NEW! Get Stitch from the “Netflix of Books”

Oyster BooksHi everyone!  Wanted to share with you a great new service that I learned about on one of my favorite blogs, Realms of an Open Mind (thanks for the tip, Keely!): it’s called Oyster, and it’s basically the Netflix of books!

Netflix for books?” you say.  “But what ever do you mean??

Exactly what it sounds like: for $9.95 a month, you have unlimited access to a library of 200,000 books, including tons of bestsellers and (you guessed it…) the Stitch Trilogy!  Best yet, they offer a free one-month trial which you can sign up for at www.oysterbooks.com.

Only drawback (at least if you’re an ex-Microsoftie living in a strict anti-Apple household like me – what, no takers?) is that it’s currently only available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, and only to users in the US.  Hopefully they’ll expand that to international readers and Windows Phone users sometime soon… (hey, a girl can dream!  My WP8 is the bomb, btw).

In other news…

Super excited about a new YA dystopian anthology that Stitch is going to be a part of!  It will include 10 highly rated YA dystopian books and be priced at only $0.99!  How can you beat that??  More details coming soon…

Also, I know you guys are all dying to know what the deal is with Stuck (Stitch Trilogy, Book 3)…  All I can tell you right now is that it’s in the works and still slated for a 2014 release.  As soon as I have more firm dates, I promise you guys will be the first to know!  Sign up to receive an email notification or follow me on Facebook or Twitter to stay up-to-the-minute on release announcements!

Shudder LAUNCH & Blog Tour Kick-Off, Woo-Hoo!!

Shudder is here!  Get your copy today!BIG day today, ladies and gents!  :-D  First off, I’m SUPER excited to announce that Shudder is FINALLY here!  <Happy Dance!>

Here’s where you can grab your copy:

  • Amazon: Kindle ($2.99) or print ($9.49) formats
  • Smashwords: all other e-book formats ($2.99)
  • Coming soon to B&N Nook, iTunes, Kobo, etc. in e-book format, expected by early July

(And for anyone you know who hasn’t read Stitch yet, it’s available in all the same places for just $0.99!)

To celebrate Shudder’s arrival, today we’re also kicking off an EPIC 12-week Blog Tour running from now until September 1st with 150+ stops at amazing blogs featuring reviews, author/character interviews, guest posts, excerpts, and lots and lots of giveaways!  Check out the full schedule here.

Shudder Blog Tour - June 15th to Sept 1st

About the Tour

To give you a quick rundown, the first two weeks are being host by my buddy Laurynne over at CBL Tours, and she’s got a blitz of blogs lined up between now and the end of the month.  All of the blogs participating through CBL will be hosting a MASSIVE giveaway for one grand prize winner of the Stitch & Shudder Prize Pack (open to US+Int’l) featuring:

  • Signed Print Copies of Stitch & Shudder
  • Ebook Copies of Stitch & Shudder for 5 of Your Friends (signed via Authorgraph!)
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • Signed Stitch Litograph Poster (includes full text of the book in tiny print!)
  • Signed Shudder & Stitch Bookmarks

There’s tons of ways to enter every day and the giveaway is open through early July, so swing by any of the CBL Tour Host blogs for your chance to win!

After that, we’ll have 8 more weeks of blog tour goodness featuring many of your favorite stops from last year’s Stitch Blog Tour plus a bunch of new blogger friends that I’m excited to introduce to you!  Many of these stops will be featuring smaller giveaways of their own (which means better chances to win!), along with TONS of great extra content from guest posts and character visits to author interviews and excerpts.

And closing out the tour in late August will be a super-fun interactive two-week activity hosted by the amazing Laura of Prism Tours!  More details coming on this later in the tour.

So how do you make sure you don’t miss any of the action?  Follow along all summer long through the following links to my and/or Stitch Trilogy‘s Facebook pages (remember to select “Show in Newsfeed”), my Twitter account, or the blog RSS.  I’ll be posting near-daily to update you on all the latest happenings.  :-)

Today on the Tour

Whew, so now that we’ve got the background out of the way, let’s get this thing rolling!  To start you off today, we’ve got one great stop at Joana In The Sky With Books!  (No CBL bloggers today, so you’ll have to wait until next week to enter that big giveaway, sorry!)

Joana In The Sky With Books is featuring an excellent 4 star review and an awesome author interview!  Here’s a preview:

From the review:

“This one definitely moves at a faster pace than the last one and it’s more action packed as well. … this series is great both for lovers of dystopian fiction and for people who, like me, had never ventured into the genre.  All the other elements from other genres (paranormal, sci-fi, even a little horror) make this book absolutely unique!”

 

From the interview:

Is there any character in the trilogy based on someone you know in person?

Actually, almost EVERY character in the trilogy is based on someone I know, or more likely a combination of people I know.  Alessa is a lot like me, for better or for worse, and Janie is a combo of a bunch of my good friends (Joan’s good sense and keen observation, Vanessa’s bubbliness and charisma, Diane’s courage and undying loyalty, amongst others).  Certain aspects of Isaac were drawn from my husband (his analytical-mindedness and just overwhelming kindness and thoughtfulness), and the Engineers (the bad guys) are based on a variety of people I’ve met and disliked over the years…

Plenty more at Joana In The Sky With Books!  Thanks so much to Joana for kicking off the tour this weekend!  Check back Monday for more great stops and plenty more tour excitement.  :-)

One More Announcement…

Now that Shudder is released and includes a sneak preview chapter from the final book in the series, it looks like the cat’s out of the bag… In case you were curious, the title of the third and final installment in the Stitch Trilogy is Stuck.

But no cover yet!  If you want to check that out, you’ll have to grab a copy of Shudder and see for yourself in the back of the book.  :-)  (But DON’T peek at it until you’ve read through Shudder, otherwise you’ll spoil the ending of Book 2!  You’ve been warned!!  Seriously.  Don’t do it.  Trust me.)  Happy Reading!!!

More Giveaway Opportunities! Sitting With A Book’s 1-Year Blogiversary

There’s another copy of Stitch up for grabs as part of the AMAZING prize packs over at Sitting With A Book’s 1-Year Blogiversary!  Stitch is part of Prize Pack 4, which includes 10 other awesome titles.  Don’t miss your chance to enter!

And don’t forget about Elle Casey’s Springtime Indie Book Giveaway which ends in 2 days!!  This is just a small subset of the 1554 copies of 190 titles you could win!

Elle Casey's Big Giveaway

Click here for the full tapestry of books up for grabs and links to their Amazon pages – you choose which book(s) to enter for.  Good luck in all these great contests!!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Shudder is coming!!! Cover Reveals start TODAY

So… Easter weekend got a *bit* in the way of my progress with the Shudder drafts the past few days, but never fear – the release train is still on schedule!  In fact, starting today and continuing for the next few weeks, you may notice some Shudder buzz popping up at your favorite book blogs…

And that’s because it’s time to reveal the Shudder cover!  So without further ado, here ya go:

Shudder by Samantha DuranteTa-da!  What do you think??

Here’s a little more about what you can expect to see in Shudder:

It’s only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa’s life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she’d counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she’d thought she’d tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she’s discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.

The memory-altering “stitch” unlocked something in Alessa’s mind, and now she can’t shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers – and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world’s sorry history – will soon leave Alessa reeling…

The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante’s shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.

Add Shudder to Goodreads

Yay!  Can’t wait to share Shudder with you guys!!!

If you’re excited too, make sure you don’t miss the release – currently slated for June 15th, 2013 (assuming all goes well with the revision/publication process).  Here are a few simple things you could do ensure you’ll get notification when Shudder is available:

Oh, and even better news…  Doing any of the above will earn you entries into the GIVEAWAY for a SIGNED ARC of SHUDDER!!!  Enter below!  :-D

Enter the Giveaway HERE!!!

Planning for the Blog Tour (coming this summer!) is underway, so stay tuned for updates…  And if you or someone you know would like to host a tour stop, sign up here!

Check out The Witchy Contessa!

Hope everyone’s having a good Tuesday!  I just wanted to take a moment to send a shout-out to my blogger buddy Jessica over at The Witchy Contessa.  Hey, Jessica!  :-)

I originally met Jessica during the 2012 Stitch Blog Tour, when she was over at her old site Crossroads Reviews.  Since then, an unfortunate Blogger.com snafu has put her site out of commission, so she’s been blogging over at The Witchy Contessa (along with another one of my buddies from tour, Brooke from The Cover Contessa!) while waiting for Blogger to correct the error.

If you haven’t been over to The Witchy Contessa, I definitely recommend you check it out – it’s a great book blog filled with thoughtful book reviews, exciting tour stops, giveaways galore, and of course, Shudder will be swinging by there soon once the big promotional push begins in a few weeks!

Added bonus for you authors out there, Jessica also organizes blog tours, so if you need help (trust me, I know how time-consuming they are to coordinate!), you should totally get in touch.

Swing by the Contessa at the Crossroads Facebook Page to keep up all with all the goings on at The Witchy Contessa, The Cover Contessa, and Crossroads Reviews (once that one is back up, that is!) – and hey, while you’re there, why not give ’em a Like?

 

Top 5 Things I Love About Being an (Indie) Author

Check out a guest post I wrote up today at A Dash of YA titled, “Top 5 Things I Love About Being an (Indie) Author.”  Here’s a sneak peek:

1. Total empowerment.

There were a lot of reasons I decided to go the indie route when publishing Stitch, but by far the main one is that I’m a bit of a control freak and I really liked the idea of having final say over every little detail of my book.  I worked with an artist to design the cover, devoted painstaking hours to formatting the e-book versions, and made the final decision about every word, every punctuation mark, and every plot twist.

Catch the rest up at A Dash of YA today!  Thank you so much to Komal, Michelle, Erica, and Molli for hosting me!

PS – Be sure to check out Komal’s new book, Impossible (With Me Series, #1), a mature YA contemporary romance!  More about the book and interview with Komal coming soon…

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!

Stitch Review @ City of Books

Wanted to share a great new review up today at City of Books – check it out:

Stitch is so different from anything I’ve read before! I started off thinking it was paranormal, then suddenly it changed to science fiction, and imagine my surprise when I find out it’s a dystopian! Stitch will make you question everything you once thought to be true, just like Alessa does in the book. Samantha Durante has truly created an amazing world in her debut novel!

Read the rest at City of Books today!  Thanks so much to Richa for reading and reviewing Stitch!

Also, don’t forget to enter the HUGE November Giveaway going on all this month!

Enter the Giveaway HERE!!!

Stitch Review @ The Book Hookup

The Book HookupJust wanted to share an awesome review that went up today at The Book Hookup!  Here’s a sneak peek:

Isaac: Very kind and very smexy. Any time there are broad shoulders and taut muscles I am IN. yay! I don’t think Isaac realizes how gorgeous he really is. He is deep and thoughtful, as well as brave and loyal. Yes, the total package.

Catch the rest at The Book Hookup today!  Thanks so much to Celeste for taking the time to read and review Stitch!

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!