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!!

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!!

STUCK Cover Reveal + *Giveaway!*

So excited to finally share the cover for Stuck (Stitch Trilogy, Book 3)!

I had this cover designed wayyy back in 2016 and have been (very impatiently) sitting on it ever since.  You may have caught a sneak preview in the back of Shudder if you have a recently purchased/updated e-book copy, but besides that, I’ve mostly been waiting until closer to the book’s release (scheduled for December 15th!!) to share.

So, without further ado, here it is!

If you’re familiar with the other books in the series, you’ll see that it’s keeping in line with the same theme, and features a callback to the cover of Stitch – only, a slightly *twisted* version of that cover!  (If you remember the big cliffhanger at the end of Shudder, you’ll know who this one is referring to!!)

 

Hope you guys love it as much as I do!

And, of course, to celebrate we’re doing a giveaway!!

1 winner will receive a Prize Pack with e-books of STITCH and SHUDDER, plus a $10 Amazon eGift Card
Ends October 12th, open internationally

 

And while you’re at it, you *may* want to go ahead and add Stuck to your Goodreads TBR, and perhaps even preorder a copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes? (Note: only e-books will be available for preorder – print copies will become available on release day, sign up for an email reminder!)

huge thank you to Prism Book Tours and all the awesome bloggers who are helping me to promote the release!  I am SO excited to hear what you guys think of the book in just a few short weeks (!!!)…  :-D (More info about the planned Blog Tour & Bookstagram coming soon!  Bloggers up here!)

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…Nothing to See Here, Folks

SuperBoringAnnouncementsOh, hey there.  Not much new around here, just a few super boring announcements I wanted to share.  Nothing exciting, so don’t go getting your knickers in a bunch.

  1. I’ve got a new cover for Stuck (Stitch Trilogy, Book 3) – if you own an e-book copy of Shudder and can update it to the latest version (most readers can do that at www.amazon.com/mycd), you can find a sneak peek right before the Epilogue.
  2. If you can’t see the new cover in your copy, no worries – I’m planning to do an official Cover Reveal soon.  Any book bloggers out there want to help me?
  3. Oh yeah, almost forgot: Stuck is ~65% done, and I have plans to finish the first draft in the next 24 days.  No big deal.
  4. You’re still here?  Wow, you must really have nothing better to do…  Well, as a reward for sticking around, here’s a quick excerpt from Book 3:

Isaac reclined back on the shore absentmindedly digging his fingers through the grass, enjoying the scent of fresh pine needles, the unseasonably warm spring sun stroking his face, and – especially – the view.

Alessa stood with her back to him, her tall, curvaceous form poised on the edge of a large boulder, the afternoon sun reflecting off the water of the lake onto her long, bare limbs, her skin glowing luminous against the forest.  Isaac groaned hungrily to himself, and she paused to toss one coy, teasing glance over her shoulder at him before leaping off and slipping into the water.

Surfacing with a yelp, she swam hastily towards the shore, visibly shivering under the gentle waves.

The spell broken, Isaac chuckled and called out, “I don’t know what else you were expecting in March.”

Her teeth chattering, she waded in the neck-deep water until she could find her footing.  “It’ll be April n-n-n-next week,” she argued, hissing through clenched lips.

“And April is swimming weather since when exactly?”  Isaac laughed and shook his head.  “Come here and let me warm you up.”  He narrowed his sapphire eyes at her enticingly.

Alessa grinned.  She worked her way towards him, the water slinking over her limbs as her smooth, porcelain skin broke the surface with each stroke.  Isaac’s stomach clenched with desire.

Dipping her face under, she came up standing and tossed her dripping hair back.  The lake now at her shoulders, she treaded slowly forward, Isaac’s heart rollicking in anticipation as the water inched down, down, down over her chest.

And then, just before it reached the promised land, she went rigid, her features twisted in concern.

Isaac shot up.  “What is it?”

Alessa’s eyes darted across the shoreline, searching.  “I’m not sure.  I felt something.”

Isaac grimaced.  “I told you there were snakes in there.”

“No, not snakes.”  Alessa waved him off.  “I think it might be… them.

Understanding, alarm prickled down his back.  “The creatures.”

Guys, guys… in case you fell for my Jedi mind trick (did you? did you??), to be clear, I am SUPER EXCITED about all of the above!!!  I’ve been trying to play it cool, but man, cool is NOT my thing, you know?  Ahhhh!!!  Stuck is almost done!  I’m planning to release it later this year!!  THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER!  Official release date will come with the Cover Reveal in a couple months – I don’t want to commit to anything yet until I’m 100% sure I can deliver, and, oh, I’m expecting a baby in a few weeks (another girl!!! Kiran is SO excited to be a big brother!), so yeah things are a little hectic around here – but IT’S REALLY HAPPENING.  Consider my knickers bunched!  Hope yours are too!!!

In all seriousness, I know it’s been a long wait; thank you for sticking with me through thick and thin.  I can’t tell you how much all of your support means to me, and I absolutely can’t wait to share Book 3 with you!

PS – In case you follow my grief writing, I had a guest post last week over at Glow in the Woods (my favorite ever babyloss blog, I’m SO HONORED to be published there!) about Postpartum Anxiety, as inspired by the AWESOME recent sci-fi horror film A Quiet Place.  Check it out!  (And if you haven’t seen the movie, definitely do!)

Interview & Giveaway at Michael SciFan

Michael SciFanCheck out this great new interview up today at Michael SciFan!  Here’s a sneak peek:

Did the story or characters take any unexpected directions from your original plans?

I’m a big planner (especially when it comes to something like the Stitch Trilogy, which has a fairly complex backstory and very twisty storyline), so there hasn’t been too much divergence from my original plans, when it came to the main characters at least. But as the series has developed, I’ve found some of the side characters playing much bigger roles than I ever anticipated. Nikhil and Lizzie in particular just started as one-dimensional throwaway characters when I first set out to write Stitch, but over time – either through necessities of the plot or reader demand – these characters have taken on a life of their own and really impacted the story in major ways that I didn’t foresee at first. So that was definitely a surprise, but a good one! <continue reading>

While you’re there, you can also enter a giveaway for an e-book copy of Stitch or Shudder (winner’s choice!).  Don’t miss out!

Thanks so much to Michael for hosting me!!

Interview @ Shut Up and Read

Shut Up and ReadHappy Memorial Day Weekend to those of you in the US!  Hope you’re enjoying the three-day weekend and that the weather is cooperating wherever you are.  :-)

I wanted to give a big thanks to Sheri and all the mods over at Shut Up and Read for hosting me for an interview today!  Lots of great questions touching on my favorite scenes,  the writing process, and even hidden talents (or, rather, my lack thereof) – check it out:

Q:  Do you have any hidden talents?

A:  I actually always joke that if I was going to be in a talent show, I have no idea what I’d do. I haven’t played an instrument (the baritone horn) since middle school, my singing is mediocre at best (I have the same range as a boy band, so I can do that well but not much else!), I’ve played a lot of sports (basketball, rugby, lacrosse, field hockey, roller derby) but I’m not exactly a star in any of them, I can’t juggle or do magic tricks or anything. I’m book smart, but that’s boring, and my biggest talents are my organization/time-management skills – which are legendary – and my writing – which many of my friends actually considered a “hidden” talent since I went to school for business/engineering did nothing relating to writing – but how can you show those off at a talent show?? I’m hopeless in the hidden talent department, lol.

Haha, I’m so lame, sorry.  Catch the rest over at Shut Up and Read today!  And if you’re interested in more interviews like this and some great opportunities to read free books in exchange for your review, check out their Goodreads group.  Thanks again to Shut Up and Read for hosting me!!

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!!

Pre-Release Jitters – Guest Post @ Reutreads

ReutreadsEver wonder what goes through an author’s mind leading up to the release of his/her book?  Well, it’s not pretty – basic a chaotic jumble of anxiety, stress, self-doubt, and of course the ever-present hopeful glimmer of excitement that drive an author to put him/herself through this process, again and again.

In a new guest post up today at Reutreads, I’m offering a glimpse into the handful of things that are keeping me awake in these nights leading up to Shudder’s release.  Here’s a quick preview:

1. How do I make my book NOT SUCK?

Okay, I’ll be straight with you – I don’t think the current draft of my next book sucks. I actually think it’s pretty good. But I thought that about my last book, too, up until the day I released it, and then almost immediately after I realized that I hated it. And then I loved it again, and then I hated it, and so on and so forth, until one day I finally saw it for what it actually was: a book – and a pretty decent book at that – but one that, like most books, has its flaws.

So what I learned after my experience with Stitch is that it’s really not for many months after the book has been released that I can actually see it clearly. The problem is that in order to make the book the best it can be, I need to know what’s wrong with it before I publish it.

I’m still not quite sure how to accomplish this, but I can promise you one thing – I’m TRYING. Really, really hard. I’m thinking about my book constantly, before I fall asleep at night and first thing when I wake up in the morning, in the shower, while I’m cooking, when I’m supposed to be doing my day job… it’s always on my mind. Where are the problems and how do I fix them?

LOTS more neuroses where that came from!!  Lol.  Check out the rest of the post over at Reutreads today for more.  :-)

Big thanks to Reut for making time in her busy school schedule to host me!