Memories of Magic

I have managed to get three books released since the end of Season 2! (Almost–my first book came out in late June, and the season ended in early July). But I am proud to share with you the third book in my gaslamp fantasy romance series, set in an alternate late Victorian Era with magic.

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MEMORIES OF MAGIC by Cara McKinnon
The Fay of Skye #3
Gaslamp Fantasy Romance
Stars and Stone Books

Her visions could save English 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 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.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cara McKinnon is the author of the Fay of Skye series. Cara wrote her first fantasy romance at the age of six about a unicorn couple that falls in love and has adventures (there is also pie). Now she can’t resist adding magic to everything she writes—including what would otherwise be classified as historical romance. Cara has a story in the anthology Crazy Little Spring Called Love and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives in Western Maryland with her husband, two kids, and an oversized lapdog named Jake.

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Essential Magic is here!

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.

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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, 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!