Guest Posts: “Top 5 Must-Haves for Your Post-Apocalyptic Adventure” & “Sayings Smackdown w/ Isaac & Alessa” + Review, Excerpt

Forever 17 BooksDon’t miss two fun new guest posts from today and yesterday, along with an excellent 4-star review and excerpt!  Here are some quick links to the posts:

  • At Books for Company, the guest post “Top 5 Must-Haves for Your Post-Apocalyptic Adventure” as recommended by characters who know what they’re talking about!  (Also an e-book giveaway)
  • At Sarcasm & Lemons, the guest post “Sayings Smackdown w/ Isaac & Alessa” where Alessa and Isaac debate the merits of some common idioms (and another e-book giveaway!)
  • At Forever 17 Books, an awesome review (“wonderfully fleshed out characters I can’t help but root for”) plus an excerpt

Thanks so much to Jodie, CJ, and Sara for hosting!!

Tour Updates!

Hey Stitch Fans!  Just wanted to take a few moments to update you on what’s going on with the Shudder Blog Tour this week.

Hoping to get me a little some of THIS!

We’ve got TONS of great content coming your way over the next 7 days, including a few awesome guest posts, lots of reviews and giveaways, and even a couple interviews (with me and some of your favorite characters!).  However, being as it’s summer and we all deserve a break once a while, you may notice that my blogging/promotion is a bit intermittent the next week or so.  That’s because I’m going on hiatus this week to get some much-needed R&R (I am 7 months pregnant after all!), and since I’m not sure what my schedule will look like, I might not be posting faithfully every single day.

But never fear!  The tour goes on without me – just check the schedule to see what’s new each day, and whenever I get a chance to log on to the computer, I’ll post links to whatever you might have missed in the interim.  :-)

Enjoy this week on the tour and I’ll be in touch soon!

“So intense, so captivating” – 5 Stars from City of Books + Excerpt & Giveaway!

City of BooksThanks so much to Richa at City of Books for hosting today’s stop on the Shudder Blog Tour!  Richa’s got an excerpt and e-book giveaway to share with you, along with a glowing 5-star review!

Shudder is one of the best dystopians I’ve read so far! It’s so intense, so captivating. There’s a lot in it, and it’s so well written. The action, the suspense, the thrill… All of it will leave you begging for more. I know I am! Samantha, you’ve really set the bar with this one. I enjoyed every second of it. <continue reading>

Guest Post: “Why a Virus?” + 5-Star Reviews, Excerpt & Giveaways

Lots of awesome new content for you from today and yesterday on the Shudder Blog Tour!  First, check out the guest post “Why a Virus?” at Book an Appointment with Wisdom Books along with a related excerpt, giveaway, AND a 5-star review!

From the guest post:

Originally, nuclear war was supposed to destroy the world. That seemed to me the most plausible way for the apocalypse in the Stitch Trilogy to come about. It’s a simple formula: Overpopulation + Scarce Resources + Nuclear Weapons = End of Life As We Know It <continue reading>

From the review:

This book was absolutely amazing. … I got to know the characters a lot better, and wow, were there huge twists in the storyline! I enjoyed it throughout, and it left me on the edge of my seat. You really start to believe in the world Samantha has created, and lose yourself in it. A really original series. I cannot wait for the last book! <continue reading>

Realms of an Open MindAnd then swing by today’s stop at Realms of an Open Mind for another fabulous 5-star review and an e-book giveaway!

Stitch was one of those books that, even months and months later, has stuck with me. Five glowing stars, but the thing that made it difficult to review was the fact that I didn’t want to spoil anything for those who hadn’t had the privilege of reading it. Same goes here, and it’s so hard not to just gush about all the things I love about this series so far! To sum it up, Samantha Durante has this wonderful talent for taking it to the next level. Topping it off with a writing style that keeps you hooked, Samantha never fails to throw you for a loop, smacking you head on with surprises that you never see coming.

Shudder builds and builds and builds, intriguing you from the very beginning, making you question and wonder to again slap you in the face with another twist. Nonstop action, beautifully written characters, and impeccable world-building, this is definitely a series to add to your shelf.<continue reading>

Huge thanks to Keely and Hikma for hosting!!

Guest Post: “Characters Behaving Badly” + Related Excerpt, Review & Giveaways

To Read or Not To ReadToday on the Shudder Blog Tour, we’re taking a look inside Alessa’s psyche (and her minor freak-out…) in Shudder with the guest post “Characters Behaving Badly” at To Read or Not to Read, along with a related excerpt at A Dream Within a Dream!  We’ve also got one amazing new 4.5 star review, and giveaways at both stops!

Here’s a snippet of the guest post over at To Read or Not to Read:

Sometimes… characters just won’t do what you want them to do. I guess this is the problem with a well-developed character – she is no longer an object under your control, she’s a living, breathing person with motivations and thoughts and feelings all her own. And sometimes, even when she’s supposed to be the big, tough heroine of your story, she just doesn’t want to be. And we – as the readers – just have to deal with it.

I know, I know. I’m the author – I’m supposed to make my characters do what I and the readers want them to do. But unfortunately, that’s just not the way the world works. <continue reading>

Next, swing by A Dream Within a Dream to see the related excerpt from Shudder, and also check out Stephanie’s fab review!

This is a truly captivating second novel in an exciting and intriguing trilogy… The plot is very well written with a fast pace and effortless flow, which makes it almost impossible to put down. The characters – especially Alessa – continue to be well rounded and realistic, which makes it easy to identify with them throughout the book. … The story is full of twists and adventure and it kept me guessing, which is something that I love in a book. … This is a fantastic second installment in what continues to be an exciting and addictive trilogy. I highly recommend it to fans of all genres – as it defies being labeled as just one. I will definitely be eagerly awaiting the final book in the series! <continue reading>

And don’t forget the e-book giveaways at both stops!!  Thanks so much to Marcie and Steph for hosting today!

“Blew its predecessor out of the water!” 2 Reviews + Giveaway

Happy Monday!  Two awesome reviews plus a new giveaway for you today on the Shudder tour.  First, check out this great 4-star review at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile:

I reviewed the first book in this trilogy, Stitch, last year and was fairly impressed with it. Samantha Durante brings something fresh, and new to the table in her series. I knew I’d be back for more. That being said, I’ll share that Shudder blew its predecessor out of the water! This book had everything I loved from the before, and everything I was missing as well. Kudos Ms. Durante, you hooked me from page one. <continue reading>

Next up, swing by Reading & Writing Urban Fantasy for another thoughtful review AND an e-book giveaway!

Durante has a way of keeping her readers on their toes. I was blown away by the twists and turns in this book. The level of surprises just kept getting higher and higher as we learned more about the virus that killed billions of people, the Engineers overall game plan, and how the whole mess came to be.

Meeting the Engineers was the best part of this book. They are devious as they are brilliant. They truly believe in their cause, even when it means killing and torturing people. They think they are doing the right thing. It’s delusion at it’s finest. But they put up a pretty good front and I can easily see why so many people follow their lead. I can’t wait to watch their downfall though. Hint, hint, Durante.

I felt so bad for Alessa in this book. She has lost so much and has worked so hard for a cause she believes in, but I can tell she is getting tired.  <continue reading>

Thanks so much to Jessica and Jennifer for hosting today!

“A Hurray for YA Dystopia!” 3 Shudder Reviews + Giveaway

Bitsy BlingThree awesome new reviews up this weekend for the Shudder Blog Tour!  Here are some quick snippets – head to the links below for the full text.  :-)

From Bitsy Bling:

A Hurray for YA Dystopia!  … This independent author did not disappoint. The story is wrapped up without the horrid cliffhanger, but offers just enough doubt, conspiracy and mystery to leave the reader eager for the final book. Each book in the series thus far is individually satisfying while at the same time tossing enough bait that a reader can’t resist scooping up the next one as soon as it is released. <continue reading>

From Paulette’s Papers:

Author Samantha has impressed me again with her latest book Shudder. … I loved reading Stitch and I completely enjoyed Shudder, it makes a wonderful addition to the trilogy. I found it to be an easy read, one I had no trouble picking back up whenever I had to set it down. … This is a fascinating YA Dystopia series and one I think readers of all ages will enjoy. <continue reading> (Also a giveaway here!)

And finally, from Falling Books:

In this book, Alessa is unsure about her feelings for Isaac because her old feelings for Joe are resurfacing. I felt really sad knowing that she was with Isaac but still thought of her ex. … Also, the moments she spends with Isaac and completely and utterly swoon-worthy! I couldn’t get enough of them.

I’m anxious to read Stuck, which is the conclusion to the trilogy, and I predict a lot of action as well as more secrets to be uncovered! I can’t wait to see what happens to our characters, Isaac and Alessa. <continue reading>

Thanks so much to Charlie, Dani, and Sam for hosting!!

INSPIRATION WEEK Interview & Review – “Alessa was fierce and brave”

Salacious ReadsWe’re capping off INSPIRATION WEEK today with an inspiration-themed author interview and awesome 4-star review at Salacious Reads!  Check it out:

From the interview:

New Adult is becoming a very popular Genre. Did you always want to write for young adults? And what is it about this age group that inspired this trilogy?

I’m SO thrilled to see the success of the New Adult genre! When I was first coming up with the idea for Stitch, the genre was in its infancy, and still the prevailing industry attitude was that no one wanted to read about people in their 20s. As someone in my 20s, I found that quite insulting! It’s a very formative time in a person’s life, with so many changes going on and huge life experiences (college, first job, first serious relationships with the possibility of marriage, etc.) – who wouldn’t want to read about that? I’d always loved young adult books since they’re also about coming of age, but with slightly older characters, you have the opportunity to bring in more depth and maturity in the characters, and also more real-life grittiness. I think it’s an awesome genre and am really happy it’s finally getting its due! <continue reading>

From the review:

I gotta say that I love this world that Samantha created. It’s scary, futuristic and unknown…exactly what a sci-fi story should be. … Stitch, the first book was a bit slow moving for me; but I thought that Samantha picked the story up in Shudder. Here, there was more of a faster pace and I was able to connect with her character more. Alessa never annoyed me and she gained my respect in this 2nd story. She was more fierce and brave. … Shudder is a unique Sci-fi story…set in a future that is unsure and tested by its characters. I loved it…I really did. And that is saying much because I will tell you that I am not a fan of “younger” characters. But this author gave me characters that are new adults, BUT they have very adult thoughts and feelings. <continue reading>

Thanks so much to Sharonda for hosting!!  Have a great weekend everyone.  :-)

Guest Post: How To Get Free Kindle Books Sent Directly to Your Email Address

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So if you are looking for great free ebooks to download to your device, make sure to check out Free Ebooks Daily.

Thanks Eric for stopping by and sharing this with readers!

INSPIRATION WEEK – “Inspiration for The Dumpster Scene” + Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Hopelessly Devoted BibliophileContinuing INSPIRATION WEEK, today we’ve got a guest post at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile about “Inspiration for ‘The Dumpster Scene'” followed by a bunch of goodies at Coco’s Bookish Adventures including an excerpt from the aforementioned ‘Dumpster Scene’ plus a review and giveaway!  Here’s a sneak peek:

From the guest post:

Even though the Stitch Trilogy is not exactly about zombies, as you may already know, I count the Resident Evil videogame series (which I’ve been playing since the tender age of 11) as one of the major influences on my writing. And in Shudder (Stitch Trilogy, Book 2), there’s one aspect where I must give credit where credit is due: thank you, Resident Evil, for inspiring the idea for the creatures, and in particular, ‘The Dumpster Scene.’

Resident Evil has a long history of pitting its main characters against seemingly impossible odds – mutant creatures with superhuman strength and deadly agility, hordes of zombified undead, deep dark corporate conspiracies led by individuals with no constraints on their resources or power. The game – especially in the early iterations when health supplies and ammo were limited, and old-school gameplay/graphics limitations left the player with only a modicum of control – is terrifying because your character is *nearly* helpless. In contrast to most shoot-‘em-up games (and even the more recent releases in the RE series) – where if you’re just good enough at aiming your weapon you can generally blast your way out of anything – in the classic Resident Evil games, your best bet a lot of times is to run. <continue reading>

From the excerpt:

The crunch of broken glass outside the dumpster broke Isaac’s train of thought. Alessa looked up at him with alarm and he just held her tighter in his arms, his ears straining to track the movement of the sound.

The noise moved back and forth, back and forth, as if someone were pacing only steps away from the dumpster. Isaac held his breath, his pulse pounding in his ears, his skin crawling with every snap reverberating through the empty dumpster.<continue reading>

Thanks so much to Jessica and Chloe for hosting today!!