I was incredibly excited to find out that Audible bought audio book rights to THE FALCONER. It’s narrated by the wonderful Susan Duerdan, who has done amazing work translating historical books to audio. I’m so pleased to share this sample with you:
I’m immensely proud that The Falconer is the Scottish Book Trust’s Teen Book of the Month!
For those outside of Scotland unfamiliar with the Scottish Book Trust, it’s an organization that promotes literature, reading, and writing here in Scotland. It’s so wonderful and supportive to communities, and I’m honoured that they’ve chosen my book this month. They’re giving away 5 copies of The Falconer on their website, so go go go email in if want a free copy! http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/blog/parents/2014/07/teen-book-of-the-month-the-falconer
I also wanted to show off The Falconer‘s gorgeous Spanish cover:
I love seeing the way my different publishers have interpreted the story and Aileana’s character and feel so blessed to have had such beautiful covers around the world. I have to say that I particularly adore the falcon at the top of the title! Isn’t it amazing?
The Falconer‘s German cover was revealed earlier this month and it looks just gorgeous:
I’m so over the moon excited that The Falconer was chosen to be one of the Summer 2014 Kids’ Indie Next picks. Many, many thanks to Billie Bloebaum at Powells Books, who had this to say:
If Buffy ‘The Vampire Slayer’ Summers had been born a well-bred 19th century Scottish lady, she might have been Lady Aileana Kameron. Though Lady Aileana fights faeries rather than vampires, both young ladies have much in common: both try to be what society expects of them until fate and circumstances intervene; both attempt a veneer of normality, but rarely succeed; both are attracted to the one person they should never want; both have a loyal group of friends helping in their fight against evil. Whether you’re a fan of steampunk, historical romance, or just chicks who kick serious butt, you’re bound to find something to love in May’s debut novel.
And The Falconer has received 3 lovely trade reviews this month:
“[A] fascinating, unique world. May’s writing is exquisite and demands a close reading to take everything in… readers will be anxious for the next installment.” — School Library Journal
“A pleasing blend of witty dialogue, nonstop action, and campy humor. More, please.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Aileana is an amazing, brave hero… the writing crackles with wit.” — Booklist
Thanks so much, all! <3
It’s ouuut! It’s finally ouuut!
As for this week, THE FALCONER has a fantastic blog tour set up! There’s stuff about Edinburgh and Scotland, with plenty of photos! Here are the details:
5/7/2014 Girls in the Stacks
5/8/2014 The Book Cellar
5/9/2014 Presenting Lenore
5/10/2014 Mundie Moms
5/11/2014 Literary Rambles
5/12/2014 Page Tuners
5/13/2014 Forever Young Adult
Hello hello! I’m so excited with the news that my US publisher Chronicle Books put together a wonderful sneak preview of The Falconer‘s first 7 chapters that you can download onto your e-book reader! They’ve made it available on all major e-book platforms:
So definitely give it a read and see what you think! If you do end up liking it, will you consider giving it a preorder? Preorders are wonderful things for authors and count toward first week sales, and give us a better chance if winding up in your favourite store. If you want to support your local brick-and-mortar bookshop, you can preorder through the shop. You can also preorder through any internet retailer (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc). You’ll also have my eternal gratitude.
Yesterday, I got a box of beautiful finished hardbacks for the US edition of The Falconer. Since my author ARCs were lost to the postal aether, I was over the moon to receive these!
The color on the cover and the book is so so so vibrant and pretty.
My publisher Chronicle Books also put together a beautiful interior for the book, full of lovely embellishments:
And there’s the gorgeous book jacket:
This is such a beautiful package Chronicle has put together for the book and I’m so excited to share it with you all when it comes out in US shops on May 6! Thank you for being so patient, US readers!
The wonderful Jennifer L. Armentrout was kind enough to reveal THE FALCONER’s book trailer yesterday over on her blog. She’s also hosting a fantastic giveaway for you all with a chance to win 3 ARCs! So gooo enter!
And here’s the beautiful trailer:
I am so so so pleased with how this was put together. It captures the tone and darkness of the novel just perfectly, and the folks at Chronicle went above and beyond when they made this. They included so many views of Edinburgh that are in the book! Princes Street Gardens (referred to as the Nor’ Loch in the novel, as it would have been just been drained during Aileana’s father’s generation), Calton Hill, some of our lovely old closes, and a view of the Assembly Rooms, where they hosted lavish balls and parties. I’m glad I didn’t have to wait too long to show you guys because when I first saw it, I literally screamed I was so happy with it. I hope you all enjoy!
The Falconer will be published in Italy on February 18 under the title La Cacciatrice di Fate (The Slayer of Fairies). And here is its gorgeous cover, which looks very faery-like indeed:
Many thanks to my Italian publisher, Sperling & Kupfer, for the absolutely stunning cover!