Shudder Blog Tour Grand Finale Recap & Giveaway! + Bonus Post

So the Shudder Blog Tour is officially over.  WOW!  That was an action-packed summer, if I say so myself.  :-)

BUT the excitement isn’t done *quite* yet…  You may have noticed some Grand Finale Recap posts like this one at Colorimetry going up at your favorite blogs over the past few days (and coming to more blogs in the next couple weeks!).  These handy posts include links to all the awesome Highlight Posts that went up the last few weeks of the tour, and in turn link back to top moments and great content from tour stops all summer long.  So in case you missed anything, definitely check out the recap post to catch up on all the goodies!

The recap post ALSO includes the Rafflecopter widget where you can enter the Grand Finale Giveaway!  The giveaway is open for almost 2 more full weeks, so make sure to rack up your entries while you still can – more info below:

Tour-Wide Giveaway:

5 Winners. August 24 – September 16, 2013

  • Signed print copy of Stitch & Shudder for you and two friends (USA only)
  • Signed (via Authorgraph) e-book copies of Stitch & Shudder for you and two friends (Int’l)
  • Signed Stitch & Shudder bookmarks + e-book copies of Stitch & Shudder (Int’l)
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card (Int’l)
  • $5 Amazon Gift Card (Int’l)

Enter the Giveaway HERE!!!

Donnie Darko GirlAnd finally, don’t miss a bonus post from Donnie Darko Girl that includes fabulous 5-star reviews of both Stitch & Shudder (and of course, another opportunity to enter the big giveaway!).  Thanks so much to Jennifer for hosting!

“Will be haunting me until I can read the final installment” – LAST DAY on the Shudder Tour – Review + Giveaway

Wow, I can’t believe it’s September already… and you know what that means.  It’s the LAST OFFICIAL DAY of the Shudder Blog Tour!  Really??  That went by fast!

The Book RogueTo celebrate a successful summer-long tour for the latest release in the Stitch Trilogy, we’re capping things off with an awesome 5-star review at The Book Rogue (plus a chance to enter the grand finale giveaway!):

There were also some shocking aspects — in the regard that I don’t find them too absurd to actually happen, like right now. Genius and insanity are utterly and truly a very fine line that tends to blurr alot. … Alessa and Isaac proofed very strong, very conflicted, yet also very open characters. They struggled through a lot, partly by themselves and partly with the other. … Nikhil, Janie and Phoenix were used as nice threads to connect the dots. And Joe, oh Joe! I can’t spoil anything about him, but I know this will be hauting me until I can read the final installment. <continue reading>

Thank you so much to Caro for helping us wrap up the tour today, and to all the amazing bloggers who’ve participated all summer long.  And especially a big thanks to the readers – there certainly would be no tour without you guys!!  Best of luck in the grand finale giveaway (it’s still open for two weeks, so keep racking up those entries!), and stay tuned as I have it on good authority that there *might* be another bonus post or two coming up in the next few days…  :-)

“Absolutely LOVE LOVED this book” – Review, Tour Highlights (“Crushing on Characters” & Vile Villainy” Continued) + Giveaway

Second-to-last day of the Shudder Tour!  We’re rounding this out today with more highlights about your favorite characters and the villains you love to hate, plus an awesome review!  And of course two more chances to enter the grand finale giveaway!

Green Mountain CoupleHead to My Devotional Thoughts for “Crushing on (Main) Characters, Continued” highlights, then swing by Green Mountain Couple for a fab review (“I absolutely LOVE LOVED this book. It was one of those books that I picked up and didn’t want to set back down even after it was finished.”) and more highlights (“Vile Villainy, Continued”).

Huge thanks to Ruth and Kayla for hosting!

 

5 Star Reviews + “Praise for Pacing” & “Painstakingly Plotted World” Highlights & Giveaway

T-4 days on remaining on the Shudder Blog Tour and we’re celebrating with 2 excellent 5-star reviews and tour highlights featuring “Praise for Pacing” and “Painstakingly Plotted World!”

First, the “Praise for Pacing” highlights and an awesome review from Mel’s Shelves:

Oh, my! Dystopia at its finest! … Shudder takes off right out of the gate and doesn’t stop. We get the perspective of different people. … I loved all the back and forth and it wasn’t confusing at all. I had a hard time getting anything done since I just wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next. Hearing lots of different perspectives moved the book along at a fast pace and I was engrossed in this story. … And then the ending–I was not happy that I didn’t have book 3, Stuck, ready to start (there is a sneak peek at the end of Shudder, and I think I will love this one, too). If you are looking for a fantastic dystopian series, this is one I would highly recommend!!  <continue reading>

Next up, swing by Fundinmental for another amazing review (which you might remember from earlier in the tour, since Sherry was also kind enough to post way back in July!) along with highlights about the Stitch Trilogy’s “Painstakingly Plotted World.”

Thanks so much to Melanie and Sherry for hosting today!  And don’t forget to enter the grand finale giveaway at both of these stops…

“Fantastically original, well written, engaging” – Reviews, Highlights (“POV Perfection” & “Writerly Wisdom”) & Giveaway

Start the countdown – only 5 DAYS left in the Shudder Blog Tour!  Where did the time go??

Anyway, three more great stops today, including two stellar reviews and two more awesome set of highlights!  First, swing by YA Book Addict for an amazing 4.5 star review:

What a fantastic follow up to book one in the Stitch trilogy!! I absolutely loved it, from start to finish!!  … I truly loved Isaac in this book. He remained caring and supportive at all times. I think there was only one instance where he lost his cool and that was due to Alessa’s attitude, and if I’m honest, I would have lost it with her as well. … I absolutely loved Nikhil. I could really feel what he was experiencing and my heart ached for him. I think I actually looked forward to his portion of the story the most. … The one constant thought that kept coming at me while I was reading Shudder was the originality of it. I remember feeling the exact same way while I was reading Stitch. Personally, I have never read anything like it before and I have to give huge applause to an author who can create such a fantastically original, well written, engaging piece of writing. <continue reading>

Next up, check out a fantastic set of tour highlights on the topic of “POV Perfection” over at Library of a Book Witch.

MommasezAnd finally, head to Mommasez for another fab review AND highlights of “Writerly Wisdom!”

After reading Stitch, Book 1 in the Stitch Trilogy, I raved about the book and was super excited about reading Shudder. I HAD to find out what happened. I. Was. Not. Disappointed!! If anything, Samantha’s writing got even BETTER! What?! Yeah, you heard me! <continue reading>

And of course, you can enter the awesome grand finale giveaway at any of these stops!

Thanks so much to Tracey, Jennifer, and Cindi for hosting!!

“Holy monkey truckers what an ENDING!” Review & Giveaway

A TiffyFit's Reading CornerToday on the Shudder Blog Tour we’re continuing with a fabulous review from A TiffyFit’s Reading Corner, where you can also enter the big Prism Tour giveaway.  Check it out:

Holy monkey truckers what an ENDING! This story is keeping my head bent to my kindle. Ms Durante has IT, ladies and gentlemen. That thing that some authors have that just keep you turning the pages to see what new little twist will come out, to find out if what you THINK you know is truth, to see if your characters hold true to their personalities. <continue reading>

Thanks so much to Tiffany for hosting!  More tour highlights coming tomorrow.  :-)

Weekend Recap: “Family & Relationships in a Dying World” + Tour Highlights, Grand Finale Giveaway & Reviews Galore!

Whew!  SO MUCH excitement over the weekend!  Okay, I’m doing to do my best to keep it short and recap all the goodness you might have missed in the past 3 days.

First, from Friday:

Imagine the world ended tomorrow.

You have no more career, no school, no obligations. Money is meaningless. All the material possessions you’ve accumulated are useless, except what you can carry on your back. There’s no electricity to power your iPad, no gas to run your car, no fuel to heat your home – besides whatever you can find to burn, that is.

So what *do* you have left? When all the entrapments of daily life are tossed overboard and you’re fighting just to hold a claim over the basic necessities of survival, what exactly is left to live *for?*

Ask any of the characters from the Stitch Trilogy, and they’ll tell you the same thing: their loved ones. <continue reading>

Then on Saturday we kicked off the Grand Finale Highlight Tour hosted by Prism Tours!  Before we get to these stops, let me first fill you in on the HUGE GIVEAWAY going on at all these stops to cap off the tour.  Prizes up for grabs include:

* Signed print copy of Stitch & Shudder for you and two friends (USA only)
* Signed (via Authorgraph) e-book copies of Stitch & Shudder for you and two friends (Int’l)
* Signed Stitch Shudder bookmarks + e-book copies of Stitch & Shudder (Int’l)
* $10 Amazon Gift Card (Int’l)
* $5 Amazon Gift Card (Int’l)

And you can enter at ANY of the stops on the Prism tour over the next two weeks!  (See full schedule here.)

Okay, now that you’ve got the details on that, here’s a recap of the awesome stops you might have missed on Saturday and Sunday:

  • At The Reading Diaries, “Shudder Mysteries” highlights plus a great 5-star review: “Shudder is filled with surprises around every corner, keeping me guessing till the very end. … The author has done a brilliant job creating a world filled with action, romance, monsters, and fantastic characters. The characters are easy to connect with and you can’t help cheering them on as the book progresses.  Shudder is a fast paced novel that I was able to read in one evening unable to put it down till the last page.”
  • At The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl, highlights featuring quotes from “Raving Fans”
  • At Rose & Beps, highlights about “Crushing on (Side) Characters”
  • At Chapter Break, “Vile Villainy” highlights plus an AWESOME 5-star review: “I know, I gave this book 5 stars. What? Yea, it’s just that awesome. It is one of the best dystopias I’ve read in a few years (seriously, since Hunger Games and Divergent, which are my favorites in this genre). It has everything and all types of feels – betrayal, survival, despair, rage, vengeance, love, you name it. I devoured this book in a couple of sittings. Where the first book was just good, this sequel was wonderful.”
  • At The Wonderings of One Person, “Cliffhanger Ending” highlights and another amazing review: “Shudder by Samantha Durante is a deeply touching and sensational story of discovery and freedom laden with heavy doubts and uncomfortable choices. I was swept away into this amazing world. I was taken in by its vivid detail and tangible emotions. My heart was stolen from the start. The tender and enduring love of Issac and Alessa combined with the dark intentions of a post-apocalyptic world propelled the story onto my top books of 2013 list and made me love it!”
  • At Mortal Moments, tour highlights featuring quotes about “Crushing on (Main) Characters” (aka Isaac Love Fest 2013, haha).

Okay, I think we’ve covered it!  Remember you can enter the giveaway at any (or preferably ALL) of these stops!  And keep your eye out for another post going up later today about today’s stops…  Thanks!!

“No cookie cutter dystopian” – Review, Excerpt & Spotlight

Little HyutsAwesome new review up today on the Shudder Tour from Little Hyuts!  Here’s a sneak peek:

Despite how popular dystopian YA has become, Samantha Durante was able to bring something fresh to the genre. This series is in no way cookie cutter dystopian. … The author has a great writing style that delivers something for everyone, whether you are a romance, science fiction or paranormal fan. Samantha really works all these aspects together wonderfully. Shudder was just as good as the first in the series and I expect the final installment to be equally as epic. Fast paced with not a single dull moment, this book will have you turning pages until the end. And believe me you are going to be upset Stuck isn’t here yet. I highly recommend this series! <continue reading>

There’s also an excerpt available at Little Hyuts, and a promotional spotlight over at Book Labyrinth.  Thanks so much to Jill Marie and Ashley for hosting!

“A truly engaging plot that will leave its readers breathless” – 3 Reviews, Interview, Giveaway & Excerpt

Book JemsThanks so much to Sandra, Emily, and Nicki of JeanZBookReadNReviewBook Jems, and A Thousand Lives for hosting three awesome stops today on the Shudder Blog Tour!  Check out these snippets:

  • At JeanZBookReadNReview, an excerpt and e-book giveaway, plus an excellent review: “I really enjoyed Stitch and I was a little worried as sometimes in a Trilogy it’s BK#2 that tends to suffer and not be very good. But this is so not the case with Shudder. I found Shudder an even more exciting and intriguing read than Stitch.  So did I enjoy the book?  Yes!   Would I recommend the book? Yes! as it’s a great series so far and it has such a great selection of genres within it I’d guess there would be something for every reader.” <continue reading>
  • At Book Jems, a revealing author interview (“What is the hardest part about being an author?”) and another fab review: “Lemme tell you, this book packs a punch. Durante immediate grabs the attention of the reader and doesn’t give a moment’s rest as she settles into the continuation of Stitch. This book was able to pull me out of my reading funk, and entertain me while I suffered from strep throat (which is the absolute worst; I want to cry just thinking about it). Shudder has everything needed to make a great novel: action, thrills, science and romance that’ll make you swoon and sigh.” <continue reading>
  • And finally at A Thousand Lives, an amazing 5-star review: “I fell in love with these characters all over again. Issac is one to add to the list of “book boyfriends”. All he wants to do is protect the people he cares about. He second guesses his decisions and in a weird way, the insecurity makes him more endearing. He’s not the overly confident, cocky hero we’re all used to. It sets his character apart from the pack, anchoring him in reality. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a place for those arrogant yet lovable heroes but I find this character a refreshing change of pace.  If you loved Stitch, this book is a fantastic follow up.If you haven’t read it yet, hop to it. You’re missing out! This book was a wild ride of emotions. Within the first one hundred pages, I feared for the characters’ lives, swooned at the sweet moments and cried at the heartbreaking ones. Samantha Durante has a wonderful gift of incorporating many genres into one well thought out and intriguing tale.  Let this author pull you into her fascinating, dark future of the world we live in. You won’t be sorry!” <continue reading>

Guest Post: “Commitment Issues” + Triple Reviews, Excerpts & Giveaways

What's Beyond ForksLots of great new content from the past few days of the Shudder Tour!  First, stop by What’s Beyond Forks for a guest post on the Stitch theme of “Commitment Issues” – here’s a sneak peek:

Have you ever committed to something (perhaps somewhat reluctantly, or without really thinking about it), and then one day you look up and you think, “Omg, what have I gotten myself into?”

It happens to the best of us.  Maybe it was volunteering to organize that big event, or agreeing to watch a friend’s kids/pets while they were away.  Maybe it was diving headlong into a project at a new job that you don’t have a lot of experience with, or committing to cooking dinner for more people than you can really handle.

Or maybe, like in Alessa’s case in the Stitch Trilogy, you somehow got roped into championing a cause that you’re not 100% passionate about… and are maybe even a little afraid of. <continue reading>

Also don’t miss these other great stops from today and this past weekend featuring three reviews, excerpts, and giveaways!

  • Excerpt & giveaway at Collections
  • Review & excerpt from Michelle Chew Writes (“totally captivated by the intense storyline”)
  • Review at Here’s the Story (“A worthy follow-up to Stitch”)
  • Review, excerpt, & giveaway at Every Free Chance Book Reviews (“I read it every free chance I had. In fact, at one point when I was reading while walking my youngest in her stroller around my neighborhood, I may have had my mouth hanging open in surprise. My neighbors probably think I’m nuts!”)
  • Giveaway at Me, My Shelf & I

Huge thanks to Gabby, Alexa, Michelle, Nickie, Chrissy, and Amber for hosting all these great stops!!