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Dragonscale Leggings – paperback!

18 November, 2018

Dragonscale Leggings is a dangerous book to read.

Why? Because if you don’t have a sense of humour, hate strong female leads and don’t like fantasy worlds, you’ll be wasting your time reading it.

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But, if you love all of the above, you may well find this novel a very enjoyable read! I don’t like writing about stereotypes and in this book I write about “characters that are of the classic fantasy-typical stereotype, (that) are never stereotypical” (E Leaper). I also write a “parody of the fantasy genre … lampooning its conventions and tropes” (Troy).

This is chick-lit in a fantasy world. Think Alice in Wonderland meets Bridget Jones’ Diary. Come and adventure with Dracomagan and her trusty stallion, Tygar, as they travel through the Otherworld, trying to find her memory, evade Merlin and keep on the right side of the law.

This novel is now available once more as a paperback! This is the second edition in paperback and has been tweaked and improved. And of course it now has the updated cover to match the e-book version!

It’s available at Amazon UK & Amazon US and the video about my quirky heroine can be found at YouTube!

© Freya Pickard 2018

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Ambassador

1 October, 2018

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 … Pure Haiku

7 September, 2018

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!

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

Open to Submissions !

9 October, 2017

If you enjoy writing haiku, why not submit your Monster themed haiku to my other blog?!

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Pure Haiku is currently OPEN to Submissions.

The THEME is MONSTER.

But this time, you are not allowed to use the words Monster or Monstrous in your haiku/senyru (and you cannot use these words in the title, if you choose to provide titles for your submissions). I want to receive haiku/senyru that are implicit in their mentions of Monster.

There so many different slants on this theme. Please explore them all and surprise me!

The DEADLINE for submissions is 20th October 2017 at midnight.

MONSTER themed haiku written in the traditional/classical form (5-7-5 syllables) will be posted on this site in November & December 2017.

Please explore any meaning of MONSTER – I will accept both haiku and senyru.

How to submit to Purehaiku

If you would like to submit your haiku for publication on this site, please send a maximum of 5 haiku written in the classical…

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It’s Here!

14 April, 2017

This is my friend Libby’s latest book of poetry! It’s an elfje collection! And she also includes some of her guests’ elfje also – including several of mine!

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Good News! My ‘Simply Elfje’ book of the blog is now available to purchase from Amazon. I have tweaked the colour of the cover a little and here is the revised version.

To buy a copy from Amazon UK please click here. It is also available from Amazon.com and in Europe.

There will eventually be an e-book version for Kindle, however I will be away now for a couple of weeks and have run out of time to do the conversion. I will do it on my return and hopefully it will be available in early May – watch this space.

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Freya Pickard and trying hard to find a recipe…

9 March, 2017

a huge thank you to Shey for an utterly mad interview at her blog! please check it out and leave a comment!

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I’m not actually a dragon, though I think some people think I am.

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Apparently I can be very fierce. My alter ego, Dracomagan, the heroine in Dragonscale Leggings, is a Dragon Slayer, and she is pretty nifty at slaying such monsters with her trusty giant potato peeler.

If I was a dragon, I’d be a beautiful, sleek, blue-scaled good dragon, with an iron-clad agreement with Dracomagan in which she’d agree NOT to try and kill me!

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No, I don’t think I’d really want to be a hamster. Why? Because there are too many predators to look out for; cats, dogs, birds, hungry humans… I like to be in control and to be independent – I’d hate to be always on the lookout for someone who might eat me!

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Vintrig was the founder of Vintrig’s Kingdom. (Funny, that!) About 966 years ago he travelled with…

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Dead

19 January, 2017

at the weekend, my poem, Dead, was published by The Drabble! please let me know what you think, either here or at the original post!

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By Freya Pickard

I feel no hollowness
no grief or pain
no sensation of something missing

the fabric is still intact
the universe has no hole in it
I have not lost a thing

he was already dead to me

    
Bio: A cancer survivor, Freya is inspired by the ocean, a variety of music and beautifully written books. She is the author of four novels and a poetry collection.

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