• 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!



K.J.Taylor’s Design Your Own Griffin Contest

Instructions: Everyone who’s read the Fallen Moon trilogy, or its prequels, knows that Cymria is home to many griffins. They come in different sizes and varying coats, and a smaller and more colourful subspecies lives overseas in Amoran. Some live in the wild, some live in cities, and some choose humans. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, every griffin has his or her own special power.

So! Your challenge is to design your own griffin, and there are a couple of different ways to go about it.

You must give your griffin a name, a physical appearance, a power, and if you like you can also specify some other things about him or her – which of the Cymrian (or Amorani) territories they call home, if they’re wild or civilised, and whether they have a human partner.

If you want to try your hand at some artwork you can draw, paint, sculpt or even animate your griffin – but if not, a simple description in words will do. The quality of the artwork or description isn’t important; what matters is the ideas you come up with.

Your griffin should have a sensible name and a sensible power – some griffins are more powerful than others, but none of them can move mountains. Most of them will have griffish names, but partnered griffins may be renamed by their human partners. Be creative, but try not to go overboard. And, above all, have fun with it! Humorous entries are welcome as well.

Dates: All entries must be in by the 29th of November. Late entries will not be accepted! If you’re wondering if that’s November 29th Australian time or what – just submit it before the 30th comes in your own timezone and that’ll be fine.

Submit to: Me at beachcombe – fanmail @ yahoo . com . au   (take out the spaces, obviously).

Restrictions: Please keep everything PG-13. No sex related powers, thanks. (I can’t believe I’m actually saying that, but after the rape-themed fanfic entry I got in the last contest, I’m taking no chances).

Entries will be judged by me, based upon the creativity of your response. Come up with something cool and original! After the winners have been announced, all entries will be posted here with permission of the creator. If you don’t want your entry to appear here, say so when you submit it.

Prizes: Three winners will be selected, and will have a choice of prize.

An IOU for copies of each of the next three books, personally signed to you,


Your winning griffin in plush form, handmade by yours truly. ( See the pic- they’re awesome! )

Enter now!

Creature Court Contest!


Tansy Rayner Roberts, author of Power & Majesty and The Shattered City is having an awesome contest through her blog:


Design or describe an outfit for one of the characters of the Creature Court novels to wear.


Everyone who enters the contest & provides me with a postal address (to creaturecourt (at) gmail.com – please don’t post addresses in comments) will receive a Creature Court postcard with a juicy snippet from Book 3 hand-written by me.

I’ve always thought costume design ( whether for film, stage or cosplay ) is an underrated skill, so hopefully this will help some folks get their designs out there!  Just head over to the Contest post , comment & email Tansy your entry to creaturecourt (at) gmail.com to enter!