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Recent Reviews

16 June, 2022

Following my blog post in March on Why Reviews Are So Important, I wanted to share a handful of reviews that I’ve received over the past 18 months.

Aura Vere (Volume 6 of The Kaerling)

“The protagonists of the previous stories in this series finally meet, but dire forces gather in secret, in aid to the threat from the North for their own gain! Now that the characters are together, what plans might they make that will ensure or stop the kaerlings’ conquest of Falna for their side in this crisis? What has happened to Erl’s memory, and who does Lored meet at the Temple? I enjoyed this one enormously!” Troithulu

“This is a lovely book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We learn more of Lored who is probably my favourite character and the revelations about his past were both unexpected and intriguing. There’s a sense of the different story lines starting to merge and it’s good to see Erl beginning to play his part. You don’t have to have read the others in the series to understand this one, but I’d recommend starting with book 1 – you won’t be disappointed!” smallblondehippy

Uneasy Allies (Volume 7 of The Kaerling)

“Been waiting a few months for this since I finished the previous book. And I wasn’t disappointed! Incredible world building and amazing characters who travel through it. This is traditional fantasy as its best.” Jiri

“I enjoyed reading this from start to suspenseful end! Otta and her brother Erl travel with the priestess Undine, her acolyte Tari, and the taku-kevir Lored to catch up with their foes and rescue Derri. But trouble brews as they are trailed by a dark agent who does not have their continued existence at heart! Do they manage to evade pursuit, or will their unseen enemy find their spoor and renew the hunt? Find out!” Troithulu

Fair Wind (Volume 8 of The Kaerling)

“I love this whole series. Each book builds. Suspense and action. My only disappointment was that the next book was not available yet. I love the magic and different cultures that interact with each other. Just delightful and dreadful at the same time. What do I mean? You’ll have to read the series…. you’ll be glad you did!!” JimRuth

“It’s been a while, but this was certainly worth waiting for! Fair Wind continues the 4 companions’ journey in their quest to rescue Derri and Lally from the kaerlings. Pickard doesn’t disappoint as they embark on a short voyage and end up stuck on the Isle of Kiros. Beautiful imagery, poignant prose and characters I just love! More please!” Jiri

Elkadanu

“The adventures in this series are fun. The twists and turns amazing! And I don’t want to wait, but I need to wait for the next episode!!” Jim Ruth

“This is one of those fantasy series that flies under the radar and really should have a wider audience. Freya has a real command of the written word and her pacing and beats flow perfectly, making the story a very pleasant read and the world an even greater pleasure to visit…” Chris S

The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories

“This was the first indie novella I’ve ever read and I was really blown away by the tight and evocative prose. All four fantasy tales were well paced, with interesting characters and settings laid out before you without being too heavy handed or-and I hate to use this word-info dumps. A solid collection by a writer with a true mastery of storytelling and the written word. I will definitely check out her other works!” Chris S

Insides

“I only know Freya through her poetry. I was unaware of her struggle with cancer until I began reading Insides. I immediately connected to Freya’s journey because of my own. She gave words to the invader, words that I’ve too often found elusive. Her poems are at times dark and treacherous, at times hopeful and light, but always they faithfully capture the ups and downs, the misery and the longings of those doing battle with cancer. Kudos to Freya — you’ve spoken for thousands of us.” Gwen Plano

“Pickard’s collection of poetry deals with her insides that were invaded by cancer. Her feelings, her body’s workings, her surgery, and the seasons she missed while trapped focusing on her healing. Plus a sweet, heartfelt cat poem. Pickard’s lines are generally short with snapshots of emotions, animals, stomas, even her surgeon’s fingers. Some poems are freeverse, others syllalbic. She is equally skilled at both.” Priscilla Bettis

As any author will know, these kinds of reviews are necessary to writers who often feel alone and isolated because of their chosen profession. Keep them coming! And don’t forget to check out my latest book, Elkadanu on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and other stores!

This Is Me – peek inside …

27 May, 2018
pink little stoma rosebud bright
innocently gleams in the light
who could believe such pure flesh
could vomit forth such filthiness?
Poem from Insides © Freya Pickard 2018

birthed from the ninth wave
foaming mane, spindrift tail
fertile, burgeoning
Poem from My Mythology © Freya Pickard 2018

to see through a glass darkly, mirror, of course, but what if
it also meant a window, grimed, muddy with mortality
only when you pass beyond, does the view at last make sense
Poem from This Is Me © Freya Pickard 2018

I’ve recently launched my first ever paperback anthology, containing three volumes of poetry! Find out more at This Is Me, YouTube and Amazon.
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.

This Is Me

19 May, 2018

Sometimes, the past is too painful to put into prose.
Sometimes, the past can only be portrayed through poetry.
This Is Me, is my first anthology containing 3 volumes of poetry and it is available in paperback from Amazon!
Dragonscale Delvings is the series title for my poetry publications. This paperback contains my first three poetry collections; Insides (also available as an e-book), My Mythology & This Is Me.
Insides is a hands-on experience of cancer. Discover what it is like to find out you have cancer. How do you deal with a temporary stoma? How do you cope after major open surgery? How do you even start recovering? And how do you get through the dreadful experience of chemotherapy?

My Mythology is a compendium of everything and everyone who has inspired me to write. From the tales of the Bible to Celtic and Norse legends, from unicorns to dragons, from vampires to werewolves, from Dr Who to Space Oddity … Read on for an inspiring smorgasbord of verse!
This Is Me is about my daily life; writing, working, dancing, reading, observing, loving … I often find it hard to put into prose how I really feel. (Writing stories is easy – I’m being someone else). But real life is hard to capture in plain prose. Thus I express myself and my innermost feelings through the varied and flexible forms of poetry.
In this book I am honest, playful and brutally truthful. This is me. The real me. If you really want to know the person behind the name, read this book. You’ll understand me better than the people who know me face to face but refuse to read my writings! “I love your beautiful way with words … You bring light and truth with your creativity …” Julie P.

And, as usual, I’ve prepared a short video as a teaser to get you reading! Check it out at YouTube
The E-book versions of My Mythology and This Is Me will be released at some point in the future!
Please feel free to share and re-blog this post!
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

Cover Reveal – This Is Me

7 May, 2018

I know this is unusual these days, but I’m releasing my first ever poetry anthology as a paperback!
I had intended to release the first 3 volumes of Dragonscale Delvings (my poetry publications) before releasing the paperback. But, a number of people expressed an interest in buying my poetry in paperback form so they could dip in and out of it which is difficult with an e-book. So, I started thinking… Why keep these readers waiting while the e-books are released? That’s when I decided to bring out the paperback anthology first!
Here’s the front cover for This Is Me. It’s a biography in poetry in 3 parts, dealing with Cancer, My Imagination and My Life.
It will be available to buy from 19th May 2018 from Amazon and any good bookshop will be able to order it for you!
Help me spread the word – please share and re-blog this post!
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

Freya Returns with Reduced Insides!

2 October, 2017

Hello! It’s me! I’m back! Did you miss me?
I certainly missed all of you! Life has been unbelievably busy and my new business has taken over my life. I am hoping that we’ve made enough money so I can relax a little over the winter months before the mad rush starts again next year!
I’ve got some plans for this autumn that I’m hoping to implement in-between the daily, demanding tasks that now run my life. I’m bringing back my EPod Interviews in October and December. And I can’t promise anything, but, if both time and money permit, I am planning on releasing “Vintrig’s Throne”, (the sequel to Vintrig’s Kingdom).

Right now, my first poetry collection, Insides, is on special offer! It’s just 99p online this month – if you’ve not read it yet, buy it now before the price goes back up to £1.60. And, if you have already read it, please, please, please could you possibly leave a review on Amazon (or wherever you purchased it) about it? Thank you so much!
I am hoping to start catching up with blogs, emails, social media stuff. But please bear with me as it may take a while. I don’t really have any free time at the mo! It’s lovely to be back online once more though and I can’t wait to “see” you all again. Much love Freya xxx
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

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