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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.

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Wyrd mock upFor our Friday blog instalment we’re taking a moment to look at the latest children’s book series by C.S. Woolley and asking the question, why WYRD?

The word wyrd translates as fate, which was chosen to mirror the first book in the Children of Ribe series. Fate is a powerful force throughout myths and legends and certainly seems to play a large role in many adventure stories.

But we’re not so much interested in the title of the first book in the Children of Snotingas series as we are in why the series was put together in the first place.

When we put the question to C.S. Woolley, this is the answer she gave:

“Over Christmas I was most of the way through writing my Viking children’s book series and my mother suggested that I work on an Anglo Saxon kids book series as there were seemingly no books about the Anglo Saxons in fiction for kids to read and my primary school library was in need of these kinds of books.

So I did a lot of research over Christmas and put together a plan for an Anglo Saxon series. It’s set in the early 600s when King Penda of Mercia announced to Northumbria that they were breaking away from them. Mercia went on to become the most powerful and influential kingdom during the Anglo Saxon time, which is why I decided to write the first 8 Anglo Saxon books during the time when it was being formed.”

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Not only have the books been written to help children learn about the Anglo Saxons in a fun way, they have also been laid out in the same format as the Children of Ribe books. This is to make it easier for dyslexic children to discover a love of reading and have an easier time of reading on their own.

The paperbacks of WYRD are priced at £6.99 on amazon, but you can order them direct from Mightier Than the Sword UK Publications for £6.49 including free UK delivery. The digital copies of the book are £1.99 on amazon, though range from £1.80 to £2.49 through other digital retailers.

To order direct from us here at Mightier Than the Sword UK simply email office@mightierthanthesworduk.com and we will provide you with an invoice and payment method for your order.

 

Today is the day! Wyrd has finally been released after several delays. Yes, you can now step back in time to the 700s with this Anglo Saxon series, set before the Viking invasion, the Children of Snotingas follows a group of children as King Penda separates from Northumbria and the kingdom of Mercia is born.

Wyrd is the first book in the series and marks the start of the first story arc of 8 books that explore the lives of nobles and slaves alike during the time of the Anglo Saxons. Using historical accounts, C.S. Woolley has pieced together this world and the events that occurred 1300 years ago in order to bring them to life for children and adults alike.

The Children of Snotingas

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Wyrd: Book 1 The Children of Snotingas by C.S. Woolley, artwork by Davy Ross

 

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.

With Mercia breaking away from Northumbria and war stirring the blood, there are a handful of boys that want to change their lot in life and move from being slaves to warriors. Wayland, Halsey and Channing are the sons of slaves that have the chance to change their stars and train with the sons of the ceorls to become warriors in Snot’s army. Ravinger, the youngest son of Snot, has been put in charge of their training.

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.

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It has been a day of excitement and squealing in the Mightier Than the Sword UK offices today. You may think there is nothing new there as we work in a world of books where geeks roam freely, but today has been a time when there has been a lot more squealing than normal.

The reason for all the squealing and excitement is that the photography of the completed arm rings of Yngvar has arrived and, well judge for yourself how beautiful it looks.

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We will admit that after the initial moment of awe had come and gone, the only person who kept squealing was C.S. Woolley, but it isn’t every day that you see the magical inventions of your imagination carefully crafted in bronze and ready to ship. (There is now a theory floating around that C.S. Woolley might actually be Sauron and that the arm rings are a cunning plot to enslave the world and plunge all the lands into a second darkness – we’ll keep you posted on that one).

But here is a closer look at each with a run down of which arm ring belongs to which book and how much you can get your very own arm ring for. Each has been crafted from solid bronze and made by hand using traditional Viking methods.

Thor’s Hammer Arm Ring

bt_thorshammer_bracelet_bronzeThis particular arm ring belongs to Erland and is guarded by the Disir, Aldis. Found in the cave close to the town of Lindholm, it is the first arm ring to be found and claimed. It is discovered in FATE.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

FATE Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of FATE and the Thor’s Hammer Arm Ring)

 

Dragon Head Twisted Arm Ring

bt_4mm_dragon_bracelet_bronzeThe dragon head arm ring is found by Riki is WAR. It is guarded by Thormar the dragon on the island of Fyn. It is the second arm ring to be claimed.

Price: £30

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

WAR Arm Ring Gift Set: £35 (includes a paperback and digital copy of WAR and the Dragon Head Twisted Arm Ring)

 

Wolf Head Twisted Arm Ring

bt_4mm_wolf_bracelet_bronzeThough you might have expected this to belong to Eva, this is actually Dalla’s arm ring. Found in the book WIFRITH, it is the third arm ring to be claimed and is guarded by Oda the Ellepige.

Price: £30

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

WIFRITH Arm Ring Gift Set: £35 (includes a paperback and digital copy of WIFRITH and the Wolf Head Twisted Arm Ring)

 

Danish Bracelet Arm Ring

bt_danish_bracelet_bronzeThe fourth arm ring of Yngvar to be found and claimed is the Danish Bracelet Arm Ring. It is found in DOUBT by Beatrix in the land of Álfheimr and is guarded by Þiagn the elf.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

DOUBT Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of DOUBT and the Danish Bracelet Arm Ring)

 

Odin’s Raven Twisted Arm Ring

bt_4mm_raven_head_bracelet_bronzeThe fifth of the arm rings to be found. The Odin’s Raven Twisted Arm Ring was found by Pieter on Skåne in the book of the same name. It is guarded by Pernille the Pesta.

Price: £30

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

SKÅNE Arm Ring Gift Set: £35 (includes a paperback and digital copy of SKÅNE and the Odin’s Raven Twisted Arm Ring)

 

Ship Bracelet Viking Arm Ring

bt_ship_bracelet_bronzeWhen a book is entitled SHIPWRECKED it is only fitting that the arm ring of Yngvar should be emblazoned with a ship. This arm ring is found by Camila and is the sixth arm ring to be claimed. It is guarded by Tokki the Draug.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

SHIPWRECKED Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of SHIPWRECKED and the Ship Bracelet Arm Ring)

 

Valknut Bracelet Arm Ring

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Guarded by Maren the Havsrå, this arm ring is found by Christian during the events of FEAR. It is the seventh arm ring to be found and was hidden close to the town of Roskilde.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

FEAR Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of FEAR and the Valknut Bracelet Arm Ring)

 

Jutland Bracelet Arm Ring

bt_jutland_bracelet_bronze_newThe final arm ring of Yngvar to be found during the events of HOME. It is claimed by Eva under the town of Ribe and guarded by Stefan, king of the Dvergar.

Price: £35

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £2.95

HOME Arm Ring Gift Set: £40 (includes a paperback and digital copy of HOME and the Valknut Bracelet Arm Ring)

There are currently 4 large Jutland bracelet arm rings available that are suitable for men’s wrists for £50 each including free UK delivery.

 

Want the whole set?

bt_bronze_braceletsIf you just can’t decide which arm ring to buy, then you can get the whole set.

Price: £230

UK Delivery: Free

International Delivery: £11.80

 

The prices are based on the size and weight of the arm ring. The Twisted Arm Rings are lighter than the bracelets and the Jutland Bracelet is the heaviest of all the arm rings. To order simply visiting https://PayPal.Me/mttsuk/ and entering the amount due for the arm ring or gift set you want to purchase along with the additional comment of the name and address of the recipient. If you also include an email address, then a receipt and confirmation of shipping can be sent to you.

You can also order by emailing office@mightierthanthesworduk.com providing details of which items you want and where they are to be shipped, an invoice will be sent to you for the items ordered and once payment has been made your order will be dispatched.

Alternatively you can visit the Etsy Store to make a purchase.

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If you hadn’t already heard, C.S. Woolley will be appearing at Wilmslow Library in Cheshire during the Easter Holidays as part of the launch for WYRD, book 1 in the all new Children of Snotingas series. Not only will C.S. Woolley be on hand to sign books and pose for photos, she will also be giving a talk on dyslexia, her Viking series, the Children of Ribe and the latest series, the Children of Snotingas.

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You can pre-order books for the event at discounted prices (see below for details), but the best thing is that with every pre-order you also get entered into our fabulous competition! 4 runners up will win free entry into the library event and a signed copy of WYRD and one lucky winner will received free entry to the library event, a signed copy of WYRD and a character named after them or their child in HILD, the second book in the Children of Snotingas series.

Item Cost
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 1: FATE £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 2: WAR £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 3: WIFRITH £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 4: DOUBT £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 5: SKÅNE £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 6: SHIPWRECKED 60p from each sale  goes to the RNLI £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 7: FEAR £5.99
The Children of Ribe: A Viking Saga for Children Book 8: HOME £5.99
The Children of Snotingas: An Anglo Saxon Saga for Children Book 1: WYRD £5.99
FATE Gift Set: Includes paperback book, eBook and A3 poster of the Children of Ribe Map £11.95
Just the Books Gift Set: Includes all 8 paperbacks in the Children of Ribe series as separate books. £4.50 from each sale of this Gift Set goes to the RNLI £45
Children of Ribe Gift Set Framed: Includes all 8 paperback book, 8 eBooks, plus framed A3 posters of the map, FATE cover art, WAR cover art and WIFRITH cover art. £6 from each sale of this gift set goes to the RNLI £75
Children of Ribe Gift Set: Includes all 8 paperback book, 8 eBooks, plus unframed A3 posters of the map, FATE cover art, WAR cover art and WIFRITH cover art. £6 from each sale of this gift set goes to the RNLI £62.50
The Arm Ring of Yngvar: Bronze replicas of the eight arm rings of Yngvar in the Children of Ribe series. Crafted by Jelling Dragon exclusively for C.S. Woolley using the same method that the Vikings used to forge their own arm rings. The arm rings include the following:

Erland Kalebsen (FATE) – Thor’s Hammer Arm Ring – £35 each
Riki Andersen (WAR) – Dragon Head Arm Ring – £40 each
Dalla Ingeborgsdotter (WIFRITH) – Wolf Head Twisted Arm Ring – £35 each
Beatrix Anderdatter (DOUBT) – Danish Bracelet Arm Ring – £40 each
Pieter Mateosen (SKANE) – Raven Head Twisted Arm Ring – £40 each
Camila Anderdatter (SHIPWRECKED) – Ship Bracelet Arm Ring – £35 each
Christian Andersen (FEAR) – Valknut Bracelet Arm Ring – £40 each
Eva Axeldatter (HOME) – Jutland Bracelet Arm Ring – £45 each

 

 

 

£35 – £45 see each item.

The Arm Rings of Yngvar Collection: The 8 books of the first story arc in the Children of Ribe series in one volume. Includes FATE, WAR, WIFRITH, DOUBT, SKÅNE, SHIPWRECKED, FEAR and HOME £33.99
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From left to right: back row – Danish Bracelet Arm Ring, Thor’s Hammer Arm Ring, Valknut Bracelet Arm Ring, and Jutland Bracelet Arm Ring. front row – Raven Head Twisted Arm Ring, Dragon Head Twisted Arm Ring, and Wolf Head Twisted Arm Ring

Payments via Paypal and Card can be made by visiting https://PayPal.Me/mttsuk/ and entering the amount due with the additional comment “Wilmslow Library Event” followed by the name on the order. All book orders must be placed with payment by Monday 10th April 2017 to guarantee the books will be available on 13th April. Any orders received after this can be posted out at no extra cost to any UK postal address or shipped to the library.

You can access a PDF of the order form here: Price List Wilmslow Library Event

All payments must be made via paypal to pre-order books. Cash payments will be accepted on the day, but stock cannot be guaranteed. Please email all completed order forms to office@mightierthanthesworduk.com along with the name of the person the order is for. Alternatively, include the books and merchandise being ordered in the notes on the paypal payment.