• 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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Galean Stars by Kim Falconer

Image: Lilith (1892), oil painting by British artist John Collier, located in Southport Atkinson Art Gallery

Venus into Scorpio September 9, 2010 to January 7, 2011

Venus usually glides through each sign of the zodiac in about thirty days but for the next four months the planet of love, union and artistic expression will be going back and forth through the sign of the Scorpion! Check the scopes below to see how each sun sign fares.

RAM: Venus in Scorpio activates your 8th sector, awakening issues of trust and risk taking. This is not the conventional promise to be true kind of trust. This transit requires a feeling where the couple believes in each other regardless of any deception or lie. This trust exists on a deeper level, even when there is no tangible basis for it. The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven. ~John Milton

 AUROCHS: Venus awakens the desire for commitment, union and closeness with a like-minded other. These next four months can be used to improve all relationships—ie make them match your heart’s desire. Basic human contact – the meeting of eyes, the exchanging of words – is to the psyche what oxygen is to the brain. If you’re feeling abandoned by the world, interact with anyone you can. ~Martha Beck

 TWINS: Brace for sudden attractions! Visiting the doctor, dentist or even veterinary surgeon may evoke surprising feelings. The once plain and ordinary routine seems imbibed with love. The repercussions can vary between a passing fancy, renewed energy to a full on encounter that can leave more than a few changes in the daily schedule. If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. ~Maya Angelou

 COBRA: The glitter of creative self-expression, affairs of the heart and playful exchange are awakened by the muse of passionate intensity. Colors seem brighter, friendships more sincere and life more worthy of risk taking. Everything that makes you feel unique is heightened.  This brings a new person into the life or enhances an ongoing relationship. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~John Wooden

 LION:  Sometimes planets transiting through the home sector seem invisible and Venus here can go unnoticed in an overt sense. A feeling of deep passions and desire may lie concealed, yet act as a magnet bringing in a magical other. Often this enchanting person has a way of shaking the foundations of emotional stability while testing areas of stress or weakness. A finished person is a boring person. ~Anna Quindlen

 CERES: Speech becomes more enticing and writing more intriguing. For those who teach or are students, the world of knowledge awakens. At the very least, there can be an exciting proposition – romantic or creative – be it via letter, fax, email or telephone. Pick up! Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life. ~Brian Tracy

BALENCIA: As Venus enters the second house sector, the desire for passionate union and committed relationship can become quite tangible. Not just an ideal to discuss at the coffee shop with friends, deep longings need to be lived out. While we take care of practical requirements by meeting obligations, the arrow of love hovers ever over head. At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. ~Plato

SCORPION: Triggering the solar first house, Venus in Scorpio can stimulate feelings of vitality and drive that encourage one to get out into the world and actively seek creative stimulation. Everything may seem a little brighter, prospects more hopeful and partners, or potential partners, more radiant. It is something akin to the feeling of spring fever. Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s party!  ~Robin Williams

ARCHER: Hidden in the obscurity of the unconscious, Venus here makes subtle yet important stirrings by emerging in dreams, on the big screen, in a favorite novel or in the heart of a secret, even unrequited, love affair. Creativity can flourish as we dip into the oceans of collective unconscious and arise with lost treasures. Sometimes imagination pounces; mostly it sleeps soundly in the corner, purring.  ~Terri Guillemets

 SEA-GOAT: Venus makes herself felt in a collective consciousness when many pull together to create a work of art. This can involve theater companies, bands and other musical groups, mural painting teams and all forms of drama or dance. They evoke an erotic merging by underscoring a human sense of fellowship and unity. Trust that little voice in your head that says “Wouldn’t it be interesting if…”  And then do it.  ~Duane Michals

 WATER-BEARER: If you examine the inner experience of intimacy and your creative powers, this can be a time of enhanced relating, deepening unions and profound expression. If, on the other hand, you are locked in a pattern of repressing or ignoring the love/creativity question all together, this will be a time of dissatisfaction, frustration and resentment. You decide! Anyone who can be replaced by a machine deserves to be.  ~Dennis Gunton

 FISHES: On a basic level, this transit can bring an awareness of other beliefs, cultures and perceptions by exposure to foreign ways of interpretation and approach. This can come through a film, novel, intriguing stranger or even travel abroad. The opportunity to expand the intimate horizons is offered in some way. It is up to the recipient, however, to accept. When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.  ~Tuli Kupferberg


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