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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!

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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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

How to be a Writer’s Best Friend #6

Posted 5 November, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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Watch your author friend’s book trailers right to the end! Share them everywhere on facebook, twitter, pinterest, linkedin etc etc Leave encouraging comments on You Tube about her book trailer and remember to like it!

DON’T

Tell her that her books aren’t your kind of thing without reading one first.

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

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How to be a Writer’s Best Friend #5

Posted 28 October, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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DO

Sign up to receive an email whenever your friend publishes a book. Sign up to her newsletter and provide her with encouraging feedback for each issue.

DON’T

Expect to have a book dedicated to you unless you’ve repeatedly reviewed her books well and helped her promote them in some way.

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

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How to be a Writer’s Best Friend #4

Posted 20 October, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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Buy subsequent books by your author friend as soon as they are available. Repeat steps #1 – #3.

DON’T

Insist on going round for coffee. She’s writing. Wait until you’re invited.

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

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Olin Heon

Posted 12 October, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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Olin Heon Volume Four of The Kaerling is now available online!

… The figure stooped down and took a bunch of keys from the warder’s belt. Lored backed away from the barred door, feeling nervous without the protection of his staff. Nilo inserted a key into the lock and turned it. The door swung open and Lored cautiously stepped out of his cell.

“I’m not going to eat you,” Nilo said gruffly. “I’m getting you out of here.”

“Look, I don’t mean to be ungrateful.” Lored hesitated. “But who are you and why are you rescuing me?”

“Long story,” replied the other. “I’ll explain when we’re safe. We’ve got to get to the upper levels in time to avoid the klanchiefs’ procession.”

“Procession?”

“Come on!” A large hand with an iron-like grip fastened onto the taku-kevir’s left arm.

“But we need to look for my staff,” Lored protested. “I can’t leave without it!”

“Got it already.” Nilo growled. “Along with your book and clothes and spare boots. But I couldn’t find your cloak of invisibility.”

They were marching quickly along the passageway, Lored almost running to keep up with Nilo.

“I don’t have a cloak of invisibility,” he panted.

“That explains why I couldn’t find it …”

This is an extract from my latest novel, Olin Heon! Different characters, different timeline, same story – The Kaerling.

Download your copy of Olin Heon now! It’s available at a large number of online stores including Amazon US, Amazon UK, Apple, Kobo and Barnes & Noble.

Check out my video about Olin Heon at YouTube!

The first volume in the series, Silver Fire, is a FREE download!

Make sure you read Ambassador and An Ancient Song before Olin Heon! Elizabeth Leaper loved Silver Fire and Ambassador so much, she reviewed them together! Cheryl Holloway features the first three volumes on her blog and Al-Alhambra reviewed Silver Fire recently!

© Freya Pickard 2019

Rumour spreads

Posted 4 October, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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The September issue of my Newsletter is available now!

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Don’t you just love the painting by Elisa Choi on the front cover?!

In this issue I describe what it’s like in the “quiet months” when running a B&B.

When we’re closed, I still have to answer the telephone and deal with online bookings. We try and keep to a regular routine otherwise we find we get too tired. We’re usually up by 8am …

I also continue my explorations of Dartmoor in haiku and elfje.

a cascade of joy

descends as the lark rises;

summer has arrived

© Freya Pickard 2019

And, subscribers get to read the third episode of Rumour! Dracomagan has finally managed to get her companions away from Camelot II but before they reach Fellfords and the gruesome monster, she needs some advice from Merlin …

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I really enjoyed reading it, the story is full of suspence and intrigue, which I both adore, and the haiku are great! C Messelodi

© Freya Pickard 2019


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