• 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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Gaela Stars by Kim Falconer

‘En la playa’ by Chelin Sanjuan

RAM: This week brings a burst of energy along with a craving for something new, exciting and different. Fuel it! This is the momentum you’ve been waiting for. Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process. If there were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell achievement. ~Willa Cather

AUROCHS: Big dreams can often bring wonderful results but there comes a time for appreciation of the little things. Let mammoth plans simmer. Find beauty in the moments of your day, wealth in the simple things. Create space for the fantastic! A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world. ~Leo Buscaglia

TWINS: As potential brews on the horizon, the feeling of invincibility can make you lightheaded. The key is to say, ‘I’m ready for this!’ I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow. ~Julia Cameron

COBRA: This is the perfect week for assessing your career. What are your plans for the future? Can you look in the mirror and say, ‘I love my job?’ If not, list ten ways you can make that true, and do them! The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature. ~Joseph Campbell

LION:  Much is on the move and if you are travelling, in mind, body or spirit, this is a time to take stock, make lists, organize and pack smart. (Even if you’re only going to the post office!) At no time are we ever in such complete possession of a journey, down to its last nook and cranny, as when we are busy with preparations for it. ~Yukio Mishima

CERES: Intimacy brings up many things, all springboards for inner growth and development. At this point, it is important to be unequivocally who you are. Stand firm on this. It is your life, and your life alone. An authentic life is the most personal form of worship. Everyday life has become my prayer.  ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

BALENCIA: Personal one to one relationships are the demons’ playground this week, or so it seems. You will be ready to list off every shortcoming of every partner you’ve had. Hint: Don’t. It will only proclaim your own need for greater awareness. Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene. ~A C Bensen

SCORPION: As you seek to describe your visions and ideas, consider the role of metaphor in the creation of new words.  I think perhaps the most important problem is that we are trying to understand the fundamental workings of the universe via a language devised for telling one another where the best fruit is. ~Terry Prachette

ARCHER:  This week is all about taking the pressure off your shoulders. Do whatever you can to lighten the load. If you’re worried about paying the bills or a child’s behaviour or finding true love or looking after a parent, stop! Find new words to tell your story. My life is a lovely story, happy and full of incident. ~Hans Christian Andersen

SEA-GOAT: Truth is like statistics—they can mean anything. If you are making a decision based on facts, step back far enough to see the whole picture, even if you have to step back a hundred years into the past, or future. Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either. ~Aesop

WATER-BEARER: If you’re finding it hard to appreciate life this week, take a tip from Og Mandino: Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

FISHES: The universe has given you a giant tool box with assorted layers, shelves, networked computers, holographic images, Akashic records and infinite power supply. The English word for this tool box is consciousness. The questions is, are you using all you’ve got? Magic, like technology, is a tool. ~Mercedes Lackey

Kim Falconer lives in Byron Bay with two black cats. She runs an astrology forum and alternative science site‚ trains with a sword and is working on the next book in 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. Also in August, Kim is taking part in several events in the Byron Bay Writers Festival, find the details on the News & Events page!


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