• 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!



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Kim Falconer’s Astro-Mojo Jan 12-18

New Moon Eclipse PST – Thursday 23.12 . UT/GMT – Friday 7.12 am. EST – Friday 2.12 am. EDT Friday 18.12

If you’re confused about which Starsign you are, click on the linked name to see which Earth-sign is corresponding. If it helps, RAM is Aries, and then it goes cyclically, so AUROCHS is Taurus, TWINS is Gemini and so on.

RAM: Pressure may build this week, forcing you to serve the needs of others extensively. This may not be good for your health. Make sure you get plenty of ‘me’ time on the side. I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. -Bill Cosby

AUROCHS: Focusing overmuch on practicalities, although beneficial at times, could leave some parched results now. Imagination is the water of life; let it spill about! I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant. –Ursula K. Le Guine

TWINS: Romance issues have you turning to the tried and true methods of resolution. This will bring only bring those same old tried and true results. Hint: Different can be better! Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement… let me go upstairs and check. -M. C. Escher                   

COBRA: A certain bravery is required now, a daring to work with the creative imagination. The pluck to take the next step. Fear doesn’t have to stop the process. I have accepted fear as a part of life – specifically the fear of change. I’ve gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back. –Erica Jong

LION: A familiar face appears and like the goddess of love they carry a mirror. Who do you see when you look inside? Think high of yourself. Now, think higher! Think you’re a genius at something and you will be! What you achieve is what you expect; if you think you’re no good, you won’t get anywhere.–Diana Wynne Jones

CERES: Working with what you have is the key to making this week successful. Start with the familiar, the tools to hand, before you begin to build further. In my next life, I want to be tall and thin, parallel park and make good coffee. But for now. . . I want to write more books. –Paul Danziger

BALENCIA: If things aren’t as you like, can you embrace the opportunity to change? It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be harder for it to learn to fly while an egg. We are like eggs at present. You cannot go on indefinitely being an egg. We must be hatched or go bad. –C. S. Lewis

SCORPION: This week has you brooding about home, family, security and stability, all the while, in the back of your mind, you are aching for adventure. Perhaps you need to do a little less brooding and aching and a little more living it up. Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

ARCHER: Over focus on the future can mean missing out on life right now. Look at now. This moment. There is something magic here! Man is the animal that intends to shoot himself out into interplanetary space, after having given up on the problem of an efficient way to get himself five miles to work and back each day. –Bill Vaughan

SEA-GOAT: Adversity this week can be your best friend. Like a mate, it can show you clearly what you do not want and give you a chance to act on that revelation. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford

WATER-BEARER: The focus is on strategy right now. This means you can sit down and map out your goals, turning over ideas that you want to implement. If you don’t, others things implement themselves. Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. –Francis Bacon

FISHES: This week may bring a taste of conflict around the domestic edges of your life. Resolution comes more from compassion than focusing on the problem, especially when you can see others as clan. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. –Mother Teresa

Find out more about Kim Falconer at her website for the Quantum Enchantment series or at Falcon Astrology. Kim is the author of the Quantum Enchantment trilogy: The Spell of Rosette, Arrows of Time, Strange Attractors (Feb 2010), and the upcoming Quantum Encryption trilogy (October 2010).

6 Responses

  1. Happy New Moon Eclipse everyone. Here are the times for the event:

    PST (San Francisco)- Thursday 23.12
    EST (New York) – Friday 2.12 am
    UCT (London) – Friday 7.12 am
    EDT (Sydney) Friday 18.12

    Tips: Chill for the period of the dark moon (now until new). Then, take a moment on the New Moon to think about what you really want. Find the feeling you’re after. Is it peace? Connection? Accomplishment? Do all you can to nurture that feeling in diverse and creative ways. It’s the intention that counts!

    🙂 Kim

    PS If anyone is wondering about the sign names, they are the constellations of Gaela. I’ve fixed my site links (which true to Mercury Rx were possessed of an opacity CSS demon) so if you tried earlier to click on the link and got stuck it’s all shipshape now! Enjoy!

    • Oooh, I do love lunar events.

      Fun fact: in The Griffin’s Flight, a major scene takes place during a full lunar eclipse. The inspiration for that scene? At the time that I came up with it, I had just heard that there was going to be a real-life eclipse. I worked myself to death just because I wanted to write that scene during the actual eclipse.

      I succeeded.

      (Isn’t there supposed to be a full solar eclipse coming up sometime soon?).

  2. Katie, that is so cool–writing a lunar eclipse scene during an actual eclipse! I do that too–write storms and thunder and wind when it’s raging weather outside. (or sometimes it’s sunny and I start writing a deluge and next I look out the window it’s pouring rain! hmmm…)

    We are in a new eclipse season now. The Lunar eclipse (Full moon eclipse) was on Jan 1. The Solar eclipse (New moon eclipse) is the 15th. Both activate your sun sign Sea-goat (Capricorn)! Yowza! What are you writing now? Editing??? Bet it’s brilliant. 🙂

    • Wait, how did I miss another lunar eclipse??
      Gonna keep a careful eye out for the solar one tomorrow! I always wanted to see a solar eclipse.

      Right now? I just finished lengthening book four as per the Captain’s request, and with some tweaking book five will soon be officially lengthened as well. Then I can get back to work on book six, which will take a lot of revamping since I just cannibalised about half of what I written to tack onto book five for lengthening purposes. But luckily I have a new and exciting opening planned for it (flashback, woo!).

      I’ll probably get book three back from the copteditor soonish – which is good, because my US publisher has started asking for it.

      Are you gonna be at the Aurealis Awards? I am!

      • You didn’t miss the full moon (Lunar) eclipse. It was ‘annular’ (not total) and also not visible from Australia. Same with the solar eclipse tomorrow evening. We aren’t in the path (the angle’s wrong) so we won’t see it.

        We will feel it though, and that’s what counts!

        Here is a MAP showing the path of the Jan 15 eclipse. China and India will get a good view!

        You’re juggling a lot of titles. Is it all the same series?

        If I conjure a driver and/or car, I’ll come up to the Aurealis. Still not certain.

      • Curses!

        Yeah, they are all from the same series. Trilogy after trilogy after trilogy. I’m something of a maniac for work – I once completed a book in under two months, revisions and all.

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