• 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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The Captain’s Log: 2009 titles coming from Voyager

The twelve days of time

in which you could be reading lots of books

On the twelfth day of Christmas/Yule/Insert-Your-Holiday-Choice-Here,
my true love sent to me
Twelve knights a-jousting
Eleven gods a-squabbling
Ten priests a-scheming
Nine robots computing
Eight maids a-butt kicking
Seven dragons a-flying
Six zombies a-walking
Five woodcutter’s sons (on a quest)
Four talismans
Three demons
Two emperor’s heirs,
And the one ring of power to bind them all …

Oh yes and one other thing …

The latest Captain’s Log is out!

Click on the banner above to go to the newsletter and you’ll also find a sign up link on the left. This month’s newsletter has a sneak peek of the titles coming up in 2009 – all of them very exciting indeed!

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The November edition of the Captain’s Log is out!

Click the banner above to go to the latest issue which includes a brief piece from Jennifer Fallon on finishing the Tide Lords series, a chance to win the entire Tide Lords series, a review of The Chaos Crystal, news on Little Brother and more!

The latest edition of the Captain’s Log is out!

Click the banner above to go to the latest issue which includes a review of A Lion Among Men, the latest from Gregory Maguire (and a follow up to Wicked), and a review of Wicked: The Musical, which is currently playing in Melbourne.

Aurealis praise for Voyager authors

The Daughters of Moab

The Daughters of Moab

It’s lovely to see the kind of praise Voyager authors are getting – ranging from magazines as new and happening as Black to the prestigious Aurealis Magazine. At the Aurealis website you can see Keith Stevenson’s glowing review of Kim Westwood’s debut novel, The Daughters of Moab. ‘This is the best debut novel I have seen in many years, which comes as no surprise to those of us who have followed Kim’s short story writing career.’ Keith really gets this book.

Find out more about Kim Westwood

On the same page is a review for the wonderful Dreaming Again anthology, edited by

Dreaming Again

Dreaming Again

Jack Dann, ‘I’ve just looked over the table of contents again and if I were to list the stories that I found really enjoyable, the tales that raised the stakes even from established writers with nothing more to prove, we’d be here for a long time … If you have been swithering over purchasing a copy, then swither no more.’
Totally agree, and I’m very pleased to say that several authors from the Clarion South Writers Workshop (many of whom featured in Dreaming Again) are writing some upcoming blog posts for us.

Visit editor (and writer) Jack Dann’s website

Little Brother

Little Brother

And … a review for a book that Harper Voyager will be releasing in January in Australia (which means it will in stores in December), that lots of us have read and really enjoyed. ‘I was going to review this in the special YA section that takes up the second half of this issue’s column, but Little Brother is a book that should be read by everyone and my copy has gone straight into the hands of my thirteen year old son. I suggest you do the same.’

I think Keith has hit on the key thing about this book – it really is relevant to all ages and people, and extremely enjoyable. Most of Team Voyager has read it – based on each other’s recommendations – and it’s short and pacey enough to get through in a day. And it will really leave you thinking … a review will be appearing in an upcoming edition of The Captain’s Log.

Visit the Little Brother website and download the free book

Click here to go to the Aurealis Online sf/horror Review Column for the full text of the reviews + plenty more

Whilst we’re at Aurealis: don’t forget – nominations for the Aurealis Awards CLOSE next Friday (Hallowe’en). Nominate works before time runs out!

Conflux – we’re here!

So, we arrived yesterday at almost dead on midday after a fabulously easy roadtrip from Sydney. No traffic. No accidents. A few cops, but we were going at the right speed limit. We checked into our seedy motel, which looked like the kind of place where people should get shot a la Jennifer Fallon’s post below. We haven’t seen any bullet holes … just alot of brown: brown carpet, brown bedspreads, brown windows, brown dust on the windows … and so on.

And then, we got to Conflux.

Our thoughts:

Best highlights so far:

Fiona Mclennan’s workshop on e-Marketing for authors. Fiona used to work for Voyager – and made the website what it is today. She gave lots of excellent tips on how to maximise your web presence as an author (or Team Voyager person) and we thoroughly enjoyed her presentation.

Jack Dann’s presentation today – Jack is hilarious! Beyond hilarious. He kept threatening to stop his wonderful speaking and talk about consciousness instead – and promised at the beginning to ‘try not to bore the living sh*t out of’ us – which he certainly didn’t! We also got a sneak peek at his next great endeavour. And we’re not going to tell you anything about it because you weren’t here.

We also went to a panel on Alien languages – very interesting (the bits we could understand) – Phil Berrie started off with a series of knocks – to remind us that an alien language could be any form of communication … and Elizabeth Gorensky (editor from Tor) had plenty to say too. The panel convenor was Maxine McArthur, who also had lots to add from her own writing experience.

And of course, last night’s launch of Dreaming Again was AMAZING. The majority of the authors whose works appeared in the anthology were all here – so the amount of talent in the room was phenomonal. And they all posed for a picture together – sitting on Cat Spark’s camera, and we have a shot too (although they’re all looking at the other camera) which we’ll put up when we get back to Evil HQ. We also got to meet Kim Westwood, who is lovely and showed me how to sign my name with a flourish like a real author! I have to practise 10 times a day.

We’re also very happy to see lots of copies of the Voyager newsletter, The Captain’s Log, floating around – in showbags and in people’s hands.

Right now, Sarah and I are a bit Confluxed out – so we went out and bought four books between us, plus Tim and I bought another four this morning. So we have eight books of potential reading to do between panels (so we’ll get through about 1 chapter today).  And that’s all for now.

Check back for an update on Monday.

(And Canberra is actually quite nice)

(But it rained this morning)

(But there’s no politicians in town)

(So it’s okay)

(It’s awesome)

Barry Nugget: Monster Hunter

Here’s the first of a new comic strip series that Mark Curnow, one of our sales team at HC/Voyager has created for Voyager Online: Barry Nugget, Monster Hunter. The strip appears in the hard copy Voyager Newsletter that goes out to booksellers and will also make some guest appearances in our online Captain’s Log e-newsletter. Mark’s Temeraire artwork appeared in the first issue of The Captain’s Log.

(click to enlarge)

Monster Hunter

If you’d like to see more of Mark’s work, post a comment!

Draw your own creature of the night/We’re getting confluxed!

Draw your own creature of the night

Click here and draw your own creature of the night

Tim Miller, resident artist at Evil HQ, would like all creatures great and small (living or … ) to get in touch with their inner Rafael, Donatello or … er … Michelangelo … sorry, now I have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme song in my head. Anyway, here’s a little peek at a sample of the artwork that will be gracing the new Voyager Newsletter, also known as the Captain’s Log. This particular piece will be in the paper newsletter going out to booksellers across the world Australia, but make sure you sign up for the electronic version to a). Save the environment; b). Get your updates monthly; c). Easily click through to more information on our website; and d). Be in the running to win copies of Black Magazine, the hottest mag of the moment in the Dark Fantasy Arena.

CONFLUMMOXED? WE HOPE SO!

In other news, Team Voyager are very happy to announce that we will be represented at Conflux 5: Dreaming. Conflux, as previously announced, is taking place from October 3-6 in Canberra – and it’s NOT to be missed! Jack Dann will be there, as will many other very talented people working within sf/f, not to mention the fans, and now … Voyagers. And don’t forget mini-Conflux this very weekend – taking place online and open to the world.

Stephanie Smith, our Voyager Publisher, will be attending, as will Jess and Sarah from the Marketing team and moi. And there will be a superb road trip on the way to Canberra – and we haven’t yet decided which of Canberra’s very specifically Canberran attractions we ought to partake in. This particular pilot of the Voyager has never actually managed to grace the nation’s capital with her presence (no I wasn’t here in Year Six for the compulsory school trip to see parliament) so if you have any ideas – please reply to this post! (and only with things that are legal in NSW please* … although we’re far too tempted by the promise of fireworks …) And yes, there will be blogging galore, for we will be in a position to heavily pester our wonderful authors.

*For non-Australians, there are three things that are legal in Canberra, but not in Sydney. I am not going to tell you what, go away and do some research or ask an Australian and you’ll have some interesting trivia for pub quizzes.