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Posted 6 July, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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The Kaerling by Freya Pickard


Volume One Silver Fire – FREE download!

When Otta receives instructions from a shrine-less god, she finds herself on a peculiar quest. Accompanied by her twin brother, Erl, they seek to find the mysterious Unicorn’s Trail …

“I was so happy to find a book that truly captivated my imagination from beginning to end.” K Johnston

Available online as a FREE download! Check out the video at YouTube!


Volume Two Ambassador

Trapped in Aura Vere, the twins must survive. Mistaken for a kaerling ambassador, Otta becomes more and more frustrated while Erl finds a measure of contentment in his work. But Derri’s identity remains a mystery and the kaerlings are aware of their presence in the city …

“I simply adored reading Ambassador and look forward to the sequel!” C Messelodi

Available online NOW! Check out the video at YouTube!

An Ancient Song Volume Three of The Kaerling Series

An Ancient Song Volume Three of The Kaerling Series

Volume Three An Ancient Song

Using the Suryan Exodus to escape the kaerlings in Aura Vere, Otta and Erl find themselves drawn into an alien culture. Otta discovers a dark side to her character while Erl is torn between protecting his sister and feeling at home with his rescuers. Finally, the riddle of the Unicorn’s Trail is made clear!

Available online NOW! Check out the book trailer on YouTube!

Read other people’s review about these books at Cheryl Holloway and The Wobbly Dum Dum Tree!

Discover more at Pinterest!

The Kaerling series can be found at: –

Amazon US, Amazon UK, iBooks, Kobo, Nook and other online stores!


Don’t forget …

Posted 30 June, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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Don’t forget that while I’m offline, I’ve scheduled some posts to appear over at Pure Haiku!


Take a peek now and see what I’ve been writing about!

I’ve been creating Landing Pages – check the first one out here!

Missing you all!

See you in the Autumn!

Much love

Freya xxx

Creation of Daeri

Posted 27 April, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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Zimtam was called from the stars and the moon

The strength of Isinga was placed in him

And Isinga saw he needed a mate

One who would race in the wind beside him

One to be mother of all Daeri.

So mighty Isinga turned to the sea

That which he tamed before light was born

From the vast ocean depths he called her

Formed her from the white rolling surge

Birthing her from the wave that was ninth

Filling her with the strength of the sea

Clothing her in the pale, sighing foam

Named her Laoka, white running water.

© Freya Pickard 2019

Foaming Wave photograph by Freya Pickard

Foaming Wave photograph by Freya Pickard

If you enjoy poetry like this, you can read more in My Mythology and This Is Me. And if you enjoy watching video poetry, see this poem at Creation of Daeri.

This is “goodbye” until September – I hope to pop online as and when I can, but can’t guarantee when I’ll be around due to the nature of my work! Thank you for reading – I look forward to catching up with you all again in the autumn.

For those of you who enjoy my poetry, I have scheduled some posts over at Pure Haiku which explore themes and characters from The Kaerling series. These will start appearing from 9th May onwards.

And don’t forget to read these reviews about The Kaerling series at Cheryl Holloway’s blog and The Wobbly Dum Dum Tree!

Be part of my creative process

Posted 19 April, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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Did you know that you can be part of my creative process?


Poetry Postcard by Freya Pickard

Poetry Postcard by Freya Pickard

I’m not kidding!

All my patreon supporters receive special, exclusive gifts in return for a regular, monthly donation.

Those who donate $1 receive a unique poetry postcard, which is only available to them! I paint, sketch and draw real and abstract images and then work a poem into the picture. I don’t sell or promote these poetry postcards anywhere else, except on Patreon.

Those who donate $5 receive not only a poetry postcard every month, but also a complete, unpublished short story of at least 2000 words (sometimes the stories are a lot longer!) Very often I get glimpses of characters or ideas and write a short story before I develop the character and plot into a novel. So, in reading these unpublished short stories, you’re actually getting a sneak preview of something that may well become a fully-fledged novel someday!

$5 donations also get to see book covers and launch videos before anyone else does!

And, if you donate $10 a month, you get all of the above as well as one novel dedicated to you after 6 months, a free paperback every year (when available) and you get to read sample chapters of forthcoming books before they are launched!



And what do I use the money for? Marketing! I am self-employed and literally just make ends meet. I have no disposable income at all. So I am reliant on my Patreon supporters to help me pay for the marketing of my books so they reach a wider audience.

Join me now on Patreon!

Check out my new Patreon video (contains footage of me reading excerpts from some of my books!) at YouTube!

Even if you are unable (or don’t want to) support me via Patreon, please consider sharing this post and video!

© Freya Pickard 2019

Sensual lips …

Posted 11 April, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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Otta turned her eyes back to Jas. He had the high cheekbones and angular eyes just like the kaerlings Dia travelled with, but his eyes were blue and his jaw strong. There was an arrogance about his face that enhanced his features and once more Otta felt strongly attracted to him. He lay back down on the bed and Otta ran her eyes over the firm pectorals and biceps as he crossed his arms and stared at the ceiling again. Otta wondered why he didn’t look at Dia directly and then realised she was part of a thought and Jas could not see anything, just hear Dia’s voice.

Well, I am honoured. He grinned, curling his lip derisively, revealing even, white teeth.

He had sensual lips, Otta thought, and wondered what it would feel like to be kissed by them. Nagaru nudged her sharply.

Pay attention, he whispered softly.

I need the use of your special talent.

Jas chuckled quietly and ran his hands through his short, dark hair. Are you asking for help? Dia of the House of Amethyst never needs help!

This is an extract from An Ancient Song, Volume Three of The Kaerling. Otta finds herself in several dangerous situations as the tale progresses. Available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and many other online stores. Have you seen the video about it at YouTube!

Don’t forget that the first volume of The Kaerling, Silver Fire, is a FREE download!

© Freya Pickard 2019

An Ancient Song

Posted 3 April, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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An Ancient Song explores the dark recesses of Otta’s soul and gives Erl a new meaning to his life.

An Ancient Song continues the twins’ quest for the “Unicorn’s Trail” with a shocking revelation at the end.

An Ancient Song takes the reader into a different world where the races are divided and immigrants seek to find their way in a strange and hostile land.

This is Volume Three of The Kaerling. It was a difficult book to write as I explored Otta’s inexplicable dislike of the despised Suryan. Like Nagaru, I wanted her to admit she had killed a man and to overcome her irrational prejudice towards the travellers who protect her.

Not everything is resolved in this volume, but, as Nagaru tells her towards the end, it’s a beginning!

Want to find out exactly how Otta and Erl escape from Aura Vere? Want to know how they discover the truth about the “Unicorn’s Trail”? Want to meet more of the Kaerlings who are both attractive and repelling at the same time?

If the answer is yes to one or more of the above questions, you need to buy An Ancient Song, now! Available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and many other online stores.

Not convinced yet? Check out my video about Volume Three of The Kaerling at YouTube! Alternatively, take a peek at Elizabeth Leaper’s amazing reviews of the first two books in the series at The Wobbly Dum Dum Tree!

© Freya Pickard 2019


Rumour begins …

Posted 26 March, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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smudged horizon

slanting sunlight glows

softens this harsh, dangerous


© Freya Pickard 2019

This is just one of my poems describing the mystical landscape of Dartmoor. In my newsletters this year, I’m exploring the terrain, mood and life of this unique moor in south-west England. I’ve used both haiku and elfje to depict the different aspects of Dartmoor which still haunts me …

Clippings March 2019

Clippings March 2019

And it’s not just free poetry you can read in my newsletter! This month, a new story begins, beautifully illustrated by artist Elisa Choi!

Her Majesty, Queen Dracomagan the First was seated on her throne. Perhaps seated was too broad a term to use. She was sprawled on the uncomfortable chair, legs stuck out on the top step, arms hanging loosely over the sides. Her crown was wonky and her long hair tumbled untidily around her face …

And, if you like to get a peek inside a writer’s real life, I’m also writing about how I run a busy Bed & Breakfast in the summer months! Want to read more?

Just sign up to receive my free Newsletter at with “Request Clippings” in the subject line.

Clippings June 2019

Clippings June 2019

© Freya Pickard 2019

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