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Escape Pod Emulation for Isabel Caves

4 June, 2018

Welcome once more to my Escape Pod Interview series. If you’re not familiar with this kind of post, please read the back story at Escape Pod Emulation!
Whose in the Escape Pod today? Well, hello there! It’s Isabel Caves!
I’m going to be the one to save my people – my 5 items will allow me to uncover the weaknesses of the strange beings who have attacked us, and devise a plan to restore peace and justice.
My Complete Guide to Alien Species – I’m going to spend every second of my escape researching the strange beings who have attacked us. They must have a weakness. I bet I’ll find it in here.
My ice cloud gun – in case any of them snuck on board. They can toggle between solid, liquid and gaseous phases. In their gaseous form they can spread thin enough to be invisible. A cloud of ice should knock them back down to a more visible state.

An electronic journal – I’ll put all my research notes in here. If anything happens to me someone else can pick up where I left off.
A charger – to make sure the journal doesn’t run out of power.
And a stress ball – because boy, am I going to need it.

Isabel Caves loves fantasy and all things magic, as well as ghost stories and sci fi. She publishes literary pieces too and her mind is always cooking up new stories …

Discover Isabel’s book, Strange Beings, at: –
Smashwords
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
It’s a permafree ebook containing 23 flash fiction tales of mages, witches, demons, faeries, ghosts, and those beings for which we have no name …

You can follow Isabel at: –
Isabel Caves
Twitter
Goodreads
Smashwords
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© Freya Pickard 2018
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Freya’s Novels

25 April, 2018

It’s nearly the summer holidays! Have you stocked up yet on your summer reading? If you haven’t, here are some suggestions …
If you enjoy romance and dark magic mixed with intrigue in a fantastical setting, can I suggest my Isu Magan series? Both books are available as ebooks and paperbacks. Vintrig’s Kingdom ($3) begins the tale of Isu Magan, a lonely princess who is the only heir to the kingdom’s founder. Her life is bound by taboo and she is content not to marry until she meets the travelling musician, Sama Conn, and falls in love with him.
The sequel, Vintrig’s Throne ($3) concludes the tale, but not before Isu’s hopes have been raised and then cruelly dashed. Although she is crowned queen, Isu finds herself on trial for her life and only one thing can save her; The Law of Substitution!
But if you prefer humourous novels, then perhaps Dragonscale Leggings might be more suitable for you. But, I have to warn you, it is a dangerous book to read. Why? Because if you don’t have a sense of humour, hate strong female leads and don’t like fantasy worlds, you’ll be wasting your time reading it!

This is chick-lit in a fantasy world. Think Alice in Wonderland meets Bridget Jones’ Diary. Come and adventure with Dracomagan and her trusty stallion, Tygar, as they travel through the Otherworld, trying to find her memory, evade Merlin and keep on the right side of the law.
At present, Dragonscale Leggings ($3) is only available as an ebook – the paperback should be out by Christmas 2018! Happy Reading!
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© Freya Pickard 2018

Freya’s Paperbacks

3 April, 2017

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that last year I published 5 books!

All of them are available as e-books but two of them are also available as paperbacks!

I much prefer a paperback to an e-book. I do a lot of my proof reading of my own manuscripts on my Kindle, so reading an e-book for me is like working. Reading a paperback is a luxury!

Vintrig’s Kingdom is the first in my Isu Magan series. When Isu Magan, heir to Vintrig’s Throne, finds the journal of a vanished Scriber, her perceptions of history and the truth are challenged. A growing distrust of her loyal and powerful Counsellor, initiates rebellious and frightening thoughts within her heart. Adding to this disruption of her ordered life, Isu finds herself attracted to the itinerant musician, Sama Conn.

The Rusalka Ritual is a collection of short stories all of which have Dracomagan (from Dragonscale Leggings) in them at some point. 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 …

More about information as well as links to the promotion videos, can be found at My Books.

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

unicorn weapons and slow death …

30 January, 2017

A story about rebellion and thinking for oneself and a poem about wars in the future! These were the themes of the poem and short story that were given as my January 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 February, you will be able to access the February Rewards.
In February, my supporters will receive a previously unpublished cherita sequence about the mythical, dangerous unicorn and/or a previously unpublished story about forgiveness and sacrifice and unselfish love …
Sneak previews of book covers, access to video links before a book is launched, reading the first chapters before a book goes on sale and free copies of my books! I’ve updated my rewards at Patreon so that you get even more for your money!
See you at Patreon soon!
© Freya Pickard 2017
Have you seen the videos I’ve made about my writing! Check them out at YouTube

The Rusalka Ritual – paperback!

5 October, 2016

It’s 7 weeks since I launched the e-book of The Rusalka Ritual and I am pleased to announce that the paperback is now available at Amazon!
In case you missed the original post, the collection consists of five tales giving the reader an insight into Dracomagan’s life after Dragonscale Leggings. The stories portray my heroine from varying viewpoints and deal with redemption, disappointment, dark enchantments and a morning of golf! I’ve made a video about it at TRRAOS!
I hope you enjoy reading the collection! Please feel free to share and re-blog this post!
© Freya Pickard 2016

faeries, take care!

25 August, 2016
dragons
beware, ogres
tremble, faeries take care
you do not anger this woman –
Slayer!
cinquain © Freya Pickard 2016
This cinquain describes the character who is common to all the tales in my first short story collection The Rusalka Ritual and Other Stories. Please share and re-blog this post!

I’ve started making some videos about my writing! Please check them out at The Rusalka Ritual, The Essence of Thyme and Patreon

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