Kacey Vanderkarr

The Stone Series Book One

Onnaleigh Moore is part of a plan--and it isn't hers. When her brother dies in a car accident, Onna is desperate to preserve the tatters of her family. Any hope of finding normalcy vanishes when her mother runs off and her dad turns to booze to numb his pain. Onna's grief is crippling, but the boy who showed up just when she needed him is helping her cope.

Everett's presence is comforting, though he knows things--Onna's name just before they met, where she lives, and sometimes he comments on thoughts she doesn't say aloud. She pegs him for a stalker, or maybe psychic, but the truth is deadlier than she imagines. As their feelings for one another deepen, Everett confesses a horrifying secret: Onna's brother is only the beginning of the plan, and some fates are worse than death.

Story Found in Ember

River's in a tough spot - she has feelings for her best friend's boyfriend, Rafe, who has some issues of his own. But things aren't always as simple as they seem, and River soon finds herself in a powerful position.

Reflection Pond Series Outtake

Abandoned by their friends outside of the City of Honor, Ash and Ember fall into Elm’s hands.

*This Torch Rock Outtake should be read after Torch Rock (The Reflection Pond Series, #3).

Reflection Pond Series Book Three

War is coming, and she takes no prisoners. Faced with an impending battle Eirensae cannot win alone, Rowan journeys to Macántacht to seek allegiance from its leader. The City of Honor is beautiful, still untouched by conflict, and full of surprises that bring Callie’s darkest experiences to the surface. With her friends’ lives at stake, Callie must confront her past, and accept help from a faerie whose face torments her memories. Reconciling the power beneath her skin has never been more painful. Amid persistent threats from Fraeburdh, an old enemy reemerges with deadly force. Even with Macántacht fighting beside her and Rowan at her back, the odds are insurmountable. Callie’s biggest trial will come not on a blood-soaked battlefield, but in the quiet moments when she must choose.

Ask any successful author how they got their start, and they'll tell you that when they were young they loved reading. One of the foundational goals of Ember is to foster the next generation of great writers by providing them with excellent reading material now. We believe that people who learn to love reading at an early age are more likely to seek knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Those who then learn to love writing often go on to apply creativity and problem solving to those same critical disciplines—underscoring the importance of solid reading and writing skills.

 

But we're not just looking at writers who may have talent someday. Many adolescents and teens already show genuine imagination and talent not just potential, but real mastery of language and storytelling. While we love great writing from contributors of all ages and experience levels, we're especially eager to purchase and publish stories and poems from younger writers in order to provide a professional experience and a platform from which to launch their careers.

 

Our inaugural issue is beautiful inside and out, with amazing contributions like:

  • Cover art by James R. Eads

  • Illustrations by Sean Greenberg

  • Stone Showers The Precipice

  • Todd Walton Honey

  • JC Hemphill Dead Dog

  • BC Flinton Mimeograph

  • Jeff Suwak The Familiar and his Alchemist

  • Kacey Vanderkarr Distraction

  • Andrew Kaye Roots and Branches

  • Melissa Shaw The Astronaut

  • * Sho Sho Leigh Ho Splitting the Seams of My Pants

  • B L Draper The Great Garden Heist

  • Bert Lowe Cat Tail

  • Laura M Kaminski Dim

  • * Sylvia Hicks Fleeing from Fire

  • Jeffrey Beck Outlaw

  • Edward Ahern Puzwuk the Orphan Boy and the Starving Time

  • Gerri Leen They Just Don't Mix

  • David Neilsen The Séance

  • Cathleen Cohen Stealing Colors

  • Bo Balder She Waxes While We Wane

* Young contributors (age 14 and under)

Reflection Pond Series Book Two

The road to the City of War is dangerous. With their home in ruins, Callie and Rowan are Eirensae’s last hope of stealing the cauldron back from Fraeburdh. They must travel into the human world where the Fallen hide. The banished fae wait for Callie, desperate to sacrifice her before she comes of age. If Callie and Rowan survive the journey, something worse looms in Fraeburdh. Rowan is destined for a dark family legacy too horrifying to accept, and his father is anxious to welcome him home. Once the truth is revealed, will Callie ever look at Rowan the same way? Trapped between feuding cities lost in a centuries-old war, Callie and Rowan will face their biggest rivals yet, and neither of them will make it out unscathed.

Bullied and alone, Ainsley seeks refuge in the arms of a strange boy. Time is slipping away for overachieving Sadie Lin, but reigniting an old flame might help. Scarred by a pressuring ex, Alexandra finally faces the rain. “Pasty and chubby” Charlotte makes a public play for the “Tan and Smooth” king. The beautiful girl in the black, lacy push-up bra says that it’s time for Brenn to stop lying . . . at least to herself. A halfway house is no home for Dawn—or is it? How will Dana survive knowing everyone at school thinks she’s a monster, when they just may be right? JJ and her crush finally get a moment alone—at his girlfriend’s hottest party of the year. Sixteen-year old Sarah prepares for her first day of school by chaining up her Mamí in her bedroom. Alyssa’s life is a well-rehearsed ballet until a tragedy sends her hurtling towards a fall. Loving a boy is as simple as chemistry . . . unless that boy is an unstable element. Sucker Literary is a platform for established and emerging, hugely intelligent writers who have the grit and talent to create compelling, authentic young adult literature that both adults and teens can enjoy. We are a literary enterprise dedicated to showcasing and promoting undiscovered and established writers who write for young adults (this is not to be mistaken for young adult writers). We are not affiliated with any writer’s organization or program and welcome writers at any stage of their writing career/ journey.

Reflection Pond Series Book One

Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you. 

Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She's never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn't come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she's always wanted. 

Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie's part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don't know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.

Antithesis Prequel

The morning Liam's existence changed, he had a father, a girlfriend, and the universe at his disposal. By nightfall, all that remained was confusion, and a burning desire for revenge.

*This short story is the prequel to Antithesis and provides some wonderful back-story! *

My name is Gavyn.

Liam doesn't care that I only have one arm. He actually likes my red hair and freckles. I might forgive him for kidnapping me. 

My name is Gavyn. 

I lost my Liam. I've lost them all. And now it's my job to make sure they don't show up again. 

My name is Gavyn. 

I had a life with Liam, but he couldn't give me what I need. Then I killed his father. I don't expect he'll forgive me for that. 

My name is Gavyn.

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Flint Area Writers 2016.

Content by Melodie Bolt.

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