Disney's Atlantis meets Indiana Jones in this captivating YA Fantasy series about a world powered by arcane ore … and the crew of treasure hunters destined to save it.
A girl abandoned in a rowboat. A man broken by a failed expedition. And Death himself, desperate not to get involved.
The House of Matchsticks is calling …
On the eve of her final exam, all Isaline wants to do is graduate. Rescued from an abandoned rowboat when she was a baby, Isaline has trained for years to become a City Watchman in her kingdom's capital city. Now she's only a test away from that dream coming true.
But something isn't right at Casret Watch Academy. Isaline is shaken when there's an attempt to steal her mysterious red pendant at school. Even worse, she fails her crucial weapons review … and runs into a staggeringly handsome thief.
As a brave crew comes together from across the kingdom, their deadly adventure threatens to destroy everything Isaline has worked for. Yet bold treasure hunters, two-faced spies, and ferocious beasts are hard to ignore. Especially when they want the same thing: the key to finding the fabled House of Matchsticks.
And she has it.
House of Matchsticks is a third person, multi-POV series with found family, enemies to lovers slow-burn romance (straight and LGBTQ+), and a healthy dose of action/adventure. This is Part 1 in the series. Expect a cliffhanger.
Praise for House of Matchsticks:
'Readers will be swept away by the writing's allure … a literary rarity.' –The Booklife Prize
'I love all of the main characters ... action-packed and so cleverly structured.' –Audrey Francis-Plante, author of Devonna
The House of Matchsticks series:
House of Matchsticks
Night of Matchsticks
Tree of Matchsticks
... and more to come.
Every family has secrets and Natalie Morrigan was used to being kept in the dark. But when her childhood home is destroyed following the mysterious disappearance of her parents, Natalie soon discovers her secrets are darker than most. With nowhere else to turn, Natalie and her four lifelong friends seek out their estranged Uncle for guidance and he cannot wait to tell her the truth. Her entire life has been a lie. Genetically adapted with a power that will change the world, Natalie is hunted by Nautilus: an organization that claims it will use her power to achieve an everlasting peace. But if Natalie has learned anything, it’s that things aren’t always what they seem.
Trust isn't an option.
Packed with thrilling action and a web of secrets to keep you reading late into the night, the Coelacanth Project trilogy explores the resilience of friendship, the weight of grief, and what it takes to define yourself.
Take one part Maggie D'Angelo, a striking and independent food critic who's had her fill of casual men. Add one part Rick Flannery, a gorgeous photographer on a mission for seduction. Then mix in a healthy dose of meddling sisters who believe Rick is just the man to spice up Maggie's life. Maggie's afraid this recipe will boil over, making a mess of her orderly life. Rick's playboy reputation leaves a sour taste in her mouth... but his desire goes far beyond a passing fancy. And he knows that the risk of getting burned could lead to the sweetest payoff of all-true love!
When Melanie D'Angelo arrives at Rose Cottage, she's only looking to mend her shattered heart and restore the beautiful house her grandmother once called home. The last thing she wants is to become involved with her landscape designer... Single dad Mike Mikelewski can't deny his instant connection with the gorgeous Melanie, but he already has a woman in his life-his adorable but troubled young daughter, Jessie. So even though Melanie makes his heart pound-and Jessie smile-he won't allow himself to take a chance on a love that's blossoming just like the Rose Cottage garden. But what if he did? Could the trio become the family that Jessie has always dreamed of?
Jo D'Angelo's sisters thought they had the perfect prescription for mending her shattered heart: a relaxing stay at Rose Cottage, their grandmother's idyllic home. But for Jo, Rose Cottage is a painful reminder of her youthful summer romance with Pete Catlett, whose infidelity came to light when she learned of his shotgun wedding... Pete can't believe it when Jo reappears at Rose Cottage, but he gets the distinct impression that he's the last person she wants to see on her doorstep. Even so, he vows to gain her forgiveness-and perhaps win her heart in the process.
Hotshot attorney Ashley D'Angelo takes refuge at her grandmother's tranquil home after a terrible case makes her reevaluate everything-even her successful career. Still, no matter what her sisters think, the place isn't magical. She won't succumb to any "Rose Cottage Curse" and wind up falling head-over-heels in love.... But after a minor fender-bender provides a memorable first meeting, Ashley can't believe how compelled she is by salt-of-the-earth Josh Madison-a man totally unlike the high-powered piranhas she's used to dating. Or is he? There's far more to Josh than meets the eye, and when Ashley learns his secret, their dream love affair might come to a nightmarish conclusion...
The crew of The Ungovernable might have just gambled more than they can pay.
Ex-smuggler pilot Jez and the crew of The Ungovernable desperately need a way to stop the government from killing them all. And they’re running out of time. So, when Grigory Korzhikov - godfather of the biggest mafia organization in the System - invites them aboard his private gambling ship and tells them he can give them a way out, it’s an offer they can’t refuse.
But accepting it means dealing into Grigory’s game, and he’s playing with a stacked deck. He hasn’t forgotten the money they'd cost him in their first heist, and he’s notorious for holding grudges. If they don’t want to end up floating in space without a spacesuit, they’ll have to find a way to beat him at his own game. And in Grigory’s ship, the odds are on the house.
Firewall is the fifth book in R.M. Olson’s science-fiction space-opera series The Ungovernable. With a crazy, close-knit crew, plenty of humor, and loads of action, Firefly meets Ocean’s Eleven in this fast-paced, wickedly fun series.
Masha remembers her childhood in the former USSR but found her life and heart in Israel. Anna was just an infant when her family fled but yearns to find her roots. When Anna is contacted by a stranger from their homeland and then disappears, Masha is called home to Milwaukee to find her. In 2008, college student Anna feels stuck in Milwaukee, with no real connections and parents who stifle her artistic talents. She is eager to have a life beyond the heartland. When she's contacted online by a stranger from their homeland-a girl claiming to be her long-lost sister-Anna suspects a ruse or an attempt at extortion. But her desperate need to connect with her homeland convinces her to pursue the connection. At the same time, a handsome grifter comes into her life, luring her with the prospect of a nomadic lifestyle. Masha lives in Israel, where she went on Birthright and unexpectedly found home. When Anna disappears without a trace, Masha's father calls her back to Milwaukee to help find Anna. In her former home, Masha immerses herself in her sister's life-which forces her to recall the life she, too, left behind and to confront her own demons. What she finds in her search for Anna will change her life, and her family, forever.
Someone’s hunting the Ungovernable. And they’re not going to stop until every one of the crew is dead.
When an enemy from ex-smuggler pilot Jez’s past reappears, determined to extract revenge, the crew of the Ungovernable have two options: fight, or run. But when a hyperjump gone wrong leaves the Ungovernable crippled, her weapons down and her cloaking disabled, their options become scarce indeed.
As they scramble to repair the ship with rapidly-dwindling supplies and even more rapidly-dwindling oxygen, their pursuers are inexorably closing in. And if they’re going to survive, each of the crew will have to confront dangerous secrets from their past, before those secrets come back to destroy them.
Time Bomb is the third book in R.M. Olson’s science fiction space opera series The Ungovernable. With a crazy, close-knit crew, plenty of humor, and loads of action, Firefly meets Ocean’s Eleven in this fast-paced, kick-ass, wickedly fun series.
Breaking into one of the most secure prison planets in the system isn’t the hard part. The hard part is going to be getting back out again.
They just pulled off the heist of the century. Now ex-smuggler pilot Jez and the motley crew of the Ungovernable have a promise to keep: an extraction from a high-security political prison. But the timeline for the rescue is shorter than they ever imagined, and if they want to save their target from certain death, they’ll have to go in blind—no specs, no intel, no time to prepare, and only the skeleton of a plan. And between prison gangs, murderous guards, and a vicious warden, extracting their target might be the least of their worries.
Jailbreak is the second book in R.M. Olson’s science fiction space opera series The Ungovernable. With a crazy, close-knit crew, plenty of humour, and loads of action, Firefly meets Ocean’s Eleven in this fast-paced, kick-ass, wickedly fun series.
Sarah Kurchak is autistic. She hasn't let that get in the way of pursuing her dream to become a writer, or to find love, but she has let it get in the way of being in the same room with someone chewing food loudly, and of cleaning her bathroom sink. In I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder, Kurchak examines the Byzantine steps she took to become "an autistic success story," how the process almost ruined her life and how she is now trying to recover.Growing up undiagnosed in small-town Ontario in the eighties and nineties, Kurchak realized early that she was somehow different from her peers. She discovered an effective strategy to fend off bullying: she consciously altered nearly everything about herself?from her personality to her body language. She forced herself to wear the denim jeans that felt like being enclosed in a sandpaper iron maiden. Every day, she dragged herself through the door with an elevated pulse and a churning stomach, nearly crumbling under the effort of the performance. By the time she was finally diagnosed with autism at twenty-seven, she struggled with depression and anxiety largely caused by the same strategy she had mastered precisely. She came to wonder, were all those years of intensely pretending to be someone else really worth it?Tackling everything from autism parenting culture to love, sex, alcohol, obsessions, and professional pillow fighting, Kurchak's enlightening memoir challenges stereotypes and preconceptions about autism and considers what might really make the lives of autistic people healthier, happier, and more fulfilling.
Tara just wants to be loved. But life makes other plans. Will she take another chance on her first love or realize that self-esteem comes from within?
Looking back, Tara Carter wonders if what followed her first kiss was a warning of things to come. At the young age of ten, her heart broke when her best friend Trey moved 1,500 miles away. Crossing paths five years later, the two teens exchange beautiful letters that cement their love. They embark on an idealized relationship, despite trauma and heartbreak on both sides, only to be forced apart shortly after.
Tara enters college and is forced to confront the ugly side of life, losing contact with her first love. As time marches on, she yearns to know what could have been ... until fate presents her with one last opportunity twenty years later. Will she take it?
If you like courageous women, raw emotions, and real-life issues, then you'll love Tasche Laine's slice-of-life tale-a moving fictional memoir based on a true story.