Fiona McIntosh

Best seller list – May 2012

Thank you to all readers who have picked up a copy of The Lavender Keeper and not only taken it onto the fiction best selling top 10 books in Australia but kept it there. Hooray! I am truly grateful to all of you and it spurs me on to ensure the sequel is a worthy continuation of the story. I’m working on its second draft now and enjoying it hugely. Keep your lovely mail coming – you know I’ll answer promptly, especially now that I’m returned from my roamings in Europe where I’ve been busy researching two (possibly three) new novels for you. It’s brilliant to be home and back behind my desk.

Anyway, big thanks again to the readers of Australia who love a good action adventure with a hefty dose of romance. Fx



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  1. Elaine Smith May 28, 2012

    Fiona, have just finished The Lavender Keeper and thoroughly enjoyed the story of Lisette and Luc. Can’t wait for the sequel – when do you think it may be published and do you have a name for it as yet? Please continue writing about such good characters . I enjoyed smelling my lavender hand cream while curled up in a sunny spot reading the book. Regards, Elaine


    • Fiona May 28, 2012

      Do you know, smelling that hand cream, feeling the sun on your back and reading about lavender at the same time would definitely have had a subliminal effect. Fragrances are so evocative and can achieve powerful images. Thank you – that’s fantastic that you enjoyed it and yes, at the moment we are using a working title of Luc’s Promise but I think that may change as we get closer to release date. It hasn’t stuck yet…who knows!
      Great to hear from you. F


  2. Micah H. May 29, 2012

    Lovely. Lovely. Lovely.

    Thank-you so much for your splendid presentation at the Tea Tree Gully Library last night. I thoroughly enjoyed your wit, sincerity and candid manner – even the droopy microphone added to the humour of the evening.

    I am only about a third of the way through The Lavender Keeper, and am easily transported to the locations in the story and sympathise with the characters. Accordingly I am finding it hard to put down and fulfil many of my life’s other obligations (i.e. the one’s which have consequences for neglecting them), which is exactly how I want a story to affect me. The text follows closely, and with great success, the recipe taught in your workshop.

    After last night’s précis I eagerly anticipate meeting your beloved Markus Kilian, but am enjoying, just as much, the rest of the text so far.

    How fortunate the literary world is for your mid-life-crisis and junction where you chose to follow your itch.

    I wish you all the success and look forward to finishing reading The Lavender Keeper along with a number of your other titles, soon to grace my bedside table.

    Sincere thanks,

    Micah H.


    • Fiona May 29, 2012

      Micah, it was wonderful to see you again and thank you for coming to the event, for being so supportive and especially for buying and reading The Lavender Keeper. I am so lucky to have such loyalty from readers who will follow me through my mad pathway around genres. I love storytelling and that’s what I think transcends genre. If you can tell a good tale, it doesn’t matter what pigeon-hole it fits into…people will ultimately always enjoy an absorbing, engaging story. Anyway, I do hope you keep turning the pages and that it remains a happy companion for you. You have a lot on your plate at the moment but you described yourself very well as a dreamer so dream on….they will wait for you and writing has a way of choosing the right time, rather than you choosing it.

      The droopy microphone ended up pointing below my waist at one point. I mean really! In spite of it, I had a wonderful evening with a marvellous, responsible audience.



  3. Jill Marley August 15, 2012

    Hi Fiona – In only a few days, I have absorbed all 462 inspirational pages of great writing in The Lavender Keeper. I’m still floating around my home, hugging the book close so the beautiful and sometimes frightening story stays with me for a bit longer. Congratulations – a moving story with characters the reader can say they know well enough to feel for their situations. I loved how the story kept pushing onto the next event and then rolling into the next bit of tension and resolution. Whew! Thank you – I now await the sequel.


    • Fiona August 15, 2012

      Hi Jill….how generous you are – thank you! I’m thrilled you were moved and felt all the tension for the characters. They all felt extremely real to me when I was crafting the story and it’s wonderful to know that feeling has travelled through the words and via your imagination to affect your emotions too. Brilliant! The sequel is not that far away. I am working on the copy edit at the end of this month and then it’s a rollercoaster of proofs through to publication for March 2013. I should be on tour too for it so hopefully I can sign a book for you somewhere or say hello in person. Happy reading and thanks again for such a lovely note. F


  4. Trina November 12, 2012

    Hi Fiona – just re reading the Lavender Keeper, and my Mum and I were talking about when the sequel was going to be on the way, and I have just found this site. So we are now waiting happily for March 2013!!!


    • Fiona November 12, 2012

      Hi Trina

      My best to mum too and thank you to both of you for enjoying The Lavender Keeper enough to re-read it. Perfect preparation for March. I’ve just seen the cover for the sequel. Yummy! You will love it both of you. Thanks again. F


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