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Welcome to the website of Suzanne Lazear, author of the Elfpunk Series THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS (Shine) and the Young Adult Steampunk Dark Fairytale Series The Aether Chronicles. (Flux) Take a look around to find out about my books and the latest news. There are more goodies on the Aether Chronicles website. Thanks for visiting!

New Adult Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to New Adult Scavenger Hunt!



I'm Suzanne Lazear, author of the elfpunk THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS which is about dragons, demons, rockstars, and mayhem.

This bi-annual event was inspired as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until Sunday! Go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt.

You are hunting on Team Blue.



Collect the lucky book numbers of all the authors on TEAM BLUE and then add them up. Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify; you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 12 pm EST.

Now, onto the author I'm hosting!

Kim Briggs



Kim once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice.

An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall, where a secret organization decides 17 year old Starr Bishop is not only the model student, but the ideal assassin. While in hiding, Starr meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Cue the swoon worthy music.

But it’s not all happily ever afters for Kim. Her NA novel, And Then He, explores the dark and scary corners of the human psyche. Following a night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger, Tiffani finds herself in the midst of a nightmare she can’t escape.

And Then He is available now through Amazon and other major book retailers. Starr Fall, Book One of the Starr Fall series released November 2016 with Inkspell Publishing. Starr Lost, Book Two released January 5, 2017. Her short story, Avalanche, was be part of Valentine Kisses which released February 14, 2017. Starr Gone, Book Three of the Starr Fall series releases June 2017.

 As the Co-Regional Advisor to SCBWI Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, she meets lots of writer and illustrator friends. Through SCBWI, she met her Ink Sisters. The Ink Sisters destruct plot like ninja warrior poets. They make her laugh, especially when she wants to cry. They're awesome. You should follow them on Twitter: @Alisongmyers  @DonnaBoock

When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snow drifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees.

Chat with her on Twitter: @KimBriggsWrite

She shares writing love with her INK Sister Alison Green Myers at INK Sisters Write.

Valentine Kisses: A Kiss to Last a Lifetime



Valentine’s Day Kisses…. A set of sweet and smoldering stories by some of Inkspell Publishing’s authors. These award winning and best-selling authors created a holiday anthology you won’t soon forget!

Lola Flannigan by Abigail Drake
Seven is not lucky for Lola Flannigan. Although it’s the number of years she’s been in business for herself, running a successful hair salon, it’s also the number of times she's spent Valentine’s Day all alone, getting drunk on cheap wine and expensive chocolate. One more thing. It's the number of times she’s been struck by lightning, and walked away unharmed. She should be dead. She realizes that. And as much as she’s grateful to be alive, she now has a little electrical problem. Her hands have become weapons of mass destruction, capable of shocking anyone she touches with deadly force. Things start to look up the day sexy millionaire Morgan Slade struts into her shop and demands a haircut. Just when Lola thinks life might finally be going her way, everything goes from bad to so much worse. Red-eyed mutants dressed in SWAT gear shoot up her shop, and she has seconds to decide whether to trust Morgan, or if he might be her unluckiest move of all. At least it looks like she won’t be by herself on Valentine’s Day this year.

Hearts Must Be Broken by Bridie Hall
Can love forgive murder? When a ghost from her past wants to take revenge on twenty-year-old Anais, the only one she can turn to for help is Damon. But things quickly become complicated because he has feelings for her and she doesn’t want a relationship. Can she learn to trust him and can he forgive her past? Not Today by Lisa Hahn A chance meeting in the park sends Emily and Ezra on an emotional journey neither had been expecting. Emily Scott is mourning the loss of a parent. Ezra Cavanuagh is ready to give up on his dreams of literary success. Will their new connection be enough to help them pull through these trying times?

Avalanche by Kim Briggs
Lexi returns to her first love, Wolf Creek Ski Resort, with ambitions of becoming a ski instructor. She soon finds herself in the middle of a longtime feud between Gabe, a snow groomer who gives off the broken vibe Lexi finds irresistible, and Harrison the fourth, playboy son of Wolf Creek’s owner who always wants what Gabe has. Tensions boil at Wolf Creek, and Lexi’s heart might not be the only thing at stake.

Lost & Found by Shilpa Mudiganti
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and Aisha, who is still grieving for her ex-boyfriend, John, is in for a surprise. Liam, John's best friend, who has had feelings for her but had to keep his feelings in check is ready to prove his love for her. But is she ready to risk her heart again? Aisha lost the love of her life to fate. And then Liam happened.

What’s Better than a Book Boyfriend by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
How can a real man compete with a book boyfriend? Shy librarian Charlie Bishop has spent every Valentine's Day in the company of one of her beloved book boyfriends. Despite his many attempt to gain her attention, Charlie is absolutely certain she has nothing common with hunky construction worker Hank Carter. So how far will Hank have to go to prove to Charlie he's better than any of her book boyfriends?

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Thank you so much for visiting me. There's a playlist from both THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS (Part One) and THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS (Part Two). hidden someplace.  My lucky book number is 6.

Please enter my bonus contest!
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All done? Time to move on to Marie Meyer. Don't forget to bring her a cupcake.

YA Scavenger Hunt!


THE HUNT IS NOW OVER. THANKS FOR VISITING!
It's that time again!

You are hunting on...




I'm Suzanne Lazear, author of the elfpunk THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS which is about dragons, demons, rockstars, and mayhem. Part One is out now (and only $1.99). Part two releases this summer. I also write the Aether Chronicles series, which is about steampunk faeries.

Welcome, have a cupcake. You can start the hunt here or you can go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out more or if you're stuck. I'm part of the Purple Team but there are four other teams, all with lots of prizes to win.

Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the purple team, and then add them up. Hint: the secret number is highlighted RED. Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify. Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 9, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

And now on to the author I'm hosting today:


MADELINE DYER lives on a farm in the southwest of England, where she hangs out with her Shetland ponies and writes young adult books—sometimes, at the same time. She holds a BA Honors degree in English from the University of Exeter, and several presses have published her fiction. Madeline has a strong love for anything dystopian, ghostly, or paranormal, and she can frequently be found exploring wild places. At least one notebook is known to follow her wherever she goes. Her debut novel, Untamed (first published by Prizm Books in 2015), examines a world in which anyone who has negative emotions is hunted down, and a culture where addiction is encouraged. Her second novel, Fragmented, released in September 2016, and will be followed by Divided in July 2017.





In a world where addiction is encouraged, one girl must fight to stay clean...

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven's life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don't question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides--because once you're Enhanced there's no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy's power. Realizing it's only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she's to escape and save her family from the same fate.

Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren't clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.

Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.

BONUS CONTENT

HUNT IS OVER. BONUS CONTENT HAS BEEN REMOVED.



Thank you so much for visiting me. There's a deleted scene from THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS hidden someplace.

Please enter my bonus contest where I have some favorite things of my MC, Bitsy, up for grabs. A mini top hat, glitter lip gloss and makeup, fake eyelashes, glitter nail polish (in rockstar pink), and a handmade stocking shaped like a boot.




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All done? Time to move on to Nicole Conway.  Don't forget to bring her 7 cupcakes.



Got Critiques?

Do you know that I offer a range of critique services?

For details, including what I do and don't crit, please see the "critique services" tab. There's a limited amount of spots for each type of critique each month, however, you can reserve spots ahead of time. Paypal gladly accepted. Please email me at suzannelazear @ yahoo for details and/or to reserve your spot.

Submission Package $50
I will read and line-edit your query, synopsis (up to eight pages double spaced), and (up to) your first 50 pages. I will also give you additional feedback on characters, plot, pacing, pitch ideas, etc., to polish your submission package for  querying or contesting. (I will also read your query and synopsis a second time for free.) One week turnaround.

Read and Respond
I will read and reply with a full report on your manuscript (or partial). This will include detailed feedback on characters, pacing, plot, what worked and didn't work, what's satisfying to the reader, etc. This will give you a blueprint for edits and help take your manuscript to the next level. Note: These are summary/overview notes and do not include in-line or chapter-by-chapter edits, however, I will reference specific chapters as needed. If there's something specific you need help on or want me to look for I can help you with that, too. Two week turnaround.

Under 40,000 words -- email for rates, since it depends on length
40,000-70,000 words -- $100
71,000-100,000 words --$150
Over 100,000 -- $200+ (email for quote)

Full critiques are available, see the critique services tab for details.

YA Scavenger Hunt Starts Tuesday!

Join us once again for a lot of fun and the chance to win a lot of books!

I'm on Team Purple, with lots of great authors.


The Secret Lives of Rockstars -- Part 2 UPDATE

Part Two of THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS should be available Summer of 2017. I can't wait for you to read more about the adventures of Bitsy, Jules, Phil, Eric, and the gang!

A Steampunk Night Before Christmas

As I do every year...Merry Christmas, Everyone!.

A Steampunk Night Before Christmas

© 2009 Suzanne Lazear

‘Twas the night before Christmas and the whole ship was quiet,
Too quiet for the likes of this seasoned air pirate.

The airship was festooned with frippery and green,
With nary a brass polished surface to be seen.

Their stocking were hung by the crow’s nest with pride,
Along with homemade cookies and rum for Santa to imbibe.

I didn’t have the heart to tell the crew.
That Santa wouldn’t approve of what we do.

Sure, we stole from the rich, and gave to the needy.
But he’d probably think taking a cut was too greedy.

It didn’t matter that they had hearts of gold,
Only that it was stolen goods we bought and sold.

Suddenly portside there arose such a clatter,
That I grabbed my spyglass to see what was the matter.

The deck became filled with curious crew,
As I climbed the rigging for a better view.

The sky that had moments before been silent,
Had erupted with a commotion both grievous and violent.

The black ship portside was one that even we dread,
And it looked as if it were attacking a small red sled,

Driven by a fat guy and flying brown deer,
I polished the spyglass to ensure my vision was clear.

“Dread Pirate Fred’s attacking Santa, let’s help him, quick,”
Shouted my trusty first mate old Salty Nick.

What could I do but help out the sled,
“Come on, crew, let’s teach a lesson to Fred.”

I climbed down the rigging.
“There are cannons to load,
Christmas to save,
And pirates to goad.
Let’s kick up our speed,
And give up a fight.
Even we know
Robbing Santa just isn’t right.”

With a cheer, I manned the helm, going full speed ahead,
Nick loading our cannons to aim at the Dread Pirate Fred.

“Don’t worry Santa, help will arrive,
Salty Nick, man the cannons, prepare to take a dive.”

We flew through the air quickly, with all our might,
Fred’s crew had the sleigh on board, a terrible sight

Santa looked frightened, a gun to his head,
“Give me those presents,” growled the Dread Pirate Fred.

Even the reindeer had been rendered immobile,
By a few of Fred’s men in a black dirigible.

Santa shook his head, “If you take them, they will be missed.
Certainly, you all shall make my permanent naughty list.”

“I don’t care,” the pirate growled,
“We just want those gifts,” his crew avowed.

“Unhand those presents,” I called, dashing through the air
The cannons fired, aimed only to scare.

The reindeer bucked, trying to get free,
Fred sneered, “Captain Sno, you don’t scare me.”

Quickly, we secured Fred’s ship and dastardly crew,
But Fred still had Santa—there was only one thing to do.

Fred and I grappled across the deck, precariously,
Nick making sure Santa and the reindeer went free,

“You can’t rob Santa, it’s just not right,”
I yelled as I punched Fred when he put up a fight.

“Now, now, cease that,” Santa said,
Causing me to stop punching Dread Fred.

“Now Dread Pirate Fred, trying to steal presents in wrong,
but Captain Sno, punching him won’t stop him for long.

Christmas is about sharing and caring, not fighting and stealing,
and doing what’s right, not wheeling and dealing.”

Fred and I looked at each other, hanging our heads in shame.
The jolly old man had a good handle on our game.

Both crews made sure the gifts all went back
Into Santa’s giant red velvet sack.

Cook fed the reindeer carrots, and Santa cherry pie
I looked at the Dread Pirate Fred and gave a sigh.

“Why did you do that? That’s low even for you,
to attack Santa and take his presents on Christmas Eve, too.”

“Those presents would fetch prices that are sky high.”
But the look on Fred’s face told me that was a lie.

“There are better ways of getting a present from Santa’s sack,
then trapping the reindeer and staging an attack.”

“You’re one to talk,” Fred replied.
Nodding slowing, I looked at my crew, and again I sighed.

“I’m afraid, Santa, neither Fred nor I have been good this year,
but please, don’t forget our crew, they could use some cheer.

They don’t meant to be bad; they’re just following orders
They’re good men at heart, not drunkards and cavorters.”

Santa said, “Thank you captain, for rescuing me,
I think I my sleigh might hold an extra present or three.

You too,” he added to Dread Pirate Fred.
I shook my head. Was that what he actually said?

“Fred and his crew tried to steal your gifts to sell,
now you’re giving them presents as if all were well?”

Santa winked. “Now, Sno, remember what Christmas is all about.”
Getting in his sleigh, he gave his reindeer a shout.

“Just try to stay off the naughty list, the both of you, from now on.
Now, I have to be off, to get these delivered before dawn.”

Both crews looked up, as Santa took off.
“Merry Christmas, Santa,” my voice went soft.

With a wink of his eye, and a flick of his hand,
Presents flew out of his sleigh; onto the deck they did land.

“Thank you, Santa,” the crews did shout.
“There’s not one for me,” Dread Fred did pout.

“All I’ve ever wanted is a present from Santa, just one.”
I scoffed. “But not enough to stop having all your plundering fun.”

“Stop it you two,” Santa added with a call.
“But I didn’t forget you either, no, not at all.”

Two more presents floated down from the sky.
Turning mine over in my hands I looked up. “But why?”

Santa just smiled. “Just remember what I said.
And for once, Sno, can you stop plaguing Fred?”

With a hearty laugh, the sled flew through the sky,
Both crews waving, tears in their eyes.

“A present for me?” Fred’s eyes gleamed.
I knew deep down, he wasn’t as dreadful as he seemed.

Taking a box from my pocket, I said, “And there’s another.”
Giving it to him, I smiled. “Merry Christmas, brother.

I’m sorry I plague you, but it’s so much fun.
Let’s make next year a much better one.”

Nodding, Fred said, “For once, Sno, you’re right.
I think this should be the last time we fight.”

Santa sped by, doing one last turn.
“I hope there’s a lesson tonight you all learned.

Merry Christmas to you, and remember my lads,
no one says air pirates 
have to be bad.”


New Adult Scavenger Hunt

**THIS HUNT IS OVER, PLEASE JOIN US NEXT TIME**

Welcome to New Adult Scavenger Hunt!

I'm Suzanne Lazear, author of the elfpunk THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS which is about dragons, demons, rockstars, and mayhem. .

This bi-annual event was inspired as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 96 hours! Go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt.

You are hunting on Team Purple.


Collect the lucky book numbers of all the authors on Team Purple and then add them up. Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify; you must submit the completed entry form by October 31 at noon Eastern Time.

Now, onto the author I'm hosting!

SF Benson


"I love answering the question “what if” by writing young adult and new adult Dystopian/science fiction and paranormal stories. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I took a few varied paths to get to this point—blogger/reviewer, customer service representative, receptionist, marketing assistant, cashier, veterinary assistant, editorial assistant… I like to think that those positions provided ‘food’ for my creative brain.

When I’m not devouring countless books, I’m taking care of my family, which includes a few furry members. At one point in my adult life, I had a household which included three Samoyeds, saltwater fish, a hamster, and three guinea pigs.

Currently, I reside in Georgia, but have lived in Michigan and California. My ideal location would be Michigan with southern California weather for Spring, Summer, and Winter. Nothing beats Fall in Michigan."

RESCUE: the Alliance Chronicles, Book 2



Zared Aoki is a young adult living in a world of hard choices. His whole life comes down to choices. Choose to live. Choose to die. Choose to love. He takes control and, in spite of the fact that he’s a marked man, makes the choice to rescue the love of his life, Tru Shepard, from a remote military compound where she’s being held prisoner.

There are a few obstacles in his way—she’s being held by her almost-fianc√©, the government has a warrant out for his arrest, and there are people wanting to trade his life for the SIM card. The piece of tech, which holds the fate of mankind, means nothing to Zared. He’s not proud of how he obtained it, but none of that matters without Tru.

Zared gets help in the form of a friend, Asher Jones. That help comes with challenges—a traumatized Riza cadet, running from a crazed lunatic, and coming face-to-face with someone from his past.

Tru has choices, too. She can marry a man she despises, or face her death sentence. And then there’s a third choice, one that can change her life forever.

Holden Pratt, her intended fianc√©, only sees one choice—marrying Tru, no matter how much she protests.

But all things come with a price. For Zared that price means either saving his future or saving his past.


Bonus Content

**Hunt is over, Bonus Content Has been removed**


Thank you so much for visiting me. There's a deleted scene from THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS hidden someplace.  My lucky book number is 8.

Please enter my bonus contest where I have some favorite things of my MC, Bitsy, up for grabs. A mini top hat, glitter lip gloss and makeup, fake eyelashes, glitter nail polish (in rockstar pink), and a pink handmade stocking shaped like a boot.

**Giveaway is over**



All done? Time to move on to Kim Briggs.  Don't forget to bring her a cupcake.