In 1846, on a farm in Ohio, 22-year-old Valentia is haunted by her Irish grandmother’s tales of the family she once left behind and a missing heirloom she held dear. Longing to find what was lost, Valentia embarks on a transatlantic steamship bound for Ireland with her brother, Conor, and two servants.
Her delight in the journey upon one of the first steam ships to cross the Atlantic, however, becomes one of unexpected hardship and tragedy. Despite her loss, she becomes determined to complete her quest, lest the loss be for nothing.
After the harrowing crossing, she arrives to find Ireland is wracked by a crippling potato blight, sweeping the land with tragedy and death. Not knowing whether they’ve even survived, Valencia presses on in search of her lost family.
Traveling along the west coast of Ireland, Valentia finds implacable enemies and an impossible love, but also sweet delights and a small bit of true faerie magic. The heritage she finds is richer than she had ever imagined as well, but it comes with an unexpected cost.
If she makes the wrong choice, the price will be paid by the ones she loves most.
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Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon, is an author, artist and accountant. After she failed to become an airline pilot, she quit her ceaseless pursuit of careers that begin with ‘A’, and decided to concentrate on her writing. Since she has Project Completion Disorder, she is one of the few authors with NO unfinished novels.
Christy has her hands in many crafts, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing, and photography. In real life, she’s a CPA, but having grown up with art all around her (her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected her, as it were.
She wants to expose the incredible beauty in this world, hidden beneath the everyday grime of familiarity and habit, and share it with others. She uses characters out of time and places infused with magic and myth.
Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. She does local art and craft shows, as well as sending her art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad.