The Must-Read Books from The BookFest Spring 2023 Adventure 

The BookFest Spring 2023 Adventure features an amazing lineup of authors and literary speakers, with a diverse range of books for all kinds of readers. With so many great titles to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide what to add to your reading list.

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of some top picks from The BookFest Spring 2023 that you won’t want to miss. From thrilling mysteries to heartwarming romances, there’s something for everyone at The BookFest. So, grab your favorite reading spot and get ready to dive into these amazing books.

Son of the Poison Rose by Jonathan Maberry

Son of the Poison Rose

Son of the Poison Rose, the second book in the epic fantasy series by bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, is one of the books every BookFester needs to have on their reading list. The story follows a young man named Victor, who is the son of the infamous necromancer, Lorenzo. Victor embarks on a dangerous journey to find his father, who has been missing for years, and along the way, he must confront his own dark powers and unravel a web of political intrigue and magical secrets.

Readers will enjoy the immersive and intricate world-building in Son of the Poison Rose, Maberry has created a richly detailed and imaginative universe filled with magic, myth, and unforgettable characters. The action-packed storyline, with its twists and turns, will keep readers on the edge of their seats, while the vivid descriptions and powerful emotions will make them feel like they are part of the story. This book is a perfect choice for fans of epic fantasy looking for an exciting and engaging read.

Escaping the Dashia by Rebecca Inch-Partridge

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Rebecca Inch-Partridge’s debut young adult science fiction novel, Escaping the Dashia, is a must-read for anyone who loves a thrilling, immersive story. A new release which launched March 14, 2023, Escaping the Dashia invites readers to dive into a richly detailed universe that Inch-Partridge has meticulously crafted.

The novel follows young telepath Twyla, who finds herself in a precarious situation when she is abducted by her own mother and forced into her family’s criminal enterprise. As Twyla navigates the blurred lines between right and wrong, good and evil, Inch-Partridge masterfully explores important issues such as family dynamics, morality, and justice. A longtime science fiction fan and writer, Inch-Partridge’s debut novel is sure to leave readers wanting more, and they will get it, as it is the first book of the “The Paraxous Star Cluster” series.

Four Children’s Books by Kelly Anne Manuel

The World Small

Kelly Anne Manuel’s The World Small is a delightful and inspiring book that encourages children to see the world in new and imaginative ways. Part of the “Essentials Series”, this book is filled with positive affirmations and messages of encouragement that help young readers face their fears and explore their world with confidence. With its charming illustrations and uplifting messages, The World Small is a must-read for any child looking to navigate life’s challenges with a positive attitude and a sense of wonder.

The Catcher Dream

The Catcher Dream, which is part of the “Classics” series by Kelly Anne Manuel, is a must-grab for educators and parents. The book follows a little boy named Sammy as he navigates his way through the dream world, with illustrations that take readers on an imaginative journey through the story. The Catcher Dream touches on themes of hope, resilience, and the power of permission.

My Name Is Light

My Name Is Light is the signature book in the “My Name Is” series, which is all about self and identity exploration for children. The book delves into the duality of a child’s internal and external nature, exploring the importance of self-esteem and clear communication of the self.

The Boots Rain

Kelly Anne Manuel’s The Boots Rain is the signature book in the “Rainbow’s End” series, which takes readers on imaginary adventures to different places where anything is possible. The Boots Rain begins with “The other day I went to visit a friend…” and invites young readers to follow along on a magical journey.

Spiritual Writing from Inspiration to Publication: 2nd Edition by Deborah Levine Herman


Deborah Levine Herman, a bestselling author, intuitive writing coach, and former literary agent, has written an insightful guide for aspiring writers in Spiritual Writing from Inspiration to Publication: 2nd Edition. If you are considering writing a spiritual book, then this is your go-to guide.

This timely book focuses on the spiritual journey of writers and how to navigate the often-complex world of publishing. Herman draws on her extensive career in publishing to educate writers on the craft of writing, developing their voice, and building an author’s platform in today’s competitive market. The second edition includes updates on the digital era and emerging publishing trends. As a mystic, Herman believes in connecting the act of writing with higher consciousness, and aims to guide and encourage spiritual writers to answer their calling.

Something Major: The New Playbook for Women at Work by Randi Braun

Something Major

Randi Braun, CEO of the firm Something Major, is the author of the women’s leadership non-fiction book, Something Major: The New Playbook for Women at Work, from New Degree Press. If you are a woman in the workplace who needs a fresh read, this is it.

Certified executive coach and sought-after thought leader, Braun provides a game-changing resource for women in leadership positions. The book addresses the main reasons why women are not happy in the workplace and offers actionable steps for women to positively turn things around. Something Major includes relatable and fresh true stories from women leaders and research-backed insights, making it a highly engaging and informative read.

Snoodles in Space: A Snoodle, The Zoodle Kidoodles, and One Happy Schmoodle by Steven Joseph, Illustrated by Andy Case

Snoodles in Space

BookFesters won’t want to miss out on Steven Joseph’s newest addition to his award-winning Snoodles Book Series, Snoodles in Space: A Snoodle, The Zoodle Kidoodles, and One Happy Schmoodle. With tongue-twisting laughs and an out-of-this-world adventure, this book is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults. Illustrator Andy Case and Joseph deliver another creative and fun-filled story in the Snoodles Saga.

With a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal Award, BookFest Awards, and other accolades already under his belt, Joseph is sure to impress readers with his latest release. Be sure to grab a copy on April 11, 2023, and join the fun with the Snoodles crew.

Books Four and Five in The “Rocky Mountain Romances” series by Virginia Fox

Rocky Mountain Romances

The “Rocky Mountain Romances” series is set in the fictional town of Independence Junction in the Rocky Mountains, and books four and five are sure to take readers on an emotional journey, just like the first three books in the series. Books four and five will be introducing readers to new characters and give them a thrilling yet heart-warming experience. Virginia Fox’s writing style is a perfect blend of light-hearted romance and exciting plot twists, with characters like a cold-hearted rancher, a local veterinarian, a fire chief, and an adopted child.

Rocky Mountain Romances

Virginia Fox has a deep love for writing, and her books are filled with messages of hope, love, and optimism. Her passion is evident in the stories she tells, and the books in the “Rocky Mountain Romances” series are no exception. Both Rocky Mountain Kid and Rocky Mountain Secrets well as all books in this must-read series are published by Dragonbooks Publishing House.

Architect, the Fourth Book in the “Matt Miller in the Colonies” series by Mark J. Rose

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Mark J. Rose takes readers on a journey back in time with his historical fiction series, “Matt Miller in the Colonies”. Architect, the fourth book in the series, which is one BookFesters don’t want to miss. If science fiction and time travel are genres you like, then grab the entire series.

In Architect, the Millers find themselves at the center of a maelstrom that threatens to engulf the entire colony of Virginia and make it the epicenter of a revolution. As the events around Matt unfold and his situation worsens, an opportunity presents itself to right the wrongs he has caused—but only if he can leave behind his life in the colonies.

Heaven’s River, the Fourth Book in the “Bobiverse” series by Dennis E. Taylor

Herven's River

The latest addition to the “Bobiverse” series by Dennis E. Taylor is a must-read for science fiction fans. In the fourth book of the series, titled Heaven’s River, readers are taken on a wild ride through the galaxy as the Bobiverse faces new challenges and meets new civilizations.

With Taylor’s signature blend of humor and heart, Heaven’s River is a thrilling adventure that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. From the quirky and lovable Bob characters to the innovative and imaginative world-building, this book is sure to delight both old and new fans of the series. So, grab a copy and join the Bobs on their latest intergalactic journey.

The Silent Count by E.A. Smiroldo

The Silent Count - EA Smiroldo

BookFesters, get ready for a cli-fi adventure with E.A. Smiroldo’s debut novel, The Silent Count. This climate-change thriller, premised on real science, imagines a scenario using nuclear weapons to combat climate change, delivering a satirical story for our times. Follow Dara Bouldin as she navigates her professional life and personal life with setback after setback. What happens when someone notices her work, finally?

With a mix of science, politics, music, and technology, The Silent Count is a suspenseful tale that will leave you at the edge of your seat. Don’t miss out on this powerful book that shows the importance of taking action in the face of climate crisis with metaphor and just enough real science to be scary.

Double Blind: An Icelandic Manuscript Murders by Sara Winokur

Double Blind

BookFesters won’t want to miss Sara Winokur’s Double Blind: An Icelandic Manuscript Murders, a thrilling mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Brynja, a forensic geneticist, receives a mysterious poem that leads her to believe her long-lost brother might still be alive. As she investigates, more poems arrive, each with dire consequences for those who receive them. The novel takes readers on a journey through Iceland, uncovering secrets and solving a centuries-old mystery.

Get ready to unravel the mystery of the Icelandic Manuscript Murders with Sara Winokur’s Double Blind, and keep your eyes peeled for her next novel which launches soon.

Build Your #TBR with The BookFest Adventure

By adding the books from the BookFest Spring 2023 reading list to your #TBR, you’ll be supporting the authors who have worked tirelessly to bring their stories to life. Moreover, the BookFest Adventure is an opportunity to be a part of a vibrant literary community and connect with fellow book lovers, authors, and publishing professionals. So why not join the adventure, explore new genres and voices, and support the thriving world of books and storytelling? Check out all the books at the BookFest. Enter for a chance to WIN all these books and more with the Big Bundle of Books Giveaway. Happy reading!


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