• 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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Fear is for the winter …

Every time one of these previews comes out, everyone goes ‘GNARGHhhcan’twaitanylongerneedtoseethisshowasap’.

 

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How to Stay Inspired by Kim Falconer

Write while the heat is in you. — Henry David Thoreau

‘Starcatcher’ by Duy Huynh

Passion translates through the pages and the advice to writers is: get it down while it’s hot. But deadlines don’t go away just because the celebratory summer has arrived with school holidays, lapping waves and picnics in the park.  Writers must write, rain, snow, sleet or perfect beach days. How to stay enthused and keep the drone of the computer from turning into a lullaby? Here are my favourite tips to inspire the flow.

Tip #1Show up: Writing is like a date; you have to show up if anything is going to happen. Get to your desk every day, turn the computer on and say now it begins! Sooner or later the Muse will be there, but you have to make the first move.

Tip #2 Set an intention: Make a statement of your intended outcome for the day. Say it aloud. You might also write it down on a post-it and stick it to your monitor. Two thousand words today, flowing like a river, or ten pages edited, clean and easy. Setting an intention gets your goal clear in your head. Adding a ‘feel good’ to the statement lifts the spirit.

Tip #3 Write what you love: This is KEY. If you aren’t enjoying the work, it will show. This isn’t something you can fake or get by with half-heartedly. Write what lights you up. If your current assignment doesn’t, find a way to change your mind about it. Throw caution to the wind. Fall head over heels in love!

Tip #4 Look after yourself: When others are on holidays, splashing in the pool and kicking the ball around, the blank screen can seem like a punishment. When this happens, amp up the self-nurturing! Good food, power nap, exercise and socialise. Deadlines to not equate with prison sentences. You’ll get more done if you schedule in daily fun time.

Tip #5 Evoke the muse: In ancient times, nothing was scribed, no story told, without first calling on the Muses. Tell me, O Muse . . .Homer begins, and we know where that got him. Stephen King suggests that when writers feel blocked it’s not because the Muse has abandoned them: I think what happens is that the writers themselves sow the edges of their clearing with poison bait to keep their muses away, often without knowing they are doing it. Love your Muse and she will love you back! More on evocations

Tip #6 Ghost write: If  the keys aren’t clicking, open a new word .doc and write a few paras in another voice. Choose some author with a different style. Ask yourself how Dostoyevsky, Oscar Wilde or even Homer Simpson would write. After a few hundred words, take a break. Have a cuppa. When you come back to your work, your fingers will fly!

Tip # 7 De-clutter your desk: Clear out all the old cups and wrappers, organise your notes, clean the draws and vacuum under your chair. This Feng Shui tip really lights a fire in the belly. You can clean up your virtual desktop too, and tighten your backups and files. The outer environment reflects the inner. Take a look around and see if anything is askew. It will boost you Qi big time.

Any other ideas? I’d love to hear how you all stay inspired!

Kim Falconer is the author of the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption trilogies, set in the worlds of Gaela and Earth. The first book in the Quantam Encryption, Path of the Stray, is out now and the sequel, Road to the Soul, will be out in March 2011. Kim is also an astrologer and runs Falcon Astrology. She is based in Byron Bay in Northern NSW, Australia. Catch Kim at Galaxy Bookshop (Kent St, Sydney) next Saturday 4 December at 12:30pm, along with Traci Harding.

Win a Voyager Christmas Gift Pack worth over $200!

It’s nearly Christmas and Voyager has the most fabulous present to put under the tree.  We’re celebrating the year that was with this awesome prize pack of some of our best and brightest stars of 2010. Begin a new adventure with the following books that are sure to keep you occupied all summer long:

Secret Ones by Nicole Murphy
Diamond Eyes By AA Bell
Path of the Stray by Kim Falconer
Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
Tymon’s Flight by Mary Victoria
Spellwright by Blake Charlton
Slave of Sondelle by Bevan McGuiness
Pilgrims by Will Elliott
Power and Majesty by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Being of the Field by Traci Harding

One lucky winner will win them all while 4 runners will receive the book of their choice from this collection.  To win answer the following question in 25 words or less:

What book are you most looking forward to reading in 2011 and why?

Email your answers to promotions@harpercollins.com.au by 5:00pm on Friday 17th December!

Need some inspiration? Check out some 2011 sneak peeks here

The Devil’s Diadem by Sara Douglass
Heaven to Wudang by Kylie Chan
Hounded by Kevin Hearne
Power Unbound by Nicole Murphy
Road to the Soul by Kim Falconer
Samiha’s Song by Mary Victoria
Seventh Wave by Paul Garrety
Shattered City by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Twilight’s Dawn by Anne Bishop
Undivided by Jennifer Fallon

Competition terms and conditions

  1. Information on how to enter forms part of the terms and conditions of entry. Promoter is HarperCollins Publishers Pty Limited ABN 36 009 913 517, 25 Ryde Road, Pymble NSW 2073, Australia.
  2. Competition closes at 5pm Friday 17th December 2010 (AEST).
  3. Entry is open to Australian & New Zealand residents only.
  4. Entry is closed to employees (and their immediate families), agencies or trade customers of HarperCollins Publishers Pty Ltd and its associated companies.
  5. All entries are via e-mail only. The competition requires entrants to answer a question.
  6. Entries close 5pm Friday 17th December 2010 (AEST) and entrants may enter one (1) time only.
  7. This is a game of skill in which chance plays no part.
  8. The judge’s decision in relation to any aspect of this competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. First prize consists of a copy of Secret Ones, Diamond Eyes, Path of the Stray, Unholy Ghosts, Tymon’s Flight, Spellwright, Slave of Sondelle, Pilgrims, Power and Majesty, Being of the Field. Four runners up will receive a copy of a book of their choice from the above list.
  10. Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash.
  11. All prizes will be awarded. The prize will be awarded the business day following the competition closing date, 5pm Friday 17th December 2010 (AEST) at 25 Ryde Road, Pymble NSW 2073.
  12. The cost of entering the competition is limited to the cost of individuals telephone charges and Internet access rates.
  13. The promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or personal injury suffered or sustained in relation to use of this prize.
  14. All entries received remain the property of HarperCollins Pty Ltd and may be used for additional promotions.

Ten terrifying questions: One Traci Harding

Traci’s new book, Universe Parallel

Traci Harding answers ten terrifying questions over at the Booktopia blog, ranging from the books that inspired her most to her advice for aspiring writers.

Traci’s latest book, Universe Parallel, is out on 1 December.

Sydneysiders, don’t forget you can catch Traci along with Kim Falconer at Galaxy Bookshop (Kent St, Sydney) on 4 December at 12:30pm.

Buffy rebuffed?

So the news came in that They are planning a new Buffy … sans Joss Whedon, creator of Awesome. But we here at Voyager HQ agree that there’s no need/want/reason for a new Buffy. We like  LOVE old Buffy, as in Sarah Michelle Gellar AND Kristy Swanson just fine. Not to mention Spike, Angel, Darla, Drusilla, Giles, Willow, Xander, Anya, the Master, the Mayor, even Riley, annoyingly whingey as he became. Okay, maybe not Riley. 

How about you? New Buffy? Old Buffy? Too young to know about Buffy? Maybe you’re more down with vampires in Twilight? If so, here’s a well-known video that shows Buffy V a certain pale and handsome modern vampyre. As you can see, the Buffster kicks butt! Every time!

Here’s the article from io9.com with Joss Whedon’s response to the news that revealed this travesty to us.

Gaelean Stars for the Full Moon

Times
New York, November 21, 12:48
London, November 21, 17:48
Sydney, November 22, 04:48
LA,  November 21, 09:48

‘Europa’, Roman Mosaic, Image Maicar Forlag, Greek Mythology Link

RAM: The full moon turns your head towards pleasurable pursuits and indulgences. You deserve the reward. If money worries press in, find a way to forget about them. Energy is better spent on what you know you love and what you want to discover. Set yourself free.

AUROCHS: Full Moon in your sign is a time of reverence. Observe how far you’ve come and take a moment to appreciate the magnitude of living – the joys, beauty and connections that encircle your life. This is about allowing yourself to feel grateful for you, right here and now!

TWINS: Stop racing around mad capped and revved to the hilt. This is a time to ease back, meditate, reflect and renew. Go into the depths of your dreams, the heart and soul of your wishes for the future. Visit them as if they already exist, as a seed is already the tree.

COBRA: Celebrate successes large and small with friends who have been with you all the way. No time to go it alone, no matter how iffy the mood. Take a deep breath and invite significant others into your domain. The intensity of the moment shared is golden.

LION: This full moon bombards you with a drive for significance tempered with spiritual longings. You could feel torn in two. One solution is to step up and model the unique balance between the callings–creative and spiritual, pragmatic and mystic.

CERES: So much is changing inside you right now, the outer world has yet to catch up. Opportunities make themselves know but you aren’t sure which ‘new you’ is going to say YES. Find a moment’s peace and reflect on who it is you’re trying to please, and why. Is it you?

BALENCIA: Scuffles with exes go head to head, hackles up, doors slamming. It’s a great chance to blow off steam! The interesting thing is, the issue isn’t about here and now. It’s about then and there. Done. Consider if either of you use anger to keep things alive.

SCORPION: As much as you’d like to nix the whole relationship show right now and spend some quality time by yourself, others assert themselves on your doorstep. This could be a metaphor for some part of yourself that seeks outward manifestation. What might that be?

ARCHER: Keeping focused on everyday routine is grounding right now. You want something to be as there’s plenty of change afoot. Your best support is to kick the ball around, go for a run, walk in the woods, surf, swim, get into nature. Just do it!

SEA-GOAT: The spotlight of the full moon falls in your creativity sector – anything from works of art, tunes and doodles to kids and romantic affairs. Wide range! Take care of the necessities – kids, lovers, art brushes and strings – then go wild with your ideas!

WATER-BEARER: You are pulled into the realm of your soul. Clock off for some alone time doing quiet zen repairs on the inner sanctum. Pick up a hammer, nails and saw to get the job done. Just let the rest of the world know or they’ll interrupt you.

FISHES: Your repressed novelist is awakened by this full moon! If you have any inclinations to write, get started. Otherwise, experience the pleasures of our creative race (human) – art galleries, novels, films, poetry nights. Its literary and romantic.

Kim Falconer is the author of the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption trilogies, set in the worlds of Gaela and Earth. The first book in the Quantam Encryption, Path of the Stray, is out now and the sequel, Road to the Soul, will be out in March 2011. Kim is also an astrologer and runs Falcon Astrology. She is based in Byron Bay in Northern NSW, Australia.

File under awesome: Aurealis Awards Auction!

 

Some of the biggest names in Australian speculative fiction have cleared out their cupboards and the contents are being sold on Ebay! 

Our friends over at the Aurealis Awards are holding the auction and we think it is one of the coolest collections you’re likely to find on the interweb so start your bidding.

Where else can you buy an original print from Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld or a bundle of autographed fantasy, science fiction or horror novels from a huge list of Aussie authors including; Sara Douglass, Ian Irvine, Sean Williams and Shane Dix, Traci Harding, Karen Miller, Stephen Irwin, Nathan Burrage, Richard Harland, Marianne De Pierres, Angela Slatter, Kate Forsyth, Isabel Merlin, Sophie Masson, Jack Dann, Kaaron Warren, Shane Jiraiya Cummings and Kirstyn McDermott? The autographed books are being auctioned off in five book bundles.

For a complete description of the contents of each bundle, or to bid on one of these great items, click on the links below and make sure you place your bid between 16 and 25 November, 2010. ­

Signed short story collections

New and signed fantasy novels

New and signed fantasy novels for all ages

New and signed science fiction novels

New and signed dark fantasy, horror, and historical novels

Print from Scott Westerfeld’s novel, “Leviathan”, signed by the artist

 The auction is being held by SpecFaction NSW Inc., hosts of the 2010 Aurealis Awards. Funds raised will go towards holding the awards night and helping create a range of NSW based events and activities for readers and writers of speculative fiction. SpecFaction NSW is a not for profit group.

For more information on the 2010 Aurealis Awards go to www.aurealisawards.com