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Sharing Love

14 March, 2017

When the first poem contains lines such as

Poems free imagination
an inclination to see
within and without
the play of life.

You know you’re in for a thoroughly good read!

I was really struck by the tenderness with which the poems in this collection were written. Reading it, I felt relaxed and soothed; pretty amazing for me at the end of a hectic week!
If you are looking for mindful poetry, this is the collection to read. I love the sense of humour running through some of the poetry as well as the seriousness of thought in others. The ebb and flow of verse is as natural as a flowing stream.
The main theme of the collection is “interconnectedness”. “out there among the stars/our interconnectedness unfolds”. It runs throughout each section, sometimes referred to directly, at other times it is hinted at, allowing the reader to make their own connections.
Other themes that wind their way through this journey of verse are mindfulness, love, passion and heartbreak. The theme of care is prevalent also; not just for each other, but for the planet as a whole.

Another thing that struck me whilst reading this collection, was the gracefulness and unconditional love the writer has for the people in his poems. The whole idea of loving someone so much, that you would let them go, if they wanted to leave, came across incredibly strongly in several verses.
Favourites? Well, it depends on how I’m feeling when I re-read them! But ones that have remained favourite on several re-reads, include Ripples with its awesome line “silence between words”. Be With Me encapsulates the feeling of the collection, particularly the third stanza, “a kaleidoscope of pattern/rhythm and enlightenment”. And Spellbinder, of course! Why? It’s about one of my favourite characters of legend, Merlin, “invoking the universes unfathomable mystery”…
Take time out of your busy schedule and read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Sharing Love. is available to buy now and you can read Sam’s EPod Interview at 20170306.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Lovely touches of humour …

8 February, 2017

I’ve just finished Rusalka. Loved it! All the stories gripped my imagination, forcing me to read on in anticipation. Your brilliant descriptive style, with lovely touches of humour, brought each character and situation to life so vividly for me. My favourite was The Rusalka Ritual itself, followed by most of the others, but particularly A Picnic at Knowles, with Dracomagon’s golf game! It’s a long time since I picked up a fiction book to read – other than a play – and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Keep them coming! D Henty

I received this lovely review of my first short story collection on Monday morning. What a wonderful way to start the week!

Have you read it yet? If not, it’s currently just 99p / 99c at most online stores this month.

If you have read this book of mine, I would really appreciate a review of it if you have time!

Have you seen my VERY short video about it at You Tube?

99p at
Amazon UK
99c at all the European Amazon sites as well as
Barnes & Noble

Although I have requested that Amazon US reduce the price to 99c, the lowest they seem to be able to get it is $1.22.

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© Freya Pickard 2017

Review: When The Clouds Dance

6 December, 2016

Proverbial without being preachy, this collection is easy to read and is one that you can dip in and out of. I found the poems refreshing and inspiring.
The poetry style is simple without being simplistic. Each poem evokes a reaction in the reader. The overall feel of the collection is positive and up-lifting.
The poet explores many themes and the one that interested me in particular was her definition of God which fluctuated between a male and female deity. Some poems almost read as proverbs, but not ones handed down through culture or belief. Instead, these proverbial conclusions seemed to me to come from the poet’s experience in life.
A book of delights to be returned to again and again.
Click here to buy your copy of When The Clouds Dance
Discover more about Sharmishtha Basu and all her creative productions at Sharmishtha Basu
© Freya Pickard 2016

Review: Versions of The Self

8 November, 2016

I bought this collection because I’ve been following Christy’s blogs for a while and I enjoy her writing. I chose Versions of the Self because it is her most recent publication and I loved the splashes of colour on the front cover!
What struck me about these poems was the personal nature and themes they explore. This is a poet being honest and unpretentious. The poems are collected into themes which explore the different aspects of Christy. This is not a collection to breeze through. This collection is one to re-read again and again. On each re-read I am finding new things, discovering different viewpoints.
My three favourite poems are:
Never Now: A positive look back at a failure in life; You are caged into / A piece of the last chapter / And my words fill / The present page.
See My Sense of Self: An intriguing exploration of how the poet sees herself versus the person who thinks they know her: You see it is a version of me, virtual / That you have come to know… / I am more than a / smiling photo.
The Scampering Poem: A light-hearted yet serious viewpoint on how we let life run away with us, how we’re maybe even too busy to finish reading the poem! I know exactly what the poet means by; Life is humming away in your mind, with thoughts of / What to make for dinner…
Challenging but not disturbing. Inspiring, even in the sorrowful verses. Christy Birmingham is a writer to follow!
Click here to buy your copy of Versions of the Self
Follow Christy Birmingham at Poetic Parfait and When Women Inspire.
© Freya Pickard 2016

Review: The Dark Citadel

11 October, 2016

If you want something different to read, buy this.
I enjoy fantasy but love finding books that are different. I understand why this novel is marketed under YA fantasy; the protagonists are all young people. But, in my opinion, this is speculative fiction at its best.
Set in the future, humanity survives in the protected city of Providence. But life is controlled, dictated by the Protector, who is in turn in league with the demon Abaddon.
This is a tale of discovery and of finding oneself. Three story lines meet, separate and make new strands. Deborah, Jonah and Zach – each of them discovers new things about themselves, and each of them grows as the novel progresses. To go into detail would be to spoil a first time read. What I loved most about this story is that Dougherty creates a believable futuristic landscape inhabited by very real characters.
If you love Celtic symbols and arch types, you’ll love this story. I even discovered a few Norse myths creeping in as well! Although Dougherty writes about arch types in the characters of her monsters and angels, nothing about her writing is stereotypical.
Try it. It’s different.
My only criticism is that it’s too short. I wanted it to go on…
Click here to buy your copy of The Dark Citadel
The Dark Citadel Synopsis
When all you have are memories, and all you’re promised is a warped husband, even Hell seems like a reasonable option. In a violent, repressive world, where every colour is grey, every move monitored, every thought sifted, and every future set from birth, Deborah kicks against the traces. She wants more than a life of mindless drudgery. Something in the back of her memories, something bright and vibrant, rippling with laughter, soft as a breath of wind, keeps telling her: There is more. Just reach out and grab it, before the Protector puts it out of reach forever. So she resolves to break out of her prison, determined to discover the real purpose of her life, though it means braving the haunted desert. And before she walks flat-footed into the first trap, the vibrant, laughing memory reaches out his hand to help her.
You can read my review of the next book in the series, The Subtle Fiend, at Amazon
Discover more about Jane Dougherty and all her varied writings at her amazing blog at Jane Dougherty Writes
© Freya Pickard 2016

Wednesday Words – Review: Variations of Sky and Soul

30 October, 2013
“Variations of Sky and Soul” by Claudia Messelodi reviewed by Freya Pickard
How do you describe something that evokes such strong, emotional responses?
Claudia Messelodi’s second poetry collection continues in its lush, evocative descriptions of nature, but also penetrates the reader’s soul in a challenging way. Her poetry is easy to read, and the layers of meaning open up the more you read her work. This collection is in five parts; haiku, violin haiku, elfje, poems and poesie. The first four sections are in English with Italian translations. The final part consists of poems written in Italian.
I found this collection profoundly more emotional than her first. Maybe this was because I had been going through a difficult time and could identify with some of the emotions she was experiencing as she wrote these poems. She travels from heartache, “harsh memory stones hurt” and tears, “weeping sage leaf”, through desolation in “a wounded heart knows / passion well – a pinched poppy / at the traffic edge” and “my naked feelings / vulnerable as thin leaves, / flags torn by the wind”, to joy, “lemons laugh with joy”, hope, “the sky’s orange shades” and new life, “words forge new worlds.”
There is so much more I want to say about this collection (the ecstasy of the violin haiku, the feeling of loss and love in the poems and the powerful emotions and descriptions of nature in the elfje), but find it hard to put into words exactly how I feel. Please, buy a copy and read it for yourself…
You can buy a copy of Variations (which has been awarded the first place in the “Impressionist Poetry” section of the National Poetry Award Leandro Polverini in Anzio, Rome) from Claudia at claudia.messelodi (at) gmail (dot) com You can read more of her poetry at a stream of small stones If you would like to read one of the haiku from her collection, please visit purehaiku
© Freya Pickard 2013

Tattie Peeler

22 March, 2013
I enjoyed your Dragonscale Leggings 🙂 read it during a time that I have been ‘slaying old dragons’ – it made me smile – loved the old dragons’ characters. May you always have a tattie peeler handy… and a lovely Tygar:)
Comment by Frances Clark on Dragonscale Leggings
If you have read my novel I would love to hear what you think of it!
© Freya Pickard 2013

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