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Mist

18 September, 2021

A HUGE thank you to Luna for publishing my poem, Mist, at her Poetry Bar!

What do you think of it?

It’s one of the short form poems I wrote to celebrate the launch of Uneasy Allies. You can find more of them on Facebook and several more will be published in the next few weeks on this blog too!

Don’t forget to download your copy of Uneasy Allies before 24th September whilst it’s still priced at 99p / 99c!

Incredible world building and amazing characters who travel through it. This is traditional fantasy as its best! Jiri on Goodreads

February Book Reviews

3 February, 2021

Three completely different books by three talented authors!

Requiem for the Wolf by Tara Saunders was one of the best books I read in 2020. Saunders creates a world that ensnares your imagination from the first word. The magic in the tale won’t let you go and you find yourself empathising with Breag, despite the difficult choices he has to make. The writing is lyrical and descriptive without wasting words and the plot seamlessly flows and ebbs to a tragic, climatic ending. Can’t wait to read the next 2 books in the Tiarna Beo series! Read my reviews of this book at Amazon and Bookbub.

The Prince’s Man by Deborah Jay was one of my favourite books in 2020. What starts out as a typical fantasy tale of intrigue, develops into a thoroughly enjoyable, unpredictable tale. I enjoyed the brilliant plot with an excellent, uncliched ending that left me wanting more. Jay’s writing is vivid and sensual and the characters are well drawn and engaging. I adored Rustam with all the changes he had to go through, both physical and spiritual. And I definitely want to live in the land of Shiva! Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

Shadow of the Fae by KJ Baker was the first book I read this year! I thoroughly enjoyed this paranormal romance for its fascinating characters and neat, concise plot. Baker’s writing is descriptive without being too wordy. The pace is brisk and describes a rollercoaster of emotions. Asha and Raven are intriguing characters whose relationship develops into a climatic resolution! Humour and love, tragedy and mystery are all part of this spell binding read. Can’t wait for book 2 to arrive!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Film Reviews – July 2020

10 July, 2020

I don’t often review films because they nearly always leave me feeling underwhelmed (unless of course it’s The Lord of the Rings, Matrix, Terminator etc etc).

But I have to mention Captain Fantastic– I haven’t laughed so much for years! It’s very thought provoking and has Viggo Mortensen in it. I really enjoyed the way the children were being brought up – very hands on and survival based. It’s a kind of antidote to the usual sickenly cutesy kids films out there.

I also really enjoyed Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role. It’s not preachy, but raises serious moral and ethical issues, in an amazing time paradox plot! The ending is NOT what you would expect!

And Lucy is another film that is worth watching, with Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman in it. I enjoyed the character change of the protagonist and the basis of the plot is very thought provoking.

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

PS You’ll never guess what? I managed to get my book cover for The Butterfly Tree & Other Stories into another Book Cover Award over at Alternative Read. If you have a mo, please consider voting for me! Thank you! The deadline is 31st July 2020.

Positives Please!

13 November, 2019

This is a short post about Reviews.

When I read reviews about a book/film/product, I only ever read the 4 and 5 star reviews. I never read anything lower. Why?

I work in the hospitality industry and have discovered that people who leave 1 star reviews or who complain a lot in reviews, have issues. Sometimes they have unrealistic expectations. Sometimes they bought the wrong product (eg a small B&B room instead of a luxury spa hotel spa) and don’t like it.

Having survived cancer, I believe life is too short to waste my time on reading complaints that often are irrelevant to the product I’m buying.

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When I read a review about a book, I want to know why the reviewer enjoyed it. I’m really not interested in story and character arcs. I read a lot of books that don’t conform to accepted ways of telling stories (JRR Tolkien and Patrick O’Brien for instance) so I don’t need to know if someone else found these things important. I want to know if it’s a page-turner or has an unexpected plot twist!

And these are the kinds of reviews I’m looking for for my own novels. Can you help? Silver Fire is a FREE download. Why don’t you start with this and post your review on Amazon or Goodreads? You never know, I might find your novel and read and review it myself!

© Freya Pickard 2019

Do you Read & Review?

30 July, 2019

If you do, I need your help!

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I have a FREE e-book that I would like to use in promotions on both My Book Cave and Bookbub. Silver Fire is the first in The Kaerling series, thus it is free! I have been saving up my Patreon contributions to fund a Bookbub and a My Book Cave promotion and am nearly there!

Please would you consider reviewing Silver Fire during your Summer Break so that I can proceed with my marketing campaign? I need 20-25 4-5 star reviews over Amazon and Goodreads to even be considered for a promotion.

Silver Fire can be downloaded for FREE at: –

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If you don’t subscribe to any of these on-line stores, please send an email to freya.pickard@gmail.com with “I want to review Silver Fire” in the subject line and either PDF or MOBI or E-PUB in the body of the email and I will send you the appropriate file.

Find out what readers have already said about Silver Fire at Amazon, Goodreads, The Wobbly Dum Dum Tree  and IndiesToday!

Thank you for your support! Much love! Freya xxx


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