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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

Melodic Meanderings

4 December, 2017
I usually produce a post with lots of mini reviews of books I have enjoyed reading over the last few months. However, this year, due to moving house and starting up a new business, I have not had time to read anything. Shocking, I know, but I no longer have any time to myself. I’m hoping to get lots of reading done over the winter, but there is still a lot to do on the business in the quiet season. So, this time, I’m reviewing Dwell, a cd that really helped me through a very difficult summer.
Memorable melodies and lingering lyrics. This cd was the perfect gift at a very difficult time. Being able to listen to it, albeit in small snatches, allowed me to stay sane in an extremely stressful time.

Not since I discovered the music of Iona in the 1990s, has a cd had such a profound effect on me. Hearing it gives me goosebumps. I find it both relaxing and challenging. When I first listened to it, I felt like a dry sponge soaking up cold, refreshing water.
Dwell speaks to me on many levels; mental, spiritual and emotional, and it allowed me to relax physically. I find myself drawn in particular to tracks 2 & 9. Track 2, Dwell, is incredibly reassuring and up-lifting. Track 9, Come O Spirit of God, is challenging, inspiring and strengthening. These two tracks have lyrics that have stuck in my memory and I find myself singing them as I go about my daily business.
Buy this cd for yourself and experience Julie Palmer’s enchanting voice, the haunting and inspiring harmonies, as well as the encouragement of the bible verses spoken over the music.
You can buy the album at Dwell.
© Freya Pickard 2017
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Sharing Love

14 March, 2017

When the first poem contains lines such as

Poems free imagination
an inclination to see
within and without
the play of life.

You know you’re in for a thoroughly good read!

I was really struck by the tenderness with which the poems in this collection were written. Reading it, I felt relaxed and soothed; pretty amazing for me at the end of a hectic week!
If you are looking for mindful poetry, this is the collection to read. I love the sense of humour running through some of the poetry as well as the seriousness of thought in others. The ebb and flow of verse is as natural as a flowing stream.
The main theme of the collection is “interconnectedness”. “out there among the stars/our interconnectedness unfolds”. It runs throughout each section, sometimes referred to directly, at other times it is hinted at, allowing the reader to make their own connections.
Other themes that wind their way through this journey of verse are mindfulness, love, passion and heartbreak. The theme of care is prevalent also; not just for each other, but for the planet as a whole.

Another thing that struck me whilst reading this collection, was the gracefulness and unconditional love the writer has for the people in his poems. The whole idea of loving someone so much, that you would let them go, if they wanted to leave, came across incredibly strongly in several verses.
Favourites? Well, it depends on how I’m feeling when I re-read them! But ones that have remained favourite on several re-reads, include Ripples with its awesome line “silence between words”. Be With Me encapsulates the feeling of the collection, particularly the third stanza, “a kaleidoscope of pattern/rhythm and enlightenment”. And Spellbinder, of course! Why? It’s about one of my favourite characters of legend, Merlin, “invoking the universes unfathomable mystery”…
Take time out of your busy schedule and read this book. You will not be disappointed.
Sharing Love. is available to buy now and you can read Sam’s EPod Interview at 20170306.
© Freya Pickard 2017

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