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

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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

Discover other readers’ opinions of Silver Fire at Amazon, Goodreads and Indies Today.

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

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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 reviews about these books at Cheryl Holloway , Amazon and The Wobbly Dum Dum Tree!

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The Kaerling series can be found at: –

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

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Posted 16 January, 2020 by dragonscaleclippings
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hard blue sky, eye watering bright sun, white cloud whose edge eclipses the sun momentarily; radiance in the room

Cloud 1 by Freya Pickard

Cloud 1 by Freya Pickard

prose & painting © Freya Pickard 2020

 

The Day of Weird – cover reveal

Posted 8 January, 2020 by dragonscaleclippings
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What do you think of the front cover for my next paperback?

The Day of Weird Paperback Cover

The Day of Weird Paperback Cover

 

The Day of Weird contains the first 3 volumes of The Kaerling; Silver Fire, Ambassador and An Ancient Song.

If, like me, you prefer the feel of a real book in your hands and the smell of newly printed paper – this one will be available in a couple of weeks time!

Once again, Jonathon B. Hoyt has designed the jacket, using a sketch from Kombmaker’s unique collection.

Like the first three e-books, the paperback has a grey cover and I think Kombmaker’s sketch captures the countryside of Falna through which Otta and Erl travel.

What do you think? Will you be buying it?!

On a different note, don’t forget that Pure Haiku is opening early this year for haiku submissions. There are 3 themes and the submissions windows will open in January, February and March for each theme. To find out more, please visit Pure Haiku and sign up to receive notifications when submissions are being accepted!

Due to time constraints, I’m posting shorter blog posts this year. Over the next few months I’ll be sharing some “small stones” and paintings about Clouds. The paintings may not always match the words!

And finally, my Newsletter has undergone a huge makeover! If you’re not already signed up, please sign up for this monthly freebie HERE. My Newsletters are now shorter and will appear each month. (Don’t worry, I’m still giving away one short story each year in three episodes!) Find out why my current subscribers love reading my Newsletter!

© Freya Pickard 2020

2019 ends …

Posted 15 December, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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Thank you for reading this post.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Thank you for leaving comments and likes and making my day when I’ve been struggling this year.

Thank you for downloading my free book, Silver Fire.

Thank you for buying my other books online.

Thank you for reviewing my work and enabling me to keep on selling my books.

Thank you for being my audience.

Thank you for everything.

Have a wonderful Christmas and here’s to a peaceful, inspiring and creative New Year!

See you all again in 2020!

Much love

Freya xxx

Rumour ends …

Posted 7 December, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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Did you get the September issue of my Newsletter?

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Clippings September 2019

This month sees the conclusion of my short story Rumour as well as the last few haiku and elfje about my explorations of Dartmoor.

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tracery of ice

© Freya Pickard 2019

I love the amazing image Jonathon B. Hoyt produced for the front cover using one of my photographs! What do you think it depicts?

Clippings December 2019

Clippings December 2019

In this month’s issue I also attempt to describe how I fit in some writing during the months when our B&B is closed.

If I am in the middle of a sentence when the phone rings, I have to save the document and leave it there. I have to switch from creative mode to business mode and sometimes I lose the thread and never get the words back again for that particular moment …

Want to know more?

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Whenever you describe a scene, I don’t need pictures; the images are so clear in my mind. From ‘a chill wind rattled the dead leaves’ and ‘only the wind moaned,’ right through the end, you have such a unique, expressive and eloquent usage of words. S Evans

How to be a Writer’s Best Friend #8

Posted 29 November, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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DO

Follow your author friend on social media. Remember to re-tweet and share her posts to your followers. Help her spread the word about her books. You never know, you might end up getting a book dedicated to you!

DON’T

Expect her to tell you all about her next novel if you don’t regularly buy and review her published books.

You can find the links to all my books here at Playster.

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© Freya Pickard 2019

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How to be a Writer’s Best Friend #7

Posted 21 November, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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DO

Give your author friend space to write and work on her next book.

DON’T

Expect all her books to be the same. If you didn’t like something in one book, try a different series/character.

You can find the links to all my books here at 24Symbols.

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© Freya Pickard 2019

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Positives Please!

Posted 13 November, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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This is a short post about Reviews.

When I read reviews about a book/film/product, I only ever read the 4 and 5 star reviews. I never read anything lower. Why?

I work in the hospitality industry and have discovered that people who leave 1 star reviews or who complain a lot in reviews, have issues. Sometimes they have unrealistic expectations. Sometimes they bought the wrong product (eg a small B&B room instead of a luxury spa hotel spa) and don’t like it.

Having survived cancer, I believe life is too short to waste my time on reading complaints that often are irrelevant to the product I’m buying.

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When I read a review about a book, I want to know why the reviewer enjoyed it. I’m really not interested in story and character arcs. I read a lot of books that don’t conform to accepted ways of telling stories (JRR Tolkien and Patrick O’Brien for instance) so I don’t need to know if someone else found these things important. I want to know if it’s a page-turner or has an unexpected plot twist!

And these are the kinds of reviews I’m looking for for my own novels. Can you help? Silver Fire is a FREE download. Why don’t you start with this and post your review on Amazon or Goodreads? You never know, I might find your novel and read and review it myself!

© Freya Pickard 2019


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