Wednesday, July 14, 2021

She's the One Who Gets in Fights by S.R. Cronin - Book Tour + Giveaway

She’s the One Who Gets in Fights

(Book Three of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters)

by S.R. Cronin 


GENRE: Historical Fantasy



Do you know what your problem is?

Sulphur knows hers. This 13th-century woman has trained as a fighter all her life in hopes of joining the army. Then, within days, both of her older sisters announce plans and suddenly Sulphur is expected to find a man to marry instead.

Is it her good fortune her homeland is gripped by fear of a pending invasion and the army now goes door to door encouraging recruits? Sulphur thinks it is. But once she’s forced to kill in a small skirmish, she’s ready to rethink her career decision. Too bad it’s too late. The invasion is coming, and Ilari needs every good soldier it has.

Once Sulphur learns Ilari’s army has made the strategic decision to not defend certain parts of the realm, including the one where her family lives, she has to re-evaluate her loyalty. Is it with the military she’s always admired? Or is it with her sisters, who are hatching a plan to defend their homeland with magic?

The problem with being a woman who fights for what’s right is that now, she has to figure out what is.

(The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters consists of seven short companion novels. Each tells the personal story and perspective of one of seven radically different sisters in the 1200s as they prepare for an invasion of their realm. While these historical fantasy/alternate history books can be enjoyed as stand-alone novels, together they tell the full story of how Ilari survived.)



I decided to meet this unexpected turn of events with all the good cheer I could. If I were the only new Svadlu being forced into hard labor, I’d have suspected Davor was behind it. But it wasn’t personal; recruits from across the realm had been brought here to work on the wall. It was more like incredibly poor timing on my part.

I was lucky to be in good shape and able to exceed the quotas they gave me. The other woman and one of the two older men struggled more than the others, so if I had any energy left at the end of my shift I did what I could to help them.

“They’re probably doing this to weed out the weaker ones,” Rooslin said to me after a couple of days, when he noticed me helping the others.

“You think I should let them fail?” I didn’t like his message.

“No, I happen to agree with you. Potential soldiers should be judged by more than how many rocks they can lift in a day.” He picked up a large one and began to help me. “Let’s buy these others enough time to prove their worth in other ways, if they can.”

After that, it was easy to keep everyone in our group above their quotas.

The other woman reminded me a little of Ryalgar; well educated but unused to using her body. With our help she was less exhausted and after few days she began experimenting with ideas. Soon she had all five of us prying up the ends of the rocks with metal rods she’d found somewhere, then she organized a sort of hand-off system that was easier. After a couple more days we noticed other teams imitating our techniques.

The older man with the bad back was a friend of one of the cooks, so soon our little team had ample supper portions being saved for us, sometimes with extra treats reserved for the officers, like dried fruit or sweet dessert wine. Our morale improved.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.

She’s made a lot of stops along the way to writing these novels.  She’s lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Now she answers a hot-line. Along the way, she’s lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who’ve grown up just fine, both despite how eccentric she is. 

All her life she has wanted to either tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She now lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case. 

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  1. I like that each book tells a different story about one of the sisters. Thanks for the chance.

  2. i have recently discovered speculative fiction and i love it as a subgenre!

    1. That's great Molli and there are a lot of subgenres within it. Hopefully you'll find several you enjoy.

  3. I really like the cover and the excerpt.

  4. Thank you all for your comments! And thank you, Jasmine, for having me here on your lovely blog.


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