• 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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Full Moon Stars by Kim Falconer

The Water Buffalo by Aussicon 4 Guests of Honour Shaun Tan

 July 27 to August 2, 2010

RAM: The full moon highlights your connection to other people and how participation in the group can shape your goals. Would you like to experience something new? If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. ~Moshe Dayan

AUROCHS: The spot light shines again on career, mission and public standing. There is only one question worth asking. Do you love it? Success isn’t the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. ~Albert Schweitzer

TWINS: If you think anything at all during this full moon, think for yourself!  Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions. ~Albert Einstein

 COBRA: The light of this moon shows not stumbling blocks scattered around to trip you up but building blocks ready to create a new foundation. Help is also on the way! How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress. ~Niels Bohr

 LION:  Relationships are highlighted in this full moon event. It is likely you are going to be looking, seeking, analysing and prognosticating about them in every which way. There is a beautiful revelation in this. What we are looking for is what is looking. ~St. Francis of Assisi
CERES: Consider your current reading material. Are your books a light in the darkens? Guides along the way? Books are the engines of change, companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.” ~Authur Schopenhauer 

BALENCIA: The full moon shines its light on your inclination to go along with the crowd. In a word, reconsider. Such tactics will not show your true beauty to the world. The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat. ~Lily Tomlin

SCORPION: The full moon is shining on your domestic life. It’s a perfect time to enjoy yourself, no matter what. Remember, your laughter is contagious, in a good way. If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. ~George Bernard Shaw

ARCHER: This full moon could see you in a hot debate with family and friends. You’ll have to decide if you’d rather be real, happy or ‘right’. You’ll have to decide if there is a difference. The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity. ~Zig Ziglar

 SEA-GOAT: It is easy to measure yourself against the past, your own and others’.  Easy, but not so helpful. This full moon throws light on your core values. Have they changed?  Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth. ~Rumi

 WATER-BEARER: The brilliance of the full moon is its ability to shine light on a darkness previously unseen. At first, it can feel shocking, painful or repulsive. But the task is to see and move on. Ask yourself this question: Will this matter a year from now? ~Richard Carlson

 FISHES: The full moon illuminates the less than orderly aspects of life, the cluttered drawers, crazy closets, random shelves and hectic sheds you can’t quite put right, or keep right for long. For now, get okay with the mess.  Chaos is a friend of mine. ~Bob Dylan

Kim Falconer   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 1 August. Kim lives in Byron Bay and is taking part in several events at the Byron Bay Writers Festival in August, find the details on the News & Events page!

4 Responses

  1. Aw, that bison looking guy is so cute! Where did you find him?

    • Click the image for a closer view.

      I was googling around, as you do, for images that would tie in with the full moon AND Aussiecon4 🙂 I thought Shaun Tan would be perfect. Love his work.

      You’ll be there, yes? At Aussiecon? Let’s have coffee Saturday morning! Nat too, and Mary V, and Nichole M, and Glenda L, and Karen M. and Jenny Fallon and Steph and . . . everybody! (Some men too would be fun)

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