• 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!



Fallon Friday: Jennifer on Calory-free Cookbooks

Talking about my favourite books a couple of weeks ago, got me to thinking about what was on my bookshelf. In addition to a fairly impressive fiction collection, I also have a shelf of cookbooks (why?) and diet books, for those times when I decide that I really should lose weight and surely there’s a better way than this tired old “eat less, exercise more” formula that everybody goes on and on about…

Finding The Retox Diet** on my shelves (alongside Dr Atkins and Dr Phil’s take on weight loss — not to mention the Sweet Temptations cookbook I found beside them), was a joy, but then I found a folded bit of paper between the books, given to me by a masseuse some time ago, of the diet she recommends. I’m not sure of the original source (neither was she) but not only is it full of great food, it also had the best set of lifestyle rules attached to the eating plan… Rules I have very successfully incorporated into my daily life.

Let me share them with you:

  • If you eat something and no one else sees you eat it, it has no calories.
  • When eating with someone else, the calories don’t count if you eat less than they do.
  • Calories in food used for medicinal purposes never count: i.e. hot chocolate, brandy, cheesecake, etc.
  • Movie related foods do not count. They are part of the whole entertainment experience and therefore popcorn, soft drinks and candy purchased and consumed at a cinema are not technically foods, at all.
  • Cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breakage causes calorie leakage.
  • Things licked off knives or spoons in the process of preparing food have no calories.
  • Foods with the same colours have the same calories. For example, white chocolate and mushrooms, spinach and mint ice-cream, etc.
  • Since brown is a universal colour, chocolate may be substituted for any other food colour.
  • Foods consumed while depressed are not fattening. The process of crying consumes the equivalent amount of calories consumed. If you are concerned about maintaining the balance, either eat less, or cry harder.
  • Diet soft drinks cancel out any calories in the fast food you consume at the same meal.
    Between these rules and the Retox Diet, I’m all set, and what’s more, I don’t even have to worry about the popcorn I ate at the movies last night 🙂

  • ** Which offers marvellously sage advice about nutrition such as French-fries are made from potatoes (that’s good), cooked in vegetable oil (more vegies, even better), and then sprinkled with salt (which comes from the sea, ergo, it’s a seafood – even more better), so French-fries are really vegetables and seafood, therefore they must be good for you… right?