• 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!



Kylie Chan A&R Chatswood signing

Collectables … (not the skull of an ancient dragon)

Our beloved Voyager turns 15 in 2010, and we have a fabulous array of promotions up our sleeves to celebrate this milestone. One element we’re currently investigating is the production of limited special editions of selected titles. Now, these won’t be your average, run of the mill, standard hardbacks. These will be highly designed, lavish, beautiful collector’s items with added content such as maps, research notes and author’s comments – well, that’s what our idea of the perfect collectors’ edition is, but have we got it right?

What would make these special editions, well, special? What Voyager titles would you like to see given the “collectables” treatment? What features would you like these editions to have? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, and all feedback will be greatly received. There are copies of Kylie Chan’s Earth to Hell to give away to the first five comments … THE FIVE COPIES HAVE BEEN WON but please keep your comments coming (there are replies on the Voyager Message Board too).

(cross-posted to the Voyager Message Board so the first five comments are included there too … )

Earth to Hell signings 2009

Get your Christmas present signed before Christmas ...

Kylie Chan is on tour as of next week – Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and then back to Brissy and she’s even doing a Christmas Eve signing with Marianne de Pierres! Keep an eye on Kylie’s website for further updates and tweaks. All the bookshops she visits will have copies of Earth to Hell for you to purchase, as well as the other titles in the Dark Heavens series.

14th December: Dymocks Cnr Albert and Elizabeth Sts, 12-2pm.

16th December, Dymocks Canberra City Centre, 12noon-2pm

17th December, Infinitas Bookshop, Parramatta, 6:30 pm
18th December, Mt Druitt Angus and Robertson 11am-1pm
18th December, Chatswood Angus and Robertson  3:30-5:30 pm
19th December, Galaxy Bookshop Sydney City, 1pm-3pm

21 December, Dymocks 234 Collins St, 10am
21 December, Minotaur Bookshop, 10:45 am
21 December, Southland Shopping Centre in the afternoon – details to come.

23 December – Dymocks North Lakes, 11am -2pm
24 December – Angus and Robertson Carindale, 10am-12noon, with Marianne de Pierres, watch for the demented authors in the silly santa hats (says Kylie).

Keep an eye on Kylie’s website for updated details.

Don’t be afraid of your readers … by Duncan Lay

Book two of The Dragon Sword Histories

I had just finished another enjoyable store appearance at Dymocks Parramatta on December 6, and was talking to the co-owner, when he said something fascinating, to the effect of that I seemed to have the hang of talking to people about books, whereas too many authors are afraid of readers.
Now this store has regular author appearances, so he was obviously speaking from experience, but nevertheless I found it intriguing.

I mean, surely authors love readers?

I have been averaging three store appearances a month for a while now, where I’m just out the front of a book store, chatting to people walking past, starting a conversation and then selling a few books. With The Risen Queen out in about a week’s time, I have increased that and will be going crazy in the last few days before Christmas!

Over two hours I’m averaging about 20 sales, although speaking to more than 50 people in that time. It’s great to talk to these people, to hear what they like to read – and an honour when they decide to buy The Wounded Guardian.

Even if people don’t like fantasy, or don’t like the idea of The Wounded Guardian, they have wished me all the best, congratulated me on getting published and generally been lovely to speak to.

But, on reflection, it is confronting.

I have got past the hesitation, the trepidation at hailing random passersby and talking to them about my book.

But I can see how some people would be reluctant to put themselves out there like that.

You are going to get knockbacks. You are going to get sneers and snorts of derision – particularly if you ask tattooed teenage boys if they like reading.
Still, if there is one thing I have learned from these appearances, from Newcastle to the Central Coast to Sydney, people LOVE reading and, even more, love talking to authors, even fantasy authors they have never heard of before.

Get past the initial barrier and you will be rewarded in spades.

Putting your book out there, putting yourself out there, is massively confronting.

But it is also massively energising.

There’s no reason to be afraid of readers … but every reason to embrace them.

To all those I have spoken to at various book stores, thank you.

What do you think? How many author signings have you been to? Or are you an author who dreads store appearances? Post your comments below!

Duncan Lay is out and about doing signings for the release of his second book, The Risen Queen. You can catch him next on Sunday 13 December: Border Macarthur Square 11.30am-1.30pm, then at Dymocks Liverpool 2.15pm-4pm

Win the Dr Who Hornets’ Nest audiobooks!

Doctor Who fans will have been anxiously awaiting the new Hornets’ Nest audiobooks from BBC. Tom Baker reprises his role as the fourth Doctor in this series of five thrilling brand new adventures. ABC Shops has the entire series available this month at a special price.

For your chance to WIN a full series set of five CDs, including two that will be signed by Tom Baker, answer in 25 words or less: Who has been your favourite Doctor and why? Post your answer below (your email address will be hidden) and the most creative will win. Competition is now closed.

Aurealis Awards finalists!

Congratulations to all the finalists for the Aurealis Awards 2009! And special congrats to our wonderful Voyager authors – especially in the ‘best fantasy novel’ where Voyager seems to have hit home! The winners will be announced on Jan 23 at the Awards ceremony in Brisbane. Continue reading