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Product Details

  • Series: The Portal (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778313336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778313335
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A tasty, tension-packed read."
--Publisher's Weekly on Thicker Than Water

"Shayne's haunting tale is intricately woven.... A moving mix of high suspense and romance, this haunting Halloween thriller will propel readers to bolt their doors at night!"
--Publisher's Weekly on The Gingerbread Man

"Shayne crafts a convincing world, tweaking vampire legends just enough to draw fresh blood."

-Publishers Weekly on Demon's Kiss

"Maggie Shayne demonstrates an absolutely superb touch, blending fantasy and romance into an outstanding reading experience."

--Romantic Times on Embrace the Twilight

"Maggie Shayne is better than chocolate. She satisfies every wicked craving."

--New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Forster

"Maggie Shayne delivers sheer delight, and fans new and old of her vampire series can rejoice."

--Romantic Times on Twilight Hunger

"Maggie Shayne delivers romance with sweeping intensity and bewitching passion."

--New York Times Bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz

About the Author

NY Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne has published more than fifty novels & is best known for her "Twilight" vampire series, "Wings in the Night," & her chilling romantic suspense.  Wiccan High Priestess, legal clergy,  tarot reader, advice columnist, former soap opera writer, & RITA Award winner, the author lives in rural Cortland County NY with her partner Lance, 2 mastiffs, a bulldog, cat, bearded dragon & reef aquarium.

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Sixteen-time RITA Award nominee, New York Times Bestselling author Maggie Shayne has published 53 novels, all for major NY Publishers, in her 20 year career. So far. This past year saw the release of her trilogy, "The Portal Series" and its books include MARK OF THE WITCH, DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER, and BLOOD OF THE SORCERESS all from MIRA Books.

Coming this Fall, the hottest novels yet, a set of thrillers like nothing you've seen before. SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON releases September 24th, and WAKE TO DARKNESS at Thanksgiving. Pre-order links are already up. Excerpts coming soon.

Maggie has published westerns, category romances, romantic suspense, paranormal romances, urban fantasy, women's fiction, and just about everything in between. She's a winner of the RITA Award, the romance fiction industry's most prestigious prize, and has won countless others including several RT BOOK RREVIEWS "Reviewer's Choice" Awards, two RT Career Achievement Awards, the Daphne du Maurier Award, The Golden Leaf Award and numerous others.

Maggie's "Twilight" series of vampire novels, officially known as Wings in the Night, began in 1993 with TWILIGHT PHANTASIES from Silhouette Shadows. The series concluded with TWILIGHT FULFILLED in October 2011. (Printable list and reading order at the author's website and on her Facebook page.)

Besides being an author, Maggie is a Wiccan High Priestess, Reiki healer, Tarot Card Reader, unofficial Life Coach, Law of Attraction expert, advice columnist, and a licensed minister. Her long running newspaper advice column has been compiled into book form; SHAYNE ON YOU, the author's first non-fiction book. Her second, MAGICK AND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION, A USER'S GUIDE is a deeply spiritual primer that is changing lives.

Recently, Maggie has begun re-releasing her out of print novels in ebook format. See the full list of her indie pubbed, bargain priced novels at www.maggieshayne.com/ms-classics

Maggie lives with her fiancé Lance in a tiny town called Taylor (phone exchange: Truxton, mailing address: Cincinnatus, tax map: Cuyler. Smalltown folks understand!) in New York State's little known but sprawling and gorgeous dairy farm & wine country near the Fingerlakes region. Together they have a pair of Old English Mastiffs (Dozer & Daisy,) a chubby little bulldog (Niblet), an arrogant cat (Glorificus,) a come-lately cat who thinks he's a dog (Butters) two saltwater reef aquariums (aquaria?) and a life of utter contentment and joy.

Maggie has a fabulous team behind her. Her indy books, her contests and promotions, her newsletter, her indy cover art and tons more are handled by Jessica Lewis at The Author's Life Saver (.com)

Her proofreading line editing and copy editing for her indy works are handled by Jena O'Connor at Practical Proofing (.com).

She's represented by literary agent Eileen Fallon and her editor for most of the past 20 years at Harlequin is Leslie Wainger (who also has a book doctor business that's thriving on the side.) LeslieWainger-Bookdoctor (.com)

Her street team is headed up by the unsinkable Chelle Olson of Literal Addiction (.com) and co-piloted by Charity Costa.
Chelle also designs a lot of Shayne Swag at Chelle-Belle Designs.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LITERAL ADDICTION on September 17, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Our Review [by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L Olson]:

I have been a fan of Maggie Shayne and her writing for quite some time. Her Wings in the Night series was my support system during a very rough patch of my life and after that I pretty much started to devour everything I could find.

When I heard about Maggies new PORTAL series I was ecstatic! A Wiccan High Priestess writing a Paranormal Romance about witches...truly, what could be better, right!? When Maggie sent me an Advance Reader Copy of Mark of the Witch (book #1) to read and review I literally did a happy dance. :) I wasn't sure exactly when I was going to be able to get to it, but I was excited none-the-less.

Ironically (or maybe not so ironically!??), my life took a tumble and I ended up in another rough situation health-wise. Knowing that I had Mark of the Witch sitting on my dresser, it was the very first thing I asked for after being hospitalized. I settled in, and like usual with Maggie's books, was transported away to a world I never wanted to leave.

Indira is a lapsed Wiccan who has lost her faith and a bit of her way. She's had a rough childhood, has suffered loss, has some trust issues, and has basically given up on love. In spite of all of that, she is one tough heroine! She's iron willed, strong minded, and even a bit feisty, all with a layer of vulnerability that makes you love her even more. When things start to happen that she can no longer ignore, she's forced to open her mind, try to put aside her doubts, and join up with some unusual allies in their mutual quest for truth.

Father Tomas isn't your everyday hero. He's multi-dimensional and incredibly fascinating - not to mention sexy as sin.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 17, 2012
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Absoulutely LOVED this book and can't wait for the others to come out! What is better than a love than spans lifetimes... Although I kinda figured out what was going on pretty early on (because I overanalyze everything) this book kept me wanting more and more. I was disappointed to see it end but i'm sure this series will probably just get better and better. Definately an A+++
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Binding Addiction on September 17, 2012
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Mark Of The Witch- Maggie Shayne

This is the first book in a new series, which I was excited to read. I wasn't sure what to expect but let's just say it was twist and turns throughout the journey.

Meet Indira "Indy". She's lost and trying to find out who she is, she has given up on her Wiccan roots or so she thinks. She has been having these dreams but they feel real.When she asks for help from her former High Priestess Rayne she has to remember the past and the person Rayne feels can help might just do the opposite.

Father Tomas was sent to help. He has been following the church since childhood and Father Dom has been his father. Tomas is here to try and help Indy but will it be his past that interferes? Father Dom is guiding Tomas, which might not be a good thing.

Indy and Tomas must find the solution together...but is it to late. Is Faith bigger then Love? You will have to read this book to find out.

I will be waiting patiently for the next installment and recommending this series to my fellow readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christine on September 22, 2012
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This was an intense, action filled ride! I will be the first to admit that it took about 15% into the book for me to be hooked but once it happened I really didn't want to put it down. This is probably why it only took me a little of a day to finish it, despite it being 400 pages.

The story follows Indira who is a witch that has turned her back on her faith and religion. She has been having a recurring nightmare of being sacrificed along with two other women in an ancient Babylonian time. It wasn't until she starts waking up with cut marks and rope burns around her wrists that she starts to take the nightmares seriously. She turns to her friend and High Priestess, Rayne for help. Then enters the tall dark and sexy Tomas... only what is this? It's Father Tomas to be exact, from a secret Gnostic sect. However, we learn early on that Tomas has also been doubting his faith and calling as a priest. He has been told his entire life that his only duty is to stop one of three witches from releasing an evil demon from Hell, the only way to stop her is to kill her.

Indira and Tomas (Toe-mas) are drawn to each other. They know their feelings are forbidden but the more Indira starts to remember about her past the more they realize that they are meant to be together. Can their love overcome everything that is standing in their way?

This is my first Maggie Shayne novel and I have to say I am impressed with her writing style. She describes a scene beautifully and it was not at all difficult for me to imagine the surrounds. And the romance... it is HOT! Every time Indira and Tomas interacted there was electricity. The looks, their actions, every time they touched, brushed up against each other... it was all smouldering.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Chapman on September 22, 2012
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Before I started reading Mark of the Witch I read Legacy of the Witch. Currently it is a free ebook that gives an introduction to this series. It is a short story, only about 53 pages, and it is something I recommend you read. I thought it was enjoyable and it did help to make me more interested in this series.

Mark of the Witch is the beginning of a very compelling, new paranormal series. It is about three sisters/ witches from another time who are reincarnated in order to save the soul of one a man who one of them loves.

When Indira starts having strange dreams that feel like they are real, she turns to her best friend Rayne who happens to be a Wiccan High Priestess. Rayne puts her in contact with the one person who she thinks can help, her brother Father Tomas. Tomas is a Gnostic Priest and yet he knows something about these strange dreams and even though he is questioning his faith, he still wants to help Indira.

I was very impressed with how both religions were represented in Mark of the Witch. The plot has many wonderful twists and turns and really was an enjoyable read. I look forward to the next books in the Portal series and seeing how the battle between good and evil ends.
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