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You may have noticed that we are well into our January publishing schedule, but as the month is nearly over, we felt it would be a good time to tell you all about the exciting new titles that are coming in February.

We are thrilled that we will be releasing the debut novel of Marlena R. Smith, Brothers. We’ll be posting more about it in the coming weeks as well as keeping you updated with the latest titles from our existing author roster.

We’re also thrilled to announce that C.S. Woolley will be appearing at the Gateshead Library event on Saturday 4th February in Gateshead, UK. It is a young adult event that the library is hosting and C.S. Woolley will not only be on hand to sign her books, have the Chronicles of Celadmore with her for fans to purchase and have signed, a whole host of other merchandise that includes greetings cards, postcard, posters and bookmarks. She will also be running a workshop in the afternoon “The Joss Whedon Effect: How to write strong female characters”.

We will also be adding some new sections to the website in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for updates and more information being added to the site. Don’t forget to add these release dates to your diary and check our Etsy store for new releases.

6th February – FEAR by C.S. Woolley (Book #7, The Children of Ribe)

13th February – HOME by C.S. Woolley (Book #8, The Children of Ribe)

17th February – Brothers by Marlena R. Smith

20th February – WYRD by C.S. Woolley (Book #1, The Children of Snotingas)

27th February – When Darkness Falls by C.S. Woolley (Book #7, The Chronicles of Celadmore)

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Well it’s been a few days since the new Avengers has hit theatre screens and as there are many comic book and movie fans amongst our number, it is no surprise that we’ve all seen – some of us more than once.

What has been most interesting about the movie isn’t how brilliantly Joss Whedon and his Avengers cast did in putting together the film, (which they did, and if you haven’t read Kevin Smith’s comments about it on twitter – you should!) but what the end of the movie has meant in terms of the Avengers moving forward.

We won’t give the game away to any one who hasn’t seen the film yet, but it has sparked a debate in the office about how we feel about a book series with a staple cast of characters. With books like the Game of Thrones series and Raymond E. Feist’s books, it is clear that there are some authors have no problem in killing off their characters at the drop of a hat – no matter how attached their readers might be to them. Then there are others who keep the same characters, book after book, which creates a comfortable retreat for readers to hide in. But which works best for books, or is there no magic formula as long as the author can keep the story from going stale?

We couldn’t come up with a hard and fast rule, the Secret Seven and Famous Five books for example were wonderful and had the same characters and fairly similar plots that are enjoyable, even now, especially with the nostalgia factor. The Swallows and Amazons books by Arthur Ransome walked a different line, with the same characters in different combinations and moving on with time so that they changed as the characters got older and there were even some books that some of the characters were missing from. Then there are all those books out there where no one is safe, not even the narrator. But, for the most part, there seems to be a pattern that authors employ in their books and that is to create a central core, a safe set of characters that you can be almost certain that, no matter what happens to them, they will manage to survive.