Fireflies and Cosmos: Interstellar Spring Book 1 by J. Darris Mitchell

Wandering the Texas Book Festival is always interesting.  This author, dressed in his space traveling attire, presented a captivating pitch for his series.  The series is already well established and ready for the reader to enter into the adventure. With characters that you can immediately make a connection with, this book had me reading almost … Continue reading Fireflies and Cosmos: Interstellar Spring Book 1 by J. Darris Mitchell

Breaking the Flame (#3 Shadow’s Fire Trilogy) by Christopher Patterson

This is the last book in the Trilogy, and I have enjoyed all of them.  The central character Erik continues his journey and his maturing along with discoveries of evil lying in wait.  The complicated and brave Dwarfs are here in full force and Erik has learned to listen to his dagger.  A well-done conclusion … Continue reading Breaking the Flame (#3 Shadow’s Fire Trilogy) by Christopher Patterson

Substitute Soloist – An Andy Veracruz Mystery Book 4 by D. R. Ransdell

Having recently finished the third in this series I happily jumped into #4.  I have read this whole series, and while the first three were somewhere slightly above a Cozy in the mystery department, this book is solidly in the Mystery genre. The author has added a lot of depth to not only the main … Continue reading Substitute Soloist – An Andy Veracruz Mystery Book 4 by D. R. Ransdell

Saving Thandi (Adventures of Jabu & Friends) Book 2 by Kate S Richards

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this middle school adventure and could not wait to see where Jabu would lead us next.  A nice surprise was the return of the character Ice, who added a lot more depth to the attitude of the other characters.  This is a series that I have now recommended … Continue reading Saving Thandi (Adventures of Jabu & Friends) Book 2 by Kate S Richards

Sophie Washington Queen of the Bee by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Another book gem I discovered at the Texas Book Festival.  This is the first book in this series and introduces us to 10-year old Sophie.  When her parents push her into a spelling bee, Sophie pushes back until a challenge from an irritating classmate makes her dig in her heels.  Throw in a best friend, … Continue reading Sophie Washington Queen of the Bee by Tonya Duncan Ellis

True Death (Howard County Mysteries #2) by Dale E. Lehman

This book picks up shortly after the first in the series ends.  Familiar characters are back but in this book the author gives us a better understanding of Montufar & Dumas and their backgrounds.  We also get a glimpse into the life of Peller and his wife.  I really enjoyed the side plot of the … Continue reading True Death (Howard County Mysteries #2) by Dale E. Lehman