Shudder by Samantha Durante Tour & Giveaway: Highlights in Character Development

Posted August 27, 2013 by Melissa in Author Guest Post, Giveaway | 18 Comments

The Highlight Tour with Prism Book Tours & Samantha’s Summer Tour


 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.

Guest Post

Developing Deep Characters 

(Highlights from the tour)

  • I like Alessa and Isaac because they are strong, but flawed characters.  They are deeply in love and they are fiercely loyal to each other and to those they love.  Even if Isaac felt helpless at times to help Alessa with her newfound abilities, he still sticks with her and tries (typical of a man!) to find an explanation and cheers her on. ~~ Review at Reading With ABC
  • Alessa is such strong character, she has so much strength. She is working for the rebellion, trying to free the society from the Ruling Class. The problem is though there is a part of her that doesn’t want to fight anymore, a part of her that just want to be left alone to live peacefully with the people that she loves. Alessa struggles with herself on what to, and her feelings about the rebellion. 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
  • Have you ever committed to something and then one day you look up and you think, “Omg, what have I gotten myself into?”~~Guest Post “Commitment Issues” at What’s Beyond Forks
  • For Alessa, this dilemma presents a major hurdle.  She considers herself a normal 20-something girl like anyone else in her post-apocalyptic society, just doing her best to get by.  But she finds herself steadily climbing the ladder of leadership in an underground resistance movement, being called on to perform ever more dangerous missions, and with her loved ones getting pulled in beside her as the rebels gear up to face their enemies head on.~~Guest Post “Commitment Issues” at What’s Beyond Forks
  • For a girl whose top priority in the world is protecting the people she cares about, this creates a clear conflict of interest: how can she possibly fulfill her commitments to the rebellion while keeping her loved ones safe?  How did she ever end up in this position to begin with?  And what can she do now to reconcile these conflicting priorities?  Doesn’t she have to choose?~~Guest Post “Commitment Issues” at What’s Beyond Forks
  • I really enjoyed going on another journey with Alessa and Isaac. Both of them had a lot of personal things to deal with throughout the book which really built on their character and made me feel like I got to know them better. At the same time as dealing with their separate problems they also had to tackle being out in the open in a dangerous environment. ~~Review at Books for Company


The Book

Title: Shudder
Series: Stitch Trilogy #2
Author: Samantha Durante
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction
Pages: 348
ISBN: 978-0985804626
Publication Date: June 15, 2013
Available Formats: Paperback, E-Book
Add the book: Goodreads 
Buy the book: Amazon Barnes & Noble | Smashwords


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…


Book 1:

Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, #1)

The Author

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…


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.

Connect with the Author: Website *  Facebook Twitter



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)

* $5 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


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18 responses to “Shudder by Samantha Durante Tour & Giveaway: Highlights in Character Development

  1. I know Kimba is a big fan of this series and I did pick up book one awhile back as a freebie, now to find time to read it. Thanks for sharing all the highlights of the tour, I am going to check out a couple of the posts. Oh and if my blog eats your comment, don’t worry about leaving another one, I go through the spam daily and check for them and post. THey are working on correcting it. I get them no matter what. So keep leaving them 🙂
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    • Melissa

      I picked up book 1 a while back as well after reading Kim’s review…can’t wait to fit it into my schedule!

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