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Green Darkness

9 January, 2018
I stand at the border of the forest, amidst grasping root and snaking vine. And I listen. I can hear you snuffling in the green darkness. Your breath sucks in and blows out. In my mind’s eye I can see the moist cavity of your lungs ballooning and deflating. A breeze scratches among the leaves and I freeze. Your snorting ceases. The deep shadows become still. A scrabble of earth, the ripping of vines and you, the Animal, are gone.

I wait until daylight when sunlight dapples the forest floor. I hear you roar, greeting the new day and I search for you. Following your razor-like tracks in the leaf mould, I walk beneath tall trees and beside rushing rivers. Would your sharp claws embrace me if I met you?
Your heavy stench drifts upon the close air. My nostrils flare in revulsion even as I strain eagerly forwards to catch a glimpse of you. But the forest glade is empty. I stand at the edge. Your scent pulses around me. I know you are there. My eyes examine every plant, every pattern of light and shade. You are too well concealed. The pattern of your fur blends with the dappled shadows …
This is a short extract from my most recent publication; Xmas @ Camelot II, available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and iTunes. It’s a collection of 10 short stories about Choices, Transitions, Shape-Shifting and Virtual Reality! Check out my video at YouTube.
Currently available as an e-book, I will release a paperback version once I’ve published a few more volumes of Dragonscale Diffusions!
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© Freya Pickard 2018
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Xmas @ Camelot II

8 January, 2018

If you thought Christmas was over, think again! Here are 10 weird and wonderful tales from my fertile imagination!
This is the first collection in my Dragonscale Diffusions series. These are stories which may involve Dracomagan, or, they may not be about her at all! The tales in Xmas @ Camelot II vary in length from 50 words to 2,660! So you can dip in and out of them whenever you have time. And don’t worry, these stories take you through the seasons, they’re not all about Christmas!
If you’ve enjoyed my novels Vintrig’s Kingdom and Vintrig’s Throne, you’ll love to discover the prose tales of The Slaying of Jormungund and the full length version of the Snow Bear. If you like Dragonscale Leggings, you can indulge your love of Dracomagan in both Trapped and Xmas @ Camelot II.
The themes within these tales centre around Transitions, Shape Shifters, Choices and Virtual Reality. Turning Point is a short Freudian study of light and dark and Lie In is my take on a popular fairy tale. Ariel is my interpretation of Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, whilst Animal explores the complicated world of shape-shifting. And, Taking Root, is another interpretation of an old, old manuscript and Norsemare is a wry glance at the world of gaming …
Dare to walk the paths of darkness and light, explore your reactions to the choices my characters make!
It is available NOW at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and iTunes.
As always, there’s a VERY short video about this collection at YouTube
Currently only available as an e-book, the paperback will be released in the future once I’ve published several more Dragonscale Diffusions!
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© Freya Pickard 2018

Last post for 2017 …

18 December, 2017
Well, here we are at the end of 2017! And what a year it’s been. Moving house, a new business and publishing another novel! How has your year been?

I’m going offline now for a few weeks. I have scheduled a few things to appear at my Facebook page (just in case people miss me while I’m away!) and a post or two may appear here in the New Year as I’m not yet quite sure when exactly I’ll be online again. So if you comment or leave a message for me, please don’t be offended if I don’t respond for a few weeks. It’s because I’m not online! I always need to detox from the internet and my computer screen at this time of year and this year I really need to! Things have been too busy sometimes.
Don’t forget to download your copy of Vintrig’s Throne. And if you’re waiting for the paperback to come out, keep a look out here for an announcement when it finally appears!
If you would like to continue to receive my Newsletter (it’s FREE!) please make sure you email me BEFORE 31st January 2018 at dragonscaleclippings@gmail.com so I know to keep you on the mailing list! You get a free short story every year, poetry expressing my deepest thoughts and emotions as well as a short editorial about my real life happenings!
For now, I wish all my readers and supporters a very Happy Christmas! Have a peaceful and relaxing time and I will see you all sometime in the New Year! Much love, Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2017
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at YouTube.

Clinging

22 November, 2017
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

21 November, 2017
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

20 November, 2017

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

What I’m publishing next …

30 October, 2017

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
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