Thanks for having a read of Aine. There is more of her in later chapters. You're right about the chick lit thing, I put it under that genre because chapter 5 was originally the first chapter. The story was originally going to be about Lara, but it's evolved to being more about Aine and her descendants. Though Aine - being a strong female character - I thought chick lit could use her. You won't see the old lady until chapter 7.
Oh, in the British based writing system (which I was taught in Australia) emdash isn't used, it's a hyphen with spaces instead, so "Aine - having spirited the powers of her people - amassed the allusion..." as opposed to the use of a hyphen as a word joiner "merry-go-round" no spaces in this case. Slight difference in the American and English writing systems, always find these things interesting.
Ponies - in this case I was being historically correct. The horses that existed at the turn of the bronze age would all have been considered ponies nowadays. The modern thoroughbred is a fairly recent breed. There's a good article about them in Wikipedia (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoroughbred ). There's also a good article about horses in the middle ages, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horses_in_the_Middle_Ages though actually Aine is set earlier still.