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Time Tourist Outfitters, Ltd.

Wilda had retired from the Temporal Agents for an excellent reason.

Awarded First Place in the Science Fiction category for the Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-book Awards (see review below)! 

Nominated for Best Science Fiction in the 2020 Rone Awards at InD’Tale Magazine

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No matter where the watch hands turn, she’d rather remain home. But with every time-traveling trekker’s life at stake, can she stop a deadly clock?

Wilda Firestone survives off black coffee and white-hot sarcasm. And despite the colorful slew of characters filing through her time tourism costume shop, the retired First Nations Temporal Agent would prefer a quiet, more linear existence. So she’s less than impressed when a dying explorer crashes into her store, unleashing a plague that sends countless travelers to an early doom…

Knowing her own lengthy history of chronological excursions grants her some immunity, Wilda vows to jump back in the saddle and seek out answers. But as she retraces the dead man’s steps from 14th century Mali and into 12th century Scotland and beyond, she’s dumbfounded by whatever force reduced an entire village to blood.

Can Wilda stamp out the root of the sickness before she too succumbs?

Time Tourist Outfitters, Ltd. is the intriguing first book in the Toronto Time Agents science fiction series. If you like feisty heroines, beautiful landscapes, and astounding adventures, then you’ll love Christy Nicholas’s explosive tale.

Buy Time Tourist Outfitters, Ltd. to race against the bell today!


Review from the Judge, 8th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards:

“What a fun and intriguing story. Once I started Time Tourist Outfitters, Ltd., I couldn’t put it down! I absolutely love Wilda and watching her navigate society in a variety of times and places was wonderful. When Wilda looked into Baheera’s eyes and described it as “Bryonie’s eyes gazed into mine,” I smiled widely (93). The way the story’s twists came together was rewarding and I don’t know that I’ve enjoyed watching a “Lady Prissy-Pants” get her comeuppance as much as I did in this novel. The history and cultures presented in the tale were incredible and it was both clever and engaging for the reader to read about these details. The diversity of the characters and history also added to the richness of the story and was wonderfully representative of the world at large. The way that everything from the beginning tied together in the end was well crafted and I will absolutely be looking forward to any future sequels. The characters were well developed and the plot was well researched and crafted. The tone of the story was sarcastic but clever and made me laugh quite a bit…”

Past Storm and Fire

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Miami, 1992. Val Masterson dreams of having a family. So after her husband refuses to give her children, she feels utterly lost when their home is destroyed in a devastating hurricane. But when a bump on the head triggers visions of a powerful Icelandic heroine from long ago, she frantically writes down her thrilling exploits.

12th century Iceland. Born of Val’s pen, Vigdis has the iron jaw her modern creator never had. Between two brothers vying for her favor and a sorcerer’s magic advances, only the promise of offspring at the end of her tale tempts her away from adventure. And though she graciously accepts her victorious suitor’s hand after an epic duel, she’s heartbroken when the entire community falls into chaos with a violent volcanic eruption.

As Val’s neglect of reality drives her spouse away, she struggles to disconnect from her fantastical fiction. And the more Vigdis is imbued with the survival skills of her author, the closer her ending comes to a shocking realization.

With two realities colliding in her mind, can Val claw her way out of despair?

Past Storm and Fire is a whirlwind of a time travel romance novel. If you like steamy passion, stunning twists, and lush historical backdrops, then you’ll love Christy Nicholas’s gale-force inferno.

Buy Past Storm and Fire to rewrite the follies of fate today!

Review from the Judge, 8th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards:

This book hooks the reader from the beginning, opening with the characters sheltering from a hurricane, dealing with the aftermath of the storm and then their quickly unraveling relationship.

 
The descriptions throughout are vivid and evocative, easily transporting the reader into the story and creating atmosphere and setting the scene with lines like, “The silence of the night grew eerie. The normal soundtrack of city life, such as cars passing by or the hum of the refrigerator …disappeared.” The birthing scene in Iceland is intense and exceptionally well written.
 
What’s remarkable about this book is the skillful world-building and how the author switches from Val’s perspective into a whole new story through the novel she’s writing as an escape from her rapidly disintegrating reality and problem-filled, mundane life. This is a love story within a love story, and quite ingenious as one smoothly transitions into the next. The result is a marvelous and multi-layered historically and culturally rich romance, set in two countries, in two radically different time periods. The sense of mystery and wonder and hints of paranormal add to the intrigue, as we learn towards the end that what Val imagined as she wrote is actually true. We’re led to believe it’s a past lifetime. And of course the character Vigdis is in fact a time-traveler.
 
There’s a wealth of historical detail and interesting facts in this book – from the SCA group and events to 12th century Iceland.
 
The characters are rich and well-developed, Jorge the trusted and loyal friend and colleague, the vapid husband, Karl, the mean boss, and towards the end the new love interest. Not to mention the Icelandic characters of course, whom we also grow to care for...”

 

The Eerie Folktales Behind Iceland’s Natural Wonders

Is Iceland magical to you? It is for a lot of others, as well! I went in 2015 and came back enchanted with the land. I set part of my book, Past Storm and Fire, in this mystical landscape.

 

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This 14th-Century African Emperor Remains the Richest Person in History – HISTORY

In Time Tourist Outfitters, Ltd., my characters, Wilda and Mattea, visit the court of Mansa Musa in their travels…

 

 

In the vast fictional universe of Marvel Comics, T’Challa, better known as Black Panther, is not only king of Wakanda, he’s also the richest superhero of them all. And although today’s fight for the title of wealthiest person alive involves a tug-of-war between billionaire CEOs, the wealthiest person in history, Mansa Musa, has more in common with Marvel’s first black superhero.

Musa became ruler of the Mali Empire in 1312, taking the throne after his predecessor, Abu-Bakr II, for whom he’d served as deputy, went missing on a voyage he took by sea to find the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Musa’s rule came at a time when European nations were struggling due to raging civil wars and a lack of resources. During that period, the Mali Empire flourished thanks to ample natural resources like gold and salt.

 

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15 Fantasy Series to Get You Out of Your Sarah J Maas Hangover » Epic Færytales

With the Throne of Glass series wrapping up recently with the epic conclusion, Kingdom of Ash, we’re all in a bit of a book hangover. So here are 15 Fantasy series to get you out of your Maas hangover.

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My own Druid’s Brooch Series is part of this fantastic list (pun intended). And Patrick Rothfuss!

Call of the Morrigú

Call of the Morrigú

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Would you dare rouse a goddess?

Life wasn’t easy in 1798 Ireland. Rebellions were rising across the countryside, and the English could be cruel overlords. However, this brutality hadn’t reached the country estate of Strokestown.

Theodosia Latimer and her grandfather Reginald, were on a mission to discover the past. They were determined to excavate some ancient mounds on their estate. But when they discovered an imprisoned goddess straight out of Ireland’s rich mythological history, they were both dumbfounded and frightened.

Tasked with integrating this primeval warrior woman into polite society, they developed both respect and fear for the powerful goddess. Would they be able to tame her lust for violence in the upcoming rebellion? Or would they fall victim to it? 

 Drunken Druid Awards Shortlist

The Enchanted Swans

The Enchanted Swans – available now!

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Winner – Books and Benches Readers’ Choice Book Cover Contest, February 2017

Winner – InD’Tale Magazine Crème de la Cover Contest, May 2017

Winner – Readers’ Favorite Silver Book Award 2017 (Fiction – Fantasy – General)

Finalist – Book Excellence Award 2017 (Fantasy)

   

Based on the ancient Irish legend of The Children of Lir

In pre-Celtic Ireland, Fionnuala was a fae princess, born to a life of luxury. She knew her duty and loved her family. She missed her mother, who died in childbirth when Fionnuala was but ten years old. Still, she had hopes and dreams of love and a full life.

All her dreams were stolen from her, ripped away in a torrent of envy and magic.

Now she must care for her three brothers while learning to live under an evil curse. Would she find a way to break the spell, or would they remain swans, tethered to three places for nine hundred years?

                 

 

 

 

 

 

The Druid’s Brooch Series

The Druid’s Brooch is a family legacy, handed down through countless generations, granting each holder a specific magical power, unique to them.

Follow the stories of these generations.

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Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1846 – Book #1

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When the magical secrets of The Emerald Isle beckon, will she survive answering the call?

Pittsburgh, 1846. Valentia McDowell wishes she could rest. Plagued by nightmares of her grandmother’s mysterious brooch lost in Ireland, the well-off woman grows more troubled when a fire ravages her family’s business. But as she buries herself in the rebuilding efforts, she can’t shake the sense that a powerful inheritance awaits her across the ocean… if she can weather the treacherous journey.

Horrified when the voyage claims her brother’s life and afflicts her with malaria, Valentia believes her grief will be for nothing if she returns from the famine-struck island empty-handed. But as she nears her gran’s birthplace and the last known location of the heirloom, the determined woman draws ever closer to a force beyond her imagination… and a battalion of deadly danger.

Can Valentia uphold a destiny she doesn’t yet understand without losing everyone she loves?

Legacy of Hunger is the sweeping first book in The Druid’s Brooch historical fantasy series. If you like compelling female characters, immersive authenticity, and a dash of magic, then you’ll love Christy Nicholas’s transatlantic quest.

Buy Legacy of Hunger to trace a family treasure today!


 

Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1800 – Book #2

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He gave her a gift. Using it could bring her to madness.

Ireland, 1795. Esme Doherty believes the best of everyone. Despite a drunken father, a bullying twin sister, and a failing farm, the impoverished girl refuses to allow her sunny demeanor to dim. But when her grandfather gives her a magical brooch that enables her to detect lies, she finds her idealism crashing towards a pit of despair.

Wanting only for a family amid the newfound darkness in the world, Esme flees with a trader to seek normalcy in a small village. But after her new neighbors accuse her of witchcraft and she suffers multiple miscarriages, she feels helpless to stand against her fiendish sibling’s designs on her magic…

Can Esme recover from life’s vicious blows before a selfish, jealous woman claims her power?

Legacy of Truth is the bewitching second book in The Druid’s Brooch historical fantasy series. If you like determined heroines, emotional intrigue, and fairy enchantments, then you’ll love Christy Nicholas’s moving struggle.

Buy Legacy of Truth for the consequences of honesty today!

Nominated for Best Historical Fiction in the 2017 Rone Awards at InD’Tale Magazine

Drunken Druid Awards Shortlist 2016


 

Historical fantasy set in Ireland and Scotland, 1745 – Book #3

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Irish Traveler Éamonn loves gambling, women, and drinking, not necessarily in that order. But he’s entangled in a true mess when he falls for fiery redhead, Katie. When she’s married to a Scottish Traveler, Éamonn travels to Scotland to find her, with the help of Katie’s sister and cousin, and the magical brooch gifted by his father. Their quest takes them across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Skye, encountering war, betrayal, death. In the end, Éamonn must make his own luck.


 

Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1177.  First in the new trilogy! – Book #4

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Prophecy can be dangerous

In 12th century Ireland, Orlagh has been Seer to her king for forty years. He doesn’t want to hear her prophecies of war and destruction, and dismisses her efforts to warn him. Therefore, she is determined to fulfill her own quest: to find a worthy heir for her magical brooch.

In the course of events, she must pass judgment on a thief, escape a Norman war camp, and battle wits with a Fae lord. She receives some prophecy of her own and enlists the help of a grizzled old warrior, who happens to be a long–time friend.

 


 

Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1114 – Book #5

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Even a soldier cannot fight love

In 12th century Ireland, all Maelan wants is to do his duty to his Chief and maintain his family’s good name. However, his granddaughter Orlagh, is hell bent on wreaking havoc, with no care for the consequences.

When Orlagh falls in love with an itinerant bard, Maelan must rule with an iron fist to keep her from running away. However, her rebellion against his strictures results in disaster and he almost loses her in the same way he lost his beloved wife.

Maelan must make some difficult decisions and bargains with the Fae to save his granddaughter’s life and future. Can he save her happiness as well?

 


 

Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1055 – Book #6

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— Time Heals No Wounds —
 

In 11th century Ireland, Étaín must hide her pagan magic from her pious Christian priest husband, Airtre. She wants to escape his physical abuse, but she must stay to protect their grandson, Maelan. Over many lifetimes, she has learned how to endure her own pain, but Maelan is young and vulnerable.

When Airtre’s paranoia and jealousy spiral out of control, Étaín has no choice but to escape in the night with little more than the clothing on her back, leaving a trusted friend to protect Maelan.

This is not the first lifetime Étaín has fled, and she knows how to survive. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she must make decisions that may result in disaster for her, her grandson, and everyone she loves.

Finalist for Best Historical Fiction in the 2019 Rone Awards at InD’Tale Magazine


 

Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 520 – Book #7

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A daring escape, a brother’s duty, and a tragic mistake.

When Conall’s father died, he made his son promise always to take care of his little sister, Lainn.

Lainn could sing the bees from their hives, and make the morning sun sparkle in the winter with her laughter. Conall loved his sister with all his heart, and would do anything to protect her, even without a promise to his father.

He failed.

Between an abusive step-father, a powerful Faerie Queen, and a maddened Fae Lord, every decision Conall made seemed to be the wrong one. Starvation, imprisonment, madness, and disfigurement plagued them. Even when he tried to follow his heart, it turned to disaster.

Can Conall correct his mistakes and save Lainn’s life and soul? Would it cost him his own?

 


 

Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 460 – Book #8

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Fingin had no drive in his life until he finds a half-drowned dog who becomes his best friend. That friend leads him to a cottage where a powerful woman sends him on a quest to find his grandmother. With his dog, Bran, and a donkey, Sean, they embark upon their journey. The problem is, his grandmother no longer seems to exist in this world.

Between falling in with a band of Fianna, nearly drowning in a river, and climbing to the rocky top of Skellig Michael, Fingin had just about had enough of this quest when some magical creatures sent him in the correct direction.

Once he finds his grandmother, he realizes nothing works out as it should have. She is far from what he remembers and even further from what he’d expected. And she entangled in a power struggle of her own and has little time to attend her wayward grandson.

Soon, a battle ensues, and Fingin is caught in the middle. He decisions will have long-term consequences for himself and those he loves.


 

Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 420.  Final book in the series – Book #9

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Clíodhna has three children and a missing husband, and now finds herself in the middle of growing quarrels with the new church.

When she encounters a strange man in the woods near her house, she discovers a kindred soul, someone to teach her to harness her own innate talents and powers.

At the new church, she develops a friendship with one of the monks, and shares many conversations with him about life, philosophy, and theology. For once, it seems her life is becoming a thing to be savored rather than a thing to simply survive.

Her new teacher, however, clashes with the ideals of the church. Her relationship with the monk is another source of conflict when a new church leader arrives.

A few rash decisions means she must now change her own fate. That means choosing between her happiness—perhaps even her life—and her family. It might be better for all involved if she leaves her children with a trusted friend and disappears into another world.

Can she flee a bad situation, leaving her children to the mercies of fate? Or does she have the power and ability to face the danger herself?

Finalist for Best Historical Fiction in the 2021 Rone Awards at InD’Tale Magazine

 

A Druid’s Brooch Short Story

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After his wife dies in childbirth, Turlough decides his children will be better off with their aunt. He leaves in the middle of the night, with only his son, Ruari. Turlough and Ruari travel west to find music, the other true love in Turlough’s life. Unwittingly sleeping under an ancient Faerie stone, they wake up in Faerie. Amidst enchanting music, they almost lose their souls before they escape with their lives. When they return, Turlough finds two years have passed, though he’s only been gone two weeks. His mother is waiting for him with the gift of a magical brooch.