Books that got my attention at the Baltimore Book Festival

A book festival is like eye-candy overload for a booklover like me. So many tents full of authors and their latest creations. So many postcards, bookmarks, posters, even Kleenex packets advertising new books, new series, new authors. It’s like an endless opportunity to fall in love with different characters, unique worlds, and authors I’ve never read before. I didn’t know where to look first, and I am sure my eyes were moving like a tennis ball at Wimbledon. Fortunately, I was eventually able to settle down and start taking it all in, and I walked away with a few books that definitely got my attention. Maybe you’ll like them too.

I.R. Harris –

Harris writes the dark adult fantast series The Bound Trilogy. Here is the book blurb from her website:

To Ana, the Bonding ritual is a dangerous part of being human. She herself hasn’t been chosen–yet. However, her dear friend Kai has, and on the surface he seems happy. However, Ana knows that Kai was lucky; his Bonder didn’t make the choice to kill him. When it is her time, she might not be so fortunate. As it so happens, the choice to take Ana as a Bond was made years ago and her time is now. When Ana’s peaceful life in Indonesia is suddenly intersected by a Bonder Demon named Nathanial, she is thrown into a roaring tempest of choices, of love, of ever changing loyalties, and of lies. She quickly realizes that loving someone is not the same as knowing them, and that having either of those things offers no guarantee that her heart will be protected or her life will be spared.  For Ana, does being Bound mean to live in the absence of love, of autonomy, of trust or does it mean she will have to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to reclaim who she is and to save not only herself, but also the lives of those to which she is forever tied? 

Harris also writes the Legion Series and The Dark Hunger Chronicles.

Andi O’Connor –

Andi O’Connor brings readers to a world of sorcery and treachery in The Dragonath Chronicles. Visit her website to read the first two chapters for free. Here is the book blurb:

 Always a meticulous planner, Darrak Hunter leads a typically dull life until his dreams unexpectedly become plagued with visions of a peculiar and distant world.  Waking up to a brilliant purple sun looming ominously in the sky, Darrak is met by a mysterious violet-eyed sorcerer who whisks him away from the struggling Earth. Thrown into the clutches of a foreign world where magic is reality and not all is as it seems, Darrak embarks on a journey where he is forced to come to terms with his past and do what he can to shape the future.

Look for O’Connor’s new book Silevethiel coming in October.

Kacie Bawiec –

Kacie Bawiec is a high school student from Joppa, Maryland whose first book, Silver Dagger, has just been published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC. Read the premise for Silver Dagger below and look forward to the sequel which is currently being written:

Cassandra Monroe felt like the world ended when her younger sister, Emery, committed suicide. She couldn’t understand why a girl from a stable, loving family would want to leave them. Together with her boyfriend, Riley, Cassandra spends the next few months after her sister’s death trying to find the answers. But the answers are not anything like she imagined.

Other books that caught my eye at the festival:

Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

Death Benefits by Sharon Saracino

The London Undead Series by PJ Schnyder


Did you go the festival? Did I miss a book that should have been featured here? Share your thoughts.


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