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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

 

 

 

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It’s only 7 days until the charity book for the year is released, yes, the 12 Days of Stickleback Hollow is coming out on 30th September and all the royalties are going to charity!

12 Days of Christmas promo 1“The whole concept of the book started out as simply being 12 blogs that I could do in the run up to Christmas,” said C.S. Woolley, “I got through 8 of the 12 days and ran out of time with all the other Christmas stories I was doing for the other book series. So when it came to deciding what I was going to do as my charity book for the year, finishing this collection off seemed the logical choice.”

If you haven’t read any of the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow yet (or even if you have), you might not know that most of the characters in the series are named after cricketers.

“I love cricket and as well as following the national side, I am also a member of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. Trent Bridge really is my Disneyland and I spend as much time as I can there. I’ve done some fundraising over the last year for their charity, the Trent Bridge Community Sports Trust, and I thought it was only fitting that the book benefit them in some way.”

But then why the Broad Appeal?

“The Broad Appeal is a charity that was set up by Chris Broad (former cricketer), Stuart Broad (current cricketer and publican) and Gemma Broad (who used to work for the England Cricket Board). As I was fundraising for the TBCST it seemed a good idea to include the Broad Appeal as well – especially considering how much time I spend writing in Stuart’s pub.”

Stickleback HollowTitlesThe 12 Days of Christmas in Stickleback Hollow is based on the song, the 12 Days of Christmas and features 12 short stories that are each set around the 12 verses of the song in some way, shape or form. There are different characters followed in the different stories, it doesn’t keep to a strict timeline and the stories slot in at different points in the series narrative but you don’t need to have read the series to enjoy them. C.S. Woolley has also written them so that they avoid as many spoilers as possible, so you can read them without worrying that you’re going to discover any major plot points.

The 12 Days of Christmas in Stickleback Hollow is currently available for pre-order for £1.99 from Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo and Nook in digital format and will be available in paperback from 30th September.

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Below is some more information about the two charities that the book is supporting. To find out more, please follow the links.

The Trent Bridge Community Sports Trust:

Chaired by Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Lisa Pursehouse, the Trent Bridge Community Trust delivers projects that have a profound and meaningful impact on communities across our county.

This impact is highlighted by statistics, but equally by the personal stories of young people who have prospered having been given the one thing they need, a sporting chance.

The Trust is the charitable arm of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and our fortunes are intrinsically linked. All Trust staff are directly employed by the Club, allowing commercial partners and grant aiding bodies to have confidence that every penny they provide has an impact on frontline community initiatives.

The Broad Appeal for the MND Association:

Few disorders are as devastating as motor neurone disease (MND). Imagine a healthy and alert mind trapped inside a body that can’t move, that’s the devastating reality of MND.

MND attacks the nerve cells (motor neurones) that send messages from the brain to the muscles. As these motor neurones gradually die, the muscles stop working. If affects people in different ways, so no two people will have exactly the same symptoms or experience of MND.

In the majority of cases MND is a rapidly progressive, fatal disease that can affect any adult at any time. The cause of MND is unknown and with NO cure half die within 14 months of diagnosis.

It is impossible to convey in words the overwhelming and devastating nature of a disease which in as little as a year can turn a potent, able parent, partner and employee into someone totally dependent on others for the simplest and most private actions we all take for granted.

 

All Hallows' Eve Mock UpAll Hallows’ Eve in Stickleback Hollow is the sequel to A Thief in Stickleback Hollow and, like its predecessor, contains lots of things you might have missed.

The historical note contains lots of information that is relevant to the plot and events of the book, but there are also lots of other things that have been woven into the story that you might find interesting.

As before, a number of the characters are named after cricketers, but there are a few other things thrown in as well.

The dedication is much longer than in previous titles that C.S. Woolley has written. Those named in the dedication are the staff and owners of the Three Crowns in Wymeswold. The pub (@catandwickets) is one of the places that C.S. Woolley goes to write and reportedly loves the food there.

Sarah – Sarah Taylor is a current women’s cricketer for England. She is a wicketkeeper-batsman and is well-known for her free flowing stroke play. She can be seen opening the batting in one day matches and batting in the middle order during Test matches. She plays domestic cricket for Sussex.

Montgomery – Robbie Montgomery was a right-arm fast-medium bowler for Gloucestershire until the end of 2015 season, when he was released.He previously played for the Gloucestershire and Somerset Second XI.

Baird – Sam Baird was born in Perth, Australia,and played for the Derbyshire Second XI.

Watson – Shane “Watto” Watson is now retired, but the Australian all-rounder only retired in 2016 when he was considered the No.1 T20 all-rounder.

Wentworth – Wentworth “Tom” Wills was a Victorian cricketer and one of the founders of Australian rules football. He was seen as the first cricketer of significance to be born in Australia. He sadly committed suicide at the age of 44 after he had become “a complete and dangerous and apparently incurable alcoholic” – David Frith.

George – George Mann CBE, DSO, MC was a cricketer for England, Cambridge University and Middlesex. He captained England during his career. His father, Frank Mann, also captained England, which made them the first father and son to both captain England.

Webb – Jonathon Webb is a right-arm medium bowler who played for Warwickshire until the end of the 2016 cricket season, when he was released.

Cooky – Alistair Cook is the former captain of the England Test side who also plays for

Alex – Alex Hales is one of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club players that has played for England in the Test, ODI and T20 formats.

Hunter – Jack Hunter is a New Zealand cricketer that has played for New Zealand Under-19s, New Zealand XI,Otago, Otago A and Otago Under-19s.

Henry – Matt Henry is another New Zealand cricketer who plays for Worcestershire and New Zealand International team.

Cartwright – Hilton Cartwright is an Australian All-Rounder who made his Test debut for the national Australian side in January of this year.He plays for the Perth Scorchers and Western Australia.

Baker – Thomas Baker played for Yorkshire and Northamptonshire between 2001 and 2005.

Evans – Laurie Evans is a cricketer currently contracted to Sussex County Cricket Club who has also played for Warwickshire, MCC and Northamptonshire.

Jack – Jack Russell was an eccentric wicketkeeper who played for England and Gloucestershire.

Hales – Also a reference to Alex Hales.

Mary – Mary Duggan was a rught-handed batsman and an incredible bowler for England and took 7 for 6 against Australia, which remain the best test figures in English women’s test history.

May – Peter May played for Surry, Cambridge University and England as a batsman. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009, 15 years after his death.

Margaret – Margaret Rutherford was a cricketer who played four test matches for England in 1960/61.

Cooper – Britney Cooper is a West Indian cricketer who has played both the ODI and T20 formats at the international level.

Harry – Like all of C.S. Woolley’s books series, there is a character called Harry in the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow. Most of these Harrys are named after Prince Harry, however the Harry in Stickleback Hollow is named after Harry Gurney. Harry Gurney is a Nottinghamshire bowler who has also played for England.

Taylor – James Taylor is a former England and Nottinghamshire cricketer, who was forced to retire in 2016.

Ruth – Ruth is named not after a cricketer, but after baseball player, Babe Ruth, who reportedly broke a cricket bat the first time he tried his hand at the game in 1935 when he met Don Bradman.

Wessex – Wessex isn’t named for a person but rather for a handmade cricket bat.

Stuart – Stuart Broad is a Nottinghamshire and England bowler who is pretty well known for taking some superb wickets.

Moore – Pete Moores is the head coach of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and his son Tom also plays for the team.

Gregory – Greg Smith is a Nottinghamshire batsman.

Kitts – Ben Kitt plays for Nottinghamshire as a fast bowler and lower order batsman. (You may also notice that C.S. Woolley took the S off Moores and put it on Kitt)

Samuel – Sam Wood was a Nottinghamshire bowler until the end of 2016 season.

Daniel – Dan Christian is the captain of the Nottinghamshire T20 side and hails from Australia.

Jones – Aaron Jones is a Barbadian cricketer.

Jake – Jake Ball is a Nottinghamshire bowler who also plays for England.

Walker – Walker Wainwright was a Yorkshire slow left-arm orthodox bowler who went on to be an umpire.

Annabel – Annabel Sutherland is an upcoming Australian cricketer. She currently plays for Melbourne Renegades Women.

Turner – Ashton Turner is an Australian cricket who made his International T20 debut for Australia against Sri Lanka in February 2017.

Pattinson – James Pattinson is an Australian cricketer who also bowls for Nottinghamshire.

Other than these cricketing names, there are few other reference that have been crammed into the story. The surname de Mandeville comes from Geoffrey & William de Mandeville from the 1100s, Constable Arwyn Evans is named for a Welsh policeman by the name of Arywn Phillips who once served in the Cheshire Police force and now lives in Llandudno.

Richard and Gordon, the sons of Doctor Hales are the first and second name of C.S. Woolley’s father. Countess Szjona is named after the same Szonja included in the dedication and Lord Joshua St. Vincent is named after the Josh in the dedication. Elizabeth is named after C.S. Woolley’s sisters.

Harald the horse is named after Harald that fought against Harold at the battle of Stamford Bridge. Bosworth and Mrs. Bosworth are named after the battle of Bosworth field. Black Guy the horse is named after one of C.S. Woolley’s favourite characters from Raymond E. Feist’s Magician series. Kneelingroach is a reference to the West Wing and the use of John Smith and his pocket watch are both references to Doctor Who.

 

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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brother-frontThe day has finally come for Brothers! There have been a few delays with this particular book, but we are thrilled to announce that it has finally been released.

This debut novel from Marlena R. Smith is a tale of love and loyalty between brothers-in-arms – though it isn’t without its dark side. To give you a better idea of what to expect from this book, here is the blurb.

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.

Brothers is available from Amazon, our Etsy Store, Smashwords and other good retailers.

Not only are we celebrating the release of Brothers today, we are also getting excited about the next book in the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow. All Hallows’ Eve in Stickleback Hollow is set for release on 20th March and is the latest instalment in the life of Lady Sarah Montgomery Baird Watson-Wentworth, and here to whet your appetite for the next cosy mystery is the brand new cover and the book blurb.

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When her parents die from fever, Lady Sarah Montgomery Baird Watson-Wentworth has to leave India, a land she was born and raised in, and travel to England for the first time. Finding it almost impossible to adjust to London society, Sarah flees to the county of Cheshire and the country estate of Grangeback that borders the village of Stickleback Hollow. A place filled with oddballs, eccentrics and more suspicious characters than you can shake a stick at, Sarah feels more at home in the sleepy little village than she ever did in the big city, however, even sleepy little villages have mysteries that must be solved.

It’s all Hallows’ Eve in Stickleback Hollow and the annual ball at Tatton Park is being held. It’s Sarah’s first formal engagement since leaving London, and she isn’t looking forward to it – especially when the people she thinks of as friends are not invited. The veil between the spirit and living worlds is at its thinnest, and evil forces seem to be lurking everywhere.

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front-leopardWith Mother’s Day fast approaching, and A Thief in Stickleback Hollow as the ideal Mother’s Day present (only £6.99 in paperback from Amazon and our Etsy Store), we’ve decided to put together a post that details a little trivia from the book.

Aside from the information contained in the historical note (we won’t spoil that for you) there are a few other things that are well worth mentioning. For those of you who don’t follow C.S. Woolley on social media, you might not know that she is an ardent cricket fan (she supports Nottingham County Cricket Club and is a member). Not knowing this, you might miss the logic behind her naming choices in the Stickleback Hollow books, so here is a run down of the characters and who they were named for in A Thief in Stickleback Hollow.

The name Lewisham is included in honour of Lewisham Cricket Club that was one of the most prestigious London Cricket Clubs in the Victorian Era.

Sarah – Sarah Taylor is a current women’s cricketer for England. She is a wicketkeeper-batsman and is well-known for her free flowing stroke play. She can be seen opening the batting in one day matches and batting in the middle order during Test matches. She plays domestic cricket for Sussex.

Montgomery – Robbie Montgomery was a right-arm fast-medium bowler for Gloucestershire until the end of 2015 season, when he was released.He previously played for the Gloucestershire and Somerset Second XI.

Baird – Sam Baird was born in Perth, Australia,and played for the Derbyshire Second XI.

Watson – Shane “Watto” Watson is now retired, but the Australian all-rounder only retired in 2016 when he was considered the No.1 T20 all-rounder.

Wentworth – Wentworth “Tom” Wills was a Victorian cricketer and one of the founders of Australian rules football. He was seen as the first cricketer of significance to be born in Australia. He sadly committed suicide at the age of 44 after he had become “a complete and dangerous and apparently incurable alcoholic” – David Frith.

Stephen – Stephen Parry is a left arm spinner who plays for Lancashire.

Cynthia – Cynthia Malaka is a South African cricketer who has played for Mpumalanga Women.

George – George Mann CBE, DSO, MC was a cricketer for England, Cambridge University and Middlesex. He captained England during his career. His father, Frank Mann, also captained England, which made them the first father and son to both captain England.

Webb – Jonathon Webb is a right-arm medium bowler who played for Warwickshire until the end of the 2016 cricket season, when he was released.

Thomas – Tom Curran qualified to play for England in 2016. He plays domestic cricket for Surrey and has played for the England Lions as well as recently having been called up to England ODI squad to play in the Caribbean.

Forsythe – Brett Forsyth is an Australian wicketkeeper that has played for Dandenong and the Victoria Under-19s.

Cooky – Alistair Cook is the former captain of the England Test side who also plays for

Alex – Alex Hales is one of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club players that has played for England in the Test, ODI and T20 formats.

Hunter – Jack Hunter is a New Zealand cricketer that has played for New Zealand Under-19s, New Zealand XI,Otago, Otago A and Otago Under-19s.

Henry – Matt Henry is another New Zealand cricketer who plays for Worcestershire and New Zealand International team.

Cartwright – Hilton Cartwright is an Australian All-Rounder who made his Test debut for the national Australian side in January of this year.He plays for the Perth Scorchers and Western Australia.

Baker – Thomas Baker played for Yorkshire and Northamptonshire between 2001 and 2005.

Evans – Laurie Evans is a cricketer currently contracted to Sussex County Cricket Club who has also played for Warwickshire, MCC and Northamptonshire.

Jack – Jack Russell was an eccentric wicketkeeper who played for England and Gloucestershire.

Mark – Mark Wood is a right-arm fast bowler who plays domestic cricket for Durham and is part of the England cricket side.

Lucy – Lucy Pearson is a former England bowler who took over as the ECB women’s cricket representative from Baroness Rachel Heyhoe-Flint in 2016.

Mary – Mary Duggan was a rught-handed batsman and an incredible bowler for England and took 7 for 6 against Australia, which remain the best test figures in English women’s test history.

May – Peter May played for Surry, Cambridge University and England as a batsman. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009, 15 years after his death.

Margaret – Margaret Rutherford was a cricketer who played four test matches for England in 1960/61.

Other than these cricketing names, there are few other reference that have been crammed into the story. The surname de Mandeville comes from Geoffrey & William de Mandeville from the 1100s, Constable Arwyn Evans is named for a Welsh policeman by the name of Arywn Phillips who once served in the Cheshire Police force and now lives in Llandudno. Emma and Wilson from the inn are named for C.S. Woolley’s friends, Emma and Chris, who recently got engaged.

Harald the horse is named after Harald that fought against Harold at the battle of Stamford Bridge. Bosworth and Mrs. Bosworth are named after the battle of Bosworth field. Black Guy the horse is named after one of C.S. Woolley’s favourite characters from Raymond E. Feist’s Magician series. Kneelingroach is a reference to the West Wing and the use of John Smith and his pocket watch are both references to Doctor Who.

Yes, we’re surprised that she managed to fit in a story around all of the reference as well! With the second book in the series, All Hallows Eve in Stickleback Hollow coming out 20th March 2017, we’ve been assured that there are many more cricketing references to come, as well as another gripping cosy mystery.

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