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Fair Wind

15 January, 2022

Fair Wind is officially launched today!

Otta heard wood squeaking against wood. Around her, beams contracted and groaned. Something outside thumped against the wooden wall at her head with regular monotony, making her skull ache. The darkness was red-black and flickered with fluctuating light.

The air she breathed stank of fish, sweat, vomit and excrement and her lips tasted of salt and bile. Her body was bruised as though she had been fighting a kaerling for an entire day; every muscle screamed with tightness and pain and her stomach felt empty. Empty was good, she told herself.

Across the room she heard a groan and someone retched. Not again! What did he have left to throw up? She thought about lifting her hands to her ears to block out the noise but her arms felt too heavy and for some reason, her body did not respond. The sounds of vomiting ceased and the sharp stink of bile made her gag convulsively.

Otta swallowed hard, feeling how rough and sore her mouth and throat were. For the first time in hours, she wasn’t feeling nauseous. Did that mean she was over the sickness that had suddenly assailed her?

Her narrow bunk lurched suddenly and she felt as though she might fall out. But the plank at the side kept her from tipping onto the floor. Her stomach curdled as the room righted itself and she concentrated on not feeling sick. Tentatively, she opened her eyes.

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Above is an extract from my latest e-book, Fair Wind.

Can the companions conceal Otta’s kaerling heritage when they land on the Isle of Kiros? And, how will Lored find the herb woman who has the remedy he and Otta will need when they set sail again in pursuit of the kaerlings? Find out in Fair Wind!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It’s a beautifully written story and I find all of the characters interesting. The descriptions, particularly of the sea voyage, were fabulous. I can feel myself being present in the places described. There are lots of hints of problems to come and foreshadowing which all adds to a sense of mystery.” E Baxter

Fair Wind is discounted to just 99p / 99c until 21 January 2022 so grab it now before the price goes up at Amazon and Other Online Stores.

Watch the book trailer HERE!

And, if you enjoy listening to Author Playlists, you can access my playlist for Fair Wind at Patreon if you donate $1 or more per month. (If you sign up to donate before 31st January, you’ll be able to access the playlist on or soon after 1st February once your first payment has been received).

I wish you much joy and entertainment as you read Fair Wind!

Coming Soon!

1 January, 2022

Fair Wind will be launched on 15th January 2022!

Lored and his companions are on a rescue mission but first they have to endure a sea voyage.

wooden vessel ploughs
parts the surging ocean deep
pale foam in her wake

haiku © Freya Pickard 2022

Fair Wind is the eighth volume in The Kaerling series. Not started this series yet? Why don’t you give it a go with a FREE download of Silver Fire! The Kaerling series is available on Kindle and at iTunes, Kobo and Nook.

November Catch Up

18 November, 2021

A mega thank you to Editor Susi Bocks for nominating my poem, Sailing, for The Pushcart Prize! Wow! I am overwhelmed! You can read my poem and find out about Pushcart by clicking on the links.

A huge thank you to Swords & Sorcery Magazine for publishing my short story, Bladesong. If you’re into The Kaerling series, this tale will give you an insight into the dark world of the First Age of Nirunen and of the horrors the ancient heroes had to face.

And a big thank you to Cold Moon Journal for publishing my haiku about the ocean recently!

Thank you also to Spillwords for publishing my poem, Bite Me, recently. This is a vampire poem with a difference; can you tell which one is the victim and which is the predator?

And thank you too to Luna for publishing my poem, Mist, back in September. This poem portrays a scene from my latest book, Uneasy Allies.

Have you bought your copy of Uneasy Allies yet? It’s the latest volume in The Kaerling series. If you have already read it and enjoyed it, I would love it if you could leave a one line comment about why you liked it at the store you purchased it from!

Pure Haiku closed to submissions on 31st October on the theme of Ghostlight. I’m in the process of selecting the haiku to be published at Pure Haiku between 1st January and 31st March 2022.

My Patreon supporters have been reading my tales about Kirri and Ebkah, two heroes from the First Age of Nirunen, and they’ve also been receiving my unique poetry postcards every month, painted and written by me! If you’d like to get more of a glimpse into the mysterious world of Nirunen as well as helping me promote my books, please consider donating on my Patreon profile!

My Newsletter readers have received three character studies this year as well as poetry and a story. The third and final part of my serialised story, Resurrection, will be available in December.

I’ll be making some changes to my Newsletter and this blog in 2022 so watch this space and I’ll explain more in January next year!

That’s all for now, as I’ve been busy writing volumes 10 – 12 of The Kaerling recently – 89,000 words in October. Who needs Nanowrimo?!!!

I’ll be back next week with my final post of the year and a new book cover reveal. See you then!

Film / TV Reviews

2 November, 2021

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may realise that I prefer watching/listening/reading things that aren’t cozy, easy to explain or cute and cuddly. I really enjoy things that take me out of my comfort zone, things that make me think, that challenge me, that make me uncomfortable and take me to the darker reaches of life. If you hadn’t realised this before, you have been warned…

Taboo is the kind of period drama that I love best – it has dirt under its fingernails and it doesn’t try to change history. If you like dark historical drama with lots of weird magic and incest, as well as some hilarious characters and situations, this is for you. Tom Hardy is brilliant as the central character, James Delaney, who, as his servant puts it, is the hinge of the seesaw between the Crown and the East India Company. The casting and writing are perfect and I thoroughly recommend this series and can’t wait for the 2nd series to arrive!

I really enjoyed The Terror! It wasn’t particularly terrorising, but the whole feel of the series, was beautifully bleak and mysterious. I loved the hints at the paranormal being the reason for the disappearance of the crew of the 2 ships.

Strike is based on the novels by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) and I was really impressed with the depth of characters and the complexity of the plots. Strike is a wonderful guy and his outlook on the world is wry and amusing, despite the experiences he’s had.

Yesterday is an unusual film. I love ‘what ifs’ and this is speculative film at its best. What if you were involved in an accident, and, when you come round, discover that you are the only person who can remember The Beatles? This is the basis for a really intriguing film with an excellent ending.

I have to admit that I’ve always struggled to read Terry Pratchett’s novels. I know! It’s a terrible admission from someone who loves and writes fantasy. But it’s the truth. However, I really enjoyed the dramatisation of The Watch. The characters are so amusing and complex and the storylines are beautifully convoluted. I hope there’s a follow up series as I really didn’t want to say goodbye to The Watch!

I absolutely loved the two series of Missions. I don’t need resolutions for each episode, let alone a series. The reason I kept watching Missions was the feeling that I was there with the protagonists. Yes, Missions is complex and shifts between different timelines without telling you where you are. But I love that – having to work out when the action is taking place and then seeing how it all comes together, or doesn’t… Science fiction mystery at its best!

I have finally started watching The X Files. (I didn’t have a TV when I grew up and only started seriously watching TV after we moved into the house we renovated in 2009). And I have to say, I love the series! The storylines vary between deadly serious and farce and I enjoy them all. The characters of Mulder and Scully evolve naturally through the storylines and I will be sorry to leave them when I’ve finished all 11 series…

Have you seen any of these films/series? What did you think of them?

Bite Me!

28 October, 2021

A huge thank you to Spillwords for publishing my poem Bite Me today on their site!

You can read the full poem (it’ll take less than a minute to read it!) HERE! #PleaseShare if you enjoy it!


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