Archive for the ‘Thank yous’ Category

We had a rather sedate but quite enjoyable New Year here at Mightier Than the Sword UK. We spent the evening watching Criminal Minds with tea, chocolate and chicken nuggets whilst a certain studious author sat on her laptop and wrote until 5am. If anything that is certainly dedication.

We’re very happy to unveil the first of the maps of Celadmore. The maps section will be developed over the next few months but as a word of warning the maps contain massive spoilers so be really careful which links you click on. Yes the maps do reveal massive plot points as the series goes on and they do change from different sections of the Chronicles of Celadmore to the next. The Rising Empire maps will be unveiled in March along with the publishing date for Rising Empire: Part 2.

The maps of Celadmore, cities, battlefields, palaces and other will all be live by the end of February and we’ll also be announcing the publishing date for End of Days shortly along with the official publishing date for Beginnings – though you can get the first part of Beginnings (in the Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren series) for free on Smashwords and if downloaded before the publishing date for the rest of the book, you’ll be able to download the whole book for free from Smashwords upon publication. It will be priced at $2.99 so take the opportunity to get it for free whilst you can!

Our January Sale continues of Smashwords too with the following four titles on offer at $1.01 down from $2.99 – that’s a discount of 66% with the codes listed below.

Shroud of Darkness – SL76B

Lady of Fire – TN84S

Kevin Metis Saga – BK85T

Derek Long Saga – MP97T

The offices here are not officially open until Monday but we’re spending the day watching the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice and enjoying Jane Eyre as brought to life by Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Darcy has just proposed for the first time and there has been much shouting at Darcy and the infamous Mr. Wickham.

All that is left is to wish everyone a Happy New Year and to thank all our family, friends and our author’s fans for their support in 2014. We look forward to all the exciting things we have to announce in 2015 and hope you’ll join us on this journey.

For the Fallen is a poem by Laurence Binyon and we are proud to post it for all to read this Remembrance Sunday. The most famous verse of this poem is the fourth stanza. We chose to post this poem because it is so well known but there are many wonderful poems that came out of First World War, a list of some of these can be found at the War Poetry Website.

Thank you to all those that serve, live and die to protect.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

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As some of you out there may be aware, there are weeks when we here at Mightier Than the Sword UK end up putting in six days of work and some very late nights too (yes we do know it’s 2am, but we’ve had a lot to do). It’s on these weeks when we know there is a lot on that we can’t help but get the Wednesday Blues. It’s a bit like the mean reds that Audrey Hepburn talks about in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but rather than going around a department store in New York City we have our own little cure.

As book people you might think this involves going to a library or favourite book shop and if it were just the blues we were suffering from then you would be right. But when we have the Wednesday Blues there is but one cure – a visit to our local Grainger Games. Now there are those out there who will assume that it is because it is filled with technology, console games and other items to make geeks dance with joy and yes there is that aspect to it. What really chases away our Wednesday Blues is however the three wonderful people who work there – Mike, Dave and Sian.

Fun and friendly, they also remember us when we walk through the doors which is a wonderful thing in itself, but what makes it even better is no matter how badly we are suffering from the Wednesday Blues, these guys know how to make us laugh and fill us full of energy so that we can come right on back to work – possibly carrying more than we were when we entered the shop. So thank you, you three wonderful people for being our cure to the Wednesday Blues!

In other news, new lines have been added to the Cafepress store and there are now some pictures of some of the merchandise that you can purchase from the cafepress store over on our merchandise page.

Rising Empire: Part 1, Shroud of Darkness and Lady of Fire are all now available for £2.50 each from the Birdcage and Butterfly Etsy store in digital format (mobi, epub, PDF and rtf)

Other than that, the week is now half over! Rejoice and remember:

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So with today’s post we all wanted to say a big thank you to our lovely web gremlins who have worked so hard on getting the new Mightier Than the Sword UK site up and running. Having sat and watched some of what they have done I can’t quite believe they are still sane. The amount of time and effort they have put into making this looking amazing is really appreciated by all of us here in the office. And they still aren’t done! The site is going to continue to develop and improve as we find our feet and receive feedback from site users as to what they, or rather you, want to see more of.

If you have any suggestions then please get in touch with us via our contact us page.

We’ve seen the office in a flurry of activity today too with everyone preparing for the weekend. Some are heading into a weekend of working here in the office, others will be running about the country on personal errands and there a crazy handful who will be doing both! Though I know at least one person plans to spend the entire weekend watching every series of Red vs. Blue from start to finish just because the last episode of the latest series has finally aired…in fairness the rest of us are just a tiny bit jealous as we all secretly wish we could be doing that!

For all those who are finally off to University this weekend *cough*Oxfordslackers*cough* we wanted to say you shall be living in the shadow of two great literary giants – C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien – you have a lot to live up to!

Finally we wanted to make a special mention of a very talent author that has three extremely good books out that we think everyone should read, D.B. Martin. D.B. has written the Patchwork People series that you can get from amazon direct to your kindle and also has a YA book called Webs written under the name Lily Stuart – who also happens to be the main character! If you haven’t read these before or heard of them then you should check them out and you can even read our review of Webs!

Happy Weekend!

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