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The Butterfly Tree

15 May, 2020

 

Elsewhere in the garden the air is filled with fragrance; rose, wisteria and honeysuckle. In other flowerbeds, the plants stand neatly in their own space, not intruding on their neighbours. The soil there is weed-free and every plant knows its place. Many people wander through the old royal gardens on days when the sun shines. But no one comes to this corner.

I suppose it was the lack of order that drew me. I like bright colours and sweet perfumes but the riotous, unchecked growth beyond the silent fountains caught my eye. Others hurried by, looking for order and colour. Not me. I squeezed through the rusted, wrought-iron railings and trod on uncut grass, feeling dew soak my sandals and feet.

Behind me rose the rusty iron fence with sharp-edged stingers and needle-like thistles to deter the faint-hearted. On three sides, brick walls rose, partially concealed by the fecund growth of thin branches, narrow leaves and great sprays of purple-hued flowers. In the centre of the uncut grass, stood a single, stone seat; I sat upon it, marvelling at the sights and scents around me.

The breeze moved gently in the sheltered spot, making the long tendrils of flowers bob and weave, like slow-moving fireworks. Purple was the colour that I recognised first but as I gazed, I saw the varying shades; pink, lilac, violet, mauve, lavender, fuschia, magenta and white …

This is an extract from one of the stories in my recently published collection, The Butterfly Tree. This is part of my Dragonscale Diffusions collection!

For a limited time only this book is just 99c!

Buy it now at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iBooks, Kobo, Nook and other online stores!

Watch the book trailer HERE.

© Freya Pickard 2020

The Butterfly Tree – cover reveal

28 March, 2020

This is the cover for my forthcoming short story collection: The Butterfly Tree!

What do you think?

I’m planning on launching The Butterfly Tree in May – will you buy it?!

Thank you for following my journey through Clouds – I hope you enjoyed the paintings I produced to accompany my quest!

Over the summer I won’t be blogging quite as much; every 2 weeks or so. I’m exploring the different Gardens I’ve known over the years in short prose, as well as posting some of my poster paint experiments on paper!

Over at my other blog, Pure Haiku, my guests and I will be exploring the theme of Translucence from 1st April! Why don’t you join us there?

For the next few weeks I’ll be taking a blogging break and I look forward to catching up with you all on your blogs at the beginning of May!

© Freya Pickard 2020

Olin Heon

12 October, 2019

Olin Heon Volume Four of The Kaerling is now available online!

… The figure stooped down and took a bunch of keys from the warder’s belt. Lored backed away from the barred door, feeling nervous without the protection of his staff. Nilo inserted a key into the lock and turned it. The door swung open and Lored cautiously stepped out of his cell.

“I’m not going to eat you,” Nilo said gruffly. “I’m getting you out of here.”

“Look, I don’t mean to be ungrateful.” Lored hesitated. “But who are you and why are you rescuing me?”

“Long story,” replied the other. “I’ll explain when we’re safe. We’ve got to get to the upper levels in time to avoid the klanchiefs’ procession.”

“Procession?”

“Come on!” A large hand with an iron-like grip fastened onto the taku-kevir’s left arm.

“But we need to look for my staff,” Lored protested. “I can’t leave without it!”

“Got it already.” Nilo growled. “Along with your book and clothes and spare boots. But I couldn’t find your cloak of invisibility.”

They were marching quickly along the passageway, Lored almost running to keep up with Nilo.

“I don’t have a cloak of invisibility,” he panted.

“That explains why I couldn’t find it …”

This is an extract from my latest novel, Olin Heon! Different characters, different timeline, same story – The Kaerling.

Download your copy of Olin Heon now! It’s available at a large number of online stores including Amazon US, Amazon UK, Apple, Kobo and Barnes & Noble.

Check out my video about Olin Heon at YouTube!

The first volume in the series, Silver Fire, is a FREE download!

Make sure you read Ambassador and An Ancient Song before Olin Heon! Elizabeth Leaper loved Silver Fire and Ambassador so much, she reviewed them together! Cheryl Holloway features the first three volumes on her blog and Al-Alhambra reviewed Silver Fire recently!

© Freya Pickard 2019

Olin Heon – cover reveal

26 September, 2019
Olin Heon Volume Four of The Kaerling Series

Olin Heon Volume Four of The Kaerling Series

Different colour! Different characters! But it’s the same series!

Volume Four of The Kaerling will be available in a few weeks time!

If you’ve not yet read Silver Fire (which is a FREE download), Ambassador or An Ancient Song, you need to read them before you buy Olin Heon.

” truly captivated my imagination from beginning to end” K Johnston on Silver Fire

Haven’t come across The Kaerling series yet? Read about the first two volumes at “Difficult to put down”.

And, if you’re one of my Patreon supporters, you’ll be seeing the launch video and sample chapters (depending on how much you donate each month) very soon!

Like watching videos about books before you buy them? Try these out: –

Silver Fire, Ambassador, An Ancient Song and Olin Heon.

© Freya Pickard 2019

A drop of blood …

25 October, 2018

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Parsley stood before the throne, staring down at her beloved and the green globe and realised she had no idea what to do.

Behind her, she could hear steel on stone. Parsley glanced over her shoulder to see the statues hurl themselves at Dracomagan and Peagreen. Nimue’s golden head turned from the fighting and the green eyes widened as she saw where Parsley was standing.

Sorrel unsheathed her sword. “Get on with it!” She ordered and stepped towards the sorceress.

Then Parsley remembered. A drop of blood had opened the way in the enchanted forest. Another drop of blood had woken Tym from his enchanted sleep …

“Thank you very much for your latest newsletter. What a work you do, it is amazing. It gives me inspiration and imagination for everyday life. Thank you.” U Gohla

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The September issue of my Newsletter is available now! And in a few weeks time, the December issue will be sent out to everyone who subscribes.

Want to know how the story ends?

When you subscribe to my Newsletter you get a free story every year in four enchanting episodes. You also get to read some of my poetry which has not yet been published. And, you also get a glimpse into my real life …

How do you get to read my Newsletter?

Simply send an email to dragonscaleclippings@gmail.com with “Request Clippings” in the subject line. Your email will never be passed on or sold to anyone else and I will only ever use it to send you my quarterly Newsletter. Find out more at Freya’s Newsletter.

© Freya Pickard 2018


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