Posted tagged ‘adventure’

Cover Reveal – Silver Fire

26 March, 2018

Not …
… … long …
… … … to wait …
… … … … … now …
In just a few days time I will be launching my first ever permanently free book!
Silver Fire is the first in an epic series, The Kaerling, and you will be able to download it for FREE from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo as well many other e-book outlets.
Come back next week to find out more!
Please help me spread the word – share and re-blog!
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© Freya Pickard 2018
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The Attar of Chervil: Episode One

19 March, 2018

Dracomagan was nowhere to be seen. Parsley and Sorrel waited for her, whilst Sir Peagreen stood guard. Eyes glowed in the dark greenness and a chill wind rattled dead leaves.
“I think it’s werewolves and vampires…” Parsley moaned.
“… and horrible beasties!” Dracomagan appeared in the gloom, leggings gleaming. She grinned.
“Can’t see there’s anything to smile about,” grumbled Parsley. “Is there another way round?”
“No. One path leads to a blind canyon with no way over it and the other way just dumps you in that raging river we crossed yesterday. So, the quickest way to Nimue, is through that.”
Dracomagan pointed at the green gloaming and led the way forwards …

This is the beginning of my FREE short story, The Attar of Chervil. The tale began in The Essence of Thyme and continued in The Oil of Sage but each story stands alone. If you’d like to read a FREE short story every year and sample some of my FREE short form poetry as well as getting a glimpse into my real life, simply sign up for my Newsletter at dragonscaleclippings@gmail.com and put “Request Clippings” in the subject line! (Your email will not be sold or passed onto anyone else and I will only ever use it to send you the link to my Newsletter).
A huge thank you to one of my collaborative partners, Elisa Choi, for her beautiful front cover for this issue of my Newsletter. For more of Elisa’s work, please visit her website at Harmony Thoughts
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© Freya Pickard 2018
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube.

Escape Pod Emulation: Frank Makes An Escape!

23 October, 2017

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.
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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

Why should I conform to stereotype?

4 July, 2017

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.

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.

She goes about her business with a blatant disregard for the rules of the day and with a witty sarcasm that often had me laughing out loud. E Baxter

Written as a journal, there is humour and imagination, an original take on dragons, a fiercely independent female lead, and a playful twist on Arthurian legend. Fans of Gilbert and Sullivan will even get to sing along in places… F J Franklin

The tale only costs £2.40 / $3.00 at most online stores and the video about it can be found at YouTube.

© Freya Pickard 2017

Vintrig’s Kingdom – just 99c

1 March, 2017

VINTRIG’S KINGDOM is currently reduced in price!

On all sites, except Amazon US, it is priced at either 99p or 99c. Amazon US, as usual (!) will only reduce the price to $1.23.

But the reduction won’t last long! So snap it up before the price returns to $4.99. And, I will probably never ever reduce the price of this novel so low again!

When Isu Magan, heir to Vintrig’s Throne, finds the journal of a vanished Scriber, her perceptions of history and the truth are challenged. A growing distrust of her loyal and powerful Counsellor, initiates rebellious and frightening thoughts within her heart. Adding to this disruption of her ordered life, Isu finds herself attracted to the itinerant musician, Sama Conn.

Available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo

There are 2 videos to watch this time! There’s a short black and white film of me talking about the novel and why I wrote it at About Vintrig’s Kingdom and there’s also a technicolor film of me reading an extract from the book at Vintrig’s Kingdom Extract.

Vintrig’s Kingdom – paperback!

9 January, 2017

VINTRIG’S KINGDOM is now available in PAPERBACK at Amazon US and Amazon UK

Personally I think the cover works better for the paperback than for the e-book. It’s the same picture (obviously) but there’s something about the pristine front cover and the blood red spine that is very mysterious …

When Isu Magan, heir to Vintrig’s Throne, finds the journal of a vanished Scriber, her perceptions of history and the truth are challenged. A growing distrust of her loyal and powerful Counsellor, initiates rebellious and frightening thoughts within her heart. Adding to this disruption of her ordered life, Isu finds herself attracted to the itinerant musician, Sama Conn.

As the endless winter thaws, and a brief summer returns to the Castle, Isu longs to learn to dance, but fears her feelings towards Sama. Knowing she cannot love a mortal, the princess flounders in an increasing infatuation that could lose her the throne, and possibly her life.

There are 2 videos to watch this time! There’s a short black and white film of me talking about the novel and why I wrote it at About Vintrig’s Kingdom and there’s also a technicolor film of me reading an extract from the book at Vintrig’s Kingdom Extract.

Dragonscale Leggings only 99c

6 January, 2017

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a restful Christmas! Today I have some exciting news!

For a limited time only, my e-book, Dragonscale Leggings is available at a mega reduced price! And it’s not just on Amazon any longer. You can also buy it at Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iTunes as well as other online stores!

But that’s not all! There are dozens of e-books available for just 99c at Patty Jansen’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Promotion this weekend! Don’t miss out!