12 Book Banter with C.S. Woolley

Introducing C.S. Woolley

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  1.  #IndieBookBanter today welcomes C.S. Woolley. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, and the best place for us to find out more.

My name is C.S. Woolley, I originally grew up in Wilmslow, Cheshire, but have ended up in Nottingham by way of Hull. I write in multiple genres that include epic fantasy, hard-boiled crime, cosy mystery, poetry and children’s historical fiction. My favourite place to write is the Three Crowns in Wymeswold, the pub is lovely with fantastic food and the staff are all amazing. I’m a cricket junkie and when I am not writing at the pub, I can be found at Trent Bridge with my laptop enjoying a day at the cricket whilst pretending to work. Trent Bridge is my Disneyland so ultimately I am the happiest girl in the world when I am there. You can find out more about me and my books on the Mightier Than the Sword UK website.

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2. Briefly tell us about your work in progress, what are you planning next? 

My current work in progress is the Lily & Rose Saga which is the 4th book in the main narrative of the Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren series. It’s coming out on 24th April and is currently in the editing process. After this one, well there is a 8 year writing schedule I am working to with a lot more books than I think I can write on it.

3. What was the most unusual source of inspiration for any of your books?

Dreams tend to be the most unusual source of my inspiration. I’ll wake up having dreamed in plot and have to scribble it all down before I forget it. I’ll leave the notes for a few days and then come back to flesh out the plot and decide on whether it is a story to be written or just the crazy workings of my subconscious (sometimes it’s not easy to tell the difference).

4. Who was your favourite character to write about?

It used to be Caslo Morgan in the Chronicles of Celadmore, but now it’s Sarah Watson-Wentworth Montgomery Baird in the ‘Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow’. She’s a woman ahead of her time and I just love writing her.

5. Finally you are invited on a mission to a New World (unfortunately you cannot take any members of your family, friends or pets). Please tell us:-

a) Your favourite fictional character to accompany you?

Jimmy the Hand from Raymond E. Feist’s Midkemia series.

b) Your favourite book?

Silverthorn by Raymond E. Feist

c) Your favourite song?

‘The Boys are Back in Town’ by Thin Lizzy

d) Your favourite food & drink to take with you (we don’t know what will be available on the New World).

Steak and Champagne

e) Finally, tell us the one (Yes, that is just ONE) item you cannot live without?

My laptop

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 Here are the numerous books created by C.S. Woolley with a short description:-

Nicolette Mace: The Raven Siren


My name is Nicolette Mace, though the city knows me as the Raven Siren. I’m the youngest private investigator most people have ever come across. I’ve been in hospital more times than I have been in a school class room. I was playing with guns when I was four years old; I knew how to drive cars at seven. I’ve spent most of my life running around the toughest and meanest streets this city has to offer and they haven’t found something that can kill me yet.

I am Nicolette Mace, I am the Raven Siren and nothing is going to stop me from taking my revenge.

The Kevin Metis Saga

Nicolette Mace: The Raven Siren has her work cut out for her as she battles against one of the most dangerous men she has ever known. Kevin Metis. If Kevin Metis being out and out for blood wasn’t enough of a threat, he has hired the most deadly assassin, Ryuu Blade, to help him out. Danger is around every corner and everyone coming to Siren for help isn’t as helpless as they seem.

The Derek Long Saga

After Siren and Police Chief, Fred Barlow, defeated the criminal Kevin Metis, the two had breathed a sigh of relief.  Sadly with the self painted bullseye on her back, there is no rest for the wicked. Metis had not gone cold before Derek Long had given Siren all the reason she needed to chase him. Nicolette Mace: the Raven Siren – The Derek Long Saga, sees Siren battling against the criminal underworld without the help of Fred Barlow. In his place is his protégé, Detective Rick Clegg. Old adversary, Ryuu Blade is still not done with Siren and will stop at nothing to see her dead. With her world around her changing, can Siren weather the storm or is this the end for her?

Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 1

Life as a private investigator isn’t all big cases, excitement and arch enemies. Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld follows the day to day musings and activities of Nicolette Mace: The Raven Siren, taken from her online blog.

Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: The Case of Mrs Weldon

Follow Siren through a case she thought would be straight forward – follow a man’s wife and prove she is cheating on him. But Siren soon finds out that all is far from simple and straightforward.  There is more than meets the eye to the adulterous Mrs. Weldon & Siren soon finds herself struggling to know which side she is on and, more importantly, how on earth she is going to get paid. Nicolette Mace is a private investigator out of necessity, not choice. With her family dead and nowhere else to turn she had to learn to stand on her own two feet and live the only way her father ever taught her to.

Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Hunting the Priest Killer

When the priest known as Patrick was found murdered so close to Easter Sunday, Siren swore she would avenge his death and find his killer. Whoever was stupid enough to kill a priest, clearly didn’t know he was Siren’s priest too. Taking on the gangs on the underworld, she won’t stop until she has found who was responsible for murdering the only person that was ever nice to her without wanting anything in return. Keeping Fred and Harry at arm’s length whilst she delves deeper into the criminal underworld.

Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 2

Life as a private investigator isn’t all big cases, excitement and arch enemies. Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld follows the day to day musings and activities of Nicolette Mace: The Raven Siren, taken from her online blog.

Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Murder in the First

The bickering trio are back in this latest Raven Siren Case File Special! It’s a family affair as Fred and Harry come to Siren on bended knee to investigate a case that neither of them can get close to. Ryan Barlow, Fred’s brother and only living relative is in trouble, the kind of trouble that will end up with him in prison or dead, unless Siren can do something to help.  Sonya Lesner, a woman of some dubious reputation has been found murdered and Ryan is the prime suspect. Not only that, but the crime scene has been staged to send a message to one of the trio and Siren is certain that she has heard the name, Sonya Lesner, before. Of all the cases Siren has taken, there has never been more at stake as she digs into the past to try and find some answers.

Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Sabrina

When Siren discovers Sabrina Evans waiting in her office for her, Siren doesn’t quite know what to expect – but one thing is clear, Sabrina is definitely going to make life more interesting for the gun-toting private investigator.  With Sabrina trying to fly under the police radar and Harry determined to discover who Sabrina is, and why she is hanging around with Siren, this particular chapter of Siren’s life is one that is marked with more chaos and danger than ever before. Join Siren, Fred, Harry and Sabrina as they dive into the criminal underworld. With so many people out to stop them, only one thing is certain, not all of them will be making it out alive.

Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld: Volume 3

Life as a private investigator isn’t all big cases, excitement and arch enemies. Filling the Afterlife from the Underworld follows the day to day musings and activities of Nicolette Mace: The Raven Siren, taken from her online blog.


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Chronicles of Celadmore

Rising Empire: Part 1

An empire will rise and nations will fall. The nine kingdoms of Celadmore are at war. The people suffer under tyrants that strive to gain land and power in the struggle for superiority. Queen Kasnata, the wife of King Mercia Nosfa VI is trapped in a loveless, political marriage, her children are being held hostage by her husband to force her armies to march on his every whim. The people of Grashindorph, the capital city of Nosfa, are oppressed by their king and beneath the surface of the city a revolution stirs. As war threatens to tear Celadmore to pieces, Kasnata struggles to bring peace back to the realm, fighting against bribery and corruption to bring hope to all those that are oppressed, as well as those that have been caught in the savagery of warring kings. Can the legendary queen, Empress of the Order find the strength to fight knowing the fate of her people rests on her shoulders?

Rising Empire: Part 2

A blood moon rises and madness is unleashed The nine kingdoms of Celadmore are at war. The people suffer under tyrants that strive to gain land and power in the struggle for superiority.  Kasnata, Queen of the Order and Queen of Nosfa leads her armies against the people of Delma. A war she did not want to fight, but her husband, the King of Nosfa, Mercia Nosfa VI has forced her hand. Leinad, the heir to the throne of Nosfa and son of Kasnata, is held hostage in the city of Grashindorph where revolution is beginning. Hermia, mother of Mercia and former Queen of Nosfa leads the revolution against her son, a revolution to end the wars and tyranny that their people suffer under. Kasna and Kia are safe from their father in the Oasis of Tulna, but Duke Kelmar DeLacey, Regent of Delma, still hunts for them. Kasnata’s empire is growing and her legacy is being forged through war, not diplomacy, a mantle her people will carry down the ages. But there is more at work than any mortal knows, their lives, though fleeting, will form the realm and the consequences of their actions will be felt for centuries to come.

Rising Empire: Part 3

The streets run red with rebellion. The siege of Delma has not been broken. Kasna remains a prisoner, a prize of war and a bargain chip to be used against her mother. Duke Kelmar DeLacey, the Regent of Delma, must choose between obeying his King, gone mad, and the woman he loves, the daughter of his most dangerous enemy. Neesa, the last heir of Valia, assaults the fortress of Animoore, the first outpost of Kasnata’s new empire, the haven where the son and daughter of Rathe and Kasnata were supposed to be safe. Yoav and the Eight fight to protect them, but the might of the blood moon is an overwhelming force that is feeding Neesa’s power.  The guardians have left the Ballo Fortress and move to advise Kasnata in the absence of the Abbott and Cassandra. Cassandra is headed north with Tola, Shamgar and a boy that is as dangerous as he is mysterious. The Abbott is in the Spire, waiting for events to unfold before he emerges from it.  King Mercia Nosfa VI holds Lady Mia captive, a trap laid to capture her brother and traitor to his people, General Rathe Bird. But the king’s madness increases with every passing day, losing what is left of his mind under the influence of Neesa’s magic. Mia weeps over Joab, her heart and will broken, resigned to her fate as a unwilling second bride of the king. Rathe, Mathias, Asahel and Helez strike at the heart of Grashindorph, undermining the power of the king, working to free Mia, as Layla and Jephthah have been dispatched to the streets of Grashindorph to find leaders amongst the people to finally start their revolution and rescue Prince Leinad from the clutches of his father.  Kasnata’s empire is rising, the people of the cities of Celadmore can taste revolution in the air as the Gibborim stirs, but how will those that have fought and died be remembered and how will the most dangerous secrets of Celadmore be buried?

Shroud of Darkness

No. 4 Best Seller in the Kobo Epic Fantasy Chart Evil stirs, and she will answer. Four years after the Dragonian Wars raged across the realm of Celadmore, leaving it ravaged and ruined; Venetia, Queen of one of the five Anaguran tribes has seen evil lurking once more. She led the Allied Spirit of Celadmore to victory against the tyrant, Dragonious, but the world has changed. Politics, deception and mistrust have separated the old alliances so now each nation stands alone. It is up to Venetia to unite not only the five tribes of Anagura, but all the peoples of Celadmore to fight against an unseen enemy that threatens to destroy the peace that she has fought so hard to achieve.

Lady of Fire

Traitors will be found, the world must be saved. United they must stand for destruction is upon them. The realm of Celadmore faces it’s destruction as a war that none perceived is brought against them. Venetia, Queen of the Order of Anagura and Queteria, must forge a new alliance between the nations of Celadmore against the evil that Aksoth, Lord of Nether Roth, is set to unleash. The Allied Spirit of Celadmore must be raised and march once more. Venetia, Queen of Dark Fire, so sure of her victory in war may now suffer a defeat that will destroy her home realm of Celadmore. The dark forces are gathering, their mastermind, Aksoth, has revealed himself. No Oracle predicted his coming, no warrior was prepared. Venetia must gather her companions and ally the divided nations of the realm of light or face it’s utter destruction.

End of Days

Mistrust runs like a fever through the city. The end is here. Aksoth’s forces roam unchecked across the plains of Celadmore; the people of Celadmore have been forced to retreat to the fallen city of Grashindorph.  Within the city there is trouble. Leaders of each of the countries of Celadmore seek to control the city.  Mistrust runs like a fever through the city. Scheming and corruption distract the people from preparing to stand against Aksoth in one final battle.  Revolution stirs amongst the poorest of the people; Venetia seeks to restore Gruagadon to his rightful place on the throne of Nesca and will sacrifice anything to get him there.  Harmony is so far from their grasp that the thought of victory fades as forces, beyond the control of any mortal, clash and the future of Celadmore is decided. In this final bastion, they must find victory or Aksoth will purge the realm of light of all life.

When Darkness Falls

“Peace cannot survive as a new threat rises.” Gruagadon is king, the dead kingdom of Nesca has been resurrected by the return of the Fallen Prince to the throne, but all is not well in the realm of Celadmore. One evil has been defeated, Venetia, Allamonto, Kania and Nodarto gave their lives, along with many others, to defeat Aksoth, but as one evil falls another rises to take its place. A new guardian brought the old age to an end, but the nature of evil is set to endure.


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Rising Empire Trilogy

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.

Features Rising Empire: Part 1, Rising Empire: Part 2, Rising Empire: Part 3

Shroud of Darkness Trilogy

A fantasy book trilogy that was 16 years in the making. The trilogy follows Venetia, a queen amongst her people in the fantasy realm of Celadmore. Strange occurrences in her home world have Venetia searching for answers as to whether an old evil has returned or if a new threat has arisen. This trilogy includes Shroud of Darkness, Lady of Fire and End of Days.

The Arm Rings of Yngvar Collection

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. 

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 paperback contains the first 8 books in the Children of Ribe series that compose the Arm Rings of Yngvar story arc. 


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The Mysteries of Stickleback Hollow

A Thief in Stickleback Hollow

A break-in at Grangeback, the assault on Bosworth the butler, the theft of Sarah’s jewellery and rifling through the possessions of her late father lead Sarah to believe that there is more to the crime than an interrupted burglary and that there is something more nefarious afoot. The newly formed police force is still finding its feet, so Sarah must investigate on her own to find out what is going on in this new place she might call home.

All Hallows’ Eve in Stickleback Hollow

t’s All Hallows’ Eve in Stickleback Hollow and the annual ball at Tatton Park is being held. It is Sarah’s first formal engagement since leaving London, and she isn’t looking forward to it – especially when the people she thinks of as friends are not invited. The veil between the spirit and living worlds is at its thinnest, and evil forces seem to be lurking everywhere.

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