Pardon this brief detour away from Outlander, but I am so excited and I want to share my book with everyone who reads this blog.
A woman driven to excel. A man ashamed of his past. A desire that could lead them to bliss…or peril.
Etta Mae Cook, a mountain witch from Appalachia, steps off the train in London in 1895 and into a dangerous world of politics, decadence, and power. Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales, and the Fay clan are waging a silent war. In the balance: the future of British magic. Etta’s lineage and strength make her an asset—or a threat—to all three formidable forces.
Malcolm Seward has sworn he’ll never do magic again. He once had a prominent role in society, but a tragic mistake left him shattered, and he has withdrawn from everyone he cares about. Etta’s arrival makes him yearn for things he has long been too afraid to touch. Though she’s drawn to him in return, her goal is to study magic. Desire is a distraction.
Despite her intentions, his fears, and his family’s objections, the two soon surrender to their passion.
Now Etta must choose: love, or her ambition? Either path could mean the renewal – or the destruction- of British sorcery. If she follows her heart, will she doom their magic?
Essential Magic mixes the sexy romance of Mary Jo Putney’s Guardians series with the gaslamp fantasy tradition of Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. And half of the book is set in Scotland, so it should be familiar to fans of Outlander! It doesn’t quite edge over into the steampunk world of Gail Carriger and Shelley Adina, but later books in the series will come close! The next book, A Theft of Magic, is a heist story…so hold on to your hats in October! Check out my website for more info on the series.
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EDITED TO ADD:
No, your eyes do not deceive you. If you’re coming to this page after February 2017, the cover for Essential Magic does look different! As the series has evolved, the covers have shifted away from the look of the first book. Because of that, I decided that it was important to do a redesign that better aligns with the other covers. Check out this post on my Cara McKinnon blog for more info!