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July Clippings

30 July, 2022

Reviews & Mentions

Thank you to Troithulu for your inspiring review of Uneasy Allies!

Thank you to Ruth for such a glowing review of The Kaerling series, and, in particular, Fair Wind and Elkadanu, both of which can be found at Amazon!

Thank you to Chris R Sendrowski for such an encouraging and heartfelt review of Elkadanu in May!

Thank you too to Priscilla Bettis for her wonderful review of my first collection of poetry, Insides, also at Amazon!

Thank you also to Shey for mentioning me and my book, Elkadanu at ShehanneMoore !

Publications

Thank you Susi Bocks at The Short of It for publishing 5 of my poems – these five, along with many others, will eventually be part of a collection of vampire verse…

Thank you Luna for publishing my poem, Fringes of Fear from my 2nd poetry collection, My Mythology at The Poetry Bar!

Thank you to Spillwords for publishing I Want It Darker, another of the poems that will appear in my vampire poetry collection which is due out in 2023!

Thank you to Mark at Lothlorien Poetry Journal for publishing NINE of my haiku!!!

Thank you to David Gardiner for publishing my short story, Beechmast Copse in Personal Bests Journal Issue 4!

Thank you to everyone who bought a copy of Elkadanu, published in May. It’s only £1.99 – why don’t you treat yourself to it this summer?

Special Offers

My Mythology is still FREE on iBooks, Kobo and Nook. On Kindle, it’s just 99c! (Amazon don’t like me making my books free for some reason…) This is a book full of fantastical poetry about creatures out of legend and in other worlds and it’s only discounted until 31st July…

Silver Fire is available as a FREE download in the July Blowout which ends 31st July – so grab it quick! This is the first book in my dark fantasy series The Kaerling.

Dragonscale Leggings is also available as a FREE download in Imagine That Young Adult giveaway which also ends 31st July. I’ve never made this book available for FREE download before, so get it while you can!

And, a sample of Elkadanu is currently available to download, FREE of charge in the Sample Extravanga giveaway, and guess what? That one ends on 31st July too – funny that! This is volume nine in The Kaerling series, and is an excellent introduction to the characters and storyline.

Don’t forget to check out my OFFERS PAGE every month for freebies and sample chapters!

Changes …

I’m no longer able to use Facebook! It takes so long to load that I very often can’t read other peoples’ posts, or, if I can read them, I can’t respond to them. I also can’t always schedule posts on my Author Page. Very frustrating! So please don’t try to contact me via Facebook because I’m only checking in there every 1-2 months. If you need to contact me, either send an email to freya.pickard@gmail.com or leave a comment on this site.

Other News

Jonathon B. Hoyt with whom I have collaborated over the years in both my Newsletter and for the covers of my books, now has his very own blog! Please take a look and follow and like if you enjoy his work at Jonathon B. Hoyt.

Pure Haiku is once again CLOSED to submissions. Selected haiku from the theme of Volcano, will be appearing between 1st September and 30th November. Sign up to Pure Haiku to receive notifications! And thank you to everyone who sent in their haiku for my consideration!

August is a Rest Month for me so I won’t be online now until the beginning of September. I intend to work on my vampire poetry, read a lot of paperbacks, create pastel and watercolour pictures, listen to music and rest… See you in the autumn!

Much love Freya xxx

Coming Soon!

1 May, 2022

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 ….

Round up – July 2021

5 July, 2021

Due to selling the business and moving house earlier this year, I haven’t done as much writing as I would have liked to do. And I’ve only just started sending out my poems and stories to magazines, having taken a 6 month break in order to deal with solicitors, agents, utilities companies etc.

If you’d like to know more about where I’m currently living, I talk about my new abode and the area where I’m now based in my Patreon Support only posts. If you’ve signed up to donate monthly on my Patreon Profile, you’ll have access to these posts!

In my Newsletter I’ve started a new story – Resurrection, which is illustrated by Elisa Ang. This will be the last Dragon Slayer story for a while as next year I have something different planned!

Thank you to Luna for publishing my butterfly cinquain, Dark Rock at her blog over at Pen to paper!

And thank you also to Lucy for publishing my poem, Whisper at Lucy’s Works!

Thank you too, to Spillwords for publishing my poem Bleached Shadows!

As you’ll remember, I published another paperback, Fire Daughter, in May! If you’ve not yet ordered your copy, you can buy it direct from all Amazon marketplaces!

And finally, my collection The Rusalka Ritual & other stories is currently reduced to just 99c/99p until 21st July 2021. Grab it now before it returns to full price. It’s available at Kindle (all marketplaces), Kobo, Nook and Apple. “The stories range from atmospheric and tantalizingly fragmented (“Echo Peak”), to creepily fey (“The Rusalka Ritual”), to zanily off-the-wall (“A Picnic at Knole”).” E.P. Clark

New Year, New Book!

2 January, 2021

the Solstice brightness

brings chill fear to Tari’s heart;

dark deeds beneath sun

haiku © Freya Pickard 2021

This is a haiku inspired by Aura Vere, Volume 6 of The Kaerling, which is due out this month! #PleaseShare

Hidden Lands

15 September, 2020

“Beautifully written and it held my attention from start to finish.” E Baxter

Grey, crumpled bark, like ossified wrinkles spiralled around the trunk and up into the branches. It was not a tree he was familiar with but he stared at it, seeing the silver lichen that grew in tiny clusters on each rise of bark, leaving the dips in the tree’s skin dark and shadowed. The leaves above his head rustled faintly, although no breeze touched Lored’s cheek.

Tearing his eyes from the bark, the taku-kevir stared up at the rippling pattern of yellow light and green shadow. Each leaf had a serrated edge and pale veins branched in pairs from the centre. Although the sun did not appear to be shining, golden light glowed above the leaves, illuminating Lored’s face. He kept his head bent back, drinking in the other-light as if it was Power itself. The leaves flickered, shivered and fell still. The shadows ceased shifting and it was as if Lored stared into a bowl of sunshine.

The pack pony snorted nervously, breaking the spell. Lored stared around, wondering why he had stopped. He felt a shiver of recognition slip down his spine. No breeze and the leaves around him still moved. He had forgotten that the trees were more alive here in Zorat, that the whole forest responded to the will and command of the Zoratti …

This is a short extract from Hidden Lands, Volume Five of The Kaerling! This is one of the hidden lands that Lored, the taku-kevir from Olin Heon re-discovers during the course of the tale.

Download Hidden Lands now at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iBooks, Nook & Kobo!

Watch the video HERE!


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