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Ryan Hunter, author of InDIVISIBLE, will grace us with a guest blog and an introduction to her and her books today! Everyone make her feel welcome please. Giveaway details at the bottom. Please read post first!
BOOK SYNOPSIS AND COVER:
Brynn Aberdie had everything: a loving family, security and an electronic implant that monitored every move.
Brynn had everything but freedom.
When her father’s life is taken Brynn vows to find that freedom, but it’s a task that puts her life at stake. She’s tagged as a terrorist and put on an Alliance kill list, forcing her to leave her home and become the rebel they already believe her to be.
Brynn learns a lesson many in One United have already learned – by failing to protect their rights, Citizens have forfeited their lives with little hope to ever recover their own identities.
Labor Day is generally not the most memorable holiday of the year, but when you’re giving birth and the only programs on television are of other women giving birth, it tends to stick out … a little. I had my daughter on Labor Day thirteen years ago, and why every station thought showing movies about childbirth were a good idea, I’ll never know. Luckily, we found one that rebelled with a Lethal Weapon 4 marathon. I had the movie memorized for years.
Now my daughter is the most witty and outgoing girl I’ve ever met and I wonder, does watching Lethal Weapon 4 seven times the day you’re born affect your personality?
She’s gorgeous really, and the most friendly teenager I know. She’s also adventurous … so it shouldn’t have surprised me when I asked if she wanted to hike the Subway that she’d jump at the opportunity. The Subway is a hike in the backcountry of Zion National Park, an eight hour hike that includes rappels, swims through narrow canyons, and the potential for fatal flash floods. We hiked it the day of the flash flood warning.
We’d hiked it before so we weren’t worried but as we dropped down into the narrow slot canyon an hour into the hike, the clouds rolled in. Just past a swim through a narrow, dark canyon, the rain started.
We stood in the bottom of a canyon perhaps twenty feet wide with cliff walls on either side that reached up until the sky was a thin gray line of billowing clouds.
It couldn’t be the best setting for a rainstorm, we thought, so we skipped lunch and headed downstream. The natural log bridge over the waterfall had washed away since our last time hiking the Subway, so in the torrential rain, we jumped over the top of the water fall, stumbling across sandstone while gazing over a twenty foot cliff.
I trembled. My daughter trembled as did the rest on our group.
The rain grew so thick we couldn’t see the canyon walls and we formed a human chain to ease each other down into the bottom of the next drop so we could escape the slot canyon before the flooding began.
In the bottom of the canyon, with the waterfall roaring behind us, we swam again through sinkholes that are mysteriously beautiful when the sunlight hits them.
That’s when the hail started – piercing chunks of ice sent the entire group scurrying for cover, the little slit of cover beneath a narrow overhang.
We shivered and laughed – slipped on the mossy rocks – finally just sat on our butts and slid down areas we couldn’t navigate anymore.
Water began spilling over the edges of the canyon walls, forming waterfalls that hadn’t been there moments before. Still we forged ahead until the walls gave way and we stood in a wide, meandering riverbed.
And the sun came out, brilliant and warm and soothing.
As we lay in the sunlight, warming on the rocks as our clothes dried, we talked. As many hikes as we’d been on and out of all the times we’d gone done the Subway, nothing could compare to that hike.
The trials that had made it threatening had also made it one of our greatest memories.
Ryan Hunter has been writing most of her life as a novelist, journalist and freelancer – enjoying every bit of the writing scene except for the brief stint as ‘product description’ writer … Her earliest novel appeared on construction paper, bound with staples and followed two kittens on a journey of self realization. She was eight.
Ryan enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling and spending time with her family. She’s the mother of five children and currently lives in southern Utah.
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MY REVIEW (GIVEAWAY DETAILS AT BOTTOM: PLEASE READ REVIEW FIRST!)
Alessa is a college freshman whose parents died in a car crash when she was 18. She pushes past her depression, or tries to, by attending college and living in a sorority house, even though she does not fit in. Alessa has one friend that she can count on in the house, Janie, who is also a freshman. Alessa starts seeing flashed of something out of the corner of her eye, and it evolves into seeing a ghost, a boy that looks to be her age, maybe a little younger. Alessa is drawn to the ghost with a magnetic pull that she does not understand. Terrified by the sightings, even though they only last a few seconds, Alessa is also strangely bereft and depressed after she sees him, longing to catch a glimpse of him again. Then, she starts having strange dreams, dreams where she is locked in a prison, or fighting in a type of war, and the boy is with her. When she starts researching the house in hopes of finding out who the boy is, she discovers that his whole family dies because of a fire. Alessa starts off on a quest to try to change the past and try to save him and his family.
Only Alessa discovers something sinister along the way…she is not truly a college student…the boy is not a ghost…and both their lives…and the lives of thousands of other people…are on the line. They have all been STITCHED! This is reality TV like you would never have thought possible! (Caught your attention yet lol?)
Let me just say OMG! I remember reading the back cover when I first received this book for review, but by the time I started reading the book, I only vaguely remembered that it had a girl and a ghost in it. I thought it would be like so many countless other books I have read about a girl falling in love with a ghost. I WAS WRONG! This story is not what you expect at all. I was floored when I hit the twists and turns that finally explained what was going on. I never expected it at all. This book was so intense that I literally read it in 1 day and could not put it down. The main characters are well thought out and you instantly connect with them. The storyline was complex, and I love books that keep me guessing to the very end, and this one did. Besides, I love dystopian books and this one was one of the best I have ever read. This book is a must read. I give it 5 stars and I cannot wait for the next one. I want it BAD! Oh, and I have to mention the cover of the book because it is awesome. It is one of those books that you know just by looking at it, that you HAVE to read it!
Once again, if I have talked you into reading this book, please leave a review where you bought it, or on Goodreads! Every review helps the author!
Stitch Purchase Links
Amazon (print $9.99 & Kindle $2.99): http://www.amazon.com/Stitch-Trilogy-Book-1/dp/0985804602/
Smashwords (multiple e-book formats $2.99): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/208278
Barnes & Noble (Nook $2.99): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stitch-samantha-durante/1112193442
Also available in the iTunes store ($2.99 e-book)
Other Stitch Info
Amazon Synopsis: (Since this is a blog tour I am going to put this even though I usually do not!)
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.
Samantha Durante lives in New York City with her fiancé, 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 http://www.samanthadurante.com.
Social Media Links:
Facebook: Stitch – http://www.facebook.com/stitchtrilogy
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Goodreads: Stitch – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15779886-stitch
Author Samantha Durante – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6453465.Samantha_Durante
LibraryThing: Stitch – http://www.librarything.com/work/12870151/book/88297636
Author Samantha Durante – http://www.librarything.com/author/durantesamantha
Shelfari: Stitch – http://www.shelfari.com/books/30363286/Stitch-(Stitch-Trilogy-Book-1)
Author Samantha Durante – http://www.shelfari.com/authors/a1002689147/Samantha-Durante/
We are going to try a RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY! I can’t get it to imbed on here but I can put the link that will take you to it.
ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN 1 of 3 ECOPIES OF STITCH (format is winners choice!)