• 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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Fallon Friday: Silly polls – cast your vote now!

The Chaos Crystal

The Chaos Crystal

A few months ago, I put up a poll on my site, asking readers who they thought Arkady would finish up with, in the last book of the Tide Lords series, The Chaos Crystal.

The results are as follows:

Cayal – 41%
Declan – 35%
Both of them – 11%
Neither of them – 6%
A new character we haven’t met yet – 7%

I found this very interesting, because for a long while there, Declan was in the lead. Wonder what he did to change people’s minds?

And what’s with all you kinky people voting for a threesome?

Alas, for those of you who have not yet got hold of your copy of The Chaos Crystal, this poll is of no use to you, whatsoever.

There’s a new poll up now, asking your opinion on the ending.

I love silly polls 🙂

To do list this week: Visit Jennifer Fallon’s website, vote in the new poll, buy the book if you haven’t already or read it if you have!

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Fallon Friday: Five things myths about being an author

1. All authors drink to excess. Not true. We owe Hemingway for this fallacious belief, I suspect. There is a small minority out there who, I’m sure, give this writing technique a good run for its money, but it doesn’t really work that well. Writers tend to be hard-working, self-motivated little bunnies who work hard for their money, and mostly when they’re sober. Really.

2. Authors have the final say on their covers. You’re lucky if they even consult you. I often see my overseas covers for the first time on Amazon. I have a book from Russia with a pole dancer on the cover (Glenda Larke has the same pole dancer on the cover of one of her books). Others have a fortune-teller, a chick in a leather bikini and a unicorn in books that have neither fortune-tellers, chicks in leather bikinis nor unicorns in them. Don’t get me started on the matter of palm trees…

3. Editors will re-write an author’s work if they want changes. Nope. They have far too much of their own work to do. They’ll send it back with their suggestions and make the author do the hard work. And most of the time, they’re right, too. Curses.

4. All authors are rich. Rich in ideas? Absolutely. Rich in language? Of course. Rich in the folding stuff? Depends very much on your definition of rich. And how much you drink. And in my case, how much time you spend on eBay. And if you manage to sell the movie rights.

Which brings me to myth number 5 …

5. All authors who sell movie rights are rich. If only. You don’t get rich off the movie rights unless someone actually makesthe movie. I remember reading somewhere once that Wilbur Smith had optioned the movie rights on every book he’d written and they’d only ever made two of them into movies. The rest just sent him a small cheque each year to keep the option open with a note saying “some day…”

The Tide Lords Pronunciation Guide: Part Three

Here’s the final part of the Tide Lords Pronunciation Guide – so now you have no excuse for mis-pronouncing names when reading The Chaos Crystal!

Lebec           

(le-BECK)                                      Province and city in northern Glaeba. Ancestral home of the Desean family                             

Lukys

(Loo-Kiss)

AKA The Scholar

 Tide Lord

Lyna

(Lee-nah)

AKA The Betrayer

Lesser Immortal

Maralyce

(Marra-leese)

AKA The Seeker

Tide Lord

Mathu

(Math-you)

Crown Prince of Glaeba

Human

Medwen

(Med-win)

AKA The Artisan

Lesser Immortal

Nyah

(Nigh-ah)

Crown Princess of Caelum

Human

Pellys

(Pell-iss)

AKA The Recluse

Father of Elyssa and Tryan

Tide Lord

Rance

(Rance)

AKA The Hangman

Lesser Immortal

Shalimar Hawkes

(Shall-e-mah Hawks)

Declan’s Grandfather

Tidewatcher (Half human/half immortal)

Stellan Desean

(Stell-an De-shawn)

Duke of Lebec

Human

Syrolee

(Seer-row-lee)

AKA Empress of the Five Realms. Mother of Elyssa and Tryan. Stepmother of Rance and Krydence

Lesser Immortal

Taryx

(Tarrax)

AKA The Manipulator

Lesser Immortal

Tassie

(Taz-ee)

Slave in the Lebec Palace

Canine Crasii

Tiji

(Tee-Gee)

Glaeban spy

Chameleon Crasii

The final book in the Tide Lords quartet by Jennifer Fallon is out SOON. The Chaos Crystal hits shelves in early December … you could win an advance copy by taking part in the competition at www.voyageronline.com.au but be quick – it closes at midday tomorrow.

Visit Jennifer Fallon’s website.

The Tide Lords Pronunciation Guide: Part Two

Cydne Medura  

(Syd-nee Med-oora)

 Senestran doctor

Human

Daly Bridgeman  

(Dally Bridge-man)

Retired King’s spymaster

Human   

Declan Hawkes   

(Deck-lan Hawks)

 The King’s Spymaster

 Human

Diala  

(Dee-allah)

AKA The High Priestess of the Tide, AKA The Minion  Maker

Lesser Immortal

Elyssa

(Ell-issa)

AKA The Immortal Maiden. AKA The Mother (among the Crasii)

 Tide Lord

Engarhod

(En-gar-odd)

AKA Emperor of the Five Realms

Father of Rance and Krydence. Stepfather of Elyssa  and Tryan.

Lesser Immortal

Enteny

(Ent-any)

King of Glaeba

Human

Fliss

(Fliss)

Cayal’s half-human daughter

Tidewatcher (Half human/half immortal)

Glaeba

(Glay-ba)

Country in northern hemisphere of Amyrantha.

Separated by the Great Lakes from Caelum

Herino

(Hair-reno)

Capital of Glaeba.

Located on an island in the Lower Oran, the largest of the Great Lakes

Inala

(In-allah)

Queen of Glaeba

Human

Jaxyn

(Jack-sin)

AKA Lord of Temperance

Tide Lord

Jaxyn Aranville

 

(Jack-sin Aran-vil)

Lebec’s Kennel Master

Human

Kentravyon

(Ken-tray-vee-on)

AKA The Sleeper

Tide Lord

Krydence

(Cry-dense)

AKA The Judge

Lesser Immortal

Kylia Debrell

(Kye-Lee-ah De-Brell

Niece of Stellan Desean, Duke of Lebec

Human

Kinta

(Kin-Tah)

AKA The Charioteer

Lesser Immortal

Look our for L – T (part three) where it ends, later this week.

The final book in the Tide Lords quartet by Jennifer Fallon is out in just a few weeks. The Chaos Crystal hits shelves in early December … you ccould win an advance copy by taking part in the competition at www.voyageronline.com.au

Visit Jennifer Fallon’s website.