Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: She's the One Who Thinks Too Much (The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters #1) by S.R. Cronin

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for She's the One Who Thinks Too Much by S.R. Cronin. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt for you as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: She's the One Who Thinks Too Much
Series: The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters #1
Author: S.R. Cronin
Publisher: Cinnabar Press
Publication Date: November 13th 2020
Print Length: 272 pages
Genre: Historical Fantasy
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It’s the 1200’s, and the small realm of Ilari has had peace and prosperity for generations. That doesn’t mean everyone is happy, however.

Ryalgar, a spinster farm girl and the oldest of seven, has always preferred her studies to flirtation, yet even she finally meets her prince. Or so she thinks, until she discovers he’s already betrothed. Embarrassed, she flees her family’s farm to join the Velka, the mysterious women of the forest known for their magical powers and for living apart from men.

As a Velka, she develops her telekinesis and learns she has a talent for analyzing information. Both are going to come in handy. For she’s continued to meet her prince at the forest’s edge, thinking being his mistress isn’t such a bad deal. Then she learns more about his princely assignment. He’s tasked with training the army of Ilari to repel the feared Mongol horseman who’ve been moving eastward for years, killing all in their path. And, her prince is willing to sacrifice the outer farmlands where she grew up to these invaders, if he has to.

Ryalgar isn’t about to let that happen.

She’s got the Velka behind her now, as well as a multitude of university intellectuals, a family of tough farmers, and six sisters each with her own unique personality and talents.

Can Ryalgar organize all that into a resistance that will stop the Mongols? She thinks she can.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:
I’d never spoken to a Velka before, which was unusual as most mothers took their daughters to the Velka at puberty, so the young woman could learn how to remain childfree until she was ready to marry. But my mother broke with tradition and taught me about such issues herself, after she got the herbs and supplies from the Velka for me.

Even when I’d been intrigued by the Velka as a little girl, my mother always grabbed my arm and pulled me away.

“I just want to look,” I’d complain, pointing to the pretty jars on display, but the hardness in her face told me I’d better not push the issue.

I often asked my dad why my mother disliked the Velka and wouldn’t let me near them. Each time he brushed me off saying it was a complicated matter.

Whatever her reason, I knew she wouldn’t like what I was about to do now. So, I told her I was going to ride my horse over to the market to buy some ribbons and buttons to make my clothes more attractive. She knew of my interaction with Nevik, of course, and knew he’d invited me to join him in the mountains for a few days. She’d been acting particularly affectionate to me since his invitation came, and she didn’t question my need for new ornamentation. She even pressed a few extra coins into my hand.

“Don’t skimp.” She smiled.

Of course, if I did marry a prince, the dowry to my parents would pay for those ribbons and buttons a thousand times over. Not that I was being cynical about this.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 odd 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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GIVEAWAY:
S.R. Cronin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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71 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me here today!

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  2. I love the eye-catching cover.. I can't wait to read this.

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  3. I love the excerpt and the cover.

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  4. Thanks everyone. I really appreciate the comments about the cover! I'll be doing more of these, so I'd love any specific feedback about what you do like, or what you'd do a little different on the next one. Thanks!

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  5. For me, a favorite part of any book review is reading the biographical information about the author!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  6. I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  7. This sounds great, cheers to your book.

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  8. Did you spend a lot of time researching the historical period featured in this book?

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    1. I did, maybe too much time. Like my main character Ryalgar, I really enjoy research.

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  9. thanks this sounds like a wonderful read

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  10. Thank you all. I appreciate the encouragement and the comments. The book will out on November 13 and I hope you'll check it out then.

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  11. This sounds like a great read.

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  12. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  13. When I read book reviews, I always enjoy reading the "About the Author" section!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  14. Congrats on this tour and thanks for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

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  15. I love this cover. Might be my favorite for the year!

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  16. Thank you for sharing the excerpt. It sounds interesting.

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  17. I am looking forward to reading this on our fall trip to the mountains!

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  18. Thanks for those great comments. They mean a lot. Hope you have a wonderful trip to the mountains, traciem72!

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  19. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. This a stunning and eye catching cover!

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  21. I have never read a historical fantasy before.. this will be my first!

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  22. Sounds like a good read! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. What an interesting plot line and main character!

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  24. Historical Fantasy - this would make for interesting reading!
    And such a fantastic cover.
    Thank you for sharing this review.

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  25. I love the cover. The colors are amazing.

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  26. I am very excited to find out what happens to the character of Velka!

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  27. I think that the cover of your book is very colorful and the illustration is full of details.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  28. Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

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  29. I love the dress on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. I think too much, so I can relate to the title, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. Striking cover, sounds like a good book.

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  32. Hope everyone had an amazing day!

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  33. This isn't my usual genre, but I must say that I am intrigued! I am looking forward to reading more.

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