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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

INHERITED DAMNATION EXTRAVAGANZA by Claire Ashgrove: Excerpt & Giveaway

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

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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


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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

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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.





Bound by Blood

INHERITED DAMNATION Book #4

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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 #5, Fated for Sacrifice, will be coming on 4/21/15. Keep your eye out…



Excerpt


A slamming door snapped his head toward the bathroom just as Beth exited, her arms full of toiletries. Fresh from the shower, her long hair dripped down her back, soaking her terry robe. With a mere glance in his directly, she stormed to the bed and dumped them all into her suitcase. “Leave me alone, Fintan.”
The undeniable sign of her departure nearly dropped him to his knees. He’d pushed, dumped the truth on her unceremoniously, but he hadn’t expected her to bail in the middle of the night. At a loss for words, he asked the obvious. “You’re leaving?”
“Yes.” She stuffed rumpled clothes on top of the toiletries.
“Tonight?”
“Yes. I’m calling a cab.”
“Don’t go.” The whispered request popped free before he could bite it behind his teeth.
For an instant, Beth’s hands stilled. She lifted her head, looking at him fully for the first time. When she spoke, her words lacked the bitterness of emotion. “I think it’s for the best.”
Not in a hundred lifetimes was it for the best. Regardless of how much he wanted her to stay, Drandar and Brigid knew about the scroll. Even if that ancient rite remained locked in Fintan’s desk, his sire would hunt Beth down. She knew their secrets. Possessed the knowledge of his demise. Aside from the fact she might return at any moment to fulfill the ritual, Drandar’s pride alone wouldn’t allow her to walk free. Much less live.
On legs that felt like lead, he crossed to her and set his hands on her shoulders. “Please don’t go.”
Wide, tremulous eyes held his, brimming with emotion she couldn’t hide behind the firm, unrelenting lines of her mouth. He cupped the side of her face in his palm, falling deeper into the feeling that shone in her jade green stare. His thumb stroked her pursed lips. “Leaving doesn’t solve things.”
Her shoulders sagged with her sigh. “There’s nothing to solve, Fintan.”
“No?” His gaze dipped to her mouth. “What about this?” Drawn by a force greater than himself, he bent his head and touched his lips to hers. Slowly, he played upon them, gently nipping, sucking at her lower lip, easing her mouth open until he slipped inside and stroked her tongue with his.



Author Bio

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.

You can also find Claire on GoodReads, on Facebook, and on Twitter.


Giveaway

1 - $50 Amazon Giftcard

1 – Set of the entire Inherited Damnation series in eBook

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1 comment:

  1. I love the paranormals. So looking forward to these.

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