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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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20813481_10159107159330024_422380415_oThe journey that Sarah and Lieutenant Forsythe take from India to England is one that travellers in the early 1800s would have had to brave before the Suez Canal was completed and the establishment of direct voyages from England to India.

The two departed from Bombay on the Hugh Lindsay steamer, a boat that sailed between Bombay and Suez. It was a vessel built by the East India Company and weighed 411 tons. She never carried cargo, but mainly carried mail and passengers. She was confined to chugging backwards and forwards on the Red Sea rather than trying to sail the full distance between Bombay and Portsmouth.

There was no direct route between England and India in 1838 so travellers had to journey to Suez and then from Suez to Cairo over 80 miles of desert on camels or sand carts. The port of Cairo was a donkey ride from the city where passengers had to then sail on the Nile to Enfe. From Enfe they would then have to take the Mahmoudieh Canal to the city of Alexandria.

Alexandria was the last city that travellers had to visit before taking a steamer to Portsmouth, and then finally a coach ride or horse would take travellers from Portsmouth to London.

This journey could take months to complete if the weather was bad. Construction on the Suez Canal began in 1859 and was finished in 1869. It was opened on 17th November 1869.

The Suez Canal begins at Port Said, a city that was established for the canal in Egypt and finishes at Port Twefik, now known as the Suez Port. When the canal was completed the journey between England and India was reduced down to only ten to twenty days.

It was originally a single-lane waterway with places at the Ballah Bypass and the Great Bitter Lake for ships to pass each other.

Seawater flows freely through the canal as it has no locks or gates. In 2014, construction began to expand the canal which was officially opened on 24th February 2016.

You can find out why Lady Sarah and Lieutenant Forsythe were taking this perilous journey from India to England in A Thief in Stickleback Hollow, book 1 in C.S. Woolley‘s Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow.

Not everything is as simple as it first appears in the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow. Step back in time to Victorian England with these charming books that combine the best of Jane Austen, Agatha Christie and the quintessentially British country manor to bring you historical fiction that will leave your heart racing.

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eBook format from $2.99/£1.99 http://mybook.to/thiefinstickleback
Paperback from £5.99/$8.09 http://bit.ly/2BsWVEi

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The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow – historical fiction set in Victorian Cheshire. Steeped in local history, the series starts in the same year that Queen Victoria ascended the throne. Following Lady Sarah as she arrives in England for the first time in her life, these books not only mention local events, but global ones that shaped the world we live in today.

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From the formation of the police force to the Opium wars, the Victorian age is one that makes for an interesting backdrop to this mystery series that holds the influences of Jane Austen and Agatha Christie at the heart of it.

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Each book in the series is priced at £5.99 (signed) direct from the online store (£7.99 from Amazon) plus delivery.

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Book 1: A Thief in Stickleback Hollow – http://bit.ly/2BbqtWl

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Book 2: All Hallows Eve in Stickleback Hollow – http://bit.ly/2kuOVLl

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Book 3 : Mr. Daniel Cooper of Stickleback Hollow – http://bit.ly/2AlOfyU

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Book 4: The Day the Circus came to Stickleback Hollow – http://bit.ly/2BdvBZY

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Book 5: A Bonfire Surprise in Stickleback Hollow – http://bit.ly/2AWzBxv

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Book 6: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Die – http://bit.ly/2jqQw1d

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Charity Special – 12 Days of Christmas in Stickleback Hollow (£3.99 plus delivery) – http://bit.ly/2BbCY4k

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On 12th November it is not only Remembrance Sunday, but the day when Peterborough is playing host to a rather unique event. C.S. Woolley is an author that hails from Cheshire but has chosen to bring the celebration of the release of her latest three books and her 70th title to Puzzles? on Bridge Street. “I love the atmosphere in Puzzles? and couldn’t be happier to be holding the launch party of my next books there.”

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There are three books that are the focus of the afternoon of celebration. A Bonfire Surprise in Stickleback Hollow and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Die from the Victorian cosy mystery series, the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow that has a touch of steampunk mixed with historical fact. Hild is the other book that is part of the celebrations and is the second book in the Children of Snotingas series, an Anglo-Saxon series for children that has been written to support the national curriculum.

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Including live music from local band, The Tinderbox, C.S. Woolley will be signing books, offering exclusive merchandise and on hand so that people can chat to her about her books, writing, her upcoming school and library visits, and what it’s like to have 70 books published. The book launch is a free event that is open to all from 1pm until 6pm. To find out more, see the facebook event page.

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Puzzles? will be open as usual so you can get drinks and nibbles from 12pm and The Tinderbox will not only be performing during the book release party, but also will be performing two sets from 7pm as Puzzles? evening entertainment.

If you want to get hold of any of C.S. Woolley’s books and merchandise then you can see the full catalogue at our Mightier Than the Sword UK store.

Yes, Christmas is coming and it’s coming fast. Only 11 Fridays remain between now and Christmas Day.

But though time is running out, never fear, we have a range of gift sets that are the perfect treat for those who are rushed off their feet with the festive season and they also make excellent gifts for all the family.

Stocking Fillers

Our range of stocking fillers for this year includes:

Postcards from Celadmore priced at £3.00 for 3

FATE A3 Poster priced at £5 each

WAR A3 Poster priced at £5 each

WIFRITH A3 Poster priced at £5 each

The Children of Ribe map priced at £5 each

The Chronicles of Celadmore Map priced at £5 each

The Rising Empire Trilogy Poster priced at £5 each

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren Poster priced at £5 each

In Exchange Poster priced at £5 each

Twisted Viking Arm Rings priced at £5 each

The £3.99 books

There are a few short books from Mightier Than the Sword UK that are all priced at £3.99. These are as follows:

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Medusa

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – The Case of Mrs. Weldon

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Hunting the Priest Killer

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 1 

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 2

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 3

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 4

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Murder in the First

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A Miracle of Grace

The £4.99+ books

The next step up in paperbacks is the £4.99 range which covers quite a few different series.

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Siren’s Call

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Shadow

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – A Shot in the Dark

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – From Out of the Ashes

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren -The Murder of Michael Hollingsworth

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Sabrina

The Children of Ribe: FATE

The Children of Ribe: WAR

The Children of Ribe: WIFRITH

The Children of Ribe: DOUBT

The Children of Ribe: SKANE

The Children of Ribe: SHIPWRECKED

The Children of Ribe: FEAR

The Children of Ribe: HOME

The Children of Snotingas: WYRD

A Thief in Stickleback Hollow

All Hallows’ Eve in Stickleback Hollow

Mr. Daniel Cooper of Stickleback Hollow

The Day the Circus Came to Stickleback Hollow

The Merchant of Venice

The £12.99+ books

From the price of £12.99 we have a range of books that are also available which include:

Rising Empire: Part 1

Rising Empire: Part 2

Rising Empire: Part 3

Shroud of Darkness

Lady of Fire

End of Days

Brothers

In Exchange

We Do Not Kill Children

The Collections

If you’re thinking about buying one or more books in the same series, then check out our collections first. Not only do they contain a number of books in a single volume, but they also are cheaper than buying each of the books separately.

The current collections are:

The Rising Empire Trilogy priced at £21.99

The Shroud of Darkness Trilogy priced at £21.99

The Arm Rings of Yngvar Collection priced at £33.99

Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – Beginnings priced at £16.99

Fate Map Gift Set

This gift set includes the paperback of FATE (normally £4.99), the digital download (normally £1.99) and the A3 poster of the Children of Ribe map (normally £7). The code for your digital download will be on a card included with the rest of your order. Please note that the colour of the tissue paper, the ribbon around the map, the illustration on the digital download card and the shape of the box vary from order to order.

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The Children of Ribe is a Viking Saga for children bringing the culture and mythology of the Danish Vikings to life. The book series has been influenced by Enid Blyton, Arthur Ransome, Susan Cooper, J R R Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.

Based in Denmark during the time of the Vikings, these books are tales of magic and danger that are suitable for children from the ages of seven and up to read on their own but also perfect for people to read to children from the age of 4.

The Children of Ribe is a modern fairy tale that brings elements of Danish folklore and mythology to life mixed with elements of Viking culture. These books have been designed to help children with dyslexia to read. You can watch author C.S. Woolley talking about dyslexia and reading from FATE, book 1 in the Children of Ribe series here: https://youtu.be/EcnKLKa5c98

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Welcome to Denmark, home of the Vikings

When fate knocks at the door, it doesn’t matter how old you are or whether you want to go on an adventure or not.

The town of Ribe is the home of four children whose lives are turned upside down when Dalla Ingeborgsdotter arrives in the town. The tales of the storyweavers are no longer just stories to be recited by the fireside and the long peace between the tribes of Denmark looks sure to be shattered.

Join Erland Kabelsen, Christian Andersen, Dalla Ingeborgsdotter, Eva Axeldatter, Riki Andersen and Wifrith the Wolf as they set out on a journey that will change their lives and save their people.

Fate & Wyrd Gift Set

Give the gift of reading with this Children’s book gift set. Get the first book in C.S. Woolley’s Viking series, the Children of Ribe, and the first book in C.S. Woolley’s Anglo-Saxon series, the Children of Snotingas, along with a Viking arm ring and an A3 map of the Danelands all in one gift set.

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Welcome to Denmark, home of the Vikings

When fate knocks at the door, it doesn’t matter how old you are or whether you want to go on an adventure or not.

Join Erland Kabelsen, Christian Andersen, Dalla Ingeborgsdotter, Eva Axeldatter, Riki Andersen and Wifrith the Wolf as they set out on a journey that will change their lives and save their people.

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Step back in time to the age of King Penda, when the kingdom of Mercia was born.

Life in Anglo-Saxon England is far from fair. There are strict classes that all people fall into. At the top there are the kings, then the thanes. After the thanes come the warriors, then the ceorls, and at the very bottom are the slaves. Women are not equal to men; and then there are the prisoners.

But all is not well in Snotingas. Kipp, Morven and Nyle are prisoners of Snot, captured sons of the Thane’s of Northumbria, and they are determined to cause as many problems as they can for their captors. Though the sons of Snotingas are preparing for battle, the sons of Northumbria still have to contend with the daughters of Snotingas.

Arm Rings of Yngvar Gift Set

The Children of Ribe is a Viking Saga for children bringing the culture and mythology of the Danish Vikings to life. The book series has been influenced by Enid Blyton, Arthur Ransome, Susan Cooper, J R R Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Based in Denmark during the time of the Vikings, these books are tales of magic and danger that are suitable for children from the ages of seven and up to read on their own but also perfect for people to read to children from the age of 4.

The Children of Ribe is a modern fairy tale that brings elements of Danish folklore and mythology to life mixed with elements of Viking culture. These books have been designed to help children with dyslexia to read. You can watch author C.S. Woolley talking about dyslexia and reading from FATE, book 1 in the Children of Ribe series here: https://youtu.be/EcnKLKa5c98

Whether you are interested in Vikings, studying them at school, or are simply shopping for the perfect gift for your favourite bookworm, the Children of Ribe series is just what you are looking for.

This gift set contains the following:

1 x FATE paperback

1 x WAR paperback

1 x WIFRITH paperback

1 x DOUBT paperback

1 x SKÅNE paperback

1 x SHIPWRECKED paperback

1 x FEAR paperback

1 x HOME paperback

1 x map of the Danelands

Gift wrapping is available for free – please specify whether the gift is for a birthday, Christmas or other occasion to ensure appropriate wrapping paper is used.

Children of Ribe Arm Ring Gift Set

The Children of Ribe is a Viking Saga for children bringing the culture and mythology of the Danish Vikings to life. The book series has been influenced by Enid Blyton, Arthur Ransome, Susan Cooper, J R R Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Based in Denmark during the time of the Vikings, these books are tales of magic and danger that are suitable for children from the ages of seven and up to read on their own but also perfect for people to read to children from the age of 4.

The Children of Ribe is a modern fairy tale that brings elements of Danish folklore and mythology to life mixed with elements of Viking culture. These books have been designed to help children with dyslexia to read. You can watch author C.S. Woolley talking about dyslexia and reading from FATE, book 1 in the Children of Ribe series here: https://youtu.be/EcnKLKa5c98

Whether you are interested in Vikings, studying them at school, or are simply shopping for the perfect gift for your favourite bookworm, the Children of Ribe series is just what you are looking for.

This gift set contains the following:

1 x FATE paperback

1 x WAR paperback

1 x WIFRITH paperback

1 x DOUBT paperback

1 x SKÅNE paperback

1 x SHIPWRECKED paperback

1 x FEAR paperback

1 x HOME paperback

1 x map of the Danelands

1 x Polymer Clay Bronze Twisted Arm Ring

Gift wrapping is available for free – please specify whether the gift is for a birthday, Christmas or other occasion to ensure appropriate wrapping paper is used.

Rising Empire: Part 2 Gift Set

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

Rising Empire: Part 1 Gift Set

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. 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.

Rising Empire: Part 1 is the first book in the Chronicles of Celadmore series and the first book in the Rising Empire trilogy.
This gift set comes with a copy of Rising Empire: Part 1 in paperback format, three Chronicles of Celadmore postcards and a copy of the A3 map of Celadmore.

Rising Empire: Part 2 Gift Set

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. 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.

Rising Empire: Part 2 is the second book in the Chronicles of Celadmore series and the first book in the Rising Empire trilogy.

This gift set comes with a copy of Rising Empire: Part 2 in paperback format, three Chronicles of Celadmore postcards and a copy of the A3 poster of the Rising Empire cover art.

Rising Empire: Part 3 Gift Set

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. 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.

Rising Empire: Part 3 is the third book in the Rising Empire Trilogy, and is chronologically the third book in the Chronicles of Celadmore series. This gift set includes a paperback copy of Rising Empire, three Celadmore postcards and an A3 poster of the Rising Empire cover art.

Shroud of Darkness Gift Set

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. 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.

This gift set comes with a copy of Shroud of Darkness in paperback format, three Chronicles of Celadmore postcards and a copy of the A3 poster of the map of Celadmore.

Shroud of Darkness is the first book in the Shroud of Darkness Trilogy in the Chronicles of Celadmore series.

Chronologically it is the fourth book the series and begins a new story arc approximately 400 years after the events of Rising Empire: Parts 1, 2 & 3.

Lady of Fire Gift Set

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. 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.

This gift set comes with a copy of Lady of Fire in paperback format, three Chronicles of Celadmore postcards and a copy of the A3 poster of the map of Celadmore.

End of Days Gift Set

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. 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.

This gift set comes with a copy of End of Days in paperback format, three Chronicles of Celadmore postcards and a copy of the A3 poster of the map of Celadmore.

Stickleback Hollow Gift Set

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.

Gift set contains the first four titles in the Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow series – A Thief in Stickleback Hollow, All Hallow Eve in Stickleback Hollow, Mr. Daniel Cooper of Stickleback Hollow & The Day the Circus came to Stickleback Hollow. Save 18% on buying each title separately.

The Sci-fi Gift Set

Coming to the store on 31st October, the Sci-fi gift set will contain the paperback books of Brothers and In Exchange making it the perfect gift for all fans of the sci-fi genre. Price TBA 

The Fantasy Gift Set

Coming to the store on 31st October, the Fantasy gift set will contain the paperback books of We Do Not Kill Children and Rising Empire: Part 1 making it the perfect gift for all fans of the fantasy genre. Price TBA

 

Well we’re already six days into advent and it’s back to Siren for another tale for our offering to you today.

This particular story takes a look at the sadder side of Christmas, the loneliness that lots of people suffer from at this time of year, the idea of a perfect Christmas, what they end up doing for Christmas and how they deal with their loneliness is as different as the people who suffer from it. Siren, as a character has had a hard life and copes with it in her own way. She hides her emotions and even lies to herself about how she deals with her past and her present.

 

Christmas

Christmas happens to be one of my most favourite times of year. Not because the run up to Christmas is very busy for me with people wanting people followed to find out where money is being spent and why spouses don’t come home after office Christmas parties, but because there is a certain level of peace and harmony that seems to fall over the city.

Yes, homes get broken into on Christmas eve of the richer element and have their presents stolen, there are drunken brawls and drunken drivers galore and A&E is not where I want to step foot given the number of incredible Christmas related injuries that occur, but none of this seems to have any effect on dampening my spirit.

Even Fred and Harry are less annoying at this time of year. We don’t fight or scream or have any form of exciting adventures, we sit down to a nice meal together with Ryan and spend two days in peace and harmony

That is until I wake up and find the frozen pipes in my apartment, no food in the fridge, Harry has gone out of town with his latest conquest, Ryan has wound up in prison and Fred… Fred is sat with his girlfriend and her family in one of the large townhouses on the other side of the city having the middle class Christmas he loves so much.

Christmas is my favourite time of year because I get to have the peace and quiet of my place all to myself, the phone doesn’t ring, no one bursts in unexpectedly and tries to rescue me for dangers untold and most importantly, no one tries to drink from the bottles I have stored up for the day except for me.

 

More about Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren

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Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren is a book series by author C.S. Woolley. Written in the first person, this modern twist on the private detective pulp novel brings a refreshing take on the film noir world. Nicolette Mace is the private detective known as the Raven Siren and the eponymous heroine of the five books that come together to create the main narrative of the series. There is also a sub set of books within the Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren series that come under the title of Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld. These books are shorter tales that are written to fill in the gaps between the stories in the main five novels and round out the universe that C.S. Woolley has created. Some of the volumes follow cases that the Raven Siren has taken on whilst others are comprised of shorter thoughts and exploits from the day-to-day life of the female private investigator.

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On the fourth day of advent, we bring you the 2nd Day of Christmas from Stickleback Hollow.

The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow is a new series from C.S. Woolley and the first book in the series is called A Thief in Stickleback Hollow. It is available in digital and paperback from a wide variety of retailers. We’ve put the links below the story so if you do enjoy it, consider taking a peak at the first book in the series.

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On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two turtle doves

George Webb-Kneelingroach looked out at the lands of his family estate. His family had spent generations on this land, back before the house of Grangeback had been designed and built. The family crypt was in the grounds of the chapel and held the Kneelingroach line as well as that of the Webbs.

He was sat in the rooms that had once belonged to his daughter, Lucy. She had been a bright girl, enjoyed her life in England and India in equal measure, and Christmas had always been her favourite time of year. She would roam the halls of Grangeback singing Christmas Carols until the whole household couldn’t stop singing them. It brought a great deal of joy to the manor and to Stickleback Hollow. There was hardly a person, from the Grangeback groundskeeper, to the village lamplighter, that wasn’t infected with a cheerful demeanour after Lucy had visited the village around Christmas.

She not only believed in sharing good cheer, but making sure that everyone in the village had all they needed. When the blacksmith burnt his hand and couldn’t use his forge, Lucy sent to Chester for an apprentice to work for him. When the vicar had a fever, Lucy nursed him back to health. There was nothing that was too much trouble for her.

George sat and looked at his beloved Grangeback and thought about the last Christmas that Lucy had spent there. She had been visiting the village three weeks before Christmas when she met a young man from London. He was a well-dressed individual that had no business being in Stickleback Hollow, at least as far as George could see. He was staying at the inn and told everyone that he was there to enjoy walking the countryside.

After Lucy met him, he started to join her walking around the village every day and after two weeks; he invited her to the theatre. It was a performance in Manchester and Lucy went without an escort in her finest clothes. George didn’t know what it was that they saw at the theatre; all he knew was that Lucy didn’t come home that night. It was two days before she returned to the house and declared that she was engaged. The young man hadn’t been to Grangeback or asked for George’s permission to marry his daughter before he had propositioned Lucy.

George had insisted that Lucy bring him to the house to meet the family before anything else was said on the subject of her engagement. The next day Lucy had gone down to the village, only to find the young man was gone. The innkeeper said that he had left the night before and had no intention of returning. Lucy returned to the house and burst into floods of tears.

She was taken ill, and even missed the village’s traditional Christmas dinner. She was in bed for a month and George grew very concerned and sent for the doctor. The doctor had come to visit and gave George the grave news – Lucy was pregnant. It was then that the young man’s intention had become clear and George sent for his solicitor. A search was made of each of the cities under the name that Lucy had been given, but the young man couldn’t be found.

The doctor suggested that Lucy and the family go to Scotland until the baby had been born and return to Stickleback Hollow with the babe in arms, a sibling to Lucy rather than her child. George agreed and had his wife, Helen and her lady’s maid, Emma, pack for the months that they would be absent for the manor. Bosworth was left in charge of Grangeback in their absence and was sworn to secrecy about the whole matter.

The journey to Scotland had begun in the New Year and had not been a comfortable one. The family estate in Scotland belonged to Helen Webb-Kneelingroach and was in the far flung highlands where the only people for miles were those who served the household, and their families had done so for several centuries.

Lucy understood the importance of the child being raised as her sibling and not as her child and seemed to be content enough with the arrangement that her father and the doctor had agreed upon. For months they enjoyed walking across the highlands. Her mother was happy to be at the place she had called home, and even happier that a new life should enter the world there.

But it was not to be. Before her nine months were up, Lucy woke in the night, screaming in pain. There was nothing that could be done to ease her distress or that of the baby. The women of the household did all that they could, the doctor in Stickleback Hollow was sent for, he arrived to find that Lucy had gone into labour two months before she should have. He worked tirelessly to save the mother and child, but he had arrived too late.

Helen shut herself in her rooms and refused to allow anyone in, not even her lady’s maid. The doctor made arrangements to have Lucy and the baby taken back to Stickleback where they could be buried in the family crypt, and George had been left to his misery. There had been no Christmas Carols sung in the halls of Grangeback since that day.

George sighed as he looked out of the windows and wondered what it was that drove young men to callously throw aside the virtue of young women, when he heard the sound of singing coming from the music room.

“Adeste Fideles laeti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte, Regem Angelorum;

Venite adoremus,
venite adoremus,
venite adoremus
Dominum!

Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine,
gestant puellae viscera.
Deum verum, genitum non factum;

Venite adoremus,
venite adoremus,
venite adoremus
Dominum!

Cantet nunc io chorus Angelorum
cantet nunc aula caelestium:
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Venite adoremus,
venite adoremus,
venite adoremus
Dominum!

Ergo qui natus, die hodierna,
Jesu, tibi sit gloria.
Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum;

Venite adoremus,
venite adoremus,
venite adoremus
Dominum!

En grege relicto, Humiles ad cunas,
vocati pastores approperant.
Et nos ovanti gradu festinemus;

Venite adoremus,
venite adoremus,
venite adoremus
Dominum!

Aeterni Parentis splendorem aeternum,
velatum sub carne videbimus.
Deum infantem, pannis involutum;

Venite adoremus,
venite adoremus,
venite adoremus
Dominum!

Pro nobis egenum et foeno cubantem,
piis foveamus amplexibus.
Sic nos anamtem quis non redamaret?

Venite adoremus,
venite adoremus,
venite adoremus
Dominum!

Stella duce, Magi, Christum adorantes,
aurum, thus, et myrrham dant munera.”

It was Sarah; she was playing the piano and singing to herself. George rushed down the hall to find Alex was the one playing the piano whilst Sarah sang. Mrs. Bosworth, Bosworth, Cooky, the maids and other servants were all gathered around the doorway listening to the two of them perform. The pair were quite unaware that they had an audience.

“Oh brigadier, it’s been so long since there was music in the house. Doesn’t it feel like Christmas now?” Cooky whispered as she saw George approaching.

“Yes, Cooky, it certainly does.” George replied.

 

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For those of you wondering what the carol is that Sarah and Alex are performing, it is O Come, All Ye Faithful in the original Latin.It wasn’t translated into English until the 1850s.

As you may have noticed, we have a number of locations that you can buy officially sanctioned merchandise from, however most of this isn’t directly available from us. But we do have an etsy store that you can purchase eBooks, paperback books and even posters directly from us.

Our current range of products includes:

RE 1 bestseller

The paperback and digital copies of Rising Empire: Part 1, Book 1 in The Chronicles of Celadmore

eBook £2.39
Paperback £11.98
Paperback, eBook, Poster & Postcards Gift Set £16.95

All prices include postage and packaging for UK customers. International shipping is priced at £2.51

RE 2 bestseller

The paperback and digital copies of Rising Empire: Part 2, Book 2 in The Chronicles of Celadmore

eBook £2.39
Paperback £11.98
Paperback, eBook, Poster & Postcards Gift Set £16.95

All prices include postage and packaging for UK customers. International shipping is priced at £2.51

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The paperback and digital copies of Shroud of Darkness, Book 4 in The Chronicles of Celadmore

eBook £2.39
Paperback £12.98
Paperback, eBook, Poser & Postcards Gift Set £16.95

All prices include postage and packaging for UK customers. International shipping is priced at £2.51

LoF bestseller

The paperback and digital copies of Lady of Fire, Book 5 in The Chronicles of Celadmore

eBook £2.39
Paperback £12.98
Paperback, eBook, Poster & Postcards Gift Set £16.95

All prices include postage and packaging for UK customers. International shipping is priced at £2.51

EoD bestseller

The paperback and digital copies of End of Days, Book 6 in The Chronicles of Celadmore:

eBook £2.39

Paperback £11.98

Paperback, eBook, Poster & Postcards Gift Set £16.95

All prices include postage and packaging for UK customers. International shipping is priced at £2.51

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Are you already enjoying the Rising Empire trilogy? Then you can get the next three books in the Chronicles of Celadmore as a single boxset:

eBook £6
Paperback £17.99

All prices include shipping for domestic and international customers.

Beginnings best seller

The life of a private investigator is not the glamorous one that the movies would have you believe – join Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren in Beginnings, Book 1

eBook £2.39
Paperback £11.98
Paperback, eBook & Poster Gift Set £14.95

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kevin Metis best sellerThe life of a private investigator is not the glamorous one that the movies would have you believe – join Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren in the Kevin Metis Saga, Book 2
eBook £2.39
Paperback £9.98
Paperback, eBook & Poster Gift Set £14.95

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Derek Long best seller

The life of a private investigator is not the glamorous one that the movies would have you believe – join Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren in the Derek Long Saga, Book 3

eBook £2.39
Paperback £9.98
Paperback, eBook & Poster Gift Set £14.95

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FATE bestseller

A viking saga for children, Fate is the ideal book for children from ages 5 to 500.

eBook £1.80
Paperback £6.98
Paperback, eBook & Poster Gift Set £11.95

All prices include postage and packaging for UK customers. International shipping is priced at £2.51

Map Poster

If you already have your copy of Fate, then the map of Viking Denmark is the ideal accessory to put on your wall.

Printed on 135 gsm, A3 paper and coated with a gloss finish, the map is the perfect way to track the adventures of Erland, Eva, Christian, Dalla, Riki and Wifrith.

Map £7 including international shipping

Inexchange

Journey into the not too distant future and discover what it’s like to live in space and experience life on Planet Earth for the first time through the eyes of Michael Morgan

Paperback £11.98

Domestic shipping is free. International shipping is set at £2.51

Looking for somewhere to get away to this summer? Don’t have a huge budget to spend on expensive hotels and five star dining? Well, we at Mightier Than the Sword UK have the solution – why not try holidaying in Celadmore?

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Celadmore is a realm that offers a wide range of different destinations with activities and landscapes to suit even the fussiest of holiday makers.

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Prince Kasna Nosfa, Rising Empire: Part2

There are beaches galore to be found in Celadmore, but the finest beaches we have to offer can be found around the sun-drenched shores of the Silver Ocean.

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Queen Venetia Silvermoore, Lady of Fire

You aren’t limited to activities in the daytime either – the night skies in Celadmore are some of the finest you’ll see anywhere in the universe, making Celadmore the perfect destination for those who love to stargaze.

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Raven General Misna, Rising Empire: Part 1

Our warriors are proud of the blood that flows through their veins and compete in often brutal competitions to show the superiority of their race. You may have heard rumours of the war of the Nine Kingdoms, the Dragonian Wars, the War of the East and the Conquest of Aksoth’s forces, but we can assure you, these are nothing more than unsubstantiated gossip.*

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Queen Alacana Ramos, Shroud of Darkness

Of course, Celadmore has it’s quiet side as well. The plains of Celadmore are littered with abbeys and temples that offer a place for quiet reflection and escape from the rush of everyday life. There are rules about who can enter some of the abbeys and temples though, so be sure to check before you set of to visit them.

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Queen Kasna Nosfa, Rising Empire: Part 1

For those who prefer a cool climate and snow sports, the Blue Mountains offer the perfect setting for ice climbing, trekking on our stunning glaciers, skiing and snowboarding, though we do advise you watch out of the wildlife that inhabits the area, some of it is more than a little unfriendly.

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Prince Gruagadon Tutesk, End of Days

There are lots of historic ruins the visit across Celadmore, some more recent than others, that give you the opportunity to experience our rich history and discover some of the darker secrets of the realm.

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General Rathe Bird, Rising Empire: Part 1

It’s not just the surface of Celadmore that you can explore, there are also all the cave cities and settlements that are carved into the hill and mountainsides across the realm.

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Princess Kia Nosfa, Rising Empire: Part 2

For those who are much more interested in nature than in exploring the human elements of Celadmore, there are a plethora of wide open spaces to be explored and experienced and enough native wildlife to keep even the most experienced entomologists happy.

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Queen Venetia Silvermoore and Queen Alacana Ramos, Shroud of Darkness

*Mightier Than the Sword UK accepts no responsibility for wars breaking out across Celadmore. If you find yourself in the middle of a battle, we advise you hide or pick up a sword.

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Raven General Misna, Rising Empire: Part 3

The Chronicles of Celadmore is a fantasy book series by C.S. Woolley and features the following titles:

Rising Empire: Part 1, Rising Empire: Part 2, Rising Empire: Part 3, Shroud of Darkness, Lady of Fire and End of Days are all available in digital and paperback format from a wide range of booksellers around the world. Digital copies start from just 59p per copy (kobo).

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Lady of Fire is the fifth book in the Chronicles of Celadmore, the second book in the Shroud of Darkness trilogy and the second book in the series to be written.

“I’d finally finished Shroud of Darkness after 12 years of writing it, I was so sick of writing the series that I had to take a break from it. In fact, I took a break for a while from writing and Lady of Fire is the book that I came back to writing with.”

Things are looking bleak for Celadmore as Lady of Fire moves the characters from this generation down a road of war.

“A lot of the characters had to grow up in Lady of Fire, they had to put aside childish notions of what they wanted the world to be like and face up to the reality that was in front of them – find hope and joy wherever they could. It’s something I was going through myself when I was writing the book. At the time I hadn’t intended to pour so much of what I felt into the book, but now that I go back and look at it, I’m really glad I did. I think the story is stronger for it.”

When it comes to reviews, Lady of Fire seems to be fairly well received so far.

“This sequel to Shroud of Darkness picks up exactly where the previous book left off without even missing a beat. The opening sees the characters from the previous book reeling in the wake of the plot twist and deciding what they will do next.

Having been led through Shroud of Darkness not seeing the plot twist coming, Lady of Fire is full of revelations that make all the little nagging elements from Shroud of Darkness make much more sense. The feeling you have all the way through that Gruagadon shouldn’t be trusted but you can’t help but ignore the doubts about him because of how well he present himself.

Some of the loose ends from Shroud of Darkness are tied up and the development in relationships between the characters is wonderful. One of the best parts of this book is how the minor characters such as the children of the royal line have time to develop and really make you invest even more in the world of Celadmore and what they are struggling with.

Can’t wait to see what happens next.” – Taken from Goodreads

“Lady of Fire has some really brutal moments in it for the characters, things happen that completely transform relationships and also put their reputations on the line. It’s much grittier than Shroud of Darkness and the outlook really isn’t great for Celadmore.”

Lady of Fire is available for £1.99 in digital formats and £9.99 in paperback formats from all good retailers. You can get your copy now from amazon.

Did you know?

Lady of Fire was the first book in the Chronicles of Celadmore to get a catchy tagline? All the books have a short tagline to go with them, but Lady of Fire was the first to have one.
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If you already own a copy of Lady of Fire, then the fun doesn’t have to stop there! A line of Chronicles of Celadmore merchandise has been created and some of it is already available for purchase!

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Lady of Fire Poster

Other Lady of Fire Merchandise

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A range of notecards and other posters featuring the character faces and quotes (some of which you can see further up in this blog post) are due to be released along with a range of bookmarks and postcards** slightly later this year. The notecards and posters featuring the characters are being released to raising money for charity. 50% of the profits from every sale of the notecards and posters featuring the characters are to be split between two charities – 25% of the profits going to the Broad Appeal and 25% of the profits going to the British Heart Foundation. Though we don’t have an official release date for these yet, we do know you will be able to order them for collection at the UK Indie Lit Fest (that C.S. Woolley and Steven M. Caddy are attending) and you will be able to purchase them for delivery through this site as well as through Etsy.

** the designs for the bookmarks and postcards have yet to be released.

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