Elizabeth May’s

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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...

The Vanishing Throne’s beautiful US hardbacks are here!

I received the final hardbacks for The Vanishing Throne's US edition and was just amazed at how absolutely beautiful they are! I'm so excited for this book to finally be in the hands of my American readers. You can find it in bookshops on June 21! Until then, here are some images of the lovely HBs! xx ...

Beautiful Italy

The week before last, Mr. May and I went on a jaunt to lovely Italy for a few days of R&R after a busy month of writing. We flew to Milan and explored the city, and then took the train to Lake Como to wander the gorgeous shoreline and enjoy wine and delicious food. It was everything I needed! <3 As always, photos below! ...

Internet “Detox” Week 6

A few days late again, sorry! <3   Books read: 1 Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas This was something of a meh reading week for me. Garden Book's research is dense WWII history at the moment, so these books take a little longer to read than fiction. I started like 3 fiction books and couldn't get into them (in a definite "it's not you, book, it's ME!" case; I just wasn't in the right place to sink into someone else's prose this week). So in the end, I pulled...

Internet “Detox” Week 5

Whoops! I got wrapped up in writing and forgot to post this on Sunday. But I'm here! Here are my stats for Week 5: Books read: 2 River of Fire: The Clydebank Blitz by John MacLeod (research for Garden Book) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo   Words written: 24,346 The most words I've ever written in a week by far. It's not a number I'm sure I can keep up with, but I'm pretty proud I reached it. I expect some slowing down in March purely because I'm not an...

Internet “Detox” Update: Week 4 / A month in sum

Good morning! Here are my stats for this week. :) Books read - 2 A bit of a slow reading week, since the book I've been immersed in for the last five days is a history book, and one that's pretty in-depth. I admire reviewers who can pick up and put down multiple works, because I can't really juggle books like that. One at a time for me. So this week I finished: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (I needed a funny book after reading Malorie...