Meet Sorcha Fay from A Theft of Magic.
Cara McKinnon 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 writes about humans falling in love and having adventures, but she can't quite stop including magic. She loves history and historical romance, so she decided to set her books in an alternate Victorian era where magic is not only real, but a part of everyday life. Cara attended the best genre writing school in the world, Seton Hill University, where she received an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction and found her writing tribe. She lives on the East Coast of the US with her husband, two kids, and an oversized lapdog named Jake.
About the Book
Title A Theft of Magic
Genre Fantasy Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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.
Introducing Sorcha Fay
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Name: Sorcha Fay
Birthplace: Fay House, Skye, Scotland
Profession: Caretaker of Fay House
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Human
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars.
I’m very short and very curvy. I curve out far more than I curve in! My hair is light blonde, with a streak of silver/pearl color that everyone in my family gets when they’ve used magic long enough. I’m very pale, as you might expect from a blonde, with pale blue eyes. I’ve been told they look like a summer sky.
Who is the significant other in your life?
The only significant thing in my life at the moment is Fay House. But I recently met a man named Ronan, and if I can trust him…
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve spent nearly all of my life in the Highlands and the Isles of Scotland. I am in charge of Fay House, the ancestral home of my clan, but the rest of the family only comes here once a year, so most of the time I’m alone with my small staff and the tenants. Like most of the members of my clan, I can do magic, and I am known for having frequent visions of the future and very strong magical intuition.
On what special skills do you rely?
My magical intuition provides me with extra information about people and situations. I can usually tell when things are about to go wrong, although that doesn’t mean I can do something about it!
Are any of your skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
I have frequent visions of the future, and coupled with my intuition, I’ve been given the nickname the “Seeress of Skye.” But I dislike that name, because I can’t control my visions the way true Seers can. The visions come at their own whims, and are about wildly different things. Sometimes they give warnings, or show me scenes from my own future, but most often they are of distance times, places, and people.
What is your family like?
My family is big, loud, and rambunctious. It is always a bit of a shock when they descend on me at midsummer and stay for two weeks, or when I travel to a gathering for a marriage, birth, or funeral. But though I do miss them when they aren’t around, I prefer my solitude, quiet, and peace.
Are you involved in your community?
Very much! Our family owns all of the land in the vicinity, including the town, so everyone nearby is a tenant of Clan Fay, and a nominal member of the clan, though not everyone has sworn oaths to Le Fay, our chieftess. As the representative of the clan on Skye, I settle disputes, collect rents, and oversee any needed improvements or repairs. I am also the strongest mage in the vicinity, so if anyone needs a spell cast, they come to me.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most want it to be, and why?
I would like to know who my father is. He was out of my mother’s life before she knew she was pregnant, and she never told me his name, or where I could find him. I don’t even know if he’s still alive.
If you could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
I would have the solicitors who manage Fay House’s finances actually open the pursestrings and allow me to invest in improvements to the house and grounds. At the moment, I am only allowed enough money to cover repairs and upkeep, but the house is in desperate need of modernization and renovation.
When (if) you lie or are upset, what gives you away?
It is very difficult for me to lie. When I try it, I am usually stiff and awkward about it, and stumble over my words. I also flush easily with my pale skin, and lying makes me feel embarrassed, so even if I manage to get the lie out, my cheeks and throat give me away.
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