M. McKinnon

Struck by the creative muse at a young age, today M. McKinnon has a unique style full of colourful metaphors and engaging characters. Her ability to weave together believable worlds can appeal to any reader curious enough to explore her universe.


She has written five fantasy novels to date (one pending publication) and is already scribbling away on her next project. The most recent novels follow M. McKinnon’s own species of dragon in a world as extraordinary as they are.


This industrious author can also be found here on Scribe Cat either writing flash fiction or reviews (when she isn’t busy being harassed by her characters or reading, that is)!

Read an interview with M. McKinnon by M. L. Moos.

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Publications
High Fyelds: The Big Race

Available: Kickstarter Pre-Order

If anyone had told her a few years ago that she’d be entering one of the most prestigious horse races in the world; Erina would have called them mad (and then some).   

Since then, she’d discovered a Valley that didn’t exist on any map ever drawn, been adopted by a highly peculiar horse, and learnt that magic was real. 

In comparison, a small race should have been easy, surely—even if she did have to fly half way across the world to take part.

Admittedly, she hadn’t counted on the nightmares wanting a piece of the action and then some. In fact, they’re really keen on taking a bit out of the competition this year.  

Along with the new and mysterious stablehand Seranthiem, Erina and Harlan from High Fyelds must now face their second challenge: the Phoenix Stakes.

High Fyelds: A New Beginning

Available: Kickstarter Pre-Order

ERINA: Snarky. Cognitor Extraordinaire. Human-ish.

 

HARLAN ILLUSION: Wild. Outcast. Horse. 

Sometimes, the defining moments of your life come down to a single decision, a single event that, like the flapping wings of a butterfly, can change the course of history. 

For Erina, it all began with a crash.

Not that she had wanted to crash the interplanetary shuttle (there had been a small disagreement with an asteroid), but she does want a way back to civilization.  

Instead, she’s now surrounded by creatures unlike any she’s ever seen, more trees than she cares to count, and herds of wild horses. And, while Erina admits knowing only slightly more about horses than a fish does about QDE engineering, even she can tell that there is something special about the proud and solitary stallion she meets in the woods.  

It was the meeting of a lifetime. In fact, you could almost believe it was magic.

The Damsel and the Dragon

Available: Amazon.com  |  Amazon.ca  |  Amazon.co.uk

As a child, Linandra spent many hours slaying monsters and having adventures. 

So, when faced with a future containing little in the way of excitement (but plenty of cereals), she gathered up her courage and set out into the world. 

It soon turned out that becoming a dashing hero—or any hero at all—wasn’t as easy as the stories made it out to be; if someone’s garden was, say, infested with weedrats, they sought to hire a mercenary, not a waif off the streets. 

Now on a journey going nowhere, when Lin comes upon an old barn, all she’s really looking for is respite from the cold. But this is a place which holds more secrets than it does hay and Linandra soon finds herself dragged into the lives of wizards, cleaning ladies and other, even stranger, folk. Much to her chagrin, this also includes Setharrion, who is trying very hard not to let his own past catch up with him.

 

She’d spent years looking for a second chance. Now, it had found her. Only, it wasn’t like anything she’d ever imagined… 

 

She was, however, very grateful that it didn’t eat her.

Academia Draconia

Available at: Amazon.com  |  Amazon.ca  |  Amazon.co.uk

To be a dragonrider you should NOT be afraid of heights…

But when you’ve fallen off your dragon at two thousand feet, you’re probably going to be, all the same. And if you’re a trainee dragonrider, you’ll be afraid sooner. A lot sooner. For Gaile Ashworthey and her fellow students, getting into the course at the Dragon Research Centre had been easy, even if some had travelled half-way across the galaxy to do so. Who didn’t want to be a rider? To soar through the sky on their very own dragon?

There is, unfortunately, one major drawback.

Gaile suffers from terrible vertigo and gets dizzy even on the first rung of a ladder, nor is “teamwork” one of her specialities. That wouldn’t be so bad if “team” wasn’t the very definition of a dragon and rider or that it’s up to the dragon to choose their partner, and they’re notoriously difficult creatures to impress. But when, after the latest setback, Gaile decides to track down the “Ghost,” she ends up setting off a chain of events that’ll show that being Strong, Courageous and Tall isn’t the only way to prove your worth…

Wolf's Bane

Limited Publication (No Longer Available)

It’s been a year since the events of "Dawn of the Winds" and the companions have gone their separate ways. Half a world away people still go about their business as if it had never happened. Knowing little of their narrow escape from destruction, they have enough of their own problems.


For something is spreading across the lands, slowly festering in the hearts and minds of those around it. It’s already created a huge wall through the city of Hadria, enclosing the undesirables of the population and leaving them to starve. Trade is slowing down and those without passes see themselves turned away from places they’ve been going to for generations.

While trying to escape the rule of a new Councillor, two city dwellers find themselves thrown onto a tumultuous journey taking them right across the continent. But their problems are only beginning…

For the forces behind last year’s events have not been idle and they’re now ready to make their next move—far away from the people that thwarted them the last time…

Dawn of the Winds

Limited Publication (No Longer Available)

The Race Wars destroyed so much of the known world ended centuries ago. Now, lands once ravaged and desolate are beginning to recover; ancient civilizations, once thought lost in battle, are spoken of in whispers and hushed voices as living. 

 

Litania, once the seat of a Royal House of great power, is fracturing with internal strife; a new power is rising; and somewhere across the continent, it is said, there lies the fabled treasure known only as the Eye of the Dragon.

But not all fables are told to amuse and awe. Raschka, head of the newly formed Sorcerer’s Council, knows this all too well, as does Bestien of the Thieves' Guild who has obtained information he is eager to act upon. And two old friends, journeying to the city-state, are about to find that their lives are entwined with the fates of many.

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