Gift Ideas: Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is coming soon!

Maybe you’re looking to buy gifts for family and friends.  Maybe, some of those people, like poetry.  If so, here are some book and eBook gift ideas:


If you think the person might like a general poetry collection, then consider:

First Try by M. Sakran

First Try Cover

First Try Copyright 2014 M. Sakran.

Book cover Copyright 2014 eLectio Publishing.  Book cover used with permission.

First Try is a collection of one hundred poems.  It covers a variety of topics.

First Try is available as a paperback book: First Try by M. Sakran,

and as an eBook: First Try by M. Sakran.

(As a note, there is a way to give an eBook as a gift.)


If you think the person is interested in learning about poetry, then consider:

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran

Understanding: poems with explanations Copyright 2016 M. Sakran.

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran, is a self-published collection of twenty original poems, with explanations of each of them.  The main purpose of this book is to help readers expand their understanding of poetry through the explanations.

Understanding: poems with explanations is available as an eBook: Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran.


If you think the person, might be interested in poems about illness, then consider:

Insides by Freya Pickard

Insides by Freya Pickard

Insides Copyright 2016 Freya Pickard.

Front Cover Picture Copyright 2016 Freya Pickard.  Used with permission.

Insides is a collection of poetry focusing on colorectal cancer, written by a colorectal cancer survivor.

Insides is available as an eBook: Insides by Freya Pickard.


Lastly, if you think the person likes poetry, but would prefer it in conjunction with fiction, then consider:

Vintrig’s Kingdom by Freya Pickard

Vintrig's Kingdom by Freya Pickard

Vintrig’s Kingdom Copyright 2016 Freya Pickard.

Book Cover Copyright 2016 Freya Pickard.  Used with permission.

Vintrig’s Kingdom is a fantasy romance novel that has a haiku at the start of each chapter and other poems as songs in the book.

Vintrig’s Kingdom is available as an eBook: Vintrig’s Kingdom by Freya Pickard.


These are some book and eBook gift ideas for your family and friends who like poetry.  Buy your gifts today!  Merry Christmas!

Announcement: Vintrig’s Kingdom by Freya Pickard

Freya Pickard has written a new novel: Vintrig’s Kingdom.

As readers of this blog will know, Freya wrote the foreword to M. Sakran’s collection of poems with explanations: Understanding: poems with explanations.  Readers should also know, that Freya runs Pure Haiku, where M. Sakran has had six poems published.

Vintrig’s Kingdom will officially be launched soon.  Readers can purchase it here, Vintrig’s Kingdom (UK) and here, Vintrig’s Kingdom (US).

Here’s what Vintrig’s Kingdom is about (this part is written by Freya and Copyright Freya Pickard 2016):

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. As the endless winter thaws, and a brief summer returns to the Castle, Isu longs to learn to dance, but fears her feelings towards Sama. Knowing she cannot love a mortal, the princess struggles with an increasing infatuation that could lose her the throne, and possibly her life.

Everyone in this tale is challenged and empowered by the arrival of Sama Conn and his travelling musicians. But Jya, the Counsellor, appears set against them and the change they bring to Vintrig’s Castle. The balance of power is threatened, and each person has to decide which party they will ally themselves with. Against this backdrop of scheming and fear, rises the question, again and again; what is the importance of Throne Peak?

Told from five viewpoints; Isu Magan, her maid, her steward, an elderly traveller and the anonymous Scriber, Vintrig’s Kingdom is a tale of romance, intrigue and dark history.

This tale is set within the mountainous, winter-bound walls of Vintrig’s Kingdom. Instead of the usual “quest”, the journey each person treads is a journey of the soul, into the innermost recesses of their fear to question the validity of the history they think they know …


In the book, each chapter is started with a haiku.  Here are two examples:

pink-edged clouds at dawn

give way to molten sunrise

glittering on frost


© Freya Pickard 2016


snowmelt refrozen

transparent scales of ice; the

lacework of winter


© Freya Pickard 2016


There are also other poems in the book that are songs.

As a note, the items in this post that are Copyright Freya Pickard 2016, were used with permission.

Blog readers can check out Freya’s new novel here: Vintrig’s Kingdom (UK), and here Vintrig’s Kingdom (US).

P.S. There will be no new blog posts on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things from November 24, 2016 – November 27, 2016 because of Thanksgiving and the weekend.  Happy Thanksgiving.