Spotlight & Giveaway: She’s the One Who Doesn’t Say Much (Book Four of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters) by S.R. Cronin

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Description of She’s the One Who Doesn’t Say Much


Do you know what your problem is?


Olivine knows hers.vThis quiet thirteenth-century artist has been hiding a secret as she travels to K’ba to meet her friends. Others assume she’s fallen in love with another artist, but it’s much worse than that. For on the way to K’ba is the dirt poor nichna of Scrud, a place scorned by other Ilarians. And in Scrud is the one man who
understands her.


However, Bohdan recognizes the dangers posed by an impending Mongol invasion. When he learns of Olivine’s unusual visual powers, he convinces her to pick up her bow and start practicing.


She does, though she’s more concerned with moving to K’ba where she can paint all day and see Bohdan whenever she wants. If only her sister hadn’t decided Olivine and her fellow long eyes held one key to defending the realm.


Then, as if life wasn’t complicated enough, Olivine learns the artist community she yearns to be part of has developed a different take on the invasion. They’re sure the only way to survive is to capitulate completely to the Mongols’ demands. Artists who feel otherwise are no longer welcome.


Where does her future lie? The invasion is coming soon and Olivine doesn’t have much time to decide.



Excerpt of She’s the One Who Doesn’t Say Much


The next morning before I left, I showed him one of the tiny vials of metallic paint my father made.

 “It’s like liquid silver,” he marveled as I took the cork out. “Try it on one of your paintings.”

“The ones here are all finished,” I said, but he handed me a small framed one of spring flowers. I saw what he meant. It needed something more.

I got my tiniest brush and moved the painting and the little precious vial into better light. Sitting in the dirt, I added a stroke here. Three dots there. A bolder stroke on the left. Yes, that was it. Now it was finished.

“It’s perfect,” he said. “But my frame is not.”


He took the brush from my hand. I started to complain, but curiosity stopped me.

 Using a bit more of the paint, he extended the one silver stroke out onto the wood. He added more dots on the frame, near the ones I’d made, and then he put a smaller bold stroke over on
the wood to the right.

“Look. Now the frame and painting go together. Like me and you.”

If he hadn’t had such a satisfied smile on his face I think I would have complained, and my life would have gone differently. Instead, I looked again and realized what he’d done was nice. Not art really, but creative and attractive. The entire piece would now sell for more.

 “We make a good team,” I said. “Let’s try another one.”

 “We should let this dry first and make sure we like it. I’ll keep it safe until you come back.”


About Author Sherrie Cronin


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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  • Goddess Fish Promotions
    October 20, 2021 at 5:06 am

    Thanks for hosting!

  • S. R. Cronin
    October 20, 2021 at 11:06 am

    It is always a pleasure to be featured on this beautiful blog!

    • Deborah Bailey
      October 20, 2021 at 2:48 pm

      Nice to have you back!

  • heather
    October 20, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    I love the cover of this one and it sounds super interesting.

  • Sherry
    October 20, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    Sounds like a good book.