• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:

    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!



Kim Falconer: Solstice Surprise!

Kim Falconer talks about the spontaneous launch of her book, The Spell of Rosette.

Rosette was more coveted than the seasonal fruit

Rosette was more coveted than the seasonal fruit

When I was invited to a mid-summer solstice party, my thoughts were simple—which dress, and what hors devours. I certainly wasn’t preparing a speech or going over my notes on post-apocalyptic technology and magic. I did consider calling the hostess to see if any ex beaus would be present, but that was all. On the day, I made a cheese platter, wore the blue dress and forgot about the exes.

It was an eclectic group—musicians and acupuncturists, academics and artists, dentists and authors, paramedics and photographers. What tied them together, more than the grand food, music and solstice cheer, was The Spell of Rosette. It floored me. They were all talking about my book. Many had brought copies for me to sign and were passing them around. Everyone was asking questions and I was flung in front of an eager audience, most of them strangers, waiting for me to speak.

Admiring Cliff Nielsen's  cover art and Matt Stanton's design

Admiring Cliff Nielsen's cover art and Matt Stanton's design

All I could think of was Bridget Jones. Fortunately that fear was short lived and the energy and enthusiasm carried us all along, the afternoon spent meeting and talking to people individually and in small groups as they asked questions, read aloud from the pages and offered their congratulations. I found they all had one common query—worth a whole blog in itself. Everyone asked, ‘How did you get published?’

There are some powerful beliefs out there about the publishing industry, boiling down to it’s nigh impossible—but impossible is not a word I use. I’ve deleted it from my vocabulary and hence from my mindset. This line of thought evoked some interesting conversations. I also talked about the Hero’s Journey, energy, technology, magic, gender biases, occult history, environmental issues, and the premise of the Quantum Enchantment series—which can be summed up with Arthur C. Clarke’s 3rd lawAny sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

He wouldn't put it down, even when the dinner bell rang.

He wouldn't put it down, even when the dinner bell rang.

What a day! It was rewarding to talk to so many readers, especially after writing for years in isolation. I can’t imagine a more rich and beautiful launch for The Spell of Rosette. The best part was, it all happened spontaneously. Good solstice! Has that every happened to you? A total surprise event? Something out of the blue? I’d love to hear about it! Comments welcome.

The Spell of Rosette is available across Australia right now and you can contact Kim via her website Quantum Enchantment.Kim lives in Byron Bay and is at work on the sequel to The Spell of Rosette.