It’s the 20th! That means Shattered Minds is officially out in the US today. My 5th book is out in the world.
If you purchase a copy by the 25th and email the receipt to lauralamauthor [at] gmail [dot] com, you can claim 10k of free tie in fiction. Likewise, if you leave a review of any of my books, you can claim a signed bookplate. More details here.
Shattered Minds was a difficult book to write (though I’m not sure any of them were exactly easy…). It involved a lot of research into things I wasn’t familiar with, and it is very dark, even in comparison to False Hearts. The first draft was simply finding the plot and scoping out the characters, but it was in the second and third drafts it really came alive. Now I’m quite proud of my twisted, dark Frankenstein retelling in near future Los Angeles.
As ever, I can only yell about my book so much. My publishers can only yell about my book so much. The baton passes to you. Here’s things you could do that would help me out so very much:
- If you’ve enjoyed False Hearts, please consider picking up Shattered Minds sooner rather than later. A strong opening month means it’s a lot more likely I’ll be able to write more books for you, and there’s nothing I’d rather do.
- If you haven’t had a chance to read False Hearts yet, consider picking up the paperback.
- Either of these books makes excellent gifts for friends and family. *cheesy grin*
- If you can’t afford to buy the book, make sure your local library has it in–if you request, they’ll probably order.
- If you go into a bookstore and they don’t have the book in stock, if you ask a bookseller, they’ll order it in. Doesn’t often take long for it to arrive.
- You can also order online, either on Amazon or supporting independent bookstores with sites like Book Depository or Hive.
- If you read the book, please consider leaving a review on a retailer site and Goodreads. Retailers especially help with visibility algorithms, hence my not-so-subtle bribing of readers with signed bookplates. Just a line or two is more than enough!
- Tell a few people about the book. The hardest part is helping people know that it exists.
Tonight: Waterstones Aberdeen, 7 pm.
June 22nd: Waterstones Argyle St, 6.30 pm.
June 28th: Linlithgow Canal Rooms, 7 pm.
Here’s some recent guest posts and reviews!
Me speaking about Inspirations & Influences on The Book Smugglers.
Before Our Story Begins on Tor UK, where I introduce the world a bit.
I wrote a post about 5 books featuring a futuristic California for tor.com.
A nice review on Barnes & Noble: “Laura Lam pitches a near perfect game with Shattered Minds, a new standalone novel set in the world of last year’s False Hearts. Part futuristic sci-fi thriller, part mystery, and part psychological potboiler, it presents a frightening vision of a biotech future in which advances in science allow the human body to be manipulated without the subject ever being aware it’s happening.”
Kirkus lists it in its June roundup. So does Gizmodo. So does Best Science Fiction Books. So does Book Den. So does Blastr/SyFy Wire. It’s also a spring highlight for Foyles. Since Shattered Minds is an Amazon.com editor’s pick for SFF, it’s on the Amazon Omnivoracious blog, too.
The Speculative Herald describes my villain as “an unholy blend of Orphan Black’s Cosmina and Rachel” and I’m totally stealing that phrase.
Romantic Times gives Shattered Minds 4 stars: “This is also recommended for readers of thriller novels, not just sci-fi!”
There’s been a UK blog tour of extracts and giveaways:
June 15th: A City of Books (Prologue)
June 16th: Curiosity Killed the Bookworm (Chapter 1)
June 17th: The Reader’s Corner (Chapter 2)
June 18: One More Page (Chapter 3 part 1).
June 19th: Queen of Teen Fiction (Chapter 3 part 2)
June 20th: Tales of Yesterday (Spotlight & Giveaway)
Here’s the cover copy and some purchasing links!
Goldsboro (signed first edition) / Forbidden Planet (signed first edition) / Indiebound / Book Depository/ Amazon US / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Powells / Booksamillion / Blackwell’s / Waterstones / Fishpond / Kobo / iBooks / Hive / Indigo / WH Smith / Wordery
She’ll fight corruption, but can she save others from herself?
Former neuro-scientist Carina craves killing. But to protect others, she self-medicates with Zeal, an addictive drug which allows her to satisfy these urges in dreams. Sudice Inc. damaged her mind when she worked on their secretive brain-mapping project—and this violence is the price she pays.
Carina wants to be left alone to self-destruct, until an ex-colleague passes her dangerous information on Sudice. She finds herself unwillingly drawn into a plot involving illegal experiments on unwilling volunteers, blackmail and assassination.
As Carina races to stop Sudice, she needs the incriminating data Mark locked in her mind. She persuades a band of hackers to decrypt her broken memories. One is a former doctor, Dax, who helps Carina fight her addiction to Zeal. If she can hold on to her humanity, they might have a future together. But all shall be for nothing if they can’t bring their enemy down, never to rise again.