Clinging

Posted 22 November, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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drying blood brown-red
rustles against bark, clinging
against winter’s wind
haiku © Freya Pickard 2017
This haiku is one of many included in my fantasy novel series Isu Magan.
You can read more haiku, like this one in Book Two Vintrig’s Throne which is available NOW!
You may also like to watch the teaser video I created for this release at YouTube.
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An extract from Vintrig’s Throne

Posted 21 November, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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Isu Magan, Queen of Vintrig’s Kingdom has been found guilty of a crime she has not committed. Her Counsellor pronounces the death sentence upon her and she is dragged to the block …
The floor suddenly impacted with her knees and she was jolted back into her body, feeling the pain in her legs and ankles. Dach tied her wrists behind her with a length of rope. The sound of metal on metal dispersed the ringing in her ears and brought her attention back to the headsman’s block. Hunter stood to her right, head covered in a black hood, his empty eyes glittering as he looked down on her. The long-handled axe of execution leant against his legs. It had been made in the image of the axe lost at Queen Ruath’s beheading, she recalled unemotionally. She wondered if this axe would remain embedded in the block once it had struck off her head. Dach placed a length of soft, black cloth around her eyes and as he tied the knot at the back of her head, terror consumed her.

She was going to die. But she couldn’t die. She was immortal and immortals could not die. Was she really immortal? The Truths she had experienced earlier in the day seemed far away and ethereal. Doubts flocked within her. Once she was dead, what happened then? Was it sleep and darkness? Or was it torment and agony as was hinted at in her worst nightmares? Her body began to shake uncontrollably and she felt tears coursing down her face. Dach’s rough hand forced her to bow over the stone, forced her forehead to rest upon the cold surface. How could it be so cold, she asked herself, when it was close to the fires? It was at that moment that she knew for certain she was not immortal. She feared death and she feared dying. If she had been immortal she would have laughed in Jya’s face. But Jya had lied about her immortality, just as he had lied about many other things.
She heard Hunter spitting on his hands before he took hold of the axe shaft for the killing blow. Images flashed into her mind: her nurse laughing and telling her tales of the old days, Helmgar cutting down an Eastern trader who had dared to touch her hand, Minah humming softly while she sewed, Blodig swearing eternal love for her beneath a star-filled sky, and Sama laughing and smiling, his blue eyes showing his love for her.
Hunter’s leather garments creaked as he picked up the axe. Isu heard the whoosh of air as he raised the instrument of execution above his head. She tensed herself, fearing pain from the blade as it cut through skin and bone. All she could think of was darkness and death; what was it like on the other side? The uncontrollable trembling ceased, replaced by a dull nausea. Hunter inhaled. Isu swallowed hard.
“Stay!” A voice called that made her heart pound painfully. “I invoke the Law of Substitution.”
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
Currently available as an e-book, the paperback will be released in 2018.
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© Freya Pickard 2017

Vintrig’s Throne

Posted 20 November, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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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.
If you were left wondering what happened to Isu Magan and Sama Conn, you can now find out!
Isu Magan, heir to Vintrig’s Throne, has fallen in love with Sama Conn, a travelling musician. Fearing to lose her promised inheritance, Isu is unwilling to show her true feelings for the man she loves. Terrified of her Counsellor Jya, Isu is forced to meet with Sama in secret. When Isu takes the crown that is hers by right, it seems that everything will change for the better. But Jya, always working in the shadows, has many plans and as the net draws around Isu and Sama, a violent blizzard once again holds Vintrig’s Kingdom its cruel grip. Isu finds herself on trial for her life and only one thing can rescue her; the Law of Substitution. Will true love triumph over hatred and fear? Will the reign of winter end? Or will darkness spread its victorious wings over Vintrig’s Castle?
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
Currently available as an e-book, the paperback will be released in 2018.
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© Freya Pickard 2017

Escape Pod Emulation – Claudia Messelodi

Posted 13 November, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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I am pleased to welcome Claudia Messelodi, a poet from Italy to her EPod this month! What does a poet take with her when the Mothership is under attack? Find out more about the back story at Escape Pod Emulation! Now I’m handing over to Claudia to let her tell you what she would take with her …
If I was in a spaceship that came under attack, I would take to my escape pod the following items: –
A pocket notebook and a pencil that I would use to jot down thoughts, insights, emotions as well as experiences I would surely have in space.
A book of poetry and a historical novel that would certainly bear me good company, in order to nourish my mind and soul, to get new and endless sources of inspiration, to keep my imagination alive, to live parallel stories and explore different dimensions.

The woollen pullover my mother handknitted for me when I was still a teenager, which would provide the necessary warmth and make me feel cuddled and less lonely.
The silver necklace with the names of my children on it, which I was gifted with on Mother’s Day. It would make me feel near them despite being so far away; moreover it would give me hope to see them soon and make me stronger and more confident whenever I might feel somewhat melancholic.
A clip on book reading light as an emergency tool in case a blackout occurs at night while I am getting so hooked by the book I am curling up with that I feel I definitely cannot give it up.
Read more of Claudia’s work at her delightful blog A Stream of Small Stones
You can also follow her on Facebook and Google+.
You can buy Claudia’s poetry collections by emailing her at claudia.messelodi@gmail.com.
Claudia Messelodi has written six poetry collections so far. Blue Moon is the one she is most fond of. It was released in 2016 and contains both free verse poems and short form poetry such as haiku, tanka and elfje. Blue Moon is a poetic palette fraught with chromatic atmospheres and imagery conveyed through fluid and harmonious words. An enchanting blanket of inks.
© Freya Pickard 2017

Breathe

Posted 6 November, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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Breathe

If you are one of my supporters at Patreon, you will have been treated to some poetry from my unpublished poetry & prose collection about Arturina. This is the first Freyan Verse that I’ve written about her – what do you think? I am still working on this collection; I know the story now, it’s just putting together all the poetry and prose fragments so that they make sense to the reader! Have a go at your own Freyan Verse if you like!
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube

What I’m publishing next …

Posted 30 October, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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I joined Patreon initially to get my novels about Isu Magan published. I released Vintrig’s Kingdom in November 2017 and Vintrig’s Throne is due for release shortly!
Although I did a lot of the work myself and managed to call in favours regarding the formatting, pagination and artwork, I needed a source of income to pay for promotion. I wasn’t expecting a massive amount, just enough to enable me to pay for the first book to be promoted in order to increase sales.
Now that Vintrig’s Throne is due to be published very soon (!) I need more money to promote it in a variety of ways. As I am currently self-employed in my new business, it’s more important to me than ever to be able to continue to promote my books.
I have so many more books to share with the world; my fantasy series “The Kaerling”, my poetry cycle, “Arturina”, as well as many short story and poetry collections. If you would like to help me achieve my aim in publishing my art, please consider supporting me via Patreon.
For just $1 a month you’ll receive an unpublished poem but for $5 a month you’ll also receive an unpublished story of at least 2000 words!
Even if you can’t support me at the moment, please consider buying one of my books and sharing this post! Your help is much appreciated!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

Escape Pod Emulation: Frank Makes An Escape!

Posted 23 October, 2017 by dragonscaleclippings
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Here, at last, is another Escape Pod Interview for you all to sample! Please join me in welcoming Francis Franklin to his very own EPod… What will he choose to take with him in this adventure? Find out more about the back story at Escape Pod Emulation!
My head ringing from the reverberations of the hull and the screaming of sirens, the hideous noises of a battle I know nothing about and that seems to be over before it even began, I barely squeeze myself into my uniform when the order is given to abandon ship. I have only a few seconds to spare.
I have of late taken an interest in archery, and the escape pod will be just big enough to stand and draw, so I take my bow and arrows… though I suppose the target will have to be impossibly close and the recoil will send me spinning in my weightless confinement.
Because misery loves company, I take my model of my favourite superhero, and will let her fly about the pod while I cackle evilly, “At last I have you at a disadvantage, Supergirl, you are too far from Earth’s yellow sun!”

My bookshelves being full of unfinished books, and this being the perfect opportunity to finally finish one, I snatch up Ken Dowden’s Death and the Maiden.
For companionship, I take my personal sexbot – but, given the lack of space (oh, how ironic!), just her personality: I’ll need someone to laugh at my jokes and let me win at chess.
Finally… my nice, warm, fluffy blanket, because it’s cold out there in space.
You can follow Frank at
AlinaMeridon.com poetry, flash fiction, reviews & rants
Francis James Franklin monthly summary & musing
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You can buy his novel, Kings of Infinite Space, or: The Quest for Alina Meridon at Amazon …
When the Empire invades over the Mountains of the East, Artemisia and its allies gather their armies to take a stand. In the midst of this, the young outcast Witternig sets out for his homeland, his friend Meliyne sets out to stop him, and the vampire warrior Hrana hunts for enemy blood. The conflict – millennia in the making – brings together gods, wizards, slaves, priests, warriors and more. Purchase this novel from Amazon – simply click on the above link!
Francis Franklin lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with his beautiful wife and daughter. By day he is a university lecturer, but in between work and family he finds time to read, write and blog. He is interested in unusual human nature, such as non-binary gender and sexuality, or the interplay of dark and light in the transformation of human to vampire.
© Freya Pickard 2017

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