Guest Post & Giveaway: Stitch by Samantha Durante (Blog Tour)

Posted October 19th, 2012 in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Guest Post / 30 comments

Today we have the lovely Samantha Durante, author of Stitch, a YA/New Adult Dystopian/Paranormal Romance. Check out her guest post below written in the POV of the female lead. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for an ecopy of Stitch below.

“Alessa: What I Love About Isaac” by Samantha Durante, author of Stitch

Thanks so much to Jennifer for hosting the Stitch Blog Tour today! 

Below is a post from Alessa, the star of Stitch, talking about her feelings for Isaac, the leading man in the book.  Readers have been appreciative of Isaac and Alessa’s unique bond, built on friendship, shared hardships, and the irresistible physical pull between them (no InstaLove here!).  Since many readers following the tour have asked to hear more about Isaac, I thought this would be a good opportunity for Alessa to let you in on who he is.  Enjoy!

“What I Love About Isaac” by Alessa

Isaac is, first and foremost, my best friend.  I wish there were a better word to describe it, but there’s not.  I hate the term “soul mate” – it sounds so cheesy and unrealistic – but that’s the closest I can think of.  Isaac is like a part of me, like something buried deep inside that it’d be fatal to remove.  I’ve always been an independent person – I’ve had no other choice – but I needIsaac in a way that I’ve never needed anyone.  I rely on him to be there for me like I rely on… well, my leg.

Haha, that sounds so unromantic, but it’s true.  He’s just there, supporting me, being by my side and doing whatever I need him to do without my ever asking.  It never even crosses my mind that he might do anything besides be there for me, because he always is.  His is the kind of love you can take for granted – it’s just that solid, that unwavering, that sound.

And Isaac is brilliant.  He takes the time to understand things, to piece together the way the world around him works.  He has this natural curiosity that’s just boundless – he always wants to know what’s going on underneath.  And he’s selfless with his knowledge.  He has taught me so much, about so many things – things that have enabled me to survive, even.  If I’m to be honest, I probably owe him my life ten times over.

But Isaac would never expect anything in return.  He’s just absolutely giving.  He’s affectionate and adoring and sweet.  He makes me feel so loved.  He’s silly and playful and fun.  And he’s also kind, that pure sort of kindness that’s almost impossible to find.

Sure, Isaac has his dark moments.  He blames himself for everything, even when it’s not his fault.  And don’t ever tell him I said this, but I know deep down he struggles to believe in himself.  He doesn’t realize how much he’s worth, how amazing he is… or how lucky I am to have him.  He thinks he’s the lucky one, but I know the truth – I would have given up already if it weren’t for him.  He keeps me going.

It took me a long time to notice Isaac, to see him for the gem he is.  There was someone else there first, blocking my view, and though I cared deeply for that person as well, it was a different kind of love.  It was a naïve love, all butterflies and rainbows, something untried.  But the love between me and Isaac is hard.  It’s forged in flame, like iron.  It rose from the ashes, from the rubble, smoldering between us, uniting us.  I am bound to him, and he to me.  And nothing can erase that bond.

When I look into Isaac’s eyes – his deep, sparkling blue, blue eyes – I see the future and the past all wound up at once.  I see where we came from and what we’re working toward and everything in between, and I know that Isaac will be with me every step.  When I take his hand, his fingers twine through mine like the sinews of a rope, twisting into something resilient and robust, something flexible but unyielding, something strong.  I know he will never let me go.

Isaac is my core.  He’s my oxygen, my water, my blood.  He makes me want to be better, to deserve the love he gives to me.  He’s everything I need, and nothing that I don’t.  He’s my Isaac, and I love him more than words can ever say.
Check out Book Labyrinth who is hosting a similar guest post in Isaac’s point of view.

Summary                                       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. Add on Goodreads

Book Info

Genre/Keywords: Paranormal Romance, Ghost, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult, New Adult
Length: 75,000 words (314 pages)
Release date: August 1st, 2012
Author Bio
Samantha Durante lives in New York City 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. Stitch is her first novel. Learn more about Samantha at

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Giveaway time! One lucky winner will receive an ecopy of Stitch in the format of the winner’s choosing.

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30 Responses to “Guest Post & Giveaway: Stitch by Samantha Durante (Blog Tour)”

  1. jennykellerford

    I LOVE a great dystopian and this one sounds fantastic! Would love to get my hands on it. I love the blog post, too. Great way to give us insight into the characters is through another character’s eyes. I could feel her love for Issac. If Samantha’s novel reads like this, I’m sold.

  2. Samantha

    So glad you guys enjoyed the guest post! Best of luck in the giveaway!! If you don’t win this one, there are LOTS more going on during the tour (link to the full schedule is in the post above), so there are plenty of chances to win! And if you do get a chance to read Stitch, it would be a HUGE help if you could post your review on Amazon/Goodreads/etc. to help other interested readers find it! Thanks again for all your support!!

  3. Uhura

    I’m a sucker for books where the protagonist triumphs over all the odds. Love dystopians! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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