She's the One Who Can't Keep Quiet
(Book Five of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters)
by S. R. Cronin
GENRE: Historical Fantasy
Do you know what your problem is?
Celestine, the fifth of seven sisters, is tired of hearing about hers. Father thinks she’s frivolous because she likes pretty clothes and caters to the crowds in the taverns who adore her music. Mother thinks that because she’s the most social daughter in the family, she can’t keep quiet about anything.
They’re both wrong. Celestine hides a secret she has kept for most of her life.
As the family beauty and a talented musician with a lyrical voice, she has the best prospects for marriage to a prince. When such a liaison never happens, people assume Celestine is too choosy. But even in somewhat tolerant Ilari, a daughter hates to disappoint her family. How can she tell them she’s in love with a princess instead?
Lucky for Celestine, all her sisters are obsessed with an invading army headed to their realm. Celestine would rather ignore the threat and enjoy the freedom their lack of attention gives her. But, her voice can unlock a power that may help save Ilari. And the woman she loves is determined to fight these invaders. And her family, for all their talents, seems clueless about how to motivate the masses.
Celestine knows she can inspire the citizens of Ilari to do what needs to be done. Is it time to put her inhibitions aside and use her voice to save those she cares about?
EXCERPTS (Exclusive Excerpt):
The next day a tall skinny young man stopped me on the way to class.
“I was in the back of the tavern last night,” he said, hurrying to catch up with me.
“I doubt it. I only saw soldiers.”
“Of course you did. That’s who you needed to reach. Listen. I write music too. I play the rebec and the chittarone – it’s like a huge lute.”
“I know what a chittarone is,” I said.
He looked down embarrassed. “Sorry. And I play the cittern as well.”
I softened. “But I don’t know what a cittern is.”
“Oh it’s this great new instrument, stringed like a lute but bigger and with a flat back so you can hold it close to your body and …”
He looked down again, embarrassed.
“What I’m trying to say is, I like your sound. I like your style. I want to be part of your ensemble.”
We could use a fourth, especially one as versatile as he claimed to be.
“Let me hear you sing.”
He broke into an almost perfect rendition of the war song I’d improvised last night.
“I made that song up.”
“I figured you did.”
“And you remembered the melody and the words?” We could use someone with his kind of smarts, too. “Congratulations. You’ve made us a quartet, uh … what’s your name?”
“It’s Feene. Don’t you have to ask the others?”
“Apparently not. Last night they decided it was my group.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sherrie Cronin writes stories about people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had. She’s made a lot of stops along the way to telling these tells — living in seven cities, visiting forty-six countries, and working as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. She’s lost too many beloved cats to mention, but has acquired a husband and three children who are all doing fine, despite how odd she is.
Today she lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina where she writes, answers a hotline, and occasionally checks her phone for a message from Captain Picard. She still hopes to get the chance to pursue her remaining dream in life and become Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise.
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