I’m so excited! Third and final round of edits are in, and the cover is moving along… soon, soon, soon!
Would you care for an excerpt to whet your whistle?
Legacy of Hunger is set in 1846. A spoiled young lady, Valentia McDowell, leaves her father’s farm in Ohio to travel to Ireland, searching for her grandmother’s family and a long-lost heirloom.
That evening, Valentia’s father stomped into the hotel lounge. She had just been heading up the stairs. Her mother was attempting to embroider by the meagre lamplight.
“Majesta, what is this I hear about sending our daughter off to Europe? I thought we had squashed that idea!”
“Do try not to huff so much, dear. You’ll burn the drapes.”
“No, Majesta. I don’t like the idea of our Valentia gallivanting around Ireland alone on some mad quest to find your moldy family roots!”
Her mother only remained calm for so long, then her Irish temper burst forth.
“How dare you speak of my family in such a way? You may run a prosperous farm now, Padraig McDowell, but your own roots are as muddy and common as my own!”
Despite her size, Majesta was more than a match for her tall, paunched husband. Quivering with indignation, she stood toe to toe with him.
Valentia held her breath as she watched the drama of the argument shift from her father’s blustering anger to her mother’s stubborn confidence.
“She won’t be alone. Maggie will be with her, of course. And her brother will keep an eye on her.”
“That one! What will Conor be protecting her from, then? Loose women and strong spirits?”
“If he loves the drink, then he had an excellent teacher!”
With a sigh, Valentia resumed her climb. While her mother usually got her way in the end, the current conflict had already devolved into personal comments. It wouldn’t be resolved soon. She could still hear the muted voices from her rooms on the second floor. Maggie looked more anxious than normal.
“Is aught amiss, Mistress Valentia? I heard the voices?”
“They’re arguing again. Nothing new, really.”
She couldn’t bring Maggie into her confidence. She was just a maid, after all. What could she do to help?
Maggie made Valentia sit down with firm hands on her shoulders. Her hair had been in a right state from her sweaty day, and her maid tugged and brushed until her unruly brown curls were once again in a presentable state for supper. She continued to bustle about until Valentia shooed her away.
“Enough, Maggie. I’m not going to dine with the Queen, after all.”
Legacy of Hunger will be published as an ebook, and is due out October 23rd. I expect it to be available for pre-order on Amazon by September 23rd. Look for it soon on my artist’s page! Tirgearr Publishing – Christy Nicholas
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