• 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!



Gaelean Stars by Kim Falconer

‘Eye Pond(er)’ by Vladimir Kush

RAM: Opportunities are all around you, like chameleon’s in the sun—rather hard to see the way they blend into the background. When they start to move around, they become more obvious. Are you ready? The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.  ~ John Maxwell

AUROCHS: Some things may not be going your way. Aggravation at work, home or to and from can be irksome, but also theses thorns hold the key to your next step. Whatever is bothersome, whatever makes you pause, is the contrast needed to get you on the authentic path.  Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes. ~Henry J. Kaiser

TWINS: The financial sector of your life falls under the spotlight with a bit of pressure to do the sums. Compute all you want but remember that worrying about money is about as good for your health as worrying if there will be enough air to breath. Wealth belongs to the person who enjoys it and not to the one who keeps it. ~Afghan Proverb Continue reading

Duncan Lay’s Big July

Duncan Lay is going to be visiting 50 bookshops over 30 days from this weekend to the end of July – and all three of his books will be available: The Wounded Guardian, The Risen Queen, The Radiant Child. If you’d like to see him and get your copies of the DragonSword Histories trilogy signed … read on! He’ll be in NSW, the ACT, QLD and SA. The tour kicks off on Sunday at A&R Maitland and will finish up at Galaxy Books in Sydney on 29 July.

Sunday June 27
11am A+R Maitland
2pm Borders Tuggerah

Thursday July 1 (Brisbane)
11.30am Borders Mt Gravatt
2.30pm TLC Manly
5pm Borders Chermside (until 7pm)

Friday July 2 (Brisbane)
10am Pulp Fiction
11.30am Dymocks Brisbane
2.30pm Borders Brisbane

Saturday July 3
10am Book Bazaar Umina
11.30am All Good Books Gosford
2.30pm A+R Erina

Sunday July 4
11.30am Borders Rouse Hill

Monday July 5
11.30 Borders Chatswood

Tuesday July 6
11.30 Borders Parramatta

Wednesday July 7
11.30 A+R Warringah

Thursday July 8
11am Shellharbour
1.30pm Nowra Dymocks
2.30pm Nowra A+R
4.30pm A+R Batemans Bay

Friday July 9
10am A+R Queanbeyan
12pm Dymocks Belconnen
2.30pm Dymocks Central
5pm Borders Canberra

Saturday July 10

10am A+R Tuggeranong
11.30am Dymocks Tuggeranong
2.30pm A+R Woden

Sunday July 11
10.30 A+R Macarthur
11.45am Borders Macarthur
2pm Dymocks Liverpool

Tuesday July 13

10.15am The Turning Page Springwood
12pm Dymocks Penrith

Wednesday July 14
11.30 Borders Bondi

Thursday July 15 (Adelaide)
11.30 A+R Westlakes
2pm A+R Edwardstown
7pm A+R Marion

Friday July 16 (Adelaide)
9.30am A+R Elizabeth
12pm A+R Modbury
2.30pm Borders Adelaide

Saturday July 17
11.30 Leading Edge Books Lake Haven
2pm Dymocks Erina

Sunday July 18
11am A+R Kotara

Thursday July 22
11.30 A+R Roselands
4.30pm A+R Miranda

Friday July 23
11am A+R Newcastle Mall
2pm Borders Kotara

Saturday July 24
12.30pm Infinitas Parramatta
2pm Dymocks Parramatta

Sunday July 25
11am Borders Hornsby
2pm Borders Macquarie

Thursday July 29
12.30pm Galaxy Books, Sydney CBD

Read Duncan’s BIG JULY post.

True Blood Competition – FANGtastic!

The folks over at FANGtastic Fiction had another comp last week, a continuation of their Sookie-fest only this time they gave away series 1 & 2 of True Blood on DVD. I jumped in (being keen and without TV). My name didn’t come up but it was fun to have a go!

Who cares about Sookie if you can say 'This DVD is MINE'!

The question was:
Explain why you think that there has been such a growth in paranormal romance and urban fantasy books over the past decade? Why are we now seeing so many vampires, werewolves, angels demons, faeries and otherworldly beings? Is it a reflection of increasing danger in our world, a fad, … or what?

My answer:
Vampires, zombies, hell boys, angels and wolves are making a comeback. We see them everywhere in literature, films, art and games, and they’ve got a new look. This shift symbolises a change in the human psyche, a movement towards wholeness as a conscious being.

When our monsters evolve over time, it’s not simply a trend in literature and film. Take the vampire for example. In Murnau’s Nosferatu, a 1920’ unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the monster is hideous and spellbinding. There is an erotic quality to his power, but mortals are no match save to try and destroy him—stake his heart, cut off his head. Our new vampire images, like Twilight’s Edward Cullen or Underworld’s death dealer, Selene, we have vampires that are not only physically beautiful but capable of relationship. Capable of love. This is a reflection of our ability as a species to relate to our own ‘dark side,’ to dialog with our inner ‘demons’.

As our relationship to Self changes, our monsters must change too. What was demonized and relegated to the unconscious is rising not as a terrible power but as a force we can relate to, understand for its differences, and even learn to love. Note the word ‘demon’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘dynamic’ and it is the dynamic power of life within us that is starting to emerge. As we get to know our inner demons, the representations of them in the outer world alter, and amplify. An increase in paranormal literature and urban fantasy isn’t about greater danger in the outer world, it’s a signpost to a greater relationship within.

Check the comments. Some are pretty funny, like Laura C says: ‘Girls have always loved the “bad boys”, but there’s only so much Russell Crowe and Colin Farrell we can take. Bring on the supernaturals!’
Congratulations to the winner Ingrid Elkne.

What do you all think? Why are the supernatural beings gaining popularity? Love to hear your thoughts on the topic.

Kim Falconer is working on the second book in the Quantum Encryption trilogy, the follow up to Quantum Enchantment. The first book in the new series is called Path of the Stray and will be out in August. Also in August, Kim is taking part in several events in the Byron Bay Writers Festival, find the details on the News & Events page!

Supanova hits town

Well, another Sydney Supanova has come and gone. The geeks have signed off from their RPGs to put on their costumes, the 501st Legion have polished their storm trooper armour and the fans have come out in droves to meet Lou Ferigno (the Hulk), Michael Winslow (Police Academy) Charisma Carpenter (Buffy, Angel), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy), Summer Glau (Terminator, Firefly) Chaske Spenser and Mark Lutz (Twilight) and a whole bunch of other celebs that I’m about to go and have dinner with (she says, shamelessly name dropping…hehehe)

Got to meet heaps of fans over the weekend, and if only Borders had copies of the Legends of Australian Fantasy anthology there, I could have sold squillions of them! Oh well…

Only down side was that I ended up with laryngitis, too, which meant cancelling the master class. I still sound like someone has sandpapered my throat and then applied an acid rinse, but I’m hoping a few days in Perth with my sister will give me time to recuperate before we do it all over again next weekend. If you’re coming to the Perth Supanova and you want to bring books in, I’m more than happy to sign them.

In the meantime, I have to go now. Did I mention who I’m dining with this evening…. *g*

Don’t miss out if you’re in WA – Jennifer Fallon will be appearing at Supanova, Perth, this coming weekend! Too far away? Get acquainted with Jennifer’s latest story ‘The Magic Word’ in the Legends of Australian Fantasy collection.

Shadow of the Eclipse …

Exact Times

L.A. – Friday 4.31
Sydney – Friday 21.31
London – Friday 12.31
New York – Friday 7.31

This fantastic Full Moon over the home image was found the internet. Can anyone recognise the work? The signature? I would love to know!

RAM: The lead up to the eclipse is like stretching a rubber band between two posts, one called ‘home life’ and the other called ‘career goals’. Trust, you will fly forward! The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where They stands at times of challenge and controversy. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

AUROCHS: This eclipse is a balancing act between what you think and what you think you think. Open your mind! In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn. ~John Naisbitt

 TWINS: The eclipse brings a shedding of the old skin and the growing of a new one. There could be an awkward moment of nakedness in between, but that is only if the awesomeness of the body is forgotten. Appreciate the vessel, and everything else!  When one tugs at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Mui Continue reading

Winter hits HBO

A new little trailer snippet has just arrived for A Game of Thrones. The date given for the show to air is 2011 – in the US, not sure about Australia yet, but given how long we had to wait for True Blood and Entourage … it may be a while after. Anyway, that aside – go and see the trailer at the AGoT website!


Do you want to know a secret?

Click on the book cover to read the first four chapters!