• 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 Beginning of the End

With Journey by Night in bookstores this month, I’m starting to get emails and posts from readers who have already finished the book. They’re sending a lot of support and enthusiasm, which is wonderful. They’re also all asking the same question, each and every one. It comes phrased in a few different ways but all are saying, ‘It’s not the end, is it?’

 The answer is yes and no. Journey by Night is the last book I’ll write in the worlds of Earth and Gaela, at least for the next five years. I have two new series planed: The first one is well under way and the second I’ll write straight after. Both are envisioned as trilogies and set in very different worlds/premises. However, Journey by Night is not the whole story and it looks like the ‘missing chapters’ will be released soon. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me!

 What missing chapters? A year ago, when I first submitted book #3 in the Quantum Encryption series, the manuscript was over the word count. I knew there were sections that needed shortening but I hadn’t thought it would be the first six chapters. They were the bedrock of the story, to me, the life and times of Kreshkali and Nell growing up in the underground. The deleted chapters take place on Earth and answer questions about the origins of these two powerful witches—their intentions and what drives them. I felt more than a little attached.

 But I also trust my publisher completely and was open to her idea. She wanted me to try starting with chapter seven—one of the most intense and dark scenes in the book—and feather in important elements from the early chapters as memory. It took me a few days to get my head around the rewrite but once I did, I went to work and a month later I resubmitted the MS. Bingo. My publisher was happy and my editor (who never saw the original version) was thrilled.

 Meanwhile, those first six chapters sat in a bottom drawer and that didn’t feel right. I find it hard enough to leave a series and say goodbye to characters I’ve been ‘with’ for the past six or seven year but to know those early chapters would never be read hit hard. In the back of my mind I pondered ways this part of the story could be told. Fortunately, my publisher was pondering as well. After tossing around a few ideas, we came up with a great plan.

 ‘Kreshkali and Nell – the early years’(under a much better title) is going to be turned into an ebook with plans for an audio download as well. Both will be either free or at the most the price of a lollipop. So for those who have devoured the series and are mourning its end, there is a thirty-some-thousand word novella on the way!

If anyone has a brilliant idea for a title, please feel free to comment. The elements in this story are 24th century post-apocalyptic earth where the only currency is drinking water. Two girls grow up in the underground, learn magic in secret and stay alive any way they can. I wanted to call it ‘Childhood’s End’ but we know Arthur C. Clarke grabbed that one years ago. Suggestions welcome. Thanks!

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Gemini New Moon Eclipse

 

Dog Barking at the Moon by Joan Miro

 

NEW YORK –  Wednesday June 1,  17:03
LONDON –  Wednesday June 1, 22:03
SYDNEY –  Thursday June 2, 07:03
L.A. –  Wednesday June 1, 14:03

ARIES: The Eclipse is in your communication sector, signaling a time to ‘clean up’ the relationships close to hand. Who do you spend your hours with? How are they going? Check in, speak your mind and remember to listen as well. Hint: Consider the benefits of commitment!

TAURUS: Your 2nd house of resources, values and finances are activated, pushing your desire for material success. You want to amp up the comfort zone but first, revisit the way you value and appreciate yourself. Hint: Stabilize your day to day routine: exercise, food, rest, connections.

GEMINI: The drive for significance rises like a phoenix: brilliant, dazzling, colorful! Embrace your vivaciousness. It’s going to get your everywhere! Set BIG intentions. Sky’s the limit. A friend offers help or support that makes all the difference in the world! Hint: Get creative. Get moving. Get sassy!

CANCER: This eclipse is about your voice, the one that speaks for others. Where are you giving your heart to those in the dark, unable to state their needs? Compassion lifts you to a new level of being. Hint: Joy and fulfillment comes through creative expression and acts of kindness and nurturing.

LEO: Your 11th house of goals for the future is activated making this the perfect time to set strong intentions about what you want. Whatever makes you smile constitutes a worthy aim! When you express it to others, help comes out of the woodwork. Hint: To have a friend, be a friend. Communicate!

VIRGO: This eclipse is in your career/mission/profession sector, lighting up the social and public identity you are growing into. Get a good glimpse of who you are with all the stops pulled! Allow your drive for significance to shine! Hint: Expect changes in the way you walk, talk and stake your claim!

LIBRA: Your 9th house super-conscious mind is awakened by this eclipse bringing more than a single epiphany. What you DO with the new awareness can be worked out later. For now, decide what is is you would like to know. Hint: Ask. It all begins with that simple act of inquisitiveness.

SCORPIO: The eclipse in Gemini is the most transformational of the year for you. It’s in your sector of shared values, energy and finances, making you aware of power and issues of control. Set intentions to balance and absolve. Hint: Imagination is everything. See it the way you want it to be.

SAGITTARIUS: Your personal, social, one-to-one relationships are lit up like neon. This could mean business partnerships or intimates. The common denominator is it matters a LOT right now. Set you mind to visualizing what you would like. Hint: Friendship honored above all else rocks your world.

CAPRICORN: The eclipse focus is on the body and how you listen to it, feed it, exercise it and take care of it. Yes, it’s like a racehorse. What kind of shape is yours in today? Hint: Your career and purpose in life will amplify when you set intentions around health, balance and wholesomeness.

AQUARIUS: Anything that is marked as ‘yours’ thrives under this eclipse. Set intentions now for creative expression, children, affections, friendships, recreation. Expansion is on the horizon. The bigger you think, the more you experience. Hint: Allow your inner child to have the holiday THEY dream of!

PISCES: Potent emotions form the backdrop of this eclipse. It’s a wonderful opportunity to know what you really feel about current issues. Set intentions around home, family, security and sanctuary of being. Note: Through sharing resources, burdens and joys, your life deepens, becomes more rich.

Kim Falconer writes epic science fantasy novels about real people in extraordinary situations: nano-technology, witchcraft, quantum computers, fast horses, hot bards, stunning tattoos and environments on the brink of destruction. Kim’s latest series is Quantum Encryption. Book #1, Path of the Stray, and book #2, Road to the Soul are out now. Book #3, Journey by night is out Sept 1. Currently she’s writing an entirely new series. You can find out more about her at KimFalconer.com.

Scorpio Full Moon

‘Her only friend the moon’ by Alexander Jansson

L.A. – Tuesday May 17 04:10
NEW YORK – Tuesday May 17 07:10
LONDON – Tuesday May 17 12:10
SYDNEY – Tuesday May 17 21:10

ARIES: This is a saint vs. sinner full moon activating your intense and immediate desires to get what you want, NOW. The key is to lighten up on Self judgment, no matter what your thoughts, and take a moment of introspection. The journey can be just as profound directed in as out. Hint: Be your own best cheering squad!

TAURUS: Suddenly there is suspicion around an agreement or commitment made some months ago. You thought it was settled, all in harmony but a glitch appears and the first reaction is to point the finger. Deep breaths! Allow your intuition to surface and have a say. Words and evidence are not relevant here. Hint: Trust the uncertainty. Completely!

GEMINI: Work/daily routine takes on a new face, one of intensity and dreamy adventure. This is not a time to look at the facts or focus over long on ‘reality.’ You gain much more by exploring your dreams, meditating on new ideas and letting fantasies play out in your mind. Hint: If you had a guardian angel, what would you say it them?

CANCER: The call of your inner child can not be ignored. This is a time to skip, sing, dance and play. Spend time with friends. Take a risk. Speculate. Come out of your shell and enjoy the comfort and security of the people who love you. Hint: There can be no adventure with friends if you don’t reach out your hand. Connection begins with you.

LEO: This is the perfect full moon to spend intimate time one-on-one or with a select group of likeminded others. Entertain in your home even if it’s only an afternoon cuppa. By sharing the ritual of food and drink, you awaken your ancient ties to clan, the Earth and Love. Hint: Who you invite into your life now will help you in quantum leaps!

VIRGO: The generosity of a sibling or someone ‘brethren like’ will astound you. This is a time to open the lines of communication, especially to those who have been cut off. The reasons are in the past, along with the transgression. Who wouldn’t deserve another chance? Hint: The more you release the ‘charge’ the more abundance flows. Let go!

LIBRA: Focusing on money per say isn’t going to bring near the insights unless you understand what $$$ means to YOU. It represents something, an idea, a feeling, a point of ground to stand on. Comprehend that, and you will open the floodgates. Hint: Whatever you think ‘it’ is, look deeper. Let your intuition penetrate this facade!

SCORPIO: Tune into this full moon and you can generate a LOT of power. That’s energy to heal, to understand, to release judgment, to take action. How to tune in? Do something physical, intimate, challenging. Put yourself on the edge. Take a risk with your emotions. Hint: Letting go of anger means deciding to be at peace. Always, you get to decide!

SAGITTARIUS: You may feel a profound sense of privacy this full moon. Instead of reaching out to others and immersing in go go go, much insight is gained by spending a wee bit of time on your own. Discover the beauty in solitary moments. Hint: As you reemerge from your tower of magic and wisdom, the right-for-you crowd gathers, supports.

CAPRICORN: What do you wish for? Goals? Dreams? Get to the bottom of what you want and why you want it. As long as your aims belong to YOU, they are completely reachable. But if they are inherited from other’s expectations . . . Hint: Ask where you would be, who with and doing what, if you could snap your fingers and make it so!

AQUARIUS: If you have to make tough decision that require a ruthless edge or at least a blazing honesty, this is the time to do so. Wielding your power with integrity gets you everywhere! Hint: You may have to deal with or make arrangements for a parent. In this area, sensitivity, intuition and compassion will get you further down the path.

PISCES: The full moon has you longing for distant places, those in other lands, realms of the mind or even the past. In your travels, identify the feeling it is you are searching for. It’s not the land or the realm or the event; it’s a part of you. (what’s the common denominator in all the musings?) Hint: When you know what the feeling is, you are free.

 

Kim Falconer writes epic science fantasy novels about real people in extraordinary situations: nano-technology, witchcraft, quantum computers, fast horses, hot bards, stunning tattoos and environments on the brink of destruction. Kim’s latest series is Quantum Encryption. Book #1, Path of the Stray, and book #2, Road to the Soul are out now. Book #3, Journey by night is out Sept 1. Currently she’s writing an entirely new series. You can find out more about her at KimFalconer.com.

Happy New Moon in Taurus

LA – Monday 23:51
NEW YORK – Tuesday 02:51
LONDON – Tuesday 07:51
SYDNEY – Tuesday 16:51

Trees Looking up to the Sun by Anna Leah Designs

ARIES: This is a ‘financial new moon.’ If you want to increase your income or develop latent talents, you’ve all the support in the world, right here and right now!Ask what it is you want to be doing next year. The year after? Aim high! Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into. ~Wayne Dyer

TAURUS: The new moon in your sun sign heralds change! It’s a chance to take a good long look at the four key areas of your life – work, love, home, creative expression. How’s it all going? What would you like to be different. You hold all the cards! A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. ~Frank Capra

GEMINI: The deeper, secret nature is rising with this new moon. Dreams speak volumes and things in the dark come to light. Invest in a dream/symbol dictionary! It’s a good time for getting in touch with what you really want though a little tricky for clandestine affairs. I allow my intuition to lead my path. ~Manuel Puig

CANCER: A social moon, perfect for making new friends, renewing contacts and getting together with likeminded others. Appreciate the invitations and feeling of warm inclusion. Also remember to enjoy the differences and the boundaries that lie between. A friend doesn’t go on a diet because you are fat. ~Erma Bombeck

LEO: The focus is on career and development in the public eye. If you think you don’t have what it takes, remember, desire trumps experience every time! I probably hold the distinction of being one movie star who, by all laws of logic, should never have made it. At each stage of my career, I lacked the experience. ~Audrey Hepburn

VIRGO: The best way to benefit from this new moon is to awaken the intellectual side of your life. It’s not about analyzing or judging but about becoming more aware, thoughtful and compassionate Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. ~Mary Shelley

LIBRA: This new moon cues action and intention requiring bravery. By taking a risk, the energy shifts and away you go! The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can. ~Robert Cushing

SCOPRIO: The great arrow is pointing towards at joint project, a collaboration of spirit. The key is to not worry if the boat begins to rock. All is well, even now. Very well! If a relationship is going to be a living art form of truth, it always has to be on the edge of chaos, looking at everything fresh- again and again. ~Ram Dass

SAGITTARIUS: This new moon is a reminder to find joy in the little things – the gift that cost nothing but brings a smile. Fun is never dependent on tickets to Paris, you know. I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. ~Leo F. Buscaglia

CAPRICORN: Consider your healthy ambition. Is it taking priority over food, sleep, exercise, joy? Are you taking care of your body? The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results. ~Anthony Robbins

AQUARIUS: The new moon will find you wildly, thrillingly voraciously ensconced at home. It’s not a traveler’s moon for you. The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship. ~Amelia Earhart

PISCES: This new moon is a megaphone for the changes you would like to create in your immediate environment, neighborhood or family. You have ideas. They’re perfect for you. Implement them now. Thinking small is not hard. It’s just a habit. A habit with consequences. Same as THINKING BIG. ~Andy Dooley

Kim Falconer is the author of the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption trilogies, set in the worlds of Gaela and Earth and exploring all manner of ideas, people and places. The latest in the Quantum Encryption series is Road to the Soul and the final book in the series is nearly ready!  Visit Kim’s website and find out more about Kim and her books!

Full Moon in Virgo

Full Moon Rising Leopard image by John Seerey Lester

‘Full Moon Rising – Leopard’ by John Seerey Lester

New York March 19, 14:10
London March 19, 18:10
Sydney March 20, 05:10
LA March 19, 11:10

ARIES: A friendship tests integrity as you are put on the spot. This is a time to be who you in all relationships. If you keep adjusting to others there will be none of the real you left! There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. ~Freya Stark

TAURUS: Anything you’ve been holding together with glue and paperclips is going to unravel. Perfect for rebuilding new models for work and home, ones you can respect. Every day, tell at least one person something you like, admire, or appreciate about them. (Start with yourself!) ~Richard Carlson

GEMINI: This full moon tests the balance been your work and home life. The question isn’t so much are those around you happy with it but are you? Take a moment and discover the truth. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~Gandhi

CANCER: Tensions may come in the form of a communication—letter, message, text, post—and you might just say, ‘Oh, not this again!’ Experiment: Try facing the thing straight on. Anything in life that we don’t accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it. ~Shakti Gawain

LEO: Push comes to shove and you find yourself ready to make a choice. It looks like it’s about financial security, but it’s not. The only choice you ever have to make is to be happy. The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy. ~Malcolm Forbes

VIRGO: The inner critic has you examining every decision, word and intention. If you must measure, put away the yard stick and take stock of what really counts. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. ~Hellen Keller

LIBRA: If hackles are up, the best action right now is kindness. It may not be the quickest retaliation to hand, but it is the most surefire. Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate. ~Albert Schweitzer

SCOPRIO: Intensity accompanies this full moon showing you a side of yourself you’ve been longing for — the numinous. Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here for an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of life. ~Maureen Hawkins

SAGITTARIUS: Passionate desires awaken on the full moon and revolve around what you always wanted to ‘do’. If it feels like you’ve missed the boat, it’s time to shift to a new perspective. Nothing is over until it’s over, and that ain’t yet. It’s never too late to be what you might have been. ~George Elliot

CAPRICORN: Retrospective analysis can give great insights, and looking over the past has offered its pearls and gems. But enough of that now. Put your eyes where you want to be, and appreciate the moment! Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. ~Soren Kierkegaard

AQUARIUS: Intimacy, intensity and the merging of energy with another are top of the list this full moon. Extremely creative! You won’t want to go it alone so think about building a bridge. There’s really nothing to lose. To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground. ~Stephen Covey

PISCES: The full moon puts you in the mood to distill all relationships down to their one true essence. The goal is to answer the question, why is this person in my life? Be ready for the answers. Be ready for change. I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Kim Falconer is the author of the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption trilogies, set in the worlds of Gaela and Earth and exploring all manner of ideas, people and places. The latest in the series is Road to the Soul, which will be published on 1 March. Visit Kim’s website and find out more about Kim and her books!

Win the Kim Falconer book of your choice!

To celebrate the release of Road to the Soul Kim Falconer is giving away a Quantum Enchantment or Quantum Encryption book of your choice! All you have to do is click on the map below and plot your location (a user name is fine) by selecting ADD. That will automatically put you into the hat for the March 1, 2011 draw! The winner will be announced here and on Kim’s News page.

Kim's reader map
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Keep an eye out next month for the ‘bring a friend’ giveaway—introduce a friend to the worlds of Earth and Gaela and you’re both in it to win a book each!

Road to the Soul is now out!

Full Moon Stars from Kim Falconer

 

 

Una & The Lion by Briton Rivière, Irish artist born in London on 14 August 1840 (a Leo) Una, is a character from The Faerie Queene, the incomplete English epic poem by Edmund Spenser

Times

New York February 18, 03:36
London February 18, 08:36
Sydney February 18, 19:36
LA February 18, 00:36 

RAM: The full moon puts focus on your house of dreams and inner revelations, awakening secret desires of the heart. Look in, and then, look in some more. Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself. Rumi

AUROCHS: A goal for the future is calling out to you. In it is the longing to connect, relate and receive. What are you waiting for? Take the next step! There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of spirit on the body. Rumi

TWINS: In this full moon is an opportunity to expand beyond the boundaries of your known experience. Tell it how you want it to be. That’s all you have to do! Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world. Rumi

COBRA: Explore past old barriers and you will discover a dimension you never dreamed of before.! Hiking boots! There is something in us that has nothing to do with night and day/ Diamonds which come from no earthly mine. Rumi

LION: The Leo full moon awakens you inner jaguar, the sleek feline who stalks the boundaries of your heart. The hunt is always for love. Do you know when it looks you in the eyes? Let us fall in love again and scatter gold dust all over the world. Rumi

CERES: There is not enough time for resistance as it would take more than all eternity to push against your own heart. There are better things to do! You knock at the door of Reality. You shake your thought-wings, loosen your shoulders and open. Rumi

BALENCIA: The joy is in the little things, at the heart of all your tasks. There is nothing you can do that is not filled with love. There is no place you can go, even in your dreams, that is not divine. Every object, every being, is a jar full of delight. Rumi

SCORPION: Creative fire is in your heart and this full moon draws it out. Dance! Celebrate! Begin with an artistic blessing to the Muse. This divine love, beckons us to a world beyond only lovers can see with their eyes of fiery passion. Rumi

ARCHER: There is no waiting for the ‘right’ moment. There is no beckoning to the ‘right’ lover. There is no perfect place from which to begin. It is all right here, right now, in this one eternal moment. Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love. Rumi

 SEA-GOAT: If the path feels bumpy, overlong or something to be endured, you’ve hijacked someone else’s dream. Let go of the ‘should’ and ‘must’ and begin anew with your pure sweet desires. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Rumi

 WATER-BEARER: This full moon offers a chance to appreciate what is at the core of your soul. Give yourself a moment to find your true values and honour them. Oh, my friend, all that you see of me is just a shell, and the rest belongs to love. Rumi

 FISHES: In a whirl of compassion and giving, you make someone’s life a better place to be. Will this exhaust you? All this outpouring of gifts? Nothing can diminish the heart. Love rests on no foundation. It is an endless ocean, with no beginning or end. Rumi!

Lovely Kim Falconer is the author of the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption trilogies, set in the worlds of Gaela and Earth and exploring all manner of ideas, people and places. The latest in the series is Road to the Soul, which will be published on 1 March but is already creeping onto bookshop shelves next week. Visit Kim’s website and find out more about Kim and her books!