Happy New Year!

C.S. Woolley, Chronicles of Celadmore, General Thoughts, Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren, Thank yous

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.

Our heroes

General Thoughts

As the Christmas advert for Sainsbury’s has caused quite a stir amongst the population of Great Britain – some loving the sentiment, others thinking it is disrespectful, it has led to those of us in the office discussing who are heroes are this week.

Of course when someone mentions that they have a hero, it is a very personal choice and what each person means when they use the word ‘hero’ is different again.

The word ‘hero’ is thrown about quite a lot, well there are many powerful words that are careless thrown about but it is on heroes we are focusing. The charity, Help for Heroes, works to help those who have served in the UK’s armed forces and been injured in recent conflicts around the globe. The classic heroes in Greek mythology – Achilles, Jason, Hercules, Theseus, Perseus, Odysseus (as Phil says in Disney’s Hercules – there’s a lot of euses) – all had adventures, brushes with the Gods and accomplished great things. Then there are superheroes who are always there in the nick of time to save the day but most have powers that allow them to defend the weak and the helpless from the forces of evil.

In our discussions about heroes we have set aside the superheros and classic mythological figures and we asked everyone to name one hero from the real world and one hero from literature – here is what we all came up with:

The Real World

William Shakespeare

Winston Churchill

John Wayne

Elizabeth Fry

William Wilberforce

Nichelle Nichols

The Duke of Wellington

Admiral Horatio Nelson

Sir Patrick Stewart


Joan D’Arc

Queen Elizabeth I

As you can see there is quite a range of men and women from different time periods that the office dogs consider their heroes, there were some other names mentioned but when it came down to picking just one this is what was decided. Others that were mentioned included Queen Elizabeth II, William the Conqueror, Queen Isabella, Pocahontas, Columbus, Mulan, Sir Christopher Wren, Sir Issac Newton, Marie Curie, William of Orange and Boudica.

In Literature


Boudica (Boudica: Dreaming the…)


Aragorn (Lord of the Rings)

Thorin (The Hobbit)

Mr Darcy (Pride & Prejudice)

Robin Hood

Sherlock Holmes

James Bond

Edmund (The Chronicles of Narnia)

Elizabeth Bennett (Pride & Prejudice)

Sara Crewe (A Little Princess)

This one was far more interesting than the real world as it led to hot debate with those that chose Thorin and Aragorn coming under particularly heavy fire for casting aside the hobbits in favour of the race of Dwarves and Men. But when it comes to books we seem to invest more in our heroes and are far more vocal in our praising and their defense when people disagree. There were lots of other names that were thrown out during the discussion including Richard Sharpe (though we have a sneaking suspicion that was down to Sean Bean more than the books), Timmy the dog (from the Famous Five), Jimmy the Hand, Katniss and pretty much all the characters in Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit (yes including the villains).

But from both these lists there are some qualities that these people and characters all share – but we’ll leave finding the connections and identifying these qualities for another day.