For people new to The Portal Series, here is a What You Need to Know guide! The who, what, and why of the series in preparation for the new book coming out next month, Daughter of the Spellcaster!

Maggie Shayne is the author of The Portal Series and many other novels such as The Immortal Witches, Secrets of Shadow Falls, Wings in the Night, and many more. Shayne is also active in the Wiccan religion, and is the High Priestess of a coven she founded. Her experience with Wiccan religion adds credibility to her descriptions of rituals and culture in her novels.

The Portal Series follows the stories of three Warrior Witches and the men they must tame; The Priest, The Player, and The Demon. The women have been reincarnated from their lifetimes in Ancient Babylon, and while there are several segments about those lifetimes, the books are contemporary romances. Shayne also wrote a prequel to the series about another reincarnated woman who was a slave to the three women in their past lives, but who was loved by them like another sister.

The four women whose stories are laid out in The Portal Series are Amarrah, Indira Simon, Lena Dunkirk or Magdalena, and Lilia.

Indira, Magdalena, and Lilia were slave girls in Ancient Babylon and in the king's harem. After their deaths, they were reincarnated (except for Lilia), and they meet past loves in their modern lives while having flashbacks of their past lives. Indira and Magdalena have to tame the Priest and the Player, but they have other enemies to worry about as well.

Lilia does not get reincarnated because her lover lost his soul and was supposed to linger in eternal imprisonment. She spent many years lingering between worlds waiting for her lover to appear again, but, when he does, he does not have a soul and has become a cold person, the Demon.

Amarrah was a slave to the three sisters in ancient Babylon. In her reincarnated life, she must protect an ancient box, but she loses it only to see it again on TV one day. Her search for the box brings her to a soldier who reminds her of someone she knew long ago.

The upcoming book, Daughter of the Spellcaster is Magdalena's story. Reborn as Lena Dunkirk, the woman gets pregnant after an affair with the wealthy Ryan McNally who is her reincarnated lover. She runs away, but he shows up on her doorstep one day looking to help raise their child!

Soon she and Ryan are sharing eerie dreams of ancient lands, while a vengeful demon plots to take possession of their child. As the moment of birth approaches, the demon’s power rises, forcing the hand of love to wield the blade that will decide the fate of a child’s soul–and the future of the world.

This book comes out November 20, 2012.

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