I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco Blog Tour hosted by The Book Terminal Tours.
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About The Book:
Title: Kingdom of the Wicked
Authors: Kerri Maniscalco
Pub. Date: October 27, 2020
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Formats: Hardcover, Audio CD, Kindle
Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.
Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…
“A naïve, lonely witch who’d been desperate enough to seek help from her mortal enemy…”
“Magic was life and life was made by making love and feeling good and our bodies constantly tried to remind us to live.”
“Love is the most powerful magic. Above all else, remember that. It will always guide you where you need to go.”
“I understood why some thought kissing one of the Wicked was addictive.”
”It is a hell in its own way. Giving someone ultimate pleasure, only to rip it from them before they fully grasp it.”
You had me at a world filled with magical witches and demon princes! I was not disappointed! I could feel the gothic vibes of the world Kerri created in Kingdom of the Wicked and now I’m so ready to find out what Hell looks like!
Emilia finds her sister Vittoria murdered and is now on a quest to find out what got her killed. Emilia is such a great main character. Being very close to my sister helped me to relate to Emilia’s deep need to avenge her sister. She is a risk taker from the beginning when she fearlessly summons a demon. She definitely got a bit more than she bargained for though when she realizes the demon she summoned turns out to be Wrath, a prince of Hell himself. As Emilia uncovers each new clue she discovers the person responsible for killing her sister may be closer than she realized. She’s stubborn despite her fear when she finds herself face to face with more than one demon prince and each time she encounters them she learns something new about herself in the process.
Wrath. Oh goodness he’s swoony. He is mysteriously handsome and you know you shouldn’t trust him but you can’t help yourself because he’s so dreamy. He is bound to protect Emilia but little does she know just how deeply that bond goes. Wrath is full of secrets that lead to a very surprising ending. I can’t wait to see where this dark romance will lead to in the book.
I loved every minute of this wild ride and I am sad I have to wait so long to find out what happens next because the ending was jaw dropping! Emilia also grows so much from beginning to end and I’m curious to see what the next journey has in store for her! I definitely recommend this one to anyone and everyone! It’s delightfully dark and delicious!
Pre-Order Incentive Information:
Pub – Oct 27th 2020 Pre-order ends – Oct 26th 2020
What you receive:
Enamel Pin Signed Bookplate One Pair of Oracle Cards
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Kerri Maniscalco is an American young adult author best known for the Stalking Jack the Ripper quartet; a series of gothic thrillers. Her next series Kingdom of the Wicked, a young adult fantasy, is slated for a fall 2020 release.
Maniscalco grew up New York’s scenic Hudson Valley and later attended college in New York City, studying Fine Art before transferring into Communication Design at F.I.T. She was drawn to art from an early age and enjoys all aspects of design.
Her grandmother was an avid reader who instilled a love of books in her mother who passed it along to both of her daughters. Growing up, Maniscalco’s parents took her and her sister Kelli to libraries and bookstores most weekends where she fell in love with stories. To this day her mom and dad gift her with a new leather-bound book each Christmas to add to her own library, and it’s one of her favorite family traditions.
As a child, her grandmother was chronically ill, and taught the importance of always being able to escape on an adventure between the pages of a book, regardless of any physical limitations.
Maniscalco credits her grandmother with fostering her imagination—a stream wasn’t just a stream, it was a babbling brook. And if she looked closely enough, her grandmother promised she might see fairies dancing around the ring of flowers in the backyard.
Her father, a retired chiropractor, had anatomy books and sculptures in his office, which introduced her to her interest in forensics when she was a teen. She was fascinated with his stories of college, where he studied cadavers as part of his degree. It would later spark the idea for her medical-minded heroine, Audrey Rose.
At one point in college, Maniscalco switched schools and majors, and took Criminal Justice and Science courses, and considered becoming a forensic psychologist. She ultimately decided to turn her love of reading and writing into a career as a novelist instead.
Her mother is another source of inspiration, showing, by example, the many definitions of a strong, capable woman.
Maniscalco’s father is Sicilian, and her mother is mostly of Irish descent with Eastern European and distant Spanish and Jewish roots. She is third generation American on both sides, and celebrates Italian American traditions. When she’s not writing, one of her favorite places to be is in her kitchen, cooking recipes passed on from her grandmother and creating new ones. Her second favorite thing is her sister’s store, Dogwood Lane Boutique, where she purchases clothes for book events and accessories for her home. In May 2019 she released a few Stalking Jack the Ripper series inspired items she designed to sell exclusively through her sister’s store and online. Shop the official Stalking Jack the Ripper merchandise here.
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