Sunday, February 22, 2015

**Giveaway**Inherited Damnation Tour - Interview-Review - Cursed To Kill

Welcome to my stop on the Inherited Damnation Blog tour celebrating the re-release in digital format of Claire Ashgrove's previously published series. The series is being released one novel every three weeks from January until June 2015, right now the first two are available and I'll be providing buy links.

I've been reading and enjoying Claire's novels for years, I've enjoyed them all and I know you will too.

Claire has two Giveaways going on right now
One- is for three copies of the second in her series - Tormented by Darkness
Two- is her Grand Tour Prize of a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card
I will have links for both giveaways listed below
Thanks Claire!
Good Luck!

Interview with Claire Ashgrove
and my review of Cursed To Kill

Claire Hi, welcome back to The Reading Frenzy.
Thanks!  It’s nice to be back here!

Your previously released paranormal Inherited Damnation Series is being re-released in e-form. Congrats!
Can you give my readers a cliff notes version of the series and how the books are related?
I sure can!  
Thousands of years ago, sixteen children were born to the Selgovae High Priestess, Nyamah. Eight were sacrificed by their incubus father in a quest for eternal power. Eight Nyamah secreted away. For betraying her evil mate, she was executed, her body divided, her soul chained to the mortal plane. 
Nyamah's magic lived on. Written before her death, her book of sacred rituals details the means of destroying the incubus, Drandar. If this is accomplished, her spirit will at last rest peacefully. 
But the immortal children who can carry out the rituals are divided. Some crave the innocence of light and mortal existence. Some thrive on the dark needs of their conflicted souls. Others tend the balance, forever devoted to the ancient Celt ways. 
None may ever know the beauty of love, for if they should, they cannot resist the calling to kill the one who holds their heart. Each book focuses on one sibling’s struggle and the fight to overcome their eternal curse.

Are all the books in the series being re-released?
They are – one every three weeks!  January saw Cursed to Kill, the first book (which is .99 cents now) and this month we’re on Tormented by Darkness.

Claire you write in several genres most of which I’ve read and loved. 
Are there certain personal changes you go through when you switch genres?
I don’t know that I would say there are changes, necessarily, but it does require a different mindset, in particular going from anything that has any shred of contemporary in it to Historical.  I find I almost have to set *everything* aside to work on the historicals because I have to *think* historical as well.  To the point that I often can’t address email in the middle of a writing stretch because it will throw off the book and contemporary voice slips in.

Claire have you been an avid reader all your life? 
 I have.  As a kid, my nose was always in a book.

Who are some of the authors who influence you? 
Oh, goodness… that’s really a broad answer and ranges across the spectrum.  Johanna Lindsey, Stephen King, R.A. Salvatore, Tolkien, Meredith Duran, Terry Brooks, Louisa May Alcott, Faulkner, Pat Rothfuss, Maya Banks, Shayla Black, Karin Tabke, C.S. Louis…. That’s a few who come to the top of my mind.

Claire you’ve received some great editorial and reader reviews.
What’s your personal feelings about them, do you read them all, some or none of them?
I read them, but I don’t really have any thoughts about them.  The only ones that bother me are those that relate to a mis-release, when there was a glitch on one of my books and the unedited version went live for a few hours.  Those negative reviews are spot on, but it bothers me because that isn’t the book my editor and I developed and the reviews really don’t reflect the book at all.  Otherwise, everyone is entitled to an opinion, and I’d love to have more opinions on all my books.  LOL!

Claire what’s your newest recent or upcoming new release?
I have two, aside from this re-release.  Shatter Me, as Tori St. Claire, coming in Entangled Brazen, and Honestly Yours, as Sophia Garrett, coming in Entangled Select Historical. I love Shatter Me – that heroine is simply one of the strongest I think I’ve written as far as her emotional fortitude.  Honestly Yours is the first full book in my Sharrington series (introduced in A Very Scandalous Christmas anthology), and focuses on the middle and working classes in Romantic Era England.  I’m super excited to get it out to the public.

Claire your other great love is horses.
Are you involved in anything equestrian right now?
Nope, not right now, except for feeding them.  I’m caught up in chickens at the moment.  Most of my horses are young and untrained.  Hopefully this spring, I’ll be able to get a couple broke to ride—my kids are really starting to reach the age where they want to do more than look at the horses.

Claire thanks for this chance to catch up.
Will there be any Claire Sightings soon?
Just on my Facebook page for now!  Although I’m routinely at GlitchCon! In Arkansas, in August.  A great great con I highly recommend !

My Review of Cursed to Kill
Cian McLaine is an immortal, centuries old and cursed to kill the one he loves thats why hes made sure hes never felt that particular deadly emotion that is until he met a beautiful rare book dealer who finally laid claim to his heart. The only hope he has to save her from this demonic plight is freedom from the ancient curse which will either make him mortal or kill him.
Antique bookshop owner Miranda Phillips had the misfortune of falling in love with a commitment phobe, what else could explain his leaving in the middle of the night and leaving her heartbroken and crying. Now hes come back with some cockamamie excuse but something tells her to listen and to trust him. Is she crazy too?

Claire Ashgroves Inherited Damnation series is being re-released and available in all digital formats. All the books will be released between January and June one book every three weeks, 8 books in all.
The first in the series, Cursed to Kill is a nonstop, action packed paranormal romance whos hero is the sexy, enigmatic eldest of the 8 demon cursed immortal children and he shares center stage with his smart and sassy heroine. Claires dialogue tells the story with style and grit and her inclusion of real Gaelic terms, rituals and festivals add authenticity and showcases her love of history. She also introduces future stars as she expertly spins the present story and readers wont have to wait long for their next demon fix.

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: or 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.

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

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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

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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?

Book #3, Destined to Die, will be coming on 3/10/15. Keep your eye out…

Rafflecopter link for the Three E-copies of Tormented by Darkness is HERE.

Rafflecopter link for the $50.00 Amazon Gift Card Grand Prize is HERE.