• 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!



Win a copy of A Kingdom Besieged!

A Kingdom Besieged has hit the top ten bestselling books in Australia this week. Win a copy (see instructions below)!

 The Darkness is coming …

The Kingdom is plagued by rumour and instability. Kingdom spies in Kesh have been disappearing — either murdered, or turned to the enemy side. Information has become scant and unreliable; but one thing appears clear. Dark forces are on the move …

Since Pug and the Conclave of Shadows enforced peace after the last Keshian invasion, the Empire has offered no threat. But now factions are rising and Jim Dasher reports mobilizations of large forces in the Keshian Confederacy.

As the men of the West answer the King’s call to muster, Martin conDoin — left as caretaker of Crydee Keep — will suddenly be confronted with the vanguard of an invading army. He reminds himself that he is a year older than his legendary ancestor, Prince Arutha, was when he stood firm against the Tsurani invasion, but Arutha had an army to command, and Martin is left with old men and young boys.

Massive events are about to unfold, events which threaten the future of all human life in Midkemia …

We’re celebrating by giving away a copy to the reader who answers the following question creatively:

Australia is divided into  kingdoms by state and territory lines: The Kingdom of South Australia, the Kingdom of the North, The Kingdom of Victoria etc … Which Kingdom would you rule, and which Kingdom would you attack, and why?

Congratulations to Linda, our winner!

5 Responses

  1. The kingdom of Tasmania of course – natural water defences, guaranteed inbreeding (as befits a royal family), and an endless supply of apples. I wouldn’t attack anybody – Tasmania separated itself from the rest of Australia for a reason you know!!
    Although – the lost kingdom of New Zealand might be added as a penal colony….

  2. No dictatorship here, I’d rule NSW with a quintessential laid back Aussie “she’ll be right” attitude, making island and Nimbin time compulsory. I think we’d be too laid back to attack anyone physically so we’d still verbally attack VIC the D*CKS!

  3. Well I suppose the Kingdom of the North shall always be home.

    As for who to attack… well, everyone, I suppose – just to be fair!

    I would attack the Kingdom of Queensland for their food supplies (sugar cane!) and so that the attack encourages them to build up their protection which could help them in other ways – so really, I’m helping them. 😉

    I would attack the Kingdom of the South-East to impose new laws, fix the financial situation, sort out this refusal against gay marriage lark, and the rest. I would make Friday a jeans to work day almost compulsory, ensure that only good chocolate is sold, and reduce the cost of flowers near Valentine’s day. Education shall be sorted so history and Geography is taught once again, and books shall be demanded in every home. More people need to read, more often! Also, Australia would fund the TV show Firefly to come back and continue. It shall be a gift to Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion.

    I would then attack he Kingdom of Victoria so I could sort out AFL, because the rules of the most recent NAB Cup was utterly ridiculous.

    I would attack the Kingdom of Adelaide so my scientists could sort out all those weird murders. I can’t abide unexplained mysteries. They shall not be tolerated in the new rule of the North!

    I would attack the Kingdom of Tasmania so I could make a few holiday retreats there. There’s nothing more relaxing and lovely than the trees and waterfalls they have there. They shall find my rule to be beneficial to their conservation of wildlife, flora and fauna.

    And, finally, the Kingdom of the West, the home of my mother. I shall attack them to impose rule over the farmers, so they can be assisted in their time of need – really, this would stretch all across Australia. And also because marron need to be protected before that lovely crayfish is extinct due to netting dams.

    The rule of the North shall be fair to all, in efforts to pull Australia back into it’s laid-back, protected and easy going ways of The Old. Anyone who takes life too seriously shall be sent to the Blue Mountains until they chill out. Anyone with too much to say and too much energy shall be sent to Uluru where they can rid themselves of all that energy around Katu Tjuta and the Kings Canyon.

  4. The Kingdom of Victoria is my home but is also easily contained. Surroundered by gorgeous mountains, harsh desert and steep cliffs it would not be easy to conquer. And I would have to attack the Kingdom of NSW and QLD so I could rule the entire Eastern seaboard and so I would have somewhere warmer to retire.

  5. The Kingdom of NSW will firstly take over the Kingdom of ACT since it is within its borders and easily surrounded and brought into its proper home (remove the closest threat principle). Then we will conquer the Kingdom of Victoria simply to extend our borders. Then, the Kingdom of Queensland and so forth as we meet the next kingdom that touches our borders.

    We do not conquer for natural resources, politics or the like, we simply live to conquer and extend our borders until we reach the oceans. Then as a whole island kingdom we may consider the Kingdom of Tasmania to put our convicts and progress further till the world is one Kingdom belonging to us!!

    We have the intelligence, drive, vision and tenacity to succeed as a Kingdom and as a kind and compassionate ruler (after all the conquering) finally bring peace throughout my realms. One common currency, language, measurement system, etc. Those that disagree will go to Tasmania or New Zealand – I haven’t decided yet.

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