• 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!

     

     

The New Moon brings all things desirable … by Kim Falconer

 

'The dragon pleasure' by Jacek Yerka

 

New Moon Times:

L.A. – May 13 at 18.05
London – May 14 at 2.05
Sydney – May 14 at 11.05
New York – May 13 at 21.05

RAM: The new Moon in Taurus gets you in touch with your desires, right down to the core. Make choices that propel you towards the life you want to live. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. ~ Maya Angelou Continue reading

Energy Follows Thought – Kim Falconer

In the prologue to The Spell of Rosette, Jarrod shares an epiphany. He repeats it in Arrows of Time on page 93. It’s short—only three words—but it is the foundation for the technological hegemony of 24th century Earth, and the magical hegemony of Gaela as well.

He says, ‘energy follows thought.’

This is what makes it possible for Janis to bring online a sentient computer, for Jarrod to create a tulpa (thought form) body, for Nell to shape-shift and for Rosette to blast a wall apart when she tries to light a candle. The idea is simple really—where we direct our thoughts, life follows.

I learned this from my first astrology teacher many decades ago. She laid it out in three steps.

1. Everything is energy.
2. Energy is directed by consciousness.
3. Consciousness is directed by thought.

Hermes and Pegasus, Andrea Mantegna, 1496 Part of the Parnassus painting

Hermes and Pegasus, Andrea Mantegna, 1496 Part of the Parnassus painting

Astrologically, these notions are the domain of Mercury—messenger of the gods. Because Mercury rules conscious (what we think and what we think we think) getting into alignment with this planet can put our lives on fast track, making it easier to actualise our goals and follow our bliss. Here are some hints for directing thought in this August eclipse season.

Aries: The eclipse season brings new creative opportunities! Think about what you want and why you want it. Know this and anything’s possible.

Taurus: Home, family and security are areas of life stirred up right now. Think about practical matters—food , sex, pleasure, peace and commitment.

Gemini: The partial eclipse suggests a month of non-stop action. Think about what you want to send, receive, communicate, revamp and restore.

Cancer: This season brings financial patterns to the fore. Think about money as you do air. Would you ponder where your next breath comes from?

Leo: If insecurity creeps into your relationship life there is only one cure—self-love. Think about being as good to yourself as you would a most cherished friend.

Virgo: The eclipse season awakens your imagination and you can use this energy for creative change. Think about, ‘what if . . .’ as often as possible.

Libra: Friends, associates and colleagues all have a different view right now. Think less about ‘should’ and more about ‘feel good.’

Scorpio: Career, mission and profession are spotlighted by recent eclipse activity. Think about doing what you love, and only what you love.

Sagittarius: If you have to know ‘how’ a thing will happen—it’ll trip you up. Methodology concerns sap energy. Think about allowing instead of forcing.

Capricorn: Shared resources, issues of power and control beat an unerring path to your door. Did you forget you wanted this? Think about sorting wheat and chaff.

Aquarius: Relationships morph into unrecognizable shapes reminiscent of Stoker, Shelley and Wilde. Deep breaths. Think about the insights you’re gaining!

Pisces: The eclipse magic is working on you from the inside out. The tendency is to run away. You might want to think about changing that.

Kim Falconer is the author of The Spell of Rosette and Arrows of Time, books one and two in the Quantum Enchantment series. She also runs Falcon Astrology and practises what she speaks about!

Evoking the Gods Part II: The astrology of Character Development by Kim Falconer

Author Kim Falconer

Author Kim Falconer

My main goal in developing characters is to make them authentic, consistent within their personalities and real enough to grow as the story unfolds. Terry Goodkind adds that his characters are created to express abstractions like freedom or intelligence. Both points overlap—authentic, grow, express ideas. But when characters come to life they have a mind of their own and are not always open to direction! This can be a good thing, as Traci Harding points out: My characters are constantly surprising me with their responses – making me laugh, cry, gasp! This is where the magic happens but how to get there? What makes a character real?

There are many answers but one of mine is Astrology! (Crash course here in Astrology 101) It is a great tool for making characters ring true. How? I give everyone a birth chart, a natal horoscope that I refer to like a map of their psyche. It gets me inside their heads. The chart tells me what makes them tick—their limiting beliefs, past patterns, core values and authentic goals. It answers questions about how they dress, likes and dislikes, how they act. Even more important, it can help me see where they will grow through the choices they make and the challenges they attract.

Take the rising sign or Ascendant—the sign that was on the eastern horizon at the moment of birth. It is a symbol of how we initiate things—journeys, fights, ideas—anything new. For a fun demonstration, consider how each rising sign would initiate sex.

Aries—Pounce. Usually little or no warning.
Taurus—Surprisingly sensual, though ardent. They selectively fail to hear the word ‘no.’
Gemini—Much talk before action. They seduce with words—sometimes quite eloquently.
Cancer—They retreat, you follow. Not opposed to emotional manipulation.
Leo—Beware of public places, unless you like such things!
Virgo—They seduce with atmosphere, candles, music, tantric manuals.
Libra—Wine, dine, listen and stir until there is nothing left between you but the erotic.
Scorpio—They seduce with their eyes. It takes 30 seconds or less and you’re a goner.
Sagittarius—They promise the world, and usually deliver.
Capricorn—They buy you things. Excellent taste.
Aquarius—They use the element of surprise—often surprisingly well.
Pisces—Enchantment. Their very being is an aphrodisiac.

With this small sampling it’s easy to see how astrology offers a model for character development and orientation. When the call to adventure comes, Aries is straight off the mark, sword in hand, where Gemini simply gets excited, asks questions and looks at maps. Astrology helps me write characters that ring true and that’s the sweet spot, the place where I close my eyes, watch the scenes and record them as fast as I can. If you want to know your rising sign, shoot me an email. Any questions or comments most welcome.

Kim Falconer

Read Evoking the Gods Part I: The Myth of Character Development

Kim Falconer’s first novel The Spell of Rosette is available throughout Australia from today onwards! Kim lives in Byron Bay with two gorgeous black cats. As well as her author website, Quantum Enchantment‚ she runs an astrology forum and alternative science sitetrains with a sword and is completing a Masters Degree. Her novel writing is done early every morning. Currently she’s working on additional volumes in the Quantum Enchantment Series.