• 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!



The Art of the Tree …

Check out the gorgeous cover art for Tymon’s Flight by Mary Victoria, out in July this year. Mary’s partner Frank Victoria of Weta Workshop was the creator of this gorgeous piece.

Tymon’s Flight is the story of a boy who dreams outside the confines of his world … in which he lives, along with thousands of others, among the branches of the great World Tree …

Stacia Kane: Boy Books and Girl Books?

Out in June!

Stacia Kane, author of Unholy Ghosts, talks about why urban fantasy has been pigeonholed as a girly genre … 

So something I’ve been thinking about for a while, as you guys know, is what urban fantasy truly is as a genre, and where it’s going, and how my books fit into it. (Remember the The Books Are Out There post? 

And of course we’re now exactly one week away from the official release date of UNHOLY GHOSTS. And I’m wondering how people will respond to it, whether they’ll love it or hate it, whether the darkness will be too much for them, whether they’ll accept a drug addict as a heroine, all of those things that I worried and wondered about even as I wrote it. 

But here’s the thing. I feel like urban fantasy has, as a genre, been somehow relegated to the “Girl” section. It’s been dismissed as “Girl books.” And many guys really do seem to think this way. I’ve seen a lot of them in various places referring to UF as “just paranormal romance with a little more action,” or “hot girl in leather solves mystery, sleeps with paranormal creatures.” 

And honestly? I think to some extent that’s true. No, hear me out. Other worlds and paranormal creatures do tend to be a big part of urban fantasy. The heroines often have sex (mine certainly do) and it’s often with paranormal creatures (Megan sleeps with a demon, for example, but in Chess’s world the only paranormal creatures are ghosts, and they don’t really make good bed partners, what with the trying to kill you and all). 

But I don’t see where that’s necessarily a problem. Why is it that as soon as romance and/or sex become genre tropes, that genre is automatically consigned to the Girl Ghetto, and judged to be “not real,” (as in “not real fantasy”) or “not as good.” Why is it that just saying it’s “for girls” automatically has such a negative connotation? Go to Stacia’s website to read the rest of this post and weigh in on the comments! 

UNHOLY GHOSTS (click for an excerpt) by Stacia Kane will be out in just one week’s time, followed by the other two books in the Downside Ghosts trilogy: UNHOLY MAGIC (July) and CITY OF GHOSTS (August)!

Aurealis Awards coming to Sydney

The latest news (as of yesterday) is that the Aurealis Awards, after a successful and excellent time in Queensland administrated by Fantastic Queenland, are coming to Sydney! We’re very excited at Voyager as our main Australian HQ are in Sydney too … which means we can be close to the action without getting on a plane. Of course, we hope that everyone in the other states and territories will come down this way instead.

The Co-convenors are Susan Wardle and Nathan Burrage, and Keith Stevenson is Judging Co-ordinator.  They’ve put the call out for judges for the next awards – I’ve done it before and it’s a great experience. For the full information, go to the Aurealis website.

Peter V Brett on The Desert Spear

Peat on The Desert Spear, filmed in London (this video – not the book!)

The Desert Spear is out NOW across Australia and New Zealand.

For more from Peter, visit his website Peephole in My Skull, and while there it’s well worth reading the guest post on the new image on his website (but beware, it does contain DS spoilers).