Blog Tour Giveaways Ending Today/Tomorrow

Hey everyone!  Just wanted to post a quick reminder that the last few giveaways from the Stitch Blog Tour are ending today/tomorrow.  Here are links to where to can enter in case you haven’t done so yet:

Very good chances on all of these giveaways, so remember to enter before time is up!

Last tour day! HUGE Giveaways, “Reunited” Spinoff Story, Interviews, Reviews & More @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace, Book Mark Belles, The Oaken Bookcase & Reading Romances

Can you BELIEVE it’s the LAST DAY of the Stitch Blog Tour already??  I can’t, that’s for sure!  We’ve got a whole TON of goodies to celebrate this milestone with, including stops at 4 amazing blogs with reviews, interviews, a great spinoff story and GIVEAWAYS:

Head to those stops to enter today!  And don’t miss the rest of the great content up there today as well.  First, at Nomi’s Paranormal Palace a great review and awesome author interview:

Did you do a lot of research to write this book? Alessa does research about wormholes and such, did you research as well or is it all fictional?

Believe it or not, all that wormhole stuff is science!  All of the crazy physics in the book comes directly from Stephen Hawking books or scientific articles online.

The rest of that interview and the review are up at Nomi’s Paranormal Palace today, along with the 3 e-book giveaway!  Next is another review (5 stars!!) and interview at Book.Mark.Belles:

5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part for me is coming up with the ideas for what’s going to happen. When you write, you have the ability to make ANYTHING happen to your characters, so it’s hard to know if you’re going down the right path or not.

Check out the rest of that fun interview and an excellent review at Book.Mark.Belles, and don’t forget to enter the 3 e-book giveaway while you’re there!  Our third stop today is a 4-star review from The Oaken Bookcase – here’s a sneak peek:

The characters are quite likeable and even though we haven’t seen a lot of Isaac yet, it sounds like his relationship with Alessa is going to be very sweet and profound in the next book. Alessa herself, along with the other female characters, seem very strong and capable.  The tension is built up so well once the truth is revealed that at some points I was holding my breath, waiting to see what would happen.

Catch the rest at The Oaken Bookcase today!  And finally, for our VERY LAST STOP, swing by Reading Romances for a spinoff story about Isaac and Alessa’s first night back together (this would fit in right between Ch 35 & 36):

Reunited: Isaac & Alessa’s First Night

Alessa numbly fingered the bare shrub at her feet as Isaac folded the letter and put it back in his pocket.  He reached for her hand, squeezing through the thick gloves.

“Less, it’s okay,” he pleaded, willing her to look at him.

Alessa sighed, shifting uncomfortably on the frozen ground.  She couldn’t stand the thought of being separated from her sister again; she’d only just gotten her back.

Be sure to finish the story at Reading Romances today, and of course, don’t miss that giveaway of 5 signed print copies!!

HUGE, HUGE thanks to Naomi, Lisa & Kelly, Angelya, and Nat for helping the Stitch Blog Tour go out in style today, and to ALL of the incredible bloggers who took part in the tour these past couple months!  You guys are truly amazing and I feel so lucky to have met all of you.

And for Stitch fans, this is not the end!  I will be announcing another big giveaway promotion later this week with TONS of prizes, so if you haven’t been lucky enough to win quite yet, there are many, many more chances coming your way… Stay tuned for details.

Thanks again to all of the readers and fans and bloggers who have contributed to making this tour a success!

Review & Interview @ Forever 17 Books & Up In The Bibliosphere

Well, looks like I made it through Hurricane Sandy unscathed (well, mostly – a couple trees fell on my new house – boo – but they managed not to do too much damage).  And we’ve got two great posts today to celebrate!  First, a 4-star review at Forever 17 Books:

At just over the halfway point, the story takes a totally 180 from everything I thought! I didn’t see it coming whatsoever. Everything you thought you knew about not only the plot, but the characters as well, gets thrown out the window with a spin that throws us into a totally different direction. I commend the author for pulling this off so seamlessly.

Check out the rest at Forever 17 Books!  And next, swing by Up In The Bibliosphere for an author interview!  Sneak peek below:

Kelsy: Give us some insight into the self publishing process and why you chose to utilize it.

Samantha: Self-publishing is awesome if you’re a control freak like me because you get to do EVERYTHING.  It’s A LOT of work, but it’s also a lot of fun, and it’s very satisfying to know that your book is succeeding because YOU made it happen.

Don’t miss the rest at Up In The Bibliosphere!  Big thanks to Sara and Kelsy for hosting!!

Today is also the last day to enter the giveaways at Books and Beyond and A Life Bound by Books – head over there before time is up!

Believe it or not, tomorrow is the last day of the tour!  (Already??)  And we’ve got LOTS of goodies to send out in style, including a review at The Oaken Bookcase, reviews, interviews, and 3 e-book giveaways at both Nomi’s Paranormal Palace and Book.Mark.Belles, and for our very last stop, an original spinoff story (“Reunited: Isaac & Alessa’s First Night”) AND a giveaway of 5 SIGNED PRINT COPIES at Reading Romances!

2 Reviews & Giveaway @ Up In The Bibliosphere & Ed and Em’s Reviews

Hurricane Sandy has not knocked out my power here in the Upper West Side just yet, so the tour continues!  Today we’re at Up In The Bibliosphere and Ed and Em’s Reviews for two reviews and an e-book giveaway!  First, 4 stars from Up In The Bibliosphere:

Wow. Stitch was an absolutely pleasant surprise. Like many others, I started the book thinking it’d be contemporary with a hint of paranormal. It is actually paranormal with a crazy dystopian twist! I have never been so pleased to be wrong!

Check out the rest at Up In The Bibliosphere, and don’t miss the e-book giveaway!  Next up is another great review from Ed and Em’s Reviews:

I really enjoyed this novel.  The progression of the plot and characters are things that I’m really looking forward to reading. Ms. Durante has really piqued my interest with her story, so much so that I am almost dying to know what is going to happen next!

More at Ed and Em’s Reviews today!  Big thanks to Kelsy and Emily for hosting!!  Also, today is the last day to enter the giveaway at The Aussie Zombie!

Tomorrow we’re heading back to Up In The Bibliosphere for an author interview and then to Forever 17 Books for a review!  See you then!  (If I haven’t floated away by morning, that is!  But seriously, stay safe everyone!!)

Isaac: What’s Worth Fighting For, Giveaway and Review @ The Book Hookup & Shiirleyy’s Bookshelf

The Book HookupDon’t miss a great guest post from Isaac today at The Book Hookup entitled “What’s Worth Fighting For” along with an e-book giveaway!  Here’s a sneak peek:

What’s worth fighting for?  That’s a question that Alessa and I have had to ask ourselves a lot over the course of the Stitch trilogy.  Because when you’re faced with impossible odds, it’s easy to give up.  It’s easy to say, “You know, this is not my job to fix.  I think I’m going to sit this one out.”  And for a long time, that’s just what we did.

Swing by The Book Hookup for the rest, and remember to enter the e-book giveaway while you’re there!

And our second stop today is a review at Shiirleyy’s Bookshelf.  Big thanks to Celeste and Shirley for hosting today!!

Tomorrow we’re at Up In The Bibliosphere and Ed and Em’s Reviews for two reviews and a giveaway!  As long as Hurricane Sandy doesn’t knock out the power here in New York, I’ll see you then!!  (Stay safe!)

Reviews & Guest Posts: Why Paranormal Romance & Dystopian @ A Dream Within A Dream & Michelle Shouts Random

Two great reviews and twin guest posts today up at A Dream Within A Dream and Michelle Shouts Random!  As you know, Stitch is doesn’t quite fit neatly into any one genre, so first at A Dream Within A Dream, we’ve got a post on “Why I Chose Paranormal Romance” – here’s a snippet:

I’m a para-geek. There’s no denying it. Anything that has to do with anything paranormal just hooks my interest. As a kid, I played with Ouija boards and voodoo dolls, watched any scary movie I could get my hands on (October on the SyFy channel = AWESOME), even ran a lemonade stand in the local graveyard! Tim Burton was (and continues to be) my favorite director (Beetlejuice, anyone?), and whenever there’s nothing on TV, I always seem to find myself watching reruns of one of those terrible ghost hunting shows. I know this is weird, but I just can’t help myself.

The rest is up at A Dream Within A Dream along with a 4.5 star review!  And to follow that one, we’ve got another guest post at Michelle Shouts Random on “Why I Chose Dystopian”:

We’ve all seen the news reports the past couple years – between the economy, the environment, and the unending global violence, it’s pretty obvious: our world is on a downward spiral. At least, it certainly feels like that sometimes. And when you look into the future and it’s all of a sudden unclear where things are going, it gets you thinking: what if things actually got worse? Like, much worse? What would it be like? Am I prepared? Could I survive?

Catch the rest at Michelle Shouts Random, and don’t miss her 4.5 star review while you’re there!  Huge thanks to Stephanie & Michelle for hosting today!!

Today is also the last day to enter the 3 e-book giveaway at Collections!

See you at tomorrow’s stops at The Book Hookup and Shiirleyy’s Bookshelf for a guest post from Isaac, giveaway and review!

Review & Ebook Giveaway @ Books With Bite & Twisting Minds

Don’t miss our two great stops on the tour today at Books With Bite and Twisting Minds One Word at a Time!  First, we’ve got a great 4-star review at Books With Bite – check it out:

I’ve read plenty of books where things aren’t always what they seem. I do manage to pick up little hints here or there that make me think. Stitch took me completely by surprise. Once settle in the book I thought, “Oh cool, a ghost story.” Psssh, NOT. AT. ALL. This little surprise in the book picked up my imagination like never before.

Head over to Books With Bite to catch the rest today!  And don’t miss the e-book giveaway starting today at Twisting Minds One Word at a Time!  (There was a great review and author interview there earlier this week as well!)

Huge thanks to Savannah and Brandi for hosting today!!

Lots more goodness coming on the tour this weekend (the last weekend of the tour already!), including twin guests posts at A Dream Within A Dream and Michelle Shouts Random on why I chose the dystopian and paranormal romance genres and a guest post from Isaac on “What’s Worth Fighting For” at The Book Hookup!  Can’t wait!!

Quiz (Which Stitch BAD Guy Are You?) and 3 Reviews @ Hey, Tara!, Simple Books & Crys Book Reviews

Yesterday you found out which Stitch GOOD guy you’re most like, but today it’s time to go to the dark side… and learn which Stitch BAD guy you’re most like!  Check out the quiz at Hey, Tara!

1. What was your favorite subject in school?

A. Computer Science.
B. Biology.
C. History.
D. Economics.

E. Math.

The rest of the questions AND an awesome 5-star review are up today at Hey, Tara!  Next up is a 4.5 star review at Simple Books:

At first I thought it would just be her trying to find out and help her ‘ghost’, but no.  It’s not like that at all!  It will really surprise you and leave you thinking, what happened?!

Don’t miss the rest at Simple Books!  And finally, swing by Crys Book Reviews for today’s third amazing review (5 stars!!):

My mind was blown at the end of this book. Every aspect that happened in the book, I can honestly say I really didn’t see coming…This book was definitely not like any other dystopian book I have read recently. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed them but the concept to this one was just WOW.

Catch the rest at Crys Book Reviews today!  Big thanks to Tara, Emily, and Crystal for hosting!!

Tomorrow we’re heading to Books With Bite and Twisting Minds One Word at a Time for another review and giveaway!  See you there!

Quiz (Which Stitch GOOD Guy Are You?), 2 Reviews & Interview @ Novels on the Run, Lisa Loves Literature & Twisting Minds One Word at a Time

Really fun new stuff up today on the tour on at Novels on the RunLisa Loves Literature, and Twisting Minds One Word at a Time!  First, stop by Novels on the Run for a review and a super fun quiz which will tell you which Stitch protagonist you’re most like!

1. Which pair of shoes can you not live without? 
A. Sneakers.
B. Flat boots.
C. Any pair of shoes will work for me, as long as they’re comfortable.
D. Heels!

The rest of the questions and the results are up at Novels on the Run!  (And don’t miss tomorrow’s companion post, “Which Stitch BAD Guy Are You?”)  Next up we’ve got a great review at Lisa Loves Literature:

Each little odd thing that happened made you think as you were reading it. It kept you guessing right up till the end.

Catch the rest at Lisa Loves Literature!  For our final stop today, we’re heading back to Twisting Minds One Word at a Time for an insightful author interview:

7. What advice would you give to aspiring indie authors?

Don’t give up!  It’s easy to lose confidence after a couple rejections or less-than-stellar reviews when you don’t have a team of trusted professionals (agent, editor, publisher, etc.) behind you reminding you that you’ve done something great.  But just remember that if you’ve written something you love, other people are sure to love it too, so just be persistent in getting it in front of as many readers as possible.

Stop by Twisting Minds One Word at a Time to read the rest today!  Thank you to Michelle, Lisa, and Brandi for hosting!!

Also, today is the last day to enter the e-book giveaway at YA Book Addict!  Send your friends to enter!

Tomorrow we’re at Hey, Tara! for the follow-up quiz “Which Stitch BAD Guy Are You?” and  a review, and Simple Books and Crys Book Reviews for two more reviews!

Double Reviews & Giveaways @ The Aussie Zombie & A Reading Daydreamer

Two tantalizing reviews and e-book giveaways today at The Aussie Zombie and A Reading Daydreamer!  First up, 5 stars at The Aussie Zombie:

The plot is full of seamless twists and turns, and just when I thought I had things figured out, I was completely knocked for six when things took a turn that I couldn’t even have imagined.  The world-building was great for the first half, and only improved when the book took its first big twist and secrets started to be revealed, both to me and to Alessa.  The pacing is spot on – it builds gradually and then reaches an action-packed climax at just the right time.

Don’t miss the rest at The Aussie Zombie today, and enter the giveaway while you’re there!  Our second stop today is a 4 star review at A Reading Daydreamer:

The striking premise which had such space for development was what first drew me to Stitch.  The synopsis itself had me hooked and I wondered how Samantha Durante would spin this tale of love and torment and mystery.  True to its word, Stitch spans different genres and it is difficult to classify it under a particular one.  This is perhaps what makes it so tantalizing and appealing.  Elements of paranormal and romance, sci-fi and dystopian are all thrown into the baking mix to create a pleasing cupcake of a read.

Catch the rest (and enter the giveaway!) at A Reading Daydreamer today!  Big thanks to Kat and Beverly for hosting!!

Also, today is the last day for the e-book giveaway at For the Love of Film and Novels, and there are only 5 entries right now, so get in there while the chances are good!!

Tomorrow we’ll be swinging by Novels on the Run for another review and a quiz (“Which Stitch Good Guy Are You?”), Lisa Loves Literature for a review, and back to Twisting Minds One Word at a Time for an author interview!