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Happy New Year!

5 January, 2019

Happy New Year to you all!

I hope you had an enjoyable, restful and peaceful Christmas!

Just wanted to drop you all a line to let you know what I’m up to. I am planning on releasing two books in the first few months of this year!

My Mythology is a book of poetry, which can be found in my paperback, This Is Me. Next month I hope to release My Mythology as an e-book. In it I explore all my sources of inspiration…

I’m also hoping to release An Ancient Song. This is the third volume in The Kaerling series. If you’ve not yet read Silver Fire – it’s a free download! The second volume, Ambassador is available to purchase online in various stores. An Ancient Song tells of Otta’s continuing search for the unicorn and has a surprising twist at the end!

Over the winter I’ve been busy replenishing my creativity and have been painting once more! Here is of my creations that I wanted to share with you today along with a verse from a poem in My Mythology …

empty like

his hollow heart, the

blank mirror

gives nothing

back; taking only, never

satisfied

© Freya Pickard 2019

HollowHeart

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Until you showed your face …

9 October, 2018

Feeling nervous, Otta followed Erl and Derri through the gate and entered the guardhouse. The heat struck Otta like a physical blow and for a moment she found it hard to breathe. Then she became aware of how her fingers and toes hurt.

“Come to the fire, travellers.” One of the guards spoke. “You must be nearly perished with cold.”

“It has been rather chilly.” Erl remarked, setting Derri down before the fire.

The guards laughed at Erl’s comment and the child cringed, staring around. Otta hurried over to him, reassuring him with quiet words. She pulled off his wraps and gloves and made him stretch out his hands to the fire. Derri did as he was told and stared into the dancing flames, entranced. Otta started removing her own woollen gloves and fur muffler as Erl continued to joke with the guards. A sudden halt in conversation indicated that something was wrong. She glanced up as she removed her hood, enjoying the heat on her face. Without exception every guard was staring at her. Outside the traders’ wagons lumbered past.

What’s wrong? she asked Erl silently.

No idea, he replied. They were fine until you showed your face …

This is an excerpt from my recently published book, Ambassador. This is volume 2 of The Kaerling which is available now at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iBooks, Kobo & Nook.

Not convinced yet? Check out the video about Ambassador at YouTube.

Don’t forget that the first book in The Kaerling series, Silver Fire, is a FREE download …

© Freya Pickard 2018

Ambassador

1 October, 2018

At last, it’s here!

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Ambassador is the second volume in The Kaerling series.

Otta and Erl have had to take refuge with Derri in the city of Aura Vere while winter storms ravage the land. Due to a misunderstanding at the gates, Otta is forced to act as a Kaerling in order to get free board and lodging.

Evading Nagaru’s wish to talk about the Chandar she inadvertently killed, Otta spends her time looking for clues about the Unicorn’s Trail and trying to find out about Derri’s parentage. Erl, meanwhile, finds work with the despised Suryan and regains a measure of confidence, even though his memory is still blank.

pat_unicorn_17But the Kaerlings are aware of Otta’s presence. How long can she remain hidden from them? Why do they think she is deflecting? And why does she resemble the female ambassador so much? Will the twins be able to evade the Kaerlings before it is too late …

Find out in Ambassador, available now at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iBooks, Kobo & Nook.

Not convinced yet? Check out the video about Ambassador at YouTube.

Don’t forget that the first book in The Kaerling series, Silver Fire, is a FREE download …

© Freya Pickard 2018

 

 

 

Ambassador – cover reveal

20 June, 2018

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded Silver Fire for FREE!
If you’ve already read Silver Fire, Volume Two of The Kaerling, will be available in early October!
The twins, Otta and Erl, are trapped in Aure Vere, the capital city of Falnaboldu. Due to a misunderstanding at the gates, Otta is having to pretend she is one of the Kaerling Ambassadors currently visiting the King and High Priestess …
Until September, have a pleasant summer. I will be busy running my business and won’t be around online until the autumn is well under way. Thank you for following me and reading my works. Much appreciation to you all!
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© Freya Pickard 2018

An extract from Silver Fire

6 April, 2018
Otta has found Weird Stones on Weird Day and, in trying to return them to the Shrine, has come into the presence of an invisible yet powerful being who speaks with her …

Otta felt excitement welling up out of the ground. Was this how Eran felt when the White Stag had spoken to him?
Keep well the Weird Stones and seek for the unicorn.
She found she was holding the stones in her left hand though she had no recollection of picking them up. “Yes, I will look after the stones,” she said. “But unicorns are just a legend aren’t they?”
Are they?
“That’s what I’ve been told.”
Have you ever tried to find them?
“Well, no…”
The light was fading and Otta became aware that the sunlight was diminished.
Stretch out your hand, ordered the voice.
Obediently she stretched out her right hand, palm up.
Turn your hand towards the earth.

She did so.
Can you feel this?
Otta jerked her hand away, surprised.
Put your hand back.
She stretched out her hand again and felt the shock of energy go through her. It was like an invisible silver river that quivered and trembled, that shot lightning through her body.
This will lead you to the unicorn, the voice promised.
“What do I do when I find the unicorn?”
I will let you know when you find him.
Otta was aware that Nagaru’s presence had faded. The sun was sinking and she was missing the Weird Day feast. She wondered if Jak and Rob had been found and suddenly knew without knowing how, that they were safe. She could feel Nagaru’s presence inside her, waiting for her to call on him. Otta shook her head, feeling strange. Then she stretched out her right hand and followed the unicorn’s trail.
Just what is the unicorn’s trail? What will Otta find? You can find out all this and more in Silver Fire which is FREE to download at iTunes, Kobo and Barnes&Noble.
Amazon US, and Amazon UK are showing this book as FREE. If you find your country’s Amazon site is still charging for Silver Fire, let them know that you can get it FREE elsewhere! Please do NOT pay for this book. It should be a FREE download!
This is the first volume in my epic fantasy series The Kaerling. I’ve put together a one and a half minute film for Silver Fire at YouTube. Please share!
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© Freya Pickard 2018

Cover Reveal – Silver Fire

26 March, 2018

Not …
… … long …
… … … to wait …
… … … … … now …
In just a few days time I will be launching my first ever permanently free book!
Silver Fire is the first in an epic series, The Kaerling, and you will be able to download it for FREE from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo as well many other e-book outlets.
Come back next week to find out more!
Please help me spread the word – share and re-blog!
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© Freya Pickard 2018

The Kaerling Book One

20 January, 2016
The first thing Otta could remember seeing was firelight. At the time she was too young to know it was fire. All she understood was that heat danced between darkness and scarlet. Later, when she was a little older and could walk outside, she discovered a golden source of heat high in the blue sky above her head. Her mother, Luella, called it the sun. In the kitchen she would watch her mother create a spark from two stones to light the hearth fire that cooked their food. And when Otta was about five years old she discovered how to make fire herself.
Her mother was heavily pregnant and very ill. One morning Luella was so unwell she could not descend the wooden stairs that connected the sleeping lofts to the large, flagstone kitchen. Alvar had shouted at Otta to keep her twin brother Erl out of the way and the two children sat in the cold, dark room. When Erl was shivering, Otta peered at the ash-filled hearth remembering how her mother kindled red fire every morning without fail. Otta raked out the white ash, concentrating on the task, blocking out the dreadful cries above. Erl fetched kindling for her and Otta carefully built a small wigwam of sticks. With Erl’s help she found the firestones on the shelf beside the hearth and struck them together. A small, pale flame blossomed and she held it to the thin sticks of wood. The flame sinuously twisted around the dry kindling, emitting a crackling sound. The stick erupted into flame, generating fierce heat.
I’m looking for feedback on these opening paragraphs… Do you want to read more? If you were to buy the book, what format would you purchase? What do you think happens in the story?
© Freya Pickard 2016

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