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Three women pull off what was thought to be a man's job in 17th Century France in a new anthology from Battlefield Press.
Three women pull off what was thought to be a man's job in 17th Century France in a new anthology from Battlefield Press.
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Actual cover image from Bob Kehl
Actual cover image from Bob Kehl

In an age when it is not proper for a woman to be a soldier, three bright, savvy, and well-trained female warriors must hide who they are when they accept the burden of protecting and helping their queen (Anne). But once you meet these three musketeers, you’ll realize proper was never a concern.

Aimi met and fell in love with Jacques Marlette when the oils trader visited her birthplace of Japan. After they married, she learned of her husband’s friendship with France’s current ruler, King Louis XIII, which in turn brought her close to the queen. Extremely loyal to the crown, Aimi still has the queen’s ear even after Jacque left France on an important errand for the king, never to return.

When Aimi was told of her husband’s death, she decided to not be the grieving widow, but she did vow that she would make some. Taking up her katana, she dove head first into rumors that the cardinal was plotting against the king and queen, for in those rumors lay the only clues to her love’s murder. Clothed in black or brown, and with a rifle never out of reach, she will protect her queen and all of France.

To aid in her quest, Lady Marlette hired two new “hand maidens” after Jacque’s death. They are the African pirate, Adina and the master tactician and French red-head, Padgett.

At the age of five, Adina was found by a roving band of pirates, who despite their brutish ways took the child in and raised her as one of their own. She spent years on the world’s oceans, and was recently dropped off in France after her adoptive father died at sea. She speaks fluent French, Italian, and Spanish, and her upbringing lends itself well to dealing with rabble. When it’s time to fight, Adina carries a cutlass and keeps a pistol at her side. She also wears a bandolier of throwing knives in her leather armor.

Padgett, meanwhile, is the definition of daddy’s little girl. Her father, a general in the French army, has made sure that his only child is well versed in swordplay and comfortable handling pistols, rifles, and other military weaponry. Growing up so close to the general, Padgett has also mastered the art of discussing tactics with anyone of any rank from any army. If negotiations fail, she’s always willing to take up her rapier and parrying dagger to prove her point. If the need arises, she likewise carries a pistol and her horse often comes equipped with a rifle holstered on its saddle. To honor her father’s wishes, Padgett tends to wear the tight clothing of a soldier and a cape that drapes across her from the shoulders down.

Living on the Marlette estate, Aimi, Adina, and Padgett train hard to serve their queen. They have a small armory, and money is never a concern. Together their tales are more than just a female version of the Three Musketeers, but a reimagining as if the queen had her own special guard.

This is the Sisterhood of the Blade.

This anthology features stories from these master storytellers led by Hal Greenberg and Jonathan M. Thompson:

  • Alana Joli Abbott
  • Torah Cottrill
  • Erik Scott de Bie
  • Rose Estes
  • Ed Greenwood
  • August Hahn
  • Ethan Nahte'
  • Darren W. Pearce
  • Jennifer R. Povey
  • Laura Smith
  • Lee F. Szczepanik, Jr.
  • Rachel Ventura

Add-Ons (Add ons are just additional works published by either Battlefield Press International or Samurai Sheepdog and are included here for your convenience):

All print add-ons will require an additional shipping fee per add-on of $5 for the United States and the United Kingdom, and an additional $10 elsewhere.

Double Spiral War Trilogy Omnibus by Warren C. Norwood.

The Double Spiral War Trilogy Omnibus
The Double Spiral War Trilogy Omnibus

+$10 - For $10 additional dollars you get the ebook version of The Double Spiral War Trilogy Omnibus published by Battlefield Press International.

+$25 - For $25 additional dollars you get the ebook and the sofcover print of The Double Spiral War Trilogy Omnibus published by Battlefield Press International.

The Chronicles of Ardis: Concordance by Tracy L. Reeves.

The Chronicles of Ardis: Concordance
The Chronicles of Ardis: Concordance

+$5 - For $5 additional dollars you get the ebook version of The Chronicles of Ardis: Concordance published by Battlefield Press International.

+$15 - For $15 additional dollars you get the ebook and the sofcover print of The Chronicles of Ardis: Concordance published by Battlefield Press International.

Kaiser's Gate: Tales from the Front (Anthology) - Darryl F. Mallet (ed.)

Kaiser's Gate: Tales from the Front
Kaiser's Gate: Tales from the Front

 +$10 - For $10 additional dollars you get the ebook version of Kaiser's Gate: Tales from the Front anthology published by Battlefield Press International.

+$25 - For $25 additional dollars you get the ebook and the hardcover print of Kaiser's Gate: Tales from the Front anthology published by Battlefield Press International.

The Awakened I (Anthology) - Hal Greenberg (Ed.)*

The Awakened I Anthology
The Awakened I Anthology

 +$10 - For $10 additional dollars you get the ebook version of The Awakened I anthology published by Samurai Sheepdog Publishing.

+$25 - For $25 additional dollars you get the ebook and the sofcover print of The Awakened I anthology published by Samurai Sheepdog Publishing.

The Awakened II (Anthology) - Hal Greenberg (Ed.)*

The Awakened II Anthology
The Awakened II Anthology

+$10 - For $10 additional dollars you get the ebook version of The Awakened II anthology published by Samurai Sheepdog Publishing.

+$25 - For $25 additional dollars you get the ebook and the sofcover print of The Awakened II anthology published by Samurai Sheepdog Publishing.

* If you purchase both Awakened anthologies you can get them for 20% off.

Stretch Goals:

$5500 An additional story will be added to the Sisterhood of the Blade anthology written by Andrew J. Lucus.

$6000 An additional story will be added to the Sisterhood of the Blade anthology written by Sarah Madsen.

$6500 .An additional story will be added to the Sisterhood of the Blade anthology written by Jonathan M. Thompson.

$7000 An additional story will be added to the Sisterhood of the Blade anthology written by Monica Marlowe.

$9000 Everyone that backed Sisterhood of the Blade will get a free PDF of Ashlyn Dark a novel by Darren W. Pearce. Print version will be added as an add-on. Estimated Release Date January 2018.

Additional:

This anthology, like future anthologies and novels, will be printed under our new novel imprint, BPI Books USA.

Risks and challenges

Like other projects of this type, this project is not without risks. Delays can happen, as we are only human. We will keep in contact with you concerning potential delays and such. The biggest possible delay will come from any stretch goals that we may include. The risk of delay happens anytime you put control in the hands of another person, who has their own issues they must deal with as well.

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