Shudder by Samantha Durante – The Highlight Tour Grand Finale!

Shudder by Samantha Durante – The Highlight Tour GRAND FINALE! Last chance to win!!

The Highlight Tour with Prism Book Tours

& Samantha’s Summer Tour

Shudder

348 pages

Published June 15, 2013

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 Highlight Tour

8/24 – 9/1

Sharing some of the best of the summer-long tour

Shudder by Samanth Durante Blog Tour - June 15th to Sept 1st

24 – The Reading Diaries – The Mystery!

 Why does Alessa keep feeling something following them through the woods? – Review at Here’s the Story

Shudder is filled with surprises around every corner, keeping me guessing till the very end.

 

The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl – Raving Fans!

Can I just freaking say how much I LOVE this series?! Stitch was good. Shudder? AMAZINGLY AMAZING!!! I can’t even express how much I just LOVE LOVE LOVED this book. Everything about it was perfection. – Review at Literary Meanderings 

Rose & Beps Blog – Crushing on Side Characters!

Lizzie: I’ll support whoever can deliver that future, whether it’s the rebels or even the leaders of Paragon, if they were willing to change. I do believe in second chances. – Character Interview  at Mousehead & Tales

25 – Chapter BreakVile Villainy!

Samantha: …the Engineers(the bad guys) are based on a variety of people I’ve met and disliked over the years for their general arrogance and lack of ability to connect with people (though I’m not naming names, haha). – Interview at Joanna In the Sky With Books:

Review:

 I enjoyed the merging of genre and thought it was a unique twist on sci-fi and dystopia, with a little paranormal aspect until we learn otherwise. 

Wonderings of One Person – 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…

Mortal Moments – Crushing on Characters!

Do YOU have any favourite fiction crushes or book boyfriends? Care to share them… so we can all swoon together! 🙂

Issac is one to add to the list of “book boyfriends”. – Review at A Thousand Lives

26 – A Tiffyfit’s Reading Corner – Review

…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…

27 Kindred DreamhartCatch some STYLE!

 

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The Bookish Daydreamer – OMG Endings!

Samantha: My favorite scene to write in Shudder was definitely the big revelation in the very last chapter. Heart-wrenching. – Interview at Lovely Reads

Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – Developing Deep Characters

Things get even more complicated when Alessa discovers something new about herself, a twist that I sure never saw coming. Again kudos Samantha for a great job well done. ~Review at Total Book Nerds

28 – YA Book Addict – Review

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.

Library of a Book Witch – POV Perfection!

…the transitions between character to character are smooth and never feel unnatural or jarring, each character’s situation has a different aura to it, I could immediately tell which character I was currently reading about… Review at Book Adoration.

Mommasez…Writerly Wisdom

Do what you love. – Guest Post “Celebrating the Stitch 1 Year Anniversary” at Head Stuck in a Book

Imagine the world ended tomorrow. – Guest Post “Family & Relationships in a Dying World” at My World in Words and Pages 

Review

Samantha teases us with two girls, one stoned by an angry mob, the other in a prison cell. We don’t know who is who. And it’s deliciously mysterious!!

29 – Mel’s ShelvesPraise for Pacing!

Fast paced with not a single dull moment, this book will have you turning pages until the end. – Review at Little Hyuts

Review

Oh, my! Dystopia at its finest! A quick word on Stitch (book 1): It had been a while since I’d read what it was about so I just started reading. It seemed like a nice time travel romance with a hint of something else and then BAM!, in came the dystopia element. At that point, I couldn’t put it down…

Fundinmental – Painstakingly Plotted World

The complexity of the plot and the dynamics have you wondering what exactly Samantha has in her mind to be able to imagine this complex world. I never one time imagined that what happens in the book could actually happen but now the idea is planted firmly in my mind. It is a little freaky. – Review at Cynthia Shepp Book Reviews & Editing

Review:

 Shudder… has so many things going on that, at times, I was torn about where I wanted the story to go. 

 

30 Literary Meanderings – Top Ten Raving Fan Moments!

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. ~ Review at City of Books

31 My Devotional Thoughts – More Crushing On Characters! 

 

Isaac Sttich Trilogy

Interview with Isaac at Always YA at Heart

– Green Mountain Couple – More Vile Villainy!

“The memory alteration research mentioned some, well, unfortunate side effects…” – Guest Post at Crys Book Reviews

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.

Sept. 1 – The Book Rogue – Review

Some things were not that unusual for a Dystopian, but 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 blur a lot.

Quote:

“What we haven’t told you yet–“

He paused, searching her eyes before he dropped his bombshell.

 

“– is that the outbreak wasn’t exactly a mistake.”

See what you’re missing… read Stitch & Shudder now!!

Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, #1)  Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2)

Also available in the iTunes store, Kobo, and wherever e-books are sold!

Samantha Durante, Author of the Stitch Trilogy

Samantha Durante

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!!!

Guest Post by Samantha Durante, author of the Stitch Trilogy

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Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Samantha Durante, author the Stitch Trilogy!  The second book,  Shudder, debuted this past weekend.  I’m a huge fan of this series and excited she could make a stop here during her blog tour.  Thanks for swinging by, Samantha!

What’s In a Name? How I Titled Shudder
by Samantha Durante, Author of the Stitch Trilogy

You’d think that writing a book is the most difficult part of the process, but for me, that’s generally not the case – coming up with a decent title once I’ve written the thing is *infinitely* harder.

After all, a good title is as important as a good cover – it’s just reality that readers are going to make snap judgments about your book based on the title. In fact, I almost missed out on what is now one of my favorite books – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer – because the long, stuffy, and unwieldy title led me (incorrectly) to assume it was a long, stuffy, and unwieldy book, and not the engaging and heartwarming tale it turned out to be. So I know from being a reader myself that a solid title can make all the difference between a quick dismissal and a potential sale, regardless of the quality of the book itself.

As a result, I find the exercise of naming my books to be a generally daunting and stressful endeavor. I constantly second-guess my choices, wondering, “Is this catchy enough? Does it really reflect what’s going on in the book? Is it easy to remember and spell? Does it sound nice with the other titles in the series? Will readers understand what I meant by it?” and about a million other apprehensions.

So how do I know when I’ve got a good title? Besides satisfying a number of criteria (concise, memorable, simple, upbeat, and goes well with the other titles in the series), I also look for titles with depth – some word or combination of words that convey multiple levels of meaning. For Book 2 of the Stitch Trilogy, I knew I’d found that with “Shudder.” Here’s why:

Level 1 – The Literal
The book takes place during the middle of winter, much of which is spent by the main characters surviving in the wilderness and the remains of a shattered world. Therefore, it is cold. Cold enough to shiver, tremble, quiver, shake… or even shudder.

Level 2 – The Emotional
Taking this one step further, the characters in the book are also grappling with staggering feelings of fear as they confront various terrors throughout their journeys. From mysterious powerful bloodthirsty creatures and a ravaging deadly virus, to an insurmountable totalitarian enemy and inexplicable paranormal happenings, to captivity, confinement, self-doubt, and even the threat of mental illness, the characters in this book are scared. A lot. (And understandably so.) Scared enough that they actually physically shudder in response to the challenges they’re facing.

Level 3 – The Metaphorical
So you can shudder from cold or shudder from fear, but there’s also something else we commonly shudder from: disgust. Abhorrence, aversion, loathing – call it what you want, but everyone knows that feeling, that deep-seated physical repulsion to something that another says or does that just doesn’t sit right with the way we think about the world. And since we get to know the *bad* guys in the series a lot better in this installment, both the characters and the reader will find themselves shuddering internally at various points in the story from some of the appalling things the antagonists have done and their twisted reasons for doing so.

Level 4 – The Empathetic
The final reason for the selection of the title “Shudder” I can’t reveal to you without spoiling one of the biggest surprises in the book. But suffice it to say, if you’ve made it to the end of the story, you’ll know what I mean. Something absolutely, mind-numbingly horrible has happened to someone that the main character, Alessa, holds very dear. Readers have told me that the revelation gave them goosebumps, made them mildly nauseous, made them literally cry out in sympathy for the discovery that Alessa makes at the end of the story. As Alessa herself puts it, this thing that happens is, “unspeakable, the nightmare of a nightmare come horrifyingly true.” (See what I mean?)

Once I find that a title fits my book on so many different levels, that it encompasses the book inside and out, that it can show readers how to understand the story from a completely different perspective than perhaps they first approached it with, I know I’ve got the right one. (You can see now why this is so hard for me, right? It’s not exactly a simple task to choose just a couple words that can mean so much!)

And with Shudder, I knew right away I’d found the right fit. Give this book a read, and I’m sure you’ll see why too.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Samantha!  If you haven’t started this trilogy yet, grab Stitch and Shudder before you take off for vacation.  You can check out my review for Shudder here:  https://teripolen.com/2013/06/12/shudder-by-samantha-durante/ and Stitch here:  https://teripolen.com/2013/02/20/book-review-stitch-by-samantha-durante/.

Stitch Purchase Links

Amazon (Kindle $0.99, print $8.99) Smashwords (multiple e-book formats $0.99) Barnes & Noble (Nook $0.99) Also available in the iTunes store ($0.99 e-book) and wherever e-books are sold Note: Stitch is coming back to B&N Nook, iTunes, and Kobo by early July!

Shudder Purchase Links

Amazon (Kindle $2.99, print $9.99) Smashwords (multiple e-book formats $2.99) Barnes & Noble (Nook $2.99) Also available in the iTunes store ($2.99 e-book) and wherever e-books are sold Shudder will be available on B&N Nook, iTunes, and Kobo by early July!

Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her  6453465entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series. Learn more about Samantha at www.samanthadurante.com.

Shudder by Samantha Durante

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 17617373of 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. – Goodreads.com

When does part three come out?!!!

Part two in this trilogy doesn’t disappoint.  Questions regarding how the characters came to Paragon and the origin of the virus are answered, filling in gaps in the backstory from the first book, Stitch.  Alessa faces new challenges, both internal and external, in Shudder and part of this book is a survival story.  After thinking I’d never hear from them again, I was happy to see some characters from the first book resurface in Shudder and learn more about their story as well.

As with Stitch, just when I thought I had the plot figured out, I was once again surprised.  Halfway through the book, I was sure I knew how it was going to turn out and was having issues with a certain character, feeling an urge to smack them which, of course, I couldn’t do.  But near the end, it all changed with intriguing plot twists.

More is learned about the Engineers, Alessa and Isaac’s relationship undergoes some new developments, there is a good amount of action/adventure involving life and death situations, and the epilogue promises major conflicts in the third book of this amazing trilogy.

Shudder is due to be released June 15th at Amazon.com.  This review is based on a digital ARC from the author.

Stitch by Samantha Durante FREE on Amazon!

Stitch by Samantha Durante is FREE on Kindle this Friday (June 7th) to Tuesday (June 11th)

A college ghost romance with a SURPRISING dystopian sci-fi twist, Part 1 of this trilogy is sure to keep you on your toes! (And better yet, Part 2 – Shudder – launches on the 15th!) You definitely don’t want to miss this innovative debut novel that will appeal to fans of the YA and New Adult genres.  Check out my review here: https://teripolen.com/2013/02/20/book-review-stitch-by-samantha-durante/

Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, Book 1) by Samantha Durante
Genre: YA/NA Dystopian/Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4.3 stars (100+ reviews)
Synopsis: Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence.  In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless.  But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.

Get Your FREE Kindle Copy Today! Limited Time ONLY (June 7-11th): http://www.amazon.com/Stitch-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B008RC3NAM/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1370616430&sr=8-1&keywords=stitch+by+samantha+durante

Grab this opportunity to get your FREE copy of Stitch today – this was one of the best books I’ve read by a new author.  I’ll be posting my review of the 2nd book in the trilogy, Shudder, ASAP.

Cover Reveal – Shudder (Stitch Trilogy Book 2)

I’m so excited to reveal the cover and upcoming release of Shudder (Stitch Trilogy Book 2) by Samantha Durante!  I reviewed the first book here:  https://teripolen.com/2013/02/20/book-review-stitch-by-samantha-durante/, if you need to refamiliarize yourself.  This was an excellent book by an independent author and I can’t wait to read the second in the trilogy.  Shudder is scheduled to be released June 15th, 2013 and will definitely be on my ‘beach list’.

Shudder Synopsis

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 Shudder_FrontCover_WithBorder_1618x2500_529kbfate, 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.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17617373-shudder?ac=1

Samantha is giving away an ARC of Shudder and you can enter to win at the link below:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d87f0066/

You can purchase the first book in the trilogy, Stitch, at http://www.amazon.com/Stitch-Trilogy-Book-1/dp/0985804602/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364396365&sr=8-1&keywords=samantha+durante so you’re ready for Shudder on June 15th.

Author Interview with Samantha Durante

Last week I reviewed Stitch (Stitch Trilogy #1), by Samantha Durante and this week, I’m excited to post my interview with her!  The following comes from Samantha’s Goodreads.com page:

Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. 15779886 Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant.  Stitch is her first novel.  Learn more about Samantha at www.samanthadurante.com.

Teri:  Where did you get the idea for Stitch?

Samantha:  Stitch is an amalgamation of lots of different elements that I loved from other stories – paranormal romance, ghosts, dystopian societies, strong female leads, mind-binding twists, etc. – that I wanted to see if I could fit into one book! I started with the idea of a ghost romance, but couldn’t figure out how to get the main characters into the same place at the same time… until one crazy idea occurred to me (which I can’t elaborate on without spoiling the twist!). I was super excited about it because as a reader I’d never seen it done before, so I knew I had my idea. 🙂

Teri:  Did you always plan for Stitch to begin as paranormal and evolve into dystopian?

Samantha:  Well, that wasn’t the idea from the very beginning – it initially started just as this romance between a college girl and the ghost haunting her sorority. But I’m a sucker for happy endings, and I wanted them to end up together, and I couldn’t figure out how to do it in a way that made sense and was really satisfying. I thought of time travel, or them living on some kind of spiritual plane together, or bringing him back from the dead somehow, but those all seemed a little too kooky to me – plus, these characters are both very attached to their families, so I didn’t see them wanting to leave their entire lives behind just to be together. Since Stitch was my first book, I wanted a story idea that I was really and truly excited about, something that I’d want to read but hadn’t been able to find before. So that’s when the idea of bringing in the dystopian aspect of it occurred to me, and that part is what really makes the book special I think.

Teri:  What do you like best and least about your main character, Alessa?

Samantha:  Great question! Best is that she’s strong and resourceful and determined – she sets her mind to something and she gets it done. Least is that she can be a bit moody – she’s not as easy to love as, say, Janie (her best friend), because a lot of times she’s not bubbly, she’s not super outgoing or friendly, and she’s a lot more reserved. It takes a lot for Alessa to let her guard down. But once she does, she’s loyal to a fault and will do anything for the people she loves – so I think that makes up for being a little more serious and less fun-loving!

Teri:  What was the hardest part about writing, publishing, and marketing your book?

Samantha:  The hardest part is definitely the marketing – and I’m still figuring that all out! Once I had the idea for the book, I came up with a detailed chapter-by-chapter outline which made the writing easy, and since I’d decided to self-publish, the publishing part was pretty simple, just figuring out e-book formatting (which I’ll admit was VERY frustrating and took hours to get right) and making sure I’d edited well. But the marketing – WOW. It’s SO time-consuming. I really never imagined how much time I would spend emailing with bloggers and meeting people through social media, writing tons of guest posts and interviews and character posts, and just generally trying to find new outlets to tell readers about the book. You can do it full-time and still not even make a dent – I put anywhere from 1-4 hours a day into marketing Stitch, and in the meantime I’m still trying to run my own business! BUT, the good part is that the marketing is also really fun – this is when I get to interact with readers and hear their reactions to the book, and I’ve been wholly welcomed by the wonderful book blogging community, so it’s really been an incredible experience to see so many people excited about Stitch!

Teri:  Since you self-published Stitch, did you have a marketing plan ahead of time?

Samantha:  Yes, I did come up with a marketing plan ahead of time, but that plan is constantly evolving and growing and changing. There are just so many variables to play with in terms of pricing and promotion schedules and giveaways and publicity and selling channels – and so far, I can’t seem to find any rhyme or reason as to why Stitch’s sales fluctuate the way they do! So for now I’ve given up on worrying about sales and am just concentrating on building a relationship with readers, since that’s more fun anyway. 🙂

Teri:  Do you see a need for reviewers for self-published authors?

Samantha:  Oh, ABSOLUTELY! One of the places I’ve spent the most time on marketing is trying to find bloggers who are open to submissions from independent authors – a surprising number of blogs will not even consider self-published books at all, and the ones that do are so flooded with requests that a lot of times they can’t accept even if they’d like to (there are only so many hours in the day, after all!). So it can be difficult to get your foot in the door. But at the same time, I think a lot of bloggers realize this and are still super supportive of indie authors, so many will offer to do some kind of non-review promotion or refer you to other bloggers even if they can’t review, which can really be just as helpful as a review! As with anything, persistence is key!

Teri:  Tell us 5 things about yourself that are different.

Samantha:  I’m really pretty normal (I have a husband and a cat, I like to read and watch TV, etc.), so this is hard! But here are the things that are most different/notable about me:
1. I actually studied engineering and business in college and then went into the software industry for work, so I’ve only been writing professionally for a couple years now, even though I always loved to write.
2. I was valedictorian of my high school.
3. The only way I can seem to exercise consistently is by playing team sports. My favorite is basketball, but I also play hard and tend to get a lot of fouls, so then I started playing full contact sports like rugby and roller derby where I don’t get into so much trouble with the refs!
4. I love the color blue, but to an abnormal degree. (Case in point: about 80% of the walls in my house are a different shade of blue.)
5. My favorite food group is dairy, and I’d happily eat milk and cheese with every meal (I often do!). In fact, I ate so much dairy as a kid that my doctor told me I’d one day develop an intolerance to lactose. Luckily, so far I have proven him wrong.

Thank you so much for the interview, Samantha!  Stitch can be purchased in paperback and Kindle respectively at the following links:

http://www.amazon.com/Stitch-Trilogy-Book-1/dp/0985804602/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361983424&sr=8-1&keywords=stitch+samantha+durante

http://www.amazon.com/Stitch-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B008RC3NAM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1361983424&sr=8-2&keywords=stitch+samantha+durante

Stitch by Samantha Durante

The following is a description from Goodreads.com

Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman 15779886Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.

This was an amazing book that grabbed me from the first page and never let go.  I found it hard to believe Samantha Durante was a first time author because the writing flowed so well.  You know how it is – you’re reading along, totally engrossed in the book, and then you come across bad grammar, poor sentence structure, etc., and it’s like hitting a speed bump on the interstate.  That absolutely never happened in this book.

One of the things I liked the most was the surprise of it all.  Beginning with what I thought was a YA paranormal ghost story, it evolved into what I’d classify as New Adult dystopian.  I’m a huge fan of both paranormal and dystopian/sci-fi, so I was one happy girl.  I’ve read my share of dystopian novels and I have to say, this was a unique setting to me.

The two main female characters weren’t the damsel in distress types – when they encountered a problem or an obstacle, they attempted to find a way to solve it or get around it.  The author’s character development gave me a good sense of who the MCs were and what motivated their actions.  It’s always good to care about the MCs – I’ve read a few books where I couldn’t have cared less about their fate – eaten by zombies, captured by Russians – I just didn’t care.  That wasn’t the case in Stitch.

With this being the first book in a trilogy, not all questions were answered, but that’s why you go back for more.  And I definitely will – Shudder, the second in the trilogy, comes out this summer, so you’d better get started on Stitch now!  Stitch is available in paperback and for Kindle at the following link:

http://www.amazon.com/Stitch-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B008RC3NAM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1361380518&sr=8-2&keywords=samantha+durante

Next week I’ll interview Samantha Durante, the author of Stitch.  Make sure you don’t miss it!