EPod Interview – Corin Reyburn

Posted 17 October, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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Welcome once more to my EPod Interview series! New to my blog and haven’t come across one yet? Check out the back story at Escape Pod Emulations.

Who is inside the lastest escape pod to arrive? If we just open the door – sorry, it’s a bit dented… And the oxygen levels are showing as severely depleted… Out fall two cats and – who’s this? Welcome back to civilisation, Corin Reyburn! What did you take with you?

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Though it’s a bit cramped in the EPod, I would find a way to fit my guitar in there with me. Drifting through space is a great time to catch up on missed opportunities to practice, write new songs, and keep myself company through music.
My pod wouldn’t be complete without tea. As I’m a big teahead, I’d want to bring a selection of teas–mostly oolong, green tea, and herbal–and an electric kettle, which could integrate wirelessly and seamlessly into the EPod’s interface. After a brief time, the on-board comm panel would learn to make the tea for me.
A bottle of Sriracha hot sauce is of course necessary. Who knows, over time I might actually grow to enjoy the strange taste of Sriracha-laced energy bars.
Though they are not items, I have to cheat a bit and say that numbers four and five on my list would be my two cats, Isis and Cleo. They are old pros at navigating through deep space, so their presence here is paramount. Depending on how long we’re adrift, I’m sure they’ll master the electric guitar, the art of making tea, and develop a taste for Sriracha flavored energy bars.
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Corin Reyburn enjoys transmuting cosmic energy and the use of unconventional instruments in rock n’ roll music. Reyburn has a degree in Creative Writing and Critique from Oregon State University, and has work featured in places such as M-BRANE SF, Subtopian Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, Jersey Devil Press, The Gateway Review, and Quantum Muse. Reyburn is currently at work on the sequel to The Rise of Saint Fox and The Independence, which is set in a high-tech agricultural society in a galaxy far far away.

Corin’s latest book is called The Rise of Saint Fox and The Independence. This novel is about an underground cryptocurrency movement fronted by a London rock band that gains enough followers to spark a revolution.

You can purchase your own copy of Corin’s novel at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, AbeBooks & IndieBound.

Why not follow Corin at
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Until you showed your face …

Posted 9 October, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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Feeling nervous, Otta followed Erl and Derri through the gate and entered the guardhouse. The heat struck Otta like a physical blow and for a moment she found it hard to breathe. Then she became aware of how her fingers and toes hurt.

“Come to the fire, travellers.” One of the guards spoke. “You must be nearly perished with cold.”

“It has been rather chilly.” Erl remarked, setting Derri down before the fire.

The guards laughed at Erl’s comment and the child cringed, staring around. Otta hurried over to him, reassuring him with quiet words. She pulled off his wraps and gloves and made him stretch out his hands to the fire. Derri did as he was told and stared into the dancing flames, entranced. Otta started removing her own woollen gloves and fur muffler as Erl continued to joke with the guards. A sudden halt in conversation indicated that something was wrong. She glanced up as she removed her hood, enjoying the heat on her face. Without exception every guard was staring at her. Outside the traders’ wagons lumbered past.

What’s wrong? she asked Erl silently.

No idea, he replied. They were fine until you showed your face …

This is an excerpt from my recently published book, Ambassador. This is volume 2 of The Kaerling which is available now at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iBooks, Kobo & Nook.

Not convinced yet? Check out the video about Ambassador at YouTube.

Don’t forget that the first book in The Kaerling series, Silver Fire, is a FREE download …

© Freya Pickard 2018

Ambassador

Posted 1 October, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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At last, it’s here!

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Ambassador is the second volume in The Kaerling series.

Otta and Erl have had to take refuge with Derri in the city of Aura Vere while winter storms ravage the land. Due to a misunderstanding at the gates, Otta is forced to act as a Kaerling in order to get free board and lodging.

Evading Nagaru’s wish to talk about the Chandar she inadvertently killed, Otta spends her time looking for clues about the Unicorn’s Trail and trying to find out about Derri’s parentage. Erl, meanwhile, finds work with the despised Suryan and regains a measure of confidence, even though his memory is still blank.

pat_unicorn_17But the Kaerlings are aware of Otta’s presence. How long can she remain hidden from them? Why do they think she is deflecting? And why does she resemble the female ambassador so much? Will the twins be able to evade the Kaerlings before it is too late …

Find out in Ambassador, available now at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iBooks, Kobo & Nook.

Not convinced yet? Check out the video about Ambassador at YouTube.

Don’t forget that the first book in The Kaerling series, Silver Fire, is a FREE download …

© Freya Pickard 2018

 

 

 

Giving something back – my newsletter

Posted 23 September, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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This is the third way I’m giving back …
I believe strongly in giving back to the writing community. And my Newsletter is one way of giving something free to my followers. If you have read my books, read my blog regularly and just can’t get enough of my writing, then you need to sign up for my Newsletter.

Not only do you receive a free short story every year through the Newsletter, you get to read unpublished poetry as well as getting a glimpse into my real life.
All you have to do is to send an email to dragonscaleclippings@gmail.com with “Request Clippings” in the subject line and you will be sent a pdf copy of my quarterly Newsletter. Your email will never be passed on or sold to anyone else.
The story that began in The Essence of Thyme and continued in The Oil of Sage, will conclude in The Attar of Chervil!
Check out my video about my newsletter at YouTube. Sign up now to get your FREE episodes!
To navigate around this blog, simply click on the dragonscales at the top of the page and scroll down to see the options on the right handside.
© Freya Pickard 2018
PS only 8 days to go until Ambassador is launched!

Quirky, intriguing fairy tales!

Posted 15 September, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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It’s nearly Christmas! Have you stocked up yet on your holiday reading? If you haven’t, here are some suggestions that will only cost you $1 each …
If you enjoy quirky, different stories, may I suggest Xmas @ Camelot II ? It contains 10 tales of varying length, covering a variety of worlds. The stories within the volume explore Transitions, Choices and Virtual Reality …
But if you prefer romance and intrigue, why don’t you give The Essence of Thyme a try? It’s a re-working of Sleeping Beauty with two women trying wake a sleeping Prince …
And finally, if you enjoy reading fairy tales at Christmas, then I suggest The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories. These are fairy tales with a feminist twist to them and, like traditional fairy tales, they don’t always end as you would expect!

All 3 books are available as ebooks and The Rusalka Ritual is also available to buy as a paperback.
Whatever you read, have a wonderful, enjoyable Christmas!
© Freya Pickard 2018
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Giving something back … Pure Haiku

Posted 7 September, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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Hello once again! How are you all?

 I’m kind of back online, though please bear with me as I start to catch up on everything!

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Here is another way that I am giving something back to the writing community.

I originally set up a blog at Pure Haiku so I had somewhere to publish my traditional haiku. In 2010 I was having my haiku rejected from so many places simply because they were traditional and apparently too difficult to write. Really? Well, with just under 6000 followers, I think I’ve made my point!

This blog is now a way of sharing my own and other peoples’ traditional haiku. This is me giving something back to the writing community. I know how difficult it is when you start to write. So I have made Pure Haiku a haven for those who enjoy writing and reading traditional haiku in the English language.

All the haiku published on this site are structured classically with 5-7-5 syllables per line. Please take this into account if you wish to Submit your own haiku and feature as a guest writer. I am aware that my haiku cannot be truly classical because I do not write in the old style of Japanese. Yet, this is how I was taught to write them many years ago and I find haiku such as these very pleasing to read.

Three times a year I feature haiku by one guest writer. This is by invitation only. The best way to receive an invitation is to submit 4-5 haiku on the current theme whenever Pure Haiku is OPEN to submissions.

Pure Haiku is OPEN right now to submissions!

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© Freya Pickard 2018

Ambassador – cover reveal

Posted 20 June, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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Thank you to everyone who has downloaded Silver Fire for FREE!
If you’ve already read Silver Fire, Volume Two of The Kaerling, will be available in early October!
The twins, Otta and Erl, are trapped in Aure Vere, the capital city of Falnaboldu. Due to a misunderstanding at the gates, Otta is having to pretend she is one of the Kaerling Ambassadors currently visiting the King and High Priestess …
Until September, have a pleasant summer. I will be busy running my business and won’t be around online until the autumn is well under way. Thank you for following me and reading my works. Much appreciation to you all!
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© Freya Pickard 2018

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