Posted tagged ‘the kaerling’

The Butterfly Tree

15 May, 2020

 

Elsewhere in the garden the air is filled with fragrance; rose, wisteria and honeysuckle. In other flowerbeds, the plants stand neatly in their own space, not intruding on their neighbours. The soil there is weed-free and every plant knows its place. Many people wander through the old royal gardens on days when the sun shines. But no one comes to this corner.

I suppose it was the lack of order that drew me. I like bright colours and sweet perfumes but the riotous, unchecked growth beyond the silent fountains caught my eye. Others hurried by, looking for order and colour. Not me. I squeezed through the rusted, wrought-iron railings and trod on uncut grass, feeling dew soak my sandals and feet.

Behind me rose the rusty iron fence with sharp-edged stingers and needle-like thistles to deter the faint-hearted. On three sides, brick walls rose, partially concealed by the fecund growth of thin branches, narrow leaves and great sprays of purple-hued flowers. In the centre of the uncut grass, stood a single, stone seat; I sat upon it, marvelling at the sights and scents around me.

The breeze moved gently in the sheltered spot, making the long tendrils of flowers bob and weave, like slow-moving fireworks. Purple was the colour that I recognised first but as I gazed, I saw the varying shades; pink, lilac, violet, mauve, lavender, fuschia, magenta and white …

This is an extract from one of the stories in my recently published collection, The Butterfly Tree. This is part of my Dragonscale Diffusions collection!

For a limited time only this book is just 99c!

Buy it now at Amazon UK, Amazon US, iBooks, Kobo, Nook and other online stores!

Watch the book trailer HERE.

© Freya Pickard 2020

The Butterfly Tree – cover reveal

28 March, 2020

This is the cover for my forthcoming short story collection: The Butterfly Tree!

What do you think?

I’m planning on launching The Butterfly Tree in May – will you buy it?!

Thank you for following my journey through Clouds – I hope you enjoyed the paintings I produced to accompany my quest!

Over the summer I won’t be blogging quite as much; every 2 weeks or so. I’m exploring the different Gardens I’ve known over the years in short prose, as well as posting some of my poster paint experiments on paper!

Over at my other blog, Pure Haiku, my guests and I will be exploring the theme of Translucence from 1st April! Why don’t you join us there?

For the next few weeks I’ll be taking a blogging break and I look forward to catching up with you all on your blogs at the beginning of May!

© Freya Pickard 2020

The Day of Weird

24 January, 2020

Today marks the launch of my paperback, The Day of Weird!

The Day of Weird Paperback Cover

The Day of Weird Paperback Cover

 

Erl looked up and saw something large and black descending through the rags of mist. Large webbed wings flapped with ponderous regularity and a fanged maw gaped open, emitting lightning and fire. Fear rooted Erl to the ground. This was something he had never seen before. Perhaps someone had once told him stories about such monsters, but never had he known such horror.

The ground shook beneath their feet as lightning flickered almost constantly. Erl’s fear increased as the monster descended and opened its fang-filled mouth. Then Otta pushed him aside and stepped out into the storm. Not knowing why, he tried to stop her. Erl reached out but hesitated to touch her. There was an energy about her that shimmered and danced all over her body. Fear washed through him, churning in his belly. Why was he frightened of his sister?

“Leave us!” Otta shouted into the howling night. Her voice sounded strange, as if someone else was speaking through her.

The smell of sulphur increased, then the beast flung up its head. Fearing the worst, Erl tried to grab Otta’s shoulder but felt as though he had burnt himself where his hand touched her clothes …

The Day of Weird contains the first three volumes of The Kaerling; Silver Fire, Ambassador and An Ancient Song. If you want to read the first book of The Kaerling as I intended it to be read, buy the paperback now!

Pursued by villagers for angering the gods, Otta seeks to evade capture whilst following the Unicorn’s Trail. She must deal with the dark side of her character and the memory loss of her twin as the influence of the kaerlings becomes more pronounced. Where will the Unicorn’s Trail lead her?

This paperback is available at Amazon UK and Amazon US and other Amazon stores.

Videos about The Kaerling can be found at Volume One, Volume Two, Volume Three and TDOW.

Happy reading!

© Freya Pickard 2020

The Day of Weird – cover reveal

8 January, 2020

What do you think of the front cover for my next paperback?

The Day of Weird Paperback Cover

The Day of Weird Paperback Cover

 

The Day of Weird contains the first 3 volumes of The Kaerling; Silver Fire, Ambassador and An Ancient Song.

If, like me, you prefer the feel of a real book in your hands and the smell of newly printed paper – this one will be available in a couple of weeks time!

Once again, Jonathon B. Hoyt has designed the jacket, using a sketch from Kombmaker’s unique collection.

Like the first three e-books, the paperback has a grey cover and I think Kombmaker’s sketch captures the countryside of Falna through which Otta and Erl travel.

What do you think? Will you be buying it?!

On a different note, don’t forget that Pure Haiku is opening early this year for haiku submissions. There are 3 themes and the submissions windows will open in January, February and March for each theme. To find out more, please visit Pure Haiku and sign up to receive notifications when submissions are being accepted!

Due to time constraints, I’m posting shorter blog posts this year. Over the next few months I’ll be sharing some “small stones” and paintings about Clouds. The paintings may not always match the words!

And finally, my Newsletter has undergone a huge makeover! If you’re not already signed up, please sign up for this monthly freebie HERE. My Newsletters are now shorter and will appear each month. (Don’t worry, I’m still giving away one short story each year in three episodes!) Find out why my current subscribers love reading my Newsletter!

© Freya Pickard 2020

Olin Heon

12 October, 2019

Olin Heon Volume Four of The Kaerling is now available online!

… The figure stooped down and took a bunch of keys from the warder’s belt. Lored backed away from the barred door, feeling nervous without the protection of his staff. Nilo inserted a key into the lock and turned it. The door swung open and Lored cautiously stepped out of his cell.

“I’m not going to eat you,” Nilo said gruffly. “I’m getting you out of here.”

“Look, I don’t mean to be ungrateful.” Lored hesitated. “But who are you and why are you rescuing me?”

“Long story,” replied the other. “I’ll explain when we’re safe. We’ve got to get to the upper levels in time to avoid the klanchiefs’ procession.”

“Procession?”

“Come on!” A large hand with an iron-like grip fastened onto the taku-kevir’s left arm.

“But we need to look for my staff,” Lored protested. “I can’t leave without it!”

“Got it already.” Nilo growled. “Along with your book and clothes and spare boots. But I couldn’t find your cloak of invisibility.”

They were marching quickly along the passageway, Lored almost running to keep up with Nilo.

“I don’t have a cloak of invisibility,” he panted.

“That explains why I couldn’t find it …”

This is an extract from my latest novel, Olin Heon! Different characters, different timeline, same story – The Kaerling.

Download your copy of Olin Heon now! It’s available at a large number of online stores including Amazon US, Amazon UK, Apple, Kobo and Barnes & Noble.

Check out my video about Olin Heon at YouTube!

The first volume in the series, Silver Fire, is a FREE download!

Make sure you read Ambassador and An Ancient Song before Olin Heon! Elizabeth Leaper loved Silver Fire and Ambassador so much, she reviewed them together! Cheryl Holloway features the first three volumes on her blog and Al-Alhambra reviewed Silver Fire recently!

© Freya Pickard 2019


%d bloggers like this: