The Fifth Room (writing as AJ Rushby)
When brilliant high-school student Miri is invited to join an international secret society, she leaves everything behind in pursuit of the high-stakes rewards it offers.
In a secret bunker, four selected students are pitted against each other to push the boundaries of medicine using illegal self-experimentation. When Miri discovers her ex-boyfriend there as well, the pair must pretend they don’t know each other, or risk expulsion, or worse.
Miri’s experiment means spending more and more hours awake and alone, and she soon finds that all is not as it seems. Another student is secretly experimenting alongside the others, and suddenly the stakes are much higher, and much more dangerous. Miri is forced to question the true purpose of the society, and who lies behind it.
Fifteen-year-old Thea Wallis was born to entertain. Her mother, Oscar winning actor Cassie Hartley, thinks differently and has kept her daughter out of the spotlight since day one. Coming from showbiz royalty, it hasn’t been easy to go unnoticed, but mismatched surnames, a family home in Tasmania and a low-key scriptwriter father has made this possible. However, on a family trip to LA, Thea’s talents are discovered and she’s offered everything she’s ever wanted on a plate, including the dance partner she’s had a crush on forever. But, as her mother has always told her, Hollywood dreams come at a price. Thea soon realizes she will have to work out just how much she’s willing to pay. And, ultimately, discover her own way to be Hartley. Amazon
Rich Girls. It’s only the hottest, most talked about, highest-rating reality show on TV. Romy and Anouschka, the stars of the show, are born gorgeous, have never worked a day in their lives and shop and party their way from country to country. Who wouldn’t want to live like that? Um, fourteen-year-old Elli Adamson, that’s who. Elli feels like she’s the only person in the world who thinks the Rich Girls are Not All That. But when her chef-to-the-stars mother is headhunted to cook for the Rich Girls, the offer is too good to pass up. Soon enough, Elli finds herself living a new life in the blondtourage, the behind-the-scenes crew that keeps the Rich Girls on the road. But as they travel, Elli starts to see that reality and reality TV are two very different things indeed. Maybe she has more in common with the Rich Girls than she could have ever imagined… Amazon
Meet Josephine Foster, or Zo Jo as she’s called in the biz. The best pint-sized photographer of them all, Jo doesn’t mind doing what it takes to get that perfect shot, until she’s sent on an undercover assignment to shoot Ned Hartnett—teen superstar and the only celebrity who’s ever been kind to her—at an exclusive rehabilitation retreat in Boston. The money will be enough to pay for Jo’s dream: real photography classes, and maybe even quitting her paparazzi gig for good. Everyone wants to know what Ned’s in for. But Jo certainly doesn’t know what she’s in for: falling in love with Ned was never supposed to be part of her assignment. Amazon iTunes Barnes & Noble Book Depository