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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

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

Potential…

23 February, 2016
Just a quick blog post to let you all know that I’ve had a poem published at Jellyfish Whispers! You can read it at Potential. Please let me know what you think of it, either over at Jellyfish Whispers, or here… Will be back properly in a few weeks time…
© Freya Pickard 2016

Emerging to Elementary Haiku

27 January, 2016
Since December last year I’ve had 7 poems published!
December 2015
Hedgerow (a lovely artistic and poetical blog) published my poem emerging in #59 of the ezine. It’s a poem in blank verse about the process of writing a novel.
I am really honoured to have had one of my haiku accepted for publication in the November magazine edition of Scifaikuest.
Dial 174 published 4 poems in #104; two blank verse poems Purple Textures (about lavender) and Birch Branches and Bracken (about a walk in English summertime woods) and two rhythmical (but not really rhyming) poems Gardens (based on gardens in the bible) and Finale (an amalgamation of biblical stories and Fay Sampson tales).
My haiku sequence Elemental Haiku appears in Kind of a Hurricane’s latest Anthology entitled Elementary My Dear.
What a great way to start the year!
© Freya Pickard 2016

Turning Point

7 August, 2015
Just wanted to let you all know that I’ve had a VERY short story published over at Flash Fiction Magazine. You can read my piece of flash fiction at Turning Point Please let me know what you think of it!
© Freya Pickard 2015

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