Tour Stop {Guest Post & Giveaway}: Shudder by Samantha Durante

HeaderAs you might imagine for any post-apocalyptic society, style isn’t always at the top of the list for the characters of the Stitch Trilogy.  But the main character, Alessa, does get a chance to play with fashion at least while she’s on one of Paragon’s infamous dramas (where she believes herself to be a college student), and with the basic “looks” in her closet for life in Paragon and beyond.  Below, check out three styles you might find Alessa rocking at various points throughout the Stitch Trilogy.

On the Drama: Casual College Chic

Not much for dresses or sparkle, well-fitted jeans, a basic tee (in green, to complement her eyes!), and fab leather boots are Alessa’s go-to for a hot sorority party.

Related Excerpt from Stitch:
Alessa laughed and shook her head.  “I honestly don’t know what to wear.  I have nothing!”  She motioned at the pile on her bed.
Janie held up the first few shirts off the top of the heap and eyed them critically.  “I see what you mean.”  Tossing the shirts back into the pile, she blurted, “Hold on a minute,” and dashed from the room.
A moment later, Janie returned carrying an emerald green v-neck tee in a smooth thin cotton.  “I know it’s just a t-shirt, but the fit is really nice and since we have similar coloring, I think it would work on you.  Actually, with your eyes, the color might just be perfect.  Try it on.”  She tossed the shirt in Alessa’s direction.
Alessa caught it and peeled off the sequined number.  Once she slipped the t-shirt over her head, she knew at once that Janie, as usual, had been right.  The shirt’s slinky knit clung to her body in all the right places and the color more than complemented her eyes, which were glowing like gems.  Alessa was pleased with the overall effect – even though she’d put quite a bit of time into getting ready this evening, with such understated clothes and simple makeup she looked effortlessly beautiful.  This must be how Lizzie Green felt all the time.
“Hot.”  Janie, apparently, was pleased too.  “This Nikhil doesn’t know what he has coming.”

Look 1

In Paragon: Dystopian Conformity

Citizens in Alessa’s colony are given standard-issue gray jumpsuits, so in her day-to-day, she doesn’t have much of a choice about what she wears.  But hey, at least it’s comfortable!  And with a little tailoring, she might even be able to get it to look like options 2 and 3 below (as you can see from the excerpt below, Lizzie managed to make it work).

Related Excerpt from Shudder:
It’d been a running joke between Isaac and Joe about where Lizzie found her tailor, as the colony’s standard issue jumpsuits had always seemed to somehow miraculously cling to her body in all the right places, in a way that – to a younger Isaac’s chagrin – it certainly did not on the compound’s other women.  She was quite the sight at the rebel meetings, her eyes lined with dark kohl and never a hair out of place.  And much to Joe’s satisfaction, her lips always seemed extra pouty whenever her attention was turned in his direction.

look 2

Outside Paragon: Utilitarian Flair

Beyond the walls of the Paragon compound, Alessa has a lot more freedom to experiment with style and find pieces that suit her tastes.  However, her selections are limited by whatever she can scavenge in her plague-ravaged world, and while she’d secretly love to snag a pair of killer designer heels, they’re not exactly practical for surviving winter weather or outrunning bloodthirsty creatures.  So instead, Alessa usually settles on a more functional approach: cargo pants, a warm jacket, rugged boots, and a sturdy bag to stash her gear in (you never know when you’re going to come across food out there!).  The good news is that price is no object in a world where money no longer exists – so Alessa is free to “borrow” whatever luxe pieces she can find on her journeys!

Related Excerpt from Shudder:
At the moment, Alessa was intently wedging energy bars into every available crevice of her pack, her lips drawn tight below a deeply furrowed brow.  The tension was practically radiating off her.  Something was wrong.
“So…” Isaac began tentatively, “You almost ready to head out?”
She didn’t even look up.  “Yeah,” she grunted.  “Just.  Let me.  Get.  The rest of these.  In here.”
“Babe.”  Isaac knelt next to her chair and reached for her hand.  “I think you have enough granola bars.”

Look 3

About the Novel:

(Stitch Trilogy #2)
by Samantha Durante
Published June 15th 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...
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.

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