• 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!



Sneak Peek: Slave of Sondelle by Bevan McGuiness

Don’t fret if you love great fantasy but you’re not at AussieCon4. Here’s a sneak peek at Perth-based author Bevan McGuiness’s upcoming book, the first in the Eleven Kingdoms trilogy. Bevan is also the author of the Triumvirate trilogy, which began with The Awakening.

He stopped digging.
The only sound he heard was his own laboured breathing; his panting breath disturbed the dirt in front of his face. The darkness was total — he could not see his own hands, or the blood he knew was welling from his torn nails and scraped knuckles. He lifted his head slightly, bumping on the top of the tunnel.
There it was again — that sound. With an effort, he controlled his breathing, trying to listen for whatever it was he’d heard twice now. His heart thumped in his chest, but he managed to quieten its frantic pace with a calming exercise he’d learned. In the silence, he listened again.
Dripping. Was it water? A moment’s fear swept over him. Where was he? Had he gone too far? Was there a river or a lake nearby? His fingers gripped the dirt, feeling the moistness. Had he been wrong to assume the moisture was his blood? In the dark, with the earth all around him, he felt the panic start to take hold. He became aware of the tiny hole he was in, how far beneath the surface he was, how far away from his dank — but safe — cell. Fear shifted to unreason, unreason moved towards panic, and panic looked at terror.
It took a great effort, but he wrested control of his mind and body back from an abyss of terror. Down there he saw his own death awaiting him.

Read on.

Bevan McGuiness: Coming third is still a winner!

Bevan McGuiness recently launched his new book (the final instalment in the Triumvirate Trilogy), The Way of Purity, at Dymocks Fremantle. He does a quick round up for us, below.

Bevan signs away!

Bevan signs away!

It’s funny how things can change. When my first book was published by Voyager it was “wow” and “that’s wonderful” and other sounds of great excitement from all around. When the third book was published it was more like ‘Yeah, that’s cool. Did you see the Eagles match on the weekend?” (Being a Fremantle supporter, no I did not see the Eagles get thumped again on the weekend. I enjoyed it, but I certainly did not watch it.)

Nevertheless, I was bouncing around like a teenager when the third book arrived, all crisp and shiny in the box from Voyager. The book launch was set for Friday afternoon at 4:30 in Fremantle. I’ve always liked Fremantle and when the opportunity from Dymock’s came, I was happy. It was back into the address book to send invitations to everyone in there, not to mention a stack taken to work – and I have to admit I gave some to my daughter to take to school.

Dymock’s Fremantle has a lovely little café area at the back of the shop, and they put on wine and food which was very well received by all. It was great when people started to wander in and look at the posters on the wall and come and have a chat, and then, even better, when they bought a copy of the book. Some even bought all three!

The Way of Purity launch gets underway

The Way of Purity launch gets underway

I don’t know how many books we sold, but it was a good time and afterwards a few of us went down to the Cappuccino Strip for pizza. So even if the third book never seems quite so exciting as the first, believe me when I say, it is even more so for us writers.

The Awakening, First Weapon and The Way of Purity are all out now.