Sharing Saturday Sixty

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Image result for becoming the dark princeAs I stated in my previous Sharing Saturday I will discuss the cover of a novella from Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series.  It is amazing and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!  The set publish date is July 15th which is sixteen days from now.  The world through Thomas’ eyes should be fascinating and these sixteen days will seem endless. Ahhhh. I am so excited! I hope you have a wonderful Saturday even if the torture of waiting for this book seems overwhelming.



Sharing Saturday Fifty-Nine

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It has been a while since I have posted and so today I have decided to keep it short and sweet.  Next week the cover for Becoming the Dark Prince will be revealed.  I am so excited for this novella from Thomas Cresswell’s point of view in the series Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.  It’s expected publishing date is in July and I absolutely cannot wait to see the world through Thomas’ point of view!  I hope you all have a phenomenal weekend as we wait for the cover reveal!

Sharing Saturday Fifty

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The second Sharing Saturday of the year has arrived and I am excited to share with you some of my writings.  I recently wrote a ten-page essay on Jack the Ripper, a serial killer whose identity has never been discovered.  This chapter of history has fascinated me since I read Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco and I have researched and written a lot about it.  So, today I will be sharing with you but a short paragraph about this famous killer.  Enjoy!

The Ripper’s crimes took place in London during the nineteenth century when technological advancement and new ideas began to flourish.  However, this also brought about a boom in migration and London became an overcrowded, dirty, and desperate place as poor immigrants fought for any way to support their families.  Chaos ensued, crimes spread like wildfire; robbery, theft, violence, vandalism and even murder were commonplace as people struggled to feed themselves and their families. Soon London became a haven for criminals and one of the worst parts of London was the East End.  From the depths of this place arose one of the most well-known serial killers ever: Jack the Ripper.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I was recently nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award and I am so excited to do it.  A big thank you to The long distance relationship for nominating me.  Let’s get started.


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.


Which is your favorite childhood story book and why?

That’s a hard question since I had a lot of story books that I loved.  But if I had to choose I would have to say Puff the Magic Dragon.Image result for puff the magic dragon

Had any paranormal experience? Please share.

No, unless you count my cats as ghostly devilish beings.Image result for cat evil

What is the one thing that you certainly want/wanted at your wedding?

Ummm….no idea.  So, lets just move on.

What’s your thinking about a perfect couple?

I don’t know. It changes depending upon what couple I am reading about.

What is your plan for old age?

To travel the world and read way too many books.Image result for a globe and books

If you could go back in time which place or whom would you love to visit?

This one is hard.  I think I would go back in time to London during the 1700s or 1800s but then again I have always wanted to meet Robert E. Lee and Abraham Lincoln.  Or I could visit the Dark ages or the Renaissance. I don’t know.  I want to visit and see it all.

Camping or slumber party?


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Which book or movie would you like to be the hero/heroine of?

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco!!!StalkingJacktheRipper

What is your favorite thing about being single?

I don’t know. I’ve never dated so……

What is your most prized possession?

My books.Image result for pile of books art

Share the funniest moments of your life.

The funniest moment I can think of is when my sister told me that I had a mosquito on my face.  Without thinking I slapped myself in the face in an attempt to kill the mosquito.  I found out mere seconds later that there was no mosquito and that my sister was just joking.  It was hilarious.

My Nominees


Myths of the Mirror

Writer In Retrospect



Plants and Beyond

Christy Jackson Nicholas, Author and Artist

Confessions of a YA Reader

Ya Girl In a Bookish World

My Mundane Life


My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite mythical creature?
  2. Who is your closest confidant?
  3. Do you prefer to draw or write?
  4. Share your favorite childhood memories?
  5. What would you do if you only had one day left to live?
  6. If you could rewrite a book which one would you choose?
  7. What is your favorite dessert?
  8. Coffee or tea?
  9. What is your favorite candle scent?
  10. If you could bring one person back to life who would it be?
  11. Who is your favorite historical figure?


Sharing Saturday Twenty-Five

Twenty-Five weeks! I have been sharing with you for twenty-five weeks which seemed to flash by me in a blur. So, today we will do something different to celebrate. I will share with you three amazing books I got for free and how. I have read some of them and others I have not.

One: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Image result for stalking jack the ripperI always wanted to own this book after I read it. I loved it and was determined to buy it when I got the money. One day my cousin came up to me and pulled out a Stephen King book she had just bought. I was looking at and next thing I knew she had pulled out Stalking Jack the Ripper and handed it me, ” Saying, here I got you this.” It was not a special occasion but one of those random things somebody does for someone else. It made my day.

Two: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Image result for poison studyRecently I started volunteering at book sales hosted by my library. It is a fun experience where you spend a few hours organizing books and helping others buy or find the books they want. At the end all of the volunteers are allowed to pick one free book for volunteering. So, for the last book sale I participated in I picked Poison study. The cover was a little ripped but it I didn’t care for I have wanted to read the book for the longest time and yet I have still not gotten around to it.

Three: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Image result for blood water paint bookI am part of a book club through my library that provides us with advanced readers copies of books. If they are older than the past few months we are allowed to keep the books we choose. It is awesome for I have found and kept some phenomenal books through them. Recently I managed to procure Blood Water Paint which I am so excited to read.

Book Conference with Free Books!

0417181917c.jpgSo, this Saturday I went to a book conference with the authors Raul the III and Simone Elkeles. It was intriguing and I had never heard of either of these authors before. I managed to procure a Simone Elkeles book; How to Ruin a Summer Vacation. I haven’t read it yet but I am excited to start it. I did not purchase a book by Raul the III because I am not into graphic novels which is what he writes and illustrates.

Besides being able to meet the authors there were several forums that we could participate in. There were three forums with five or six programs you could go to. Each forum lasted an hour with fifteen minutes between each to find the next program you wanted to participate in.

For the first program, I participated in Impromptu Book Club which was a program allowing people to talk about the books they have read recently and whether they liked it or not. It was interesting for I got to see what other people thought about some of the same books I have read and the ones I have not. I was surprised occasionally by some of the hate for books that I myself adore. Furthermore, most of the people had not read some of my favorite books such as Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco or An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir which are quite popular books.

0417181916.jpgThe second program was Like, Try, Why which a program dedicated to suggesting good books with diverse characters. Throughout the presentation, I was convinced to read several books that I have never heard of but sound really good. At the end, we got two free books. I managed to grab a signed copy of the Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. Yes!! I have been wanting to read that book for forever. The second book I grabbed was Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Choi. I am unsure about how good that book is gonna be.

For the third session, I went to a local author panel. The panel consisted of authors; Ashlee Cowes, Todd Mitchell, Colleen Oakes, and Heather Sappenfield. It was awesome to learn about these authors and how they write and why they write. Luckily, I had a book by Todd Mitchell so I got that signed.

At the end, we talked to the main authors Simone and Raul. Then we got to choose one free book and get our books signed by the authors. For my book, I grabbed Reunited by Colleen Houck. I got my books signed along with a poster and headed home. It was fun and enjoyable.

This is a poster I received from Raul the third. The backside which is in Spanish is above. The front side is in English and that is the side I got signed. To the right is a picture of the signature for The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell.


Sharing Saturday Eighteen

Sharing Saturday Eighteen is here! Gosh, I can’t believe it has been almost twenty weeks since I started this post.  Time flies.  Today I will be sharing a paragraph I wrote in spanish regarding my hero, Audrey Rose Wadsworth from Stalking Jack the Ripper.  The english version is provided after the spanish.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth es uno de mis personaje de ficción favoritos. Ella es una dama de la alta sociedad de Londres con un pasado secreto. Ella estudia con su tío, que es un científico forense.  Ella tiene cabello castaño oscuro y ojos verdes. Ella es atrevida, ordenada, y muy interesante. Audrey le gusta pasar tiempo con su tio y su amigo, Thomas Cresswell.  Ella es mi héroe porque no tiene miedo de enfrentar la muerte de frente. También me atraía su personaje por su necesidad de ser libre de las restricciones de la sociedad y cómo ella se acercó a ser vista como menos competente que los hombres a su alrededor.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth is one of my favorite fictional characters. She is a high society lady of London with a secret past time.  She studies under her uncle who is a forensic scientist. She has dark brown hair and green eyes. She is daring, organized, and very interesting.  Audrey likes to spend time with her uncle and her friend, Thomas Cresswell. She is my hero because she is not afraid to face death head on. I was also drawn to her character by her need to be free of the restraints of society and how she approached being seen as less competent than the men around her.

Sharing Saturday Fifteen

It is the fifteenth week of Sharing Saturday!  Today I will be revealing the introduction to an evaluation essay I wrote called The Oracular Secrets of Mystery Covers.  The essay is evaluating the cover of Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo. Without further ado…

Image result for stalking jack the ripperA book cover is a story, a preview, a glimpse into the secrets held in the book’s pages.  The color, design, title, and imagery draw a reader into a timeless tale. The cover promises that a certain tale will be told of today; one full of intrigue, danger, and gruesome stories of the dead.  Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo will take the reader on an unforgettable journey, but before the reader even begins the book he or she is drawn in by the cover.  A mystery cover that tells of abstruse innuendos through symbolism, color, and the title is a successful cover. A book cover should give recherché hints about what is to come.  Stalking Jack the Ripper excellently displays all of the qualities needed for a successful mystery cover.

Happy New Year

It’s a New Year!! I can hardly believe that we are entering 2018.  This past year has flown by.  Below is a list of the top twelve books that I read this year.  There are definitely more favorites but if I didn’t stop at twelve my list would just keep on going.  I am not putting them in any particular order.

  • The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  • Ruby Red Kerstin Gier
  • Roar  by Cora Carmack
  • Scarlet by A. C Gaughen
  • The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • The Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
  • The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo
  • It by Stephen King


Happy New Year!!!!

Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Book Review: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

After the Ripper murders Audrey Rose Wadsworth is headed to Romania to a highly acclaimed foresnic medicine school.  But when they arrive bodies turn up seemingly murdered by the long dead Vlad Dracula who is believed to be a vampire.  As more murders continue Audrey Rose and Cresswell set out to find who is truly behind these heinous acts even as they fight for a position at the school.

Finally I recieved Hunting Prince Dracula after what seemed like forever.  I read it within one day and I adored the book.  There were so many twists that I never saw coming.  I did find it kind of annoying how much she freaked out about seeing cadavers at the beginning of the book because of her brother.   I was not sad when she finally stopped imagining her mother’s body and the memories stopped surfacing about the Ripper.

I did not suspect who the murderer turned out to be.  Honestly throughout the entire book I had no idea who I thought it was. Despite all that, I love it and I know that there has to be a third book based on the ending and I want it now.  I highly recommend this book and suggest that everyone should read it.


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