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Be part of my creative process

19 April, 2019

Did you know that you can be part of my creative process?

 

Poetry Postcard by Freya Pickard

Poetry Postcard by Freya Pickard

I’m not kidding!

All my patreon supporters receive special, exclusive gifts in return for a regular, monthly donation.

Those who donate $1 receive a unique poetry postcard, which is only available to them! I paint, sketch and draw real and abstract images and then work a poem into the picture. I don’t sell or promote these poetry postcards anywhere else, except on Patreon.

Those who donate $5 receive not only a poetry postcard every month, but also a complete, unpublished short story of at least 2000 words (sometimes the stories are a lot longer!) Very often I get glimpses of characters or ideas and write a short story before I develop the character and plot into a novel. So, in reading these unpublished short stories, you’re actually getting a sneak preview of something that may well become a fully-fledged novel someday!

$5 donations also get to see book covers and launch videos before anyone else does!

And, if you donate $10 a month, you get all of the above as well as one novel dedicated to you after 6 months, a free paperback every year (when available) and you get to read sample chapters of forthcoming books before they are launched!

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And what do I use the money for? Marketing! I am self-employed and literally just make ends meet. I have no disposable income at all. So I am reliant on my Patreon supporters to help me pay for the marketing of my books so they reach a wider audience.

Join me now on Patreon!

Check out my new Patreon video (contains footage of me reading excerpts from some of my books!) at YouTube!

Even if you are unable (or don’t want to) support me via Patreon, please consider sharing this post and video!

© Freya Pickard 2019

Quirky, intriguing fairy tales!

15 September, 2018

It’s nearly Christmas! Have you stocked up yet on your holiday reading? If you haven’t, here are some suggestions that will only cost you $1 each …
If you enjoy quirky, different stories, may I suggest Xmas @ Camelot II ? It contains 10 tales of varying length, covering a variety of worlds. The stories within the volume explore Transitions, Choices and Virtual Reality …
But if you prefer romance and intrigue, why don’t you give The Essence of Thyme a try? It’s a re-working of Sleeping Beauty with two women trying wake a sleeping Prince …
And finally, if you enjoy reading fairy tales at Christmas, then I suggest The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories. These are fairy tales with a feminist twist to them and, like traditional fairy tales, they don’t always end as you would expect!

All 3 books are available as ebooks and The Rusalka Ritual is also available to buy as a paperback.
Whatever you read, have a wonderful, enjoyable Christmas!
© Freya Pickard 2018
To navigate around this blog, simply click on the dragonscales at the top of the page and scroll down to see the options on the right handside.

Freya’s Paperbacks

5 March, 2018
If, like me, you prefer reading a paperback to Kindle, you will be overjoyed to learn that I now have 3 paperbacks in publication!

My most recent paperback in print is, of course, Vintrig’s Throne.
This is the sequel to Vintrig’s Kingdom (see below) and brings to a conclusion the story of Isu that began in the first volume.
If you enjoy tales of romance and swashbuckling action mixed in with biased trials and dark magic, this is the book for you!
With its blood red cover you can’t miss it! And once again, I’ve used a painting by Kombmaker because it made me think of the terrain around Vintrig’s Castle!

Secondly …
… there’s my first collection of short stories, The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories.
These are tales that involve Dracomagan, the narrator of Dragonscale Leggings. They’ll make you laugh, shiver and cry…
If you like fairy tales with a twist, get yourself a copy!
I had to use this painting by Kombmaker because he unwittingly created a picture that was straight out of my otherworld!

Thirdly …
… there’s my novel Vintrig’s Kingdom.
This is the first volume of Isu Magan’s tale – a snow white cover for a virgin princess living in a monochrome world. Again, it is one of Kombmaker’s sketches – a castle in a snowstorm… You’ll need to read this one before you buy the sequel!
All of these three books are available as e-books The Isu Magan series are priced at $3 each and The Rusalka Ritual is currently $1. Paperback prices vary depending from whom you buy them. I will be releasing my 4th paperback in the next few months! Keep a look out here for it – what will it be? A novel? Another short story collection? Or perhaps it will be a poetry anthology…
To navigate around this blog, simply click on the dragonscales at the top of the page and scroll down to see the options on the right handside.
© Freya Pickard 2018

Green Darkness

9 January, 2018
I stand at the border of the forest, amidst grasping root and snaking vine. And I listen. I can hear you snuffling in the green darkness. Your breath sucks in and blows out. In my mind’s eye I can see the moist cavity of your lungs ballooning and deflating. A breeze scratches among the leaves and I freeze. Your snorting ceases. The deep shadows become still. A scrabble of earth, the ripping of vines and you, the Animal, are gone.

I wait until daylight when sunlight dapples the forest floor. I hear you roar, greeting the new day and I search for you. Following your razor-like tracks in the leaf mould, I walk beneath tall trees and beside rushing rivers. Would your sharp claws embrace me if I met you?
Your heavy stench drifts upon the close air. My nostrils flare in revulsion even as I strain eagerly forwards to catch a glimpse of you. But the forest glade is empty. I stand at the edge. Your scent pulses around me. I know you are there. My eyes examine every plant, every pattern of light and shade. You are too well concealed. The pattern of your fur blends with the dappled shadows …
This is a short extract from my most recent publication; Xmas @ Camelot II, available at Amazon UK, Amazon US, Kobo, Barnes&Noble and iTunes. It’s a collection of 10 short stories about Choices, Transitions, Shape-Shifting and Virtual Reality! Check out my video at YouTube.
Currently available as an e-book, I will release a paperback version once I’ve published a few more volumes of Dragonscale Diffusions!
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© Freya Pickard 2018

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

What I’m publishing next …

30 October, 2017

I joined Patreon initially to get my novels about Isu Magan published. I released Vintrig’s Kingdom in November 2017 and Vintrig’s Throne is due for release shortly!
Although I did a lot of the work myself and managed to call in favours regarding the formatting, pagination and artwork, I needed a source of income to pay for promotion. I wasn’t expecting a massive amount, just enough to enable me to pay for the first book to be promoted in order to increase sales.
Now that Vintrig’s Throne is due to be published very soon (!) I need more money to promote it in a variety of ways. As I am currently self-employed in my new business, it’s more important to me than ever to be able to continue to promote my books.
I have so many more books to share with the world; my fantasy series “The Kaerling”, my poetry cycle, “Arturina”, as well as many short story and poetry collections. If you would like to help me achieve my aim in publishing my art, please consider supporting me via Patreon.
For just $1 a month you’ll receive an unpublished poem but for $5 a month you’ll also receive an unpublished story of at least 2000 words!
Even if you can’t support me at the moment, please consider buying one of my books and sharing this post! Your help is much appreciated!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

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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