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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!

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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.

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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.

Character Sketches for the Untamed Series

Hi everyone!

So, one of my favorite parts of drafting a new book is getting to know the characters through drawing them. I love art, and doing sketching characters has become an integral part of my planning and drafting stages when working on a new manuscript. And so, for YASH this spring, I thought I’d share with you some of those character drawings…

SEVEN SARR

So, Seven is my main character and the narrator of the Untamed books. She’s a powerful Seer, who in book one has to cope with the disappearance of her mother and her own kidnapping and torturing at the hands of the enemy, the Enhanced Ones. Plus, she also has an addiction to beat.


KATYA SARR



This is Seven’s mother, and she’s one of the strong, powerful women in the series. She’s also one of my favorite characters to write! I absolutely love her, and she’s a firm favourite with fans too, which makes me so happy. Like Seven, she’s a Seer.




RAHN ERIKSEN

So, both Seven and Katya belong to a group of Untamed people (those who can feel negative emotions, and are hunted down by the Enhanced, who want to turn everyone into beings who can only feel positive emotions). And Rahn Eriksen is the leader of this group of Untamed. He’s a complex character (and one of my favorites). And he’s also rather prejudiced toward Katya and Seven, both of whom are Seers, as he blames Katya for the deaths of his brother and sister-in-law as she failed to foresee the conversion attack that killed them.

Seven also has a thing for Rahn’s nephew, Corin!



ELF

Elf is one of my favorite characters too! He’s only in book one at the beginning, but he’s mentioned a lot in the later books—and he’s got an integral part in A DANGEROUS GAME, the standalone novel that’s set in the Untamed world, releasing November 28th 2017. So, I can’t say a lot about him now…


ELWOOD MANNING

Manning. Manning. Manning.  Where to start? He too is an Untamed human, first introduced in book two of the Untamed Series, FRAGMENTED. He’s the leader of the Zharat tribe (one of the last surviving large tribes of Untamed). And he’s quite a dangerous man….


TARAS

So, readers haven’t actually met Taras yet, as he first appears in book three, DIVIDED, which releases July 11th. But Taras becomes a powerful allie to Seven as she fights the leader of the Enhanced Ones, and he’s also in book four (releasing in Spring 2018).

Like Seven and Katya, Taras is also a Seer.



SORAYA

Soraya first appears in book two, and she’s part of the Zharat tribe, led by Manning. She becomes a good friend for Seven, which is just what our main character needs as it becomes clear that the Zharat people are not at all what they seem…


And that’s all of my character sketches!

I often find that I can’t draw some of the characters at all—I have a solid idea of what they look like in my head, but I just can’t get that down onto paper. Corin (Seven’s love interest) is one of them, as is Jed (a main character of FRAGMENTED), and Raleigh (the leader of the Enhanced Ones).



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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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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.

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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

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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-fiancĂ©, 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 fiancĂ©, 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

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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.

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

Got Critiques? Spots now open!

I have availability in October, November, and December for all three of critique categories (query packages, read & responds, and full critiques, I also have an MG-age beta available.) 

Reasonable rates. I'll work with you on timelines. Spots are limited. All the details are here. 

I can also help you get ready for NaNoWriMo. 

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I'm Suzanne Lazear, author of the elfpunk THE SECRET LIVES OF ROCKSTARS which is about dragons, demons, rockstars, and mayhem. The band in the book, The Freakshow, has 5 members, all of them paranormal. 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 ORANGE TEAM--but there are other teams, all with lots of prizes to win.

Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue 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 October 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:


Kathryn Holmes grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was an avid reader and an aspiring writer from an early age. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and piles upon piles of books. A graduate of The New School’s MFA in Creative Writing program, Kathryn works as a freelance dance journalist, among other writing gigs. She is the author of The Distance Between Lost and Found and How It Feels to Fly.







A struggle with body dysmorphia forces one girl to decide if letting go of her insecurity also means turning her back on her dreams.

Sam has always known she’d be a professional dancer—but that was before her body betrayed her, developing unmanageable curves in all the wrong places. Lately, the girl staring back at Sam in the mirror is unrecognizable. Dieting doesn’t work, ignoring the whispers is pointless, and her overbearing mother just makes it worse.

Following a series of crippling anxiety attacks, Sam is sent to a treatment camp for teens struggling
with mental and emotional obstacles. Forced to open up to complete strangers, Sam must get through the program if she wants to attend a crucial ballet intensive later in the summer. It seems hopeless until she starts confiding in a camp counselor who sparks a confidence she was sure she’d never feel again. But when she’s faced with disappointing setbacks, will Sam succumb to the insecurity that imprisons her?

This compelling story examines one girl’s efforts to overcome her worst enemy: herself.


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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 Megan Crewe.  Don't forget to bring her a cupcake.