Posted tagged ‘short stories’

wordless song brings truth

17 July, 2017

The life of a leaf and a fairy tale gone wrong … These were the themes of the poem and short story that were given as my July Rewards for my Patreon supporters.
If you missed out on these rewards, don’t worry! If you pledge your support for me at Patreon before 1st August, you will be able to access the August Rewards.
Once published, my books need to be promoted. This can only be done effectively if I pay established companies to promote my novels etc. Therefore, I am seeking to promote my books on a weekly basis and to do that properly, I need at least $30 per month. Without promotion I cannot sell my work. If I can sell a certain amount of books per month, I can then fulfil my dream of being a full time writer!
In August, my supporters will receive a previously unpublished lantune/haiku sequence about the songs of deep space and/or a previously unpublished story about a man who crosses the border into fairy land and starts to notice the world around him …
See you at Patreon soon!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube
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leaflife & oberon …

19 June, 2017

Telepathic communication and strange new worlds … These were the themes of the poem and short story that were given as my June Rewards for my Patreon supporters.
If you missed out on these rewards, don’t worry! If you pledge your support for me at Patreon before 1st July, you will be able to access the July Rewards.
Once published, my books need to be promoted. This can only be done effectively if I pay established companies to promote my novels etc. Therefore, I am seeking to promote my books on a weekly basis and to do that properly, I need at least $30 per month. Without promotion I cannot sell my work. If I can sell a certain amount of books per month, I can then fulfil my dream of being a full time writer!
In July, my supporters will receive a previously unpublished elfje sequence about the brief life of leaves and/or a previously unpublished story about a diminutive character who finds himself lost in a fairy tale …
See you at Patreon soon!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

Silent Speech of Metallic Ocean

29 May, 2017

Dreaming and parallel universes … These were the themes of the poem and short story that were given as my May Rewards for my Patreon supporters.
If you missed out on these rewards, don’t worry! If you pledge your support for me at Patreon before 1st June, you will be able to access the June Rewards.
In June, my supporters will receive a previously unpublished tanka/lantune sequence about constellations and new worlds and/or a previously unpublished story about twins who are in danger of their lives and have to communicate telepathically in order to survive …
I am using my short stories and poems as rewards because I want people who support me to get a glimpse into the worlds I have created. For just $1 or more month, you will be able to read an unpublished poem. For just $5 or more a month, you will be able to read an unpublished short story of at least 2,000 words. Other rewards include sneak previews of book covers and launch videos as well free sample chapters of forthcoming books.
See you at Patreon soon!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

How I choose covers for short stories …

27 March, 2017

A few weeks ago I posted about how I choose covers for my novels. Today I want to talk about choosing covers for short stories.
Stories are different from Novels in their length, structure and aim. With a short story, you have to be in the storytelling world immediately. The action has to happen quickly and there needs to be a good resolution before the end of the tale. So far, I’ve published a single short story plus one short story collection.
I had very clear ideas on what I wanted for The Essence of Thyme. As the first in a series (originally published as a free read in my Newsletter) I wanted the covers of the following books to link back to this one.
I knew from the start that I wanted a vast green globe on the front to portray the green globe mentioned towards the end of the story. (It is key to the following two stories as well). JBH suggested the shadowed lattice work giving the cover a slightly darker, more haunted feel. This, I felt, went suitably with the silent castle and slightly puzzling enchantment of Lord Thyme’s son.
I knew I didn’t want a fairy tale picture because although this story is a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, it is most definitely NOT a sugar sweet, happy ending …

I came across the picture I used for The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories when I was going through Kombmaker’s portfolio. As soon as I saw it, I recognised it as being the woodland that the companions travel through in The Rusalka Ritual.
When JBH came to manipulate the painting, I advised him on the part of it that had to appear on the front cover, namely the waterfall with the golden light above it. Surprisingly, JBH stretched the painting digitally, cutting off the trees to either side. But boy, did it work! I was so pleased with it. At JBH’s suggestion, we used that particular font with red ink, to make it look as though the words were written in blood …
This collection is a series of fairy tales, but there aren’t necessarily any fairy tale endings, which I why I think the cover works; it makes me think of Grimm’s fairy stories. My tales will make you laugh, but there’s always something slightly sinister about Dracomagan’s Otherworld.
As always, I’m trying to be different! Do you think I’ve succeeded? Which of these books would you buy?
© 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.

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© Freya Pickard 2017

The Rusalka Ritual …

15 December, 2016

Five tales set in fantastic locations; an arid canyon, a smoke-wreathed ale house, a moonlit sea, a haunted inn and a golf course …

Five tales encompassing human emotion; expectations disappointed, self-sacrificing love for the unlovable, will power that overcomes dark enchantment, bravery in the face of evil and fear of the unknown in hum-drum life …

Five narrative voices ranging from a young child, a redeemed murderer, a strong-willed young woman, damsels awaiting rescue and a retired banker haunted by death …

Available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iTunes, Nook, Kobo, Page Foundry and Scribd

Find out more in Freya’s short video about The Rusalka Ritual and Other Stories

This collection is available as both a paperback and an e-book

These tales are very unusual and unpredictable; fantastic and full of optimism. A Winter

These are suspenseful stories. I want to read more. U Gohla

Such intriguing tales… Where can I buy more? J Poulter

Chronology

23 November, 2016

There are a number of stories about Dracomagan that have been published now, so, if you’d like to read them in order, here’s the chronological list (oldest first).
Dragonscale Leggings Dracomagan’s Diary currently e-book only

Echo Peak Part of The Rusalka Ritual Collection available in both e-book and paperback

The Truthseeker’s Tale – Patreon October 2016

A Mercenary’s Tale Part of The Rusalka Ritual Collection

The Rusalka Ritual Part of The Rusalka Ritual Collection

Once Upon A Darker, More Enchanted Time Part of The Rusalka Ritual Collection

The Essence of Thyme Available as an e-book

The Oil of Sage Currently only available to those who receive my free newsletter!

Dining At Sparkles – Patreon June 2016

A Picnic At Knole Part of The Rusalka Ritual Collection

Keep up to date with new additions to this list at Chronology


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