About Me

I am a longtime fan of Outlander, and I’m also the kind of person who gets well, obsessed, about things that I like.

And I LOVE Outlander.

I also have a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction, so part of my enjoyment of books (and, in this case, the TV adaptation) is pulling them apart to see how they work. I hope to do so in this space in an entertaining fashion.

Leave me a comment and let me know how I’m doing!

If you like my non-fiction writing, you may be interested to read some of my fiction! Under the pseudonym Cara McKinnon, I write a series of fantasy romance novels set in an alternate late-Victorian era. My series follows the members of the Fay clan, a magically-gifted family originally from Skye, as they navigate the sometimes tempestuous political and social waters of the 1890s through the end of the Great War.

Check out my author website – caramckinnon.com – for more information, or you can sign up for my newsletter. I’ll be sending out additional content to my subscribers, including “deleted scenes” and snippets from future books in the series.

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I have also started a brand-new podcast called The Feminist Romantic! I will be talking about all kinds of romances in pop culture and across a variety of narratives, and Outlander will likely be a frequent topic. Find me on iTunes or anywhere else where you get podcasts, and subscribe.

Thank you for your support, and happy reading!

Book One – Essential Magic

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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, arrives in London in 1895. Her goal: to study magic. But she steps off the train 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 spellcraft in the kingdom. Etta’s lineage and magical power make her an asset – or a threat – to all three formidable forces.

Her choices skew when she meets Malcolm Seward, a mage of the Fay Clan. He once held a prominent role in society, but a tragic mistake forced him to flee into obscurity. His attraction to Etta draws him back into the fray, but though she’s drawn to him, she didn’t come to England for desire.

Despite her best intentions, their passion flares, and Malcolm falls for her. Now, Etta must choose: love, or ambition? Either path could mean the renewal — or the destruction — of British sorcery. If she follows her heart, will she doom their magic?

Praise for Essential Magic:

“Vivid backdrop…thorough research…very hot.” –Avonna from The Romance Reviews

“Engrossing and dramatic…. Tantalizing details.” –J.L. Gribble, author of Steel Victory  and Steel Magic

“The writing is just lovely…. Characters you care about!” –Maria V. Snyder, author of Poison Study

“The romance is sweet and hot.” – Amazon reviewer Gary

“Cara McKinnon does a masterful job of transporting her readers to magical 19th century Scotland. Her detailed descriptions of historically accurate attire and etiquette helped to fully immerse me in a story that I was unwilling to put down until the very end. Engaging characters, powerful emotions; all with a unique and captivating method used to describe the casting of spells.” -Christina Robbins, author of Seeking Solace


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Book Two – A Theft of Magic

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A woman sworn to truth. A man who deals in lies. 

A passion lighting the way to love…or loss. 

At the behest of the Duchess of Fay, Ronan McCarrick, thief, smuggler, and Irish revolutionary, travels to the Isle of Skye, the domain of Sorcha Fay. She is known as the Seeress of Skye, an elusive figure who rarely leaves the island. Ronan’s arrival triggers one of her defensive spells, incinerating his clothing and everything he’s carrying. Including the letter that would have told Sorcha why he has come to Skye.

Despite an instant attraction to the naked and furious Irishman, Sorcha believes that Ronan is an interloper who has been attacking her wards for months. Even when part of his story is confirmed, she still mistrusts him. But when she discovers that two powerful objects are missing from the Fay vaults–someplace he couldn’t have been–she’ll need his help to steal them back.

If he doesn’t steal her heart first.

Praise for A Theft of Magic:

“McKinnon hits it out of the park once again with this delightful blend of alternate history, historical fiction, action, and sensuality…an exciting magical romp from start to finish.” – J.L. Gribble, author of Steel Victory

“Politics, schemes, and betrayal…twists that I definitely didn’t see coming. The sex started early and got steamier as it went.” – Dawn from Up Til Dawn Book Reviews for The Romance Reviews

“The characters are beautifully crafted, the historical details make the world come alive and seem so vividly possible, I almost want to search for the missing magic myself.” -Amazon reviewer Denise


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Memories of Magic

The Fay of Skye Book III

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Her visions will help save magic—if he can teach her to control them.

Olivia Seward never developed the magic of her elder siblings, but now she’s plagued by visions of the past. Etta, Duchess of Fay, asks her to use those visions to discover the source of the drain on English magic. Unfortunately, the visions draw too deeply from Olivia, leaving her weak and vulnerable.

Savitendra Reilly, a half-Indian, half-Irish historian, is hired by the duchess to research the origins of the Aegis Spell, but it is the magic of his birthplace that Olivia needs to learn to control her visions.

The only problem: Savit is an ascetic, performing magic by honing his mind and ignoring the needs of the flesh. Olivia is a hedonist, and accesses her power through pleasure. And every time they do magic together, Savit’s desire for her grows.

If he succumbs to their mutual passion, he believes he won’t be able to protect her from the ravages of her unpredictable gift. But Olivia is convinced the only way to access the truth of the past is to immerse themselves in each other–sharing bodies, minds, hearts, and souls.

Praise for Memories of Magic:

Memories of Magic blends genres seamlessly…completely unpredictable and exciting…I fall more in love with McKinnon’s world with each book in this series!” – J.L. Gribble, author of Steel Victory.

“Cara McKinnon does it again with her latest installment in the Fay of Skye series. So many questions get answered, leading to new and more exciting questions as a new set of lovers joins in the quest. The characters as always are vibrant and come alive off the pages, and the sultry scenes are steamy and thrilling. I love seeing the changes and growth in some of the returning characters from the first book, and eagerly anticipate the next. Brava.” – Amazon reviewer

Prequel – A Merge of Magic


Viola Fay Seward had the terrible misfortune to fall in love with her soul mate at the age of fifteen. Rather than inform him of this calamity, she ignored him, in the hope that it would go away. Teenaged love doesn’t actually last, right?

Ian MacAlasdair grew up envying his neighbors, the Sewards. As children of a marquess, his much lower-titled father encouraged him to make friends with Malcolm, the closest to him in age. When the Seward children’s magical talents bloomed, they were allowed to train their gifts. When Ian’s power arrived, he was packed off to a boarding school that didn’t teach magic. But every summer he came home, and every summer his attraction to his friend’s bewitching little sister grew.

Now a man, Ian has started learning magic and joined a decadent crowd that encourages him to cast elaborate illusions. With every success, Ian becomes more aware that the bewitching younger sister is a sensation in society, and he is far beneath her notice.

Except that Viola has never been able to stop noticing him, which irritates her to no end. She is an independent woman, and tells herself she doesn’t believe in soul mates.

Until the day that Ian lets himself be goaded into casting a spell beyond his limits, and Viola uses her own magic to help him–and that magic stays in Ian.

Now, the two are permanently connected by magic, and must find a way to separate their gifts without giving in to the unwelcome desire that continues to grow between them.

Praise for A Merge of Magic:

“Intensely satisfying, finished it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down!” – Amazon reader Denise

The first three of six serialized installments are now available! Each installment is 99¢, or free to read with your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

When completed, the full serial novel will be available as an eBook and trade paperback.


14 thoughts on “About Me

  1. So glad to know that I am not alone in my Outlander obsession. I started reading the series about 20 years ago & have LOVED it! The Starz production had been outstanding & your thoughts are insightful as well as thought-provoking! Kudos to you!! Keep up your great work – your efforts are greatly appreciated!


    • I’m glad to know I’m not alone, too! It has been such fun to discover the various podcasts, blogs, and video recaps available for fans of Outlander. I told my husband that I feel like I’m back in my MFA classes, getting to talk to people about books and story, except this is much cheaper!

      Thank you for your lovely comment, and feel free to chime in with your opinions and thoughts. I love to talk to people about Outlander!


  2. I’m a new fan of both the tv series and now the books. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU ! Thank you for your intelligent insight on the characters and for seeming to know my need to “Understand” the complete personality of the main characters and Why they do this or say that. Because of your blog, I am more into Outlander than before and didn’t think that was possible! Haha….anyway, keep doing what you do and I’ll keep looking forward to your wity wisdom!


  3. Enjoy your information and speculations on season 3. I was looking for more on how Jack Randall died at Culloden. I do hope the Tv show does more than the book in explaining how Jack ends up on top of Jaime at Culloden. Keep doing what you are doing, I loved these books from the beginning, hard to believe it has been 25 yrs!


    • I don’t know how I managed to miss this, but thank you for your comment! I both want and *don’t* want to find out more about Jack at Culloden. Part of me wants to know, and part wants to wait and find out through the books!


  4. I found your website by chance after doing a Google search on Taran MacQuarrie, and am I glad I did. Thank you for your insightful and detailed blog about the TV series. I discovered the Outlander book series in 2015 and gobbled them whole in three months–didn’t have to wait to have the cliffhangers resolved! I’m a huge Jamie/Rupert/Ned Gowan fan.


    • Thanks for the comment, Beth! I am a giant Ned Gowan fangirl. I adore that man so much, in both the show and the books. Rupert, too, although definitely more show Rupert than book Rupert. And of course Jamie. 🙂

      I can’t wait until September so I can get back to blogging!


  5. I have just recently come to the world of Outlander. Not until I started seeing ads for Season 3 did I go, “Hey, I need to be watching that.” Plus it’s was funny to learn that Sam was in a Hallmark channel movie I had seen, where he was very much clean cut, blonde! Lol. But I am all caught up. Just counting down to episode six now. 😂
    I have never read the books. Nor until recently I didn’t know they where books.
    I know this is a stupid question at this point. But I got to thinking. In the books, after Claire’s return. And I know Claire is not a spring chicken, but she has lived in the 20th Century, are there any more children for Claire & Jamie, like a boy?? Just something I was wondering.


    • Unfortunately, Brianna is Jamie and Claire’s only living child. Claire is in her late 40s when she returns to the 18th century, which isn’t impossible, certainly, but no–no more kids for her. Which isn’t to say no more kids for Jamie…


  6. I think episode six has been moved up to Oct 15th instead of that being week off. I was on IMDb.com and was looking at Outlanders episode guide and episode 6 air date had changed from 10/22 to 10/15. On their site. Just thought I’d let u know.


  7. I started listening to Outlander this past summer on audible. It was purely by accident. I was just looking for something to listen to. I was hooked! I started watching the episodes of the tv series and love it. Iam reading the whole series now. I stumbled onto your blog and love it! I started out as an English major and love the analysis! I


    • Thanks! I’m glad you like the blog. The book series has its missteps and problems, but is definitely worth reading. The TV show stumbled pretty hard in the third season, but I have high hopes for season four. Have fun exploring the world of Outlander!


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