• 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!



March New Releases

This month we have a great range of new releases, from fantasy giant Robin Hobb to Mistress of urban horror, Kim Harrison & steampunk maestro ( and this blogger’s favourite author right now ) Stephen Hunt. Let us know if you’ve read any of them and what you think.

Flying like a bird of great speed: Flycon update

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Flycon is going marvellously well, and the con’s creators and maintainers should be very proud of themselves, it’s absolutely fantastic, especially in the midst of credit crunches and global financial crises to be able to chat with so many different authors from all over the world – our own local wonderful authors and plenty of the overseas authors. I got to chat with Jennifer Fallon, Devon Monk and Kim Falconer all in one day, not to mention Sherwood Smith! And plenty of other lovely luminaries in the speculative fiction world – including co-organiser Dr Gillian Polack. I must say, much of the talking does seem to disintegrate into the discussion of food, mmm, which might be accounted to the odd meal times when you are running between chats :). Gillian caught the author chat with Stephen Hunt and said it was full of techno-speak and a bit of computer games back and forth – sounded very fun!

Thus far I have learned that Jennifer Fallon has always lived in the Flycon spirit, never feeling bounded by location – she lives in Alice Springs in the middle of Australia (click her name for a link to her blog – which has links to her other Flycon appearances). I am woeful that I missed Karen Miller early this morning but Kim Falconer said it was a fantastic chat, and I have no doubt, Karen is always great to talk to. Karen also took part in the discussion on the crossover from writing fan fiction to writing and publishing professionally. Devon Monk in the afternoon was a great deal of fun, especially as we got quite into the knitting discussion before going into crockpots and one-pot cooking and stew (see what I mean). And of course we discussed the Allie Beckstrom series! Kim Falconer was in there – I managed not to notice she was Kim for about 45 minutes, despite her handle being ‘Falcon’ … what can I say? And tonight’s author chat with Kim, just finished now, was wonderful – we discussed all manner of things, including the law of attraction, the upcoming books of the Quantum Enchantment series, the usefulness of cats as models 🙂 and more!

More great discussions: Dr Gilian Pollack and Pati Nagle on the rise of Jane Austen’s popularity – I loved Austen and really enjoyed reading through the discussion

Book Promotions – what works and what should be consigned to a small locked titanium box and shot off into the sun
(they phrased it differently) – this is a great one for any author to read – the best ways to promote your book and name without antagonising and includes insights from Simon Haynes, author of the Hal Spacejock series.

And there’s more to come tonight and tomorrow: Gary Kemble’s interview with Sara Douglass, AND a chat with Sara at 8am Sydney time, Jack Dann (1pm) and Tony Shillitoe (8pm), Jennifer Fallon and Tony Shillitoe taking part in a panel entitled: Writers, how would you topple all the governments of the world, and achieve global domination? What would you do then? (3pm) and Devon Monk is taking part in an ‘ask the professionals’ panel. Jennifer’s also taking part in this panel: Writing in someone else’s world; letting another author play in your own creation. (11am) and Is it easier to be nastier to characters of your own gender? Who is writing compelling characters within their own gender and across the divide? What about gender-different characters, and whose are convincing? (8pm)

I’m exhausted just looking at this list – so you can imagine how the organisers are feeling! Stew for all! Time to get those bedrolls out – and snooze.

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The Rise of the Iron Moon

A message from SFCrowsNest:

Incredibly, a missing episode of one of the animated Star Trek TV series has been found which features the fantasy novel, The Rise of the Iron Moon, by Stephen Hunt. Given this is Hunt’s latest book – only out in April this year – and the TV episode is from the 1970s, a temporal paradox is suspected.

The Rise of the Iron Moon

Interview with the Hunter

The Kingdom Beyond the Waves

The Kingdom Beyond the Waves


Bibliophile Stalker has an interview with Voyager author Stephen Hunt: http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2008/11/interview-stephen-hunt.html  complete with questions about steampunk, Stephen’s website SF Crowsnest and more.

The Kingdom Beyond the Waves is coming soon …

The next instalment in Stephen Hunt’s wonderful Victorian-style world is coming to a bookshop near you in a matter of weeks. If you haven’t yet read the first book, The Court of the Air, then make sure you check out the video below – you’re sure to enjoy! If you like Dickens, perilous quests, dastardly deeds, deadly intrigue and orphans on the run – you’ll love The Court of the Air and The Kingdom Beyond the Waves.