RADIO HEAD, a novel


Radio Head a novelShelby Rey can hear you like a song. With one touch, she’s in tune with your every hope, every secret. When a celebrity psychiatrist takes an interest in her case, Shelby comes face-to-face with Zac Wyatt, the lead singer of the world-famous band, Grounder. For Zac, success isn’t enough. He wants a shot at his first solo album, fame above and beyond Grounder. But the genius behind every one of Grounder’s hits is Stanford Lysandre, their heroin-addiction, self-taught lead guitarist. Zac is so jealous he could kill him. Determined to win, Zac realizes that Shelby can do what he can’t–hear the music inside him, uncover his feelings, and help him create his own singular style. As Shelby gets closer to the band, she discovers Stanford’s secret to writing his music. It’s a power very familiar to her, but life-affirming and not destructive. Can Shelby hide her connection to Zac?bookstore

GENRE: Drama, Romance, Comedy, Music

TONE: The fast-paced pulse of a good sex/drugs/rock’n’roll story coupled with dark humor in the spirit of High Fidelity, Almost Famous and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

LENGTH: A 386-page contemporary novel.

RADIO HEAD is available wherever you purchase books!

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Please visit, a website dedicated to my upcoming novel release, RADIO HEAD. You’ll find the global mixtape mayhem, FAN PLAYLISTS, a place where readers can send in their top ten songs. Send yours! You’ll also find awesome outfit ideas on my MUSIC FESTIVAL & CONCERT FASHION pages. There are free, shareable MEMES, trippy music NEWS from the world of audio science, SHORT STORIES, and BAND INTERVIEWSVisit the website here.

zachcallisonWhat people are saying…

Tackling issues like drug addiction
“Being a huge music fan myself, just reading the description of Radio Head made me sure this was a book I wanted to read. Tackling issues like drug addiction, mental illness and young power/fame is no easy task, but LaClair does a commendable job here building out a world of rock and roll, excess, love and longing that reads like a cross between a romance and a thriller. Recommended.” -William F. Aicher – Author

“This tale careens through territory that includes dark loss and abandonment, beautiful heights of creativity, and the ephemeral world of fame. Laclair’s characters spring off the page, revealed intimately through Laclair’s masterful use of point-of-view. Although “Radio Head” is set in the rock-star world, the book explores crises of person-hood and identity common to all of us–and leaves a message of affirmation. A great read!” -Jennifer Hager, editor
Amazon Reviews
“As I’m short on ‘me time’ I typically listen to my books while running. Needless to say, it takes a pretty dang good book for me to take my non-running time to read. This was that book. I couldn’t put it down, and neither will you. This book draws you in such that you don’t want to let go. It certainly left me wanting more and I can’t wait for a sequel.

Isaac C. Singleton Jr. of Pirates of the Caribbean and Deadpool

5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! Loved it!

“I just finished reading this book, and I’m still thinking about Shelby and Zac! This is the kind of book that draws you in from the start and has you turning pages quickly with its many twists and turns. I was consistently impressed with how Laclair’s vivid writing plunged me into the scenes and lives of her characters. I loved how I could truly feel the pulse and rhythm of Shelby’s journey, in particular. This book is a wonderful read!!”
“LaClair’s’ ability to create such believable characters, left me at times opening my fist wanting to pimp slap or embrace them. Coming from the music and arts world of Los Angeles, it was very easy for me to follow and relate to this visually charged and locationally correct story. Her flow contains plenty of ups and downs and all arounds. I was at times, sexually charged and emotionally disgusted at the realism in this journey. It would be very hard to make up most of the interactions between the characters which leads me to wonder just how much the author pulled from her own life experiences. Good Stuff.”

Maria Conchita Alonso

5.0 out of 5 stars A great read

“I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book. With so little time to read, I choose to “listen” to my books in audiobook format. This is one of the few books I sat down to read rather than listen to. It was a great read from the first page to the last; I felt drawn into the story at the first chapter. The characters were interesting, the story line captivating, and every page kept me turning to the next. A great read all the way around.”
“This is a very good tale of young people in California’s music business, and of one girl in particular who hears the world in a way most people don’t. Excellent characters, settings and plot!’
“I recently read this book and have nothing but positive things to say about it. I’ll start by telling you how detailed I was able to visualize every page of this book. Rebecca did such a great job at painting the picture through her words. I don’t often start a book and finish it. With this book I was not only able to finish it but I stayed up way past my bedtime doing so. In her story, I was able to relate most naturally with Shelby. As I was in a similar place with music as she is when I was younger. Music was my escape, my home. I still love music. I love how she is able to pull the most meaningful lyrics and melodies out of those around her. She is also able to see the good in all of those whom she is with. Normally I wouldn’t admit to this, but I definitely cried when Zac rejects Shelby, when he finds himself In great trouble and again when she is accepted by his band mate. Don’t worry, I laughed a lot too.
If you or someone you know needs to read a great, heart-wrenching but enjoyable story, where every page is something you didn’t expect, please recommend this book to them.”
“I was just devoured by this book! I haven’t had the pleasure of a book taking over my life for quite some time and I forgot how much I love it. I’m oh so grateful for that mental break! I often think in songs and color, so I guess that’s part of why it resonated. This is a great flowing story that picked me up and carried me when I was very, very tired but couldn’t sleep. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good fiction read…or those like me who usually read non-fiction but like a little break occasionally.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read

“Radio Head’s conception is brilliantly unique and yet it will resonate (pun intended) with everybody.
The characters are wonderfully developed and I love how they all speak for themselves rather than being ‘narrated for’. It adds to the emotional roller coaster that this story becomes.
It’s the kind of book that pulls you in so deeply that it takes a couple days to float back to the surface once you finish.
And then leaves you hoping for a sequel….”
“I loved, loved, LOVED this book! I have very little time to read, so am particular about what makes it to my nightstand. The fascinating characters and the delightful prose makes this book a great read. The first person narrative for both of the main characters provides fantastic insight into each of the characters’ thought processes. They each have their individual crazies that they think they are hiding well. Laclair can paint a scene with words – I swear I could smell Shelby’s mother’s awful apartment. One of my favorite lines, “I let out another stream of cuss, with cuss cream filling and frosted with double cuss.”
“A book I recommend everyone in the entertainment world to read! For artists you have to read again. Radio Head takes you through life in LA.”
“I liked this book. it captivated me to the point i had trouble putting it down, I enjoyed the story and the way Rebecca kept all the characters separated with in each chapter as though they were telling their feelings on each day and what they were thinking and working out and laying down the story scenario”

“I really enjoy books that take on tense personal relationships and emotional development with both dignity and as a integral part of the greater story arc. If you’re the same, Laclair’s “Radio Head” is a must-purchase. The dynamics between characters are so deftly written that you can easily empathize with each through limerance, arguments, joy and pain as they one-by-one struggle for ways forward through their respective tumultuous lives. Icing on the cake: the writing is steady, smart and incessantly honest (which is why I made it the title of his review, ha).”

“Radio Head is an unflinching portrait of the world of rock stars, drugs, sexual experimentation, and above all, music–how it influences people and how people with special insight can shape it. The story deserves a mature rating for pervasive language, drug references, and sexual situations.

Laclair skillfully weaves the story of two central characters: (1) Shelby Rey, a 19-year-old woman who struggles to define herself in the wake of her mother’s abuse and inattention, finding solace only in the music she plays on a walkman left to her by her deceased father, and (2) Zac Wyatt, a rock-star who has made his name in his band Grounder primarily through singing, who desires to break out on his own, if he can only compose a winning song of his own (apart from fellow band member Stanford). Chapters largely alternate between their two different perspectives–with the exception of one chapter from Stanford’s POV and two from Roland Gibson’s. Zac and Shelby meet outside Gibson’s office; both of them have come to him for counseling.

I resonated most with Shelby’s world and her love of music. Early in the novel we see that others often misunderstand her and label her a “social misfit” and “mental”; police officers arrest her for “disturbing the peace,” yelling the names of songs about “cheating” at a couple (engaged in a tryst) on a bus. They then take her to a mental hospital, where she meets Emily Spenser, Roland Gibson’s wife. We learn that Shelby’s mother has largely abandoned her, giving her attention to exotic dancing and the men she brings to her home. Emily, and later Roland, see something in Shelby, so that they offer to take her in.


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On the other side, we see Zac struggling with his desire to break free of his rock band, to achieve fame on his own. Following the example of the song writer in the band, Zac, though, has tried heroine and has landed in counseling with Roland Gibson, who belongs to a practice that also offered such rehab help to Zac’s famous girlfriend Ashtynn Kingston. I had difficulty relating to Zac and got annoyed with his language, excuses, and superficiality. Yet this characterization is probably true to fact and it sets up an effective foil to Shelby, showing what kind of influence she can have on him.

For the bulk of the book is the exploration of how these two come together to inspire a new song for Grounder. Shelby becomes a muse, but in her inside exploration of the band, she discovers secrets that ultimately undermine her initial commitments. There are a series of misunderstandings and choices that derail where you think the story might be headed. Will Zac write the song that will be his ticket to his solo career? Will Shelby and Zac end up together? How does Shelby’s mother react when she learns her daughter may be dating a rock star? Will Roland and Emily be able to help Shelby resist any dangerously impulsive choices?

Laclair carefully fashions her characters and pulls us into her story. Of particular note are her descriptions of how Shelby feels the music and how she sees the melodies in certain people she meets. Those who have been touched by music will find these passages particularly vivid.”

RADIO HEAD is available wherever you purchase books!

Amazon     I     Barnes & Noble      I     Amazon UK     I     Goodreads

5.0 out of 5 stars Shelby Rey has an ability to hear music in people …

“Shelby Rey has an ability to hear music in people, the music that makes up the essence of who they are, any time she touches another person. This ability has gotten her labeled as crazy by the “white-coats” and at the start of the book, lead to her getting arrested. The psychiatrist who sees her after her arrest, Emily, genuinely wants to help Shelby and sets her up for counseling with her husband, Roland. Zac Wyatt, lead singer of rock band Grounder, is also in counseling with Roland after a photo leaks of him using heroin. Zac wants to use the counseling sessions to learn to write his own music instead of using the music written by Stanford, Grounder’s lead guitarist, of whom Zac is insanely jealous. Shelby and Zac meet outside Roland’s office and have an instant connection. However, as Shelby gets closer to Zac, she discovers that Stanford has the same gift as her. Can she hide that from Zac?

Rebecca Laclair has a real talent for writing. I couldn’t put the book down because I kept wanting to find out what would happen next. The characters were all a hot mess, but I kept rooting for them to straighten their lives out. I can’t wait to see what else this author comes out with!”

“I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. So here it goes, I truly loved the way the author was able to capture the feelings and emotions that music brings to us! I read a lot of books (sometimes more then four in a week) but when quotes or story lines stick in my head it makes it all the more meaningful. I even highlighted some of my favorite quotes to share with my music loving friends (who I am suggesting they read the book too) so we can discuss it.”

I received an advanced reader copy of RADIO HEAD in exchange for an honest review. From the beginning, I was pulled into a phenomenally written world of Shelby and Zac. Shelby’s and Zac’s worlds could not be any different than they are, but from the beginning there is something bringing them together: their passion and understanding of music. At first, Shelby is drawn to the music Zac and his band, Grounder, have created, but there is more to it than that. There is an underlying passion and attraction, not just for each other but the melodies and lyrics they create.

Laclair’s ability to delve into each character, the 19 year old struggling Shelby, the 25 year old rock star Zac, and the people who are helping them from spinning out of control. She creates a world that you are drawn to, want to learn more about, and you cheer for the characters and wince when they don’t follow the plan; all in beautifully written, clean prose. I highly recommend RADIO HEAD for anyone in the process of finding themselves – all with a touch of music and heart!”

RADIO HEAD is available wherever you purchase books!

Amazon     I     Barnes & Noble      I     Amazon UK     I     Goodreads

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