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Deadly Destinations continues today with Magnolia Braddock from Suzanne Lazear’s Innocent Darkness. Noli comes to us today with an interesting list of how not to get lured into the Otherworld (otherwise known as Faerie) and if lured then how to survive Otherworld. Innocent Darkness was just released on August 8th. Thanks to Suzanne and Flux, enter for a chance to win one of two copies of Innocent Darkness!
Noli Braddock’s Guide to Visiting the Otherworld
The great poets and painters like to portray Faerie as some beautiful magical place. And, well, it is. Parts of it are beautiful, and it’s entirely made of magic. Sentient magic. But, one thing I don’t think people realize that that most faeries aren’t very nice. Many of them are also people-sized. Well, there are a few nice Faeries, but considering their world lives off the blood of mortal girls you should be very cautious.
Most mortals visit the Otherworld (Faerie) by two ways – accidently or by being lured.
The best ways to avoid accidently falling into or being lured into Faerie are:
1) Never make a wish in a Faerie Tree at Midsummer
2) Don’t travel to places with a large amount of Aether. “Aether,” as we call it, is actually magic leaking from the Otherworld. Sometimes those rifts are people-sized and mortals fall through. I’ve been told that some citizens of the Otherworld think mortals make tasty snacks.
3) Avoid anything that could possibly be a portal – especially Faery trees. These are usually large oak trees surrounded by an overgrowth of flowers and surrounded by a rind of toadstools. But not always. Maybe you should just avoid any oak trees that seem like they belong in a fairytale.
4) If he’s too handsome, helpful, or nice to be true, he probably is.
If you find yourself in the Otherworld:
1) Don’t eat Faerie food. If you do, you’re not allowed to leave without difficulty.
2) Try to find the nearest portal back to the mortal realm as soon as possible.
3) Never say “thank you.” Thanking a Faery means you owe them a debt.
4) If you bargain with Faeries, word your bargains very carefully.
5) If you see someone dressed like Robin Hood, and he offers to help you – run. Odds are it’s the High Queen’s Huntsman.
6) Don’t trust the High Queen of Faerie. Also, her word is law, so it’s best to just avoid her.
7) Curtsey when you’re thinking. Courtly manners are important there.
Remember, the world—and them—operate by different rules. The sky’s a different color, time runs differently, and their games and logic don’t always make sense to us.
9) Be kind to tiny Wood Faeries, they can be helpful.
10) See #1
But really, if you ever want to return to the mortal realm, just don’t go there. Ever. Even if you go to the Otherworld and return, you’ll never be quite the same.
~Magnolia Montgomery Braddock
Suzanne Lazear’s young adult Steampunk dark fairytale, chronicling the adventures of Noli Braddock, INNOCENT DARKNESS, Book 1 of The Aether Chronicles, will be released from Flux in August 8, 2012. Suzanne lives in Southern California with her daughter, the hubby, and a hermit crab, where she’s currently attempting to make a raygun to match her ballgown.
This giveaway is provided by Suzanne Lazear and Flux Publishing
Two lucky winners will each win a copy of Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
Available August 8, 2012 by Flux
About this Book:
Noli Braddock and her best friend V’s incident with a flying auto have landed them in a heap of trouble. And when Noli is sent to a spirit-squelching reform school in San Francisco, she’s sure that her rebellious adventures are over.
Meanwhile, Kevighn Silver has been ordered by the Faerie Queen to bring a mortal girl back to the Otherworld. The magic requires a blood sacrifice every seven years, and only a mortal girl who shines with the Spark—a girl like Noli—will keep the Otherworld from complete destruction.
When an ill-timed wish sends Noli tumbling into the Otherworld, she’s more homesick than ever . . . until V arrives to save her from an untimely demise. But who exactly is V? And if he helps Noli escape, who will save the realm of Faerie from utter annihilation?
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