• 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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Full Moon Stars from Kim Falconer

 

 

Una & The Lion by Briton Rivière, Irish artist born in London on 14 August 1840 (a Leo) Una, is a character from The Faerie Queene, the incomplete English epic poem by Edmund Spenser

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RAM: The full moon puts focus on your house of dreams and inner revelations, awakening secret desires of the heart. Look in, and then, look in some more. Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. Rumi

AUROCHS: A goal for the future is calling out to you. In it is the longing to connect, relate and receive. What are you waiting for? Take the next step! There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of spirit on the body. Rumi

TWINS: In this full moon is an opportunity to expand beyond the boundaries of your known experience. Tell it how you want it to be. That’s all you have to do! Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world. Rumi

COBRA: Explore past old barriers and you will discover a dimension you never dreamed of before.! Hiking boots! There is something in us that has nothing to do with night and day/ Diamonds which come from no earthly mine. Rumi

LION: The Leo full moon awakens you inner jaguar, the sleek feline who stalks the boundaries of your heart. The hunt is always for love. Do you know when it looks you in the eyes? Let us fall in love again and scatter gold dust all over the world. Rumi

CERES: There is not enough time for resistance as it would take more than all eternity to push against your own heart. There are better things to do! You knock at the door of Reality. You shake your thought-wings, loosen your shoulders and open. Rumi

BALENCIA: The joy is in the little things, at the heart of all your tasks. There is nothing you can do that is not filled with love. There is no place you can go, even in your dreams, that is not divine. Every object, every being, is a jar full of delight. Rumi

SCORPION: Creative fire is in your heart and this full moon draws it out. Dance! Celebrate! Begin with an artistic blessing to the Muse. This divine love, beckons us to a world beyond only lovers can see with their eyes of fiery passion. Rumi

ARCHER: There is no waiting for the ‘right’ moment. There is no beckoning to the ‘right’ lover. There is no perfect place from which to begin. It is all right here, right now, in this one eternal moment. Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love. Rumi

 SEA-GOAT: If the path feels bumpy, overlong or something to be endured, you’ve hijacked someone else’s dream. Let go of the ‘should’ and ‘must’ and begin anew with your pure sweet desires. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Rumi

 WATER-BEARER: This full moon offers a chance to appreciate what is at the core of your soul. Give yourself a moment to find your true values and honour them. Oh, my friend, all that you see of me is just a shell, and the rest belongs to love. Rumi

 FISHES: In a whirl of compassion and giving, you make someone’s life a better place to be. Will this exhaust you? All this outpouring of gifts? Nothing can diminish the heart. Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end. Rumi!

Lovely Kim Falconer is the author of the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption trilogies, set in the worlds of Gaela and Earth and exploring all manner of ideas, people and places. The latest in the series is Road to the Soul, which will be published on 1 March but is already creeping onto bookshop shelves next week. Visit Kim’s website and find out more about Kim and her books!

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Mary Victoria on: Introducing a new character

Samiha's Song

Before picking up the second installment in a fantasy series, I often find myself wondering whether I’ll be reunited with the protagonists I loved in the first book, or whether the author will introduce me to a different cast of characters altogether. There is no one right way to write a trilogy, after all, and options range from J.R.R. Tolkien’s direct continuation of the same tale through several volumes to authors who shift their main protagonists between each book, or set their subsequent stories years after the first.

Samiha’s Song takes an approach closer to the Tolkien end of the spectrum, continuing Tymon and Samiha’s story almost where it left off in the first book, though the action begins two weeks after the events concluding Tymon’s Flight. As such, it is not a stand-alone novel, but part of an ongoing tale begun in book one and ending in book three. That said, there are several new and important characters introduced in this second book, characters who have an enormous impact on the overall arc of the story and who make Samiha’s Song very much their own.

The World Tree rises up ...

The first is Jedda, Tymon’s fellow student, who like him is leaving the Freehold and traveling to distant city to begin her Grafter training. Both Tymon and Jedda are about to meet their new teacher, the Oracle of Nur – but more about her in moment.

Jedda is quite different to Tymon in both her personality type and general outlook on life. On the surface, she is a survivor, a pragmatist, shunning idealism in her quest for power and knowledge. That is how she wishes others to see her. But like all of us, Jedda’s character contains internal contradictions. Underneath the hardened shell there is a young girl with a great capacity for empathy and loyalty – qualities she is at pains to hide, because she fears they will make her seem weak.

I enjoyed writing Jedda tremendously. I liked her contradictions and her rebellious streak. She is a complex character in a complex world, and a good foil for Tymon, who tends to make rather stiff moral judgments about people and situations first, and ask questions later. Jedda always asks the questions first.

Just as Tymon’s Flight was in essence a coming of age tale, Samiha’s Song is about what happens afterwards, in adulthood. It is about learning to be true to yourself, to know yourself thoroughly. The three main characters – Tymon, Samiha, and Jedda – are all on a voyage of self-discovery, finding out who they truly are and what they are capable of. That process can be enlightening or shocking as the case may be.

The Oracle of Nur is the catalyst setting Tymon and Jedda’s development in motion. She is a challenging personality herself, hard to define in terms of simplistic moral judgments, and the two young students do not know to begin with whether she is good or evil, friend or foe. She sees the future continually, a capacity that makes her quite difficult to understand and get along with in a traditional sense. She does not simply meet a person in the everyday way; she meets that person’s past, present and possible future all at the same time. Her first task as Tymon and Jedda’s teacher is to bring her students face-to-face with themselves: in that mirror they will begin to see how far they have to go.

There are several other major characters making inaugural appearances in Samiha’s Song, but to describe them here would be a spoiler… Suffice to say that wherever Tymon goes on his journey, there will be new faces and fresh surprises, and that nothing is what it seems to be, at first glance…

Mary Victoria lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She’s working on the final book in the Chronicles of the Tree trilogy, Oracle’s Fire.  Her most recent book is Samiha’s Song. Visit Mary at her website and read some of the posts by other fantasy authors on the theme of Writing Strong Women.strong>