• 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

 COBRA: In the aftermath of the eclipse there could be some residual unresolved discord between relations. Put simply, you might have pissed somebody off. You can leave it cold, or you can welcome them back. Up to you. We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. ~Dalai Lama

 LION: Achieving great things is most definitely on the cards so make sure your goals and aims for the future are authentic. That is, they belong to you, not those most near and dear.  If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all. ~Anna Quindlen

 CERES: Right now the brakes are on and life is pulling in the reins. No matter how hard you’ve been trying to create something and no matter how close you’ve come to gaining it, this is a time of natural pause. Slow down. Take time out. Look around. What does your world look like?  You have to believe in gods to see them. ~Hopi Indian Proverb

BALENCIA: You may be putting a lot of energy into a project that is showing little monetary return. Because of our cultural expectations around the word ‘success’, it may seem you have failed. Are you certain that is true? Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless. ~Sherry Anderson

SCORPION: When you look in the mirror, your thoughts will come arrowing back to you. Take a moment to see what they are, and ask if they are helping or hindering. Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. ~Charles Reade

 ARCHER: This week might see you error on the side of caution—a unique experience for the most of you! Better to relax, loosen up and not worry too much about solid ground. A little healthy risk taking is just what the doctor ordered.  To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. ~Soren Kierkegaard

 SEA-GOAT: The aftermath of the eclipse can be sobering and you may find yourself so circumspect that you forget the feeling of joy. One remedy is to give yourself a task to appease the sombre side while letting the fun seep in around the edges.  Many men go fishing all their lives not knowing it is not fish they are after. ~Henry David Thoreau

 WATER-BEARER: The ray of light has the proverbial pigsty lit in full frontal Technicolor. It’s enough to put your completely off your game. Even though the vision passes, it’s impossible to get it out of your head. This is not a bad thing. Discontent is the first step in the progress of a (woman) man or a nation. ~Oscar Wilde

 FISHES: Pressure from those around you proclaiming to have your best interests at heart pushes in. They phone, mail and text you with all the reasons why you ‘should’ give up, let go and move on. It’s nice to have friends but nicer still to make up your own mind.  Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind. ~Bruce Lee

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 second 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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