Hi everyone, welcome to my stop on the STITCH blog tour. Today, Samantha did an interview with Alessa and her best friend Janie from Stitch. She's also giving away 3 ecopies of the book! So be sure to check out all the stop along the tour here
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.
Janie & Alessa: Move-In Day at Eastern State University
Samantha: Hey everyone! This is Samantha Durante, author of Stitch, and I’m here today with Alessa and Janie from Stitch to do a quick interview and help you get to know them better.
Janie: Hi everybody!
Alessa: Hey guys. (smiles)
Samantha: Okay, let’s get started! Why don’t you guys tell me a little bit about the first time you met at Eastern State University?
Alessa: (looks at Janie and laughs)
Janie: (laughing) It’s actually a good story. (to Alessa) You start.
Alessa: Okay. So, I’m in my new room at Z-E-Pi, unpacking. I had this new little minifridge – not the tiny one that sits on your desk, a half-sized one – and it’s in a box. One of the guys helping with move-in had carried it up the steps for me and put it in the right spot, so I only needed to get it out of the box and plug it in and I should be all set.
Janie: Sounds pretty simple, right? (laughs)
Alessa: (gives Janie a knowing look and continues) So I use my keys to rip the tape and open the top of the box, but when I go to rip off the rest of the box, I can’t.
Janie: (snorting to herself) Haha, I’m sorry, it’s just I know what’s coming… and the image in my head… (tries to stifle her laughter and fails)
Alessa: (smiles and rolls her eyes) Anyway, I’m ripping at this box and it’s just not working. For some reason it’s a really thick cardboard, and the sides are stapled together with these industrial-strength staples instead of tape like the top, and nothing I do seems to be working. I hadn’t unpacked the box with my desk stuff yet and didn’t know where it was, so I didn’t have any scissors or anything, and honestly, that box was so thick, they probably wouldn’t have done anything anyway. So I decide the only course of action is for me to pick it up the refrigerator out of the box.
Janie: (trying really hard not to smile) Meanwhile, I’m in my room making up my bed when I hear this faint cry from down the hall…
Alessa: (shakes her head and laughs)
Janie: (still trying not to smile) At first I’d thought I’d made it up, until I hear this GRUNTING.
Alessa: (buries her face in her hands)
Janie: So I’m like, “What’s going on over there?” and I decide to go check it out. I could hear some kind of commotion coming from Alessa’s room, but the door is shut and I’m a little hesitant to just barge in…
Alessa: Good thing you did.
Janie: But then curiosity gets the better of me and I’m just like, “What the hell,” and open the door. And what do I find –
Alessa: (moans and shakes head)
Janie: (grinning) – but this idiot pinned under her refrigerator on her bed!
Alessa: It attacked me.
Janie: (guffaws) All I could see was a fridge with four splayed limbs flailing in every direction. It was… not what I was expecting. (laughing hysterically)
Alessa: I could not get it off me!
Janie: (giggling) And she was too embarrassed to call for help! What, were you planning to sleep that way?
Alessa: I would have gotten it eventually!
Janie: (raises an eyebrow) Right.
Alessa: (sighing) The guy who carried up just made it look so easy… I wasn’t expecting it to weigh as much as it did. And I lifted it out of the box okay… but then I lost my balance and stumbled backwards and fell on the bed, and the damn thing landed on me!
Janie: (still laughing) Seriously, a fridge with arms and legs. It was classic.
Alessa: It was crushing my chest!
Janie: It wasn’t that heavy.
Alessa: We’ll lay the fridge on you next time and see if you still feel that way.
Janie: Hahaha. Okay, fine, it was a bit of a struggle to free her. We basically had to roll it off and ease it onto the ground. And then your face was BEET red, do you remember?
Alessa: How could I forget…
Janie: And we were basically best friends from that point on.
Alessa: (wry smile) My knight in shining armor.
Janie: Don’t you forget it!
Alessa: (laughs) So that’s the story of how we met at ESU.
Samantha: Well that certainly sounds like quite the adventure!
Janie: But not nearly as exciting as what else was in store for us later that semester…
Alessa: That’s for sure.
Samantha: Well thank you guys so much for sharing that with us today – if you want to hear more from Alessa and Janie, check out their full story in Stitch!
Janie: And stick with us on the blog tour! The full schedule is here.
Alessa: Yup, we’ve still got a LOT more stops to go between now and the end of October…
Samantha: So plenty more coming from the characters of Stitch! Thanks for stopping by!
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