Captain Aricka Badu left Taarken Prime 12 years ago for very good reasons, and she seldom goes back. It was supposed to be a short run, but, between the pirates, a brewing civil war, and her ex, she may never get to leave. Caden Carnes hadn't seen Ari in 12 years, but he'd never stopped thinking about her. Given their past, it wasn't exactly surprising she stayed away. What was surprising was seeing her back on Taarken, the mining planet she'd abandoned along with her lover and her family, ever.
Caitleen McNeill's goal was to escape the poverty and starvation of her childhood. Kells Fitzmichael's mission was to own his own sailing ships. However, within minutes of meeting, they were forced into a marriage of inconvenience from which the binds grew as tangled as a Celtic knot. Each had to survive as they traveled across a nation filled with torture, intrigue, betrayal and death as the Rebellion of 1798 broke out and trusted friends became, sometimes, a worse danger than the enemy.
Brandeen lived with her tender-hearted mother, Peig, in the town of Cullymor, Ireland. However, it was not at all pleasant. She was considered illegitimate and treated horribly by the town folk. When she learns of her father's return, she burns with anger and resentment. Brandeen resents this estranged father who forces her away from her secure little cottage home into an uncomfortable manor house and dangerous circumstances that repeatedly threaten her life.
Through the centuries, the good folk in Ireland have grown pleasant traditions and habits to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child during Christmas. However, Christmas in Ireland does not just celebrate one or two special days; Christmas lasts 12 days, and perhaps even a little bit longer. An Irish Christmas and the Storyteller, set in 1894, introduces one of the many country villages in Ireland and the eager villagers' preparations to get ready days and weeks ahead.