• 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!

     

     

Conflux 6

Reminder! Conflux 6 is on from this Friday to Monday in Canberra – a spectacular long weekend of good sf/f panels, writing workshops and other events, including a mass signing – so if you haven’t yet planned out your October long weekend, there’s your time sorted.

http://conflux.org.au/index.shtml

Special guests this year include Emily Rodda, James Minz and Mark McBride plus a multitude of writers, dealers and fans (or combinations of all three).

Voyager Associate Publisher Stephanie Smith will also be in attendance and if the weekend is anything like last year then it will be good fun and an opportunity to corner authors ad hoc and make them sign your books!

The triumff of a good book

Cabin Crew member Tim Miller’s thoughts on his pick for October: Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero by Dan Abnett

Sir Rupert Triumff. Adventurer. Fighter. Drinker.

Sir Rupert Triumff. Adventurer. Fighter. Drinker.

Triumff  has made enemies of everyone apart from his trusted man Agnew, Uptil and his lady, Doll Taresheet, a notable actress of the Wooden Oh who do pretty much anything to get him out of trouble.

Triumff has fallen out of the English court’s favour after stalling his report to the queen about his recent discovery of Australia, because, fundamentally, he doesn’t want them to ruin it. This is some funny alternative history, where the Leonardo da Vinci equivalent reinstated the use of magick in the renaissance and this England emerged from it. There is so much political intrigue in this, betrayals and assassinations, the plot moves from one thing to the next with speed and fluidity.

Abnett’s writing style is witty, with a good sense of character. Triumff is a likeable fellow, and you can see how his easy-going nature grinds on the other characters and pulls out the worst characteristics from them. Every part of this is well thought out, the plot threads pull together at the end to form a dazzling conclusion, the characters have fantastic rivalries and their own quirks that bring them to life off the page.

Verdict: A thoroughly good read.

Reminded me of … Gerald in the Rogue Agent trilogy by K E Mills.

Trimuff: Her Majesty’s Hero is out now from Angry Robot books.

Review of Tyrant’s Blood

‘Epic of scale and fantastically told, this exciting second installment of the Valisar trilogy, should draw in fans of historical action as well as the traditional fantasy fan.’

Read the full review here

Browse inside Royal Exile, Valisar Book 1


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See Karen Miller at Gen Con in Brisbane

http://www.genconoz.com

Friday September 18th

Hot Tips for Fiction Writers (Seminar Room 1, 2pm): Join Karen Miller, David Conyers, and Matt Farrer as they give away the hot tips that all aspiring writers should know.

Everything I know About Writing I Learned from TV (Seminar Room 1, 4pm): Karen Miller, Kylie Chan, and Marianne De Pierres discuss the things writers can learn from television, film and games.

Saturday September 19th

From Fan to Fiction (Seminar Room 3, 11 am) Join authors Karen Miller, Keith Baker and Matt Farrer as they discuss their journey from fans to fiction authors in the worlds of Eberron, Star Wars, Star Gate, and Warhammer.

Mass Signing: Our current goal is to set up a mass signing for all the authors at the show between 1pm and 3 pm in Authors Alley.

Q&A with Karen Miller (Seminar Room 1, 5 pm): Join our Special Guest Karen Miller as she discusses her own novels and her work in the Star Wars and Stargate universes.

Sunday September 20th

Writing Fantasy and SF Novels (Seminar Room 3, 12 pm, 2 hours): Join Star Wars, Stargate and fantasy novelist Karen Miller in this workshop as she introduces you to the craft and technique of writing your first science fiction or fantasy novel.

The Official Sequel

The Official Sequel

Someone is (rightfully) excited about the upcoming sequel to Dracula by Bram Stoker’s descendant …

I utterly love love love all of this – imagine having access to notes by one of the top writers of an era which has made such an impact on future writers and artists and film makers? I am so looking forward to attending this [an evening with author Dacre Stoker] and reading the book. I may have to go and buy myself a new copy of Dracula as I’ve not read it in ages, ten years or so. Just, you know, to make sure I’ve not lost any of the story…

An evening with Dacre Stoker (for lucky Londonites – but here’s hoping it will be recorded) – and have a peek through the pages through Browse Inside below.


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Lesson One: Avoid people with axes

Kell′s axe howls out for blood ...

Kell′s axe howls out for blood ...

They came from the north, and the city fell.

It is a time for warriors, a time for heroes.

Kell′s axe howls out for blood.

The land of Falanor has been invaded by an albino army, the Army of Iron. A small group set off to warn the king: Kell, a magnificent and brutal hero; his granddaughter, Nienna and her friend, Katrina; and Saark, the ex-Sword Champion of King Leanoric, disgraced after his affair with the Queen.

Fighting their way south, betrayal follows battle, battle follows deviation, and they are attacked from all quarters by deadly warriors, monstrous harvesters who drain blood from their victims to feed their masters. As Falanor comes under heavy attack and invasion, only then does Nienna begin to learn the truth about grandfather Kell – that he is anything but a hero.

A drop in from Sara Douglass

I thought you might like to know that Sara Douglass popped by the blog today and left the following message for the Rake Squad:

I just got the email about this blog site and so had to pop in and then saw the link to The Infinity Gate. I’ll have you know I am currently typing this comment with my keyboard precariously balanced on top of the pile of pages of the edit of the book! Won’t be long now. (ha ha ha) But May of next year looks OK for release unless one of the cats eats the edit (always possible).

Thank you to all present and past rakers. I am currently in remission but at that stage where I panic at every twinge. I hope I get past this soon.

As do we all! Keep raking, everybody. And let’s hope Sara keeps the cats well fed on non-paper foodstuffs!