• 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!



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!

The Accidental Launch … SwanCon through the eyes of K E Mills … aka …

The Accidental Sorcerer

Swancon was a fabulous experience — my first time at the con, and certainly not my last — but the cherry on the icing was the book launch for The Accidental Sorcerer. It’s kind of an open secret that I am K.E Mills — or K.E Mills is me — and so I didn’t have to attend the launch in disguise! Although Sean Williams, who was launching his wonderful new YA novel The Changeling at the same time, mentioned my top looked very Star Trek. <g>

The launch was wonderfully attended, so I owe huge thanks to the folks of Swancon, who came along to cheer me and Sean as we sent our books out into the world. Grant Watson of the Swancon committee introduced us, and we spoke a little about the books, and then came the eating and the drinking and the bookselling and the signing! And that was a hoot.

As much as I get acutely uncomfortable standing in the spotlight (there’s a reason I direct plays now, instead of act in them!) it was still an enormous pleasure. I am unashamedly excited about this book, The Accidental Sorcerer, and madly in love with the characters. It’s my fervent hope that readers will love them as much as I do because they are so much fun to write and frankly, I want to keep playing with them for a long time!

Huge, huge, thanks go to Voyager, for their wonderful support of me, and to Stephanie Smith in particular, who has championed this book from its earliest beginnings when I was trying to find the right way to tell the story. Thanks are also owed to the amazing, indefatigable Theresa Anns, the Perth rep. She is a dynamo and a darling. Seriously, Voyager authors are spoiled rotten! And finally, many thanks to the Swancon committee who made room in this year’s program for the event. It really was an experience to treasure.

Karen Miller

SwanCon State of the Art

SwanCon is on next weekend. And one of the guest authors there is our very own Glenda Larke. Glenda will be doing a special blog post for us from the convention – and of course, she’ll be updating her own blog too.

And Glenda’s not the only one attending the convention … Sean Williams and K E Mills will both be there, launching their respective books: The Changeling and The Accidental Sorcerer — and they will both be guest blogging for us too.

Bevan McGuiness, author of The First Weapon will be there too, but we have yet to track him down and force a blog post from his writing hand! So keep an eye out here for all the latest from SwanCon 2008.

Late breaking news – Jonathan Strahan will be doing a bit of blogging for us too!

Exciting new book out! THE ACCIDENTAL SORCERER by K E MILLS

The Accidental Sorcerer This is the start of an all new series … weaving light-hearted humour with much darker forces … keep a look out for reviews on this title as we post them.

His last assignment blew up in his face! Is New Ottosland ready for their new Grade Three Wizard?

For the life of him, Gerald Dunwoody can’t seem to keep a job or a roof over his head. When career disaster strikes again, it looks like his days of being a wizard are over for good … until his friend Monk, genius of the government’s secret research department, helps him to get appointed as Royal Court Wizard to the King of New Ottosland. His offsider, Reg, an ensorcelled bird with a mysterious past, isn’t so sure this is a good idea. But Gerald’s choices are limited … It’s New Ottosland, or starve.

Once he arrives it quickly becomes clear that King Lional isn’t the vain, indolent young man he first appeared to be. And with the passing of time, it becomes even clearer that Lional’s plans may not, in fact, be in Gerald’s best interests …