currently a non-resident research associate at the Center for Religion and Society at Notre Dame. Donna has been a professor at Boston University in the Department of Religion and also at Hofstra University in their Honors College.

In 2008, Donna published Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America’s College Campuses with Oxford University Press, based on her national study about sex on campus. Her latest book is called The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost (Oxford, October 2016), and it is based on her research for a new study about social media and how it is effecting the ways we construct identity and sense of self, how we make meaning in the world, and navigate our relationships during college. In 2014 and 2015, Freitas conducted approximately 200 in-person interviews with college students at thirteen different colleges and universities, and collected nearly1000 online surveys about these subjects.

Donna is also the author of six novels for children and young adults, including The Survival Kit (FSG, 2011), named an ALA Best Books for Young Adults and the winner of the Bookstar Award in Switzerland, and This Gorgeous Game (FSG, 2010), also named an ALA Best Books for Young Adults, a winner of the CCBC Choice Award, and a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best winner. Her novel, The Possibilities of Sainthood (FSG, 2008), received five starred reviews and many accolades, including: an Indie Next Kids' List Great Read, Society of School Librarians International Book Award Honor Book, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, and the Texas Lone Star Reading List. Donna has also published two middle grade companion novels with Scholastic, Gold Medal Summer (about a gymnast) and Gold Medal Winter (about an ice skater), which just won a CCBC Choice Award. In June, Unplugged the first novel in her sci-fi trilogy about two competing worlds, one real, one virtual, will be out in June from HarperTeen. She lives in Brooklyn.
Connect with Donna: Website | Twitter | Facebook


by Donna Freitas

I think social media has both an upside and a downside with respect to the book community. For example, getting to hear from readers easily and getting to know book bloggers (like you!) and participate in people’s conversations about books is pretty fantastic. I love seeing the different ways people have devoted themselves to showing their love for novels and how they invite authors to be a part of the reading and book community online. I love reading interviews by my favorite authors and finding out about new must-reads.

I do worry, though, about the ease of what I’ve come to think of as the “pile-on,” where an issue, a post, a comment goes viral and things get vicious and out of control. We’ve seen a lot of that in the last year. It’s not that we shouldn’t be talking about tough issues, but I worry sometimes that the dialogue gets . . . fearsome. So intense that I worry it will scare people away from sharing their honest thoughts. The price can be high to be both a writer and online commentator today.

And, to be honest, as someone who was born without a very thick skin, sometimes the absolute onslaught of feedback about a novel—and also the way the feedback can get, well, pretty mean—can be tough. As an author, it’s wonderful when you get to interact with readers. But sometimes I think to myself: I didn’t need to know how many people out there think that the books I’ve spent my life writing and revising are total garbage (and that is putting it nicely). Every author struggles with social media in this regard. More feedback about yourself and your work than you ever dreamed of getting is there for viewing, if only you should go to look. Sometimes it’s difficult to resist the temptation.

The last thing I’ll say about social media, again from my personal experience is this:

I struggle with social media, because of a terrible part of my past, which I wrote about here on B&N’s teen blog (you have to scroll down the middle to find my contribution).

I don’t really do social media, or I guess, as I put it in that blog post: I’m a social media failure, and my greatest fear is that because of this, I’ll no longer be able to be a writer and an author. So much of publishing revolves around authors promoting themselves on social media. And I don’t do this—well, except when people like you invite me to! (I explain why in that big long post on B&N).

And I hope that you, bloggers and readers, can forgive me for this limitation. And try to understand, as irrational as it might seem on the other side, that I’m doing my best to be as available as I can be.

Unplugged by Donna Freitas
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub Date: June 21, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository
The first book in a provocative new series from acclaimed author Donna Freitas—Feed for a new generation.

Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life.

Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.

But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.

In the tradition of M. T. Anderson’s Feed and Scott Westerfeld’sUglies, Unplugged kicks off a thrilling and timely sci-fi series for teens from an award-winning writer.

Week 2:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ARC Review + Giveaway!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf BFYR/Penguin Random House
Publication Date: Oct. 18, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

How I feel after reading Gemina:

What the ████! How do I process this?? How do I go on with my life after that ending, knowing that I won't find out what happens until NEXT YEAR?! Nope, can't do it.

And as if it's not enough that I can't breathe after finishing this book, I innocently go on Instagram and see this █.

Am I simply missing some artwork, or am I missing part of the story? Am I? Ammmmmmm I?!?!!? WHAT AM I MISSING?!

████, I think I've finally lost it. 

Thanks, Ross.

There are a lot of bread crumbs from Illuminae in Gemina, and yes, our beloved Kady, Ezra, and Aidan all are part of this story—just not in a very big way. Instead, we have a new cast of characters. My personal favorite is our new badass female MC, Hanna. Just like in Illuminae, There are several what-the- moments in Gemina that will make you question your intelligence and your sanity. 

1) The formatting of this book is just as amazing as the first. I had to flip the book around, read the same scene from two POVs, it was brilliant. I can't wait to see the rest of the artwork in the final edition.

2) The twists were spectacular . . . and emotional. Gemina totally messed with my senses, and it was fantastic! As much as I tried, I couldn't pinpoint what exactly was going to happen. There was one particularly painful scene that stands out to me, so if you have the US ARC, watch out for page 309. 

3) This book is all about girl power—from our heroines to our villains. We have smart, independent, bad women in charge. I love it! 

I especially adore Hanna. She is a strong character with a really interesting storyline. She isn't perfect, she has her flaws, but it's her imperfections that made her so relatable. 

4) As I mentioned before, Kady, Ezra, and Aidan are all in this book, and I was beyond thrilled about it! There is one scene in particular with Kady and Ezra that was so beautiful! Ugh. I wish I could share it, but I don't want to spoil anything. Trust me, when you read it, you'll know what scene I'm talking about. 

5) The freaking cliffhanger ending. I don't know how I'm going to handle waiting for an entire year. The book took me on an incredible, wild journey, and I totally forgot there was a third book until I got to the final page. 

1) It took me a while to into Gemina. I wasn't sucked in as easily as I was into the first book. In Illuminae, you are thrown into an insane situation right away and it's like you're on a rollercoaster. However, in Gemina, the beginning of it has more plot set up before it moves forward. 

2) There were a lot of parallels to the Illuminae. Some of the characters and plot points were almost exactly the same. In some ways I understood but I would have liked more differences. 

3) My poor brain had a hard time comprehending all of the science stuff. Though I'm a huge fan of astronomy, it was still a little confusing to me.

"None of them believes what Mercury's saying. You can see it in their faces. But faced with the choice of living one breath longer or cashing in right now, most folks will take the extra moment. That single, extra breath. Even when your world stops spinning and gravity dies and the blood glitters in the air like a galaxy of warm, red suns all around you. 

A lot can happen between breaths, after all. 

His second footstep makes a soft sound, and Donnelly whips around, gun rising in the same movement, trained on his chest. He simply stops in place and shoots her a smile, showing off those dimples the ladies love. He smiles at her like he's not tired at all, like he's not wearing another man's blood under his suit, like all he wanted in life was to catch a glimpse of her.

And though she's an orphan and there's no way he leaves the House of Knives except feet first, and they're both bound to be dead before either of those things are a problem anyway, they just hold onto each other like they're all the anchor the other one needs.

"You know, quoting Sun Tzu while you toss your guns is nice and dramatic, lady, but throwing down with the girl you orphaned? Probably safer to say 'screw the drama' and just kill the █." 

The rifle barks once. 

Red and gray splatters the walls. 

"You might get only one shot. So shoot. You know who said that?" 

The rifle clatters to the bloody floor. 

█ing Donnelly. That's who."   

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Expected Pub. Date: March 28th, 2017
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository
Fans of Roshani Chokshi’s spell-binding bestseller The Star-Touched Queen are in for a treat with EW’s exclusive cover reveal and excerpt from the upcoming sequel A Crown of Wishes. The new novel follows Gauri, the younger sister of the titular Star-Touched Queen, on her harrowing quest for freedom.

When Gauri, the princess of Bharata, is captured by her kingdom’s rivals, she can only find help in Vikram, the cunning prince of an enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with royal life, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. They set aside their differences and team up to compete in the Tournament of Wishes, wherein the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

THAT COVER IS STUNNING, IS IT NOT?! I'm so freaking excited, I can barely contain myself. I know that the writing is going to be magical, and we get a story about Gauri! AHHHHH!

If you're not at that point yet, go read the first chapter. I hope you guys will add this to your TBR and fangirl with me! 

If you haven't yet, you can check out my review of The Star-Touched Queen and my interview with Roshani!

Roshani Chokshi comes from a small town in Georgia where she collected a Southern accent, but does not use it unless under duress. She grew up in a blue house with a perpetually napping bear-dog. At Emory University, she dabbled with journalism, attended some classes in pajamas, forgot to buy winter boots and majored in 14th century British literature. She spent a year after graduation working and traveling and writing. After that, she started law school at the University of Georgia where she's learning a new kind of storytelling. The Star-Touched Queen is her first novel.
Connect with Roshani: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Monday, June 20, 2016

Change Places with Me by Lois Metzger Blog Tour!

Change Places with Me by Lois Metzger
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | IndieBound | iBooks
Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood with her stepmother and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was just a little different than it was before. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. Her hair and her clothes all feel brand-new. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There is no more sadness in her life; she is bursting with happiness.

But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because, until very recently, Rose was an entirely different person—a person who is still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.

Lois Metzger was born in Queens and has always written for young adults. She is the author of five novels and two nonfiction books about the Holocaust, and she has edited five anthologies. Her short stories have appeared in collections all over the world. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Huffington Post. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.
Connect with Lois: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Brittany: Hi Lois, thank you for doing this interview with me!

Lois: You’re very welcome!

Brittany: What is your writing process like? Do you outline? Do you have specific habits or rituals to put you in the right state of mind to write?

Lois: Once an idea for a novel takes hold and won’t let go, I do a lot of research, as much for a story as I would for a nonfiction book.  I underline things in books and articles, and then copy out the notes in longhand; this way I can refer back to something I might use (or not).  Next to the notes, in the margins of the pages, I write 1, 2 or 3—meaning, Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3.  For me, every book seems to fall into that beginning-middle-end structure, and certain plot points or ideas will emerge (and then change) depending on where they will appear and reappear.  In the margins I write things like, “Clara could think this (Part) 2,” or “This can happen to Rose, end (Part) 3.”  Also I draw the characters, actually sketch them.  I’m not a good artist, to put it mildly, but it helps me remember everybody’s physical details, the kinds of clothes they wear and what their hair looks like.  Occasionally I write the diaries of the characters to get inside their heads a little.

Brittany: What are your favorite and least favorite scenes to write, and why?

Lois: I like scenes that are heavy on dialogue.   Once I know a character well, I can pretty much know what he or she will say in any situation.  Also I like when dialogue does “double duty”—someone says something, maybe casually, and it has a deeper meaning thematically.  And I REALLY like it when someone says something and another character misinterprets it.  My least favorite scenes are ones where I have to explain something, a concept, or what a place looks like.  I kind of have to force myself to do that.  It’s far easier for me to have a character describe that place from his or her particular viewpoint.

Brittany: What is your favorite non-spoilery line or scene from Change Places With Me?

Lois: I like the scene where Clara’s friend, Kim, puts make-up on her.  Kim knows how to apply stage make-up, and decides to make Clara look old and bruised.  It has an unexpected and powerful effect on Clara.

Brittany: What fictional character (from a book, movie, TV show, etc.) do you think is the most like you, and why?

Lois: Frankie in Carson McCullers’ “A Member of the Wedding.”  She is the 12-year-old narrator of the novel, and she feels out of sync with her world and all the people around her (she calls herself “an unjoined person”).  I grew up in Queens, NYC, which was a pretty boring place back then, so I had no trouble identifying with Frankie’s small, out-of-the-way Southern town.  Frankie builds up a whole fantasy in her mind that her brother, who is about to get married, will take Frankie with him and his wife when they go on their honeymoon and begin a new life.  That sounds like something I would have done (and would still do!), create a (highly unlikely) scenario I am convinced will happen.

Brittany: If you could travel to any place in the world (in any time period) for inspiration where would you go, and why?

Lois: The future, right here in NYC.  I’d like to know how things turn out.

Brittany: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Lois: Not to sound too creepy, but I’d like to be invisible.  So much of writing is listening to and observing other people; I’d like to hear and see people when they don’t think anyone (or someone else in the room with them) is around.

Brittany: What are some of your favorite 2016 books you’ve read or you’re looking forward to reading?

Lois: Looking forward to:  Eileen Cook’s “Julia Vanishes,” Kathryn Holmes’ “How it Feels to Fly,” Beth Kephart’s “This is the Story of You,” Gordon Korman’s “Slacker,” David Levithan’s and Nina LaCour’s “You Know Me Well: A Novel,” Rebecca Podos’ “The Mystery of Hollow Places,” Lindsay Ribar’s “Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies,” Laura Stampers’ “Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies,” Alison Umminger’s “American Girls” and John Corey Whaley’s “Highly Illogical Behavior.”

Brittany: What is one thing you would like your readers to take away from Change Places with Me?

Lois: I’d like people to find it a fast, easy read—and complicated to think about.

Brittany: Thank you again, Lois, for doing this interview with me and being on Brittany's Book Rambles today!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!

Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2) by Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 7, 2016
Buy it: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely makes it to the Caribbean, where she hopes to learn more about her ancestry. What she doesn’t expect is a port filled with lawless criminals and danger lurking around every corner.

With the mutinous Teach in chains, Anne must brave the perilous, pirate haven of Nassau in order to save not only Teach, but her new friends on the island. But when Teach is offered a deal—capture a notorious pirate or waste away in the Governor’s dungeons—what he discovers brings him closer and closer to becoming a pirate himself. And further away from Anne who is being held hostage in exchange for Teach’s loyalty to the Governor.

Now Teach must decide if he should risk his own soul to save Anne. Even if that means turning into a ruthless pirate…

Even if that means turning into Blackbeard.

Ever since I read Blackhearts, I've been dying for this sequel! I was prepared to start a protest with picket signs in front of the Simon and Schuster building before it was announced that there would be a sequel. Thankfully, it didn't come to that xD. I can't wait to find out what has become of Anne since Blackhearts left off, and I'm so excited for all the piratey goodness this book promises!

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend...she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.
Connect with Nicole: Website | Twitter | FB | Goodreads | Instagram | Pinterest

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Interview with Kerri Mansicalco + Giveaway!

Brittany: Hi guys! I'm back with the 2016 YA Debut Authors Bash with another awesome author, Kerri Mansicalco!

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a small town just outside of New York City where her love of the arts was fostered from an early age. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, her debut YA gothic horror, is coming September 20, 2016 from JIMMY Patterson/Little, Brown. It’s the first in a new series and incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.
Connect with Kerri: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website | Tumblr | Pinterest

Brittany: Hi Kerri! Thank you for doing this interview with me! <3

Kerri: Hi Brittany! Thank YOU for interviewing me :D

Brittany: Could you share what your writing process is like? Do you outline? Do you just write and see where your mind takes you to? Do you have a specific routine or things you need in order to write?

Kerri: Usually I like to come up with a small blurb, kind of like what you see on the back of a book, and then let my muse take me from there. With Stalking Jack the Ripper, I immediately knew who my villain was going to be and how I wanted it to end, but allowed myself the freedom of how to connect the dots. I was also able to use the historical timeline of events from the murders, so it was interesting filling in the blanks between the crimes.

Brittany: What made you interested in Jack the Ripper?

Kerri: I’ve always been intrigued by the psychology behind serial killers, and forensics was a field I considered in college. The Ripper case was so interesting because it was one of the first times in history where forensics were applied and used widely. And the mystery? Goodness. The mystery that still lingers around it today is something that just BEGS to be explored more. “What if?” is like creative catnip to a writer. Once I’d figured out that I wanted to write a Victorian Era CSI with a strong female lead, there was really only one case for her to become embroiled in.

Brittany: What is the scariest or creepiest thing you’ve ever done for fun?

Kerri: Oh my gosh. I’ve got a hefty list. But I think the scariest thing I’ve ever done for fun was go to the Headless Horseman Hayride when they had a killer clown theme. I am TERRIFIED of clowns and as we were coming toward the end of the hayride, a bunch of chainsaw-wielding clowns jumped out and “attacked” our group. (There were no chains on the chainsaw, but they were loud and scary and smelled like gasoline and terror. I seriously wanted to DIE when the killer clown brought it down on my leg.)

Brittany: What are some of your pet peeves?

Kerri: Hahah oh man. These are embarrassing. I usually take a deep breath when I see people tossing around insults on the interwebs and they use the wrong your/you’re, or there/they’re/their. It takes most of my willpower to not be the one who points out “you’re* being a jerk.” Also, whenever I see text shorthand or no punctuation I kinda cringe.

Brittany: What is your favorite non-spoilery quote or scene from your book?

Kerri: One of my very favorite quotes comes in chapter one. It’s at the end of the closing scene and my main character, Audrey Rose, promises her uncle that she’ll be as silent as the dead when attending his forensic class in disguise the next morning. His response is:

“Ah,” Uncle said, putting a hat on and tugging it low, “the dead speak to those who listen. Be quieter than even them.”

It’s such a true statement coming from this forensic professor/medical examiner, and it’s delightfully creepy and wonderful at once. I think it really captures the essence of SJTR.

Brittany: Who was your first OTP?

Kerri: My first? Hmmm. This is hard because I ship so many characters now. Sherlock and Watson were my first one true pairing for friendship. As for first romantic pairings? That will forever be Romeo and Juliet. (Followed closely by Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy.) I am clearly awful with sticking to the first one…

Brittany: What would automatically make you stop reading a book?

Kerri: This is really tough because I don’t think there’s a book that I’ve DNF’d. I’m an eternal optimist who keeps going with the hope that it’ll get better in the next chapter. However, if I ever came across a rape scene used solely as a plot device or reason for a young woman (or any woman or man) to start kicking ass, I’d probably stop reading. To geek-out for a second on The Force Awakens, one of the reasons Rey was such an amazing character was because she was simply good at being a mechanic, and she didn’t apologize for her skills. I like seeing female characters who are empowered to just be themselves and live authentically.

Brittany: What is one material possession you could not live without no matter what?

Kerri: I’m going to cheat here and say my mother’s Nancy Drew set. My grandmother was very, very poor, but with each paycheck she’d put pennies away and slowly add Nancy Drew stories to her collection for my mom every month. Without my grandmother’s love of reading—she even used to read to my mom while she was pregnant with her—I would not be who I am today. Knowing how hard she worked just to bring these stories into our lives, I could never live without those beautiful, tattered, used books. They mean more to me than all the money in the universe.

Brittany: What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Kerri: I come from a long line of family members who enjoy cooking. My grandmother, my uncles, my mom, the list goes on. When I’m not writing, I’m usually in the kitchen with my family or friends. I love the whole creative process of coming up with something fun and different. And beautiful! We eat with our eyes as much as our mouths, so I really enjoy making food look good too. I’m also really into music. I used to write about live shows when I still lived in New York, and I’ve always got some album on when I’m not working. I don’t get to go as much, but when I have downtime I try and get out to see live shows.

Brittany: Which fictional character (not from your own book) do you identify with the most? The character could be from a book, TV Show, Movie, Comic, etc.

Kerri: Great question! I think that I’d have to say that I identify with Jo March the most. (And my family would likely agree.) We’d be the very best of friends and have lots of things to discuss from time spent writing plays when we were younger, to our fierce belief in maintaining our individuality throughout our lives.

Brittany: Thank you again, Kerri, for doing this interview with me and being on the blog today! 

I hope all of you enjoyed this post. Be sure to check out Kerri's amazing debut novel, Stalking Jack the Ripper!

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Mansicalco
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson/Little, Brown & Co.
Publication Date: Sept. 20th, 2016
Buy it: Amazon B&N | Book Depository | IndieBound
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.

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