INHERITED DAMNATION is an 8 book paranormal romance series being released as one book every three weeks between January 27th and June 23rd, 2015.
Damned at birth, eight immortal children of a high priestess are compelled to kill the one that holds their heart. They can never fall in love. Driven by the need to finally destroy their evil sire and break the curse, each struggles to balance their desire for innocence against the dark needs of their conflicted souls.
The series contains mythos shared between the volumes, but each book stands on its own with a newly featured couple.
The first volume and second volumes, Cursed to Kill and Tormented by Darkness are available now!
Keep up with all things Inherited Damnation over on the Inherited Damnation Facebook page
Cursed to Kill
INHERITED DAMNATION Book #1
One of eight children born to an ancient Celtic priestess and sired by a demonic incubus, Cian McLaine suffers from a centuries-old curse. Though his immortality allows him to enjoy the pleasures of mortal life, he is plagued by the desire to kill. As long as he doesn't fall in love he can keep the compulsion at bay.
When Cian walked into her rare bookstore months ago, Miranda Phillips never imagined she'd lose her heart to the handsome playboy. Her reward for doing so was abandonment. Cian left as mysteriously as he appeared, in the middle of the night with no explanation, no goodbye. Now he's back, and passion flares just as hot. But Cian has secrets. If Miranda is to survive, she must uncover the truth and free his darkened soul.
Tormented by Darkness
INHERITED DAMNATION Book #2
Cursed by her incubus father centuries ago, the last thing Rhiannon McLaine wants is to fall in love.
The night she delivers flowers to detective Mick Farrell, however, everything changes. Deep-seated attraction flares into untamed passion. In the morning, Rhiannon awakens to find she’s lost her heart. Now, unless she can convince Mick of her secret past, she’s destined to take his life.
When Rhiannon asks Mick to go camping with her, instinct warns him to refuse. Though he hungers for her love and the goodness she represents, he’ll do anything to keep her from discovering the darkness within his soul. Yet a weekend in the woods is the perfect place to indulge in temporary desire…until he finds himself bound against his will.
Surrounded by ancient Celtic rites and magic, can Mick see beyond Rhiannon’s duplicity and recognize her love? Or will the revelation of her true demonic nature doom Rhiannon to a mortal life alone?
Destined to Die
INHERITED DAMNATION Book #3
Beth Whitley has finally put her life back together after her husband’s betrayal and is determined to piece together the clues to her past. But she never imagines an ancient scroll bearing the name of a Celtic ancestor will plunge her into a world of demonic ritual. Nor does she suspect that a kiss shared with genealogist Fintan McClaine will unveil the secrets of her dreams and a burning desire.
Fintan McClaine wants freedom from the dark curse he’s suffered for centuries. When Beth arrives with evidence that she shares ancestral ties with his Selgovae Celt tribe, he must confront the truth of his inherited damnation. As he struggles to convince Beth the truth within her dreams, she awakens a dangerous and forbidden yearning in his heart.
To save them both, Fintan must convince Beth to believe in herself and her ability to overpower his unholy sire. If he fails, he will remain an eternal slave to his tainted blood and lose Beth forever.
Book #4, Bound by Blood, will be coming on 3/31/15. Keep your eye out…
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, Award-Winning Author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars, marries the history of the Knights Templar with the chilling aspirations of the most unholy--a must-read for speculative fiction fans. For romance fans, she also writes as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire and historical romance as Sophia Garrett.
In her non-writing time, she owns and operates Finish The Story, a full-scale editing house co-founded with Bryan Thomas Schmidt. She lives in Missouri and enjoys cooking, studying ancient civilizations, and spending downtime with her two sons and too-many horses, cats, and dogs.
To learn more, visit her at: claireashgrove.com or toristclaire.com. For all the latest updates look for the Untamed Spirit blog, via any of her websites.
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Hello! Thanks for having me here today, and thank you for supporting the Inherited Damnation series release!
I’ve done some discussions on several topics related to the series, but one thing I’ve not really talked about is where the idea came from; what prompted it, etc. Have you ever been sitting around and something just grabbed hold of your imagination, and all of a sudden the snippet of conversation, the scene on the t.v., or the sign on the roadside took on new meaning?
Inherited Damnation was a lot like that for me. I was sitting around, working on edits for Immortal Hope, and a friend of mine was working on a Roman historical fiction. (J.F. Ridgley, check her out!) I’d spent the whole day at her house talking Celt lore and how it applied to her book. (And marveling at the koi in her pond, but that’s a different story.)
She mentioned something to the effect of a lost tribe. In this weird flash, I got scenes in my head of an old King Arthur movie where he was theorized to have been Pict. Blue face paint, feathers, fur, wild hair…that all blended with another thought, something I’d recently read about the Wicker Men in Druidic lore.
J.F. handed me a book that she’d marked up about the Celts, prompting me to read something as it related to her book, and what I read had nothing to do with what we were talking. I was already down the path of a powerful Druid priestess controlled by something else, sacrifice—how could I pull off sacrifice in a positive light for a positive character? A demonic influence that’s how.
One thing led to another, and by the time I left, I had the bare bones of what would end up being the eight-book series. In Destined to Die, the book that released this week, Belen is a darker sibling, not entirely opposed to his half-demon blood. That was a first for me, honestly. I didn’t want yet another brooding ‘baddie’ who condemned himself for what he was…not until something came along that mattered enough for him to view himself differently. That something was as opposite as I could possibly craft: a sweet, soul-saving, social worker who is so very Miss Melly sometimes I felt like I was channeling Margaret Mitchell.
But here’s a secret I’ve not let out of the bag. The entire series was written for Taran. He was the first character who popped into my mind. Everything else, everyone else, flowed out from there.
That night, I broke open my own historical accounts about the Celts. I sat and compared what we know today of Pagan rites to what was theorized about rites of old. I merged and tinkered…and spent too much time trying to do backward math on who was born when and AD to BC calculations. I plotted out and planned personalities based on the point in the wheel of the year when each was born.
And from there, it was all a downward spiral into the eight books, all leading to my favorite character’s story. So in a nutshell, it all triggered with one harmless conversation between two authors over something that should have had very little to do with paranormal writing. But darn that J.F., she just had to mention a tribe vanished, and she pulled the trigger on my creativity. In hindsight, I’m glad she did!
So tell me, if you will, about some time your imagination ran away with you. Did something go bump in the night and you spooked yourself? Did you witness a kiss that stayed with you? I know we’ve all experienced it, and I’d love to hear your experiences.
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