• 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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Voyager Online Website

This is just a quick message to let those of you who visit the Voyager website know that we are having some issues with the site at the moment, and are in the process of getting the site back up and running. What this means is that any books you are searching for, or any advanced chapters you are trying to read that are hosted on the site will not be able to be accessed until the site has been restored. We apologise for this inconvenience this may be causing fans and promise to let you all know once the site is fixed, which we hope will be in the next day or so.

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Game of Thrones on set videos!

We have previously expressed our excitement over the coming Game of Thrones TV series and for those of you who haven’t stumbled upon the Making Game of Thrones website, you must head over there right now!

The site includes all kinds of information about the series, including this brilliant video from production designer Gemma Jackson and a whole bunch of other highlights from the shoot.

Check it out!

Del Toro & Colbert on The Fall, monsters and keeping fear alive

 

Director, writer and seriously cool guy Guillermo Del Toro dropped by The Colbert Report to discuss his new book The Fall.

Following on from his heart stopping The Strain, written with Chuck Hogan, The Fall is another trip through the vast imagination of the man that created Pan’s Labyrinth. Here be vampires, but not the sparkly kind.

Guillermo reckons he  knows more about monsters than he does his family and gives some advice to Colbert on designing monsters and using fear ahead of Colbert’s upcoming March to Keep Fear Alive.

If you haven’t already read The Strain click here to start reading the book that io9 called a ‘breakneck thrill ride … the antidote to fey vampires’.

Watch the video. Read the book. Keep Fear Alive.

The dead rise …

A little while ago, we asked those lovely Tweeters following @voyagerbooks which authors they would like to see rise from the dead (zombie trend much?) and write one final, slightly grimy because of the rot, book.

A selection of your answers:

Arthur Miller (Undeath of a Salesman?)

Kurt Vonnegut (too many potential comments to even start here!)

Emily Bronte (we thought sf/f when asking the question but the Brontes have been brought kicking and screaming into the era of zombie rather recently and successfully!)

Tolkien (Return of the King taken rather literally?)

C S Lewis (poses interesting questions about the end of The Last Battle?)

P G Wodehouse (He’s back, Jeeves)

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Anyone else? Sound out the call!

Why Fantasy-Science Fiction rocks my world

The following post appeared on Helen Lowe’s blog in celebration of the release of The Heir of Night. Author Mary Victoria has given permission to cross post it here and will also cross post it to her livejournal.

Stories are full of magic. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. A story can masquerade as reality. It can do a splendid job at impersonating the ordinary, the grindingly mundane. But that is simply the spell it weaves. We are all willing dupes, seeing in black letters on a white page a troupe of living, breathing characters and scenes of joy or infamy. There is no tale that is not an act of invocation. ‘I am Truth, I am Reality,’ says the illusion: believe at your peril. You are entering a web of consensual deceit, catching a ball the author throws at you, participating in a game of shared imagination.

As you can probably tell, I’m of the tedious ‘every author writes Fantasy’ persuasion. Don’t worry, I won’t go all deconstructionist in this blog post. I’ll simply say that genre distinctions do not speak to me. At best they are a pitching and marketing device, a way of providing readers with the stories they like, or at least pretending to provide the story they like before moving on to interesting alternatives. So, why do I write in that storytelling shorthand that makes a reader think, ‘Ah, Fantasy’? Why in particular that code which throws up the warning sign, ‘Epic Fantasy: dragons be here’?

The short, and partially correct answer in my case was that I had a story which cried out to be written as speculative fiction. A coming of age tale set in a giant tree the size of a mountain range had to be either Fantasy or Science Fiction. I suppose it could have taken place in the ‘real world’, as the ravings of a lunatic. But that would have necessitated a clumsy narrative framing device; I was more interested in what happened inside the picture. So I chose Fantasy, or rather Science Fiction disguised as Fantasy, or rather Science Fantasy –

Whoops. Have I given away too much? You’re not supposed to know that yet, not in the first book. But there it is, in a nutshell. The beauty of Fantasy is its flexibility. It is a genre that can morph into anything, that can be anything, from Truth to Dream to Philosophy to Poetry. For a slippery fish such as myself, the possibilities are intoxicating. Fantasy is the ultimate nod to creativity. Anything goes so long as one is able to pull it off. So long as the spell is cast adroitly enough.

I doubt if I will always write Epic Fantasy. I doubt that I am even now, strictly speaking and with an eye to very narrow definitions, writing Epic Fantasy. But I will always be to some degree a writer of speculative fiction, because I love the freedom that form gives. From the subtlest forays of ‘magical realism’ and alternate history to all-out space opera and epic, dragon-ridden sagas, it’s all for me. I love that breadth of choice. And should I break down one day and write a tale of everyday life and love set in a corner of the so-called real world, rest assured that I would still be cheating. Quietly.

There would be a creeping sense of possibility, a whiff of magic in the pages, that gave the game away.

Mary Victoria is the author of Tymon’s Flight, Chronicles of the Tree Book One. She is working on the second book, Samiha’s Song, which will be released in February 2011.

Kim Falconer: New Moon in Libra

The Rider by Michael Parkes

New York October 7, 14:45
London October 7, 19:45
SydneyOctober 8, 05:45
LA October 7, 11:45


RAM: Relationships are vital now. It’s the perfect time to make creative changes but first, get to the core of what you really want. No one out there can make you happy. You do that yourself!

AUROCHS: A busy time, with energy spent looking after others, especially those tricky to understand—pets, children, foreigners. Magic happens when you set an intention, and follow through.

TWINS: Play! Sing! Dance! In every way you can rejoice, do so, no matter what. It is through a childlike wonder that you’ll wake up each day, ready for the time of your life! Share the feelings.

COBRA: There is much industry around the home and family, a feeling of building something from the ground up. Hard road ahead, but more satisfying than ‘difficult’. A lost relation returns.

LION: There could be a lot of travel this month over familiar territory. It’s what happens along the way that will be so interesting. A new plan is afoot! Write down all ideas and inspirations. Brainstorm with a friend.

CERES: Sudden and unexpected support comes ‘out of the blue’, and not a moment too soon. There will be more work to do, but if you’ve set your mind to business, it will be a labour of love. The money wants to roll in.

BALENCIA: It’s high time you break out of old patterns around love and union. They aren’t serving you, so say good bye. With fresh eyes, see how truly amazing your life is. Also, clean house. Company’s coming!

SCORPION: If you ever listened to your intuition over logic and statistics, this is the time. All the evidence in the world means nothing to the spiritual being inside your body. Trust the inner voice. It’s steering true.

ARCHER: Friends are asking you to join a group or be part of the team. Much fun and inspiration can come from participation. You may even find you learn more about yourself in the company of others than alone.

SEA-GOAT: The career, mission or profession is tested to see if you really are on the right track. If it makes you smile, then all systems go! Your relationship with the public improves. Perfect for increased income, promotion and publicity.

WATER-BEARER: Your world gets bigger. This can be new friends, groups, job description, travel or study. Suddenly the vista is broader, full of portend. The opportunities to expand are there. All that is left is for you to say yes!

FISHES: An offer to go into business with someone, merge finances, get a loan together or even go to couples counselling has you relating intimately and intensely, nonstop. Sleep may be the only escape! Set boundaries, pronto.

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 AND third books 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!

Voyager 15 Anniversary Editions Winner

We’re very pleased to announce that the winner of the five fabulous fifteenth anniversary hardback is … Linda Vinski of NSW.

Linda wins:
Magician by Raymond E Feist
Battleaxe by Sara Douglass
White Tiger by Kylie Chan
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

All in gorgeous special hardback editions … Remember, if you want one of these editions you can buy them at Dymocks Booksellers.

The five special edition Voyager 15 hardbacks

When we wrote to Linda, this was her response (which she has kindly let us post here):

My gosh!!! Thank you, Thank you…..
I am sitting here shocked, excited and one very, very, very happy lady!!!!
I am sooooo happy!!!!!
I am a true book collector and I have thousands of hardback Harper Collins/Voyager books (and working my way through reading the paperback versions – yes I buy hardback and paperbacks of the same book/author) – you have chosen great authors!!!

I’m not sure how I am going to get all these signed!!! AussieCon4 was great because I got a lot of them signed but still a lot of my favourite authors weren’t there – Sara Douglass would have been great and Robin Hobb and especially Raymond Feist!!! I LOVED meeting Peter Brett – what a great 2 first novels… I look forward to reading the Kylie Chan book – a new author for me…

Thanks again!!

Linda

We think she was the right choice to win, don’t you? But it wasn’t an easy decision and we’d like to thank everyone who took part in the competition on the blog, Facebook and Twitter, and who have made sure that Voyager reached fifteen years young and will continue on into the next fifteen!