Innocent Darkness (Book 1)

INNOCENT DARKNESS is book 1 of The Aether Chronicles. You can buy it at your favorite book store or from  Amazon,  Indie Bound, The Book Depository, and Barnes and Noble.     

Flux, 8-8-12
ISBN-10: 0738732486
ISBN-13: 978-0738732480

In a Steampunk version of Los Angeles, Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock's hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer's eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her and brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed.  If Noli doesn't die, an entire civilization will.

Here's an (awkward) video of me talking about the book:

"A delicious mix of alternate history, Steampunk, fantastical adventure and blushing romance; what on Earth (or the Otherworld) is there not to love?" - Leanna Renee Hieber, award winning, bestselling author of Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul 

"Guys. Guys. This book? You need it in your life." - Julie, Bloggers [Heart] Books
"Darkly romantic, with characters that stay with you long after you finish turning the pages." -- Inara Scott, author of the Delcroix Academy Series

"Innocent Darkness has loads to offer: a Steampunk world in which the Great San Francisco Earthquake was cause by aether build-up, a magically unstable faerie world, a free-spirited and mechanically-inclined heroine who never gives up hope when she repeatedly finds the familiar torn from her, smoldering romance with a dashing hero with a secret past, and a truly cruel villain. Underlying all of this are enough mysteries that I am impatient to read the next book."  -- John Levitt, founder,

"Suzanne Lazear meshes Steampunk and the Faerie world into a fascinating tale that will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning."-- Matthew Delman, Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders

"A darkly seductive Steampunk faery tale full of intrigue and wonder. Noli's journey is poignant, dangerous and deeply romantic."--Kady Cross, author of The Girl in the Steel Corset

"Never bargain with a Fairie queen. It's the lesson Noli and her friend V learn the hard way in Suzanne Lazear's debut novel, Innocent Darkness. A beautifully depicted glimpse into an alternate world where faery trees grant wishes but love is the strongest magic of all." -- Jeanne Stein, author of The Anna Strong Chronicles

"Lazear handily marries steampunk and fairy elements in this satisfyingly complex adventure." --Booklist