A few things to announce!
I’m back to host the monthly SF event in Edinburgh and also read from Goldilocks (this will be my first time reading from it in public! Ah!). The event will also have poetry from Jeda Pearl Lewis, a co-written piece form two of my current Creative Writing MA students, Pim Wangtechawat & Sienna Vance, a short play from the longer play of Witches’ Gets which features a few of the Creative Writing Alumni, like Noelle Harrison and Alex Delaney, my friend Cat Hellison reading from her novella, and music from Aurora Engine. Come along if you’re local!
Next, Goldilocks is gearing up towards publication, so prepare for regular updates with a bunch of links to various things. And then when those are done, get ready for more for Seven Devils! All the promotion this year. I’d apologise, but 6 books in, I’m no longer as awkward about it. Promotion is part of my job. And I love these two books and really hope people read them.
Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) have been making their way into the hands of readers. Goldilocks is up on US Netgalley and Netgalley UK. So if you’re a bookseller, librarian, blogger, author, etc, go forth and request! If you’re not but still want to read and you’re based in the US, try entering the Goodreads Giveaway for 1 of 100 e-ARCs.
So far Goldilocks has gotten some great quotes, which I’ve also put up on the main book page. Your reminder/plea that if you think this is your cup of tea, please consider pre-ordering, as it makes such a difference and signals interest to the publisher.
First, here are the trade reviews so far:
“Each member of the crew has a well-developed voice and her own drives and ambitions, which makes the novel increasingly difficult to put down as betrayals and double-crossings play out aboard the claustrophobic ship. The unexpected ending will leave satisfied readers searching for read-alikes in its wake.A slow-burning fire of a novel that begs the reader to keep turning the page.”
— Kirkus (starred review!)
“Lam (Seven Devils) makes the personal political in this tense near-future family drama that’s fueled by the climate crisis [. . . ] Lam expertly evokes the claustrophobia of both tight spaces and taut relationships in the evolving struggle between Naomi and Valerie for the soul of the mission. This deeply felt space opera will please those who like their sci-fi to focus more on the characters than the science.”
— Publisher’s Weekly
And here’s what some lovely authors have been saying:
— Fran Wilde, author of Uplifted and the Jewel and her Lapidary
— Rhys Thomas, author of The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway
Launch events are being put together. So far the confirmed one is at Waterstones Argyle Street in Glasgow on May 5th at 7 pm, chaired by Ruth Booth. Watch the Visits & Events page for more information on other events happening in London, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen. I’ve also got a virtual event through VR if you’re not based near any of those places!
All right, I think that’s all to announce for now. Have a good one!