“Absolutely LOVE LOVED this book” – Review, Tour Highlights (“Crushing on Characters” & Vile Villainy” Continued) + Giveaway

Second-to-last day of the Shudder Tour!  We’re rounding this out today with more highlights about your favorite characters and the villains you love to hate, plus an awesome review!  And of course two more chances to enter the grand finale giveaway!

Green Mountain CoupleHead to My Devotional Thoughts for “Crushing on (Main) Characters, Continued” highlights, then swing by Green Mountain Couple for a fab review (“I absolutely LOVE LOVED this book. It was one of those books that I picked up and didn’t want to set back down even after it was finished.”) and more highlights (“Vile Villainy, Continued”).

Huge thanks to Ruth and Kayla for hosting!

 

Tour Highlights: “Raving Fan Moments” + Giveaway

Literary MeanderingsVery excited today to share some of my FAVORITE moments of this summer’s tour… RAVING FAN MOMENTS!  Swing by Literary Meanderings to check them all out – not least of which is Sarah’s awesome review from earlier in the summer:

Can I just freaking say how much I LOVE this series?! Stitch was good. Shudder? AMAZINGLY AMAZING!!! I can’t even express how much I just LOVE LOVE LOVED this book. Everything about it was perfection.

As with it’s predecessor, Shudder is packed with mind-blowing twists and revelations. The thing that amazes me most is that Samantha hides these things from us so well!! I mean, seriously… had I not been sitting down already, I’d have been knocked flat on my ass. It’s jaw-drop surprising. And the best part? It’s not just one thing! Nope. Samantha delivers blow after blow in the way of plot twists. I’d seriously like to peek inside her mind. It’s got to be amazing in there! <continue reading>

Thanks so much to Sarah for hosting!!  Only 3 more days left…  Be sure to enter the grand finale giveaway while you still can!

5 Star Reviews + “Praise for Pacing” & “Painstakingly Plotted World” Highlights & Giveaway

T-4 days on remaining on the Shudder Blog Tour and we’re celebrating with 2 excellent 5-star reviews and tour highlights featuring “Praise for Pacing” and “Painstakingly Plotted World!”

First, the “Praise for Pacing” highlights and an awesome review from Mel’s Shelves:

Oh, my! Dystopia at its finest! … Shudder takes off right out of the gate and doesn’t stop. We get the perspective of different people. … I loved all the back and forth and it wasn’t confusing at all. I had a hard time getting anything done since I just wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next. Hearing lots of different perspectives moved the book along at a fast pace and I was engrossed in this story. … And then the ending–I was not happy that I didn’t have book 3, Stuck, ready to start (there is a sneak peek at the end of Shudder, and I think I will love this one, too). If you are looking for a fantastic dystopian series, this is one I would highly recommend!!  <continue reading>

Next up, swing by Fundinmental for another amazing review (which you might remember from earlier in the tour, since Sherry was also kind enough to post way back in July!) along with highlights about the Stitch Trilogy’s “Painstakingly Plotted World.”

Thanks so much to Melanie and Sherry for hosting today!  And don’t forget to enter the grand finale giveaway at both of these stops…

“Fantastically original, well written, engaging” – Reviews, Highlights (“POV Perfection” & “Writerly Wisdom”) & Giveaway

Start the countdown – only 5 DAYS left in the Shudder Blog Tour!  Where did the time go??

Anyway, three more great stops today, including two stellar reviews and two more awesome set of highlights!  First, swing by YA Book Addict for an amazing 4.5 star review:

What a fantastic follow up to book one in the Stitch trilogy!! I absolutely loved it, from start to finish!!  … I truly loved Isaac in this book. He remained caring and supportive at all times. I think there was only one instance where he lost his cool and that was due to Alessa’s attitude, and if I’m honest, I would have lost it with her as well. … I absolutely loved Nikhil. I could really feel what he was experiencing and my heart ached for him. I think I actually looked forward to his portion of the story the most. … The one constant thought that kept coming at me while I was reading Shudder was the originality of it. I remember feeling the exact same way while I was reading Stitch. Personally, I have never read anything like it before and I have to give huge applause to an author who can create such a fantastically original, well written, engaging piece of writing. <continue reading>

Next up, check out a fantastic set of tour highlights on the topic of “POV Perfection” over at Library of a Book Witch.

MommasezAnd finally, head to Mommasez for another fab review AND highlights of “Writerly Wisdom!”

After reading Stitch, Book 1 in the Stitch Trilogy, I raved about the book and was super excited about reading Shudder. I HAD to find out what happened. I. Was. Not. Disappointed!! If anything, Samantha’s writing got even BETTER! What?! Yeah, you heard me! <continue reading>

And of course, you can enter the awesome grand finale giveaway at any of these stops!

Thanks so much to Tracey, Jennifer, and Cindi for hosting!!

Guest Post: “Alessa’s Fashion!” + Highlights: “OMG Ending” & “Developing Deep Characters”

Whole bunch of awesome new content on the tour today!  First, head over to Kindred Dreamheart for a guest post featuring commentary on Alessa’s style and fashion choices, and some super-fun look boards with outfit selections!  Here’s a sneak peek:

In Paragon: Dystopian Conformity

Citizens in Alessa’s colony are given standard-issue gray jumpsuits, so in her day-to-day, she doesn’t have much of a choice about what she wears.  But hey, at least it’s comfortable!  And with a little tailoring, she might even be able to get it to look like options 2 and 3 below (as you can see from the excerpt below, Lizzie managed to make it work). <continue reading>

Kindred Dreamhart - Alessa Look 2

Also don’t miss more tour highlights at The Bookish Daydreamer (“OMG Ending”) and Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf (“Developing Deep Characters” with a focus on Alessa).  And at ANY of these stops, you can earn more entries into the HUGE grand finale giveaway!

Thanks so much to Katrina, Christine, and Melissa for hosting!

“Holy monkey truckers what an ENDING!” Review & Giveaway

A TiffyFit's Reading CornerToday on the Shudder Blog Tour we’re continuing with a fabulous review from A TiffyFit’s Reading Corner, where you can also enter the big Prism Tour giveaway.  Check it out:

Holy monkey truckers what an ENDING! This story is keeping my head bent to my kindle. Ms Durante has IT, ladies and gentlemen. That thing that some authors have that just keep you turning the pages to see what new little twist will come out, to find out if what you THINK you know is truth, to see if your characters hold true to their personalities. <continue reading>

Thanks so much to Tiffany for hosting!  More tour highlights coming tomorrow.  :-)

Weekend Recap: “Family & Relationships in a Dying World” + Tour Highlights, Grand Finale Giveaway & Reviews Galore!

Whew!  SO MUCH excitement over the weekend!  Okay, I’m doing to do my best to keep it short and recap all the goodness you might have missed in the past 3 days.

First, from Friday:

Imagine the world ended tomorrow.

You have no more career, no school, no obligations. Money is meaningless. All the material possessions you’ve accumulated are useless, except what you can carry on your back. There’s no electricity to power your iPad, no gas to run your car, no fuel to heat your home – besides whatever you can find to burn, that is.

So what *do* you have left? When all the entrapments of daily life are tossed overboard and you’re fighting just to hold a claim over the basic necessities of survival, what exactly is left to live *for?*

Ask any of the characters from the Stitch Trilogy, and they’ll tell you the same thing: their loved ones. <continue reading>

Then on Saturday we kicked off the Grand Finale Highlight Tour hosted by Prism Tours!  Before we get to these stops, let me first fill you in on the HUGE GIVEAWAY going on at all these stops to cap off the tour.  Prizes up for grabs include:

* Signed print copy of Stitch & Shudder for you and two friends (USA only)
* Signed (via Authorgraph) e-book copies of Stitch & Shudder for you and two friends (Int’l)
* Signed Stitch Shudder bookmarks + e-book copies of Stitch & Shudder (Int’l)
* $10 Amazon Gift Card (Int’l)
* $5 Amazon Gift Card (Int’l)

And you can enter at ANY of the stops on the Prism tour over the next two weeks!  (See full schedule here.)

Okay, now that you’ve got the details on that, here’s a recap of the awesome stops you might have missed on Saturday and Sunday:

  • At The Reading Diaries, “Shudder Mysteries” highlights plus a great 5-star review: “Shudder is filled with surprises around every corner, keeping me guessing till the very end. … The author has done a brilliant job creating a world filled with action, romance, monsters, and fantastic characters. The characters are easy to connect with and you can’t help cheering them on as the book progresses.  Shudder is a fast paced novel that I was able to read in one evening unable to put it down till the last page.”
  • At The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl, highlights featuring quotes from “Raving Fans”
  • At Rose & Beps, highlights about “Crushing on (Side) Characters”
  • At Chapter Break, “Vile Villainy” highlights plus an AWESOME 5-star review: “I know, I gave this book 5 stars. What? Yea, it’s just that awesome. It is one of the best dystopias I’ve read in a few years (seriously, since Hunger Games and Divergent, which are my favorites in this genre). It has everything and all types of feels – betrayal, survival, despair, rage, vengeance, love, you name it. I devoured this book in a couple of sittings. Where the first book was just good, this sequel was wonderful.”
  • At The Wonderings of One Person, “Cliffhanger Ending” highlights and another amazing review: “Shudder by Samantha Durante is a deeply touching and sensational story of discovery and freedom laden with heavy doubts and uncomfortable choices. I was swept away into this amazing world. I was taken in by its vivid detail and tangible emotions. My heart was stolen from the start. The tender and enduring love of Issac and Alessa combined with the dark intentions of a post-apocalyptic world propelled the story onto my top books of 2013 list and made me love it!”
  • At Mortal Moments, tour highlights featuring quotes about “Crushing on (Main) Characters” (aka Isaac Love Fest 2013, haha).

Okay, I think we’ve covered it!  Remember you can enter the giveaway at any (or preferably ALL) of these stops!  And keep your eye out for another post going up later today about today’s stops…  Thanks!!

Get Ready for the Big Finale! + Giveaway

Hey Stitch Fans!  I’ll be out of commission for the next few days as I head out of town to attend the wedding of some of our good friends (yay!), so I just wanted to take a few moments to fill you in on all the excitement while I’m gone.

Prism Book ToursStarting on Saturday, we’re kicking off the Grand Finale of the Shudder Blog Tour (can you believe the summer is gone already??) with a set of awesome recap-themed posts organized by Laura of Colorimetry and all the awesome bloggers at Prism Book Tours!

That’s right – we’ll be highlighting some of the best moments of the tour including quotes from my favorite reviews, top get-to-know-me moments with both the characters of the Stitch Trilogy and yours truly, and lots and lots of more goodness!  You can view the full schedule here, but rest assured, I will keep you updated on each day’s new goodies (at least, once I get back from vacation that is!).

Also, today we’ve got a new spotlight and e-book giveaway at Froze8′s Blog – don’t miss it!  I’ll be in touch in a few days.  In the meantime, be sure to check the tour schedule to keep up with the beginning of the Grand Finale!

“No cookie cutter dystopian” – Review, Excerpt & Spotlight

Little HyutsAwesome new review up today on the Shudder Tour from Little Hyuts!  Here’s a sneak peek:

Despite how popular dystopian YA has become, Samantha Durante was able to bring something fresh to the genre. This series is in no way cookie cutter dystopian. … The author has a great writing style that delivers something for everyone, whether you are a romance, science fiction or paranormal fan. Samantha really works all these aspects together wonderfully. Shudder was just as good as the first in the series and I expect the final installment to be equally as epic. Fast paced with not a single dull moment, this book will have you turning pages until the end. And believe me you are going to be upset Stuck isn’t here yet. I highly recommend this series! <continue reading>

There’s also an excerpt available at Little Hyuts, and a promotional spotlight over at Book Labyrinth.  Thanks so much to Jill Marie and Ashley for hosting!

“A truly engaging plot that will leave its readers breathless” – 3 Reviews, Interview, Giveaway & Excerpt

Book JemsThanks so much to Sandra, Emily, and Nicki of JeanZBookReadNReviewBook Jems, and A Thousand Lives for hosting three awesome stops today on the Shudder Blog Tour!  Check out these snippets:

  • At JeanZBookReadNReview, an excerpt and e-book giveaway, plus an excellent review: “I really enjoyed Stitch and I was a little worried as sometimes in a Trilogy it’s BK#2 that tends to suffer and not be very good. But this is so not the case with Shudder. I found Shudder an even more exciting and intriguing read than Stitch.  So did I enjoy the book?  Yes!   Would I recommend the book? Yes! as it’s a great series so far and it has such a great selection of genres within it I’d guess there would be something for every reader.” <continue reading>
  • At Book Jems, a revealing author interview (“What is the hardest part about being an author?”) and another fab review: “Lemme tell you, this book packs a punch. Durante immediate grabs the attention of the reader and doesn’t give a moment’s rest as she settles into the continuation of Stitch. This book was able to pull me out of my reading funk, and entertain me while I suffered from strep throat (which is the absolute worst; I want to cry just thinking about it). Shudder has everything needed to make a great novel: action, thrills, science and romance that’ll make you swoon and sigh.” <continue reading>
  • And finally at A Thousand Lives, an amazing 5-star review: “I fell in love with these characters all over again. Issac is one to add to the list of “book boyfriends”. All he wants to do is protect the people he cares about. He second guesses his decisions and in a weird way, the insecurity makes him more endearing. He’s not the overly confident, cocky hero we’re all used to. It sets his character apart from the pack, anchoring him in reality. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a place for those arrogant yet lovable heroes but I find this character a refreshing change of pace.  If you loved Stitch, this book is a fantastic follow up.If you haven’t read it yet, hop to it. You’re missing out! This book was a wild ride of emotions. Within the first one hundred pages, I feared for the characters’ lives, swooned at the sweet moments and cried at the heartbreaking ones. Samantha Durante has a wonderful gift of incorporating many genres into one well thought out and intriguing tale.  Let this author pull you into her fascinating, dark future of the world we live in. You won’t be sorry!” <continue reading>