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C.S. Woolley here, As it is #VictoriaDay on Monday in #Canada (which should totally be a bank holiday here too, but I digress) and the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow books are set during Victoria’s reign, I have put something special together (and #exclusive) for our Canadian cousins.

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Every book bought from the Mightier Than the Sword UK eBay listings that is being delivered to an address in Canada will not only get free international shipping, each book signed and personalised by the author, but also get either a free book poster (for the Children of Ribe, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren and Chronicles of Celadmore series) or three book postcards.

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All you need to do to take advantage of this offer is to visit https://bit.ly/2rRlP8X and complete the purchase of one book with the shipping address in Canada!

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Happy long weekend and happy Victoria Day!

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You will still be able to order items from the online store and there will be online help available to advise you of processing times during the closure of the offices. Our offices reopen on 8th January 2018 when we will recommence the processing of all back orders in the order that they were received. Our standard processing time on an order is between two and five working days. The reason for the processing time is down to making appointments with our authors in order to get books signed. (We can’t keep them in their cages all the time).

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Paperbacks
  • A Miracle of Grace by Harry Mirfin
  • Brothers by Marlena R. Smith
  • In Exchange by Steven M. Caddy
  • We Do Not Kill Children (Book 1, Tales from Ragaris) by Penelope Wallace
  • The 10th Province of Jaryar (Book 2, Tales from Ragaris) by Penelope Wallace
  • FATE (Book 1, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • WAR (Book 2, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • WIFRITH (Book 3, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • DOUBT (Book 4, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • SKANE (Book 5, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • SHIPWRECKED (Book 6, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • FEAR (Book 7, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • HOME (Book 8, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • The Arm Rings of Yngvar Collection (Books 1 to 8, The Children of Ribe) by C.S. Woolley
  • WYRD (Book 1, The Children of Snotingas) by C.S. Woolley
  • HILD (Book 2, The Children of Snotingas) by C.S. Woolley
  • Rising Empire: Part 1 (Book 1, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • Rising Empire: Part 2 (Book 2, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • Rising Empire: Part 3 (Book 3, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • Shroud of Darkness (Book 4, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • Lady of Fire (Book 5, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • End of Days (Book 6, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • Rising Empire Trilogy (Books 1 to 3, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • Shroud of Darkness Trilogy (Books 4 to 6, The Chronicles of Celadmore) by C.S. Woolley
  • A Thief in Stickleback Hollow (Book 1, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • All Hallows’ Eve in Stickleback Hollow (Book 2, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • Mr. Daniel Cooper of Stickleback Hollow (Book 3, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • The Day the Circus came to Stickleback Hollow (Book 4, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • A Bonfire Surprise in Stickleback Hollow (Book 5, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Die (Book 6, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • 12 Days of Christmas in Stickleback Hollow (Book 26, The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow) by C.S. Woolley
  • Beginnings (Book 1, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • Medusa (Book 1.1, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • Siren’s Call (Book 1.2, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • Shadow (Book 1.3, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • A Shot in the Dark (Book 1.4, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • From Out of the Ashes (Book 1.5, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • The Murder of Michael Hollingsworth (Book 1.6, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • The Case of Mrs. Weldon (Book 1.7, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
    • Hunting the Priest Killer (Book 1.8, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
  • Murder in the First (Book 2.4, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
  • Sabrina (Book 2.5, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren) by C.S. Woolley
  • Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 1 (Book 1, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Case Files) by C.S. Woolley
  • Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 2 (Book 2, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Case Files) by C.S. Woolley
  • Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 3 (Book 3, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Case Files) by C.S. Woolley
  • Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 4 (Book 4, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Case Files) by C.S.Woolley
  • The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Simplified) by C.S. Woolley and William Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice Workbook (Shakespeare Simplified) by C.S. Woolley and William Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice Teacher’s Guide (Shakespeare Simplified) by C.S. Woolley and William Shakespeare

You can also get a range of exclusive posters, gift sets, postcards and other merchandise from the online store as well as the debut EP of the acoustic rock duo, The Tinderbox, entitled The Tortoise and the Hare.

Step into a world of war, magic, tribes, treachery and dragons.

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The Chronicles of Celadmore is a fantasy series based in a fictional realm, written by C.S. Woolley. The Chronicles of Celadmore fall into the epic fantasy end of the fantasy genre with some influencing elements of gothic fiction and gritty realism that combine to create a fantasy series that is for those who like fantasy and those who don’t. Some of the more fantastical elements of magic and mythical beasts are missing from the series which makes them accessible to those who normally avoid the fantasy genre.

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The realm of Celadmore is one that is fully formed with lots of different kingdoms that each have their own cultures, languages and religions. They also have their own histories, intrigues and relationships with other kingdoms and there is even a coalition of Free Cities that do not bend the knee to any monarch. The Chronicles of Celadmore follow the royal line of Anagura and Queteria, the founders of the tribal people known as the Order. There are also plans for a spin off series of novels under the series title The Dragonian Wars.

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Rising Empire: Part 1

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The nine kingdoms of Celadmore are at war. The people suffer under tyrants that strive to gain land and power in the struggle for superiority. As war threatens to tear Celadmore to pieces, Kasnata struggles to bring peace back to the realm. She fights against venality to bring hope to all those that are oppressed. Can she find the strength to fight knowing the fate of her people rests on her?

Rising Empire: Part 2

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A blood moon rises and madness is unleashed The nine kingdoms of Celadmore are at war. The people suffer under tyrants that strive to gain land and power in the struggle for superiority. Kasnata, Queen of the Order and Queen of Nosfa leads her armies against the people of Delma. A war she did not want to fight, but her husband, the King of Nosfa, Mercia Nosfa VI has forced her hand.

Rising Empire: Part 3

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The streets run red with rebellion. The siege of Delma has not been broken. Kasna remains a prisoner, a prize of war and a bargain chip to be used against her mother. Duke Kelmar DeLacey, the Regent of Delma, must choose between obeying his King, gone mad, and the woman he loves, the daughter of his most dangerous enemy.

Rising Empire Trilogy (Books 1 to 3)

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The Chronicles of Celadmore is a fantasy series based in a fictional realm, written by C.S. Woolley. The Chronicles of Celadmore fall into the epic fantasy end of the fantasy genre with some influencing elements of gothic fiction and gritty realism that combine to create a fantasy series that is for those who like fantasy and those who don’t.

Shroud of Darkness

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In the realm of Celadmore, evil is stirring. The war torn land has not recovered from the last conflict as evil rises and threatens to ensnare the world of light. Venetia, favourite daughter of Queen Annalia, must fight enemies and allies alike. She must uncover truth amidst deception to discover the source of this new threat to her world before the darkness engulfs it.

Lady of Fire

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United they must stand for destruction is upon them. The realm of Celadmore faces it’s destruction as a war that none perceived is brought against them. Venetia, Queen of the Order of Anagura and Queteria, must forge a new alliance between the nations of Celadmore against the evil that Aksoth, Lord of Nether Roth, is set to unleash. The Allied Spirit of Celadmore must be raised and march once more.

End of Days

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The end is here. Aksoth’s forces roam unchecked across the plains of Celadmore; the people of Celadmore have been forced to retreat to the fallen city of Grashindorph. Revolution stirs amongst the poorest of the people; Venetia seeks to restore Gruagadon to his rightful place on the throne of Nesca and will sacrifice anything to get him there. In this final bastion, they must find victory.

Shroud of Darkness Trilogy (Books 4 to 6)

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A fantasy book trilogy that was 16 years in the making. The trilogy follows Venetia, a queen amongst her people in the fantasy realm of Celadmore. Strange occurrences in her home world have Venetia searching for answers as to whether an old evil has returned or if a new threat has arisen. This digital boxset includes Shroud of Darkness, Lady of Fire and End of Days.

When Darkness Falls

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Peace cannot survive as a new threat rises. Gruagadon is king, the dead kingdom of Nesca has been resurrected by the return of the Fallen Prince to the throne, but all is not well in the realm of Celadmore. One evil has been defeated, Venetia, Allamonto, Kania and Nodarto gave their lives, along with many others, to defeat Aksoth, but as one evil falls another rises to take its place. A new guardian brought the old age to an end, but the nature of evil is set to endure.

As this year has gone on, the originally publishing schedule we had for the year has changed somewhat. But with so many books, it’s only to be expected!

But as we’re growing closer to the end of this year, we thought we’d give you all a peek at the release dates for the books that we’ve got lined up to publish over the next 7 months. All dates are provisional and subject to change.

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October 2017

16th – Hild, Book 2 in the Children of Snotingas series by C.S. Woolley

20th – When Darkness Falls, Book 7 in the Chronicles of Celadmore series by C.S. Woolley (re-release)

23rd – A Bonfire Surprise in Stickleback Hollow, Book 5 in the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow series by C.S. Woolley

31st – Brea, Book 3 in the Children of Snotingas series by C.S. Woolley

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November 2017

2nd – The Merchant of Venice Key Stage 3 Workbook

7th – What Became of Henry Cartwright, Book 6 in the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow series by C.S. Woolley

16th – A Friend in Need, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren by C.S. Woolley

16th – Manhunt, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren by C.S. Woolley

21st – Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Simplified by C.S. Woolley

23rd – The Thrys , Book 4 in the Children of Snotingas series by C.S. Woolley

28th – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Die, Book 7 in the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow series by C.S. Woolley

30th – Hwicce, Book 5 in the Children of Snotingas series by C.S. Woolley

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December 2017

5th – The March of the Berry Pickers, Book 8 in the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow series by C.S. Woolley

7th – Gangster’s Paradise, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren by C.S. Woolley

12th – 10th Province of Jaryar, Book 2 in the Tales from Ragaris series by Penelope Wallace

12th – Return of McGregor, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren by C.S. Woolley

14th – The Draca, Book 6 in the Children of Snotingas series by C.S. Woolley

19th – Last Train Home, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren by C.S. Woolley

21st – Til Death do us part, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren by C.S. Woolley

28th – Alpha Sigma 1, Book 1 in the Alpha Sigma series by C.S. Woolley

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January 2018

4th – How do you solve a problem like Siren?, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren by C.S. Woolley

9th – The Etins, Book 7 in the Children of Snotingas series by C.S. Woolley

11th – The Siren, Fred & Harry Saga, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren by C.S. Woolley

16th – Torn Allegiance, Book 8 in the Chronicles of Celadmore series by C.S. Woolley

23rd – The Aefles, Book 8 in the Children of Snotingas series by C.S. Woolley

30th – Urd, Book 1 in the Children of Danelaw series by C.S. Woolley

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February 2018

6th – Fading Dawn, Book 9 in the Chronicles of Celadmore series by C.S. Woolley

8th – Fading Dawn Trilogy, Books 7 to 9 in the Chronicles of Celadmre series by C.S. Woolley

13th – Alpha Sigma 2, Book 2 in the Alpha Sigma series by C.S. Woolley

20th – Pestilence, Wave 1 in the Invasion series by C.S. Woolley

27th – When Three Become Two, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren by C.S. Woolley

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March 2018

6th – Invasion, Book 2 in the Children of Danelaw series by C.S. Woolley

13th – Ailing Light, Book 10 in the Chronicles of Celadmore by C.S. Woolley

20th – Alpha Sigma 3, Book 3 in the Alpha Sigma series by C.S. Woolley

27th – Ill Blowing Wind, Book 11 in the Chronicles of Celadmore series by C.S. Woolley

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April 2018

10th – Conquest, Book 3 in the Children of Danelaw series by C.S. Woolley

12th – Shadow of the South, Book 12 in the Chronicles of Celadmore series by C.S. Woolley

24th – Ailing Light Trilogy, Books 10 to 12 in the Chronicles of Celadmore series by C.S. Woolley

26th – Audacity, Book 4 in the Children of Danelaw series by C.S. Woolley

 

 

 

It’s finally here, after all the delays and other releases, the latest instalment of the Chronicles of Celadmore has arrived. Book 7 in the series is set 10 years after the events of End of Days, and is the first book in the Fading Dawn trilogy.

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“Peace cannot survive as a new threat rises.”

Gruagadon is king, the dead kingdom of Nesca has been resurrected by the return of the Fallen Prince to the throne, but all is not well in the realm of Celadmore.

One evil has been defeated, Venetia, Allamonto, Kania and Nodarto gave their lives, along with many others, to defeat Aksoth, but as one evil falls another rises to take its place.

A new guardian brought the old age to an end, but the nature of evil is set to endure.

frontwdfdesignWhen Darkness Falls is out now on the Etsy store in paperback and in digital format. It follows the characters that survived the final confrontation in the city of Grashindorph and the start of the new age for Celadmore.

Not only does When Darkness Falls launch the third trilogy in the Chronicles of Celadmore series, it is the first book to follow a male protagonist instead of a female one. In the Rising Empire story arc, the story follows Queen Kasnata. In the Shroud of Darkness story arc, the books follow Queen Venetia. The Fading Dawn story arc follows Prince Malachi.

When Darkness Falls is also the book that features the lucky winners of the Murder in March contest held in 2016. Denise Meyer, Chris Turnbull and Rainne Atkins all won the chance to be killed off in this volume of the Celadmore series.

“The battlefield; a place where heroes are made, legends thrive, myths enthral and lives are broken.”

Crimson blood spattered the white floor and a cry escaped from between cracked and bruised lips. A glinting blade clattered to the floor.

“Such needless destruction.” Amused eyes gleamed in the candlelight and a frustrated figure punched the white marble. The light was low in the Hall of Kings in the Palace of Grashindorph.

It was closer to dawn than nightfall, but the young prince was determined to master his training before he went to bed.

All things were promised to Malachi, Prince of Grashindorph and the Order. The son of two kingdoms, a son of peace and a son of war.

To find out more about the Chronicles of Celadmore, click here.

We have something a little different for you all today, rather than posting about Good Friday and the symbolism of Easter, the Mightier Than the Sword UK blog is being taken over not by one of our authors, but by one of the characters.

We are handing over the blog to Cassandra, guardian of the wilds from the Chronicles of Celadmore series for a look at the downsides to being immortal, at least as far as she is concerned.

Something that all mortals seem to yearn for is a way to cheat death, to live beyond their years and often trying to gain immortality. There are some who spend their entire lives seeking eternal youth combine with eternal life, and others that come to the conclusion that they need to live longer when the autumn years of their life descend.

But no matter how they try to cheat death, they cannot escape it. But living forever is not all that it seems to be. There are several reasons that I have found that make immortality particularly unpalatable.

  1. Finding the armour you had 300 years ago is back in style and you have no idea where you left it.
  2. Keeping large amounts of gold in one location invariably leads to adventurers trying to either rob you, battle you for your gold hoard or creating grandiose myths that cause armies to try and storm your home.
  3. Keeping gold in multiple locations leads to you having to draw a map to keep track of where all of it is kept. after 100 years, people steal it thinking it is a treasure map.
  4. Being a great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandmother not only is a bit of a mouthful, but the only other person that can relate to how old it makes you feel is your mother.
  5. Trying to keep the same waist line over the millennia is a lot harder than most people think.
  6. Watching mortals bicker is funny at first, but after 2,000 years it becomes rather boring when the same arguments keeping coming around. You begin to wonder how it is that they haven’t worked out some kind of compromise.
  7. When someone finds your diary from your teenage years and they start gushing about discovering an ancient manuscript in a dead language that must hold the knowledge of ancients is actually quite hurtful.
  8. You have to spend your entire existence watching those that you love wither and die before your eyes. No matter how many times it happens, the pain only seems to grow as you carry more loss in your heart. It keeps growing until you stop caring and will death to take you.

Curious as to why Cassandra is so concerned with making immortality sound less attractive? You’ll be able to find out on Monday when When Darkness Falls, book 7 in the Chronicles of Celadmore is released.

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With things in the process of changing around the Mightier Than the Sword UK Publications offices, we’ve had some delays and reworkings of release dates. To make it slightly easier to know what’s due to be released and when here is our guide to March and April.

March 2017

The Arm Rings of Yngvar Collection is the 31st book by C.S. Woolley to be published. It contains FATE, WAR, WIFRITH, DOUBT, SKANE, SHIPWRECKED, FEAR and HOME all in a single volume.

Brother is the debut novel from Marlena R. Smith and is a Military Science Fiction story about brothers-in-arms.

All Hallows’ Eve in Stickleback Hollow is the second book in the series and takes place a few weeks after the first instalment in the series, A Thief in Stickleback Hollow (which is also the perfect gift for Mother’s Day).

April 2017

April sees the delayed release of WYRD, book 1 in the Children of Snotingas series and When Darkness Falls, the long anticipated sequel to End of Days.

April is also when we see the latest instalment in the Raven Siren main narrative, the Lily & Rose Saga, following on from the Derek Long Saga and finally gives readers some answers as to what happened to Fred and Siren.

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Well February has seen us going from strength to strength for us in the Mightier Than the Sword UK offices and here is just a sample of what’s been going on.

FEAR

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Fear rises as courage fails.

Ribe has withstood all the attacks that the warriors of Hedeby and Schleswig can throw at them, but with the snows of winter set about the town, no help comes from the other towns of the Danes.

But the strength of King Viggo is failing. When victory seemed within his grasp, he is taken ill on the battlefield and the warriors withdraw. Cold, half-starved and deprived of their leader, the army at the gates of Ribe seems certain to retreat. Sibel, still a prisoner, discovers the secret of the arm ring that Viggo wears whilst the dangerous Queen Rena makes her move to seize full control of Hedeby.

Only Christian and Eva have yet to find their arm rings of Yngvar as the children reach the island of Sjœland. They know that one of the rings of Lolland is missing and know that in order to collect all eight; they will need to find the arm ring near Roskilde and return to fight Viggo and finally bring an end to war.

You can get your copy direct from out Etsy store for £5.99 in paperback and £1.80 in digital format.

HOME

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There’s no place like home.

The Children of Ribe have found all but the last arm ring of Yngvar, an arm ring that everyone but Sibel thinks King Viggo Odinsen has. Eva Axeldatter is the only one who hasn’t claimed an arm ring yet and time is running out for Wifrith.

It is time for the children to return home, to bring an end to the fighting and restore the peace between the tribes. But even with Ciara dead, there are still those who can stop the Children of Ribe as some people will stop at nothing when it comes to revenge.

Can Wifrith finally find redemption, and can Erland, Dalla, Eva, Christian, Riki, Pieter, Camila, Beatrix, Joas and Oleg defeat the darkness that threatens not just Ribe but all of the tribes of Denmark?

You can get your copy direct from out Etsy store for £5.99 in paperback and £1.80 in digital format.

BROTHERS

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SOLDIERS ARE THERE TO KILL AND BE KILLED

They see us only as numbers, as less than them, created to be Soldiers made to fight in their war. But we are more than that, we are brothers, we gave ourselves names.

Some of us will live through training, but some of us will die. Soldiers are there to be killed, whether from their tests or because we fail in our mission. Soldiers are there to kill, fighting in a war we didn’t ask for.

But even amongst brothers there are secrets. There is something that they are not telling me. My brothers tell me I’m special, but I just don’t see it. Soldiers are there to kill and be killed, so why am I so important? Brotherhood will be put to the test as we battle to be the best. I am a soldier, I was made to fight their war, I cannot lose.

You can get your copy direct from out Etsy store for £13.99 in paperback and £2.39 in digital format.

What we’ve done

We’ve delayed the release of Wyrd and When Darkness Falls until March to give a little bit of space between books coming out after having to delay Wyrd due to cover art issues.

We’ve added some new listings to the Etsy Store. There are three new gift set listings for the Children of Ribe books WAR, WIFRITH and DOUBT all of which feature a paperback copy of the book, a digital download code and a bronze or pewter arm ring of Yngvar all for just £35 each! Click the following links to find the gift sets for WAR, WIFRITH and DOUBT 

We’ve updated the internal pages for all the Children of Ribe books and Sabrina.

What we’re looking forward to in March

As  2017 rolls on and we head into March we are looking forward to the first book in the Children of Snotingas series, WYRD, and the 7th book in the Chronicles of Celadmore, When Darkness Falls. We also have the 8th book in the Chronicles of Celadmore, Torn Alliegance and Book 2 in the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow, All Hallows Eve in Stickleback Hollow, to look forward to.

We are also looking forward to two appearances by C.S. Woolley. The first is at Lindow Primary School in Alderly Edge, Cheshire, where the local lass will be opening the new library for the school on World Book Day. The second is on 22nd March, when C.S. Woolley will be reading extracts from the Children of Ribe books to children as part of the grand opening at a new Boots Opticians at Handforth Dean, Cheshire.

And finally we’re looking forward to the official launch party for We Do Not Kill Children, more details will be released as we have them.

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It’s only 8 days now until Christmas, and we are all very excited here in the office, not only will we be getting a break until the New Year, but we’ve got the third batch of Nicolette Mace: the Raven Short novels coming out in just a week! But we aren’t blogging about those today. No we are taking another jaunt into the realm of Celadmore and picking up the fourth journal entry of Caslo Morgan in his New Year narrative (since there’s no Christmas in Celadmore)

If you want to catch up on the previous 16 days of our short story Advent Calendar, then check out our blog archives and you’ll find all of them there.

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We were brought before Queen Annalia two days ago. I was not sure what to expect. Her reputation is that of being wise, strong and gentle yet at the same time so fearsome that even King Marlo is slightly afraid of her.

When we entered the Great Hall she was seated on a throne at the far end of the room. Her daughter, Venetia was sat at her feet pouring over maps and battle reports. Behind Venetia stood two women, one with dark skin and jet black hair, the other with skin as pale as the moon and blonde hair that shone like spun gold even under the candlelight of the hall. Both were dressed in travelling armour, light shadcrag leather over thinly beaten meran, deep chestnut in colour with light woven cloaks hanging from their shoulders.

The Lady Morrigan and the Lady Gekendra.

From the way they were dressed they had arrived not long ago, but to look at them, their faces did not show it. All four women looked undisturbed by our presence there. Jashobeam led our party as we entered. Maharai and Helez, Tusala and Hisanda, Shammah and I, the seven members of the Eight.

We knelt before the Queen and Shammah spoke to her. Lady Gekendra and Lady Morrigan seemed oblivious to our presence and Venetia was much more interested in the battle reports she held. Each member of the Eight was presented to Queen Annalia in turned, I was saved until last.

Shammah said my name and there was a change in the atmosphere. Venetia put down the battle reports; Morrigan and Gekendra stopped their conversation and stared. I have never felt so much like a tapestry before in my life. It seemed to go on for hours, but was merely minutes. Morrigan and Gekendra returned to their conversation, their attention no longer fixated on me. Venetia however did not go back to her battle reports.

Instead when Queen Annalia had finished speaking and officially naming us as the Eight, Venetia stood and asked if I would walk with her around the grounds. She was still wearing her sword and her battle armour. It was unusual for any to wear their full battle armour whilst away from the battlefield. She found it amusing that I was confused by it and explained that it was because she wanted to get stronger, and be able to move as though she was not wearing armour in battle.

There is something spectacular about her, the way she thinks and moves, the way she is still very much a child but more adult than most four times her age. She challenged me to fight as we walked around the grounds, I agreed and that duel is now set for tomorrow…it was to be a small affair, the Swordmistress adjudicating the fight but since Shammah and Lady Morrigan found out about it, most of the city is now coming to the event.

I partly think that Shammah wants to see me embarrassed in battle by the seven year old princess, but to lose to her in a duel would not be as embarrassing for me as he imagines.

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Shroud of Darkness Trilogy

A fantasy book trilogy that was 16 years in the making. The trilogy follows Venetia, a queen amongst her people in the fantasy realm of Celadmore. Strange occurrences in her home world have Venetia searching for answers as to whether an old evil has returned or if a new threat has arisen. Joined by a number of unlikely allies, who do not all get along with one another, Venetia has to fight against not only the darkness threatening to destroy her home world but the treachery of politicians, the fear in those around her, assassins that want to take her throne from her and those that would go to any lengths to try and prevent another war.

The Shroud of Darkness Trilogy contains the three volumes of the Shroud of Darkness trilogy in the Chronicles of Celadmore – Shroud of Darkness, Lady of Fire and End of Days

Shroud of Darkness

In the realm of Celadmore, evil is stirring. The war torn land has not recovered from the last conflict as evil rises and threatens to ensnare the world of light. Venetia, favourite daughter of Queen Annalia, must fight enemies and allies alike. She must uncover truth amidst deception to discover the source of this new threat to her world before the darkness engulfs it.

Lady of Fire

United they must stand for destruction is upon them. The realm of Celadmore faces it’s destruction as a war that none perceived is brought against them. Venetia, Queen of the Order of Anagura and Queteria, must forge a new alliance between the nations of Celadmore against the evil that Aksoth, Lord of Nether Roth, is set to unleash. The Allied Spirit of Celadmore must be raised and march once more.

End of Days

The end is here. Aksoth’s forces roam unchecked across the plains of Celadmore; the people of Celadmore have been forced to retreat to the fallen city of Grashindorph. Revolution stirs amongst the poorest of the people; Venetia seeks to restore Gruagadon to his rightful place on the throne of Nesca and will sacrifice anything to get him there. In this final bastion, they must find victory.

The Chronicles of Celadmore (in chronological order)

The Rising Empire Trilogy
1. Rising Empire: Part 1
2. Rising Empire: Part 2
3. Rising Empire: Part 3

Shroud of Darkness Trilogy
4. Shroud of Darkness
5. Lady of Fire
6. End of Days

Fading Dawn Trilogy
7. When Darkness Falls
8. Torn Allegiance
9. Fading Dawn

Ailing Light Trilogy
10. Ailing Light
11. Ill Blowing Wind
12. Shadow of the South

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With just eleven days to go until Christmas, we’re taking you on yet another journey to Celadmore through the eyes of Caslo Morgan.

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When I stepped out into the duelling arena today, I had never felt more adrenaline coursing through my veins than I did at that moment. The roar of the men and women of the Order, Queen Annalia and the rest of the royal family in the city sat on a platform at the far end of the arena. Flags and music filling the air.

Such an atmosphere is something I had never known before. I felt like a conquering hero returning home victorious from some legendary battle; that I was King Leinad, Lord Rathe, Lord Queteria and both Lord Allamontos all rolled into one.

Venetia was stood at the far end of the arena already waiting. In her hand was her sword, the Clambria Yesma, a sword crafted for her that had carved a reputation for her in the last year as she had seen battle. A sword that no man could help but envy. My own blade, the Astana Drecsar, looks almost dull by comparison to it.

Her heavy armour was missing for this fight, instead she wore the same travelling armour that I had first seen the Lady Morrigan and the Lady Gekendra in. I had nothing but the leather armour that I wore for moving around, worn and tatty in places, older than the young princess I was about to face.

I could feel the eyes of Shammah burning into me from where he stood in the crowd. There wasn’t exactly hatred in his gaze but more a command to prove that I belonged as one of his men; that I was truly worthy of the mantle of the Eight.

Swordmistress Talrana moved to stand in the centre of the arena and beckoned both myself and the princess to approach. She explained that this was a simple duel; that three strikes that connected with our opponent would secure us a victory, but no blood was to be drawn. I looked at Venetia who smiled back at me and nodded. Happy that we both understood, Talrana raised her sword and brought it crashing down to stand in the arena floor to signify the start of the duel.

Venetia rushed at me before I had even registered we had begun. I managed to dodge sideways and watched the princess dart past and recover herself enough to aim backhand at my legs. I felt the blow connect and stumbled forward slightly. A roar arose from the crowd as Talrana acknowledged the hit. I knew Venetia would be quick to strike again, so I rolled as I stumbled to bring myself up to face the young princess. I managed to catch her off guard and strike her upon the shoulder before she could dodge the blow.

The crowd roared more. I was vaguely aware of the clink of gold in purses as bets were taken and paid as the bout between the young princess and I continued. Venetia grimaced as she felt her shoulder spasm under the weight of the blade. Without thinking she switched her sword arm from right to left, so I did the same.

She lunged again and missed, a feint to throw me off balance that would have worked on a less seasoned fighter. I parried her feint and knocked her backwards, her shock briefly registering before it was replaced by glee. Clearly it had been a long time since she had faced someone that she needed to apply herself to beat.

It took three hours before we each received a second blow from the other and we both were near exhaustion. Her hands were shaking and my legs felt weak beneath me. I knew that our duel was coming to an end. Venetia was becoming more determined to win the longer the duel was drawn out. To see her so focused gave me hope that the woman that would succeed her mother on the throne was so fierce at such a young age.

She came at me again, her blade moving quickly as she tried to drive strike after strike home, waiting for a crack in my defence, her eyes eagerly scanning for an opening. Her focus on my defence gave me an opening. With one swift, sweeping kick to the ankles, the young princess went flying backwards, my blade flowing to touch her in the centre of the chest.

Talrana raised her blade from the ground to signal the end of the duel. The noise of the crowd that had been blocked out by concentration reached my ears once more. The people began to file away discussing what they had seen. I reached out my hand to pull Venetia back to her feet, which she accepted.

It struck me how mature she was for one so young and yet how free spirited. She was smiling as she dusted herself down and half-laughed. She spoke to me as she left “Next time, you shouldn’t hold back because you are afraid of showing your true abilities in front of so many.”

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Shroud of Darkness Trilogy

A fantasy book trilogy that was 16 years in the making. The trilogy follows Venetia, a queen amongst her people in the fantasy realm of Celadmore. Strange occurrences in her home world have Venetia searching for answers as to whether an old evil has returned or if a new threat has arisen. Joined by a number of unlikely allies, who do not all get along with one another, Venetia has to fight against not only the darkness threatening to destroy her home world but the treachery of politicians, the fear in those around her, assassins that want to take her throne from her and those that would go to any lengths to try and prevent another war.

The Shroud of Darkness Trilogy contains the three volumes of the Shroud of Darkness trilogy in the Chronicles of Celadmore – Shroud of Darkness, Lady of Fire and End of Days

Shroud of Darkness

In the realm of Celadmore, evil is stirring. The war torn land has not recovered from the last conflict as evil rises and threatens to ensnare the world of light. Venetia, favourite daughter of Queen Annalia, must fight enemies and allies alike. She must uncover truth amidst deception to discover the source of this new threat to her world before the darkness engulfs it.

Lady of Fire

United they must stand for destruction is upon them. The realm of Celadmore faces it’s destruction as a war that none perceived is brought against them. Venetia, Queen of the Order of Anagura and Queteria, must forge a new alliance between the nations of Celadmore against the evil that Aksoth, Lord of Nether Roth, is set to unleash. The Allied Spirit of Celadmore must be raised and march once more.

End of Days

The end is here. Aksoth’s forces roam unchecked across the plains of Celadmore; the people of Celadmore have been forced to retreat to the fallen city of Grashindorph. Revolution stirs amongst the poorest of the people; Venetia seeks to restore Gruagadon to his rightful place on the throne of Nesca and will sacrifice anything to get him there. In this final bastion, they must find victory.

The Chronicles of Celadmore (in chronological order)

The Rising Empire Trilogy
1. Rising Empire: Part 1
2. Rising Empire: Part 2
3. Rising Empire: Part 3

Shroud of Darkness Trilogy
4. Shroud of Darkness
5. Lady of Fire
6. End of Days

Fading Dawn Trilogy
7. When Darkness Falls
8. Torn Allegiance
9. Fading Dawn

Ailing Light Trilogy
10. Ailing Light
11. Ill Blowing Wind
12. Shadow of the South

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