• 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!

     

     

The Price of Magic — Devon Monk blogs for us

Devon's first book

Devon's first book

Let’s talk magic. In Magic to the Bone, magic is piped through the city with iron and glass glyph-worked lines and is as easy to access as electricity or water.

Want your house to look freshly painted? Use magic. Want to learn a new language in a day? Use magic. Want to make your annoyingly chatty co-worker come down with laryngitis? Use magic. Easy, right?

Well, there is one drawback. Every time you use magic, it uses you back. You may not always pay for magic with money, but you will always pay for it with pain.

That changes the whole game, doesn’t it?

And it’s not just nice people with good intentions who use magic. Desperate people, or people with bad intentions, deadly intentions, use magic too. People who have found a way to make others pay magic’s price for them.

Enter Allie Beckstrom, who not only pays in pain for using magic, she also loses bits of her memory. Birthdays, lover’s names, her first kiss, are all offered up on the chopping block every time she casts a spell.

Yet she keeps using magic. She keeps trying to make life safer for herself and for the people she cares about. Why is she willing to pay such a high price? Better yet, why can’t magic just be free?

Let’s face it. Life isn’t free. Everything we do, every choice we make, costs something. We pay with money, time, effort, patience, faith, grief, joy, health, happiness, but every day we make small choices, trade-offs, sacrifices. And each small price we pay, changes and shapes us. Makes us grow into who we are and gives us the chance to learn who we want to become. Making these choices, paying these prices, helps us understand what kind of life we want to live.

When Allie decides how to use magic, and when to use it, and who to use it for, it shapes who she is too. It forces her to decide what and who is worth risking bits of her life, and enduring pain for. It makes the very idea of using magic, or of having it used against her, a dangerous thing indeed.

For Allie, magic isn’t the only dangerous thing she has to deal with. She must face betrayal, murder, mysterious strangers, strange companions, and a double-cross or two. But magic, it’s power and it’s price, makes all of it, even the question of who is worth trusting, and who is worth loving, all the more interesting to answer.

Magic to the Bone is now available across Australia and the lovely Devon Monk will be blogging a bit more for us in the next weeks, including some very interesting to do with deadly knitting needles! Devon is also taking part in the Deadline Dames website. Devon Monk has sold over 50 short stories to magazines and anthologies which have been published internationally. She lives in Oregon in the US.

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4 Responses

  1. Congrats on your Aussie release, Devon! You know I LOVED your book, and am eagerly waiting for the second one. 🙂

    Just thought I’d pop in to say Hi!

  2. I’m excited about all things magical. Looking forward to reading this!

    Thank you for the tantalizing intro!

    🙂 Kim

  3. Kim–I hope you enjoy Magic to the Bone if you get a chance to read it!

    🙂

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