• 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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To ‘e’ or Not to ‘e’ … by Kim Falconer

Those hoping for insights into recreational drug use, sorry to disappoint. The ‘e’ in the title is for ‘electronic,’ specifically the electronic delivery of books. It’s a hot topic, all across the board—publishers, authors, editors, agents, booksellers and readers are in this boat together and how it’s going to rock is anybody’s guess.

The growing popularity of eBooks is viewed in mixed light. Not everyone is jumping up and down, but I am! What a fabulous opportunity for so many reasons! First up, the eBook is instant. With the right eReader, books, magazines and blogs can be accessed in seconds, any time of the day or night. And, as our Captain said the other day, eBooks will never go out of print! (Think about that!) Also many classical titles are available to the public free of charge on websites like gutenberg.org. From Dickens to Poe to Wilde to Shelley, a literary world is at our fingertips. eReaders—the devices used to view eBooks—can store thousands of novels and textbooks, are easy to carry anywhere, light on the eyes and perfect for commutes, study and holidays. For the sight impaired, eReaders are a boon with ‘text to speak’ functionality.

A small sample of the devices available to read e-books

Another exciting aspect of electronic delivery is the Hypertext link. eBooks can have endnotes or glossary links formatted right into the text and they can also be presented with nonlinear links where readers choose the direction they want the narrative to take. In essence hypertext provides an opportunity for readers to ‘recreate’ the work as the relationship between the author, the reader, the text and the physical form of the book evolves. Another bonus is eBooks don’t require trees, and remember, the technology for eDelivery is in its infancy. It’s going to get better and better!

Yet with all these benefits, there are still unknowns. For example, which eReader is best and will it work with all formats? How will eBook sales affect the physical book market? Mark Davis, director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Melbourne, says E-books, if anything, should help rather than hinder sales of traditional books, as well as become a phenomenon in their own right. But what about availability? The World Wide Web is just that—worldwide, yet most publishing contracts are restricted to certain countries. Issues of illegal downloading are in question and publishers and eTailer business models (see Macmillan vs. Amazon.com) are not yet in alignment. With less than 3% of Australians buying eBooks, the eBook wave is just a ripple but if I know the internet, a tsunami could be on its way in 2010.

Are you into ‘e’? Bi-liberphilic? (love both physical and eBooks) Do you have an eReader? Which kind? Authors, are you excited about seeing your books ePublished? Editors, do you like working electronically? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

The Spell of Rosette is on Amazon Kindle with the rest of the Quantum Enchantment series soon to follow.

Kim Falconer is the author of the Quantum Enchantment trilogy, which starts with The Spell of Rosette. The other two books in the trilogy are Arrows of Time and Strange Attractors, which is out this month!

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US readers – win a copy of The Last Stormlord

There’s a fabulous interview with Glenda Larke, who was interviewed by Maria V Snyder, author of Poison Study – which is a great and romantic read.

Glenda has given Maria four copies of the US edition of The Last Stormlord, and Maria is kindly giving away three of them. Read the interview to find out how to be in the running for a copy!

Read the interview here

And don’t forget, Stormlord Rising, book two of the Watergivers trilogy,  is out next week!!

Gaela astro-mojo for the week from Kim Falconer

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RAM: The desire to march forward into new territory is thwarted only by the crucial thought that you’ll be making things ‘better’ for someone else. Seriously, do you mean to rob them of their own initiative? You can’t go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it’s just a cage. ~Terry Pratchett

AUROCHS: An unexpected bump in the road could temporarily upset plans and arrangements made well in advance.  Accomplishment comes when you relax and trust the process. In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. ~Mahatma Ghandi

TWINS: A friend brings news that has you zapping and buzzing – a mix between agitation and exhilaration. If pressure grows and you can’t decide what to do, cave in! The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself. ~Oscar Wilde

COBRA: Tussles around career decisions can wait as you find a sense of being irrespective of profession. See yourself individuated and then do something fun. Hint: Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body. ~Oliver Wendall Holmes

LION: Mixing in-laws and friends this week may have diverse results. There could be confrontation and fuss, but also revelations and new beginnings! Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. ~D.H. Lawrence

CERES: It may seem you are moving through this week in slow-motion when suddenly things take a turn. Now you can share the benefits of work well done! When I’m trusting and being myself… everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously. ~Shakti Gawain

BALENCIA: If you think your relationship life is going to settle into a predicable routine, best think again. Activity, adjustments and amorous notions are all in store! Love is union with somebody outside oneself under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one’s own self. ~Erich Fromm

SCORPION: A burst of energy is best directed towards your health now with exercise, play, fitness, diet and relaxation the goal. The more you do for yourself in this area the better. We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. ~George Bernard Shaw

ARCHER: The demands of your offspring, partner and/or other creatures in your care (is there a difference?) can turn to various forms of fun and games. Why fight it when you can play ball, go for walks? Get out the pet brush and just enjoy. Tis never too late for delight. ~Thomas Moore

SEA-GOAT: There is something that needs saying and you are speaking every word but the right one! KISS! Keep it simple sweetie! When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink. ~George Orwell

WATER-BEARER: Financial worries have you on edge if you don’t look at the big picture. The situation is changing, no matter how unlikely, and you will have more choices soon. Patience! The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~Marcel Proust

FISHES: Feeling like a power without a throne, you might be chafing against the current restrictions. Be at peace. The right job will come along as soon as you exhale. Rincewind had been generally reckoned by his tutors to be a natural wizard in the same way that fish are natural mountaineers. ~Terry Pratchett “The Light Fantastic”

Kim Falconer lives in Byron Bay with two gorgeous black cats, representatives of whom you may see in the Quantum Enchantment! As well as her author website‚ she runs an astrology forum and alternative science site‚ trains with a sword and is completing a Masters Degree. Her novel writing is done early every morning. Currently she’s working on the Quantum Encryption Series, the follow up to the Quantum Enchantment trilogy!

Read more posts by Kim.

Read Kim’s comments on e-books in Australia

Australian Fantasy SnapShots 2010

Snapshot interviews are being conducted as part of the 2010 Snapshot of Australian Speculative Fiction.
The interviews are from Monday 15 February to Sunday 22 February and will be acrhived at ASif!: Australian SpecFic in Focus.

Some of our Voyager authors’ SnapShots – more to come!

Jack Dann
Kim Falconer
Karen Miller
Tansy Rayner Roberts
Glenda Larke
Nicole R Murphy
K J Taylor
Jennifer Fallon
Rhonda Roberts
Kylie Chan
Jack Dann
Tracey O’Hara

You can read interviews at:
http://random-alex.livejournal.com/
http://girliejones.livejournal.com/
http://kathrynlinge.livejournal.com/
http://www.mechanicalcat.net/rachel
http://tansyrr.com/
http://editormum.livejournal.com/

Winter is coming

This article in The Guardian had us in stitches at Voyager HQ

Your Gaela horoscope for the week … by Kim Falconer

 

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RAM: When a friend meddles where you don’t think they belong, your first impulse is to step in and straighten things out. Toes could get crunched, so walk softly. This is where the lions hunt. ‘Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people’. –Carl Jung

AUROCHS: Pressure to take responsibility for something that is clearly shared brings puzzlement. Be prepared to take this puppy home with you for a while! Piglet sidled up to Pooh.  ‘Pooh!’ he whispered.  ‘Yes, Piglet?’  ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’  -A.A. Milne

TWINS: Vivid eruptions, power struggles or intense encounters swirl the emotions and put relationships on the line. You will need to talk all the way through this one, quickly! ‘He that shuts love out, in turn shall be Shut out from love, and on her threshold lie, Howling in outer darkness.’ –Lord Tennyson

COBRA: Romantic issues have you booking a fare to Timbuktu! Escape can be a reasonable, temporary solution but also consider you may be trying too hard to figure things out. ‘People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.’ ~Claude Monet

LION: A busy week looms with tasks, errands, responsibilities, and talk, talk, talk! It helps to remember that your perception of a situation is personal and not a blanket panacea applicable to everyone. ‘All are lunatics, but he who can analyse his delusions is called a philosopher.’  –Ambros Bierce

CERES: If tension builds up like water behind a dam, release the stress by working the body. Swim, run, gym, train, dance. Do something to burn the adrenaline now! ‘Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.’ –Conrad Hilton

BALENCIA: Believing is seeing though this week it is still easy to be deceived. Be on the alert for misrepresentations, intentional or otherwise. What you think is going on may not be the case at all. Children play a role here! ‘Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.’ –Wizard of Oz

SCORPION: A relationship is about to move to the next level. Naturally, part of you doesn’t want it to! Why resist? Stasis only brings stagnation – great for bacteria, not so for people. ‘If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it’.  -Mary Engelbreit

ARCHER: Troubles with siblings, cousins, colleagues and those partly related has you clenching more than your teeth. Power struggles? Find where the responsibility lies and draw some boundaries otherwise it will feel like it’s lasting forever. ‘But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.’ –Benjamin Disraeli

SEA-GOAT: Re-evaluation of principles you hold dear could result in creative change. Particularly noticeable will be a fresh response from your ‘object of desire.’ Enthusiasm blossoms while you pursue the contemporary. ‘It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.’ –Harry Truman

WATER-BEARER: Travel and community obligations blend into a carnival like atmosphere, colourful, flirtatious and bright. You’ll have to attend, so make sure you don’t procrastinate or you’ll end up playing the clown. ‘Time has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration’. —Kahlil Gibran

FISHES: Torn between domestic security and career, this week requires your attention to both. A healing balm comes in the form of a surprise—someone who says, ‘thank you.’ The very first thing you can do to turn your life around is to make a list of things to be grateful for. – Joe Vitale

Kim Falconer lives in Byron Bay with two gorgeous black cats, representatives of whom you may see in the Quantum Enchantment! As well as her author website‚ she runs an astrology forum and alternative science site‚ trains with a sword and is completing a Masters Degree. Her novel writing is done early every morning. Currently she’s working on the Quantum Encryption Series, the follow up to the Quantum Enchantment trilogy!

Read more posts by Kim.

Your Gaela horoscope for the week … by Kim Falconer

Visit Kim Falconer's website!

Kim’s tip: Think of what you consider ‘impossible’, then think again!

RAM: Sometimes we reject things because we fail to understand them. Consider where you may be discarding the greatest opportunity of your life! “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” — Decca Recording Company after hearing the Beatles’ in 1962

AUROCHS: Your talents and resources are buried treasures. You have to look beneath the surface and bring them up. “Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.” This was said by the drillers Edwin Drake wanted to hire for his oil project in 1859

TWINS: There is something to express yet you hold back. It might be resistance to vulnerability, or simply the belief that your words will not be well received. Either way, silence is no ally anymore. “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”—asked by Warner Brothers in 1927

COBRA: Do you think there is only one way to get from A to B? Consider a new methodology to create what you want. “The horse is here to stay; the automobile is only a novelty.” –Michigan Savings Bank President, 1903, advising against investment in Ford Motors.

LION: Dismissing the suggestion of a friend or partner may not only lead to animosity but a missed opportunity. The telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value.” Western Union internal memo, 1876

CERES: There are things that you want to experience and it may seem like no one supports them. Remember, if it’s meaningful to you, it is meaningful. There is no reason why anyone would want a computer in their home.” Statement by Ken Olson, president of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

BALENCIA: You may have thought your life was big enough, but things change. Consider expanding your range of motion, physically, creatively and financially. As a Boeing engineer said after the first flight of the 247, (a twin engine plane that carried ten people), said, “There will never be a bigger plane built.”

SCORPION: Power is about energy. Are you using all of yours? You have the power within you to create. Don’t underestimate it. “There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be available. It would mean the atom would have to be shattered at will.”Albert Einstein, 1932.

ARCHER: Relationships can be based on what the other person thinks should make you happy. Basically, they have no idea. Consider concentrating on your own needs, and they on theirs. You might start by letting go of words like should or ought or this is enough. “640K ought to be enough for anybody.” – Bill Gates, 1981

SEA-GOAT: Intuition is a remarkable thing, unless drowned out by gremlins. Consider a second opinion if you find yourself pulling out of a project. “I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not me.” -Gary Cooper choosing not to take the leading role in Gone With The Wind.

WATER-BEARER: How much weight do you give the opinions of others? Letting them decide ? As a Yale professor said of a student’ paper proposing a national overnight delivery service, “The concept is interesting, but in order to earn better than a C (pass), the idea must be feasible.” The student went on to found the US Federal Express Corporation.

FISHES: Nothing is forbidden. Nothing is beyond reach. It is by going outside the boundaries that new understanding is gained. “The abdomen, chest, and brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the surgeon”. Sir John Ericksen, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1873

Kim Falconer lives in Byron Bay with two gorgeous black cats. As well as her author website‚ she runs an astrology forum and alternative science site‚ trains with a sword and is completing a Masters Degree. Her novel writing is done early every morning. Currently she’s working on the Quantum Encryption Series, the follow up to the Quantum Enchantment trilogy!