Stuck Tour GRAND FINALE

Today is the GRAND FINALE of the Stuck Blog Tour – head on over to Prism Book Tours for a recap of all the awesome Stitch Trilogy content that was shared over the past couple weeks to celebrate the launch of Book 3!

In case you missed the recent posts, here are some highlights from this week!

  • On Monday,
    • Colorimetry shared a new excerpt introducing two (hot!) new characters to the series, Deion & Alex!  Head over there to meet them!!
    • And Jessica at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile posted her review, saying, “If you haven’t started this trilogy yet, you’re in for such a treat. I envy you. I really do.”
  • On Tuesday,
    • Serenity at Lovely Reads gave Stuck 5 stars, saying the book “blew it out of the park!”  Read her full review for more!
    • Julie at Chapter Break grilled me on book boyfriends, taking tough criticism, advice for aspiring authors, and more! “What is your take on book boyfriends? Do they actually exist? Or do they set the bar for real life men impossibly high? On the contrary, I think book boyfriends challenge men to live up to their potential, and encourage women not to settle for less than they deserve!” Read the full interview on her site!
    • And Amber at Words Are the Breath of Life called Stuck, “a phenomenal completion to a wonderfully complex, challenging, and heartfelt adventure.”  !!!  Read her full review – actually the first one I received on the book! – in her post.
  • On Wednesday,
    • Books & Such featured a super fun (and super silly) quiz: “Where Do You Rank in Paragon Society?”  Are you “a genocidal maniac with a heart of gold,” a rebel with “an addiction to righteous indignation,” or something else?? Find out in Teri’s post!
  • On Thursday,
    • Sherry at Fundinmental interviewed me about all things writing and reading, including my favorite author of the moment (“Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander books.  Her character building is just so, so good; I love all of her main characters and am so invested in everything that happens to them.  I just can’t put those books down, and I wish they would go on forever and ever and ever.”  Don’t you agree??), and then shared how Stuck “gets my motor running into overdrive” – check out her full review for more!
  • On Friday,
    • Christy’s Cozy Corners featured a guest post about Dystopian Style: “3 Ways to Style a Jumpsuit” – it starts off serious but quickly goes off the rails… head over there to see if you follow my humor or just think I’m a total weirdo!
    • Then Ashley at Oh, Hey! Books got into the nitty-gritty of the writing process with me (“I set of goal of finishing the first draft of Stuck before Mia was born… and then I looked up about two months before she was due to arrive and realized I’d only written two chapters!  (Out of a planned 50!!)”) – check out her full interview to see how I wrote my way out of that hole!
    • And finally, right here on my blog I shared the final guest post of tour (side note: not really a guest post if it’s on your own blog?? haha) with the Stitch Trilogy Movie/TV Dream Cast – and I’d LOVE to hear what you think of my actor picks!
  • As a reminder, the GIVEAWAY for the Blog Tour is open through December 27th!  You can enter at any of the posts above, or by going here.  Prizes include signed print copies, a limited-edition Stitch scarf, ebooks, and Amazon gift cards galore!  (Open internationally)

Also this week, if you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some fun content popping up on the Bookstagram Tour!  There’s a separate giveaway going on exclusively on Instagram with a prize of another limited-edition Stitch scarf and ebooks of the entire series.  Click over to Instagram through the posts below and check out their captions for instructions to enter!

 

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Thank you so much to all of the awesome bloggers and Instagrammers who helped promote the tour!!!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Stuck (Stitch Trilogy, Book 3) and the entire series once you’ve had a chance to read it!!  Please remember to post your review on Amazon & Goodreads to let me know if you liked it!

Thank you again to all of readers and fans of the series who waited so patiently and enthusiastically for the book’s release.  It’s been so much fun sharing Alessa & Isaac’s adventures with you.  :-)

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy holiday season!

PS – The Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, Book 1) ebook is just $2.99 if you need a (cheap!) last minute holiday gift – Amazon now allows you to gift specific books to people on their Kindle (or Kindle app on any device).  It would be an amazing holiday treat if you could tell a friend about the series!!

Stitch Trilogy Movie/TV Dream Cast

With every book release, there’s one question I’m always *guaranteed* to be asked: Who would play your characters in the movie/TV version?

I’ve taken a stab at answering this question before, but I’d like to revisit my past selections and see if we can make any improvements – plus, we need to add casting for a couple new characters who will be joining us in Stuck!

Alessa – Emmy Rossum

Where you know her from: Shameless (TV series), The Phantom of the Opera (Movie, 2004)

Why I chose her in 2013: She’s young and fresh, and she’s got Alessa’s long brown hair, height, and down-to-earth “real girl” sensibility.  The only thing Emmy doesn’t have are Alessa’s striking green eyes – but that’s what color contacts and Photoshop are for, right?

2018 Verdict: Keep her!  I’ve been keeping my eyes out for the past 5 years and I still haven’t found another actress that fits better than Emmy.

 

Isaac – Alex Pettyfer

Where you know him from: Magic Mike (Movie, 2012), I Am Number Four (Movie, 2011)

Why I chose him in 2013: The eyes, the hair, the body… I challenge you to name one way this guy is NOT a perfect fit for Isaac.  Trust me, once you watch this clip of Alex taking off his shirt on the Ellen show, you won’t want to argue.  Plus, he’s got that classic look that can fit in anywhere from 1917 to 2114, which is exactly what Isaac needs to do.

2018 Verdict: I considered changing this one as I’m not as big a fan of his more recent grizzled look for Isaac, but after sifting through a few more 2018 photos that are more in line with the “Isaac aesthetic,” let’s stick with it!

 

Janie – Willa Holland

Where you know her from: Arrow (TV series), Legion (Movie, 2010)

Why I chose her in 2013: Sharp, cute, and spunky with just enough edge, Willa would be perfect to play Alessa’s sidekick and closest confidant, Janie.  As long as she’s willing to trade her long locks for Janie’s messy bob, she’s got the part!

2018 Verdict: Well, as there’s no more question about her willingness to don a bob, I’d say she’s got the part!

 

Joe – Robbie Amell

Where you know him from: The Tomorrow People (TV series), The Duff (Movie, 2015)

Why I chose him in 2013: With his all-American (okay, Canadian) good looks and that mischievous, swaggering twinkle in his eye, Robbie would be the ideal big brother to Alex Pettyfer’s Isaac.

2018 Verdict: Unfortunately under layers of monstrous “Stuck” makeup we won’t be able to really appreciate that face anymore, but hey, there’s always flashbacks.  He’s got the job!

 

Lizzie – Katheryn Winnick

Where you know her from: Vikings (TV series), Killers (Movie, 2010)

Why I chose her in 2013: Can you say “blonde bombshell?”  Katheryn has that classic hourglass shape and gorgeous glow that makes men drool – and look at that hair!!  But what I love most about her is that she’s not just a doe-eyed fantasy – when she’s determined (see here), she looks fierce.  Like Lizzie, this girl is more than just a pretty face.

2018 Verdict: Ummm, yes.  I’d say my previous assessment was pretty accurate – I don’t want to mess with her, do you?

 

Nikhil – Prateik Babbar

Where you know him from: Bollywood movies Mumbai Diaries (2010), Issaq (2013)

Why I chose him in 2013: Do I really need to explain?  Just go run a Google search for: prateik babbar shirtless and you’ll understand why Alessa was so taken with him in Stitch.

2018 Verdict: The fact that he’s apparently started going by just Prateik gives me pause… not to mention some other bad boy behavior that wouldn’t exactly square with Nikhil’s persona.  That being said, I still think he’s the best fit for the role.  However, we’ve definitely got Rushi Kota of Grey’s Anatomy fame on backup…

 

The Developer – Hayden Christensen

Where you know him from: Star Wars Episodes II & III (Movies, 2002 & 2005)

Why I chose him in 2013: Okay, I’ll admit it – I’m one of the few people who fell in love with Hayden Christensen in his role as Anakin Skywalker, mediocre acting notwithstanding.  But think about it – as the Developer, his awkward acting style would actually be a plus!  Pop some nerd glasses on this face, grow out a greasy mop of hair, and drop a few more pounds to match the Developer’s lanky frame, and I’m sure Hayden’s experience slaughtering innocent child padawans would help him tap into the Developer’s inner evil like an old pro.

2018 Verdict: Given the Developer’s evolution of growing increasingly unhinged over the course of Book 3 and the sociopathic gleam in Hayden’s eyes here, I still think he would be great in this role.  He’s in!

 

Deion – Kendrick Sampson

Where you know him from: How to Get Away with Murder (TV series), Vampire Diaries (TV series)

Why I chose him in 2013: N/A – he’s new to Book 3!

2018 Verdict: Here’s a fun bit of trivia. Deion is actually the first character I created who was based on an actual actor!  I first saw Kendrick as Jesse, an ill-fated student on handful of episodes of the Vampire Diaries (Season 5).  I immediately knew his disarming charm and cool, confident demeanor would make him the perfect guide for reintroducing readers to Paragon, this time from an average citizen’s perspective – and, also, eventually, the perfect, balanced match for one of our spirited heroines who’s been feeling a bit neglected from a romantic standpoint (wink wink!).

 

Alex – Alex Landi

Where you know him from: Grey’s Anatomy (TV series), Broken Land (Movie, upcoming 2018)

Why I chose him in 2013: N/A again – he’s also new to Book 3

2018 Verdict: Deion’s best friend makes his debut shirtless, so while I hate to be shallow, umm… look at this photo!  Alex (the actor) has definitely got Alex (the character’s) chiseled features and physique down to a science… all the better for catching the eye of one of our remaining partner-less heroines (but you’ll have to read the book to see who!).

So, what do you think, Stitch fans?  Do these actors fit pretty well with the characters you pictured in your head?  If this crew wasn’t available, who else would you cast in their place?  Let me know in the comments!

PS – Don’t miss these other fun guest posts from the Stuck Tour!
– Style in Dystopia: 3 Ways to Style a Jumpsuit
– Quiz: Where Do You Rank in Paragon Society? (Citizen, Rebel, Ruling Class, Engineer, or Stuck)
– A Tale of Three Book Covers (How the Stitch, Shudder, & Stuck Covers Were Designed)
– A Playlist of Music to Go With Stuck

The wait is OVER – Stuck is HERE!!!

Guess what Stitch Trilogy fans:

The wait is OVER – Stuck (Stitch Trilogy, Book 3) is finally here!!!

You can grab your copy NOW – $3.99 ebook, $9.99 print – available at Amazon (print & Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes, Kobo, and wherever else ebooks are sold!

I *can’t wait* to hear what you all think about the conclusion to Alessa & Isaac’s adventures.  As always, it would be a HUGE help if you could tell your friends about the series and post a review on Amazon & Goodreads!  Thank you for all your support!!

(I’ve waited 5 long years to finish that spot on my bookshelf… damn, that feels good.)

Happy reading!!!

PS – Stuck is on tour through the 22nd!  Follow along for reviews, fun guest posts and interviews, excerpts, and of course, a big giveaway!

Four Fabulous Reviews! – Stuck Tour

We’re back on the Stuck Tour today with some of the FIRST feedback I’ve gotten on the book, and I am *so* happy to report that these stops include four new awesome reviews!

Check out these highlights:

  • Sheila at Why Not? Because I Said So says, “the twists just keep on coming… a fantastic ending to this trilogy.”
  • Laura at FUONLYKNEW agrees, “A perfect finale to a series that fueled my imagination and captured my heart.”
  • Lisa at Lisa Loves Literature adds, “a big spiral with twists and turns that kept me guessing.”
  • And Bri at Bri’s Book Nook is new to the series – “I have been loving this series so far! I finished Book 1 and Book 2 recently, and I am currently around 50% of the way through this one. I can tell you guys that it has been great so far, but very suspenseful.”  Her post today includes a full review of Stitch (Book 1), with reviews of Shudder (Book 2) and Stuck (Book 3) planned for later stops on the tour!

As always, at all of these stops, take a moment to enter the big tour giveaway!  It’s open internationally and prizes include print and ebooks of the entire series, Amazon gift cards, a limited edition scarf, and more!

Guys, I can’t even believe it’s really here: Stuck will be available TOMORROW, Saturday 12/15.  (If you’d like an email reminder once the purchase link is live, please sign up on the list here!  No spam, ever, and only 3 or 4 emails a year, max.  Promise!)

Ahhh!!!  I hope you all love it just as much!!!!

Stuck Music Playlist, Excerpt, Author Interview & More!

I’m back today with a few more highlights from this week’s Stuck Blog Tour posts!

First, if you’re itching to get your hands on the book, we’ve got a *spinetingling* excerpt over at Wishful Endings.

Next, swing by Paulette’s Papers for a guest post which includes a playlist of music to go with specific chapters of Stuck!

And finally, head over to Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, & Characters for an author interview where we touch on everything from the appeal of dystopian novels, what sets Stuck apart from others in its genre, to what I’m up to outside of writing and why it took so long for me to finish this book!!

And, of course, at all of these stops, you can enter the big tour giveaway!!!  (Open internationally – prizes include books, Amazon gift cards, a limited edition scarf, and more!)

Stuck will be available THIS SATURDAY 12/15.  If you’d like a reminder once it’s up, please sign up on the email list here!  (No spam, ever, I promise!)

Kicking off the Stuck Tour! + Guest Post & Giveaway

Stitch Trilogy fans, the countdown has begun!!

Release day for Stuck (Stitch Trilogy, Book 3) is only a few short days away on Saturday, December 15th (sign up here for a reminder once it’s available!) and TODAY we are launching the Stuck Blog Tour & Bookstagram!

The full tour schedule will run from now through December 22nd, with TWO big giveaways with lots of prizes, and tons of interviews, guest posts, sneak peek excerpts, and more!

Keep up with the tour by checking back here regularly, or by following the Samantha Durante or Stitch Trilogy’s Facebook pages, @SamanthaDurante on Twitter, or @AuthorSamanthaDurante on Instagram.

And don’t miss these highlights from today’s stops!

  • Enter the big tour giveaway over at the Launch Post at Prism Tours, or at Wishful Endings, or Andi’s Young Adult Books
    • Prizes include signed print copies of the entire trilogy, a limited-edition Stitch scarf, ebook copies for you and a friend, bookmarks, and Amazon gift cards galore!  Open internationally, one (1) first prize winner and three (3) second place winners.  Enter at the links above!
  • Check out the Guest Post “A Tale of Three Book Covers” over at Andi’s Young Adult Books!

Huge thanks to Prism Tours and all the bloggers/instagrammers signed up for the tour!  So excited to hear what you all have to say about the book!!