• 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!

     

     

Galean Stars

'Angrier Red Planet,’ by Hugo professional artist nominee, Bob Eggleton

August 17 – 23, 2010

RAM: When the road gets rocky, one of the best antidotes is recalling a time when it was so and you totally handled it! Remember? ‘What would you call the highest happiness?’ Wratislaw was asked. ‘The sense of competence,’ was the answer, given without hesitation. ~John Buchan

AUROCHS: Family disputes can find their way into your home, even if you are playing it neutral. It’s not always ‘bad’ if things escalate, as long as you can let go. Don’t carry a grudge. While you’re carrying a grudge, the other guy’s out dancing. ~Buddy Hackett

 TWINS: The temptation this week is to justify. If you must, it’s best to avoid using long, drawn out explanations with multiple adjectives and gesticulating. Simple rocks! The best reason for having dreams is that in dreams no reasons are necessary.  ~Ashleigh Brilliant

  COBRA: Insomnia isn’t your norm but tensions this week could have you on edge, even in your dreamtime. Don’t fight it!  If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying.  It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.  ~Dale Carnegie

 LION:  There is a certain concern around a creative project or new responsibility. It feels like things are happening out of control. Note: This is an illusion. Carry on.  What happens to a person is less significant than what happens within them. ~ Louis L. Mann 

CERES: The focus this week might be so carefully honed that you actually miss the whole point of the exercise. Step back! When you understand all about the atmosphere and all about the rotation of the earth, you may still miss the radiance of the sunset. ~Alfred North Whitehead

BALENCIA: If you’ve been striving to heal the body, lose the pounds or tone the abs, there is another way. The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience.  Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around. ~Larry Dossey

SCORPION: There is a saying that only one can sit on the dragon-bone chair. This is not always true. Think cooperation.  Power can be seen as power with rather than power over, and it can be used for competence and cooperation, rather than dominance and control. ~ Anne L. Barstow

ARCHER: The first reaction when told of a once in a lifetime opportunity is to reject and deny. Only on second or third view will this current proposal look noteworthy. Look again. I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.  ~Arthur C. Clarke

SEA-GOAT: The temptation this week is to take things at face value. While a literal interpretation has its value at times, this is not the case now. It is a mythology, not a mandate, a fable, not a logic, a symbol rather than a reason by which we are moved. ~ Irwin Edman

WATER-BEARER: Too long a time has been spent blending, merging and hiding. You’ve got the goods, and the knowhow. Go for it! You do not merely want to be considered the best of the best; you want to be considered the only one who does what you do. ~ Jerry Garcia

 FISHES: This week is about the fine balance between letting things go and setting things straight. Forgiveness is primarily for our own sake, so that we no longer carry the burden of resentment.  But to forgive does not mean we will allow injustice again. ~ Buddha

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 is out now!

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