Wednesday, February 17, 2016

RELEASE: Strings by David Estes

"A wonderful retelling of the Pinocchio story…I simply couldn’t put this book down." 
Rysa Walker, bestselling author of TIMEBOUND

Strings
Written by David Estes
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Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free.

Sixteen-year-old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world.


Though her childhood memories and the origins of the strings remain strangely elusive, she begins to find solace with the introduction of two unlikely friends: daring, irrational Sofia, and calm, tender Marco.


As the truths of the past and present unravel together, Pia must find a way to free herself from her strings and escape the facility before facing the wrath of the unstable head of security, Mr. Davis. But to gain her freedom, she must navigate the dangers posed by Davis and by her suspicious new friends to find the real identity of the puppeteer.


If Pia can succeed in revealing the secrets of the Company, she may very well find the independence she so desperately seeks. But in her controlled world nothing is as it seems, and the closer she gets to the truth, the graver the consequences.

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Well hello people! I have come out of hiding finally! And it definitely has a ton to do with this new book by David Estes (one of my fave authors/people ever!) Every time this man writes a new novel, my excitement for reading is reignited and that makes me so grateful to him! This new novel, Strings, is as amazing, if not more, than anything he has written before. He exhibits his brilliant imagination yet again in this emotional retelling of Pinocchio. 
The main character (and re-imagining of Pinocchio) is Pia. She has only known a life with her strings controlling her every move. They lead her from her room that she shares with her father, to their workroom and back. Any deviation from what the strings have planned for Pia end with Pia usually in pain, or worse, her father is punished for her disobedience to her strings. The big question is, who controls the strings? And why are they keeping Pia and her father captive?
Strings is a fast paced novel with characters that I immediately empathized with and kept me super curious to see what would happen next. One of my favorite characters was little Fig, Pia's tiny insect-like mechanical friend that her father built her. I LOVE Fig! David has a knack for creating these almost side-kick characters that are always a perfect fit to the main character. Just like Hex, the kick-ass magical dog in his Salem's Revenge series. To me, these "side-kick" characters add a special layer to the plot by always having the main character's back and helping them to not feel alone in whatever they are facing. 
Final judgement is that I highly recommend Strings! It was a really fun read that I enjoyed greatly

About the author

David Estes is the author of more than 20 science fiction and fantasy novels that have received hundreds of thousands of downloads worldwide, including The Moon Dwellers, Fire Country, Slip, Brew, and his new SciFi Pinocchio retelling, Strings. He lives in Hawaii with his inspiring Aussie wife, Adele, rambunctious son, Beau, and naughty cat, Bailey. When he's not writing, you'll likely find him at the beach swimming, snorkeling, or reading under an umbrella.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Blitz: Slip and Grip by David Estes

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Hello all!

This is my stop during the book blitz for Slip (Slip #1) and Grip (Slip #2) by David Estes. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from December 1-5, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

Slip coverSlip (Slip #1)
By David Estes

Genre: Dystopia
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: December 1, 2014

Blurb:

Someone must die before another can be born...
As sea levels rise and livable landmasses shrink, the Reorganized United States of America has instituted population control measures to ensure there are sufficient resources and food to sustain the growing population. Birth authorization must be paid for and obtained prior to having a child. Someone must die before another can be born, keeping the country in a population neutral position at what experts consider to be the optimal population. The new laws are enforced by a ruthless government organization known as Pop Con, responsible for terminating any children resulting from unauthorized births, and any illegals who manage to survive past their second birthday, at which point they are designated a national security threat and given the name Slip.

But what if one child slipped through the cracks? What if someone knew all the loopholes and how to exploit them? Would it change anything? Would the delicate resource balance be thrown into a tailspin, threatening the lives of everyone?

And how far would the government go to find and terminate the Slip?

In a gripping story of a family torn apart by a single choice, Slip is a reminder of the sanctity of a single life and the value of the lives we so often take for granted.
You can find Slip on Goodreads
You can buy Slip here: Amazon


Grip cover
By David Estes

Genre: Dystopia
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Blurb:

In a tumultuous world of population control, one illegal child has slipped through the cracks. Now, as a teenager, Benson Kelly has escaped certain deaths at the hands of the Department of Population Control, only to find himself the symbol of a rebellion, something he never intended.

While trying to survive one day at a time, Benson seeks to unravel the tangled knot of secrets left behind when his father died, the key to which has something to do with his mother, Janice Kelly, recently escaped from the insane asylum.

As the rebel group known as the Lifers continue to use brute force to send a message to the government, Benson's twin, Harrison Kelly, seeks to exploit a loophole that could be the key to freedom for his brother. All that's required is a simple act of murder.

Meanwhile, Population Control's attack dog, a sadistic cyborg known as The Destroyer, closes in on Benson and his family. His directive: Kill them all.

Faith, family and love will be pushed to the limits in the GRIPping sequel to Slip.
You can find Grip on Goodreads
You can buy Grip here: Amazon


Author Photo - David EstesAbout the Author:

Author of popular YA dystopian series, the Dwellers Saga and the Country Saga. Voted books to read if you enjoyed the Hunger Games on Buzzfeed and Listopia.

Join 2,400+ David Estes Fans and YA Book Lovers Unite in David Estes' official fan group at:
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David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. David grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. They now live together in their dream location, Hawaii. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and started writing full time in June 2012. Now he travels the world writing with his wife, Adele. David's a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.

You can find and contact David here:


 GIVEAWAY!!!

There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Slip. 
These are the prizes you can win:

- Winners choice of book to the value of $15.00 U.S. from The Book Depository
- A signed copy of SLIP plus bonus swag- U.S. entrants only
- A signed copy of BREW plus bonus swag- U.S. entrants only
- 3 ebook packs with three David Estes ebooks of your choice
- 4 signed packs of bookmarks

You can enter the blitz wide giveaway here:




Thursday, October 30, 2014

Think Out Loud #114: Alphabet Aerobics


Hello all!
Welcome to Think Out Loud!

The following video will blow your mind...
especially if you like Harry Potter!!
LOL
Let's just say Daniel Radcliffe
has some mad rappin skills!


The always awesome...

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Daniel Radcliffe raps Alphabet Aerobics


Hope you enjoyed!






Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #52: Grip (Slip #2) by David Estes


Hello all!
Welcome to Teaser Tuesday!
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Happy moments are like stars. 
They seem so close you think you can touch them, 
but really they're fleeting and a million miles away. 
Enjoy them from afar and don't come to expect them. 
In your life there will be more cloudy nights than clear ones.


This Teaser is from a book that has yet to be released!!!
It's so new, there isn't a cover for it at this time.


In a tumultuous world of population control, one illegal child has slipped through the cracks. Now, as a teenager, Benson Kelly has escaped certain deaths at the hands of the Department of Population Control, only to find himself the symbol of a rebellion, something he never intended.

While trying to survive one day at a time, Benson seeks to unravel the tangled knot of secrets left behind when his father died, the key to which has something to do with his mother, Janice Kelly, recently escaped from the insane asylum.

As the rebel group known as the Lifers continue to use brute force to send a message to the government, Benson's twin, Harrison Kelly, seeks to exploit a loophole that could be the key to freedom for his brother. All that's required is a simple act of murder. 

Meanwhile, Population Control's attack dog, a sadistic cyborg known as The Destroyer, closes in on Benson and his family. His directive: Kill them all.

Faith, family and love will be pushed to the limits in the GRIPping sequel to Slip.

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