Voted ‘Fiction Book of the Year’ by Corporate Live Wire! __
Mat Rufs loves to hop on a plane and travel to a destination—by himself and on the spur of the moment—to explore and immerse.
This time he is lost in a Mexican cave, near the Volcán de Colima, and finds himself amid a heart-racing thriller with a historical twist and an international scope that will keep you up at night.
This book is about travel, adventure, unexpected turns, ancient customs, intuitive decisions, pandemics, international business, and life as it happens!
So are you ready for a thought-provoking adventurous journey?
Then grab your copy of The Adventures of Mat Rufs, and hop on and join the ride!
Meet A. Liachenko
Anna Liachenko is an award-winning writer, entrepreneur, and author of The Adventures of Mat Rufs series which has won the Fiction Book of the Year award from the Corporate Live Wire. Alongside her writing, Anna leads Montreal-based marketing agency ZZINC health marketing inc. as its Chief Executive Officer. She is also a real estate investor, a mother of two wonderful boys, and an enthusiastic world traveler, having explored more than 30 countries with her partner, alone or with her family.
★★★★★ GOLD MEDAL WINNER, 2021 READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (Young Adult – Sci-Fi) A mysterious star could bring stability to her world…or lead her to a blistering end.
Quiet and introverted twelve-year-old Sam Sanderson is comfortable living a simple life on her family’s peaceful farm. That is, until a mysterious visitor arrives one night, thrusting her on a formidable and dangerous journey across galaxies.
With little direction and no training manual, her mission is to find the elusive Hopewell Star to save a dying planet. But with time running out, a destructive business mogul tracking her every move, and deadly disasters threatening her community, she’ll have to rely on her wits, courage, and friends to make things right and restore peace to both worlds…all while surviving seventh grade.
From discovering the secret of the Hopewell Star to locating a lost civilization, this book has it all: exhilarating adventures, mystery and intrigue, and fascinating characters—you won’t be able to put it down!
Praise for Journey to the Hopewell Star:
★GOLD MEDAL WINNER, 2021 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards ★WINNER of the Literary Titan Gold Award (December 2020) ★GOLD AWARD RECIPIENT, MOM’S CHOICE AWARDS® ★“A RED RIBBON WINNER and highly recommended” – The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2020 (UK) ★A Must-Have New Brunswick Book of 2020 – Atlantic Books Today ★LONGLISTED for The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Awards 2021
“[A] spellbinding story that is impossible to put down.” – Readers’ Favorite
“A well thought out, entertaining fantasy adventure that works on several levels.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Young adult author Hannah D. State effortlessly blends science fiction and fantasy in Journey to the Hopewell Star, an engaging story featuring an alien culture and a destructive megacorporation that is as enjoyable as it is timely.” – IndieReader (starred review)
“Wonderfully imaginative!” – Cary Caffrey, bestselling author of The Girls From Alcyone
“Five stars for a fine debut novel!” – The Miramichi Reader
“A wonderfully engaging fantasy adventure for YA. Cleverly plotted and totally unique, I’d highly recommend it.” – A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review
“Refreshing…well-written and thoughtful.” – Literary Titan
“A page-turner full of surprises.” – The Prairies Book Review
Meet Hannah D. State
Hannah D. State is a Canadian author. She graduated from McGill University with a BA and earned her MPL from Queen’s University. Hannah is bothered by inequality, violence, greed, complacency, snakes, entering a dark room, and not getting enough sleep. She enjoys writing about strong-willed characters who don’t fit the norm and who overcome great obstacles with perseverance, self-discovery, and help from others. Sometimes Hannah can’t keep up with her characters’ ideas and plans, so she takes breaks, drinks coffee, does yoga and tai chi, and takes nature walks to calm her mind and really listen. Journey to the Hopewell Star is her first novel. You can find her author page on Facebook.
What is an amnesiac to do? In a world of monsters, a stranger with a lost, forgotten past seeks the great wish-granting king for answers. But is it worth the cost? Finding himself in a world he doesn’t understand, with a voice in his head and a strange being guiding him, he travels to the city of Astra where the great king dwells. And the answers might be found. With the friends he makes along the way, this stranger faces each new challenge the world throws at him in this journey of action and adventure. With no memories to guide him, all he can do is chase this single desire. “Who am I?” That is the question that burns inside him. In Astra, the greatest challenge awaits him. To gain what he seeks, he must pay through violence. Only the death of a monster can give him what he desires, the answer he seeks. But can he stand up to the dangers of this unknown world or will be crumble beneath the toils of monster slaying and his own growing fear? Every wish comes with a price.
Meet William H. Dewayne
William H. Dewayne is a proud, borderline nerd living in the American South. His hobbies include reading anything from Stephen King’s The Stand to Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket, laughing at jokes only he finds funny, not remembering what he’s supposed to do, and sitting for hours in front of a laptop hoping to finish that next chapter.
As the daughter of Nolderan’s most fearsome mage, Reyna Ashbourne has only ever faced two obstacles: her father’s wrath for slacking with her magic studies, and those who shun her for loving Arluin, a necromancer’s son. But Reyna’s life takes a bitter turn when Arluin’s exiled father returns to exact his vengeance upon the city. With the living dead plaguing the streets, the boy she loves is forced to choose between his heart and his blood. When those dearest to her perish, Reyna vows to become as powerful as her father. But the path of the magi is no easy one, and she must first pass her Mage Trials to prove she has the required strength of heart, mind, and magic. Yet the shadows of the past rise once more, threatening to tear Nolderan asunder. And so too her heart.
Meet Holly Rose
Holly Rose has been obsessed with high fantasy since the age of 5, when she first watched The Fellowship of the Ring (her parents raised her right). After realizing she couldn’t become an elf, she decided to start writing about them instead. She also grew up on World of Warcraft and copious amounts of anime. She was born and bred in Wales, United Kingdom, where she currently spends her days terrorizing teenagers with mathematical equations (and sometimes teaching them useful things). When she gets home from school, her real work with writing about magic and mayhem can begin.
After Beth graduates from college she decides to take the summer off and visit the family farm. A relaxing summer is what she thought would happen. After years it has changed, she meets new people and sees familiar faces. Her summer stay would reveal a family secret and a death that would change her life, a new romance and a neighbor out to get her. Will she find true love? Will she stay at the farm? Previously published as The Family Farm on Kindle Vella.
Meet Delia Coffey
Delia loves to create smaller stories that can be read in a few days, an afternoon off or relaxing anytime. She grew up in Missouri and spent 10 years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She loves to travel and lives in the country.
While investigating a mysterious local neighborhood legend, 12 year old Jefferson, his spunky little Sister Tazzie, and their friend Woody discover that things that go bump in the night have fur, and claws–And teeth!!!
Normal. Wouldn’t that be nice? Ana Hughes has always wanted to be like any other teenager. But her life threatening heart condition has always gotten in the way. A fresh start in a new town gives her the opportunity to pretend she’s like everybody else. When she meets handsome Chance Morgan, she suspects she isn’t the only one keeping a secret. Chance’s animal-like senses and miraculous healing ability make Ana question if he’s playing tricks on her. The truth may be too much for Ana’s delicate heart. But there could be a greater danger if a supernatural world exists where everything, and everyone are not what they seem.
Meet Natasha Brown
USA Today bestselling author Natasha Brown’s imagination has always been a distraction. The books she read in the dark past bedtime fed her excitement for fantasy worlds. Once she started writing, there was no stopping her. By day, Natasha’s an assistant teacher at an elementary school, and by night she’s a book cover designer. Her weekends are spent writing and spending time with family.
Shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, Lev arrives at the pioneer summer camp, where he’s instantly dragged into an illegal booze-smuggling operation. He finds himself part of the camp elite and meets Nik, the arrogant and ill-tempered gang leader. Against his will, Lev falls desperately in love with the boy who seems to hate him. “A Juvenile Country” is a tender, coming-of-age queer story about the unthinkable romance in chaotic post-soviet Ukraine. A tale of the first generation to grow up after the fall of the regime, learning to survive in the obscure reality of a newborn country. It’s a peek into the life of a pioneer camp, with its head-spinning freedom of the strictly-regulated days of the Shift.
Meet Jane Palash
Jane is a Ukraine-born writer living in Toronto. She’s a tech enthusiast and an LGBTQ-rights activist.
I spent my whole childhood closeted from you – Pops thought you were dangerous to me. Or maybe it’s the other way round. But Pops is gone now, and people are looking for me, not like police looking for missing girls, but like big game hunters tracking a dangerous animal. And I have no idea who I can trust – because I’m beginning to realise that I’m really not like the rest of you at *all*.
Meet Heron Elster
Heron Elster is the pseudonym of a Hugo-award-nominated science fiction writer