• 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!



Perseverance Pays Off – A.A. Bell on the making of Diamond Eyes

After 10 years in development, my first fantasy crime thriller, Diamond Eyes, finally takes flight! YAY!

Initial inspiration struck me early in 1999, due to a slight vision condition which can’t be corrected fully by surgery or lenses. However, an earlier decade working in the spooky halls of a century-old mental-health sanctuary in Queensland, also provided plenty of  “juiciness” for the surreal settings.

 Although I can’t focus back through time to witness dark deeds, like my heroine, Mira Chambers, I did manage to see through a scam by a disreputable businessmen who tried to rip me off on my birthday. The title came later that year, enroute to an eye specialist when my young son asked how eyes really worked, and I used my diamond ring as an example of a crystallised lens.

 So what took so long to develop it? Diamond Eyes was 10 years in the making, due mainly to the extensive research and unusual stylistic elements involved, including a 3-year MA(Research) scholarship in advanced editing strategies (e.g. text world theory, ironic ascension and covert/overt narratology), using Diamond Eyes as the development project. Along the way, I also won Highly Commended in the 2008 FAW Jim Hamilton Awards for a shorter draft as an unpublished manuscript. However, I also spent much of my time honing my story craft skills across multiple genres by publishing over 120 spin-offs and other stories under various pen-names (many also award winners) in the genres of crime, romance, fantasy, science fiction, psychological thrillers, military action/adventures, comedy and even poetry and metaphoric songwriting – strong elements from all of which were fundamental to production of this series; Diamond Eyes (2010), Hindsight (2011) and Leopard Dreaming (2012).

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Full Moon Eclipse

‘Pillow Book’ by Duy Huynh

Full Moon Eclipse

New York December 21, 03:15
London December 21, 08:15
Sydney December 21, 19:15
LA  December 21, 00:15

RAM: A bright idea has been percolating in the deep dark of your unconscious and this eclipse is going to set that vision free! It will surprise you at first but trust the feeling. This new puppy was born to fly!

AUROCHS: Time to put energy into your latent talents. If your life isn’t supporting your future, it’s time for a change. Think what it is you would do if no one else had a say. Initiate along those lines after January 4th!

TWINS: This moon is in your sign brining fresh perspective on all four corners–you, home, career, relationship. It’s pretty basic: let go of what isn’t working and prepare to usher in the life you’ve always wanted to live.

COBRA: Peace, meditation, relaxation. Do whatever it takes to eliminate stress and surround yourself in a perfect-for-you sanctuary. There is no rush or pressure. There is only you and the choices you make from a place of calm.

LION: There is a goal in your list of want-to-do’s that is inherited, not authentic. Time to pull that weed so you can move on! Pleasing others won’t make you happy, and oddly, it won’t make them happy either. Cut loose !

CERES: Time to let go of the burdensome career/life path that’s holding you back. It could be a profession or simply an idea or way of seeing yourself. Kiss it goodbye. There is so much more waiting for you up the road.

BALENCIA: Looking in the foreground is fine for detailed work but this full moon is all about the distant horizons. Where do you see yourself in five years? Are you taking steps in that direction? Enlarge the future image!

SCORPION: Joint finance require ultra lucid focus. Thing are about to get very creative (in a brilliant way) so sort everyone you think you ‘owe’. Agents, partners, lovers, children–work out who has a piece of you and why. Get clear.

ARCHER: Sit out any relationship entanglements especially over home or family topics. Find something you can do with loved ones that doesn’t spark old beefs. It’s a time to let go, so start with grudges and angst. Onward and upward!

SEA-GOAT: This is a magic moon set to revitalize your health and well being. Let go of old habits around diet, exercise and ways of thinking re your body. Caring for others, animal, vegetable or mineral, paves the way for maximum vitality!

WATER-BEARER: Creative projects and/or anything dear to your heart – lovers, children, recreation, romance – is about to be renewed. Start imagining how you want it all to unfold. It’s not about forcing things to happen. Let go.

FISHES: Home and family life are up for a big shift. Make a list of everything you love about where you live and who you live with, then let go of anything you are tolerating. Time to honour soul growth and the ground of your being.

The Gaela Stars are brought to you by Kim Falconer, 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. Kim lives in Byron Bay in Australia and also runs the website Falcon Astrology.

Inside A Game of Thrones (extended version)

With George R R Martin on voiceover!