• 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!



Russell Kirkpatrick wins Sir Julius Vogel Award

Russell Kirkpatrick has won the Sir Julius Vogel Award, Best Novel – Adult, for Beyond The Wall Of Time (Husk Trilogy: Book Three). These awards are presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand. Path of Revenge (Book One) and Dark Heart (Book Two) also won the award in the two previous years. Three years, three books, three awards … Go, Russell!

The awards were presented at Au Contraire (31st NZ National Sci Fi and Fantasy Convention) in Wellington on the weekend. For a full list of all winners, click here.

Hip hip hooray: hardbacks for Voyager’s birthday!

Finally we can share with you the five beautiful hardbacks we are releasing for Voyager’s 15th Birthday. Raymond Feist’s Magician, Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice, Sara Douglass’ Battleaxe, George R R Martin’s A Game of Thrones and Kylie Chan’s White Tiger have all been reworked into amazing Collector’s Editions. Here they are, in all their glory!

The five special edition Voyager 15 Collector’s Editions

Beautiful hardbacks, embellished covers, a ribbon marker and a new introduction to Voyager from Publishing Director Jane Johnson – a must have for any Voyager fan.

They are available EXCLUSIVELY at Dymocks now at the great price of $32.99. Go and check them out for yourself!

P.S. As you all know Kylie Chan and George R R Martin are appearing at WorldCon – why not take your Collector’s Edition along to get signed?

Do you love Voyager? Are you looking forward to WorldCon? Have you invited all your friends to join our Facebook fan page? Let us know by commenting below and we’ll randomly pick a lucky winner who will receive a complete set of our 15th Birthday Hardbacks! (Australian residents only). Competition ends on 30 Sept 2010.


George Is Coming

George R R Martin, bestselling author of a series that some of you may have heard of … is coming to Sydney. He’s in the country for WorldCon in Melbourne (and in fact, he’s already arrived!) next week and he’s going to drop by Sydney and do a signing at Galaxy Bookshop on Monday 13 September at 12:30pm. Now is your chance to get some books signed and meet one of fantasy’s best writers (not to mention quizzing George about the upcoming HBO adaption of A Game of Thrones).

Spectra magazine has a new Kim Falconer story

The first issue of Spectra Magazine

An aging creature finds itself all alone at the end of its species, and the collective memories of life on Earth are threatened with being lost forever.

Spectra magazine, out now, contains the story ‘Wolf Being’ by Kim Falconer set in the world of the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption. The magazine is available through the Amazon Kindle Store and will also soon be available at the range of retailers listed here.

How a chemical engineer became a fantasy writer

I’ve always loved fantasy and science fiction, especially JRR Tolkien, Frank Herbert, and George Martin, and I always hoped that someday I could give back to fantasy a little bit of the joy that reading has always given me. Seven years ago on a hike in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, I realized I had enough original ideas to finally write an epic fantasy. I started writing and never stopped, finishing four manuscripts in seven years. The Steel Queen is the first of those manuscripts, the first in a five book epic fantasy saga to be published by Harper Collins.

Prior to writing, I spent over twenty years as an international business strategist for BHP. My work with BHP took me around the world and I count myself very lucky to have lived in Australia for eight years, 5 years in Melbourne, living in Brighton, and 3 years in Wollongong, on Church Street. In Melbourne I worked for BHP Petroleum, first as an engineer and later as the head of strategic planning for BHP Petroleum worldwide. After a stint in Corporate, I jumped to BHP Diamonds to develop the first gem-quality diamond mine in Canada’s arctic, then back to BHP Coal in Australia, and finally for BHP Engineering as a Vice-President. While working for BHP Coal, I lived in Wollongong for three years and managed the turn-around of an innovative coal seam gas power project while also managing a coal seam gas group located in Brisbane. I’ve traveled widely across Australia, from the craggy peaks of Tasmania to the coral reefs of Cairns, to the waterfalls of Kakadu and the endless beaches of Perth, and I’ve come to love the sunburnt land. I consider Australia as my second home.

When I am not working, I love scuba diving, snorkeling, underwater photography, kayaking, traveling, reading, painting, and doing a variety of arts and crafts. I live with my husband in Portland Oregon, in a house perched on the edge of the forest. And when I am desperate for a beach the beautiful Oregon coast is only a few hours away.

I have a degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in the USA. I started as an engineer, then I became an international business strategist, and now I am a fantasy writer and it is a dream come true.

Which writers do you know who have had a strange or unusual job, before, during and after their published books?

Karen’s first book The Steel Queen will be out in February next year, but she came to Australia for a flying visit two weeks ago and kindly let us video her talking about the series and various other bits and things. Her only regret was that she wouldn’t be here for AussieCon!

Mercury Retrograde – Stars by Kim Falconer

‘Mercury at the Wedding of Psyche and Eros,’ by Pompeo Batoni

August 21 – September 13, 2010

The next three weeks have a two-steps-forward and one-step-back vibe. It can be frustrating in regards to programs, flights, bookings, letters, documents and communiqué of all kinds. Electronic can be tricky. The best approach is to discover what irks you in your life (what you tolerate) and either get rid of it or see it in a better light. Retrograde Mercury says, Rethink, retreat, regroup, reconsider, reorganise, redress. Hints for individual signs below. You can share the kerfuffle here. There are bound to be some smiles amidst the calamity.

RAM: The area to reconsider during this period is your lifestyle. Is it really what you want, or are you there because of circumstances ‘beyond your control?’ Take stock of your day-to-day—diet, exercise, healthy care, comfort zone and routine. What would you change, if you could? Continue reading

The Dark Griffin audio trailer

One amazing fan, Natalie Van Sistine, has contacted K J Taylor with this awesome audio trailer for  The Dark Griffin . Listen to her realisation of the voices of KJ Taylor’s characters.

Music: “Merchant Prince” by Two Steps From Hell
Original Sound Design and Mixing: Natalie Van Sistine
Script: Lines from The Dark Griffin by KJ Taylor

The players: (in Order of Appearance)
Orome: David G Doyle (Australia)
Female Griffin: Esther Nho (Washington)
Rannagon: Edward Bosco (Illinois)
Bran: Zach Holzman (Oregon)
Vander: Nick Louie (New Jersey)
Shoa: Amber Connors (Ohio)
Arren: Steven Kelley (Scotland)
Riona: Natalie Van Sistine (South Carolina)
Roland: Mark Allan Jr. (California)
Erian: Justin Briner (Maryland)
Flell: Kimlinh Tran (California)
Emogen: Suzanne Yeung (Maine)
Cardock: Russ Gold (Pennsylvania)