Prism Book Tours: “Shudder” by Samantha Durante (Ends 9/16) WW

By Ruth on August 30, 2013 in blog tour, book, giveaway, promo

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.
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 début 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
I would like to share with you some wonderful highlights from the tour:

Review at The Aussie Zombie

What I really liked about Shudder was the continuity of the characters – they held the same realistic, admirable qualities that they had in the first book, and Alessa continued to struggle to decide between what is right for the greater good, and what is right for the people she loves the most.  This is what I like most about her as a character – it makes her realistic and I felt emotionally connected to her in the difficulties she faced.

Dream Cast at Falling Books Emmy Rossum


Why? She’s young and fresh, and she’s got Alessa’s long brown hair, height, and down-to-earth “real girl” sensibility.  The only thing Emmy doesn’t have are Alessa’s striking green eyes – but that’s what color contacts and Photoshop are for, right?

Review at Falling Books

I’m anxious to read Struck, which is the conclusion to the trilogy, and I predict a lot of action as well as more secrets to be uncovered! I can’t wait to see what happens to our characters, Isaac and Alessa.

Review at All Fantasy Worlds

I also loved the chapters where we get to know Nikhil better. In Stitch he was a minor character who only appeared towards the end, but in Shudder he has a more important role. I liked that I got to see the prison through his eyes, and learn more about the dramas, and how he had been “stitched” many times for different shows. 

Guest Post at To Read or Not to Read

So Alessa struggles with the responsibilities that are laid out before her. She never asked to be a hero. But as Isaac reassures her in her moment of crisis, “Sometimes we don’t get to choose our path. Sometimes we just have to do something because we’re the only ones who can.” And Alessa can do it. She just needs to muster up the courage to try.

Review at Realms of an Open Mind

I’m a huge fan of multiple perspectives. I know a lot of people tend to find it disorganized or confusing when reading, but trust me, Samantha Durante pulls it off in a way that I’m sure every reader can appreciate.

Guest Post at Books for Company


Top 5 Must-Haves for Your Post-Apocalyptic Adventure, from the Characters of the Stitch Trilogy


Review at Forever 17 Books


I must express my love for the relationship between our Alessa and Isaac. Their connection is palpable but everything is not perfect and the uncertainties that plague them feel real and warranted. They are wonderfully fleshed out characters I can’t help but root for.


Interview at Red Reader Reviews


My favorite quote from Shudder is, “The ones we love most never really leave us, do they?  They just hole up deep inside us, where we couldn’t get rid of them even if we tried.”  Isaac says this about his brother, and I think it’s a really hopeful way to look at the tragedy of loss.


Interview with Isaac at Always YA at Heart

Isaac Sttich Trilogy

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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  1. stacey dempsey August 31, 2013 Reply

    “When I see monsters or a threat to the end of the world , I know I gotta read this book!”

  2. Traci McCormick August 31, 2013 Reply

    When I see a good sounding mystery I want to read it.

  3. Anne Consolacion August 31, 2013 Reply

    “When I see a book with a creepy cover, I know I gotta read that book!”

  4. Daniel M September 1, 2013 Reply

    a sexy cover!

  5. Krizia Almiranez September 1, 2013 Reply

    “When I see great reviews, I know I gotta read this book!” 😀

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