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Review: Immortal Trust by Claire Ashgrove


Immortal Trust
Author:  Claire Ashgrove
Series:  The Curse of the Templars 3
Publisher:  Tor Books, March 26, 2013
Format:  Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages
List Price:  $7.99 (print)
ISBN:  9780765367600 (print)

Review: Immortal Trust by Claire Ashgrove
When archaeologist Chloe Broussard accepts the contract to lead a dig in Ornes, France, she has no idea she will uncover the Veil of Veronica. When she does, she discovers a danger far greater than the demonic presence stalking her at night. Azazel wants her, as well as the Veronica, and his chosen minion is her brother. Her hope lies with immortal Templar Knight Lucan. Her life depends on oaths she knows nothing about.

For countless centuries, Lucan of Seacourt has lived with the knowledge that his brother killed their family. Now, as Azazel’s darkness eats away at his soul, old betrayal stirs suspicion. He trusts no one. Not even the seraph who can heal his dying spirit.

With the fate of the Almighty hanging in the balance, Lucan must find faith in something more terrifying than the dark lord’s creations. He must learn to believe his heart.




Melanie's Thoughts:

Immortal Trust is the third in the Curse of the Templars series by Claire Ashgrove and this instalment focuses on the Templar, Lucan of Seacourt. Lucan is on his way to meet his seraph, the fiesty archeologist Chloe who is about to to uncover the find of her career - the Veil of Veronica  - a highly prized religious artifact. Despite the fact that the series is based on the Templars the story is largely told through Chloe's POV.  Chloe believes that Lucan (and the other Templars) are representatives of the church who are sent to secure the artifact when her dig is complete. Little does she know that Lucan is actually a centuries old Templar and that she is destined to be his 'one true love' and save his soul. Lucan is drawn to Chloe but knows how important the Veil is, to the not just to the Templars but also to the evil Azazel who also determined to get the Veil using whatever nefarious means necessary. With the fate of mankind in the balance Lucan is torn between doing what is right and what is right for him. Chloe however, is torn between her growing affection for the hunky Templar and uncovering the discovery of her career. All this happens within the backdrop of rural France in the winter with a healthy dose of demonic possession just to make things interesting.

I liked Immortal Trust but that could have been down more to the model on the front cover rather than to the actual contents of the book. I thought that the story focused more on Chloe rather than Lucan in contrast to the book description. The story was a very easy read and the characters likeable (except of course, for Azazel) but I think they could have all been fleshed out a bit more. There was very little of Azazel until near the end which I think Ashgrove could have expanded on.  The dynamic between Chloe and her brother was written in quite a realistic way, as was the interaction between Chloe and Lucan. While attracted to Lucan she didn't act like many heroines in this type of novel by falling immediately into his arms (and bed).  Without giving too much away I didn't agree with the choice Chloe made at the end of the book in relation to her brother as it was inconsistent with how both characters were written.

The Templars make for great characters as they can quite easily be either the heroes or the enemy and Lucan is a great example of the heroic version. If you like a novel with a bit of a mix of historical fantasy and paranormal romance then this is a good choice, especially if you want it in an easy to read format. Do I like the series well enough to continue? Perhaps not although it really depends on what the model on the next cover looks like (shameless, I know!)

Melanie's Week in Review - October 20, 2013


Melanie's Week in Review - October 20, 2013


Well it was a bumper crop for me this week. I got back in my reading 'groove' and got through 4 books this week. Please insert happy dance here.


Melanie's Week in Review - October 20, 2013
I finished reading Rogue's Possession by Jeffe Kennedy (Carina Press, October 7, 2013). I really liked it. If you had read my 'WIR' last week you would know that I had forgotten some of the plot points from book 1. I wish I had gone back and re-read the ending of the previous book as there were some significant parts of the plot that I couldn't remember that were discussed in this one. I did appreciate how Kennedy didn't write big re-caps as some authors tend to do. Despite some 'fuzzy' bits I still thought it was a great story. I like how Kennedy doesn't pull any punches with her heroine. Some pretty nasty things happen to Gwyn who is trying hard not to be anyone's slave, especially Rogue's. In this installment Gwyn is looking for answers. She is searching for an answer to why fae firstborn children are going missing and trying not to end up having Rogue's. Kennedy has also created an interesting relationship between Gwyn and Rogue. Gwyn is strong and is trying to do the right thing whereas Rogue is manipulative and a little bit selfish. Together they make an interesting couple and you spend a large part of the novel wondering when or if they would ever get together. The book summary makes Rogue's Possession sounds like just another romantic fantasy but it is so much more. This is a great book but if you haven't read Rogue's Pawn then you need to start at the beginning of Gwyn's story. There is an added bonus that both books have gorgeous covers (apart from Rogue's rather dodgy mustache in book 2) but try not to do what I do by spending more time looking at the cover than reading the book!


Melanie's Week in Review - October 20, 2013I then discovered that the final book of the Blood Destiny series, Bloodlust by Helen Harper had been released. I had discovered this series from my Kindle recommendations. This is one of the few series that the books actually get weaker and weaker as the series progresses. By the time I got to this final book I was almost at the point of being bored. I think I predicted all of the plot developments including the ending. I also couldn't figure out how the main antagonist, Endor the necromancer could be more powerful than the Fae, the mages, shapeshifters and girl who can transform into a dragon who have teamed up to fight against him. Everything is wrapped up with a bow at the end. It was a quick, easy read so not all bad plus I quite liked the cover.

I finished Bloodlust on my way home from a conference so needed a really short, very easy on the brain book to read on the train ride home. I found one from my Kindle recommendations.  All I can say is boy it was bad. It was so bad I am not even going to admit to the name of it. Lets just say it was SFR and involved cyborgs....which don't make convincing love interests by the way.


Melanie's Week in Review - October 20, 2013I moved onto a book that Qwill sent me awhile ago called Immortal Trust (Curse of the Templars 3) by Claire Ashgrove. I started it a few weeks ago but kept forgetting to put in my bag so didn't make very much progress as I don't usually read that much at home. I am planning to review this one so don't want to say too much. One thing I can say is check out the cover. 'Hubba hubba' (very immature of me, I know!).

Finally, I started King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence which is the second book of The Broken Empire series. Lawrence excels at writing gritty, unlikeable but wildly engaging books. I am hoping to finish it this week.



I am feeling quite smug at what I managed to read this week so on that note I am going to wish you a good week in reading. Until next week Happy Reading. 

Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - Part 2 - March 30, 2013

Please welcome back Claire Ashgrove. Claire and I were 'chatting' on March 14th when we were interrupted by Merrick du Loire, one of the Templar knights.  In the interim Immortal Trust (The Curse of the Templars 3) was published on March 26th.




Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - Part 2 - March 30, 2013




TQ:  Welcome back. I hope that whatever Merrick was upset about was nothing too serious!

Claire:  Well, yes and no, but it’s nothing I can relate right now. Something to do with Tane and a reassignment.



TQ:  How do you pick the names for the Templars in the series?

Claire:  Oooh! I just explained this in the Templar Discussion Group during my release day party.
Merrick du Loire: du Loire comes from the Loire valley of France, and Merrick's father really did, in history, spend time locked in Chinon.

Farran de Clare: Clare, England still exists, and did see Saxon/Norman strife, per Farran's history.

Lucan of Seacourt: Seacourt is a deserted medieval village in Oxfordshire, which first made record in 955.

Caradoc of Asterleigh: Asterleigh is also a deserted village in Oxfordshire, later known as/cominbed with Kiddington, which fairly recently was just auctioned off.

Tane du Breuil: The de Brueil name is first found in the diocese of Nevers (Fr.) and belonged to a very distinguished family.

Declan MacNeill: Is a Scot, with a really old family name, who has no linking history with the particular area/region of my little world. But the surname was exceedingly common during the era, and was found in some Templar documentation I discovered.
And if you’d like to join the group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/123070587851258/



TQ:  The Curse of the Templars is now up to 3 books and 1 eNovella, what is the most difficult thing about writing a series?

Claire:  I’m a plotter, so when it comes to the actual writing of the series, it goes pretty smoothly for me, with few hitches in the get-along. But that planning phase can be a real witch. Sometimes I know there are things I want to happen later on, but layering what’s necessary first can get really complicated. I have to figure out not only where, but how much to drop in. Where do the hints come in, where do the reveals fall. For instance, a side-project I’m working on the planning went really smoothly for the first three objectives, but the critical fourth became so complicated that suddenly, what was supposed to be a 4-6 book series blew into ten, just to incorporate all the necessary elements for that final resolution. Two days of planning blew into a week, and a lot of backing up, scratching out, reconstructing, and so forth.



TQ:  Which character in The Curse of the Templars series has surprised you the most?

Claire:  Frankly, Lucan. In Immortal Hope he was introduced as the gentleman, which really left me sort-of cringing when it came to having to flesh out his personality and put him in a full-length title. But thankfully (perhaps luckily) once I spent some time really thinking about how he was going to work out with Chloe (one of the rare situations where I knew the heroine better than the hero), he ended up being a delightful surprise. Patience, subtle alpha aggression as opposed to in your face, dedication. And a tender side that really captured my imagination and made writing Immortal Trust a wonderful experience. Trite as that may sound.



TQ:  What's next?

ClaireImmortal Sacrifice is next! All I am saying ;)

Meanwhile though, I have some other things going on while you’re waiting on the next Templar installment. I’ve made a hard decision to take the above-mentioned side project completely indie, under a completely new name. I’ll be sharing those details on Facebook as I move closer to fleshing out a concrete plan and hope my readers will embrace that project too! I also have some Tori St. Claire goodness coming very soon too! And THAT I am really, really excited about.



TQ:  I'm glad that we made it through without further interruptions from Merrick! Thank you for joining us again!

Claire:  Thank you so much for having me and for all your support on this series! Those knights can be really demanding about having things their way, as you know. But I have to confess, I don’t particularly mind, given how amazing it is to be included in their secrets!





About The Curse of the Templars

Immortal Trust
The Curse of the Templars 3
Tor Books, March 26, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - Part 2 - March 30, 2013
When archaeologist Chloe Broussard accepts the contract to lead a dig in Ornes, France, she has no idea she will uncover the Veil of Veronica. When she does, she discovers a danger far greater than the demonic presence stalking her at night. Azazel wants her, as well as the Veronica, and his chosen minion is her brother. Her hope lies with immortal Templar Knight Lucan. Her life depends on oaths she knows nothing about.

For countless centuries, Lucan of Seacourt has lived with the knowledge that his brother killed their family. Now, as Azazel’s darkness eats away at his soul, old betrayal stirs suspicion. He trusts no one. Not even the seraph who can heal his dying spirit.

With the fate of the Almighty hanging in the balance, Lucan must find faith in something more terrifying than the dark lord’s creations. He must learn to believe his heart.



Immortal Protector
The Curse of the Templars 2.5
Tor Books, March 13, 2013
eBook, 132 pages

Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - Part 2 - March 30, 2013
After the brutal murder of his seraph, Iain Donnelly's salvation is eternally lost. Damned to become a dark knight of Azazel, he can no longer embrace his immortal purpose as a Templar Knight. When the archangels send him on Sabbatical to find his faith once more, his quest leads him straight into the forbidden arms of a Benedictine Sister, whom Azazel is threatening. But this woman arouses far more than his protective instincts. He wants her as he's wanted no other woman, and he's willing to provoke the archangels’ fury to keep her safe.

Catherine Grady has devoted herself to the fellowship of faith and forged a path of eternal dedication to a higher calling. But when a traffic accident forces her to accept Iain's aid, she discovers that her chosen path is not what her heart craves. Iain awakens a buried yearning to be needed and loved in a way her broken childhood denied her. As she struggles to reconcile her desires, she stumbles into the truth about her heritage, ancient secrets, and unholy danger. Iain's immortality is all that can protect her.

For Iain, it's an impossible choice. The archangels have decreed if he walks away from the Templar, they will reclaim his soul. Yet returning to the Order only guarantees his inevitable death…



Immortal Surrender
The Curse of the Templars 2
Tor Books, September 25, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - Part 2 - March 30, 2013
Farran de Clare, loyal member of the cursed Knights Templar, wants nothing to do with predestined mates. Even the Almighty won’t turn him into a fool again—he’d rather sacrifice his soul. Yet in the scientist Noelle Keane, a devout atheist, Farran meets the seraph designed for him.

Ordered by the archangel Gabriel to protect Noelle, the possessor of a sacred relic that could give Azazel incredible power, Farran swears to do his duty—but in name only. Fighting an attraction that grows with each day, he’s determined that he’ll never pledge himself to her.

As they war over her future, their mutual passion ignites a conflict far more damning. But before Noelle will agree to eternity with him, she demands the ultimate sacrifice – his heart.



Immortal Hope
The Curse of the Templars 1
Tor Books, January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - Part 2 - March 30, 2013
Centuries ago, Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll that revealed the locations of the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they now roam the earth, protecting mankind from evil. But darkness stalks them, and battles they fight bring them ever closer to eternal damnation. One promise remains to give them salvation—the return of the seraphs.

Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul, releasing him from the clutches of their enemy. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers that she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As Merrick struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold.

Anne has six weeks to complete her thesis on the Knights Templar. When Merrick takes her to the Templar stronghold, he presents her with all she needs—and awakens a soul-deep ache that he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she is destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.





About Claire

Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - Part 2 - March 30, 2013
Claire Ashgrove has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before deciding to leap into the professional world. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction's Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories for the Champagne and Black Rose lines. Adding to these critically acclaimed romances, Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars debuted with Tor in January 2012. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes for Berkley Heat as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire.


She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, and her local RWA chapters, Heartland Romance Authors, Midwest Romance Writers, and North Texas Romance Writers of America.

Claire lives in Missouri with her two sons, and too-many horses, cats, and dogs. In her “free” time, she enjoys cooking, winning at Rummy, studying Ancient Civilizations, and spending quiet moments with her family, including the critters. She credits her success to her family's constant support and endless patience.

To learn more about Claire, visit her on the web at www.claireashgrove.com, or www.toristclaire.com. You can also connect with her via Facebook, and Twitter.


Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - March 14, 2013

Please welcome Claire Ashgrove to The Qwillery. Claire is the author of The Curse of the Templars series. Immortal Protector (an eNovella) and Immortal Trust (The Curse of the Templars 3) are both out this month.



Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - March 14, 2013



TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery!

Claire:  Thanks for having me! I really love being here!


TQImmortal Protector was published on the 13th. Tell us something about Immortal Protector that is not in the novella description.

Claire:  I’ll share two somethings. A) For those of you who’ve been knocking on my door about Tane – you’ll see him quite frequently. B) More secrets, questions, and possibilities unfold than originally presented, and there’s a particular knight at the end who took me by surprise… and I’m becoming significantly attached to him. He might have a story to tell in the near future.


TQ:  Next up is Immortal Trust (Curse of the Templars 3) on March 26th. Tell us something about Immortal Trust that is not in the novel description.

Claire:  Oh, gosh… Now this is harder. Because there’s so much going on and so many things I don’t want to spoil. How about setting – that’s a little safer.  :-)   It states we’re in Ornes, France, but you’ll also get to visit the Paris catacombs, which hold a really nasty secret. Character-wise, Gareth is present here, and there’s a major hint dropped to the next story coming down the pipe if you pay attention to the sub plot.


TQ:  Tell us about one character (villain or hero) who has been the most difficult to write in the series so far. Include a secret about him or her that they would not want us to know!

Claire:  Declan is the most challenging character to write, simply because of the secretive nature of what’s going on with his role in the plot. And because of that – see how I hedge! – I can’t tell you things that he wouldn’t want you to know. His past dictates his present, his present dictates his future. Is he on the archangels’ side? Is he on Azazel’s? That’s what makes him really hard. I can’t push him too far in any one direction or things get really messed up. So I often find myself really taking time to think through *every darned word* that is used when he makes an appearance.


Uh-oh, I hear Merrick roaring about something.  Hm.  Maybe I better go check that out.  Seems like something’s up.


TQ:  Oh no! We're going to take a break since Merrick wants Claire's attention now... in the middle of the interview!  Without any additional Templar interference, Claire will be back on March 30th to answer a few more questions.  Stay tuned...




About The Curse of the Templars

Immortal Protector
The Curse of the Templars 2.5
Tor Books, March 13, 2013
eBook, 132 pages

Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - March 14, 2013
After the brutal murder of his seraph, Iain Donnelly's salvation is eternally lost. Damned to become a dark knight of Azazel, he can no longer embrace his immortal purpose as a Templar Knight. When the archangels send him on Sabbatical to find his faith once more, his quest leads him straight into the forbidden arms of a Benedictine Sister, whom Azazel is threatening. But this woman arouses far more than his protective instincts. He wants her as he's wanted no other woman, and he's willing to provoke the archangels’ fury to keep her safe.

Catherine Grady has devoted herself to the fellowship of faith and forged a path of eternal dedication to a higher calling. But when a traffic accident forces her to accept Iain's aid, she discovers that her chosen path is not what her heart craves. Iain awakens a buried yearning to be needed and loved in a way her broken childhood denied her. As she struggles to reconcile her desires, she stumbles into the truth about her heritage, ancient secrets, and unholy danger. Iain's immortality is all that can protect her.

For Iain, it's an impossible choice. The archangels have decreed if he walks away from the Templar, they will reclaim his soul. Yet returning to the Order only guarantees his inevitable death…



Immortal Surrender
The Curse of the Templars 2
Tor Books, September 25, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - March 14, 2013
Farran de Clare, loyal member of the cursed Knights Templar, wants nothing to do with predestined mates. Even the Almighty won’t turn him into a fool again—he’d rather sacrifice his soul. Yet in the scientist Noelle Keane, a devout atheist, Farran meets the seraph designed for him.

Ordered by the archangel Gabriel to protect Noelle, the possessor of a sacred relic that could give Azazel incredible power, Farran swears to do his duty—but in name only. Fighting an attraction that grows with each day, he’s determined that he’ll never pledge himself to her.

As they war over her future, their mutual passion ignites a conflict far more damning. But before Noelle will agree to eternity with him, she demands the ultimate sacrifice – his heart.



Immortal Hope
The Curse of the Templars 1
Tor Books, January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - March 14, 2013
Centuries ago, Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll that revealed the locations of the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they now roam the earth, protecting mankind from evil. But darkness stalks them, and battles they fight bring them ever closer to eternal damnation. One promise remains to give them salvation—the return of the seraphs.

Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul, releasing him from the clutches of their enemy. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers that she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As Merrick struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold.

Anne has six weeks to complete her thesis on the Knights Templar. When Merrick takes her to the Templar stronghold, he presents her with all she needs—and awakens a soul-deep ache that he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she is destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.




And coming on March 26th:

Immortal Trust
The Curse of the Templars 3
Tor Books, March 26, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - March 14, 2013
When archaeologist Chloe Broussard accepts the contract to lead a dig in Ornes, France, she has no idea she will uncover the Veil of Veronica. When she does, she discovers a danger far greater than the demonic presence stalking her at night. Azazel wants her, as well as the Veronica, and his chosen minion is her brother. Her hope lies with immortal Templar Knight Lucan. Her life depends on oaths she knows nothing about.

For countless centuries, Lucan of Seacourt has lived with the knowledge that his brother killed their family. Now, as Azazel’s darkness eats away at his soul, old betrayal stirs suspicion. He trusts no one. Not even the seraph who can heal his dying spirit.

With the fate of the Almighty hanging in the balance, Lucan must find faith in something more terrifying than the dark lord’s creations. He must learn to believe his heart.




About Claire

Interview with Claire Ashgrove, author of The Curse of the Templars - March 14, 2013
Claire Ashgrove has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before deciding to leap into the professional world. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction's Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories for the Champagne and Black Rose lines. Adding to these critically acclaimed romances, Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars debuted with Tor in January 2012. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes for Berkley Heat as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire.


She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, and her local RWA chapters, Heartland Romance Authors, Midwest Romance Writers, and North Texas Romance Writers of America.

Claire lives in Missouri with her two sons, and too-many horses, cats, and dogs. In her “free” time, she enjoys cooking, winning at Rummy, studying Ancient Civilizations, and spending quiet moments with her family, including the critters. She credits her success to her family's constant support and endless patience.

To learn more about Claire, visit her on the web at www.claireashgrove.com, or www.toristclaire.com. You can also connect with her via Facebook, and Twitter.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

and the winners are...


Dark Currents (Agent of Hel 1) by Jacqueline Carey - Read the Interview and enter here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Would you like to vacation in a resort town with an out in the open eldritch community?

Dawn Prough who said...

I don't like to poke bears, so I don't know if I'd go to a supernatural town and look for them. Besides, as another commentor mentioned, they are living creatures and it is mean to go and stare at them like they are exhibits for your entertainment.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Revelation (The Seven Signs 1) by Erica Hayes - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite novels featuring Angels or Archangels?

books4me who said...

I can't recall the name of the exact series but it's by Felicity Heaton, I think...I haven't read too many angel series!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Dark Light of Day (Noon Onyx 1) by Jill Archer - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite stories featuring demons?

Sullivan McPig who said...

Hmmm... I think that would have to be A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


3 copies of Bad Glass by Richard E. Gropp - Read the Interview here. US/Canada Only

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question: What is one of your favorite apocalyptic or "weird city" stories?(stories = novels, comics, short stories, movies, etc.)

bn100 who said...

I like Article 5.


Cindy who said...

I like the British comic Nemesis the Warlock.


Alyn who said...

I liked Battle Royale.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Wrong Goodbye (The Collector 2) by Chris F. Holm - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Have you read any supernatural noir or any noir novels? If yes, name one. If not, what is one of your favorite Urban Fantasy novels?

Barbara E. who said...

I really enjoyed Already Dead by Charlie Huston - a hardboiled detective who's also a vampyre, it's a great story. My favorite urban fantasy series is Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


Immortal Surrender (The Curse of the Templars 2) by Claire Ashgrove - Read the Guest Post here

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite stories, movies, comics that feature Knights(Templar or other)?

Leah Weller who said..

I have so many...... Tristan and Isolde, Timeline, Guinevere, Kingdom Of Heaven, King Arthur, First Knight, just to name a few. As for books, Immortal Hope was amazing. I can't wait to read about Farran! Congratulations on the release and thank you for the chance in the giveaway. :)



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Incarnation by Emma Cornwall - Read the Interview here.  US ONLY

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite vampire novels?

rissatoo who said...

My first real vampire read will always be a favorite: Interview With The Vampire. But I've read SO many wonderful takes on vampires - from Stoker's scary Dracula, to Bartlett's light & frothy Glory StClair, and LKH's sensual Jean Claude - I just LOOOOOVE a good vampire world! :)

I'll keep my eye out for this one.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



ARC of Something Red by Douglas Nicholas - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012
ARC COVER IS DIFFERENT!
Question:  What is one of your favorite novels that is not set in the present day?

Stephanie who said...

The Great Gatsby!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



A Lady and Her Magic by Tammy Falkner - Read the Interview here.  US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite era of British History - Tudor, Victorian, Regency, etc?

Di who said...

I enjoy all the periods, but Medieval & Regency are the ones I keep going back to.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Well of Tears (The Dream Stewards 1) by Roberta Trahan - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Who is one of your favorite rulers (queen, king, etc.) from history or myth?

Carl who said...

Arthur, of course, must be one of nearly everyone's favorites. I also enjoy the villains, Richard III for example, but I don't think I would have liked to have known him very well.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you work better under pressure to meet a deadline?

Tim who said...

I work well under pressure, but I think too much pressure makes for an inferior product.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



The White Forest by Adam McOmber - Read the Interview here.

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite time period settings for novels? Which?

erin who said...

Thanks for a great post and congrat to Adam on the new release! I've been reading such awesome reviews for this book it as already on my "want" list :) I truly don't have a fav time period. I'm pick up what sounds interesting to me and I figure, I'm a long for the ride and I'll go where ever and whenever an author wants to take me :) I'm just looking for a great story and characters I can connect to.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Charming Blue, Wickedly Charming, Thoroughly Kissed, and Utterly Charming by Kristine Grayson - Read the Guest Blog here.


Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  Who would be your Prince or Princess Charming and why?(The Prince or Princess may be imaginary or real, of course.)

June M. who said...

I don't have a real Prince Charming in my life. Most of the heroes that I really like would not exactly be known as Prince Charming either, I tend to like the Alpha-Dominate bad-boys :) Some of my faves include Wraith from the Demonica series (along with Ares & Than from LoD), and I love the Masters in Cherise Sinclair & Kallypso Masters books.



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012



Three copies of Fair Game (Guardian 3) by Taylor Keating - Read the Interview here. US/CANADA

Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012

Question:  What are some of your favorite video games?

Debby who said...

Amazing excerpt. I would love to read more. I am not a big game player. I just like to play block games.


Rebe who said...

I'm not much of a gamer, to be honest. I think my favorite video game is Ms. PacMan (which soooo dates me, lol)!


Barb P who said...

I'm not really a gamer. Probably the last video game that I played was Star Wars Pod Racers or Space Invaders. I have read Game Over and loved it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!



Winners x 18! - October 21, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM on Sunday, October 28, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

The Immortal Surrender Virtual Book Tour with Claire Ashgrove - September 25, 2012

Please welcome Claire Ashgrove to The Qwillery. Immortal Surrender, the second novel in The Curse of the Templars series, is out today. Happy Publication Day to Claire!!


The Immortal Surrender Virtual Book Tour with Claire Ashgrove - September 25, 2012


Hi everyone! Thanks so much for celebrating with me today, on the release of Immortal Surrender. I thought we’d kick things off the fun way and dive right in with a little interview from the heroine, Noelle.


Claire:  In the beginning you didn’t believe in the Almighty. When did you realize and accept that you had started to believe?

Noelle:  Well, it didn’t hurt any that I had a big strong hunk trying to hammer the truth into me for starters. Immersion learning? Yup. But really, that whole arm torc thing. There was a specific event that really made the truth impossible to ignore, even though I wanted to. Man, did I ever want to.

Claire:  That begs the question, why?

Noelle:  (She laughs softly.) What if it was all true: that I was paired with a guy who admitted he’d rather have a whore? Eternally paired. I didn’t want to like Farran, or fall in love. Not with such heartbreak promised.

Claire:  At first you thought that all the Templar knights, plus Anne, were completely looney. What did you think of their "game" as you saw it?

Noelle:  It was pretty ridiculous at first. Really, who would believe in knights who are immortal, led by archangels, fighting Azazel. Particularly if you were kidnapped—would you just jump in and say, “Okay, cool! Let’s go.”

Claire:  ell us about Farran.

Noelle:  He’s not going to hear about this is he? Don’t tell him I said so, but he’s just a big softie underneath that hard shell. He’s as tough-guy as they get, and I wouldn’t want to be the person who truly crossed him. But beyond all the armor, the sword, the fighting and commitment to duty… I couldn’t ask for a better man. It took us a while to get things all sorted into place. Now—he’d die for me, and I for him.

Claire:  That’s really enviably sweet. Did you get the chance to know any of the other knights?

Noelle:  A few yes. Merrick is ferocious with a sword. (Noelle chuckles.) Lucan is a bit unsettling, unless you like Chivalry and all of that. Which, trust me, I can do without. I ran into Tane here and there. I’m still meeting and learning names and faces. There’s so many, both here in the States and over in Europe.

Claire: How do you deal with the mixture of religion/belief and scientific fact? Does it affect your work?

Noelle:  Science is still science. Nothing changes about chemical compositions and reactions. Amonia plus chlorine is still going to kill you if you breathe too much. For me, there’s just a different outlook in how it all came to be, and the universe we exist in. The supportive evidence, if you will. And shoot, it at least answers a few of the things I haven’t been able to prove with math and formulas. But that’s me. It may not work for everyone.


About The Curse of the Templars

Immortal Surrender
The Curse of the Templars 2
Tor Books, September 25, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 448 pages

The Immortal Surrender Virtual Book Tour with Claire Ashgrove - September 25, 2012
Farran de Clare, loyal member of the cursed Knights Templar, wants nothing to do with predestined mates. Even the Almighty won’t turn him into a fool again—he’d rather sacrifice his soul. Yet in the scientist Noelle Keane, a devout atheist, Farran meets the seraph designed for him.

Ordered by the archangel Gabriel to protect Noelle, the possessor of a sacred relic that could give Azazel incredible power, Farran swears to do his duty—but in name only. Fighting an attraction that grows with each day, he’s determined that he’ll never pledge himself to her.

As they war over her future, their mutual passion ignites a conflict far more damning. But before Noelle will agree to eternity with him, she demands the ultimate sacrifice – his heart.

“This series (The Curse of the Templars) is explosive, sexy, riveting, and Claire Ashgrove is a master of her craft.” ~ NYTimes Bestselling Author, Maggie Shayne 


An Excerpt:
“Damnation,” he hissed through clenched teeth.

He stalked back to the bed. No longer concerned for her injuries, he snatched up her fingers and inspected the scar once more. Nay, his eyes did not play tricks. She bore a dagger on her hand. It matched his as if someone had miniaturized the eighteen-inch-long weapon and scalded it into her flesh.

She belonged to him.

The door opened, and Farran’s head snapped up. He returned Louise’s pleasant smile with a glare. “You may undress the wench.” He shouldered past the aging caretaker, ignoring the way she spluttered.

So Gabriel sought to pair him with a maid, did he? ‘Twas no wonder the archangel did not forewarn him of her nature. Gabriel well knew Farran would rather swallow his own sword.

He took the stairs two at a time, in desperate need of fresh air. His fingers twitched with the need to pummel something. A seraph! His seraph! God’s teeth, would he be allowed no mercy? Could he not just leave this world and be done with life?

In the wide front room, Farran braced his hands on the table and squeezed his eyes shut tight. Duty bound him to accept the pairing. With the oaths they were fated to take, the Templar would gain much needed strength. Much as he would like nothing more, he could not walk away from the woman in the bed upstairs.

And yet . . .he did not have to stay either.

“Brother? Is something amiss?” Lucan’s voice drifted down the stairs.

Farran turned around and raised his glower to Lucan’s face. “You will go to her apartment. Fetch her cat. Fetch her things. Deliver them all to Mikhail.”

Lucan’s gaze narrowed with suspicion. “I trust you do not seek to have the maid to yourself?”

“Nay!” God’s teeth, nay. He would no more touch her now than he would touch a snake. He would say his oath, deliver her to the temple, and leave with the first light.

Cocking his head, Lucan studied him. Slow dawning filtered into his expression, and he answered with a thoughtful nod. “You recognize her mark. I shall have her mate sent here.”

Farran exhaled through his teeth. At his thigh, he clenched a hand into a tight fist. “There is no need for such.”

“Farran, you cannot be serious. She must be paired at once. ’Tis written—”

“She is mine, Lucan.” With the vile truth exposed, Farran stormed out the door.


Immortal Hope
The Curse of the Templars 1
Tor Books, January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages


The Immortal Surrender Virtual Book Tour with Claire Ashgrove - September 25, 2012
Centuries ago, Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll that revealed the locations of the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they now roam the earth, protecting mankind from evil. But darkness stalks them, and battles they fight bring them ever closer to eternal damnation. One promise remains to give them salvation—the return of the seraphs.

Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul, releasing him from the clutches of their enemy. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers that she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As Merrick struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold.

Anne has six weeks to complete her thesis on the Knights Templar. When Merrick takes her to the Templar stronghold, he presents her with all she needs—and awakens a soul-deep ache that he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she is destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.



About Claire

The Immortal Surrender Virtual Book Tour with Claire Ashgrove - September 25, 2012
Award-Winning Author Claire Ashgrove has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before deciding to leap into the professional world. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction's Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories for the Champagne and Black Rose lines. Adding to these critically acclaimed romances, Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars debuted with Tor in January 2012. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes for Berkley Heat as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire.

She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, and her local RWA chapters, Heartland Romance Authors, Midwest Romance Writers, and North Texas Romance Writers of America.

Claire lives in Missouri with her two sons and too-many horses, cats, and dogs. In her “free” time, she enjoys cooking, winning at Rummy, studying Ancient Civilizations, and spending quiet moments with her family, including the critters.

To learn more about Claire, visit her on the web at www.claireashgrove.com, or www.toristclaire.com. You can also connect with her via Facebook, and Twitter.



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Immortal Surrender (The Curse of the Templars 2) from The Qwillery.

How:   Answer the following questions:

Do you have any favorite stories, movies, comics that feature Knights
(Templar or other)?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


Claire's Giveaway

Claire is giving away one digital copy of any one of her backlist books, excepting those in the Templar series, to one randomly drawn commenter at each stop on the blog tour. In addition, commenters’ names will be added into the tour-end drawing of a 25.00 Amazon gift card. Follow the tour – the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. Complete tour dates can be found here.


The View From Monday - September 24, 2012

The View From Monday - September 24, 2012


Happy last Monday in September!

This week The Qwillery will have Guest Blogs by or Interviews with Doyce Testerman (Hidden Things), Claire Ashgrove (Immortal Surrender), Chris F. Holm (The Wrong Goodbye), Richard E. Gropp (Bad Glass), Jill Archer (Dark Light of Day), and Lee Collins (The Dead of Winter).


There are many books both print and digital out this week. You may print a shopping list if you'd like by clicking HERE and then printing the PDF.



September 24, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Blue Nebula Diane Dooley SFR


September 25, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Phobos (h2mm) Steve Alten SF - Domain 3
The Martian War Kevin J. Anderson SF
Dark Light of Day (D) Jill Archer PA - Noon Onyx 1
Dime Store Magic (ri) Kelley Armstrong UF - Women of the Otherworld 3
Seduction's Shift A.C. Arthur PNR - Shadow Shifters 2
Immortal Surrender Claire Ashgrove PNR - Curse of the Templars 2
A Star Shall Fall (tp2mm) Marie Brennan F - Onyx Court 3
The Knights of Breton Court Maurice Broaddus UF - Knights of Breton Court Omnibus
Helix Wars Eric Brown SF - Helix 2
Earth to Hell Kylie Chan F - Journey to Wudang 1
Seeds of Earth Michael Cobley SF - Humanity's Fire 1
Sacrifice the Wicked Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission 4
The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One Evan Currie SF
How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days Saranna DeWylde PNR
Into the Hinterlands (h2mm) David Drake
John Lambshead
SF
Shadows of Treachery Christian Dunn (ed)
Nick Kyme (ed)
SF Anthology - Horus Heresy 22
Treacheries of the Space Marines Christina Dunn (ed) SF Anthology - Warhammer 40,000
Ashes of a Black Frost (h2mm) Chris Evans F - Iron Elves 3
Dark Predator (h2mm) Christine Feehan PNR - Dark 22
Bad Glass (D) Richard E. Gropp DF
A Perfect Blood (h2mm) Kim Harrison UF - Rachel Morgan 10
Starman Jones (ri) Robert A. Heinlein SF
The Wrong Goodbye Chris F. Holm UF- The Collector 2
Unleashed Crystal Jordan PER
Revan (h2mm) Drew Karpyshyn SF - Star Wars The Old Republic 3
Awakenings (h2mm) Edward Lazellari F - Guardians of Aandor 1
Red Eye James Lovegrove UF - Redlaw 2
The Undead In My Bed Katie MacAlister
Molly Harper
Jessica Sims
PNR
The Watcher (ri) Charles Maclean H
Something Witchy This Way Comes H. P. Mallory PNR - Jolie Wilkins 5
Brinkmanship Una McCormack SF - Star Trek: Typhon Pact
Firebird (h2mm) Jack McDevitt SF - Alex Benedict 6
Scholar L. E. Modesitt F - Imager Portfolio 4
The Cold Commands (h2tp) Richard K. Morgan F - Land Fit for Heroes 2
The Moon Maze Game (h2mm) Larry Niven
Steven Barnes
SF - Dream Park 4
Boyfriend from Hell Jamie Quaid UF - Saturn's Daughter 1
Welcome Home/Go Away (e) Mike Shepherd SF - Kris Longknife companion novella
Unconquered John Shirley SF - Borderlands 2
Personal Demon Susan Sizemore UF - Laws of the Blood 6
Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane John Skipp (ed) H - Anthology
Blood Riders Michael P. Spradlin F/W/H
The Moonstone and Miss Jones Jillian Stone PNR - Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 2
Alchemystic Anton Strout UF - Spellmason Chronicles 1
Blaze Joan Swan PNR - Phoenix Rising 2
Crown Thief David Tallerman F - Tales of Easie Damasco 2
Thirst Karen E. Taylor UF - Vampire Legacy Omnibus
Glasslands (tp2mm) Karen Traviss SF - Halo
Rapture J.R. Ward PNR - Fallen Angels 4
Wolf Among the Stars (h2mm) Steve White SF
The Dark at the End (h2mm) F. Paul Wilson M/Su -Repairman Jack 14
Count to a Trillion (h2mm) John C. Wright SF - Count to a Trillion 1


September 27, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Freaks in a Box: The Myths of Media Paul Di Filippo (ed) SF - Anthology
American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956-58 Gary K. Wolfe (ed) SF - Anthology
American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953-56 Gary K. Wolfe (ed) SF - Anthology
American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s Gary K. Wolfe (ed) SF - Novels


September 30, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Other Seasons: The Best of Neal Barrett, Jr. Neal Barrett SF - Collection
Skullcrusher Robert E. Howard H - Selected Weird Fiction, Volume One
Dying of the Light George R. R. Martin SF
Baba Yaga's Daughter and Other Stories of the Old Races C. E. Murphy UF - Old Races Collection
We Are For the Dark Robert Silverberg SF - Collection



D - Debut
e - eBook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint


DF - Dark Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
M - Mystery
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
Su - Supernatural
UF - Urban Fantasy
W - Western

Interview with Claire Ashgrove and Giveaway - August 16, 2012

Please welcome Claire Ashgrove to The Qwillery. Bound by Decency, the first novel in Claire's The Flying Gang Legacy series, was published on August 1. 2012.


Interview with Claire Ashgrove and Giveaway - August 16, 2012


TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery!

Claire:  Thanks for having me here today -- The Qwillery is in the top three of my favorite blog sites ever. I always love being here!


TQ:  Tell us a bit about your new Flying Gang Legacy series.

Claire:  The Flying Gang Legacy is a pirate quartet, set in the early 1700s, during the time the Caribbean waters teemed with pirates. It's adventurous, sexy, and fun! Oh, and there's treasure too! Over the course of the four books, you'll meet the noble pirate Cain, the devilish Drake, the terrifying Nightshade, and the roguish Royce -- all of whom have special places in my heart and were immensely fun to craft.

Let me share the premise with you real quick:
1717...

With Europe in chaos over who would claim the Spanish throne, the Atlantic waters bred a most despicable lot. Privateers who pillaged and claimed, loyal to no country, more thief than noble mercenary. One man would claim Spain’s inheritance. He would pass it on. To a band of cutthroats more terrifying and deadly than the nightmares of the deep.

As the nations settle into peace, The Flying Gang knows no boundaries. No sea is safe. No shore unchartered. Chilling Rogers raised to the sky, they reign with fear, bound only to the wind, the brotherhood, and the ships they love. One tiny jeweled box strikes a gleam in their eyes. A golden trinket four rogue Captains risk danger, capture, and even friendship to possess.
Until love interferes with their rapscallion hearts…


TQ:  What inspired you to write the The Flying Gang Legacy series?

Claire:  Inspiration? Gosh... I can't say there was any one thing. I've always been fascinated with the pirate life, and frankly, I ran out of sexy pirate reads. The characters popped into my mind, and I was off and running.


TQ:  What sort of research have you done for the series? What is the oddest bit of information that you've come across.

Claire:  I did a lot of maritime research, most particularly on ships. During this blog tour I've talked about the realities of pirates versus our Hollywood ideals, and those aspects have been particularly fun to investigate. Another thing that I found absolutely fascinating was the food and drink that sailors, and specifically pirates in my oceans, consumed. Doing research on Nassau was a blast as well! It's such a colorful place -- and the iguanas are fascinating.


TQ:  Describe Bound by Decency (The Flying Gang Legacy 1) in 140 characters or less.

Claire:  An action-packed swashbuckling romance, full of danger, betrayal, just sexy enough to keep you wanting more.


TQ:  In Bound by Decency who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Claire:  Drake. Laugh. He was the easiest. The man just always had something to say. And harassing Cain was always on the top of his list. India was a bit more challenging. Portraying her with just enough forward-thinking to make her character plausible, but holding her back from becoming too ahead of her times. And balancing her imagination with the reality, was a little difficult at times as well.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Bound by Decency?

Claire:  My favorite scene? After Nightshade makes an appearance, India and Cain have an argument. It's the first time he really lets down the walls around his emotions, and I got a little misty-eyed writing it.


TQ:  What's next?

Claire:  Gosh what's next -- I'm loaded down with a lot of things through the end of the year.

Inherited Damnation continues with an October release. I just put out another self-published romantic suspense, The Heart's Stronghold (It's only 2.99 go grab it! :) ), and as Tori St. Claire, the Black Opals are making a return.

But more exciting than I think anything, is my upcoming September release, Immortal Surrender, the continuation of The Curse of the Templars. Farran's story is such an emotional journey, and I love that tortured knight. I can't wait for all of you to have a chance to get to know him. And Noelle? She's so inspiringly innocent--I'd truly like to be that woman.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Claire:  Thank you, very much for letting me stop in!



About Bound by Decency


Bound by Decency
The Flying Gang Legacy 1
Claire Ashgrove, August 1, 2012
eBook, 420 pages

Interview with Claire Ashgrove and Giveaway - August 16, 2012
After inheriting a portion of Spain’s Royal Inheritance, Cain left The Flying Gang for a chance at honest wealth. With the secrets of his piracy tucked away, he achieved his lofty aspirations. But when his partner and best friend betrays him to the Royal Navy, Cain’s dreams are ripped to shreds. He’s left with his ship, the tattered remnants of a stolen future, and a piece of Spanish mystery. Wanted by three nations and destined for the gallows, he returns to the legendary band of buccaneers for one purpose -- vengeance.

Kidnapped by the formidable Cain, India Prescott discovers he intends to kill the man she’s to marry. Cain’s story reveals betrayal. Treachery that extends to her as well. Although she holds the key to retribution, India refuses to become another man’s pawn. Freedom lies before her, the liberty to shrug off propriety, make her own decisions, and claim her destiny. But when she uncovers goodness in Cain’s soul and he awakens passion in her heart, she must combat the chains of convention once more.

Only this time India's not fighting society. She’s battling a pirate bent on keeping her decency intact.



An excerpt!

       India refused to be swayed. She’d found freedom. She wasn’t about to let it slip through her hands because of a little danger. Life was meant to be lived, not treated like a sickly child. “Then come with me. You’ll keep me safe. Teach me how to defend myself, if you must. But I’m going down there, with or without you.”
       Cain opened his mouth to speak, spluttered something unintelligible, then quickly snapped it shut. Clearly, he had expected her to listen to reason and take refuge from the scourge within a taxi. As he struggled to recover his tongue, she fought back a giggle. She’d won. She had actually won a round with Cain.
       “Absolutely not.”
       Or perhaps she’d lost. Dismay settled into her veins, weighing down her heart. She pulled her hand free of his arm and turned to gaze at the shore in longing. They didn’t fear a stroll down the streets. What made those women so different than she? The fact they couldn’t size their clothes correctly, or that they opened their legs for coin?
       She stiffened her chin, stalked to the rail, and swung a leg over to catch the ladder dangling off the bow. “This taxicab—where shall I find it?”
       “I’ll hail one when we reach the end of the dock.”
       “No. I’m afraid you don’t understand. I’m going to walk, Cain.” With that she disembarked.
       In seconds, his feet appeared on the rope rungs above her head. He glanced over his shoulder, looking down at her. “What in the name of the seven hells do you think you’re doing?”
       India shimmied down the last three rungs, and her toes touched the wet wooden dock. She dusted her hands on her trousers, then flashed him a broad grin. “Seeing the things I want to see.” Turning, she took four steps toward the fray of people.
       He hit the dock with a thud. “India!”



About Claire

Claire Ashgrove has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before deciding to leap into the professional world. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction's Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories for the Champagne and Black Rose lines. Adding to these critically acclaimed romances, Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars debuted with Tor in January 2012. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes for Berkley Heat as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire.

She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, and her local RWA chapters, Heartland Romance Authors, Midwest Romance Writers, North Texas Romance Writers of America, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.

Claire lives in Missouri with her two toddler sons, and too-many horses, cats, and dogs. In her “free” time, she enjoys cooking, winning at Rummy, studying Ancient Civilizations, and spending quiet moments with her family, including the critters. She credits her success to her family's constant support and endless patience.

To learn more about Claire, visit her on the web at www.claireashgrove.com, or www.toristclaire.com.



The Giveaway**

Claire will be giving away a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card to one random commenter during the tour. Follow the tour – the more times you comment, the better your chances of winning! Complete schedule can be found here.



Interview with Claire Ashgrove and Giveaway - August 16, 2012



** The Qwillery is not affiliated with Claires's virtual book tour giveaway and is providing this for informational purposes only. Please follow Claire's rules to enter to win the $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

So many winnners!!

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley - Ended January 21, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  If you worked for a secret governmental agency dealing with the supernatural, what would your job be?

rissatoo who said:

Fab interview! (And great review, too!) I really can hardly wait to read The Rook.

Now, as far as the question, my first inclination is to say something wild, like I'd be a handler - someone who interacts and directs with the 'agents'.. But if I'm honest, I'd probably be in some very mundane section, like accounting - and very likely a very small cog in the machine. :p


Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012


Babylon Steel by Gaie Sebold (5 copies) - Ended January 24, 2012 - Read the interview here. UK/US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Which books or movies are you looking forward to in 2012?

1)  Lexi who said:

Can't wait to read about this city! Your book sounds great! A fun interview to read!

I am waiting to see the Huntsman, even though I am not a fan of the girl from Twilight I am a sucker for anything fairy tale.


2)  Stephanie who said:

I'm looking forward to A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison.


3)  Barbara E. who said:

In books, I'm looking forward to Allison Pang's A Sliver of Shadow, Stacey Jay's Blood on the Bayou, Ann Aguirre's Devil's Punch, and Kevin Hearne's Tricked. In movies, I'm looking forward to The Avengers, Underworld: Awakening, John Carter, Men In Black III and Dark Shadows.


4)  kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews who said:

Definitely looking forward to Avengers, Brave and Raven. Also Gunmetal Magic and Sacrificial Magic in books.


5)  ML who said:

I'm looking forward to the new Underworld movie (guilty pleasure), One for the Money and Hunger Games. I think the book I'm most looking forward to is Iced by Karen Marie Moning.


Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012


Haunted Warrior by Allie Mackay (signed) - Ended January 26, 2012 - Read the guest blog here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Kilts or jeans? Which should your Highlander be wearing?

kansassweet43 who said:

Well I would have to say both, a kilt and jeans. The kilt just for me (you know so I can run my hands here and there), and some tight fittin jeans, well what can you say about those. Some guys just look fine in a pair of jeans. :)


Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012


Choice of signed ARC of An Affair with Mr. Kennedy (The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard 1) or The Seduction of Phaeton Black (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator 1) by Jillian Stone - Ended January 26, 2012 - Read the guest blog here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Which Sherlock is your favorite?

Vivien who said:

I love the new Robert Downey version. Too funny!


Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012


Deliver Me from Darkness (Paladin Warriors 1) by Tes Hilaire - Ended January 27, 2012 - Read the guest post here. US/CANADA ONLY

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Do you have any favorite flawed alpha males or females?

traci16 who said:

First of all, your story sounds really intriguing. I think one of the most flawed characters I have read about was Louis in Interview with the Vampire. He just cant reconcile who and what he has become with what he has lost......


Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012


Banshee Charmer (From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency 1) ecopy by Tiffany Allee - Ended January 30, 2012 - Read the guest blog here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Which paranormal being or beings do you think is/are most misunderstood?

bn100 who said:

I think demons are the most understood.


Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012


The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss - Ended January 31, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:   Which unresolved love story or stories would you like to see have a happy ending(s)?

Linda McDonald who said:

I would say Salander and Blomquist in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series. At the end of the series you really don't know where they stand...it seems to me like they are just friends, but I'd like to think that maybe they have a happier romantic ending. The books are not romances, but I am curious as to what the author (who sadly is deceased) felt about the ending to their story and if he thinks they were together or not.


Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012


Alpha Instinct (Moon Shifter 1) by Katie Reus - Ended February 1, 2012 - Read the interview here. US ONLY

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Question:  What is your favorite type of paranormal being? (shifter, vampire, etc.)

Victoria who said:

I'd have to go with my first love Vampires though Larissa Ione and Gena Showalter's demons run a close second.


Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012


Firelight (Darkest London 1) by Kristen Callihan - Ended February 3, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/Canada ONLY

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Question:  What is/are your favorite fairytale(s)?

LadyVampire2u who said:

Congrats on your upcoming release of Firelight! My favorite fairy tales are Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. I know that is a bunch but I love my fairy tales. Beauty and the beast is my top favorite though. :)


Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012


Immortal Hope (The Curse of the Templars 1) by Claire Ashgrove - Ended February 4, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012

Question:  Which historical person(s) would you like to have dinner with?

Leah Weller who said:

Claire, the book sounds right up my alley! History is a passion of mine also. I added this to the list of books to look for that seems to be rapidly growing, but I added a check beside it being as I felt drawn to it. I love finding new to me authors :)

If I could have dinner with someone from the past, who would it be? That's a hard question for me and I couldn't narrow it down to just one so I'm adding two. William the Conqueror and King Henry the ll. Gotta love those Plantagenents! I would have many questions for both but the most important one would be to ask what was the one thing that happened in their life that was THE defining moment that made them who they were.


Winners x 14 - February 5, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Sunday, February 12, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Interview with Claire Ashgrove and Giveaway - January 28, 2012

Please welcome Claire Ashgrove to The Qwillery. Claire's most recent novel, Immortal Hope (The Curse of the Templars 1) was published on January 3, 2012.


TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Claire:  Writing quirk? Hm. I’m thinking it’s my very OCD-like approach to organizing each book. First come the spreadsheets. Sometimes in hordes. But they have to be in place with links loosely identified before I can do anything else. Then comes the outline. And by outline I mean… 5-10 pages with details per each chapter. After that, I have a folder. Inside that folder everything is broken out by: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and so forth. When I finish a chapter, I plug it into one file, named with the particular characters I’m working on, and tally the word count.

At that point, I then go on to the next chapter, and so forth until the book is finished. Then, I give it an editing pass, and resave the file with its final working copy title.

I don’t delete files, ever. And I can’t seem to function outside of that OCDish approach.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Claire:  Heh. If that wasn’t obvious in the above, I’m a plotter, and I drive my critique partners nuts with my plotting obsession. But, on the other hand, most of my books have sub plots that require a lot of forethought. So the plotting is a combination of necessity and habit.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Claire:  Right now the most challenging thing is finding the time to get everything done, along with my family demands, and along with promoting. Promotions are fairly new to me; in the past I didn’t put a lot of effort into major pushes. So now, I’m finding that I have to readjust my schedule.

TQ:  Describe Immortal Hope (The Curse of the Templars 1) in 140 characters or less.

Claire:  Eep! Um… “An exciting and sexy read involving archangels, demons, immortal Knights Templar, and seraphs who can lift the dark curse upon their souls.”

Shew! I have 2 characters left.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Immortal Hope?

Claire:  My passion for history, and in specific the Knights Templar. I’ve studied them for years, and of many different legendary societies, theirs has not only fascinating truths, but compelling mysteries. There are so many “unknowns”, even with all the recorded fact. My writer’s brain just couldn’t stay away!

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Immortal Hope?

Claire:  Cumulative – a lot. Years worth. But in depth, probably an active year of compiling what I already knew, digging for more specific things, and linking in the rest of the series components, such as locations, the history therein, Christian foundation beliefs, etc. I did go into the project with a lot of comprehensive knowledge, though, so that made it somewhat easier.

TQ:  What is the most unusual information that you found about the Templars?

Claire:  Oh, wow, there’s really so much…

Really though, I think it’s the impact of realizing just how large the Order was in its heyday. With over 40,000 members – not all were actual knights – spread throughout Europe, the Order had the numbers and political power to become their own nation, had they so desired.

It’s that last part “become their own nation”. For the era in which they were active, that is astounding.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Claire:  Easiest? Hm. Probably Merrick, with Caradoc coming in a close second.

I can’t answer the second question, as it would reveal a spoiler for Immortal Surrender. Suffice to say I had to craft a particular character very carefully so his/her actions in the second book were plausible and his/her later actions remained consistent.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Immortal Hope?

Claire:  Hands down, my very favorite scene is the second-to-last scene with Merrick and Anne. It was the scene I was always writing toward from the opening word.

TQ:  What's next?

Claire:  Gosh, 2012 is full of excitement on my end!

Immediately forthcoming, in February, the 4th installment in my Inherited Damnation series will be available. And that series will conclude (8 in total) in 2012.

Later this year, Immortal Surrender will also be available.

I also write under the pen name Tori St. Claire, and launched a debut series on January 3rd there as well. The second Black Opal book will be available in July.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Claire:  Thank you for having me! It’s been very fun, and I’ve enjoyed it immensely!


About Immortal Hope

Immortal Hope
The Curse of the Templars 1
Tor Books, January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Interview with Claire Ashgrove and Giveaway - January 28, 2012
Centuries ago, Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll that revealed the locations of the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they now roam the earth, protecting mankind from evil. But darkness stalks them, and battles they fight bring them ever closer to eternal damnation. One promise remains to give them salvation—the return of the seraphs.

Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul, releasing him from the clutches of their enemy. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers that she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As Merrick struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold.

Anne has six weeks to complete her thesis on the Knights Templar. When Merrick takes her to the Templar stronghold, he presents her with all she needs—and awakens a soul-deep ache that he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she is destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.

Excerpt:

“Merrick, wait,” she called softly.

“Nay,” he answered on a hard swallow. “Nay, Anne. If I stay another moment, I will have you in that bed.” He shoved a hand through his hair and reached for the doorknob.

“But that’s where I want you,” she whispered.

He nodded once, a sharp dip of his chin. Pulling the door open, he answered, “I know.” Another protest, and he would turn right back to her waiting arms, cart her off to that oversized bed. When he finished with her, he would hate himself.

He entered the hall and shut the door.

Determination narrowed his gaze as he descended the stairs. He trained his thoughts to his cousin, focused on the oath he swore to Fulk. The very moment Anne discovered her intended, he vowed to leave. No sacred nail, no protected relic, no other oath would he honor until he fulfilled the promise to his kin. In so doing, he would free himself from this torment and lift his blade in Azazel’s name. It was a price he no longer feared to pay.


Claire's Giveaway**


Interview with Claire Ashgrove and Giveaway - January 28, 2012

 Claire will be giving away a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a second $25.00 Amazon.com gift certificate to a second randomly drawn commenter at the end of the tour. Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning! Click the Blog Tour badge for a complete list of blog stops.




** The Qwillery is not affiliated with Claire's blog tour giveaway and is providing this for informational purposes only. Please follow Claire's rules to enter.


About Claire

Interview with Claire Ashgrove and Giveaway - January 28, 2012
Claire Ashgrove has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before deciding to leap into the professional world. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction's Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories for the Champagne and Black Rose lines. Adding to these critically acclaimed contemporaries, Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars, debuts with Tor in January 2012. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes for Berkley Heat under the pen name Tori St. Claire.

Claire lives on a small farm in Missouri with her two toddler sons, fifteen horses, four cats, and five dogs. In her “free” time, she enjoys cooking, winning at rummy, studying ancient civilizations, and spending quiet moments with her family, including the critters. She credits her success to her family's constant support and endless patience.

To learn more about Claire, visit her at:

www.claireashgrove.com
www.toristclaire.com
Twitter: @ClaireAshgrove



The Qwillery's Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Immortal Hope (The Curse of the Templars 1)  from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Which historical person(s) would you like to have dinner with?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

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3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
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