The Explorers Series

Ahoy there!

We're Melissa J. Roche, Ressa Draco, and Gabriel M. James, a family of authors from Colorado and the creative trio behind the Explorers Series of adventure novels for kids. Read more about us here!

Our first book, The Curse of the Crow, was published in November 2023, and our second book, The Treasure of the Island, is coming soon on July 1, 2024!

The Curse of the Crow is out now! Find your "caw"-py here

Available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook


Suddenly the bird jumped up into the air and twisted around, faster and faster, as a strong wind whipped through the room. A flash of light made them all close their eyes, and when they blinked them open again...

The crow was gone. 

In her place stood a girl with long, black hair and odd and raggedy dark clothes, still sparkling with bits of magic on her sleeves.

The Curse of The Crow, Explorers #1

readers are loving it!

A.H., age 10

"Did you ever read a book and it's so good you get like sucked into the world? I had that happen with Harry Potter, and then I had it happen with your book. I can't wait for the next one! How many are you going to write? Like, seven?"

L. C., age 8

"L started reading your book and didn’t stop till he’d finished it a few hours later. He loved it!"

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Explorers #1

Prepare your Potions, Buckle your Swashes... Adventure Awaits!

Set sail with Captain Gabriel and the crew to explore a world of magical unicorns, "macguffin" flowers, cursed crows, hilarious jokes, and more! 

Status: Out now! Buy it here or direct from the publisher

10% of author proceeds support our school library!

"Is this book about anti-gravity? Because I couldn't put it down!" - Elliot the Cook

The Treasure of the Island

Explorers #2

Is the hidden treasure of Tesoro Island legend... or legit?

Dragon prince Fuego and the rest of Cap's new friends are setting off find the elusive treasure of Tesoro Island, even if only to save it from the greedy clutches of Master Ellen and the wizards! But the island has secrets of its own... 

Status: Available July 1! Come to our book release parties in Michigan (July 6) and Colorado (July 21)


"You're gonna wanna see how it all pans out." - Elliot the Cook, on behalf of Panny the magical frying pan

about us

Meet the Author Crew!

Melissa J. Roche

Melissa J. Roche enjoys writing books with anyone who has an imagination, spelling words and reciting pi with Cap, and practicing Shotokan karate and playing video games with Ressa.

Ressa Draco

Ressa Draco has been practicing martial arts ever since she discovered her arms, about 8 years ago now. When she's not slicing grass in the backyard with sticks, she loves to read all the books and defend all the animals.

Gabriel M. James

(Cap'n) Gabriel M. James has gone on many adventures in the last 10 years, so he's quite good at it. Away from the helm, he's a runner, inline skater & musician, fond of fuzzy things, especially of the purring variety.

the making of
Explorers

How did our triple-author, multiple ages, creative collaboration work? Read our blog post for our book's exciting origin story!

Read it here

an excerpt

In which Ressa the Defender teaches Captain Gabriel how to swordfight.

Crow excerpt

Want more Cap & Ressa? The Curse of the Crow, Explorers Book 1, is out now in paperback, audiobook and ebook. Grab your "caw"-py here! And sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on the rest of the series, coming soon to a library or a lemonade stand near you.