This content was originally posted on coffeebooksandme.blogspot.com as part of the Shudder Blog Tour in 2013. Welcome everyone to today’s exciting edition of Sayings SMACKDOWN featuring Janie and Lizzie from the Stitch Trilogy! “What is Sayings Smackdown?” you ask? Well, ladies and gents, you’re in for a treat. Sayings Smackdown is a fun, quick game where your favorite characters will weigh in with their opinions on common idioms and proverbs. You just never know what they’re
At Books for Company, the guest post “Top 5 Must-Haves for Your Post-Apocalyptic Adventure” as recommended by characters who know what they’re talking about! (Also an e-book giveaway) At Sarcasm & Lemons, the guest post “Sayings Smackdown w/ Isaac & Alessa” where Alessa and Isaac debate the merits of some common idioms (and another e-book giveaway!) At Forever 17 Books, an awesome review (“wonderfully fleshed out characters I can’t help but root for”) plus an excerpt Thanks
This content was originally posted on www.blauxportableac.com as part of the Shudder Blog Tour in 2013. Tips from the Characters of the Stitch Trilogy Alessa’s Pick: Photos/Mementos of Loved Ones. Why? Take it from me – when the going gets tough, you’re going to need a reminder of why you set out on this crazy, suicidal quest to begin with. Remembering your loved ones will keep you going even when the odds look bleak. Isaac’s Pick: Knife. Why? This all-purpose tool has come i
Hey Stitch Fans! Just wanted to take a few moments to update you on what’s going on with the Shudder Blog Tour this week. Hoping to get me a little some of THIS! We’ve got TONS of great content coming your way over the next 7 days, including a few awesome guest posts, lots of reviews and giveaways, and even a couple interviews (with me and some of your favorite characters!). However, being as it’s summer and we all deserve a break once a while, you may notice that my bloggi
Shudder is one of the best dystopians I’ve read so far! It’s so intense, so captivating. There’s a lot in it, and it’s so well written. The action, the suspense, the thrill… All of it will leave you begging for more. I know I am! Samantha, you’ve really set the bar with this one. I enjoyed every second of it. <continue reading> #excerpt #blogtour #giveaway #shudder #reviews
Lots of awesome new content for you from today and yesterday on the Shudder Blog Tour! First, check out the guest post “Why a Virus?” at Book an Appointment with Wisdom Books along with a related excerpt, giveaway, AND a 5-star review! From the guest post:Originally, nuclear war was supposed to destroy the world. That seemed to me the most plausible way for the apocalypse in the Stitch Trilogy to come about. It’s a simple formula: Overpopulation + Scarce Resources + Nuclear
This content was originally posted on baawisdombooks.blogspot.com as part of the Shudder Blog Tour in 2013. Originally, nuclear war was supposed to destroy the world. That seemed to me the most plausible way for the apocalypse in the Stitch Trilogy to come about. It’s a simple formula: Overpopulation + Scarce Resources + Nuclear Weapons = End of Life As We Know It We’re shuttling towards this eventuality every day in our own world, so it looked like a reasonable enough explan
Here’s a snippet of the guest post over at To Read or Not to Read: Sometimes… characters just won’t do what you want them to do. I guess this is the problem with a well-developed character – she is no longer an object under your control, she’s a living, breathing person with motivations and thoughts and feelings all her own. And sometimes, even when she’s supposed to be the big, tough heroine of your story, she just doesn’t want to be. And we – as the readers – just have to d
This content was originally posted on www.2readornot2read.com as part of the Shudder Blog Tour in 2013. Sometimes… characters just won’t do what you want them to do. I guess this is the problem with a well-developed character – she is no longer an object under your control, she’s a living, breathing person with motivations and thoughts and feelings all her own. And sometimes, even when she’s supposed to be the big, tough heroine of your story, she just doesn’t want to be. And
Happy Monday! Two awesome reviews plus a new giveaway for you today on the Shudder tour. First, check out this great 4-star review at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile: I reviewed the first book in this trilogy, Stitch, last year and was fairly impressed with it. Samantha Durante brings something fresh, and new to the table in her series. I knew I’d be back for more. That being said, I’ll share that Shudder blew its predecessor out of the water! This book had everything I love
From Bitsy Bling: A Hurray for YA Dystopia! … This independent author did not disappoint. The story is wrapped up without the horrid cliffhanger, but offers just enough doubt, conspiracy and mystery to leave the reader eager for the final book. Each book in the series thus far is individually satisfying while at the same time tossing enough bait that a reader can’t resist scooping up the next one as soon as it is released. <continue reading> From Paulette’s Papers: Author Sa
From the interview:New Adult is becoming a very popular Genre. Did you always want to write for young adults? And what is it about this age group that inspired this trilogy?
I’m SO thrilled to see the success of the New Adult genre! When I was first coming up with the idea for Stitch, the genre was in its infancy, and still the prevailing industry attitude was that no one wanted to read about people in their 20s. As someone in my 20s, I found that quite insulting! It’s a very
Here’s a helpful and informative guest post from Eric at FreeEbooksDaily.net (not to be confused with www.freeebooksdaily.com) about how you can use his totally FREE service to get alerts about free and cheap Kindle deals (like Stitch and Shudder!). Check it out: Most of you reading this are probably aware that there are a lot of free kindle books available to download every day. The problem is searching through all the categories and finding the books that are indeed free.
From the guest post:
Even though the Stitch Trilogy is not exactly about zombies, as you may already know, I count the Resident Evil videogame series (which I’ve been playing since the tender age of 11) as one of the major influences on my writing. And in Shudder (Stitch Trilogy, Book 2), there’s one aspect where I must give credit where credit is due: thank you, Resident Evil, for inspiring the idea for the creatures, and in particular, ‘The Dumpster Scene.’
Resident Evil ha
From the guest post:Ever sprint out of the movie theater for a mid-show bathroom break, only to find yourself alone amongst the rows and rows of stalls in your multiplex’s ladies room?
Or how about coming out of work late and realizing yours is the only car left in the big, empty parking structure, each of your steps echoing as you scurry across the lot fumbling for your keys?
Can you imagine finding yourself – as one of my friends did while the power was out during Hurricane
In Shudder, you pick up three days after the events of Stitch ended. Alessa and Isaac are outside the walls of Paragon in search of the Rebels and away from the Engineers. What they’ll face, and what they’ll discover as they get further from the compound will test their love, strength and will to live.
The characters are still likable for me, except at one point when Alessa was being a jerk, but that’s just my picky self speaking. There was one character, actually two with wh
From the guest post:
There’s an incident early on in Shudder where Alessa and Isaac are happily strolling through the forest until they stumble upon a clearing that’s littered with something a little bit disturbing: bones. Some instinct in Alessa kicks in and they take off, only to be hunted down by a pack of terrifying creatures that they can’t quite put a name to. This is one of my favorite scenes in the book, and I think that is does a good job drawing a visceral reactio
The antagonists for the Stitch Trilogy – Paragon’s elusive leaders, the Engineers – were born out of one question: what if smart people with little empathy or ability to connect with other people were in charge?Believe it or not, this question actually arose out of a repeated argument I had with an ex-boyfriend from college. <continue reading> Intrigued? Swing by Up In The Bibliosphere for the rest, and also don’t miss the e-book giveaway and Kelsy’s 5-star review! Oh my gos
This content was originally posted on www.upinthebibliosphere.com as part of the Shudder Blog Tour in 2013. The antagonists for the Stitch Trilogy – Paragon’s elusive leaders, the Engineers – were born out of one question: what if smart people with little empathy or ability to connect with other people were in charge? Believe it or not, this question actually arose out of a repeated argument I had with an ex-boyfriend from college. You see, this boyfriend and I ran in very di
Excerpt:The Draftsman met her eyes earnestly. “Listen, Phoenix. I know Paragon is not the best place ever created. But if you were the person you remind me of – if you were my granddaughter – I’d tell you to look at it from this perspective: we’re alive, right? We’re fed, we’re clothed, and we’re not at war any longer. Our planet is slowly recovering, and someday we’ll even be able to leave this compound again. We’ll be able to really start over.”
He stroked his beard f