• 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 the Dark Moon

Until the Solar Eclipse July 12

The Exit, by Samy Charnine. Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, Private collection

RAM: In the quite time before the new moon eclipse, reflect on how you spend your days and nights. This is the most important considerations you can make. You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it. ~Oprah Winfrey

AUROCHS: Pressure to conform from a set model of behaviours might be limiting your mind, and your imagination. Set yourself free! There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. ~Dalai Lama

 TWINS: If others become frustrating, if you think they ‘should’ be doing or contributing or acting in ways contrary to what they are, relax. Consider the value of non-judgment. Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world. ~Heraclitus

 COBRA: Sudden events may challenge your career.  Consider it a time of expansion. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. ~Marilyn Monroe

 LION: Single-minded, it’s easy for you to stick to your guns, even when new information comes in. This is fine for basics like goodwill and hygiene, but there is more to the world. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ~Wayne Dyer 

 CERES: With the dark moon waning you may feel recluse, declining offers to connect with others, contribute or participate. It’s like crawling under the covers with a hot water bottle. Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~Mary Oliver

BALENCIA: This week is a good time to rest your mind when it comes to the personal one-to-one relationships that are driving you bats. Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. ~Jalal-al-Din Rumi

SCORPION: The lead up to the eclipse is a time for you to imagine yourself pushing through boundaries. Let go of the limiting beliefs! Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway. ~Mary Kay Ash

 ARCHER: A romantic encounter awaits, face to face or far in the distance, like a song or dream. When you wake, nothing will feel quite the same. Integrity taps a nerve.  Inspiration slips beneath the skin and turns disinterested strangers into warm-bodied kin. ~Tama Kieves

 SEA-GOAT: The gates to memory lane open wide in the pre-eclipse phase. Somehow you find yourself with a cup of tea in your hand and photo albums on your lap. Keep your perspective!  The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. ~Leslie Poles Hartley

 WATER-BEARER: The dark moon is a time to contemplate the powers of your mind. How are you developing your consciousness? Do you think what you think you think? Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. ~Arthur Schopenhauer

 FISHES: The pre-eclipse can feel tetchy if you try to hang on too tight. Open palm, open heart. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go. ~Mary Sarton

Kim Falconer will have the horoscopes for the new moon eclipse this weekend, so check back here then! She 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 just a few weeks – official publication date is 1 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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