Shudder Highlight Tour: “OMG Endings” Spotlight

August 27, 2013 Uncategorized 6

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.

Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2)

348 pages
Published June 15, 2013

— Book 2 in the Stitch Trilogy —

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…

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Samantha Durante, Author of the Stitch Trilogy

As an avid lifelong reader of fiction of all sorts, there’s nothing I find more engrossing than an epic sci-fi/fantasy/romance series. I’ve whiled away countless weekends of my life immersed in richly-woven worlds that someone else was kind enough to put on paper… about the author
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 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. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series.

Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, #1)
314 pages
Published August 1st, 2012
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… Goodreads

OMG Endings
Review at Books Mystify

Overall, the novel, just like the first book, is spectacular… I can’t wait to read the ending… Cause things definitely became interesting by the end of Shudder… And the snippet of Stuck is of no help… It just made me more curious as to what will happen with it… And as for Alessa, I wonder what will she do with ‘it’ or shall we say ‘him’…

Author Interview at Lovely Reads

What scene was your favorite to write? 

My favorite scene to write in Shudder was definitely the big revelation in the very last chapter. Heart-wrenching.

And Serenity agreed in her review, “I am dying for the next book. The ending left me crazy! I can’t read that and not have the next book in my hand.”

Interview at Komal Kant

Stitch had a huge twist towards the end that no one saw coming. When you went into writing Shudder, did you have any idea how you were going to outdo the twist in the first book?  

That had to be the hardest thing about writing Shudder – how was I EVER going to outdo the genre-bending twist in Stitch??  In the end, I couldn’t think of a way to do it without going off the deep end and turning the series into like a cowboy space opera or something ridiculous, so I decided instead to just focus on making Shudder a really strong story and trying to avoid the dreaded “second book syndrome.”  I wanted to use this book to expand upon the foundations that were laid in Stitch, answer readers’ questions about the world-building, and continue to develop the characters, with a healthy dose of action and romance thrown in to keep the story moving.  I was able to bring in a *few* big twists this time (my favorite being the jaw-dropper in Alessa’s last chapter – sorry, I’m a sucker for cliffhangers!), so hopefully those will tide readers over until we can really kick things up in the conclusion of the series.

People, you have to read this series, it’s so addictive… Tons of action and adventure to be had in this sequel, much more than its predecessor. I thought the major plot twist of Stitch was bad, but the ending of Shudder was killer! Seriously Samantha?! Come on, what are you trying to do to us with that cliffhanger? haha

Tour-Wide Giveaway
5 Winners. August 24 – September 16, 2013. See Rafflecopter for restrictions.

* 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)
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The Highlight Tour
Sharing Top Highlights from the Summer-Long Tour!

August dates:

24 – The Reading Diaries – Review
– The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl
– Rose & Beps Blog

25 – Chapter Break – Review
– Wonderings of One Person – Review
– Mortal Moments

26 – A Tiffyfit’s Reading Corner – Review
– Kindred Dreamhart

27 – YA Book Addict – Review
– The Bookish Daydreamer
– Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

28 – Library of a Book Witch
– Mommasez… – Review

29 – Mel’s Shelves – Review
– Fundinmental

30 – Green Mountain Couple
– Literary Meanderings

31 – Donnie Darko Girl – Review
– My Devotional Thoughts

Sept. 1 – The Book Rogue



6 Responses to “Shudder Highlight Tour: “OMG Endings” Spotlight”

  1. Cait

    “When I see DEEP CHARACTERS, I know I gotta read this book!”

    😉 I haven’t heard of these books before. So going to check them out.

    • Christine P

      I LOVE the covers! So simple but they are so intriguing. Hard to look away! I really want to read them eventually, too. They sound great!

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