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A riddle, a silent castle and a green globe …

6 June, 2017

The Essence of Thyme was my first e-publication!

It is a short story about Dracomagan and her friend Parsley. In truth, it’s a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty, but with a twist. Well, quite a feminist-y twist really!

So, if you don’t like strong female characters or fantasy and don’t have a sense of humour, please DON’T buy this book!

However, you like a good laugh, enjoy tales set in a realistic, yet fantastical setting and love strong female warriors, this may be the story for you!

Travel with Dracomagan and Parsley into a forest where the thorns accept only blood as the passport to safe passage. Discover a silent castle filled with petrified statues. Agonise with Parsley over the best way to wake the handsome man asleep in the four-poster bed. And hear Dracomagan talk her way out of a compromising situation…

This is such a delightful series to read. Essence of Thyme is quirky, fun, and imaginative, and Dracomagan and Parsley are a duo to be reckoned with, potato peeler and all! Great job! K Johnston

The tale only costs 99p / 99c at most online stores and the video about it can be found at YouTube.

© Freya Pickard 2017

The Essence of Thyme …

16 December, 2016

Magical plots abound in The Essence of Thyme. Parsley’s mysterious visitor is not known to Dracomagan. Why did Merlin send Nimue instead of visiting Parsley himself? Who caused the enchanted forest to spring up before Castle Thyme? Why is Lord Thyme’s son, Tym, a sleeping prisoner? How can the friends release him from such tangled spells?

Parsley is on a quest to find her true love. But a tangled forest blocks her way. A promise has been made in the form of a riddle that needs unravelling. She has been chosen so a path will be found, but only a ruby tear will open the way…

An oblique re-telling of Sleeping Beauty. The Essence of Thyme allows Parsley the limelight (for once) as she pursues her dream of finding a handsome prince and true love. But messages from Merlin come in the form of riddles. Just who is this mysterious Nimue? Why has an enchanted forest suddenly appeared before Castle Thyme? Can Parsley and Dracomagan solve the riddle and break the spell before it’s too late?

Find out more in Freya’s short video about The Essence of Thyme

Chapter One is available to read for free!

This story is currently only available as an e-book.

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It was good to be back in the world of Dracomagan. This was a short story with the same characters as Dragsonscale Leggings and I enjoyed it a lot. I love Dracogmagan’s character. She’s great: irreverent, mouthy and full of attitude. I would have liked the story to be longer and I hope there will be more of these short stories set in the same universe. Doctor Wolf

This is such a delightful series to read. Essence of Thyme is quirky, fun, and imaginative, and Dracomagan and Parsley are a duo to be reckoned with, potato peeler and all! Great job! K Johnston

I really enjoyed The Essence of Thyme, the reversed Sleeping Beauty thing worked really well. I also love Dracomagan’s “otherworldliness”. J Poulter

Even the brief exchanges among the characters show fully developed beings with meaningful traits, roles, and tendencies. Their interaction is amusing, natural, and shows shared understanding and affection, referring either to an established relationship or one that has scarcely begun yet feels inevitable. Your story offers an intriguing and unique combination of the familiar and the strange. K Maher

Piercing barb

17 June, 2016
the piercing barb
enchantment’s snare
red blood falling
search for true love
thyme’s castle quest
prisoner sleeps
green globe still lurks
sevenling © Freya Pickard 2016
My first e-book, The Essence of Thyme, is available now! Check out My Books Please share and re-blog this post!
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

A ruby tear

16 June, 2016
a ruby tear will open the way
sleeping prisoner will be released
enchantment broken and true love found
they discover an empty castle
beyond the dark magical forest
and Parsley and Tym fall in love
enchanter remains a mystery
sevenling © Freya Pickard 2016
My first e-book, The Essence of Thyme, is available now! Check out My Books Please share and re-blog this post!
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

Red & Green

15 June, 2016
red and green are the
colours of my tale
red for the shed blood
that opens the way
green for enchantment
that tangles the mind
a promise, a curse
can Parsley unbind?
© Freya Pickard 2016
My first e-book, The Essence of Thyme, is available now! Check out My Books Please share and re-blog this post!
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

Knotted Spell

14 June, 2016
knotted spell undone
love restored and nightmares tamed
blood shed so freely
haiku © Freya Pickard 2016
My first e-book, The Essence of Thyme, is available now! Check out My Books Please share and re-blog this post!
I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

My first e-book!

13 June, 2016
I have an announcement to make!
It’s finally arrived…
Today, it is Here!
My first ever e-book is now on sale!
The Essence of Thyme (tweaked and tidied) together with a short piece about one of the main characters and many of my readers’ comments, is available in e-book format to buy, right now! Hear me read the opening lines at The Essence of Thyme!
It’s currently available at Amazon, Kobo, Scribd and Inktera. And I will continue to update My Books Page as and when other stores stock it.
I want to say a huge thank you to Jonathon B Hoyt for designing such an amazing front cover. And I also want to thank both Elizabeth Baxter and Elizabeth Leaper who encouraged me to make this story available as an e-book!
At $1.43 (or 99p if you’re in the UK) it’s a bargain! More information can be found at My Books Please share and re-blog this post!
© Freya Pickard 2016

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