Elizabeth May’s

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Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Hello, readers! A few of you have been asking about my next project after The Falconer series, and I'm pleased to share the details for Toil & Trouble, an anthology of witchy feminist stories out from HarlequinTEEN in August 2018:   SCORN THE WITCH. FEAR THE WITCH. BURN THE WITCH. History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. Toil & Trouble features sixteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure—and to kill. A young...

Reflections On Finishing a Trilogy

Fin! Et voila! There it is. The Fallen Kingdom was released into the world this week, and Aileana's story has come to a close. I'm both elated and sad, but also relieved. I started The Falconer's first draft in 2009, so this series has grown up with me, and it's a bit like moving away from home now. It's been my touchstone for years, and now it's not mine anymore -- it belongs to readers. Trilogies are time intensive; I spent years devoted to these characters. Sometimes, I...

The Fallen Kingdom US Edition

I received the finished copies of The Fallen Kingdom from Chronicle about a month back, and I've been so eager to photograph it as I've done for the other two books in the series. I wanted to wait until release month, and here we are! As always, Chronicle has done an incredible job with the book packaging and all three books look so beautiful when placed side by side. The Fallen Kingdom will be in bookstores on June 13! More...

Falling in Love with Laon, France

I had so many photos in my last post on France that I didn't end up including any of Laon! I went to drop a few friends off at the Laon train station and decided to stroll around and explore the medieval city. The oldest parts of Laon are built up onto the hill, and even from far away, you can see the looming towers of its famous (and very beautiful) cathedral. The streets are charming, with little pictorial signs above shop doors, and so...

Champagne, Cheese, and Writing — A Retreat in France

Bonjour, mes amis! It's been so long since I've updated, but I've been busy writing. Since January, I've finished a draft of a YA sci/fi manuscript with Laura Lam, a secret novella, and a short story that will be published next year in an anthology from HarlequinTEEN called Toil and Trouble. Last week I was travelling around France, taking a much needed break from distractions to focus on my writing. And by distractions I mean dumpster fire politics and by focus on my writing I mean cry a lot about my...

Writing Retreat in Northumberland

I've just returned from a lovely writing retreat with friends in Northumberland; such a wonderful way to start the new year. I can't say enough how incredible retreats are for the writing process. Not only does work flow easier, but being out in the country and away from the stress of news, Internet, families, etc, can restore enthusiasm, love, and perspective for a project. We stayed at an incredible place called The Pele Tower, in the adorable village of Whittingham, which is only a 15 minute drive...

2016 Roundup

Oh, this year. Oh. Here in Scotland, whenever a tourist asks the question, "what will the weather be like today?" we respond, simply, "Yes." (The implication being weather will happen. It might be rainy or sunny or windy or all three for five minutes in certain spots if you stand just so. It's unpredictable.) What was 2016 like? Yes. It had 365 days, 52 weeks, and was year-shaped. It was also such a dumpster fire politically, socially and emotionally that I considered foregoing this round up and just moving...

THE FALLEN KINGDOM’s Beautiful US Cover!

I'm so excited to share the US cover for The Fallen Kingdom, the third and final book in The Falconer Trilogy. It's been such an incredible journey sharing these characters and this story with you, and I'm both sad and delighted to see them through to their conclusion. And of course, here are all three beautiful covers together: Thanks to the incredible fans who have supported this series from beginning to end. I'm so grateful for every one of you! Best, ...

August in Islay, Jura, and Assynt

A few weeks ago, Mr May and I went on our annual holiday. Each year we like to visit a place in Scotland we've never been to before, so we can explore and fall in love with unfamiliar parts of the country.  This year we decided to split our holiday between the islands of  Islay/Jura and another trip to Northern Scotland for the gorgeous mountain climbs. Mr May and I are enthusiastic whisky drinkers, and some of our favourite single malts are made in Islay and Jura,...

THE VANISHING THRONE’s Lovely Trade Reviews

The Vanishing Throne received two very lovely trade reviews this month from School Library Journal and Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. The entire reviews can be found in those publications, but here are the quotables: "An ever-expanding mythology and a cliffhanger ending ensures that readers will follow Aileana to very end of this trilogy." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books) "Combines vivid world-building with action-packed fight sequences. Fans will eagerly await the trilogy's conclusion." (School Library Journal) Many thanks to the reviewers at BCCB and...