• 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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Happy birthday Voyager!

Last night we celebrated Voyager’s fifteenth birthday with a purple party full of authors, booksellers and fans.
There were lots of amazing and well known faces and we captured most of them on video and camera (apologies to everyone we accosted with the video camera!). There was a special Voyager purple cocktail and a glorious chocolate cake with the winged Voyager motif on top.
The roving vid team got to meet and chat to … Kim Stanley Robinson, Jack Dann, Robert Silverberg, George R R Martin, Fiona Mcintosh, Glenda Larke, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Nicole Murphy, Tracey O’Hara, Peter V Brett, Kim Falconer, Katie Taylor, Jo Spurrier, Cory Doctorow, Mary Victoria, Janeen Webb, Garth Nix, and so many more – the stars of the speculative fiction world! It was wonderful to finally meet face to face authors with whom we’ve corresponded for years. We didn’t manage to capture Jennifer Fallon on vid but the con is sti young!
There were speeches from HC Australia CEO Michael Moynahan, Voyager publisher Stephanie Smith, her offsiders in the US and UK Diana Gill (for Eos) and Emma Coode. It was announced that Eos and Voyager will move towards forming a global imprint. Then Emma introduced George R R Martin, Voyager author from the beginning, who spoke and then got down to the business of cake cutting. And then it was party time, with some very suggestive Happy Birthday Mr President I mean Voyager singing from one upcoming author duo and at the very end a helium inspired rendition of Happy Birthday by Peter V Brett! Guests got a bag to take home which included one of our gorgeous 15th anniversary hardbacks (check previous posts to see how you can win the whole set).
It was both surreal and lovely to be among authors new and well known – the surreal aspect no less thanks to the giant balls of flame that were puffed outside the window by dragons masquerading as columns outside the Crown complex on the river. And as the measure of a party is how quickly people make an exit, I think this was a definite success!
So, once more with feeling: Happy birthday Voyager! Here’s to another fifteen years just as good!

PS the full set of photos and video should be up later this week: so prepare to spot yourself!

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Happy 15th birthday Voyager!

Intergalactic spacefood of the best sort

As many of you would know, we’re celebrating Voyager’s 15th birthday throughout 2010! It’s a very special year for Australian and international speculative fiction … and an even bigger bonus that WorldCon is in Melbourne this year.

Above is a picture of just the top of the spectacular cake that freelance editor Kylie Mason made for the HarperCollins Annual Sales Conference. We’re sad to say that we were so eager to *eat* the cake that no one captured its full glory … but you can probably imagine what it was like … given it fed about 100 people (to be fair, most of us had second helpings so it could well have fed more!). Thank you, Kylie, for this superb culinary contribution to Universal Masterchef!

Also as part of our 15th birthday celebrations, Voyager authors are talking about the moment their first Voyager book was published … Sara Douglass on Battleaxe, Glenda Larke on The Aware, Kim Falconer on The Spell of Rosette … and many more to come. Go and visit the Voyager 15 website to read all their contributions.

Chapter three of Stormlord Rising

In a dry land, water is gold ...

In a dry land, water is gold ...

Read Chapter One
Read Chapter Two

Chapter Three
Scarpen Quarter
Scarcleft City
Scarcleft Hall, Level 2

Lord Taquar Sardonyx looked up from his desk, frowning. It was late, it was cold, and he had been about to go to bed. In fact, he’d been wondering whether to ask his steward to fetch him a woman. That pretty new servant girl, for example. Eighteen, wistfully innocent and adoring — she would do. And yet … he glanced at the painting he had mounted on the wall. Terelle’s painting. A waterpainting once, until the earthquake had separated the paint from the water. Now it lacked a little of the life it must have once had, but still the figure leaped at him out of the paint.

Taquar, Highlord of Scarcleft, driving a pede.

She had captured everything he liked to think he possessed: the aura of power, the ruthlessness, the strength, the commanding stature, and of course the sensuality. But more than that, she had painted something of herself into the work: her fear of him, her fear of her attraction to him. Every time he looked at it, he cursed the earthquake that had enabled her to escape. Watergiver, what a lover she would have made! All she’d needed was the awakening, and he could have stirred her senses so easily. Stupidly, he had thought her not ready. And now, whenever he took another woman to bed, he thought of what he had missed, and cursed again. Innocence and the promise of initiating a maiden’s sexual awakening — it intrigued him every time, and rarely disappointed. A victim either learned to match his passion or shivered in fear. Either way, he enjoyed the result.

He’d sent people out looking for her, of course, once he realised she had escaped. Unfortunately it had been a day before they had cleared away enough of the rubble along the passage to her room to see that she was not dead or trapped, but missing. Even then, he’d assumed she was still in the city. Now, five days later and thanks to his seneschal’s investigations, he knew better. Continue reading

Chapter two of Stormlord Rising

Don’t forget, if you’re in Brisbane tomorrow you can meet Glenda and other Voyager authors at Pulp Fiction Bookshop!

In a dry land, water is gold ...

In a dry land, water is gold ...

Read Chapter One (posted last week)

Chapter Two
Scarpen Quarter
Breccia City
Breccia Hall, Level 2

Ravard handed Ryka over to a Reduner bladesman guarding the double doors of Breccia Hall’s public reception room. The man pushed her roughly inside and closed the doors behind her.
Though the area was large, it was crowded. And noisy with crying. Her heart sank as she looked around and absorbed the significance of what she was seeing. Women. No men. Women, yet no small children. Every head turned her way to see who had entered, eyes fearful. And she was standing in a patch of half-dried blood on the floor.
Waterless hells.
There was a gasp from a group sitting on the floor, and a figure came flying to grab her in a tight embrace, sobbing, gasping, shuddering, pouring out her woe. Beryll, but not her pretty, carefree tease of a little sister. Not any more. Continue reading

In further news from the Land of Awesome

Chapter Two of Stormlord Rising will go up on the blog tomorrow!

Read Chapter One here.

And those lucky creatures who are in Brisbane on Saturday, perhaps attending the Aurealis Awards, can even SEE and SPEAK to Glenda Larke and get her to SIGN their books when she goes to Pulp Fiction Bookshop … Of course, those of us writing this post who aren’t going to be at the Awards are extremely jealous in a Gollum-like mine precious way – so please, if you do go, make sure you gloat about it and send us some photos so we can admire.

If you can’t make it on Saturday to see Glenda, Karen Miller, K J Taylor, Kaaron Warren, Sean Williams and Trudi Canavan, among others, then you might consider going to Aussie Con 4 (WorldCon) in Melbourne in September … where Glenda, Karen and Katie are most definitely attending … and where you’ll be enfolded in the fabulous spec-fic world for a whole four days – it’s a once-in-ten-years opportunity …

Pulp Fiction signing in Brisbane next week

Pulp Fiction Booksellers are holding a signing just before the Aurealis Awards, with lots of your favourite authors in attendance – including Voyager and Angry Robot authors, so if you’re in Brisbane, do not miss out!

When: Saturday 23rd January

Who:
10.30-11.30 Trudi Canavan and Kaaron Warren
11.30-12.30 Justine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld, Sean Williams
12.30-1.30 Karen Miller and Glenda Larke
2.30-3.30 Pamela Freeman and K J Taylor

Where:
Pulp Fiction Booksellers
Shops 28-29 Anzac Square Building Arcade
265-269 Edward Street
(entrance halfway between Ann and Adelaide Streets)
Brisbane

Why? Because if you’re in Brisbane and DON’T go to this signing then we shall remove your ‘fantasy fan’ badge and lock it away FOREVER, ok?

Aurealis Awards finalists!

Congratulations to all the finalists for the Aurealis Awards 2009! And special congrats to our wonderful Voyager authors – especially in the ‘best fantasy novel’ where Voyager seems to have hit home! The winners will be announced on Jan 23 at the Awards ceremony in Brisbane. Continue reading