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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.


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.



So Winter is Coming! And I couldn’t be more excited! Granted if there were whitwalkers out there, I might be a little less enthusiastic, but then again there would be the men of the nightwatch to balance things out.

I love winter, more than stretching out in the heat of the sun, more than having longer light hours, only slightly more than autumn evenings that are full of smokey smells and crisp leaves under foot – I am romanticising, I know, but winter for me is the best time of year – snuggling up under blankets as the night draws in, eating hot soup with freshly baked bread, taking a long hot bath after being outside for a few hours, Christmas (I do love Christmas) snow, being able to see your breath, drinking whiskey and mulled wine to warm you up after a brisk walk – yes to me, winter is the best time of year.

But I know that isn’t the case for everyone. For a start there is little to no cricket, which is not a good beginning, but on a more serious note – winter brings problems for a lot of people. Icy pavements are dangerous to walk on for a lot of people, not just the elderly, driving conditions are more treacherous, people have to choose between heating their homes and feeding themselves due to the rise price of fuel and then there are those who are isolated and those who suffer from conditions like depression.

I would really encourage people to remember this in the coming weeks, I’m currently raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support throughout September as they not only provided help for the emotional side of dealing with cancer, but the financial side as well. Each copy of my Shroud of Darkness boxset that is purchased during September will see £2 going to Macmillan. I’m aiming to raise a minimum of £2,000 for the charity. That’s only 1,000 copies of the boxset, so please, help if you can afford it, if not then please share this so that more people can learn about the great work Macmillan do and that no one should suffer alone. to purchase the boxset to learn more about macmillan

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Some of the guys in the office thought it would be quite a nice idea for me (C.S. Woolley) to write a NaNoWriMo blog journal for the site updating it every few days so that those who are interested in getting involved can get a rough idea about what is involved before taking on what is a mammoth project or those who don’t feel up to the task can support those who are taking part.

The first thing to understand is why do NaNoWriMo at all. To take on the huge task of writing 50,000 words in a single month is not something most people can do for their own vanity. The Office of Letters and Light is a charity that raises money to help people to write around the world and most importantly children. Each person who takes part in NaNoWriMo can donate their own money and set up a fundraising page so people can support what they are doing.

The second thing to know is that you can’t do it alone. Writing is something that gets pushed out by other aspects of life and thought 1,667 words a day may not seem like a lot – between work, looking after the home, food shopping and all the small things that eat away at your motivation you can go weeks without putting a single word on the page. That’s where the regional meets and forum pages come in very handy. The regional meets let you get together with others and write. Well most of them do, if you happen to come to the Nottingham meet we tend to not get much writing done at the meets. But the forum and chatrooms are great for those who can’t make the meets to be encouraged.

The third thing is that because you can choose what you work on it can be difficult to feel happy with what you are writing, but as long as you write and keep writing despite your mood, you can always go back and edit later!

Happy NaNoWriMo!

We know we’ve been rather quiet on the site updates and blog front for the last few days. Having so few of us in the office means it has been all hands on deck in terms of getting things done, but this week sees everyone returning from their travels and those who have disappeared into the world of Alien: Isolation seem to have all finsihed the game just in time for a few weeks work before we lose them to Dragon Age: Inquistion.

We’re really happy to announce we’ve got a new book review going up – City of Magi by Michael McDuffee. The review was done by C.S. Woolley but based on what she has said about it, those of us who stayed behind here hi-jacked her kindle so we could see what all the fuss was about (on a side note – never come between an author and her kindle).

Now that halloween is over it seems that everywhere has gone Christmas crazy but we’re trying to keep that kind of chatter off the radar until after Bonfire Night at the very least. So in honour of the foiling of the gunpowder plot we’ve got a great night planned for 5th November. V for Vendetta is on the cards with hotpot for dinner followed by sparklers outside at the local bonfire display organised by the Lions – oh yes we know how to live it up!

A seasonal warning though to all those who are celebrating Bonfire Night – sparklers and fireworks are dangerous so never use them inside and make sure you stand well back from any fireworks. If you can always go to an organised display instead of one in someone’s backgarden. Wrap up warm when going to any organised display and make sure you are wearing gloves if you are going to be playing with sparklers.

Now we’ve got the serious stuff out of the way – we’re three days into NaNoWriMo! For those who don’t know what that it is, the Office of Letters and Light organises an international event every year that takes place in November and its full title is National Novel Writing Month. The aim is to write a novel in just a month, at least 50,000 words, which means writing at least 1,667 words a day to reach that goal. C.S. Woolley is currently taking part and meets up with the Nottingham NaNoWriMo group. It isn’t just for published authors, it’s for anyone who loves to write and is up for a challenge and wants to raise some money for a great cause. For more information take a look at their website.