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 four volumes – Cursed to Kill, Tormented by Darkness, Destined to Die and Bound by Blood are available now!
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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.
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?
INHERITED DAMNATION Book #3
Haunted by his mother’s betrayal, Belen McLaine surrendered to his demonic half long ago. For centuries, he’s roamed, doing all he can to corrupt those he encounters. But Belen’s life changes when a little Yuletide fun goes wrong, and the one woman he can’t stay away from is suddenly in need of his protection. Unable to cast her aside, he finds himself on a deadly path to love.
Faith Winters shared one glorious date with Belen complete with fireworks, but he stayed away until the night of her brutal attack. As danger escalates, he becomes her only safety net. Shared passion gives way to something deeper, hotter, than she’s ever known before. Yet Faith has no idea her greatest threat is the very man who holds her heart.
For Belen, even if it means hurting Faith, he must not succumb to love. If he fails, his father’s curse promises he’ll take Faith’s life.
Bound by Blood
Bound by Blood
INHERITED DAMNATION Book #4
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.
INHERITED DAMNATION Book #5
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When Reese Hamilton is abandoned in the snow-laden woods, she must find her way to Dáire McLaine’s cabin—a friend she’s known for years, and the man who makes her pulse triple. Little does she know that a cozy night in the woods will lead to passion they both have been longing to explore. But with the new change in their relationship comes something darker and more terrifying, and Reese must confront danger, even death, before she can be free to love.
Dáire McLaine will do anything to escape his demonic blood and attain mortality, even if that means defying nature’s laws and manipulating Reese’s thoughts for his own means. But when he delves into her hidden secrets, the staggering emotion he encounters makes it impossible to deny the forbidden longings of his own heart. He’s yearned for Reese over the years. Yet to love Reese will demand the ultimate sacrifice—his life.
Book #6, Doomed to Torment, will be coming on 5/12/15. Keep your eye out…
Doomed to Torment
INHERITED DAMNATION Book #6
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For three and a half months, Angus has done his best to put Isolde and the one unforgettable kiss they shared behind him. Yet when she returns, scolding him for selling his deceased wife's estate, he's sharply reminded of the passion she awakens inside him. Yet as Isolde pushes for him to leave his son's legacy intact, their battle of wills provokes far more than just desire. His son's nightmares have returned. And Isolde triggered the hellish dreams.
Torn between protecting his child and the love he feels for Isolde, Angus must find the strength to trust in Isolde before her demonic sire claims his son.
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.
Please welcome Inherited Damnation author Claire Ashgrove to Diane’s Book Blog.
The Charm of Snow
Hi! Thanks for having me here today. It’s almost May, and I want to talk about snow!
Let’s make this clear – I despise winter. I can’t stand the snow. I abhor being cold, and I’m always cold in winter. My furnace runs at 75, and going outdoors is an exercise in torture. I bundle up when it hits fifty. If my children pelt me with a snowball, I squeal like I’ve lost my hand. And no, I’m not from the south, I live where we have four true seasons and ice is prevalent the first part of every year.
But! As an author, I’ve come to accept there’s a certain romanticism about snow. And I’ve learned that in winter tales, it can certainly be entertaining, if it doesn’t effect a more romantic end to an evening. And I’ll grant, the darn wet sticky cold stuff is certainly pretty to look at. Though I’m much more inclined to be charmed by the picture of a toasty cabin in a snow-covered setting.
Being a diligent, rules-following author, I strive to challenge myself. And Fated for Sacrifice’s opening is a true reflection of that challenge. My heroine starts out camping, in winter. (Eeegads! – Hear me run screaming!)
Well, suffice to say, it doesn’t go so well, and she takes refuge in a cabin. (So much for those challenges—good riddance!) When the hero discovers her, I stepped back into the comfort zone with a charming little cabin setting and a glowing fire. Those opening scenes are probably my favorite in Fated for Sacrifice. In my mind’s eye, I see a painting I could step into. Have you seen the old Macy’s displays in the window at the holidays? The animated scenes that pull us in and make us “ooh” and “ahh” – why does this only happen when it’s cold outside, not for say, the 4th of July? That charm is what I wanted to create as Daire looks in on Reese. A magic, totally unique and separete from the magic that lives in his blood. Something that is more powerful than he.
So I guess there’s a use for snow after all. I suppose I should be thankful that I have to live through snow, otherwise I wouldn’t deeply understand the heaven of leaving it for a warm cabin. What about you? Are you the sit before the fire with cocoa type, or the type to go out and make snowmen? Please, if you are the latter, tell me how in the world you keep your darn toes from freezing off!