• 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!



2010: the year of amazing sequels

Here’s a list of some of the glorious sequels we’re expecting in 2010:

The Risen Queen by Duncan Lay – out now!
Sequel to: The Wounded Guardian (The Dragon Sword Histories)

Earth to Hell by Kylie Chan – out now!
First book in the Journey to Wudang trilogy, following the Dark Heavens trilogy

At the Gates of Darkness by Raymond E Feist – out now!
Sequel to: Rides a Dread Legion (Demonwar Saga)


Griffin’s Flight by K J Taylor
Sequel to: The Dark Griffin (The Fallen Moon trilogy)

Strange Attractors by Kim Falconer
Completing the Quantum Enchantment trilogy and following Arrows of Time 

Wizard Squared by K E Mills
Last book of the Rogue Agent trilogy, following Witches Incorporated


Stormlord Rising by Glenda Larke
Sequel to The Last Stormlord (Watergivers trilogy)

Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
Sequel to The Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wild Chronicles)

The Desert Spear by Peter V Brett
Sequel to The Painted Man (The Demon Cycle)


Shalador’s Lady by Anne Bishop
The follow up to The Shadow Queen


The Infinity Gate by Sara Douglass
Completing the Darkglass Mountain trilogy and following Twisted Citadel


The Reluctant Mage by Karen Miller
Sequel to The Prodigal Mage (Fisherman’s Children series)

We’ll have a list of our upcoming debut novels this year coming soon, in the mean time, we hope you’ve got plenty to look forward to!

Aurealis Awards finalists!

Congratulations to all the finalists for the Aurealis Awards 2009! And special congrats to our wonderful Voyager authors – especially in the ‘best fantasy novel’ where Voyager seems to have hit home! The winners will be announced on Jan 23 at the Awards ceremony in Brisbane. Continue reading

The latest updates to the Reviews page …

… are now up:

Hammer of God…in 60 Seconds – an interview with Karen Miller about the Godspeaker trilogy, over at Tor.com – with extremely interesting insights into the themes of the book: ‘The basic idea of the trilogy arose out of Miller’s interest in religion, and the impact of religion on ordinary people, and how it can be used as a terrible weapon or a gift of solace in hard times.’

And don’t forget Karen Miller’s alter ego with Niki Bruce’s review of Witches Incorporated, beautifully entitled Wands at 20 paces:’ … a joyful story of friendship, romance and adventure. It’s beautifully written with action from start to finish and endearing characters.’

The Nile (click for full review) have a dream review up for The Gene Thieves: ‘This is a chronicle of where science, malice, heroism and passion may one day take us. Recommended unreservedly.’

Drop by the blog tomorrow to read Kim Westwood’s piece on ‘Nightship’, the Aurealis-shortlisted story she wrote for Dreaming Again.

Interview with the … Miller

There’s a lovely interview up with Karen Miller on the Blogging the Muse website. Karen talks about her career as a writer, her inspiration (including music), and gives some good advice to aspiring writers.

The Interview

Karen’s latest book, written as the mysterious K E Mills, is out now with its supergorgeous cover:

Gerald's baaaaack!

Gerald's baaaaack!

Karen Miller on the Godspeaker trilogy, being K E Mills and more …

Jeff at the Fantasy Book News & Review blog has posted an interview with Karen Miller in which she answers questions about:

The Godspeaker trilogy
The Kingmaker/Kingbreaker duology
Her ability to write two (or more!) books a year
Her alternate self … K E Mills

All will be revealed … click here

Exciting news for UK fans of K E Mills

Waterstones UK has chosen The Accidental Sorcerer , book one of the Rogue Agent series for their January book of the month, the same month the book is released in the UK and US. You can read an interview with Karen Miller (she writes under K E Mills for the Rogue Agent series) here and learn more about the other books she has written (including the bestselling Star Wars novels). The Accidental Sorcerer is available in all good books in Australia and is a fantastic alternative fantasy – we at Evil HQ are eagerly awaiting the follow up, Witches Incorporated (coming in April 09).

And whilst we’re talking about excellent overseas news, read a Guardian article about Cory Doctorow here, talking about his writing changing the future, and getting people to think. And as a point of interest for those of you following the Clarion South Writers Workshop posts, the article mentions that Cory attending the CS workshop (presumably the US version) in 1992 and was taught by James Patrick Kelly. Cory’s book Little Brother will be released in Australia in January (which means it will be in stores in late December) and it’s a cracker of a book.

A special guest joins the Voyager Cabin Crew for lunch

Today, at work, at our monthly Cabin Crew meeting, we had a fabulous surprise guest!


Here are some clues as to who it was:

  1. She’s an author.
  2. She’s written, let’s see, three series so far for Voyager.
  3. One of those series is written under a mysterious psuedonym …
  4. She was also the author whose work was chosen for the first Voyager Book Club.
  5. She’s at work on book two of her latest series … the Rogue Agent trilogy.



Yes, it was Karen Miller, also known as K E Mills, author of the Kingmaker/Kingbreaker duology, the Godspeaker trilogy, and of course the Rogue Agent series.

She chatted to us for about an hour and then signed copies of The Accidental Sorcerer. You may think that, being hardened publishing folk and all, this is everyday stuff, but it isn’t! We don’t get to meet authors face-to-face that often, although we correspond with them a lot, so seeing Karen in person was just dandy and we acted appropriately as eager fan girls and fan boys.


Karen talked about all sorts of things – from her favourite authors (who include my own favourite, George R R Martin) and books, to the rather whirlwind session she had at Denvention/WorldCon due to a surprise deadline, and she spoke in depth about The Accidental Sorcerer, which we had all read earlier in the year and had lots of questions about. Our most important question was answered: there will be more Monk, lots more Monk, in the next two books! She’s working on book two of the Rogue Agent, Witches Incorporated, as I type this entry! I did, in fact, write down her top five authors, but left my notepad at work – so I can’t transcribe it, but keep a look out here and I’ll add it. And since Karen plans to hand over Witches Incorporated very soon – she may have time to embellish the list for you, dear reader! I didn’t get to ask her my question (due to other eager fangirl/boys elbowing me figuratively – okay they didn’t, I was too busy eating sandwiches), which was: How come you know how to present a stable for royalty? (a fact she presented in the 2008 Voyager Diary) But I plan to demand an answer sometime soon!

Afterwards, we all milled (ha! No pun intended) around saying things like, ‘She’s so nice!’ – because she really is. If you haven’t yet read a Karen Miller book, or a K E Mills story, now is the time to start. And look out for a review of the first book in Karen’s most recent fantasy series in the next Captain’s Log.


This is your local hardened publishing liaison signing out.

Taelian (Captain’s Assistant)