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Posted 6 July, 2019 by dragonscaleclippings
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The Kaerling by Freya Pickard is a series of linked novellas tracing an epic fantasy tale in the mysterious world of Nirunen.

What starts as an innocent quest to follow the unicorn’s trail, turns into a sinister nightmare.

The first three volumes, Silver Fire, Ambassador and An Ancient Song, tell of the journey of Otta and Erl as they seek to follow the legendary unicorn’s trail.

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

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

Silver Fire is available online as a FREE download! at Apple, Kobo, Nook, Angus & Robertson, Mondadori and Scribd. Unfortunately, Amazon don’t allow authors to have Permafree books but they do allow me to sell Silver Fire for just 99c…

Whilst Tari comes to terms with sudden changes and violent death in the Temple in Aura Vere, Lored seeks to find a new purpose in life.

Volumes 4 – 6, (Olin Heon, Hidden Lands and Aura Vere) introduce two new main characters; Lored, a taku-kevir, and Tari, an acolyte. The sixth volume, Aura Vere, brings together the 4 main storylines making way for this series to continue…

“Freya’s ability to craft complex characters and create an interwoven storyline shows well in this volume!” Troy

Watch ALL the book trailers HERE!

Uneasy Allies follows the five companions as they pursue the kaerlings through the remote countryside of Falnaboldu. Their mission is simple – to rescue Lally and Derri from the evil kaerlings. But catching up with the kaerlings proves to be anything but simple, and the five companions discover that they can’t completely trust each other.

“The action was pacy and compelling.” J Poulter

The book trailer for Uneasy Allies is available HERE.

Fair Wind – Lored and his companions are on a rescue mission but first they have to endure a sea voyage.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It’s a beautifully written story and I find all of the characters interesting.” E Baxter

Watch the book trailer HERE!

Elkadanu As Lored attempts to investigate the truth of the charges brought against Rue, the herb woman, Tari tries to hide her insecurities and doubts behind a facade of serenity.

“This is a fantastic read. The characters are all well drawn and the landscape through which the characters move is familiar and easily imaginable, yet quite magical as well.” W Thomas

Watch the book trailer HERE!

Listen to Freya’s playlist for Elkadanu on Spotify!

Discover ALL the books in The Kaerling series so far at Amazon, Nook, Kobo and iTunes!

Elkadanu

Posted 15 May, 2022 by dragonscaleclippings
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It’s here! You can now read Elkadanu at iTunes, Kobo and Nook as well as on Kindle!

Tari held the divining rod in her hands, feeling the peeled bark beneath her fingers. She walked slowly up and down on the short turf, all her senses open to the slightest quiver in her hands. Nothing.

As she walked, she imagined she was Undine, priestess of Aqua, who had been her protector, confidant and guide for nearly a year. Undine had been tall and slender and serene. Tari was not tall and was curvy, rather than slim and, until recently, hadn’t felt serene at all. However, the treu-priestess had learnt, that by just pretending to be Undine, she could feel calm and confident, and that, in turn, encouraged other people to think she was serene.

This was especially important in the Cathair on Kiros where everyone looked at Tari all the time. Her relationship with the Queen was secure but Tari couldn’t afford to let anyone else know how terrified she was of this role that Lored, the taku-kevir had thrust upon her.

Tari paused at the edge of the hill and set the forked hazel stick on the ground, releasing her fingers, flexing her wrists. She stared out over the land and sea, looking down at the Cathair below. From here, the castle looked small; the tops of grey walls and slate roofs were dull beneath the clouded sky. A pale road wound through the town below the Cathair, ending at the harbour with toy-size boats and ships at anchor. The ocean appeared flat and grey and stretched out in a large curve towards the far horizon. To the west, green, wooded hills cast shadows towards the castle, and, to the east, farmland gave way to a distant darkness that Tari assumed was the Wild Wood.

Above is a short extract from Elkadanu, which is being launched TODAY! It’s available at a multitude of book stores, including iTunes, Nook & Kobo and is also available on Kindle at ALL marketplaces.

Watch the Book Trailer HERE!

If you have a Spotify account you can listen to my playlist for Elkadanu HERE!

“This is a fantastic read. The characters are all well drawn and the landscape through which the characters move is just right – familiar and easily imaginable, yet quite magical as well.” W Thomas

The Short of It

Posted 6 May, 2022 by dragonscaleclippings
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A HUGE Thank You to Susi Bocks for publishing 5 of my poems on I Write Her in April!

#PleaseShare if you enjoy reading my poems and check out all the other amazing posts on Susi’s blog!

Coming Soon!

Posted 1 May, 2022 by dragonscaleclippings
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Elkadanu, Volume 9 of The Kaerling, will be available to purchase on 15th May!

Above is my own interpretation of the book and below, is the book cover! What do you think?

“The character development is nicely handled. Tari is maturing into her role, but I like that she still has certain insecurities and doubts which she tries to hide behind the priestessy exterior she thinks she should have. This makes her a very real character and one we can easily identify with. We all put on a front to some degree, I think. Lored, too, comes across as a complex and sympathetic character. I’m looking forward to seeing how the relationship between him and Tari plays out in the future. Rue, too, is very well-drawn, as are the Queen and the cast of supporting characters.” W Thomas

What does Elkadanu mean? How will Tari cope with her doubts and insecurities? And will Lored be able to find enough evidence to free Rue, the herb woman, from prison?

Find out in ….

Clippings – Spring 2022

Posted 20 March, 2022 by dragonscaleclippings
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Mega thanks to Gwen Plano for publishing such a beautiful review of my poetry collection, Insides. Check it out HERE! If you haven’t got a Bookbub account, you can read the review below…

Thank you to Spillwords for publishing my poem, I, Vampire back in December 2021!

Thank you to Tigershark for publishing two of my poems in #30 in December last year as well! (It’s a FREE download!)

Thank you also to Luna for publishing my two of my poems so far this year! Check out Spite and Permission!

And thank you too to David ben Alexander at The Skeptic’s Kaddish for his wonderful collaborative poetry using words from my poem, Black Dust…

And a huge thank you to everyone who bought my latest book, Fair Wind, when it was launched in January. If you haven’t yet got your copy, it’s available on Kindle, Apple, Nook, Kobo and other online sites. Find out all about it HERE and watch the book trailer on YouTube. (If you like the book trailer, please share!) And, I’d love to know what you guys think of my latest volume in The Kaerling series…

Just reminder that I’m taking part in a Fantasy E-Book Giveaway at World of Fantasy. My book, Olin Heon, is one of the 37 books you can download for FREE up until 31st March – don’t delay, grab it (and other novels) today! Follow @BookCaveDirect for more free deals on Twitter!

Over at Pure Haiku my guests and I have been exploring the theme of Ghostlight, inspired by the amazing fractal by Troi David Loy. You can read all the haiku for this theme starting HERE.

And over on Patreon, my supporters have been treated to three new stories about Dracomagan of Dragonscale Leggings. They’ve also received 3 unique postcards painted and designed by me with my very own Iendu Kimol verses on them! And they’ve been able to listen to the music for my playlist for volume 9 of The Kaerling as well as understanding WHY I chose the music for it. And, today, they have received a character study on Lored, the Taku-kevir who plays such a central role in The Kaerling series… Sign up today to get goodies like these and more!

Don’t forget that my poetry collection, Insides, is still just 99c until 31st March! Watch the book trailer HERE and download your copy at Kindle and other online stores! “I’ve always liked Freya’s poetry, but due to the subject content, this work really resonated with me because my wife was diagnosed with cancer around about the same time. It was a different form of cancer, however, the emotional distress is the same. It was a really tough year for us both, and this work brings to life the thoughts, the emotions, and the reality that such a traumatic experience can have in one’s life.” Kevin Cooper

I’m taking a few weeks break from blogging, but will be back online in early May! Thank you for reading my posts and I look forward to catching up with you all again soon!


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