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!

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!!