• 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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Gaelean stars for May 4 – 11 by Kim Falconer


Magic Spring by Michael Parkes

RAM: The last week of Mercury retrograde is an opportunity to review your core values. What are they and how are you living them? If things are going haywire, it could mean you’re out of alignment with yourself. Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values. ~Ayn Rand

AUROCHS: If you’re worrying about money this week, stop. Think about something else. Think about something that’s going grand. Poverty cannot deprive us of many consolations. It cannot rob us of the affection we have for each other or degrade us in our own opinion, or in that of any person whose opinion we ought to value. ~Ann Radcliffe

TWINS: As your ruler Mercury slows to a near standstill, it’s not the best time to blaze trails. Consider the benefit of indulging your Muse – play, nap, read, walk and dream. Ice cream also does wonders. So you see, imagination needs moodling – long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering. ~Brenda Ueland

COBRA: Friendships play a big part this week even if it feels like there aren’t many nearby. What supports the most is a kind of communion without words, a ‘being with’ that needs no justification. This is a true connection, pure, simple and fully satisfying. The most profound statements are often said in silence. ~Lynn Johnston

LION: If you’ve felt a lethargy, a dragging of the feet and gluing of the hands, heads up. Energy that was stuck is about to flow you a river. Get into the stream! The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act. ~Barbara Hall

CERES: Mercury has been calling up memories, challenging your ideals and playing with your mind. Time to open your hand and let the burden fly away. Understand that what you’re telling is just a story. It isn’t happening anymore. When you realize the story you’re telling is just words, when you can crumble it up and throw your past in the trash can. . . ~Chuck Palahniuk

 BALENCIA: The focus this week is on having no focus at all. That doesn’t mean you have to flap around in circles; it means loosening up the intentions just enough to let the surprises in. The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. ~Carl Jung

SCORPION: There has been plenty of rethinking going on in the relationship sphere, and still more to go. You may have bumped into lovers from the past, or lovers you suddenly wish were in the past. This is an educational experience, a chance to look in the mirror and see yourself more clearly. Objective: Find out what’s eating you. Assumptions are the termites of relationships. ~Henry Winkler

ARCHER: It may have felt like driving with the emergency brake on these last few weeks but the way is soon to be smooth sailing. The only thing left to do is be absolutely sure of your motivations. ie do what you love. I don’t confuse greatness with perfection. To be great anyhow is…the higher achievement. ~Lois McMaster Bujold

SEA-GOAT: Keeping your eyes on the target, the object of your desire, the height you dare to reach, feeds the spirit and aids in all your accomplishments. And we know, when in doubt, always feed the spirit! Appetite, with an opinion of attaining, is called hope; the same, without such opinion, despair. ~Thomas Hobbes  

WATER-BEARER: The last week of Mercury retrograde can best be spent in the comfort of the familiar. By appreciating what is to hand, the world unfolds at your fingertips. If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any farther than my own backyard because if it isn’t there then I never really lost it. ~Wizard of Oz

FISHES: Reluctance to let something go, even when you want to (even when you know it is for your higher good) can be resolved this week. It may help to affirm that no part of you is ever diminished when you make choices of your own free will. The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose. ~Heda Bejar

Kim Falconer lives in Byron Bay with two gorgeous black cats. She runs an astrology forum and alternative science site‚ trains with a sword and is working on the Quantum Encryption trilogy, the follow up to Quantum Enchantment, both of which are set in the world of Gaela, as well as on Earth. The first book in the new series is called Path of the Stray and will be out in August this year. Kim is taking part in the Byron Bay Writers Festival in August as well, so watch this space for more information on her panels and workshop.

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