• 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!



Sneak Peek: Shattered City by Tansy Rayner Roberts

If you’re at AussieCon4 now, you can catch Tansy Rayner Roberts reading from Power and Majesty at 3pm. If you’re not, or you have a spare block of time, read this sneak peek of the beginning of Shattered City, Creature Court Book Two.

The Day after the Nones of Felicitas (nefas)
The silk was cool to the touch. It was a magnificent gown: flame-orange, trimmed with soft charcoal-black leaves of silk that tumbled from the Duchessa’s shoulders to her knees. A perfect festival dress for the chief day of sacrifice, the centrepiece of the sacred games which would shortly be taking over the city.
It was the last fitting, and Velody was just managing to make the alterations — a stitch here, a stitch there – without her hand shaking on the needle.
There was no reason to be nervous. Sure, her entire professional career hung in the balance – a word from the Duchessa in the right circles could ruin her – and yet there were so many other things to worry about.
Velody could think of one person at least, if not an entire Court of them, who would laugh at her if they knew how anxious she was about this one every day event. The world was so much bigger and more dangerous than she had ever known, and here she was fretting about the effect of a dropped waistline.
The slender, nineteen-year-old demoiselle who ruled the City of Aufleur gazed at herself in the mirror, lifting the weight of her long blonde hair. ‘Should I bob it?’ she asked idly.
Velody’s own hair was bundled back in the snood. She still refused to have what most demmes these days referred to as ‘the chop’. The very thought of it made her neck cold.
‘The city fathers would implode, my lady,’ she said with a polite smile. ‘But you would look exceptional.’
The Duchessa gave her an impish grin worthy of her age. ‘I would, wouldn’t I?’
The curtains in the room shifted as the door was opened abruptly. ‘Ladies,’ said the Ducomte Ashiol Xandelian d’Aufleur, striding through the room and hurling himself on the nearest
floral sofa. He was dark, dangerously handsome, and held himself as if the city revolved around him.
Velody would not look. He was playing games with her, and she refused to allow him to put her on edge.
The Duchessa sighed dramatically. ‘You will have to forgive the rudeness of my cousin, Mistress Velody. He was raised in the wild.’
‘He does not disturb me, high and brightness,’ said Velody, plucking pins from her mouth and ignoring the deep shiver that went through her flesh at the man’s presence.

Read on

3 Responses

  1. […] Over at the Voyager blog, they have a sneak peek of the opening chapter! […]

  2. […] Over at the Voyager blog, they have a sneak peek of the opening chapter! […]

  3. […] Tansy has been working on the third book of her trilogy . Turns out book two has been renamed The Shattered City. For a sneak preview of book two see here. […]

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