Another extract from Vintrig’s Throne …

Posted 20 February, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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Isu Magan, Queen of Vintrig’s Kingdom is in love with Sama Conn; but she is forbidden to marry. After the crowning ceremony and celebrations, Isu and Sama steal some time alone in the Library but are rudely interupted by Sergeant Aurik …
Aurik attacked, trying to chop the torch in two. But the wood had been treated and his arms jarred as he smote the wooden length. Sama counterattacked and Aurik had to duck and spin aside to avoid the flaming head. Against her will, Isu was impressed at how agile Aurik was. Sama waded in, not waiting for the sergeant to recover, and forced him back towards the opposite doorway. Both men were breathing heavily and sweat glistened red in the ruddy light.

Then it seemed that Sama changed tactic and step by step retreated towards Isu. Her heart laboured in her chest. Was he injured? Aurik smiled slowly as Sama retreated, wielding his torch in imitation of a sword. The sergeant winked and leered over Sama’s shoulder at Isu. She felt her cheeks redden and looked around for something to defend herself with.
Abruptly Sama came to a halt, a good way from the wall.
“Tired out, singer?” Aurik sneered.
Blade and torch wove through the air with neither man giving ground. A movement in the doorway across the room caught her eye. Remembering what Aurik had said about Jya and his servants, she screamed.
The sound of her cry caught Aurik off guard and he span round as Sama fell to the floor and rolled over. Out of the darkness, a silver blade gleamed and sped towards the sergeant. Isu couldn’t see who was standing in the doorway and opened her mouth for another scream. The scream came, but not from Isu. The silver blade embedded itself in Aurik’s sword arm …
The above is a short extract from my newest novel, Vintrig’s Throne, available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and iTunes. Find out what’s gone before and what happens next by purchasing the book today! Not convinced yet? Take a look at my short teaser film about it at YouTube
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© Freya Pickard 2018
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Vintrig’s Throne – paperback!

Posted 19 February, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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Last year I published Vintrig’s Throne as an e-book. Now it is available as a paperback!
The power struggle that began in Vintrig’s Kingdom continues in the sequel …
Darkness, romance and intrigue! Blood, death and sacrifice! You’ll find all these and more in Vintrig’s Throne.
What will happen when Isu Magan finally claims the crown that is rightfully hers? Will she be able to overrule Jya’s laws? Or has Jya got something else planned for her? What will happen to the romance between Isu and Sama? Is it doomed to wither and fail or is there a way around the taboos laid upon the princess? Find out all the answers in Vintrig’s Throne !
This is an unusual fantasy novel. The plot does not revolve around a physical quest to gain or lose an object of power. Instead, this story is about the journey of a soul to distinguish truth from lie and to discover who she really is …
It is available NOW at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and iTunes.
Check out my short teaser film about it at YouTube
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© Freya Pickard 2018

EPod Interview with Richard Ankers

Posted 12 February, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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Welcome back to my Escape Pod Interview series. If you’re not familiar with this kind of post, please read the back story at Escape Pod Emulation!
So, let’s open the Escape Pod door and find who’s managed to escape today… Hello there! It’s Richard Ankers! What 5 items have you brought with you?
The first and only thing I would need would be a tennis ball. I could quite happily sit and bounce it off the Escape Pod’s frame for hundreds of hours. My next four items are therefore luxuries.
A copy of The Dancers at the End of Time by Michael Moorcock.

A copy of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.
A pen.
A notebook.

Richard Ankers says of himself, “When I realised I could no longer be happy unless writing, I resigned from my job to do so. I gave up all that I was to become everything that I could be. Regardless of success, I will never have made a better decision in my life. I’d rather be a happy pauper than a wealthy zombie.”

Richard is the author of The Eternals series which can be found at
“The Eternals”
“Hunter Hunted”
“Into Eternity”
What is this series about? “For Jean, eternity should’ve meant forever.”
© Freya Pickard 2018

How I choose covers for my magazine …

Posted 29 January, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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Choosing the front cover for my quarterly Newsletter, I believe, is as important as choosing the right cover for one of my books. So, how do I do it?
With four covers to commission a year, I have to be very organised about it. Usually, I will plan the four episodes of the short story I’m writing, and know roughly what will appear in each issue. Then, I work out how to make an intriguing cover that reflects the content.
I commission paintings from Elisa Choi Ang and photographs from Jonathon B. Hoyt. I have worked with both of them for several years now and feel they both understand the way my creativity works. What I love about working with two different artists in two different formats, is that something that may not work in photography, works in painting and vice versa.

I generally offer two pictures to Elisa and two to JBH each year and try and ask them 2-3 months in advance of when I need the image. They both often have lots of questions which helps me clarify what I really want on the front page.
In 2014 & 2015 I asked both artists to incorporate elfje into their pictures written either by myself or my friends. In 2016 I gave both artists short extracts from the text that would be appearing in the issue they were working on and asked them to incorporate the words they felt inspired by into the finished product.
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© Freya Pickard 2018

EPod for Shehanne Moore

Posted 22 January, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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Welcome to the first Escape Pod Interview in 2018. If you’re not familiar with this kind of post, please read the back story at Escape Pod Emulation! So, let’s open the Escape Pod door and find who’s managed to escape this time… Hello, it’s Shehanne Moore! What 5 items have you taken to the Escape Pod?
1 My photograph album so I can look at everyone in my family, especially past and present till I can be with them again.
2 Pen and paper. I’d lose my sanity otherwise. Of course it has to be an everlasting supply. I could be here long enough.
3 A crate of very nice wine. Oh, please don’t tell me I am only allowed a bottle? In that ‘case’ I will have to have a wine making kit and an another everlasting supply.
4 A lovely old gramophone so I can listen to some lovely old records.
5 And what about a claw footed bath? One needs somewhere to drink ones wine and listen to their old records!


Shehanne Moore is a Scottish born author who writes gritty, witty, more risky than risqué, historical romance, set wherever takes her fancy—stories that detail the best and worst of human behaviour, as opposed to pouts and flounces.

Don’t forget to check out Shehanne’s novel, “The Writer and the Rake—Time Mutants”. In 1765 he’d sooner be poor than be by her side. In 2017 she’d sooner be rich!

You can follow Shehanne at: –
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© Freya Pickard 2017

Green Darkness

Posted 9 January, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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I stand at the border of the forest, amidst grasping root and snaking vine. And I listen. I can hear you snuffling in the green darkness. Your breath sucks in and blows out. In my mind’s eye I can see the moist cavity of your lungs ballooning and deflating. A breeze scratches among the leaves and I freeze. Your snorting ceases. The deep shadows become still. A scrabble of earth, the ripping of vines and you, the Animal, are gone.

I wait until daylight when sunlight dapples the forest floor. I hear you roar, greeting the new day and I search for you. Following your razor-like tracks in the leaf mould, I walk beneath tall trees and beside rushing rivers. Would your sharp claws embrace me if I met you?
Your heavy stench drifts upon the close air. My nostrils flare in revulsion even as I strain eagerly forwards to catch a glimpse of you. But the forest glade is empty. I stand at the edge. Your scent pulses around me. I know you are there. My eyes examine every plant, every pattern of light and shade. You are too well concealed. The pattern of your fur blends with the dappled shadows …
This is a short extract from my most recent publication; Xmas @ Camelot II, available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and iTunes. It’s a collection of 10 short stories about Choices, Transitions, Shape-Shifting and Virtual Reality! Check out my video at YouTube.
Currently available as an e-book, I will release a paperback version once I’ve published a few more volumes of Dragonscale Diffusions!
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© Freya Pickard 2018

Xmas @ Camelot II

Posted 8 January, 2018 by dragonscaleclippings
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If you thought Christmas was over, think again! Here are 10 weird and wonderful tales from my fertile imagination!
This is the first collection in my Dragonscale Diffusions series. These are stories which may involve Dracomagan, or, they may not be about her at all! The tales in Xmas @ Camelot II vary in length from 50 words to 2,660! So you can dip in and out of them whenever you have time. And don’t worry, these stories take you through the seasons, they’re not all about Christmas!
If you’ve enjoyed my novels Vintrig’s Kingdom and Vintrig’s Throne, you’ll love to discover the prose tales of The Slaying of Jormungund and the full length version of the Snow Bear. If you like Dragonscale Leggings, you can indulge your love of Dracomagan in both Trapped and Xmas @ Camelot II.
The themes within these tales centre around Transitions, Shape Shifters, Choices and Virtual Reality. Turning Point is a short Freudian study of light and dark and Lie In is my take on a popular fairy tale. Ariel is my interpretation of Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, whilst Animal explores the complicated world of shape-shifting. And, Taking Root, is another interpretation of an old, old manuscript and Norsemare is a wry glance at the world of gaming …
Dare to walk the paths of darkness and light, explore your reactions to the choices my characters make!
It is available NOW at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and iTunes.
As always, there’s a VERY short video about this collection at YouTube
Currently only available as an e-book, the paperback will be released in the future once I’ve published several more Dragonscale Diffusions!
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© Freya Pickard 2018

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