Liang and the other Job Creators have only weeks to choose which of their staff and families to move into the domes, the last refuges on the barren planet. Despite their best efforts, the Job Creators are unable to keep their selection project under wraps, spurring violent protests against the privileged few.
Now, Liang must race: against starvation, against insurrection, and against his own conscience.
A novella of approximately 80 pages, Creators is a prequel to the Contributor trilogy.
When Ella Mikowski decided to plan her dream wedding, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. As if juggling her career and the millions of wedding planning details isn’t enough, it seems that anything that can go wrong does go wrong. Will Ella manage to make it down the aisle with her sanity intact?
Episode 1: With only seven days to go until the wedding, Ella heads to the salon. But her visions of a head full of beautiful highlights setting off her exquisite headpiece is ruined when something in the solution causes her hair to fall off in clumps.
Episode 2: Six days before the wedding, Ella learns just how contentious the seating arrangements can be when her mother and Masato clash over the seating chart.
Episode 3: When storm damage leaves a supplier incapable of delivering the flowers Ella had ordered, she’s left with only five days to figure out what to substitute for the arrangements.
Episode 4: Ella’s final wedding gown fitting ends in disaster when the iron used to press her gown malfunctions. How can she possibly find a replacement with only four days to go until her big day?
Episode 5: Masato makes a deal with Ella: one date, no talking about the wedding. But some bad sushi turns their relaxing evening into an unmitigated disaster.
Episode 6: Two days before the wedding, Masato gets into a fight with his Best Man, and Ella has an argument with her brother, the Man of Honor.
Episode 7: An unpleasant surprise awaits at the travel agency when Ella and Masato go to pick up their tickets: a hurricane has hit the Bahamas, destroying their honeymoon locale.
Episode 8: It’s wedding day at last, but just when Ella thought things might go her way, the cake is destroyed.
Cianne Wyland leads a double life. No one in House Staerleigh would suspect that the meek woman on whom they heap their disdain is a gatherer of secrets. Determined to uncover whether the House’s upper echelon—including her own father—are engaging in illicit activities in a grasp for control of the House, Cianne has made an art of slipping into their homes to rifle through their private lives.
Kila an Movis is an Enforcer. Gods-gifted with an extraordinary ability to piece together physical clues, he’s entrusted with protecting the vulnerable from crime. But his habit of expressing his opinions a little too freely earned him a nine-year banishment to the wilds, and he’s determined to be more circumspect upon his return to the trade city.
When someone close to Cianne dies and Kila is called out to investigate the scene, her world and his collide once more. His long absence hasn’t driven the memory of him from her heart, but the woman he encounters isn’t the child he remembers.
Unwilling to trust anyone else, Cianne enlists Kila’s help. The deeper they dig, the more secrets they unearth about her father, the other House members, and her entire life—until Cianne discovers that House Staerleigh is built on a foundation of lies.
This history has been ingrained in seventeen-year-old Dara Morrow since her first day of Creator-sponsored school. Grateful for the life-giving necessities her Creator provides, Dara is thrilled to be one of three students chosen for an elite, year-long apprenticeship program. Now is her chance to prove herself a devoted Contributor.
But Dara’s competition is ruthless and will stop at nothing to win the competition. Worse yet, her exacting master has little patience for her.
Then Dara’s mother is seriously injured, and Dara realizes the price of being a Contributor: once you’ve outlived your usefulness, you’re discarded. Can Dara learn to manipulate the system to save not only herself, but everyone she loves?
Contributor is the first book in the YA dystopian Contributor trilogy.
Frustrated by her seemingly pointless efforts to prove her worth to the Free Thinkers, she wonders if she made the right choice. Yet she can’t go back to her old life, can’t forgive Magnum for what it did to her mother. Then she discovers a crucial piece of intelligence: Andersen has been hard at work on a clandestine project that’s caught the attention of the Creators.
At last Dara is made a Free Thinker operative, trained and taught the truth about the Great Famine and its aftermath, but she must conceal her knowledge at all cost. Andersen must believe she’s no more than the sacrificial lamb he thinks she is.
But as the Creators’ interest in the project deepens, Dara is placed under surveillance and cut off from her Free Thinker lifeline. When she makes one last, desperate attempt at exposing his secret project, the repercussions are enormous.
Creators: As the world’s food system collapses, 19-year-old Liang Zhang must choose who lives and who dies.
The Contributor Trilogy: When the Great Famine threatened the existence of mankind, the Creators saved humanity. Humanity has been their loyal subject ever since.
Contributor, book 1: Dara learns the truth about her seemingly perfect society: once a Contributor has outlived their usefulness, they’re discarded.
Infiltrator, book 2: Dara risks her life to uncover the Creators’ secret plans.
Instigator, book 3: Dara and her friends are determined to release humanity from the Creators’ oppressive rule once and for all.
Disillusioned and angry at the revelation of the Free Thinkers’ secret patron, Dara isn’t sure whether her decision to join them was the right choice. Guilt over Letizia’s loss plagues her, and she feels betrayed by one of the few people in whom she placed her trust.
Adjusting to life outside of the domes hasn’t been easy over the past six months, especially because the Free Thinkers’ progress is so frustratingly slow. Nothing has changed, and she doesn’t know how much longer she can deny her searing need for vengeance, or even whether she should place her faith in the Free Thinkers. The more the truth about both them and the Creators is revealed, the less certain she is that the two are all that different. What if she handed them the incriminating evidence they need to exploit to ensure a future that looks a lot like what the Creators envisioned?
Yet Dara has never been more certain of one thing: the Creators must pay—for what they did to her mother, for what they did to Letizia, and for what they’ve done to humanity.
Xaran Ridgeford is on the cusp of a discovery that could have cataclysmic repercussions for the realm. Concerned about how deeply beholden to the trade Houses his House has become, he’s determined to go to extreme lengths to protect the secrecy of his research.
Unable to shake the conviction that there was more to her brother’s death than she was told, Aderyn Silverin left their mercenary company and has spent years wandering aimlessly, trying to erase her past.
A chance meeting in the city leads Xaran to hire Aderyn to help him get his research into secure hands. But her help comes with a price: information about her brother’s mission for Xaran’s House, the mission that got him killed.
As Xaran and Aderyn work to untangle the web and reveal the truth, they start to realize that their only hope may rest in one another.
Two institutions once held Astoran’s Adepts in check: the now-defunct throne and the cloister of the Seventh Sisters. Upheaval threatens to engulf the realm and topple its last remaining bastion as Eraly races to gather allies before confronting cloister leadership about their role in the massacre. But even as she acknowledges that they must be held to account, she fears that her actions will tear the Seventh Sisters apart, destroying the very institution she’s desperate to preserve.
Meanwhile, the Guardians of the Flame are amassing to strike against the conspirators, and as eager as he is to see justice done, Nevin cannot escape his dread at the prospect of Vonessa exposing her secret. She worries about the potential for violence too, but she’s far more afraid of what will follow in the reckoning’s wake. Can she become the leader Astoran needs?
Every other Guardian has a personal agenda to grapple with as well: Aderyn will at last face her brother’s murderer, Xaran will confront his House’s betrayal of the realm, Cianne will help capture her traitorous father, Kila will discover the fates of his fellow Enforcers, and Amir will take part in the upcoming battle to crush the nobility’s hold over the capital.
Yet they all grapple with the same essential question: what will the consequences of their actions be? Will the Astoran that rises from the ashes be better than the sundered realm the conspiracy created?
Eraly’s trust in the Seventh Sisters is beginning to waver. Despite abundant proof that Astoran’s stability is deteriorating, the cloister’s leaders have resolved to adhere to their strict policy of non-interference. Eraly isn’t alone in her frustration, but before she can enact her plan to try to make the leaders see reason, she’s sent back into the field with instructions to infiltrate the nobility of Vyramas. Her covert mission: collect evidence the cloister leaders will be unable to disregard.
An Obscurist, Amir Sharaff was born to deceive. His House has long provided the nobility with reliable and trustworthy spies, and the ambitious Amir’s star is on the rise. What both his House and his noble patron don’t know is he’s also a double agent, gathering proof of the parts the nobles played in the royal massacre. When one of the nobles hints that there may be more to the death of Amir’s noble patron’s son than meets the eye, he can’t ignore the implications, even if they’re meant only to mislead him.
It’s the very opportunity Eraly needs. Amir has connections she lacks, and she possesses multiple skills that will make it easier to uncover the information he needs. Unwilling to fully place his trust in her, Amir nevertheless agrees to an uneasy alliance. What they find shakes the foundation of everything they hold true and sets them on a course that could irrevocably alter the realm.
Adriana Catalano’s own guts hate her—or at least it feels that way. Ever since she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory illness of the digestive tract, she’s done her best to keep herself healthy. Unfortunately, that hasn’t saved her from the embarrassment of trying to figure out how to explain to a date why having dinner with him results in her spending thirty minutes in the ladies’ room.
When the tempting and mysterious Declan Maguire starts coming in to the library where Adriana works, crushing on him seems like a safe indulgence. He has a girlfriend, so there’s no need for her to deal with the messy reality of an actual relationship. Plus, how can she possibly resist him? He’s everything she could ever want in a guy: ruggedly handsome, kind, funny, charming, and almost as avid a bookworm as she is.
By the time Adriana finds out that Declan is, in fact, available, she’s deep under his spell. But is asking him out a good idea? Casual dating isn’t her style, so is it fair to ask him to take on the lifelong responsibility of dealing with her illness?
To make matters even more complicated, her condition isn’t the only challenge they have to overcome. For months Declan hasn’t looked well either, and the closer he and Adriana get, the more he seems to hold himself back. Is their relationship strong enough to survive the obstacles life throws in their path, or will their problems tear them apart?
An orphan who grew up thieving on the streets to survive, Yukari has excelled at keeping herself invisible and alive, until a foolish lapse in judgment lands her on the criminal overlord Amund’s bad side. Only one safe place is left for her to flee: Layalis, Lord Talal’s lands.
The legends of the Beast Lord are lurid, and though Yukari doesn’t believe them, the superstition works to her advantage. Amund and his thugs wouldn’t dare follow her, and she may even be able to turn the forced exile to her advantage. Lord Talal’s lands are prime territory, unexploited for the last decade, and if she can get in his good graces, she may just be able to swindle him out of enough coin to appease Amund.
But Layalis is even stranger than Yukari could have anticipated. Though Lord Talal looks like a monster, he proves to be a kind, considerate master beloved by his tenants, and he treats Yukari like a guest.
Yet despite the beauty of his castle and the bounty of his lands, his servants have a habit of implying that Layalis is a horrible prison, and what initially seems a paradise gradually reveals its darker side. In spite of herself, Yukari begins to care about Lord Talal. Can she find a way to break the curse that has plagued his land for ten years? Or has she escaped to Layalis only to trade her hardscrabble existence for a different kind of cage?
Catalina Martinez is used to being alone. Only seventeen when her mother died, Lina has since built her life around a single purpose: honoring her mother’s legacy by seizing every opportunity her mother worked herself to the bone to provide.
Now a college student, Lina is ambivalent when she lands a part-time job that sounds too good to be true. The hours are flexible and won’t interfere with her studies, allowing her to maintain her grades and keep her scholarships, and the pay is generous. However, she’ll be helping restore an old mansion, doing the kind of physical labor her mother was determined to prevent her daughter from having to do.
When she meets Byron Eaton, her new boss, he opens up a whole new world of additional complications—and possibilities. Not only is he young, rich, and gorgeous, he’s the first person Lina has felt a connection with since losing her mother. Her growing attraction to him threatens to overrule her misgivings, but even so she can’t shake her discomfort over the contrasts between his privileged upbringing and her hardscrabble life, not to mention how reluctant he is to talk about his family.
Just as she’s finally on the verge of reaping the rewards of her years of hard work, she finds herself on shaky ground. Does Byron trust her enough to tell her the truth about his past, or will his secrets prove too great an obstacle for their love to overcome?
Aminata’s big sister, Monique, is getting married. Though Ami is happy for her sister, Monique is Ami's inspiration and best friend, and Ami fears they'll grow apart.
When she finds out the obnoxious Dae Shin's brother is the best man, things go from bad to worse. Now, Ami is stuck with Dae for an entire long weekend.
But is having him there so bad? Dae may have acted like a complete jerk in the classes they shared, but away from campus there’s more to him than she could have imagined. In fact, they have a lot in common.
Despite her initial misgivings, Ami’s intense dislike for Dae begins to fade. Is it possible she misjudged him? Could he actually be perfect for her?
Twenty years ago, the entire royal family of Astoran was brutally slaughtered. With no clear successor in line, the realm has been on the verge of collapse ever since. Several distant relatives have staked a claim to the throne, while the Trade Houses and the Church also vie for control. The formidable Battle Masters of the Royal Guard refuse to take sides, and the Seventh Sisters, who have a divine mandate to ensure the realm’s balance, have done little to nothing, as far as Astoran’s citizens are concerned. Meanwhile, eight citizens will find themselves embroiled in mysteries that call into question the narrative surrounding the royal family’s assassination.
A House Divided, book 1 - Cianne and Kila race to uncover the truth of a far-reaching conspiracy implicating the powerful Trade Houses.
Catalyst, book 2 - Unraveling the connection between her brother’s death and his House may just get Aderyn and Xaran killed.
Court of Illusion, book 3 - Navigating deadly court intrigue leads Eraly and Amir to explosive secrets.
Web of Deceit, book 4 - Jaris must face his past, but doing so will place Liv, the woman he loves, in danger.
Reckoning, book 5 - The resistance unites to make the conspirators pay.
Louisa Carmichael has had it. After her boss gives a less qualified co-worker the promotion he’d promised Lou, she quits. But she only makes it as far as her car before panic sets in. At twenty-eight, her entire life has revolved around her career. Who is she without it? Fortunately, Lou has the perfect excuse to avoid facing that question: a trip to France for her best friend’s wedding.
There she meets Yves Betancourt, a handsome French man who happens to be the most off-putting person she’s ever met, even if she is fascinated by his passion for his work. One desperate, lonely night in Paris, she takes him up on his invitation to meet for a drink. When he offers to be her guide as she retraces the path her grandfather took during his post-World War II tour of Normandy, Lou throws caution to the wind, falling deeply under the spell of the French countryside, food, wine—and Yves.
A Rebel Leader
Lucinda Morain is a servant in her own home, the object of her noble stepmother’s cruelty. But pretending to bow to her stepmother suits Lucinda’s purposes. As an operative for the Ashes, a rebel organization determined to overthrow the oppressive nobility, her lowly status provides her with the perfect cover. When she is chosen to lead the Ashes, Lucinda is overwhelmed and stunned. Can she handle the responsibility of making the life and death decisions?
A Prince in Disguise
Benicio dei Amaria, heir to the throne of Falloria, is desperate to escape the strictures of palace life. Trading places with his double, he adopts an assumed identity to seize one last taste of freedom before he’s forced to appease the nobles by choosing a bride. Then Lucinda saves his life, opening his eyes. Long uneasy with the hold the nobility has over his father, and drawn to Lucinda’s passion for her cause, Benicio can no longer ignore what the peasants have suffered at the nobles’ hands.
Taking the biggest risk of his life, Benicio provides the Ashes with secret information in the hopes of gaining them as allies. But what will happen if they uncover his true identity?
Lucinda knows he’s hiding something from her, but she’s hiding something from him too: she’s the Cinder, the nobles’ and king’s most wanted enemy.
Can they learn to trust one another before it’s too late to save Falloria?
Lex Harrington is living a stranger’s life. After high school, she and her boyfriend, superstar quarterback Brad Wakefield, headed off to college, secure in the knowledge of their brilliant future. Then an injury ended Brad’s football career, and he convinced Lex to drop out of school and return home with him, where everything fell apart.
Because the glossy surface of their relationship concealed a dark truth: years of emotional abuse culminating in Brad’s walking out on Lex and their infant son. At twenty-three, she’s a single mother with no future prospects, struggling to make ends meet while dealing with the aftermath of her destructive marriage.
When Jaron Richards left for college, he vowed he’d never look back. Brad laid waste to his friendship with Lex, leaving nothing to bind Jaron to his hometown. But his unrequited love for Lex has never faded, even as his star has begun to rise, making him Hollywood’s hottest new actor.
Now Jaron is back in town to film his latest movie, and his presence stirs up everything Lex would rather forget. Can they find a way to pick up the pieces and build a future together?
When her beloved Prince Devaran is abducted from her parents’ castle during their engagement announcement ceremony, Princess Jessmyn vows that nothing will stop her from bringing his abductors to justice. Rescuing Dev won't be easy, and Jess will have to form an alliance with the other Realms if she's to win the most important battle of her life.
Imprisoned in a forbidding tower, Dev tries to find a way to warn Jess of the perils she’ll face. Weakened by deprivation and by the drugs administered by the madwoman who kidnapped him, Dev drifts between sleep and consciousness. As he relives cherished moments spent with Jess, Dev wonders if he’ll ever again be with the woman he loves.
Time has become the collective’s scarcest resource. Holed up in a location they can’t hope to defend, and with precious few supplies, their very survival hinges on finding a defensible place to settle, somewhere they can risk using their limited store of seeds to grow more food.
Valeria pounces on the chance to join one of the scouting teams tasked with finding a new home. Reeling from the aftermath of her parents’ actions and searching for answers, she’s desperate to get out into the wasteland and discover who and what else is out there.
Afraid the collective’s recent upheaval will call his position into question once more, Alessandro is doing his best to blend in. But when the scouting teams begin bringing back information into which he alone can provide insight, information that may hold the key to finding a secure location for the collective, he has no choice but to draw attention to himself.
When a marauding group begins closing in on their borders, the collective is forced to reckon with losing their one and only edge. Whatever the cost, they must move before they’re truly prepared or risk annihilation.