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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: –

Amazon UKAmazon USiBooksNookKobo

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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

Lovely touches of humour …

8 February, 2017

I’ve just finished Rusalka. Loved it! All the stories gripped my imagination, forcing me to read on in anticipation. Your brilliant descriptive style, with lovely touches of humour, brought each character and situation to life so vividly for me. My favourite was The Rusalka Ritual itself, followed by most of the others, but particularly A Picnic at Knowles, with Dracomagon’s golf game! It’s a long time since I picked up a fiction book to read – other than a play – and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Keep them coming! D Henty

I received this lovely review of my first short story collection on Monday morning. What a wonderful way to start the week!

Have you read it yet? If not, it’s currently just 99p / 99c at most online stores this month.

If you have read this book of mine, I would really appreciate a review of it if you have time!

Have you seen my VERY short video about it at You Tube?

99p at
Amazon UK
Kobo
99c at all the European Amazon sites as well as
Barnes & Noble
iTunes

Although I have requested that Amazon US reduce the price to 99c, the lowest they seem to be able to get it is $1.22.

Please Share!

© Freya Pickard 2017

Review: When The Clouds Dance

6 December, 2016

Proverbial without being preachy, this collection is easy to read and is one that you can dip in and out of. I found the poems refreshing and inspiring.
The poetry style is simple without being simplistic. Each poem evokes a reaction in the reader. The overall feel of the collection is positive and up-lifting.
The poet explores many themes and the one that interested me in particular was her definition of God which fluctuated between a male and female deity. Some poems almost read as proverbs, but not ones handed down through culture or belief. Instead, these proverbial conclusions seemed to me to come from the poet’s experience in life.
A book of delights to be returned to again and again.
Click here to buy your copy of When The Clouds Dance
Discover more about Sharmishtha Basu and all her creative productions at Sharmishtha Basu
© Freya Pickard 2016

Review: Versions of The Self

8 November, 2016

I bought this collection because I’ve been following Christy’s blogs for a while and I enjoy her writing. I chose Versions of the Self because it is her most recent publication and I loved the splashes of colour on the front cover!
What struck me about these poems was the personal nature and themes they explore. This is a poet being honest and unpretentious. The poems are collected into themes which explore the different aspects of Christy. This is not a collection to breeze through. This collection is one to re-read again and again. On each re-read I am finding new things, discovering different viewpoints.
My three favourite poems are:
Never Now: A positive look back at a failure in life; You are caged into / A piece of the last chapter / And my words fill / The present page.
See My Sense of Self: An intriguing exploration of how the poet sees herself versus the person who thinks they know her: You see it is a version of me, virtual / That you have come to know… / I am more than a / smiling photo.
The Scampering Poem: A light-hearted yet serious viewpoint on how we let life run away with us, how we’re maybe even too busy to finish reading the poem! I know exactly what the poet means by; Life is humming away in your mind, with thoughts of / What to make for dinner…
Challenging but not disturbing. Inspiring, even in the sorrowful verses. Christy Birmingham is a writer to follow!
Click here to buy your copy of Versions of the Self
Follow Christy Birmingham at Poetic Parfait and When Women Inspire.
© Freya Pickard 2016

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